Together We Educate Heart, Mind, and Soul.

This is our plain text copy of the Director's Report; however, you can open the PDF version to see many photos taken during 2016.

2016 Director’s Annual Report

  • Renewal 1- Nurturing a Distinct Catholic Identity
  • Renewal 2- Achieving Excellence
  • Renewal 3 - Leadership for Learning Excellence
  • Renewal 4 - Governance and Policy Excellence
  • Renewal 5 - Operational and Fiscal Excellence

Superior North Catholic District School Board Pillars of Renewal

One year into the role as Director Education, I am happy to share our fabulous stories during the 2016 school year, along with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Hugh McCorry and Vice-Chair, Judy Wawia.

Building on the School Board Strategic Plan: Destination Renewal, we have highlighted in this report our entire Superior North Catholic District School Board family.

As we continue to reflect, renew and work towards continuous improvement we are HAPPY to highlight our numerous initiatives and we hope you will be authentically PROUD of our “MOVEMENT” that has just begun.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the read!

Message from the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Director
“Together We Educate, Heart, Mind, and Soul.”

To ensure an authentic Catholic Education for all with a commitment to gospel values, in a culture of leading and learning through:

  • Integrity - Make choices for the good of the whole group.
  • Inclusion - Engage with people to co-author the future.
  • Inquiry - Ask positively powerful questions.
  • Illumination - Bring out the best of people and situations.
  • Inspiration - Awaken the creative spirit.

Whitney, Diana Kaplin. Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Superior North Catholic District School Board Mission Statement

To begin with "the end in mind" means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going so you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.”
~Dr. Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“Leadership is communicating others’ worth and potential, so clearly they are inspired to see it in themselves.”
~Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

We Rock!

Our Superior North Catholic District School Board Leadership TEAM:

  • Director of Education, Superintendents and Principals
  • Kerry Desjardins, Superintendent of Education
  • Dean Burke, Our Lady of Fatima Principal
  • Peter Kutok, Saint Edward Catholic School Principal
  • Cathy Drapeau, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Principal
  • Daniel Stargratt, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Principal
  • Tina Visintin, Superintendent of Education
  • Joanne Hoffman, Saint Brigid Catholic School Principal
  • Pina Luomala, Saint Joseph Catholic School Principal
  • B.J. Mercier, Saint Hilary Catholic School Principal
  • Jody Weller, Superintendent of Education
  • Terri Harmer, Holy Saviour Catholic School Principal
  • Kim Figliomeni, Holy Angels Catholic School Principal
  • Mike Lariviere, Saint Martin Catholic School Principal
  • Alexa McKinnon, Director of Education

Since the opening of the Vatican’s Holy Door on December 8, 2015, Superior North Catholic District School Board schools celebrated by decorating their door as a visual representation.

Each time someone in the school community opened the door of their heart and showed mercy to others, their kind acts were written and placed on the Trees of Mercy.

As the doors close on the Year of Mercy, our staff and students reflect and focus their attention on the Spiritual and Corporal works of reconciliation as we move forward.

Renewal 1: Nurturing a Distinct Catholic Identity

“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”
~ Pope Francis

All nine Superior North Catholic District School Board schools participated in the Parish/School Celebration of the visit of Saint Faustina and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Students were given the opportunity to spend a few moments in prayer and reflection with St. Faustina.

Each Parish was gifted with a picture of our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of the America’s and the Unborn during the celebration. Saint Faustina was given the message by our Lord that wherever this image was venerated, His mercy would be poured out to those who honour His love and mercy.

We thank the Priests and Deacons who have graciously given their time to support our schools. Father Terry Sawchuk, from St. Martin of Tours in Terrace Bay and Holy Angels in Schreiber, has started to guide our Board in our journey in Catholic Education. We are honoured!

Catholicity in Action

Superior North Catholic District School Board worked closely with our Parish Priests and Deacons in 2016 to ensure there are strong partnerships to bring the Catholic Faith to our schools.

CAREER PATHWAYS: Students at Holy Angels School worked with a local carpenter and created two “Friendship Benches” for their school. The bench is used as a quiet place for the students to sit and reflect, read, share ideas/concerns with a friend or an adult.

Superior North Catholic District School Board, in partnership with Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Adventure Learning Experiences Program, lead a collaborative effort that brought secondary students from Toronto to the communities of Greenstone for five days of leadership and learning. The objective of the visit was to combine both service, leadership, and adventure as integral themes in the educational visit.

During the visit, students from Superior North Catholic District School Board schools in Longlac, Geraldton, and Nakina showcased their strengths and highlighted the way of life in small Northwestern Ontario communities. Our students lead the Toronto Catholic students in various learning expeditions such as Hoop Dancing and Drum teachings in Nakina, Medicine Pouch teachings in Geraldton, and a celebration of our cultures and communities in Longlac and Ginoogaming First Nation, as well as a guided hike up the Orient Bay Palisades. While learning about and engaging in the cultural traditions of our peoples in the Greenstone area, the students from Toronto Catholic shared with us their strengths as students leaders by teaching our students about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Student Engagement & Student Success

Students at Our Lady of Lourdes performed Alice in Wonderland for their school Production. Educators engaged students in finding their talents in music, dance, and drama.

