Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

View From the Hill - Issue 37 - Week of May 29, 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022

Prom on Thursday evening was a smashing success!  Our grade 12s looked stunning in their dresses and dapper in their suits!  Under the leadership of our Prom Committee, Ms. Halas and Mr. Oosterhoff, the Liberty Grand was beautifully decorated and offered a magical evening of fun and dancing! 

The votes were also counted last week and our grade 12s elected Jake F. as Forest Hill’s Valedictorian for Class of 2022.  Jake will speak on behalf of our grade 12 class at our fall Commencement ceremony Friday, October 7, 2022.  Congratulations Jake! 

There is lots planned for this coming week with the Power of One exhibit in the foyer, Student Vote on Wednesday, Pride Month beginning of June 1st and Hillstock on Friday!   

Hillstock is a Forest Hill tradition and celebration with a barbeque lunch, ice cream, snow cones, inflatables, face painting, music and more!  Check out the Hillstock Map for more information.  All students are expected to join this afternoon of free fun!  We will shorten each period on Friday to allow Hillstock to happen:

Hillstock – Friday, June 3 – Schedule

Block A

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Block B

9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Block C

10:40 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

Block D

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


12:15 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Lookiig forward to a great week!


Yvette Duffy, Principal                Joseph Ghassibe, Vice Principal               Anita Love, Vice Principal

In this issue: 

  1. The Next Two Weeks at a Glance
  2. Power of One Exhibit Comes to Forest Hill – May 30 to June 3
  3. National Indigenous History Month & National Indigenous Peoples Day
  4. Pride Month Begins – Wednesday, June 1
  5. TDSB Pride Student T-Shirt Design Competition – Entries Due Monday, June 6
  6. Student Vote Ontario: Coming to FHCI on Wednesday, June 1
  7. Elections Ontario – Polling Station – Thursday, June 2
  8. Culminating Tasks Begin – Tuesday, June 7
  9. Future Students Welcome Reception – Tuesday, June 7 @ 4:30 p.m.
  10. TPH Vaccination & Dental Clinic for the Community – Saturday, June 11 @ 1:00 p.m.
  11. Messages from Guidance
  12. Messages from School Council – Chair Tracy Kowal
  13. Trustee Laskin’s Weekly Updates       

The Next Two Weeks at a Glance

Next Two Weeks

Keep apprised of what is happening by linking to our school year calendar which is live on our school website landing page

Power of One Exhibit Comes to Forest Hill – May 30 to June 3

Forest Hill will host the Power of One exhibit from the AGPI Museum for Human Rights this week in the foyer. The exhibit features many notable figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai, and others – who have each contributed to making the world a better and more inclusive place no matter race, religion, gender, creed, or colour. This thought-provoking exhibit inspires and empowers students to stand up, speak out, and most importantly, take action to make the world a better place.

National Indigenous History Month & National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous History Month is a time to celebrate and learn from First Nations, Métis and Inuit people about the diverse cultures, histories, experiences, creations, perspectives, and achievements. 

During the month of June, the TDSB recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day on Tuesday, June 21. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples celebrate the Summer Solstice on this day when the Sun travels along its northernmost most path and is the longest day of the year.  It is a time that reminds us to remain grounded, humble and appreciative. It is usually celebrated by coming together with family and community for a feast of Traditional foods which signify a connection to the land and animals. This day is of great significance for many Indigenous Peoples in the country we call Canada today.

All month long, the Urban Indigenous Education Centre (UIEC) is hosting several events and celebrations with Dr. Elder Duke Redbird, Dr. Pamela Palmater, Ange Loft, David A. Robertson, Becky Han and others, along with Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Pride. Find out more by following the UIEC on Twitter

Pride Month Begins – Wednesday, June 1

During the month of June, the TDSB proudly celebrates Pride to raise awareness among all staff and students of the rich diversity and culture of the 2SLBGTQ+ community.  Our school will proudly fly the Pride flag on Wednesday and will be hosting many events this month.  More information will be provided in our next newsletter.  Thank you to Ms. Haines, Ms. Monaghan and our GSA for all they plan to do in June! 

TDSB Pride Student T-Shirt Design Competition – Entries Due Monday, June 6

The TDSB Pride Planning Committee is holding a T-Shirt Design Competition for unique student-created designs that celebrate 2SLGBTQ+ Pride across TDSB. The winning design will be printed on hundreds of TDSB Pride 2022 T-shirts and worn by all members of the TDSB contingent during the 2022 Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26th.

The TDSB Pride 2022 T-shirt Design Competition is open to all TDSB students. Deadline for design submissions is Monday, June 6, 2022. The criteria for design submissions are:

  • hand-drawn OR digital
  • grey-scale OR multi-coloured
  • incorporates the TDSB logo OR contains a space for logo to be added
  • Must be original and respectful

For more information and to submit an entry, please email attaching an image of the design (jpeg, gif, png, pdf), along with student's name, grade, and school.

Student Vote Ontario: Coming to FHCI on Wednesday, June 1

FHCI students will be participating in Student Vote Ontario, a program that allows students to engage in the democratic process of voting and casting their ballot at polling stations run by student volunteers at the school on election day.

Ontario Register of Future Voters

As part of this year’s Ontario electoral campaign and given that only about 40% of eligible young people vote, CIVIX is excited to be working with Elections Ontario to promote the Ontario Register of Future Voters. This initiative is separate from Student Vote — but also promotes the habits of active and engaged citizenship among youth.

