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Principal's Message

Welcome to York Mills Collegiate Institute. The school is located on York Mills Road between Bayview and Leslie Avenues.

The school offers a wide range of curricular programs, including French Immersion, from grades 10-12. Grade 9 courses are not available at the school. With approximately ninety percent of our graduates applying to university, most courses are offered as academic in Grade 10 and University/College preparation in grades 11 and 12.

Our 1100 plus students and staff work together to create a learning environment that is clean, orderly, safe and secure. Over the years, York Mills C.I. has established a very fine reputation for academic achievement and for providing students with opportunities to participate and develop their leadership skills through their involvement in a variety of extracurricular activities.

I encourage you to browse this web-site to learn more about our school. Please see the new note on the Guidance Page and the news below.

C. Williams

Please read on for current Principal's Note:  (For past communications, please click the "About Us" tab).

Principal’s Note – October 31, 2014

I want to extend a “Thank You” to parents/guardians who attended our Parent/Teacher sessions last Thursday.  I was happy to speak to several parents about their children’s successes.


I would like to remind parents of the School Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Titan Hall.  Your executive has arranged a presentation about our Visual Arts program.  Please see the Agenda below.  The School Council would also like to invite parents to a “Concussion” presentation for parents and students to be held in early December.  Flyers will be sent home with more information. 


Congratulations go out to our Trustee, Gerri Gershon.  Gerri held her Power Breakfast yesterday where she heard from all her schools’ parent council chairs.  Each school presented the implementation of specific programs and concerns they have.  Your executives, Naziha Mahmoud and Ayse Ozguven, presented highlights from York Mills C.I.


Below I have included some opportunities for your children:





The Learning Disabilities Association is pleased to present this Workshop for Parents and Professionals


Organizing the Disorganized Learner

Guest Speaker: Diane Vandenbossche

Diane has 30 years of teaching experience and runs Fresh S.T.A.A.R.T., a consultation service for students with learning disabilities. This workshop will discuss the daily challenges of assisting the disorganized child or youth as well as providing suggestions and strategies for success.

Date:   November 5th, 2014

Time:  7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Location:  121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 203 (East of Sheppard Ave. and Yonge St.)


Fee:* $10.00 for members / $15.00 for non-members / $20.00 at the door

*To qualify for the pre-registration rate payment must be made in advance. Limited seating available at the door.

Keyboarding for Kids Program

This program provides a comfortable and receptive environment where children can acquire keyboarding skills and also have fun at the same time.



Nov 1 – Dec 13

Jan 10 – Feb 21

Feb 8 – April 18 *(No class March 14th)

April 25 – June 6


Group 1: 10am – 11:15am

Group 2: 11:30am – 12:45pm 

Location: 121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 203

Ages: 7-13

Fee:    $150 per 7 week session

Please call (416) 229-1680, email or go online at for more information or to register





House of Commons Page Program:

Please see the site below for the current recruitment process for the 2015-2016 House of Commons Pages program.


More information is available at, and on Facebook at



News from our DD Class:

We go to Lucy McCormick every semester for a week to learn how to prepare food, serve and clean up afterwards. Students get the opportunities to work in a big kitchen and practice essential daily living skills. Learn about safety and hygiene in a kitchen environment. They learn to take instructions, interact with "the customers" and work as a team . The training also helps them build the confidence to learn new skills.


 Amy Chan, the DD Lead Teacher, is planning a craft sale at the Scarborough Board Office, selling our water-color cards and Christmas gift bags. They are not expecting to make a big profit,  but it is more to promote the DD program and to take the students out to the community.  Most importantly, the students enjoy showcasing their artistic accomplishments.


Boys’ Senior Soccer

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS go out to the Sr. Boys’ Soccer team for winning yesterday’s Regional Championship!!!!!  Best of luck at the City Playdowns in the spring. 


As we wrap up our Fall season with games pending, winter sports will soon be starting, with Swimming this week, followed by tryouts for girls volleyball, boys basketball, boys hockey, badminton, and curling.  It’s important that students pay attention to announcements.


Students vs Teachers Volleyball after school on Wednesday, November 5th.  All are welcome.




