Humans of FHCI: Couples Series

Iain Kaufman-O’Keefe and Sydney Coates, grade 12


How long have you two been dating?
Sydney: “Two months 15 days.”
Any plans for Valentine’s Day? 
Iain: “She’s in New York” Sydney: “And he’s watching Deadpool with his friends.”
What’s your favourite thing about Iain?
Sydney: “He’s a dork.”
What’s your favourite thing about Sydney?
Iain: “Her aura.”
Tell me something interesting about your relationship.
Sydney: “We get Chinatown food every Friday.”

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I am not a Poet…

I am not a poet
Because I already know it.
You try to show me but you are phony
And you try to phone me
Like ring ring
But I’m coming with the bling bling
I’m talking cha ching ching
And I hear the money sing sing.
You try to inspire
But I’m coming with the fire
I’m dropping bars like I’m dropping cars
Like Disney’s Pixar
I am the elixir.
By Dylan Mertzdorf

I am not a poet
Because I don’t know what to write.
I hate poetry because I’m too bright.
When people spit out a rhyme
They should go to jail for their crime.
I am not a poet
Because poetry is supposed to be deep
But when I read it — all I hear is “beeeep”
And poetry is over-dramatic
I would rather sit up in my attic.
I am not a poet
Because to write a poem you need creativity
And I am better at doing physical activity.
To write poetry you need a lot of free time
But I have a life — so I’m just fine.
By Nicole Cohen and Jen Adler

February 14 Around The Globe

By Denis Qeska and Rory Kates

What comes to mind when you think about the fourteenth day of February – Valentine’s Day? Many might envision flowers the colour of rubies, a card expressing admiration, gestures expressing adoration, or even a winged child letting heart-tipped arrows fly from their bow. However, just like this varies between individuals, how the day is celebrated varies between cultures. Here are just some of the unique ways that it is celebrated around the world:

Danish tradition includes the sending of rhyming “joke letters” to one’s beloved, but here is the twist, instead of signing their name, the sender would place a dot for each letter of their name. If the receiver correctly guesses who sent it, then they are rewarded with an Easter egg on Easter. Their practices also include friends to whom they send pressed snowdrops at this time.


South Africa:
Here women would typically pin the names of who they fancy on their sleeves, something dating back to ancient Rome.

On this occasion, a new practice has emerged: mass wedding ceremonies. Groups of hundreds of couples at a time tie the knot. One such event reportedly included some 350 couples.


One traditional French custom includes a “love lottery” of sorts. Men and women would stay at separate nearby locations and call out to each other their matches.

In summary, while there are various ways of celebrating this day, the same principles of affection remain constant.


What’s so controversial about Instagram?

Listen to Thalia Desmond’s podcast to find out:


Do you think refugees should be coming into Canada?

Hear what students are saying in this podcast by Denis Qeska:


What music are you listening to? 

Olivia Gould is asking the questions in this podcast:

Student Websites


Have you ever been on the hunt for that particular fashion item, and couldn’t find it? Let Annie Chusid help you out. Her website gives chic solutions that won’t pinch your wallet:

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Are you a female who plays sports? Samara Silver has played sports most of her life. She created her website to promote and empower female athleticism. Get connected to the women who rule sports:

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Are you a skateboarder? Want to learn? Check out Clayton Chate’s website to find out about his product picks, starter videos, and places to board in Toronto:

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5 Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

By Matt Lindzon

Valentine’s day is the perfect day to kick back, eat some popcorn with a cozy blanket and watch a movie about true love. It’s hard to decide which one to watch, so here are the best movies ever created for Valentine’s Day.

1. When Harry Met Sally
If you haven’t seen this movie, you’re missing out. The film follows the life of two complete opposites as they both search for true love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again, eventually becoming friends. They are then confronted with a problem, “can a man and a woman be friends?” It’s also a comedy, which makes it an even better watch!


2. The Notebook
In this film, two lovebirds, Noah (played by Ryan Gosling) and Allie (played by Rachel McAdams) are in a long tumultuous romance, starting out as a teen-summer fling. Despite the fact that Noah is from the wrong side of the tracks, Allie falls desperately in love. But then the summer is over, and Allie is engaged to a different man when the two meet once again. This creates a problem as all their feelings are still there.


3. 13 Going on 30
This sentimental movie starts in the 80s with an awkward teenage girl played by Jennifer Garner. The 13 year old girl wishes to be nothing more than a 30 year old woman. The movie then skips to when she is in her 30s, and she is a powerful and a hardworking woman in New York City, with rich friends and a professional hockey player boyfriend. The only problem is that Jenna is living with the mind of 13 year old girl. She finds happiness with her childhood next door neighbour Matt, played by Mark Ruffalo, who has to break the news to Jenna that they haven’t really talked since her 13th birthday.


4. 10 Things I Hate About You
Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles play the roles of outcasts in a typical American high school setting. Julia Stiles’ character makes it clear that she is not looking for love, but the self-assured boy with an Australian accent changes her mind.


5. 50 First Dates
The perfect duo, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, star in this comedic/ romantic film. Set in Hawaii, Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) turns from a wild one to a devoted boyfriend. The only issue is that the girl has no short term memory! This means she relives the same day over and over again. This movie is filled with comedy, but it is also a great romance.


What to do on Valentines Day if you don’t have a date

Valentine’s Day is hyped up as the most romantic day of the year. With deals on flowers, chocolates, and romantic dinners, someone without a date can feel lonely. Here are some ideas on places to go and things to do on Valentine’s day if you do not have a date.

1) Go to Café Demetré and eat your feelings
At a restaurant that serves waffles, ice cream, and crepes, you have a wide variety of delicious chocolatey options.

2) Romantic Comedy marathon with friends
Even if you cannot have your own romantic dinner, watch a movie relationship unfold right before your eyes in a matter of hours.

3) Get a massage or a mani-pedi
Self-care is always important, especially when you feel down about your love life. This might be the boost you need to feel confident in yourself again!

4) Bake desserts for your family/friends
Baking is a delicious way to spend your time and your friends and family will appreciate your scrumptious treats!

5) Go shopping with your friends
Buying yourself a new shirt will remind you that you don’t need a man (or woman) to make you happy!

6) Go out for a “romantic” dinner with your friends
This is an opportunity to have fun with your single friends and make memories at a fun, new restaurant.

7 ) Secret Valentine
Make it a game; round up all your friends, draw names from a hat, and buy each other little gifts that will be exchanged at someone’s house on Valentine’s Day.

Also, remember that in the big scheme of things, having a date on Valentine’s Day, especially in high school, should be low on your priority list. Focus on yourself, your grades, your friends, and your own success. Being single doesn’t define you! 🙂

6 Cheap but Decently Romantic Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day 

By Keigo Ogawa

For many, Valentine’s is a day in which money disappears from their wallets. Statistically, the annual spending of Valentine’s Day exceeds $13 billion dollars, as a person spends $150 on average. To anyone who is sane, that’s a lot of money (not all of us have a small loan of a million dollars). This article will provide you with cheap gift ideas so you can survive the day debt free.

i) Chocolates
One of the most typical gifts purchased on Valentine’s Day. There are cheap chocolates and then there are expensive ones. The latter will most definitely drain your wallet. Make a trip to your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart, and purchase a box that looks the fanciest.


ii) Homemade Sweets
If you’re a baker, make treats at home instead of buying them. You can never go wrong with Valentine’s classics like heart shaped cookies and brownies with pink sprinkles. For more inspiration, check out this article on Buzzfeed.


iii) Love Infinity Knot Ring
This delicate, uniquely shaped ring is trending among women. Crafted with 925 Sterling Silver, she can wear it everyday without worrying about oxidation. You can purchase it for around $10. Check it out at amazon.


iv) Couple Themed T-Shirts
Show everyone your status by wearing matching T shirts. You can customize a T at companies like CustomInk. For cute, Disney related couple clothing, check out


v) Flowers
Nothing says “I love you” more than a beautiful bouquet of flowers. They come in a variety of prices, and can be bought anywhere, especially during Valentine’s. You can also order them online from companies such as Teleflora. Comes with free delivery.


vi) Romantic Novels
If your significant other is someone who loves to read, a romantic novel could be the perfect gift. There is a variety of books to choose from, such as Erich Segal’s Love Story, E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, and Calvin Trillin’s About Alice. Most are purchased under $20.


Lastly, the ultimate way to spend less on Valentine’s Day is to stay single. Snuggle in your bed with a bowl of popcorn, and watch Netflix.

Letter from the Editors (Fall 2015)

Dear Students and Staff of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute,

We are thrilled to share the release of the 2015 Fall Edition of Forest Hill’s online newspaper with you! We would like to thank our hardworking and talented contributors for all of the content that you will see in this edition. The Head Editors, in cooperation with the contributors, have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the school year to bring you articles that are relatable and interesting.

All articles reflect Forest Hill’s student life and popular culture of 2015.

We know that school is in full swing and everyone feels tired, so here is a quick video about a day in the life of a student at Forest Hill:

This edition contains a wide range of topics, including politics, music, advice, editorials, and much more. We are thrilled to announce that our most popular piece from last year, Humans of FHCI, will be featured again in this year’s newspaper!

To expand our reach, we now have a Facebook page, and an Instagram account, @humansoffhci, to share articles and make them more accessible to you.

We are aiming for the Golden Falcon to be an outlet for students to speak their minds and express their opinions in a fun and creative way. We are always looking for more contributors, so please do not hesitate to contact a Head Editor or attend one of our meetings if you are interested. We look forward to an amazing year!

-The Head Editors of the Golden Falcon

Thank you Falcons!

Hey Forest Hill!

It’s Student Council here to update you on all of the amzaing work we’ve done so far. Can you believe it’s already November?! Not only have we raised more school spirit, but we have also raised approximately $300 MORE than last year in both our Terry Fox and United Way Week fundraisers! Together, we have helped changed the lives of people in need. We want to thank you Falcons so much for your amazing support througout the first three months of school.

As well, we are excited to announce our new event, which will take place the week of November 30th.

The hoilday season is fast approaching and we are proud to host an FHCI Toy Drive!

The snow is falling and the hearts are warming as the holiday season rolls in. From November 30th to December 4th, we will be collecting NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOYS to be donated to the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. Any new and unwrapped toys are to be donated in the festive boxes in the main office all week. CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish will distribute the toys to children of families in need across the Greater Toronto Area so that every child has an opportunity to receive a gift this Christmas. Let’s all show some FHCI school and holiday spirit by supporting this meaningful cause!
-Toys for infants 0-12 months
-Art and Craft Supplies (such as crayons, markers, paint)
-Basketballs, soccer balls, mini hockey sticks and other sports equipment
-Toy cars
-Books, colouring books
-Hygiene packs


Starting November 30th, donation boxes will be in the foyer.


Student Council




Crouch, Bind, Set!

Highlights of the FHCI Girls Rugby 7’s Tournament

By: Zoebelle Flores

October 15, 2015 

Scrum Half – Rylee Cohen, Veteran


Hazel Acosta, team captain, makes an aggressive tackle.


Jersey and hair pulling are both legal and effective actions which hinder the opponent. Rule of thumb: always have the hair braided and the shorts tightly tied.


“My life flashed before my eyes.” – Tia Miosic, First Year


First Year players, Charlotte Domingos and Kana Ogawa
Wing – Lorena Baston, Veteran




Movie and TV Reviews

By: Gio Dela Cruz

Featured Movie: The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials


This thrilling, fast-paced, and action-packed sequel to the Maze Runner brings new surprises every minute. The Maze was impossible, but now Thomas and his fellow Gladers find themselves in an almost too welcoming facility that claims to oppose the organization, WICKED (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department). In this facility, the Gladers learn that they were not the only ones put in a maze by WICKED and join other survivors to share their experiences. Every night at dinner, Thomas and his friends observe that survivors are suspiciously taken away by men in the facility for an unknown reason. However, with a bit of investigating, the group learns that the men are actually working alongside WICKED and are conducting dangerous experiments on the children they take away. Upon learning this, the small group of Gladers along with a few other friends escape the building, only to find themselves stuck in a barren land known as “The Scorch”. However, not all hope is lost! The group hears rumours of a resistance called “The Right Arm”, who hopes to stop WICKED and is located across the Scorch. Follow Thomas and the others as they bravely attempt to cross the Scorch, encountering tough obstacles such as zombie-like creatures, lightning storms, and drunk goths to reach safety and fight back WICKED.

Featured TV Show: Bojack Horseman


This hilarious Netflix original series that premiered in 2014 focuses on the life of a humanoid horse named “BoJack Horseman”. BoJack (voiced by Will Arnett) was once the star of the hit TV Show “Horsin’ Around” until it was mysteriously cancelled. Now he lives a depressed life in a once beautiful mansion, drinking booze regularly and vomiting cotton candy. With persistent media attacks, his reputation begins to rot. As a result, a fellow TV star “Mr. Peanut Butter” starts to steal the spotlight. Mr. Horseman decides it is time to rebuild his life and become famous once again. Join BoJack as he hilariously attempts to reconstruct his life with the help of his agent named Princess Carolyn (voiced by Amy Sedaris) and writer Diane Nguyen (voiced by Alison Brie). With its dark humor, smart remarks, and lovable characters, you are sure to love “BoJack Horseman”.

Arielle Lavine and Lynda Wu, Graduates

By Tal Harxhi

Arielle Lavine and Lynda Wu: What was your best moment in High School? On the music trip in grade 12, Linda Wu, Sinju Pao, Nina Webber and I went to the woods in the middle of the night and ate noodles with a comb and made it with shower water in the bathroom. And you Linda.... During music camp, we were too lazy to take off our boots and put them back on every time so we went from building to building and ran around in our slippers and socks

What was your best moment in High School?

Arielle: On the music trip in grade 12, Lynda Wu, Shinju Pao, Nina Webber and I went to the woods in the middle of the night and ate noodles with a comb and made it with shower water in the bathroom.

And you Lynda…?

Lynda: During music camp, we were too lazy to take off our boots and put them back on every time so we went from building to building and ran around in our slippers and socks.

Forest Hill’s New Club: The Crafting Club

By: Sarah Chu

We have a crafting club? Yes, indeed! It began last year with around ten members who all shared a passion to make crafts and give back to the school community. With their hardworking president, Xinni Lin, they have made crafts for Pink Day and want to to expand the crafts that they can make.

Their work includes a wide variety of creations ranging from headbands to scarves. As a crafter myself, I went to ask the president some questions, and received some interesting answers.

Q: When is the club running and where?
A: Crafting club runs tuesdays at lunch in room G25.

Q: What started the idea of a crafting club in school?
A: The idea of Crafting Club started when my friend was knitting in school and other friends found it fascinating and wanted to learn so we decided to start our own club dedicated to making crafts.

Q: What kind of crafts do you do?
A: We have a lot of yarn so we knit and crochet various items for our own interest such as fingerless gloves and scarves at the moment. We plan to make small plushies, pompoms, embroidery, crochet flower, and flowers from tissue paper in the future, and we are open to more suggestions.

Q: Do you make crafts for any events/charities?
A: We plan to make crafts for school events and charities. For example, last year during our meetings we made headbands and decorated T-shirts for Pink day.

This year, we plan to make knitted goods such as socks to donate to charities so that homeless people can stay warm during the harsh winter.

Q: Who are the sponsoring teachers?
A: The sponsoring teachers are Ms. Campbell and Ms. A.Chan, who are cool and wonderful teachers. I am extremely grateful for their invaluable assistance with running the club and for going above and beyond merely supervising the club.

Q: What are some goals you want accomplished from crafting club?
A: I want Crafting Club to inspire people to discover their passion for making crafts and learn to persevere through a time-consuming project.

It is a close-knit community where people can learn and teach each other and new members are always welcome to join.

In addition to being fun and relaxing, I want crafting club to make a difference by assisting the school and the community through its crafts.

If you are interested in making crafts and having a good time, join Crafting Club!

Calling All Coffee Addicts!

By Mira Rossen, Emma Blatt, Emma Bogner, and Zoe Flores

Himalayan Java

Location: 2552 Yonge St (Yonge and Eglinton)
If you’re looking for a quiet study atmosphere near school, hop on the eastbound 32 bus and head to Himalayan Java. Only a short distance from FHCI, this coffee shop is a great place to enjoy some food while hitting the books.

Chill out with an iced mocha if you’re sweating over an upcoming test.

The Mad Bean

Location: 519 Eglinton Ave West (Forest Hill)
If you’re looking for an indie oasis just steps away from the school, swing by The Mad Bean. This independent coffee shop, run by friendly family trio Brian, Lisa and Cody, provides an amazing ambience.

Intriguing artwork, an eclectic bookshelf and regular live music performances make The Mad Bean stand out.

Stop by after class for a quick smoothie or drop in on the weekend and listen while you sip.

Rooster Coffee House

Location: 2 locations: 479 Broadview Ave (Riverdale) and 343 King St East (Downtown)
If you love lattes and enjoying the outdoors, pay a visit to the Riverdale location of Rooster Coffee House. In addition to making amazing hot lattes (better than their iced version), this coffee shop is accessible from Riverdale Park and is recommended for weekend relaxation.

