Greenwood Secondary, SOLE would move under PARC recommendations

The Toronto Danforth Pupil Accommodation Review Committee revealed its recommendations for East End secondary schools at a busy public meeting at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute on March 11. The provincial ministry initiated the review process when it requested information on all Toronto District School Board facilities that were operating at less than 65 per […]

Building on a passion for education in Nicaragua

A Beach Hill family is in Nicaragua this month to commemorate the 75th classroom built by their SchoolBOX charity. The Marvin Salazar School, just outside San Benito, Nicaragua, will service about 300 students from kindergarten to Grade 6, taught by five teachers. The two classrooms and supplies such as desks, chairs and a whiteboard will […]

Wynne stops in at Centre 55

Some nine year-old summer campers beat the Beach Metro News to an exclusive interview with Premier Kathleen Wynne last week. Kids in the day camp at Community Centre 55 got to ask Wynne several questions when the premier dropped in on Wednesday, a day when Wynne also visited the new Chest Centre at Toronto East […]

Ministry leaves board spinning wheels on crowding solutions

The garden seems to be thinking that spring is going to happen. The snowdrops are up and the crocuses starting, so perhaps it really is SPRING – but I am not taking my winter coat to the cleaners yet! The TDSB is beset with crises, some of our own making and many because the Ministry […]

Music lessons offered on sliding scale

For many families in East End Toronto, the idea is music to the ears. Starting in February, the non-profit East End Music Project will offer a suite of children’s music lessons every Tuesday at a church near Danforth and Woodbine Avenues. Four musicians, including drummer Jason Kenemy and opera singer Jessica Riley, will hold a […]

Scientists in School celebrates 25 years

Proving yesterday’s news is more than today’s compost liner, last week Grade 1 students at St. Denis Catholic School were building furniture with nothing but tape and newspapers. “Boys and girls, that test was way too easy,” said Kathryn Allen, a Scientists in School presenter, just after balancing a pile of hardcover books on the […]

A look at the state of public education in the East End

School has begun again and there is enthusiasm and excitement and an anticipation of learning. I am told by those who have had way more experience than I, that the desire to learn is imbedded in a child. They hunger to learn. While there are some who do an interesting job of disguising that longing, […]