Clarkson Creativity Award Winner announced!

The Clarkson Creativity Award recognizes one student at the EDGE: Youth Art Show that demonstrates excellence in their creative process. The award aims to encourage creativity and the exploration of process. This year was the first year it was awarded, and we are so pleased to announce that the winner is a SOLE student, Charlotte. Her piece focused on issues of sustainability in art and wowed the committee. Thank you to Arts Etobicoke for organizing the show and to the Milkweed Collective for sponsoring this award.

Congratulations, Charlotte!

Photo:  Ben Bonsu (LostBoyB)


We have some really exciting news! We are getting hoodies and sweatpants! And even more exciting, they will be free! You even have a choice of colour and where you want the SOLE logo to go (designed by our very own Charlotte Partridge).

Please fill out the following google form by next Wednesday March 30th with your size and colour preference.

Welcome back!

We hope everyone had a safe and fun March Break!

As you no doubt have heard, there are some changes around the TDSB’s safety protocols. Please feel free to ask your teachers if you’re confused, and remember to be respectful and considerate of those around you.

For those of you who are graduating this year, great news! You don’t have to write the OSSLT to graduate. For those of you who aren’t, unless you’ve written it already or in the OLC course, you will have to write it in order to graduate next year. If you’re affected, you should have received an email from Caitlin inviting you to a practice session on Friday, March 25th in the afternoon. There will be lunch provided, and it’s good practice to relieve any test anxiety.

TDSB African Heritage Month

During the month of February, the TDSB proudly recognizes African Heritage Month. It is an occasion to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent to Canada and the world. The chosen theme for 2021-2022 is NIA: Walking in Our Purpose.
The first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, introduced a motion to recognize February as Black History Month. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons. In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada. At the Toronto District School Board, a motion to recognize African Heritage (Black History) Month was carried in January 2002 and reaffirmed again in January 2004.

The poster for this year’s celebration was created by students under the leadership of their teacher, Matthew Chapman, from Downsview Secondary Schools in 2020.  It has been updated to showcase this year’s theme NIA: Walking in Our Purpose. Five principles of Kwanzaa are presented in this painting: Umoja (unity) the tattoo; Nia (purpose) the logo on the shoe; Kuumba (creativity) the logo on the shirt; Imani (faith) the brand tag on the hijab; Kujichagulia (self determination) found in the fabric of one of the shirts.

End-of-semester timeline and semester 2

As this semester draws to a close, we would like to congratulate our students for getting through yet another challenging, tumultuous semester!

We are still awaiting some more details on what semester 2 will look like. The TDSB has indicated that we will be returning to a regular semester, with four class periods a day. As we get more information on what that looks like, we’ll keep you updated!

January 27th is the last class day for the semester. Please hand in all late term 2 work and culminating assignments this week!

Friday, January 28th is a virtual credit rescue day. If you’re passing, please check your student email for an attendance form. If you are failing, please arrange an appointment with your teacher to catch up.

Monday, January 31st and Tuesday, Feb. 1st are in-person credit rescue days. If you’re passing, please check your student email for an attendance form. If you are failing, please arrange an appointment with your teacher to catch up.

If you are not sure if you’re passing, check your student email and your voicemail!

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd is a PD day.

Semester 2 starts Thursday, Feb. 3rd, and will follow a normal schedule for current values of normal.

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