Make yourself at home on the patio and take in a wonderful view of Toronto.

Whether you’re craving something sweet or savoury to eat, Rooster has you covered. Both the sweets and the orange olive oil muffins are excellent choices.

Seven Grams

Location: 131 Avenue Road (Yorkville)

If you’re looking for a café fairly close to FHCI with a little bit of everything, check out Seven Grams.

Delicious sandwiches, healthy treats, eye-catching art along the walls and a community feel – suitable for studying or socializing – are just a few of the great features of Seven Grams. With a two-floor interior offering free Wi-Fi, as well as nice big windows and an outdoor patio, this coffee shop truly has something for everyone.

Snakes and Lattes

Location: 2 locations – 600 Bloor St West (Annex/Koreatown) and 489 College St (Little Italy)
If you love to play games, then Snakes and Lattes is the perfect café for you.

Equipped with more board games than you can count, this great get-together location offers a variety of dishes, snacks and beverages.

This is an ideal weekend spot for socializing. However, do not expect to walk in and get a table right away. There may be a wait, so bring some friends along to pass the time, both at the door and on the game board!

Notable Mentions

Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
Multiple locations, cozy dark ambience, good for studying
Baker & Scone
Fairly close to school, countless scone flavours, good for breakfast
Boxcar Social
Multiple locations, lots of space & very cozy, open late, good for studying
Dark Horse
Multiple locations, great strong coffee, good for an all-day weekend study session
Hotel Gelato
Very close to school, hot and cold drinks, plus gelato, good for socializing

Sandeep Niranjan, Graduate

By Tal Harxhi

 Sandeep Niranjan: Which teacher inspired you the most to take the career path you wanted to go into too? Well it may be indirect but I suppose Ms. Dalamba definitely made a huge contribution to what I chose and what I wanted to do in my future. She didn’t really affect my decision for law but more so pursuing a degree that really helps me be more enthusiastic about what I want to do. She also helped me with presenting and speaking and become more socially strong and adaptable to any situation.

Which teacher inspired you the most to take the career path you wanted to go into too?

Well it may be indirect but I suppose Ms. Dalamba definitely made a huge contribution to what I chose and what I wanted to do in my future. She didn’t really affect my decision for law but more so pursuing a degree that really helps me be more enthusiastic about what I want to do. She also helped me with presenting and speaking and become more socially strong and adaptable to any situation.

Dear Grade 9 Me…

By Janet Chukwu and Kejsi Vaso and Mira Rossen

We asked senior students for advice that they would give themselves if they were back in grade nine. Below, a collection of senior students share their best pieces of advice based on years of high school experience. In other words, this is what they wish someone  had told them when they were in grade 9.

Dear grade 9 me, the great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do; they’ll also be the things that happen to you.

Dear grade 9 me, don’t stress too much about grade 9 since it gets way harder; dress better, and making friends is easier than it seems so don’t worry about it.

Dear grade 9 me, keep your work ethic throughout all of high school.

Dear grade 9 me, study hard.

Dear grade 9 me, DON’T PLAGIARIZE.

Dear grade 9 me, getting your phone taken away isn’t that bad.

Dear grade 9 me, join clubs.

Dear grade 9 me, don’t be afraid to leave your friend group and try things outside your comfort zone.

Dear grade 9 me, claim your lunch spot early.

Dear grade 9 me, plan ahead for your future.

Dear grade 9 me, don’t procrastinate.

Dear grade 9 me, fast track courses to reduce stress in your grade 12 year.

Dear grade 9 me, ask questions. Being curious isn’t a bad thing.

Dear grade 9 me, find the quickest path to your classes so you don’t get stuck in a hallway traffic jam.

Dear grade 9 me, go for extra help with teachers. Just do it.

Dear grade 9 me, you don’t need to eat beef patties every single day.

Dear grade 9 me, the grade 12’s are just as lost as you are. Don’t worry.

Dear grade 9 me, be social and make more new friends.

Dear grade 9 me, you should have transferred to Forest Hill earlier.

Dear grade 9 me, don’t be so hard on yourself.

Dear grade 9 me, I wish I could tell myself that I would grow so much more than I could have ever expected in my wildest dreams. That these four years of high school would shape me in profound ways, whether through the relationships I’ve cultivated (one in particular) or just the people I was surrounded with in my classes.

So, Grade nines, remember that it gets better and you will survive high school!