Tuesday, 19 December 2017

ACS Raiders' Success

Since September, 6 Assumption students participated in the first ever WEC entrepreneurship event. 

In total, over 250 students from the region attended a series of workshops and seminars to help them develop business skills.

The three groups from ACS all advanced to last week's final event at the WECDSB office and presented a "Dragon's Den" style pitch to a panel of judges and audience of nearly 200 people.

The Raider groups did extremely well, with Kegun Morkin placing 4th, Jaggar Ford-Klein & Joseph Mati in 2nd and Brandon Defausses, Anda Silvestru and Diana Silvestru earning FIRST PLACE honours. 

The three groups also won a total of $7500 to help further grow their brands. 

The event was televised and local cable and the Raiders made a huge impression.
WEC Competition Broadcast

Big thanks to Mr. Bracken for his guidance, Mrs. Bentley for her ongoing support and leadership in the project, the teachers who supported these students as well and all who voted in the online video component of the event. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

ACS Model United Nations Team

The ACS Model United Nations team returned from Lansing Michigan over the weekend after another successful conference. A special congratulations goes out to Deep Sandhu for representing Bulgaria in the European Union. Deep received highest honours in her council working on creating a Common European Asylum System and addressing the regulation of Artificial Intelligence.

Congratulations also goes out to the following students for receiving second honours in their respective councils:

Mirna Eshaya for representing Ireland in the European Union.
Evan Tanovich for representing Japan in the Security Council.

A notable mention goes out to Aleczia Habash and Suzie Sawicki for their excellent preparation and negotiation tackling the nuclear crisis in DPRK and the situation in Myanmar.

The team looks forward to their next conference at the University of Windsor in May.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

NOW OPEN 2018-19 Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC) Applications

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 across Ontario.

Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on a variety of topics about our publicly funded education system.

The council celebrates student diversity and seeks all perspectives and experiences.

Tell your students about our Facebook page where they can
see what other students say about their MSAC experience.

Deadline: January 10, 2018, by midnight EST

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

2017-18 SpeakUp Project Grants

2017-18 SpeakUp Project Grants are now open!

Students in grades 7-12 at publicly funded schools can apply.

SpeakUp Projects Grants of up to $2,500 are available to help students lead projects that make a difference in their classrooms, schools and communities.

Students can learn more and apply online at ontario.ca/speakup

Deadline is December 7, 2017, at midnight, EST.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Too many girls around the world face challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Statistics show that girls everywhere face higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination than boys. In many parts of the world, girls do not have access to education or adequate health care.

This day promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls in areas like law, nutrition, health, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse. This important day shines a light on the serious barriers faced by girls and helps to showcase the work girls themselves are doing to bring about changes in their communities and around the world.

Tomorrow Rosie the Riveter bandanas will be distributed in the cafeteria at lunch time in recognition of the day.

Friday, 6 October 2017


Good morning Assumption Students and Staff,

Our school will taking part in THE GREAT BIG CRUNCH. Apples will be delivered to our school as early as next week until and the bid day will be on October 19th during school hours.

Please share your crunch pictures and stories by tweeting @OSNPsouthwest and hash tagging #GreatBigCrunch.

Happy Crunching!

Friday, 29 September 2017

An Evening with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB. "Evangelizing the Secular World:

Wayne State University Med-Direct Program

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

Wayne State University is proud to offer the Wayne Med-Direct program to motivated students who are searching for a premier undergraduate experience and medical education, and who are determined to pursue a carrier in medicine with a focus on reducing urban health disparities.
This prestigious pipeline program offers 10 outstanding students admission to Wayne State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while also providing four years of paid undergraduate tuition, four years of on-campus room and board, and four years of medical school tuition — with guaranteed admission to the WSU School of Medicine upon meeting program milestones and requirements.
The only program of its kind in Michigan, Wayne Med-Direct gives select undergraduate students the chance to become part of the School of Medicine community years before entering med school. Wayne Med-Direct students will prepare for a bright future alongside a diverse community of scholars led by some of the country’s most esteemed professors and researchers, gaining hands-on experience in clinics and labs along the way.
Wayne Med-Direct scholars also benefit from:
  • WSU’s long-standing partnerships with renowned medical institutions for hands-on clinical experience right in our own backyard.
  • Faculty members at the forefront of their disciplines who don’t just teach from the books — they write them.
  • State-of-the-art labs and research centers such as IBio, a $90 million facility dedicated to eliminating health disparities in Detroit.
To be eligible for Wayne Med-Direct consideration, incoming freshmen must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 1340 SAT or 30 ACT score. Preference will be given to applicants from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in studying health disparities.
Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2017. 
For more information about Wayne Med-Direct or to attend an information session, please visit our website or email us at med-direct@wayne.edu.
Thank you,
Dulmini Barupala
Program Coordinator
Wayne Med-Direct

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Individual Education Plans and more.....

