Covid19 – Communication 6

Hi All,

I hope everyone had a good weekend (though they are starting to blur a little with the weeks, aren’t they?).

On Friday, we received direction from the Board that all teachers would begin online teaching, in a variety of ways, starting April 6th (I am aware that many of you have already been working with some of your teachers).  This week, we are working together to make sure that everyone is ready for this very significant change in the delivery of curriculum and we appreciate your patience as we work out any issues that arise.  This week, students and families should also be hearing from teachers who have not yet connected with them. This initial outreach will be to touch base, check-in and to begin the process of planning for the coming weeks.         

A few people have reached out to tell me about some of the great work that students and their families are doing to volunteer in their communities, helping older neighbours and sewing masks for the local hospital, for example.  I am attaching our volunteer form here:

so students and parents can keep track of their hours.  The forms can be signed in the future, once things are a little more back to normal. The form also asks for approval from me or a designate, but, for now, please just keep track of the work and the hours and we can confirm what was eligible when we return. As students know, they can also enter their volunteer hours via If you have questions about what can be used for volunteer hours, please connect with Tina Maestri, (  Head of Guidance at Danforth, or Melissa Hurst (, Head of Student Services at Greenwood. (All of that said, please, this is not in any way meant to pressure students to do any volunteering during this time… we are putting this out there for those who are asking for the information, only).     

Greenwood students, we have posted some work for those catching up on their math skills.  This math is for students who have gaps in their learning, through no fault of their own. Some of it may seem like it is for younger students (and they can certainly use it, too), but the fundamental teaching is supportive and helpful.  Please find math support for students studying at the Grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 levels, here: ELL Math Resources .

For our LGBTQ+ students, we have a Youth Outreach Worker (YOW), Shayen Henry (he/him) who is responsible for connecting with youth, addressing their immediate needs, providing advice, and facilitating access to resources in the community. Our LGBTQ2S+ Youth Outreach Worker will also help to empower youth, families, and groups in the community to take action on the issues affecting their lives including health, education, employment and the community environment. Shayen specializes in LGBTQ2S+ topics, and explores navigating options with young people who identify with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit and questioning community.  You can reach Shayen at:

For families and agencies supporting students with Developmental Disabilities, you may find this information helpful in explaining how students can keep themselves safe and healthy.  Please find the link here:

Thanks all and hope you have a good evening,

Principal MacKinnon



Covid-19 – Communication 5

I hope you all enjoyed this beautiful, sunny day!

Some of you have reached out to ask about accessing textbooks and other work in schools.  At this time, unfortunately, we still can’t access (or allow others to access) our schools.  In the meantime, there are some textbooks that are available on line that you may find useful.  These may not be the resources that you have been using up to now, but they will provide information that will help with your studies.  In the coming weeks, your teachers will be using these and other online supports to teach the curriculum.  For now, please find Nelson textbooks and codes to access them here (thanks Mr. Heath for forwarding this!); you can find Pearson textbooks here ; and you’ll  find McGraw Hill here.  Again, we know that many will need more direction to use these books, but for those who can use them now, we didn’t want to hold back on connecting you.

As promised, our Staff in Special Education have put together some resources.  For students in the ASD program, or who are diagnosed with ASD, please take a look here for some resources: .  Families with students in our DD program will find some resources here: . We understand that many families in these programs may need some more personal support and we’ll be reaching out in the coming week(s).

The Greenwood Staff, and especially the ESL Department, also wanted to make sure that our English Language Learners (ELLs) have access to work they can do on line.  Please cut and paste the Username ‘Greenwood 2020’ and password ‘Wolfpack’ to access levelled reading resources at Learning A-Z .     A really interesting site, with scaffolds and higher order questioning, is Actively Learn; this site has texts and videos for ELA, Science, and Social Studies. You will find a picture dictionary/vocabulary support for ELD A/B and ESL A/B student here: and here: . And finally, support for grammar acquisition can be found here: and here: .

A support for families with young children, or for those who have children identified as behavioural might find this 30 day ‘challenge’ program interesting and useful.  The only catch is that it is free today (Friday, March 27, 2020), but will be fee based after today.  Take a look and see if it is a good fit for you, here:

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and that you stay physically distant, but socially active (on line, by phone… whatever works for you!).

Principal MacKinnon


COVID-19 Communication 4

Hi All,

 For today’s update, I wanted first to reassure you that we are continuing to work on supporting student learning in every way possible, for all students. 

Students, I know that many of you are receiving work and are communicating with your teachers. We’re not there yet, but in the coming days and weeks we will get to a place where we are consistent in what you are receiving and how we are supporting you.  To that end, we are also working with teachers to support them as they tackle new technologies and ways to teach in this somewhat surreal time we find ourselves.

We’re continuing to update the FAQs as you send in your questions, so please check them out here . We also edit answers as we receive new information, so please do review these on occasion.

I hope everyone is also regularly checking in on the Board’s website, as it is also getting new resources posted daily.  For example, you can find TDSB Mental Health Resources During Covid-19 here:

For Parents, our Social Worker, Iolanda, offers this one-pager (Top Ten Tips for Staying Home with your Children During the Covid-19 Pandemic) for your support: . Also, I believe that you will have all received the Director’s communication, but just in case, here it is:  Students, I also want you to have this information from the Director and others; please take a look and read it over.  If you have questions about it, please ask! 

So you know, Special Education and ESL staff at both schools are compiling information that we will post shortly.

Students, remember, we also want your questions, comments and concerns, so please always feel free to connect.  If I can’t answer your question, we’ll find someone who can… or we’ll wait for the answer together!

Before signing off, I’d like to publicly thank all the staff for their work behind the scenes and online in supporting our community.  I’d also like to recognize the work of VPs Gani, Bylykbashi and Wires who are working tirelessly every day to support all of us…me included!

Principal MacKinnon




COVID-19 Communication 3

Hello All, 

For today’s update, I wanted to share some resources from our Social Worker, Anita Filice, here:  Health and Wellness Resources for Students, Families and Staff These supports focus on some basic needs, like access to food, as well as mental health supports.The Danforth Librarian, Michael Kohn, has put together a great reference package for students and their families so they can access all the great learning resources offered through both the TDSB and the Toronto Public Library.  You can find more information here: School and Toronto Public Library Learning Resources .I’m working with staff of both schools to collect resources that we can use to support English Language Learners, and for students in our ASD, DD and LD programs.  I’ll send those out as soon as we have them together. (One of the team, our Greenwood/Danforth Social Worker, Iolanda Scarcello, has already sent in a great resource for our students and families in the ASD program… I didn’t want to delay getting it out there, so here you go!  Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times)If you have specific information/resources that you think others could benefit from, please send them my way and we’ll include those we can in future updates.Thanks everyone for being such a great community to be a part of – lots of wonderful sharing and feedback!


Covid 19 Communication 2

Hello All,

I am sure you have all now heard that school closures will continue past the two weeks initially announced by the Government.   I know that this will be challenging news for many students and their families. No return date has yet been proposed.

While the Board continues to work on how to best support student learning (for all students), I know that many of you will have a number of questions.   We would like to try to answer as many of those questions as we can. To facilitate this, we have posted on our school websites, Danforth CTI  and Greenwood Secondary School , a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section where you can read the questions of others and propose your own.  For questions that we are not absolutely certain of the answer to, we will forward them to the appropriate authority and will cite that authority in our answer; it is critical that we are certain that any answers we provide are not in contradiction or create confusion with directives from the Government or Board.

On that note, I know that it is tempting to read rumours and to check out websites that speculate on many of the questions you may have during this unprecedented health care situation.  I would like to encourage you to not do this and to always use trusted, mainstream news sources or Board or Government websites to check the facts.

Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions or comments or suggestions. We will post this and all future communications on our websites so that the translate feature may be used.


Principal MacKinnon


School Closure Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Schools remain closed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). During this time, school staff are working from home, and available for parents and students who have questions or concerns about their education.

The questions below have been submitted by our student, staff and parent community. If you would like to view the TDSB’s FAQ, it can be found here:

Do you have a question you would like answered? Complete this form:

We will answer all questions as soon as we are able, and will update this page daily with new responses.



Q: Registration for e-Learning Summer School is supposed to open on April 1 (during school closure) and the form to be signed by a guidance counselor.   Will the registration still be delayed due to school closure?

A: Registration has been delayed until April 8, pending a possible return to school on April 6. The department is considering options for approvals and registration in the event that school closures extend past April 8. You can review any updates on the e-Learning Summer School registration page:

Q: Since the OSSLT was supposed to be on March 31st and due to the extra-long break that ends on April 5th is the OSSLT going to be cancelled?

A: Yes. The Education Quality and Accountability Office announced that the OSSLT and all other EQAO assessments are cancelled for this school year, and the graduation requirement for students eligible to graduate this year will be waived. You can view the release below:

Q: Will there be an opportunity to drop a course if you have enough of them, so it doesn’t adversely affect your options to get into university?

A: Yes. The full disclosure date is April 22, 2020. No course dropped prior to that date will be reflected on transcripts or used for university admissions. With the guidance office closed, we are unable to process drop requests at this time, but if you contact your guidance counsellor they will process this as soon as possible upon our return to school.




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

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; 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

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






Archives 2019 and older

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
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/GrImage result for burgers and hot dogs bbqeenwood 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 8th in 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 13th and 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 13th and 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


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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 6th in 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!


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)


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:

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

We look forward to seeing you this summer!


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.



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!



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!


April 11th, 2018

International Day of Pink

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

“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

Everyone at Greenwood is encouraged to wear PINK on Wednesday, April 11th and 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!

Empowering Newcomer Students to Find Their Voice