EVENT: “Coming Together to the Beat of Our Drums” in Stirling

event flyerStudents and staff from three schools in Stirling—about 700 people—are coming together for a hand-drumming extravaganza! All are invited to this event. event flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, June 21, 2013
TIME: 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling
WHAT: Large semi-circular rows of 700 students doing a performance on their hand-made drums

For the past several months, students have been working with Leo Brooks, a percussionist from Canada’s national capital region. He has worked with each student at Stirling Primary School, Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School to build drums.

Each drum base is made from a custom-cut sonotube. Students painted them in the school colours of red, yellow and black. Small drums for students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 have a transparent skin. Students in Grades 3 to 5 made medium-sized djembe drums which have a traditional skin made of goat-skin. Students in Grades 6 to 8 made larger drums Aboriginal-style drums which have a traditional skin made of goat-skin.

Several groups of students have learned and will perform a group rhythmic piece. Following that, all students and staff—around 700 people!—will join in one, combined large group performance using the three different styles of drums. This is the largest student group Brooks has worked with and had perform together in one single event!

Background on Leo Brooks, Treefrog Percussion http://www.treefrogpercussion.ca/

(Taken from the Treefrog Percussion website) As a young child, Leo loved to pull the pots and pans out of the cupboard to ban on them and never outgrew the habit —so it’s easy to understand why his percussion skills have been developing for more than half his life. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Leo earned a Bachelor of Music (with distinction) at University of Lethbridge. In his early years, Leo performed as a percussionist in numerous ensembles including the Calgary Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Band.

After moving to Canada’s National Capital Region in 1997, Leo became passionate about hand drumming. Much of his development in this area was self directed, although he was able to study periodically with Michael Marcus of New York and djembe master Famoudou Konaté. The highlight of his hand drumming education came in 2006, when Leo undertook a 10 week study tour through Guinea, Mali and Nigeria.

Leo now makes his home with his wife, son and daughter in Gatineau, Quebec. Here he spends his time teaching, building and repairing hand drums. He is constantly reaching out for new boundaries and seeking to improve his skills. “There is nothing that fascinates me more than the examination of percussion traditions from around the world” he says. “Percussion is a vast world unto itself—my goal in life is to touch a little bit of everything within it.”

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

 

Event: Belleville Police Voluntary Autism Registry

event flyerAnyone interested in learning about the Belleville Police Voluntary Autism Registry is invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville

To register, contact Alison Spry at alison.spry@csbd.on.ca

GUEST SPEAKER DENNIS DEBBAUDT
Dennis Debbaudt is the proud father of Brad, a young man who has autism. A professional investigator and law enforcement trainer, Dennis has authored or co-authored over 30 articles and books since 1993 including Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders, articles for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (April, 2001), and many other law enforcement and autism publications.

ABOUT THE VOLUNTARY AUTISM REGISTRY
The Voluntary Autism Registry provides police with quick access to critical information about a person with Autism. The registry contains emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, favourite attractions and special needs of the person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This information can assist p0lice officers in communicating or engaging with a person with ASD.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Belleville Police Service
  • Counselling Services of Belleville & District
  • Family Space Quinte Inc.
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Kerry’s Place Autism Services

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

EVENT: Centennial SS presents “Sherlock Holmes”

photo of two student actors
Students at Centennial Secondary School are putting finishing touches on their production of “Sherlock Holmes.” It’s a performance you won’t want to miss!

Unravel the mystery! A bit of 19th century London is right in our own back yard!

The production class at Centennial Secondary School has been working to re-create the iconic character, Sherlock Holmes in an adaptation of the original novels by Arthur Conan Doyle. The play takes place in 19th century England, and the exceptional set design transports you directly there.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: May 15, 16 and 17, 18, 2013 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
TIME: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday to Thursday; 2:00 p.m. Saturday
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are showcasing their acting skills on stage and their management and organizational skills backstage to bring this play to life. Holly Flynn, Benjamin Reid and Challian Christ have been cast in the three lead roles of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson and Professor Moriarty. They are supported by a very enthusiastic and dedicated cast. The captivating storyline will entertain audiences of all ages!

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Tickets are available in advance at Centennial SS during regular office hours, at the Quinte Arts Council, or at Red Ball Radio. You may also buy them at the door.

Come to help solve the mystery!

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

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: 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

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

 

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
GameLocation
10:00 a.m. Junior Girls Rugby vs. St. Paul’sCooke’s Field, CHSS
11:15 a.m. Senior Girls RugbyCooke’s Field, CHSS
11:30 a.m. Senior and Junior Boys Volleyball vs. NicholsonSeniors: Main Gym, CHSS Juniors: Gym 3
1:00 p.m. Senior Boys Football vs. QuinteCooke’s Field, CHSS
1:30 p.m. Senior Girls’ Basketball vs. CentennialMain Gym, CHSS
3:00 p.m. Junior Boys Football vs. QuinteCooke’s Field, CHSS
3:00 p.m. Junior Girls Basketball vs. CentennialMain 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

 

 

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

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: 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

EVENT: Moira SS presents “Once Upon a Mattress”

If you know the story about the princess and the pea, you’ll have a good idea about this production.

Students at Moira Secondary School are eagerly preparing for their performance of Once Upon a Mattress.

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: May 29, 30, 31 and June 1 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/children. On Family Fun Night, May 30, tickets are $40 for two adults and two children. Tickets are available at the school, 613.962.8668.

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

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

EVENT: Reunion at S.H. Connor & Tweed-Hungerford schools

event flyerStudents, staff and friends—past and present—of S.H. Connor School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School are invited to a celebration! Out of the Past and Into the Future is a multi-generational event to celebrate learning and friendships.

DATE: Saturday, May 25, 2013
TIME: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Open House at the two schools
4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Community Social at the Curling Club, $10 per person, dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Attendance at the Community Social is limited to 400 people. Tickets can be purchased at the schools, Bush Furniture, The Tweed News or The Food Company.

DO YOU HAVE SCHOOL MEMORABILIA?
Open House organizers are looking for memorabilia from the two schools, such as jackets, pennants, pictures, books, jerseys. If you would like to loan items, please contact Susan Carleton-Maines, Principal, by calling 613.478.2719 or email tweedhungerford@hpedsb.on.ca

S.H. Connor School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School will close in the fall of 2013. Construction of a new school, on the site of the existing Tweed-Hungerford school, is underway and is scheduled to open in September 2013.

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

 

Fire/cease-fire and Dreissenid mussel projects win at regional Science Fair

What does a fire/cease-fire have to do with physics, chemistry or mathematics? What are the differences among Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms and pseudofaecal material? Giovind Pisharodi, Moira Secondary School, and Theresa DeCola, Bayside Secondary School, know the answers. They are the creators of two award-winning projects at the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair.

For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the best in grade winners this year were:

Theresa DeCola, Grade 10, Bayside Secondary School, won a spot on the Canada Wide Science Fair team for her project Localised differences in Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms & pseudofaecal material.

Congratulations to Giovind Pisharodi and Theresa DeCola who were selected as finalists to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair scheduled for May, 2013 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Their expenses will be paid for the 7-day event, a value of approximately $1,700.

The 54th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair (QRSTF) took place at Loyalist College in Belleville, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Approximately 135 colourful, well-researched projects were on display from Grade 4 to 12 students from schools throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County. Students competed for awards in several categories as they made presentations to 110 volunteer judges. The judges spoke with students to learn about the project prior to coming up with an evaluation. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how to improve future projects.

Numerous other volunteers helped out behind the scenes. Patron and Major sponsors provided funds to help send five finalists to the Canada Wide Science Fair, http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/ while other sponsors supplied prizes in the form of cash, trophies and an operating telescope.

The most endearing part of the QRSTF is the enthusiasm of the students. As soon as they are asked about their projects they enthusiastically explain their theories, results and every step along the way.

Pat Findlay, QRSTF Chief Judge said, ‘‘Probably the most enjoyable part of this for me, and the reason I keep coming back year after year, is to see the fascinating work performed by these young scientists and inventors. And, let’s make no mistakes about it, for the vast majority their work is every bit as rigorous as that of professionals in the field; it is only the scope and topic that is different. They won’t have the background yet, but they have the mindset, and with that, the background and skills will come. Case in point: where I work, there are engineering and computer science grads working today who are prior QRSTF competitors. Now that is amazing!’’

Throughout the morning, students were interviewed extensively during the first round of judging. First, Second, Third and Honourable Mentions, were awarded to each group of five to eight projects. A second round of judging was used to determine the best in each grade, specialty awards and the Canada Wide Science Fair awards.

For more information about the QRSTF or Canada Wide Science Fair, contact:
Scott Berry qrstfscience@gmail.com

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

 

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.

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.

Flags at half-mast to mark National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, Sunday, June 23

Sunday, June 23, 2013 is recognized as National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

According to the Government of Canada website, The National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism was proclaimed in 2005 and first observed on June 23, 2005, in memory of those who have lost their lives through acts of terror in Canada and around the world. The day was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Air India Flight 182 tragedy, which occurred on June 23, 1985. On that day, a bomb exploded on the flight while en route from Toronto to London, England, killing all 329 people aboard, 280 of them Canadians. A similar bomb intended for another Air India flight also killed two baggage handlers at Tokyo’s Narita airport.

Flags at all our schools and the Education Centre will be flown at half-mast from the afternoon of Friday, June 21 to the morning of Monday, June 24, 2013 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. Provincially, flags at all Ontario government buildings will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

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

French Immersion Information Sessions, Tuesday, February 5

French Immersion offers students the opportunity to become fluent in a second language. It starts in Grade 4 and continues through secondary school.

French Immersion begins in Grade 4 at Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School. French Immersion flyer (pdf)

Parent Information Sessions

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
6:00 p.m.

Bayside Public School

Harry J. Clarke Public School

newspaper ad (pdf)

French Immersion Radio Commercial MP3 format featuring Grade 4 students Benji & Rhianna

The best way of illustrating the success of our program is sharing what our students have to say . . .

Bonjour mon nom est Mathew and je veux te dire pourquoi je suis en immersion française. Hi my name is Mathew and I want to tell you why I’m in French Immersion . . . it’s because learning to speak French will open so many doors in the future! Speaking French can help to get a good job or be accepted into college or university. And, learning a second language is a lot of fun!

Salut, je m’appelle Angelique et je suis dans la cinquième annee de l’immersion de francais. Hi, my name is Angelique, and here’s why I enjoy French Immersion. When I started in Grade 4, I met a lot of new friends who also enjoy learning to speak, read and write in another language. We do fun learning activities, games and songs to help us learn. We even travel to French speaking areas of Canada for school trips to help to improve our French. I really enjoy French Immersion and know that you will, too.

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

Gas leak contained at Quinte Secondary School

Quinte Secondary School had a gas leak this morning at 8:20 a.m. The fire alarm was pulled and the school was evacuated according to emergency procedures. Students and staff went to the nearby Metro grocery store and Maranatha Church to keep safe and warm.

Fire officials responded right away and found a gas leak in a stove in the Foods Room. The gas line to the stove has been shut off. The stove is out of service and will not be used until repairs are completed by a licensed contractor.

The fire department gave the all clear to re-enter the building at 8:40 a.m.

We are pleased to report that students and staff followed our emergency response procedures and responded appropriately. All are safe and school activities have returned to normal.

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
APPLIEDStudents demonstrated a 4 percentage point growth rate, moving from 51% to 55% The provincial results remained unchanged at 44%.
ACADEMICStudents 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

Information about the elementary teachers’ political protest, Friday, January 11, 2013

Posted 6:00 p.m., January 9, 2013

Information about the elementary teachers’ political protest, Friday, January 11, 2013

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

List of elementary bus routes that will not run on Friday, January 11, 2013 (pdf)

We were informed this afternoon that all elementary teachers in Ontario will stage a one-day political protest in the form of a full-day walkout on Friday, January 11, 2013. This affects elementary schools in all English public school boards across the province, including 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 Hastings and Prince Edward 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.

Secondary schools will remain open 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, we will communicate with you through the media and post updates on this website.

Please be assured that our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement.

Please contact your school superintendent or the superintendent of Human Resources Support Services if you have questions about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s school.

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

Information about the new 34-credit threshold for secondary school students

Beginning in September 2013, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will implement the mandatory Ministry of Education changes concerning students who wish to take more than 34 credits.

Background
About 10 years ago, the Ministry of Education restructured secondary school from a 5-year program to a 4-year program. The Ministry’s intention is for the vast majority of students to earn their secondary school diploma in four years, whenever possible.

34-credit threshold
According to the Ministry of Education, the vast majority of students should be able to earn the 30 credits needed to graduate in four years.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board acknowledges there are many legitimate reasons why students return for a fifth year to earn more than 34 credits during regular day school. During the transition to the September 2013 implementation of the 34 credit threshold requirements, individual situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis at each school.

