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Centennial Student heading overseas for 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge Battle

Centennial CVI Spartan Alison K was chosen from hundreds of applicants for the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. As one of 17 winners from across Canada, she leaves next week for France and Belgium, where she will get to visit significant First World War battlefields, cemeteries and memorials, including the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  Just 17 yrs old, Alison has been given a unique learning opportunity and a fully-funded 10-day trip to France and Belgium to study Canada’s contributions to the First World War.  “There are going to be over 30,000 Canadians there” to make the milestone anniversary, Klein says. “It’s going to be a really special experience — a touching experience.”  Alison says her mind will be on the boys her own age who enlisted to fight. Today, a memorial sits atop the ridge commemorating the battle and honouring the thousands of Canadians killed in France throughout the war who have no known graves.  She’s expecting the trip will provide her with a new perspective on what all those people fought for — “what I should really be thankful for,” she says.

. Allison K - Vimy

Spartan's Europe - Canadian Battlefields Tour 2017

This March Break, 29 Centennial CVI students, along with their history teachers, travelled to Europe on a Canadian Battlefields Tour. Staff and students visited many places where Canadians had fought and died during the First World War and Second World War.  The motivation for the trip was to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, honouring the role that Canada played in the historic WWI battle.  Staff said it was a surreal experience being at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and seeing the craters that still exist 100 years later, with grass and trees growing over them.  They also visited a museum and battlegrounds at Passchendaele, Ypres and Somme, as well as several soldier grave sites where fallen Canadians are buried including Wimereux Cemetery, where Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was buried with full military honours. The trip also included several significant sites from WWII, such as the Bergen Op Cemetery and Juno Beach.  

.  Vimy Vimy 5 Vimy 2 Vimy 3  

Wellington County Scholarship & Bursary 2017

Applications from students who reside in Wellington County are now being accepted until Aug 31, 2017.  Application forms & the Scholarship/Bursary Policy at http://www.wellington.ca   Questions?  nicoleca@wellington.ca  519-837-2600 x 2524

Special Needs & Higher Learning

Special Needs - Higher Learning

Mike Elrick Scholarship

The Mike Elrick Scholarship is awarded to a graduate who attended either the CELP or Headwaters program and is attending a Canadian post-secondary institution in 2017.  The goal of this $1000 scholarship is to support a student to continue in Mr. Elrick’s legacy.  The application submission includes a short summary outlining how you believe your experiences in CELP or Headwaters has had  and impact on their relationship with the natural world; your involvement in the community; and hopes for the future and your environmental stewardship.  The application is available in Guidance or On-Line Mike Elrick Scholarship and is due May 1st, 2017.    


Fri. May 5th, Sat. May 6th, Sun. May 7, 2017  

Look at:  More at CCVI  - Our 50th Reunion Link for all the events planned 


Checkout the Reunion Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ccvi50/


To all of our Centennial Alumni:  We are now at the stage where we need our former staff and students to register for the Saturday night event at the Sleeman Centre.  Your early registration will help us to order ample food and drinks, as well as the appropriate number of Sleeman Centre staff for this licensed event. There is no cost to register; however, we would greatly appreciate any donation you would like to make, as they will offset the cost of the evening. We will have a table set up at the door to accept donations.  Once the costs are covered, all other funds will be put towards a general scholarship fund for our graduates.  

On the homepage, you will find a sign in/register button on the right hand side of the homepage.  Your first step is to register on the Centennial Alumni page, using your graduating year.  For staff, you can select the year you retired from teaching.  Once registered, click on the 50th reunion link found at the top navigation bar.  On the 50th reunion page, you will find the link for registration.  Please pass this information along to anyone who wishes to attend the event.

Guelph Police accepting student applications for Youth in Policing Initiative

Guelph Police are looking for youth who are eager to play a vital role in their community.  Applications are now being accepted for the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI). Over the course of eight weeks this summer, selected students will have the change to work with the Guelph Police, participating in educational and community activities related to policing and community leadership.  Selected students will gain valuable experience in the field of policing and the many different sectors of the police service (including Canine, Communications, Traffic and the Tactical Unit), develop leadership skills, become CPR and First Aid Certified, and will contribute to the work environment through meaningful work assignments.  YIPI is a full-time, paid summer position, running Monday to Friday for eight weeks.  To be eligible for the program students must be between the ages of 15 and 18, must reside in Guelph and must be returning to school in September 2017. Applications are being accepted until April 23, 2017. To apply online, visit the YIPI application page and complete the form. Applications can also be downloaded from the Guelph Police website and submitted in person at the Guelph Police Service station. Connect on Twitter using #GuelphYIPI and following Officer Grant @ConstableKGrant  View this:  YIPI

Spartans compete at GryphBiz Cup at the University of Guelph

On March 2, 3 teams of Centennial Business students competed in the first annual GryphBiz Cup at the University of Guelph.  Students presented marketing plans, promotional strategies and solutions to ethical dilemmas for Boston Pizza.  All 3 teams were amazing ... but top prize, bragging rights and $500 for 1st place went to Team members - Aro, Byron, Muttaqi, Cameron and Adam. Congratulations to all the Centennial teams.

