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Dr. Wayne Hammond presentation on resiliency

In December 2014, parents/guardians were invited to a seminar to learn about a strengths-based approach to parenting.

Participants found out how to help identify their child’s current strengths and vulnerabilities, and outline—step by step—how to build his or her resilience for life.

An additional presentation was offered to school board employees and community partners by Dr. Wayne Hammond. It is provided here as a community resource. It can be accessed through this link Resilience: The Foundation for Nurturing Student Success and Positive Mental Health (pdf, 6MB)

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

Calling for nominations for Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools

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Nominations for the Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools are being accepted until February 20, 2015.

Nomination are open for the Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools. These awards recognize exceptional and innovative work being done in schools to create a safe and accepting school environment.

A safe, inclusive and accepting environment makes a school a great place to learn.

Award recipients have included school teams across the province that have done exceptional and innovative work in creating a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment.

More information about the Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools (link to the Ministry of Education website, including links to a Tip Sheet and the Nomination Form).

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

 

Re-elected chair and new vice-chair for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

Photo of Dwayne Inch and Lucille Kyle
Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Lucille Kyle was elected as vice-chair at the initial meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on December 1, 2014.

Trustee Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Lucille Kyle was elected as vice-chair of the Board at the initial public Board meeting held Monday, December 1, 2014. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually each December.

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

“I really appreciate support of the Board members who elected me. With a new Board now in place for the next four years, we will concentrate on fulfilling the goals and priorities in the AiM System Plan. Our purpose is to ensure programs and services are in place to support the achievement and well-being of each student in our school district,” said Inch.

Kyle, in her remarks on being elected as vice-chair, remarked on learning together and engaging with students.

“Our students are the future citizens and leaders in our communities. It is an exciting time to be in education governance, especially as we engage with our communities about public education and the well-being and achievement of students,” said Kyle.

Inch was first elected to the Board in December 2006 and was acclaimed as a school board trustee in the October 2010 and October 2014 municipal elections. He was appointed Board chair in June 2011, and was re-elected to that role in December 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Inch represents South Prince Edward County, with the following schools in his electoral area:

  • Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Kyle was first elected to the Board in the October 2010 municipal elected and was re-elected in October 2014.

Kyle represents North Hastings, with the following schools in her electoral area:

  • Bird’s Creek Public School
  • Coe Hill School
  • Hermon Public School
  • Maynooth Public School
  • North Hastings High School
  • York River Public School

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,100 students each day at 39 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning.

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

Board Meeting Update #114, December 1, 2014

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2015.

Dwayne Inch and Lucille Kyle
Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Lucille Kyle was elected as vice-chair, at the initial meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on December 1, 2014.

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, December 2014

Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections (pdf file) features:

  • Literacy & Literacy: using arts and crafts to develop skills.
  • Healthy, caring schools: “Say One Nice Thing” to promote well-being for all!
  • Improving student learning: “Feed the Meter” by putting loose change into parking meters in local downtown areas to contribute to nutrition programs for Food for Learning.

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

Looking for input on French programming for students

Families are invited to provide input on the future of French programming in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

We are conducting a survey in three communities to gather input regarding interest in French Immersion or Extended French elementary programs in regions where they do not currently exist.

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete. Feedback will help us to better understand the interest and potential to expand French programming.

Survey for the Centre Hastings community

Survey for the Prince Edward County community

Survey for the Quinte West community

Our current French Immersion begins in Grade 4 and Extended French begins in Grade 5.

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

EVENT: “Preparing Children to Thrive,” strengths-based approach to parenting

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Parents/guardians are invited to a seminar to learn about a strengths-based approach to parenting. Participants will find out how to help identify their child’s current strengths and vulnerabilities, and outline—step by step—how to build his or her resilience for life.

Parents/guardians are invited to a seminar to learn about a strengths-based approach to parenting. Participants will find out how to help identify their child’s current strengths and vulnerabilities, and outline—step by step—how to build his or her resilience for life.

EVENT DETAILS: Preparing Children to Thrive
DATE: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Marmora Senior Public School, 91 Madoc Street, Marmora

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Vice-principal Clinton Breau, cbreau@hpedsb.on.ca

About this event

Unlike the more traditional parenting approach that focuses on avoiding risk and managing the negative behaviours of children, Dr. Hammond will outline a strengths-based parenting approach that will strengthen a child’s ability to meet life’s challenges with thoughtfulness, confidence, purpose and empathy. While the journey of each child is shaped by a number of factors, this presentation will explore some critical guideposts and ideas that will help parents embrace the strengths-based approach.

About the presenter Wayne Hammond

Dr. Hammond is the president and executive director of Resiliency Initiatives. He holds an adjunct status with the School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Over the past twenty years, he has primarily worked with high-risk youth and their families with a focus on substance abuse and violence issues, as well as other related mental health concerns. He has served in clinical supervisory capacities, worked in a comprehensive residential treatment centre and has provided clinical services in an inpatient/outpatient forensic setting as well as an adolescent addiction program based in a hospital setting. He has published several scientific articles and has been an active lecturer with regards to various mental health concerns and the implications of strength-based practice related to working with complex adolescents and families as well as First Nation youth and their families. Taken from http://www.resil.ca/about/our-team/

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

EVENT: “The Bad, the Ugly & the Good” social media seminar

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Parents/guardians are invited to join the Bayside school communities to learn about social media and how to keep teens safe online.

Parents/guardians are invited to join the Bayside school communities to learn about social media and how to keep teens safe online.

EVENT DETAILS: The Bad, the Ugly & the Good
DATE: Monday, November 24, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville

Topics to be explored in this free seminar, “The Bad, the Ugly & the Good,” include:

  • Tips to keep your teen safe online
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting
  • Positive uses of social media

Presenters Jeff McDougall and Angelo Tsarouhas, both teachers at Trenton High School, will share their experiences and knowledge on these topics.

