By: Gefen Selchen It all began in 1923, when owners and tenants living in what was then known as Spadina Heights were discontent with the public services provided by York Township. On November 30, 1923, the York County Council approved the separation of the neighbourhood from York, and on December 15, 1923, the Village of … More How Our Forest Hill Came to Be
By: Sonika Humar | Co-Editor How does Cope Council aim to help improve mental health for the students of FHCI?As a mental health council, our goal is always to help improve the wellbeing of the studentsaround us. In our programming, we focus on areas from self-care to education. We also fundraiseto support local mental health … More Clubs of FHCI: Cope Council!
By: Sonika Humar | Co-Editor Why did you decide to become a teacher?I decided to become a teacher because, when I was a kid, I worked at a basketball camp. I realized loved working with people. I also loved education, but didn’t love school, and so I wanted to be able to teach in a … More Teachers of FHCI: Mr. Billinghurst
By: Nicholas Pope Mehul Sarin! Mehul is a grade 10 student and the Junior Vice President at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and loves everything the school has to offer. I had the pleasure of interviewing him at lunchtime, getting to know more about him as well as what his interests are. I hope you have … More Humans of FHCI: Mehul Sarin, Junior Vice President
By: Sonika Humar | Co-editor & Author On October 30th, Parents and students received an email regarding the declaration of a strike by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in protest of the unlivable wages that the Progressive Conservative Government is currently giving Ontario education workers. CUPE announced that, due to the Government’s unwillingness … More CUPE Strike: What You Need to Know
by: Vida Adair-Matus Jennifer Smith is one of two child youth workers in our school. Her room, known as The Hive, works to provide a safe and comfortable environment for each student who needs it. The more I talked to my peers about Jenn, the more I was about the role she takes on in … More Humans of FHCI: Jennifer Smith
By: Eray Tanburoglu Many know Halloween as the day of “scary”. However, Halloween can be celebrated with joy and laughter! During Halloween night, many can hear the happy sounds of kids going around trick or treating, all dressed up in costumes of various monsters from fairy tales. As such, they are able to collect sweet … More Scary Movies to Enjoy During Halloween
By: Kyle Williams For the most part, the 2021 – 2022 school year has been a rough, yet smooth-ended ride. As coronavirus variants spread within Toronto, it wasn’t too long before many students would eventually get Covid within the school and throughout the TDSB system. Measures began to ease up, forcing 2 weeks of the … More The Extreme Heat Waves in Toronto: Explained
Original Art by: Raj Uxa
By: Gefen Selchen My Brilliant Friend By Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend is book one of a four part series labeled The Neapolitan Quartet. It is set in 1950s Naples, Italy, and gorgeously unravels the fascinating and intricate relationship between two Italian girls, Lenu and Lila. It describes their upbringing and how their rivalry and … More Five Books To Read This Summer
Watch short films by some talented grade 11 students: Ellaha, Mike, and Sarah
Watch short films by some talented grade 12 students: Maya, Aden, and Charlie
Written by: Zoé Ermatinger, Photos by Vida Matus Coffee House at FHCI is a place for music lovers to gather and enjoy live music performed by talented students as well as free snacks and drinks. This year’s second Coffee House was animated by Ari and Zelal. They did an amazing job at getting the audience … More FHCI’s Coffee House 2022
Original Art by: Raj Uxa
By: Eray Tanburoglu As Spring approaches you might start to realize that new flowers and trees have started to appear. This might get you wondering what else changes in Spring and what qualities Spring might have that makes it different from the other seasons. You might possibly know everything there is to know about Spring, … More Spring Questionnaire!
By: Brooke Mirabella What grade are you in? – “Grade 11” Are you happy to be back in-person this year? – “Yeah, I am glad we will get to experience normal high school to some extent this year” What has been your favourite class this year? – “I have actually really enjoyed my physics class … More Humans of FHCI: Jesse Dale￼
By: Dani Zeiler As you know, April is a time where there is one random snowfall, the weather generally gets warmer, and flowers start to bloom. It is also the time of year when many religious holidays are celebrated! This year, the Jewish people celebrated Passover, the Christian people celebrated Easter, and Muslim people celebrated … More The History Behind Holidays Celebrated in April
By: Nicholas Pope As many of you know, spring has finally come about despite the temperature still being as ice-berg cold as ever. That means that sooner or later, you’ll run into one of those flowers that really just catch your eye. The type that makes you backtrack on your current journey, doing a 180 … More 5 Spring Flowers That are Totally Awesome!
By: Kyle Williams On the 24th of February 2022, Russian troops crossed the south, north, and east of Ukrainian borders, causing it to be the biggest escalation of military advancement since World War 2. As of the writing of this article, at least 23,000 civilians have been killed from bombings, causing over 4 million people … More OPINION: Russia’s Invasion On Ukraine: Explained
By: Kyle Williams Civils rights leader and activist Martin Luther King Jr once said “A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.” In referencing the impact of a movement and the changes it can bring in making a more equal and … More Black Lives Matter: The Impact of a Movement
By: Gefen Selchen Chocolate is everywhere you look, no matter where you are! Here’s a brief history about chocolate around the world. The story starts off in ancient Mesoamerica, present day Mexico, where the ancient Olmecs, and later ancient Mayans were known to have used cacao beans in beverages. A popular drink was one in … More Chocolate Around The World
Original Art by: Raj Uxa
By: Eray Tanburoglu As winter approaches it becomes harder and harder to go outside and enjoy outdoor activities. We all decide to stay indoors and in most cases watch Netflix, play games, workout or even play board games with family and friends. However, even those can become boring after doing them over and over. So, … More A Fun Interactive Animation: A Student Animation
By: Daria Draskovic Most people have heard of the recent situation surrounding world-renowned Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic. Sitting at a rank of number 1 in the world, he was anticipated to be a massive contender at the upcoming Australian Open. However, this year, things were different. Australia has been globally recognized as one of … More Novak Djokovic: What Happened, and What Should be Done
Original Art by: Raj Uxa
Love, It’s a concept I fail to comprehend, When all I see are the broken pieces that people leave behind They say “ To love is to be broken” But how many times can a glass be shattered before it can never be put back together again? A love that leaves a residue of divorce, … More POETRY CONTEST WINNER: What is Love? By Yolanda Ifepe
I want to fall peacefully Like the beautiful leaves in autumn Gracefully touching the land that we call home I want to feel the breeze Trickling around my body As I walk with the gorgeous sunrise in the morning. It’s amazing what nature does to you really As the sun gives you warmth and happiness … More POETRY CONTEST SPECIAL MENTION: Autumn Leaves by Dilay Dere
The season of fall ends revitalisation. A role of change to a strong vocation. As the crops go to bed and the leaves are widespread, The sweet, serene sunlight disappears overhead. The temperate winds protrude to the north, The inclement climate concludes to go forth. Great beasts of the north endure hibernation, Fair fledgelings and … More POETRY CONTEST SPECIAL MENTION: Ode to Winter by Raj Uxa
Parted Beijing to this city, reading English with a frown on Started off by swimming seas of toddler’s books, that’s where I drowned on Reading Dr. Seuss, from Wimpy Kid to Nancy Drew and now I’m Reading ’bout a thane in Scotland kill his king to put a crown on Wasn’t gonna stay in ESL … More POETRY CONTEST SPECIAL MENTION: Tangent: Comeback Time by Junting Wu
By: Daria Draskovic Winter is here, meaning the holidays are coming! When many people think of the word “holidays”, more widespread and widely known ones such as Christmas usually come to mind. However, at this time of year, there are so many more multicultural holidays that many of us don’t know about! Here are just … More 5 Multicultural Holidays That You Might Not Know About
It’s getting colder outside and winter is on its way! Find out how well you know this freezing season by taking the quiz below!
By: Zoe Ermatinger DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS SUPPOSED TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AND FIND WAYS TO COPE. THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO SELF DIAGNOSE OR SELF MEDICATE. Seasonal affective depression (SAD), or seasonal depression, is a type of depression that is related to seasonal change. In more often cases, … More What is Seasonal Depression and How Can You Handle It?
By: Gefen Selchen The poem titled The Night Before Christmas, also known as Twas The Night Before Christmas, and A Visit from St. Nicholas, is largely known to have been written by Clement Clarke Moore. However, what you might not have known, is that not everyone believes Moore to be the true author. The origin … More The Mystery Behind Who Really Wrote This Famous Christmas Poem
By: Eray Tanburoglu As the holidays approach, it is always good to plan ahead and get things to do during the holidays. That could be buying tickets for a new movie, buying a new puzzle to finish, or, the most popular of all, playing Monopoly. Well, I can’t give you guys any of those, however, … More Holiday Crossword Puzzle
By: Nicholas Pope The holidays are almost here and I for one can’t wait! When I think about holidays, a ton of different ideas float into my mind ever so freely, remembering what they’re all about. If I’m going to be 100 percent honest, it sometimes excites me more than anyone could ever imagine with … More Things to Do During the Holidays!
By: Molly Singer Scorpios are born from October 23 to November 21. Here are some facts about them!
By: Brooke Mirabella What grades are you in? Both: “11.” How long have you known each other? Evan: “Since SK, kindergarten.” Dan: “Yeah, kindergarten at Holy Blossom.” How did you become friends? Dan: “Our cubbies in our kindergarten class were next to each other because our last names are close together so we started talking … More Humans of FHCI (Best Friend Edition): Dan Isenberg and Evan Kerzner
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By: Kyle Williams Having been teaching for over a decade now, I got to sit down with FHCI’s math teacher Ms. Matte. Continue reading and you’ll find a lot of interesting things about Ms. Matte and her love for the students at FHCI, plus she’s an amazing baker! (Want proof? Ask our VP Mr. Ghassibe) … More Teachers Of FHCI: Ms. Matte
By: Brooke Mirabella – What grade are you in? “Grade 11.” – Are you happy to be back at school? Why? “Yeah kind of. I like school but I do miss online school because I had a nice routine going on and its kinda hard to stay motivated. I do like seeing my friends and … More Humans of FHCI: Emmy Pressman
By: Dani Zeiler With Halloween coming up, friends and family are making plans to celebrate. Many people are trick or treating, decorating their house, and going to (socially distanced) parties. It is quite cold though, and a popular alternative to going out is watching a horror or thriller movie for Halloween. For all the people … More Top five not-scary movies for Halloween
By: Molly Singer Have fun finding the words in this spooky word search!
By: Gefen Selchen The holiday we now know as Halloween has quite an interesting history. Its origins date back to the 9th and 10th centuries when a festival called Samhain was commonly celebrated in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. Samhain is believed to have Celtic pagan origins and … More The History of Halloween
By: Molly Singer Spooky season is around the corner, and the best way to celebrate is with some not-so-scary treats! Here are some recipes you can try: Pumpkin Bars Spooky Chocolate Cookies Peanut Butter Spider Cookies Halloween Macarons Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Brownies Skeleton Sugar Cookies Mummy Pumpkin Hand Pies Coffin Sandwich Cookies Hats and Bats … More Top 10 Halloween Baking Recipes
By: Nicholas Pope Halloween 2021! As you might or might not know, Halloween is just around the corner, closer to us thanever before! People are going to dress up in costumes, snacks are going to be shared far andwide and it’s going to be a great time no matter how you look at it. Sure, … More Halloween Costumes for This Year!
By: Emily Lindzon Minutes into his new Netflix special, The Closer, Dave Chapelle follows an antisemitic joke with the words “it’s gonna get worse than that.” Oh boy, did it get worse than that. After sitting through a confusing hour of hateful ‘comedy’, I feel the need to break down some especially problematic aspects of … More OPINION: Punching Down: Why Dave Chappelle’s The Closer is Worse Than You Think
By: Kyle Williams TORONTO – It was recently Orange Shirt day, and it came to my attention how little orange shirts were worn during such an important day. Even I myself was not aware to wear an orange shirt despite the multiple announcements at school in the past days. Also, my attention span, that of … More OPINION: The Problem with Orange Shirt Day, and Why No One Takes It Seriously (and how to fix it)
Drawings by: Raj Uxa, grade 10
By: Ellaha Salehy June 15, 2021 June is known internationally as Pride month, a time where members of the LGBTQ2+ hold celebrations and recognize the heroes of the past that made it possible for everybody to be themselves. There are a lot of people that bring up the question “Why is pride month important?” or … More Pride Month 2021!
