News and Announcements

Student Photo Day 2021/2022

Student Photo Day will take place from October 5th to October 8th for all in-class students and on October 13th for Mackenzie Virtual Learners. In-class students will be called down to the cafeteria by their week 1 morning course code and teacher name.  In-class students are asked to remember their week 1 morning course code and teacher name by the October 5th.  T

Students will be called down to the cafeteria in the following order:

All Grade 9s, ELD, GLE and GWL students will be called down on Tuesday October 5th

(no appointment required)

Grade 10s, GLE, ICS3UF: will be called down on Wednesday October 6th (no appointment required)

Grade 11s: will be called down on Thursday October 7th (no appointment required)

Grade 12s ESLD and COOP students will be called down on Friday October 8th  (no appointment required)

Virtual Students: October 13th: appointment required

Mackenzie Virtual Students. Please note that Virtual Students must book an appointment at edgeimaging.ca/photoday to participate in the October 13th photo session. Please contact Edge at customercare@edgeimaging.ca if you’re experiencing any difficulties with the reservation process.

Your participation in Photo Day helps us create wonderful memories through the publication of the MAC Yearbook and optional to purchase portraits.  All participants will also receive a Student Photo Card which will be required for special events so remember to come to school looking your best!

For more information please click on the following link:

Student Photo Day Flyer

 

Oct 14: Terry Fox Run

Mackenzie’s Annual Terry Fox Run/Jog/Walk/Celebration will take place on the morning of Thursday Oct. 14, 2021.

How to Donate Online?
Teachers, staff, and students are encouraged to donate online. Please and kindly share our online donation message to your learning platforms along with the donation link.

William Lyon Mackenzie C.I. has long supported Terry Fox and his fight to cure cancer and this year is no different! Terry Fox said, “anything is possible if you try.” Inspired by his amazing example, our school is proudly taking part in this year’s Terry Fox School Run. We have also set a fundraising goal of $1000

The top 3 online donations will receive a prize from the Athletic Council, so please ensure to provide your contact information when donating. Thank you for your support!

Online Donations can be made here: http://www.terryfox.ca/WilliamLyonMacKenzieCIToronto
Deadline for online donations: Friday Oct. 15, 2021

Try Like Terry’ Online Challenge Instructions

We are hosting an online challenge to engage the Mackenzie school community. This year, students will be encouraged to #TryLikeTerry and post an exercise, sport, or activity on their Instagram story. In their story, they must follow and tag @wlmac.athletics. Successful story submissions will be entered into a raffle to win William Lyon Mackenzie apparel!

Deadline for ‘Try Like Terry’ Challenge: Friday Oct. 15, 2021

T-shirt Order Form

Students interested in purchasing a Terry Fox t-shirt are asked to fill out the following form: T-Shirt Order Form  T-shirt proceeds will be applied to the school’s overall fundraising goal! See Mr. Hua for more information.

Deadline for T-shirt order form: Friday Oct. 15, 2021

Grade 9 Chromebooks

We are excited to announce that Mackenzie has started distributing Chromebooks to all grade 9 students beginning this week. We look forward to introducing many new initiatives as our community is provided with greater access to technology. Chromebooks will remain with students until they graduate or are no longer attending a school in the TDSB.  Before a Chromebook can be released, parents/guardians must submit an agreement form. Please contact the main office if you have any questions regarding the process.

Please communicate the following pick-up schedule with your child:

Monday Sept 27:        alphas A, B, C, D, E

Tuesday Sept 28:       alphas F, G, H, I, J (or alphas  A, B, C, D, E if not picked up on Monday)

Wednesday Sept 29:  alphas K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T

Thursday Sept 30:      alphas U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Friday Oct 1:  Open to any grade 9 in-class student who did not pick up their computer

October 13: Grade 9 Virtual Students

Thank you and have a wonderful week Mackenzie!

Post-Secondary Information Session for Grade 12 Families

The TDSB invites families of Grade 12 students to attend an upcoming Post-Secondary Information Session on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. This session is aimed at helping parents/guardians and students better understand the post-secondary admissions process during COVID-19. This event is meant to support the post-secondary initiatives that schools are coordinating for their students locally.  Grade 12 students and families will be encouraged to direct any questions about post-secondary planning to their school Guidance Counsellors.

Following a brief overview of the post-secondary application process, participants will have the opportunity to hear from a number of GTA post-secondary institutions regarding their admissions process and how their institutions are addressing teaching and learning during the pandemic. Presenters include:

  • OYAP
  • OCAS
  • Centennial College
  • Seneca College
  • George Brown College
  • Humber College
  • University of Toronto
  • Ryerson University
  • York University

 

This Post-Secondary Information Session will take place on Wednesday, October 6th from 7 to 8:15 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to join the Information Session on Wednesday evening.

Families can request interpretation services for this event in advance, by completing this online form.

The following updates are important for potential graduates:

  • The literacy requirement has been waived for 2021-2022 graduates this year.
  • Community involvement hours have been reduced from 40 to 20 hours for graduates this year. Students are encouraged to participate in virtual community involvement opportunities (Ontario Volunteer Centre Network or Volunteer Toronto.) 

Schools are asked to share this information with their Grade 12 students and families.  Secondary Guidance Counsellors will also receive this information, to support students in the post-secondary transition process.

If you have any questions, please contact Renée N. Rawlins, Coordinator – Guidance, Career Development and Student Well-Being or Lisa Edwards Centrally Assigned Principal – Academic Pathways, Athletics, Guidance, UPHS and Wellness.  Students with questions about post-secondary transitions should direct their questions to their school Guidance Counsellor.

Sept 20th: Student Vote 2021

Dear Mackenzie parents and community,

As you know the Federal election will take place on Monday September 20.  In conjunction with this, William Lyon Mackenzie has arranged for our school to be participating in the Student Vote 2021, which will occur on the morning of Monday September 20.  Student Vote is a national program that provides students with an authentic opportunity to experience the voting process first hand and practice the habits of active and informed citizenship.  Due to COVID protocols, the vote will occur in your child’s classroom to minimize movement and exposure to other classes.

In preparation for this, and to support the development of informed and active citizenship, we encourage you to engage your child / children in discussions about what they think the important issues are, how the various political parties intend to address these issues (party platform), and who they would vote for if they had the opportunity.  To facilitate this you may wish to consult the media resource links posted below and share them with your child / children.

Medial Links:

Thank you for supporting Student Vote 2021!

 

Welcome!

Hello Mackenzie Community:

This promises to be an exciting year with the resumption of in-class sessions and extra-curricular opportunities.  If you have a child registered at Mackenzie and are not receiving our phone and e-mail messages, please contact the main office.

We want to ensure you that extensive protocols are in place to keep our students and staff safe.  Further information will be released over the next week.

By Tuesday September 7th, all students should receive an e-mail copy of their timetables. Alternatively, students can access their timetables as of Friday September 3rd at 8:00pm through the TDSB Connects App .

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to greeting you on the 9th!

Mackenzie Wins $50,000 Sano Biogenius STEM Grant!

Mackenzie is proud to announce that it was selected as one of four winners across Canada  to receive  a $50,000 from the 2021 Sano Biogenius Grant program in support of hands-on STEM learning and instruction. Mackenzie plans on using the proceeds to construct a state of the art Science Lab.  Please visit the following link for more:

STEM Grant Award