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

“Mining Our Business” event will celebrate Marmora mining history

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The community is invited to join Marmora Senior Public School in celebrating local mining history on Thursday, November 27, 2014

The community is invited to join Marmora Senior Public School in celebrating local mining history.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, November 27, 2014
TIME: 5:00 p.m. dinner ($5 per person), 6:30 p.m. showtime
LOCATION: Marmora Senior Public School, 91 Madoc Street, Marmora

event flyer (pdf)

This event is open to the community. Family, friends and neighbours are welcome to for supper, shopping and screening of the the film Price of Gold, The Deloro Mine story. A question and answer period will follow the movie.

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

EVENT: Info Sessions for International Baccalaureate & Foundations Programmes

Graphic of the programme brochureStudents and families are invited to information sessions to learn about two programmes offered at Moira Secondary School.

EVENT DETAILS

1. International Baccalaureate Foundations Programme, Grade 9 and 10

DATE: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
TIME: 6:oo p.m. in the Library
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

2. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Grade 11 and 12

DATE: Thursday, December 11, 2014
TIME: 6:oo p.m. in the Library
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

At each session, students will share their experiences and respond to questions.

Programme brochure (pdf)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme provides students with an exceptional academic experience, as well as unique enrichment opportunities. While developing lifelong learning skills and global citizenship, this internationally recognized programme enhances student opportunities for post-secondary scholarships and advancement to second year at universities in Canada and around the world. 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. Students engage in collaborative classroom instruction experiential learning with class trips.

The Grade 11 and 12 IB Diploma Programme offers specialized courses using curriculum from the IB World Organization, recognized globally. The IB DP is a rigorous course of study taking 6 subjects and completing Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay and Creativity, Action, and Service experiences. IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who want to make a positive difference in the world. Benefits of the IB Diploma include: excellent university preparation; university level research and inquiry; excellent time management; admission to universities throughout the world; advanced standing into second year; advantage for scholarship awards.

For more information, about the IB Programmes, please contact:
Grant Montgomery, Principal, or Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator, 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

“Say One Nice Thing” Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 16 to 22, 2014

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The Say One Nice Thing campaign provides a way for positive comments or stories about Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to be shared at schools, the Education Centre and through families and communities.

The Ministry of Education has designated the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and positive learning environments. During Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 16-22, 2014, Ontario students, school staff, families and community partners are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

As in previous years, schools will be hosting a variety of bullying awareness events and activities throughout the week.

Introducing the Say Once Nice Thing campaign

New for this year is the introduction of the Say One Nice Thing campaign which provides a way for positive comments or stories about Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to be shared at schools, the Education Centre and through families and communities.

Schools have been provided with the following items in advance of Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week:

  • Say One Nice Thing posters, 11” x 17” in size, to display for awareness purposes;
  • Say One Nice Thing post cards to use, as appropriate at each site; and
  • Say One Nice Thing/Be Kind to Me peel-away stickers, enough for each student, to recognize Bullying Prevention & Awareness Week. Past practice has been for the central office to provide schools with giveaways to raise awareness of this provincial week.

Connection to the school board multi-year plan

At HPEDSB, the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan, includes Promoting Well-Being for Students & Employees as a priority for the 2014-2015 school year. Actions within the AiM System Plan include providing regular professional learning sessions for school and department leaders about leading mentally-healthy schools and workplaces.

In addition, the priority for Communicating with Families & Communities includes actions to enhance public confidence in our schools and the school board through students and employees being ambassadors, and by engaging with families and communities.

Data from school climate surveys completed by students, parents/guardians and school staff in the fall of 2013 provided perceptions about students feeling welcome and included at school. Overwhelmingly, students indicated that welcoming behaviours, such as smiling, saying ‘hi’ and asking how things are going outside of school all help them to feel welcome.

Municipalities throughout the school board jurisdiction have taken action to officially proclaim or support Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week within their region of Hastings County or Prince Edward County.

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

 

 

School grand opening ceremonies: Harmony PS & Harry J. Clarke PS

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

EVENT DETAILS

Harmony Public School
DATE: Friday, November 21, 2o14
TIME: 2:15 – 3:150 p.m.
LOCATION: Harmony Public School, 626 Harmony Road, Corbyville

Harry J. Clarke Public School – Primary Wing Addition
DATE: Monday, November 24, 2014
TIME: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville

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

Board Meeting Update #113, November 17, 2014

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 17, 2014 at Quinte Mohawk School. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at a next meeting.

HPEDSB to host gathering on First Nations, Métis and Inuit education

aboriginal education graphicA two-day gathering of individuals who lead Aboriginal Education in school boards across the province is taking place on November 18 and 19, 2014.

EVENT DETAILS
Two-day provincial gathering for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education leads
DATE: November 18 and 19, 2014
LOCATION: Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel

Participants will include approximately 130 Aboriginal education leads from Ontario school boards, as well as directors of education, superintendents and various partners First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) advisory groups from across the province.

Organizer Troy Maracle, Curriculum Coordinator, proposed the idea following a similar event a few years ago.

“The idea of the gathering came after I had been giving some thought to the fact that as Board leads, we seldom get to meet. I felt there was a need for a gathering of Aboriginal Education leads in Ontario because we have been implementing many strategies and initiatives since 2007 and we have made tremendous advances, but we had never met as a whole group. It is time to celebrate and share our accomplishments, but more, it is time to build our knowledge through collaboration and sharing of these very accomplishments,” said Maracle.

Background on the Aboriginal Education leads

The Aboriginal Education leads in each school board play a critical role in building capacity for effective instructional and leadership practices to enhance student literacy and numeracy skills. They provide supports to reduce gaps in engagement and achievement by promoting the integration of FNMI cultures, histories and perspectives throughout the curriculum, and engaging families and communities in the education of their children.

Aboriginal Education leads have developed a wealth of knowledge, while creating deep relationships within the First Nations Métis and Inuit communities. They have created an abundance of informed implementation strategies that have positively affected the success of all students. They have also helped to enhance a deeper appreciation of contemporary and traditional cultures, issues and hopes of First Nations Métis and Inuit students and communities.

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

EVENT: Travis Price, Pink Shirt Day co-founder, to visit schools

As part of Bullying Prevention & Awareness Week, a high-profile guest speaker is coming to Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Travis Price, the co-founder of Pink Shirt Day, will be presenting to students from six secondary schools.

