Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

View From the Hill - Issue 34

Sunday, May 21, 2023 04:00 PM

Congratulations to our Music Directorate for a fabulous Sounds of Spring Concert last Thursday.  It was lovely to welcome over 400 parents, guardians and guests to our school to celebrate our students love of music.  Thank you to our Stage & Production Crew for all the work they did in the background to ensure the event ran smoothly. Thank you, as well, to Ms. Simas and Ms. Burnip as their support ensured that this event was such as success! 

Two successful fundraising events happened last week:

  • Cookies for a Cure Club raised over $300 at lunch last week!  Way to go! Thank you to all club members who spent time baking to show Forest Hill cares for others.
  • School Council hosted a silent auction and raised over $4000 to support our Commencement and the upgrading of our school stage!  A special thank you to the parents who gave their time to solicit donations: Ali, Cindy, Genevieve, Janet, Jen, Jennifer and Tracy!  And – of course – to all our sponsors and local neighbourhood businesses who donated items to support our school! 

We are very excited this week as our graduates will be decked out on Thursday for Prom!  Graduates are reminded that the doors of Centennial Room at Liberty Grand will open at 6:30 pm and will close at 7:30 pm. There will be no in and out privileges. All students and guests are expected to adhere to the TDSB and FHCI Code of Conduct found in our Student Handbook

Remember that school will be closed on Monday for the long weekend.  Hopefully, everyone will have an opportunity to take a break, see friends and family and enjoy the outdoors. 


Yvette Duffy, Principal            Maharukh Kootar, Vice Principal           Jaime Yamashita, Vice Principal

In this issue: 

  1. The Next Two Weeks at a Glance
  2. Late Start – Wednesday, May 24 – Classes Begin at 9:55 a.m.
  3. Super Council Meeting – Wednesday, May 24 @ Lunch
  4. Prom – Liberty Grand – Thursday, May 25 – 6:30 pm to 11 pm
  5. FHCI Graduate School Award Applications – Closes May 26
  6. Athletic Council – Applications Due Friday, May 26
  7. Raise the Black Bar Presents: Networking Workshop – Friday, May 26
  8. Valedictorian: Mini-Speeches Monday, May 29 & Voting Tuesday, May 30
  9. Hillstock is Back! – Friday, June 2
  10. Semester 2 Exam Schedule & Moratorium
  11. Exams & Culminating Activities – Vacation Planning & Summer Employment Expectations
  12. Messages from Student Success  
  13. Messages from Guidance
  14. Messages from School Council – Auction raises over $4000!   
  15. Trustee Laskin’s Weekly Updates

The Next Two Weeks at a Glance

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

Late Start – Wednesday, May 24 – Classes Begin at 9:55 a.m.

Each month our staff hosts our monthly Professional Learning which results in a late start for students.  Classes will begin at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24. Link to our Daily & Late Start Schedule for more information. 

Super Council Meeting – Wednesday, May 24 @ Lunch

Super Council will be meeting at lunch on Wednesday, May 24 in the Conference Room. 

Prom – Liberty Grand – Thursday, May 25 – 6:30 pm to 11 pm

We are looking forward to celebrating Prom with our graduating students and their guests on Thursday, May 25 at in the Centennial Room at Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place, 25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and will close at 7:30 pm.  There will be no in and out privileges. Students are reminded of our policies and expectations for student and guest behaviour at all school sanctioned events as outlined in the Forest Hill Student Handbook.

FHCI Graduate School Award Applications – Closes May 26  

Each year our school celebrates graduating students with many awards.  Three awards require student to apply:

  • School Key – the highest honour bestowed on graduating students who have made an outstanding contribution to the school through their leadership and participation in extracurricular activities. Link to the School Key application
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award – this award is presented to a graduating student for exemplary community contribution or outstanding achievement through volunteer activities.  Link to the Lieutenant Governor’s application. 
  • School Council Award – these awards are presented to two graduating students who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, is a role model in the school and engenders school spirit. Link to the School Council applications. 

Applications for all three of the above awards close on Friday, May 26 at 3:15 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Athletic Council – Applications Due Friday, May 26

Athletic Council Applications open on Monday, May 8. Athletic Council is a leadership group that is responsible for organizing various school wide events and activities. Members of the Athletic Council are one of the forces behind school spirit! Applications are due on Friday, May 26. Thank you to Ms. Homatidis and Ms. Ibe for all they do to support our Athletic Council. 

Raise the Black Bar Presents: Networking Workshop – Friday, May 26

The Raise the Black Bar program is a collaborative community-based pipeline initiative between Osgoode Hall School, Osgoode's Black Law Students' Association, and the Toronto District School Board.  The mission is to deliver programming designed to help Black high school students access legal education and opportunities in the legal profession. After having officially launched in November 2022, Raise the Black Bar is pleased to announce The Networking Workshop.  

