Nominate Your School for Outstanding Communications

Posted on Monday February 10, 2020

Our Durham Catholic schools are committed to engaging with our communities by delivering timely, effective and open communication with the most appropriate tools and technology available. The selection committee is accepting nominations for the Rev. John Markle Home-School Communication Award from parents, guardians and students who believe their school has done an outstanding job in communicating with students and families over the 2019-2020 school year. One elementary and one secondary school will be selected to receive the award at the May 25, 2020 Board Meeting.

How to nominate a school

Submit a short paragraph (maximum 150 words) describing how your school demonstrates excellence in the area of home-school communications. Your submission should include examples of how your school demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Communication from the school demonstrating our faith-based values and Catholicity.
  • Newsletters providing relevant information in a format that is easy to read.
  • School website is updated regularly with informative and meaningful content.
  • Social media posts include relevant and interesting information for followers.
  • Emails and/or phone calls are used appropriately and effectively to notify parents of important notices.
  • Board information is distributed in a timely manner.

Your submission should include pictures of social media posts or emails, copies of newsletters or web links to show samples of outstanding home-school communications. 

Submissions can be sent by email indicating Rev. John Markle Award in the subject line to or delivered in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Communications - Rev. John Markle Award
Durham Catholic District School Board
650 Rossland Rd. West, Oshawa, ON L1J 7C4

Selection Committee

The winning schools will be selected by a committee consisting of one Trustee representative and two Student Trustees.


Submission will be accepted til Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


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