Travis Price Visits to Secondary Schools November 2014
Monday,
November 17
Tuesday,
November 18
Wednesday,
November 19
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Trenton High School

9:50 – 10:50 a.m.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Bayside Secondary School

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Moira Secondary School

1:20 – 2:20 p.m.

Centennial Secondary School

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Quinte Secondary School

Background on Travis Price

Price is the co-founder of Pink Shirt Day.

In 2007, a Grade 9 student at Price’s Nova Scotia school was bullied when he was referred to using homophobic slurs because he wore a pink shirt to school. That afternoon, Price and his friend purchased 75 pink shirts, which were as many as they could buy. The next day, they asked students to wear the pink shirts to school in order to send a message that bullying was unacceptable.

Price was 17 at the time. He is now in his mid-20s, and has been highly successfully in speaking about his own, and other instances of bullying, and what students can do to make positive change.

Price speaks all over Canada, as well as other countries, and has been at some of the largest anti-bullying events around the world. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his speaking contributions.

Here is a link to a video on Price’s website which summarizes the kinds of things he talks about:

http://pinkshirtday.ca/2014/02/25/travis-price-and-jen-schaeffers-on-the-rush/

This visit by Travis Price connects to the recent launch of the school board Say One Nice Thing campaign.

Thank you to Williams Hotels for sponsoring Price’s visit.

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

Tweed students’ question to be asked during the Senate Question Period

Two Grade 8 students found out that asking a question can have a powerful outcome. Megan and Payton, who are in Ian McKendry’s class at Tweed Elementary School sent a letter to the Parliament of Canada asking a question related to the Indian Act and the Constitution Act of 1982.

The letter was responded to by Kornelia Mankowski, Legislative Assistant, Office of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, The Honourable Joan Fraser.

Mankowski informed Megan and Peyton that their question will be asked during Question Period on Thursday, November 7, 2014.

‘. . . We are pleased to inform you that we would like to ask your question on the Indian Act during Question Period in the Senate. Thank you for submitting a question on the topic you are currently studying. We are always pleased to hear from students such as yourselves. We expect that Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, will be asking your question tomorrow, Thursday, November 6, 2014. Senator Lovelace Nicholas is from New Brunswick and has been very much involved in Aboriginal women’s issues . . . ‘ – Kornelia Mankowski.

Below is the students’ letter.

Letter Written by Megan & Payton, Tweed Elementary School
Dear Senate:Our class has been reading and researching about the history of residential schools in Canada. This morning we read an article from the CBC about a First Nations (Indian) status court challenge. Here is a question we have created based on what we read in the article and from our learning:Is Canada really the last remaining country in the world to continue to use race and gender to determine the identities of indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations)? Isn’t that violating Canada’s Constitution Act, which states men and women have the right to enjoy their cultures without arbitrary interference by the government?

Simply put: Why has the Canadian government not repealed the Indian Act?

From Payton and Megan, Grade 8, 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

EVENT: Free e-waste drop-off at Prince Edward CI, Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Students in the Environmental Club at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are holding an electronics waste fundraiser. This event offers a safe way for community members to dispose of electronics and is offered through a partnership with Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

DATE: Saturday, November 15, 2014
LOCATION: Back of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

List of acceptable items (pdf).

Other items that will be accepted include bagged fabric/clothing, tires and metal (with no attached waste, i.e. metal table legs not attached to an arborite or wooden table). Items that cannot be accepted include batteries and microwave ovens.

All proceeds will be donated to the Loyalist Humane Society.

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, November 2014

Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections (pdf file) features:

  • Literacy: how to support your child’s reading in Grades 4 – 6.
  • Numeracy: the ‘mathies’ website with ideas for games, learning tools and activities.
  • Healthy, caring schools: good food, daily physical activity and a healthy environment that supports learning and growth are vital to helping students reach their full potential.
  • Improving student learning: ideas to help children develop learning skills and work habits, such as responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self regulation.

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

Students to explore pandemics at the Model UN Conference

The annual Model United Nations conference for secondary school students is taking place in Belleville next week.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: November 6 and 7, 2014 (Thursday and Friday)
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Keynote address by Dr. Richard Schabas, Medical Officer of Health for Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, on Thursday, November 6 at 9:00 a.m.

What is a Model UN?

The Model UN is an event where secondary school students engage with each other about world issues. The topic for this year is Pandemics: The World’s Response and Responsibility. Students will represent 20 different nations and will explore, discuss and attempt to arrive at resolutions to address questions regarding global reaction to and management of pandemics and the outbreak and spread of infectious disease.

“This is an authentic, engaging opportunity for students to apply the foundational skills of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, and to provide our global citizens with a platform from which to share their voices,” said Therese McMahon, Curriculum Coordinator and the event organizer.

Students will examine key issues from a variety of perspectives, including those that take into account economic, humanitarian, and cultural considerations.

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

Arts Program Information Night, Centennial SS, November 6, 2014

Centennial Secondary School invites all interested students and parents to an Arts Program Information Night.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, November 6, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Avenue, Belleville

Program flyer (pdf)

This Arts Program is for students who enjoy working in a creative, engaging environment, and for those who express an interest an aptitude in the visual and performing arts.

Centennial Secondary School is proud of its inspiring and creative learning environment and is excited to welcome and engage potential students.

For more information, please contact:

  • Kelly Carroll, Arts Program Coordinator, 613-962-9233, extension 3435
  • Kim Sampson, Principal, 613-962-9233, extension 3313

Municipal election results for school board trustees

Below is a summary of the newly-elected or acclaimed trustees for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

• Belleville/Thurlow (2): Mary Hall and Dave Patterson
• Centre Hastings (1): Bonnie Danes (elected)
• North Hastings (1): Lucille Kyle (re-elected)
• Prince Edward County – North (1): Jennifer Cobb (acclaimed)
• Prince Edward County – South (1): Dwayne Inch (acclaimed)
• Sidney/Frankford (1): Jim Williams (acclaimed)
• Southeast Hastings (1): Larry Whitfield (elected)
• Trenton/CFB Trenton (1): Tom Biniaris, Trenton and CFB Trenton (acclaimed)
• Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (1): Mike Brant (re-appointed by Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte)

The current Board members will continue in their roles until Sunday, November 30, 2014. The inaugural meeting of the new Board is scheduled for Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join in welcoming the returning and new trustees, as well as recognizing the contributions of the outgoing trustees.

