May 11 Update

After the success of our in school Roadshow last fall, West Hill is having an online version this Thursday! 

The Virtual Roadshow is for ALL students, and it will connect you to program and services offered in our community. There will be gift cards and prizes to be won, too!

Led by Ms. Matthews, the focus is on student mental health and wellness, and representatives from local non-profit community agencies like East Metro Youth Services, East Scarborough Storefront, Tropicana, and Skylar will also be in attendance. Guidance counsellors and our school psychologist will also be in attendance.

Meet Details: Thursday, May 14th, 2pm - 3pm

Meet Code: look for the code posted on the guidance Google Classroom

Our goal is to provide you with increased and equitable access to programs and services, and raise awareness of availability of these resources. We will:

  • Think about the impact of COVID-19 on our well-being
  • Explore mental health and well-being
  • Talk about the importance of self-care

April 27 Update

On Sunday April 26th, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020. Any updates to TDSB Remote Learning can be found on the TDSB website.

Grade 12 information session

Grade 12 students have been sent Google Meet information for an online session Wednesday, April 29th at 1pm. Please see the email for details, and email your guidance counsellor if you have questions.

Virtual Assembly in the works!

Staff and some student leadership groups are working on creating a virtual assembly for the West Hill students. Details to follow next week, with the assembly planned for later in May.

Resources for students, and parents/guardians

Support Services created this resource document with TDSB, City of Toronto, and Provincial and Federal Resources for those impacted by COVID. The provincial (Support for Families) and federal (CERB) areas have applications for the financial supports from those levels of government for families and individuals.

Additionally, here are food bank services available in the Scarborough, and specifically the West Hill area.

Please make sure you utilize the TDSB’s Mental Health & Wellness resources or the Community Support and ResourcesYou can access the Kids Help Phone 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868, https://kidshelpphone.ca/, or text CONNECT to 686868.

Summer e-Learning sign up - now open

Please see the “Guidance” page on how to sign up for e-Learning summer school. There are two sessions - one in July and one in August. Please note that these courses are typically geared to students in the senior grades, though there *might* be a small selection for junior grade students. Please check with your guidance counsellor if you have any questions.

Other continuing education summer school information will be available at a later date (e.g. remedial and in-class summer school). We will let you know when this information is available.

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April 20 Update

Premier Doug Ford has announced that students will NOT return to school on May 4, 2020 as previously indicated. The Minister of Education is expected to provide further details in the days ahead. 

Any updates to TDSB Remote Learning can be found on the TDSB website.

Term 3 Marks

Teachers should have communicated your course mark to you by last Friday, April 17th. Please note that this mark is reflective of assessments that occurred until March 13, 2020. 

The mark that you received will be registered as your Term 3 mark. Report cards are not being generated at this time, but it will be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary. This mark can go higher for the work that you do for the rest of this school year via remote learning, but it will not go lower.

These marks will be submitted for Grade 12 students who have applied to OUAC and / or OCAS.

* Please note that remote learning is still important and you are further developing skills you have practiced this year in order to maintain / increase your learning, and lay foundations for courses that you will be taking next year.

Devices

Have you requested a device? The TDSB is rolling out devices for those students who do not have internet or a device at home. Please be patient as they are hopefully arriving this week.

Yearbook - 2020 will be quite the year!

"Boring" -- NOT a word to describe this year's school year.  This year will go down in history, for sure. What better way to remember it than with your own 2019-20 edition of the West Hill Yearbook? It will help you remember all the great things that happened this year before the pandemic shut it all down.  Revisit all the big events and accomplishments, and all the smiling faces in the halls. 

To purchase your yearbook:

  1. Go to School Cash Online and make sure you have an account
  2. Look for “Student Registration”. Both registration and yearbook are together but can be purchased separately. Just purchase the yearbook separately. It costs $30.

New for 2020! Yearbook Personalization:

We're offering personalization for yearbooks this year at $2 for one line and $4 for 2 lines. Personalization would see these embossed on the front of your own yearbook (like the name “Jennifer MacDonald” on this sample). You have to pay separately for this, and directly to Friesens, the yearbook publisher, through this link -  https://ybstore.friesens.com/Stores/759222

Resources for students, and parents/guardians

Support Services created this resource document with TDSB, City of Toronto, and Provincial and Federal Resources for those impacted by COVID. The provincial (Support for Families) and federal (CERB) areas have applications for the financial supports from those levels of government for families and individuals.

Additionally, here are food bank services available in the Scarborough, and specifically the West Hill area.

Please make sure you utilize the TDSB’s Mental Health & Wellness resources or the Community Support and ResourcesYou can access the Kids Help Phone 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868, https://kidshelpphone.ca/, or text CONNECT to 686868.

Summer e-Learning sign up - now open

Please see the “Guidance” page on how to sign up for e-Learning summer school. There are two sessions - one in July and one in August. Please note that these courses are typically geared to students in the senior grades, though there *might* be a small selection for junior grade students. Please check with your guidance counsellor if you have any questions.

Other continuing education summer school information will be available at a later date (e.g. remedial and in-class summer school). We will let you know when this information is available.

Toronto Public Library - FREE Digital Library cards!
Toronto Public Library is pleased to be able to introduce a temporary Digital Library Card!  There is a whole section on the website page under the calendar with explicit directions. You can reference these instructions on how to do it as well. This temporary card is available to people age 13 and older with a Toronto cell phone that can receive texts. New customers can enjoy this access until September 1, 2020.

April 6 Update

This week (starting April 6th) is the start of remote learning for the TDSB.

Hopefully you received this information letter from John Malloy, Director, TDSB to your email late last week. It outlines the TDSB policies around the new remote learning that will take place. 

Students are expected to do 1.5 hours of work per class per week for non-semestered schools, with a focus on achieving credits/completion/graduation. 

A page has been created of Course and Teacher information so that students and staff have access to contact subject teachers, guidance counsellors, and our Administration. Teachers have been in touch with students and/or parents/guardians over the past week as they have been preparing for learning this week.

We have moved any public health updates, and any updates since the start of the school closure, to a separate page to keep our home page focused on one message per week, plus showcase students achievements and other resources.

With equity and access to technology at the forefront of planning for remote learning, the staff are working diligently to ensure that students who do not have any technology devices at home to be able to access one, in consultation with the Board. If you are a family waiting to hear about this please know that it is something we hope to expedite as quickly as possible. 

As always, the TDSB has Learning Resources and Well-Being Resources that they have made available electronically. 

 

TDSB Announcements

TDSB Latest Announcements (includes Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs):

Mar. 31 - The Government of Ontario has announced that, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. The government also said that as we approach these dates, the decision will be revaluated and that the closure may be extended based on public health advice.


Through an earlier Ministerial Order from the Minister of Education, the Ontario government ordered school boards to close schools to minimize contact between people, especially children, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason, all childcare centres located inside TDSB schools are closed and all TDSB Extended Day Programs are cancelled during this period.

The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. In partnership with public health officials, the Toronto District School Board is closely monitoring the current situation with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

If you have any health-related questions, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Translation is available in many languages.

Apr. 1 Update

To the West Hill CI Community,

On Mar. 31st, the Government of Ontario announced that all publicly-funded schools in Ontario will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. The government also said that as we approach these dates, the decision will be re-evaluated and that the closure may be extended based on public health advice.

At West Hill CI, we would like our school and parent community to do a few things:

1) West Hill and the Board are trying to figure out how many students do not have devices or access to the internet.

From West Hill - please fill out this West Hill Data Collection Survey so that we have your most updated data. Teachers will be trying to contact students this week.

From the TDSB - this Device and Internet Availability Form was sent to parents, but students can fill out on behalf of themselves if parents have not submitted. If you DO NOT have access to a device or internet, the Board wants to know! We are hoping they can use this data to create a plan for students who do not have access, and we are waiting on details about that.

2) Connect with your friends and classmates. Is there someone you haven't heard from that you usually might? People might be having trouble connecting and you can help us with this! If there is someone at school who you know is having difficulty, we are here to help and we need to know how we can best do that. You can contact WestHillCI@tdsb.on.ca as our general email inbox. Guidance counsellors have their emails on their pages, and we are working to compile a list of class sections, teachers, and online resources as quickly as possible.
 
3) On our school calendar (to the right on this home page) you'll notice that the schools "day" schedule is still up. The Ministry guidelines indicate that each student in a non-semestered school (that's us!) will have 1.5 hours of course week, per course, per week. Try and work on Day 1/3 classes on the same days. Same for Days 2/4. Your teachers will be operating this way.
 

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Mar. 23 update

To the West Hill CI Community,

With the Mar. 23 government announcement school is closed for the foreseeable future and we await details on what this will look like.
 Please fill out the following google form asap so we can best determine how to connect with everyone moving forward. If you know of fellow students without digital access we are trying to compile a list and a way to communicate with ALL students. There is a spot on the form (link below) where you can put this information. The TDSB is trying to formulate a plan to make sure that there is equity in the system at this time for students who do not have internet access.
We will update this website as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, guidance has set up a Google Classroom with the Ministry and Board links for online learning resources. The code is - cjqhhv4 - and once students have joined they can invite parents/guardians to receive notifications as well. If you have not yet joined please do so. Please email your guidance counsellor if you are having any difficulty.

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If you are reading this on a desktop or laptop computer, you can access the "translate" button on the top right of the home page and want to share this information in another language.

For now, please know that all of us on staff care deeply about your well being and your academic success.  Teachers will be in touch with students as to how the rest of the academic year will roll out when we have that information.

Mental Health & Community Resources


This is a trying time for many students and their families. We hope that none of you are ill or know anyone suffering. There is still help available in the community. We have compiled a list that will be added to as we get more details.


Mental Health and Community Resources

Stay well, stay connected, and stay home.