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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quinte SS students prepare for a trip to Kenya in May

Senior students from Quinte Secondary School will be traveling to Kenya in May, specifically the Maasai Mara Region. Once there, students will meet and learn from the local elders and community leaders, walk with women to draw water, learn Swahili each day and help build a school for children in need. This trip is in connection with the Me to We organization.

Quinte Secondary School is holding several fundraisers to help raise awareness and funds to support the students, as well as to purchase materials to be used to help build the school while the students are there.

Upcoming fundraising activities

  • March 4, 2013: Boston Pizza Celebrity Server night with the Belleville Bulls. 10% of all food orders (take out or dine in) will be donated to the Kenya trip fund.
  • Ongoing through to May 2013: Dem Bones Restaurant will donate 10% of all food orders purchased prior to the trip date. Restaurant goers are asked to write QSS KENYA TRIP on their receipt and put it in the box at the front door.

The Me to We approach to a community-based and worldview project like this encompasses the following:

  • SERVE: Volunteerism means that participants learn about sustainable change and how it can be achieved in partnership with the community. Trips provide hands-on experience in building lasting solutions to challenges faced by communities in need.
  • LEARN: By volunteering in communities served by the charity Free The Children, young people benefit from meaningful community based learning experiences. Through interactions with community members, participants on our trips get to know people who lead very different lives than themselves.
  • ACT: Tangible leadership development equips participants with the tools they need to act on their new-found knowledge. Rather than their personal growth ending when the trip does, participants take the lessons and skills they learned and apply them to their own communities when they get home.
  • SAFETY: Safety is always the first priority in overseas travel. Me to We has been facilitating trips overseas for the past 10 years with an incredible track record of safety and success in the countries visited. Me to We takes serious precautions to ensure that all participants return home safely.
  • SUPPORT: The team at Me to We supports participants every step of the way. From tried and tested fundraising tools, to comprehensive pre-departure resources, to our team of expert facilitators, the Me to We team strongly believe in ensuring that each teacher, student and parent is fully engaged in the experience. The Me to We team is dedicated to providing high-quality service and everything needed to prepare students for the trip of a lifetime.

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

 

 

 

Quinte SS students prepare for Manufacturing Skills Competition

Students in the Manufacturing program at Quinte Secondary School are getting ready to show their expertise later this week as they prepare for the Manufacturing Skills Competition.

DATE: Friday, April 12, 2013
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville

Seven students will participate in a qualifying competition for welding. Another five students will participate in the precision machining qualifying competition. See pictures and more information on the public QSS Manufacturing FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/QSS-Manufacturing/309687392412242

The top two from welding will qualify to compete at the regional competition at St. Lawrence College in Kingston on Saturday, April 20. The winner of that competition will qualify to compete at the provincial competition in May in Waterloo. The precision machining winner will qualify to go directly to Waterloo for the provincials.

Students from three school boards and eight schools have been invited to participate.

Thank you to community sponsors Donmac Precision Machining Inc., Masweld Metal Works, Air Liquide and Weber Supply for their support and belief in these eager and talented students.

Both Bayside Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School offer Specialist High Skills Majors in Manufacturing. Details about this program are on the Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.asp

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

School board announces new Superintendent of Business Services

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to announce Leslie Miller as the new Superintendent of Business Services. Miller, presently a Director at Toyota Canada Inc., succeeds retiring Superintendent of Business, Dave Rutherford. She will join the school board on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

“It was a decision supported by all Board members. Leslie brings experience in finance, human resources and administration. She has a personal style which we believe will be an excellent fit as the business superintendent for this organization,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Miller is a financial executive with over 20 years of progressive leadership experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with Honours at Brock University and is a Certified Management Accountant.

During her career as Director of Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Administration and Legal Services for Toyota Canada Inc., Miller has provided leadership and direction for financial services, strategic planning, service delivery, governance and leadership of four divisions. She has been recognized for her ability to build positive relationships, team capabilities and financial problem solving in support of organizational goals.

Miller is a proud graduate of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and is pleased to be returning to the area.

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

School events/activities for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

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

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

Elementary Schools

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

Secondary Schools

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

School grand opening ceremonies in Stirling & Tweed

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

EVENT DETAILS

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

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

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

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

Secondary school exam schedules for January 2013

Parents/guardians and students are invited to review secondary school January 2013 exam schedules, which have been posted on each of our secondary school websites.

Bayside Secondary School

Centennial Secondary School

Centre Hastings Secondary School

Moira Secondary School

North Hastings High School

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Quinte Secondary School

Trenton High School

Semester 1 mid-term report cards were sent home in November. If you have any questions about your child’s progress in their courses or about their exams, please contact your son/daughter’s teacher at the school.

If you would like a copy of the exam schedule to be sent home, please call your son/daughter’s secondary school office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievements!

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

Silver medal for Bayside SS student at Canada Wide Science Fair

Theresa DeCola, Grade 10, Bayside Secondary School, won a Silver medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair for her project Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms & pseudofaecal material. DeCola also won Silver at last year’s event.

Congratulations to Theresa DeCola, Grade 10, Bayside Secondary School, awarded a Silver medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair.

This is DeCola’s second Silver at the Canada Wide event. She won Silver last year, as well. Her current project, Localised differences in Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms & pseudofaecal material, demonstrated her knowledge of the topic and scientific processes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Student engagement in action at Centennial Secondary School

Students from Centennial Secondary School analyze data from the Tell Them from Me survey, which was done in April 2013.
The CSS Student Forum involves a diverse group of students working together and taking ownership in leading school improvement. By the end of the event, students will have analyzed the data, identified areas to celebrate and areas that they are committed to working collaboratively to improve.

Student engagement is a priority at Centennial Secondary School. It is evident today, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, with 45 students at the Education Centre for the CSS Student Forum.

“The student forum has given me an opportunity to express my ideas and made me feel like an important part of my school community,” says Cameron Mills, a Grade 11 student facilitator.

The forum is a follow-up activity to get students involved in making positive change at their school. Student facilitators took all classes through the Tell Them From Me Survey in April. After receiving the results the facilitators took a deeper look into the data and planned the events of the forum with the support of Vice-principal Eric Fetterley and Teachers Laura Maclellan and Pat Foran.

Student voice is front and center. The forum involves a diverse group of students working together and taking ownership in leading school improvement. By the end of the forum, students will have analyzed the data, identified areas to celebrate and areas that they are committed to working collaboratively to improve.

Staff and students are looking forward to the priorities and ideas that will come out of the forum as they look towards ongoing collaboration for future school improvement.

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

Student Jeremy Davies, Moira SS, received prestigious university scholarship

Congratulations to Jeremy Davies, Moira Secondary School, for receiving a Queen’s University Chancellor Entrance Scholarship. Davies is one of only 50 students in Canada to receive this prestigious award.

Students chosen to receive this scholarship must maintain an overall average exceeding 90%, display superior academic ability, be creative and original thinkers, and have proven leadership qualities.

This scholarship is worth $36,000.00 over four years. Davies will be pursuing studies in Commerce.

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

Student leadership symposium for elementary and secondary at Quinte SS, Tues., April 30

Event Goal

The Quinte Secondary School goal for this event is that the experience will have a lasting and measurable effect on students and our communities by accomplishing the following:

  1. Develop and enhance individual students’ basic leadership skills.
  2. Assist students in defining what leadership is and what the role of a student leader is in their school.
  3. Engage students in meaningful discussions grounded in the various components of leadership, respect and what it means to be a leader.
  4. Recognize that there are different types of leaders, everyone can make a change.
  5. Teach students to understand and accept each others’ differences.
  6. Encourage students to understand that their actions have consequences.
  7. Gain knowledge so that social media sites can be used to communicate in a positive way.
  8. Be kind!

Quinte Secondary School is abuzz with positive energy today, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Students and staff are hosting a day-long, action-oriented event about student engagement and leadership.

Called the Be Kind to Others Leadership Symposium, this event involves Quinte students and Grade 7 students from feeder schools: Harmony Public School, Park Dale School, Prince of Wales Public School and Tyendinaga Public School.

Link to more information about this event http://qssymposium.wikispaces.com/home

The day involves guest speakers and workshop presenters from local and national organizations who are devoted to helping students make a difference in their lives, communities and at school. Students will receive handouts, meet other dynamic people like themselves, create lasting ideas, develop activities and use tools to enhance their own home school programs.

Topics to promote kindness and leadership development include bullying prevention, personal responsibility, positive self-awareness and leadership, all tied to helping students understand the benefits of strong relationships.

Keynote speakers and workshop presenters

  • Joel Hilchey, The Beanstalk Project, on the topics of education, leadership and social activism. At The Beanstalk Project, they believe the best way to create change-makers is to give people a positive experience of change-making. They guide youth through a positive, self-motivated experience of doing good with the intention that the students will want to keep going.
  • Nick Foley, Celebrate the Hero on the topic of bullying prevention. Nick’s workshop will provide students with a better understanding of the effects that bullying can have on people. Through his animated stories, Nick will show students that bullying can take on many forms. It will help to reinforce to students that it is important to be yourself no matter what the circumstance. Nick will share how a simple gesture good or bad can have a profound effect on a person’s well-being. The work shop will leave students feeling motivated, and empowered to make a difference in their own life.
  • Jennifer Bryand and Lana Kuduzovic on the topic of building a culture of peace. This workshop begins with interactive activities to explore people’s actions and interpretations of those actions. This is followed by a discussion of the values and characteristics of culture of peace. It concludes with small groups to examine scenarios centered on being open-minded and non-judgmental, being compassionate and understanding, speaking/acting out against injustice, resolving conflict non-violently and forgiveness.
  • Dave Templar on the topic of respect. Spawned from a government bill leading to the creation of a respectful college community policy, the Respect – Pass it On campaign is Loyalist College’ s way to spread awareness about the importance of respect and the positive way in which it relates to the things we do every day. Through spreading awareness on issues such as bullying, harassment, mental health or a general lack of “please” and “thank you,” the campaign aims to enrich the lives others. The Respect – Pass it On campaign provides a platform for a greater understanding of the challenges faced by colleagues, peers and leaders, at the same time reminding people of the little things that make big differences.
  • Andrew Brown, on the topics of developing leadership and character through sport. This workshop is tailored to student leaders, to engage them to help all students at their schools. The workshop is fun, informative and very interactive. Dealing with topics like team building, developing strong character through sport, students will enjoy every minute of it!
  • Cindy Stover, Live Different, on the topic of live different, live global, how to be globally aware and start to bring about positive change in your school and community today. Global awareness and social justice are huge part of what is done at Live Different. This session is an opportunity to inform students about things happening in the world, and also to motivate and inspire them to take active steps towards being part of the solution. Through personal stories, interactive breakouts and engaging media, students will be challenged and inspired to add their voice and lives to the movement of change and hope around the world.
  • Constable Carrie Archibald & Caroline Gallant, Ottawa Police, on the topics of teen and technology. Sexting has become an issue that can affect any teen, and the consequences are real and, in some cases, devastating. Did you know that 39% of teens say that they have sent or posted sexually suggestive images? That 36% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys are sending sexually explicit messages even though they know such content often gets shared with those other than the intended recipients?
  • Elliott Embury and Leslie Ford on the topic of having positive mental health when dealing with negative circumstances. This interactive workshop will look at the building blocks of respect, relating to one and another and when is it time to talk? The latter will address four key areas of mental health including anxiety, depression, body image and self-harm. Leslie Ford has been a clinician with the Parent, Child and Youth Clinic with Quinte Health Care for over the past 12 years and Elliot Embury has worked as a Crisis Worker with Quinte Health Care for the past 10 years.

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

 

 

 

Student musicians to learn from top jazz stars

Could the next Diana Krall or Wynton Marsalis emerge from Belleville, Trenton, Campbellford or Oshawa?

The TD Jazz Education Program brings 80 high school jazz musicians from east-central Ontario communities to Prince Edward County for three days, from April 12 to 14, 2013. They will immerse themselves in clinics, performances and workshops with professional, high-profile Toronto jazz musicians.

Each school’s band will be paired up with a clinician who will work exclusively with them over the three days and join in their performance at the final concert. It’s called “Swing Into Spring,” a Regent Theatre matinee featuring one of Canada’s greatest jazz ensembles—the Brian Barlow Big Band.

“This work with young people is probably the most important thing the festival has done in its 13-year history,” said Barlow, creative director for the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival.

“I’m especially thrilled that we’re able to include a band from Trenton this year. Students in Toronto and the GTA have access to so much more than students in smaller towns and rural areas. It’s a rare opportunity for a small town teacher and his students who have worked hard to establish a jazz band.”

The students will also benefit from a workshop and performance on Friday April 12 by the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO), under the direction of Gordon Foote.

Participating schools are Centennial Secondary School in Belleville, Campbellford High School, O’Neill Secondary School in Oshawa, and St. Paul’s Secondary School in Trenton.

The clinicians

  • John Johnson. One of Canada’s most sought-after woodwind players in studios, clubs, concert halls and theatres. Faculty member for Humber College jazz program.
  • Jason Logue. The most in-demand lead trumpet player in Toronto. Mohawk College faculty member.
  • Kelsley Grant. Trombone graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Faculty member, Humber College.
  • Mike Francis. First-call studio guitarist, writer and producer. One of Canada’s most recorded musicians.
  • Scott Alexander. Internationally-renowned bassist whose resume includes The Boss Brass, Alanis Morrissette, Oliver Jones and Zoot Sims.
  • Barbra Lica. Recent graduate of the University of Toronto vocal jazz program where she also majored in medical sciences.
  • Brian Barlow. Drummer, arranger, producer. Long-time member of the Boss Brass. Creative director of the PEC Jazz Festival.

“Swing Into Spring” performance
The Brian Barlow Big Band with vocalist Barbra Lica and four top student ensembles.

DATE: Sunday, April 14
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Regent Theatre, Picton
TICKETS: $30 ($20 parents and students)

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

Students from Moira SS partner with Gleaners Food Bank

Grade 11 students at Moira Secondary School are planting and caring for seedlings. Once the plants are strong enough, they will be planted in the garden at Gleaners Food Bank.

For the fourth year in a row, students at Moira Secondary School are partner with Gleaners Food Bank by planting seeds for an organic gardens.

Grade 11 Biology students planted and will take care of various seedlings which will go to the outdoor gardens at Gleaners.

This community partnership is a win-win situation for both Gleaners and Moira. Students learn more about the genetics of heirloom seeds while Gleaners is provided with a loving location to raise young tomato, celery, basil, pepper and various other plants.

When asked, students were very pleased with their planting efforts and their contribution to this community project.

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

Students invite you see the new Learning Commons at Prince of Wales PS

Prince of Wales Public School is inviting the community to the grand opening of the new Learning Commons at the school.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, March 8, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The highlight of the morning will be the unveiling of local artist Chris Cromwell’s ‘Wall to Wall Optimism’ mural. The schools’ new Learning Commons moves beyond the traditional vision for school libraries and offers space for student collaboration. In the Learning Commons, students can access resources, technology and a teacher librarian as they inquire, imagine, discover and create!

To explore the transformation see:
http://blogs.hpedsb.on.ca/pow/virtuallc/category/wall-to-wall-optimism/

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

Summary of the feedback from the regional community meetings

Engaging parents/guardians and community partners in the development of school board priorities is important to Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Parents/guardians and community partners are significant role models in students being successful at school and in life.

Regional AiM Community Meetings, held in March and April, 2013, provided a forum for parents/guardians and community partners to engage with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

An initial review of the feedback from all five meetings revealed similarities in participant comments. In all five regions, the three most common messages reported can be summarized as follows:

  • continue with a purposeful focus on mental health awareness and initiatives for students;
  • continue to offer a full range of programming, regardless of geography; and
  • continue to engage with parents/guardians and the community through community meetings, social media, surveys and parent seminars.

The complete report is available as a PDF file.

Paper copies are available by contacting the communications officer, as noted below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trenton High to offer a specialist course in the non-profit sector

Starting in September 2013, students at Trenton High School will have access to a new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) geared towards the non-profit sector.

Trenton High has always been connected to the community. Students regularly fundraise, support food drives and engage in safe schools/bullying awareness initiatives.

Through the non-profit SHSM, students will take courses, engage in reach-ahead activities and experiential learning, and earn seven certifications to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills. Courses will focus on community action and responsible citizenship.

Students in the non-profit major will study a bundle of Grade 11 and 12 courses. They will earn:

  • four major credits providing skills and knowledge in the non-profit sector;
  • one English credit and other credits tailored to include units focused on non-profit;
  • two cooperative education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practise sector-specific knowledge and skills;
  • experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector;
  • certifications and training programs/courses in first aid, teamwork, and cultural competency;
  • essential skills and work habits required in the sector.

Future career paths for non-profit majors include the following:

  • apprenticeship pathway: event planner, policy analyst;
  • college pathway: fundraising manager, counsellor;
  • university pathway: international aid worker, NGO program administrator; or
  • entry level workplace: fundraiser.

Trenton High School also offers a Specialist High Skills Major in Sports Management.

HPEDSB secondary schools offer 11 other SHSMs, related to manufacturing, construction, environment, health and wellness, and Arts and culture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update on the new Stirling and Tweed schools, August 13, 2013

Posted August 13, 2013: Construction is on-schedule at the new elementary schools in Stirling and Tweed. Our intention is for all students to be in school on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. If there is need for other plans, we will communicate with families and through the local media.

It is exciting to see each school become closer to reality each day. Senior staff from the Education Centre have been monitoring progress daily over the past few weeks and will continue to do so.

Both schools will be big enough to accommodate the projected enrolment in each community. There are no plans to put portables on either site. The new Stirling school will combine approximately 700 elementary students from the former three Stirling schools. The new Tweed school will combine approximately 375 elementary students from the former two Tweed schools. Both projects are fully-funded by the Ministry of Education, with approximately $12 million for Stirling and $7 million for Tweed.

photo of Stirling Public School
Construction of the new Stirling Public School is progressing on-schedule. The old school has been taken down to make room for parking and play areas. The new school is pictured in the background.

Stirling Public School
Interior work in the new school is progressing well. Most ceilings are in place and floors are complete. Mechanical and electrical work is continuing. Exterior brick work has started and will be completed in the next few weeks. Site work, such as parking lot construction and re-grading, is continuing. Demolition of the former Stirling Senior Public School is almost finished, as can be seen in the photo.

Tweed Elementary School
Site work is proceeding well with concrete curbs now in place. Re-grading work is continuing. Interior finishes are progressing, with most ceilings and floors in place. The gym floor was installed last week. Mechanical and electrical work is proceeding according to schedule. Equipment start ups should occur this week. Demolition of the former Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School has started after a short delay due to extensive asbestos removal work.

View of the front yard at the new Tweed Elementary School
Grading is being done at the front of the new Tweed Elementary School. This picture is taken from the roof of the new 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 July 23, 2013: Construction is continuing on the new schools in Stirling and Tweed.

Stirling
The roof is now watertight and almost finished, with aggregate gravel to be added as the final step. Inside the building, the ceramic floor is being laid in the hallways. Priming and painting are being done. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems. See below for recent photographs.

Tweed
The exterior brick work is mostly finished. Installation of the exterior metal panels will begin shortly. Window installation has started. Interior finishes, such as painting and trim work, are well underway. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems. See below for recent photographs.

Please note: Due to an annual 2-week summer shut-down at the Education Centre, the next status update will be posted during the week of August 12, 2013.

Roof of Stirling Public School
Tar has been applied to the roof at Stirling Public School. Aggregate gravel will be added as the final step.

Mechanical Room at Stirling Public School
Boilers are being installed at Stirling Public School. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems.

Exterior grading at Tweed Elementary School
The grading is underway at Tweed Elementary School. The exterior brick work is mostly finished.

Basketball nets in the Gym at Tweed Elementary School
The basketball nets and lighting have been installed in the gym at Tweed Elementary 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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Picture update July 15, 2013.

front of the new Stirling Public School
This picture shows the front of the new Stirling Public School. The jut-out at the centre is the main entrance (facing north). Kindergarten classrooms will be on the west side of the building (to the right and around the corner). Five more Primary classrooms will be on the main floor. Grades 3 to 8 will be on the second floor.

east side of the new Stirling Public School
This picture is looking at the east side of the new school. School board officials toured the site on July 11, 2013.

front of the new Tweed Elementary School
School board officials toured the new Tweed Elementary School on July 11. This picture shows the front of the new school. The main entrance is in the centre.

classroom with double doors at Tweed Elementary School
The new Tweed Elementary School will have classrooms with double doors between them. This design feature will be used for student collaboration.

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Picture update July 8, 2013.

photo of the roof with bundles of sheathing piled on it
Sheathing is ready to be installed on the roof of the new Stirling Public School.

photo of the roof with sheating on it
Work on the roof at Stirling Public School is progressing. Here the sheathing has been installed.

exterior view of one side of the school
Side view of Stirling Public School.

side view of Tweed Elementary School
Side view of Tweed Elementary School showing the brickwork in progress.

another side of Tweed Elementary School
Another view of Tweed Elementary School.

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Posted July 3, 2013: We are very excited about the new elementary schools being built in Stirling and Tweed! They will provide new, modern learning environments for our students. Starting this week, updates will be posted as construction progresses.

Construction is on schedule in both Stirling and Tweed. As part of the construction plan, the existing Stirling Senior Public School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School will be taken down in July. This needs to be done so the contractor can work on underground drainage and site development for school yards, parking and landscaping.

In Stirling, before and after school child care will continue to be provided by current provider, Stirling Co-operative Nursery School.

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

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

Updated January 3, 2014:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We celebrate Education Week, Children’s Mental Health Week, Child & Youth Counsellor Week

The week of May 6 – 10, 2013 is a time to recognize three important events related to students, employees and education.

EDUCATION WEEK
Education Week is celebrated annually during the first week of May by school boards and school communities throughout Ontario. It is a time for students, employees, parents/guardians and volunteers to celebrate student achievement. The provincial theme is Moving from Great to Excellent in Education.

This week, school communities will celebrate through song, dance, theatre, literacy and physical activity. For example, today a number of our schools are participating in Music Monday. This year’s Music Monday will truly reach new heights. The official Music Monday song has been written by astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield and singer/songwriter Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. In addition, each school has activities planned to celebrate Education Week.

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
The first full week of May is recognized as Children’s Mental Health Week. It is a time to increase awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems, decrease the stigma, and understand that help is available—and it works.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is one of 30 school boards in Ontario selected to develop a strategy to increase mental health literacy and supports for students. As a further commitment, our school board has identified a specific priority about advancing mental health initiatives for students.

CHILD AND YOUTH COUNSELLOR APPRECIATION WEEK
This week is also recognized as Child and Youth Counsellor Appreciation Week around the world. It is a time to recognize employees who provide therapeutic interventions for students to promote self-esteem, opportunities to heal and experience positive relationships.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, child and youth counsellors engage with students each day by providing caring and respectful counselling services. Their role in schools includes individual student support, running group and classroom programs, and supporting district-wide initiatives such as restorative practices, and bullying prevention programs. Their work supporting our students through an approach to handling difficult situations is appreciated by all.

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

Windows on the World student art show on to Wed., May 1

This year marks 25 years of art shows featuring the work of secondary school students in Hastings County and Prince Edward County. The public display of their artwork in a professional gallery is a great honour for a student artist. Pieces are selected by the visual art teacher at the school. Each school can enter five pieces in the show.

This year’s promotional art work was provided by Prince Edward Collegiate Institute students and teacher Gail Henderson. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception of this year’s show on Thursday, April 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

event poster
Artwork created by student Brett Forrester, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

Windows on the World Art Show dates
Date: Tuesday, April 9 – Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Location: John M. Parrott Gallery, 3rd floor Belleville Public Library

All are invited.

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

York River PS and North Hastings HS closed to students on Monday, April 22

8:30 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013
York River Public School and North Hastings High School will be closed to students on Monday, April 22 due to severe flooding in Bancroft. This decision has been made in cooperation and coordination with municipal and other officials, and is in the interest of student and public safety. As of now, we can confirm that student transportation to other HPEDSB North Hastings schools will run as usual.

Buildings will be open to staff, who can report to work as usual. If staff have questions regarding this situation, they should contact their supervisor.

School and school board officials are in ongoing contact with municipal and other officials. The situation is being monitored day-by-day. Decisions about student attendance at school beyond Monday, April 22 will be made on a daily basis and will be communicated as soon as they are known.

Updates will be posted here, communicated through Twitter (@HPEDSBschools) and on radio stations.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school principal.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

York River PS and North Hastings HS closed to students Tuesday, April 23

5:25 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013
York River Public School and North Hastings High School will remain closed to students on Tuesday, April 23 due to severe flooding in the town of Bancroft. Buses will not run to those two schools. Please do not send your child to school on Tuesday.

This decision has been made in coordination and cooperation with municipal officials in Bancroft and other partner organizations in the interest of student and public safety. Schools will be open to staff, who can report to work as usual.

All other HPEDSB North Hastings schools will be open to students on Tuesday, April 23. Transportation will run as usual, unless otherwise noted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services website http://www.triboard.on.ca

The situation in Bancroft is being monitored day-by-day. Decisions about student attendance at school beyond Tuesday will be communicated as soon as they are known.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education, please contact the school principal.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

York River PS and North Hastings HS closed to students Wednesday, April 24

2:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 23
York River Public School and North Hastings High School will remain closed to students on Wednesday, April 24 due to severe flooding in the town of Bancroft and the forecast of rain. Buses will not run to those two schools. Please do not send your child to school on Wednesday.

This decision has been made in coordination and cooperation with municipal officials in Bancroft and other partner organizations in the interest of student and public safety. Schools will be open to staff, who can report to work as usual.

All other HPEDSB North Hastings schools will be open to students on Wednesday, April 24. Transportation will run as usual, unless otherwise noted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services website http://www.triboard.on.ca

The situation in Bancroft is being monitored day-by-day. Decisions about student attendance at school beyond Wednesday will be communicated as soon as they are known.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school principal.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

 

Last updated: December 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm