Middle School - February 9 / 2018

February Report Cards

Dear Parents,

You will receive an email notifying that report cards can be accessed through York Net late next week. The goal of our reporting system is to support a growth mindset about the learning process rather than focussing solely on the outcome, parents are encouraged to ask questions in order to evoke reflection and action in empowering students to take ownership of their learning.

    Acknowledge areas of success:  

Of which areas are you most proud?

What are your learning skills strengths?

What steps do you take in being organized? Responsible? Focused? Independent?

    Identify areas for growth:

What areas (learning skills) are challenging for you?  

What steps can you make to improve in this area?

How might you go about making improvements?

Our academic goal in the middle school is to support the learning process.  We recognize the learning process paves the road to academic achievement and that students aged 11-14 have yet to fully realize their academic potential. Each step taken to nurture learning will contribute to student success. At ages 11-14 years, students have yet to fully realize their academic potential and each step taken to nurture learning will contribute to student success.

Every year, the school reviews the processes, practices and documentation of communicating student learning to parents i.e. Trail mail, Flash, report cards, parent-teacher interviews.  Your feedback is welcome to our efforts.  Please feel free to email me at hgin@yorkschool.com with your feedback.



Helen Gin


Grade 8 Tokens 4 Change Service Initiative was a huge success!

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This past Friday, February 2nd, our grade 8 students were among 600 volunteers who took part in the Tokens 4 Change fundraising event at TTC stations across the city of Toronto. Tokens 4 Change raises funds for the organization Youth Without Shelter, which supports and empowers homeless youth to find housing, access transit, complete an education and seek employment.

Through their enthusiasm and spirit, The York School students helped raise $14,000 over the course of the day to contribute to the grand fundraising total of $84,000.

2nd Annual CIS Ontario & Future Design School

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The science club students were tasked with identifying a problem that was affecting people in the City of Toronto. Zack Shawn (Gr. 8), Nithin Prasad (Gr. 6) and Ryan Walker (Gr. 6) chose to focus on family time and how devices impact relationships. Nina Gliosca (Gr. 8), Jonah Leibu (Gr. 8) and Cooper Morgenstern (Gr. 6) looked at how the TTC is only in English and how that may affect immigrants/ tourists. Out of 33 competing teams and 27 schools, Nina, Jonah and Cooper's app design for additional languages on the TTC came in first place! Great Team Work! Congrats to all who competed, your hard work and preparation payed off!

Grade 7 experiential learning of French culture at the Lulu lounge

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Last Friday the Grade 7's went down to the Lula Lounge on Dundas Street West. They participated in two dynamic workshops en français - African Dance and African drumming. The students also enjoyed a delicious lunch with their friends and were able to order their drink in French! Tout le monde s'est bien s'amusé!

York School in Space

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In the fall, each of the students in the grade 6 Design class participated in the Astro Pi program. In this program pairs of students wrote programs in the Python programming language that read a sensor, displayed the temperature reading and a little message to Astronauts on the International Space Station. The students wrote their programs in class, tested them in the simulator of the Astro Pi on the ISS and then sent them to the European Space Agency. On February 1st, our programs ran (each about 30 seconds) in succession on the ISS. For about ten minutes total, the grade 6 of York School, informed the astronauts on the ISS of the temperature of the room and gave them messages to cheer them up.

Attached is certificate of one set of students and the map of where the ISS was when the program was run.

CAIS U13 Boys Basketball Tournament


Our CAIS U13 Boys Basketball team competed in the CAIS National Basketball Tournament this past weekend. They represented themselves, our school and their families with pride and sportsmanship. Being the youngest and smallest team in the tournament did not stop them from competing in every game, earning a reputation of a strong willed team not to be overlooked.  Opening the tournament with a close loss to the number one ranked team sent a strong message to the rest of the schools; we are here to compete. The boys qualified for the top 8.  In a tough second day, they facing the hardest competition the tournament had to offer. Our boys started off beating UCC by 4 points. It all came down to the final game of the day where we faced the eventual tournament champions; Crescent School. The game was tight, and the boys pushed hard. In the end we narrowly lost. This created a 3-way tie for second place in our division between The York School, Upper Canada College, and Lower Canada College. This would determine who would go onto the semi-finals. Unfortunately the tie breaker did not go our way, and we narrowly missed being in the final four!

Our York School team earned the Statham Award for their sportsmanship off the court and their relentless approach on the court. This was well deserved, and we received many positive comments from other coaches, players and referees about our efforts and strong play. Thank you to all the parents for your support, and student-athletes for their dedication and commitment to the process.  Our future is bright!  “HUSTLE” 

Also, some of our York School families billeted students from Southridge School in British Columbia, and the boys really enjoyed getting to know their basketball colleagues.  Many thanks to those families!

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