An information brochure will soon be sent home by our school
describing the voluntary self-identification initiative for First Nation, Métis
and Inuit students. Your Indigenous heritage is a vital part of who you are. By
identifying your child or teen as a First Nation, Métis or Inuit student, this
helps us build the best possible school programs for all students. The
information you provide when you self-identify will be private and
You may choose to self-identify either by completing the form
included on the brochure or on the Student Registration Verification Form which
will be sent home in the coming weeks.
We have had a very smooth start up, co-curricular clubs and
teams are well under way and our school population in both secondary and
intermediate has increased from last school year.
Our First School Council meeting will take place Oct 3rd
at 6:30 in the library. Elections for council positions will take place at this
meeting. I encourage all to attend and get involved.
Black lab puppy Icelynn will be joining the school soon. She
is a service puppy in training and will be under the supervision of teacher Mr.
Kerstens. Rhyme our previous service puppy in training is now at the Dog Guides
of Canada training site in Oakville and is being trained to be a “Special
Needs” service dog which means that her handler will probably be someone in a
Over the summer our Family Studies room was renovated to now
contains 5 cooking stations. Renovations were also completed to install an
elevator. Although the actual elevator has not arrived we anticipate the
installation in the next few weeks.
Paolina Flicke will be joining our secretarial team as of
Oct 2nd assigned to the Intermediate school. Paula Whitney joined
our team in September as morning secondary secretary.
I will be off on a medical leave as of Oct 2nd.
Mrs. McCarthy will be the Principal in my absence and Mr. Page will be taking a
short leave from retirement to fill in as secondary Vice Principal.
Last year at Courtice SS there was a 4 legged animal that was in attendance from Sept until March. This friend of the school was a black Lab, that was a foster service puppy in training and her name was Rhyme.
Rhyme was present in school almost every day. Many students would come by and visit with Rhyme and she always enjoyed her time with every one of them. Rhyme was in training to be a service dog for Dog Guides of Canada. An organization out of Oakville Ontario that provides service dogs for people in 6 different disciplines of need.
Special thanks goes out to Catherine Dempsey who was an avid walker with Rhyme who took her outside many a time for a leg stretch, also to Mrs Nelson who took Rhyme for many noon time walks during Rhymes time at the school.
Well, Rhyme left the school mid-March this year, for her formal training in Oakville at the dog training center. She was trained as a Special Needs Dog, meaning her handler potentially would be in a wheel chair. She took to the task with vigor, her trainers said. She must have and then some because on Thurs Nov 9th Rhyme graduated from her training and is now a full-fledged Special Needs Service Dog.
She has been paired up with her new handler Jeff, and they instantly connected. Jeff and his partner Sarah are from Prince Edward Island (PEI) so the next day, Friday, Rhyme, Jeff and Sarah were heading home and Rhyme would have her first airplane ride. Jeff and Sarah were very excited to get home and start their new journey with Rhyme and really find out how much help Rhyme would be for Jeff around the house.
This is great news for our short term attendant at our school. Thank you to all who assisted during Rhymes time here at Courtice SS and a major congratulations to Rhyme on her graduation and her new journey in the service dog world .
Sarah, Jeffery, Shannon and Rhyme
Pictured; Jeff and Rhyme
The New Year will bring several changes to Courtice
Secondary and Intermediate Schools. I have made the difficult decision to retire after a long
career in education, fourteen of which have been in administration. It has been
my good fortune to conclude my career at CSS and COI as the staff, students and
community are extraordinary. The focus has been and I am confident will
continue to be on students and their success and wellbeing. I take many fond
memories and experiences from my time here.
Tracy McCarthy has moved from the Vice Principal role to
acting Principal during my absence and has been appointed Principal as of
January 2018. She is very familiar with the Courtice community and brings many
strengths and a great deal of experience to the school and the position.
Mike Sutcliffe has been appointed Vice Principal with
primary responsibilities for Courtice Secondary. He is very much looking
forward to joining the Courtice community.
So I say goodbye and a sincere thank you for the many joys I
have experienced not only over a career but specifically during my time at
Courtice Secondary and Intermediate Schools.
Please be advised that attendance codes for Inclement Weather days are not aligned properly between our school attendance program and Edsby. Inclement Weather days are currently reflected as "Suspension" in Edsby.
Edsby is currently working on this issue and will should be resolved shortly.