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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 29thand follow the special Exam Review Schedule outlined in the Calendar.

Semester 2will begin on Friday, January 31st.

Parent Teacher Interview Information

 

October 15th2019

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

Principal

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.cafor 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 BACK GREENWOOD S.S.!

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!

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NOW – Newcomer Orientation Week!

New to Canada?

Your son/daughter is invited to be part of an exciting program called NOW – Newcomer Orientation Weektaking 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.

HAPPY SUMMER!

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!

GREENWOOD STUDENTS IN THE NEWS!!!

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 16th6-7 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:

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

2ndClinic: 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.

GREENWOOD SS PARENT NIGHT

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:

     

GREENWOOD ARTS AND LITERACY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCEMENT!

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 15thOctober 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.

Sincerely,

Rob MacKinnon

Principal

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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

 

Hallowe’en Fun For All

Teachers and students are encouraged to wear costumes or dress in black and/or orange on Hallowe’en Day.

There will be special events during the day:

  1. Face Painting    When and Where: at 8:10 a.m. in Room A73
  2. Cupcake Sale     When and Where: Lunchtime in the Hallway
  3. Costume Contest     When and Where: Lunchtime in the Cafeteria
 
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SPECIAL SCHEDULE For Friday, September 13th

8:45 – 8:50       Home Room

8:50 – 9:30       Period A

9:35 – 10:15    Period B

10:20 -11:15  Welcome Back Assembly(in Auditorium)

11:15 -12:35 BBQ Lunch(in the Back Field)

12:35 -1:45     Period C

1:50 -3:00        Period D

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Danforth/Greenwood Year End BBQ

There will be a BBQ for students and staff on Friday, June 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  The schedule for the day will be as follows:

Home Form:    8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Period A:           8:50 p.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Period B:          9:55 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Lunch:           11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Period C:      12:50 p.m. –   1:50 p.m.

Period D:         1:55 p.m. –   3:00 p.m.

Mental Health Week  May 6th -10th
There will be special announcements, Home Form Activities, Lunchtime Activities and After School Activities daily during this week.  Please click on the link below for details:

Greenwood 2019 Mental Health Week Outline 2019.docx

Let’s all participate in Mental Health Week at Greenwood!

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International Day of Pink 2019 – Wednesday, April 10th

This is our pledge to celebrate diversity  in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression,  Citizenship, Race, Colour, Religion, Age, Marital Status, Family Status, Disability,  or Nationality:

     “I believe in a world where love outshines hate. I commit to standing up and speaking against hate, intolerance and oppression. I will freely offer respect to all humankind. I will make an effort to nurture any marginalized group and truly believe that people who are different than me are indispensable to our society.

Everyone is asked to write a positive message of support on a coloured rectangle of paper and sign it.  The coloured rectangles will be collected on Monday, April 8thin the Main Office.  These messages will be part of large display in the foyer to observe the International Day of Pink.

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Danforth/Greenwood Multicultural Lunch Friday, April 5thDanforth Cafeteria  11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m

Cost: $1.00 for a small plate or $2.00 for a large plate

Greenwood students, staff and parents are encouraged to bring food from their cultures to Room A73 by 10:00 a.m.

Please wear clothing from your ethnic culture.  Let’s celebrate the many ethnic cultures represented at Greenwood and Danforth.

Valentine’s Day – Thursday, February 14th, 2019.

Greenwood Student Council is preparing a special event for Valentine’s Day.  All students and staff are encouraged to participate in The “Hush Heart” game all day Thursday.  Homeroom teachers and student council rep will explain the game during Homeroom period. The student winner and the staff winner will be announced during the afternoon of Tuesday, February 19th.  Each winner will receive a prize. Let’s all celebrate and enjoy the game. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Professional Development Day for Teachers – Friday, October 5th, 2018.

There will be no classes for students on Friday as teachers will be in morning and afternoon sessions related to our Student Community, Student Success, Special Education, Compliance Training and  Departmental issues.

EQAO  Math

                                                                            June 2018

Dear Parent or Guardian:

As you are aware, Greenwood students in Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics courses will be participating in the province-wide Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics on Wednesday June 13thand Thursday June 14th.  The assessment will also count as 10% of your child’s math grade.

We will be on a special schedule both of those days.  We request that your child be at school and in class by 8:45 a.m. on both June 13thand 14th.  Please remind your son or daughter to bring pencils, a ruler and a calculator with them.

We have already met with students to inform them, but a reminder from home close to the test dates is helpful.  The test will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp on both days.

The following special provisions will be in place for your son or daughter, as permitted by EQAO’s policy on special provisions for English Language Learners:

  • Additional time for the assessment

Extra help for Mathematics is available in the school Library (room A18) from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm daily.  All students are welcome to use this service leading up to the EQAO and afterwards.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the EQAO test, please contact me at 416-393-0744.

Thank you

Rob MacKinnon

Principal

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Student Vote 2018

Students are encouraged to participate in the Student Vote 2018 event at 12:30 p.m.on Wednesday, June 6thin the Danforth Cafeteria

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Multicultural Assembly  Friday, May 18th

Join us as we celebrate the diversity of cultures at Greenwood.

There will be dance solos, piano solos, vocal performances and group performances along with a Fashion show and a special surprise.   During period C, classes will be called to the Auditorium to attend the Assembly. See you there!

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Every day this week there are special activities to promote Mental Health Wellness.

Monday – Home Form Activity:“How we cope with Stress” flowers,                             Lunchtime Activity: “Wellness Wheel”(in front of A32)

Tuesday – Lunchtime Activity: “Cupcakes for Kids Help Phone” (in                                 front of A32)

Wednesday – Home Form Activity:“Four Finger Affirmation”                                        – Lunchtime Activity: “Wellness Wednesday” – Henna,                                        Finger Painting, Bubbles and Frisbee (outside, on the                   field)

Thursday – Lunchtime Activity:Create a  Button: “What Makes You                               Happy?” (in front of A32) and “Staff vs Student Volleyball                           Game” (Greenwood South Gym)

Friday – Home Form Activity:“Helping Hands”,                                                                         – Lunchtime Activity:“Walk for Mental Health” (outside,                                  on the track)

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Local Summer School Application Open Now!

Greenwood is pleased to offer a local summer school program this year. Included are a new credit program focused on student literacy (ELS2O) along with credit recovery (RCR1O) for grade 9 and 10 compulsory courses (including ESLA/B), non-credit Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (LITNUM) for students in the LEAP program, and our Dual Credit program offered in partnership with George Brown College, where senior students can earn up to two credits (GWL3O – Designing Your Future and GHUM 1025 Speaking with Confidence).

To access the online application click here: http://bit.ly/GSSSummer2018

You can also download a paper copy of the Summer Program Paper Application (for all programs).

Registration will stay open until June 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm, but you are encouraged to apply early. Some programs, such as our Dual Credit program have limited spaces available which will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

The program runs from July 3 to July 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. All students will receive a welcome email on June 26 with further program details, and are invited to attend an opening day assembly in the auditorium on July 3 at 8:30 a.m.

All programs this year will be running out of the Danforth CTI / Greenwood SS building at 800 Greenwood Ave, with the exception of our Dual Credit program which will be hosted at George Brown College St. James Campus. Regardless of program, all students are expected to attend the opening day assembly.

If you have any questions regarding the application or our summer program offerings, please contact the Bryan Wires (Summer School Principal) at bryan.wires@tdsb.on.ca.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Tragic Events in Toronto

This is a note to let families know that an announcement was made at the school yesterday regarding the horrible events that occurred on Monday, April 23rd.  Please find below the announcement as read:

Good Morning Danforth and Greenwood schools,

As you know there was a horrendous incident on Yonge Street yesterday that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured many others. I know you join me in sending all those affected by yesterday’s horrible events our healing wishes and prayers.  I recognize that not only those directly touched by this tragedy are affected – we all feel this loss. If you or a friend need help talking about this, please know that Guidance Departments, Social Workers and Counsellors, VPs and I are available to support you.

We are still not sure why this person did what he did, but whatever the reason, we are not used to this kind of attack in Toronto or Canada and it puts us into a reflective mood about what it means for all of us moving forward. I believe that despite the shocking nature of what happened yesterday, we still live in one of the best and safest places in the world.  I would encourage all of you to remember that; and, also, to remember that you play a critical role in contributing to who we are as a school, city, and country. Please continue to be the good people you are, to be kind to each other and to care for each other today and every day.

Thank you,

Rob MacKinnon,

Principal, Danforth C.T.I. and Greenwood S.S.

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GREENWOOD

Wednesday, April 25th from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

in the hallway between A70 to A73

Come join in the fun!  Learn math games from different countries!

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DANFORTH & GREENWOOD MULTICULTURAL FOOD FESTIVAL  

WHEN:Friday, April 27th, 2018 at Lunch

WHERE:School Field or  the Cafeteria (if raining)

Please bring a dish of cultural food to Room A73 before 10 a.m.

Price: $2.00

Wear ethnic clothing on Friday.

Let’s all celebrate our ethnic traditions!

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April 11th, 2018

International Day of Pink

“Anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it”  — from dayofpink.org.

“The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying.” — from dayofpink.org

Everyone at Greenwood is encouraged to wear PINK on Wednesday, April 11thand take part in the activities at lunch and after school from April 9th – 13th at Danforth:

Monday April 9- (AFTER SCHOOL)Viewing of the movie “Moonlight” in B80    Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.  The film presents three stages in the life of the main character; his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up

Tuesday April 10- Feather Wall (ALL DAY)   Take your picture with our Feather Wings signed by students and staff that took the pledge to stand up against bullying! Use the hashtag #DCTINoBullyZone  on social media!

Wednesday April 11-(AT LUNCH in MAIN FOYER) International Day of Pink- Cake, button making/ photo booth, feather wall celebrations in the Main Foyer at lunch

Thursday April 12-  Matthew Cuff- Voguing in the Main Foyer (AT LUNCH IN FOYER)   Matthew will perform in the foyer and teach students how to vogue! It will be a dance party for all!

 Friday April 13- (AT LUNCH IN FOYER)    Make a bracelet and wear your support for the LGBTIQ community!

Let’s all make a stand for social change!

 

 

Apple Picking @ Chudleigh’s

Empowering Newcomer Students to Find Their Voice