The Ontario Register of Future Voters is a provisional list maintained by Elections Ontario. Eligible youth must be 16 or 17 years old, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario. By adding themselves to the provisional list now, youth will be automatically added to the voters list when they turn 18.  The intention is to address barriers to voting among youth and provides a tangible next step for them to be ready to vote in the future.

Below are some resources and tools that will support students to become more informed before voting in Student Vote on Wednesday and possibly in the future:

Vote Compass Youth Edition

Civix – Elections in Ontario

Civix - The Right to Vote

The Ontario Register of Future Voters

Why is the Ontario Register of Future Voters Important?

Thank you to Mr. Billinghurst, our civics teachers and students who are all working to make this opportunity available to all Forest Hill students.  We will share how our students voted in our next newsletter. 

Elections Ontario – Polling Station – Thursday, June 2

Forest Hill will be hosting a provincial polling station on June 2 in our Drama room 298.  Community members can enter the classroom directly near exit 3 off the small upper parking lot located on Mayfair Ave.  All our students who will be 18 as of June 2 should consider voting in this election. Find out more about registering by linking to Elections Ontario

 Culminating Tasks Begin – Tuesday, June 7

Students will begin working on the Culminating Tasks next week.  All students will be expected to complete a Culminating Task for all courses.  Some tasks will be completed in class while others will be taken home.  The value of the tasks range from 10% to 30%.  A calendar with the value of each task will be shared in the next newsletter.  Students are expected to be present for all in-class components of the tasks. 

Future Students Welcome Reception – Tuesday, June 7 @ 4:30 p.m.

Forest Hill will be hosting a welcome reception for students new to our school in September on Tuesday, June 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  This evening will host our incoming grade 8s and students new to Forest Hill to learn more about our school and meet our administration, teachers, student leaders, School Council and more!

Thank you to our Prefects – and their staff sponsors Ms. Homatidis and Ms. McKinnon – who will provide tours of our school to our future students. And thank you to the student representatives of the following councils who will be on stage sharing their Forest Hill experiences:  Student Council, Athletic Council, Black Student Alliance, COPE Council, Jewish Student Union, Filipino Student Union, Music Directorate and Prefects!

TPH Vaccination & Dental Clinic for the Community – Saturday, June 11 @ 1:00 p.m.

The Toronto Public Health will be hosting a Vaccination Clinic at Forest Hill Collegiate on Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This clinic will provide vaccinations that may have been missed owing to the lack of TPH clinics in schools during Covid-19.  Toronto Public Health is putting together a flyer with types of vaccines available, along with more information on the dental clinic.  This will be shared with the community in a separate email next week.  Stay tuned for more information. 

Messages from Guidance  

Post-Secondary Transitions Panel Discussion – Tuesday, May 31 @ Period 2

Graduating students will have the opportunity to attend a virtual session on post-secondary transitions on Tuesday, May 31st during Period 2.  A group of FHCI alumni who are currently attending various post-secondary programs have agreed to act as panelists and will share experiences and tips on how to prepare for a smooth transition between high school and university or college. Graduating students with a period 2 spare can access this virtual session as well on Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on the FHCI Guidance Site on Tuesday morning.

eLearning Mandatory Requirement for current Grade 9s and 10s

In February, the Ontario Ministry of Education introduced a new graduation requirement for secondary students as part of the 30 credits required to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. All students who enter grade 9 after September 1, 2022 will be required to complete two eLearning courses to graduate. Owing to Covid-19, the Ministry will automatically credit all current grade 9 and 10 students with one eLearning credit; however, these students will still need to complete one eLearning credit to graduate.

eLearning credits will be delivered asynchronously through digital content such as readings, videos, blogs and online discussion boards. Students will complete assigned work independently without direct supervision and attendance will not be taken. An assigned teacher will host a digital platform, post work, and provide ongoing support for student learning through exemplars, rubrics, and tutorials. Evaluation will occur throughout the course with the teacher providing descriptive feedback. eLearning credits can be taken in the summer, night school or through continuing education this coming school year. Students will also be able to take eLearning at Forest Hill during the 2023/2024 school year. 

Last week, the TDSB sent emails to the parents and guardians of all current grade 9 and 10 students as a reminder about this requirement. Please note that students may opt out of this mandatory requirement by completing an opt out form. No explanation or reason is needed to opt out. The link to the opt out form was provided to all parents and guardians in last week’s TDSB email. If you require the link please check your inbox or contact the school for the link to be forwarded to you directly.  More information can be found here:  Online Learning Graduation Requirement

Community Service Hours – Grade 12 – Need 20 Hours to Graduate

Grade 12 students are reminded to submit any outstanding community service hours to the Guidance Department. The Ministry of Education reduced the number of hours required for the current grade 12 cohort from 40 hours to a minimum of 20 hours. 

Important note:  a minimum of 20 hours of community service must be submitted in order to graduate.  Access the Volunteering page of the FHCI Guidance website to learn about volunteer opportunities and to download the Community Involvement Form.

New Postings on FHCI Guidance Site

Check out what’s new under the Opportunities, Volunteering, Job Postings, and Post-Secondary pages!  Our pages are updated weekly with lots of new information for our students and community. 

Thank you to Ms. Ng, Mr. Oosteroff, Ms. Robles Evans for all they are doing to keep us informed about opportunities for our students and families. 

Messages from School Council – Chair Tracy Kowal

School Council In-Person Meeting – Tuesday, June 7

Our last School Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. All parents and guardians are welcome to join us in the Forest Hill library.  Add agenda items and rsvp by emailing Tracy Kowal at

 Trustee Laskin’s Weekly Updates

Learn more about upcoming events and keep informed by linking to Trustee Laskin's Weekly Newsletter