Suzuki Planet: February 2015

Be The Change

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Motto is "Be the Change".

Our Vision for David Suzuki Secondary School is to develop a collaborative community of individuals who are continually evolving to become environmental stewards capable of taking action to better the world.

Our Mission as a school community is to create a safe learning environment where all students learn to respect each other, their community and the planet. We do this by providing diverse learning opportunities that involve students, staff, parents and the community so that students can become productive lifelong learners.

Our Values include: Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, Empathy.

Message from the principal

Greetings from the staff and Admin Team at David Suzuki Secondary School. It’s hard to believe, but we are at the half way mark of the 2014/15 academic year and it is my sincere hope that your son or daughter has experienced great success in semester 1.

If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to review your teen’s semester 1 Final Report Card, issued on February 6th. Should you have any concern about your son or daughter’s progress, please be sure to contact their Guidance Counsellor or Vice Principal. You can book an appointment to meet by calling the school’s Main Office.

As you can imagine, semester 1 was action-packed and as we gear up for semester 2, I encourage all students to set both personal and educational goals that will lead to future success and achievement.

DSSS 2014 2015 Intro

We've Gone Paperless!

Suzuki is a school committed to using technology to do things better. And we also greatly value the sustainable practices that mean a better future for our students. So, it only makes sense that we move to offer our newsletter in a new digital, paperless format.

Smore offers a format that works well on your computer as well as your mobile device. And, with links to rich media, we're offering more content, more conveniently.


On top of the curriculum, we also teach values every day. View highlights of our culture of caring here:

#SuzukiCares: Nurturing a Positive School Culture

Our goal is to create a safe and positive school climate through a variety of proactive and responsive bullying prevention and intervention strategies; to increase the capacity of school staff and students to actively get involved in bullying prevention and intervention activities; to increase the number of students who are willing to seek support from school staff for personal and peer related issues.

Upcoming events

  • Huddle Up - Wednesday April 8th
  • The Day of Pink - coming in April
  • Mental Health - May 8th, details below

Learn more about our work in our #SuzukiValues storify:,

by visiting our Safe Schools page:

or by visiting @FacesOfSuzuki on Instagram.

Suzuki Celebrates Black History Month

RESCHEDULED!!! School Council Invites Parents to: Steve Chapelle's "Social Media Zombies"

Thursday, April 16th 2015 at 7pm

David Suzuki Secondary School

Join us for an examination of the importance of applying critical thinking during social media usage. We will explore three key areas of concern:
  • cyberbullying
  • willful self-exposure
  • unsecured confidential information

Risks, examples and most importantly, prevention measures will be presented.

Please RSVP by April 14th

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


You're Invited to: Supporting Our Youth's Mental Health - A Forum of Community Agencies

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 at 5:30pm

David Suzuki Secondary School

Brampton, ON

Are you worried about an adolescents' behaviour and/or mental health? Do you want some more support on why students behave the way they do? Are you interested to know what community agencies can do to help? Then, come to David Suzuki SS on Tuesday, May 5 at 5:30 pm.

We currently have 10 community services attending and 2 guest speakers. More information to follow. Save the date!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Arts at Suzuki

Our student actors, artists, dancers and musicians have had an amazingly productive semester, and celebrated with an amazing performance and exhibition of artworks in late December. Students had opportunities to connect their curricular learning and extra curricular experiences to character values, numeracy, the environment and 21st century skills.

To learn more about what is happening in the Arts at David Suzuki, follow our blog at

To see more about our Arts Performances and Exhibitions, view our storify:

Suzuki students value the healh of their environment

Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Technology and core values of Caring and Responsibility all come together in many of our environmental projects. Have a peek at some of the highlights of a semester of environmental responsibility:


Congratulations to all winter sports teams for their achievements and accomplishments as they begin to wrap up their season. Good luck to the boys' basketball teams as they prepare for playoffs. Try-outs for the following sports teams will be beginning in March. Cricket, Badminton, Rugby, Soccer, Track & Field, Girls Fast Pitch, Boys Baseball, Lacrosse, Ball Hockey and Ultimate Frisbee. Our goal is to offer programs for every student at David Suzuki whether it is the weight room club, intramurals or a sports team we challenge all students to get involved in extracurricular activities at David Suzuki.

Go Grizzlies!

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Suzuki Business Holiday Eco Sale: Business Acumen, Communication Skills & Numeracy for a great cause

The Grade 11 Entrepreneurship class demonstrates the 3 Ps of Ethical Business: People, Planet, Profits at the Holiday Eco Sale raising money to benefit our outdoor classroom. Students spread the Christmas cheer with Suzuki Gear and Fair Trade treats, raising over $400. These budding entrepreneurs demonstrated great team work, numeracy and communication skills, while they built confidence and reduced waste in our community. Way to go!

From the Learning Commons

  • Second semester will have lots of exciting events in the Learning Commons! There are two Canadian authors coming to visit the school:

March 2 - Eric Walters -

May 1 - Deborah Ellis -

  • We are also adding new books to the collection almost daily! Make reading an everyday habit. #SuzukValues
  • Keep an eye on our Twitter @DSSS_LC for news, events and contests. During the month of February we will have daily Black History Month quotes #DSSSBHMQ

Grade 10 Business Students Raise $1193 for Charity & Scholarships!!!

Grade 10 Business students raised over $1,193 for charity and scholarships through Venture Week! The most successful Venture group in each Grade 10 Business class donated the class's profits to the charity of their choice.

Each class contributed towards the $200 Business Scholarship award given to a graduating student pursing Business in post-secondary. Charity donations have been made by 'Mirror Wheels Corp.' to the Parkinson's Society of Canada for $433, by 'Infinite Corp.' for $258 to Sick Kids Foundation, and by 'Easy Breezy Corp.' for $302 to Free the Children .

Congratulations to all the students, and many thanks to everyone that came out to support us!

Suzuki Holiday Talent Show

Great fun, great talent on display on the last day before the December break at Suzuki. Have a peek at a short video of a few of the teacher & student clips:

Suzuki Basketball wins ROPSSAA again

Congratulations to the Senior Girls basketball team for winning another ROPSSAA Championship this past November!
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Suzuki online community

Twitter: Follow the school at @DavidSuzukiSS for updates.

Web: Our webpage has lot of useful information. View it here.

Instagram: We are using Instagram as a tool to help build a caring, compassionate community through our Faces of Suzuki project. @FacesOfSuzuki

Suzuki Project Complete

Our most recent Project Complete efforts have ensured that our students are given every opportunity to be succeed. We received many a "thank you" from students who used the opportunity to get back on track this semester!
Project Complete @DavidSuzukiSS

Suzuki leads the way

Do you think of Suzuki as a model school? CWF does. At the beginning of the semester, they published a four page article in their national magazine, WILD, designed to inspire classes from other schools across Canada to follow the David Suzuki SS example!

Read more here.

Suzuki Business Students Compete in Simulation Export Fair

On January 8 & 9, the grade 12 International Business students showcased their final evaluation, The International Business Export Trade Show. This was a hands on experience, that provided a 'real' trade show simulation as they were visited by several classes. In addition to selecting a product to export to their assigned countries, students had to complete a detailed Corporate Social Responsibility campaign showcasing how their business was going to support and give back to society. Classes and teachers attending the trade show voted on the "best" export business. All teams displayed great initiative and hard work. The winning teams were Alissa Rosan & Tianna Puddie for their export of the toy Rainbow Loom to Brazil and Simran Gill for exporting Tim Hortons to the Netherlands.

Be The Change!

We saved $2400 in heating costs in December alone without sacrificing heat during the school day by better optimizing the timing on our school's heating and fans. It's something we're constantly working to improve. Doing some optimization with your programmable thermostat, or turning down the heat when you leave your home can save you money and save the climate too.

Suzuki Halloween Fun

Some great costumes on display at Suzuki this Halloween! Our lead hand, Leo Muscat's costume went viral on the net with countless tweets. The story was eventually picked-up online and by some media as well!

A short video of a few of the costumes we saw can be seen here: