Ministry Freeze Sets Back Avondale PS

A ministry-imposed freeze on Toronto school board capital projects could have major repercussions on a North York school struggling with overcapacity. Avondale Public School in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area had hoped to gain provincial approval to build a larger school by 2014, demolish Avondale’s current building, and then … [Read more...]

She’s The Perfect Student

It’s safe to say Catherine Spagnuolo is not your average student. The Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School pupil managed to achieve a 100 percent average for the 2011–2012 year, making her one of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s top scholars. She said the discovery of her perfect average came to her as a surprise. “During … [Read more...]

Swansea Parents Worried Over Cuts

Swansea parents are concerned recent school board cuts will jeopardize the safety of young children because half-day kindergartens will be left with no education assistants. The Toronto District School Board’s budget eliminated 430 educational assistants and while early childhood educators are mandated for the province’s new full-day … [Read more...]

Toronto Schools Spark Street Art

It was a scene to make Mayor Rob Ford wince: dozens of teens strapped with aerosol paint cans, spraying to their heart’s content, without a single power washer in sight. But instead of painting graffiti on city-owned property, the youth were creating murals — on Toronto District School Board property. The ninth annual Groove & Graffiti … [Read more...]

Awarded For Doing Their Job

Moments after finishing an interview, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute chief caretaker Darren Lewis stoops to pick up a tiny, almost indiscernible piece of shredded paper in the school’s staff room. It’s part of his job. But not all caretakers are this dedicated. Maybe that’s why Lewis and his team were recognized by the Toronto District … [Read more...]

A Special Day For Two Women

It’s safe to say award-winning teacher Katy Whitfield had a memorable 34th birthday. The Vaughan Road Academy teacher got the chance to meet Prime Minister Steven Harper and Governor General David Johnston when she was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal at Rideau Hall on Feb. 6 — the day of her birthday. It’s also the 60th … [Read more...]

TDSB Closes Budget Hole

After four hours of debate, the Toronto District School Board finally passed a balanced budget. Faced with closing a $109 million hole in its books, the board cut $58 million in spending including closing underperforming school cafeterias saving $600,000, reducing the operation, care and maintenance of school board buildings by $9.9 million and … [Read more...]

John Polanyi Duo Wins MedTech challenge

This is one robot that can do more than fetch your newspaper. Two students from John Polanyi Collegiate Institute won first place in the 2012 MedTech Challenge, which required them to build a robot capable of drilling through a human skull — or at least an acrylic model of one. Ben Mazor and Sebastian Mazzuca managed to build the robot — … [Read more...]

A Century of North Toronto

For North Toronto Collegiate Institute alumna Nancy Cloff Mahan, it was worth the five-and-a-half-hour flight from California to attend the school’s 100th anniversary. “I heard about it last year, and I knew it wasn’t going to be like 30 people, but more like 1,000 or 2,000 people,” she said. “And I really loved high school, so I thought, I … [Read more...]

No arguments — she’s the world’s best

Only six days after returning from South Africa for a community service trip, Branksome Hall student Anisah Mahomed was on her way to Brisbane, Australia for the 2012 World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. The Grade 11 Rosedale resident achieved second place after Ryan Pistorius from Winnipeg, Man. This makes her the top … [Read more...]