Year End Update

 

See You Next Year

Well, it has been *a year* (and that means just from March)... but we have all persevered and demonstrated just how resilient and wonderful our students, and families, and staff are. To our grads: you are amazing. The connections that you have made during your time on the Hill will not be broken by the end of year hiatus from seeing each other in person. We will be so excited to welcome you back for Commencement, as soon as we get a go ahead on a date. 

Report Cards will be emailed to parents & guardians shortly by the TDSB.

Staff Changes - Farewells

June represents a goodbye for some of our amazing teachers and Administrators, and that also means that we will welcome new faces to our building in the fall.

Retiring after a career of helping students: Ms. Van Ael

Staff moving on to new adventures: Ms. De Cesare, Ms. Hodges, Ms. King, Ms. Kurtz, Ms. MacDonell, Ms. Matthews, and Ms. Sahadath 

Our LTOs who seamlessly filled the gaps: Ms. Browne, Ms. Feilders, Ms. Jung, Ms. Maharaj, Ms. Street

Administrator Changes

We say farewell to Ms. Wendy Blain, who is retiring and going to continue her learning and adventures after helping students and staff throughout her illustrious career. Also to Ms. Gayle McIntosh, who is moving to Campbell to continue her fantastic work with students and families, as well as being a wonderful leader for staff. You have been such a source of support during your time at West Hill, and we are going to miss you!!

We welcome our new Principal, Mr. Trevor Bullen, and Vice Principal, Mr. Stan Gordon, to the Hill starting in the fall. We are excited to work with you!

Board and Ministry Plans for September

Please check for updates from the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board about what September will look like and any potential changes / modifications that will be required. 

Good luck to all of our determined students who are pursuing various forms of e-learning for summer school.

Have a safe, healthy and happy summer!

 

TDSB Creates - WH's Artist!

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Artist Name: Bhirinthan Balraj
Grade: 12
Title: Untitled
Size: 3'x4'
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Date: 2020

The Arts Department and West Hill community would like to recognize student artist, Bhirinthan Balraj. He was producing a large-scale series for TDSB Creates at ArtScape Young Place in Queen West's gallery district. Even though the exhibition has been cancelled due to COVID-19, that hasn't stopped him from pursuing his artwork. Bhirinthan is currently working on more panels to complete his series and hopes to show his work in the near future. Bhirinthan has had the privilege of working with artist Dan Bergeron to mentor him through his artistic process. West Hill is proud of your accomplishments and we look forward to seeing more of Bhirinthan's creative endeavours.

Gold at Interview Skills Comp!

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Photo: Alagan with Mr. Shafransky

On March 12th Alagan Balakumar represented West Hill CI at the Job Interview Skills Competition at Northview Heights SS and won Gold!

Photography Skills Gold!

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On March 12th, Treval Lee represented West Hill C.I. at the Photography Skills competition at Harbord C.I. and won GOLD! Treval will move on to compete in the Ontario Skills Competition in May. 

WH Wrestler at OFSSAA!

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West Hill’s Kalyah Joseph Lynch competes at OFSSAA wrestling and demonstrates excellent technique! 

Black Student Support Group - July

Black Student Support Group

Register here to attend a session - https://bit.ly/blackstudentsupportgroup

Black students in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to join our virtual support group. Drop ins are welcome every Tuesday and Thursdays at 3 p.m. until the end of July for students who identify as Black as a way to share and learn in a community to support each other and stay well. 

Topics you may choose to talk about or learn about include:

  • talking to other students
  • stress management
  • knowing your rights when stopped by the police
  • know your rights in the TDSB
  • Black history
  • how to appeal marks
  • how to raise concerns in school
  • mental health
  • physical health
  • how to address arguments with friends and family

Register to attend a session and a Google Meet link will be sent to you.

2020 Overall Athletes of the Year

Overall Athlete of the Year - Kayla Bailey-Shallow

Kayla - Athlete of the Year Female

The absolutely dominant, yet fiercely humble Kayla Bailey-Shallow solidified her legacy at West Hill by receiving the overall female athlete of the year for 2019-20. Her athletic career includes playing on the basketball team, volleyball team, and track & field team for each of her four years as a Warrior. Within those four years she collected multiple MVP awards, was the captain for both the basketball and volleyball team, in addition to representing West Hill multiple times at OFSAA track & field. Her star is just beginning to shine and we can't wait to champion her to even bigger heights. Way to go, Kayla!

Overall Athlete of the Year - Arjun Thuraisingam

Arjun - Athlete of the Year Male

Arjun epitomises hard work, perseverance, team work, helping others, and being an all round champion at organizing events for the school, both while at school and in the virtual world. He person of many sporting talents. It was clear from the first tryout ever that he is a gifted badminton player, making it to city championships twice, and went to OFSAA last year. From boys volleyball to indoor soccer to badminton and cricket, he has been a multi-sport athlete throughtout his years at West Hill. This year as the director of communications for WHAC, he also was a key fixture on the morning announcements. He was instrumental in our first ever West Hill Virtual Assembly, and helped create an amazing show. Best of luck for all the great things that are yet to come, Arjun!

 

 

 

 

 

Athletic Banquet!

 

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The Athletic Banquet was a HUGE success! The pandemic could not stop us celebrating the incredible achievements of our student athletes this year, and what an impressive crew we have!

To check out the slide show of the team awards, major awards (slide 17), athletes of the year (slide 18) and Ms. Livy's slideshow celebration of our year in review (slide 20), you must be signed in with your TDSB student ID.

Team Awards, Major Awards, Athletes of the Year, Slideshow

The specialty and major awards were livestreamed via Google Meet. It was SO good to see so many students and coaches celebrating - we only wish it could have been in person! 

THANK YOU to Ms. Livingstone and Mr. Franchetto, the HPE staff and all the coaches who put so much time and energy into athletics this year.

 

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#warriors conquering covid - Virtual Assembly

West Hill Virtual AssemblyThe West Hill CI Virtual Assembly (Part 1 and Part 2) was an incredible presentation that warmed the hearts of all. The event came at a time when folks needed it most. Emails from many conveyed messages of thanks and heartfelt appreciation (even a few tears).

Your efforts have helped to bring the West Hill community together at a time of unprecedented isolation and have contributed to the mental health and well-being of everyone. Special thanks go to Ms. Latimer, Arjun Thuraisingam, Alagan Balakumar and Mya McGregor whose hard work and dedication carried the initiative to its ultimate success! 

Thank you also to the teachers who took lead roles in various elements of the production (Ms. Livingstone, Ms. De Cesare, Ms. Bain, Ms. Bonfigli and Ms. Renzetti).

Outstanding work folks!

~ Principal Ambrose

Workouts to Try!

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Here are at home workouts you can try starring Ms. Livingstone! They will be added to as they are created.

30 for 30 Workout

Chalk Ladder Workout (you can do without chalk!)

Pyramid Workout

The 6ix Workout

NamaSLAY Yoga HIIT Workout

Warrior Workout

Feel like dancing instead?

Try Battery Dance or Hip Hop for Kids with Hussein (thank you Ms. Kurtz!)

Fitness Challenges - What Level Can You Achieve?

 

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Ms. Livingstone has created fitness challenges for everyone. Please keep active and try this!

Fitness Challenge 4: Yoga Push-Ups

Fitness Challenge 3: Plank

Plank Variations

Fitness Challenge 2: Push-Ups!

Push-Up Variations

Fitness Challenge 1: Squats!

12 Squat Variations

Warm Up Activity

You can do the following warm up activities:

1 - Get a deck of cards. Have someone draw a card for you. This indicates the # of reps you do.

Warrior Warm Up - Part 1

2 - Start at activity #1 on the picture below. Continue to pick cards with reps through every number.

 

Warrior Warm Up - Part 2

Math Tutoring Gr.9 & 10

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Are you in grades 7-10? Need help with Math? TVO Mathify provides a seamless school-to-home math learning experience for all students.

TVO Mathify is a practical, interactive digital learning tool that is live and provides free 1:1 online after school math tutoring with an Ontario Certified Teacher.

You can log in between 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.ET from Sunday to Thursday for one-on-one tutoring. 

It's FREE for publicly funded English schools but you need your OEN (Ontario Education Number) that is in your report card or ask in guidance.

Sign in or register for Mathify

Amazing Visual Arts!

Check out these creations by our talented AVI3M students! More examples are in the display case in the main hall near Gym 1/2. Grade 11 visual art students created acrylic self portrait paintings by altering their selfies on Photoshop and carbon tracing the image onto their surface media. Their portraits were painted using a variety of tints, tones and shades of a colour that represents their identity.

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Brainfuse - more free tutoring!

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MORE free tutoring, and not for just math!  Toronto Public Library offers Brainfuse, which is online homework help for students in grades K-12 offered daily from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Also includes practice tests, support for adult learners, writing assistance, skills building and more. All you need is a valid TPL library card - directions in the link to get one of those, too!