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Guidance Department
L. Fisher - Department Head (A-I) 
S. Juma  -  Counsellor (J-Martin)
J. Petrone - Counsellor (Mason-Whyte)

N. Reyhani - Counsellor (IB Coordinator) (Williams-Z)​

U. Koehler - Secretary

If you would like to make an appointment with a guidance counsellor, please email​.

Guidance Services at AMHS

Tips for Optimizing your Mental Health during COVID-19​​

​​Upcoming Events


Clarification to Summer School

Differences between Summer School e-Learning and Summer School Credit:


Summer School e-Learning

Secondary Summer School

Delivery Model

Online for entire course

Hybrid – online and maybe F2F (depending on Ministry directive)

Learning Platform

Brightspace D2L

Google Classroom/other Board approved platform

Course Content

Ministry authored (teacher modified)

Teacher Designed


Flexible (6hrs per day min.)

8:45 a.m. – 3:33 p.m. (depending on Ministry directive)

YRDSB will be holding two programs as usual; Summer School e-Learning and Secondary Summer School. Secondary Summer School will be going online to start.  If the Ministry gives approval for schools to re-open then the classes may move to face-to-face. The online lessons will be synchronous so students may be expected to attend classes at scheduled times.

Summer School e-Learning has more flexibility in terms of when students are required to login. However, students can expect to spend a minimum of 6 – 7 hours studying each day.  The difference is that they can break up the hours.

The dates for the programs are also slightly different.

Summer School Registration is now open - through my Pathway planner

  • once you have signed up on-line​ please print your confirmation and get a parent/guardian to sign it
  • send your confirmation form to Ms. Fisher (
  • Summer Day School:  Tips to Register

Summer School e-Learning Registration is open from May 8  - June 25
  • Course dates: July 2, 2020 – July 27, 2020
If you have registered for day Summer School and would like to delete that registration, please let Ms. Fisher know.

International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Program - 2020/2021 Credit Courses

Once you have registered, you need to email Ms. Fisher your copy of the registration, so that an Students can e​arn credits while learning a language. More than 15 languages are offered for students Grades 9 to 12.  Indigenous languages such as Ojibwe and Cree will be offered for the first time. Level 3 language credit courses can even be counted towards college and university acceptance. For more information visit the website:​  The course offerings and sites are available on My Pathway Planner login page.  Students can register through My Pathway Planner anytime until September 11th.  If you require assistance with registration, do not hesitate to connect with our guidance department.​approval can be given.

Volunteer opportunities

Join Volunteer Google Classroom for all updates:

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Join Gr. 12 Graduation Classroom - important information for all Gr. 12 students

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Guidance Department 
The Guidance Department of Alexander Mackenzie High School offers you, your parents and your community a variety of services and programs.  
Guidance Counsellors address questions and concerns regarding high school program planning and academic success. They provide information regarding educational alternatives and career choices. Counsellors provide students with a safe, non-judgmental opportunity to address personal and social issues.
During each year of high school, counsellors meet with students to inform them about useful study skills, careers, researching and applying for college and/or university.  (Pathways Beyond​ & Pathways in Ontario Math)  This enables students to make a successful transition to post secondary education or to the workplace. We also provide assistance obtaining information about Scholarships and Bursaries . Your guidance counsellor will work with you to create a program that is tailored to meet your needs. Within the semester system you have the opportunity to develop a program that is uniquely yours. You will be able to select subjects that meet your academic interests and your educational strengths.
It is extremely important that you take time to make subject selections (PDF 48kb). Talk with your parents, your teachers and your guidance counselor before you finalize your decision. Students are encouraged to review their academic progress and to discuss their personal goals. Appropriate materials such as pamphlets, course calendars​ (doc 28kb) and resources made available. Students are also able to attend the York Region Career Center on request.
Many students and parents consult with counsellors regarding personal concerns. Individual or small group counselling is available upon request. Counsellors also provide referrals and liaison with community social service agencies if this is needed.
Throughout the school year the Guidance Services Department organizes and assists with many special programs. As well, we invite speakers from universities, colleges and the world of work.

The Guidance Program at AMHS

Through Individual and group counseling, classroom visitations, workshops and seminars  the guidance program provides opportunities for students to gain the skills and information necessary to:
  • Develop Educational Plans (PDF 48kb)
  • Help you plan your educational choices, both high school courses and post-secondary programs, so that they are flexible and suited to your needs, aptitudes and abilities.
  • Explore career alternatives
In the career development area of our program, Counsellors help you:
  • Learn more about yourself by encouraging you to recognize and make full use of your interests and aptitudes.
  • Explore a variety of careers.
  • Practice the decision-making skills needed to make wise future choices.
  • Gain self-knowledge & relate effectively to others.
To help you be effective in all life roles, we offer supportive individual and group counseling to foster self-understanding and the development of effective inter-personal relations.
Making a counseling appointment?

Your Guidance Counsellors like to see you as often as possible so we encourage you to make an appointment whenever you feel the need, whether it be for questions about your timetable, trouble with a course, concerns about your future, or problems with friends or family.
Counselors are assigned to students according to the first letter of the student's last name. For academic counseling all students work with their assigned counsellor to ensure that their academic records are in order. For personal counselling students are encouraged to approach their assigned counsellor first, however, are free to work with the counsellor with whom they feel most comfortable.
Here's what you do to see one of the Guidance Counselors.
  1. Come to the Guidance Services Area (Room 143) either before or after school, or during your lunch break to make an appointment with our Guidance Secretary.
  2. Show the form to your subject teacher at the beginning of the period for approval, and come to the Guidance Office at your scheduled time.
  3. Your Counselor will note the time the appointment ended, and you will use the slip for admittance back to class. ​​​

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