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									                                                WESTMOUNT COLLEGIATE
                                                INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER
                                                                                               FEBRUARY         2010
                                                                  PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
                             Greetings

                             I trust you will find our        Winterfest under the           teachers in this school, as
                             February Newsletter to be        direction of Travis Nixon      well as all support staff who
                             very informative. It has been    Head of Music, and then a      are in daily contact with our
                             a successful first semester      wonderful performance of A     students. I would also like to
                             both       academically,         Mid Summer Nights Dream        wish all students success in
                             athletically and performance     under the direction of         their studies and thank our
                             wise. In this edition you will   Andrew Dolha Head of           parents, School Council and
                             read about our Westmount         Drama.                         Trustee Joel Hertz.
                             students’ accomplishments.
                             I am very proud of this          I would like to extend         Last, but not least, I would
                             student community and its        Congratulations to the         like to thank my two Vice
S. Schreiber                                                  graduates who have             Principals, Mr. Rod
                             ability and commitment to
Principal                                                     completed their high school    Armstrong and Ms. Sue
                             fund raising whether it is
                             supporting the Canadian          education as of the end of     Milne who have been
R. Armstrong                 Cancer Society or                semester one. We look          extremely supportive and
Vice-Principal               contributing to the Hospital     forward to seeing you at the   diligent in working with our
                             for Sick Children and/or         June Graduation in 2010.       students.
S. Milne                     Save the Children fund. Our
Vice-Principal               Environment Club is taking        I would like to thank the     Please feel free to contact
                             an active role in the school     teaching staff for their       any member of the staff or
S. Haniford                  regarding recycling.             continued hard work and        administration regarding any
School Council Chair         Westmount has had two very       dedication and the way they    matter.
                             successful productions in the    carry out their professional
K. Thurston                  City Playhouse Theatre —         duties in supporting our       Simon Schreiber
Director of Education        one being                        students. I am proud of the    Principal

D. Giangrande
Chair of the Board                   STUDENT RECORDS /E-MAIL ADDRESSES
J. Hertz                         In an on-going effort to keep our records up to date, please let us know if there are
Trustee                          any changes to your address, contact numbers, emergency contact
                                 information or email by forwarding this info to:
                                                    westmount.ci@yrdsb.edu.on.ca
H. Fox
Superintendent of                If we do not have your email address on file please forward it along
Education                        with the student’s name.
Secondary Education Centre
                                 1000 New Westminster Drive, Suite 103, Thornhill, Ontario
905-884-4477
                                                        L4J 8G3
                                                Telephone: 905-882-0277
                                                   Fax: 905-882-2450
                                       Web Page: www.westmount.ci.yrdsb.edu.on.ca
Coates Securities and Lay Industries launched “The Director” program within the marketing course
this past September. The candidates enrolled in this program, each vying for the job position as
Marketing Director for Westmount C.I., were assigned a variety marketing tasks including the
Taste Test Challenge, Rebranding Westmount, and The Packaging Challenge. Similar to The Ap-
prentice program concluding the semester with the launch of a major function, the teams in this
course were assigned an event to promote or to host an event for a charity cause during the week of
December 7 – 11, 2009.

From Mr. Coates’ class - Virtue Enterprises brought us “Skating with the Stars”, under the direc-
tion of Brandon Fisher. Mr. Fisher and his team (Jemima Leigh, Leah Abraham & Maria Kosi-
nevska) coordinated the guest appearance of Dennis Maruk at their event while fundraising for
Sick Kids Hospital. The team were successful in raising over 500 toys for Sick Kids! ACE Corp.
(led by Taylor Bronstine) brought us NHL10 all with the objective of raising funds for the United
Way Homeless Shelter Fund. The team (also consisting of Carly Goldberg, Vadim Rybine, Jes-
sica Apelowicz, and Jake Newton) brought in $370! Team Stratus, led by Phillip Litwack, were
given the task of raising food donations for The Food Network. The team were successful in rais-
ing 80+ canned and packaged goods! Moss Inc. were assigned the task of organizing a food and
toy drive amongst the staff of Westmount. They successfully collected 200+ items, which was a
record year! Stoon Power Corp, were assigned to assist Music Council with their efforts to market
and advertise “Winterfest”, Optimus Corp. were given the task of educating the Grade 10 popula-
tion about the Grade 11 curriculum and course selections available from various departments, and
U.C.C. were given the task to raise money for the United Way Toy Drive, of which they were
successful at generating $143.73!

