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.
Please read on for current Principal's Note: (For past communications, please click the "About Us" tab).
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: http://www.teslontario.net/esl-week/
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.
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 27: Hosting educators from Kazakhstan
November 28: Talent Show – 7:00 p.m. – Cafetorium