The St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Secondary School gathered to honour the academic excellence of its students with an Academic Awards Breakfast on Wednesday November 4th as well as an Academic Awards Ceremony on the evening of Thursday November 5th. Congratulations to all of our Honour Roll students and to all of the subject award winners of 2014-2015! We are so proud of your achievements! Both the Breakfast and the Awards Night were a huge success.Thanks to the entire Awards Committee for organizing this huge event.
The following is a list of students who received specialty awards. Specialty Awards are granted by people and organizations outside of the school in recognition of students who have excelled in academic areas.
University of Waterloo Mathematics Contest:
The 2015 Pascal (Grade 9), Cayley (Grade 10), and Fermat (Grade 11) Contests were written by a total of approximately 60,000 students from over 1,400 schools. A Certificate of Distinction is awarded to students ranking in the top 25% of all contestants in Canada. A Medal is awarded to the top student (in each grade) at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School.
Grade 11 Fermat Mathematics Contest:
Tobias Widajat (medal and certificate
Daniel Marquis (certificate)
Grade 10 Cayley Mathematics Contest:
Dexter Van Leeuwen (medal and certificate)
Selena Wu (certificate)
Ryan Badovinac (certificate)
Michael Popov (certificate)
William Mucha (certificate)
Alejandra Villegas (certificate)
Grade 9 Pascal Mathematics Contest:
Cynthia Ren (medal and certificate)
Kefan Dong (certificate)
Helana Ghali (certificate)
Stephen Carusi (certificate)
Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest:
Cynthia Ren (medal and certificate)
Selena Wu (certificate)
Kefan Dong (certificate)
Michael Popov (certificate)
Vanessa Moldovan (certificate)
Catholic Education Foundation Award:
The Catholic Student Award is presented by the Catholic Education Federation of Ontario. It recognizes young people who best exemplify the following Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
A discerning believer in Christ
An effective communicator- spreading the gospel
A reflective, creative and holistic thinker – sharing ideas for the betterment of the world
A self-directed, responsible, life-long learner
A collaborative contributor
A caring family member
A responsible citizen
The recipient was Krystle Coutinho.
The Principal’s Award is awarded to the students who have achieved the highest average in their grade.
Grade 9 Principal’s Award - Shumin (Cynthia) Ren
Grade 10 Principal’s Award - Sydney Liao
Grade 11 Principal’s Award - Christina Chang
Joe Hugel Award: (Certificate & $250.00)
The Dufferin-Peel Roman Catholic District School Board established the Joe Hugel Award in honour of its first Director of Education in 1983. The award was given to a grade 10 student because government funding of the school system was limited to this grade in its early beginning. The Awards Committee assumed the sponsorship of this award in June of 1996. This award is given to the grade 10 student in every secondary school with the highest overall final average.
The recipient of the Joe Hugel award this year was Sydney Liao.
The following links contain start-up and safety information for parents and students pertaining to the Student Transportation of Peel Region. This information highlights reminders for the 2015-2016 school year.
School Start Up Memo
From Your Catholic School Trustees (Click here for current and past Trustee Newsletters)
Luz del Rosario, Sharon Hobin and Esther O’Toole
Congratulations to Wendy Zhang and Earvin Tio from Safe@Gonzaga who created the winning Stand Up Against Bullying poster for 2014-2015. This poster will be displayed in all Dufferin-Peel schools.
The Strategic System plan for 2014-2019 is now available.
ONLINE REPORTING TOOL: Promoting a Positive School Climate
The following reporting tool is intended for students who become aware of bullying incidents and negative behaviours impacting the school community. It is designed to provide information that will help promote a positive school climate.
When you fill out this form,you are NOT REQUIRED to provide your name or any other identifiable information anywhere. If the information provided is anoymous, it may be dealt with in a general way as there is no means to respond specifically when there is limited information provided. DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE, you may be identifiable.
In some cases, if you are identifiable based on the information provided, the school principal/vice-principal may approach you to provide a little more information on a confidential basis. If you choose to identify yourself as part of the reporting process, the principal/vice-principal may follow up with you directly.
If you have any questions about this tool, please contact the Principal and/or Vice-Principals.
Student Accident Insurance
Important notice to parents, guardians regarding insurance for students who participate in out-of-school excursions and extra-curricular sports activities.
Effective September 2012 the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board requires that parents, guardians and adult students provide written acknowledgment that they have received information regarding Student Accident Insurance especially for those students participating in out-of-school excursions and/or extra-curricular sports activities.
