‘Have your say’ at upcoming community meetings in Bancroft, Madoc, Picton, Belleville and Trenton

We invite you to ‘have your say’ at public regional community meetings in Bancroft, Madoc, Picton, Belleville and Trenton.

Parents/guardians and the community are invited to come to these meetings to:

  • Learn about the current priorities for the school board.
  • Provide input on the priorities for the 2013-2014 school year.

Come to these meetings to engage with the local school board trustee, director of education and school superintendent. Complete details are online.

Follow us on Twitter for updates, @HPEDSBschools

Dates of Regional Community Meetings

All Meetings Start at 6:30 p.m. at the Local Secondary School

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
for all North Hastings schools
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Thursday, March 21, 2013 for all Centre Hastings schools6:30 p.m., Centre Hastings SSpromotional flyer
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 for all Prince Edward County schools6:30 p.m., Prince Edward CIpromotional flyer
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 for all Belleville schools6:30 p.m., Quinte SSpromotional flyer
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 for all Bayside and Trenton schools6:30 p.m., Trenton High Schoolpromotional flyer

We welcome you to go to a meeting outside your region if you cannot make it on the scheduled night.

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

‘Stompin’ Tom & Patsy Cline’ at Family Night, College Street PS

If you are a country fan, read on! College Street Public School is hosting an event you will want to attend!

Family Night at College Street Public School
DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2013
TIME: Barbeque at 6:00 p.m., $2 hamburgers, $1 hotdogs, $1 drinks. Also a silent auction in JK/SK Hallway.

CONCERT: 7:00 p.m. featuring a tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors and Patsy Cline, $5 per person or $20 per family (maximum six people and must be accompanied by a parent)

Tickets can be bought in advance from the school office.

Everyone is welcome!

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

“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

* * York River PS & North Hastings HS to be open to students Thursday, April 25, Friday, April 26 * *

2:40 p.m., Wednesday, April 25
York River Public School and North Hastings High school will be open to students on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2013. This decision has been made in coordination and cooperation with municipal officials in Bancroft and other partner organizations, based on the following information:

  • Officials from the Town of Bancroft and emergency services officials have advised of a significant decrease in the York River flow rate.
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources has indicated an overall improvement in water levels.
  • All are supportive of students returning to school, with the restrictions noted below.

In order to comply with the requests of municipal officials and emergency services personnel, all students will be required to remain on school property throughout the school day on Thursday and Friday. We know that students will be respectful of municipal and emergency services personnel by cooperating with this requirement.

Student transportation will operate as usual on Thursday and Friday. If you have any questions about your child’s transportation, please contact Tri-Board Student Transportation Services at 1.866.569.6638 or www.triboard.on.ca

We recognize that students may be curious about the water levels in town, and recommend that walking students are supervised by an adult to and from school. If your child walks to school, please remind him or her of the dangers involved in being close to fast-moving water.

At this time it looks like conditions are favourable for schools to remain open next week. If this changes, we will provide updates through the local media, on our website www.hpedsb.on.ca and through Twitter at @HPEDSBschools.

This has been an unprecedented time for the Bancroft area. We have tremendous respect for the municipal and emergency services personnel who have been working non-stop to ensure the safety of residents. We wish to express our appreciation for their ongoing collaboration with us.

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

 

**All elementary schools will be open to students on Friday, January 11**

Posted at 4:30 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has ruled that the elementary teachers’ protest scheduled for today violates the Ontario Labour Relations Act. The provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has indicated it will respect the OLRB decision and teachers will report to work on Friday, January 11, 2013. As a result, all Hastings and Prince Edward schools will be open to students on Friday, January 11, 2013. Buses will be running for all students.

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

 

**Students being dismissed early today, Tues., Jan. 29, 2013, permits cancelled

Due to an updated weather forecast, all buses will run early today.

Buses for secondary schools and some elementary schools (with early start times) will leave schools at 11:00 a.m. today. All other elementary schools will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

Parents/guardians of elementary students will be contacted prior to any student being dismissed early. Schools remain open.

