School board announces new Superintendent of School Climate & Student Well-being Services

Mark Fisher, Superintendent of School Climate & Student Well-being Services
Mark Fisher is the new Superintendent of School Climate & Student Well-being Services. He will join HPEDSB on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. He is replacing Colleen DeMille, who is currently in the role, and who is going to the Ministry of Education on a secondment. Photo: Jocelyn Fisher Photography.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to announce Mark Fisher as the new Superintendent of School Climate & Student Well-being Services. He is taking the place of Colleen DeMille who is currently in the role. DeMille has accepted a secondment to the Ministry of Education.

“Mark has a wide range of experience as a dynamic educational leader at the school, district and provincial levels. All Board members gave their full support to him joining our senior leadership team,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Fisher has been recognized for his ability to build collaborative relationships, to develop and implement strategic plans, and to effectively communicate organizational goals to all stakeholders. He is known as a reflective educator who strives to help students and employees achieve their full potential by challenging and supporting them in their learning and professional journeys.

“The senior team is looking forward to Mark coming on board. I am confident that his experiences in leading mental health, safe schools and student well-being initiatives will serve students and our organization very well. At the same time, we wish Colleen continued career success. We all feel a mix of emotions because Colleen has been a driving force in leading our character development, employee leadership and student well-being initiatives,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Fisher obtained his Bachelor of Arts at McGill University, his Master of Science in Education at Niagara University and his Master of International Education at Charles Sturt University. He comes to HPEDSB from the Ministry of Education as a Student Achievement Officer. Prior to that, he held the roles of System Principal-Special Education Services and Principal, both with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Fisher is married with two children and lives in Castleton.

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

Secondary school exam schedules for January 2014

Attention students and parents/guardians: the dates of secondary school exams and final culminating activities are posted on school websites.

Bayside Secondary School

Centennial Secondary School

Centre Hastings Secondary School

Moira Secondary School

North Hastings High School

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Quinte Secondary School

Trenton High School

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

The first day of Semester 2 is Friday, January 31, 2014.

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

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

Seeking input on school year calendar dates

Each spring school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the upcoming school year, in accordance with the Education Act and Regulation 304. In establishing its annual calendar, it is the practice of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to consult with parents/guardians, students, community members and community partners.

The draft calendar proposes the following:

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 22, 2014 to Friday, January 2, 2015
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 16, 2015 to Friday, March 20, 2015
  • Six professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 26, 2014
    • Monday, October 27, 2014
    • Friday, November 28, 2014
    • Friday, January 30, 2015
    • Friday, May 22, 2015
    • Friday, June 26, 2015
  • Last day of the school year: Friday, June 26, 2015

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Please provide feedback by sending an email to information@hpedsb.on.ca or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350 by Friday, February 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

Star performers at College Street PS

Students at College Street Public School are star performers! They recently achieved top marks at a community music festival.

The choir, made up of 42 students in Grades 2 to 7, sang the song “When I Close My Eyes,” under the direction of Teacher Susanne Allin. They won first place in their division with a score of 94%.

This was an outstanding achievement for these students. They worked hard and spent several hours rehearsing together. It was a special moment to be recognized for their diligent efforts.

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

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

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

Summary of the feedback from the school climate surveys

AiM System Plan graphic
School climate surveys were conducted in the fall of 2013 as part of actions in the HPEDSB system plan.

It is a priority for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to promote safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive schools and workplaces. Hearing from parents/guardians, students and employees about the school environment, also known as the school climate—such as feeling safe and thoughts about bullying, equity and inclusivity at school—can help to assess perceptions of safety and improve schools and our school board.

These improvements can lead to higher levels of achievement for each student and to enhanced employee growth and wellness.

In the fall of 2013, parents/guardians, students and school‐based employees were invited to complete school climate surveys in all HPEDSB schools.

The survey contained six distinct sections:

  1. Learning at Our School
  2. Feeling Safe at School
  3. Feeling Welcome & Included
  4. Learning About Others
  5. Feelings About Well-being
  6. Bullying

The School Climate Survey Highlights of Results report is available as a PDF file.

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

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

Take 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!

picture of the front of the school
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

 

 

The Three R’s of Resiliency: Regulation, Relationships and Reflection

The annual OACAS Conference will bring together counsellors, educators, mental health workers and community partners. Workshop topics include applying learning initiatives, self-regulation techniques and recognizing the importance of relationships.

A priority of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) is to communicate and promote mental health and well-being initiatives for students. An upcoming event will connect school board personnel with educators, counsellors, mental health workers and community agencies on this topic.

EVENT DETAILS event flyer
The Three R’s of Resiliency: Regulation, Relationships and Reflection

DATE: June 4 – 6, 2014
TIME: Varies by day, please refer to the workshops
LOCATION: Travelodge Hotel, 11 Bay Bridge Road, Belleville

Guest speakers

  • Dick O’Brien: Well-Being and Being Well, the Adversity Quotient
  • Dr. Wayne Hammond: The Resiliency Initiative—Embracing Strength Based Practices in Schools
  • Mark Agius: Ministry of Children & Youth Services Transformation Strategy
  • Louisa Jewell: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being

Participants will be involved in workshops about applying learning initiatives, self-regulation techniques and recognizing the importance of relationships.

This event is the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Counselling and Attendance Services (OACAS). It is sponsored by HPEDSB, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Ministry of Education.

OACAS is a provincial association that is the primary source of professional support and guidance for attendance counsellors. HPEDSB and OACAS actively partner with students, families, communities and organizations to build engaging environments that contribute to the social-emotional well-being of every student.

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

Things to remember about the Fraser Institute Report for Elementary Schools

The Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools uses Grade 3 and Grade 6 Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO) test results to calculate each school’s overall rating out of 10. As presented, the ratings in the report provide an incomplete and distorted picture of school effectiveness.

There is no evidence to show that ranking schools improves student learning. EQAO test results provide useful information to improve schools’ learning programs—for example, school improvement goals on reading, writing or math—but it’s unfair and misleading to compare schools based only on these scores. It’s just one piece of the whole picture about a school.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board our consistent focus is on supporting the achievement and well-being of each student we serve.

EQAO Publication: The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program
EQAO has produced The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program, (PDF, 1.75 MB) a document that provides information on the many ways EQAO data is used to support student learning. It’s focuses primarily on elementary testing, but does contain some references to secondary testing.
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School and Board staff use a variety of data to assist in school improvement planning, including student work samples, classroom assessments and individual student achievement reports, school climate data and public EQAO results.

The Fraser Institute Report provides an incomplete picture of school effectiveness. There is no evidence to show that ranking schools improves student learning. In addition, not all the measures used within the Fraser Institute report link directly to the work of the school. The bigger picture is that schools are dynamic, engaging learning communities where all students have numerous opportunities to be engaged in learning, physical activity and social interactions.

The factors that affect achievement in schools are very complex. Our school improvement planning involves a holistic and contextual approach that takes into account everything from the goals of the school and its programs, to its youth culture and learning environments, as well as parent-teacher-community relationships.

As with the board-wide or provincial-wide results, individual school results should not be seen as absolutes, they are indicators of where students need extra help to improve their reading, writing and math. Tests are only useful if they are used to improve student learning.

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

Things to remember about the Fraser Report for Secondary Schools

The Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Secondary Schools 2014 uses Grade 9 Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO) and Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy test results to calculate each school’s overall rating out of 10. As presented, the ratings in the report provide an incomplete and distorted picture of school effectiveness.

There is no evidence to show that ranking schools improves student learning. EQAO test results provide useful information to improve schools’ learning programs—for example, school improvement goals on reading, writing or math—but it’s unfair and misleading to compare schools based only on these scores. It’s just one piece of the whole picture about a school.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board our consistent focus is on supporting the achievement and well-being of each student we serve.

EQAO Publication: The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program
EQAO has produced The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program, (PDF, 1.75 MB) a document that provides information on the many ways EQAO data is used to support student learning. It’s focuses primarily on elementary testing, but does contain some references to secondary testing.
Get Adobe Reader Adobe PDF icon

School and Board staff use a variety of data to assist in school improvement planning, including student work samples, classroom assessments and individual student achievement reports, school climate data and public EQAO results.

The Fraser Institute Report provides an incomplete picture of school effectiveness. There is no evidence to show that ranking schools improves student learning. In addition, not all the measures used within the Fraser Institute report link directly to the work of the school. The bigger picture is that schools are dynamic, engaging learning communities where all students have numerous opportunities to be engaged in learning, physical activity and social interactions.

The factors that affect achievement in schools are very complex. Our school improvement planning involves a holistic and contextual approach that takes into account everything from the goals of the school and its programs, to its youth culture and learning environments, as well as parent-teacher-community relationships.

As with the board-wide or provincial-wide results, individual school results should not be seen as absolutes, they are indicators of where students need extra help to improve their reading, writing and math. Tests are only useful if they are used to improve student learning.

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

This is a show you’ll want to see at Trenton High School

One For The Money play at Trenton High
All are invited to the musical “One For the Money: Lights. Camera. ELVIS!” at Trenton High School. Performances are May 29, 30, 31, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the school. Tickets are $10 and are available at the school office.

Excitement is building at Trenton High School as students and staff put the final touches on their performance of “One For the Money : Lights. Camera. ELVIS!”