Students who are exempt from the 34-credit threshold
Students who are exempt from the 34-credit threshold include the following:

  • students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs);
  • students in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Literacy Development (ELD) courses; or
  • students in Actualisation linguistique en francais and Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants courses.

According to the Ministry of Education, the 34-credit threshold does not apply to students who are not enrolled in day school (that is, students enrolled only in continuing education such as night school courses).

Credits that count toward the 34-credit threshold
According to the Ministry of Education, credits that will count toward the 34-credit threshold include:

  • credits earned through day school, night school, summer school or private school;
  • credits from other jurisdictions that are recognized for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, dual credits and eligible music certificates; and
  • credits earned by taking a course a second time by students who pass the course then take the same course again to upgrade their marks. In this situation, the credit will count once toward the student’s diploma and as two credits in terms of the 34-credit threshold.

How to prepare students for secondary school and beyond
The following documents are available to assist students and parents/guardians in planning for secondary school and beyond:

The transition from elementary to secondary school is a time of change for students and parents/guardians. It is an exciting time and one that will have a lasting impression.

Grade 9 is the foundation year for secondary school. It is when students will experience the most change. It is also one of the most important times for students and parents/guardians to become familiar with secondary school processes, expectations and terminology.

The more you know about the transition process and what you will need to do, the easier and more enjoyable it will be. Understanding the different secondary school pathways and planning for them are a very important part of students being successful in secondary school.

Guidance and Student Success Teams play an essential role in supporting students, looking at pathway requirements and engaging in career planning.

Contact information
If you have questions about the new 34-credit threshold or any part of your child’s education, contact the school principal, or ask to speak with someone on the Guidance or Student Success Teams.

 

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

 

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

 

Join in celebrating National Aboriginal Day, Friday, June 21

Across Canada, National Aboriginal Day is recognized annually on June 21. This date was chosen because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice—the first day of summer and longest day of the year—and because many Aboriginal communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day to acknowledge National Aboriginal Day is part of the wider recognition of the founding place of Aboriginal peoples within the fabric of Canada.

According to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, on June 13, 1996, the Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21 to be National Aboriginal Day, offering Aboriginal peoples an opportunity to share their rich, diverse cultures with family members, neighbours, friends and visitors.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we have a growing number of successful programs and partnerships that support Aboriginal culture and awareness. It is with great pride that we invite you to join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day on Friday, June 21, 2013.

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 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

 

 

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

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

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.

 

Kindergarten class 2nd Annual Art Show

event posterKindergarten students at Queen Victoria School are preparing for their second annual art show. It’s an event you want to see!

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, June 5, opening reception
TIME: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville (in the public library)

These students are the next generation of artists. They have created some wonderful pieces that will be on display in Gallery 2 from Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 14, 2013.

All are welcome to attend.

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

Labour relations update

Posted January 7, 2013—The Minister of Education announced on January 3, 2013 that the government intends to implement provisions of the Putting Students First Act (Bill 115) and impose contracts on all groups in the education sector that did not have collective agreements in place by December 31, 2012.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this impacts the following employee groups:

  • Association of Professional Student Services Personnel (APSSP), Hastings Prince Edward District Chapter;
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1022;
  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Hastings-Prince Edward Local;
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local (HAPE-OTL); and
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 29.

Imposed contracts for groups will be similar to the two-year agreements the government reached with Catholic teachers, French-language teachers, and some associations (Association of Profession Student Services Personnel), and removes the right to take strike action during the period of the agreement which is from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014.

Note that support staff in Hastings and Prince Edward represented by CUPE are currently working through a process related to the tentative agreement reached with the government in late December. Provisions from the Putting Students First Act will also impact employees in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Administrative Support Group (ASG) and elementary and secondary principals (Ontario Principals’ Council) during the two-year period.

We encourage you to contact your school superintendent or Human Resources Support Services if you have questions about labour relations, by calling 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350.

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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Posted December 7, 2012—Elementary teachers’ strike, labour relations update and bus cancellations

Parent letter about the one-day legal strike by elementary teachers (pdf)

List of elementary bus routes that will not run on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (pdf)

Notice of a one-day legal strike by elementary teachers
Elementary teachers in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will stage a one-day legal strike on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. This is being directed by the provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and is in response to the provincial government passing Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act.

