Welcome to Greenwood Secondary School

Coronavirus (COVID -19)

The Ontario Government has announced that all Ontario schools (including those at the TDSB) will remain closed until a date is determined by the government for the reopening. We are working to confirm additional details and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Greenwood SS Staff Email Contact List

FAQ Page: (Updated daily):                                                                                             GSS Frequently-Asked-Questions                                                                 TDSB Coronavirus FAQ

Principal MacKinnon’s Updates:                                                                   March 31: Covid-19 Communication 6                                                                    March 27: Covid-19 Communication 5
March 26: Covid-19 Communication 4
March 25: Covid-19 Communication 3                                                         March 24: Covid-19 Communication 2                                                       March 23: Welcome Back-ish

TDSB Communications:

March 25: Continuation of Learning

You can view the government’s statements here:                                      March 22: Minister’s Letter to Parents                                                        March 12: School Closures

Medical and Health-Related Resources:                                                     Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Webpage

Supports for Students:

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Resetting Student Passwords:

Resetting Student Passwords Online Using SAMS

Thank you and please check back often for updates. Also, please stay connected to our social media outlet: Twitter: @TDSB_Greenwood


March 25, 2020

Accessing & Using TDSB Learning Resources from Home

The resource below is provided courtesy of Mr. Kohn, our School Librarian:During our school’s closure, Danforth students can still access eBooks, database articles, and other media through our Danforth Virtual Library, which will prompt them for their TDSB login (their student number and password). Home access to database resources requires additional passwords from the TDSB Virtual Library Learnmark. When learning at home, students are advised to log into Academic Workspace: the hub for Virtual Library, Google Apps for Education, and Gmail, along with Google Classroom and BrightSpace (the hybrid learning platforms many teachers use to enhance in-class learning). Students who have forgotten their passwords can create a new password by visiting TDSB’s Forgot Your Password? website and following the prompts. New passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters in length, should not repeat a student’s 5 previous passwords, and should not include a student’s name.

Toronto Public Library Resources Online

There are many additional free online resources for students with an active Toronto Public Libraries card, including Articles & Online Research materials, eBooks & Online Media, and eLearning Courses. When selecting one of these online resources, students will be prompted for their library card number and 4-digit PIN (usually, the last 4 digits of a client’s phone number).


March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Health & Wellness Resources for Students, Families and Staff

The following resources are provided by ou school Social Worker Anita Filice, and will be updated during this crisis should more resources become available:


211 – CALL 211 or TEXT 21166 for connection to food resources and shelters.https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-social-support/

The 519 has put together extensive resource lists for FOOD, shelter and other needs during this time. https://www.the519.org/covid19-services-supports


CAMH has some excellent tip sheets for parents, individuals coping with anxiety, and other linkshttp://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

KIDS HELP PHONE available 24 hours by phone 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868. Online live chat only available from midnight-7am at kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/


Toronto Distress Centre 416-408-4357 (HELP) or text 45645

The Gerstein Centre 416-929-5200 – for individuals 16yrs+

  • Appear to be offering online wellness support groups – check gersteincentre.org for info

Assaulted Women’s Helpline 416-863-0511 or 1-866-863-0511 or text #SAFE (#7233) on Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus

WHAT’S UP WALK-IN CLINICS where we often refer kids to is now offering phone consults and in some cases video-counselling: https://www.whatsupwalkin.ca/covid-19-update/

For the East Metro Youth Services walk-in clinic at Danforth & Donlands:

Call 416-438-3697, press 1 and then 0 for an operator to be connected with a counsellor

Hours: Mon-Thurs 2-6:30pm & Fri 10-3:30pm

Here is contact info for some of the other What’s Up Walk-In Clinics: Skylark 416-395-0660 Skylark Youth – Skylark Children, Youth & Families

Hours: Mon & Tues 10-6pm, Wed 12-8pm, Thurs 2-6pm, Fri 10-3pm

For phone counselling sessions on Mon, Tues & Thurs from 1:30-6pm, call 416-482-0081 and press 5.

For phone counselling sessions on Mon, Tues & Fri from 9-1:30pm & Wed 11-7pm, call 416-482-0081 and press 6.

Youthlink 416-967-1773 ext 222 https://youthlink.ca/

video e-counselling offered, check website for hours of operation. Call phone # & extension 222 to book appt Yorktown 416-394-2424 https://www.yorktownfamilyservices.com/ to book a phone counselling session with a therapist call 416-669-3521

MICHAEL GARRON HOSPITAL CHILD-ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC has some videos at the bottom of the link re: breathing, visualizations etc.



MINDHEART has created an online book which is an excellent resource for parents with younger children to discuss COVID19 and the range of emotions (available in MANY LANGUAGES! – ie. Hungarian, Arabic, Greek)https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

A potentially helpful article for parents of tweens & teens: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/going-beyond-intelligence/202003/is-the-new-normal


March 23, 2020

Welcome Back-ish! Greenwood S.S

Hello Everyone,

I hope you and yours are all well and were able to have/enjoy something of a March Break!

As I mentioned before the Break, the Board and Ministry of Education are looking at ways to support students and student learning through this very challenging time.  I am expecting further clarification on how we will be doing this, today.  As the Board also has the ability to send these mass emails, you may also be receiving direct communication from them.  You can also keep up to date on Board communications by checking the website at TDSB.on.ca.

Students, I wanted to ask that if anyone knows of a fellow student who, for whatever reason, does not have regular access to email, that you let me know their names.  I am putting together a list of students who we will support with alternative means of communication going forward.  I am expecting further direction on this from the Board, but would like to prepare, as much as possible, so that all are supported.

Further, I know that this can be a very stressful and anxiety-causing time for some people.  Students, please remember that you can reach out to Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or at kidshelpphone.ca; this is a free and confidential service and counselors are available to chat, 24/7.  I know that the school and Board are also looking at ways to support student mental health, as well as academics, throughout the coming weeks.  If you have health-related questions, a great source of information on Covid 19 (or any other issue) is Toronto Public Health www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/.

So you know, so far, questions from families have been focused on access for those who don’t have internet/computers at home and the impact of this closure on students’ graduation/applications to College or University.  As mentioned above, to the first question, I am told that both the Ministry of Education and the Board are working to find solutions to support students who need devices/internet; and, to the second question, the Minister has said that the two-week closure will not have an impact on graduation or applications to Colleges/Universities.

I would like to encourage everyone to stay as positive as possible and to know that this challenging time will pass.

As always, I am available and can be reached at my email address if you have any questions or if I can be of help.

Please note, this message will be posted on our schools’ websites; the translation feature can be used so that all will have access to this message.

Thanks – I’ll be connecting again soon!

Principal MacKinnon






As I’m sure you have heard by now, there will be no school for the 2 weeks following the March Break.  Schools will be closed and there will be no access to the school during this time.  This is an unprecedented situation and the details of how we move forward are still being worked out.

Please check the school’s and the TDSB website for more details in the coming days and weeks.   Students, please check your TDSB student account for messages from the school or from your teachers.  Please only use your student email address if you are communicating with school staff. 

Many students will have been given work to do over the two weeks that we are not in school and others will have assignments that are overdue or that will be due when we get back… please work on these during this time. 

Teachers will be working from home over these two weeks and students will be able to contact them at their school email addresses or through your Google classrooms (if available) during regular school hours. 

There may be a number of questions arising from this situation, and we will try to answer those as they come in. 

I will also be on holiday next week, but please feel to write to me at Rob.MacKinnon@tdsb.on.ca and I will respond as soon as I am able or have an answer to your question.

I know that for some people, this is an alarming situation.  Parents and Guardians, please remember that our students look to us for guidance and direction and how we respond as the adults in their lives is critical to their own sense of well-being and calm.

I wish you all a positive and safe March break.

Looking forward to seeing everyone back in the school in 3 weeks!

Rob MacKinnon

UPDATE: Important information – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with an update from Toronto Public Health with regards to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Below, you will find a letter from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, with the latest information:

Letter from Medical Officer of Health

Toronto Public Health has also created the following Fact Sheet with additional updated information:

Toronto Public Health Fact Sheet ​​​​​​​

Thank you.

Important information and updates regarding the coronavirus

Greenwood families – please visit the TDSB website for important information and updates regarding the Coronavirus:

January 24, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians,

We have been receiving a number of questions about the new coronavirus that has originated in China and has been receiving significant media attention over recent weeks. Toronto Public Health has provided a letter with additional information for families and this is now available on the Toronto District School Board website.

The Toronto District School Board takes its lead from public health officials, which have not advised organizations, such as the TDSB, to take any additional precautions at this point in time. Please know that we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are working with public health officials, who will advise us if any additional steps are required. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please review the information and resources available in the link above. As always, should you have questions about your or your child’s health, please contact a medical practitioner.

Thank you.


Semester 1 Examination Days

Reminder to Students and Parents:

Exams will start on Thursday, January 23rd.  The last day of Exams will be Monday, January 27th.  Each day there are two sets of exams: First starting at 10:00 a.m. and Second starting at 1:00 p.m. Students, please review your Exam Schedules for your exam times.

In  addition,  students are expected in Home Room on Wednesday, January 29th and follow the special Exam Review Schedule outlined in the Calendar.

Semester 2 will begin on Friday, January 31st.

Parent Teacher Interview Information


October 15th 2019

Dear Parent and /or Guardian:

Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 5:03 pm – 7:30 pm. You will be able to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teachers. We encourage you to attend. Interpreters will be available to assist with translations.

If you are unable to attend and would like to speak with a teacher, please call the school at 416 393 0744 to arrange an interview time during the week.


Yours truly, 

Rob MacKinnon




Parent Teacher Interview Letter PDF


Important Update:


Greenwood Secondary School will be open tomorrow – Monday, October 7, 2019

As stated on the TDSB Twitter account:

“CUPE labour negotiations have concluded and an agreement has been reached. We are pleased to inform you that all TDSB schools will be open to students and staff on Monday, October 7, 2019. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.”

Please visit www.tdsb.on.ca for further details.

We will see you tomorrow!

Important Information for Greenwood S.S Students and Parent/Guardians/Families:


New Changes to TDSB Dress Code Policy: 

New TDSB Dress Code Policy notice (PDF)

Please visit link: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Your-School-Day/Student-Dress/Questions-and-Answers


Dental Screening:

Dental Screening Information

Please visit link: http://www.toronto.ca/health/dental/children_youth.htm


Welcome !

We hope that you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer with your families, friends and loved ones. We would like to provide you with some important information regarding the

first day back to school on September 3, 2019!

9:00 am – Timetable Pick Up in Cafeteria (Room A5)

9:00 – 10:00 am (Short schedule):  Students to proceed to Homeform Classes (Homeform Teachers and Students)

Please note: Wednesday, September 4th is a FULL DAY schedule.

See you all soon!


NOW – Newcomer Orientation Week!

New to Canada?

Your son/daughter is invited to be part of an exciting program called NOW – Newcomer Orientation Week taking place on

August 27-30, 2019 at MONARCH PARK COLLEGIATE

This 4-day program will help orient your son/daughter to their new school, new community and the Canadian School system. They will meet other newcomer students helping to form friendships and support while having fun participating in exciting activities.

Parents are invited to attend the last day graduation ceremony and see your son/daughter’s school, meet guidance counsellors and learn about school expectations and the community. The NOW Program is organized by School Settlement Workers, Peer Leaders and Teachers and is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as a strategy to welcome newly arrived youth and parents to Canada.


From all of us at Greenwood Secondary School, we would like to wish our staff, students and families a wonderful, safe and restful summer break!!

We look forward to seeing you all back on September 3, 2019. Stay tuned to our website and social media to get the latest updates on all things Greenwood!

All the best and see you soon!


Congratulations to our Greenwood SS Student Authors. We are so proud of you! Check out the Media features below!

Newcomer students celebrate becoming authors
City News (April 12)
Summary: Three dozen ESL students at Greenwood SS were part of a very special newcomer program that helped them become published authors.

CBC Toronto News
CBC (April 12)


Parent/Teacher Interviews – Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Parents and Guardians are invited to attend this semester’s Parent Teacher Interview Day.   Please come to discuss your student’s achievement and progress in each class.  Interpreters will be contacting parents prior to the interviews.

There is a choice of two sessions:   1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  or  5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

The interviews will take place in the Danforth Cafeteria (in the South West part of the building).  We look forward to meeting and speaking with you.

March Break – Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15, 2019.

The week-long school holiday for students in Ontario will begin on Monday, March 11th and end on Friday, March 15th.   Classes will resume on Monday, March 18th.

REMINDER:  Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 a.m.   Please move your clocks one hour forward.  

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Greenwood Secondary School Closed – February 12, 2019

Please see notification as stated by the TDSB this morning:

“Due to the significant combination of snow, ice pellets & freezing rain expected throughout the day, all TDSB schools & administrative sites are closed today. This includes Child Care Centres located inside TDSB schools. All school permits & Continuing Education classes are cancelled & TDESAA/TDSSAA events will be rescheduled.”

Please stay safe and see you tomorrow.

Greenwood Secondary

Friday, February 1st – First day of Semester 2

All students will have new timetables for Semester 2.  They will have a full day of classes on a modified timetable.  Some students may need to change lockers depending on the location of their homeform classroom.

9:15 – 10:23     Homeform and Period A

10:26 – 11:36  Period B

11:36 – 12:36  Lunch

12:36 – 1:46    Period C

1:50 – 3:00       Period D

Beginning on Monday, February 4th, the regular timetable will resume.

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Monday, January 14th at Lunch  –  Special Session with Community Officers from the Toronto Police Services

The “Youth in Policing” program will be introduced by our two Community Officers during Lunch.   This program provides students  opportunities for part-time and summer employment within the TPS setting.   On Tuesday, January 15th, they will have an information table out in the hall for interested students.

EQAO MATH                                                                                        Thursday, January 17th and Friday, January 18th

Grade 9 Applied and Academic Math students will be taking the EQAO Math test from 8:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. on January 17th and January 18th.    All other students are encouraged to prepare for exams and get extra help from teachers.  Please look at the schedule of subjects, teachers and rooms on each day which is posted in your classrooms, on bulletin boards and in the Library.

Semester One Final Examinations – Thursday, January 24 – Monday, January 28th

Please check your Final Exam schedules to know the date, time and room in which each of your exams will take place.  The first exam of each day begins at 10:00 a.m. and the second exam of each day begins at 1:00 p.m.  Best wishes for success!

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Upcoming Event@ Greenwood S.S

Internet Safety and Your Child:

An Information Session for Parents

Greenwood Secondary School

Please join us in the library (Rm A18)

Wednesday January 16th 6-7 pm

Please join us for a session to learn about:

***How is the Internet helpful for your child?***

***What are the dangers of the Internet?***

***How can you protect your child?***

Friday, December 21st.

Please be advised:  Unfortunately, there is no water in the Danforth/Greenwood building at this time.  Currently, TDSB maintenance is attempting to fix the problem.  It has been arranged that students and teachers will be staying in a neighbouring public school, Wilkinson P.S.,  this afternoon. There will be more information as it becomes available.

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Access Alliance Offers Flu Shot Clinic at Greenwood S.S.


Tomoko Fukushima, BScN, Registered Nurse, Primary Health Care Initiatives at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services will be conducting a Flu Shot Clinic in the Month of November and December.

Please see, the schedule below and please also click on the Flu Shot Consent Form 2018 for students wishing to obtain the flu shot but require  Parental Permission (under 18 years of age)

Flushot Clinic Schedule:

1st Clinic: Friday, November 23 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm –  Room B10

2nd Clinic: Friday, December 13 @ 9:30 am-1:00 pm –  Room B10

  • On both days, time will be divided between DCTI and Greenwood students
  • 9:30-10:30am for DCTI students and 10:30-1pm for Greenwood students
  •  Printed copies of the Consent Form are also provided in the school office

Greenwood SS Hallowe’en Spooktacular!

What an amazing event! Students had a blast dressing up, carving pumpkins and sharing great times and laughs. One of the highlights was Greenwood’s Rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller which took social media and Television media by storm! Check out some of the amazing photos and watch a clip from GLOBAL NEWS MEDIA CLIP GREENWOOD SS from their amazing performance! Congratulations to all of our amazing students in our Drama and Phys Ed classes for an outstanding performance! A Special thank you to Ms. Wickett for her leadership and choreography, Ms. Bliss for her support and wonderful representation through media, Mr. Danese for performing and supporting, Mr. Mckenzie for all of the audio/visual supports and Mr. Andrachuk for Costume design. We look forward to next year!


Greenwood SS Parent Night

We hope you will join us for our Parent Night on October 25th. Please see the official information below. We look forward to seeing and meeting you.


Meet Your Child’s Teachers

Learn About Education In Ontario

Thursday October 25th

Danforth Cafeteria

Parent and Teacher Meetings

Greenwood Teachers are available from 1:00-3:00 pm and 5:30-7:30 pm

  • No appointments necessary
  • Interpreters are available
  • Younger children are welcome

Education in Ontario Presentation

Arrive at 12:30 OR 5:00  for a brief presentation about Education in Ontario.

  • What does my child need to do to graduate from high school?
  • Where does my child go after Greenwood?
  • How does my child get into college or university?

www.greenwoodsecondary.com   416-393-0744

Please use the translator located on the left hand tool bar by clicking on the desired flag or by selecting your language choice on the drop down menus



Greenwood S.S. and Danforth CTI come together for El Classico 2018!

What a wonderful way to show their love for this beautiful game while connecting and getting to know one another! Greenwood SS and Danforth CTI truly demonstrate what it means to show good sportsmanship, passion, respect, perserverance and collaboration. Congratulations to Danforth CTI! Winners of the El Classico event! We cannot wait until they meet again next year!

Here are some amazing pics from the match:



Do you want to be published in our own school magazine?

This term we are publishing the Greenwood Arts and Literary Magazine which will be full of your wonderful creativity!

Do you like to write?  We need your stories, poems, flash fiction, thoughts, interviews, reviews etc.

Are you an artist? We would like to publish your art work or photos.

Come and join our club. It starts at lunch on Monday the 15th October and will be every Monday for the rest of this term.

Would you like to be more involved? We are looking for editors and mentors to help put the magazine together and support other students.

For more details please see Linda Kalafatides.

Greenwood SS and Danforth CTI Welcome Back BBQ 2018-19 School Year!

This past Friday, students from Greenwood SS and Danforth CTI enjoyed a wonderful Welcome Back BBQ to celebrate the start of the new school year.

Thank you to all of our staff and students from both schools for their hard work in making this such a wonderful event for all of our students! What a way to kick off another great year!


Special Announcement

As of  August 31, 2018, there will be a change in the administration team at Greenwood Secondary School.  Please open the following link and read the letter below for more details:

  Greenwood 2018 Transfer Letter signed

Monday, May 28, 2018

Dear Students, Families and the Greenwood Community,

I write to inform you of some changes to the Greenwood Administration team.

Our wonderful Vice-Principal, Ms. Davidson, will be transferring to a new school, effective September, 2018.

VP Davidson has played a critical role on the leadership team of Greenwood Secondary School over the past two years.  In her role, Ms. Davidson has consistently worked to find ways to better support our students and teachers.  She has been a powerful instructional leader and has worked to explore how to engage students and make them feel more connected to their new home in Canada.

VP Davidson also played an essential role in the transition of Greenwood from the old building at 24 Mountjoy to our new home at 800 Greenwood Avenue.  Her careful attention to detail and thoughtful planning made the move as smooth as it could possibly be for both students and staff.  She has continued throughout this year to follow up on deficiencies and to push for unforeseen needs as they were identified.

We all appreciate Ms. Davidson’s fine work at Greenwood SS and I know that you will join me in wishing her great success at her new school, Northview Heights SS.  We will all miss her, but feel very fortunate to have been able to work with her here at Greenwood.

Ms. Davidson’s leaving requires the appointment of a new Vice Principal.  I am happy to inform you that VP Bylykbashi, who is now one of the VPs at Danforth CTI, will become the new VP at Greenwood.  Mr. Bylykbashi is a strong advocate for students and teachers and has already begun to reach out to his new colleagues and students at our school.  Please join me in welcoming Mr. Bylykbashi to his new position at Greenwood.


Rob MacKinnon


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Greenwood SS Mission: Empowering Newcomer Students To

Find Their Voice

Greenwood Secondary School is one of the oldest schools in
North America designed specifically for new immigrant high
school aged students. We welcome you to our small, nurturing
community. Our English as a second language (ESL) school
provides you with a special opportunity to gain English language
skills in a welcoming environment while you earn your high school
credits. We provide learning activities to meet your individual
needs. We help you prepare to move to the high school of your
choice and complete the necessary high school credits to earn
your diploma. We work together to ensure that you develop the
necessary self-confidence, interpersonal skills and knowledge to
be a successful student in Canada.


SCHOOL RELOCATION: Greenwood Secondary School to Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute

Please click below to view information regarding the relocation of Greenwood Secondary School to Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute.

Qs and As-Greenwood and Danforth 2017

Greenwood students participate in an ESL Speech Competition

Empowering Newcomer Students to Find Their Voice