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News items from the Toronto District School Board

Universal Screening Process for Grade 3 Students

Looking for more info on the Universal Screening Process for Grade 3 Students going on at Gledhill this week?

Effective September 2016, the Toronto District School Board introduced a universal screening process for all Grade 3 students across the board. The purpose of this universal screening test is to:

  • Provide information to classroom teachers about the strengths and learning needs of each student in order to better support teachers in programming for students
  • Help teachers to know when to bring a student forward to In School Team (IST) or School Support Team (SST) for programming suggestions
  • Improve equity of access for all students to differentiated programming including the potential identification of students with a gifted exceptionality

There are several useful FAQ and Parent Information documents available on the TDSB site which may contain answers to your questions:

TDSB webcast for parents – Tuesday, May 3rd


A message from the School Board inviting all parents to join in on a live webcast for parents and guardians taking place Tuesday at 8:00.

tdsb parent

Parents/Guardians of TDSB Students,
We are always looking to improve communication with parents across the city. Please join us on Tuesday, May 3 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. as we host our first live webcast for parents/guardians.
We will begin the session with a welcome and update on recent developments at the TDSB. This will be followed by a chance for parents/guardians to ask questions. After the webcast, please participate in a short survey about the webcast format and share your thoughts about topics for future sessions.
Please join the conversation at the following link:
Learn more about the Learning Centres at
We look forward to speaking with you on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

John Malloy
Director of Education

Robin Pilkey

Alternative Schools for Grade 7


Starting next school year, both the English and French classes at Gledhill will go to D.A. Morrison for grade 7. Many parents are looking forward to D.A. Morrison’s Open House which will take place later on in the school year. In the meantime, some grade 6 students and parents of grade 6 students may be interested in alternative schools and options.

Below is a list of school offering alternative programs for a grade 7 start. Please check to confirm locations, dates and times. These events begin in mid-January so parents should check as soon as possible. Middle School Open Houses for 2016 2017 school year include …

Quest Alternative – Tuesday, January 26th, 6:30 pm

Students are accepted through a lottery system. Each student is required to submit a report card, a teacher referral and a piece of writing on a topic outlined by Quest. Their open house is January 26 at 6:30.

Horizon Alternative – Wednesday, January 13th, 6:20 pm

Horizon Alternative is located downtown near Kensington Market at Kensington C.S., phone # 416 – 393-1298. Students are accepted through a vetted lottery. Please call the school directly for open house information. Their open house is January 13 at 6:20.

Spectrum Alternative – Wednesday, January 13th, 6:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm (link to application)

Spectrum Alternative is located at Eglinton and Mount Pleasant at Eglinton P.S., phone # 416-393-9311. Students are accepted through a vetted lottery. Their open house is on January 13 in three sessions at 6:00, 6:45 and 7:30.

EAST Alternative – Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 pm

EAST has an open lottery where each student who hands in an application has his or her name placed in a lottery. Names are randomly drawn and assigned an acceptance number. Their open house is January 28 at 6:30.

Delta Alternative – Monday, January 18th, 7:00 pm

Reminder – PARC Meeting Tonight at DA Morrison – 7:00pm

Gledhill Public School

     Special Meeting #2

           On the French Immersion Pathway


   Middle School

On Monday, November 2nd, Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher, as part of the

Programme Area Review committee (P.A.R.C.) held an open forum parent meeting/information session for our school community.

In conjunction with the Principals, Superintendent Lucy Giannotta, Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher and Central Coordinating Principal John Tancredi a second special meeting has been arranged to take place as outlined below:

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Location: D.A. Morrison Middle School, 271 Gledhill Ave. Art Room, Room #106, First Floor

Time: 7:00 pm

Extended French Application Deadline


Extended French programs are designed for students who are not in French Immersion and do not speak French at home. A Junior Extended French Program (Grade 4 entry – not at Gledhill) and an Intermediate Extended French Program (Grade 7 entry) are available. The application process for admission to both Extended French programs begins in January. It is an online application process. The Deadline for applications is January 29th, 2015.

For more details please see the following link.


French Immersion Deadline – December 5th

The Early Immersion Program deadline is this Friday, December 5th. If you have a child in Junior Kindergarten and are interested in applying to the program, please check the TDSB French Immersion information page.


The Early Immersion Program begins in Senior Kindergarten. It offers 100% French instruction in the classroom until the end of grade 3, although some specialist subjects may be taught in English. English instruction is gradually introduced beginning in grade 4 until it becomes a half-day program from Grades 6-8.

Gledhill Gets Proactive on Mental Health

The efforts of Gledhill’s teachers, administration and students in addressing mental health has been recognized in an article in the Toronto Star!

Read the Toronto Star Article here.


photo from the Toronto Star