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Five Sudbury Catholic District School Board Students Will Advance to the Canada Wide Science Fair!

The Sudbury Regional Science Fair, which took place virtually during March 21st – April 3rd, 2022, is a meaningful learning experience where Sudbury’s four School Boards, can provide opportunities to students from Grades 7-12 to show case their knowledge in different areas of science. Sudbury Catholic District School Board was grateful to participate once again in the Regional Science Fair and allow our students to enjoy hands-on learning experiences by extending their discovery in biology, chemistry, technology, and other areas.

This year approximately 15 projects represented the Board in the Regional Science Fair. The number of project topics was diverse again this year, with exciting subjects ranging from “Theoretical Gravity Control”, “Hacking an Air-Gapped Computer”, Creating a “Self-Hitting Hammer,” and more. We want to thank our judges and educators for guiding our students and continually finding new opportunities for hands-on learning and growth.

MMA Student, Kate Bouchard – 2022 Best In Fair Winner!

Following the Fair, Sudbury Catholic Schools, students, and families were invited to attend a virtual celebration organized by the Sudbury Regional Science Fair on April 10th, 2022. This virtual celebration highlighted the winners of divisional awards, special awards and celebrated students’ achievements. At this celebration, we are pleased to announce that Sudbury Catholic students collected ten awards, including Best of Fair which was presented to Kate Bouchard, a student from Marymount Academy for her project, “Go With The Flow“. We are also thrilled to announce that in addition to Kate’s amazing project , 4 other projects submitted by SCDSB Students have also been selected to advance to the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) taking place on May 16th, 2022, in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The students and projects that will advance to the Canada Wide Science Fair include the following: 

“Each year, our students present unique and creative science fair projects. This year was certainly no exception,” said Joanne Bénard, Director of Education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. “We are very excited to see the number of participants continue to grow, and we are proud of our students who represented us incredibly well again. We thank our judges and our educators for guiding students and continually finding new opportunities for hands-on learning and growth. We wish the students who are moving on to the 2022 Canada-Wide Science Fair the best of luck!” 

 “Science Fair was so much fun, and I think it’s because I was passionate about my topic.” Says Best in Fair Winner and CWSF participant, Kate Bouchard. “I chose something that I was interested in and genuinely wanted to learn more about. It helped me be more engaged, and because I was interested in what I was learning, I felt like I could explain it better and put forth more effort in making it better. I am really looking forward to be a part of the CWSF in May!” 

Some of MMA’s Regional Science Fair students stop and smile with their regional science fair medals! (Middle left Best in Fair Winner – Kate Bouchard)

Dylan Nelson, a Grade 8 student from St. Benedict, will also be attending the Canada Wide Science Fair with his unique project where he created a Self-Hitting Hammer. This idea was inspired by his passion for building things and from wanting to help his grandmother.

“I was trying to think of something inventive to do. I wanted to create something new, and I realized that I like building things, so I wanted to make a new type of hammer that would allow someone who cannot hammer a nail with a normal hammer still perform that task. My experience was fun because I spent time with grandpa, who helped me construct it, and I was able to make my project about making something that would help my grandma.”

Pictured is St. Benedict Student and Regional Science Fair Honouree Dylan accepting his award from the SCDSB Director of Education, Joanne Bénard and Principal of St. Benedict, Laura Kuzenko.

Overall, we are pleased to celebrate the contributions and participation of all our schools and students in this meaningful learning opportunity. We would like to end our post by congratulating all students, educators, and schools on their participation and effort in making the 2022 Science Fair a success! The ten project winners included projects from Marymount Academy, projects from St. Benedict and one project from St. Charles College. 

Please visit the following link below to view all the wonderful projects brought forward by Sudbury Catholic Students this year.  

Sudbury Catholic Science Fair Projects: LINK

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Computer Science Education Week at SCDSB

In honour of Computer Science Education Week (Dec 6-12), each day, we will put a special spotlight on 1 amazing staff member whose expertise within the fascinating world of IT and computer science deserve to be celebrated!

Learn more about Computer Science Education Week by checking out the #csedweek website.


Everyone meet David Hempel!

He is one of the wonderful Computer Infrastructure Technicians we have here at SCDSB and believes that “IT can take you anywhere!”

Thanks David for all that you do and more!





Free Skills Ontario Summer Camps To Be Offered to Grade 7-9 Students

Skills Ontario Promotion

Skills Ontario has officially opened registration for its July virtual workshops so students can explore skilled trades and tech-related workshops, demonstrations, virtual tours and presentations that pique their interest.

Sessions will run from July 5 to 30 and there is no fee to participate. Another session is set to run in August, with sign-up opening June 21. The virtual workshops are being held in place of summer camps.

Virtual workshops are open to all ages however are typically suited to Grades 7, 8 and 9. Each event’s individual registration page provides details regarding difficulty level and required skills and some sessions include a free hands-on kit that will be shipped to registered participants.

For more information, please visit: Skills Ontario’s Summer Camps

Join our Virtual Dance Party!

Two kids dancing

On Tuesday evening, families participated in an Hour of Code while participating in a dance party and learning about coding all at the same time! This session was designed for families to learn the basics of coding without even using a device.

Students learned that events are a useful way to control when an action happens and can be used to make multiple things act in sync. In programming, events can be used to respond to a user controlling it (like pressing buttons or clicking the mouse) and that events can make programs more interesting and interactive.

Following, our teachers taught various dance moves such as the “Star, Dab, High Clap and This & That”. Then, families were asked to create their own unique dance algorithm and to share their finished products in order to have a chance to win a family prize pack.

There is still time for families to join our next Dance Party on December 10th at 6pm. To register go to: Learning Support Hub for Students and Parents.

We’re proud to announce the launch of the 2020 Summer Camp Online Program!

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Are you excited for summer? We are! We are happy to announce the SCDSB 2020 Summer Camp expanded online program. Please click the link and fill in a survey for each of your children you would like to take part in the opportunity. You will need to commit to be part of the program for 3 weeks: two hours a day. July 6-24th, 9am to 11am.

Our expanded online learning includes K-8 online classes, K-8 ELL classes (for our newcomers) and Indigenous Learning.

Sign up quickly to secure your spot as spaces are limited: SIGN UP HERE!

Sign up by June 12th as we will start notifying people they are part of our awesome summer program! (be sure to leave your email so we can connect with you!)

Resources for Learning at Home


In response to the CONVID-19 virus, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health advised all 72 Ontario School Boards to close their schools from March 14 – April 5, 2020 to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff. While our schools are closed, we are committed to keep you informed.

Learn at Home Portal

The Ministry of Education has launched a new online platform to
help students continue learning while schools are closed. While these materials
do not replace what students have been learning at school, during this unusual
time, these at-home activities offer quick and easy access to resources for students
from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive
activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating
digital content. High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses
and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced.

Learn at Home Portal

Supporting Student Mental Health

We know this is an uncertain time for our province and our country. Students may experience a range of emotions during the COVID-19 situation. Please see the following resource from School Mental Health Ontario designed to provide mental health support and tools for students:

School Mental Health Ontario

Other Resources

Ministry of Education Letter to Parents

Sudbury Public Health

Government of Canada

On behalf of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, we thank you for your partnership and cooperation as we do our part to practice social distancing and flatten the curve. We will continue to keep you updated on our website and on our social media pages.

22 Projects Selected to Present at Regional Science Fair!

Award winners stand with their certifictaes.

Our Board Wide Science Fair was held on March 4, 2020 at St. Charles College. Students from Grade 7-12 participated in the event where they went through a formal event and judging process.

22 projects were selected to go on to the Regional Science Fair to be held on April 4, 2020!

Third Place: Joe Gouchie and Sam Oduwale, St. Charles College with the project Printing Speed of Grade 8 Males.

Second Place: Ella Caissie and Ava Collette, St. Anne School with the project H.A.W. Pipe.

First Place and Best in Fair: Julia Parenteau and Hailey MacDonald, St. Anne School with the project Les effets croissance sur des plantes avec differents liquides.

In addition, the following projects were honoured:

Most Creative : Wyatt Rolling from St. John School, with the project Fish On!
Best Presentation: Tyson Kirk and Aiden Anger from St. Charles College with the project Super Mario Upgrade.

Wyatt Rolling, St. John School won most creative project for his project Fish on!
Tyson Kirk and Aiden Anger from St. Charles College won best presentation for their project Super Mario Upgrade!

Sudbury Catholic Students Get “Stoked” About Careers in STEM

A scientist presents in front of students about a career in oncology.

100 high school students in grades 9-12 from SCDSB participated alongside 100 students from the Rainbow District School Board in a first-of-its-kind STEM event hosted by NOYSE (Northern Ontario Youth in Science and Engineering) at Laurentian University. Seeking to connect youth in grades 9-12 with possibilities in STEM that stoke passion, “Hear NOYSE Stoke Fest 2019” provided students with an opportunity to develop a greater awareness of unconventional careers in STEM.

