SMCS Daily Update – Wednesday, November 28

Dear St. Michael’s College School Parents/Guardians,

In an effort to remain fully transparent, we will continue to send daily emails to keep you informed of the school’s actions and next steps.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 

Leadership Change
Fr. Andrew Leung, CSB, joined the St. Michael’s College School community on Tuesday, November 27 as Interim President.

SMCS Launches Anonymous Reporting Digital Solution
The school has partnered with Sprigeo, a digital platform to report bullying and school safety concerns. Reports can be submitted anonymously and are sent directly to the School’s Administration and Human Resources Department.

Anonymous Voicemail
St. Michael’s has launched an anonymous voicemail for students. We strongly encourage students to report any inappropriate behaviour and incidents they have experienced, seen, or heard about at the school. Students can also call Crime Stoppers if they have information that would be relevant to the ongoing police investigation.

Parent and Guardian Support Hotline 
A toll-free hotline for parents and guardians has been launched and can be used if your son is experiencing reactions to traumatic events.

Student Support App (My SSP) 
Over the next few days, St. Michael’s College School will roll out an app called ‘My SSP’ – Student Support Program. Geared towards students in Grades 9 to 12, My SSP is inclusive and meets the unique and diverse needs of students.

Student Affairs Resources
This Wednesday and Thursday, support counsellors will be present in Grades 9 and 10 classrooms to help students process and work through questions and concerns they may have. On Friday, the same information sharing sessions will be available for students in Grades 7 and 8, and next week for Grades  11 and 12. The Student Affairs Department continues to consult with external organizations to explore student workshop possibilities related to healthy masculinity, peer engagement, and empowerment.

Grade 12 Parent Information Night 
Last night, parents of the Graduating Class of 2019 attended an informative presentation on university admission and questions surrounding student assessment. Next Tuesday, December 4 at 3 p.m. the same information meeting will be available for Grade 12 students and Grade 11 students taking Grade 12 courses.

Independent ‘SMCS Respect and Culture Review’ 
Our Board of Directors is closing in on announcing details regarding the leadership of the independent ‘Respect and Culture Review’. This Review will take a deep dive into our school’s culture today, over the past year, and in the historic past. We have also asked that the committee deliver a preliminary report of its findings by the spring of next year, and a final report by summer 2019.

SMCS Prospective Families Meeting. 
Breakfast meetings for prospective parents are scheduled for December 5 and 12 to allow prospective students and parents to have their questions answered by current students and parents.