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January 2019 Examination Schedule

January 08, 2019
​Please see attached document for the January 2019 Semester 1 examination schedule.
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UPDATE: School Threats, Dec. 5 & 6

December 10, 2018
December 10- Update from Kingston Police Investigation Continuing into Threats against Local Schools   The threats made to several local schools on December 5 and 6, 2018 has been investigated by the Kingston Police. They have been found to be unsubstantiated and no actual danger existed at any of the schools...
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Treaties Recognition Week Nov. 4-10

November 05, 2018
In 2016, the Ontario government passed the Treaties Recognition Week Act to honour the importance of treaties and to help all Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. This legislation designates the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week and is intended to bring awareness to the treaty...
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Dual Credit Winter 2019 Courses Presentation

October 08, 2018
​Interested in taking a Dual Credit course at St. Lawrence College while you are still a secondary school student? There are 25 courses offered during the Winter 2019 semester. Some courses offered include: Addictions, Carpentry, Media and the Arts, Make-Up, Marketing, and Electrician, to name a few. And they are free!!! Come...
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The Spirit Shop

October 04, 2018
​The Holy Cross Spirit Shop is open every Tuesday & Wednesday during lunch.  Please check the school calendar for days of operation. 
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ALCDSB Celebrates 20 years (Video)

September 26, 2018
 
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Science and Math Tutoring

September 13, 2018
​Science and math tutoring will be held in the Learning Commons after school every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:30. See you there!
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Grade 9 Activity Day

September 10, 2018
Parents and Guardians, please see the attached letter from the Holy Cross student leadership group regarding this Fridays grade 9 activity day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school. The letter will also be sent home via school messenger.​
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International Student Exchange Program

August 30, 2018
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE – ONTARIO , a registered not-for-profit corporation, offers to Ontario students reciprocal exchanges to Europe and Quebec through the school year and during the summer. Programs are open to students in grades 7 & 8 and to high school students. Note!! There are places available now for students...
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Back to School Information for 2018/19

August 23, 2018
​Please see the attached document for back to school information. This information has also been sent home via school messenger to the email address that the school has on file.
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2018/2019 School Year Calendar

August 21, 2018
​​​ The School Year calendar begins development in February for the following school year.  After several consultations and approval by the Board, it must then be submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval.  Once approved, the calendar will be posted.​   The school year calendar for 2018/2019 has now been...
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Uniform Shop Summer Hours

May 16, 2018
See attached for full details.​ August 14: 12pm-3pm ,  August 16,21,23: 9am-3pm ,  August 27,28: 9am-2pm ,  August 29,30: 3pm-8pm,   August 31: 9am-11am
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EQAO Student Advisory Committee

May 09, 2018
​Please see below a memo from the Education Quality and Accountability Office about the creation of the EQAO Student Advisory Committee, whose role will be to represent the student voice in the agency's activities.  Students who will be in Grade 7 to Grade 12 next school year are invited to apply. 
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UPDATE: Agreement reached regarding First Student Canada buses

April 25, 2018
An agreement has been reached in contract negotiations between First Student Canada and school bus drivers and monitors represented by Unifor. This is very welcome news for all involved, and means that school bus services will not be interrupted.  First Student Canada is one of 30 operators under contract with Tri-Board Student...
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Information for the Class of 2018

April 17, 2018
​Please see the attached pdf for the information provided in the graduates assembly on April 17th, 2018.
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Elementary & Secondary Summer Programming

April 11, 2018
Elementary Summer Programs The Algonquin and Lakeshore District School Board Summer Literacy and Numeracy programs will run from July 9 th - July 27 th with the SEVENs Mathematics program running from August 20 th – 24 th .   Primary Literacy and Numeracy Skills (Grades K-2) Primary Literacy and Numeracy...
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Early Semester Report Cards and Interviews

March 20, 2018
On March 21st, the early Report Cards for Grades 9 – 12 students will be distributed in homeroom classes. Parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Each parent-teacher conference is scheduled for ten minutes, and must be booked...
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John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Award

March 01, 2018
Through his compassionate and courageous leadership as a member of Provincial Parliament, and Mayor and City Councillor for the City of Kingston, John Gerretsen has devoted his career to enabling positive change, and to advocating for citizens, young and old, throughout our community and province.
In recognition of his long...
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Call for Catholic Education Week Award Nominations!

