About Us

Welcome to Éva Circé-Côté French Immersion Public School

ECC logoÉva Circé-Côté French Immersion Public School is located just outside the historic village of Sparta, Ontario. ECC opened it's doors on September 4, 2018 as Elgin County's second French Immersion school. ECC has just under 200 students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Principal: Mme L. Shoukri
Administrative Secretary: Mme J. Toogood

Superintendent: P. Sydor
Trustees: M. Ruddock, B. Smith

 School Goals

Literacy: Students will improve their reading skills in French.

Numeracy: Students will improve the communication of their thinking in mathematics, orally, and written, in French. 

 Daily Schedule


Before School Yard Supervision


Buses Arrive


Entry Into School


Instructional Time – Block A


Nutrition Break #1


Recess #1


Instructional Time – Block B


Nutrition Break #2


Recess #2


Instructional Time – Block C


Dismissal and Buses Depart

 School Organization

2019-2020 School Year

Senior Kindergarten

Mme Paradis

Grade 1

Mlle Barnier

Grade 1/2

Mme McCracken, Mlle Thibeault

Grade 2

Mme Thomson

Grade 3/4A

Mme Underhill, Mme Miller

Grade 3/4B

Mme Kennedy

Grade 5/6

M. Kennedy

Grade 6/7

Mme Centeno

Grade 7/8

Mme Kemp


Mme Stover


Mlle Thibeault


M. Lattanzio


Mme Bokma


M. Baker


M. Coffin

Lunch Supervisor

Mme Erin


 Code of Conduct

Éva Circé-Côté Code of Conduct


Our Code of Conduct has been developed with the changes in mind made in the Education Act on June 4, 2007, the education Amendment Act, Progressive and School Safety and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 1982. The amendments came into force on February 1, 2008.


A school should be a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academics –a safe place for learning and teaching. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, accepted and comfortable. The Code of Conduct provides an overview for progressive discipline strategies when addressing issues of behaviour. When inappropriate behaviours occur, a range of interventions, supports and consequences will be employed that are developmentally appropriate and focus on improving behaviour.

Guiding Principles

The Code of Conduct applies to all participants in the school community –students, parents or guardians, volunteers and staff, whether on school property, buses or at related events or activities.

  • All members of the school community are to be treated with ‘respect and dignity’.
  • All members need to be aware of their rights; accept responsibility for their rights and the rights of others.
  • Non-violent means are used to resolve conflict.
  • The possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers all.
  • Schools work in co-operation with police and other agencies to respond to those in possession of or under the influence of alcohol, cannabis or illegal substances.
  • Members of the community have the responsibility to maintain a manner of respect and civility.

Roles and Responsibilities

Principals under the direction of the School Board will:

  • Demonstrate care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching and learning environment
  • Hold members of the community accountable for their behaviour and actions
  • Communicate regularly with the community
Staff under the leadership of the administration will:
  • Help students meet their potential and develop a sense of self worth
  • Communicate regularly with parents and guardians
  • Maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  • Demonstrate respect for all
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In turn, students will:
  • Demonstrate respect and responsibility for themselves, and others
  • Come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn
  • Refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others
Parents are asked to:
  • Show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress
  • Communicate regularly with the teacher/school and work co-operatively regarding discipline
  • Report their child’s absence promptly to the school and ensure attendance and avoid bringing their child to school late or picking their child up prior to dismissal
  • Encourage their child in following the school rules and routines
  • Understand that Police and Community agencies work in partnership with school and follow the protocol established with the Board

Standards of Behaviour Respect, civility and responsible citizenship
All School Members must:
  • Respect and comply with all federal, provincial and municipal laws
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • Respect differences in people and treat others with dignity
  • Show proper care for the school and other’s property and respect the rights of others
  • Respect the need for others to work in a safe environment for learning and teaching

Physical Safety
All School Members must:
  • Not be in possession of a weapon
  • Not use an object to threaten or intimidate others
  • Not cause injury or physical harm to any person
  • Not possess alcohol, illegal drugs, or cannabis (unless the pupil is a medical cannabis user)
  • Not be under the influence of, or provide others with, alcohol, cannabis or illegal drugs
  • Not inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
  • Seek staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully

Progressive Discipline is a whole school approach that addresses inappropriate student behaviour. We use a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences that shift the focus from solely punitive to a focus on corrective and supportive strategies that are restorative in nature to improve the student’s behaviour. Interventions, support and consequences for inappropriate choices depend on the frequency, nature and severity of the behaviour with consideration of mitigating circumstances used to guide our decisions. Consequences will range from a reminder to eventually suspensions and expulsions. A wide range of methods and approaches will be employed at the discretion of the teachers and administration. Wherever appropriate or possible we will involve parents in the process. If parents have questions regarding an incident, they should contact:
  1. the Teacher or Staff member involved
  2. theSchool Administrator
Please keep in mind, school or classroom rules are designed for safety; to maximize learning, self-respect and respect for others and property. We expect to show courtesy and respect for one another.

A principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
  • Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
  • Possessing alcohol, cannabis or illegal drugs
  • Being under the influence
  • Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  • Committing an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school
  • Bullying
  • Any other activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board, or activity which is contrary to the Code of Conduct or if deemed by the principal to negatively impact the moral tone or safety of the school community

Suspension, Investigation and Possible Expulsion
A principal shall suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any other of the following activities while at school, at a school related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
  • Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm
  • Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person
  • Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner
  • Committing sexual assault
  • Trafficking in weapons, in cannabis or in illegal drugs
  • Committing robbery
  • Giving alcohol or cannabis to a minor
  • Any other activity that, under a policy of the board, is an activity for which a principal must suspend a pupil and, therefore in accordance with this, conduct an investigation to determine whether to recommend to the board that the pupil be expelled

Cell phones and other Electronic Devices
Per the Ministry of Education, all members of the school community must: Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, including by ensuring that cell phones and other personal mobile devices are used only during instructional time (as directed by an educator), for health and medical purposes and/or to support special education needs.

If students choose to bring personal technology devices to school (e.g., iPods, Cell Phones, Tablets, DS, MP3 players), these devicesmust remain off and put away while they are at school unless they receive the permission of a staff member. All devices brought from home are the responsibility of the owner and must not be shared with friends. Under no circumstances must any student take pictures or record the voice of any other student either at school or on the bus even if the other student gives their permission. NOTE: If a student does not comply with these expectations, staff members will confiscate the device and bring it to the office. The first time, the student may pick up the deviceat the end of the day. If it happens again, a parent must come and pick up the devicefrom the office. Non-compliance may result in loss of this privilege.

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Éva Circé-Côté French Immersion Public School

45885 Sparta Line, RR 4

St. Thomas, ON  N5P 3S8

Tel: 519-775-2541

Fax: 519-775-0172

Email: evacircecote@tvdsb.ca

Web: https://evacircecote.tvdsb.ca