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Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute

SIR OLIVER MOWAT COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE

(GR. 09-12)

Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate, founded in 1969, was built on a solid foundation of academic achievement, community involvement, alumni support and excellence. Students are provided with a wide range of learning experiences, both academic and co-curricular, so that they are prepared for any post-secondary option they may choose.

Excellence in teaching is the cornerstone of Mowat. Teachers are caring professionals who are committed to creating an atmosphere in which students can develop a positive self-image, become independent learners, acquire skills for future employment, enjoy the pursuit of academic excellence, participate in extra-curricular activities, and demonstrate respect for themselves and others.

WELLNESS RESOURCES

This year, the TDSB recognizes Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) from May 2 to 6, 2022.  To help support student mental health and well-being for all, the Professional Support Services team has developed a wide variety of resources in line with this year’s theme of Coping, Caring and Connecting. Please access these resources below and also the MENTAL HEALTH TOOL KIT for STUDENTS, a TDSB resource for students.


And, join and follow the conversation on Twitter using #copingcaringconnecting and see how schools are supporting mental health and well-being with their students.

Click on the Image Below to Access Wellness Resources

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Head Start to High School

Sir Oliver Mowat is offering incoming grade 9 students and new registrants a fun and informative introduction to the school! The Head Start to High School orientation program is an excellent opportunity to get to know the school, make friends and get your questions about high school answered by student leaders and staff. 

Date: Monday, August 29, 2022

Time: 9:30AM - 2:00PM

More information will be emailed to all families of incoming grade 9 students and new registrants. 

Students will participate in the following activities:

  • Registration and student photo
  • School Tour
  • Cooperative games and wellness activities
  • Informative Introduction to Mowat sessions
  • Snacks, lunch, and Welcome to Mowat give-away will be provided

Please keep an eye on your email the week of July 11 and August 22 for more information.

We can't wait to welcome you to Mowat! 


Grade 10 - 12 Registration & Photos

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Schedule: 

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Online Survey for Students and Parents/Guardians – Week of May 30

As we begin to look ahead to September 2022, we are looking to gather information directly from parents/caregivers and students about mental health and well-being and to learn more about what has helped to support student learning this past year.

During the week of May 30, we will be asking parents/caregivers (JK to Grade 12) and students (a sample of Grades 7 to 12) to complete a short, online survey to share their thoughts and experiences. The survey is anonymous and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Parent/Guardian and Student Online Survey – Week of May 30

The TDSB will be surveying both parents/caregivers (JK to Grade 12) and students (a sample of Grades 7 to 12) during the week of May 30 to learn more about mental health and well-being and student learning during this past school year. Students in select primary and junior classes will participate in a conversation with their classroom teacher to share their thoughts and feedback. 

Please watch for an email with a link to the survey and/or check the TDSB website. Thank you in advance for your participation.

TDSB Celebrates National Indigenous History Month: June 2022

June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to celebrate and learn from First Nations, Métis and Inuit people about the diverse cultures, histories, experiences, creations, perspectives, and achievements.

Join the Urban Indigenous Education Centre (UIEC) throughout the month of June for opportunities for staff, students and educators to engage with Indigenous artists, authors, and speakers through various virtual workshops and panel discussions.

All month long, the 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.

During the month of June, the TDSB recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day, which is celebrated on Tuesday, June 21. This year, UIEC will have a board-wide virtual celebration on Friday, June 17.

This is a day of significance for many Indigenous Peoples in the country we call Canada today. It marks the day when the Sun is closest to the Earth. It is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples celebrate the Summer Solstice. 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. Traditional foods are an important aspect of the feast as they signify connection to the land and animals.

June is Pride Month at the TDSB

Happy Pride

June is Pride Month at the TDSB! It's an opportunity to celebrate diversity and raise awareness among all staff and students about the rich culture and history of our LGBTQ2S community.

To launch Pride Month, Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins shared a message to 2SLGBTQIA+ students and staff and our entire TDSB community: Happy Pride! Message from the TDSB Director of Education Please share with your school community.

The TDSB GSA network is proud to present its second annual virtual Pride Week, taking place May 30 - June 3, 2022.

The attached Secondary posters can be shared with your school communities and posted online!

Pride Week Highlights

  • Opening Pride Month Video (All ages)
  • Drag Storytime videos with Fay and Fluffy (All ages)
  • Tea Condo with live performances (Grades 6 and up)
  • Ace/Aro Event (Secondary)
  • Queer Kahoot (Quahoot) (Secondary)
  • Transition to High School panel (Grades 7-8)
  • Arts-based Creative Workshop (Grades 4 and up)

To learn more about our Pride Week activities and how to get involved, please visit the GSA website or GSA's Instagram.

We look forward to celebrating Pride Week 2022 with all our 2SLGBTQIA+ students, staff, and allies.

The TDSB GSA Network and TDSB Pride Committee

Italian Heritage Month at the TDSB – June 2022

Italian Heritage Month has been proudly recognized during the month of June at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) since a motion was passed by the Board of Trustees on May 16, 2012.  The Province of Ontario also marks Italian Heritage Month as a result of Italian Heritage Month Act (link:  https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/10i17 being passed in 2010. 

As stated in the Italian Heritage Act, 2010, "Ontario is home to more than 1,350,000 Italian Canadians. Since the 1880s, the Italian Canadian Community has made and continues to make significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario". 

This year the selected theme for Italian Heritage Month is Buongiorno Italia!  Keeping with this lens, to mark Italian Heritage Month at the TDSB during the month of June, the Italian Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee members have put together various ways to for students, staff and the TDSB community to learn about the Italian heritage.  Please enjoy L’Alfabeto Italiano” e book:  https://read.bookcreator.com/r53z4OI6PyW8NoQ0YSxxD2enAY23/oMELIOvjQ_qr382vQ5EQlg

Please view our PowerPoint on the Italian Heritage.   Also posted (to follow) are selected images from our students Creative Arts Challenge and a video called Buongiorno Italia!  

In addition to June being Italian Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board and across the Province of Ontario, it is also Senior Month in Ontario.  With the impact of the pandemic to our seniors, our Italian Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee decided to create Italian themed poster cards and partner with Joyce Public School and Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged by having the students from the school create their own messages for the 400+ seniors.    A huge thank you to Principal Susan Billington, and Designated ECE, Ivette Orellana Zaccolo and all staff at Joyce Public Schools for their outstanding contribution.

Below are educational opportunities to further learn about the Italian heritage.  I hope you’re available to join us!

Please follow us on twitter @TDSBItalianHer1

Mapping and Honouring Italian Canadian Foodways

  • Date:  Thursday, June 2, 2022
  • Time:  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Audience:  Open to students, staff and TDSB community

Pre-registration is required. 

Please fill out the google form:  JOURNEY THROUGH CANADIAN-ITALIAN FOODWAYS

Note:  A zoom link will be provided to you with a confirmation

More information:  Attached

Chef Luciano Schipano

Date: Tuesday June 21, 2022

Time:  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Audience:  Open to students, staff and TDSB community

Zoom webinar link:   https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/93424334655

Chef Luciano Schipano will lead us in making Ricotta Gnocchi tossed in a Fresh Tomato Sauce!

More information:  Attached

Resources

  Daily Quotes:  Italian Heritage Month Quotes

Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month at the TDSB – June 2022

Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month is proudly recognized during the month of June at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) since 2011. The Province of Ontario passed the Celebration of Portuguese Heritage Act in 2001 (Link: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/01c22) This year our theme is Andorinha! Watch us Soar!

The contributions of the Portuguese-Speaking Heritage community to Canada are significant as they include the arts, sports, music, culinary arts, and many professional contributions to educational and medical service areas. Canadians, along with all TDSB students, staff, and its communities and beyond all enjoy the energetic and vibrant traditions that are shared through the customs of this heritage. Over 1,400 TDSB students speak Portuguese as their mother tongue or as a primary language. Internationally, there are 250 million Portuguese-speaking people worldwide, making it the fifth-most spoken language.

This year we are thrilled to share with you that the annual Portuguese Parade will once again take place!  Everyone is invited to celebrate on Saturday, June 11 starting at 11:00 am at Lansdowne & Crawford (Link:  http://acapo.ca/event/portugal-week-2022-parade ).  Stay tune for more info!

Students were invited to participate in a Literacy Creative Writing and Poster Challenge that reflected our theme, Andorinha! Watch us Soar!  Selected winners work will be posted shortly.   Further, we will be inviting all staff, students and our TDSB community to a virtual session with acclaimed Chef Miguel Marques!   Let’s learn together to make food as this is a focal point of how family and friends gather to rejoice in each other’s achievements and mark significant dates and festivals. 

Learning about prominent Portuguese-Speaking individuals through author readings will be announced soon through future messaging.  

Resources and quotes are available to you:  

      Quotes:   Portuguese-Speaking HM for June 2022

Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement - Grand Opening Virtual Event

Please note change of date.

Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement - Grand Opening Virtual Event

June 13, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Please register online for this event.

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement is proud to unveil the new physical space! The creation of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement originated as part of the Toronto District School Board’s response to dismantling anti-Black racism within the school board. It aims to improve both experiences and outcomes for Black students and is also responsive to the voices of Black communities who consistently advocated for deeper systemic change. 

This live-streamed evening is filled with activities including a video tour. There will be the unveiling of artwork developed by artist and creator of the LEGACY posters and Order of Canada recipient, Robert Small, along with award-winning Afrofuturist muralist and cultural curator, Danilo Deluxo.

Performances by: 

  •  Coco Collective, Multidisciplinary intergenerational artists specializing in African and Caribbean arts
  • TDSB students from Africentric Alternative School 
  • Randell Adjei, Ontario’s 1st Poet Laureate  

Audiences will hear from Toronto District School Board staff and distinguished community members, including: 

  • Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Director of Education, Toronto District School Board 
  • Karen Murray, System Superintendent, Equity, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression & Early Years, Toronto District School Board
  • Alexander Brown, Chair, TDSB 
  • Dr. George Dei, Professor, Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Carl James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University
  • Dr. Njoki Wane, Professor and Chair of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto 
  • Dr. Nicole West-Burns, CEO of NWB Educational Equity Consulting 

The event will be moderated by Itah Sadu, storyteller, author and managing director of A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: The People's Residence.

TDSB’s UIEC celebrates its 2nd annual Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Pride Week June 13-17

The Urban Indigenous Education Centre (UIEC) is celebrating its 2nd annual Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Pride Week from Monday, June 13 to Friday June 17!

Festivities kick off on Monday, June 13 with a webinar with two-spirit Elder Blu Waters and Keith McCrady, Executive Director, 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations.

The events throughout the week include, an artist panel with Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer artists Thirza Cuthan, Theola Ross and Tyler J Sloane; authors of Surviving the City Tasha Spillet and Elder Albert McLeod; Two-Spirit, Ojibwe artist Patrick Hunter; Two-Spirit advocate and mental health expert, Teddy Syrette, author of Urban Indigenous Youth Reframing Two-Spirit, Marie Lang, and others.

Throughout the week, TDSB staff and students are encouraged to join the many virtual panels and discussions. To view a full list of events available for the week, please check MyPath.

1. ne 6, 2022, and selected candidates will be notified by the end of June 2022. We appreciate any support you can provide in sharing this opportunity with students. Accommodations are available for students taking part in the application process.

If you have any questions please contact Centrally Assigned Principal, Wendy Terro.

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