January 16, 2018
Catholic Education Week May 6-11, 2019 During the week of May 6-11, 2019 the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. Our Catholic Graduate Expectations challenge students to articulate in society those fundamental values...
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Holy Cross Teen Mental Health Speaker Series - February 8th, 2018

January 11, 2018
​ Session 2:   Parenting Youth in a Time of Transition: How to help prepare them for managing life stress. Dr. Susan Buchanan, Ph.D., C. Psych. Thursday February 8 th , 2018, at 7:00pm , Holy Cross Lecture Theatre.   Dr. Buchanan is a Clinical Psychologist with the Maple Family Health...
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End of Season Blowout - McCarthy Uniform Shop

November 10, 2017
​See attached for details.
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MSAC

November 08, 2017
2018-19 applications are open! Minister's Student Advisory Council Students in grades 7 – 12 at publicly funded schools are eligible to apply. The application form is available at ontario.ca/speakup . The Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC) is a group of
approximately 60 students who come from
publicly funded schools...
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Early Semester Report Cards and Interviews

October 02, 2017
On  October 12 th , the early Report Cards for Grades 9 – 12 students will be distributed in homeroom classes. Parent-teacher interviews are scheduled for Thursday, October 18 th , from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 24 th , from 6:30 to...
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Holy Cross Catholic School Council Meeting

September 11, 2017
​The School Council is parent volunteers working in collaboration with school staff and administration to enhance the student experience and education at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. All parents are welcome! The first meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30 pm in the Learning Commons. ...
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KFL&A Parenting Campaign

August 22, 2017
​KFL&A Public Health, in partnership with local community agencies, is pleased to announce the launch of a KFL&A Parenting Campaign.  Please see attached for details.
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Report Cards Available for Pick Up

July 10, 2017
Semester 2 report cards are available for pickup in the main office at the school beginning July 11th. The main office is open from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Monday to Thursday all summer except for the week of August 7-11 (board shutdown), when the school will be closed. If you have questions, please give us...
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Uniform Shop Summer Hours

June 23, 2017
Please see attached for information about summer hours for the Uniform Shop.​
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June Uniform Promotion.

June 06, 2017
​See attached for details.
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French Trip to Montreal

May 30, 2017
Holy Cross French students traveled to Montreal on May 26th, to see the new Cirque du Soleil show 'Volta'.  Everyone enjoyed the show and an opportunity to practice their French skills! ​
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Students' Council Presents to the Board about 'transitions'

May 24, 2017
Sara Doyle and Kort Clifford, members of the 2016/17 Holy Cross Students' Council presented to the ALCDSB trustees and senior administration on Tuesday May 23rd, in Napanee. ​The topic was transitions to Holy Cross for incoming grade 9 students and their talk highlighted the various initiatives that exist to make our newest Crusaders...
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Opiod Information Session for Parents

May 22, 2017
June 6th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre.​
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Mayor's Awards for Youth Volunteerism

May 09, 2017
Nominate an outstanding individual for the City of Kingston 2017 Civic Awards Program: the Mayor's Awards for Youth Volunteerism and First Capital Distinguished Citizen / Honourable Achievement Awards.  
New this year - a scholarship program has been introduced for the Mayor's Awards for Youth Volunteerism made possible thanks to the...
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Important information 2017 Graduates

April 20, 2017
All members of the 2017 graduating class at Holy Cross: please see the attached file for important dates pertaining to this year's graduation.
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HC Swag Sale

April 18, 2017
HC Student Leadership and Sports Leadership will be selling HC Swag in front foyer during Lunch. 
There will be an additional sale after school from 4:30PM -- 6:30 PM.  See the web calendar for more details!​
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Opiod Information Session for Parents

March 28, 2017
KFL&A public health along with community partners are providing a Parent event to bring awareness to the opioid situation here in Kingston.  The event will take place at LCVI on Tuesday April 11 th .  Light refreshments and community partner displays at 6:30pm, presentations at 7:00pm. Dr. Kieran Moore, the KFL&A Assistant Medical Officer of Health, Dr....
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HC at the Canadian Improv Games: Kingston (March 30th)

March 26, 2017
The Canadian Improv Games is a loving competition between teams of high school students trained to perform sponataneous, improvised scenes within the framework of the CIG's own 5 event competitive format. Each team (composed of 5-8 students) plays 4 games, each game being a (maximum) 4 minutes long. There are over...
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Give a Shirt Challenge

March 26, 2017
During the month of April (Earth Month) you will have the opportunity to help Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (the 3Rs) the items of clothing you no longer need.  Holy Cross has registered with the 'I Give a Shirt' Challenge at www.giveashirtcanada.com  to raise awareness that Recycling is the preferred option to...
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THINKfast at Holy Cross

March 26, 2017
​ THINKfast  is an interactive learning experience designed for youth. You can choose from a collection of activities and reflections that will help you and your group experience the challenges of poverty and injustice in concrete ways.

