Secord students learn how to manage stress

It’s a conversation that has begun to permeate the walls of homes and schools nationwide, thanks, in part to initiatives such as Bell Let’s Talk and the work of countless advocates. Still, mental health is a serious issue that affects a number of Canadians, children among them. But Jordyn Horne, a third year nursing student […]

Secord students test STEM knowledge

A purse with a solar smart-phone charger. Door-to-door battery pick up. Garden scoops built for super-speedy seeding. Every student at Secord Elementary put a bright idea on the table during the school’s first-ever STEM showcase on Jan. 16. Speaking in a gym full of student projects, teacher Claire Roberts said the idea was to combine […]

Trustee candidates tackle funding, class size

Aging portables, crowded kindergartens, under-used schools and playing nice with Queen’s Park. Judging by all the issues parents raised at a Sept. 30 debate at Community Centre 55, the next public school trustee for Beaches-East York has plenty to do after Toronto’s Oct. 27 election. Sheila Cary-Meagher, Marietta Fox, Navarius Mombo and Jen Sagar are […]

Father proud to be known for his daughter

Before Malala Yousafzai won awards at home and abroad for Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl, her father Ziauddin had the best-known name in the family – and the one called out on Taliban radio. “Before that, she was my daughter,” he said, smiling as he addressed Grade 4 and 5 students at Secord Elementary last […]

Police Beat

The city’s 14th and 15th homicides took place on east Danforth on March 19. At 8:44 p.m., police responded to calls for a shooting at 2215 Danforth Ave. When officers arrived they found two men lying on the sidewalk with apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at St. Michael’s Hospital. The victims have been […]

Surprise fees a hurdle for groups

Two community groups that run after-school programs at Secord Elementary hope the Toronto District School Board’s new permits policy makes it easier to rent classes next school year. Last August, three days before starting their free sports, health and nutrition program for Grade 1 to 6 students, the Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough […]

At Secord School, breakfast and lunch programs are elementary

Twirled on forks, dangled from their fingers or slurped straight from the bowl, Secord Elementary students love a spaghetti lunch. In fact, says Jennifer Cruise, organizer of the school’s nutrition program, students will sometimes line up three or more times when a hot dish is on the menu. “Yesterday was just kidney beans and rice […]