Student Success

Risa Gluskin, ACL of Student Success and Instructional Support

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Welcome to Student Success.  The Student Success teacher monitors students' academic achievement and intervenes when necessary to provide additional support. The emphasis is on grade 9 and 10 students without IEPs. Marks would be under 50% or hovering just around there.

Intervention usually takes the form of one-on-one meetings with the student. Normally, these meetings would be in person. During the pandemic, the meetings are usually online. During these meetings we work on strategies for improvement. We focus on: growth mindset, executive functions, study strategies, goals and habits, motivation, etc.

If you'd like to learn more about these areas, email Ms. Gluskin and ask to enroll your student in her Google classroom. That way you can get access. 

Other areas that fall under Student Success include: literacy test preparation, GLS10 course (learning strategies for non-IEP'd students), ILPs (individual learning profiles), referrals to IST (in-school team), credit rescue, credit recovery, etc.

Here are some videos Ms. Gluskin shared with grade 9 teachers during the first half of quadmester 1, 2020. They are relevant during all quadmesters.






Parents of Grade 9 Students

At York Mills, we find that coming out of grade 8 many students take things too lightly, not recognizing that the demands on them in high school are greater, despite the fact that they're only carrying a lighter subject load.

In order to maximize success each student should aim to improve in the following areas:

  • organization (of notebooks or binders, lockers, backpacks or bags, electronic folders)

  • attendance (everyday whether online or in person - cut out the excuses)

  • punctuality (on time everyday - it matters - get up a few minutes earlier if need be)

  • time management (schedule your study and assignment preparation time - it shouldn't occur by accident - use your agenda/calendar or reminders on your phone calendar app)

  • on task behaviour in class or at home (put the phone away, stop talking to your friends - become mindful of self-control - FIRST do your work, THEN do what you enjoy)

  • motivation (find a reason to care, invest yourself and get engaged; every credit counts toward graduation even if it's not your favourite subject)

  • going to extra help when needed (know when you need assistance and don't be afraid to ask)





Resilience is a characteristic we want to see in all of our future YM grads. Try taking the Grit Test to see how resilient you are. Good news, resilience can be built up and improved.  


Growth Mindset

All teachers and students should have a growth mindset, a belief that intelligence can be improved. A fixed mindset, a view that intelligence is stuck at a certain level and can't improve, can be very harmful to academic success. The  key to improvement is effort. We emphasize effective effort through emphasis on the learning skills. If students pay attention to the learning skills they will find the process of learning is much improved. 






As students prepare for the provincial Literacy Test there are certain key areas they should focus on. Open the following document to get a few tips on how to do better on the test: Literacy_Types_of_Questions.docx

Whether or not the test takes place this year, it is extremely important for all students to stay on top of their literacy skills.