A Message from our Leadership Team

by Chris Woodcroft

We have entered into a new year and as we enter into a new semester we hope that all of our students and staff find a fresh start as we venture into further success in 2018.  As we move into the month of February, we ask that all students and staff find the importance in setting both academic and personal goals.

We have had an outstanding first semester with a tremendous amount of learning and significant achievements along the way.  Late November our School/Parent Council hosted a very successful ‘Pathways Night’ where we had 19 guest speakers come in from various occupational pathways to share their passion and experience with our community.  Resurrection hosted an energized ‘Live Art’ exhibit which highlighted visual art, cosmetology and communication technology.  Our Athletics Department had another outstanding fall season highlighted by strong overall team performances and a highlight of District 8 Championship for swimming.  Our Social Justice Team, God Squad, SAC and Leadership classes have also been busy raising awareness, funds and excitement through a host of events including our Homecoming dance, Halloween for Hunger, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Week Activities, and our Christmas Hamper Campaign and our Dodgeball tournament where all of the proceeds went to Kids Ability.

Academically as a staff we continue to do everything possible to improve our instructional practices.  We had several professional learning days last semester which focused on School Improvement Planning, School Learning Teams, Numeracy and our Spiritual Development Day.

We wish all of our students, staff and Resurrection community a strong start to semester 2.

Yours in Community,

Leisha, Chris and Marisa


 A Note from our Chaplain

by Marianna Worth

Happy New Year to all of our Resurrection Families! It is almost hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone already, and we find ourselves in this new semester.  But let’s take a look back …

November and December were busy months! With the colder weather moving into November, we celebrated Remembrance Day services on the 10th, with video prayer, reflection and dance. All staff and students were able to come to this special Peace Prayer Assembly to remember all those who have fought for, and are presently fighting for peace. We also had a Book of Remembrance in the Chapel, for both staff and students to come in and write down the names of loved ones.

Late November, each Grade 12 Religion class participated in an Inner-City Walk, downtown Kitchener with the Working Centre. Students were able to experience the unique culture of downtown Kitchener, and witness how the Working Centre supports every aspect of need for those struggling with poverty. Students were surprised by the many volunteers, and the number of programs and resources that are readily available for folks who require connection and support in our community. We were able to hear about all the programs, experience the culture in the cafés, talk to volunteers and even appreciate the beautiful street art.

At the end of our month of remembrance, the Social Justice Committee organized a homeroom classroom sock drive for the Toasty Toes Campaign. Resurrection was able to raise hundreds of pairs of socks for St. John Kitchen, just in time for the cold weather. Best sock drive yet!

December brought the beautiful season of Advent to the Resurrection Community. All Student Link (Classroom Faith Ambassadors) began the Daily Advent Prayer reflections in their classrooms, where they prayed around the classroom advent wreath. Student Link were also responsible for championing the Christmas family hamper in their classroom. This year, Resurrection was able to create 45 themed boxes of goods for the St. Mark Christmas Hamper Program. We were able to help well over a hundred families in need in the Parish with presents, food items, gift cards and so much more. We prayed for all of these families, as well as our own community at our Advent Masses on December 7th with Father Toby. And through our Phoenix Fund, (a fund available for students in need), we were also able to help out 33 families within our school community, to help make Christmas a little brighter. December truly was a season of giving, of prayer and great joy!

And now that a new year has begun, we look forward to new challenges, and new opportunities to learn, grow and build together! Happy New Year to all!


OSSLT Update

by Leisha Craftchick, Suzanne Smart and Catherine McCaffery

On Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, Grade 10 students across the province will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). It will also be written by students who were previously eligible but have not yet written the test or who were unsuccessful on their first attempt. The OSSLT is administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), an independent agency of the Government of Ontario, to determine whether students have acquired the minimum literacy (reading and writing) skills expected by The Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9.

Revised School Day Schedule for Tuesday, April 10th

To support all the test writers Resurrection will follow a revised schedule for the day. All OSSLT participants will arrive at the regular time and all other students will arrive over the schedule lunch break to attend their Period 3 and 4 classes.

Warning Bell(arrival time for all test participants) 8:05 a.m.
Instructions 8:10 a.m. 8:20 a.m.
Booklet #1 8:20 a.m. 9:35 a.m.
Break 9:35 a.m. 9:50 a.m.
Booklet #2 9:50 a.m. 11:05 a.m.
Questionnaire 11:05 a.m. 11:20 a.m.
Lunch (arrival time for all other students) 11:20 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Period 3 12:05 p.m. 1:05 p.m.
Period 4 1:10 p.m. 2:10 p.m.



All buses will run in the morning with usual arrival times for students who are writing the OSSLT. A repeat bus run will be added for all other students to arrive over the lunch period. At the end of the day all buses will depart as regularly scheduled for all students.

What’s New from EQAO

Based on current practices and feedback from educators, and to better align with the expectations and accommodations contained in Growing Success and Learning for All, EQAO no longer requires Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students who need the following during EQAO assessments:

  • a quiet, individual and/or small group setting;

  • preferential seating in an assessment room and

  • prompts for students with severe attention problems who are at risk of being off-task for significant periods of time.

The purpose of this change is to reflect regular classroom practices and flexibility when conducting assessments for those students regularly provided with additional time by educators. To implement this change, we are collaborating to anticipate which students will require additional time, and seating to create the least disruptive environment for students during the assessment.


OSSLT Preparation at Resurrection

  • A practice Mock Test for grade 10’s was completed in November and was returned by homeroom teachers with feedback before semester 1 exams.

  • General information, exemption, deferral, accommodation and special provision letters to be distributed with Semester 1 report cards.

  • Student Information Sessions scheduled with all eligible students throughout February.

  • After school practice sessions start in March. To register your son/daughter for the after-school sessions starting in March, please email McCaffery@wcdsb.ca

  • OSSLT Literacy Lab workbooks are available through Student Support (Room 109) for individual student preparation (while supplies last) and assistive technology versions (Kurzweil) are available for download.

  • Work with classroom and Student Support teachers to review practice questions you have tried for feedback and suggestions for improvement.

  • EQAO website has a wealth of information including but not limited to released test questions, practice tests, general information about testing procedures etc.

  • Visit the Resurrection CSS website for more information as it becomes available. https://resurrection.wcdsb.ca/student-services/student-success/literacy-osslt-supports/


Grade 12 Convocation 2018

On behalf of the Graduation Committee, we are pleased to inform you that this year’s Convocation will take place on Wednesday June 13th at 6:30pm at Centre in The Square.  As a result of the earlier date, students in grades 9-12 will be writing exams at the same time.  This change will allow us to celebrate as a community and offer our full attention and support to all of our students during the last couple of weeks of the school year.



Guidance News

by Sean Kritz

Timetable and Course Changes

Please be aware that several student timetables have been changed for semester 2 due to a variety of factors (requests to switch back to the schedule students had in September cannot be accomodated).  

Guidance counsellors will be available for course changes up until Friday Feb. 9th. Please be aware that our priority for course changes are:

  • Students  in grade 9, 10 or 11 who do not have 4 courses on their timetable for semester 2.

  • Students who do not have the prerequisite for a course on their timetable

  • Students in grade 12 or year 5 and do not have enough courses on their schedule to reach 30 credits by the end of this year.

  • Level changes (example moving from academic to applied)

Please be aware that we cannot accommodate teacher requests or requests to be in classes with friends.

Course Selection for 2018-2019 School Year!

Guidance counsellors will be going into classrooms during the second week of February to discuss the course selection process for students in grade 9, 10, and 11.  By February 28th, it is our expectation that all students who are planning to attend Resurrection for the 2018-2019 school year will have submitted their course choices. The decisions that students make now regarding their choices for next year are what drive the scheduling decisions that are made with regard to both the courses and the numbers of classes of each course that we offer during the 2018-2019 school year. The importance of making the right choices now should not be underestimated as inappropriate course changes are not always easily corrected once the school year is underway.

As has been the practice for the past number of years, students will be choosing their courses on-line through Career Cruising. The site can be accessed as follows:

  1. Go to the Career Cruising website

  2. Your Username is the prefix “wl-“ plus the last 5 digits of your student ID and the first 3 characters of your last name. (eg. John Smith wl-12345SMI)

  3. Your Default Password is your birth date. (mmddyyyy) For example, if your birthdate is August 25, 1990 your password will be 08251990. You will be asked to change your password when you log in for the first time.

If you can’t remember your password please click the forgot password link or come to guidance.

Please note that course selections must be submitted to your period 1 teacher and signed by a parent/guardian, by Tuesday, February 28th. Students are encouraged to consult the course calendar, as well as subject specific teachers and guidance counsellors for help in choosing correctly.

Grade 10 Family Night @ University of Waterloo

If you’re in Grade 10 and planning to attend university, you and your parents are invited to learn what you can do now to prepare.

February 22, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 pm

University of Waterloo campus


Volunteer Hours

Looking for volunteer opportunities check out the Volunteer Action Centre www.volunteerkw.ca

If you or someone you know……

  • Doesn’t know where or how to get help

  • Feels hopeless

  • Withdraws from friends and family

  • Threatens to or talks about hurting or killing themselves or others

  • Increases alcohol or drug use

  • Engages in reckless behaviours

  • Is in need of support for addictions or mental health

  • Feels rage or uncontrolled anger

  • Sees no reason for living

  • Feels trapped, like there is no way out

  • Has dramatic mood changes

  • Feels anxious, agitated or unable to sleep

Contact Here 24/7  @ 1-844-437-3247 or www.here247.ca


The Arts

by Julia Drake, Lisa Lamont, Christine Bencina and Leah Ann Erickson

Footloose: The Musical

Get ready to lose your feet as Resurrection Light and Magic presents Footloose: The Musical.

Our cast, crew, and pit band have been putting in every waking hour of their spare time to make this musical totally radical!

Our Drama Production classes have been hard at work collaborating with the Construction classes to design and build the sets for each scene.

We hope you join us for an outstanding performance!

March 1 & 2 @ 7pm, March 3 @ 2pm

Tickets are available on school cash online. $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Sr. Guitarists went BACH to the Future by taking a classical tune and remixing it, and did a collab with the photography class by adding brilliant music to portraits. The vocal music class celebrated the release of the last Pitch Perfect movie by creating their own epic riff offs.

 Rez was MUSICALLY ALIVE everywhere you turned on the Grade 8 Night with the Grade 10 classes rocking tunes in the hallways all night long. Musicians showed off their talent and gave future Phoenix a taste of what to look forward to when they come to RCSS.

 After school, the Sr. Band is owning an EPIC mashup of all METAL tunes (hello “IRON MAN”) and having an “A HA moment” with “Take on Me,” while Jr. Band is feeling’ Pink Floyd and getting funky with “Shrek” and Noteworthy is singing up a storm recreating the magic of the hit broadway musical “Hamilton”

 But the craziness doesn’t stop there!!! Rez Music raised the roof to extreme musical heights with the Christmas concert and recently did an elementary school tour where they had gyms full of students on their feet rockin’ out to MJ, Adele, Taio Cruz and belting out “Sweet Caroline” at the top of their lungs.

 Rez Music is looking forward to strutting their stuff at the Spring Concert on April 12 and cranking out the beats and checking out the sights in NYC in May.

Keep rocking’ the free world!


What’s Happening in the Visual Arts?

Artification at the CEC

The Catholic Education Centre has begun a project to display student artwork from the elementary and secondary schools. Each school has been invited to submit artwork.  This year artwork from 4 students has been selected to be on display:

Congratulations to Cristy Argueta (pencil rendering), Annie Tran (portrait in pencil), Cindy Tran (portrait in acrylic) and Lorraine Roy (pen and ink rendering.) Next year a new group of students will have an opportunity to have their artwork displayed.


Art Club

Art Club continues to run Monday to Friday in room 105 at lunch. It is a quiet space for students to de-stress using art.  Students in any grade, art students and non-art students are invited to come and sketch on their own or work on a current art project.

See Ms. Erickson for more details.




On December 1st students in Comtech, Cosmetology and Visual Arts worked “live” in the Forum at lunch. The students were busy doing photo shoots, special effects make-up, up-do’s, live mic and audio work, painting, and drawing in a variety to media. Our next “live” event is Thursday April 26th, 2018. See Ms. Erickson, Ms. Drake, Mr. Sloos or Ms. Heldman if you would like to participate!




by Tom Schneider

Winter Athletics are in full swing at RCSS. Phoenix Boys and Girls Varsity Hockey, Junior/Senior Girls Volleyball and also Junior /Senior Boys Basketball are all battling for playoff spots. Alpine Skiing has hit the slopes and our Wrestlers are prepping for the District 8 Championships.

Congratulations to the Midget Girls Volleyball for finishing third in the District 8 Final.  


Special Education News

by Patrick Buchholtz

The end of 2017 was filled with fun, friends, and lots of good food in the RCSS Special Education Department!

We continued to expand our minds and develop our abilities in a number of core and elective classes, including our Life Skills classes with Mrs. Jacob and our Physical Education classes with Mr. Colley. Pictured here are students participating in the coffee cart. Life skills students prepare treats to sell to other classes.




We celebrated the Christmas season with a holiday party, hosted by Ms. Godkin’s Leadership class, that brought our friends from Monsignor Doyle, St. Benedict’s and St. Mary’s to us for an afternoon of crafts, cookie decorating, dancing, and a special Christmas story with Ms. Martin (library) and we rocked out with a “glowing” performance of a Christmas Tune while drumming in the Christmas Assembly.

As we headed off for the Christmas Break, we also said a bittersweet goodbye to one of our RCSS originals, Mrs. Burkholder, our hardworking Assistive Technology guru, who has helped numerous students navigate technology to better assist them in their everyday learning and with important projects, tests, and exams. We wish her well on the many adventures ahead in retirement, but will miss her expertise, assistance and happy smile in the Special Education halls.




Tech News

by Tyrone Miller and Bruno Lopes

Tech at Resurrection has put in applications for Specialist High Skills Major certifications in Horticulture and Landscaping, Information & Communication, Hospitality and Tourism and Transportation.

We are looking forward to offering a Construction and Manufacturing High Skills Major in the fall of 2018.

We are excited to offer a new enriched Hospitality High Skills Major. Students will be exposed to a richer ingredient list.  This class is appropriate for any student who is interested in workplace and college preparation as well as life skills.


The Automotive High Skills Major is supporting all students with the installation of new lift in the transportation technology classroom. The new lift will ensure all students are working safely on industry quality equipment and giving them a real-life learning experience.


Student News

Exam Wellness Week! The participation was unbelievable!!!  Thanks to Ms. Godkin our SAC students for leading this initiative, to Aislinn Clancy our school social worker for facilitating a talk on how to manage stress and anxiety during exam time and to the many staff who led, participated and/ or encouraged our students to take a mental break the week before our final exams.

Thanks to Mr. Ilitischin and his landscape class for designing and building the beautiful pergola in our front entrance area.  Take a look around, our school looks amazing (and it will look even better in the spring)!


Important Dates

February 5 – Semester 2 starts

February 8 – Photo Semester 2 and Retakes

February 13 – Shrove Tuesday

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass

February 15–  Report Card Distribution

February 15 – Grade 8 Pathways Night at Resurrerction

February 19 – Family Day

February 20 – March 2– Grad Photos

March 1 – 3  Footloose Performance

March 12 – 16 – March Break