November 13th from 6:30 to 11:00 at The Courthouse – a club in the city. Teachers and security will be there to insure that students have an enjoyable evening.   Once again, I would like to remind parents that students have planned an after-party following the semi.  This party is not sanctioned by York Mills CI or the TDSB. 



From our Fibre Optics Club:

Below is a photo from the Teen Fashion Week fashion show.  Our students designed and modeled the clothes they made.  Parents will have an opportunity to see more fashions with fibre optics at our “Fashion For A Cause” presentation later on this year.


The masks were cut by our Tech Studies students and painted with iridescent paint, some with fibre optics, and will be showcased today for Halloween.  Unfortunately, pictures don’t allow the full spectrum of the project.  We will be seeing more from this club.






The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation is pleased to announce that applications will be accepted for the 2015 Gene Researcher for a Week Program November 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Funded in part by the Canadian Institute Health Research Institute of Genetics, the Foundation selects motivated and ambitious students in grades 11 and 12 who have an innate curiosity for science, human genetics, and human genetics research. This year we anticipate being able to place 50 plus students in this program.


The program offers high school students:

1. The opportunity for a hands-on learning experience in the field of genetic research. Students gain insight into the world of genetic diseases by observation and are often provided the opportunity of conducting real, hands-on scientific experiments (i.e. DNA isolation, PCTR, gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, cell culture and ELISA assays). Participants may also learn how genes cause human genetic disorders and how top scientists translate these findings into treatments and cures for genetic diseases.

2. The opportunity to work in one of Canada's top genetic research laboratories. These students are placed in labs of influential Canadian scientists for one week over Spring Break. This experience gives young students what many have called "a life changing experience". The GRFAW mentoring program is a great opportunity for young scientists to learn about human genetics research and connect with some Canada's best researchers.

3. The opportunity to develop a network of high potential peers. Student gene researchers are bright, talented and highly motivated individuals. By participating in the program, they will have an opportunity to meet people in their host lab and institution. Some labs will host more than one student, providing a further opportunity to network with other students.

4. The unique opportunity to learn about the many exciting career paths in science and genetics


It is our hope that motivated science students across Canada have ready access to this one-of-a-kind opportunity. See what it has done for others and why Canadian researchers support this program


We encourage our students that are eligible to apply; Application will be posted on November 1st at November 1 2014 and will CLOSE December 31, 2014.


Selection Criteria

Selected students will be placed with their host scientists during Spring Break. Due to the high number of students that apply, candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

• Must be a resident of Canada

• Must be a high school student in grade 11 or 12 • Must be 16 years of age by January 1st of the year of participation (2014) • Must have a high academic standing (overall GPA of 85% or higher) • Must show an interest in pursuing a career/education in human genetics • Must be well rounded in all areas (academic, volunteer and extra-curricular activities) • Must be willing to travel to another city or province to participate (up to 35% of our participants are placed outside of their home city/town)


Cost to students: There is no cost to participate in the program or to apply. If travel is required, a stipend will be provided by the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation however it may not cover all travel costs including food and accommodations.


NOTE:  Student placements happen during their own school's Spring Break dates. This information is requested on their application. If they have a two week spring break, we will place them during one or the other for one week only.


More information is available on the website or you may contact us at or phone 250.708.4203.


Canadian Gene Cure Foundation |  [] | Phone: 250.708.4203




Please see School Council Meeting Agenda Below followed by IMPORTANT DATES:





NOVEMBER 4, 2014

7:00 P.M. – TITAN HALL

Chair:                          Naziha Mahmoud

Vice-Chair:      Grace Chen


Musical Interlude


7:00 p.m.         Report from SAC and YMAC


7:10 p.m.         Visual Arts Presentation         Marilyn Bercovich
                                                                       Arts Students


Principal’s Report                            Clara Williams


Vice-Principal’s Reports                 Paul Joblin

                                                       Mira Wong


Chair’s Report                             Naziha Mahmoud




To contact us:


Naziha Mahmoud:

Grace Chen:    






October 31:        Halloween – Haunted House – Lunch

November 2:     Daylight saving time ends – set clocks back one hour

November 4:     School Council Meeting – 7:00 pm. – Titan Hall

November 5:     Civics Exams

November 11:   Remembrance Day Ceremony

November 13:   Semi-Formal  -- The Courthouse

November 14:   P.A. Day – No Classes

November 19:   PLC – Late Start – 10:00 a.m.