PLEASE NOTE that all permits for facility use today, with the exception of after-school programs, are cancelled.

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

 

$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

 

$20,000 for a trip to New York City for North Hastings HS students

North Hastings High School won $20,000 towards a student trip to New York City. Pictured are Principal Ken Dostaler (back, 4th from left), students and representatives from Brightspark Canada.

Students at North Hastings High School are energized after their school received $20,000 towards a trip to New York City.

Brightspark Canada presented the cheque as part of an early booking initiative from Brightspark, which ran from April to June 2012. Over 300 schools entered the contest. North Hastings High School was selected as the winner by random draw in late February.

“For many years now, several junior enrichment programs at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board high schools have organized their annual educational travel with Brightspark. Thanks to them, hundreds of our students have benefitted from these outstanding learning opportunities,” said Ken Dostaler, principal of North Hastings. “I’m so pleased that our school has won this trip contest.”

“There was a moment of shock when we announced that they had won the contest, then the room erupted with excitement,” said Linda Philp, managing director of Brightspark Canada. “We’re thrilled to be able to make the travel experience more accessible for the students in this community.”

The 42 North Hastings students travel to New York City during the first week in May.

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!

 

 

3,400 T-shirts and counting for Pink Shirt Day!

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Pink Shirt Day at HPEDSB. The theme this year is Acceptance. The T-shirts feature the words Acceptance, Peace, Change and Love. 3,400 T-shirts were sold for just $5 thanks to the support of sponsors who helped to offset the costs.

A sea of pink will be flowing at HPEDSB schools and workplaces on Friday, April 12, 2013. A sea of pink T-shirts, that is. In fact, there will be about 3,400 hundred of them!

This Friday, students will be standing up for acceptance and saying no to bullying, homophobia, racism and all forms of hatred.

This is the first year that Pink Shirt Day has been supported board-wide. Thousands of students and employees will wear pink to stand together to show support for inclusive schools, workplaces and communities.

The theme this year is Acceptance. The T-shirts feature the words Acceptance, Peace, Change and Love. They were sold for just $5 thanks to the support of sponsors who helped to offset the costs.

Promoting character development through acceptance, equity and inclusivity is a priority at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. It is our belief that equity and inclusivity are the foundation for inclusive, safe, caring and respectful learning environments.

Through our Growing with Character initiative and events such as Pink Shirt Day, we endeavour to:

  • meet individual needs by providing conditions and interventions needed to help every student succeed;
  • identify and eliminate barriers;
  • contribute to high standards of student achievement;
  • promote a sense of belonging which contributes to every student’s sense of well-being; and
  • involve the community in our efforts to remove barriers and prevent bullying.

Anti-Hate Pink Shirt day started at Trenton High School in 2009, with 80 T-shirts sold that year. We wish to acknowledge the efforts of the organizer that year, teacher Allison Culkin, now at Moira Secondary School, for taking the lead for orders and encouraging school and community involvement.

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

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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.

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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

54th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair

Organizers of the 54th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair are excited about the upcoming event. They are expecting approximately 150-200 students to exhibit more than 80 projects which demonstrate skills and concepts across a range of engineering and science disciplines.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., free of charge
AWARD CEREMONY: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College, Belleville

Participating student-scientists and student-engineers have conducted scientific research, and completed engineering projects, hours of research and testing under the guidance of their teachers, parents and mentors.

Scientific research and the application of knowledge in engineering and technology are critical for the ever-changing scientific landscape of the 21st century.

Five students with the top winning projects from Grades 7 to 12 will advance to Canada-wide Science Fair to be held at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta in May. These students will compete at the national level bringing recognition to our area.

About 100 judges from local businesses, the Canadian Armed Forces and educational institutions will take on the difficult task of evaluating the exhibits, interviewing the students about their work, and then convening to determine award winners.

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QRSTF
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/QRSTF
  • Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/QRSTF

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

 

 

A trip to Vimy Ridge for student Abigail Reid, Centennial SS

Congratulations to Abigail Reid, Centennial Secondary School, for winning a one-week trip to Vimy Ridge in April.

