Welcome to Greenwood Secondary School


 As you may know, Greenwood is a special school designed to support newcomer students as they learn English and adjust to school in Canada.

Newcomer students who attend Greenwood usually stay with us until English (and math) are strong enough to attend a “mainstream” or “regular” high school or an adult school. 

 Newcomer students are welcome to stay at Greenwood until finished ESLE or turning 21 years old.   Some students may wish to move to their next school sooner.    

After Greenwood, students move to their “next” school to be able to finish high school before going to college, university or work. Usually, Greenwood students go to one of these settings:

1)    a high school in their neighbourhood called the “home school” (no application needed at this time)

2)     an adult school such as CALC or SCAS (no application needed at this time)

3)     a school which is not in their area which must be applied for under “Optional Attendance” (students must apply before January 22 2021)

4)     a special program such as an arts program or a technical school which may be outside of your area and need an “Optional Attendance” application (students must apply before January 22 2021

Ms. Hurst will be holding a special Google Meet for all Greenwood students to talk about plans for September.   Please watch for an invitation later this week.

 Because the deadline of January 22 2021 is coming soon, here’s some information which students and families may want to know now!

Home Schools

Everyone in TDSB has a home school which is a school in their neighbourhood.    Students usually go to their home school once they are ready to leave Greenwood. 

To find your home school, go to the “Find Your School” website and enter your street name:


 You do not need to make a special application at this time if you want to attend your home school in September of 2021.


Ed-Vance or Adult Schools

Students 18+ may want to go to an “Ed-Vance” program which usually moves a little faster than programs in high schools for younger students.

If you are turning 21, you must go to an “Adult” program at an adult school in September.

Here is where you can find information about attending adult school:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Adult-Learners/Adult-Credit-Programs/Adult-High-Schools

You do not need to make a special application at this time if you plan to attend an Ed-Vance or Adult School in September of 2021.


Optional Attendance

A School Which is Not Your Home School

 If you wish to go to a school that is not your home school and not an Adult School, in September or 2021, you must complete an application and send it to Ms. Hurst at: melissa.hurst@tdsb.on.ca by January 22 2021.   

 Please note that if you are under 18, it must be signed by a parent or guardian.


****Here is a link for the Optional Attendance application:****


Here are some notes about Optional Attendance:

You can apply to up to 2 schools for “Optional Attendance”.  

Not all students will be able to attend a new school under “Optional Attendance”.   It all depends on whether the school has spaceThere is a lottery at each school to select students for September 2021.  

Students will be informed by February 12th 2021 if they have been offered a place at a school under “Optional Attendance”.  

Students must inform the school of their decision (yes or no to attend in September 2021) by February 26th 2021.  

It is important to note that once you accept your place at a school, it becomes your home school and you are expected to stay there until you graduate (or go to an adult school).

 Please note that NOT ALL SCHOOLS ARE OPEN TO OPTIONAL ATTENDANCE.   The following schools are NOT available for optional attendance:  SATEC, Marc Garneau, RH King, Riverdale and a few others because they are “Closed” to students who live outside of the area.   

 One special rule is that you CANNOT attend Riverdale even if you live in the area – unless you lived in the area in January of your Grade 8 year.  

 To find out more about the different schools in TDSB, you can check out this website:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/School/Secondary.


Specialized Arts Programs

 A few Greenwood students every year apply for special arts schools (for visual art, drama, music etc.).   One school that some Greenwood students have attended is Rosedale Heights School of the Arts.  http://rhsa.ca/   You must have very very strong English skills to attend this school because there are no ESL courses offered.   The application for this school involves writing small essays and providing samples of your work.   The application is due on January 22nd, 2021.   Please talk to Ms. Hurst right away if you are interested in applying.


Students Interested in Technical Subjects

 Some students are interested in pursuing careers involving technical skills such as carpentry, electricity, cooking/baking, hairstyling, automotive. Not all schools have these programs! Please talk to Ms. Hurst if you are interested in schools which have this type of programming. Please note that in TDSB, schools with technical subjects ALSO have courses in academic subjects so that students can try a little bit of everything before deciding whether to pursue a technical career or go to university/college (or all three!). Danforth CTI is an example of a school with all types of programming (technical and academic).    https://www.danforthcti.com/

If you wish to attend a school with technical programming which is not your home school, you should apply under Optional Attendance.

 Ms. Hurst will hold a special “Google Meet” for all Greenwood students to talk about their plans for September 2021.   Please watch for an email invitation later this week.








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,


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


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:


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


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



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:


November 13, 2020:

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


November 6, 2020:


November 2, 2020:


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.


Rob MacKinnon


Danforth CTI

Greenwood SS





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.







Empowering Newcomer Students to Find Their Voice