From Mr. Lay’s class – The MMM MMM Goods team which included Georgio Cuming, the de-
signer of the new Westmount Business logo, was assigned the task of promoting Westmount Busi-
ness. The team was able to raise $172 for Sick Kids Hospital. Cookies for Cancer through their
bake sale, was able to raise over $150 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Candy Grams joined
forces with the Free the Children Club and the Glee Club to raise $150 for Free the Chil-
dren. The money will be used to help build a school in Kenya. The members of Candy Grams
included Annie Xiong, whose team had created the new Westmount Business slogan, Power for
Success. Another team member, Seema Charummoottil, was selected as the Marketing Director
for Lay Industries in the final boardroom. Lollipop Land raised $23 for Prince Margaret Hospi-
tal through their sale of candy
Another successful season for Coates Securities concluded on January 21, 2010, raising an addi-
tional $6,195 in profits for The Canadian Cancer Society.
Over the semester, the 30 students enrolled in the entrepreneurship course, each vying for the
coveted title as The Apprentice, were divided into six teams and assigned a series of business
tasks ranging from the creation of a product that meets the needs of the aging Baby Boomers, the
creation of a new product and ad campaign for a select franchise operation, and the development
of a product which meets the needs of the Millennium Babies. Also included in the assignments
was the operation of Bare Necessities (the school store). Over the ten weeks of this assignment,
the store generated $1,900 in profits. The final evaluation challenged apprentice teams to create
a business that sold an innovated product which targeted the student population at Westmount
Collegiate. K.O. Enterprises brought us “Get Outside Shoes”, under the direction of Ron Aver-
buch, Tonneston Inc. fashioned “The Swag Bag”, under the leadership of Daniel Lozovski, Virtu-
oso Enterprises formed “Toque Town”, led by Austin Pacht, Syner Quat Corp. developed
“Auxillary Apparel”, under the leadership of Ashley Cooper, Millennia Enterprises, led by
Vadim Rybine, brought us “Graffi-Ts & Goodies”, while Steller Corp. produced “Think Pink
Apparel”, led by Jessica Apelowicz.
Combining this season’s proceeds of the school store and the business ventures to date, The Ap-
prentice program has raised $48,245 which has been donated towards cancer research, diagnosis,
and treatment. Mr. Coates and The Canadian Cancer Society would like, once again, to applaud
the entrepreneurial spirit of these young business men and women and to thank them along with
our new and returning customers for helping make this a continued reality.
The final candidates consisted of Mr. Ron Averbuch, Mr. Austin Pacht, Mr. Mark Pearl, Mr.
Ryan Vinnitsky, Mr. Daniel Lozovski, Ms. Rachel Shnier, Mr. Michael Fooks, Ms. Rachel Kap-
lan, Ms. Jessica Apelowicz, Mr. Jason Milgrom, Mr. Michael Bishansky, Mr. Brandon Fisher,
Mr. Vadim Rybine, and Ms. Marnie Gontovnick. Each of these individuals proved to be of out-
standing character and to have a solid balance between book smarts and street smarts. Unfortu-
nately, only one candidate could be selected to be The Final Apprentice. “This time, it seemed to
come down to the person that seemed most smooth in customer relations and service, while
maintaining consistency across all categories of evaluation, in addition to possessing a balanced
combination of all entrepreneurial character traits”. This person is Mr. Daniel Lozovski.
Mr. Coates, Mr. Jonathan Segal (Apprentice, Season 8), Ms. Robyn Shapiro (Apprentice, Season
9), Mr. Jeremy Hurwitz (Director of Sales and Customer Service), Mr. Eric Belahov (Director of
Finance), and Ms. Nahal Shad, together with their Assistant Management team (Ms. Jessica Ger-
lock, Ms. Jamie Seidel, Mr. Alon Valdman, and Mr. Daniel Vilner) welcome the new executive
member to his position and eagerly anticipate Season 11 in February!
Congratulations and many thanks to all participants in the program, final candidates, and the ex-
ecutive team. Special recognition goes to Ms. Majnarich (our budget administrator), for all her
assistance and work with the flow of daily deposits and payments over the semester. Mr. Coates
now looks forward to Season 11 and the new business talent entering the program.




