Friday, April 29, 2011

STUDENT VOTE DAY

Good Morning Citizens of Dante!

Student Vote Day has arrived! Dante poll clerks will be arriving to your Period 2 class today for you to cast your vote. Dante students will cast their vote for one of the four political candidates for the Eglinton-Lawrence riding.

In order for your ballot to be counted for a candidate, a ballot must clearly indicate your preference of the voter. Please use a checkmark or mark an X to properly mark your ballot.

Pay attention to the P.A. announcements on Tuesday, May 3rd to hear if your candidate was elected as the new Member of Parliament for the Eglinton-Lawrence Riding and who will be Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister.

Thank you for your participation in Student Vote!


L. Tonelli
Department Head of History & Law
Dante Alighieri Academy
60 Playfair Avenue,
Toronto, ON M6B 2P9
416.393.5522
lisa.tonelli@tcdsb.org

BOYS BASEBALL

A reminder to the members of the Boys Baseball team of their practice today after school at Caledonia Park. If you cannot make the practice please see either Mr. Jamnik, Mr. Dickey or Mr. Boscarino before the end of the day.

Thanks
Mr. Boscarino

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH - Asian-Latin Americans

Asians in Latin America have a long established history, one that began since the 16th century when Filipinos and other Asians came as migrant workers, indentured labourers, and ‘coolies’ to work on plantations. The first major wave of immigration in the late 19th century has integrated into Latin American societies, adding to the rich cultures, histories, and traditions. Many countries in Latin America have sizeable Asian communities, with the Chinese and Japanese being the most prominent groups and smaller groups of Taiwanese and Koreans. Today, there are over 4.5 million people of Asian descent living in various countries in Latin America, with significant communities in Brazil, Peru, Panama, Argentina, Cuba, and Mexico.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

RUNNING CLUB

INTERESTED IN GETTING OUTSIDE TO GET FIT

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE

JOIN DANTE'S RUNNING CLUB

WEDNESDAYS AT DANTE CAMPUS

MEET IN THE GYM

WE LEAVE AT 3;OOPM SHARP

ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE INVITED

ANY LEVEL, ANY PACE JUST BE ENTHUSIASTIC

Thanks
Ms. Fearon
Ms. Dunn

BOYS BASEBALL

A reminder to the members of the Boys Baseball team that there will be an important practice today after school at Caledonia Park. RAIN or SHINE!

Thanks
Mr. Boscarino

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

In Girls Soccer Action yesterday, the Dante Girls played a good St. Basil’s team and tied 1-1. The game was cut short due to the mini hurricane that drenched everyone.

The goal scorer for Dante was Kimberly Pedro. Special mention goes to Sonia O'Neill, Jessica Pacheco, Christina Critelli, Bianca Magliochetti, and Akalah Mark.

Our next game is this Monday against Loretto Abbey on our Dante field.

Thanks
Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

III SKILLZ DANCE CREW

Tomorrow evening, Friday April 29, the Ill Skillz Dance Crew as well as Ms Dimza's grade ten dance class will be performing at Cardinal Carter for the first annual Toronto Catholic Schools Dance Festival. The show will feature multiple dance genres and student dance talent from across the city. Come out and support your fellow Dante students!
Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased at the door.

Thanks!!

Jessica De Angelis
Teacher--Drama and Ill Skillz
Dante Alighieri Academy
60 Playfair Avenue
Toronto
M6B 2P9
416-393-5522

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH - The Inca Civilization

The Inca Civilization which was also called Inca Empire. It was located in what are now Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and extended into portions of Chile, Argentina and Colombia. The language of the Incas was Quechua, although over seven hundred local languages were spoken.

The Inca Civilization was wealthy, well-organized with a central government system lead by the Inca as the Emperor with four provincial governments with powerful leaders.

In general, Inca art was plain and they used gold and precious metals to make useful artefacts. Their architecture was precise and Spartan style. The Incas created very elaborate and colourful tapestries made from alpaca. They used a mathematical system called quipu to keep track of their everyday and market business.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

JUNIOR BOYS' VOLLEYBALL

There will be a Jr. Boys' Volleyball practice after school today at 3:00 pm in the Dante Gym. Team members please let Mr. Petracco know if you are not able to attend the practice.

