Announcements for Friday, February 27, 2015

Co-ed Varsity Volleyball Tryouts!  Tryouts begin Monday, March 2 at 7:00 a.m. sharp in the North Gym.  Tryout forms to be handed in at this time as well.  If you cannot attend but want to try out for the team, please see Ms. Hwang in Room B01 or Mr. Graul in Room A28.  Tryouts will be the first 2 weeks in March at 7:00 a.m. in the North Gym.  M. Graul

Black History Month Announcement!

On March 14, 1793 Chloe Cooley, an enslaved Black woman in Queenston, Upper Canada, was bond and thrown in a boat to be taken across the river and sold in the United States.  She resisted fiercely; Peter Martin, a free Black man, noticed her screams and struggles and brought a witness, William Grisley, to report the incident to Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe.

Simcoe supported the abolition of enslavement even before he came to Upper Canada, and used the Chloe Cooley incident as a catalyst to introduce the 1793 Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada.  The motion was opposed in the House of the Assembly – some of its members were slave owners.  But the government brokered a compromise and on July 9 the Upper Canada Legislature passed an “Act to prevent the further introduction of slaves, and to limit the term of contract for servitude” in the province.

Glee Club is meeting at 12:15 p.m. in Room B66 today.  J. Cheesman

There will be an Archery practice for experienced archers today in the South Gym at 3:20 p.m.  G. Wilson

Grad photo proofs are available in the Main Office for pick up.  Please come down before school, after school, at lunch or during a spare to pick them up.       S. Bain

Announcements for Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boys Indoor Soccer Team!  You have a game today at Monarch Park Dome at 4:00 p.m.  J. Vidovich

A reminder to Mrs. Dixon’s dance students who are in the assembly!  There is a mandatory, short rehearsal today, after school in the Auditorium.  Be on time!  E. Dixon

The Lifetouch Photography representative is here with Grad photo proofs.  She is in the front foyer today at lunch.  S. Bain

There will be an organizational meeting for Co-ed Volleyball in Room B01 at the beginning of lunch.  If you cannot make it see Ms. Hwang in Room B01 or Mr. Graul in Room A28 or Room B25.  M. Graul

Announcements for Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In the background you hear that fateful Jaws music.  That is the sound of the Literacy Test and it’s coming for you.  It’s eyes are beady, it’s teeth are sharp……are you ready?  Be ready!  A reminder that the Literacy Test Takedown is today after school in Room B08.  A. Lajeunesse

A reminder to Mrs. Dixon’s Dance students in the assembly!  There is a mandatory dress rehearsal, after school, in the Auditorium.  Be on time!             E. Dixon

Glee club is meeting on Friday at lunch in Room B66, the Music Studio!  Doh-re-mi-people!!  J. Cheesman

The Danforth Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Club meets at lunch today in the North Gym.  See you there.  A. Charbonneau

Have you been sitting all day?  Do your body a favour and learn some quick and easy chair excercises at the breakfast nook at the beginning of lunch.  If you can’t make it then, join the Ryerson University team in the Cafeteria – there’ll be music!!  T. Maestri

Come to Room A12 today at 11:30 a.m. to practice mindfulness.  This will decrease stress and increase calmness and mental strength!  Come check it out!  J. Romani

Champions of the Mind are meeting in the Guidance office at lunch time today.  See you there!  J. Romani

Shakespearience Workshop prize winners, don’t miss out!  Please contact Mr. Marvon Karon at to redeem your prize ASAP!  Please see Ms. Neub if you have any concerens!  T. Neub

Lifetouch Photography will be here on Thursday at lunch in Room B20 to hand out the grad photo proofs.  S. Bain

There will be an Archery Practice for beginner archers in the South Gym at 3:20 p.m.  G. Wilson

There is an Aboriginals and Allies Club lunch today in Room C46.  See you there!  M. Huycke

Announcements for Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Danforth Co-ed Volleyball Frisbee Club will be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, at lunch in the North Gym.  Come out and have some fun.  See Mr. Charbonneau in Room C35 for details.  A. Charbonneau

Lifetouch will be here on Thursday at lunch to hand out the grad photo proofs in Room B20.  S. Bain

There will be a brief meeting for the Senior Boys Basketball team today at the beginning of lunch in Room B70.  T. Smith

Mr. Cheesman’s Music students.  Mark Hollands, George Lumsden, Martin Schmidt, Athena Lumsden and Dalton Bordieri, will be leaving right at 12:00 noon for a rehearsal today.  J. Cheesman

A reminder that course selections are due tomorrow.  The sign off sheet must be signed by a parent or guardian and submitted to your home form teacher during Period 1.  If you need assistance please Guidance.  T. Maestri


Announcements for Monday, February 23, 2015

There will be a brief but very important meeting of the Prom Committee in Room B08 at lunch today.  All members must attend!  A. Lajeunesse

There is an Aboriginals and Allies Club lunch this Wednesday in Room C46.  See you there!  M. Huycke

