“Undeniable talent from the art students”, “creative and touching drama performances”, “catchy and beautiful music displayed by both the bands and the Crestwood Voices”, and “amazing poetry recitations” are all responses heard after the Crestwood Winter Festival of the Arts.
This Thursday, December 11th, the Crestwood community hosted our Winter Festival of the Arts. Students and teachers from Visual Art, Music, Drama, Technology, and English classes created an amazing program to showcase their many talents. The evening was unlike any event held at Crestwood before; guests were invited to visit various spaces around the school to either participate in a painting session, interact with various technology activities, listen to the bands and poetry, and watch various drama performances. The only complaint heard was that it was nearly impossible to see everything in one night! The good news is that you will have another opportunity to experience and witness the talents of Crestwood’s students again in the spring for the Spring Festival. Stay tuned!
This past Wednesday, the Senior Girls’ Volleyball team had their season opener at Pickering College. There was nervous energy throughout the game as the girls tried to apply what they have been practicing into a real game situation. Our talent level overcame some early season errors, as we won in pretty convincing fashion with a score of 3-1. Sydney Major and Rebecca Demeke led the team with great serving, passing, and hitting. Faith Joseph was able to scramble all game to set up our hitters with some precise sets. Great job ladies.
The Junior Girls’ Volleyball team had their first game of the season Wednesday. Our lady lions came out roaring and dominated the first match. St. Clements had to rally to deliver a competitive game, and our CPC ladies kept up the hard work showing excellent skills and sportsmanship. It was a nail biter during the fifth and final set, the tiebreaker between the two schools, being the toughest match yet. We saw amazing serves by Ella Okubasu and Ella Lee O’Rourke, and great setting by both Lexy Peerenboom and Isabelle Rigny. Not to mention some serious hustle on the court by Saleah Joseph, while Christine Kong and Sylvia Zhang got under some hard serves to dig up the ball and keep it in play. Both Ms. Letham and Ms. Belanger are super proud of our girls even though the opposing team took the final game for the win. Great start to the season ladies!
This past weekend our Prep Girls’ Basketball team traveled to Detroit Michigan where they took on the top 3 teams in the state. After 3 difficult games, the Lady Lions finished the day 3-0. Notable victory against Detroit Edison who is ranked #1 in the state of Michigan and #7 nationally. Standouts for the weekend were Latasha Lattimore, Aaliyah Edwards, Rebecca Demeke, and Shayeann Day-Wilson.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Junior Boys D1 Basketball team defeated Appleby College by a score of 83-28 to move their CISAA record to 2-0. After a slow start, the Lions got on a roll with a 27-4 2nd quarter which pushed the lead to 45-14 at the half. The boys continued their great effort through the 2nd half and finished strong. All 10 players who suited up got into the scorebook with Immanuel Oludele leading the way with 21 points. Elias Papaconstantinos scored 12 points, while Hayden John pitched in 11 points. Zack Graff had 9 points in the 1st half and added some great driving assists in the 2nd half. Great defensive presence was shown by Liam MacInnis, who brought the crowd to their feet several times with 4 big blocks. The Junior Lions will be back in action next Wednesday as they have their first CISAA road test of the season at St. Andrews College.
Wednesday night the Varsity Hockey team traveled to RSGC to take on a very quick and experienced team. Although the team had plenty of opportunities to play with a lead in the game, we always found ourselves playing from behind, until a crucial penalty was taken midway through the 3rd period and CPC was able to capitalize and finally take the lead. Great play by all with special mention going to Jayden Bennett who kept us in the game once again and to Sam Li, Christian Campanelli, and Cole Eichler who each had multipoint nights.
Over the past two weeks, Crestwood families have been generously donating toys, clothes, books, and other items to support 11 families from the Durham Children’s Aid Society. As in previous years, our Crestwood community stepped up to the task and we saw over 20 bags of goods sent off to make a special Christmas for 27 children. These items will change the lives of families this holiday season and we are grateful to have such an amazing and supportive community at Crestwood.
Greetings from Glion Institute of Higher Education!
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All your child needs to do is fill out this registration form and send us a 1-minute video (to firstname.lastname@example.org) stating why they would like to participate in our Summer Experience in Switzerland, the UK or both locations. Deadline of submission is January 15th 2019.
We are looking forward to receiving your child’s application and are happy to answer any questions or remarks you might have regarding our Summer Program.
How does a ‘B student’ in high school get into Harvard, and what are 3 things you can do to maximize your academic experience and boost your success no matter where you end up studying?
Join us for a special presentation by Harvard trained author, Elan Divon, and learn what it takes to succeed as a student in today’s uncertain and competitive world.
Saturday, December 8th 10:00am – 11:30am
York University Glendon Campus
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On Monday, November 26th 2018, Alex Korda traveled to Ryerson University to take part in “A Discussion with Andrew Scheer and Kevin O’Leary”. In order to take part in this event, Alex had to submit an application that was reviewed by Ryerson and was selected based on his accomplishments, achievements and strong political views on the government in Canada. Alex was one of two high school students selected to participate. The event included the Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer and business mogul Kevin O’Leary. The discussion was an opportunity to talk with both politicians first hand and allow youth to share their views and perspective as an adolescent in Ontario. Congratulations Alex.
Please join us at Crestwood’s Winter Festival of the Arts
The Senior Boys’ Hockey Team travelled to Greenwood College School on Wednesday to open the 2018-2019 season. In a game that was highly anticipated, both teams did not disappoint with their play. In a game that saw both teams have a number of scoring opportunities, Greenwood prevailed and was able to squeak out a 1-0 victory. The team played extremely well at both ends of the ice, especially Jayden Bennett, who played lights out and made over 25 saves in net, as well as Cole Eichler and Christina Campanelli who had every opportunity to score but just couldn’t buy a goal. The team’s next game is Wednesday, December 5 when they take on Royal St. George College School.
The Varsity Swim Team had their first meet of the season Tuesday, and it was an absolute success! All athletes challenged themselves and swam multiple events, some that were very outside of their comfort zones. We came home with a total of twelve personal bests, and fourteen top-eight finishes. Our siblings on the team deserve some special recognition. Sarah Douey swam two personal bests, winning a bronze in the 50 back, and Sam Douey raced three personal bests, finally breaking 30 seconds in the 50 free. Newcomers Jack and Will Magan, also posted some extremely fast times, dominating their 50 free and 100 IM events. All swimmers should be very proud of their first meet of the season.
The Crestwood Junior Prep Boys’ Basketball team finished 4-0 over the weekend in the first ever National Junior Circuit session held at Thornlea Secondary School. The Lions faced off against some of the top teams in Canada, defeating D’Youville, Bill Crothers, Michael Power, and Canada Topflight Academy. Elijah Fisher received Game MVP honours against D’Youville and Canada Topflight, Mikkel Tyne received an MVP against Bill Crothers, and Kailon Nicholls got the MVP nod against Michael Power. The team showed a lot of improvement over the weekend, and all players were vital to the 4-0 mark.
Monday our Lady Lions traveled to Brantford, Ontario to take on a very good TRC Academy. After an excellent warm up the Lions wasted no time getting down to business. By halftime, our Lions were up by more than 20 points. The final score was 88-59. The Lions were led by Aaliyah Edwards who exploded for 38 points. This is the second game in a row one of our Lions has cracked the 30 point marker. Previous was Latasha Lattimore who had 35 last week versus J. Addison College. The Lady Lions are currently 6-0 in OSBA play!
The Crestwood Junior DI Boys’ Basketball team defeated Trinity College School 72-21 in their first CISAA game of the season. The Juniors got off to a quick 24-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. All 12 players scored in the game with Hayden John and Jesse Codron leading the way with 10 points a piece. Elias Papaconstantinos scored 9, Christian Gheoculet had 8, and Caiden Oshinowo pitched in 7. The defensive presence was fantastic all game, with Zack Graff leading the effort up top. The Lions held TCS to only 2 points in both the 1st and 3rd quarters. The Juniors will be back in action next Wednesday with a home match-up versus Appleby College. Tip-off is set for 4:30pm.
The TTC has been working closely with our school to provide complimentary PRESTO cards to all students. The purpose of this initiative is to help students make the transition away from TTC passes and tickets, to the PRESTO fare card as smooth as possible. While children up to 12 years old will continue to ride the TTC for free, children 6 to 12 years of age will be required to tap a PRESTO card every time they enter a subway station and whenever they board a bus or streetcar. Tapping validates their card as being a child card (no fare will be deducted) and will provide the TTC with helpful service planning data.
Each PRESTO card will come with an information brochure that explains more about PRESTO and how you can load money or a monthly pass onto your child’s card.
Students in grades 7 and 8 will receive adult cards, which they will need to take to a Shoppers Drug Mart, along with their government issued ID, to have their card programed to a child or youth card. All other students will receive a pre-set card with a child or youth fare type on it. This pre-set fare type will expire on December 31, 2019. Children and youth will need to present their child or youth card to a Shoppers Drug Mart location prior to December 31, 2019, along with government issued ID, to have the card set to their birthday.
Cards are expected to arrive at our school in the coming weeks and we will work with our staff to distribute them to each student. Attached you will find some information about PRESTO on the TTC and the different ways you can pay a fare using PRESTO. An information brochure, containing similar information as this flyer, will also be provided with each PRESTO card.
To learn more about PRESTO on the TTC you can visit ttc.ca/presto.
Holiday of Hope is a community initiative we take part in to help the less fortunate in the community during the holiday season. This year we are working with Durham Children’s Aid and supporting 11 families in need. The Durham Children’s Aid Society is responsible for providing child protection services to children under the age of 16 and their families.
Most of the families have asked for gift cards to grocery stores so they can feed their families throughout the winter. They have also asked for holiday gifts for their kids. These families can benefit from the simplest things such as a grocery gift card, toothbrush, toothpaste and simple hygiene products. For many of these families, this is the only opportunity they will get to provide gifts for the children. The children in each family ranges from 1 to 12 years old. Each homeroom has been assigned a family who have a list of their needs and wants this holiday season. As a part of the Crestwood community we are asking for your support for these families.
November has been a very busy month for members of Crestwood’s Problem Solving Club. On November 8th, 10 students participated in the Canadian Open Mathematics Competition (the COMC). This math contest had students discover and explore mathematics and problem solving with some very challenging and unique problems
Also, over the past two weeks, Crestwood’s Grade 7-10 Computer Scientists wrote the Beaver Computing Contest. This online contest run by the University of Waterloo gave students real life examples of logical problems that Computer Science helps us solve. We had 4 students place on the honour roll and will be recognized at the next town hall in December.
Finally, on November 21st, 24 problem solvers from grades 8 to 12 participated in the University of Waterloo’s Canadian Intermediate and Senior Math Contest. Students of the Problem Solving club had fun developing their skills with this 9 question contest that required them to get creative and show determination and persistence to prove their solutions.
Stay tuned for the results in the coming weeks!
This past weekend our Lady Lions traveled to Ottawa to take our division rivals, Capital Courts Academy. CCA came out very energetic and aggressive, which put CPC in a hole. But with the spectacular frontcourt play of Aaliyah Edwards, Latasha Lattimore, and Kayla Drummond, we were able to forge a massive comeback which was enough for the win. The final score was 80-78. On day two we went up against Louis Reil who was clearly outmatched. The final score of that game was 58-44.
The Crestwood Junior Prep Boys’ Basketball team finished in 4th place at the 12 team Junior Crusader Classic held at Henry Carr. On Thursday, the boys split their two games, beating Vaughan 77-68 and losing to d’Youville 73-67. In a weird turn of events, all teams went 1-1 in the 3-team pool, and Crestwood won the tie-breaking. This sent the Lions into the semi-finals against an undefeated Thornlea team. The Junior Boys trailed by 18 at half to Thornlea before roaring back to close the gap to 1 point with 15 seconds left. After a foul, Thornlea made one of two free-throws to lead by 2 with 5 seconds remaining. Mikkel Tyne raced down the court and got a shot off before the buzzer, but it was not meant to be as it bounced off the back of the rim. In the 3rd place game, the Lions struggled to get going and fell 71-49 to Oakwood. Mikkel Tyne was named an all-star for the 2nd straight tournament after averaging 21 points per game. Immanuel Oludele added 11 points per game, while Kailon Nicholls added 10 points per game. The Lions will be back in action today and Saturday at the first ever National Junior Circuit event. The NJC will feature the best junior teams from across Canada. Games will be played at Thornlea Secondary School.
On Tuesday November 20th, 13 Senior Art students, along with Ms. Belanger, travelled to the Science Center to participate in the Creative Futures Expo sponsored by the Applied Arts Magazine. The Expo provided students with an opportunity to meet young creative professionals, and learn what opportunities exist for those interested in pursuing creative careers. Universities and colleges that offer creative degree programs had representatives present to answer questions and provide students with information. Information included what kind of supports they offer to students to ensure their future success, or what kind of classes they offer and the requirements needed to get into them. There were a small group of university and college students who had their portfolios on display and spoke with students about the courses they were taking, and what their careers as art students would look like. The most important part of the day for our Crestwood students was the new knowledge that as Art students, they could pursue their creative dreams and know they have a bright and shining future ahead.
This week has been anti-bullying week at Crestwood Preparatory College and the female peer leadership group put on several activities to bring awareness to this topic. Daily announcements, bulletin boards, townhall videos and social media posts have spread messages of kindness and about the importance of standing up against bullying. Our Grade 7-9 students participated in an assembly put on by Inside Out Health and Wellness. They discuss different types of bullying and the effects of bullying on the individual as well as communities. The Grade 10-12 had an assembly put on by Officer Megan from the Toronto Police Services. She informed our students of the importance of social media safety and bullying awareness. Students wore pink, dyed their hair pink and signed a Graffiti Wall all to make a statement that Crestwood does not stand for bullying.
On Thursday, Crestwood was honoured to be a part of Jahcobi Neath’s University signing. Jahcobi joined us at Crestwood in 2016 and has spent the last 3 years captaining our Senior Boys’ Prep team, as well as working hard on his studies. Jahcobi is an All-Canadian and was a silver medalist last summer on Team Canada. Jahcobi has carried our Crestwood team to many Championships and has scored over 2000 points since starting at Crestwood. Jahcobi’s hard work has certainly paid off and he has received 13 offers for Division I NCAA scholarships. Selecting between Tulane University, Wakeforest University and Central Florida University was a difficult choice because all three schools offered both excellent academic programs and basketball programs. With his family in attendance Jahcobi revealed his choice by placing a Wakeforest hat on his head.
Reza joined us at Crestwood last year in his Grade 11 year and we are pleased to announce that earlier in October he signed with McGill University to play football for the Redmen. Reza is ranked in the top 100 Canadian football players and has been selected to play on Team Ontario for the last 2 years. He received offers from every Canadian University but 2 and also received several DI NCAA scholarship offers. Reza has proudly selected McGill as he has a family history of McGill graduates as well as the fact that McGill plays in the Quebec league which is considered the toughest competition in Canadian University football. Congratulations Reza!
Alexa Gibson has been at Crestwood since Grade 7 and we are very proud to announce that she has signed with the University of Ottawa to play with the Women’s Varsity Hockey Team. Currently Alexa is playing with the Kingston Junior Wolves and she has started out the season with a bang! She is the first goaltender in Kingston to get a shutout in the home opener and she has continued winning since the home opener with 12 wins and only 1 loss so far this season – including 5 shutouts. Alexa is currently ranked 9th out of all the PWHL goalies and she has an impressive goals against average of 1.42 goals per game and a save percentage of 95. Not only is Alexa an amazing hockey player she has also been on the honour roll at Crestwood every year consistently since Grade 7 all the way through to Grade 12. Congratulations Alexa Gibson on this outstanding accomplishment!
Wednesday, November 21st – Ryerson University ~ Faculty of Engineering
November 11th is one of the most important days on the Crestwood calendar as it marks Remembrance Day. This is a day that all Canadians honour, where we pause and think about and thank the many veterans that have sacrificed for Canada during times of war. Because of the ongoing Oral History Project, Crestwood students have the opportunity to meet the veterans, and to interview them about their experiences. While that is an important educational objective, the project does not end with the interview, or even with the submission of the assignment. Our commitment to the veterans and their families goes beyond that, and the veterans feel a special connection to Crestwood. Many visit us for Remembrance Day, as well as on other special occasions, and they are now part of our community at Crestwood.
This past Saturday, our Junior Lady Lions Basketball team hosted this year’s CISAA Junior Girls Division 1 Basketball Championships and they did not disappoint. Taking on Trinity College School in the semis, CPC jumped out to an early lead and never look back. With key defensive stops along the way and great ball movement in the offensive zone, the Junior Lady Lions won the game, 61-30. In the finals, CPC took on a Bishop Strachan School. While still in 4th gear from the semis, our Junior Lady Lions didn’t slow down, jumping out to a substantial lead, all but securing the championships. With great offensive play and crucial defensive shutdowns, our Junior Lady Lions cruised to a 76-46 win. Ms. Charles and Mr. Tanev want to thank the girls for a fantastic season and want to wish our six Grade 10 girls (Shayeann Day-Wilson, Latasha Lattimore, Schymera Samuels, Kathryn Tuns, Helen Liu, and Wenxi Wen) the best of luck next year as they move up to our Senior Lady Lions team.
Kyra Grossman and Ella Rival raced against the best runners in Ontario at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships last Saturday. The girls ran hard, finished strong and made their team and all of Crestwood proud. Congratulations Kyra and Ella!
There was no sleeping in for DECA’s Crestwood team this weekend. The future business leaders were up early putting their business and problem solving skills into practice at the DECA Regional Competition in Whitby. The Crestwood team of 40 fared well at the competition – taking home six awards! The team will continue to meet and work on role play in business cases to prepare for the Provincial Competition in February.
CPC alumni Gavin Wei, had been selected by Boston University’s Badminton DI team to play in singles. BU recently competed in the 2018 Yonex Eastern Collegiate Team Championships for the Northern Conference, and Gavin placed first! Congratulations Gavin and we are glad to see that you are doing well!
Dear Parents and Friends of Crestwood Preparatory College,
The students and staff at Crestwood Preparatory College have used our Oral History Project to document global issues and educate people inside and outside the school about historic tragedies and concerns for many years now.
These necessary connections, these invaluable testimonials, have become a way of life at the school. All these take on greater relevance when the school community convenes yearly on or near Remembrance Day to commemorate the sacrifices made by so many Canadians in major conflicts around the world. “Lest we forget” takes on greater meaning in light of the frequency of discussions during the school year related to historically tragic events.
This year, the school community will convene on Monday, November 12th in our gymnasium and once again pay homage to the men and women who gave their lives for the values we hold so dear. As usual, Mr. Masters and his department will invite veterans and Holocaust survivors to attend the ceremony. All members of the CPC community are also invited to attend. Your participation will only add to the meaning and impact this day should have on our student body.
Monday, November 12th at 10:30 in our school gymnasium. Parents may RSVP if they wish by emailing either Mr. Masters (email@example.com) or Mr. Hawkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The winter athletic season has begun! Please see the list of remaining tryout dates below. Athletic practices can also be viewed on the Crestwood website under the sports calendar.