You are invited to a presentation and discussion on IEP's and more. Pre-register by September 28

Friday, 8 September 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

Welcome everyone to an exciting new school year at Assumption College Catholic High School! Our school is blessed with an incredible teaching and support staff that is second to none. We are proud to offer you the best in Catholic education.
Our school is supported by a vibrant school council that is made up of dedicated parents and community volunteers. School Council will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:30pm in the school’s library. New volunteers are always welcome and you do not have to be elected to attend the meetings.

Congratulations go out to our elected leaders of our Student Council for the 2017 – 2018 school year: Christine Napigkit, Prime Minister and Deep Sandu, Deputy Prime Minister. The Student Council does a tremendous job of enhancing the life of our school!
We would like to welcome all of our new families to our wonderful school. Make the most of these important years in your children’s lives. We have some outstanding new additions to our staff this semester. Please join us in welcoming teachers:  Jenna Borrelli, Fabiola Bresolin, Chad Brown, Anacleto D’Alessandro, Cindy Fragoso, Gina Loupos, Andrew MacLeod,
Jasna Naccarato and Lukas Romeo. We also welcome educational assistance, Madonna Hill. We hope that they all have a successful semester at Assumption!

It is a privilege to serve the Assumption College Catholic High School community and we look forward to a successful school year. I’m sure that many of you have already discovered that this is truly an amazing school that affords our young people many opportunities to be nurtured and grow both academically and spiritually in our Catholic Faith Tradition. Good luck and have an excellent and rewarding year!

Tish Hedderson

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fentanyl Pamphlet for Parents and Caregivers

This is an important message to bring to your attention the appearance of an extremely dangerous drug which has the potential to become a serious problem in our community.

Fentanyl is a substance which is often cut in to other drugs like cocaine or ecstasy, and it can be 40 to 50 times more toxic than heroin. Local police agencies are warning their communities that people can be consuming fentanyl without even knowing it, and that consuming it even once could be fatal.

We do not believe that fentanyl is a problem in our schools at this time, but local law enforcement agencies have reported an increase in overdose incidents in the area. Along with those agencies, the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board is taking a pro-active approach by warning our students and their parents about the dangers of consuming any substances which may contain fentanyl.

We have posted a very useful electronic pamphlet below which contains details about fentanyl, overdose symptoms to watch for, and online resources where you can get more information. You can also find this pamphlet by going to the following website https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/parents-community-mental-health.html

We hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with this important information, and that you will talk with your children about this extremely dangerous substance.

Parent & Caregiver Pamphlet (English)

Parent & Caregiver Pamphlet (French)

Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board Summer Student Posting - 2017

Grounds Crew Leader (Posting #2–2017)
(July 2017 to August 2017 - 7 weeks)

  • The Leader will supervise the Grounds Crew Students and report to the Supervisor/Foreperson of Operations Services.  The Leader is responsible for scheduling and coordinating all work assignments, tracking attendance, verifying and submitting timesheets
  • Maintain landscaped areas, mulching, edging, pruning, weeding, etc.  at various school locations throughout Windsor-Essex County
  • Responsible for the safety and efficient operation, care and maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Maintain daily written records of work related activities
  • Ensuring the safety of all Grounds Crew Students
  • Ensuring that all Health & Safety practices are followed 
  • Grade 12, College or University Student with a focus on horticulture & landscaping & returning to school full time in the fall
  • Landscaping experience is an asset
  • Leadership skills
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proof of a valid driver’s licence in good standing and access to a vehicle for travel throughout Windsor-Essex County 
Grounds Crew Students (Posting #3 – 2017)
(July 2017 to August 2017 - 7 weeks)

·         The Grounds Crew students will be responsible for maintaining the landscaped areas at all board locations 
·         Weeding, pruning, edging, trimming and mulch replacement
·         Responsible for the efficient handling of tools and equipment
·         General labour

  • Grade 12, College or University Student with a focus on horticulture and landscaping & returning to school full time in the fall
·         Landscaping experience is an asset
·         Grounds Crew students will be required to work well in a team  or alone
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Proof of a valid driver’s licence in good standing and access to a vehicle for travel throughout Windsor-Essex County
 Facilities Services Student Assistant (Posting #4 – 2017)
(June 2017 to August 2017 – 7 weeks)

·         Conduct water samplings at all Board location, input laboratory results and prepare required report for each school.   Update binders with Ministry of the Environment documents
·         Perform testing of laboratory fumehoods and chemical storage cabinets equipped with mechanical ventilation
·         Assist with the implementation of CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System)
·         Inventory (collect name plate information) of Board assets (mechanical and electrical equipment, custodial equipment, etc.)
·         Create and label board assets
·         Gather drawings, preventative maintenance schedules, and original equipment manufacturing documents for Board maintenance procedures
·         Entering information into the CMMS
·         Working with Maintenance and Utility Staff
·         Other duties as assigned

