Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

View From the Hill - Issue 40 - Week of June 19, 2022 Featured Article

Monday, June 20, 2022

The last week of classes will wrap up this Thursday!  Credit Rescue will begin on Friday and go through to Tuesday of next week for students who need additional support to obtain a credit.  Report Cards will be distributed electronically during the week of July 4th. 

As this is our last newsletter for this school year, we would like to take this opportunity to solicit feedback on ways to improve our communications for next school year.  Please take a moment to complete this survey:  View From the Hill – Your Feedback Helps!

Congratulations once again to all our graduating Class of 2022! We look forward to seeing all our graduates on Friday, October 7 at our Commencement Ceremony.  More information will be shared in September. 

Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers and caregivers in our community!  And may everyone have a restful, relaxing and joyous summer! 

Sincerely, 

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


In this issue: 

  1. The Next Two Weeks at a Glance
  2. Yearbook Distribution – Monday, June 20 – Period 1
  3. National Indigenous Peoples Day – Tuesday, June 21
  4. Locker Clean Out – Tuesday, June 21 – Period 1
  5. Late Start – Wednesday, June 22 – Classes Begin at 10:00 a.m.
  6. Year End Assembly! – Wednesday, June 22 – Periods 1 & 2
  7. BSA Mural Reveal – Wednesday, June 22 @ 5:00 p.m.
  8. Last Day of Class is Thursday, June 23 & Credit Rescue Begins on Friday, June 24
  9. EQAO – Grade 9 Assessment Semester 2 Math Students Only – Friday, June 24
  10. Report Card Electronic Distribution Begins on Monday, July 4
  11. Head Start to High School - Tuesday, August 30 (New Date!)
  12. Messages from Guidance
  13. Messages from School Council – Chair Tracy Kowal
  14. Trustee Laskin’s Weekly Updates   
  15. Worth Mentioning Again…Class of 22 Grad Caps; Culminating Activities; Memorial Park

The Next Two Weeks at a Glance

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


Yearbook Distribution – Monday, June 20 – Period 1

On Monday, June 20, yearbooks will be distributed to all students in their Period 1 class.  All students will receive a yearbook this year.  It is through the generous donations of our school community that funds were raised to provide every student with a celebratory yearbook. If a student is absent from their Period 1 class or has a spare, yearbooks may be picked up from the main office before school, at lunch or after school.  Thank you to Ms. Neumann and the Forester team for putting together a fabulous yearbook!


National Indigenous Peoples Day – Tuesday, June 21

During the month of June, the TDSB recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day on Tuesday, June 21. Many First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit peoples celebrate the Summer Solstice on this day when the Sun travels along its northernmost 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.


Locker Clean Out – Tuesday, June 21 – Period 1

Students will be provided with time during period 1 on Tuesday, June 21 to clean out their lockers.  All personal items, locks and perishables need to be removed.  To support with this, period 1 teachers will provide students with time during period 1.  Extra garbage bins will be made available in the hallways.

The deadline to remove all items and locks is Friday, June 24. Any locks or items found in lockers after Friday will be disposed of.  Thank you for supporting with this end of year task.


Late Start – Wednesday, June 22 – Classes Begin @ 10:00 a.m.

This Wednesday will be a late start for students to allow for our monthly professional learning session. Classes will begin at 10:00 a.m


Year End Assembly! – Wednesday, June 22 – Periods 1 & 2

Our Student Council will host a Year End Assembly on Wednesday, June 22 to celebrate and highlight the year!  Grades 9 and 10 students will attend the assembly during period 1 and grades 11 and 12 students will attend during period 2.  A sneak peek at the itinerary includes:

  • Family Feud – Students Against Staff
  • TikTk Dance Off
  • Lipsyncing by Mr. Maule!
  • Live Student Musical Perfrmances
  • Amazing Race Challenge
  • Godbye to our Current Student Council and Welcoming of our incoming Student Council
  • And mre!!!

Thank you to Jake F and Daniella O for all their efforts as co-presidents this school year to make Forest Hill a welcoming and spirit-filled space!  A special thank you as well to Ms. Pawlowski for her sponsorship and dedication to the council! 


BSA Mural Reveal – Wednesday, June 22 @ 5:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 22 our Black Student Alliance will be celebrating the efforts of past and current BSA members in the creation of the murals located in staircase 6.  The BSA’s Mural Reveal will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, a poetry reading and a celebratory dinner. The artist, Danilo Deluxo, and Ontario’s Poet Laureate, Randell Adjei, are planning to join in the festivities.  Once opening remarks are concluded, the BSA will host a dinner reception for self-identifying Black students and their families.  Thank you to the BSA, Ms. Haines and

Mr. Bell for all their efforts this year! 