Thanks
Mr. Petracco

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

Today, the Girls Soccer Team travels to the Hangar to play against St. Basil’s. The girls should be dismissed at 1:15 in order to board their bus on time.

Good luck girls!
Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

BOYS BASEBALL

There will be a practice for the members of the Dante Boys Baseball team tomorrow, Thursday April 28th. The practice will take place after school at Caledonia Park.
RAIN OR SHINE!!!!

Thanks
Mr. Boscarino

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH - Mercedes Sosa (Argentina)

Mercedes Sosa, known as 'The Voice of America', was a singer of Argentine folk music well known throughout Latin America and internationally. She was born on July 9, 1935, in Tucuman of Mestizo, French and Quechua Ancestry. Mercedes is considered the founder of the New Song movement. She defined herself as "Cantora" instead of a "Cantante" (both words translate to "singer" in English), which was the defining element of the Latin American "nueva cancion". "Cantante" is one who CAN sing, but "cantor" is one who MUST sing. Mercedes was best known as the "voice of the voiceless ones".

STUDENT VOTE DAY

Guess what Dante, tired of having no one listening to your opinions. Do you think YOU should have a voice in this upcoming federal election? Well now you can! The history dept. has registered Dante with over a thousand other schools - we'll be voting just like the rest of the country on election day on April 29th. Your job will be to learn about the parties by listening carefully to the political party platforms at the beginning of 4th period. The election results from Dante will be published in the Star and on CBC television on election night.

Thanks
Ms. Tonelli
History Department

ECO-TEAM

ATTENTION DANTE

Do you care about the environment and want to make a difference in our school, and our community? Join the Eco-Team! Our next meeting is this Friday April 29 in the art room. Come out and support a great cause and get community service hours too. Dante it's time to be greenified".

Your
Eco-Team

WAKE-A-THON

The Wake-A-Thon is close at Hand - Friday May 6th. There will be a mandatory meeting for all Wake-A-Thon Committee Members tomorrow - Thursday after school in Portable 1. Keep those pledges rolling for Malawi - in need of our LOVE!!!!!!!!!

GOD BLESS!
Mr. Quaglia

POP TAB COLLECTION

Attention All Dante Students!

Do you drink something in a can? Well Student Council is giving you something to do with it afterwards. Student Council will be hosting a pop tab collection. When you're finished with your can of pop, take off the tab, and place it in our "Pop Tab Deposit Center" in the cafeteria, starting Monday May 2nd. All pop tabs collected will be donated to the Ontario March of Dimes, which helps make wheelchairs for those less fortunate with disabilities in our community. So start collecting at home, work or school and help make a difference!

Thank you
Student Council

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

GIRLS SOFTBALL

Girls Softball practices continue this week after school at Caledonia Park. In the event of rain, practices will be in the gym. All Girls must attend.

Thanks
Ms. Fearon & Mr. Di Nicolantonio

CULTURAL AWARENESS PROGRAM

To all members of the Cultural Awareness program please hand in all permission forms in the Child and Youth Workers office or to Mr. Dickey and Ms. Rigg. There will be a brief meeting after school in the Cafeteria PLEASE BE ON TIME.

Thanks
Simone Rigg

STUDENT VOTE DAY

Good Morning Citizens of Dante!

Student Vote is upon us again! The Department of History is organizing Student Vote Day on Friday, April 29, 2011. This is an exciting opportunity for Dante students to cast their vote for one of the four political candidates for the Eglinton-Lawrence riding. Dante poll clerks will be arriving to your Period 2 class on Friday for you to cast your vote.

During this week, students will be delivering brief speeches – outlining their party and their central ideas. Listen carefully because you will be voting for the party you feel best represents your interests and concerns for our country.

Student Vote Results will be announced on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.


Remember to make your vote count!!


