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

EVENT: Free e-waste drop-off at Prince Edward CI, Saturday, April 5, 2014

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

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014
LOCATION: Back of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free. All proceeds will go to the Loyalist Humane Society.

Examples of electronic waste items

  • Display devices, such as monitors and televisions
  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Printing, copying and multifunction devices
  • Telephones and telephone answering machines
  • Cellular devices and pagers
  • Home theatre systems, such as equalizers, amplifiers, speakers, tuners and turntables
  • Aftermarket vehicle, audio and video devices
  • Image, audio and video devices for home use, non-portable
  • Image, audio and video devices for personal use, portable

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

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

EVENT: Open House at Harmony Public School

Harmony PS event flyer #1Students and staff at Harmony Public School are excited to be hosting an Open House.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, May 10, 2014
TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Harmony Public School, 626 Harmony Road, Corbyville

This event is to celebrate the friendships and memories made at the school from 1960 – 2014, and also the one-room school house that led to the school’s existence. commemorative website

Memorabilia and photos will be on display in classrooms. If you would like to loan items for this purpose, please call the school at 613.962.7867. All items will be returned.

Harmony PS event flyer #2Guests can pre-order a light meal for $6: beef-on-a-bun, hot dog or salad with a drink and dessert. Meals must be ordered and paid for in advance. To order, email harmony@hpedsb.on.ca, or call Patricia Hendrick, 613.962.7867, extension 222.

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

Extended French Information Session: Wed., March 5, York River PS

Extended French offers students the opportunity to become fluent in a second language. It starts in Grade 5 at York River Public School.

Extended French brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft

A successful Extended French student generally demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • Expresses him/herself well
  • Has strong oral and written skills in his/her first language
  • Enjoys language activities
  • Perseveres when challenged
  • Is confident and a risk-taker
  • Willingness to try new things
  • Has strong study habits

To find out about your child’s suitability for the program, please contact your child’s current teacher or the principal of York River Public School at (613) 332-1833.

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

First Nations Awareness Day event for students, Thursday, May 1, 2014

Students from our eight secondary schools are participating in an awareness event today to learn about First Nations culture and teachings.

EVENT DETAILS: First Nations Awareness Day
DATE: Thursday, May 1, 2014
TIME: 9:00 – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College, 376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Belleville

According to Troy Maracle, Curriculum Coordinator and the event organizer, approximately 200 students will participate in workshops related to First Nations Peoples.

“This is part of our ongoing work to engage students in learning about Aboriginal culture. The sessions are hands-on and engaging, particularly the one where students will make corn husk dolls,” stated Maracle.

Sessions students will participate in

  • Residential Schools
  • Bringing History to Life
  • Tyendinaga’s Roots
  • We Are All Treaty People
  • Tree of Peace Teachings
  • Corn Husk Dolls
  • Anishinaabe Teachings
  • Turtleback Teachings

The last session of the day will be a keynote address by Wab Kinew. He will speak about First Nation issues, the importance of getting an education and being true to oneself by knowing oneself.

This evening, Kinew will be the guest speaker at a community event.

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

Funding announced for a new public elementary school in Trenton

Today the Ministry of Education announced funding to build a new public elementary school in Trenton.

This announcement is in response to a capital priority business case submitted to the Ministry of Education in the fall of 2013. That submission came about through an accommodation review which took place during the 2012-2013 school year with school, parent, student and community involvement.

Trustee for the area, Sam Clements, has been committed to this project from the beginning and is pleased to see the Ministry of Education supporting our efforts to connect with our communities through new school builds.

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

The new school will be built on the existing site of Queen Elizabeth Public School, and accommodate students in JK to Grade 8 from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School.

“Our government is supporting the construction of safe, modern facilities that meet the needs of students and school staff in Trenton. When we help our local school boards improve and expand their infrastructure, we’re helping teachers and support staff focus on what matters most—student growth and success,” said The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs.

