Thomson Robotics Team continues quest for competition success, calls for donations

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Your Thomson’s Robotics Team is entering its third year! Since the team’s inception in 2015, the team has contributed to the growth and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and robotics to students within and outside the Thomson/Bendale community:

– Annual STEM/Robotics outreach at 3 secondary schools and 6 local elementary schools
– Hosted Inaugural Toronto District School Bots Symposium – supported 12 rookie robotics teams across Toronto
– Student volunteers at “Fall Fiesta”, a FIRST Robotics Competition Off-Season Tournament
– Participation in VEX Robotics Competition in Scarborough and St. Catharines
– Participation in FIRST Robotics Competition in Oshawa and Waterloo: Recipient of awards – Rookie Inspiration x2, Highest Rookie Seed; Winner of prestigious Waterloo Regional, advancing to FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO
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Calling all Thomson alumni who are published authors!

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For an upcoming issue of the alumni newsletter, the committee wishes to highlight alumni authors who have had their work appear in print — especially, but not exclusively in books. In addition, magazines, newspapers and digital media such as blogs can qualify.

Stan Farrow, chair of the newsletter committee, has come across three such publications since our Spring 2016 newsletter, so he thought the next issue would be an opportunity to expand the list and let fellow Thomsonites know of these special literary accomplishments. The literary efforts of Thomson staff members can also be recognized.

If you are such an alumni author, or you want to brag about a fellow Thomsonite’s achievements, please let Stan Farrow know at stanleyfarrow@rogers.com. If you’ve got a cover page, a masthead, etc. to include with your news, send it along with your description. Stan will get back to you for more details, as needed.

Thanks for your participation, and for spreading the word!

Thomson Collegiate ranked as one of the school buildings in highest state of disrepair in Ontario

The Toronto Star has published a news article that discusses the state of disrepair of school buildings across Ontario.

According to the government-sponsored survey, David and Mary Thomson Collegiate ranks number 217 out of 4,656 school buildings surveyed in Ontario in terms of scale of disrepair. This means Thomson Collegiate has one of the worst building infrastructures in Ontario (worse than 95.4 percent of all other school structures), meriting a ‘critical’ rating in the survey. Neighbouring school Bendale BTI ranks worse, with a critical rating of 64 out of 4,656 schools in the survey (worse than 98.7 percent of all other school structures).
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School board reaches settlement for sale of David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute land to the City of Toronto

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As published in the Scarborough Mirror, December 23, 2015

The City of Toronto and Toronto District School Board have reached a settlement over the sale of Scarborough’s David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute.

The school board, determined to sell the Midland Avenue school and its neighbour, Bendale Business and Technical Institute, for townhouse developments, had appealed the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board.
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City of Toronto to buy 2 acres of David and Mary Thomson Collegiate site from school board

As published in The Scarborough Mirror, June 17 2015

Toronto Council approved a city purchase of two acres of the David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute lands for $4.2 million at its meeting last week.

The “city-building proposal” Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson negotiated for the property at Midland and Lawrence avenues also includes the future dedication of another 0.6 acres for parkland and a 62-space child care centre.
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