L. Tonelli
Department Head of History & Law
Dante Alighieri Academy
60 Playfair Avenue,
Toronto, ON
M6B 2P9
416.393.5522
lisa.tonelli@tcdsb.org

JUNIOR BOYS' VOLLEYBALL

There will be a Jr. Boys' Volleyball practice after school on Wednesday, April 27 at 3:00pm in the Dante gym. Team members please let Mr. Petracco know if you are not able to attend the practice.

Thanks
Mr. Petracco

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH - Women's Rights in Cuba

Similar to Cuba’s Black population, Cuban women were relegated to the margins of society during pre-revolutionary times in Cuba. Women comprised of the majority of the illiterate, uneducated, and unemployed population. The situation, status and rights of women drastically changed during the Cuban Revolution. By 2002, the overwhelming majority of university graduates were women, most of whom were in non-traditional subject disciplines such as economics, science, and law. In addition, Cuban women comprise of 65% of Cuba’s professional and technical workers, while 51% of scientific researchers and 72% of doctors are women.

Many Cuban women were actively involved in advancing the revolution and women’s rights. One of the most notable women was Vilma Espín. She was the wife of Raul Castro. She was the founder and president of the Federation of Cuban Women in 1960, where she maintained her leadership for over 40 years.

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER


Attention All Girls on the Dante Soccer Team

Due to the bad weather, there will be no practice today. Our next game is tomorrow. Dismissal time is 1:15.


Thanks

Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

BOYS BASEBALL TEAM

The list of students who made the 2011 Dante Boys Baseball team will be posted at the front of the school and in front of the gym today before 3A lunch. There will also be meeting after school for all members of the team.

Thanks
Mr. Boscarino

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

In Girls Soccer Action yesterday, the Dante Girls played a strong Notre Dame to a win 4-2. Goals scored by Sonia O’Neil with two goals one taken on a penalty kick and two goals by Kimberly Pedro. Special mention for a good defensive effort by Olga Dos Santos and Michelle
Sergio. Other mentions to our Mid-fielders Stephanie Dos Santos and Bianca Magliocchetti, further mention goes to Alessia Arbitrio and Jessica Pacheco. Honourable mentions goes to Mr. Ongaro for his presence at the game. Our next game is on Wednesday April 27, 2011, against St. Basil it will be an away game. Our next practice will be held on Tuesday April 26, 2011.

Thanks
Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BOYS BASEBALL

The second tryout for the Dante Boys Baseball team will be today, Tuesday, April 19 at 3PM at Caledonia Park. All who are interested are welcome.

Thanks,

Mr. Boscarino

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

In Girls Soccer Action yesterday, the Dante Girls played a strong St. Joseph Morrow Park and lost 1-0. Special mention for a good defensive effort goes to Erica-Lynne Bracegirdle, Sonia O'Neill, Christina Critelli, and Nastasia Tucci.

Our next game is tomorrow against Notre Dame on our Dante field.

Thanks
Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

Monday, April 18, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Attention all Grade 12 graduating students Information for the following scholarships is now available. They are: The Fountainhead Essay Contest due April 26 Barney Danson Bursary due April 30 Get Outside Your World Contest due April 30 Maurice Izzard Memorial Award due May 2 For more information, please refer to http://www.blogger.com/www.studentawards.com Thank you! Ms. Sgorlon

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

Today, the Girls Soccer Team travels to St. Joseph Morrow Park for their first game of the season. The girls should be dismissed from 4th period class at 1:40 in order to board their bus on time. Good luck girls! Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

ME-TO-WE MEETING

The will be a Me-to-We meeting immediately after school today in room 214. Thank you Maria Cristina Bafundi

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH - NAZCA LINES (PERU)

The Nazca lines are geoglyphs or pictures on the ground. The lines form complex figures: monkeys, spiders, hummingbirds, condors, pelicans, seagulls, orcas, snakes, alligators, human figures, and hundreds more. These shapes can be only seen in their entirety from an aerial view. The Nazca lines are located between the cities of Palpa and Nazca, in Ica, Peru. The Nazca Lines are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scientists believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 200 BCE and 700 CE. They were made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles on the surface and uncovering the light-coloured ground underneath. Many scholars believe the lines were created for religious purposes.

COMMUNITY HOURS

Do you need community Hours? Do you have a spare? There are community hours available for any student who is willing to volunteer on their spare or lunch with his Special Education class. Come and see Mr. Finnison in room 213. Thanks Mr. Finnison

BOYS BASEBALL TEAM

The second tryout for the Dante Boys Baseball team will take place tomorrow at 3PM at Caledonia Park. Weather permitting! All are welcome to come and tryout regardless of whether they went to the first try-out or not! Mr. Boscarino

Friday, April 15, 2011

SENIOR BOYS SOCCER

ATTENTION SENIOR BOYS SOCCER PLAYERS There will be a brief but very important meeting today after school in Mr. Spedaliere's Art Room. Thanks Mr. Ongaro, Mr. Fortino & Mr. Spedaliere

BURSARY - ASSOCIATION OF JUSTICES OF THE PEACE OF ONTARIO

Attention all Grade 12 students Information for the following bursary is now available. It is the... Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario. For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Awards Bulletin Board in the Guidance Office. Thank you! Ms. Sgorlon Student Services

MUSKOKA WOODS SOUTH LEADERS

There will be a very brief meeting after school today for all those students who wish to Muskoka Woods South Leaders. Please meet in the auditorium promptly at 2:30. Only those students who have already spoken with Ms Stock or Ms De Angelis will be considered because space is limited. Thanks!! Jessica De Angelis Teacher--Drama, Dance, English, and Ill Skillz Dante Alighieri Academy 60 Playfair Ave. 416-393-5522

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Grandmothers Do Their Peace

In many Latin American First Nations, the role of the grandmother considered sacred. A keeper of wisdom and healing, these medicine women/shamans hold a special place within their communities. In 2004, an International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers came together for the first time – forming a global alliance of prayer, education, and healing for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. The formation of the council arose from the need to create solidarity among first-nation people around the world, (three of them are from: Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil). The council is concerned with the destruction of Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. The council meets every six months, hosted by one of the Thirteen Grandmothers. The hosting grandmother shares her culture, her way of life, and her way of healing. Their wisdom combined can help to re-educate how we see our world and future. The work of these grandmothers can also help us become aware of our responsibility as human beings toward our planet.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CULTURAL AWARENESS PROGRAM

All members of the Cultural Awareness Program please meet Ms. Rigg and Mr. Blackburn in the library right after school(2:30 pm). Please be on time!!!!

GIRLS SOFTBALL

Girls Softball try-outs continue today after school at Caledonia Park. All interested girls MUST ATTEND. Please be prompt!!!!!!!!! Thanks Ms. Fearon & Mr. Di Nicolantonio

DANTE'S ECO TEAM

For those of you who have signed up for, and who are still interested in becoming members of Dante's Eco Team , there will be another meeting on Wednesday April 20 after school, location to be announced. In addition to this the Eco Team is looking for teachers who are willing to facilitate future meetings, those interested please speak with Mrs. Cocuzzoli. GO GREEN OR GO HOME!!!!!!

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Venezuela

Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela, is known for his socialist reforms and for his tough stance against US foreign policy. He was born on July 28, 1954. Much of his career and political ideology began when Chavez was in the military, where he developed strong ties with fellow students who also shared similar leftist political doctrine. In 1998, Chavez won a landslide victory in the presidential election, officially inaugurated in February 1999. During his time in office, Chavez has worked to forge ties with other leftist governments in Latin America, particularly Cuba and Bolivia. During his power, he has nationalized and took control over the media and oil industry, which is one of the largest in the world.

SUMMER PROGRAM - FOCUS ON YOUTH

Students interested in applying for the summer program, Focus on Youth where you can earn 2 credits and $12 an hour working as a custodian or camp counselor, please see Mr. Flores in the Guidance Office at 3pm. You MUST meet the following criteria: · Students must be 16 – 18 years of age as of June 1st, 2011 · reliable, responsible, personable, willing to learn · Potential for or evidence of leadership roles in your school community · must be returning to high school in September, 2011. Thanks Mr. Flores Student Services

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC

Dante’s Blood Donor Clinic will take place Thursday, April 14 from 10am-2pm. Please refer to the list of staff and students who have very graciously volunteered their services. The BLOODMOBILE will be parked outside near portables (refreshments and snacks are available for volunteers). To be clear about the procedures, each student-volunteer will receive an appointment letter with a specific time in their homeroom class. Please be mindful that the times may vary slightly as each person’s donation time will be different. Student-volunteers will sign-in/sign-out with Canadian Blood Services (a start time will be recorded on the student’s sheet, followed by a completion time and signature). Student-volunteers must then report to NADIA TOTOLO for an ‘admit-to-class’ slip PRIOR to proceeding to class. Do not accept a student to class without the ‘sign-in’ slip. Please contact me directly should you have any questions or if you would like to DONATE (I’ll squeeze you in…). Thanks Ms. Velocci

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH; Afro-Colombians and Senator Cordoba

The term Afro-Colombian is used to define Colombians of African heritage. The Afro-Colombian population has its roots in various parts of the African continent. Although Afro-Colombian communities are very diverse, they share some similarities such as ethnicity, history, social organization, family structure, sense of identification and traditional and religious practices. Senator Piedad Córdoba is an Afro-Colombian Senator who was born in Medellin on January 25, 1955. She is also a lawyer. She is famous for being a strong advocate for social justice and constant supporter of legislation that addresses all the ‘isms’ so that Colombian racialized minorities can have better opportunities for a better future. Afro-Colombians make up close to 40 percent of Colombia's people.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

Attention all Girls on the Soccer Team. Practices will take place Tuesday (today), Wednesday, and Thursday of this week on the Dante Field after school. Our first game is next week.

Thanks Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Panama

Hispanic Heritage Month: Panama Panama is located south of Costa Rica and north of Colombia, although Spanish is the official and dominant language. English is a common second language. Panama is rich in folklore and popular traditions. One of the most popular celebrations is Carnival which celebrated throughout the country in the month of February. In 1846, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela signed a treaty allowing the US to construct a railway to connect the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, and granted them free transit with the right to protect the railway with military force The Panama Canal is a worldwide known landmark. It is 80 Km long and, at the present time, it provides easy and reliable crossings from one ocean to the other for more than 750 thousands vessels.

GIRLS BALL HOCKEY TEAM

OH THE GOOD OLD HOCKEY GAME IS THE BEST GAME

YOU CAN NAME AND THE BEST GAME

YOU CAN NAME IS THE GOOD OLD HOCKEY GAME

DANTE GIRLS IF YOU KNOW THIS SONG AND ARE INTERESTED IN THE 1ST EVER GIRLS BALL HOCKEY TEAM AT DANTE ALIGHIERI. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ENTHUSIASTIC GIRLS THAT WANT TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. THERE WILL BE A SIGN-UP AND INFORMATION SESSION AT DANTE ALIGHIERI GYM ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 13TH 2;30-3-PM SEE MS. FEARON IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION

ME-TO-WE

Me-to-We will meet after school in Room 214 on Tuesday April 12 immediately after school. Thank you Maria Cristina Bafundi Religion Department Head Dante Alighieri Academy

Monday, April 11, 2011

GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

Attention all Girls on the Soccer Team Practices will take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week on the Dante Field, after school. Our first game is next week. Thanks Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM

REMINDER TO GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM Tuesday April 11th and Thursday April 14th we are practicing at Caledonia Park at the Softball Diamond. Let Mr. Di Nicolantonio or Ms. Fearon know if you can not attend. We would like all girls that signed up for softball this year to attend both days this week. Bring a glove and dress for the weather. Thanks Coaches

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:COSTA RICA

It is said that the ‘first’ European explorer to encounter Costa Rica was Christopher Columbus during his fourth and final voyage to the “New World.” Costa Ricans have set aside one quarter of their land as protected areas and national parks. Within this small nation it is found an astounding five percent of the world's biodiversity represented by more than 800 species of ferns, 1,000 of orchids, 2,000 kinds of trees, and 200 species of mammals. The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 97%. Public education is guaranteed in the constitution. Primary education is obligatory, and both preschool and high school are free. Thanks Mr. Flores

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:RUBEN DARIO (NICARAGUA)

Ruben Dario is considered one of the most influential poets in the Spanish language from the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. He is the founder of the literary movement known as Modernismo (Modernism). The most important characteristics of this movement are grace, beauty and exotism, and the reference to precious objects, nobility and the “past worlds” (medieval knights, Chinese and Japanese monarchies, etc.). In 1888, Ruben released "Azul", which was the literary work that drew the critics’ attention and set the bases for Modernism. During the course of his life, Rubén Dario was appointed to several positions as a Nicaraguan diplomat in various countries, including Argentina, Spain and France. By 1907, he was a renowned poet of international status, both in Europe and the Americas. When World War I broke in Europe, a very sick Dario returned to his country. He died in Managua in 1916. Thanks Mr. Flores

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES OF HONDURAS

There is one main group of Aboriginal people in Honduras. They are Miskitos. They live in the southeastern section of Honduras. In Honduras there are many other Aboriginal communities such as the Xicaques, Torrupan, Lenca, Chorti, Tawanka, and the Garifuna. The Miskito people are the largest Aboriginal community in Honduras. They make up approximately more than 50% of the Aboriginal population in Honduras. They speak the Miskito language and English. The Chortis are direct descendants of the people who built Copan, the capital of the ancient Maya empire. The Tawanka people are the smallest Aboriginal community in Honduras. They live in the centre of the Mosquitia, the largest rainforest. The Garifunas came to Honduras because the British expelled them from the island of St. Vincent. They rely heavily on the fishing industry. Thanks Mr. Flores

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:FARABUNDO MARTI (El Salvador)

Farabundo Martí is known as the leading member of the Communist Party of El Salvador (PCS) and the founder of the Central American Socialist Party where he led El Socorro Rojo Internacional which is a communist alternative to the Red Cross to help poor and underprivileged Salvadorians through socialist ideology. Farabundo Martí was born in Tetepeque which is a farming community in El Salvador. He was the son of a landowner. From a very young age, Farabundo recognized the exploitation of the country's poor for the profit of the rich Farabundo studied at the University of El Salvador in San Salvador where he studied Marxist-Leninist ideas and began to dedicate his life to building a revolutionary movement. Farabundo Martí remains to be the leading martyr figure for El Salvador’s Left. For this reason, the Salvadoran leftist party has been named Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) which is one of El Salvador’s two major political parties. Thanks Mr. Flores

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:RIGOBERTA MENCHU

Rigoberta Menchu Rigoberta Menchú was born on January 9, 1959 in the village Laj Chimel in Guatemala, Central America. Her family was very poor. She is an Aboriginal woman descendant from the ancient culture Maya-Quiché. As the years passed, Rigoberta soon became involved in social reform activities through the Catholic Church, and became prominent in the women's rights movement. Her family was accused of taking part in guerrilla activities and Rigoberta's father, Vicente, was imprisoned and tortured for allegedly having participated in the execution of a local plantation owner. During Guatemala's bloody civil war, her father, mother, and younger brother were killed by Guatemalan soldiers because they protested against human-rights abuses. In 1981, Rigoberta fled the country and settled in Mexico. In 1983, Rigoberta became well known internationally with her widely translated book I, Rigoberta Menchú, in which she tells the story of her impoverished youth and recounts in horrifying detail the torture-murders of her brother and mother. In 1992, Rigoberta received the Nobel Peace Prize for her continuing efforts to achieve social justice and mutual reconciliation in Guatemala. Thanks Mr. Flores

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:THE ZAPATISTAS (MEXICO)

The Zapatistas (Mexico) The Zapatista Army of National Liberation is an Aboriginal revolutionary group that emerged from Chiapas, Mexico. In 1994, the year in which the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was established, a group of Aboriginal peoples occupied San Cristobal de las Casas and other towns in Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico. The primary objectives of the Zapatistas are to obtain political autonomy and self-determination, to preserve their Aboriginal cultures and heritage, and to ensure the Mexican government. Two of the most well-known leaders of this movement are Marcos and Ramona. Both leaders have been integral disseminating information about the Zapatista movement to the rest of Mexico and the world. The Zapatistas organized demonstrations and protests to challenge the neo-liberal economic policies instituted by the Mexican government, the IMF and World Bank and to voice their opposition to the Mexican government’s signing of NAFTA. Thanks Mr. Flores

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Buenos días The Toronto Catholic District School Board and The Toronto District School Board are joining the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto, to celebrate April 2011 as Hispanic Heritage Month!With more than 8,000 TCDSB and TDSB students speaking Spanish as their first language, both boards are committed to preserving the rich cultures and traditions of those of Hispanic heritage. This month is offering our students, staff and the community the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the valuable contributions Hispanics have made to our province, country and the world. For many centuries to this very day, people have been fighting for their rights and independence to bring those of all different cultures into one land to live in peace. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to pay tribute to one of those many cultures of our nation. It is a time that we commemorate our Hispanic race and their accomplishments. Pedro Almodóvar is a Spanish Film Director. He was born in Spain in 1951. He studied the elementary and superior bacalaureate, with the Salesian and Franciscan priests. It was during this time in his life when he began to question his religious beliefs. It was also at this point in time that his passion for films began. At the age of 16 he moved to Madrid, Spain on his own with the intention to study and make film. However, he came across some obstacles that prevented him from pursuing his dream. In order to make a living and continue to pursue his passion, he had to work a variety of jobs. His first job was as an administrative assistant at the National Telephone Company where he remained for 12 years. It was through this job that he was able to save money to purchase his first 8mm camera. He also spent some of his time with an independent theatre group, making movies and writing. His first feature film was Pepi, Luci, Bom, 1980. His first Academy Award was awarded to the film: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", 1988 as Best Foreign Language Film. Almodovar is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glauber Rocha Award for Best Director, Rio Film Festival, and L.A. Film Critics Association "New Generation" Award amongst others. Thanks Mr. Flores

Friday, April 8, 2011

SPANISH LANGUAGE CONTEST

There is a spanish language contest May 5. Any students interested in writing the contest and for more information please see Mr. Aldea in Portable 12. Thanks Mr. Aldea

BOYS BASEBALL TEAM

Dante Boys Baseball The first official tryout for the 2011 Dante Boys Baseball Team will take place this Monday, April 11 at 3PM at Caledonia Park. Baseball tryout forms can be picked up from Mr. Jamnik, Mr. Dickey or Mr. Boscarino at anytime or at Monday's tryout for those at the Beatrice Campus. Thanks Mr. Boscarino

MUSKOKA WOODS NORTH/SOUTH

1. Student delegates for CHAMUN 2011 are reminded to hand in their permission form, media release form and registration fee to Ms. Stock or Ms. Iacobacci by Monday April 11, 2011. 2. Muskoka Woods NORTH student leaders shall have their first meeting on Wednesday April 13, 2011 after school. The location of the meeting will be announced on Monday. 3. Student leaders for Muskoka Woods SOUTH shall have their meeting with Ms. De Angelis in the next week. Listen to announcements for further details. 4. Students on the Stop the Stigma team are reminded of their meeting on Tuesday April 12, 2011 after school portable 1. Thanks Ms. Stock

JUNIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Last night the Dante Jr. Boys' Volleyball Team captured their first win of the season with a three games to two victory over Marrocco. Team members are reminded of their next team practice which will take place on Tuesday, April 12. Brian M. Petracco Dante Alighieri Academy brian.petracco@tcdsb.org

Thursday, April 7, 2011

MOBILE BLOOD DONOR CLINIC

MOBILE BLOOD DONOR CLINIC


Thursday April 14


10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Dante Alighieri Academy

60 Playfair Ave



Basic Requirements for Blood Donation

Minimum Age 17

At least 50 kg (110 lb)

VALEDICTORIAN

ATTENTION ALL GRADE 12 STUDENTS The time has arrived for all grade twelve students to nominate a grade twelve student whom you feel would best represent the grade twelve graduating class of 2011, at this year’s June 28, 2011 Graduation ceremony. Any student interested in being a school Valedictorian, must first be nominated. The student’s nomination must be supported by fellow students, teachers, and either one of the school Principal, and or Vice-Principals. Nomination forms can be picked up from the Guidance office. Please carefully read the nomination form and have it completed and returned to the Guidance office by next Friday April 15, 2011. Once all nomination forms are submitted, the nominated students will then be photographed by Mr. Labriola during the week of April 18 to April 21, 2011 for the electoral ballot. The date for the Valedictorian vote will take place on Thursday April 28, 2011 during period two in the school Library. All grade twelve students with a photo I.D. will be allowed to vote; a student without a photo I.D. will not be allowed to vote. If any student requires additional clarification, are asked to speak to Mr. Pavia by making an appointment after school. Good Luck to all prospective Valedictorian candidates. Tom Pavia Dante Alighieri Academy 416-393-5462

PROM TICKETS

Just a reminder that your LAST deposit of $30 for your PROM TICKET will be collected on the week of April 25 to April 29. On that week, you can also purchase a second ticket for your date, for $80. NO deposits will be accepted after April 29. The Prom Committee is also asking for graduates to send in their photos by latest next Monday April 11. Thanks Prom Committee

ECO TEAM

Guess what ..............Dante is starting an ECO TEAM. We are looking for students who are interested in protecting the well being of our environment and helping Dante become an Eco School. In addition to being eco friendly, any time spent volunteering with Dante's Eco Team will be counted towards your community service hours. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday April 12, 2011 after school in the cafeteria. If you are interested in learning more about the initiatives of the Eco team please join us Tuesday! Go GREEN OR GO HOME

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

All girls who made the first cut for the Girls Soccer Team. There is a mandatory practice today (Thurs) on the Dante Field, after school. All must attend and please bring all permission forms. You should wear warm athletic wear for the outside weather. Thanks Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

POPCORN DAY

Today is popcorn day! Student Council will be giving out free popcorn to students today during all three lunches! Yes, we said free popcorn! So come early and pick up your popcorn today Dante! Thanks Student Council

GIRLS SOFTBALL TRY-OUTS

Girls Softball try-outs continue today after school. Please meet in the gym with your gym clothes. Thanks Mr. DiNicolantonio & Ms. Fearon

WAKEATHON

Teacher’s Name: Mr. Quaglia /Ms. Davis Subject: Wakeathon Forms Event : Distribution of forms and pledge sheets Time: All 3 lunches :Thursday All students interested in attending wakethon Must personally pick up and sign for their pledge/permission forms. See you during all three lunches in the cafeteria tomorrow Thursday April 7th.

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

The list of girls, who made the first cut for the Girls Soccer Team, is located outside the Gym. Our next practice, which is mandatory, is this Thurs on the Dante Field. All must attend and please bring all permission forms. You should wear warm athletic wear for the outside weather. Thanks Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

CULTURAL AWARENESS GROUP

Members of the Cultural Awareness Group please meet in the library after school. We have a special guest today, so please be on time. Thanks Ms. Rigg

Monday, April 4, 2011

JUNIOR BOYS' VOLLEYBALL

Reminder to the members of the Jr. Boys' Volleyball Team of their home game today after school against C.H.A.T. in the Dante gym. Team members are expected to arrive in the gym immediately after school. Thank you Brian M. Petracco Dante Alighieri Academy brian.petracco@tcdsb.org

VARSITY GIRLS OUTDOOR SOCCER

Attention all Girls interested in joining the Varsity Girls (outdoor) Soccer Team. Our third and final try-out will take place tomorrow (Tuesday), after school, in the Dante Gym. Please bring running shoes and gym clothes. Thanks Mr. Galati & Mr. Sampogna

GIRLS INDOOR SOCCER

CONGRATULATIONS to the Girls Indoor Soccer Team, who showed determination and effort by all memebers of the team. Making it to the quarter finals losing to Bishop Allen. A big thanks goes out to our Goalie Olga Dos Santos and to the rest of the team. Thanks Ms. Fearon reminder of softball today at Beatrice Campus