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This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 04:53

• FHCI School Council Education Series for Parents/Guardians
The FHCI School Council invites you to a presentation by Toronto Police Service, 53 Division, on Thursday, May 5. This is part of the School Council Education Series.  Officers from 53 Division will speak from 7:00-8:30 PM in the FHCI library. Topics will including reducing your vulnerability to fraud, scams, electronic harassment, break and enter, and auto theft. Details are in the attached flyer. Please come and bring a friend. All members of the community are welcome. If you plan on attending, please reply to the invitation tofhschoolcouncil@gmail.com by April 30.
 • Report Cards
Report cards were issued to students at the end of the day on Friday, April 22. Because of the ongoing teachers’ union job action, the report cards do not include personal comments nor Learning Skill indicators.
 With each of the two Ministry-required reports cards issued each semester, I send letters of commendation to full-time students who: 1) achieved an average of 80% or more on their FHCI courses; 2) improved their current average over their previous report card average; or 3) demonstrated exemplary attendance. With this April report card, I issued nearly 1000 letters to about 660 students. The names of the student recipients and an indication of the letter(s) they received are posted in the foyer.
 As you review your child’s report card, here are the school-wide ABCs to use as your point of reference: A) the average mark school-wide hit an all-time highthis report period of 79%; B) the average number of absences per student per class was just 3; and C) the average number of lates per student per class was a low of 1. I provide this information because we consistently see a strong connection between student absences/lates and academic achievement.
 If you wish to discuss your child’s results, please contact your child’s teachers, counsellor, vice principal or me. Together with you and your child, we can help develop a plan for improvement.
 • Spirit Week
This week is Spirit Week at FHCI. We kick off the week on Monday morning with a Pep Rally in the gym.
 This week at FHCI…
 1. Award Applications Available: Monday, April 25
Each year the FHCI Awards Committee meets to select graduating students for a number of awards, which are presented at commencement. In selecting the recipients, the committee takes into consideration the information students provide about themselves on their award application. If your child is graduating this year, please encourage your child to pick up an award application, complete it and return it according to the information on the application.
 2. Regular Schedule: Tuesday, April 26
We will run a regular, Day 1 schedule on Tuesday. The Late Opening is cancelled.
 3. Full Disclosure Date: Friday, April 29
For students in Grade 11 and 12 courses, Friday, April 29 is the last day to drop a course and not have the course result printed on the student’s transcript of marks. Friday is also the last day to request a change the level of study in a Semester 2 course.
 Looking ahead…
 4. FHCI School Council Education Series for Parents/Guardians: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Details of the presentation are outlined above.
 From Shelley Laskin, our trustee:
 School Year Calendars, 2016-2017 Now Approved
At the March 22, 2016 Regular Board meeting, Trustees approved the 2016-17 school year calendars for elementary, secondary and year-round alternative schools. On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Ministry of Education approved the 2016-2017 school year calendars.  For a complete list of dates, click on the following link:http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Calendar/SchoolYearCalendar20162017.aspx

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

 

Golden Falcon
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:30

 The Golden Falcon is published and the link is here:
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News
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 06:12

 The FHCI School Council invites you to a presentation by Toronto Police Service, 53 Division, on Thursday, May 5. This is part of the School Council Education Series.  Officers from 53 Division will speak from 7:00-8:30 PM in the FHCI library. Topics will including reducing your vulnerability to fraud, scams, electronic harassment, break and enter, and auto theft. Details are in the attached flyer. Please come and bring a friend. All members of the community are welcome. If you plan on attending, please reply to the invitation to fhschoolcouncil@gmail.com by April 30.
 
•     The FHCI community responded generously to the request from the Social Action Committee for clothing donations to New Circles in support of Syrian refuges. Now we have a real challenge in transporting the clothes to New Circles. The delivery is scheduled for Tuesday. If you have some free time and a vehicle, we could use your help. Please let me know if you can join the delivery team.
 
•     When students arrive at school on Monday, they will see ‘Pink’. On Friday, an enthusiastic group of students and staff decorated the foyer and main hallways for Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 13.  Please encourage your child to show support of the Day of Pink initiative by wearing something pink on Wednesday.
 

 
 
      From http://dayofpink.org/about/:
    What is the Day of Pink?
      April 13, 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.
 
1.   Markbook Printouts: April 11-15
      Markbook Printouts will be given to students to take home from Monday to Friday this week. Please ensure you see all your child’s printouts.
 
