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Student council, teachers earn nod


The Northwest Catholic District School will present its “Recognition of Excellence” to the St. Francis Student Council and its teacher leader, Melanie Fafard, as well as Sheila Quesnel and Debbie Jean, French Immersion teachers from St. Michael’s School, at its regular meeting tomorrow.

St. Francis principal Darlene Fejos Rousseau noted their year’s student council members include Seth Cup, Kaden Kocuiba, Jillian Cousineau, Alacea Yerxa, Eli Vandermeer, Kennedi Gosselin, Cole Magill, Cailynn Bruyere, Emma Mainville, and Lauren Penny.

“These hard-working students and their teacher are instrumental in providing St. Francis School with numerous activities and special activities throughout the school year,” she noted in a report to the board.

“Events that they have planned and prepared for already this year include the monthly prayer services, the food drive, the Hallowe’en activities, as well as the Remembrance Day ceremony,” she added.

“We appreciate their dedication and leadership.”

Meanwhile, St. Michael’s principal Kim Anderson cited the many reasons Quesnel and Jean are deserving of the recognition.

“[They] both bring many talents and gifts to our school,” she wrote in her report to the board.

She noted Quesnel’s passion for the French language is contagious.

“It is absolutely amazing what five- and six-year-olds can pick up in a second language in such a short time,” Anderson noted, adding Jean loves to sing and has been able to use song to teach her students a second language.

“Those students who are fortunate enough to have her as a teacher always learn about doing good for others, especially those less fortunate than themselves,” she wrote.

Also at tomorrow’s meeting, trustees will:

  • hear a presentation regarding the board’s Improvement Plan for Student Achievement;
  • hear an update from the Catholic Parent Involvement committee;
  • look to approve the 2014-2015 draft Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the Northwest Catholic District School Board as presented; and
  • hear an update on the 2015 Capital Priorities Request regarding the consolidation of St. Francis and St. Michael’s Schools.

The meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. at the board office here (next to St. Francis School).

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