EVENT DETAILS
“One For the Money: Lights. Camera. ELVIS!”
DATE: May 29, 30, 31, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, Auditorium, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton
TICKETS: $10, available at Trenton High Schools office

The show will take you to the refined, but sometimes raw setting of 1950-era Chicago society, where Jill, a young woman, leads a seemingly perfect life to the public eye. Her facade is soon at risk though, as she struggles to live as an outsider in what she is supposed to believe is a perfect world.

Jill and her cast mates of “Happy Hour,” an uppity 1950-era variety show, must learn to deal with their chaotic lives on and off the set. But remember, in a world where nothing is truly as it seems, what you expect to happen may not be the true result. Jill’s story provides a fresh look at class and gender issues pervading 1950-era life that still face us today. Watch as Jill leaves her perfect life as a rich woman tied to an All American Boy to find her worth in a society that tells her she is worthless. Enjoy the wonderful singing and dancing of the extremely multi-talented cast as their characters take you through a story full of twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Expect to be surprised, but prepare to be entertained with this sixth original Trenton High School musical.

THS is very proud of its biennial Music Theatre Program which has been running for 10 years, resulting in five originally-written musical shows. The production crew are made of many talented people: Director Ms. Jennifer Ully, Music Director Mr. Vince Thornton, as well as Stage Manager Tiffany Moore, and Choreographer Ms. Julianne Marshall.

With the assistance of the two directors, the program is student-run in terms of scriptwriting, ticket sales, advertising, props, costumes, along with a slew of other duties. The students, many of them in their last year, have been dedicating months of hard work to making this musical a reality.

This year’s show features the music of the one and only King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, who is well known for big hits such as “Burning Love,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “A Little Less Conversation.”

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

 

 

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

Update on new schools being built in HPEDSB

This is to provide an update on two significant construction projects in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Each is directly connected to the school board’s strategic plan, which is known as the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan, and also to the work being done every day to support student achievement and well-being.

“These are exciting times for us. We have been fortunate to receive funding from the Ministry of Education to build new schools and also to construct additions to support Full-day Kindergarten,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

1. New Harmony Public School

Construction of the new Harmony Public School has been happening since last fall, following an $11.6 funding announcement by the Ministry of Education. The school community has watched the building take shape right before their eyes. Construction of the 59,000 square foot school for approximately 590 students will continue at a rapid pace over the next few months in preparation for the September 2014 opening.

Starting on Saturday, June 28, parts of the existing school will be demolished and almost all of the school grounds will see some sort of construction activity. For safety reasons, the entire site will become a fenced construction area for the summer. The centre connecting corridor of the existing school will be the first part to be demolished in order to make way for trenching for the underground services, such as electricity and telephone. The remainder of the existing school will be demolished in the following weeks. As well, a new and much larger septic system and three large underground water reservoirs for fire-fighting purposes will be excavated and installed. Construction of the larger parking lot, bus loop, fire route and other paving is planned for August. Grading and landscaping for most of the site will create the beautiful new school grounds.

2. New Trenton Elementary School

In April 2014, the Ministry of Education announced it would fund Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board for $11.31 million to build a replacement school in Trenton. The new 55,000-60,000 square foot school will consolidate approximately 590 students from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School (T), and will be built on the site of the existing Queen Elizabeth Public School. Construction will begin in March 2015 and be completed by June 30, 2016. The new school is scheduled to open in September 2016.

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

 

Update on the fire alarm at Stirling Public School, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Posted at 4:50 p.m. The fire alarm went off near the end of the school day today at Stirling Public School. At approximately 3:00 p.m. the sprinkler system activated in the southwest stairwell, which is the area closest to the playground. Students and staff went outside according to normal school evacuation procedures. They were outside for approximately 3 -7 minutes. The fire department responded quickly and gave the approval to go back inside. Students and staff went to the gym and were dismissed to their classrooms at the end of the school day. Buses were delayed by approximately 20 minutes. All students and staff were safe at all times. The school will be open as usual tomorrow.

Parents can expect a voicemail message tonight.

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

UPDATE: French Immersion Information Sessions: Wed., February 12 & Thurs. February 6, 2014

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

French Immersion begins in Grade 4 at Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School.

Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians & Students

Thursday, February 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. at Bayside Public School

NEW DATE: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6:00 p.m. at Harry J. Clarke Public School

French Immersion Radio Commercial MP3 format

featuring Grade 4 students Benji & Rhianna

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

Bonjour, je m’appelle Benji. J’aime French Immersion parce que je peux apprendre une nouvelle langue. And, when I travel I can have conversations with people in French.

What he said was he likes French Immersion because he can learn a new language. I’m Rhianna. For me, French Immersion challenges my learning. I can still do all the things I like to do but I just do it in French.

French Immersion challenges the mind and inspires the development of global-minded citizens. French Immersion teaches communication and critical thinking skills, and expands job opportunities.

French Immersion starts in Grade 4 at Bayside and Harry J. Clarke Public Schools.

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

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

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

Last updated: January 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm