A Message from our Leadership Team
by Chris Woodcroft
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful staff and to lead a phenomenal student body through another very successful school year! We are proud of the determination exhibited each and every day by our students and the amazing accomplishments made by so many. Thank you to the best staff a leadership team could hope for, the Resurrection Staff, who continuously gives so much of their personal time to provide the most comprehensive education for all of our students.
At Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, we pride ourselves with educating each and every student as an individual and do our best to ensure a balanced approach to teaching the whole child, body, mind and soul. We have seen exceptional performances both inside and outside the classroom. This has been an outstanding school year! We have seen exceptional performances in academics, arts, technology and athletics. Our Grade 12 Religion through Drama program performed the Passion Play in Mary Hill for the St. Boniface school and community. We had a sold out ‘Coming Together’ event which highlighted Resurrection’s strength through it’s diversity. A wide variety of experiential opportunities continued to flourish such as our Quebec trip for our French program area, the New York Music Trip, Live Art, Soap box Derby, Electric Motor Car competition and the Canada Skills Competition. Congratulations to our numerous award winners in Communication Technology and our DECA (business club) team. Resurrection had outstanding performances at the District, Regional and Provincial level in various athletic events all year.
Most importantly Resurrection Catholic Secondary School has been an inclusive community that has raised both awareness and funds for so many worthwhile organizations. We participated in the Terry Fox Day, Christmas Hamper Campaign, March for Life, Our Lenten Project, Hoops for Heart, Handball for Make-a-Wish, we hosted the Special Olympics and our major event, the Relay-for-Life, along with our weekly collections for a wide variety of causes.
Our leadership team would like to wish each of you a very happy, safe and blessed summer and we are looking forward to continuing our journey together to spread the Gospel message and nurture our Resurrection community.
Ms. Craftchick, Ms. Munroe and Mr. Woodcroft
Resurrection Leadership Team
A Note from Our Chaplain
by Marianna Worth
We have come to the end of an incredible school year. Through all of the challenges and successes, we continue to build an incredible school community based on learning, faith, and respect.
In February, we hosted all of the Grade 6 Family of Schools for their Grade 6 retreat based on “Building a Healthy School, where everyone Matters in Body, Mind and Spirit.” Rez Student Leaders moved the grade 6 students through activities and reflection that will help bring the message of Mental Health and wellness back to their school Communities.
As well in March, our Social Justice Community had our ThinkFast 2018 with close to 40 students fasting for 24 hours and raising money for Development and Peace. Many of the students chose to participate in the Inner-City walking tour with the Working Centre during the day, while fasting, and then join in the ThinkFast activities beginning at 2:30pm, until 10:30pm back at the school.
Ash Wednesday and Lent flew by with Prayers and Masses and Lenten Activities, and we were also able to mix in there the Grade 12 Religion Inner-City walks with the
Working Centre. Each Grade 12 Class were moved by the number of volunteers in our community and the many services available for those struggling through poverty in our city.
With the coming of Spring, May brought to us Mental Health Week, and Catholic Education Week activities and a School Wide Mass too, which celebrated our Graduates, Catholic Education and Easter all in one! Throughout these weeks, our students reflected on the many ways that we are “Renewing the Promise” to Catholic Education, and how we can promote Mental Health and wellness.
As well in May, our Grade 9 Science and Faith trips at Laurel Creek were blessed with great weather and a great chance to spend the day outdoors learning about science and climate change and being better stewards of our garden home. We also had the fortune of having our last grade 9 Science class at RARE, along the Grand River.
Our final retreat of the year was our Waterloo Catholic Secondary School Safe Spaces Retreat at St. Jerome’s at the end of May. What a phenomenal retreat, discussing social issues for our LGBTQ+ communities, a chance for our students to connect with other schools and to hear presentations from members of our community.
At the end of June, our beautiful community mourned the loss of Lauren Montenegro, our Grade 9 student. Lauren was known at Resurrection for being a beautiful spirit with her beautiful smile and kind heart, and a talented artist. Our community came together in care and support of one another and the Montenegro family. We pray for the repose of the soul of Lauren, and continue to pray for peace and healing of her family and friends.
And so, we come to the end of the year, having had our Grad Honour Day in May, Graduation in June, and now the collection of used uniforms. All Graduates are able to donate their uniforms for students in need, and get an “out of uniform pass” for the rest of the year. Our Graduates were very generous and brought many school supplies for Canadian Food For Children as well!
All students, as they clean up their lockers may also donate gently used educational supplies to our Pencil Case Project as well.
What a year! So many blessings we have received! Thank you to all for your on going support to our school. Many blessings to you and your family for a happy and safe summer break! God bless!
by Sean Kritz
Students who require summer school to make up for an unsuccessful course, must register by Tuesday, June 26.
Any student interested in taking a new credit course at summer school in July, are reminded to register ASAP, courses with low enrollment have already been cancelled and other courses are full. Questions? See your guidance counsellor.
Still Interested in Attending College or University in September??
- The Admission Information Service (AIS) will be available through OUAC (Ontario University Application Center) from early June to August for applicants who have not been accepted to programs of their choice or for students who still wish to apply to university for September. All known openings in all university programs will be posted by the AIS at www.ouac.on.ca/ais/
- Students who did not apply to college are still welcome to apply on-line for September, 2018 to any program that is still accepting applications. See www.ontariocolleges.ca for more information.
Community Service Hours
If you have been unable to find a summer job and are looking for something worthwhile to do, consider volunteering. In addition to completing your community service hours, you will gain valuable skills and experience which will help you to find employment at a later date. Most importantly, you will have fun and make a difference. Many organizations need and want your help. Please visit http://www.volunteerkw.ca/ for opportunities.