To celebrate Pride month, we reached out to FHCI’s GSA with some important questions about Pride. Emily Lindzon, one of the heads at the club, gave some amazing answers! What does Pride Month mean to you? Pride month is a time to celebrate uniqueness and diversity. Though it is fun and celebrated here in Canada, … More FHCI’s GSA on Pride
By: Ellaha Salehy On February 26, 2021, Sick Kids hospital released a study showing how COVID-19 has affected youth mental health. The researchers surveyed over 1000 parents of kids and teens from 2 years to 18 years old. The study focused on six different categories of mental health; depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, irritability, attention span, and … More Teen Mental Health During Quarantine
By: Maha Omer Every year on May 21st we celebrate Diversity Day, officially known as Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This international holiday recognizes multiculturalism, ethnic backgrounds, and races. We commemorate Diversity Day by acknowledging different cultures and deepening our understanding of the importance that cultural diversity holds. The 1965 Immigration Act gave us … More Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: Importance, Origin, and Forming Strong Connections
By: Sonika Humar On May 27th, 2021, President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to reinvigorate their efforts in determining the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, this time aiming their focus on the possibility that COVID-19 could have been produced in a Wuhan Laboratory. This order came months after he dismissed it as a fringe … More Biden Orders U.S. Intelligence to Further Investigate COVID-19 Origin
By: Daria Draskovic In the 1960s, 61 human skeletons were excavated in the Nile Valley, and were long thought to be the casualties of the world’s earliest war. However, these skeletons, which are more than 13,000 years old, have helped to prove that the warfare was caused by climate change. According to NASA, “Climate change … More World’s Oldest War Caused by Climate Change
By: Daria Draskovic On Tuesday, April 20, Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer arrested for George Floyd’s death, was found guilty of all charges, which included second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. In May of 2020, 46 year-old George Floyd was arrested by Chauvin for allegedly trying to use a fake 20 dollar … More Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of All Charges
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By: Sonika Humar On April 12th, 2021, a leaked video catching flashing, triangle-shaped objects flying around a US warship has been confirmed to be authentic, as said in an official statement made by the Pentagon. They also confirmed that the video was taken by US Navy personnel, although they declined to officially label the objects … More Leaked Footage of ‘Pyramid-Shaped’ UFOs is Real, Pentagon Says
By: Francesca Chernous Thursday, April 22 – Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Government have made the decision to work towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45%, or 296 megatonnes, compared to 2005. The prime minister announced this during an international climate summit, which was brought together by United States President Joe Biden. Furthermore, he mentioned … More Justin Trudeau to Cut Down Greenhouse Gases by 40% by 2030
FHCI’s first ever virtual coffee house will be taking place soon and the Music Directorate invites YOU to join and show your school spirit. This is a perfect opportunity to get a glimpse into the musical talent at our school. It will be taking place on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 4:00 pm on Zoom. … More Virtual Coffee House!!
The Falcon’s Nest is the newest way to be in the know about everything happening at FHCI, brought to you by members of the student council! April Broadcast: March Broadcast:
The grade 9s and 11s of FHCI have made some amazing artwork! Check it out below! Grade 9 Art Grade 11 IDC
By: Daria Draskovic Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help others, all while strengthening important skills and meeting new people. These opportunities can be hard to find right now, but there are a number of virtual volunteering opportunities that are available for high school students! Check out some of … More Virtual Volunteering Opportunities in April
By: Vida Adair Matus Do you have any tips for incoming grade 9s to manage their workload? When I was in Grade 9, I managed my workload by using scheduling apps which helped out a ton. The peace of mind that comes with having your week planned out is unmatched. It’s such a convenient thing … More Humans of FHCI: Aiden Muscovitch, Social Justice Rep.
By: Ellaha Salehy Yukon recently took a progressive leap and extended health care coverage to include more surgeries and procedures, most notably including changes to the body to match an individuals’ identity. According to CBC, this seems to portray Yukon as a more socially progressive territory than the provinces and signals growth for Canada as … More Yukon Puts Out New Gender Inclusive Policy
By: Francesca Chernous Trigger Warning: discussions about suicide On March 7, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which provided some insight into The Royal Family in Britain. The couple officially left their royal duties last March. They now live in Canada with their son, Archie. One of the most crucial things that … More “I Just Didn’t Want To Be Alive Anymore” Harry and Meghan’s Explosive Interview With Oprah
By: Vida Adair Matus Was there a specific moment or time that you realized you wanted to be a teacher? Somewhere around grade 11 or 12 when I had to decide what I was going to do next. I looked at all the jobs I had up to that point and I was always the … More Teachers of FHCI: Ms. Neumann
By: Maha Omer Why did you decide to run for grade 9 rep? I decided to run for grade 9 rep because going into Forest Hill I only knew a few people, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to put myself out there to meet new people. I knew especially this year it … More Humans of FHCI: Samara Golger, Grade 9 Rep
By: Daria Draskovic International Women’s Day falls on March 8th, every year. However, this event is more than just a date. It represents the millions of women around the world fighting for gender equality, and recognizes the amazing contributions women have brought to all fields of society. This all started in the early 1900s, a … More International Women’s Day: History, Meaning, and the Continuing Fight for Equality
By Cagla Hatun Arslan, Tatiana Clarke, Gabriela Ribeiro-Oliveira A victim. George Floyd was a victim. There is no “but”. There is no explanation for his murder. There is nothing to doubt about his character. There is no excuse for George Floyd’s death. Stories of victims have been told, and that is not recent. There is … More Op-Ed: Confronting Injustice Beyond Black Squares
In a time of Covid-19, Sutton Hull interviews various versions of… himself?
Forest Hill has the best staff! Check out these awesome videos that they have put together for you, the students!
One comic strip memoir and two video diaries that glimpse into student life under lockdown. Neta’s comic memoir Tatiana’s video diary Carolina’s video diary
Hey Forest Hill! In attempt to spread light and positivity during these times, student council has been planning initiatives to help out 🙂 Enjoy!! #weareinthistogether #stayathome