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Updated Jan. 3/14: Information about radon levels at the Sir Winston Churchill site

Updated January 3, 2014:

We look forward to welcoming all students back to school on Monday, January 6, 2014.

This is a follow-up to the December 23, 2013 information (see below) about elevated radon levels being present in a number of areas at Sir Winston Churchill (SWC), including classrooms. These results were found through testing conducted by a third party as part of a potential property transaction.

Letter to families of students at Sir Winston Churchill (pdf)

When Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board became aware of elevated levels of radon, school board officials immediately consulted with environmental specialists, the Ministry of Labour, the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and the Public Services Health & Safety Association.

School board officials were advised that ventilation is an effective way to manage radon levels. Ventilation systems were reviewed and monitored throughout the holidays and will continue to be reviewed and monitored regularly. In addition, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board retained an environmental engineering firm to take diagnostic radon measurements from Monday, December 23, 2013 to Thursday, January 2, 2014 to verify that increased ventilation was reducing radon levels. Results from those measurements, which were shared with the Health Unit, indicate that radon levels are within acceptable levels as of Friday, January 3, 2014 and the building can be safely occupied.

On Monday, January 6, 2014, the environmental engineering firm will continue to measure levels during normal occupancy and building use. This work will include both short- and long-term testing, as well as implementing action plans, to sustain acceptable levels over time, according to Health Canada guidelines.

Parents of students at SWC will also receive a Synrevoice (voicemail) message this evening.

Updates will be shared with families and continue to be posted online, as well as on Twitter feeds for the school board (@HPEschools) and the school (@HarryJClarkePS).

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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Posted December 23, 2013: Student and employee safety is the first priority in our schools.

Late in the afternoon of Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was made aware of elevated radon levels in a number of areas at the Sir Winston Churchill site, including classrooms. The building is occupied by Kindergarten and Grade 1 students and employees from Harry J. Clarke Public School, and is also the site of the Early Years Program provided by Family Space. The test was conducted by a third party as part of a potential property transaction.

School board officials immediately contacted the Ministry of Labour and were advised that there was no immediate risk to students or employees.

On Thursday, December 19, school board personnel, including the School Superintendent, the Health and Safety Officer, and Facility Services personnel were on site to meet with employees, ensure appropriate ventilation and to monitor the situation. We have been advised that ventilation is a way to reduce radon levels. Ventilation systems continue to be monitored to maintain airflow throughout the building.

Short-term actions currently underway
Consultation with two environmental specialists, the Ministry of Labour, the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and the Public Services Health & Safety Association has taken place. In addition, we have engaged an environmental engineering firm to retest for a 2-week period, from Monday, December 23, 2013 to Friday, January 3, 2014. The results of the tests over the next two weeks will be used to refine our next actions.

Communication updates
We will continue to communicate with families of children in the school and our employees as information becomes available. In addition, updates will be posted on this website, shared with local media and communicated through Twitter.

Information about radon
According to Health Canada radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. When radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon concentrations fluctuate seasonally. Radon is present outdoors and in every building. In addition, Health Canada indicates the risk from radon exposure is long term and depends on the level of radon, how long a person is exposed and their smoking habits.

Additional information is available on the Health Canada website at this link: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/radiation/radon/index-eng.php

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

Outstanding paintings by JK students at Queen Victoria School

Young artists are budding at Queen Victoria School. Students in Full-day Kindergarten created stunning paintings of sunflowers using acrylics on canvas.

While learning about the genre in 2012, the focus was on creating authentic learning experiences for students. The teaching team of Teacher Glenda Giajnorio and Early Childhood Educator Judith Wilson engaged the young children in thinking, reading, writing, communicating, exploring, discovering, representing and problem-solving in an integrated fashion.

The results are outstanding!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

student painting of a sunflower up close
Artwork by Full-day Kindergarten students in the team-taught class of Teacher Glenda Giajnorio and ECE Judy Wilson at Queen Victoria School in 2012.

student painting of sunflowers in a red pot
The students investigated a variety of artists before creating their works of art.

 

 

Flags at half-mast in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s funeral

Flags at all schools and administrative buildings will be lowered to half-mast from the afternoon of Friday, December 13 to the morning of Monday, December 16, 2013 in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s funeral (taking place in South Africa on Sunday, December 15, 2013).

Nelson Mandela was a tireless champion for the rights of all the people of South Africa. He was a role model and an inspiration to people around the world.

Nelson Mandela touched many lives, and throughout his life, he remained passionate about teaching children. The Nelson Mandela Foundation website (http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/page/educational-guide) contains a number of valuable resources about his life, his work, his dialogue for justice, and a beautiful video tribute of him singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” – Nelson Mandela, Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa, July 12, 2008.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

Perfect SAT score for Moira SS IB student, Laura Hatt

photo of the student
Congratulations to Laura Hatt, a Grade 12 student at Moira Secondary School, who achieved a perfect score of 2400 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The test is written by students who apply to universities in the United States.

Update at 4:00 p.m., December 13, 2013—Laura Hatt tweeted to say she received an acceptance letter from Harvard University this afternoon. In her words, “This doesn’t feel real!”

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Congratulations to Laura Hatt, a Grade 12 student at Moira Secondary School who is in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Hatt scored 2400—a perfect score—on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which is written by students who apply to universities in the United States.

“All my friends clapped when I told them. It was a little embarrassing but they were so happy for me and I felt really grateful for their support,” noted Hatt.

When asked by a parent at the Moira IB Diploma Information Night how she prepared for the SAT, Hatt said, “If you are thinking about writing the SAT, IB Mathematics is an excellent preparation for it.”

IB Mathematics teacher, Mr. Jackson, informed Moira staff just how incredible Hatt’s test results are, saying, “She is breathing rarefied air. Over the last few years less than three tests in 10,000 were scored with a perfect 2400 on the SATs.”

Hatt is currently in Grade 12 completing the final year of her IB Diploma Programme. She is also the co-president of the student council, an exceptional volunteer, an athlete and an extremely valued member of the school community.

Hatt has attended Moira Secondary School since Grade 7 and 8 through the IB Destinations Programme offered at Harry J. Clarke Public School. After Grade 8, she progressed to the IB Foundations Programme for Grade 9 and 10 and continued into the IB Diploma Programme for Grade 11 and 12.

She has already started mentoring some of the students in the Grade 9 and 10 IB Foundations Programme who hope to have her results when they write the SAT.