Renewal 2: Achieving Excellence

Summer Learning 2016

In the summer of 2016, our Board was thrilled to develop and implement an engaging summer literacy, numeracy, and indigenous program for students.

Our goals of our summer learning program were to provide a program that would benefit our students, increase student achievement, close achievement gaps for participating summer students, as well as increase parental and community involvement in student learning.

Our summer learning program was held at St. Edward Catholic School in Nipigon, ON during the month of July. Our students ranged from ages five to eleven. Our daily teachings included student-led inquiry, delving into literacy and numeracy, daily physical activity and fabulous discussions and conversations.

Innovative Technology was incorporated into our program by providing students the privilege of conversing via Skype with Dr. Sean Lessard about the importance of identity!

Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

Our administrators and educators provided numerous leading and learning opportunities for our students and families. Our goals, every day, are to value diversity, respect each other and reflect on our learning to make Superior North Catholic District School Board welcoming and a fantastic place to learn and work.

  • Purple Shirt Day: Child Abuse Prevention
  • Pink Shirt Day: Bullying Awareness and Prevention
  • National Aboriginal Day, June 21
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Superior North Catholic District School Board continues to strive towards academic excellence in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Our superintendents, administrators, educators and support staff are working diligently within professional learning communities to make this happen. Our EQAO results are showing continuous improvement, and we know that if we work collaboratively, our students will succeed. We will continue to focus on mathematics to ensure our students are ready for whichever career pathway they choose!

EQAO 2015-2016

  • Measuring Student Achievement
  • Celebrating Success

Superior North Catholic District School Board honours the achievements of our employees each year with a Celebration of Excellence. We gather to celebrate, and each employee is recognized for their outstanding achievements and dedication to Catholic Education!

Pam Hardy, Crystal Gionette, and Colleen Sheriff have worked collaboratively with all nine schools and communities to help support students, educators, and families. Our collective goal is to create a positive school environment that clearly demonstrates a culture of learning with a focus on indigenous education and well-being. The SCELs focus is on indigenous education, applied behaviour analysis, attendance and mental health. The SCEL team has connected locally, regionally, provincially and are always ready to rock and roll.

Renewal 3: Leadership for Learning Excellence

Catholic Achievement System Support Team

Superior North Catholic District School Board Catholic Achievement System Support Team supported student achievement and well-being in all of our nine schools. The team provided direct support for building teacher capacity with a wholistic approach to meet the needs of our students, as well as engagement with our families.

In 2016, our Board established strong professional learning communities. These communities joined to collaborate and build relationships to help foster learning in our schools.

Establishing relationships has been an important focus of our professional learning communities. Our leadership groups gathered monthly to communicate and share ideas. During the process, mutual respect, communication, mindfulness, and diversity are key aspects that have been established.

Leadership for Learning Excellence

Superior North Catholic District School Board Mathematics Education Day

Our system-wide Math Professional Activity Day was led by our talented educators who shared their knowledge, strategies and fabulous resources to build capacity within all of our schools.

"To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us." ~ Pope Francis

Superior North Catholic District School Board partnered with Superior-Greenstone District School Board and Best Start to bring Dr. Jean Clinton to our Superior North Catholic District School Board school communities. Dr. Clinton toured the North Shore and shared messages to parents and educators regarding children’s experiences, positive interactions, relationships and the significant impact they have on children’s brain development, health, and well-being.

  • Administrative Assistant Professional Learning Community
  • Faith Ambassadors Professional Learning Community
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Digital Learning Volunteers
  • Learning for All
  • Native Language and Culture
  • French as a Second Language
  • Early Learning
  • Wellness Steering Committee
  • Math
  • The Leader In Me- TLIM
  • Health & Safety
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Custodians
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Staff, Principals, Trustees, and Educators were trained in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as part of our Strategic Plan with personal and professional development.

“Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.”
~ Stephen R. Covey

“Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time.”

Since we only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can predict, we determined that we needed to start with a whole school transformation. The Leader in Me was discovered to be a process that draws upon the talents of the whole school - all staff and all students - as well as optimize the engagement of parents and community.

Holy Saviour School in Marathon, St. Martin School in Terrace Bay, and St. Joseph School in Geraldton were all selected in May to become Leader in Me schools. The staff was integral to the selection process, as all school staff committed to the training of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People during the summer months. Followed by the 7 Habits training, all three schools joined to officially Launch Leadership within these schools in September 2016.

Stay tuned for the next steps as each school engages in the process, creating a culture built on the foundation and language of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

21st Century Competencies

Google Summit

On September 28, 2016, Superior North Catholic District School Board held our third Student Google Summit at Holy Angels School featuring Google for Education equipped with their very own Google Chromebooks. Over 100 Grade 5/6 students and educators participated in the summit.

New this year, was the addition of our parent/caregiver Google night and our very first Superior North Catholic District School Board Staff Google Summit on September 29, 2016.

During the parent/caregiver evening, the parents learned about Google Slides, Docs, Chrome, and much more from the expertise of the Ed Tech Team and by some of our very own students.

170 educators from Superior North Catholic District School Board gathered together to collaborate and learn new and innovative initiatives.

These summits were an excellent opportunity for staff and students to gather and learn together about the technology they can use in their classrooms.

Indigenous Education 

On September 30, Superior North Catholic District School Board employees wore orange shirts to recognize Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters. This initiative was to honour those who survived the residential schools and remember those who did not.

Truth and Reconciliation was the topic at our Superior North Catholic District School Board Professional Activity Day held November 21, 2016. Our Board was honoured to have Chief Dr. Wilton Littlechild and Dr. Sean Lessard attend our Professional Activity day to lead staff on our journey to reconciliation.

During the day, educators were inspired by stories from these honoured guests. Educators discussed ACTION plans to lead our schools, students, community to our path of reconciliation.

Sandra Herbst

Sandra Herbst remains a critical friend with Superior North Catholic District School Board; she facilitates our assessment professional learning community with educators and leaders in our system.

Sandra is an exemplary educator, author, coach, and leader with extensive experience in leadership, assessment and adult learning.

Sandra dives deep into the classroom setting to demonstrate effective strategies and methods to meet the diverse needs of learners.

Her humour, vision, and passion is contagious, and we are so grateful that she is an intricate part of our leadership team to support student achievement and well-being.

Collaborative Professionalism

Our board worked together with Superior-Greenstone District School Board to bring George Couros as a keynote speaker who is an innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant.

Together Superior North Catholic District School Board and Superior-Greenstone District School Board brought George to our educators to focus on how organizations can move forward by creating innovative environments for all learners in the community.

"A Tiny Spark Can Set a Great Forest on Fire." ~ James 3:5

In 2016, Superior North Catholic District School Board’s team’s focus has been to create a movement. The movement begins with leadership, leaders taking ACTION to educate and create awareness to create positive change.

The entire Superior North Catholic District School Board staff and Trustees were given Fitbits to promote wellness. Our staff members participate in monthly challenges and encourage each other to stay accountable for the goal of wellness.

During Treaty Week, Superior North Catholic District School Board students from Holy Angels Gr. 4-8 watched the Secret Path and learned about Chanie Wenjack's story.

The Native Language & Culture Teacher took Chanie's story and had been motivated to make a difference and learn with others about our Indigenous Culture and Heritage, and understanding the reconciliation process.

Holy Angels started “In Chanie's Footsteps" and challenged all the schools in our Board to walk the 600 kms that Chanie attempted to go home. The students walked around the school at recess, around the soccer field or in the gym or after school on their own and added up all their km's until they walked the to distance Chanie wanted to go. The class connected with the "Walk for Wenjack" group and were contacted by the Wenjack sisters - it was very exciting!

“In Chanie’s Footsteps”

Superior North Catholic District School Board Walking Challenge

Catholic Education Centre staff are instrumental in supporting our schools to achieve student achievement and success.

Our Movement

Board of Trustees for Superior North Catholic District School Board

Renewal 4: Governance and Policy Excellence

  • Hugh McCorry - Chair,  Holy Saviour Catholic School, Marathon, ON
  • Judy Wawia - Vice Chair, Holy Saviour School, Marathon, ON
  • Carol Barnes, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Manitouwadge, ON
  • Liliana McPherson, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Longlac, ON
  • Marline Ilijow, Saint Edward Catholic School, Nipigon, ON
  • Lawrence McParland, Holy Angels Catholic School, Schreiber, ON
  • Shirley Jean, Saint Hilary Catholic School, Red Rock, ON
  • Amanda Monks, Saint Martin Catholic School, Terrace Bay, ON
  • Bill McKay Saint Brigid and Saint Joseph Schools, Nakina and Geraldton, ON

Renewal 5: Operational and Fiscal Excellence

2016 Board Revenue and Expenses

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Our New Brand

What an exciting year for Re-Branding! Our new logo focused on Catholicity in the centre and our new vision with the colours of; ORANGE for joy; YELLOW for happiness, energy, and intellect; GREEN for nature and harmony; and BLUE for trust and faith.

Catholic Education Centre Staff

  • Rod McKinnon, Supervising Manager of Plant & Education Technology
  • Scott Adams, Supervising Manager of Finance
  • George Scott, Financial Services Supervisor
  • Luciana Costa, Accounts Payable
  • Peter Desjardins, Field Services Manager
  • Billy Luby, Information Technology Supervisor
  • Carol Pominville, Information Technologist
  • Gary Bisson, Information Technologist
  • Deana Figliomeni, Executive Administrative Assistant & Communication Officer
  • Laureen Kay, Human Resources Supervisor
  • Velvet Bouchard, Payroll/Benefits Officer
  • Maria Lapenskie, Administrative Assistant, Superintendents
  • Cheryl Speziale, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources and Finance
  • Erika Bryson, Administrative Assistant, Plant and Information Technology

We are here to support and serve our schools, families, and communities.