     The Executive                     The Candidates                   The Apprentice
       Season 10                         Season 10                      Daniel Lozovski
                    INVESTMENT FINANCE
               WILFRID LAURIER STOCKMARKET
                    FIRST PLACE WINNERS
              FOR THE ONTARIO GTA REGION AND
          SECOND PLACE IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION

If you are looking for investment advice - the people to ask are: Mr. Joey Friedman, Mr.
Jonathan Segal and Mr. David Pollock. These students placed first in the GTA with a
23.7% gain on their starting portfolio of $100,000. They also ranked second across
Canada!! On Thursday, January 28, 2010, they were awarded with an "Applause" from
the Director of Education, Mr. Ken Thurston.

Each semester that Mr. Coates offers the Grade 12 Investment Finance course (which in
essence, is the Canadian Securities Course), he has the students form investment teams
register with the Wilfrid Laurier University stockmarket competition. Each team is allo-
cated $100,000 to invest between ten companies that trade on the TSX, one GIC, one
mutual fund, one call option and one put option. They must buy at least one security on
margin and sell at least one security short. Over a ten week simulation, students moni-
tor the progress of their portfolio, while keeping a close eye on the market and current
events in the world of business. This process assists them in making decisions regarding
the purchase or sale of securities. In the end, this team managed to secure a 23.7% mar-
ket gain on their portfolio, which further secured them First place in the Greater Toronto
Area. Over 250 teams were registered in this competition nationally, and considering
the fact that they outperformed the overall market, during a bear market, is commend-
able. Congratulations gentlemen!



                                   Mr. Joel Hertz (Trustee), Jonathan Segal, Joey Friedman,
                                    David Pollock, Ms. Diane Griangrande (Chair of the
                                            Board), Mr. Schreiber and Mr. Coates




                      A NOTE FROM GUIDANCE
Course Selections for 2010-11
Course selections will be given out to students in homerooms on Mon. Feb. 8, 2010 and
guidance counsellors will be visiting classes from Feb. 9 - 15 to discuss course selections
and graduation requirements. Course selections are due February 24. Students should be
discussing options with their teachers, parents and guardians. The courses that students
choose creates the timetable for 2010-11; future changes will be minimal. For more infor-
mation, please check out the York Region District School Board’s website for the course
calendar: www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca and the guidance services website: http://
www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/guidance.services.

Community Service Hours
A reminder to Grade 12 students to complete their forty hours of community service before
May 2010. An updated volunteer binder is available in the Guidance Department—check
out the many opportunities in our community.
 University/College Applications
 If you are planning to attend university, the deadline was January 13, 2010; if you are
 planning to attend college, the deadline was February 1, 2010.
 The following information is from the Ontario University Application Centre:
 “Applications received after that date will still be processed by the OUAC and distrib-
 uted to universities; however, specific institutional deadlines will apply. Please note
 that February 5, 2010 is the recommended last date for students to submit all informa-
 tion to the OUAC, including university and program changes, as well as additional
 active choices, to be eligible for consideration for early admission. Please note: this
 is not a deadline date. Changes will be accepted and processed by the OUAC at any
 time”.


                            LIBRARY NEWS
Throughout this past semester, we have been continuously revamping pages to better
meet the needs of both our curriculum and our school population. All our new e-books
have been posted to each of their appropriate assignment pages. A total of 903 bro-
ken/timed-out links have been reconnected, and new sites added as required.
Amongst our most recent additions are:

LIBRARY

   ·     New fiction titles based largely on the most current nominees and winners of
       some prominent literary awards, were purchased and posted to our Senior ISU
       Novels and Junior ISU Novels lists. Because we try to limit our recommenda-
       tions to no more than 2 titles per author on the Seniors list, or a maximum of 3
       titles per author on our Juniors, older titles may be supplanted by newer publica-
       tions for any given author. Each title comes complete with a short notation of
       topic/theme, links to Internet reviews, links to all titles we have in our Library by
       that author, and access to the catalog record to show its circulation status.
   ·     The Literacy Fiction link for our list of Critically Acclaimed Authors is then
       updated accordingly.

