Blythwood Junior Public School (Gr JK - 06)
Blythwood is located in a North Toronto residential area. The school was built over 85 years ago. In 1992, a multi-purpose room was added that serves as a recreational and meeting facility in the community. The school serves over 350 students from JK to Grade 6. Almost all of the children are from English speaking homes and the population is quite homogeneous with a very low rate of mobility.The school grounds border a ravine and are used extensively by the community all year round for sporting and other group activities. Staff work collaboratively to provide a positive and enriching learning environment for students. Parent volunteers work in partnership with staff to provide a rich variety of activities for our students.Read more
Blythwood staff have high expectations for all students in Literacy and Numeracy, and all other areas of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to achieve high standards. The students are supported through a comprehensive Literacy programme focusing on shared, independent and guided reading and writing. Numeracy is taught using various teaching strategies. Technology is used to enhance all subject areas. Students have many opportunities to show excellence in the Arts and Sciences. Core French is an integral part of the Junior Division programme.
Students are given many opportunities to participate in school athletics. Blythwood has a very large cross country team and all students are encouraged to participate. Blythwood also has school teams in slo pitch, volleyball, basketball,soccer, touch football, ice hockey and track and field. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence and maintain their academics.
Character Education is embedded into the school curriculum. The school focuses on TDSB attributes monthly, through assemblies, and school announcements. The Code of Conduct stresses common sense, courtesy, and cooperation. The school publicizes and validates these values and strives to exemplify them daily. Issues of safety are examined on a regular basis.
Staff Professional Development
Staff are involved in Professional Development in Literacy, Numeracy and Technology. Staff use the Instructional leaders and ESL coaches on a regular basis to further their teaching. Teaching and Learning Critical Pathways are supported by grade and divisional teams. Staff meet on a regular basis to discuss best teaching practises and to work together on moderated marking.
Community Outreach and Partnerships
Blythwood is actively involved in Community Outreach projects. Students take part in toy, clothing and food drives. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in outreach initiatives which are developed and organized by the students and staff. Students also have a partnership with Sunny View school. (a school for students with exceptionalities).