Funding for the project is estimated at $13.3 million. These details are yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

“We are thrilled with this announcement and appreciate the Ministry of Education’s continued commitment to renewing infrastructure in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We are looking forward to the project beginning in the coming weeks,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Additional details will be shared as plans come together.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join in recognizing Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, in recognition of administrative professionals.

Every day in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board administrative professionals support our AiM System Plan goals of Success for Each Student, Employee Excellence and Community Connections. These dedicated individuals care for students, assist staff and parents, keep offices functioning and interact directly with the public. Their efforts to create safe, caring, respectful, and inclusive schools and offices make them leaders and ambassadors for our organization.

This week is designated as Administrative Professionals Week. It has been celebrated since 1952, beginning as Secretaries Week in the early 1950s. This year, Wednesday, April 23 is recognized as Administrative Professionals Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the work of secretaries, administrative assistants and other office professionals for their invaluable contributions to the workplace.

Please take a few moments to thank the administrative professionals in our district for all they do every day to support students.

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

 

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

 

Join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2014

The following message is from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

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

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

At HPEDSB, our AiM System Plan goal of Success for Each Student is at the heart of our work. We are committed to programs and partnerships that support our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

I invite you to join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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

 

Join in recognizing National Day of Mourning

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, in recognition of National Day of Mourning.

Across Canada, National Day of Mourning is recognized annually on April 28. It is a time to commemorate workers who have been injured or whose lives have been lost through traumatic workplace incidents.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, National Day of Mourning was first officially recognized by the federal government in 1991. The Day of Mourning has since spread to other countries. It is hoped that the annual observance of this day will strengthen the resolve to establish safe conditions in the workplace for all. It is as much a day to remember the dead as it is a call to protect the living.

For more information about workplace safety, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety at http://www.ccohs.ca/

In recognition of this day, flags at all Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board sites will be flown at half-mast on Monday, April 28, 2014.

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 three recognition events

The following is from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The week of May 5 -9, 2014 is a time to recognize three important events related to students, employees and education.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School board, we are focused on the AiM System Plan goals of Success for Each Student, Employee Excellence and Community Connections.

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 and well-being. The provincial theme is Achieving Excellence in Education.

  • This week, school communities will celebrate through literacy, song, dance, theatre and physical activity. For example, today a number of our schools are participating in Music Monday. On Monday, May 5th Music Monday celebrates its 10th anniversary with a live webcast linking simultaneous events across the country and ending with synchronized nationwide performances of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (Source: the Music Monday organization, http://www.musicmonday.ca/) 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.

  • One of our priorities in the AiM System Plan involves communicating and promoting mental health and well-being initiatives for students. We know that providing safe, welcoming, caring and inclusive learning environments support student achievement and well-being. Some of our actions in these areas have been to provide professional learning to employees, to develop pathways to care for students requiring higher levels of support, and to weave mental health wellness and well-being into our everyday work.

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. Their efforts support our AiM System Plan priorities to reach high levels of student achievement; promote safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive schools; and to communicate and promote mental health and well-being initiatives for students.

Please join me in recognizing the value of these three important events.

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

 

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

May 1: Guest speaker Wab Kinew on the topic of First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education

event flyer
Wab Kinew is a well known musician, educator, journalist and broadcaster. He will be speaking about First Nation, Métis & Inuit education on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Loyalist College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. All are invited.

A partnership between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will bring Wab Kinew to our community on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 1, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Alumni Hall, Loyalist College, 376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 students, available by calling 613.968.3707, ext. 223

BACKGROUND ON GUEST SPEAKER WAB KINEW

Wab Kinew is a well known musician, educator, journalist and broadcaster.

He is known to many FNMI teachers as the narrator of the critically acclaimed documentary, 8th Fire.

Mr. Kinew also provided the introduction to OSSTF’s Common Threads teacher resource, Full Circle: First Nations, Metis, Inuit Ways of Knowing. He is being featured as this year’s Kevin Manion Memorial Lecture Series guest speaker.

Video: Wab Kinew, 500 Years in 2 Minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmYu-Wppp3c

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

May 2: Celebration to name the gymnasium at Quinte Secondary School

A celebration is being held at Quinte Secondary School to recognize the naming of the school gymnasium in honour of Rick Locke, a former teacher and coach at the school.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, May 2, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville, followed by a social gathering at the Belleville Club, 210 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Family, colleagues, friends and QSS Saints alumni 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

May 26: Community electronic waste drop-off sites

electronics recycling poster
Schools are inviting community members to drop-off f household electronic waste. These events are school fundraisers as the proceeds are donated back to the school by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

Community members are invited to drop-off household electronic waste for free. These events are school fundraisers and provide a safe way to dispose of electronics. They are hosted in partnership with with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

Look for the Ontario Electronic Stewardship recycling bin.

The schools will receive funds based on the amount collected.

EVENT 1, Sir John A. Macdonald Public School
DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:0o p.m.
LOCATION: Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

EVENT 2: Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School
DATE: May 26 – 31, 2014
LOCATION: Parking lot at Dewe’s Independent Grocery Store, 420 Dundas Street East, Belleville
TIME: Monday to Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Event poster (PDF)

List of electronic waste accepted by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship Poster showing acceptable items (PDF)

  • Display devices, such as monitors and televisions
  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Printing, copying and multifunction devices
  • Telephones and telephone answering machines
  • Cellular devices and pagers
  • Home theatre-in-a-box (equalizers, amplifiers, speakers, tuners and turntables)
  • Aftermarket vehicle audio and video devices
  • Image, audio and video devices (home, non-portable)
  • Image, audio and video devices (personal, portable)

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

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

New date for the District Track & Field Meet

The District Track & Field has been rescheduled to Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Mary Ann Sills Field.

We recognize that this new date may conflict with other activities planned at schools. In these instances, schools will need to make site-based decisions about which events they will attend.

Please note that substitute athletes for students who are unable to attend will not be accepted due to the nature of the increased workload this would mean for the event conveyor.

Lastly, if there is a need to cancel this rescheduled event, a new date will not be selected and the the District Track & Field will not run this year.

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

North Hastings HS students participate in a bear den study

man holding a bear cubStudents in the NERDS Program at North Hastings High School had an experience of a lifetime last week when they participated in bear den investigations.

Scroll down for more photos.

Watch a brief movie of a bear cub being measured (MOV file, 2.5 MB)

The students assisted Ministry of Natural Resources personnel with the annual winter count and identification process. They travelled 20 kilometres into Algonquin Park by snowmobiles then walked to two sites on snowshoes. Once they arrived at the previously-marked dens, a wildlife biologist tranquilized the mother bear. The young were carefully taken out to be weighed and measured, then the mother was brought out for the same purpose.

Community partners were also involved and provided much-appreciated support.

Thank you to:

  • Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police
  • Bancroft Sport & Marine which supplied the snowmobiles for the students

NERDS is the Northern Environmental Research & Development Studies Program at North Hastings High School. It is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program. The school also offers the NOS—Northern Outdoor Studies SHSM.

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

four men taking an adult bear out of a den

student holding a bear cubfour men taking an adult bear out of a den

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

Open Houses at secondary schools

Holly and Colton invite you to an open house at your local secondary school. This is a sound file

Parents/Guardians and Grade 8 students are invited to Open Houses at local public secondary schools. HPEDSB secondary schools offer innovative programming to prepare students for apprenticeships, college, university or work.

Find out more at upcoming Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools. Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited.