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

Take a look at our new Harmony Public School

Our new Harmony Public School opened to students on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

The new school, located in Corbyville, just north of Belleville, is built in a stubby “T” shape and is approximately 59,000 square feet. It is built to accommodate 590 students; current enrolment is in the 535 range. Funding in the amount of $11.6 million was provided through the Ministry of Education.

Take a look inside and out!

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The new Harmony Public School opened to students on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Click on the link above to scroll through pictures to see inside and out.

 

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 School students experienced We Day with 20,000 others!

Students from Trenton High School were thrilled to participate in a We Day event held in Toronto on October 2, 2014. That day, 20,000 youth gathered at the Air Canada Centre for a day of learning, celebrating and starting to create change.

Trenton High School students participated in a
We Day event held in Toronto on October 2, 2014.
20,000 students and educators were part of the
We Day learning and celebrations at the Air Canada Centre.
We Day is an annual series of stadium-sized events
bringing together world-renowned speakers and performers.

Presenters at We Day Toronto included the following:

  • Robin Wiszowaty, on the topic of economic empowerment.
  • Leah from Kenya talked described the impact of the Me to We artisans on her life
  • Musician Nelly Furtado, who introduced students Irene and Joan from from Free The Children’s Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School, and who spoke about their history of education and how they are now economically empowered female leaders in their community
  • Spencer West, who described We365, and how it can help individuals to change the world from the palm of your hand
  • Colonel Chris Hadfield who encouraged the audience to become technological explorers
  • Hannah Alper and Shawn Desman, who gave messages about social empowerment, and described how important it is to treat others who are different than you with kindness
  • Ashley Murphy, who told the crowd about her experiences living with HIV and how she overcomes challenges
  • Craig Kielburger who shared his passion for education and embracing your natural skills
  • Katie Couric, who spoke about her upcoming documentary Fed Up, and how she educated herself on a cause she cares about to create it
  • Kweku Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, was spoke about his grandfather, emphasizing that empowerment means freedom

The Trenton students are enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program called Social Justice/Non-profit. This SHSM enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or a position in the workplace. Students will develop skills in the areas of problem solving, analysis, communication, cooperation, ethical values, consciousness and citizenship.

Description from the We Day website: “We Day brings young people together to celebrate the actions that they are taking in their local and global communities and to inspire another year of change by sharing the passion of world leaders and entertainers. We Day is tied to the year-long We Act program, which offers educational resources, campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained action. Through We Act, students commit to taking one local and one global action to better the world, earning their way to We Day. This October, the Air Canada Centre will be filled with 20,000 educators and youth for We Day Toronto.”

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

 

 

Bayside SS students had a VIP experience at Rick Riordan event in Toronto

A love of reading took 22 Bayside Secondary School students on an adventure in early October. They attended an exclusive event to hear author Rick Riordan speak about his renowned fiction books.

Student in the front row at the event.
Bayside Secondary School students were treated to a VIP experience when they attended an event with author Rick Riordan in Toronto on October 8, 2014. Riordan writes fiction in the Young Adult, Fantasy category.

Author Rick Riordan
Author Rick Riordan engages with students during his one Canadian stop in Toronto.

Picture of two of Riordan's book covers
“The Blood of Olympus” and “Heroes of Olympus” are two books written by Rick Riordan.

With only one Canadian stop on his current tour, students were excited to be part of Riordan’s event. The Bayside students had a VIP experience, complete with reserved seats at the front of the venue. Each had read all of Riordan’s books. Many of the students chose to purchase a ticket that included a signed copy of his book, Blood of Olympus.

Riordan writes in the Young Adult, Fantasy category. A former teacher, Riordan described how his family encouraged him to turn the bedtime stories he would tell to his sons into novels. He began writing adventures involving teenagers and Greek and Roman gods and goddesses.

Riordan has written the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (five books), as well as The Heroes of Olympus series (five books culminating in The Blood of Olympus) and The Kane Chronicles. All deal with mythology. The Olympian series deals with Greek and Roman mythology, while The Kane Chronicles series is about ancient Egypt.

The event was hosted by Indigo and held at the Bloor Street United church in Toronto.

Each participant received a free T-shirt, logoed with either Camp Half-blood or Camp Jupiter, two rival camps depicted in the stories.

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, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 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 our youngest students.

The AiM System Plan supports the development and implementation of play-based inquiry learning environments in Kindergarten. The Full-day Kindergarten Program is now fully implemented in all our elementary schools.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, early childhood educators 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

 

Board Meeting Update #112, October 20, 2014

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in November 2014.

Sam Clements retiring as a school board trustee after 37 years

Sam Clements
Sam Clements is retiring after 37 years as a trustee for the Trenton/CFB area. He will be honoured at the public Board meeting on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Having served 37 years as a school board trustee, Sam Clements is retiring.

Clements was first appointed in August 1978 to the former Hastings County Board of Education, replacing Jack Stam. He served as Vice-chair of the Board from 1983-1985 and again from 1989-1991. Clements had a significant amount of involvement with the Accommodation Committee through the 1980s that led to the reorganization of several schools and the closure of others, changes that were fairly well received at the time.

When school boards amalgamated in 1998 as part of province-wide municipal restructuring, Clements was one of nine members of the first Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) (today there are 10). Sam has continued to represent Trenton/CFB Trenton since then.

Over the years, Clements has represented his constituents through participation on different committees.

“As an engineer, I have always been interested in the operations side of the business,” said Clements. “It was always important to me to use my knowledge and experiences to help make good decisions for students and the operations of the school board as an organization.”

Clements has served on the Executive Committee, Operations and Finance Committee, Program and Human Resources Committee, and joined the Audit Committee when it was created in 2010.

“We all wish Sam the best as he transitions into retirement. It’s going to be an adjustment without him being a Board member. Sam is one of the longest-serving trustees in the province and the longest for our school board. We will miss his thought-provoking questions and his institutional knowledge,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Clements will be honoured for his public service at the public Board meeting on Monday, October 20, 2014. His last meeting will be on Monday, November 24, 2014.

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

Partial occupancy has been granted to HPEDSB for Harmony Public School

Posted October 20, 2014.

The community will have noticed that a significant amount of work has been done at the new Harmony Public School in recent weeks. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board now has approval for partial occupancy of the new school.

Staff will be on-site throughout this week to prepare to receive students on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Some work will continue inside while partial occupancy is in place. For example, the learning commons is being completed and installation of the gym floor will occur.

Inside, the new school has bright, spacious classrooms with large windows for natural light, collaborative learning spaces, a learning commons, a large gymnasium, a two-sided stage and modern instructional technologies. Outside, students will have access to extensive outdoor play areas and spaces with trees for shade.

The first day for students to attend the new school will be Tuesday, October 28, after the PA Day. Further information about the first day at the new school will be shared with families later this week. In the meantime, the existing arrangements for students and staff at the three alternative Harmony school sites will continue.

“Our new Harmony Public School is an outstanding facility with a modern learning environment. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our families, students and employees who have been patient and understanding as we worked through this significant project,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director 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

Yard sale at Trenton High School, Sat., Oct 25, 2014, all are invited

Family, friends and community members of Trenton High School are invited to yard sale.

DATE: Saturday, October 25, 2014
TIME: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton, in the Cafeteria

All proceeds to the school to help make it possible for students to go on a humanitarian adventure to the Dominican Republic in May 2015. While on that trip, students will engage in hands-on work, such as helping to build or repair a school, dig a well and engage with local children and families.

The cost may be out of reach for some students who truly have a passion to make a positive difference in the world. Donations will also be accepted on Friday October 24 between 2:30 and 6:00 in the cafeteria.

At the yard sale, shop, get your face painted, enjoy coffee and Timbits, enter draws, or just be part of the festivities.

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, October 15, 2014

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 15, 2014.

Priorities in the AiM System Plan relate directly to the important work done by educational assistants. They contribute to students reaching high levels of achievement and they promote well-being for students. 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. Educational assistants demonstrate skill, caring, compassion and patience, and play a role in student achievement and well-being.

This Wednesday, please join in celebrating the dedicated educational assistants in our district.

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

 

Ontario Child Health Study 2014

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is one of 69 school boards in Ontario participating in the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS). The purpose is to study the physical & mental health of Ontario children and youth aged 4-17. letter about the study (pdf)

The study is being conducted by the 2014 OCHS research team at the Offord Centre for Child Studies in partnership with three Ontario ministries:

  1. Ministry of Education
  2. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  3. Ministry of Child and Youth Services

The goals of this study include the following:

  • Compare patterns and levels of mental disorder in Ontario with estimates generated 30 years ago from the 1983 Ontario Child Health Study.
  • Find out if the levels of disorder are linked to family income and poverty levels.
  • Find out if children and families are receiving the services they need.
  • Identify how families, neighbourhoods and schools can reduce the risk for children’s mental health problems.

Additional information, including how to participate in this study, is online at http://ontariochildhealthstudy.ca/

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 two mental health awareness events

Promoting Well-Being for Students & Employees is a priority in our AiM System Plan. Through this priority and by creating healthy, resilient and inclusive communities, we will continue to support the development of positive mental and physical health to inspire students and employees to reach their full potential.

Two events related to mental health awareness occur this week:

  1. In Canada and many other countries, October 6 – 10 is recognized as Mental Illness Awareness Week. Several events are planned through the Canadian Mental Health Association and other national organizations. Find out more at the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health website at: http://camimh.ca/mental-illness-awareness-week-english/about-miaw/
  2. World Mental Health Day is recognized each year October 10. It is initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health and is supported by the World Health Organization. The theme this year is “Living with schizophrenia.” Find out more at the World Health Organization website at: http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/index.html

Please join in recognizing these important mental health awareness events this week.

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, October 5, 2014

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

Reaching High Levels of Student Achievement is one of the priorities in our AiM System Plan. Every day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, our dedicated and caring teaching staff make a difference in students’ lives. 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 “It All Starts with a Qualified Teacher.”

Please join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day this Sunday, October 5.

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

 

Home-School Connections: Concussion management information, October 2014

Each month, school newsletters include information ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s article is about Concussion Management (pdf file) and features:

  • Concussion management: students returning to learning/physical activity
  • Myths and facts about concussions
  • Revised school board procedure

Additional information is provided in a concussion reference sheet called Concussion Tool for Coaches, Teachers, Parents, Students and Athletic Therapists

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, October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, is recognized as National Custodial Workers’ Day. It is a day to celebrate custodians and the many ways they support our schools, and contribute to student achievement and well-being.

Custodians are important members of our school communities. They help to create caring and welcoming environments, and they connect with community members and families. Each day, custodians ensure that our schools and offices are safe. They create clean learning and working environments. We rely on our custodians every day, truly appreciating their commitment and hard work. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals as part of the HPEDSB team!

Please join in celebrating National Custodial Workers’ Day on Thursday, October 2.

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

 

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, September 2014

Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections (pdf file). It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections features:

  • Literacy: fun and easy ways to make literacy part of your family’s daily life.
  • Numeracy: ways to talk about math at home to strengthen mathematical reasoning and understanding.
  • Healthy, caring schools: Terry Fox National School Run Day.
  • Improving student learning: ideas to help children develop learning skills and work habits, such as responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self regulation.

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 28, 2014 is recognized as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

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.”

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 26 to the morning of Monday, September 29, 2014.

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

International Baccalaureate students at Moira SS exceed world standard by 10%

In May 2014, Moira Secondary School students excelled in a series of exams created by International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools.

