Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at St. Francis Xavier High School. I am hoping everybody had a wonderful summer break and managed to rest and relax and recharge their batteries as we get started with the new school year. I am excited to greet a new crop of grade 10’s to FX, it is always great to see the new grade 10’s showing up to school in the fall a little bit nervous but at the same time very excited to start their high school journey. I am also looking forward to welcome back our returning grade 11 and 12 students as well as any new students to our school this year. We are proud of how our students have navigated the move to remote learning last year and have been busy preparing for a year that could potentially see pivots between remote and in-class learning. The first day of classes for students with grade 10 classes will be September 2nd, students with grade 11 classes will be on September 3rd, and students with grade 12 classes will take place September 4th. All classes will run September 8th onward.
This coming year we will welcome several new teachers to FX. Ben Greschner (Science/Computer Science), Patrick McKay (Science) Alyssa Monahan (English) Paula Miller (Foods), Zoe Armstrong (French/Religion), and Colin Buchanan (Math). Jenna Engel and Stephen Zipp will be returning next year to support our students. We also welcome AJ Sarafico who is a Therapeutic Assistant –OT and Lennae Wiens who is a Therapeutic Assistant—SL. We will also have two dedicated subs and welcome Jillian Hughes and Jaiden Fagrie who will be in our building from September to November.
Unfortunately, we are saying goodbye to some members of our staff as well. Mike Szojka has retired after spending the last 18 years at FX teaching Science and Computer Science The last number of years as Science Department Head. We wish Mike all the best, he will be missed. Mark LaCoursiere will also be retiring after serving in the Social Studies Department for 15 years. Mark will also be missed. We also say good bye to one of our Educational Assistants, Anita Brown. We wish them all the best and thank them for the wonderful contributions to our school over the last few years.
I would like to encourage all parents to get involved in our Parent Council Association. Meetings will be October 6, December 1, February 2 and April 6 at 6:30pm. We are also grateful for any parent who is able to come and volunteer for our Casino this year! More information will be forthcoming once we receive a date.
This year we will embrace the theme of courage. We will look to the seven sacred teachings to really understand what it means to embrace courage. We will work to ensure that we use wisdom, love, truth, humility, honesty and respect every day to honor each other as we walk back into the walls at STFX.
I am looking forward to starting a new year and getting a chance to meet all the new and returning students for the 2020-2021 school year. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the school to get in touch with myself or the grade coordinators.
Next year the grade coordinators are as follows:
Grade 10: Mr. Nathan Koelmans
Grade 11: Mrs. Cindy Dallaire
Grade 12 Mrs. Anna Olivieri
Keep Leading and Loving,
Heather Kaup, Principal