Dean Osman Abou-Rabia of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture and Mayor Brian Bigger greeted the students and encouraged them to further explore unique careers borne from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The day began in the Fraser Auditorium with a keynote by world-renowned Canadian free skier and product developer Eric Hjorleifson (better known as “HOJI”) who talked about how his passion for skiing led him to a career related to the applied sciences. Led by Laurentian University student ambassadors, student teams moved into hands-on experiential breakout sessions (called “stokes”) led by STEM professionals working in the Greater Sudbury community. Stoke sessions were delivered by various community partners such as Vale, NORCAT, Living with Lakes, Heath Science North, Greater City of Sudbury, as well as Laurentian University and Cambrian College faculty.

“NOYSE is meant to help youth take a peek through the STEM lens. We hope this enriches future career and life experiences and that it helps position our students for wherever technology and the future of work take us,” said Amanda Barry, Secondary Curriculum Consultant at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and founding Board Member of NOYSE.
Students from Sudbury Catholic District School Board can anticipate many more opportunities to participate in events aimed at both career exploration and experiential learning in the coming school year through the unique programing and community partnerships that have been developed at each of Sudbury Catholic’s secondary schools.

Secondary Students to Compete at Skills Ontario

Four secondary students stand with their respective coaches.

Five Sudbury Catholic Secondary Students will be competing at the Skills Ontario From May 6 -8, 2019 in Toronto.

Drake Wickman from Bishop Alexander Carter will be competing in the CNC Wood sign making competition. Easton Laframboise and Griffin Howe from St. Benedict C.S.S will be competing in the carpentry category. St. Charles College will also be represented with student Violet Landrie competing in graphic design-presentation and Sarah Harper competing in the graphic design – studio production category.

We also want to thank their dedicated teachers and coaches for their ongoing support throughout the process.

Good luck to all, we can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

Sudbury Catholic Schools receive 13 awards at the Regional Science Fair

Science Fair 50th Anniversary Awards Banner

The Sudbury Regional Science Fair took place at Laurentian University on April 6-7.

24 students represented the Board from six different schools: St.Anne School, St. James School, St. John School, St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, St. Charles College and Marymount Academy. The students presented 17 projects in total and showed passion and enthusiasm for each one!

Sudbury Catholic Schools earned 13 awards throughout the fair. Board results are as follows:

Junior Division – Computer Sciences Divisional
Placing and Prize: Third/Troisième Place Medal & Certificate
The Medi Talker: Hayley Wood, Marymount Academy

Junior Division – Engineering (Génie junior) Divisional
Placing and Prize: Second/Deuxième Place Medal & Certificate
Fintastic Backpack: Madison Coutu, St. Anne Elementary School

Intermediate Division – Life Sciences (Sciences de la vie intermédiaire) Divisional
Placing and Prize: Second/Deuxième Place Medal & Certificate
A New Approach to Reduce Bacterial Growth: Sofya Mishchenko, Marymount Academy

Junior Division – Physical Sciences (Sciences physiques junior) Divisional
Placing and Prize: Fourth/Quatrième Place Medal & Certificate
Concussion Cap: Drake Matthews and Liam Vallillee, St. John Elementary School

Senior Division – Physical Sciences (Sciences physiques senior) Divisional
Placing and Prize: First/Première Medal, Cash, Certificate
An analysis of Hydrogen; production and uses: Aivan Apan and Ethan Hodge, St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School

Chemical Institute of Canada Award – Special
An analysis of Hydrogen; production and uses: Aivan Apan and Ethan Hodge
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School

Laurentian University Biology Award – Special
A New Approach to Reduce Bacterial Growth: Sofya Mishchenko, Marymount Academy

Laurentian University Chemistry/biochemistry Award- Special
An analysis of Hydrogen; production and uses: Aivan Apan and Ethan Hodge
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School

Laurentian University Forensic Sciences Award – Special
Funky Fingerprints: Myra Mead and Maria Iotzov, St. James Elementary School

McEwen School of Architecture Award – Special
Twisted Peanut Butter: Tyson Violette-Cecile and Owen Moggy, St. Anne Elementary School

Ontario Power Generation Energy Award – Special
LED Or Incandescent: Vanessa Prieur, St. Charles College

Magnétisme Magnifique: Rebekah Kruk, Marymount Academy

University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship- Special
An analysis of Hydrogen; production and uses: Aivan Apan and Ethan Hodge, St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School

We wish to congratulate all participating students for their hard work, as well as the many teachers and staff members at our schools for their ongoing support in the pursuit of science and innovation!

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