Open Houses at Secondary Schools
School
Date and time
Telephone number
Bayside Secondary SchoolThursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m.613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary SchoolThursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m.613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolThursday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.613-473-4251
Moira Secondary SchoolThursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-8668
North Hastings High SchoolTuesday, February 11, 6:45 p.m.613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteWednesday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary SchoolTuesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-9295
Trenton High SchoolThursday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m.613-392-1227

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

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Thursday, January 16

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

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, January 16, 2014
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

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

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

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

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

For more information, about the Destinations Programme, please contact:
Marie Mitchell, Principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140, mmitchell@hpedsb.on.ca

Parent Info Session: PECI Venture Program, Wednesday, January 14

Parents and students are invited to an information session to learn about the Venture Program at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, January 14, 2014
TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton, 613.476.2196, ext. 2234

ABOUT THE VENTURE PROGRAM
The Venture Program is a two-year program for students in Grades 9 and 10. Students engage in dynamic learning opportunities based expanding their knowledge and use of 21st Century technology and through experiential activities through in-class and extra-curricular components.

  • Students will be timetabled together for a minimum of one course per semester to connect and extend their learning to and beyond the classroom.
  • Venture students are encouraged to meet academic challenges with openness, enthusiasm and a willingness to solve problems, which will prepare them well for post-secondary education. Skills necessary for the 21st Century will be developed through the use of experiential activities, guest speakers, technology and trips.

Each student will be paired with a teacher-mentor who will work with a group of Venture students with like-minded interests. This approach fosters support through contact with a staff member and close peer group, and allows for open communication with parents. These teacher-mentor/student groups provide a setting for students to discuss academic concerns and opportunities for enrichment in and outside the classroom. They also create a small group setting outside the larger Venture group to foster strong communication and collaboration skills.

BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS
Students in the Venture Program will expand their knowledge and use of 21st Century skills through a wide range of experiential learning activities.

Upon successful completion of the two-year Venture Program, students will receive:

  • a Venture Program certificate to include in a portfolio for job and post-secondary applications
  • the opportunity to enroll in Advanced Placement courses in Grades 11 and 12

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

For more information, about the Venture Program, please contact:
Kelly Mackay, Teacher & Venture Coordinator, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, kamackay@hpedsb.on.ca, 613.476.2196, ext. 2234

 

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for the 2014-2015 school year

In an effort to encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education and to help support student learning, the Ministry of Education is providing funding to support school-based initiatives.

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants support the Ministry’s goals and key priorities to engage parents who are instrumental in driving the success of our students.

This year, special consideration will be given to applicants who did not receive funding for 2013-2014, and proposals that promote increased access and awareness of math strategies and resources for parents to support their children’s learning at home and at school.

Two types of PRO Grants are available:

1. Grants for school councils (maximum of $1,000)

These grants are intended to support school-based initiatives to reach parents who face barriers that prevent them from becoming involved in their children’s learning at home and at school. School councils may develop proposals individually, with other school councils in the same board, or with other groups in the school or in the community.

2. Grants for regional/provincial projects (maximum of $30,000)

These grants are available to Parent Involvement Committees (PICs), parent organizations, school boards, non-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions working in partnership with parents to support student achievement and well-being. Eligible projects must align with at least one of the following four strategies of the Ministry’s Parent Engagement Policy: 1) Parents as Partners; 2) Welcoming School Board and School Environment for all Parents; 3) Skill Building Opportunities for Parents; and 4) Enhancing Communication between School and Parents.

The deadline for the 2014-2015 PRO Grant submissions is Friday, May 16, 2014. Applications are required to be submitted electronically. For more information, please visit the Ministry of Education website at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/reaching.html

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

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

 

Quinte SS presents “Endless Summer,” January 22 – 25, 2014

"Endless Summer" promotional poster
Quinte SS students are performing “Endless Summer” this month. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, available at Quinte Secondary School, Sam the Record Man at the Quinte Mall, and at the door.

Final rehearsals, costume fittings and set design finishing touches are underway at Quinte Secondary School as students get ready to perform “Endless Summer.”