Due to this legal strike action by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local, all elementary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Parents/guardians should not send their children to school on Wednesday, December 12. Buses that serve only elementary schools will not run that day (refer to the link for cancelled bus routes, above). Even though buses will be running for other schools, children who attend Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools should not get on the bus. The school day will return to normal on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

The decision to close elementary schools for one-day is authorized under section 19. (2), of the Education Act which states:

“In case of strike by members of a teachers’ bargaining unit . . ., the board may close one or more schools if it is of the opinion that,

(a) the safety of pupils may be endangered during the strike . . .;

(c) the strike . . . will substantially interfere with the operation of the school.”

Secondary school teachers are not involved in this job action. Secondary schools will remain open and the buses will run, as usual. Secondary school students (Grade 9 to 12) are expected to be at school on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Update on sports, teams and clubs at elementary and secondary schools
Provincial teacher unions have instructed elementary and secondary teachers not to participate in voluntary/extra-curricular activities as of Monday, December 10, 2012. This will likely have an impact on all sports, teams, clubs and extra-curricular activities at elementary and secondary schools. Field trips at elementary and secondary schools may be affected, as well.

At this time we have limited information about teacher job action and the duration. Outside the school day staff leadership of extra-curricular activities and events is voluntary. HPEDSB is in a similar position to other public school boards in Ontario where one-day strikes and teacher withdrawal of services are occurring. Please refer to Procedure 230: Out-of-School Learning for further information.

With the exception of the one-day strike by elementary teachers on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, mentioned above, classroom instruction is continuing.

Please be assured that our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement. We know this is an uncertain time for students and families.

Please contact your school superintendent if you have questions about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s school.

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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Posted November 29, 2012—Negotiations continue with all local employee groups connected to Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These include:

  • Association of Professional Student Services Personnel (APSSP), Hastings Prince Edward District Chapter
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1022
  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Hastings-Prince Edward Local
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local (HAPE-OTL)
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 29

On November 28, 2012, the provincial ETFO posted a news release on its website stating it will give parents 72 hours notice of strikes planned for December in school boards by public elementary teachers. Our local ETFO members will be in a legal strike position on Monday, December 10, 2012.

We are monitoring this situation and will do our best to keep parents/guardians informed of any strike action within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Student safety is our top priority and we want to assure you that the Board is committed to providing safe, caring and respectful learning environments.

We encourage you to contact your school superintendent if you have questions or concerns about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s school, by calling 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350.

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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Posted November 12, 2012—We are aware that discussions between the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) that were occurring over the weekend did not result in an agreement.

Beginning Monday, November 12, 2012, the local OSSTF for Hastings and Prince Edward is in a legal strike position. We have been informed that OSSTF plans to initiate sanctions that include reductions in some of their duties, including supervision. In response, the Board intends to implement a temporary contingency plan to provide alternate supervision at its secondary schools. This plan will be monitored and evaluated daily by the Board.

Federations and unions representing elementary school teachers and some support staff are not in a legal strike position as of yet. We believe in the collective bargaining process and continue to meet with all our employee groups in the hope of reaching collective agreements.

Student safety is our top priority and we want to assure you that the Board is committed to providing safe, caring and respectful learning environments. Further information will be communicated to parents/guardians and others through school and Board websites, and radio media.

We encourage you to contact the school superintendent if you have questions or concerns about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s school.

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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Posted October 3, 2012–On September 11, 2012 the Ontario government passed the Putting Students First Act, 2012. As a result of this legislation, some school communities within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) may experience changes in certain school events.

Our employees remain focused on ensuring student safety, and providing quality instruction and learning experiences for students. Outside the school day staff leadership of extra-curricular activities and events is voluntary. It is our current understanding that in response to the new provincial legislation, some staff may choose not to participate in some of these voluntary activities. Involvement may vary from school to school.

HPEDSB is in a similar position as other school boards across the province. We know this is an uncertain time for students and families. Please be assured that our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement. The relationship between the Board and its employee groups continues to be respectful.

We encourage you to contact the school principal if you have questions or concerns about activities at your child’s school. school contact information

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

Lauren Barry selected for the Minister’s Student Advisory Council

Lauren Barry, Grade 8, Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School, has been selected to join the Minister’s Student Advisory Council.

Congratulations to Lauren Barry, Grade 8, Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School. Barry was selected to be part of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 school year.

Read about Barry’s experience as a legislative page

Students from across the province were invited to apply to be on the Council. The Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, selected 63 to join the prestigious group.

According to a letter from Sandals, students who serve on the Minister’s Advisory Council have many responsibilities. The Council meets with her twice during their term and each member is required to participate in at least one regional student forum. Additional Council meetings normally take place ‘virtually’ between September and June. The Council can form sub-committees on topics of interest to them. Council members can also participate in other student forums, events or conferences to discuss student-related issues.

The Council also provides:

  • ongoing student perspectives, advice, recommendations, and consultations on the Ministry of Education policies, programs and practices;
  • advice and feedback on activities more-specifically related to the ministry’s student engagement activities; and
  • feedback on student-focused communication strategies and products, such as websites, brochures, pamphlets and DVD clips.

Council members develop leadership skills. During their term they learn about strategic planning and the formation of government policy, programs and practices. They also use online surveys to engage their peers, and to raise awareness about programs and services available to Ontario students.

IN HER OWN WORDS: Lauren Barry’s Experience as a Legislative Page
When I was a page, I served from March 2012 to April 2012. I was there with 20 other kids from across Ontario. There were over 1200 applications for that year. When I was told I was accepted, I was also told that I would need to memorize all 107 MPPs’ names, faces, parties, seat, along with how to deliver documents and bills. We also had to study the map of the buildings to be sure we knew our way around. It was a lot to do in under a month, but was expected. When we were there we were lucky enough to be able to deliver the 2012 budget, and we did so in under 16 seconds (delivered to all 107 MPPs). We beat the previous record!

On a normal day as a page, I would have to be ready to go to the chamber at 8am. There was uniform inspection to make sure the pages were ready.

We would then go to get the leaders of the parties water, prepare the books and take our spots. The MPPs would come in for Oral Questions (“Question Period”) which was the most exciting part of the day. That was when they would get the most angry and arguments would get heated, which was exciting for us to watch.

After that there would be orders of the day, where pages followed a schedule to see who would go to tutoring to do math and language and who would have to stay in the chamber to serve. You would stay until 4pm or 6pm, depending on the day.

While there, we got to have meetings with the speaker, the clerks, our own MPPs, Andrea Horwath and Dalton McGuinty to ask questions.

Being a page was amazing and I think everyone who had the chance to go wishes they could go back. I learned so much, and I found my love for politics.

Being a page is what made me want to apply for the Ministers Student Advisory Council (MSAC). I will serve as a member of MSAC from May 2013 to May 2014, a longer term.

So far I know that they are sending all of the members to Ontario Education Leadership Camp (OELC) in August, and meetings throughout next year.

During orientation we wrote reports on a cause we were passionate about, so I wrote one about giving small town students a voice. The Minister Liz Sandals read them after.

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

Life-changing “Kenya dig it?” trip for Quinte SS students

students standing in front of a truck in Kenya
Students from Quinte Secondary School learned so much about the people and culture of Kenya during their “Kenya Dig It” trip in May 2013. They also learned about themselves by realizing they were part of something bigger than simply digging ditches and erecting wells.

Submitted by Scott Shortly, Teacher, Quinte Secondary School.

Jambo Rafikis! (Hello Friends!)

On behalf of the staff and students at Quinte Secondary School who traveled to Kenya in May of this year we would like to take this opportunity and share with you a brief recap of our life changing and inspiring journey.

Every trip is important, no matter where you go or what it is you are doing. Travel shapes us in ways that aren’t always understood or even realized until long after we have returned home. But there are certain travel experiences that not only impact your life; they change the direction you head in. These adventures are rare, but when they occur they are moments to be treasured for the rest of your life. Our “voluntour” with Me to We provided us with that transformative and compelling experience.

At the beginning we were really just expecting to help work on existing school facilities such as, digging drainage ditches, and erecting walls. What we left with was much greater. As we experienced more we began to see that we were a part of something much bigger. Although it was not apparent to us at the start, we were being deeply immersed in the Kenyan and Maasai culture at every step. It was extremely exhilarating being exposed to current regional issues in real time and given the resources, guidance and inspiration to help make an immediate impact while looking towards the future.

Daily we engaged in action planning workshops that equipped us with the tools and knowledge needed to proceed with a clear direction while we were there. Our group took part in concrete learning about development, world issues, leadership, environmental conservation and biodiversity through the interactive seminars modeled by our tour facilitators and Maasia guide. It helped us to connect to the importance and challenges of long term localized strategies, while ensuring that a worldview approach was being established.

Some of the most memorable experiences we had were being able to participate in the water walks with the Mam’s, a safari expedition, Swahili lessons, and yes even Maasai weapons training. But our main focus was working on the all girl’s high school: “Oleleshwa” in the Maasai Mara region. It tested our physical aptitude and challenged us to look beyond what we saw in front of us and instead it encouraged us to focus on the change being created by the work that we were providing.

In the end “YES” it was hard work but well worth it and we knew that so many more girls would have the opportunity to get an a education in order to continue empowering their families and communities. This part of our journey left us with a true sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Although the places we visited and worked at were all truly incredible it was the Kenyan people (Maasia and Kipsiki included) that made our trip a rich and vibrant one. We were very fortunate to have met so many; the Mama’s, Maasai Warriors, School Teachers, Parents, Elders, and Building Site Organizers to name but a few. But the most compelling was our visit to an elementary school called Motony where we met children who were so incredibly passionate about their education. Meeting those young students filled us with gratitude and hope that positive change was really happening in their community. We also received the most incredible greeting any of us have ever experienced in our lives. A humbling and wonderful memory now frozen in time.

On our way home we took the time to ask ourselves “What now?” So in brief, our plan is to involve our entire school, school board and community to reach a goal of $10,000 that will afford one girl the opportunity to attend high school for four years at the school we helped to build. We believe that this is just the beginning of our sustained involvement with our new friends in the Maasai Mara and look forward to seeing this initiative and others like it endure.

Our 10 days traveling in Kenya helped encourage us to define and re-define our own values and daily actions. We came home with open minds and open hearts and now for us it is about transformation, limitless potential and continued friendships.

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who supported us before, and during our adventure to Kenya. We extend an invitation to all of those who would like to join us as we continue this amazing journey.

Tuko Pamoja [We are together],
The “Kenya Dig It” Group

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

Local update on the CUPE agreement

On December 30, 2012, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, along with other school boards in Ontario, was informed that the Provincial Government had signed a tentative agreement with the provincial Canadian Union of Public Employees. It is for the period September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014.

CUPE Local 1022 ratified the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Provincial Government on January 9, 2013. HPEDSB trustees received the CUPE MoU on January 14, 2013, and supported the application of locally agreed upon items, including refinements to staffing processes.

“The Board and CUPE teams worked together to come to agreement on local issues. They took a respectful approach to negotiations and came to a successful result,” stated Rob McGall, Director of Education.

In Hastings and Prince Edward, CUPE Local 1022 represents approximately 600 educational assistants, custodial, maintenance, office clerical, technical employees and early childhood educators.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,000 students at 42 elementary and eight secondary schools. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

Mandy Savery-Whiteway selected as new director of education

Mandy Savery-Whiteway
Superintendent Mandy Savery-Whiteway was selected as the new director of education, effective July 1, 2013.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has selected Mandy Savery-Whiteway as the new Director of Education. Savery-Whiteway, presently a superintendent of education at HPEDSB, succeeds retiring Director of Education Rob McGall. The appointment is effective July 1, 2013.

“It was a decision supported by all Board members. Mandy is an exemplary leader and outstanding communicator. She brings experience supporting student achievement with the Ministry of Education, and is well-versed in human resources, negotiations and organizational effectiveness. Mandy’s broad range of experiences and collaborative leadership style will be an excellent fit as the new chief executive officer for our school district,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Savery-Whiteway has worked for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board since 1987, beginning as a classroom teacher at Trenton High, then progressing through roles of increasing responsibility and leadership, including head of Guidance at Centennial Secondary School; vice-principal at Bayside Secondary School; principal at Centennial Secondary School; district lead for Student Success at the Education Centre; education officer at the Ministry of Education; assistant superintendent of education and superintendent of education, currently responsible for human resources, safe schools and the Bayside school group.

As a member of senior administration, Savery-Whiteway has been jointly responsible for setting system direction through the development, implementation and reporting of the multi-year system plan. During her time as a supervisory officer she has collaborated with school leaders to improve student achievement through the development of school improvement plans, been chief negotiator, led safe schools initiatives and implemented workplace safety processes required by provincial legislation.

“I am honoured to be appointed Director of Education of our great system. As a Trenton High School graduate, I am committed to public education and to the priorities outlined in our AiM—Achievement in Motion System Plan. I believe that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is a leader in effective instructional practices and leadership development. We are fortunate to have employees who care about students and who work diligently every day to help students achieve their full potential. I look forward to working with employees, parents/guardians, trustees and community partners to help students become caring, contributing decision-makers of our future,” stated Savery-Whiteway.

Savery-Whiteway grew up in Trenton and attended Prince Charles Public School and Trenton High School. Her post-secondary education was at University of Toronto and Charles Sturt University, Australia. She and her husband Jim have two grown children who are both graduates of Bayside Secondary School.

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

 

Ministry of Education memo & Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling about the ETFO protest, Friday, January 11, 2013

Posted January 11, 2013

This morning all Chairs and Directors of Education in English public school boards received notification that the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) ruled that the province-wide elementary teachers’ one-day political protest planned for Friday, January 11, 2013 was in violation of the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

The Ministry of Education has asked school districts to share this information with employees, parents and students. The Deputy Minister’s letter and OLRB decision are below.

Ministry of Education memo regarding Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling (pdf)

Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling (pdf)

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

 

Ministry of Education memo and Ontario Labour Relations Board decision to hold a hearing

Posted at 3:45 p.m., January 10, 2013

This afternoon all Chairs and Directors of Education in English public school boards received notification that the Government of Ontario has filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to prevent the Elementary Teachers’ of Ontario withdrawal of services on Friday, January 11, 2013. The hearing was scheduled for 3:oo p.m. today.

The Ministry of Education has asked school districts to make every reasonable effort to share this information with employees, parents and students. We are also committed to sharing the outcome of the OLRB decision once it becomes available. The OLRB decision will be posted on our website, and communicated through the media and our Twitter feed @HPEDSBschools.

Ministry of Education memo regarding an application to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (pdf)

Ontario Labour Relations Board decision to hold a hearing (pdf)

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

Moira SS Trojan Rugby Team was victorious in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to the Trojan Rugby Team at Moira Secondary School. They recently travelled to Washington, D.C. and returned home the victors of the April 7 Cherry Blossoms Rugby Tournament.

The Trojans won the first two games and narrowly lost the third on Saturday, April 6. Then, an early morning win on Sunday earned the team a place in the final game which they won with a score of 7-6.

While in Washington the team visited the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, the Vietnam Memorial Wall, and the Smithsonian Museums.

The Trojans displayed great character both on and off the field, representing their school and the district with pride and respect!

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

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

One replacement school and one addition at another for HPEDSB

Posted January 18, 2013—Funding to build one new school and put an addition on another was announced for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Two business cases submitted to the Ministry of Education in June 2012 were approved for $14.4 million.

In north Belleville, $11.6 million is being provided to replace Harmony Public School. Over the past few years the Harmony PS student population has increased due to growth north of 401, putting pressure on the school capacity. The new school will eliminate the existing portables and provide a modern learning environment to support student learning. Design planning will begin soon, with the first step being to select an architectural firm. The new school is scheduled to be ready for September 2014 and will accommodate approximately 590 students.

In east Belleville, $2.8 million is being provided to create a six-classroom addition at Harry J. Clarke Public School (HJC). Currently, Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are located at the nearby Sir Winston Churchill facility. HJC students are located at three different locations: Sir Winston, Harry J. Clarke and the Grade 7/8 Destinations Programme students are at Moira Secondary. The addition will allow the students at Sir Winston Churchill to return to HJC. It will also provide new, modern Full-day Kindergarten spaces for the introduction of that program in September 2014. Design planning will begin soon on the design, with the first step being to select an architectural firm. The renovation is scheduled to be ready for September 2014 and will add approximately 150 students to the current population of roughly 590 students.

“This investment in our Board is welcome news. It supports our multi-year plan to consolidate and renew our schools to ensure our students have modern, safe learning environments,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

The Ministry of Education has announced it will invest close to $700 million in Ontario schools by building 39 new schools and renovating 48 others.

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

 

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.

 

 

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Tues., Feb. 12

Destinations Programme flyerDestinations Programme for Grade 7 and 8 students
The Destinations Programme is for Grade 7 and 8 students who are innately curious and passionate about learning.

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

About the Destinations Programme
Through active inquiries, students will explore their role in the world, and further their sense of social justice. They will be given the opportunity to become active and responsible citizens who are internationally-minded and technologically savvy.

In the Destinations classroom, students inspire and motivate each other to become life-long learners, and proficient digital navigators. The programme develops students who take steps to create a better and more peaceful world.

The Destinations Programme is aligned with the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum for Grades 7 and 8. It is built on five central themes that guide our approach to teaching and learning.

For more information, please contact:

  • Marie Mitchell, Principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140, mmitchell@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Last updated: March 8, 2017 at 10:12 am