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...]

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...]

She’s A Silver-Tongued Student

Branksome Hall student Anisah Mahomed is one girl you don’t want to argue with. Just ask her parents. Due to a time difference, they received a call at midnight from their 16-year-old daughter, telling them she was hauling back a trophy from British Columbia after being crowned international champion at the International Independent School … [Read more...]

A Summer To Be Inspired

In a summer with record-breaking temperatures, it’s easy to see why Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School grade 5 student Ibraheem Idroos might prefer spending his days at Greenwood College School. “They have air conditioning,” he said gleefully. Ibraheem was one of dozens of kids who took part in the inaugural year of Greenwood’s … [Read more...]

School Diversity Still In Early Stages, Educators Say

Despite how far we’ve progressed in creating diversity in Toronto’s education system, some say we still have a long way to go. Toronto has consistently been rated as one of the most diverse cities in the world by the United Nations. However, more can be done in our education system, according to a recently set up task force to combat … [Read more...]