Considering 1.6 million students wrote the SAT this year, Laura has achieved something only a few people in the world obtain!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

For information about the IB Diploma Programme at Moira contact:
Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator and Teacher, Moira Secondary School, 613-962-8668 x1119, ccooper@hpedsb.on.ca

Prince Edward CI students performed to promote women’s rights and gender equality.

photo of the student performing on-stage
Twenty-five students in the Senior Drama class at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute performed “Shine a Light,” an original production, at the CORE Arts Centre in Belleville on December 6, 2013.

Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute took an active stance recently to contribute to efforts about violence and abuse awareness.

The original production, “Shine a Light,” was a powerful performance by the Senior Drama class. Students performed for 25 minutes, featuring 10 scenes and nine monologues.

They performed in front of survivors of domestic abuse and members of social agencies in Hastings County and Prince Edward County, including Three Oaks Foundation and Quinte Health Care.

The topics ranged from the types of abuse to gender roles, gender equality, what to do about violence, relationships (positive and negative) and causes of violence.

This performance was the second time in two years for the PECI students at the CORE Art Centre in Belleville, commemorating the victims of L’Ecole Polytechnique and promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

Flags at half-mast for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags at administrative buildings will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday, December 6, 2013, to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Source: Status of Women Canada

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

Fit 2 Learn at Prince Edward CI, physical activity for secondary school students

Updated December 5, 2013: Here are photos from the Fit 2 Learn event at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute this morning.

Posted December 2, 2013: Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are looking forward to being part of a fun event this week.

Students who are participating in the Fit 2 Learn pilot project will be joined by Michelle Hillier of GROOVE Edge on Thursday, December 5, 2013. They will celebrate physical activity and learning. Hillier will also engage the students in new activities that can be used in classrooms in the coming weeks.

Fit 2 Learn is taking place at PECI in collaboration with Jen Ronan of the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. It has been piloted at the school since the spring of 2013. Fit 2 Learn integrates daily physical activity breaks into secondary school classrooms.

It is believed that adding exercise into daily life improves physical and mental health, as well as academic performance in the following ways:

  • improves memory, mood and behavior;
  • improves motivation, wellness and attention spans;
  • lowers anxiety and depression; and
  • improves self-esteem.

The concept was adapted from “Sparking Life Niagara” and the book “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Teams Bayside & Quinte paddled to success at cardboard boat races!

picture of the pool with a cardboard boat being raced
Students steer their cardboard boat in a pool during the 2013-2014 Secondary Cardboard Boat Race.

Congratulations to students from Bayside and Quinte secondary schools for achieving success at the Skills Canada 2013-2014 Secondary School Cardboard Boat Race event!

Team Bayside was awarded a Gold and Team Quinte was awarded a Bronze.

TEAM BAYSIDE
Grade 9 students Doug Ashmore, Spencer Gibbs, Adam Moore and Michael Terpstra.

Grade 10 students (who won the Gold) Adam Blakley, Joesph Shudall, Rain Watson and Kurtis Wright.

TEAM QUINTE
Grade 10 students Brandon Curtis, Maxine Lyng, Victoria Maietta and Eric Sloan.

During this competition, teams of up to four students from the same school designed and constructed one boat to participate in both a speed and a weight challenge in a pool. Students were given the materials to construct the boat and two hours to build it. Teams were encouraged to build and test sample boats prior to the event. Drawings of boat designs were collected upon sign-in for judging.

The Bayside team’s boat held 605 pounds in the weight test which was the highest of all entries.

Both teams have now qualified for the Ontario Cardboard Boat Race Championships in Waterloo, Ontario on March 6, 2013.

In addition to being a lot of fun, the results demonstrate the students’ commitment to collaboration, teamwork and engineering skills. The support of the technology teachers and school administrators was appreciated by the competitors.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Chair and vice-chair re-elected for another term

picture of the chair and vice-chair
Congratulations to Dwayne Inch, re-elected as Chair of the Board, and Dave Patterson, re-elected to Vice-chair of the Board. Each will serve in these roles for a one-year term.

Trustee Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Dave Patterson was re-elected as vice-chair of the Board at the annual public Board meeting held Monday, December 2, 2013. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the December meeting.

Inch expressed appreciation to fellow Board members for placing their trust in him.

“Over the last year as Chair I have been well supported. To my fellow trustees, thank you for believing in me. I tell people as often as I can of the privilege it is to work with each of you. Over the last couple of weeks it has been very rewarding to open two new schools in Stirling and Tweed. To feel the energy and see the excitement from those students and staff brings life to our work. Student achievement continues to be our top priority as we make decisions to renew facilities and govern Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Patterson, in his remarks on being re-elected as vice-chair, referenced the human connection and the connection to learning.

“We are a human organization. We deal with people, with communities and each other. I have learned much from you and appreciate you helping me to learn, and for us to venture into areas where we have not gone—in governance, technology, and in our very ability to be accountable to the public,” Patterson noted.

Inch was first elected to the Board in December 2006 and was acclaimed as a school board trustee in the October 2010 municipal election. He was appointed Board chair in June 2011, and was re-elected to that role in December 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Inch represents South Prince Edward County, with the following schools in his electoral area:
• Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
• Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
• Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
• Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Patterson was first elected to the Board in the October 2010 municipal election. He was elected as Board vice-chair in December 2012 and re-elected to that role in December 2013.

Patterson represents Belleville/Thurlow, with the following schools in his electoral area:
• Foxboro Public School
• Harmony Public School
• Harry J. Clarke Public School
• Hillcrest School
• Park Dale School
• Prince of Wales Public School
• Prince Charles School (Belleville)
• Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
• Queen Victoria School
• Sir John A. Macdonald School
• Centennial Secondary School
• Moira Secondary School
• Quinte Secondary School

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,300 students each day at 39 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Board Meeting Update #102

This update provides a summary of the meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2014.

Clothing donations welcomed at Stirling Public School

Are you looking to gain storage space by giving away clothes that are too small for your children? Look no further! Stirling Public School is accepting donations of gently-used clothing on December 3, 4 and 5, 2013.

On Thursday, December 5, parents/guardians are invited to visit the school to view the ‘new to you’ clothing. Purchases are free, although donations are appreciated.

Any leftover large T-shirts will be used as smocks in the Primary classrooms. All other leftover clothing will be donated to the Three Oaks Foundation.

Also, on the evening of Thursday, December 5, Stirling‐Rawdon Police will be at the school taking children’s fingerprints and providing parents/guardians with identification kits. A Book Fair will be hosted in the Learning Commons until 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

4th Annual Festival of Trees at Earl Prentice Public School

event flyer
Families and community members are invited to the 4th Annual Festival of Trees at Earl Prentice Public School

Students and staff at Earl Prentice Public School are excited to host the 4th Annual Festival of Trees. Families and community are invited to this event.

EVENT DETAILS event flyer with all the details
DATES: Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4, 2013
TIME: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Earl Prentice Public School, 17 William Street, Marmora

See the dazzling display of Christmas trees, wreaths, winter arrangements, Free hot chocolate, apple cider, tea and cookies. Purchase raffle tickets, $2 each or $5 for three.

Tuesday night only: Cookie Baking Contest
Bring in three of your best holiday cookies to be judged by celebrity judges.

Wednesday night only: Crafts & Carols
Students can choose from a selection of crafts to work on with an adult.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

‘Homework Help’ free online math help for students in Grades 7-10

Attention students, parents/guardians: Hastings and Prince School Board, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is pleased to continue offering online math help for students in Grades 7 to 10.

Designed to enhance students’ learning skills and contribute to academic success in Mathematics, Homework Help offers all registered users access to free, real‐time one‐on‐one tutoring with an Ontario certified teacher. Access is available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with unlimited access to a variety of other learning supports.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

M.P. Daryl Kramp to visit Stirling Public School

Students at Stirling Public School are looking forward to a visit by the local federal government representative.

The Honourable Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, will visit Stirling Public School on Friday, November 29, 2013, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and meet with students in the Learning Commons.

The visit is linked to the Social Studies curriculum, specifically Aspects of Citizenship and Government in Canada for Grade 5 students. During the visit, students will engage with Kramp about issues that matter to them, while learning about the role of Canada’s federal parliamentarians.

This event is connected to National Child Day which was celebrated throughout Canada on November 20. To mark this special occasion, UNICEF Canada organized its annual Bring your MP to School Day, connecting Members of Parliament with approximately 80 schools across the country. Stirling Public School was chosen as one of those schools!

The students will discuss a variety of topics, embracing the theme of “It’s our time to be heard.” For many students, this visit will be their first experience with a parliamentarian and their first opportunity to influence government decisions that affect them. It will be an inspiring exchange for both the students and the M.P.!

To learn more about National Child Day or UNICEF Canada’s Bring your MP to School Day, visit www.unicef.ca/ncd.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Take our School Climate Survey, live until November 29, 2013

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, one of our goals is to connect with our communities, and to engage with students, families and employees. We’re inviting these groups to have a voice with regard to safe, caring and welcoming schools for everyone. Watch this short YouTube video to learn more.

Our school climate surveys are now open for participation. The surveys are part of the Ministry of Education’s focus on positive school climate, and are connected to our system plan known as AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success.

These surveys are intended for students in Grades 4-12, parents/guardians and school staff. Participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous. Data gathered will be used to plan district- and school-based actions.

How to complete a school climate survey
The survey is web‐based and is open until November 29, 2013. Links to the the survey are posted on the home page of each school. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Paper copies are also available.

The survey allows students, parents/guardians and school staff to give feedback about their school experience in an anonymous way. There are no incorrect responses and survey results will not be used to evaluate schools or school staffs.

The results of the surveys will be used to determine next steps with regard to school improvement and board improvement planning. Highlights of the survey may be shared with community partners.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Open House at Tweed Elementary School, Thursday, November 28

The new Tweed Elementary School is opening its doors for all to see! An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 28.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, November 28, 2013
TIME: 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tweed Elementary School, 107 52 McLellen Street, Tweed

Students, families and the community are invited to this celebration. Tour the new school and see the new learning environment.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Still on: Info night for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, Wed., November 27

Students and their parents/guardians are invited to an information session to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. This programme is hosted at Moira Secondary School.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, November 27
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Hear from Moira SS students and staff about their experiences in the IB Programme. Find out how to apply and submission dates.

ABOUT THE IB PROGRAMME
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme provides students with an exceptional academic experience, as well as unique enrichment opportunities. While developing life-lone learning skills and global citizenship, this internationally-recognized programme enhances opportunities for university preparation, post-secondary scholarships and advancement into second year university.

Moira SS teachers are IB-trained and deliver a world-class curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, research based exploration, and independent learning opportunities.

The Grade 9 and 10 IB Foundations Programme offers enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning. Staff strive to provide excellent instruction within the classroom and through experiential learning with class trips.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Moira Secondary School staff, 613-962-8668
Grant Montgomery, Principal
Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator

Board Meeting Update #101

This update provides a summary of the meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2014.

School events/activities for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are hosting a variety of events, presentations, assemblies and activities to raise awareness of bullying prevention.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Elementary Schools

Events for
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
November 17-23, 2013
Bird’s Creek Public School
  • School-wide assembly about kindness and taking care of the school community.
  • Classroom door decorating contest.
  • We All Fit Together bulletin board consisting of puzzle pieces of student artwork.
  • Pink Shirt Wednesday to promote acceptance and inclusivity.
  • Evening presentation for parents/guardians: Barbara Coloroso, Thursday, November 21 at York River Public School Flyer with all the details.
Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • The week will focus on promoting acceptance, diversity and inclusion.
  • Creation of learning journey portfolios by all students where each person reflects on their actions, leading to development of healthy habits.
  • Student-created bulletin about acceptance, diversity, and positive steps to reduce bullying behaviours.
  • Restorative circles with students in the Destinations Programme on the topic of reducing bullying through social media.
Hermon Public School
  • School-wide assembly about kindness and taking care of the school community.
  • Classroom door decorating contest.
  • We All Fit Together bulletin board consisting of puzzle pieces of student artwork.
  • Pink Shirt Wednesday to promote acceptance and inclusivity.
  • Evening presentation for parents/guardians: Barbara Coloroso, Thursday, November 21 at York River Public School Flyer with all the details.
Madoc Public School
  • The school focus continues to be on the role of the upstander and what each person can do to end bullying.
  • Evening presentation for parents/guardians: Positive Parenting, Monday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.
  • Student and staff participation in the Student Wellness & Bullying Awareness Leadership session at the Education Centre on Wednesday, November 20.
  • Celebrate the Hero sessions for all students with Nick Foley on Friday, November 22.
Massassaga-Rednersville Public School
  • “Working together as one, we can stop bullying!”
  • Wear Pink Day, Read-a-Thon and several activities for students to do at school and at home. Flyer about school and home events
North Trenton Public School
  • Performance of “Wired” for students in Grades 3 to 8.
  • All staff will wear purple “Be Kind to Me” T-shirts.
  • Poster contest for all grades: Stand Up, Be a Friend (Primary); Stand Up for Friends (Junior); and Love is Louder (Intermediate).
  • School-wide anti-bullying pledge by all students.
  • Safe, Caring, Respectful & Inclusive mottos developed by each class.
Park Dale School
  • Classes will hold a community circle each day focused on the themes of kindness, friendship, and empathy. Sample prompts include: 1) What does it mean to be kind? 2) Tell us about a time that you have been kind to someone else? 3) How does it make you feel when someone does a kind gesture? 4) Give an example of a time when someone has been kind to you? 5) What makes you unique and important?
  • Students and staff members will recognize others for good deeds using “Warm Fuzzy” tickets. Random “Warm Fuzzy” tickets will be read on the announcements during the week.
  • All students and staff will be provided with a hand-made friendship bracelet made by our intermediate students. Students will be told to touch it when they need to think positive thoughts.
  • We will be holding a kick-off assembly on Monday morning for all students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) which will be led by our PALs students. The assembly will focus on building empathy, friendship and promoting kindness.
  • On Friday, four students on our Safe and Accepting Schools committee will be trained to facilitate a Speak Up forum for our intermediates. Our goal is to seek student’s ideas on what will help strengthen our school community.
  • These students will run a Speak Up Forum for 20 intermediate students on Monday, November 18, which will focus on student engagement and ways to continue to promote a positive school culture at Park Dale School.
Prince of Wales Public School
  • Celebrate the Hero parent sessions for all students with Nick Foley on Tuesday, November 19.
  • Students will create posters and public service announcements related to bullying awareness.
  • Literacy connections in all classrooms during the week. Flyer about school and home activities.
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)
  • Performance of “Wired” for students in Grades 3 to 8.
  • All staff will wear purple “Be Kind to Me” T-shirts.
  • Poster contest for all grades: Stand Up, Be a Friend (Primary); Stand Up for Friends (Junior); and Love is Louder (Intermediate).
  • School-wide anti-bullying pledge by all students.
  • Safe, Caring, Respectful & Inclusive mottos developed by each class.
Sophiasburgh Central School
  • Students in Grade 7 & 8 are going to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute to participate in a bullying awareness presentation on November 19.
  • Classroom activities throughout the week.
York River Public School
  • School-wide assembly about kindness and taking care of the school community.
  • Classroom door decorating contest.
  • We All Fit Together bulletin board consisting of puzzle pieces of student artwork.
  • Pink Shirt Wednesday to promote acceptance and inclusivity.
  • Evening presentation for parents/guardians: Barbara Coloroso, Thursday, November 21 at York River Public School Flyer with all the details.

Secondary Schools

Events for
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
November 17-23, 2013
Centennial Secondary School
  • Post-it notes with positive messages in the school foyer.
  • Daily announcements related to bullying awareness.
  • Pink T-shirts for sale.
  • Random Acts of Kindness Challenge.
  • Visits by students from elementary feeder schools.
Moira Secondary School
  • Media launch event, Monday, November 18 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Day (for students) and evening (for parents/guardians and community) presentations by Michael Eisen, Youth Wellness Network. Flyer with all the details.
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Media launch event, Monday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Hosting students in Grade 7 & 8 from Sophiasburgh Central School, for a bullying awareness presentation on November 19.
Quinte Secondary School
  • Guest speaker Mike Neuts presenting to all students.

“Be Kind to Me” Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 17 to 23, 2013

The Ontario government has designated the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and positive learning environments.

Media Launch Events for
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Monday, November 18, 2013
Moira Secondary School
275 Farley Avenue, Belleville, 8:30 a.m., Library
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
41 Barker Street, Picton, 10:30 a.m., Gym
This event will feature a student-produced video on inclusivity at Moira Secondary School. Students will be available for interviews and photographs. This event will feature a student-produced performance by the Grade 11 Drama class. Students will also speak about the school’s Bystander Project. Students will be available for interviews and photographs

Bullying awareness posterDuring Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 17 – 23, 2013, Ontario students, school staff, parents/guardians and community agencies are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board values the involvement of community partners who support this initiative to ensure safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive learning and working environments. Seven municipalities/counties have officially proclaimed Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. The local theme is Be Kind to Me.

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week is an important way for school communities to promote safer learning environments for all students, which is essential to their success. It is also a time to raise awareness of bullying-related issues with parents/guardians and the local community.

Schools will be hosting a variety of bullying awareness events and activities throughout the week.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Michael Eisen, Youth Wellness Network, Wed., November 20, 6:00 p.m.

Parents/guardians and community partners are invited to a presentation on personal and family well-being.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
TIME: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

event flyer
Take-aways from this session: healthy outlook; respectful, positive relationships and work-life balance.

In this presentation presenter Michael Eisen of the Youth Wellness Network will share the story of the journey of his family to well-being and respectful, positive relationships. He will also discuss strategies for self-care, for creating healthy homes, and for establishing and maintaining a work-life balance.

SEATING IS LIMITED
Register by contacting Dot Burshaw, 613-966-1170 ext. 2313, dburshaw@hpedsb.on.ca

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

School grand opening ceremonies in Stirling & Tweed

Students and staff at two new schools are excited to be part of grand opening celebrations.

EVENT DETAILS

Stirling Public School
DATE: Monday, November 18, 2013
TIME: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Tweed Elementary School
DATE: Thursday, November 28, 2013
TIME: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., followed by a community open house
LOCATION: Tweed Elementary School, 52 McLellan Street, Tweed

Each event will feature student involvement and presentation of commemorative plaques. Invited guests include local dignitaries, architects, contractors, community partners, current and former employees, trustees and school community friends.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Several Bayside SS students took top honours in the Legion Remembrance Contest

Congratulations to several Bayside Secondary School students who achieved excellent results in this year’s Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Contest.

At the local competition level, Bayside competed with schools as far west as Oshawa. All Bayside participants were selected to compete at the regional level. Each student winner was awarded a cash prize and a certificate of achievement.

Writerz Ink, a creative writing group that meets on a bi-weekly basis, would like to acknowledge five members who helped to sweep the poetry intermediate and senior categories: Emily Terpstra (1st-senior), David Shuter (3rd-senior), Leah Danaher (1st -intermediate), Joshua Terpstra (2nd-intermediate), and Sarah Kelly (3rd-intermediate).

Grade 10 student Isabel Zak earned second place in the senior poetry division and Frank Edison placed first in the senior essay division.

Bayside has strong creative writers and talented artists, too! Cynthia Mourez placed first in the senior colour poster category and Joshua Terpstra placed first in the intermediate black and white category.

Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievements!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Grand opening of the Learning Commons at Bayside SS, Wed., November 6

Learning Commons at Bayside Secondary School
Students are using the new Learning Commons for individual and group work.

Students and staff at Bayside Secondary School are looking forward to the grand opening of the new Learning Commons (formerly known as the Library). The new space is welcoming and multi-functional. There are spots for quiet reading, collaboration, computer work and more!

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville

During the summer of 2013, the library underwent a major renovation, getting new carpet, paint, bookcases, and electrical installations. That work naturally led to a re-configuration of the furniture and resources. As well, an art gallery was installed to showcase student art.

The overall goal of Bayside’s Learning Commons is to assist students with critical thinking skills when accessing a variety of resource materials. As well, staff foster a love of reading and provide students with a variety of reading formats, including eBooks and eReaders.

Group of students in the Learning Commons
The new Learning Commons has an inviting feel and is a place where students can collaborate.

Bayside’s Learning Commons has a large variety of learning resources, both traditional print and computer based materials, including over 9,000 print materials, 150 non-fiction eBooks, academic databases, and over 80 eFiction titles. A teacher librarian is available to assist in locating print and online information, teaching research skills and assisting with citation requirements. Online resources can be easily accessed 24/7 through Bayside’s Virtual Library website. Students may read eBooks through this site, check out MLA/APA guidelines, and use academic research databases, including Britannica (both English and French), EBSCO, Teen Health and Wellness and Historica (both English and French).Bayside SS has an active book club that enjoys meeting in the new Learning Commons. Students from Junior and Senior divisions discuss a variety of fiction, some chosen by students and some from the Forest of Reading’s White Pine choices.

Computers are available for student use during lunch hours and other times throughout the day. As well, students may borrow project kits and obtain Bristol board for projects through the library.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Up-close look at a CO2 race track built by Moira SS students

Students at Moira Secondary School are fast-tracking through class.

Actually, they designed and built a CO2 race track. Take a look at the pictures, below.

According to Teacher John Harpell, the school’s Technology Department received a $1,000 grant through Student Success funding. The proposal was to engage students in hands-on learning in their Grade 9 Exploring Technology course and Manufacturing course.

This project allowed 17 students to brainstorm ideas on how to design and build the track. This collaborative approach motivated students. They took ownership in designing, sharing their ideas, cutting, drilling, machining and doing electrical connections. All that plus lots of learning!

Students will use the CO2 track for approximately 300 races this year alone. Competitions will continue with Mr. Gray’s and Mr Harpell’s car racing the class!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

International experience for students at College Street PS

Chinese delegation at front of College Street Public School
Educators from China visited College Street Public School. They are learning about education in Canada. Principal Lisa Vincent is pictured in the back row, centre.

On October 29, 2013, students and staff at College Street Public School welcomed a group of educators from Jiangsu, China who are in Canada on a study tour. The educators have spent time in Toronto visiting schools and engaging in professional development, and visited CSPS on their way to Montreal.

The group consisted of principals, as well as the Deputy Director, and Manager of International Programs at the Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange (JESIE).

The visitors enjoyed seeing College Street PS students learning in their classrooms, and were particularly interested in the restorative practices approach used at the school.

In addition to meeting students, the guests also spoke with the administrators and teachers about the Ontario curriculum, school improvement planning, and instructional practices.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

EVENT: Arts Information Night at Centennial SS, Thurs., Nov. 7

Students interested in pursuing studies in the Arts are invited to learn more about program offerings at Centennial Secondary School, along with their parents/guardians.

Centennial SS has excellent Arts facilities and a team of highly specialized and passionate staff, who foster the love of arts in young people in a supportive environment.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2013
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Arts Program information
For more than 15 years, Centennial Secondary School has been the home of the Regional Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts. Eligible students who wish to participate in the specialized Arts Program take foundation courses in Drama, Music and Visual Art in Grade 9. Music Specialists (Vocal, Instrumental, or Guitar) will enrol in Integrated Arts in addition to their music, but are not required to take all three disciplines. There are also entry points for students in Grade 10, 11 and 12.

Arts Program application process

  • Typically students make application to the program during their Grade 8 year. The application process includes an interview with subject-specific staff, an audition or presentation of a portfolio, and a referral statement from their home elementary school.
  • While in the program, students must maintain an average of 70% in their major subject to continue in the program.
  • After pursuing three areas in the Arts in Grade 9, students in Grades 10 through 12 receive specialized Arts programs, alongside their other compulsory and elective courses.
  • Students are well prepared to enter any major post-secondary program.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Board Meeting Update #100

This update provides a summary of the meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in November 2013.

Join in recognizing Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, is recognized as Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario. It is a time to recognize the skills and commitment of employees who engage with young children.

The AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan supports the development and implementation of play-based inquiry learning environments in Kindergarten, including Full-day Kindergarten. The Full-day Kindergarten Program is implemented in 75% of our schools and will be fully implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, early childhood educators are in elementary schools which offer Full-day Kindergarten. They work in partnership with the classroom teacher, contributing to our students’ social, intellectual, emotional and physical development.

Students, families and communities benefit from the caring actions and dedication of our early childhood educators. Their commitment to young children is truly valued at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Please join in celebrating early childhood educators this Wednesday.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

EVENT: Open House at Stirling Public School, Thursday, October 24

The new Stirling Public School is opening its doors for all to see! An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 24.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, October 24, 2013
TIME: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Students, families and the community are invited to this celebration. Tour the new school and see the new learning environment.

Outside of Stirling Public School
The new Stirling Public School opened to students on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Join in recognizing Canadian Library Support Staff Day, Friday, October 18

The third Friday of October is designated as Canadian Library Support Staff Day. This year it is recognized on Friday, October 18.

According to the Canadian Library Association, the purpose of the day is to celebrate and show appreciation for the work of library technicians, library assistants, library clerks, pages, shelvers, and all other support staff members who perform daily miracles in public, private, school, government, academic and corporate libraries.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School, library technicians engage with students each day to promote a love of reading, and to connect students and staff with library resources to support student learning and achievement. Their organizational skills are a vital part of keeping our school libraries and learning commons areas as the literacy hubs of our schools.

Please join in recognizing Canadian Library Support Staff Day on Friday, October 18.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Join in recognizing Educational Assistant Day, Wednesday, October 16

Each year on the third Wednesday of October, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board recognizes Educational Assistant Day. This year it falls on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Educational assistants perform an important role in our schools and are a vital part of supporting students to reach high levels of achievement. They are dedicated professionals who work in diverse roles and settings.

Each day, educational assistants interact with students who have a wide range of abilities. EAs assist each student to reach his or her full potential. Educational assistants demonstrate caring, compassion and patience, and draw on a wide range of skills and experience to fulfill their roles.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

$1,681 raised by College St. PS students for Terry Fox Foundation

At College Street Public School, Muriel Smith-Eaton and Mary Saunders got their heads shaved as part of the fundraising events for the Terry Fox Foundation.

The school is small yet mighty, and they’ve done it again!

Students at College Street Public School in Trenton demonstrated caring citizenship and responsibility through full-school participation in a recent event for the Terry Fox Foundation.

In addition to participating in run/walk events, students watched two of their teachers get their heads shaved for the cause. Ms. Smith-Eaton, event organizer and Mrs. Saunders showed courage and strength as, in front of the full school population, they underwent a transformation and are now sporting bald heads and big smiles!

Principal Lisa Vincent expressed appreciation to Jen and Mark at the Jazz Hair Studio in Trenton, and to students, families and the wonderful, caring school community.

In addition to raising $1,681 for cancer, these activities are active examples of Growing with Character in motion at College Street Public School!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day on October 5

Each year on October 5 the teaching profession is celebrated around the world through World Teachers’ Day. This day of recognition began in 1994 through UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we are fortunate to have knowledgeable, dedicated and caring teaching staff throughout our organization who make a real difference in students’ lives every day. Their professionalism and commitment to student achievement and well-being are valued and appreciated.

Nationally, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is celebrating World Teachers’ Day through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession. The national slogan is Teachers: Pillars of democracy.

Please join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

 

EVENT: Making Sense of Math for Parents, Wed., October 16

Susanna Moodie Elementary School will be hosting an evening for parents and guardians to gain a better understanding of teaching and learning in today’s math classrooms.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, October 16
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 376 Avonlough Road, Belleville

Making Sense of Math for Parents was made possible through a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grant from the Ministry of Education. The keynote speaker, Dr. Lynda Colgan, Queens University Associate Professor and Outreach Centre Co-ordinator, will be helping parents to understand what is happening in math classes today and why.

Three workshops have also been developed to explore problem solving in the math class, how to support math learning at home and math instruction at the high school level.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

or Heather Rutherford, Principal, 613 968-8186

 

 

EVENT: Free e-waste drop-off at Prince Edward CI, Saturday, October 19

Students in the Environmental Club at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are holding an electronics waste fundraiser. This event will be a fundraiser for Loyalist Humane Society, and provides a safe way for community members to dispose of electronics.

DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2013
LOCATION: Back of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free.

Examples of electronic waste items

  • Televisions and computer monitors, including cathode ray tube (CRT), rear projection and all flat panel technologies, such as LCD, Plasma, LED
  • Professional display devices
  • Desktop and portable computers, such as laptops, notebooks, net-books, tablets
  • After-market vehicle audio and video devices
  • AM/FM radios
  • Answering machines that use cassette-based or digital recording technologies
  • Cordless telephones with an electrical base station/handset cradle for battery charging and wire-line network connection
  • Desktop multi-function devices
  • Desktop printers
  • Desktop printing, copying and multi-functional devices
  • Digital picture frames
  • Digital projectors
  • Digital video disk (DVD) players and recorders
  • Fax machines
  • Handheld printers, such as calculators with printing capabilities or label makers
  • Hard drives
  • Home stereo amplifiers and home stereo systems
  • Home theaters-in-a-box, which includes home theater image audio and video equipment and speakers
  • Keyboards
  • Computer mice
  • Modems
  • Optical drives
  • Point of sale (POS) receipt printers
  • Scanners
  • Stereo speakers and computer speakers
  • Turntables, record Players and gramophones
  • Typewriters powered by an AC power plug or by internal battery unit
  • Video cassette players (VCRs) and/or video projectors
  • VoIP phones
  • Wire line telephones, including rotary and touch-tone technologies
  • Floor standing printers
  • Floor standing photocopiers

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Homecoming 2013 at Centre Hastings Secondary School

Centre Hastings Secondary School presents Homecoming 2013

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, October 10, 2013
LOCATION: Centre Hastings Secondary School, 129 Elgin Street, Madoc
TIME: Starting at 10:00 a.m., see below for specifics

All alumni, community members and families are invited.

Event Schedule
Game Location
10:00 a.m. Junior Girls Rugby vs. St. Paul’s Cooke’s Field, CHSS
11:15 a.m. Senior Girls Rugby Cooke’s Field, CHSS
11:30 a.m. Senior and Junior Boys Volleyball vs. Nicholson Seniors: Main Gym, CHSS Juniors: Gym 3
1:00 p.m. Senior Boys Football vs. Quinte Cooke’s Field, CHSS
1:30 p.m. Senior Girls’ Basketball vs. Centennial Main Gym, CHSS
3:00 p.m. Junior Boys Football vs. Quinte Cooke’s Field, CHSS
3:00 p.m. Junior Girls Basketball vs. Centennial Main Gym, CHSS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities for students to participate in

  • Ultimate fan couch, 1 per game
  • Sac races and 3-legged races during half-time
  • O Canada by Ms. Dafoe’s vocal class
  • Greasy pumpkin races
  • Dance competition at half- time
  • Face painting

Friends of Centre Hastings Community Association is hosting a Barbecue and Canteen until 4:00 p.m. outside the field house. (All proceeds go directly back to scholarships and support students within the school.)

Centurion clothing and retro jerseys will be on sale.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

$3,708 raised by Bayside PS students for Terry Fox Foundation

Submitted by Tanya Eybel, Teacher, Grade 3.

Congratulations to students at Bayside Public School. They raised $3,708.75 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

The students participated in their 9th Annual Terry Fox National School Run Day on Thursday, September 26.

The event began with a gathering in the school gym, followed by a short video about Terry Fox. Once the video was completed, Camryn, a Senior Kindergarten student and two-time cancer survivor, shared a few words with the students.

Then, after the sound of a police siren was heard, Camryn began the school’s walk/run with her younger brother, Calvin, and mother, Michelle. They were accompanied by 465 students, staff and family members. After 30 minutes, students gathered together to watch 15 students and one teacher get their hair shaved or cut by two parent volunteers, Sherry Burkitt (from Canadian Clipper in Brighton), and Ashley Pederson (from Tangles in Trenton).

After the cheers and clapping subsided, each participant shared their reason for shaving or cutting their hair.

The school’s fundraising goal of $3,500 was exceeded by over $200. This takes Bayside PS’s fundraising grand total to an incredible $24,383.34 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Students, staff and family members were definitely feeling proud to be part of the Bayside PS community!

 

 

International Baccalaureate students at Moira Secondary exceed world standard by 13%

Submitted by Cindy Cooper, Teacher and International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator.

In May 2013, Moira Secondary School students participated in a series of exams created by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization. More significant, though, is the fact that they excelled on the exams.

The IB program is a rigorous course of study which provides students with an enriched learning environment and the opportunity to gain several university credits while in their final two years of secondary school. The program is hosted at Moira Secondary School. After studying six subjects intensively over two years, potential graduates write final exams which are marked externally. Each subject can be taken at Higher Level (3 semesters of study) or Standard Level (2 semesters of study).

Exam results showed Moira students to be consistently far above the world average. The school average in all subjects topped the world average by 13%, and in individual subjects led the world average by as much as 21%.

Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator at Moira Secondary, was interviewed about these marks saying, “I am very proud of our graduates and am not surprised by these results. All of our graduates were accepted into their first choice university. Each year we have an exceptional group of IB students who genuinely care about their education and also care about making a difference in the world. This is just one example of how amazing they are.”

Two Grade 12 IB Diploma students who had excellent results writing their first IB Exam last year in SL Mathematics are also proud of the IB Diploma Programme.

Student Mel Novakovic said, “From field trips to academic success to class discussions, IB is a programme that makes you a more well rounded individual. As a bonus you are part of a family.”

Student Laura Hatt said, “Last year’s IB results demonstrate all the hard work the students dedicate to the program and the dedication of the teachers to help every student do their best.”

Both students are very proud of their results and the results of all the 2013 IB graduating class.

Moira`s next set of IB examinations will take place in May 2014.

For more information about the IB Diploma Programme at Moira contact:
Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator and Teacher, 613-962-8668 x1119, ccooper@hpedsb.on.ca

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

$2,500 raised by Susanna Moodie Elementary students

Students at Susanna Moodie Elementary School care about others. They recently raised $2,500 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

School incentive events helped the students to meet their goal. They chipped in for extended recess time, donated to see teachers shave their heads and faces, and participated in other fun activities.

“We raised the bar this year and challenged students to exceed last year’s total,” explained Heather Rutherford, Principal.

And exceed they did, going from $5oo to five times that amount.

In addition, the major contributor, a Grade 3 student, donated $50 of his birthday money toward the campaign.

Congratulations to all at Susanna Moodie Elementary School for their commitment to community!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Join in recognizing National Custodial Workers’ Day on October 2

Today, Wednesday, October 2, is recognized as National Custodial Workers’ Day in North America. It is a day to celebrate the many ways that custodians support our schools and student learning.

Every day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, custodians support the conditions for high levels of student achievement by ensuring that our schools and offices are safe, clean learning and working environments. Custodians are important members of our schools and offices. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals as part of the HPEDSB team. We rely on our custodians every day and truly appreciate their commitment and hard work.

Please join in celebrating National Custodial Workers’ Day!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Stirling students will go to their new school on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to advise that the new Stirling Public School building is ready for occupancy.

In order to prepare the school for students, it is important for families to know that on Thursday, October 10 there will be no classroom instruction. All Stirling schools will be closed to students that day. Families will need to make childcare arrangements for October 10.

The first instructional day at the new school will be Tuesday, October 15, 2o13, after the Thanksgiving weekend. A plan for transitioning into the new school has been developed. Please refer to the dates below for complete details. A letter outlining this plan for families will be going home with students this afternoon (PDF link).

“The new Stirling Public School is an outstanding new learning facility. Students and staff will benefit from the spacious classrooms, collaborative learning spaces and integrated technologies,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Important Dates for
Transition of Students into the New Stirling Public School
Wednesday, October 2 All Stirling Public School staff will be invited to tour the new school at the end of the instructional day.
Thursday, October 3 School council members and the school board trustee will be invited to tour the school.
Monday, October 7 and
Tuesday, October 8
Transition tours of the new school. All students will go to the new school, accompanied by their teacher and supervised by Principal Suzanne Cholasta, to see their classrooms and the yards, and become familiar with the school layout.
Thursday, October 10 Packing and moving is underway and classroom set-up at the new school begins. On Thursday, October 10 there will be no classroom instruction. All Stirling schools will be closed to students that day. Families will need to make childcare arrangements for October 10.
Friday, October 11
PA Day
School staff will unpack and set-up classrooms. Students will not be at school due to the Professional Activity Day.
Tuesday, October 15 The first day of school for all students and staff at the new Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling. Bell times will remain the same: yard supervision begins at 9:10 a.m.; 9:20 a.m. school start time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new building will accommodate approximately 700 students. It was fully-funded through a $10,2 million grant by the Ministry of Education.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Official occupancy has been granted to HPEDSB for Stirling Public School

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has been granted official occupancy for the new Stirling Public School. This means the building is no longer a construction site and board/school staff have access to it.

On Monday, September 30 a detailed plan for moving to the new school will be released. No other details are available until then.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Flags flown at half-mast to observe Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day

Sunday, September 29, 2013 is recognized as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

According to The Memorial*, on September 24, 1998, the Government of Canada officially proclaimed the last Sunday of September of every year as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. In announcing the commemorative day on September 27, 1998, the Solicitor general of Canada stated that “A formal, national Memorial Day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to formally express appreciation for the dedication of police and peace officers, who make the ultimate, tragic sacrifice to keep communities safe.”

*Source: http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/?p=6493

In observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day, flags at the Education Centre will be flown at half-mast from the afternoon of Friday, September 27 to the morning of Monday, September 30, 2013.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Grade 9 and 10 EQAO test results

Posted September 25, 2013—Secondary school students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed mixed results on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring.

Students in all publicly-funded schools in Ontario are required to write the provincial assessments, administered by EQAO, a provincial body that tests students’ skills in literacy (reading and writing) in Grades 3, 6 and 10 and math skills in Grades 3, 6 and 9.

“Our students continue to make sustained, incremental growth over time. We are pleased to see the improvement in mathematics. However, the recent decrease in literacy results is concerning to us. Our teams will be examining the data to help inform improvement plans to support student growth. We remain committed to providing programs to help each student reach his or her full potential,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Grade 9 Mathematics

The Grade 9 Mathematics EQAO assessment is administered once per semester and is differentiated based on the curriculum expectations of each math course. The results are combined from both semesters in the 2012-2013 school year. Results are reported as the percentage of students achieving Level 3 or 4, which is the provincial standard.

Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics
APPLIED Students demonstrated a 4 percentage point growth rate, moving from 51% to 55% The provincial results remained unchanged at 44%.
ACADEMIC Students demonstrated a 4 percentage point increase, moving from 82% to 86%. The provincial results remained unchanged at 84%.

Grade 10 Literacy Test

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, written by students in Grade 10, is administered once per year in the spring. Results represent the percentage of students who were successful in passing the assessment. Students from all English pathways (e.g., Academic, Applied and Locally Developed) take the same test, as it is a literacy competency assessment, not a course-specific assessment.

Results indicate that 75% of first-time participating HPEDSB students were successful, as compared to the provincial average of 82%. This represents a 3 percentage point decrease in HPEDSB results compared to last year, and unchanged for the province.

“Some students were close to being successful on the test. Getting there is within their reach. Knowing where they struggled will help us to improve their skills,” said Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Education – Curriculum Services.

In order to more fully understand these results, staff will be examining the data as it relates to student pathways (e.g. Academic, Applied and Locally Developed), gender and special education needs. The data will then be used by school improvement teams for classroom instruction purposes across all subject areas.

“We know that we have some important work ahead of us as teachers engage in collaborative professional learning to apply research based instructional practices to improve student literacy results,” concluded Portt.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #99

This update provides a summary of the monthly meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in October.

Event: Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Harmony school

Students and staff at Harmony Public School are excited about construction starting on their new school. They are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
TIME: 2:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Harmony Public School, 626 Harmony Road, Corbyville

Invited special guests include:

• Todd Smith, Member of Provincial Parliament, Prince Edward-Hastings

• City of Belleville Councillors

• Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee, Southeast Hastings, and other Board members

• Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

• Representatives from Barry Bryan Associates Architect

• Representatives from Quad-Pro Construction

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

EQAO results for Grade 6 continued to improve in 2013

Students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed improvement on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring.

The following highlights the performance of students in Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Primary and Junior assessments for EQAO are administered in late May or early June. Results indicate the percentage of students achieving level 3 or 4 , which is considered provincial standard. All students in Grade 3 and 6 are represented in the results.

Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
Reading Students maintained an achievement level of 57%. The provincial results increased 2%, from 66% to 68%.
Writing Students demonstrated a 1% decrease, from 63% to 62%. The provincial results increased 1% from 76% to 77%.
Mathematics
Students demonstrated a 3% decrease, from 58% to 55%. The provincial results decreased as well from 68% to 67%.

 

Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
Reading Students increased achievement by 4%, moving from 65% to 69%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 2%, from 75% to 77%.
Writing Students increased achievement by 6%, from 56% to 62%. The provincial growth rate increased 2%, from 74% to 76%.
Mathematics Students increased achievement by 4%, from 39% to 43%. The provincial results declined from 58% to 57%.

“It’s very rewarding to see the increases this year. They’re a direct result of the efforts by our teachers, support staff and school administrators to focus on student achievement and belief that all students can achieve,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Next steps

Kindergarten to Grade 12 board- and school-based teams are now analyzing the EQAO data, as well as other student achievement and program data. This analysis will assist in identifying critical literacy and numeracy skills to focus upon, as well as assist in determining which instructional strategies to implement to improve student learning.

Key instructional strategies, such as co-planning and teaching, where teachers plan, teach and examine student work together show enhanced and sustained gains in student achievement. In addition, the use of technology, learning manipulatives and solving real-world problems have enhanced student engagement in their learning. Refinements will be made to the 2013-2014 board and school improvement plans to support a continued focus on student achievement in literacy and numeracy.

“Our results continue to show steady growth over time, which is what we want to see. We are committed to all students and helping them to reach their full potential,” said Cathy Portt Superintendent of Education – Curriculum Services.

Results for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be released on September 25, 2013.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

EVENT: Invitation for parents to participate in a provincial forum about mathematics

Parents/guardians are invited to participate in a provincial forum hosted by the EQAO School Support and Outreach Team. EQAO is the provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office which administers provincial assessments for literacy, numeracy and math to students in Grades 3, 6, 9 and 10.

This forum is composed of two sessions. During the first, the Outreach Team will describe EQAO’s province-wide assessment program. Then, author and renowned educator from Queen’s University, Dr. Lynda Colgan, will talk about the importance of mathematics and how parents can encourage their children to see the value of mathematics in everyday life.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Four Points by Sheraton, 285 King Street East, Kingston

Agenda: Registration and Continental Breakfast (9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)
• First session: 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
• Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Second session: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Mileage: Carpooling is encouraged. Mileage will be paid according to Government of Ontario rate guidelines

To register: Contact Laura Maclellan, Curriculum Coordinator, lmaclellan@hpedsb.on.ca, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2307. Registration is limited. Reserve your place by Wednesday, September 18.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

New Stirling & Tweed schools, back-to-school update

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create outstanding learning environments at two new elementary schools.

The following provides an update of the two schools as of August 27, 2013. This page will be updated as required.

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STIRLING PUBLIC SCHOOL

The school will not be open for the first day of school. Construction is still underway. Students will go to the Primary and Junior schools on the first day of school.

Principal: Suzanne Cholasta
Vice-principal: Nancy Vickers
P: 613.395.5571
E: stirling@hpedsb.on.ca

  • Construction is still underway. It is expected to continue for several weeks.
  • During the week of August 26, the school administrators and secretaries will be at the Junior school to accept new registrations and meet with parents and interested staff, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, September 3, the first day of school, all students will go the the Primary and Junior schools until the new school is ready. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 (one class: 2DH) will go to the Primary school, 40 Church Street, Stirling. Three classes of Grade 2s (2C, 2LC, and 2S ) students in Grades 3 to 8 will go to the Junior school, 84 Church Street, Stirling.
  • Students who are bused to school will be dropped off and picked up at the Primary and Junior schools.
  • The school day will begin at 9:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.
  • The move-in date to the new Stirling Public School will be communicated once it is known. Advance notice will be provided in order for families and employees to know what to expect and when.
  • For any inquiries, please use the phone number or email address shown above.

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TWEED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The school will be open for the first day of school.

Principal: Susan Carleton-Maines
Vice-principal: Cassandra Bellwood
P: 613.478.2714
E: tweed@hpedsb.on.ca

  • Classrooms will be ready for students although some work on the building will continue.
  • During the week of August 26, the school administrators and secretaries will be at S.H. Connor School, 165 Pomeroy Avenue, Tweed, to accept new registrations and meet with parents and interested staff, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, September 3, the first day of school, all students will go the the new Tweed Elementary School, 57 McClellan Street, Tweed.
  • The school day will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m.
  • For any inquiries, please use the phone number or email address shown above.

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Student and staff safety is our top priority. We encourage you to contact the principal with any follow-up inquiries.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to enhance learning and working environments for students and staff in the Stirling and Tweed communities.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: December 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm