Students can find the exam schedule for Semester 1 here. In the event of buses not running, students are reminded that the entire exam schedule will shift one day and the scheduled exams will be written on the next available exam day. For example if buses are cancelled on January 25th, exams originally scheduled for January 25th will be written on the next exam day, January 28th and exams originally scheduled January 28th would be written on January 29th.
January 17th found our Tech Zone hosting its annual Dragster Day of Champions for our feeder schools: KPS, HPS and Jack Miner. Sponsored by Queen's Car Quest in Kingsville, Grade 8s participated in this contest by designing, building and outfitting their CO2 dragsters with the help of our Tech Zone. Mr. Osborne attended a race off and chose the top 14 from each school. These fourteen then competed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and also best design. This year, HPS students swept past the checkered flag and dominated the grid, standing alone on the podium. Jack Miner proudly received the prize for the best design. "Racing is always fun, young and old. Everyone had a great time," said Mr. Osborne. Thanks to the Tech Zone for once again making this a great opportunity!
Cavs' Chronicle Winter Edition 2019
On December 19, the Arts and Culture SHSM students had the opportunity to work with Bruce Dow, a Canadian actor who has performed at venues such as Broadway, Stratford and is currently workshopping a musical about Princess Diana in California. Bruce worked with Cavs on musical theatre solos accompanied by Mike Karloff, the Musical Director for the St. Clair Musical Theatre Program and an instructor at the University of Windsor. A big thank you goes out to Dr. Hopper for providing our students with this amazing hands-on opportunity with such esteemed professionals!
The KDHS Computer programming team competed against 37 other teams from Windsor-Essex-Chatham and won 3rd place overall. They brought home $1000 each in scholarship money and $150 in Amazon gift cards. Team Brogrammers: Tim Sulja, Bladen Drover, Quinn Neufeld
10765! That's the number of cans our Grade Twelve Cavs collected this year in our annual can drive for charity. Mr. Clements, who is in charge of organizing the event, said it was the highest number of cans collected in the past four years. This annual competition between the genders saw the girls winning yet again! The cans will be going to The Kingsville and Harrow Food banks and to The Goodfellows to make up their Christmas baskets. The cans collected by our amazing students will supply the food banks until March! Wow! Way to go Cavaliers, you have done your school proud once again!
This year's Family of School's Winter Concert was held at Migration Hall on December 11 with 4 concert bands, 1 jazz band and a choir. The musical directors were Mme. Quick from Kingsville Public School, Mrs. Collier from Harrow Public School, Mrs. Capel-Cure from Jack Miner Public School and our own Dr. Hopper conducting the Kingsville District High School bands. With over 100 musicians playing to a packed house, a medley of crowd pleasers were preformed including Christmas carols that had everyone singing. Karilynn and Roger Hewitt from Leamington also premiered their beautiful song, "Snowfall." It was an evening of harmonious talent between our schools and a great way to start off the holiday season! Thank you to all the fine musicians for their amazing performances!
On December 7th, 2018 approximately 350 Cavs took part in the annual Reindeer Run. This year students managed to raise over $5300 for the Windsor Essex Children's Aid Foundation and The Bridge Youth Resource Centre. With the funds, Student Parliament was able to purchase Christmas gifts for 10 families in need. Student Parliament would like to thank all the students who gave their time and energy to these two great charitable foundations!
White Ribbon Day
On December 6th, Cavaliers marked the National Day of Action and Remembrance of Violence Against Women. Hundreds of staff and students donned white ribbons to remember the victims of Polytechnique Montreal hoping to put an end to violence against Women everywhere. Many took the time to stop and sign our pledge to end violence against women. With your help we can make a positive change! Thank you to Ms. Kawa for organizing the day.
Ready? Set! Debate! This year's fall competition at the University of Windsor's Odette School of Business was the site of friendly rivalry between schools and school boards at the Richard Peddie Debate Competition. On November 30th, Our KDHS Debate Team demonstrated rhetorical excellence as they found themselves thinking fast on their feet! Newbies Cam Stuart and Noah Codling were undefeated Novices in their three rounds. An exciting day was had by all and our Cavs look forward to the Spring Competition!
KDHS at The Youth Mental Health Summit
by Chelby Coffey and Katrina Incitti
On Wednesday, November 21, KDHS students travelled to the Ciocaro Club for the Youth Mental Health Summit which was put on by the GECDSB. There were a variety of workshops and guest speakers that students were able to learn from. Two guest speakers from jack.org shared this interesting information: when dealing with someone with a mental illness, make sure to check on yourself and monitor your own emotions and health. All the students left the Ciocaro Club feeling inspired and educated to help make their school a better place! A big thank-you goes out to Ms. Beatty for organizing this event for our Cavs!
Cavs Tackle Bullying!
The 3rd Week of November marks Anti-Bullying Week and students at KDHS took on bullying with informative activities like Myths and Facts about Bullying, Pink Shirt day and Solutions to help put an end to bullying. Events also included a student-crafted video, daily announcements and a pledge to show our school's commitment to stand up to bullies and not to be a bystander.
On Friday, November 9th, Kingsville remembered the sacrifices of our veterans in a moving ceremony held in Migration Hall. A Colour Guard from the Royal Canadian Legion opened the ceremony and our own KDHS band performed the National Anthem under the direction of Dr. Hopper. Ms. Stammler's drama students performed an emotional skit and there were many musical interludes performed by our Cavs. Colonel Rae Martin gave a thought-provoking speech on the sacrifices made by soldiers and the debt of gratitude we all owe them. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Love for organizing this important event and to all the staff and students who contributed their time and efforts to making this ceremony something for us to remember.
Fighting Island Comes to Pelee Island
On Tuesday, November 6, visiting Science teachers Mrs. Simeunovic (KDHS) and Mrs. Heber (GAHS) brought the Fighting Island Education Program to the Pelee Island School. It was a collaborative day of learning which included all students from kindergarten to high school. The full day of ecological and scientific activities included: holding perch and goby fish; letting a snail crawl up your arm; identifying bird calls; making plaster casts of animal tracks; testing water temperature and pH levels; recording the effect that caffeine and DBO have on daphnia (water fleas); simulating a “Who Dirtied the Water” activity; measuring and calculating the age of trees in the school yard; playing “invasive species” jenga; and much more. It was an educational and enjoyable day for all!
Random Acts of Kindness Day
KDHS received the kindness on Friday, November 2. Student Council and the STEPS program started the day off by personally greeting all of our students with upbeat music, special treats and school supplies. At lunch students were invited to take a photo with their 'bestie'. Kindness like that just can't be 'random'! Thanks to STEPS and Student Council for brightening up our Friday and showing us that kindness can happen every day!
Fall Fun at KDHS!
Our Cavs sure know how to enjoy autumn! From the Halloween Music Concert put on by Dr. Hopper, Ms Wagner and their Bands, to Student Council's fun-filled assembly and all else that fell in between, the week leading up to Halloween was filled with events and fun for all. The WE Group and The GSA had raffles and bake sales to raise money for their causes and there was pumpkin carving and costume competitions. The school newspaper, The Cavs' Chronicle put out its first edition (which you can access on EDSBY for your viewing pleasure) and the Dance Team's amazing Spooky Skeleton dance had us all cheering. All in all, it was a great week with lots of fun for our students at KDHS!
Parents and Guardians are invited to attend the "Not my Kid" Seminar sponsored by the OPP, Thursday November 8th at the Kingsville Community Centre. See the image and link below for more details.
Not My Kid
Click on the images below to view the Fall 2018 Edition of the Cavs' Chronicle.
Polio Fundraiser at KDHS
On Friday, October 26, Cavs took part in a fundraiser to help Rotary end polio. Polio is a crippling disease and Rotary clubs all over the world have been working hard since 1985 to try to rid the world of this disease by vaccinating children in hard to reach areas with poor health systems or in poverty-stricken areas. Since 1988 more than 2.5 BILLION kids have been vaccinated! Cavs took part in this effort by donating money to don their funky hats. A big thanks goes out to Ms. Blair for informing our students about this disease, organizing this event and encouraging our Cavs to think of those in need!