Location:  Earl Haig Secondary School

Date:  Friday, May 26 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Audience: All self-identifying Black TDSB students in grades 10, 11, and 12

For additional information, contact Raenelle Manning @

Valedictorian: Mini-Speeches Monday, May 29 & Voting Tuesday, May 30

Congratulations to our grade 12 students who were nominated for Valedictorian for the Class of 2022/2023.  All nominees received an email from VP Kootar with next steps around preparing the one-minute speech to grade 12 classes on Monday, May 29 during period 2.

On Tuesday, May 30, all grade 12 students will receive the Valedictorian ballot in their TDSB email and will be given time during period 1 to vote.  Students who have morning spare will be able to vote between 9:00 am and noon on May 30. The announcement of the valedictorian will be made at the end of the day. Best of luck to all the nominees!  

Hillstock is Back! – Friday, June 2

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. All students are expected to join this afternoon of free fun!  Our schedule on June 2 will be as follows:


Hillstock – Friday, June 2 – Schedule

Block A

9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Block B

9:45 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.

Block C

10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Block D

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


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


Thank you to our Prefects, Ms. Homatidis and Ms. McKinnon for their leadership to put together this great event!  Looking forward to seeing all Falcons participating on June 2. 

Semester 2 Exam Schedule & Moratorium

Please link to the Examination Schedule to review expectations and important dates.  All students are reminded that a missed exam will result in a mark of zero and thus attendance is mandatory.    

During the Moratorium period which begins on Monday, June 12 and runs until Friday, June 16 and all classes that have exams will not introduce new material/concepts, nor run tests or quizzes. Homework considered part of the systematic review and examination process, such as sample examination questions or take-home practice tests/quizzes, may be assigned. Note: For classes not running an examination, in-class culminating tasks may be completed during the moratorium.  No sports or excursions will take place during this period.  

Exams & Culminating Activities – Vacation Planning & Summer Employment Expectations

The 2022-23 School Calendar is available on the TDSB website which indicates that the last day of school is Friday, June 30. Vacations and summer employment are not considered legitimate reasons for absences from culminating activities and/or exams. Please avoid scheduling such during school time. Culminating activities and exams that are missed owing to vacation or summer employment will receive a mark of zero. The school cannot support requests for individual student accommodations during scheduled culminating activities and exams owing to vacation and/or summer employment.  FHCI Important dates can be found on live calendar on our school website.   

Messages from Student Success

Explore Values, Beliefs, Love & Self Esteem – Wednesday, May 24 @ 6 pm

This second of a three-part series on healthy relationships will explore values, beliefs, goals, dreams, love and self-esteem and the power of these foundational skills as they relate to living a healthier life. Join the TDSB Professional Support Services in collaboration with Montage Support Services and Community Living Toronto on Wednesday, May 24 at 6 pm.  See this flyer for more information. 

Messages from Guidance

Graduation Requirements

Each Grade 12 student has been provided with their most updated Ontario Student Status Sheet (formerly called the Credit Counselling Summary).  Students must review their graduation requirements. If there are concerns, students must book an appointment with their Guidance Counsellor. 

Community Service Hours – Grade 12 Volunteer Forms – Due Friday, June 9 @ 4 pm

Grade 12 students are reminded to submit any outstanding community service hours to the Guidance Department by Friday, June 9 at 4 pm to allow the Guidance department to process these hours in time for graduation. The Ministry of Education requires all students complete 40 hours of community service during their high school career.  Students cannot graduate without completing and submitting documentation confirming completion of these hours. Access the Volunteering page of the FHCI Guidance website to learn about volunteer opportunities and to download the Community Involvement Form.

Messages from School Council 

Silent Auction Raises over $4000 To Support FHCI!

Our School Council hosted a live and online silent auction over the last few weeks and are pleased to announce that over $4000 was raised to support Commencement and the replacement of the school stage!  We would like to thank all parents, guardians and staff who supported the auction by purchasing items.  We would also like to thank our parents who donated goods and volunteered to solicit items from local businesses.  A special thank you to: Ali, Cindy, Genevieve, Janet, Jen, Jennifer and Tracy! If you purchased an item and still have to pick it up, please drop by the FHCI main office with a copy of the receipt.  For questions, please email Chair Tracy Kowal at

Trustee Laskin’s Weekly Updates

Keep informed about happenings in the TDSB by linking to Trustee Laskin's Weekly Newsletter

Land Acknowledgement: We, the students and staff of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, acknowledge that we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, M├ętis, and the Inuit peoples.