Reid, a Grade 11 student, wrote an essay for Canada’s History magazine. She was selected as one of 20 students from across Canada to win the Vimy Pilgrimage Award for 2013.

According to the Canada’s History website, “The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership . . . Applicants are required to submit a motivation letter (500-word maximum) outlining the reasons why they are worthy of the award. In choosing award winners, the Award Committee will put great weight on the enthusiasm and excitement displayed in the motivation letter.”

One of Reid’s teachers, Amber Clarke, read about the contest and suggested Reid apply. Reid created a resume and essay for the application. Clarke helped her to edit it and wrote her a reference letter.

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

Adventure Class Information Night, Mon., March 4

An Information Night for the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend to learn about this innovative approach to delivering The Ontario Curriculum.

The Adventure Class involves older students helping younger students, parents sharing their skills, hands-on activities, community outings and an accent on real-life learning and discovery. Learning outside the classroom can include the following:

  • Junior class trip to Ottawa, including a sleep over in a hostel
  • Trip to Medieval Times in Toronto
  • Visit to the National Air Force Museum of Canada
  • Monthly visits to the Belleville Public Library and Art Gallery
  • Hands-on local artist led workshops, for example, sessions with Marg MacIntyre and Gene Ouimette
  • Participation in the “Stream of Dreams” project with Quinte Conservation Authority
  • Loaf and Ladle homemade soup and bread lunches
  • Visits to an organic farm, corn maze and the Stirling Agricultural Museum
  • Performances by local musicians and story teller led workshops, for example Ian Tamblyn and Rick Fines
  • Visits to local farms, markets and museums
  • Moira River clean-up with Quinte Conservation Authority
  • Local arts and theatre events at the Empire Theatre, Stirling Theatre and Centennial Secondary School
  • Weekly physical educational instructional program outside of the classroom, for example 12 weeks of skating, 12 weeks of swimming, Frink Centre outings
  • Christmas caroling by students, parents and family members
  • Overnight family camping trip in June
  • A number of monthly parent meetings, some with family pot-luck dinners

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

Arts Days event for teachers on August 27 and 28

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Teachers are invited to register for Arts Days scheduled for Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Teachers are invited to participate in Arts Days at the end of August.

Will you be teaching your own music? Providing prep coverage in the arts? Arts Days will give you confidence and inspiration, plus connect you with other teachers with arts assignments. event flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: W. R. Kirk Gymnasium, 224 Palmer Road, Belleville

OUTCOMES

  • Make a frame drum with genuine goat skin head with Leo Brooks (start Tuesday a.m. and finish Wednesday a.m.). Leo worked with students from the three Stirling schools in the spring to make drums. It was a positive experience that all will remember for the rest of their lives!
  • Visual Art with professional artist and educator Andrea Piller (p.m. both days).
  • Music inspiration with musician and teacher Lisa Terpstra (p.m. both days).

These sessions will be of interest to elementary teachers and also secondary Native Studies teachers who want to make a frame drum, and participate in music and visual arts workshops in preparation for the new school year.

Materials and snacks will be provided.

To register or for more information contact:
• Susan Davies, Curriculum Services, sdavies@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

 

 

Arts Program Information Night, Mon., Feb. 11 at Centennial SS

The Regional Arts Program is for students who express interest and aptitude in the visual and performing arts. Academic and athletic programming are integrated to create a well-rounded educational experience.

ARTS PROGRAM INFORMATION NIGHT

DATE: Monday, February 11, 2013
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Find out more about the program.

Centennial Secondary School is in its 15th year of offering the Regional Arts Program and is in its 5th year of offering a Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture. Both programs offer creative students—who have a passion for music, visual art and drama—the opportunity to study with like-minded students, guided by highly skilled teachers.

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

Bayside SS to host Second City troupe, students to learn from the pros

Bayside Student Council will welcome Toronto improv troupe Second City on Thursday, April 18. Students will enjoy a 1 ½-hour performance, followed by an afternoon workshop for Bayside students, as well as students from area high schools. The workshop will focus on improvisational comedy.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE:
Thursday April 18, 2013
TIME: Performance: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; Workshop: 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville

Many learning opportunities associated with Second City’s visit to Bayside. In addition to humour and entertainment, the visit brings the opportunity for students to build on character traits and learning skills.

Second City focuses on collaboration, cooperation, humour and communication skills. The troupe will also focus on the application of drama skills and breaking down barriers to literacy. The troupe’s visit comes at an opportune time for Bayside, which recently started its own improv comedy club.

We wish to acknowledge financial assistance from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation in making this event possible.

For more information, please contact:
• Adam Cheyne, Student Council President, 613.966.2922
• 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.

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.

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.

Board Meeting Update #90

This update provides a summary of the Special Board of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 14, 2013, http://bit.ly/W1tdqR

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 #91

This update provides a summary of the Public Board of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 28, 2013, http://bit.ly/125s9Is

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 #92

This update provides a summary of the Public Board of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 25, 2013, http://bit.ly/ZwnhrO

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 #93

This update provides a summary of the Public Board of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 25, 2013, http://bit.ly/YB2bKg

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 #94

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 22, 2013, http://bit.ly/11zdjGI

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 #95

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 27, 2013, http://bit.ly/10YNbDa

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 #96

 

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 17, 2013, http://bit.ly/1anaH4X

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 #97

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, July 15, 2013.

Recommendation

This meeting was to rescind a motion from May 2013 and approve another one, both related to the installation of safe entry systems at 28 elementary schools. In May, Board members awarded a contract to Stanley Canada Corporation for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of front entry door building access systems and enhanced video surveillance systems. Shortly after, (more) http://bit.ly/1dzNyuW

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 #98

This update provides a summary of the special meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September 2013.

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.

Bone marrow registry to support a Prince Edward Collegiate student

A Grade 11 PECI Panther, Sarah Reddick, has cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant. People are needed to join a provincial registry of potential donors.

You can help by registering with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, either on your own or at a special registration this month. You must be in good health and willing to donate to any patient in need.

Public testing will happen April 25, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Prince Edward Collegiate.

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

 

Calling for nominations for Educator of the Year—the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Educator of the Year, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. Students, colleagues, parents/guardians, community partners and the general public are invited to submit award nominations for any person who has made an outstanding contribution to education in Hastings and/or Prince Edward counties.

The 2013 Educator of the Year will be presented with the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award at a public reception on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario.

This year marks the 47th anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. Past recipients have included school administrators, teachers, educational assistants, support staff and volunteers.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

  • Nominations are due by Wednesday, April 24, 2013 and should be sent to the Educator of the Year Award Committee, attention to June Hagerman, Committee Chair, c/o Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario K8N 3L3. Electronic submissions, in PDF format, can be emailed to jhagerman@hpedsb.on.ca. All supporting documentation must be part of the PDF.
  • The nominee must be active in education during the current school year.
  • Nominations should be submitted on the nomination form. A copy can also be obtained by contacting June Hagerman at jhagerman@hpedsb.on.ca or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350.

The Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award Committee is composed of representatives from:

  • Albert College
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Quinte Area Christian Schools
  • Sir James Whitney School

Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823 – 1917) was a strong supporter of education and an active promoter of Hastings County. Bowell was elected to the Belleville Board of Education and served as chairperson of that board from 1856 to 1867. He served as editor and proprietor of The Intelligencer for many years and helped form the Belleville Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce) in 1865. In his editorials, he stressed education as a key to development and championed the growth of Belleville and Hastings County as a whole. Politically, he distinguished himself as a federal cabinet member, a senator, and Canada’s fifth prime minister (1894–1896).

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

Cancelled: Proposed protest by secondary school teachers

Posted at 12:30 p.m., January 11, 2013

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has received written confirmation from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – District 29 that the planned one-day political protest scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at local secondary schools is cancelled.

This decision is based on the recent Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling related to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. As a result, all Hastings and Prince Edward secondary schools will be open to students on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

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

 

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

College St. PS hosting an electronic waste fundraiser, Sat., May 4, 2013

College Street Public School is holding an electronics waste fundraiser in partnership with with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship. This event is to provide a safe way to dispose of electronics and to support student learning.

DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2013
LOCATION: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free. The school will receive funds, based on the amount collected, which will be used to support a year-end trip for Grade 8 students and to purchase technology for the school.

List of electronic waste accepted by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship

  • 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

Congratulations to Fiza Javed, Centennial SS, major scholarship winner

Student Fiza Javed, Centennial Secondary School, is one of 10 ten recipients of the University of Toronto National Scholarship Program. She will receive $75,000 in scholarship funding toward her future education, with her choice of campus, program and residence.

Fiza Javed aspires to study and make a career in life sciences and medicine. Her goal: to study at the University of Toronto next year.

She was this year’s Centennial nominee for the U of T National Scholarship Program and she has become one of 10 winners of this prestigious award.

To be considered, students need more than just exceptional marks. They must have built a portfolio of community service and leadership experience, submit several written pieces, as well as an original research project, have a passion for learning and a genuine desire to succeed. The selection process involved a four-day session at the University of Toronto St. George campus, including two interviews and a defence of her research paper.

Javed was successful at winning $75,000 in scholarship funding toward her future education, with her choice of campus, program and residence. She is one of a number of successful Centennial SS students in the past year, including Rami Saab and Ben Jones in 2012.

Javed has not only excelled in her academic studies, but has been involved in a variety of school and community programs, including CSS Student Council, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, being a youth ambassador for the city of Belleville’s Health Services, volunteering at Belleville General Hospital, working as a voice for youth on the Community Development Council of Quinte, being a member of the CSS Global Awareness Club, and taking a semester away to teach and design an ESL course for underprivileged young girls at a school in Pakistan.

When asked to reflect on her philosophy of life, Fiza said, “I am just another high school student with a passion to see a better world around me; whether it is through my research to create awareness, my actions or just a positive gesture that can put a smile on someone’s face.

“I have always been driven by words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘ Be the change you want to see in the world’.”

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

 

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients

Congratulations to eight secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. The medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

Governor General’s Academic Medal Recipients

Isabella Hutchison
Bayside
Secondary School

Sheldon Hawley
Centennial
Secondary School

Michael Brogee
Centre Hastings
Secondary School

John Xu
Moira
Secondary School

Danielle Robinson
North Hastings
High School

Ryan McKenzie
Prince Edward
Collegiate Institute

Masaki Hiratsuka
Quinte
Secondary School

Hannah McKillop
Trenton
High School

Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

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

Congratulations to Great Place Awards recipients

Congratulations to Great Place Awards winners who contribute to student achievement and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

12th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, volunteers and community partners.

The 2013 Great Place Awards recipients are:

  • Tracey Chapman, Inter-departmental Special Education Head, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Margaret Davis, Volunteer, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • David Frederick, Lead Hand Custodian, Earl Prentice Public School
  • Colleen Galway, Volunteer, Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Judy Hatton, Volunteer, Hermon Public School
  • Greer Koutroulides, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Niki Petti, Peer Tutor, Quinte Secondary School
  • Dustin Wilson, Student, Trenton High School
  • Sean Boomhower, Janet Boyd, Roberta Clancey, Kelly Craig, Audrey Lemieux, Rhonda Pickstock and Amy Thompson, Educational Assistants, Tyendinaga Public School
  • Grade 7 Destinations Programme Students,Harry J. Clarke Public School:
    • Victoria Bailey, William Bardwell, Hatim Belhadjhamida, Mackenzie Bennett, Corey Cameron, Abhaysinh Chudasama, Margaret Doidge, Olivia Greaves, Michael Haddad, Rowan Haddock, Ryan Jaeger, Kevin Li, Erin Locke, Brady Lumley, Robin MacKinnon, Kaylen McCormack, Alexander McPherson, Monisha Mohan, Mariam Niazi, Travis Rendell, Alexandra Schildknecht, Amy Stringer, Holly Tetzlaff
    • Jenna Belanger, Richard Belanger, Ethan Belton-Dalpee, Michael Berry, Quin Botly, Nicole Cao, Aiden Dubyk, Sophia Douglas-Najem, Ryan Forgrave, Isaac Fullerton, Paola Gonzalez Romero, Saud Haseeb, Nevan Hinks, Eve Hoskin, Brylie Ivey, Evan Lumbers, Mackenzie McGuire, Pedram Mollahajian, Victoria Moses, Sneha Patel, Brady Potter, Alexander Tse, Madeleine Yee

“All the nominations told wonderful stories about the person being nominated and how he or she has contributed to student achievement. The committee had a challenging task to review each one, then through discussion, determine which would become finalists,” said Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and committee chair.

Awards presentation

Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, June 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 27 nominations representing students, employees and volunteers. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Thank you to the Great Place Awards Committee for their respectful and caring review of the nominations:

  • Christine Blakely, Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Karen Chow, President, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
  • Paul Covert, Parent Involvement Committee Co-chair
  • Geoff Cudmore, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
  • Hannah Dustin, Student Representative from Bayside Secondary School
  • Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst at the Education Centre
  • Rebecca Posthumus, Student Representative, Bayside Secondary School
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Susan Sweet, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

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

Dine at “Chez Quinte”

Too hot to cook? Why not enjoy a great meal out while supporting a worthy cause?

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, June 7
TIME: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville
TICKETS: Available by calling the school at 613.962.9295.

The Quinte Secondary School cafeteria will be transformed into Chez Quinte. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner of spaghetti, Caesar salad and dessert for just $10 (adults) and $5 (students). Children under 5 eat free.

Anyone interested in ‘dinner and a show’ can also purchase tickets for the student performance Changes, written by Quinte students, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

All proceeds will be directed to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation to support students in need through the Student Emergency Fund.

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

Mary Chisholm, Library Technician, Quinte Secondary School, 613.962.9295

Director of Education Rob McGall announces his retirement

Rob McGall, Director of Education
Rob McGall, Director of Education, will retire on June 30, 2013.

Rob McGall, Director of Education with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, announced at the February 25, 2013 Board meeting his intention to retire on June 30, 2013. For over 30 years McGall has dedicated his professional life to education, with the last nine years as a member of the HPEDSB leadership team.

“It is with mixed emotions that we accept Rob’s intention to retire at the end of this school year,” remarked Board Chair Dwayne Inch. “Rob has been an exceptional leader in our district, he is a real people person who genuinely cares about our students and staff, and he is highly regarded by the Board. He has successfully guided improvement planning and has always been a strong advocate for public education.”

McGall grew up in Belleville and attended King George Public School and Quinte Secondary School. His post-secondary education was at Queen’s University, University of Toronto and Brock University. From 1983 to 2002 he worked for Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in a variety of roles including teacher, department head, vice-principal and principal. He was active in the leadership development program in Hamilton, and was chair of the governance committee responsible for combining policies when Hamilton and Wentworth amalgamated.

McGall returned to this area in 2002 to become principal at Quinte Secondary School. In 2004 he was appointed to superintendent of curriculum and schools, followed by a 2007 appointment to superintendent of human resources and schools. In 2011 he was appointed to director of education. He has been the driving force behind community consultation for input on long range plans that support student learning.

“It has been a privilege to serve as your Director. I look forward to the next four months and continuing to make progress on our district priorities. As a former student of Hastings and Prince Edward, I am immensely proud of our school board and all that it stands for. It has been, and remains a privilege working with all of you in support of our students.”

Board members will make decisions related to filling the vacancy left by McGall’s retirement in the coming weeks.

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

Drop off your electronic waste, support a school fundraiser

The Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School is holding an electronics waste fundraiser during Earth Week, in partnership with with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship. This event is to create awareness of Earth Day, provide a safe way to dispose of electronics and to support student learning.

DATE: April 22 to 28, 2013
LOCATION: Parking lot at Dewe’s Independent Grocery Store, 420 Dundas Street East, Belleville

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free. Look for the Ontario Electronic Stewardship recycling bin, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Adventure Class will receive funds based on the amount collected.

List of electronic waste accepted by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship

  • 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 theatre 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

Thank you to Wayne Dewe for the support of school fundraiser.

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

Education Week activities at schools

May 6 – 10, 2013 is recognized as Education Week in Ontario. The provincial theme is Moving from Great to Excellent in Education.

Here is a look at events planned at some schools.

ATHOL-SOUTH MARYSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Monday: Golf clinic for students in Grades 4 – 8. Artist Marg McIntrye with Grade 6 and 7 students.
  • Tuesday: Volunteer & Bus Driver Tea Social
  • Wednesday: Celebration of Dance
  • Thursday: Artist Marg McIntrye with Grade 5, 6 and 8 students. School open house in the late afternoon
  • Friday: Artist Marg McIntrye with Grade 1 – 5 students. Carnation sale for Mother’s Day, proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

BREADNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • Monday & Tuesday: Class trips to the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre
  • Wednesday: Volunteer Appreciation Social. Celebration of Dance
  • Thursday: Student Talent Show

FOXBORO PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Thursday: Celebration of Dance, 3:00 p.m. at the school
  • Thursday evening: Books & Blankets Family Literacy Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Peg and the Yeti Dramatic Performance for JK-3 (Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Young Company) at 2:00 p.m.

PRINCE EDWARD COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE

  • Monday: Pedal for Hope celebration and assembly

PRINCE OF WALES PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Tuesday: Celebrate the Hero with Nick Foley. Wear green to raise awareness of mental health.

QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL (PICTON)

  • Monday: Grade 8 students: participating in the Skills Canada/Ontario Elementary Career Awareness Workshops in Waterloo, Ontario. Grade 6 and 7 students will participate in Pedal for Hope, with a kick-off celebration at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. Junior/Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1/2 students will begin rearing butterflies
  • Tuesday: WildCat Cafe, featuring education through nutrition and interactive cooking. School-wide reading buddies
  • Wednesday: Wear green to raise awareness of mental health. School-wide Celebration of Dance, including students from Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Thursday: D.A.R.E. presentation (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) for Grade 6 students
  • Friday: Grade 2/3 students: Salmon Release Project, with a live release in the Coburg River

QUEEN VICTORIA SCHOOL

  • Wednesday: Community Pancake Breakfast. Celebration of Dance
  • Thursday: Community Walk

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 to be closed to students on Friday, January 11, 2013

Public elementary teachers in Ontario will stage a one-day political protest in the form of a full-day walkout on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Parent letter about the political protest by elementary teachers (pdf)

Locally, this affects all elementary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward. It is being directed by the provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and is in response to the provincial government imposing collective agreements on ETFO.

In the interest of student safety, and in accordance with section 19 of the Education Act, all elementary schools will be closed to students on Friday, January 11, 2013. Parents/guardians should not send their elementary children to school on Friday, January 11. Even though buses will be running for other schools, children who attend Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools should not go on the bus. The school day will return to normal on Monday, January 14, 2013.

“Our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement. We thank our parents and guardians for their patience and understanding as we work through this complex situation,” stated Rob McGall, Director of Education.

Secondary schools will remain open on Friday and the buses will run, as usual. Secondary school students (Grade 9 to 12) are expected to attend classes.

Should this situation change between now and Friday, another news release will be sent out.

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

Enrol your child at an HPEDSB school

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Register your child with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to ensure success in school!

To register at an elementary school (pdf, list of schools), please call ahead to make an appointment. Teacher Cory Anderson and early childhood educator Ashley Garlick invite you to register your child for Kindergarten. This is a sound file

  • How to register children for JK and SK

Registrations at secondary schools are welcomed! Morgan and Adam invite you to visit local public high schools. This is a sound file

  • Bayside Secondary School, 613.966.2922
  • Centennial Secondary School, 613.962.9233
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School, 613.476.4251
  • Moira Secondary School, 613.962.8668
  • North Hastings High School, 613.332.1220
  • Quinte Secondary School, 613.962.9295
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 613.476.2196
  • Trenton High School, 613.392.1227

Education at HPEDSB is about success for each student, through:

  • Literacy development in all subject areas
  • Strong focus on character development
  • Digital learning through collaboration, critical thinking and creativity
  • Safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments

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
ReadingStudents maintained an achievement level of 57%. The provincial results increased 2%, from 66% to 68%.
WritingStudents 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
ReadingStudents increased achievement by 4%, moving from 65% to 69%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 2%, from 75% to 77%.
WritingStudents increased achievement by 6%, from 56% to 62%. The provincial growth rate increased 2%, from 74% to 76%.
MathematicsStudents 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: “Closing House” at three Stirling schools

event posterYou have heard about an ‘open house’ event. What about a ‘closing house?’

Three Stirling schools will be coming together as one new Stirling Public School in September 2013. To celebrate the unique history of each one, they are jointly hosting a Closing House.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
TIME: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: All three schools (see below)

Stirling Primary School, 40 Church Street, Stirling
Stirling Junior Public School, 84 Church Street, Stirling
Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Classrooms in each school will be open to visit. Memorabilia of all types will be on display. If you have something to share, please call Stirling Junior Public School at 613.395.3343.

All are welcome to this community event. Visit with current and former staff, students and 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: “Happy Days” musical performance at Centre Hastings SS

promotional posterThe saying “happy days are here again,” is being heard around Centre Hastings Secondary School. Students in the Music Theatre class are putting the finishing touches on their performance of “Happy Days,” the sock-hopping musical based on the television series of the same name.

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: June 11 to 14 (Tuesday through Friday)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centre Hastings Secondary School, 129 Elgin Street, Madoc
TICKETS: $12, available at the school, 613.473.4251

Storyline
It’s May 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fonzie (played by student Michael Brogee) is still the King of Cool at his favourite malt shop, Arnold’s. The school year is coming to an end and friends Richie, Lori, Beth, Potsie and Ralph Malph are getting ready to graduate from Jefferson High School. The gang’s all here, from Pinky Tuscadero to the bumbling and not nice Malachi Brothers. The acting, singing and dancing is a musical celebration of nostalgia at its funniest and best!

Grab your poodle skirt, saddle shoes and bring the whole family. This performance of Happy Days is an event you won’t want to miss!

Cast
Happy Days characterStudent
Arthur FonzarelliMichael Brogee
Richie CunninghamJacob Palmateer
Pinky TuscaderoAmie Plume
Howard CunninghamMathew Kent
Marion CunninghamAmber Livingstone
Joanie CunninghamAbby Bonter
Chachi ArcolaJaike Haywood
Ralph MalphLiam Wood
Potsie WebberMichael Dillabough
Lori Beth Allen, EnsembleBrittany Bronson
Bully, Leopard, EnsembleJustin Fralick
Leopard, Manny Moon, EnsembleAdam Durst
Count Malachi, EnsembleJordi Franks
Jumpy Malachi, EnsembleCory Gilmour
Arnold Delvecchio, EnsembleTrevor Osbourne
Pinkette Lola, EnsembleBillySue Johnston
Pinkette Tina, EnsembleNeely Bray
Leopard, EnsembleAaron Mills
Leopard, EnsembleJonathan Sniderhan
Nerd Girl, EnsembleJenna Declair
Nerd Girl, EnsembleEmily Spencer
Ensemble 

Mason Clarke
Cassandra Cross
Shelby Erwin
Erin Gawley
Shelby Lafreniere
Emily Lederer
Ashley Wood

Directed by Kim Dafoe. Costumes by Sue Berkhuizen. Hairstyling by Lise Hannah and the Aesthetics class. Promotion by Rick Moulton and the Communications/Technology class. Set construction by John Brogee and the Construction class. Promotion by Sarah Wannamaker and Pat Wood.

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

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