Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 07:46



This week at FHCI...
1.            Help for students preparing for end-of-course evaluations
The Student Success team will be available to help students with their Culminating Activity and exam planning and preparation every lunch until June 14. If your child would benefit from some organizational help, study skills, or academic support, lease encourage your child to meet up with the Student Success Team (Ms. Ng, Ms. Tung, Ms. Moroz) in G44 at lunch.
2.            2013-2014 PA (Announcements) Crew Tryouts, Tuesday and Wednesday
Tryouts for the 2013-2014 P.A. Crew will be held after school on Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th. Announcements will be read after school throughout the building.
3.            Annual Grad Breakfast, Friday, June 7
Members of the Graduating Class of 2013 were invited to the 6th Annual FHCI Grad Breakfast, held in their honour. Staff and students will gather on Friday, June 7 in the Fountain Courtyard from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. to celebrate the academic accomplishments and community contributions of the graduates, achieved with the support and encouragement of the FHCI staff.
All grads are asked to respond to the invitation with "yes" or "no" so we can prepare for Friday’s breakfast. If you are the parent of a grad, please check to see that your child has responded to the email invitation. We hope we will be able to top last year's record turn out for the Grad Breakfast.
4.            Missing something?
The ‘inventory’ of the lost-and-found closet has been set out on tables in the main office. If your child misplaced clothing this year, please have your child check the tables. Items remaining at the end of the week will be donated to the local youth shelter. In addition to clothes, we also have keys and eyeglasses. It is worth checking that tray if your child is missing either.
High Flying Falcons!
5.            Cayley Math Contest
During the first week of June, Grade 10 FHCI student, Alicia Lian, will spend a week immersed in all-things mathematics at the University of Waterloo. Shortly after Alicia joined us in February, she competed in the annual U of W “Cayley” math contest for Grade 10 students. When the results were announced, Alicia found herself among the top 17 competitors in the test. To put that in perspective, there were 21,762 students from around the world who wrote the Cayley contest. Alicia was in the top 0.08% of all those contestant! Her prize, in addition to a medal and certificate, is the chance to join other top ‘mathletes’ for a week at U of Waterloo, a world-renowned centre for mathematics excellence.
6.            AHEN Awards
On May 21, I was delighted to join parents and friends who had gathered to watch the presentation of student awards from the African Heritage Educators Network. Our nominee, Kelvin Chukwu, received an award for his outstanding academic achievement. In addition to being a top scholar, Kelvin is President of the FHCI Student Council. This busy student also played a lead role in our recent production of Oklahoma!
7.            ¢OIN Contest
On Thursday last week, I received terrific news from Ms. Pedersen. Her accounting student, Ahmed Amanullah, recently wrote the ¢OIN accounting contest (Chartered Accountant Highschool Contest), sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  Ms. Pedersen told me that Ahmed was among the top finishers. In addition to a cash prize, Ahmed will be honoured at a luncheon sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Ontario.  The school will also receive a monetary prize in recognition of Ahmed’s accomplishment.
8.             Bernard Chernos Essay Contest
Then on Friday, Mr. Sable passed along more good news. Jackie Karbi, one of his senior law students, submitted an essay to the annual Bernard Chernos Essay Contest. This contest is open to students from across Canada and is sponsored by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Mr. Sable had just received the wonderful news that Jackie’s essay had been chosen as the best from all the entries received. Both she and the FHCI History Department will receive a monetary award to mark this accomplishment.
9.            “Make Your Pitch”
And finally… In mid-April, I send the FHCI community an email about "Make Your Pitch", a contest for students to present novel business ideas. Grade 9 FHCI Information Technology student, Iman Jaffari, took up the challenge and entered a video in this Ontario-wide contest sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Iman's business idea was a website where amateur chefs and enthusiastic cooks could share their recipes with the rest of the world by posting them online at a site he would call "". Iman's computer teacher, Ms. Costin, was an inspiration for Iman and she encouraged her students to vote for Iman’s 'pitch'.
First came the good news that Iman’s entry was chosen as one of the finalists in the category, ‘Technology’. On Monday, Iman and the finalists met at the Ontario Centre of Excellence and 'pitched' their ideas live in front of a panel of judges. Premiere Wynne, and some MPPs were there on Monday to see the videos and hear the pitches. After the presentations, the judges made their decisions and the semi-finalists—including Iman—returned on Tuesday to a luncheon where the winners were announced. Iman won for his category! For that win, he was presented with a significant monetary award, a scholarship for post-secondary study, plus summer training in business development. As Iman’s school, the FHCI Business Department will also receive an award.
To see Iman’s winning site, go to the ‘Make Your Pitch’ website  ( and then click on “Food Post” (
Congratulations to these superb representatives of Forest Hill Collegiate whose skills and hard work moved them to the top of their fields.
Upcoming next week...

10.      Balancing the 2013-2014 Operating Budget – Second Joint Budget Ward Forum on June 11, Northern SS, from 7:00–9:00 PM with Trustee Gershon and Goodman
Area trustees including Shelley Laskin will be following up with their communities at another Joint Ward Budget Forum on June 11th from 7:00–9:00 PM at Northern Secondary School. By that time there will be greater clarity about the options that staff are recommending to move forward in order to balance our budget. For current information, please click on 2013-14 Budget. There is another Budget Meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Please also note the next Participatory Workgroup Meeting will be held on Monday, 10 June 2013 at 5050 Yonge St in the Boardroom at 7:00 PM. This meeting will also be available via webcast.

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, ON  M5N 1B9
Where students and staff take a stand against bullying
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