CANADIAN IDENTITY and IMMIGRATION
  Passages to Canada Speakers' Bureau - a diverse group of over 600 immigrants and
      refugees who have volunteered to share their experiences with reference to im-
      migration/refugee status, anti-racism and effective diversity strategies for em-
      ployment

CANADIAN HISTORY , CANADIAN CHRONOLOGIES, WORLD WAR contain
varying combinations of the following:
    ·     History of the Hudson's Bay Company - with e-books, videos, maps, historical
        images, etc.
    ·     Lords & Proprietors : A Readers Guide to the Hudson’s Bay Company Charter
        (e-book)
    ·     Veterans Affairs Canada:
            o    Canada and the First World War
            o    First World War Audio Archives
            o    Canada Remembers : History
            o    Vimy Ridge (video)
            o    Canada and the Second World War : Valour Remembered 1939-1945
               o     Heroes Remember - personal recollections of ordinary Canadians who
                   became heroes when confronted with extraordinary circumstances
       ·     The Memory Project : Digital Archive - explores over 85 years of Canadian
             Military history through first hand accounts and original artefacts of our veterans
               o     The Memory Project : Stories of the Second World War - houses a unique
                    collection of audio clips, photos, interactive amps and learning tools which
                    highlight Canada's involvement in the Second World War
               o     Ontario Veteran Community Archive
       ·     Canada Yearbook 1867-1967 Historical Collection
               o     Search within each volume
               o     Browse Year by Year
               o     Browse by Topic - eg./
                        §      Great Depression
                        §      Immigration and Emigration
                        §      Canada at War
               o     Browse Tables, Charts, Maps, Photos and Multimedia
               o     plus many more on pollution, oceans, etc

    ENVIRONMENT , BIOMES , GEOGRAPHY - WORLD ISSUES

       ·     NFB Films for Change - free bilingual program integrating NFB films on the
             environment into secondary education) - includes:
              o      Footprints - relationship between the environment and the social/cultural
                  lives of Canadians
              o      Waterlife - The Story Of The Last Great Supply Of Fresh Drinking Water
                  On Earth
T             o      An Ecology of Hope - landscapes of breathtaking beauty from Baffin
h                    Island to New York City, from Gaspé Peninsula to Brazil
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o              o     plus many more on pollution, oceans, etc.
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                  IMPORTANT DATES
IMPORTANT DATES SEMESTER 2:                           FEBRUARY—JUNE 2010

February 2 ....................................... First Day of Semester 2
February 4 ..................................... Report Card Distribution
February 4 ............ Last Day to Request a Timetable Change
February 8………………………… Career Cruising Open
February 15 .................................... Family Day (No school)
February 25 ............................... Grades 9 - 11 Math Contest
February 23 .............................................. Computer Contest
February 24 ............................. Course Selection Sheets Due
February 25 ............................... Grades 9 - 11 Math Contest
March 3 .......................................... School Council Meeting
March 15 - 19 ............................... March Break (No school)
March 22 – 26 .............................................. Interim Reports
March 30 – 31 ......................................................... Passover
April 2 ........................................... Good Friday (No school)
April 5 ....................................... Easter Monday (No school)
April 7 .............................................. Grade 12 Math Contest
April 8 ................................... Gr. 10 Literacy Test (OSSLT)
April 8 ........................................................... Parents’ Night
April 9 ...................................... Grades 9 – 11 Math Contest
April 9 ................................................................ Holy Friday
April 16 .......................................... Civics/Careers Last Day
April 21 ........................................................ Grad Assembly
April 21 ...................................................................... Ridvan
April 23 ............................................................ Report Cards
April 26 – 30 .............................. Valedictorian Nominations
April 30 ......................................................... Full Disclosure
May 4 ............................................. School Council Meeting
May 7 ......... Last Day to Submit Community Service Hours
May 10 - 14 .................................................... Musical Week
May 11 - 13 ..........................................Valedictorian Voting
May 19 ..................................................................... Shavuot
May 24 .......................................... Victoria Day (No school)
May 31 - June 4................................Entrepreneurship Week
June 2 ............................................................ Music Banquet
June 3 .......................................................... SpringFest 2010
June 4 ................................................... Tentative Prom Date
June 9 - 11 ........................................... Grade 9 EQAO Math
June 9 ......................................................... Athletic Banquet
June 9 ............................................. School Council Meeting
June 21 - 25 .................................................................Exams
June 28 ................................................. Exam Feedback Day
June 29 ................................................................ Graduation
June 29 - 30 ....................................... P.A. Days (No school)

								
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