Markham Teacher named Teacher of the Year by the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children

Congratulations to Josie Addorisio, Special Education Teacher at St. Julia Billiart CES, who was recently recognized as the Teacher of the Year for Region 4 by the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children.  Region 4 includes York Region, as well as Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Peterborough, and Rideau. The award is given to teachers who have made … Continue reading “Markham Teacher named Teacher of the Year by the Ontario Council for Exceptional Children”

Best Buddies advocate receives scholarship for his work promoting inclusion

The York Catholic District School Board congratulates Steven Tomlinson for receiving the Best Buddies’ James Raymond Cowling High School Scholarship. Steven is a recent alumnus of St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS and is currently studying computer programming at Centennial College in Toronto. Steven was nominated for the scholarship by Joanne Spizzirri, a teacher at his former high … Continue reading “Best Buddies advocate receives scholarship for his work promoting inclusion”

Students Celebrate Differences

The 7th Annual Student Crime Stoppers School Symposium was held at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on November 25, 2015. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Differences”. The theme focused on the promotion of student acceptance of others who face discrimination because of mental health problems, sexual orientation, and diversity differences. Two students … Continue reading “Students Celebrate Differences”

St. John XXIII students ‘Celebrate Kindness’

‘Celebrating Kindness’ was the theme during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 16-20, at St. John XXIII CES in Markham. The school community brought the theme to life through various fun, inclusive and hands-on activities. Students collectively signed an “I Choose to be Kind” pledge, and energetically participated in Aussie X cricket and netball games. Grade 7 and … Continue reading “St. John XXIII students ‘Celebrate Kindness’”

St. Peter CES ‘drums up’ awareness about bullying prevention

During Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week at St. Peter Catholic Elementary School in Woodbridge, the school’s Spirit Club led initiatives that reinforced the school’s commitment to maintaining a safe and caring environment. Spirit club members provided daily tips to students and staff about the importance of loving and respecting one another as Catholic learners. Students and staff … Continue reading “St. Peter CES ‘drums up’ awareness about bullying prevention”

Two student made videos shortlisted in OCSTA’s video competition

The York Catholic District School Board congratulates St. Michael the Archangel CES in Woodbridge and St. Anne CES in Richmond Hill, for making OCSTA’s “Living the Gospel” shortlist in its annual video competition. OCSTA (Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association) received numerous short video submissions from students at Catholic schools across Ontario for its 2015 “Living the Gospel” short video … Continue reading “Two student made videos shortlisted in OCSTA’s video competition”

St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES introduces a Buddy Bench as part of its anti-bullying strategy

This fall, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School held several special events and initiatives to help raise awareness and about bullying prevention and intervention. The Markham school introduced a Buddy Bench in its outside play area for primary grade students. The Buddy Bench encourages students to support one another in an effort to eliminate exclusion and to … Continue reading “St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES introduces a Buddy Bench as part of its anti-bullying strategy”

York Catholic elects new Chair of the Board

Former Chair elected to the position of Vice-Chair At the December 1st Inaugural Board Meeting, Carol Cotton, Trustee for Markham (Thornhill/Unionville), was unanimously elected as Chair of the Board by her fellow trustees. Cotton has been a Trustee for the York Catholic District School Board since 1993, and has previously served in the Vice-Chair role. … Continue reading “York Catholic elects new Chair of the Board”

Jean Vanier Catholic High School contributes to Project Hope in support of Syrian Refugees

The Catholic Leadership Council at Jean Vanier Catholic High School in Richmond Hill organized a Syrian Refugee Education Week for its school community this fall. The week-long event helped to raise awareness about the growing refugee crisis overseas, as well as, raised funds for the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Project Hope. In Northern Africa and the Middle East, … Continue reading “Jean Vanier Catholic High School contributes to Project Hope in support of Syrian Refugees”

St. Augustine student gets down to business about prom

The York Catholic District School Board congratulates Mariam Walaa, Grade 12 student at St. Augustine Catholic High School in Markham, for creating an award-winning video about the importance of financial literacy for teens. Mariam created the video for the Junior Economic Club of Canada’s Financial Literacy Academic Challenge. The short video encourages teens to take charge of … Continue reading “St. Augustine student gets down to business about prom”