Toronto District School Board

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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.

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Classrooms in the sky?

The Toronto District School Board may be reaching for the sky in the next few years. The board has been discussing the concept of “vertical schools,” or classrooms in skyscrapers, due to overpopulation in the city.

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.

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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.

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New student voices at TDSB meeting

Shams Mehdi goes to Leaside High School in East York, and is also the vice-chairperson of “Student SuperCouncil,” a council that represents Toronto students from grades 8-12. He said the monthly board meeting is important to all students.

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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.”

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Defeated Dandy says she won’t run again

During her time as trustee, Dandy has helped create the late-start high school program to accommodate teenage “biorhythms,” as well as three new French immersion sites. She’s also fought school closings and arranged Red Cross babysitting courses for young people in Toronto-Danforth.