The Autonomous Hour

        After spending an intense six weeks working on the most complex robot Forest Hill has ever seen, it was finally time for our robotics competition at York University. This year’s robot was equipped with a pneumatic (pressurized air-based) intake system and conveyor belt to play in the FIRST robotics competition. Our game strategy was to be a quick, nimble, low-profile robot that could perform its task with consistency and efficiency.

        As we passed inspection and tested our primary mechanisms, we knew it was time for our first match. It began with an unfortunate start, as our robot’s pre-written code did not execute as intended in the autonomous phase of the game. Nevertheless, with a bit of luck, we managed to get through this portion of the match unscathed. When the tele-op phase of the match began, our driver rushed to grab the Xbox controller to manually command our robot to pick up cubes and put them in the necessary locations. The first couple of cubes were successfully placed without much difficulty, but after those, we found ourselves unable able to pick them up anymore. From the driver’s station, we could not tell what was wrong with the robot. We kept trying to pick up cubes and failed each and every time. We lost our first match by a substantial margin, but this was not of much importance compared to the fact that a piece of metal on the robot’s intake was bent. Quickly rushing back to our pit, we replaced the warped gusset plate and reinforced it with another one. With this out the way, we felt more confident that our performance would improve.

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At the competition

 

        The following match began somewhat innocently; the robot’s code was still error-filled, but we came close to figuring out the root of the issue. Everything was going decently until our robot smashed into one of the field elements, ripping the entire intake mechanism off of the robot. As I saw the robot’s arm dragging across the field, I thought the damage would be irreparable. After the match, we bolted onto the field hoping to fix the robot as quickly as humanly possible – only to find out that our next match was in ten minutes. It was humiliating. Without an intake mechanism on the robot, there was little we could do to contribute. A few frustrating games without an intake system later, we finally had the chance to reattach the robot’s arm to be able to play the game as intended. Learning our lesson, we secured the robot’s intake system with a combination of bolts and rivets. We also pinpointed the issue with our autonomous code and corrected it.

        It was an incredible feeling for us to be able to play matches without technical issues. Our autonomous code did exactly what we needed it to and we finally got the chance to play our own game rather than one dictated by our more experienced alliance partners. We got to show all of the other teams at the York that team 5699, the Robo Sapiens, came to compete.

Despite all of these setbacks, this experience was anything but a failure. We built a robot that could accomplish what we intended it to, had the opportunity to express our creativity a medium that unlike any other, fundraised thousands of dollars, worked alongside professional engineers, and most importantly went from a group of nerd building robots in a biology room to a family. And, of course, we worked with what are unquestionably the most dedicated teachers in the school. They sacrificed enormous amounts of time away from their families so we could undertake this daunting – and incredible – project. I would like to extend the sincerest thanks to our lead mentors, Mr Kleiman and Mrs Wilk. In the most literal sense, this would not have been possible without their work on the robot and behind the scenes to get us to the competition. I will look back upon robotics as the single most important activity I could have taken part in during my high school career. At the end of the day, we didn’t just build a robot, we built character.

How the LEAP Club is “Making FHCI Green Again”

By Julia Funk, Aribah Khan and Eriselda Lleshi

This year LEAP club has been focusing a lot on waste. You may have noticed our posters on the wall during Canada’s Waste Reduction Week, or even bought a yummy grilled cheese sandwich for our fundraiser. Waste comes in all shapes and forms. What we need from you, is to become more aware of it. Keep reading to find out more about three very big forms of waste; food, textile, and electronic waste.

Food waste is becoming an increasingly big problem.  There is over $680 billion in food wasted every year but even so, there are 795 million undernourished people worldwide… less than one-quarter of all wasted food is enough to feed them ALL. Not to mention that food waste is also water waste (due to growing, production etc.) and with water pollution rapidly depleting our oceans, we don’t need to waste a single drop more. The only way things will get better is if we each do our part. You can start off by making sure you only buy what you need and checking your fridge every few days to make sure nothing is going bad before you get to eat it. A handy tip is to keep a “Eat First” Bin in your fridge. Even if something does go bad, don’t throw it out. I repeat do not throw it out! There are thousands of decomposers drooling over those scraps –so be a good citizen and feed some of your local earth worms. In return, we get fresh compost which can be used to grow more food. For more information and live counts on food waste check out : http://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/world_food_consumption_statistics/world_food_waste_statistics.

Textile waste is one of the least spoken about forms of waste, yet it has an immense impact on our environment. Textile waste is a material that is deemed unusable for its original purpose by the owner. In North America, over 9.5 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills every year even though 95% of these clothes could be reused or recycled. In Canada alone, we produce enough textile waste a year to make a mountain three times the size of the Rogers Centre! In today’s consumerist society we do not realize that we have increased our clothing consumption from 50 billion new garments in 2000, to over 100 billion in 2017. This huge production of clothes is using 1/3 of the world’s fresh water resources. So what can you do to help reduce the impact of your clothes? The options are endless; reuse them, give to homeless shelters, donate them to second hand stores like the Value Village, or even give them to big retail stores who recycle them! Visit http://citywasteservices.ca/2016/12/15/the-essential-guide-to-clothes-donation-and-recycling-in-toronto/ to check out more on what to do with your unwanted clothes.

E-waste is an informal term to describe the consumer and business electronics which are nearing or at the end of their useful life. This applies to any electronics such as your cellphones, laptops, tablets, and etc. A staggering 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic waste is generated worldwide every year, but only 11.4% of it is recycled. When electronics end up in landfills the toxins they contain such as mercury, lead, and cadmium contaminate our soil and water. Recycling these electronics instead will allow valuable resources to be reused as well as decrease their harmful effects on the environment. The amount of E- waste can be minimized through the mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Firstly, reducing the e-waste can be done through good maintenance of your electronics and careful decision making when first buying the electronics. Our functioning electronics can also be reused by donating them or selling them. Also, even if a product cannot be repaired, it can be recycled. There are many organizations that manage e-waste recycling such as EMCO disposal services, Recycling council of Ontario, and Greentronics computer recycling. You can make a difference and make our world a greener place by decreasing the use of these hazardous e-waste products. If you believe that your electronic is “trash,” do not throw it in in the trash! Bring it to any home hardware store, a drop-off Depot or even our schools very own Electronic Waste Bin found in the main office. Click the following link to find out more locations and more facts about our electronic waste:  https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/on/where-can-i-recycle

These are only three forms of waste but there are many more. We hope you will all become more mindful of your consumption and the impact of the waste you create. There is always a right way to dispose of items and we hope that you will choose the greener option. Your contributions to making the world a greener place are more significant than you think. As we work towards our goals one step at a time, keep in mind, it all starts with YOU!

Look forward to more articles by the LEAP Club to help “Make Forest Hill GREEN Again”

Student Organization Profile: Music Directorate

By Vanessa Ifepe

Music Directorate is made up of music students whose goal is to spread the sound of school spirit around the school. They are responsible for planning events such as Coffee House where students of all kind are invited to showcase their talents or come and support the performers. They also help to set up concerts such as Sounds of Spring and Chamber Night. Music Directorate hopes to encourage students who are not taking music academically to integrate into the music department. This club wants to show others that this part of the school isn’t exclusive to just music students. Just because you aren’t taking music this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t show off your musical talents or anything else you may be able to contribute! Throughout the school year, Music Directorate meets to discuss new ways to ensure that your year ends on a good note.

The Complete FHCI Club List 2017/18

A Shot at Life

L. Burnip

Afro-Carib Club

K. Berger

Albanian Culture Club

A. Moore

Art Club

S. Conley

Book Club

D. Haines

Business of Sports Club

E. Ketchum

Champions of Change

D. Cabral

Chess Club

C. Geomolean

Christian Fellowship Club

M. Thompson

Comedy Club

M. Roca

Community Transit Committee

S. MacDonald

Computer Science

A. Costin

Cookies 4 a Cure

E. Monaghan

Cookies for a Cure

R. Jackson

COPE Council

J. Ng

Dance Fashion Show

J. Homatidis/H. Russell

Debate Club

K. Berger

DECA Club

A. Costin

Drama Club

M. Roca

Envirommental Awareness

C. Soneriu

Falcons Cheer Squad

K. Brown

Filipino Club

J. Ibe

Film Critics Club

M. Roca

Football Analytics Club

K. Berger

Gender Sexuality Alliance

A. Chan

The Golden Falcon Newspaper (Student Organization)

E. Lee

Jewish Culture Club

M. Sable

Latino Club

D. Cabral

Law Club

M. Sable

Math Club

A. Basheer

Miracle Club for SickKids

L. Moore

Newcomer’s Club

H. Israelovitch

Politics & History Club

T. Rudan

Save the Animals

R. Jackson

Science Club

J. Pupovac

Sign Language Club

A. Strasberg

Social Action Club

D. Kleiman

Sports Management Club

L. Barber

Student Inclusion Program

K. Berger

TED Club

K. Berger

Video Game Club

D. Ferroni

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Keyanna B.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

My role in the show is a model and I’m in the exam scene and party scene.

What are your outfits?

For exam: leggings and sweatshirt Party: caramel? Camel? Grey body suit black jeans

If you could put any celebrity in the show to model with, who would it be?

Tyra banks, hands down.

If you do the show next year, what would you like to do?

I hope to be one of the coordinators.

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Sara P., Danielle F. & Daniela H.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

Sara: I am a co-producer, but specifically, a choreographer for the hip-hop dance.

What’s the show about?

Danielle Filler: the show is about high school and how it’s the time of our lives and we just wanted to choose a theme that represented high school and what high school meant to us – and that’s exactly what we did.

What was the most memorable thing that happened at rehearsals?

Sara: The finale, when we all walk together and we dance – we realized we were having the best time and we love what we’re doing and that we’re all dance fashion show family.

What celebrity would you cast to appear in the show if you could?

Danielle: Zac Efron, Channing Tatum. Sara: Adriana Lima.

What will you miss most about the show?

Daniela: Our friends, and being all together – it’s chaotic but then it all comes together and its fun.

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Cassie L.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

I’m a model in the party scene and exam scene.

What are your outfits/dresses?

Exam scene: sweat pants and tank top. Party: leather pants, heels, t-shirt.

What’s your favorite part of being in dance fashion show?

It’s fun to be with all your friends in the show and get out of school and look good.

What will be your role next year?

I’ll probably be a model again.

Dance Fashion Show 2017: Emma K.

By Osvald Klimi 

What’s your role in the show?

I’m a model.

What are your outfits?

For the back to school scene I wear a red skirt and a jacket and for the summer scene I wear a denim dress

What was the most memorable thing that happened at rehearsal?

The most memorable thing was probably the first time we did the dress rehearsal, because it was new for a lot of us and it was really fun.

If you could cast any celebrity to be in the show who would it be?

Probably Kendall Jenner

What do you hope to do in the show next year if you decide to do it?

I would probably like to be a model again.

Get Outside!

By Alissa Schwartz and the Student Travel Committee

Are you stressed out from too much homework? Trying to keep your new year’s resolution of being healthy? Broke from having to fuel your car? Well, lucky for you there is a simple answer to your problem. Walk, bike, and take the public transit, to travel to and from school. Walking and biking to school burns calories, so you can help maintain a healthy weight, and positive body image. You may find that going on a nice walk, or bike ride helps calm your nerves before taking a stressful test, or from finishing a busy day at school. Being active is proven to battle depression, stress and anxiety.

It is simple to make time to get exercise by using the beltline, or getting off a few bus stops early. Owning a car is nice, but driving in Eglinton traffic is time consuming and gas guzzling. It can get pretty expensive. If you live too far to walk or bike to school, the public transit is a great alternative. It is wonderful for the environment because you are not wasting gas, driving your individual motor vehicle. Driving to school creates seven times more greenhouse gas emissions, than taking public transit. The best part of riding public transit is just hanging out with your friends on the bus and/or subway. Your wallet will thank you for buying the student discounted bus fares. So if you’re tired of your trek home or to school, there are healthier and cheaper alternatives, that can do the environment and yourself some good.

The Community Transit Committee

By Nicole Smith and Erisa Shahinaj

The community transit committee is a student club at FHCI that works with Metrolinx and Green Communities Canada to promote alternative ways of getting to school besides driving. We promote walking, biking, or taking the TTC to school. Our other goal is to find ways to reduce congestion around the school caused by the 33 bus re-route and the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown. You may have heard us on the announcements or have seen our posters around the school. We collaborate with different organizations to voice student opinions on the TTC and their commutes to school. We also run campaigns around the school such as surveys and contests, which helps be able to provide the best possible outcome that benefits the students.

If you are interested in joining the community transit committee be sure to come to room 231 on Mondays at lunch to provide your input. Community service hours are also awarded to members of the committee! 

Can We Guess What Type of Commuter You Are Based On Your Interests?

By Nicole Smith and Erisa Shahinaj

We can guess what type of commuter you are by answering these questions:

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1. Pick your favourite school subject:

a. Science

b. Geography

c. Gym

2. Where would you rather walk?

a. Downtown

a. The Beaches

c. Treadmill

 3. What is your favourite drink?

a. Coffee

b. Water

c. Gatorade

4. What is your favourite pastime?

a. Reading

b. Photography

c. Listening to music

5. Pick a picture: 

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6. Do you like pineapple on your pizza?

a. Yes, how else would you eat it?

b. Gross no way!

c. I don’t care its pizza!


If you…

Chose mostly A:  TTC rider

Chose mostly B:  Walker

Chose mostly C:  Cyclist

Congratulations! You are mostly a ____________ ! This quiz was brought to you by the Community Transit Committee! Come join our club on Mondays at lunch in room 231 for a fun time and community service hours!

 

How “Cope Council” is Improving School-Wide Mental Health Awareness

By: Osvald Klimi

Cope Council was created in the 2015/2016 school year by six enthusiastic grade eleven students wishing to help their classmates deal with all the pressure faced in high school. The psychological burdens faced by high school students are of wide variety and magnitude; whether it be getting the required marks for university, trying to keep stable relationships with your friends, or even scrambling to finish the required volunteer hours needed to graduate.

A lot of different aspects of teenage life need to be well-balanced, and this can be quite challenging at times: it truly causes a lot of stress. That is the part where Cope Council comes in. The first goal this club has is to inform people of the importance of mental health. More often than not, mental health is ignored, simply because it is more difficult to perceive in others; it is easy to just brush someone off and say “you’re just complaining a lot”. The second goal is to actually play a part in the school community to attempt to brighten the atmosphere. This is done with many stress-relieving events throughout the year, the most well-known being free tea handed out in the foyer on Monday mornings. By simply starting people’s day off with a sweet message on a warm cup of tea, frowns are literally turned upside down, and the week suddenly becomes slightly more bearable.

Cope Council started last year with only 6 students trying to make a difference in their school, and the staff sponsors: Ms. Ng and Ms. Shyllit. This year they have expanded to allow anyone wishing to help join, and have big things planned. This includes monthly mini-events, such as letting people make an keep their own stress-balls, and big events for mental health awareness week in April. By decreasing stress in many small ways, Cope Council is trying to make the school a more positive environment for mental health.

Food Culture Club

By: Nicole Smith

The Food Culture club is a new club to FHCI with a focus on educating students and staff on different cultures around the world. As the FHCI community is so diverse, this club is meant as a platform for students to share the different foods from culture for all to enjoy. We also focus on healthy eating as it is very important. In addition to learning and discussing foods from around the world, we also discuss conspiracy theories from around the world. New members are always welcome to bring ideas to our meetings!

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Jewish Student Union (JSU)

By: Nicole Smith

The Jewish Students Union (JSU) is a club where students (Jewish or not) are invited to learn, discuss and celebrate the Jewish religion and culture. Every week pizza is brought in from Tov Li and fun activities are played. Raffles are also done regularly where students have the opportunity to win cool prizes such as Starbucks gift cards! New members are always welcome to come join and eat pizza!

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee – The only sport where no Ref is needed!

Ultimate Frisbee was brought to FHCI by Mr. Kleiman who believed that it was different than any other sport. Although it is a fast paced, non-contact sport game with features from soccer, basketball, and American football, while all these sports require the assistance of a referee, ultimate relies upon the spirit and sportsmanship of the player’s for fair play.frisbee-layout-white.fw.png

Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports communities, and has a lot of recognition in Forest Hill. However after an unfortunate season last year, and Mr. Kleiman leaving this year, the players were worried for the absence of an Ultimate Frisbee team in the year 2016/2017.

To overcome this situation, the veterans from last year stepped up and formed FHCI’s first ever Frisbee Club to raise awareness and train the junior grades for the Spirit Game.

With the help of Mr. Geomolean as the staff sponsor of Frisbee Club, and FHCIs new librarian teacher Ms. Kohler covering for Mr. Kleiman as the coach of Ultimate Frisbee, the team is looking better than ever!

Make sure to try out for the team and show your support for your Falcons in the upcoming season of Ultimate Frisbee.

Art Club

ART CLUB is a group of enthusiastic students, passionate about the arts. We work on creative projects for school events.

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In the photo: (from left to right)

Back row: Arielle de Souza, Spencer Spiegelman, Michael Wang, Maria Pletneva, Roxana Irimus

Front row: Hedieh Hashemi, Emel Tabaku, Kefon Popo, Sigi Buzi, Haleh Hashemi

Student Leaders: Presidents: Sigi Buzi, Emel Tabaku Vice Presidents: Spencer Spiegelman, Emily Wagner

Teacher sponsor: Mr. Conley

Math Club


Here is a small blurb from president Denis Qeska:

Math club is a positive place where members can enrich their experience in math through theoretical, abstract problems. The purpose is to encourage and develop critical thinkimathsymbols.gifng and problem solving skills through “math experiences”. We hope our fun experiences will spark a curiosity in math-magic. Unlike a circle, our club has a point.