“Achieving Excellence: Moving Forward in Math” is the theme for Education Week

Education Week takes place during the first full week in May. It is an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools across the province. It is a time for students, educators, employees, families and communities to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement and well-being.

This year, Education Week is May 4 – 8, 2015. The provincial theme is “Achieving Excellence: Moving Forward in Math.” The French version is < Atteindre l’excellence – Pleins feux sur les mathématiques. >

All schools will be celebrating Education Week with performances, activities or guest presenters.

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

“Am I In Trouble?” A partnership presentation, Prince Edward CI and community partners

Students and staff at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are excited to be part of an initiative between local OPP officers and the school community to create opportunities for students to contribute to their community in a very meaningful way. The goal is to ensure continued work to support the foundations for a healthy school.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment, in partnership with Prince Edward Collegiate Institute will be hosting a presentation. The “Am I In Trouble?” presentation discusses difficult situations youth may have experienced or witnessed. The presentation will be delivered by teens for teens, supported by many community services.

Representatives from the OPP, Ministry of the Attorney General, Victim Services Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington Counties, Quinte Health Care Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Response Program, Alternatives For Women, Community Organized Support & Prevention (Quinte), Children’s Mental Health Services and Quinte Children’s Foundation is participating.

The intention is to help teens better understand the risks and consequences of challenging societal topics such as bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault and self/peer exploitation, sexting and to ensure they understand the variety of community supports available to teens for assistance.

Research shows that parent engagement is critical to student engagement and ultimately student success.

COMMUNITY EVENT

DATE: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

All are invited to this presentation, which will feature students and community partners.

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

“Dominant & Recessive Inheritance of Hair Texture,” “Pendulum Transportation System” and “Finding a Natural Fertilizer” win at regional science fair

How do dominant and recessive genes effect hair texture? What is a pendulum transportation system? What is involved in finding a natural fertilizer?

Sara Evans, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute; Aiden Haddad, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme); and Meera Moorthy, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme) know they answers! They are the creators of three award-winning projects at the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair.

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

The Loyalist College Tuition Scholarship was awarded to Sara Evans, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, for her project Dominant and Recessive Inheritance of Hair Texture.

QRSTF participants were invited to tour the host site, Loyalist College, to get a first-hand view of the facility and the many programs offered.

STUDENTS GOING TO THE CANADA WIDE SCIENCE FAIR

Congratulations to three HPEDSB students selected to compete in the Canada-Wide Science Fair scheduled for May 2015 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. This is a remarkable achievement and represents a value of approximately $1,700.

  • Sara Evans, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute for the project Dominant and Recessive Inheritance of Hair Texture
  • Meera Moorthy, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme) for the project Finding A Natural Fertilizer
  • Aiden Haddad, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme) for the project Pendulum Transportation System

At the Canada Wide Science Fair, students compete for almost one million dollars in awards. They will participate in tours, workshops and demonstrations on various science topics.

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

“Say One Nice Thing” campaign re-launched for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 16 to 20, 2015

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Help someone feel like they belong is a new slogan for the Say Nice Thing campaign.
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Help someone feel included is a new slogan for the Say Nice Thing campaign.

Posted November 13, 2015

Say Once Nice Thing campaign re-launched for a second year

Say One Nice Thing, Year 2, is being launched to coincide with Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week.

Initially launched at this time last year, the campaign was so successful it will run again.

Two introductory slogans have been added this year:

  1. Help someone feel included . . . Say One Nice Thing
  2. Help some feel like they belong . . . Say One Nice Thing

“Say One Nice Thing highlights our commitment to promoting well-being throughout the organization. Although it is being launched during Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, it’s really meant to run throughout the whole year,” said Mark Fisher, Superintendent of Education.

Say One Nice Thing is a way for positive comments or stories to be shared at schools, the Education Centre and through families and communities.

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

Posters, post cards and stickers branded with Say One Nice Thing were distributed to schools in early November to use as they wish. Last year there were many examples connected to learning and the curriculum.