Watch the YouTube trailer

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: Thursday, January 22 to Friday, January 25, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College St W, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 children, available at Quinte Secondary School, Sam the Record Man at the Quinte Mall, and at the door

THE STORY
This original musical follows the lives of a group of young people in the late 60’s on the sunny California Coast as they search for the next big wave to the music of the Beach Boys.

1968, on the sunny beaches of California. Chet just wants to hit the surf, but this summer, he’s going to hit life—head on. In his search for the big wave, he will find a girl, lose a friend, and surf into the biggest wave of his life—and hopefully, come out the other side.

The musical Endless Summer is a project of the Musical Theatre class. The production started with a rough storyline and the amazing Beach Boys music catalog. The script was developed in the first eight weeks of the course, along with character sketches, costume designs, set development and construction, prop sourcing and promotion.

Senior student Hayden Grierson is at the helm directing this production and every element of the production is being handled by students. There will be a great display of talent and hard work by students on the stage, and an amazing amount of dedicated work being done by students off stage as well.

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

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

Record number of students graduated from Quinte Adult Education

valedictorian receives her diploma
71-year-old Marjorie Foster (centre) was selected as valedictorian for the Quinte Adult Education graduation. She is pictured with Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education (left) and Julie Jarvis, the program coordinator.

It was a banner year for students enrolled with Quinte Adult Education.

The number of graduates in June rose to a new record of 133. Also unique was the person chosen to be valedictorian: 71-year-old Marjorie Foster.

“Our program continues to grow and the number of graduates increases each year,” stated Julie Jarvis, the program coordinator.

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

Results from the Intermediate Girls Basketball Tournament, March 4, 2014

Prince Charles School (Belleville) hosted the Intermediate Girls Basketball Tournament for the Centennial School Group on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

The six participating teams included the following:

  • Albert College
  • Bayside Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Prince Charles School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Public School

In the playoff rounds the teams secured following scores:

Quarter finals

  • Bayside and Albert College placed first in pool action so received a bye to the semifinal round.
  • Prince Charles won over Sir John A Macdonald, 16-14.
  • Frankford won over Susanna Moodie, 16-12.

Semi finals

  • Bayside won over Prince Charles, 20- 4.
  • Albert College won over Frankford, 18-4.

In the finals Bayside won the tournament over Albert College, 28-10.

The Bayside team will represent the Centennial School Group at the District Tournament on Tuesday, March 25. Eight schools will play in that tournament.

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

 

 

Results from the Iron Accountant Competition, March 4, 2014

Congratulations to students who participated in the Iron Accountant Competition held at Loyalist College on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Participants included senior students enrolled in Accounting courses from seven schools representing Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and Quinte Christian School.

Each team was challenged to demonstrate their accounting skills through simulated business exercises.

Iron Accountant Competition results

1st: Quinte Christian School

2nd: Centennial Secondary School

3rd: Moira Secondary School

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

 

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

School administrators for the 2014-2015 school year

Each year at this time, decisions are made about the placement of school administrators for the new school year beginning in September.

Changes are made sometimes for a variety of reasons, such as due to retirements or leaves, individual requests or for leadership development.

Principal & Vice-principal Placements
for the 2014-2015 School Year
(text in bold indicates a change)
Elementary SchoolCurrent YearSeptember 2014
PrincipalVice-principalPrincipal Vice-principal
Athol-South Marysburgh Public SchoolKevin MacLaurinKevin MacLaurin
Bayside Public SchoolBessie StelatosSteve McFaddenBessie StelatosSteve McFadden
Bird’s Creek Public
School
Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Breadner Elementary
School
Leanne PondLeanne Pond
C.M.L. Snider SchoolTina ElliottTina Elliott
Coe Hill SchoolRob LakeRob Lake
College Street Public
School
Joanne NitschkeMarg WagnerJoanne NitschkeAnnette Huizinga
Deseronto Public
School
Derek PottsDerek Potts
Earl Prentice Public
School
Heather McMasterClinton Breau (Acting)Heather McMasterClinton Breau
Foxboro Public SchoolKim ReidKim Reid
Frankford Public
School
Anne SlagerAnne Slager
Harmony Public SchoolLouise GunningJennifer HawkinsLouise GunningJennifer Hawkins
Harry J. Clarke
Public School
Marie MitchellJennifer Birt
Kim Mahoney
Marie MitchellJennifer Birt
Hermon Public SchoolLisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Michael MitchellLisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Michael Mitchell
Hillcrest SchoolCarla RossCarla Ross
Kente Public SchoolStephanie
Taylor-Harvey
Stephanie
Taylor-Harvey
Madoc Public SchoolJoanne BarryCassandra BellwoodJoanne BarryCassandra Bellwood
Madoc Township Public
School
Cathy SpeedyCathy Speedy
Marmora Senior Public
School
Suzanne CopelandSuzanne Copeland
Massassaga-Rednersville
Public School
Barb AllenBarb Allen
Maynooth Public
School
Lisa ResmerLisa Resmer
North Trenton Public
School
Derek DeLargeLee Mahon-ProphetDerek DeLargeLee Mahon-Prophet
Park Dale SchoolStacey BelangerJennifer HawkinsStacey BelangerKim Mahoney
Pinecrest Memorial
Elementary School
Kim Myderwyk Kim Myderwyk
Prince Charles School
(Belleville)
Marg ThompsonCorrina MasseyMarg Thompson Corrina Massey
Prince Charles Public
School (Trenton)
Steve ToffelmireJan SimpsonSteve ToffelmireAnnette Huizinga
Prince of Wales
Public School
Cassandra WindsorAnnette HuizingaCassandra WindsorTanya Whittaker
Queen Elizabeth
Public School (Trenton)
Derek DeLargeLee Mahon-ProphetDerek DeLargeLee Mahon-Prophet
Queen Elizabeth
School (Belleville)
Earle WrightEarle Wright
Queen Elizabeth
School (Picton)
Bill LaundervilleTanya WhittakerBill LaundervilleTonia Shelmerdine
Queen Victoria SchoolChad HarveyChad Harvey
Sir John A. Macdonald
School
Anne WhitfieldNicola Wand
Sophiasburgh Central
School
Pooky NyeRob McFadden
Stirling Public SchoolSuzanne CholastaNancy VickersSuzanne CholastaNancy Vickers
Susanna Moodie
Elementary School
Heather RutherfordHeather Rutherford
Tweed Elementary
School
Susan Carleton-MainesCassandra BellwoodSusan Carleton-MainesCassandra Bellwood
Tyendinaga Public
School
Deirdre GordonDeirdre Gordon
V.P. Carswell
Elementary School
Ted AshberryTed Ashberry
York River Public
School
Marion WilsonTonia ShelmerdineMarion WilsonTaras Humen

 

Principal & Vice-principal Placements for the 2014-2015 School Year (text in bold indicates a change)
Secondary SchoolCurrent YearSeptember 2014
PrincipalVice-principalPrincipal Vice-principal
Bayside Secondary SchoolIan PressGreg Garrett
Nancy Popovich
Ian PressNancy Popovich
Centennial Secondary SchoolKim SampsonEric Fetterley
Dayna Bons
Kim SampsonDayna Bons
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolShelley MacKenzie-CoatesDoug CallaghanShelley MacKenzie-CoatesTodd Hinks
Moira Secondary SchoolGrant MontgomeryJill BatchelorGrant MontgomeryJill Batchelor
North Hastings High SchoolKen DostalerLynn AndrewsKen DostalerLynn Andrews
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteDarren McFarlanePaul PickardDarren McFarlaneDoug Callaghan
Quinte Secondary SchoolLiane WoodleyTodd HinksLiane WoodleyEric Fetterley
Trenton High SchoolKen MandervilleJoan Bennett
Ruth Ellen Cummings
Ken Manderville
Joan Bennett
Ruth Ellen Cummings

 

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: May 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm