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H.I.L.L Message

Not only is it an exciting time for us kicking off a new school year, but it is exciting to see our alumni forging their own paths at the next level. This is a time where we receive many notes from alumni and their families. It is very rewarding to read notes of positive reflection and to hear of their life paths. Invariably, the Hill feather is referred to as a constant reminder of how challenges can be faced and life goals can be attained. 
There will be ongoing discussion of the meaning of the Hill Feather throughout the year. In a condensed explanation, it serves as a symbol of both comfort and motivation. For its carrier, either a bird or a student athlete, the feather protects, nourishes, and raises one to new heights.
Illusionsby Richard Bach
Quote of the Week
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”

– Unknown
Life at the Hill and Upcoming Events.
Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF)- September 27-29, 2019The OUF is hosted by the Ontario universities and it’s the only event where all 21 Ontario universities come together in 1 place, just for you.
Each university has a booth staffed by senior university faculty, administrators and representatives who are ready to answer your questions.

Monday Morning AssemblyEvery Monday, there will be a school wide assembly. Students are to meet inside the gym and must bring their journals and a writing utensil. The assembly will start at 8:40am. Please do not be late! Each Monday we will be discussing a theme for the week. We encourage you to ask your son/ daughter about the weekly themes. 

Terry Fox Run – Wednesday September 25thOn Wednesday, September 25th, the PG class will be organizing the annual Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox run is an annual charity event, in honour of the late Canadian hero, Terry Fox and his marathon of hope, in order to raise money for cancer research. Please help us raise money for a great cause, click the link to donate:
Hill Lacrosse
One of our primary focuses at the beginning of the year is establishing our program standards and protocols. We want to set clear expectations and hold the players accountable to the daily details. 

Hill Academy Lacrosse Team Standards 2019-2020

-Be the best student YOU can be. We want to challenge the players to find themselves as students and place their education as a priority.

-Respect your teachers. Show your teachers that you are serious about your studies.

-Be active every day, invest in yourself. Shouldn’t be many days that pass without activity!

-No excuses, no explanations. If you look hard enough, you’ll always find an excuse. Find a way!

-Keep a blue head. Breathe, express gratitude, and search for little victories when adversity hits.

-Drink more water. Stay hydrated, it’s a huge factor in performance and injury prevention.

-Eat real food. Keep it simple, eat plenty of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.

-Write things down. Stay consistent with journaling, writing “to do” lists, and making goals visual.

-Have a mentor. Look at some positive examples around the school and try and follow their lead.

-Leave the place better than when you got there. This is a mindset that we carry in everything we do.

-Find your voice. Learn to self-advocate. 

-FIO. We want you to work through daily challenges, also understanding to ask for help if needed.

-Every day is a holiday, every meal is a banquet! (gratitude and enthusiasm)

-Failure to prepare, prepare to fail (Organized and Prepared)

-Turn off your phone. Set boundaries with your phone, try turning it off completely around homework and bed time.

-Show up early, leave late. This is a mindset we carry in everything we do.

-Well done over Well said. Find opportunities to lead by example.

-No energy vampires! Bring positive energy and that will be reciprocated.


Four pillars to the program:

1) Team. Serve your team and your teammates and great things will happen.

2) Conditioning. It doesn’t take a great player to be well conditioned, but all great players are well conditioned.

3) Compete. Bring a competitive drive and spirit to school every day.

4) Consistency. Show up and do the work with purpose and intention.
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. 
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridayNon- Athletic DayAll Lacrosse Players @ 8:00am

Prep Lacrosse will stay to practice 9:30am- 10:30amBoys Lacrosse-  Team Session @ 8:15am Sports Village

Girls Lacrosse Practice @ 8:00am McNaughton

Prep Lacrosse @ Western 8:00pm

Boys Lacrosse Practice @ McNaughton
Varsity/ JV @ 8:00am
Prep @ 9:30am

Girls Lacrosse- Practice @ Sports Village 8:15am
Boys Lacrosse Practice @ McNaughton
Varsity/ JV @ 8:00am
Prep @ 9:30am

Girls Lacrosse- Practice @ Sports Village 8:15am

Hill Hockey.

Varsity Hockey Update:It was a great first week on the ice for our 2019-2020 varsity hockey group. Each practice was filled with high-tempo drills, a lot of movement and some great attitudes. Our coaches were extremely impressed with both the skill level and the effort that we saw in week one. This week we focused on using our skill in situations where we need to make decisions. Hockey is played at such a quick pace so its not only important to be able to play fast but we need to be able to think quick on our feet. Next week we will be making a small adjustment to our varsity schedules: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday our grade 9 varsity group will skate immediately after lunch from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. This will be in place of their gym period which will now be scheduled for 8:30am. Next week we will also be conducting our first set of on ice testing for the year. The focus for the testing will be on skating speed, agility as well as transitioning both with and without pucks. 

We are looking forward to building off of a great week and continuing to focus on getting everyone back to playing and thinking at the highest speed possible.

Each week this year we will be handing out the Hill 18-45 practice performer of the week award to the student who best defines what it means to be a member of the Hill Academy during practice each week. For the first week our performers are listed below:

Jr. Varsity Hill 18-45 Practice Performer of the Week : Colton Woods
Sr. Varsity Hill 18-45 Practice Performer of the Week: Vince Baiocchi

Prep Hockey:
The prep hockey program is excited to get the season underway. Please find a copy of the 2019-20 schedule below. We will be introducing our coaching staff over the next few newsletters. This week we introduce U16 coach Rob Acton.  

Rob Acton – U16 Associate Head Coach 

Rob is entering his first year coaching at The Hill Academy. Most recently he was the Head Coach of the Stouffville Spirit Jr. A team. He has also spent time as the Assistant Coach of Stouffville, and the Head Coach of the Uxbridge Bruins, Jr. C.  Rob has been a scout in the Western Hockey League and also works as an on ice instructor at National Training Rinks. Rob comes from a family with strong hockey roots. His father, Keith, player over 1000 games in the National Hockey League and coached in the NHL for 20 years. Following a NCAA playing career at Lake Superior State his brother, Will, still plays professional hockey in Germany.  

Upcoming games:

Friday September 20th, 2019
1:45pm – Hill U18 @ Okanagan Whitby (Iroquois Park Sports Centre)

Saturday September 21st, 2019
5:00pm – Hill vs Okanagan Whitby (Vaughan Sports Village – pad B)

Non- Athletic Day

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

Sr. Varsity Grade 10 – Practice 8:30 – 9:30am

Sr. Varsity Grade 9 – Practice 1:00 – 2:00pm (On-ice testing)

Jr. Varsity – Practice 9:40 – 10:40am

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

Sr. Varsity Grade 10 – Practice 8:30 – 9:30 am (On-ice testing)

Sr. Varsity Grade 9 – Practice 1:00 – 2:00pm

Jr. Varsity – Practice 9:40 – 10:40am (On-Ice testing)
Prep Practice- 8:20am- 9:20am

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
U16 Prep Practice- 8:20am- 9:20am

U18 Prep Team Session- 8:20am- 9:30am

Sr. Varsity Grade 10- Team Session 8:30 – 9:30 am

Sr. Varsity Grade 9- Team Session 8:30 – 9:30am

Jr. Varsity – INTRAMURALS 9:40- 10:35am

Hill Performance Training.

On behalf of the entire performance staff, we are excited for the start of year 14 at The Hill Academy. It is a privilege for us as coaches to work with such passionate and dedicated student-athletes. The trust that parents put in our staff to help achieve your son/daughters’ goals is not something we take for granted.

Week one was a great opportunity for each student-athlete to get a feel for the school, history, and culture. Students should have a good understanding of the expectations necessary for success. 

Although we had a short week, we were able to get two good days of work in. In regards to programming, our focus for the next three weeks is building foundational technique in our main movement patterns. It is critical to build good technique and movement in this early phase of training in order for our athletes to stay healthy throughout the season. Athletes will be subject to low load and high volume to maximize the amount of repetitions in order to build good movement patterns. 

Our wellness focus for this upcoming week is hydration. Athletes are expected to bring a re-useable water bottle everyday to class. This should be treated as a part of their uniform. Coaches will touch on the importance of hydration with all students in order to ensure athletes are aware of what their water consumption should look like throughout the day.