Follow the account @SayOneNiceThing and the hashtag #SayOneNiceThing on Twitter.

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

The Ministry of Education designates the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week to help promote safer schools and positive learning environments.

During Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 16-20, 2015, Ontario students, school staff, families and community partners are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

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

Connections to the school board strategic plan

The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes a priority about well-being. Say One Nice Thing and Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week support that priority through creating welcoming, inclusive and safe learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

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

#hpecod, 25th Celebration of Dance, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Excitement is building among students about the upcoming Celebration of Dance.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (rain date is the next day)
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Belleville Fairgrounds

It’s all about being active and having fun. That’s the purpose of Celebration of Dance. If you have never seen it, try to get there. You will see thousands of students dancing in unison, dressed in their school colours and having fun!

Ten dances are in the line-up this year:

  • Dynamite
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Happy
  • Crazy Frog
  • YMCA
  • Treasure (created by Athol-South Marysburgh Public School)
  • Move It
  • Funky Matador
  • Footloose
  • Cha Cha
  • Shake it Off

Students and teachers have been practising for several weeks. They learn the dances by watching videos.

The moments will be captured tweeted through the hashtag #hpecod. Volunteers from the Education Centre are helping with pedestrian traffic, security, being stage hosts and generally getting people and participants to where they need to be.

The first Celebration of Dance took place in spring 1991 and has been an annual event since then. It is a fun and safe way to engage students in daily physical activity while supporting the physical education, and drama and dance curriculum.

Thank you to all volunteers, in particular Cogeco Belleville for the support in capturing the event on video. It will be available to watch on Cablevue 4.

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

$23,000 raised by Bayside SS students during 24 Hours for Hunger

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Students Mara Whitford (l) and Hailey Proud (r) prepared breakfast for their fellow students.

The sounds of growling stomachs echoed through the halls of Bayside Secondary School the evening of Friday, May 29, 2015 and again Saturday morning as over 220 students coped with going without food for 24 hours in order to raise money for community food banks.

At the 24 Hours for Hunger opening ceremonies, hosted by student co-chairs Mara Whitford and Hailey Proud, representatives from various community food organizations spoke about the problem of hunger in our community and praised the students for making a difference.

As a result of students’ efforts, $23,000 will be shared with food banks in Trenton, Belleville and Stirling, as well as Bayside’s Food for Learning program.

Students who participated in the event had lots of fun activities to distract them from their hunger. Bayside’s 24 Hour for Hunger committee members organized a scavenger hunt, dance-a-thons, movie marathons, sports in the gymnasium, nail art, karaoke and more. For those who chose to sleep for at least part of the evening, tent cities were set up in the cafeteria for girls and the English area for boys.

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The most money was raised by Wolf Pack team members (bottom step) Summer Moore and Alex Roy; (middle step) Paul Beaurivage; (top step) Richard Harris (L) and Cole Goodchild (R).

The Wolf Pack team consisting of Summer Moore, Alex Roy, Richard Harris, Cole Goodchild and Paul Beaurivage, earned the designation “Dream Team” for being the team to raise the most money, while Nick Williams raised the most as an individual. Their special status earned them a VIP lounge area and special treats at breakfast.

As the smells of breakfast wafted through the halls, participants truly realized what it is like to go without food and they better understood the plight of community members who experience food insecurity.

This event was a fabulous success due to the hard work of the amazing 24 Hours for Hunger Committee. Co-chairs Hailey Proud and Mara Whitford spent countless hours organizing donations, events, and grocery needs. They were supported by the following committee members: Alex Boyce, Brenden Clarke, Morgan Dodson, Tirzah Fillmore, Breanna Gracie, Autumn McLellan, Morgan McLellan, Kaylea Pham, Michael Terpstra, and Victoria Waterfall, and Dallin Whitford.

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

$238,500 in scholarships offered to Moira SS International Baccalaureate students

Students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Moira Secondary School who are set to graduate in June 2015 are showing promising futures. They have been offered $238,500 in scholarships from several universities and private scholarships.

“This amount of scholarship funding demonstrates university acknowledgement of our IB Diploma students. I expect our total scholarship offerings to increase because many students are still waiting to hear back,” said Cindy Cooper, Teacher and IB Coordinator.

Each graduating student has been offered an average of $11,000 this year to date. Students have been accepted to: Concordia University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, York University, University of Dalhousie, University of Ottawa, McMaster University, McGill University, Quest University, Western University, Carleton University, Guelph University, Ryerson University, Trent University, Laurier University, and University of Windsor.

Programs for which the students have been accepted include the following: Bachelor of Arts Honours or Bachelor of Science Honours: Medical Sciences, Life Sciences, Bio-Med Sciences, Second Language Teaching French, Concurrent Education, Art History in Film Studies, Art History, Social Work, Media Information and Technology, Business Management, Theatre and Drama Studies, Engineering Science, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Biochemistry, Bachelor of Arts and Science, Environmental Studies in French, and Forensic Science.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is growing at Moira SS, as evidenced by the increase in the number of students:

  • Graduating class of 21 students for 2015
  • On-track for a graduating class of 24 students for 2016
  • On-track for a graduating class of 31 students for 2017

If you are interested in applying for entry into the IB Foundations (Grade 9 and 10) or the IB Diploma (Grade 11 and 12) pathway at Moira Secondary School please contact: Mrs. Cooper, IB Coordinator at Moira: ccooper@hpedsb.on.ca or 613-962-8668, ext. 1119

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

24 Hours for Hunger at Bayside SS, $20,000 raised to date

24 Hours for Hunger at Bayside SSHunger is not a game. It is a reality for many. Bayside Secondary School students have a solution. They will be holding a 24-hour fast to raise money for local food banks and the school’s Food for Learning program.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, more than 230 students at Bayside Secondary School will go without food for 24 hours to raise as much money and awareness as possible about hunger in the Quinte area.

Student co-chairs, Mara Whitford and Hailey Proud, have spearheaded the planning of this event and have learned a lot from the experience.

“Planning this event has opened our eyes to a problem that goes unnoticed every day. Through 24 Hours for Hunger we hope to raise awareness about hunger in our community and empower students to create positive change.”
The fast begins Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. Participants will find the school day extra challenging as they won’t have that all important fuel for the brain: food! When they return to school at 6:00 p.m., they will enjoy overnight activities such as music, karaoke, games, sports, movies, and of course, sleep! Students will break the 24-hour fast at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 and will be rewarded with a feast.

Parents and community members are encouraged to attend a Silent Auction on Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. Monies raised from this event will go to 24 Hours for Hunger. Guests are welcome to stay for the opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.

“I am so impressed by the caring nature of our students,” says Karen Morrow, BSS teacher and 24 Hours for Hunger Supervisor. “They are aware of the needs of our community and our committee members have been willing to put in all the hours it takes to organize a big event like 24 Hours for Hunger. I know, and they know, that they can make a difference!”

In 2010, Bayside Secondary School became the first high school in Canada to host the 24 Hours for Hunger Campaign, raising $10,000 for local food banks and Bayside’s Food for Learning programme. They held an even more successful event in 2012. What sets 24 Hours for Hunger apart from other similar famines is that 100 percent of the funds are used to fight hunger since the event pays for any overhead costs through community donation.

For more information:

Karen Morrow (Event Supervisor) kmorrow@hpedsb.on.ca
Bayside Secondary School

Phone: 613 966-2922, ext. 2126

 

8th Annual Student Benefit Auction, Thursday, April 30, 2015

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All are welcome to attend the 8th Annual Student Benefit Auction on Thursday, April 30, 2015. This is a fundraiser for student nutrition programs.

Food for Learning is preparing to host the 8th Annual Student Benefit Auction.