Final results of those exams show Moira students to be consistently above the world average. In May 2013, students’ results were 13% above the world standard. This year, Moira’s school average in all subjects topped the IB World Schools average by 10%, and in individual subjects led the world average by as much as 26%.

“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, including Harvard College in Boston. 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. Their IB results, as well as the more than $500,000 in scholarships and awards they were offered, are two examples of how amazing they are,” said Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator at Moira Secondary School.

The IB program is a rigorous course of study available at Moira which provides students in their final two years of secondary school an enriched learning environment and the opportunity to gain several university credits. After studying six subjects intensively over two years, potential graduates complete assessments and 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). Subjects studied at Higher Level are equal to a first year university course at universities in Canada and throughout the world.

The IB Diploma Programme for students in Grades 11 and 12, and the IB Foundations Programme for students in Grades 9 and 10, continue to grow each year: 18 students will complete IB exams in May 2015 and 26 students will complete IB exams in May 2016.

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

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

Provincial assessment results for secondary schools, math and literacy

Students in all publicly-funded schools in Ontario are required to write provincial assessments administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). At the secondary school level, students in Grade 9 write the Assessment of Mathematics and students in Grade 10 write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

Grade 9 Mathematics growth over a 10-year span

The Grade 9 Mathematics assessment is differentiated based on curriculum expectations within the Academic and Applied Mathematics courses and is administered once each semester. The results are reported as the percentage of students achieving Level 3 or 4 (the provincial standard), and reflect combined results from both semesters in the 2013-2014 school year.

In Academic Mathematics, students maintained achievement at 86%. The provincial results increased from 84% to 85%.

In Applied Mathematics, student achievement results were 46%, a decline from the from the previous year’s results of 55%. The provincial result was 47%.

“We are pleased to note that over the past 10 years we have experienced steady growth in student achievement of 7 percentage points in Applied Mathematics and 10 percentage points in Academic Mathematics, ” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Grade 10 Literacy Test

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), 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 course types (e.g. Academic, Applied and Locally Developed) complete the same test, as it is a graduation requirement.

Results for HPEDSB students remained consistent for 2013-2014, indicating that 75% of first-time participating students were successful on the OSSLT.

Students in the Applied English course demonstrated an increase of 3 percentage points, while results for students in the Locally Developed English course increased 2 percentage points.

“We are pleased to note increases in literacy achievement for students taking Applied and Locally Developed English courses. This reflects our focus on professional learning in literacy,” said Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services.

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

 

Board Meeting Update #111, Monday, September 22, 2014

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in October 2014.

Students to move into the new Harmony Public School on Tues., October 28, 2014

Posted September 19, 2104

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create an outstanding learning environment at Harmony Public School.

A letter will be going home to Harmony families this afternoon.

This week, Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, along with other senior staff, have continued to work closely with the contractor, architect and board personnel with the goal of obtaining occupancy within the three-week timeline shared in earlier communications.

Unforeseen challenges have occurred throughout construction of this rural school. Some issues that have caused delays are related to fire safety, water and septic systems. School board officials have worked to address each new challenge as quickly as possible in order to keep on pace for completion. Student and staff safety have always been the first priority throughout this process.

“We have been well supported by all who are working with us to ensure our building is fully compliant and safe. While we are close to achieving occupancy and are anxious to get into our new school, we cannot rush this important work. I respect the need for families to have a clear outline of timelines and plans,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

While a number of building inspections are anticipated over the next week, school board officials are unable to say with certainty that occupancy, which is our ability to safely occupy the school, will be granted by the end of September.

As a result of the most current information available, the existing arrangements for students and staff at the three alternative Harmony school sites in Belleville will continue until Friday, October 24, 2014. These additional weeks will allow time for building inspections to take place and to address any issues which may arise as part of that process.

Students will attend the new Harmony Public School on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (Monday, October 27 is a PA Day). This date has been chosen to ensure that stable learning environments, routines and activities are maintained. It will also allow the school to be in a state of readiness for students without programming being affected in a significant way.

“It is important to me to give families time to plan ahead,” stated Savery-Whiteway.

The Director of Education and senior staff will continue to visit the new school regularly. Some site work, such as completion of landscaping, will be ongoing into late October. As well, some work on the gym and learning commons (library) areas may still occur even after occupancy is granted. It is anticipated this work will be minimized through the extended time for construction.

Confirmation of occupancy will be shared as soon as it is received.

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

Board releases provincial assessments results for Primary & Junior

The following highlights the Primary and Junior achievement results of students who wrote Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments in the spring.

Results indicate the percentage of students achieving Levels 3 or 4, which are considered the provincial standard.

Primary (Grade 3) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Students maintained an achievement level of 57% in Reading, as compared to the provincial result of 70%.

In Writing, student results declined from 62% to 59%, as compared to the provincial result of 78%.

In both Reading and Writing over the past 10 years, board results have shown steady growth of 7 percentage points in Reading and 10 percentage points in Writing.

In Mathematics, student results showed a decline from 55% to 52%, as compared to the provincial result of 67% which was unchanged.

Junior (Grade 6) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Students maintained an achievement level of 69% in Reading, as compared to the provincial result of 79%.

In Writing, student results maintained an achievement level of 62%, as compared to the provincial result of 78%.

In both Reading and Writing over the past 10 years, board results have shown steady growth of 18 percentage points.

In Mathematics, student results showed a decline from 43% to 38%, as compared to the provincial results that declined from 57% to 54%.

“EQAO provides one source of data to inform improvement planning for the school board and individual schools,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education. “We are pleased to have maintained achievement levels in Junior Reading and Writing, as well as Primary Reading, and will continue our commitment to focus on improving literacy and numeracy skills. We know it takes time and our goal is to improve the literacy and numeracy achievement of our students.”

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

“Helping all students to reach high levels of achievement through continual efforts to understand and close learning gaps are priorities,” stated Cathy Portt Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services.

Results of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be released on September 24, 2014.

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

Busing announcement for Harmony PS families

Posted September 9, 2014.

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services is aware of delays in transporting Harmony Public School students home yesterday afternoon. Some of the delays were expected, as is normal for the first day of school. One significant delay was due to construction on Bronk Road. Today, Tri-Board is taking action to re-route that bus. The goal Tri-Board is working towards is for all students to be dropped off at their normal bus stop by 5:32 p.m.

Staff at Tri-Board, schools, bus companies and drivers are working closely to ensure student safety. For the foreseeable future, staff at Tri-Board, the school board and the six bus companies serving the Harmony community, will be staying at work until it has been confirmed the last student has been dropped off.

We want to assure parents that the safe delivery of students to and from school is our priority.

The Tri-Board Twitter feed has the most current bus information:

  • @TriboardTrans for general updates
  • @BusDelayNCancel for bus delays/cancellations

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

 

Updated: Q&As about Harmony students attending three Belleville schools

Questions & Answers About the
Alternative School Arrangements for Harmony Public School

Updated September 8, 2014 PDF version

The following questions and answers are to assist parents/guardians with the transition of students to the alternative schools while construction of Harmony Public School continues. Posted September 7, 2014. The Q&As will be updated as required. Notification of updates will be shared through Twitter, @HPEschools and @HarmonyHPEDSB

1. Which school will my child attend?

  • Primary students whose teachers are: Cornall, Cox, Crothers, Ford, Nash, Reid, Sakellis, Shillington, Slater, Tebo and Wanless, will go to Sir Winston Churchill Public School, located at 301 MacDonald Avenue.
  • Primary and Junior students whose teachers are: Graham, Little, Petch and Vella, will go to William R. Kirk School located at 224 Palmer Road.
  • Junior and Intermediate students whose teachers are Crawford, Kerr, MacDonald, Marcotte, Shortland, Vivian and Wong, will go to Quinte Secondary School, located at 45 College Street West.

2. What time will school start and end?

  • The school day at each site will start at 9:55 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m., which is 30 minutes later than the normal times.

3. How will busing work?

  • Normal bus pick-up times will occur in the morning and students will arrive at their respective school in varying times before 9:55 a.m., as the buses flow between the three schools.
  • Students will stay on their assigned buses for the duration of the trip to and from school. Students will not be required to transfer buses.
  • Additional school personnel will be onsite before and after school for supervision and to ensure students get off the bus at the correct school location in the morning and get on the correct bus in the afternoon.
  • Buses will move in waves of four at a time (for a total of 12 buses) between each of the three Belleville schools to drop off students in the morning, and pick them up in the afternoon.
  • After school, buses will depart in waves starting at 4:15 p.m. and return students home on their normal routes. Home arrival times will be later than normal due to the additional travel time from Belleville.
  • Parents/guardians should contact Tri-Board Student Transportation Services if they do not know their child’s bus number, 1.866.569.6638 or info@triboard.on.ca

4. What number do I call to report my child’s absence, leave a message regarding a change in dismissal plans, or for other inquiries?

  • The normal process for contacting the Harmony school office remains in place no matter which school your child is temporarily attending. Call the Harmony Public School phone number, 613-962-7867 to report your child’s absence or for other reasons, as you normally would.
  • In addition, the normal process for signing a student out of school early for a medical appointment or other activity is in place. Parents/guardians must report to the office to ask for the student to be dismissed early.

5. Will before and after school care be available?

  • The YMCA before and after school child care program will be provided at Sir Winston Churchill Public School beginning Monday, September 8 for families who have registered for the program.
  • The times will be 7:30 a.m. to start of school day at 9:55 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Please contact the YMCA to register or confirm registration, 613-962-9245.

6. What are the times for recess and lunch?

  • All three schools will follow the balanced day schedule, as usual. Recess and lunch times will be shared with parents/guardians in a letter going home with students on Monday, September 8, 2014.

7. My child will be going to Quinte Secondary School. What are the expectations for staying on school property?

  • All Harmony students will be expected to stay on school property while at school. They will not be permitted to leave the site during lunch/nutrition breaks.

8. What about the reports of radon at Sir Winston Churchill Public School?

  • Elevated radon levels were detected at the school in late December 2013.
  • Long-term (93 days) radon testing was completed by Pinchen Environmental at the end of May 2014. Results were significantly below the 200 Bq/m3 level recommended by Health Canada.
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit did parallel testing which was completed at the beginning of June 2014 and its results were also below the Health Canada level.
  • Information about the initial report can be found online at http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/?p=6998

9. How long will this arrangement be in place?

  • We expect these arrangements to be in place for at least three weeks. The first day at the new school will be communicated as soon as possible.

10. Why do my children have to go to a different school now?

  • In January 2013 the Ministry of Education announced funding in the amount of$11.6 million to build a 59,000 square foot replacement school to accommodate 590 students. The new school has been under construction since September 2013. Projected enrolment for September 2014 is approximately 540 students.
  • Significant delays in recent weeks resulted in families being asked to keep students home for the first four days of school. It was necessary to demolish the old school during the summer to allow for underground cabling and other services to be trenched and installed from the road to 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

Harmony Public School, back-to-school update

Posted September 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create an outstanding learning environment at Harmony Public School.

The following is an update as of September 4, 2014. Student and staff safety and well-being continue to be our priority.

Students will go to school on Monday, September 8. Harmony Public School will not be open. Students will be bused to three alternative locations, as noted below.

Although the school is not ready, we have made short-term plans for students to take their regular buses and attend class at three Belleville schools starting Monday, September 8th. The plan is as follows:

  • Primary students whose teachers are: Cornall, Cox, Crothers, Ford, Nash, Reid, Sakellis, Shillington, Slater, Tebo and Wanless, will go to Sir Winston Churchill Public School, located at 301 MacDonald Avenue.
  • Primary and Junior students whose teachers are: Graham, Little, Petch and Vella, will go to William R. Kirk School located at 224 Palmer Road.
  • Junior and Intermediate students whose teachers are Crawford, Kerr, MacDonald, Marcotte, Shortland, Vivian and Wong, will go to Quinte Secondary School, located at 45 College Street West.

“Our priority continues to be student safety and well-being. It was our intention for students and staff to be in the new school on September 2. Our decision now to delay entry for students will provide stability for families and will ensure that students are in school and learning. It will also allow time for our construction partners to continue the work. Plans for a smooth transition to our new school will be announced as soon as it is ready,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

School start/end times and busing

  • The school day at each site will start at 9:55 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m., which is 30 minutes later than the normal times.
  • Normal bus pick-up times will occur in the morning and students will take their regular buses.
  • After school, buses will depart at 4:15 and return students home on their normal routes.
  • Parents/guardians should contact Tri-Board Student Transportation Services if they do not know their child’s bus number, 1.866.569.6638 or info@triboard.on.ca

We expect these arrangements to be in place for at least three weeks. The first day at the new school will be communicated as soon as possible.

A voicemail message is being sent to students’ homes this afternoon.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our families, students and employees as we continue to work towards the new school being ready for students as soon as possible.

Background on the new school

In January 2013 the Ministry of Education announced funding in the amount of $11.6 million to build a 59,000 square foot replacement school to accommodate 590 students. The new school has been under construction since September 2013. Projected enrolment for September 2014 is approximately 540 students.

Significant delays in recent weeks resulted in families being asked to keep students home for the first four days of school.

It was necessary to demolish the old school during the summer to allow for underground cabling and other services to be trenched and installed from the road to 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

Students at Moira SS contribute to school improvement, inclusivity

The student voice is alive and well at Moira Secondary School. Recently students and staff shared their experiences about school improvement at a conference hosted by the Ministry of Education and attended by approximately 250 students and educators who were involved with the Students as Researchers program.

During the April 2014 conference in Toronto, six students took the lead in a panel presentation to describe the Speak Up in a Box process as well as the student voice and inclusivity initiatives at their school.

Speak Up in a Box is an effective research-based way to engage students in bringing about change at a school. Through the process, students provided a number of insights into what they wanted to change at the school to make it better. That information was used as part of the school improvement process. As well, a video was created by the school’s Student Voice Committee to launch Bullying Awareness Week last November.

Watch the students present at the conference (YouTube video).

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

Welcome to the first day of school!

September 2, 2014, message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

Welcome to the first day of school! Today we welcome approximately 15,200 students into our schools. It is an exciting time for our students and their families, as well as for the 1,800 employees who support student learning.

As a school district, our purpose is to provide the best possible programs and services to help each student to reach their full potential. This is important and meaningful work and it is a privilege to serve the families of our communities. Both our school teams and central teams are made up of dedicated and caring professionals. We provide welcoming environments for our students to help them learn and grow, and we do make a difference.

This year we will continue to use the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan to focus on three key goals:

• Success for Each Student
• Employee Excellence
• Community Connections

We also continue to promote the eight Growing with Character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness as the foundation for our work. Our focus on character development is valued by our both our schools and our community. This year, we will focus on student achievement and well-being, and will work to close the gap for those students who may require academic, social or emotional supports.

Our schools are in excellent shape and I want to express my sincere appreciation to all who have been involved in making this happen. From Facility Services to Information and Technology Services to members of school teams, hundreds of individuals have had a role in getting our schools in top shape for back to school.

All the best for the coming year!

Mandy Savery-Whiteway
Director of Education

50th Anniversary for Centennial SS, looking for organizers

Centennial Secondary School will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017.

All current and past staff and students are invited to attend a planning meeting.

50th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING MEETING
DATE:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Anyone who is interested in being part of planning this celebration, or who would like to donate or loan memorabilia, is asked to contact Kim Sampson, Principal, at 613.962.9233, extension 3313, or ksampson@hpedsb.on.ca

Harmony & Harry J. Clarke, back-to-school school updates

Posted August 26, 2014, 1:45 p.m. Updated August 27, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.

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

The following provides an update of two schools as of August 26, 2014. This page will be updated as required.

HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOL

The school will not be open for students on Tuesday, September 2. The first day for students will be Monday, September 8, 2014.

  • The school is very close to being ready. Construction is progressing and the site is busy with workers addressing a number of last-minute construction tasks.
  • The first day of school for students will be Monday, September 8, 2014, with the school day starting at 9:25 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m.
  • The school will be closed to students from September 2 – 5, 2014. Parents will need to make arrangements for their children during the day.
  • Two community will be offering limited access to day programs. Both are for Kindergarten to Grade 8, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 2 – 5). City of Belleville Recreation, Culture and Community Services and YMCA of Central East Ontario (Belleville)
  • During the week of September 2, board and school staff will be on-site to move in and prepare the school to welcome students, while some work continues.
  • During the week of August 26, the school administrators and secretaries will be at Foxboro Public School, 658 Ashley Street, Foxboro, to accept new registrations and meet with parents and interested staff, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • A voicemail message is being sent to students’ homes this afternoon.
  • For any inquiries, please use the phone number or email address shown below.

Principal: Louise Gunning
Vice-principal: Jennifer Hawkins
P: 613.962.7867
E: lgunning@hpedsb.on.ca

HARRY J. CLARKE PUBLIC SCHOOL

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

  • On Tuesday, September 2, the first day of school, students in the Primary grades who used to go to the Sir Winston Churchill site will go to Harry J. Clarke Public School.
  • Classrooms in the new addition will be ready for students.
  • 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 below.

Principal: Marie Mitchell
Vice-principal: Jennifer Birt
P: 613.969.0140
E: hjclarke@hpedsb.on.ca

According to Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, “Our new Harmony Public School is very close to being ready. It will be an outstanding learning facility. The four-day delay is to allow for the resolution of several construction tasks that have arisen in recent days, for clean-up work to be done and for the learning environment to be set up and ready for students.

While I acknowledge the challenge that a delay in the start of school will cause families and community partners, I want to assure our school community that plans are in place to provide safe, welcoming learning and working environments on September 8. We are providing this information so that families can make alternative plans for the first week of school,” stated Savery-Whiteway.

Student and staff safety and well-being are our top priorities. We encourage you to contact the principal with any follow-up inquiries.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to enhance the learning and working environments in these schools.

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 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm