St John the Evangelist’s new school will not be open in time for September, according to Dave Bennett, the chair of the Parent Council.
The board snuck the news in as point 2 of a letter to the community, which, sandwiched between caissons and culverts, says that “Due to an administrative delay in issuing the conditional building permit, and an unusually wet summer, the schedule completion date have moved to mid-November 2018”.
The students at St John the Evangelist have put up with years—indeed decades—of disruption: a tiny school without enough outside space, many portables, moving to a school in the Junction, moving to a school north of Weston, and now this: a broken promise to have the school opened in time for 2018.
UrbanArts, the LEF, and Foodshare invite young people to the Youth Foodposium, on September 29. It sounds like a lot of fun.
Dr. Maureen Lennon is leading an 8-week writing workshop at the Weston Library, starting October 3. Maureen is an old friend, super woman, and the only person to have read my book. If she can be kind about my work, you have nothing to fear. You’ll have a blast.
Netizens around Weston rallied this week and scored a minor victory over the downtown media: Toronto Life amended an article to include Weston, a location it had entirely forgotten about when it listed the places around the GTA in which It had been shot.
The original article included locations as far away as Port Hope and Elora, but forgot about our beautiful town, which is featured prominently in the trailer. It’s not the first time Toronto Life has maligned us: in the past, they named us, without reason, as a lousy neighbourhood to live in. They were wrong about that, too.
York South–Weston students are being streamed into high-school programs that limit their life opportunities, according to Social Planning Toronto.
The province formally did away with streamed high-school programming many years ago, but much of the old system persists, SPT says. The results are profound: students choose “academic” or “applied” courses in grade 8 that will affect their careers, and earnings, for decades—and they do so without knowing the difference.
Further, “low-income and marginalized students [are] over-represented in lower level courses”.
Applied courses are an academic lobster trap: easy to get into, but hard to get out of. Students are asked to take make-up courses in the summer or after school to make the transition into the academic program.
The report recommends:
Delaying choices about education pathways for as long as possible
Providing better support for students who want to move into the academic stream
Improving communication about pathways to parents and students
Providing better one-on-one support, especially from teachers