Although the Board takes every precaution to provide a safe learning environment for students, accidents can and do happen. Some accidental injuries result in medical, dental and/or other expenses that are not covered by the provincial health care or employer group plans. As the parent, guardian or adult student you become responsible for these expenses. Some families have private accident insurance which is able to respond to costs arising from injuries however many families do not.
Under the Education Act, an Ontario school board may “provide, by contract with an insurer under the Insurance Act, accident and life insurance for pupils, the cost of which is to be paid on a voluntary basis by the parents or guardians. R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2, s.176, par.4.”
As required under the Education Act, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board arranges for the distribution of student accident insurance brochures (i.e., ‘insuremykids’). However, please be advised that the Board assumes no responsibility for the cost of the plan, applications, premium payments or claims; nor does the Board receive any remuneration from the Reliable Life Insurance Company. Furthermore, the Board does not and cannot insure students.
IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE AN INSURANCE BROCHURE, please either contact your child’s school or contact the Board Office (905-890-0708 X-24360).
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, require any assistance, or prefer to enroll online or by phone, please contact the Client Service Department of Reliable Life Insurance through one of the following options:
Telephone: 1-800-463-5437 (toll free), or 905-523-6525
Address: P.O. Box 557, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3K9
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET)
If your home address will be changing during the summer, please notify the office staff at your child’s school prior to June 30. STOPR will also accept address change information after June 30 until July 11. Address changes received after July 11 will not be reflected in the planned bus routes to commence in September and may result in transportation services not being available for your child during the first weeks of school. Parents will be responsible for their children getting to and from school until appropriate transportation service is arranged.
The distance criteria for transportation eligibility is:
1.0 kilometer Kindergarten and Grade 1
1.6 kilometers for Grades 2 – 4
2.0 kilometers for Grades 5 – 8
4.8 kilometers for Grades 9 – 12
If your child is moving to grade 1, grade 5, grade 7 or grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year, their eligibility status for transportation may be changing. Eligibility information can be accessed at the website noted below.
Parents who received letters in April of this year indicating that the transportation eligibility status for their children is being revised due to eligibility reassessment are reminded that this change will occur effective September 2, 2014.
Courtesy transportation, which is assignment of ineligible students to available, empty seats on buses, will not be initiated prior to October 3. No exceptions.
Please be aware that during September and early October, STOPR priorities are eligible students requiring transportation service, bus overloads, and route timing adjustments.
Requests for additional or adjusted bus stop locations, route adjustments, and challenges to eligibility status will not be addressed until late October.
Please be patient. STOPR provides transportation services for approximately 62,000 students to 350 schools on 1,300 buses. This is accomplished with an operations staff of 15. Every effort is made to complete required adjustments as quickly as possible, but there are limitations to the volume of changes which can be appropriately communicated and implemented each week.
All transportation operations issues are the responsibility of STOPR and not either Board or individual Trustees.
Internet: www.stopr.ca. This website provides up to date delay and inclement weather cancellation information in addition to policy, procedures and frequently asked questions.
Businfo.stopr.ca.: This website allows parents to access information specific to “what school do I attend” and “am I eligible for transportation”. This site also provides parents access to specific bus stop location and pick up and drop off times for their children if eligible for transportation.
Telephone: STOPR: Phone: 905 890-6000
Toll free: 1-800 668-1140
STOPR Administration: Phone: 905 890-0708 ext. 23220
Bus Cancellations during Inclement Weather
During the winter months inclement weather may cause disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. A decision to cancel school transportation and/or to close schools is usually made by 6:00 a.m. and will be announced on the following radio and television stations:
VIRGIN RADIO FM99.9
EZ ROCK FM97.3
CJBC (FR) AM860
STOPR Administration 905 890-0708 ext. 23220
Geoquery Website - http://businfo.stopr.ca
This website also allows parents to login and find their child’s transportation information by following these instructions:
type in the website address: businfo.stopr.ca
click “student login”
enter your child’s OEN number, street/house number, school and grade
This will automatically display the child’s transportation information, if they are eligible.
This capability for “student login” will be available for parents starting the second last week of August until the end of June each year. This feature will be locked down during the summer for route planning purposes.
Additional features of this website are, School Information, Which School Do I Attend and Transportation Eligibility and Delays and Cancellations
STOPR: STUDENT TRANSPORTATION OF PEEL REGION
For information regarding student transportation services, bus stop locations and time details please visit http://www.stopr.ca/Pages/default.