 Business Winners

Interim Progress Reports, P-T Interviews, Schedule March 23rd

Interim Reports March 10, 2017.  P/T Interviews on Thursday March 23rd from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 5:30 – 7:30 pm.   The Parent-Teacher Interview Portal will be open on Friday March 10th at 4:00 pm for parents to start signing up for interviews through the CCVI website     https://webapps.ugdsb.on.ca/InterviewSchedule/Account/Login 

Class Schedule  for Thurs March 23rd

Homeroom      9:10 – 9:20

Period 1           9:20 – 10:10

Period 2           10:15 – 11:05

Period 3           11:10 – 12:00

Lunch               12:00 – 12:40

Period 4           12:40 – 1:30

CELP & Headwaters - Guelph Today

Since 1995, the Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) has been paving the way in alternative and experiential education for high school students throughout the city of Guelph. The program, which has an emphasis on outdoor education, building leadership skills, community engagement, and mentorship, is available to all students in Guelph entering the 10th and 12th Grades. “The program contains a diverse group of learners,” said Katie Gad, a teacher with the Upper Grand District School Board that teaches the program.  CELP, also known as Community Environmental Leadership Program, is offered to students in Grade 10.  Each student who participates earns four high school credits, including Grade 10 English, Physical Education, Careers and Civics, and Grade 11 Interdisciplinary Studies.

For the last few years, Grade 12 students participate in a program called Headwaters.  Students are not required to have completed the 10th Grade Program in order to apply for Headwaters. Credits earned include Grade 12 University or College English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Resource Management, and Physical Education. Gad said she believes that experiential and hands-on learning is vital to students growing and understanding life beyond the classroom. Students that learn in hands-on environments benefit from the program, as well as more academic students who can escape the pressure of the classroom and explore the world beyond traditional schooling. High school students have the opportunity to leave their schools and social groups behind and come together with students from many different backgrounds. Gad said that most students form a close knit community, and their friendships are long-lasting.  “By the end of the semester, the students start to feel like each other’s family,” she added.  Both programs are based out of the Unitarian Universalist Church on York Road, where students will study topics beyond the classroom. 

Students learn about a wide range of subjects, especially related to the outdoors and the environment. Topics of study include: logging, hands-on learning during overnight trips to Algonquin Park, journaling, conflict resolution with their peers, and role playing real-life scenarios.  Students are currently working on making their own hand-crafted mukluks, and on April 1 the Grade 12 Students will be helping to run a local Maple Syrup Festival.  Students who complete CELP and Headwaters also gain opportunities and exposure to learn from professionals in the community.  Gad said graduates of the program have gone on to become organic farmers, work in the food industry or the environmental industry. However, other students pursue careers outside of the program and still find that the relationships gained and the experiences formed have helped them to grow as adult learners.  “Experiential learning is critically important, because it’s how we learn for the rest of our lives beyond school,” said Gad, who stressed that the impact of a program like CELP and Headwaters is far-reaching, and individual to the students’ needs.  “Hands on experience helps them to connect with the subject and makes a great impact,” she added.  Although students entering Grades 10 and 12 are able to apply to either CELP or Headwaters up until the last day of February, late applications may be accepted.  To find out more visit the Community Environmental Leadership Program’s website. Application instructions can be found here. 

The glow of our winter tents under the Algonquin stars. Photo provided. The CELP group. Photo provided.

More Photos: https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/kids-get-real-life-leadership-skills-outside-the-classroom-9-photos-547822?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook


The OSSLT will be written on the morning of Thursday, March 30, 2017. The OSSLT will be written by all grade 10 students, and by any senior students who have not yet written the test or who were not successful on the test in a previous year.  The link below will provide you with further information regarding the Ontario Secondary School Literacy test:

Grad Photos - New Dates

Grad Photos Monday March 27 and Tuesday March 28 - book online www.bookmygrad.ca - Code CES  For info call Edge Customer Care at 1-888-416-3343

Summer School Co-op Application

 Information is now in guidance - Deadline to apply is by March 10th

CCVI LONDON & DUBLIN TRIP March 7 - 15, 2018

View for more info:  London - Dublin Flyer

London - Dublin

March 2 to 7, 2017 - Homestay Opportunity

Please view this flyer for more info:  Home Stay Opportunity

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Nominate an Everyday Hero!

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to make the UGDSB a great place to learn and work? Nominate them for an Everyday Hero Award!

Nominations for the 2017 Everyday Hero Awards are being accepted until April 13, 2017.

For more information and to download a nomination form, visit www.ugdsb.on.ca/heroes.

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 30OSSLT - Gr 10
  • Apr 13Term I Ends
  • Apr 14Statutory Holiday
  • Apr 18Term II Begins
  • Apr 27Mid-Term Report Cards
  • Apr 28PA Day
  • May 05Centennial CVI 50th Reunion Events
  • May 22Statutory Holiday
  • Jun 06Awards Assembly & Athletic Banquet
  • Jun 13EQAO Gr. 9 Math

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