Last Day of Class is Thursday, June 23 & Credit Rescue Begins on Friday, June 24

The official last day of classes for semester 2 is Thursday, June 23

Credit Rescue will begin this Friday, June 24 and continue until Tuesday, June 28.  Credit Rescue is an intervention to support student achievement. The intention of this intervention is to support students when credit attainment is at risk. Only students who have been contacted by their teacher, Special Education or Student Success departments will attend in-person (or virtually if the student is a simultaneous learner).  

Parents and guardians will be made aware of their student’s invitation and expectation to participate in Credit Rescue. Thank you to all our teachers who are working hard to continue to support our students. 


EQAO – Grade 9 Assessment Semester 2 Math Students Only – Friday, June 24

The Ministry of Education expects all students registered in grade 9 mathematics during Semester 2 to write the EQAO Grade 9 Mathematics test on Friday, June 24.  Details as to the schedule, room location and links to practice tests have been shared with the affected grade 9 students. All grade 9 students currently registered in mathematics have been notified by email by VP Love.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact VP Love at anita.love@tdsb.on.ca.    


Report Card Electronic Distribution Begins on Monday, July 4

Report Cards will be distributed electronically beginning on Monday, July 4.  If there are any questions or concerns about report cards, please reach out to the appropriate vice-principal:


Head Start to High School - Tuesday, August 30 (New Date!)

Forest Hill is proud to host our Head Start to High School on Tuesday, August 30 (not the Monday as previously communicated) to welcome our incoming grade 9 students. The morning will be filled with games, activities, pizza and fun!  Students will meet some of their teachers and our Prefects. Looking forward to seeing all our incoming grade 9s there.  More information will be shared with families in late August through email.  Thank you to our Prefects, Ms. Homatidis and Ms. McKinnon for organizing this important event for our incoming grade 9s! 


Messages from Guidance

TDSB Summer School

TDSB registration for July Summer School and elearning has closed.  Any students with outstanding consent forms must return them to their Guidance Counsellor asap.  No appointment is needed to return the form.  August elearning registration is still open.  Please visit the TDSB eLearning website for more information and registration.

Student Timetables for September 2022

This year, the TDSB is changing to a new student information system.  The scheduling process is much more complicated and taking longer as a result.  Students will receive their timetable through the TDSB Connects in late August.  At that point, students will have the opportunity to make course change requests.

Community Service Hours – Graduating Students Must Submit by June 23

Students who have completed community service this year should submit their completed form by June 23rd.  If you are in Grade 12 and need the hours to graduate, you must get them in by the deadline.

Do you need Community Service Hours or Are you looking to Volunteer at FHCI? 

We have hours for you!  Various teachers and departments in the school need a small number of students to help with year-end clean-up; interested students should email jasmine.ng@tdsb.on.ca.  Priority will be given to graduating students who need hours to graduate.

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

Thank you to everyone who joined our meetings this year either virtually or in-person. Our first meeting for the 2022/2023 school year will be in-person on Thursday, September 28. All parents and guardians are welcome.  Hope to see you there!  RSVP by emailing Tracy Kowal at tracy.kowal@yahoo.ca.


Trustee Laskin’s Weekly Updates

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


Worth Mentioning Again…

Class of 22 Grad Caps Were Distributed – Monday, June 13 During Period 1

All grade 12 students received a FHCI graduation baseball cap on Monday, June 13 during period 1.  Grade 12 students who are absent or have a spare during period 1 may pick their cap up from the Main Office at lunch or after school for the remainder of this coming week.  

Culminating Activities Begin – Tuesday, June 7

Students began Culminating Activities/Tasks on Tuesday, June 7.  All students will be expected to complete a Culminating Activity for each of their courses.  Some tasks will be completed in class while others will be taken home.  In order to align with semester 1 the value of the tasks range from 10% to 30%.  See Culminating Activity Calendar for details.   

As in semester 1, these activities replace exams.  All students are expected to be present during in-class activities when the activity is scheduled to take place in-class.  If activities are being taken home, all activities are due on the date indicated on the calendar by the subject teacher.  Similar to exams if an activity is missed a mark of zero will be awarded. Please refer to the Forest Hill CI - Student Handbook 2021/2022 page 14 for details. 

Memorial Park Stormwater Management Partnership Project

The City of Toronto’s Midtown Toronto Storm Sewer Relief Project involves construction of an underground stormwater storage tank and a pumping station at Memorial Park. This work is part of the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Protection Program to help reduce the risk of future basement flooding. What does this mean for Forest Hill Collegiate?  Memorial Park is where our track, football field and baseball diamond are located.  These facilities may be unavailable to our students for at least four years.

The TDSB, Toronto Lands Corporation and the City are working towards an agreement that permits the City of Toronto to use TDSB lands at North Preparatory JPS and Memorial Park.  A public information meeting was held on May 26.  Find out more by linking to:

Keep apprised by visiting the TDSB website page:  Long-Term Strategy and Accommodation Review