Welcome to Greenwood Secondary School

Parent Support Group

Mr. Wires and Ms. Michael have organized a Virtual Parent Support Group for Parents and Guardians of students with special needs, facilitated with the support of Woodgreen Community Services.

Our recent survey of parents and students found that students with special needs and their parents were 2.5 times more likely to report feeling overwhelmed during this difficult time.

Through the support group, we hope to give parents and guardians an outlet to share, access supports, and make connections with other parents who understand what they are going through.

Our first meeting is on March 18, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please click on the link below:

 

 

UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL MACKINNON:

Hi Greenwood!

Here is a great opportunity to practice your English, participate in the Arts and get paid $150!  Ms. Hurst shared this:

Do you want practice speaking English while meeting new people and practicing drama, photography, story-telling and presentations? The North York Arts Centre is running a program called “Second Act” which is free for newcomers between the ages of 13 and 17.

This special program will take place outside of school time and it is online. There is space for 12 students. Students who live in North York will be given priority. Apply before February 7th.

To apply, please email: programming@northyorkarts.org Make sure to mention that you are interested in the “Second Act” program and say that you are a newcomer student. You can also check out the website: www.northyorkarts.org

For more information: Julian Carvajal, Program Coordinator North York Arts 5040 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M2N 6R8 (416) 733-9388 ext 7067. Ms Hurst can answer questions or help you! melissa.hurst@tdsb.on.ca

Here is also a link so you can sign up directly: https://form.jotform.com/203505349327252

It sounds like a great opportunity!

I hope you are all having a good day,

Principal

Rob MacKinnon

 

Update from Principal MacKinnon

Contact Info for Danforth and Greenwood SS

Hi All,

I hope your start of this stage of online learning for everyone has been ok and mostly glitch free!

As the school offices are now closed, I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of how to contact staff, if there is a need.

You all have my contact info, through this email, if you need to reach me.

For Danforth:

Vice Principals:

Mr. Bryan Wires (Students with last names that start with  A – K)              Bryan.Wires@tdsb.on.ca

Mr. Darren Gani (Students with last names that start with L – Z)               Darren.Gani@tdsb.on.ca

Guidance:

Ms. Tracey Reavell-Roy (Last names A – G)                                        Tracey.Reavell-Roy@tdsb.on.ca

Ms. Jessica Chan (Last names H – K)                            Jessica.Chan@tdsb.on.ca

Ms. Alexis Martin (Last names L – M)                                    Alexis.Martin@tdsb.on.ca

Ms. Kim McFadden, ACL (Last names N – Z)                            Kim.McFadden@tdsb.on.ca

All Teachers can be located on our website, under Contact Us:                 https://www.danforthcti.com/

Office Manager:

Mr. Alvin Ng                            Alvin.Ng@tdsb.on.ca

 

For Greenwood:

Vice-Principal:

Mr. Dritan Bylykbashi (All Students)                     Dritan.Bylykbashi@tdsb.on.ca

Guidance:

Ms. Melissa Hurst (All Students)                     Melissa.Hurst@tdsb.on.ca

All Teachers can be located on this document:

Greenwood Secondary School Contact List 2020-21

Office Manager:

Ari Zokaieh                       Ari.Zokaieh@tdsb.on.ca

 

Thanks and hope you are all keeping well!

 

Greetings from Principal MacKinnon:

Happy New Year to all of you!

I hope that you have had a safe and enjoyable holiday.

As you know, as of Monday, January 4th, all students will be continuing their classes online.  Students who were online through Virtual School or through our Local Virtual School will continue their studies as before the winter break.  For students who were coming to school for their classes, they will now also be studying fully online.  For those students, classes will begin at 9:00 am on Monday; it will be a Day 1. They will access their classes with the same codes used prior to the Break, unless they have heard otherwise from their teachers.

As you may recall, the school sent out a contingency schedule for online learning starting on January 4th.  On the Friday before the winter break, the Board sent out another, different schedule for this synchronous (live) teaching time/independent learning time.  After discussing these two options with VPs, Department Heads and seeking feedback from School/Student Council (DCTI), I have decided to continue with the schools’ plan.  For both Danforth and Greenwood, classes will run from 9 – 11:30 am, with some part that may be dedicated to 1 on 1 work with the teacher/small group work.  Students will continue their independent learning from 11:30-12:30 and then have their afternoon class as they did before the break –  from 2 – 3:15 pm.

If there is a need to re-visit this model or if the online learning extends beyond the end of January, I will reach out again.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to write.

Again, best wishes for a positive start to 2021!

Principal MacKinnon

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Parents/Guardians and families, please see the latest letter from the TDSB with regards to the latest announcement on the latest Province-Wide Shutdown by the Government of Ontario:

PLEASE CLICK HERE: Parent-Guardian Letter – December 21, 2020

 

 

Principal MacKinnon’s updates:

December 11, 2020: VSS Students/Textbooks/COVIDInfo/HollandBloorview

December 4, 2020: New COVID Screening/Learning Resources/Old School

November 27, 2020:  Mental Health/Wolf Den/ Fitness/ Library/Resources

November 20, 2020:

LVS/QUAD2/COVID/BEREAVEMENT/ATTENDANCE

November 13, 2020:

Black Parents’ Group/COVID/Arts&Athletics/LVS/OSSLT

 

November 6, 2020:

REMEMBRANCE DAY/EQUITY/GRADE 12PLANS/COVID TEST CTRS

November 2, 2020:

PHONE LINE / COMPUTER CONNECTIVITY INTERRUPTION

We are having a new firewall installed for our computer network at school and this means that the schools will not have any phone lines or computer connectivity from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Monday, November 2nd.  If there is an emergency, please contact Principal MacKinnon directly at email address: Rob.MacKinnon@tdsb.on.ca or Vice Principal Bylykbashi @ dritan.bylykbashi@tdsb.on.ca

Thank you.

 

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,

I wanted to provide you with information about a case of COVID-19 that has been identified in a student at Danforth CTI. We continue to work closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) on this case, which last saw the student in the school on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. This student will not return to the school until cleared by TPH to do so.  As a result of this case, students who were in this student’s classes (cohorts) have been informed and instructed to self-isolate.  Our Vice-Principals have called all families to inform them directly and answer any questions students and their families may have.

As per our procedures, staff and students are required to wear masks while at school and to practice physical distancing, as well as proper hand hygiene—hand washing, sanitizer etc. While enhanced cleaning is conducted every day, we have made sure to conduct an enhanced cleaning in all affected areas of our school. TPH is monitoring the situation and, as always, will let us know if further precautions, actions or communications are required.

The health, safety and well-being of staff and students is our top priority. Should you have any questions, please contact me directly, visit the TDSB website or visit the TPH website for general information. For general questions, please call the TPH COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM, to speak with an agent. If you need immediate assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day at 1-866-797-0000.

As always, students, parents/guardians, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Rob MacKinnon

Principal

Danforth CTI

Greenwood SS

 

October 16: STUDENT FEEDBACK/COLLEGE/TPH/DEVICES/VOLUNTEER

October 9: SHSM/UIEC/EGALE/COVID/TUTORS/211

September 30: YEARBOOK/LOCKERS/MENTAL HEALTH/GUIDANCE/DROP-OFF

September 28: Orange Shirt Day/Health and Communication 

September 18: First Days, Sign In, Quad Dates, Tech

September 16: First Days of School, Signing In, Guidance, Student Info

September 11: First Day, Masks, Orientation, Sign-In, Mental Health

September 4: Schedules/Transitions/SpecEd

August 28: School Survey, MaST, Spec Ed

August 24: Student Schedules, Board Survey and Safety Info

August 20: Welcome to the 2020/2021 School Year!

 

Supporting your Safe Return to School with Access Alliance

Attention Greenwood SS Families:

Access Alliance is hosting an information session TODAY to support newcomer youth and their parents getting back to school. This is part of a series we started last week to support parents of school age children, from elementary, middle and secondary schools. Join us!

Sept 10 Parent and Youth Back to School Information Session Flyer

 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Return to School Plans for September 2020 – Letter from Interim Director of Education, Carlene Jackson:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we prepare to open our schools in September and welcome back students and staff, we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all school community members. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you Returning to School: A Guide to the Safe Reopening of the TDSBThis document outlines our plans on health and safety measures, learning models, well-being and supports and operations.

Staff have been working on these plans for the past few months guided by ongoing conversations with Toronto Public Health, the Ministry of Education, as well as staff, students, families and our union and federation partners. On July 30, we received final direction from the Ministry for the fall and were able to firm up our plans in the TDSB.

Additional information on our school reopening plans will be shared as we get closer to the opening of school. Visit our website —www.tdsb.on.ca/returntoschool — regularly for updates. Please also join us for a webinar on the Safe Reopening of Schools this Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to learn more about our plans.

To help with our planning, you will be receiving — beginning Tuesday, August 11 — an automated School Messenger phone call from the TDSB asking for you to indicate your intentions for your child(ren) for September (i.e. will they be attending in-person classes or learning remotely). If the attempts to reach you by phone are not successful or you have been unable to respond to our calls, we will follow up with an email which will include a link to an online pre-registration form. Please note that more information on this pre-registration process will be shared with parents/guardians tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

Empowering Newcomer Students to Find Their Voice