Report cards will be available for pick-up in the main office on July 11th and 12th from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Registration in September
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will take place on August 28th and 29th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Registration information and paperwork will be provided when students pick up their report cards in July.
We wish Ms. Nagy all the best as she takes on a new consultant position with our school board. We also wish Ms. Jayasundera all the best as she takes on a new role as our School Improvement Program Head working in the student success department at Resurrection. You both will be missed dearly in our guidance department and by the many students and families you have supported over the years.
Guidance welcomes back Mrs. Stimson who is returning to the guidance department after taking a year off.
New Guidance Counsellor Caseloads
Please note there have been some changes to guidance counsellor caseloads for 2018-2019.
Caseloads are based on a student’s last name
A – F (Mr. Kritz)
G – M (Mrs. Stimson)
O, P (Mrs. Iley)
N, Q – Z (Ms. Hummel)
International Students (Mrs. Iley )
by Tom Schneider
RCSS Athletics has wrapped up another great year! We had many strong finishes in the spring highlighted by the Varsity Boys Slo-pitch team capturing their 2nd consecutive D8 Championship and our Track Team once again bringing home an OFSAA medal. Adam Exley captured a bronze medal in the 110 m Hurdles and MacKenzie Donaldson captured a 6th place finish in the 100m. Thank-you to all the Phoenix Athletes for representing RCSS with pride.
by Leah Ann Erickson
What’s Happening in the Visual Arts?
Each year the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery hosts an artwork exhibit of student work from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Five students are specially selected from each school to have their work displayed. Congratulations to the following Resurrection students:
Anya Crawford – plasticine art
Owsten Holderness – photography
Erich Maclean – photography
Sarah Manz – melted crayon art
Lorraine Roy – oil painting
On April 26th, nearly 80 students from Cosmo, Tech Crew, Comtech and Visual Arts gathered in our Forum to work “live”. The music was pumping, our MC’s cruised the floor while students created paintings, drawings, special effects make-up and manicures, up-do’s, conducted photo shoots, demonstrated lighting and sound board effects. The Forum came ALIVE! Our next LIVE Art will be in December 2018 – think about participating! See Ms. Drake, Ms. Heldman, Ms. Erickson or Ms. Farrell if you are interested.
Former Resurrection Art Students Visit
The Grade 11 Visual Art class received visits from 5 previous students during the month of May. Monica Baran (Conestoga – Graphic Design), Josiah Bosse (Sheridan – Art Fundamentals), Dianna Forwell (UW – Fine Art and Psychology), Chanel Wase (Ryerson – Architecture) and Oman Akot (Sheridan – Visual and Creative Arts) came to share their latest art work and talk about their experience at different post-secondary art programs. The students appreciated getting the inside scoop on building a portfolio, projects to come at the next level, the importance of time management and much more. Jerome Roy (Sheridan – Animation) will also be visiting this class in June.
ARTSCSS – Year End Arts Celebration
On May 30th, the arts students of Rez orchestrated a wonderful evening to celebrate the arts. The night consisted of exciting games, an art showcase and a coffeehouse of performances by music, dance and drama. What an outstanding showcase of the talent of our arts students! Amidst the excitement of the night, awards were presented in each of the arts areas.
Congratulations to the following award winners:
Watch Out ‘Cuz They’re the NEXT BIG THANG Award: Matt Zunic
The “We Always Gots Your Back” Award: Jacob Hummel, Tyler Shea, Brad Schnarr, Bryan Cisneros
The “Always Makin’ Music Happen” Award: Mark Yan, Jacob Ferrara, EJ Cunanan
The “Don’t Stop Believn’ ‘cuz it has Been One Heck of a Journey” Award: Becky Reaker, Alyssa Mikuljan, Kealey Kennedy
The Dance Boss: Lexie Ingoldsby
Diva Dance Award: Megan Titus
Footloose “Holding it Together”: Jailyn Ward
Beyond the Brush Award – Yovana Zubac
Photography Award – Marco Gambetti
Most Outstanding Jr. Artist – Jasmine Reimer
Most Outstanding Sr. Artist – Victoria Edgehill
Golden Palette – Lorraine Roy
Drama Contribution Award – Luisa Riveros Lulido
Theatre Arts Award – Eliza Smith
RLM Smooth Operator Award – Wesley Richardson
Grade 7 Day
by Catherine McCaffery
June 8, 2018 marked the day our family of schools Gr 7 students and their teachers participated in a variety of activities that were both designed and run by our dedicated students and staff, from all departments, who share their gifts everyday to build a sense of community at Resurrection. Both staff and students had a blast eating food, learning new sports and trying their hand at a variety of academic, technological and artistic sessions. They even received a new shirt they can use as spirit wear when they come to Resurrection in Gr 9.
This marks one of multiple opportunities for students to experience Resurrection in a way that will ease their transition to high school. As these students will be in Gr 8 next year, the upcoming opportunities for both students and parents are the Gr 8 Day and the Open House, both being held in November. Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming dates. We look forward to seeing you there!
by Sara Martin
Congratulations to author Ndedi Okorafor – the winner of this year’s Rez Reads Smackdown for her novel Akata Witch. Over the course of the semester, a very enthusiastic Rez Reads book club read eight books, in four different categories, and then battled it out in a March-Madness-style tournament of books. Students vigorously defended their favourites – and the final decision came down to a difference of just ONE VOTE! (Akata Witch narrowly beat out Jason Reynold’s Long Way Down).
Here are some of our “Rez Readers” – holding up some of their other favourite books from the year!
Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates!