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HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
HCSS Logo 1085 Woodbine Road
Kingston, Ontario K7P 2V9
Telephone: 613-384-1919
Fax: 613-384-8665
Email: flhphcss@alcdsb.on.ca
Website: http://hcss.alcdsb.on.ca/
Year: 2014 - 2015
Grades: 9 - 12
Hours of Instruction: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
School Community Information
Holy Cross Catholic Seconday School Principal: Ian Stuart
 

Vice-Principal(s):
  Wendy Gallant, Paul Melim


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Chaplain:
Head Office Administrator: Karen Lowe
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Board Information
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Excellence in Catholic Education
151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee, Ontario, K7R 4B2

Automated Attendant: 613-354-6257
Receptionist: 613-354-2255
Toll-Free:1-800-581-1116
E-mail: info@alcdsb.on.ca

Director of Education: Jody DiRocco
 

Superintendent of School Effectiveness:
  Karen Shannon
Tel:  613-354-2255 Ext. 449
Fax: 613-354-0549

Tel:  613-354-2255 Ext. 484
Fax: 613-354-9822
School Identifiers
Patron Saint:
Motto:To Live in Christ; To Love as Christ
Official Tartan: Mackenzie Dress
School Colours: Green and Silver
Team Name: Crusaders
School Theme:
School Mission Statement
To live in Christ; to love as Christ - such is the basis of our faith, indeed, the foundation of the Holy Cross community. Rooted in the Word of God, Holy Cross recongnizes that it is only in cooperating with the Spirit's challenge to a deepened conversion that individual potentials can be realized. This conversion enables the formation of a community increasingly committed to the difficult task of advancing God’s Kingdom in a culture that is often hostile. Moreover, Holy Cross acknowledges its relationship and responsibilities toward the total human community.

Our message to each other is simple and clear; God loves us and Christ is alive in us. This is a compelling reality. It allows us to celebrate, as a Church, the gift that is Creation and to declare, as a Church, that God is love.
About Our School
Holy Cross CSS was founded in 1986 and operated out of a shared facility with KCVI and Victoria Public School in downtown Kingston. The current facility opened its doors to 51 educators and 825 students in September of 1990. Archbishop Francis J. Spence blessed the school at an official opening ceremony of October 28, 1990. The school boasted 110,000 square feet with a state-of-the-art technology wing, lecture theatre, gym, and classrooms ready for the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

25th Anniversary
In the 2010-11 Academic Year Holy Cross celebrated 25 years of service to the Catholic and Greater Kingston communities.


Facilities:
  • Chapel, Library
  • 2 large gyms, 1 small gym, 1 exercise studio
  • 10 computer labs (including 2 assistive technology labs)
  • 2 Developmental Centre programs, including one Snoezelen room
  • 8 science labs
  • Transportation Lab -Woodshop
  • 2 Communication Technology facilities
  • Drama room, stage and lecture theatre
  • 3 music rooms (including one Computers and Music lab)
Student Enrolment: 1230
Number of Staff:
100
Catholic School Council
Chairperson: Lori O’Connor
How We Live Our Catholic Faith
Our Belief
To live in Christ – such is the basis of our Faith. Indeed, it is the foundation of the Holy Cross Community. Rooted in the Word of God, Holy Cross recognizes that it is only in cooperating with the Spirit’s challenge to a deepened conversion that individual potentials can be realized. This conversion enables the formation of a community increasingly committed to the difficult task of advancing God’s Kingdom in a culture that is often unwelcoming: moreover, Holy Cross acknowledges its relationship and responsibilities toward the total human community. Our message to each other is simple and clear: God loves us and Christ is alive in us. This is a compelling reality. It allows us to celebrate, as a Church, the gift that is Creation and to declare, as a Church, that God is Love.

Demonstrating our Faith
CRUSADERS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE (CICS) is a student organization dedicated to serving those in need, both within our local community and beyond. At all times, its members strive to be an example of "Faith in Action."
  • Taking part in charitable activities such as:
    • October/Thanksgiving juice drive (Donations to the local food bank)
    • Advent collection in November/December (Donations to the local St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Hamper Program)
    • Annual pancake breakfast on Shrove Tuesday (For a local charity)
    • Share Lent Campaign in March/April (to support various charitable agencies at the local, provincial and international levels)
    • 25-Hour Think Fast (For C.C.O.D.P. - Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace)
    • Clothing drives
    • Annual Partners in Mission food blitz in May
    • Others as requested and as decided upon by the group (i.e. special fundraisers such as hurricane or other disaster relief programs.)
  • Promoting awareness of social justice issues at the local and international level within our school community through initiatives such as:
    • Bulletin boards
    • Classroom memos
    • Main lobby displays
    • Organizing third world speakers
    • Presentations at School Masses (I.e. slide shows)
    • C.I.C.S. rep on Student Council
    • Articles for diocesan & other local newspapers
    • Taking part in mission trips to developing nations
  • Community Outreach Activities:
    • Food bank volunteers
    • Seniors' retirement home visitations
    • Environmental cleanup campaigns
    • Blood donor clinics
    • Diabetes canvassing
  • Holy Cross Beacons of Hope
  • Poverty Conference
  • Catholic Youth Day 2010
  • Kingston to Kingston (K2K) Jamaica Mission Trip
LEARNING AT OUR SCHOOL
Academic Programs
Holy Cross has a wide-range of programs and facilities to meet the needs of students.

Grades 9 – 12: Religion and Family Life Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, French, the Arts and Social Sciences.

French Second Language: Core

Other:
  • Specialist High Skills Major - Information and Communication Technology - The SHSM program in Information and Communications Technology is offered to students wanting to explore a career in the Communication Technology sector.
  • The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers students an opportunity to begin their apprenticeship training while in high school.
  • Cooperative Education opportunities abound for students with many established relationships within our local business and public sector communities providing placement opportunities for students to gain first hand work experience.
  • Dual Credit Program- allow students to enroll in a course at a local community college while still enrolled at a secondary school in order to obtain a college credit and a high school credit at the same time.

Academic Endeavours:

  • Math and Science Contests
  • Reach for the Top
  • Prose and Poetry Writing Contests
  • Writers’ Club
  • Queen’s Mini-courses for Enrichment
  • Chess Club
  • Cogeco
  • Game of the Week
Co-Curriculum Program
Athletics:
  • Varsity & Jr. Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Wrestling, and Rugby
  • Varsity and Jr. Varsity Football
  • Track and Field and Indoor Track
  • Cross Country Running
  • Girls Field Hockey
  • Cheerleading
  • Rowing Club
  • Ski Club
  • Curling
  • Swimming
  • Girls/Boys Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
Student Leadership:
  • Students’ Council
  • Athletic Council
  • Student Assistant Coaching; Student Officiating
  • Peer Tutors
  • Crusaders in Community Service (CICS)
  • Yearbook Production
  • Best Buddies
  • HCTV Holy Cross Television Artistic & Technical Pursuits
  • Photography Club (grad photos, special events)
  • HCTV Holy Cross Television & Video Broadcasting for school and community); competition in national video contests
  • Annual Musical or Play
  • Cabaret Performance
  • Improv Team
  • Dramatic Competitions and Special School- Wide Drama Performances
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Art Club
  • Musical Performance of Jr. Concert and Sr. Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band
  • School Band Recording CD
  • Music Festivals
  • Choir
  • Technological Skills Competitions
HOW WE KNOW WE ARE SUCCEEDING
Assessing Student Progress
The results from the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics for the applied and academic courses are displayed at the top of the page in graphs. Students who achieved level 3 or 4 met provincial expectations.

EQAO Grade 9 Applied Math results
HCSS Gr. 9 Applied Math Results

EQAO Grade 9 Academic Math results
HCSS Grade 9 Academic Math results

The results from the EQAO Grade 10 Ontario School Literacy Test (OSSLT) are presented next. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.


EQAO Results – Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test: Percentage of students who passed the test
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
School 86% 89% 84% 82% 87%
Province 84% 83% 82% 82% 83%