KDHS: A Peace School!
Congratulations to KDHS for becoming one of the 35 schools in the Windsor-Essex County region who are designated by the Roseland Rotary as a Peace School! KDHS was honoured for meeting Rotary's following criteria: Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention & Treatment, Water & Sanitation,Maternal & Child Health, Basic Education& Literacy and Economic& Community Development. Sam and Julie Dragich, representing the Roseland Rotary, presented the students who helped work on this project and our school with a plaque and a banner. Way to go Cavs on always working towards peace in our school, our community and the world!
Progress reports have been completed and sent home with students October 15th. Parents and Guardians are invited to attend Parent-Teacher Interviews Wednesday Oct. 17th from 4- 7 pm in the KDHS gym to discuss student progress. Hope to see a good turn out!
An Evening of Excellence
KDHS's Honours Awards were held on October 3rd in Migration Hall to recognize those students who achieved an overall average of 80% and above. With over 300 recipients, KDHS is proud of the scholarly achievements of its students. With Trustee Julia Burgess, and Superintendent Vicki Houston in attendance, our students were given their well-deserved plaques and accolades by Principal, Mr. Toews and Vice-Principal, Mr. Reid. A special distinction goes out to the following students for achieving the highest standing by grade: Grade 9, Ava Augustine, Grade 10, Isla Froese, Grade 11, Joscelyn Bretzlaff, and Grade 12, Emma Flynn. Congratulations to all our high achieving Cavaliers!
Orange Shirt Day
On Friday, October 5th, KDHS took part in Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters. It was a day to recognize the harm that residential schools had on the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities and to remember all the children who survived and the 6000 who never made it home. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad's story of having her new orange shirt taken away her first day at her school. As well as wearing orange shirts, throughout the week, KDHS had informational announcements each day, posters around the school that shared the stories of children who attended residential schools and also aired "The Secret Path," Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire's film. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Cardinal for organizing a week recognizing this forgotten part of our history which has impacted and continues to impact all Indigenous communities in Canada.
Cavs Contribute to Kingsville Culture Days
Cavs have culture! Culture Days in Windsor Essex is meant to raise awareness for many different forms of art and create collaboration with and between artists in our communities. On September 29, Ms Grondin and 10 of her art students participated with other practicing artists to showcase their talents and artwork on the streets of Kingsville for Culture Days. The students worked on their art and were open to questions from passersby! Once again Cavs not only show their love for the arts, but also for their community! Way to go Cavs!
The week of September 24 saw our Cavs participating in activities to promote mental health while raising awareness for Suicide Prevention Week. These activities included art expression, mindfulness through "tabata" and accessing your "prana" exercises, basket-ball for physical well-being and using humor. A big thank-you goes out to Ms. Heil for organizing these activities and to all the teachers who contributed to making this an informative and mindful week!
Cavs Join in for the Marathon of Hope
On Sunday, September 17, our Cavs showed their giving spirit by being part of the Marathon of Hope, volunteering and participating in the Terry Fox Run in Kingsville. With over 201 participants, an amazing $12073 was raised for cancer research. A big thank you goes out to Marilyn Farnworth, the site organizer for Kingsville, Mayor Nelson Santos, all the businesses and individuals who donated prizes and to the participants who raised funds for a better future. As Terry Fox said, "The answer is to try and help others."
Free seminar for parents and guardians. November 8th from 6-8:30 at the Kingsville Community Centre. See attached flyer for more details.
A Cavalier Welcome!
On Friday, September 7, Student Council held our first school event- the Welcome Back Barbecue where students got to mix and mingle with old and new friends. Later in the day, the grade 9s were initiated to 'Cav Nation' with Grade 9 Day, organized by Ms. Nurse's Leadership students. Our new grade 9s bonded with each other in their colour groups as they participated in team building games! Thanks to Ms. Jitani, Ms. Leili, Ms. I'Anson and Ms. Nurse for all their help organizing this fun tradition at KDHS!