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H.I.L.L. Message

This week, along with schools and communities across Canada, we will be participating in the Terry Fox run. 

Terry Fox is a true Canadian hero as an athlete, humanitarian and activist. On his run to raise money and awareness for cancer research, he ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days; which was an incredible accomplishment. Terry ultimately succumbed to this terrible and widespread disease, that has touched so many near to all of us. 
One of the L’s in the HILL acronym stands for Legacy. His legacy continues to be a large part of Canadian culture. Every year, schools across the country honour his legacy through an organized run. 

Life at the Hill and Upcoming Events.

Emergency ContactReminder to ALL parents to complete the Emergency Contact information (for new AND returning students), and return it to Cindy at before Friday, September 27th, 2019. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE, “ON FILE”, complete the form as requested. 
Having this information readily available, saves a lot of time, where we can quickly contact the parent and/or guardian to inform them of their child’s illness/accident/etc. Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.Emergency Contact Form

Bus Transportation Starting this week, Monday, Sept. 23rd  West bus morning pick-up times will be 10 minutes earlier to ensure student-athletes arrive to school and practice on time.

407 ETR EAST SCHOOL BUS 6:50am / 4:45pm–407/412 CARPOOL LOT (980 Winchester Rd West, Whitby) 7:20am / 4:20pm – 407ETR & KENNEDY RD (16 Main St Unionville), SCARBOROUGH

407 ETR WEST SCHOOL BUS6:40am / 4:55pm — APPLEBY LINE & 407



On Athletic Days morning bus drops off lacrosse students at lacrosse practice field before proceeding to school. Afternoon drop-off times have been revised based on actual times tracked thus far in regular traffic conditions.

We appreciate your assistance and understanding as our Hill staff strive to ensure smooth daily school and sport operations so we can provide maximum benefit and development to our student-athletes.

2019-2020 Handbook

All secondary Students (9-12/PG) are required to read the Student Handbook and complete the Handbook Quiz. Students who have not completed the quiz successfully by Monday September 30th will not practice until the quiz is completed. You can read the 2019-2020 Handbook HERE  and Complete the quiz using your email HERE

Powerschool Parent Portal Students received letters with the log in information for the Parent Portal on our Power School Information System. If you are having difficulty logging in or creating your account, please contact Ms. Flynn at 

Rowan’s Law DaySeptember 25th is Rowan’s Law Day – Rowan was a high school student-athlete from Ottawa, Ontario who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.
Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.
Read about Ontario’s policies on Rowan’s Law   HERE

The Hill Academy Concussion Policy This year we will be completing our Baseline Concussion Testing using the Head Check Health App. All students will be do their baseline test in the school’s clinic within the next two weeks. In the case of a concussion Return to Learn/Play protocols will also be followed on the App and parents/students will be communicated with individually to set up an account and follow along with your son’s/daughter’s return to the classroom and field/ice. If you have any questions regarding our concussion policy please reach out to Coach Dre ( and Mrs. Flynn (

Terry Fox Run This Wednesday, the PG class is excited to host our annual Terry Fox Run! For all those who may not have heard of Terry Fox, he is a Canadian hero who ran 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) across Canada to raise money for those suffering from cancer. At the age of 18, he was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma, causing his right leg to be amputated above the knee. Instead of allowing cancer to beat him into submission, he decided to do something. That something was to run across Canada while raising money for those who are suffering from cancer. We will be continuing Terry’s legacy as we run and raise money to show our awareness.

This week will be a “Spirit Week” to raise money for the Terry Fox Run. In order to participate, you MUST bring in 2$ each day, and give it to your first-period teacher. Students who do not bring in money have to wear regular school uniforms. 

Spirit Week Schedule Will Be As Follows:

Monday – Pajama day Tuesday – Jersey Day Wednesday – Country Day (Your country’s colours!) Thursday – Wild West Day

Wednesday, September 25th Schedule:Period 1 – 9:50am – 10:40amPeriod 2 – 10:40am – 11:30amPeriod 3 – 11:30am – 12:20pmLunch – 12:20pm – 12:50pmPeriod 4 – 12:50pm – 1:40pmAssembly 1:40pm – 2:30pm Run 2:30pm – 3:43pm

There will plenty of chances to donate this week! We will be holding a raffle for the chance to win some awesome prizes, including hockey gloves, lacrosse heads/shafts and WOLF apparel. Tickets can be purchased Monday through Friday at lunch (PG table) and sold at 1 for 1$, 5 for 3$, and 15 for 10$. The raffle will be held on Friday at lunch.  

Online donations can be given through the link below, and in-person donations can be given to your first-period teacher.   DONATE HERE
The theme of the week is to play with a purpose. Terry ran with the purpose of raising money to help save people from cancer. What purpose do you play for?

Hill Lacrosse.
One the important things we want to establish early in the year is the “common language” we use on the field.  Our language reinforces how we want to play, makes sure we are all on the page, and places greater purpose to the details of the game.  It’s also a fun way for the players to connect and differentiates our program.  

Without giving too much away, here are some examples:

1)  GREEN:  Push the ball, be aggressive in unsettled.  One term that highlights the way we want to play.  We want to have an aggressive mindset.  If you watch a Hill game, you’ll hear the coaches yell this frequently.

2) RED:  Hunt and anticipate double situations.  When we don’t have the ball, we are in relentless pursuit to get the ball back!  Red symbolizes “blood in the water!”

3) PAINT:  The area of the field we want to protect defensively-“nasty in the paint.”  Conversely, the area we want to fight to get to offensively for quality, higher percentage takes.

4) Tiger:  In recognition of the 90’s Princeton Tigers.  Control the ball, manage the clock.  A reminder of overall game awareness.  Empowering the players to be decision makers and develop a feel for the game.
There are many more that will remain top secret!  It is cool to see players from past and present be connected through this language.  Having the opportunity to play with some Hill Alumni at the professional level, I know players still have fun using our language to this day and contributes to our brand of play.  

The expectation is that all our players know terminology like the back of their hand.  When we are playing the game the right away, there can be a rhythm to the game and our language plays a big part in establishing that rhythm and overall continuity.

Congrats to Hill Alum James Barclay on winning the first ever PLL Championships with the Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club!  It has been fun to see how James has grown in the game.  From a grade 10 student struggling to hang with the pace of practice at The Hill, eventually to a PG leader at The Hill, transitioning to a standout player at Providence-now a World Champ! The longer the race, the less talent matters!

PARENT NIGHT:On Wednesday, September 25th, the Hill Lacrosse coaches will host a Parents Night @ 6:00pm in the gym. We will go over our program and player expectations. This will be streamed on Instagram for parents who are unable to make the trip. 

Non- Athletic DayAll Lacrosse Players @ 8:00am

Prep Lacrosse will stay to practice 9:30am- 10:30am
Girls vs. JV Red/ White @ 8:00am McNaughton

Varsity Boys Lacrosse-  Team Session @ 8:15am Sports Village

Prep Lacrosse- Team Session @ 9:50am Sports Village

Parent Night @ 6:00pm in the gym
Boys Lacrosse Practice @ McNaughton
Varsity/ JV @ 8:00am

Prep @ 9:30am

Girls Lacrosse- Practice @ Sports Village 8:15am
Prep vs Varsity/ JV Red/ White @ McNaughton 8:00am

Girls Lacrosse- Practice @ Sports Village 8:15am

Hill Hockey.

Varsity Hockey Update:One thing that I have always found special about the Hill Academy is watching our students leave from the school and go on to have instant success at the next level. It is such a unique place to be, knowing you are surrounded by students who within as soon as one years time could be on a bigger stage making an impact, inspiring our next generation of Hill students to do the same. It helps make these big dreams feel a little more real, a little more attainable and helps set a standard that we can all strive to achieve.With that being said it is important to congratulate those who took that step this year as former U16 player Cameron Snow (Niagara Icedogs), and former varsity players Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs), Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts) and Artem Guryev (Peterborough Petes) all made their OHL debuts this past weekend. 
For our students at the school currently, while that may be the goal it is important to focus on the continuous journey that is developing each and everyday. We have had two success weeks of practice but it is important that as the season continues on we turn two good weeks into three good weeks, etc. Small gains each week will help all of us move towards our goals of reaching our next level, whichever they may be!

Please note that due to the Terry Fox Run schedule, the grade 9s will be on the ice on Wednesday from 8:30am- 9:30am. 

On Ice Testing ResultsThis past week we conducted our first round of on ice testing for the 2019-2020 school year. We will hold 3 more testing periods throughout the school year to track players progress as well as to help them pick out strengths and areas of focus.

The top performers from test #1 were:

30m ForwardsGrade 101. Adam Fantilli 4.272. Will Robinson 4.383. Nicholas Messina 4.42

Grade 9 1. Carey Terrance 4.332. Maleek McGowan 4.433. Denver Barkey 4.45
Grade 5-81. Kingston Harris 4.772. Bo Dean 4.883. Leif Siguffson 4.934. Chase Yanni 4.955. Riley Sorokan 4.99
Agility Grade 10 1. Adam Fantilli 9.112. Lorenzo Bonaiuto 9.283. Matthew Poitras 9.67
Grade 91. Carey Terrance 9.552. Maleek McGowan 9.663. Josh Caloiero 9.86
Sr. Varsity Shooting Accuracy1. Liam Filip & Mike Levin – 8 targets2. Adam Fantilli & Denver Barkey – 7 targets
18-45 Practice Player of the Week:Jr. Varsity – Brenna McNamaraSr. Varsity – Nicholas Messina

Prep Hockey:We are continuing to introduce our coaching staff over the next few newsletters. This week we introduce U16 coach Dave Mooney.  
David Mooney – U16 Associate Head Coach
David has been coaching at The Hill Academy for five years. Prior to joining The Hill David was an assistant coach for the Varsity team at the University of Toronto. He has also coached in the OJHL with the Aurora Tigers and North York Rangers. David brings over a decade of hockey training experience, and is now the head on ice instructor at National Training Rinks. During his playing career he played Junior A hockey for the North York Rangers, prior to attending and playing Varsity hockey at the University of Toronto.  He graduated from UofT with a degree in teaching.  
2019- 2020 Prep Hockey Schedule
CSSHL Itinerary

Non- Athletic Day


Prep Practice- 8:20am- 9:20am
Sr. Varsity Grade 10 – Practice 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sr. Varsity Grade 9 – Practice 1:00 – 2:00 pm 
Jr. Varsity – Practice 9:40 – 10:40 am 

Prep Practice- 8:20am- 9:20am

Sr. Varsity Grade 10 – Practice 8:30 – 9:30 am
Sr. Varsity Grade 9 – Practice 8:30 – 9:30 am
Jr. Varsity – Practice 9:40 – 10:40 am 
Prep- Depart for Cornwall @ 9:00am

Sr. Varsity Grade 10 – Practice 8:30 – 9:30am
Sr. Varsity Grade 9- Practice 1:00 – 2:00pm
Jr. Varsity – Practice 9:40 – 10:40 am

Hill Performance Training.

As we wrap up our third week of classes, we continued and built upon our theme of “Sweep The Sheds”. As a group we discussed how we are practicing this principle in our daily interactions and what we are doing to leave our school better than we found it. Our journal activity again focused on the trait of humility. We highlighted Nelson Mandela and showed a video on why he believes humility is so important in having an impact on your environment. The first step is being honest with yourself; there must be a change in your own perspective and attitude before you can impact your environment. Mandela believes humility helps people realize that you are not a threat and will allow people to embrace you. We finished with our quote of the day, in which we encouraged our student athletes to take to heart and practice this week:

“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in the front.” – Nelson Mandela

All students at this point should be set up on Google Classroom and Teambuildr. Students are responsible for filling out weekly wellness surveys and should check regularly for the purple icon that reads “weekly feedback” and answer these honestly. Feedback allows our staff to program appropriately based on the information provided, as well as ensure our athletes stay healthy in all aspects.
Our wellness focus will be on general athlete nutrition. Coach Abes will be having a lesson this week, followed by the first assignment of the year.