November 21:   Full Disclosure:  Last day to drop a course without penalty .

November 25-   Hosting educators from Kazakhstan

November 27:  

November 26:  Staff Meeting – Late Start – 10:00 a.m.

November 27-  Talent Show – 7:00 p.m. – Cafetorium 

November 28:  

Principal’s Note:  October 14, 2014

School Council Meeting:  Parents held their first Council on September 30.  I am always happy to see that parents come out to find out more about what students and teachers are doing.  We enjoyed a presentation by student council and club heads, followed by remarks from the admin your co-chairs and treasurer.  Your co-chairs will have the minutes posted on our website by the end of the week.

Club Fest:   On October 3, our students put on an exhibition of the numerous clubs we have at YM.  The purpose of the display is to re

cruit additional students to join their clubs.  Each club had a display that explained the mandate for that club and the time commitment.  We typically hold Club Fest in Titan Hall, but due to the large number of clubs we have this year, the fest was held in the single gym.  The student turnout students was quite incredible, and the sign-ups were numerous.

Volleyball Tournament:  Last Friday we hosted the Boys Jr. and Sr. volleyball tournaments.  It’s always exciting to see the number of schools who come here to participate in these opportunities.  We will be hosting the Junior girls tournament on December 5th, and the Senior girls tournament on December 12th.

Sr. Boys Golf:  Our Sr. Boys Golf Team is now the North Region Champions.  We wish them good luck in the City Championship.

Sr. Girls Tennis:  Our girls are in a celebratory mood for winning first place in the North Region finals.  Wish them luck as they move to the City Championships on October 16th at the U of T Scarborough campus.

Senior Boys A Tennis (Team):  Congratulations go out to the boys for becoming the North Region Champions.  They too will be competing this week for the City Championships.  We wish them good luck! 

Cell Phones & Personal Devices:  We regularly hear from students who have had their cell phones or personal devices gone missing.  Many missing devices are a result of leaving those items unattended.  The school is not responsible for missing devices.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep those devices out of the reach of others when not in use. 

ESL Week October 14 - 18, 2014:  ESL Week is a significant part of our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of English language learning opportunities in Canada.  An annual occasion to celebrate Ontario`s ESL educators and learners, ESL Week is designed to show support for all cultures.  Our Newcomer Club has organized several information displays over the lunch hour.  The club has also organized an event for October 15th in Titan Hall over lunch hour.  Students will be given a passport that is stamped only after the student has completed an information session about a country.  Then the students have to answer a few short questions, then drop their passport off in a ballot box.  Donated prizes will be given to those picked with the right answers. For more information and activities please go to:

School Website:  We have revised our website to include a monthly calendar, information about departments, news from Guidance, information from Parents, and my newsletters.  In order to see my recent newsletters, you will need to scroll down past my message.  Also, the TDSB scoreboard is available for our athletic teams – who they’re playing, where and when.

STEM Rollout:  Our school has become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school this year.  This is a teaching strategy that incorporates how and what students learn.  It is more focussed on inquiry-based learning, where students are made to think deeper and to come up with possible solutions.  STEM incorporates what students learn in other areas of their curriculum and then are asked to bring their learning together to solve problems in several disciplines.  

 Fibre Optics and  Fashion:  Our annual “Fashion For A Cause” initiative will, once again, be raising funds for PACT – a non-profit organization in the city where young men and women are given tools and skills to become contributing members of society.  In addition, through donations, they provide suits, formal gowns, tuxedos and accessories to those less fortunate.    Our models will be wearing some pieces which they created with Fibre Optics.  Students will be receiving additional workshops with Ms. Ferrier on how to incorporate Fibre Optics into fashion.  Some items will be available for our Haunted House on Halloween Day, and other items will be used for our Fashion Show.  Our STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) coach will also be on hand to lend her expertise.

Robotics:  Some of our tech students are well on their way to building small robots.  Here they will combine their Math, Physics, Engineering and Design skills to make their machines.  Together with the English, Visual Arts and Computer departments, and the assistance of our STEM coach, the teachers and students will be working to embed portions of what they’ve done in our “Fashion For A Cause.”  More information will be coming your way on this.

S Trips:  Please be advised that York Mills C.I. and the TDSB do not sanction any trip provided by this organization.  The trips usually coincide with school holidays and functions:  Family Day, March Break, Semi-Formal and Prom, etc.  If you don’t hear about a trip from me through my emails, the trip is not a York Mills CI trip.  Currently, the S-Trip group has planned an “after semi-formal” party at a night club on November 13th

Bike Rack:  Last year we purchased a large bike rack.  Over the past few months the racks have been quite full.  Since more students are biking to school, we will be ordering an additional large bike rack.

Cardboard Boat Races:  Tech Design students used their skills to build and test their cardboard boats in our pool.  The competition makes quite a splash with students, and it is one of many categories in the Skills Canada competitions.

Caring & Safe Schools Committee:  The committee, comprised of parents, teachers, students, admin met on Friday, Oct. 10th to review our emergency response protocol.  We will be scheduling a “Threats to School Safety” drill once the revisions are made to our protocol.  The drill will be a scenario where we will have a combination of a “Shelter In Place,” which will then become a full “Lockdown.”  Students will be made aware of their responsibilities prior to the drill.

After-School Math Tutors:  Tutors are available for Grade 10 students who are at risk in their math classes.  As well, we are extending the invitation to Grade 10 students who will be taking math in Semester 2 and who want to be prepared for their course.  Grade 11 students who need the extra help are also encouraged to attend.  The sessions run on Monday and Thursday after school in room 113.  Commitment to this program is essential for success.

Academic Awards Ceremony:   Last year’s top in class students received their proficiency awards on Thursday, October 9th at a ceremony in Titan Hall.  Many parents attended, making the ceremony much more meaningful.  We wish all students continued passion in these subject areas.


October 8:           PLC for Staff – Classes begin at 10:00 a.m.

October 9:           Academic Awards Reception – 8:45 a.m. – Titan Hall – By invitation

October 9:           TOEFL Information Session

October 13:        Thanksgiving Day – No classes

OCtober 17:        Interim Report Card Distribution

October 23:         Parent/Teacher Interviews 2:00– 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

                                  Early Dismissal


October 24:        LATE START – 10:00 a.m.

October 27:        National Band Week

October 28:        Picture Re-take Day

October 29:        LATE START – 10:00 a.m.

                             Business Council Movie Night – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

October 31:        Halloween – Haunted House – Lunch

November 2:     Daylight saving time ends – set clocks back one hour

November 4:     School Council Meeting – 7:00 pm. – Titan Hall

November 11:   Remembrance Day

November 13:   Semi-Formal 

November 14:   P.A. Day

November 19:   PLC – Late Start – 10:00 a.m.

November 25-

November 27:   Hosting educators from Kazakhstan


November 27-

November 28:   Talent Show – 7:00 p.m. – Cafetorium 






York Mills Collegiate Institute

Welcome to our school web site. As part of the Toronto District School Board, we value

  • each and every student;
  • a strong public education system;
  • a partnership of students, schools, family and community;
  • the uniqueness and diversity of our students and our community;
  • the commitment and skills of our staff;
  • equity, innovation, accountability and accessibility; and
  • learning environments that are safe, nurturing, positive and respectful. 
Our web site is one way we can demonstrate these values. Click on the menu items to find out more about our school.

Special Features

  • an Information Centre with access to scientific, literary and scholarly online databases
  • emphasis on academic achievement in preparation for post-secondary education
  • support programs, including Special Education, Guidance, peer tutoring, English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • a diverse language program which includes French, Spanish and French Immersion
  • opportunities for all students to develop leadership skills through participation in a wide variety of co-curricular activities in athletics, the arts and a variety of clubs
Contact Us
(416) 395-3340

490 York Mills Rd
North York, ON
M3B 1W6

Superintendent: Kathleen (Supt) Garner
Trustee: Gerri Gershon

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