The Intramural Ball Hockey schedule is posted outside of Room Yo2, the Phys Ed Office.  The tournament starts Wednesday at lunch in the South Gym.            T. Beardwood

To any students interested in helping out with parent teacher interviews, please see Mr. Hill.  You will get volunteer hours for this event!!  B. Hill

Danforth Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Club.  There will friendly and fun Ultimate Frisbee at lunch in the North Gym on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.  See Mr. Charbonneau in Room C35 for details.  A. Charbonneau

On-line course selections are due this Wednesday.  You must submit your courses for next year and print the sign off sheet to get signed by a parent or guardian.  The sign off sheet is due to the home form teacher this Wednesday.  If you are not returning next year, you must still do your on-line course selection and submit your destination for next year.  All on-line course selections are due this Wednesday so please complete at home or at any computer in the school.  See Guidance if you need assistance.  T. Maestri


Announcements for Friday, February 20, 2015

This is the last weekend you have to complete your course selections on-line.  Course selections are due on Wednesday, February 25th and this weekend is a great time to get that done at home.  A reminder to all Grade 12’s that they MUST also complete their on-line course selections and if not returning next year enter the destination.  T. Maestri

The OSSLT list of students writing is posted outside the Main Office.  Please find your name to confirm you are writing.  If your name is not there and should be please see Mr. Bain.  S. Bain

Remember all Japanese fans, the Japanese Culture club will go on as scheduled today in Mr. Ravera’s Room B37.  See you at lunch today in feudal Japan!!           A. Ravera

There will be an Archery practice today for Senior Archers at 3:20 p.m.               G. Wilson

Attention Danforth’s Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Club!  Come out for friendly and fun Frisbee on Wednesdays in the North Gym.  Beginners are welcome.  See Mr. Charbonneau in Room C35 for details.  A. Charbonneau

Ms. Dixon’s Dance students in the Black History Month Assembly!  There is a mandatory rehearsal today, after school, in the Auditorium.  Be on time.              E. Dixon


Announcements for Thursday, February 19, 2015

African Heritage Month Announcement!  Maya Angelou an acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer.  Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri.  Angelou has had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood’s first female black director, but is most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright, and poet.  As a civil rights activist, Angelou worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.  She was also an educator and served as the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.  By 1975, Angelou had become recognized not only as a spokesperson for blacks and women, but also for all people who are committed to raising the moral standards of living in the United States.  She served on two presidential committees, for Gerald Ford in 1975 and for Jimmy Carter in 1977.   In 2000, Angelou was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.  In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the U.S., by President Barack Obama.  Angelou was awarded over 50 honorary degrees.  L. Williams

A reminder to Mrs. Dixon`s Dance students who are performing in the Black History Month assembly!  There is a mandatory rehearsal tomorrow, after school, in the Auditorium.  Be on time!  E. Dixon

Attention all students!  The Weight Room is still open at lunch on Day 1`s and Day 2`s.  Come on down to get pumped up any time after 11:40 a.m.  K. Nizich

Boys Indoor Soccer!  Players attending tomorrow`s tournament need to see Mr. Vidovich today.  J. Vidovich

A reminder to all clubs participating in the Student Marketplace.  It has been postponed to Friday, March 6th.  There will be a meeting for all interested clubs on Friday at lunch in Room B56.  I. Slywynska

Intramural Ball Hockey teams are due tomorrow by 3:15 p.m. to Mr. Beardwood.  Any students interested in playing must submit their teams.  As soon as possible.  T. Beardwood

Congratulations go out to the Senior Girl`s Volleyball team on an outstanding semi-final game yesterday at Leaside CI.  The team came up short losing 25-23, 27-25.  Thanks to team playing members Limay H., Kelly N., Stephanie L., Victoria S., Elyse A., and Fariha A.  Thanks for a great season.  Coach Graul

Would all the students who won a Cineplex gift certificate at the Shakespearience Workshop, please speak to Ms. Neub sometime today.  T. Neub



Announcements for Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Greetings and salutations swaggerin students!  Get your literacy on and join us for the Literacy Test Takedown today in Room B08 at 3:15 p.m.  It’s so thick, it’s ill!  Be there!  D.J. Lajeunesse

Congratulations to our Swim team who swam at the City Finals yesterday.  Nicholas Lo won a bronze medal for the 100 metre breast stroke and will be competing at OFSAA.  He also won a silver for the 50 metre breast stroke.  Great job swimmers.  R. Cranswick

Do you want a new way to manage stress?  Do you have upcoming tests or projects that may be stressing you out?  Come to Room A12 at 11:30 a.m. today to learn meditation practices that will help calm those nerves.  P. Porteous

Senior Boys Basketball Champions!!  There will be a team meeting at 11:30 a.m. in Room B70.  Please be prompt.  T. Smith

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time in their life time through a family member, friend or colleague.  20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their life time.  The “Champions of the Mind” group will be at Room A12 tomorrow, so come to the “chill” room and relax, hang out with friends, and play some games!  A reminder to all the “Champions of the Mind” members that there is an important meeting in Guidance today.      T. Maestri

Glee Club is cancelled for today.  See you on Friday at 11:35 a.m. in Room B66.  J. Cheesman

Mr. Cheesman’s Period 1 Music class!  The mallet percussions section will meet for a sectional rehearsal today at 3:05 p.m. in Room B66.  J. Cheesman

Announcements for Tuesday, February 19, 2015

African Heritage Month Announcement!  Rubin “Hurricane Carter” was boxing’s feared middleweight contender in the early 1960’s.  Standing only 5′ 8″ tall and weighing 160 lbs., he nevertheless had one of the most muscular builds in the sport.  A self-proclaimed “wild” child, Carter was from a family of four girls and four boys.  He spent much of his youth in reform schools.  He escaped from Allendale Reformatory in 1953 and joined the U.S. army.  He credits the army with straightening him out.  He served as a paratrooper and was stationed in Europe, where he started fighting for the Army Boxing Team.  However, when it was learned that he had escaped from jail, he was returned there to serve an additional nine months.  After being released he admitted to becoming a heavy drinker and street brawler.  He was sentenced to six years in prison for beating a man so badly that the man was sent to the hospital.  After serving 4-1/2 years, Carter was released and introduced to Carmine Tedeschis by his uncle.  Tesdeschis, who had a local construction business, gave Carter a job and began managing him to a professional career.  Carter turned pro in 1961, and by June 1963 after only 19 fights (16-3), was rated 10th in the world.  After scoring brutal first-round knockouts over Florentino Fernandez and World Welterweight Champion Emile Griffith, Carter received his title fight.  He lost a 15-round nod to champion Joey Giardello.  Carter’s career was in and out over the next year before he and another man were arrested for a triple murder and convicted in an ensuing trial.  After serving almost 30 years in prison he was finally released when a judge ruled that he had been wrongly convicted.  He wrote a best-selling novel entitled “The 16th Round”.  L. Williams

A March Break Leadership Camp where you learn about:  Tobacco Prevention, Smoke-free Movies, Wen-do, and healthy living!!  Learn how to work with a media-campaign and have your voices heard for a Smoke-Free community!  Each leader will received a $70.00 honorarium and TTC tokens.  Send your resume to by February 18th.  T. Maestri

Hey, hey, hey!!  Stressing about the OSSLT?  No need!!  Boost your confidence and ability and attend the Literarcy Boost Club!  Every Tuesday at lunch in Room B75.  Pizza will be provided!  S. Bain

Mr. Cheesman’s Period 1 Music class, mallet percussion section, will have a sectional rehearsal tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3:05 p.m. in Room B66.                  J. Cheesman

A reminder to all students who signed up for our lunch and learn today to please come to the Auditorium at the beginning of lunch.  Todayès topic is “Financing Your Post-Secondary Education”.  J. Romani

Announcements for Thursday, February 12, 2015

Congratulations to Nicholas Lo and Xander Collins-Louie on making it through t the City Finals for swimming!  Nicholas won a gold medal at the Regionals.  There will be a brief meeting for the Swim team today at lunch outside of Room Y02, the Phys Ed Office to go over the regional results.  R. Cranswick

Come to the Japanese Culture Club for the second half of our viewing of “The Last Samurai”  with cultural and historical commentary provided by Mr. Ravera.  The club has been postponed to today at lunch and will be held in Room B37.  The usual schedule will resume next week.  A. Ravera

Shakespearience Workshop!  Students are reminded that they are expected to come to the Drama Studio for 12:30 p.m. today to attend the workshop.  Light snacks will be provided to participants at this time.  Please ensure that you lock your bag/coat and belongings in your locker first.  T. Neub

Sorry Danforth!  The Table Tennis team tryouts tonight are cancelled.  Bring your tryout forms before next Wednesday’s tryout to Mr. Kwan or Mr. Turnbull.   H. Kwan

Champions of the Mind!  Being mentally or emotionally well is about managing stress levels, having a good support system, knowing how to deal with your feelings and having balance in your life.  You can make it through!  You just need to figure out that center inside of yourself; that will to live.  T. Maestri

Today is the last day to sign up for our lunch and learn workshop taking place on Tuesday in the Auditorium at lunch.  The topic is “Financing You Post-Secondary Education”.  Come to the Guidance Office to sign up.  J. Romani

Danforth is hosting 2 play-off Basketball games today after school.  Danforth is not playing in these games and therefore there are no spectators allowed.           R. Cranswick

Come to the Literacy Boost today in Room B75.  Pizza provided!  M. Angeli

African Heritage Month Announcement!  Oprah Winfrey has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history and is currently North America’s only black billionaire.  She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.  In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard University.  Credited with creating a more intimate form of media communication, she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue, which a Yale University study indicated broke 20th century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.  By the mid-1990’s she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement and spirituality.  L. Williams