2.   Prom Assembly: Monday, April 11, Period 3
      Students who plan to attend the Graduation Formal are invited to the assembly on Monday afternoon to here the arrangements for the afternoon/evening. Parents are required to sign the information letter, which includes a clear statement about the requirement that students attending the prom refrain from drug/alcohol use both before and during the prom. This includes pre-prom parties. We outline in the prom letter our reliance on the cooperation parents/guardians.
 
3.   Student Council applications available: Tuesday, April 12
      Students who wish to run for student council office for the coming school year may pick up an application in the main office. Applications must be submitted by April 20.

 
4.   School Council Meeting: Wednesday, April 13
      All members of the community are invited to come to the School Council meeting at 7:00 in the Staff Room on the main floor.
 
5.   PA Day: Friday, April 15
      This PA Day was added after the beginning of the school year and so does not appear in our Agenda Book. There will be no classes on Friday. The staff will be involved in Professional Development activities for the day.

 
 
Peggy Aitchison
Principal
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

 

Updates for the FHCI Community:
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 03/01/2016 - 06:18

• Report cards
The Toronto District School Board continues local negotiations with its secondary school teachers, represented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). OSSTF is continuing a legal selected withdrawal of services that began on November 4 of last year. As a result, secondary teachers will not be completing the Progress Report scheduled for distribution at FHCI on March 9. You are invited to contact teachers directly to discuss the progress of your child.
OSSTF has indicated they will be completing the Provincial Report Card, including marks and attendance records, scheduled for distribution at FHCI on April 22 but will not be providing Learning Skills or Comments.
• Hockey
Congratulations to the Boys Hockey Team who played in the City Championship for their division on Friday and brought home another medal to add to our school collection.
 
• Signing Out
Please remind your child that students who wish to leave school during the school day, resulting in absence from class, must sign out in the office before leaving the school.
 
• Course Selection
All students must complete the course selection process by Tuesday, March 1. This includes five steps:
1) Logon to “MyBlueprint”. Students received step-by-step logon instructions earlier this month. Contact Guidance if your child needs assistance with the logon.
2) Select courses: normally eight courses for students entering Grade 9-11 and six courses for students entering Grade 12.
3) Print of the course selection sheet.
4) Add parent/guardian signature.
5) Submit the signed course selection sheet to Guidance by Tuesday, March 1.
 
• Toques, Locker Shelves
The School Council still has a few toques ($15) and locker shelves ($10) available for purchase through the Main Office.
 
This week at FHCI…
 
1. Markbook Printouts: February 29 to March 4
During this week, teachers in all courses will be giving students a printout of their achievement to date. Please note this printout will have limited information at this early point in student courses. More marks will be entered and included in the next printout issued during the week of April 11.
 
2. Course Selection Sheets Due to Guidance Office: Tuesday, March 1
Please ensure we have your child’s course selection sheet by Tuesday, March 1 so your child’s course requests can be included as we build our timetable for 2016-2017.
 
Looking ahead…
 
3. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 8
All parents/guardians are invited to attend this meeting at from 7:00 – 8:30 in the FHCI Staff Room on the main floor.
 
From Shelley Laskin, FHCI Trustee…
 
Joint Ward Forum
Monday, February 29 from 6:45 to 9:00 PM at Sunny View Jr/Sr Public School, 450 Blythwood Rd.
Trustee Gerri Gershon (Ward 13) and I invite parents, staff and community to join with us and parents, staff and community of Ward 14 for a conversation with Director John Malloy and a presentation with questions and answers on our 2016-17 Budget by Craig Snider. Gerri and I are looking forward to seeing you.
 
Presentation by Jennifer Kolari
March 30, 7:00-8:00 pm at Oakwood CI, 991 St Clair Ave West at Oakwood Ave 
Oakwood Collegiate invites all parents/guardians to attend a Parent/Guardian Presentation by Jennifer Kolari. She will be talking about how to use her CALM techniques as explained in her book, You’re Ruining My Life!” (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting. This presentation will show parents/guardians the importance of communication in the parent/guardian-child relationship. Her website is: connectedparenting.com. Light refreshments will be provided. Childcare is available if requested at youmeweee@hotmail.com.
 
 
Peggy Aitchison
 

 

This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 17:35

 Congratulations to the Junior Boys Basketball Team on a brilliant season that took them to the South Region Championship game on Thursday at George Brown College. Their strong efforts all season earned us another medal to add to the school’s collection. It was great to see parents at the game, cheering on the young Falcons.
 
Note: Students who wish to leave school during the day which results in a class missed must sign out at the office before they leave the school. If your child contacts you for permission to leave school, please be sure you direct your child to the office.
 
From the FHCI School Council…
Now that there is ice and snow on the ground, help keep your child’s wet boots away from the rest of the locker contents with the use of an FHCI Locker Shelf. The locker shelf is three pieces of finished white particleboard. Two pieces sit upright in the locker on the left side and right side and the third piece sits across the two uprights, forming the shelf. We will have lockers shelves available for purchase in the main office next week for $10 for the three-piece set.
 
Next week at FHCI…
 
1. Family Day: Monday, February 15
No classes. I hope you enjoy the day with your family.
 
2. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, February 17
Please join us in the Staff Room for the monthly School Council Meeting at 7:00 PM
 
3. Black History Month Assembly: Thursday, February 18
If you are able to join us for this special assembly, please let me know and I will give you details of timing. I will keep a seat for you in the balcony.
 
Looking ahead…
 
4. Regular Schedule: Tuesday, February 23
There will be no late opening on Tuesday, February 23. Classes will begin as usual at 9:00 AM and finish at 3:20 PM.
 
5. Course Selection Sheets due to Guidance: Friday, February 26
If you need help with your child’s course selection for 2016-2017, please contact one of our counsellors, Ms. Ng or Mr. Israelovitch.

 

 
From our trustee, Shelley Laskin, comes this invitation to join her on Monday, February 29…
 
Ward 11, St. Paul’s Trustee Shelley Laskin & Ward 13 Don Valley West Trustee Gerri Gershon present a Joint Ward Forum
 
A Ward Forum is a regular meeting of parents, school community, Trustee and Board staff of schools in a ward/region.
Date:                           Monday, February 29, 2016,
Time:                           6:45 – 9:00pm
Location:                     Sunny View Jr/Sr Public School 450 Blythwood Rd
From Eglinton Subway Station take Bus 103 Mt Pleasant North to Blythwood or
From Davisville Subway Station take Bus 11A Bayview North to Blythwood
Child care is available.
 
            Draft Agenda
6:30 – 6:45                  Refreshments
6:45 – 7:15                  Welcome & Introductions & Updates –
                                    Principal Ted Goldring, Sunny View Jr/Sr PS
                                    Trustee and Superintendent Updates
                                    Updates from PIAC and FSLAC
7:15 – 8:00                  Discussion with the New Director
                                    John Malloy, Director, TDSB
8:00 – 8:15 Break
8:15 – 9:00                  Balancing the 2016-2017 Operating Budget
                                    Presentation & Questions/Answers
                                    Craig Snider, Comptroller, Budget Revenue & Financial Planning

 

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

 

This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 06:01

 This week at FHCI…
 
1. Exams: Monday, February 1
The last of formal, end-of-course exams will be written on Monday morning and afternoon.
 
2. Last day to complete changes to Semester 2 timetable: 12:00 noon, Tuesday, February 2
All timetable changes must be completed by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 2. After this time, Semester 2 timetables will be finalized and no further changes processed. If your child wishes to request a timetable change, please contact your child's counsellor on Monday.
Mr. Israelovitch: 416-393-1860 x 20042
Ms. Ng: 416-393-1860 x 20041

 
Note: There will be no classes on Tuesday, February 2
 
3. PA Day: Wednesday, February 3
There will be no classes on Wednesday, February 3. Teachers will be at school preparing for Semester 2 courses.
 
4. Semester 2 Begins: Thursday, February 4
Morning: Day 1, Semester 2 classes. Four classes in the morning
 

Time

Period

9:00 – 9:45

1 (A)

9:50 – 10:35

2 (B)

10:40 – 11:25

3 (D)

11:30 – 12:15

4 (C)

12:15 – 1:15

Lunch

 
Afternoon: Day 1, Semester 1 classes. End-of-course-evaluation review
 

Time

Period

1:15 - 1:45

1 (A)

1:50 - 2:20

2 (B)

2:25  - 2:55

3 (C)

3:00 - 3:30

4 (D)

 
 
Looking ahead…
 
5. Course selection assemblies for returning students will be held February 8 – 11.
During the assemblies, students will receive information about selecting courses for the coming year.
 
6. Semester 2 Report Cards Issued: Tuesday, February 9
Students will return to their Semester 2 Period 1 class at the end of Period 4 classes to pick up their Semester 1 report card envelope for delivery to their parents/guardians.
 
7. An Evening for Building Bridges—Course and Career Information: Wednesday, February 10

This is a special evening for students in our ESL program and their parents/guardians. I will send a separate invitation to those students and their families.
 
8. Lunar New Year Banquet: Thursday, February 11
Tickets will be sold this week for the Thursday evening Lunar New Year Banquet at the Mandarin Restaurant at Yonge/Eglinton. All students are invited to attend.
 
9. PA Day: Friday, February 12
There will be no classes on Friday, February 12. Teachers will be involved in professional development activities that day.
 
10. Family Day: Monday February 15
There will be no classes on this holiday.
 
Peggy Aitchison
Principal

 

news
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 15:17

I am pleased to send you information for you to share with your child about “Make Your Pitch”. I first sent out this information in 2013. One of our students entered his ‘pitch’ and was one of six winners from across Ontario! I sent out the information again in 2014 and once more, an FHCI student was among the six winners. Last year our student competitor made it to the final round.
 
I hope we can keep up the great success we’ve had in the past three years. If your child is considering an entry, please let me know and I will be sure your child connects with the FHCI students who competed so successfully in the last three years.
 

 

In an effort to encourage Ontario high school students to consider a career as an entrepreneur, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure are pleased to be bringing back the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition, http://www.makeyourpitch.ca/.
 
Students in Grades 9-12 pitch their best business ideas in a two-minute video to be voted on by the public and a panel of hand-selected expert judges! 
 
Process:
Students create a two-minute video explaining their business idea. The video includes what problems their business idea will solve, who the customers will be, and why the business will succeed. This is for the chance to win prizes, mentoring and a trip to Toronto to pitch live at the OCE's Discovery conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 8-10, 2016. Students may present their idea in either English or French, whichever is most comfortable for them.
 
Twenty finalists will present their ideas to a judging panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery Conference in Toronto this April. The finalists will also receive business coaching.
 
Six winners will be selected and presented with reserved entry into Ontario's Summer Company program, which includes mentoring, training and a grant of up to $3,000 to help launch their business. If a winner does not qualify for the Summer Company program, an equivalent in support will be provided.
 
The Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition is a great way for students to gain valuable skills and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship that they can apply to real-world situations.
 
Prizes for the winning ‘pitches’ include:
1) Nymi Band from Nymi,
2) Muse brain-sensing headband by InteraXon,
3) Reserved entry into the Summer Company program
4) Award of up to $3,000 in funding to start their business, along with an award suite to be announced shortly.
 
Important Dates:
Video submission deadline is March 23, 2106.
See http://www.makeyourpitch.ca/about for all important dates

 

 

This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 11:19

1. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM
All parents/guardians are welcome to attend the monthly School Council meeting, held in the Staff Room on the main floor.
 
2. EQAO Numeracy Test
All students in Grade 9 Applied and Academic Math classes in Semester 1 will write the Ontario EQAO math test during their math class on January 21 and 22. The test is broken into two parts and students must be present both days to write each part of the test. Part of the mark from the EQAO test will count towards the students’ final Grade 9 math mark.
 
3. Information for students regarding Semester 2
Please review the information about the beginning of Semester 2 with your child.
 
1. All timetable changes must be made by noon on Tuesday, February 2nd.  There will be no timetable changes made after noon on Tuesday, February 2nd. Please make an appointment with your guidance counsellor before the deadline if you do wish to change your timetable.
 
2. Wednesday, February 3rd .............. P.A. Day - No Classes
 
3. Thursday, February 4th................... Semester 2 Begins - Day 1
      Morning Schedule
 

Time

Period

9:00 – 9:45

1 (A)

9:50 – 10:35

2 (B)

10:40 – 11:25

3 (D)

11:30 – 12:15

4 (C)

12:15 – 1:15

Lunch

 
4. NOTE:
¨         Students who owe school material including textbooks will not be admitted to class until they have returned or paid for the item(s).
 
 
5. Thursday, February 4th .................. Afternoon Schedule (End-of -Course Evaluations Review)
 
(Semester 1, Day 1 Schedule)

Time

Period

1:15 - 1:45

1 (A)

1:50 - 2:20

2 (B)

2:25  - 2:55

3 (C)

3:00 - 3:30

4 (D)

 

 

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

 

This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:26

We are now into Culminating Activities. Please be sure you know when your child’s culminating evaluations are scheduled between now and exams so no deadlines will be missed.
 
Please also ensure you and your child know when end-of-course exams are scheduled.
 
If you need another copy of the Culminating Activities schedule for your child’s grade or the Exam schedule, they are available for pick up in the Main Office.
 
Markbook printouts were distributed this week to students in all classes. Please be sure your child delivers all Markbook printouts to you for your review. If you do not receive all the printouts, please let me know and I will follow up.
 
Please remember to contact the school office in the morning before your child is to be absent from one or more classes that day. Also, when a student wishes to leave school during the day and will miss class, the student must come to the office to sign out before leaving.
 
This week at FHCI…
 
1.   Valedictorian applications deadline: 12:00 Noon, Monday, January 11
Graduating students who wish to be considered for valedictorian at October’s commencement must complete and submit their nomination form to the Main Office by noon on Monday.
 
2. Valedictorian vote: Tuesday, January 12
Graduating students will vote for valedictorian on Tuesday during their Period 1 class. Graduating students without a Period 1 class may vote in the Main Office until 11:45 AM.
 
3.   Awards for Graduating Students
Each year at commencement, the school chooses students for a variety of prestigious awards. Many of these awards require an application by the student. The application generally consists of a submission of the student’s involvement in the life of the school and/or community—clubs, teams, organizations, etc., to which the student has made a contribution. Please encourage your child to submit an award application. We give consideration to all students who apply for awards. Students may obtain an application form from the Guidance Office.
 
4.   Semester 2 timetable change request deadline: 12:00 noon, Tuesday, February 2
Students received their Semester 2 timetables this week. All timetable changes for Semester 2 must be completed by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 2. Some classes are at their maximum enrolment figure. We are not able to exceed that maximum but will add student names to our wait lists if necessary.
 
Looking ahead
 
5.   School Council Meeting: Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM
All parents/guardians are invited to attend the School Council meeting in the Staff Room on the main floor. The meeting runs from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
 
6.   EQAO Grade 9 Numeracy Exam: Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22.
Students who are enrolled in Grade 9 Applied or Academic Mathematics in Semester 1 will write the provincial EQAO math exam on Thursday and Friday during their scheduled math class. The results on the EQAO math exam will be included in the student’s final mark in the course.

 

Peggy Aitchison

 

PLAR
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:44

 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
 Through a formal evaluation and accreditation process known as Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), students enrolled in TDSB Secondary Schools and Continuing Education programs may have their skills and knowledge evaluated against the overall expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy documents in order to earn credits towards the secondary school diploma.
 
Students’ prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting a credit for a Grade 10, 11 or 12 course developed from a provincial curriculum policy document published in 1999 or later. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 may apply to ‘challenge’ for credit for certain Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses.
 
Please note the following rules which govern the challenge process:
·             Students may challenge and earn a maximum of four credits for prior learning, including a maximum of two credits in any one discipline.
·             The PLAR challenge process requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through assessment procedures that will include formal tests (70%) and other assessment activities (30%).
·             Students can only challenge for courses that are currently taught in TDSB schools.
·             There are some courses that cannot be challenged.  (Please refer to the PLAR Fact Sheet available through Guidance).
·             Students must be registered with a Toronto District School Board school and will not be charged a fee.
·             Only successful challenges will be recorded as credits granted on the student’s OSR; however full disclosure will apply to attempts made at the Grade 11 and 12 levels.
·             A complete challenge application and accompanying supportive documents, materials, proof, evidence to show knowledge and skills which meet all curriculum expectations for a course must be submitted by the set deadline.
 
Students are responsible for initiating the challenge process.  There are no school-based supports involved with the process of the challenge.
 
As the first step in preparation for this process, all interested students and parents/guardians/caregivers must attend a mandatory Information/Orientation session on:
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Registration from 6:00-6:30 p.m.)
Earl Haig Secondary School, Auditorium
100 Princess Avenue (Yonge and Sheppard area)
 
Registration is from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the presentation is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The challenge process will be clarified and curriculum specialists will answer questions with regard to the expectations of the challenge process.
 
Application forms will be available from the school Guidance office fromThursday, February 11, 2016. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who wish to challenge for a Grade 10, 11 or 12 course must complete an application and return it to the school Guidance office by March 11, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. Applications will be initially checked for completion by our Guidance department. Those deemed to be complete and appropriate will be assessed by central curriculum staff to determine if the challenge application is approved to proceed to the final evaluation.  All applicants will be notified in writing of the status of their challenge application by April 12, 2016. The challenge process of assessment and evaluation will be conducted during the month of May.
 
If you have any questions about PLAR or the challenge process, please contact the Guidance officeat FHCI.
 

 Peggy Aitchison

Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

 

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