  • Grade 12, College or University Student with a Science or Engineering background & returning to school full time in the fall
  • Strong computer skills with a proficiency in Microsoft Office
·         Must be self motivated  and  able to work independently
·         Must be physically fit and capable of performing tasks which include heavy lifting
  • Able to work flexible hours including weekends
  • Proof of a valid driver’s licence in good standing and access to a vehicle for travel throughout Windsor-Essex County

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board invites applications for the above Summer Student positions. These positions are conditional upon grant approval through Canada Summer Jobs and the Summer Experience Program.

To be eligible for a summer student position applicants must have been enrolled full time in a post-secondary program and returning to school full time in the fall of 2017.

To apply to these vacancies please submit a resume prior to 4:00pm on June 23, 2017 to:

Palmi Truant, Human Resources Coordinator
1325 California Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
N9B 3Y6
Fax: 519-253-3198        

Please quote the appropriate posting number when applying.

All successful applicants must be able to provide a satisfactory police clearance and negative TB test.

We thank you for your interest, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accommodations for disabilities will be provided upon request to support participation in all aspects of the application process.

Survey for Parents and Students

 The Ministry of Education is committed to improving Indigenous education in Ontario, improving student achievement and well-being, and closing the achievement gap between Indigenous students and all students. In 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Education launched the Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework (the Framework). The Framework guides the Ministry of Education, school boards and schools as they work together to improve and support the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students who attend Ontario’s provincially-funded elementary and secondary schools, and to increase the knowledge and awareness of all students about Indigenous histories, cultures, perspectives and contributions.

The Ministry has made a commitment to release a progress report on the implementation of the Framework every three years. Progress Reports were released in 2009 and 2013. The next progress report on the implementation of the Framework is scheduled to be released in Fall 2017. To inform the development of this report, the Ministry is hoping to hear from students, parents/guardians and family members, educators, and First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations about the progress that has been made in Indigenous education.

You and your child are invited to participate in the following survey which will address the progress made in the implementation of the Framework: https://questionnaire.simplesurvey.com/s/ThirdProgressReport

Everyone’s views are important, whether or not you feel you have a little or great deal of experience to share! The survey is voluntary and confidential. The information received will be combined anonymously in a report that will be used to inform the development of the Third Progress Report.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Congratulations ACS Special Education Department

Congratulations Leslie Spickett, Stephanie Onorato, Pamela Gagnier, Krystle Vitella, Denise Hebert, David Montminy, and Jolayne Conte.

They have been chosen as: “Catholic School Board Team of the Year”from the WECDSB category by Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex Chapter.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Congrats to the Model UN Team

Congratulations to the Model UN team for their 3rd successful conference at the University of Windsor over the weekend! Competing against students from high schools in Windsor and Essex County, the team brought back 5 awards after 2 long days of debate and negotiation. A special congratulations goes out to the following team members for their extensive research, writing, and overall diplomacy skills:

Honourable Mention- Sameer Shergill representing Woodrow Wilson in the Crisis Committee.
Best Delegate- Uygur Tepe representing Joseph Stalin in the Crisis Committee.
Outstanding Delegate- Matt Wiedemann representing Ireland in the Security Council.
Best Delegate- Rory Sutcliffe representing Great Britain in the Security Council.
Outstanding Journalist- Suzie Sawicki representing the New York Times.

The team would like to thank the ACS community and Alumni Association for their support!


Thursday, 13 April 2017



This is the process for students about registering for election in Ontario.
There is also new information for 16 and 17 year olds that comes into effect in July 2017.

Click link for brochure

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Parent Information Fair Thursday, April 20

PIC has organized our Parent Information Fair to be held on Thursday, April 20 at the Ciociaro Club. 

This event is part of our Regional Parent Reaching Out Grant.

The goal is to host local agencies, programs and organizations all in one place so parents can attend to see what resources and services are available to assist them and their school aged children.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Confederation Cup Debate Tournament

This past weekend, the national semi-finals for the Confederation Cup Debate Tournament took place in Toronto.  This tournament involved all the top qualifying teams from Ontario and Quebec. Through 5 rounds of debate, Assumption's Evan Tanovich and Taylor Christou ended up in 3rd place overall which earns them a berth in the national final.  They are among 4 teams in the Ontario/Quebec region and will be facing the 4 qualifiers from the Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax regions for the national championships in Ottawa.  Individually, their speaker scores were 5th and 6th place in the tournament.  No other team had both members in the top 6.

The team, which also included Mirna Eshaya and Deep Sandhu, racked up wins against powerhouse pairings from Upper Canada College, WOSS and U of T Private School, among others.

This amazing accomplishment is a testament to the great education they've received across a range many courses.  Topics included Canadian content in art/literature curriculum, subsidies for the energy sector and recall elections.  A special thanks goes to Kim Pearce for her help in research and constructing arguments for two topics which examined the government's ongoing role in providing reparations for our Aboriginal population.

Mirna literally spent the afternoon in Kathleen Wynne's desk at Queen's Park.  I promise we didn't leave behind any notes!!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Director's Annual Report to the Community 2016

It is with great pride that I present to you the Director's Annual Report to the Community for 2016. This report is a wonderful opportunity to share highlights of the past year's successes and to showcase some of the remarkable achievements that have occurred within our school system.  Faith Formation and Student Achievement continue to be the fundamental pillars of the Board's Strategic Plan and this report reflects a focused and collaborative commitment to excellence in those areas.

I encourage you to take a few moments to view the report at 2016 Director's Annual Report.

Warmest regards,

Paul A. Picard
Director of Education
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
1325 California Avenue
Windsor, ON  N9B 3Y6
519-253-2481, ext 1201
519-253-4819 (fax)

Monday, 6 March 2017

St. Clair College CNC Pre-apprenticeship Program

St. Clair College – Windsor, is accepting applications for the Pre-apprenticeship CNC Metal Cutting Certificate Program.   The program includes a component of “work placement” which offers students assistance with employment.

Any and all inquiries can be answered by

Tony DiPasquale, 431A C of Q, BSc, BEd, OCT
Program Manager – Apprenticeship
St. Clair College
2000 Talbot Rd. West, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6S4
519-972-2727 ext 4446

FNMIEAO The Moccasin Project

FNMIEAO is proud to endorse this wonderful new and important initiative called The Moccasin Project.

This began out of Akinomaagaye Gaamik (community lodge in Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation) in response to the horrific state of child apprehension taking place in Manitoba, after listening to First Nations Family Advocate Cora Morgan and Grand Chief Derek Nepinak share the realities that they are faced with.

The Moccasin Project is a great way to become informed and take action on the current issues that continue to impact Indigenous Peoples.  Many schools and community groups have already taken part.

FNMIEAO was proud to share The Moccasin Project at the recent National Education Roundtable for the TRC held in Calgary that we attended.

For more information and how to get involved please see the flyer attached, or visit: www.sotheycangohome.com

Quigg International Career Day March 8th

There will be a Quigg International booth at the Windsor Campus of St. Clair College in the Career Services Area (room 274) from 11:00am until 1:00pm.

Career Days provide our students with an opportunity to meet with select employers to explore career opportunities, application processes, and learn more about companies who hire. St. Clair College happy to be able to increase our industry engagement and to present these employment opportunities to our students.

Quigg International is a machine builder and integrator company that specializes in Industrial Automation for Hot Stamping, Welding, Assembly and Special Machinery for custom applications. Quigg International is looking to recruit for positions such as Millwrights, Electricians, CNC and General Machinists, Mechanical & Controls Design, Machinery Fabrication, Technicians, and Welders. This is a great opportunity for students to stop by and learn more about what Quigg International has to offer.


Image result for compass survey waterloo

Our school will be participating in the 2016-2017 COMPASS Survey. Researchers from the University of Waterloo will ask students to complete a 35-minute questionnaire about healthy eating, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, smoking, alcohol and marijuana-use, and bullying. The survey is confidential and no names are written on the surveys. This means that the name of your child will not be linked with their survey responses. The surveys will be stored at the University of Waterloo and only research staff will have access to the completed surveys. The survey responses will help researchers gather details about youth health, and this information will be shared with our school to help improve school policies and practices related to health. Both the school board and our school have given approval to conduct the study. The survey has been repeated once each year for the past four years, following the same students. This survey has been reviewed by, and has received ethics clearance from the University of Waterloo's Office of Research Ethics. There are no known or anticipated risks to participation in this survey.

On March 22nd, students in grades 9 to 12 with parental permission, and who themselves agree to participate, will be asked to take part in the survey. Students are free to withdraw from the survey at any time, without penalty.

If you do not wish your child to participate, please call the COMPASS Data Collection Coordinator, Rachel Reel, at 1-844-819-8388 or contact Patti Mouland at the school office by March 22nd. Consent will be assumed unless you notify us otherwise.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's participation, you may the Chief Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or ore-ceo@uwaterloo.ca

To view a copy of the survey questions or for more information about the COMPASS project, please visit www.compass.uwaterloo.ca.

Please note that in cases where researchers believe that a student may need protection from harm, researchers must by law report this information to authorities.