By participating in this 25-hour educational and fundraising fast you stand in solidarity...
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Making a Difference Speaker Series

March 09, 2017
​On March 23rd, 150 students from Holy Cross CSS will venture to RND to hear Canadian Technology entrepeneur, Michelle Romanow speak to secondary students from across Kingston. Michelle will be speaking as part of the annual Boys and Girls Club, 'Making a Difference Speaker Series'.
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Spring Coffee House - March 22nd!

March 09, 2017
​The Guitar class at Holy Cross is organizing their Spring Coffee House. 
Auditions for this event are taking place March 7th-9th in the Guitar Room during lunch.
Sign-up sheet is on the Guitar Room door. ​
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Holy Cross Outreach to Rosewood Retirement Home

March 09, 2017
​Staff and students from Holy Cross CSS ventured to Rosewood retirement home recently, where they led residents in a sing-along. This monthly outreach event is coordinated by the Holy Cross C.I.C.S. (Crusaders in Community Service) team under the supervision of our Chaplaincy coordinator, Mr. Chris Forster.
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Tell Them From Me Survey

February 12, 2017
As part of our ongoing commitment to school safety and effectiveness, Holy Cross CSS will be participating in an online school survey (Tell Them From Me) for students.
This anonymous survey which we conduct every two years, is intended to help us:
Assess perceptions of safety – from students,...
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October 2016 OSSLT Results

February 06, 2017
If your son or daughter participated in the October 2016 on-line OSSLT, a letter will be coming home today explaining the outcome of that test. Please see the following document for details.​ OSSLTResultsExplanationWebsiteFeb17.pdf
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Call for Nominations

February 03, 2017
​During Catholic Education Week ALCDSB recognizes the exemplary accomplishments of students, staff and community partners who consistently demonstrate outstanding service.  Why not nominate someone from your community for one of the many Catholic Education Week awards?? Click for full details​.​
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January 2017 Exam Schedule

December 13, 2016
​ Click the link  to see the exam schedule: ​
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New Program - Secondary School High Skills Major in the Environment

December 01, 2016
​​​ Is your Crusader interested in the outdoors? Are they mindful of the need to be ‘green’? Do they like to work with their hands? It is with a great deal of excitement that Holy Cross has begun the process of applying to the Ministry of Education to create a Secondary...
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Parent Council Presents Dr. Matt Bellace, February 21

December 01, 2016
​​ Holy Cross School Council welcomes Dr. Matt Bellace, Ph.D., speaker, psychologist, comedian on Tuesday February 21st, 2017. 
With support from Parent Reaching Out Grants , and in collaboration with our elementary school partners, the Holy Cross School Council has arranged to have Dr. Matt Bellace, PhD, speaker, psychologist and...
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Mr. Stuart's December Message

December 01, 2016
November has been a busy month. I have just completed feeder school visits with our Student Success Lead, Mrs. Besselink, and based on the reports by grade 8 teachers and the enthusiasm demonstrated, I predict the class of 2021 is going to be fantastic. Our annual Day of the Arts at...
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KASSAA and OFSAA Code of Behaviour for Spectators

November 11, 2016
1.  CHEER IN A POSITIVE MANNER
2.  RESPECT OFFICIALS' DECISIONS
3.  DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE COMPETITION
4.  KEEP OFF THE PLAYING AREA
5.  BE COURTEOUS AND RESPECTFUL
Failure to comply with this Code of Behaviour may lead to ejection ​
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Treaties Recognition Week

November 08, 2016
​ The week of Novem​ber 7th to 11th has been officially recognized as Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. In an effort to support schools in raising awareness of the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, we present a series of interesting facts about treaties. See them by opening...
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The Holy Cross Mus​ical 2016

November 04, 2016
The Holy Cross Musical 2016 The time is here! The Holy Cross Arts Department proudly presents the musical Les Miserables later this month. This talented cast of 60 students has been in rehearsal since the third week of school and the students are thrilled to bring this Broadway production to our...
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Principal Stuart's November Message

November 03, 2016
It seems the year is racing by. Our fall sports teams are reaching the end of their seasons. In fact, our field hockey team, led by Mr. Kallevig , played Frontenac in the KASSAA finals October 26th, defeating the Falcons 1-0 to qualify for OFSSA this week in Kitchener. Congratulations to...
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Update on OSSLT

October 21, 2016
​ Dear st udent or parent, It is with great disappointment that we acknowledge that the October 20 trial of the online OSSLT was unsuccessful. Unfortunately, we experienced widespread technical issues with the network and, as a result, we had to cancel the trial assessment. We do not yet exactly know...
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Important Information About OSSLT Test Day for Schools and School Boards

October 19, 2016
The province-wide trial of the online OSSLT is just days away.  The response to this voluntary test has been tremendous. We are expecting a majority of the 900+ English and French schools and school boards across Ontario to participate.
This is a trial. Given the strong interest, we want to...
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OSSLT Grade 10 Timetable, October 20th

October 17, 2016
​1 8:30 – 8:45 Arrival and Log In 2 8:45 – 10:00 Session 1 3 10:00 – 10:15 Nutrition Break 4 10:15 – 10:30 Return to class and Log In 5 10:30 – 11:45 Session 2 6 11:45 – 12:30 Lunch 7 12:30 – 1:30 Regularly Scheduled Period 3 8 1:30...
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Jamaica Mission Trip Fundraising Concert

October 09, 2016
Kingston's best kept secret, The Big Phat Horn Band  will be performing at Holy Cross C.S.S. on November 3rd at 7 p.m.  Openin the show will be our very own  The Banters .  Tickets are $15, and all proceeds go to the Holy Cross' House Build Project in Jamaica.  If you...
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Grade 9 Kingston Gets Active ActivPass

October 08, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 9 Students: The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board believes a healthy mind and body have an important impact on learning and the quality of life for everyone, staff and students alike.  We support physical activity in our schools and would like to encourage...
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Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School Student Activity Fee

September 04, 2016
All students are required to pay a student activity fee at the beginning of the school year. Please make cheque payable to Holy Cross CSS. For parents with more than one child at Holy Cross, a reduction of $5.00 per additional child is available.  There is a decrease in student activity...
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Principal Stuart's September Message

September 04, 2016
​ Welcome parents, guardians, and students to the 2016-17 school year at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. I speak for all of us when I say we are proud and humbled to welcome such a large number of students to our school: our enrolment is very strong, and your confidence in...
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HC student wins video contest

June 15, 2016
Congratulations to Grade 11 Holy Cross student Ryan Murray who won third place in the Ontario Ministry of Labour's 2015-2016 "Student Video Contest". Ryan received provincial recognition for his two minute Public Service Announcement television commercial on the topic of "Working Safely On The Job". Ryan used his creativity to develop...
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Walk, Wheel or Bus to School

June 15, 2016
O n May 18 th   Holy Cross Catholic Secondary   School students participated in a "Walk, Wheel or Bus" to school event. This event was designed to promote healthy active living and was jointly sponsored by Holy Cross' Students' Council, Green Team, Wellness Team and the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and...
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HC student encourages others to learn about stem cell donation

June 15, 2016
On Friday, May 27, Mackenzie Curran held   a stem cell drive at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, encouraging fellow students to learn about stem cell donation. Alongside OneMatch Cell and Marrow Network and Canadian Blood Services, Mackenzie organized a day where students were able to visit a variety of stations...
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Student Volunteer of the Year

May 09, 2016

Congratulations to HC student Noah Vinet who was named the Student Volunteer of the Year for the Secondary Schools of the Agonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. Noah is an incredibly giving person. He willingly volunteers his time in so many ways here at Holy Cross including reading Morning Announcements for almost...
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Holy Cross Advances to the Ontario Tech Skills Competition in Waterloo

April 27, 2016
​The Holy Cross TV/Video Production team of Shannon Dunphy and Angelica Peters have qualified to advance to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo, Ontario on Tuesday, May 3 rd , 2016!