East York high school hooks up with state-of-the-art Internet

Students were present during the unveiling at EYASS. They spoke about how they would use the new Internet. Students mentioned faster streaming of videos, specifically Ted Talks. They also mentioned they hoped this new Internet access would fix annoying issues that students have had to deal with using ADSL.

Construction rattles school families

The developer, KG Group, says that it has an excellent construction safety record, and the neighbours will be unaffected as the apartment building goes up. But some parents say that at the very least, there will be vibration, noise and dust. The TDSB says it’s assessing the risk from construction, and a report on that will be released in April.

Todmorden PA day celebrates animals of Chinese New Year

It’s a good thing Andrew McArten’s favourite animal is the dog. It came in handy recently when he needed to create an image associated with the Chinese New Year.

With some help from his mom, Andrew, created the image of a dog, in honour of the Year of the Dog, during a lunar craft day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site.

Colleen McArten, a music teacher at an East York elementary school, decided to put other things aside that day so that she could bring her son Andrew and his sibling to the TDSB PA day at the Heritage Site.

Scratch plans to change no-nit policy, parents say

Last year, Dawn Mucci’s 12-year-old daughter was sent home from school with lice three times in the span of three months. Now that the Toronto District School Board is considering changing its exclusion policy for children with lice, she’s concerned, as a mother, it will happen again.

But as the founder of a Canada-wide lice removal company with a branch in East York, she’s also anticipating an uptick – up-nit? – in customers.

Bad hair day for school

Being called to the principal’s office usually means a student has done something wrong. One Amesbury Middle School student did not think she had done anything wrong, but says she was spoken to by the principal a number of times. She claims the principal was punishing her and making comments about the way she styled her hair.

School teaches environmental responsibility

In this building, plastic water bottles are banned. Across an office wall is a painting of a plastic bottle and a sign that reads, “Ditch this scene. Use a canteen!” Beth Tomlinson hasn’t drunk from a plastic water bottle in years. She has been encouraging her students to do the same. “What we’re trying to do is encourage students to drink tap water,” Tomlinson said. “We basically, as a school, banned bottled water and then we actually created our own design for a canteen. We had them made and now we sell them.”