This event is to raise funds to support student nutrition programs throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, April 30, 2015
TIME: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Avaya Canada, 250 Sidney Street, Belleville
TICKETS: $20, see below for purchase details

This exciting event is truly a ‘students helping students’ event. Students will be serving hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Many unique items will be available for auction. All proceeds from this event will be used to support nutrition programs, such as purchasing groceries, supplies and equipment needed to ensure that all students are attending school well fed and ready to learn.

For more information, to donate an item to the silent auction or purchase tickets, please contact:
Kellie Brace, Food for Learning Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4360, extension 2232, or kbrace@hpedsb.on.ca

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

A JEDI event at North Hastings HS develops student leadership

The Junior Enrichment Development Initiative (JEDI) at North Hastings High School is a two-year program in which grade 9 and 10 students are challenged to further develop their intellectual abilities by participating in leadership activities, cultural events and volunteer work within the community.

Each year, JEDI members take part in enrichment curriculum, several different educational tours, such as to New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Ottawa and Toronto, and engage with guest speakers who educate them on a variety of interesting subjects.

Pictured below: Students in the Junior Enrichment Development Initiative (JEDI) at North Hastings High School take part in an event in Bancroft on October 23, 2015.

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

Aboriginal culture, racism, bullying, storytelling are themes in “Spirit Horse” play

ETFO SpiritHorse 2015 FlyerStudents in Grades 5 – 8 at five elementary schools will see the award-winning theatre production Spirit Horse this week.

A world-class theatre experience, Spirit Horse is a play about two First Nations youth who are caught between two worlds—the traditional ways and the modern ways of the city. They are given new hope by a Spirit Horse that rides into their lives.

The play has proven to be a powerful learning experience about stereotyping and racism, one that offers an important message of hope for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

Performances at schools

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015: York River Public School, Bancroft, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15 2015: Prince Charles School, Belleville, 9:40 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Quinte Mohawk School, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, with student guests from Deseronto Public School, 1:35 – 2:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2015: Tyendinaga Public School, Shannonville, 9:45 – 10:50 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2015: Frankford Public School, Frankford, 1:45 – 2:50 p.m.

Spirit Horse links to student learning in the following ways:

  • Curriculum connections in Social Studies, Drama, Language Arts, Music
  • Character education connections for perseverance, fairness, teamwork
  • Themes: Aboriginal culture, racism, bullying, storytelling

Spirit Horse is a First Nations adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor (from the Irish play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks).

The 2015 tour of Spirit Horse is sponsored by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) with funding from the Ministry of Education and will be touring Southern Ontario Schools which have been nominated and selected by ETFO and the local 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

Accepting funding applications for Autism Spectrum Disorder Respite

The purpose of this funding is to provide meaningful respite opportunities for families and caregivers who are supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To be eligible, a child must have a diagnosis of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Rhett’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

Addition coming to Marmora Senior Public School

November 10, 2015—The Ministry of Education announced funding to build an addition at Marmora Senior Public School in Marmora.

This announcement is in response to a capital priority business case submitted to the Ministry of Education in the summer of 2015. The submission is for the construction of an addition to and renovation of the existing Marmora Senior Public School to create a JK to Grade 8 school to accommodate students from Earl Prentice Public School (presently JK to Grade 3) and Marmora Senior Public School (presently Grade 4 to 8).

“We are most appreciative of the investment the Ministry of Education is making in our schools,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair Board. “The addition and renovation support our strategic plan and will enhance student learning through modern, safe learning environments.”

The addition will include five new classrooms and a new double-size gym. The existing single-size gym will be converted to a learning commons/library.

Overall project cost is estimated to be $3.7 million. Ministry of Education funding is expected to be $3.2 million with the additional $500,000 coming from school board building renewal funds.

A community information session will be scheduled in the coming months. 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

Adventure Class Information Night, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Get to the heart of your child’s education with a unique experience at elementary school. The Adventure Class is a unique education program where students in Grades 1 – 6 learn with the shared support of teachers, families and the community. The program is offered at Queen Victoria School.

Adventure Class brochure (pdf)

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville
TAKEAWAYS: A presentation of the program, the application process, Q&As and classroom tours

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • The Adventure Class is a community of multi-age learners with an emphasis on real-life learning and discovery.
  • Older students help younger students and families share their skills, with a strong community focus.
  • Technology is integrated through programming. Both classrooms are equipped with SMART Boards and iPad technology.
  • The Adventure Class community extends to all family members including parents/guardians, grandparents and older siblings who regularly volunteer in the classroom.

Learning outside the classroom can include the following:

  • Monthly visits to the Belleville Public Library and Art Gallery
  • Hands-on workshops led by local artists, storytellers and musicians
  • Planned community events, such as Family Day at the H.R. Frink
  • Outdoor Education Centre, Student Art Auction
  • Local and out-of-town excursions to museums, farms, and markets
  • Weekly physical education outside the classroom (12 weeks of skating and 12 weeks of swimming)
  • Overnight excursions for Junior students
  • Family camping trip in June for both classes

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

Art Auction, Sale & Exhibition by the Adventure Class, Queen Victoria School

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Students in the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School are excited to announce their upcoming art auction, sale and exhibition.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Saturday, April 25, 2015
TIME: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Students, parents and local artists have created wonderful artwork. A variety of pieces will be for sale and auction, including large and small paintings, jewellery, sculptures, as well as gifts for every occasion and budget.

This event is a fundraiser for the Adventure Class, which is a unique education program where students in Grades 1 – 6 learn through the shared support of teachers, families and the community. It is open to all families in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

To donate artwork, please contact: donnadavies99@gmail.com

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

Bayside schools welcome Canadian author Eric Walters

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Eric Walters, author of Young Adult fiction, will be visiting with students from Bayside Public School and Bayside Secondary School on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Students at Bayside schools are looking forward to a visit by Canadian YA (Young Adult) author Eric Walters.

Walters is a former elementary school teacher. He has written more than 90 books. Many of his novels are geared to middle school and high school readers, but he has also penned several books aimed at even younger readers.

Bayside’s teen readers are loyal fans. Part of Mr. Walters’ appeal is his ability to explore a variety of story-lines. Students know when they go to the Learning Commons (Library), they will find Mr. Walters’ titles in Action/Adventure, Choices and Issues, Crime, and even Science Fiction!

Walters’ novels have dealt with a huge range of topics: Camp X, bullying, civilizations faced with the loss of technology, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, crossing the desert, preventing an asteroid from hitting the Earth, tribal unrest in Kenya, the earthquake in Haiti, the Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, to name just a few.

Walters will be speaking to Grade 7 and 8 students from Bayside Public School classes, and will also address three Grade 10 English classes at Bayside Secondary School as those students have been reading his Seven series. Book club members are looking forward to their own presentation, as well as a small group writing workshop.

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

Board Meeting Update #115, January 26, 2105

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February 2015.

Board Meeting Update #116, February 23, 2015

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in March 2015.

Board Meeting Update #117, March 23, 2015

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 2015.

Board Meeting Update #118

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in May 2015.

Board Meeting Update #119

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in June 2015.

Board Meeting Update #120, June 15, 2015

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in September 2015.

Board Meeting Update #121

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in September 2015.

Board Meeting Update #122, September 28, 2015

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 28, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in October 2015.

Board Meeting Update #123, October 26, 2015

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in November 2015.

Board Meeting Update #124, November 16, 2015

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 16, 2015 at York River Public School. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at a next meeting.

Board Meeting Update #125, December 5, 2015

This update provides a summary of the Annual Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2016.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees for 2014 to November 30, 2018

School board trustees are elected officials who are responsible for operating publicly-funded schools within their jurisdiction, and for the delivery and quality of educational programs and services. Legal accountability for Board decisions applies to the Board as a corporate entity rather than to individual trustees. Two student trustees are elected each year by the Student Senate to serve a one-year term on the Board. Trustees may be contacted regarding any questions, concerns or suggestions about the school within their jurisdiction or about education in general.

Articles: Understanding the role of a school board trustee

March 2015: History and purpose (pdf)

April 2015: Purpose of Board meetings (pdf)

May 2015: Establishing the board’s purpose, vision and goals (pdf)

June 2015: Developing and adopting policies (pdf)

Student trustees for 2014-2015

Student trustees participate in public school board meetings, represent student opinions at the Board level and participate actively on committees. Through student involvement at the Board level, Board members become aware of student issues and student opinions. Find out more on the Student Senate webpage.

Cameron Barry, Student TrusteeAlyssa Mifflin, Student Trustee

Cameron Barry

Student Trustee

Centre Hastings Secondary School

Alyssa Mifflin

Student Trustee

Centennial Secondary School

 

Budding scientists prepare for the 56th Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair

qrstf_logoFor more than 50 years, the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair (QRSTF) has provided students in the Quinte region with a platform to showcase their scientific research.

This year is no different. The 56th Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair is taking place in April.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2015
TIME: All day for students and judges only. The public awards ceremony will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Automotive Centre
LOCATION: Loyalist College, 376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville

Participants will present their exhibits to parents, fellow students, judges and the public.

This event brings a lot of interest from local students who are eager to share their scientific discoveries and research. Many school-based science fairs, clubs and classes have developed projects for this year’s event.

Five new French-language awards have been added this year, as well as a $1,000 entrance scholarship to Loyalist College.

Following this event, the 54th Canada-wide Science Fair is scheduled for May in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Five local participants will be able to compete at this national level.

More information about the QRSTF is online at www.qrstf.ca

For more information, please contact:
Scott Berry, QRSTF Coordinator, qrstf@live.com

Calling for nominations for 14th Annual Great Place Awards

gpawards_col_webDo you know someone who contributes to student achievement and well-being, and makes Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board A Great Place to Learn and A Great Place to Work! by going the extra mile? Consider nominating them for a Great Place Award.

Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. They honour and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to student achievement.

Nominations are accepted for students, employees, parents/guardians, volunteers and community partners—essentially anyone who makes a positive difference in students’ educational experiences or lives.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Complete details and nomination forms are available online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Monday, May 25 2015, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award winners and nominators will be notified in advance.

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

Celebrate music across Canada: “Music Monday” is May 4, 2015

Students across the district are eager to sing on Monday, May 4, 2015. That is the date of the annual Music Monday event when one song is performed by students across the country at the same time through different time zones.

The song for Music Monday this year is “We Are One” by musician and songwriter Connor Ross.

Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year as part of Education Week. .

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

Closing Ceremony & Reception for Queen Elizabeth PS (Trenton)

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A school closing ceremony and reception will be held at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Trenton to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

Queen Elizabeth Public School in Trenton will be closing at the end of June 2015. A celebration will be held to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
TIME: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 16 Sillers Avenue, Trenton

The school will be open to visit. Memorabilia of all types will be on display. Greetings and remarks by special guests will be at 5:30 p.m.

All are welcome to this community event. Visit with current and former staff, students and community partners.

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

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for 2014-2105

Congratulations to eight secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. The medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

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Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

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

Congratulations to the 2015 Great Place Awards recipients

Congratulations to Great Place Awards recipients who contribute to student achievement and well-being, and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of the Growing with Character core values.

14th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards (webpage) are the highest recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, employees, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2015 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Kirsten Babb, Teacher, Moira Secondary School
  • Kelly Briggs, Community Partner, Military Family Resource Centre
  • Lee Ann Clark, Educational Assistant, Trenton High School
  • Jim Doyle, Teacher, Moira Secondary School
  • Kim Foley, Educational Assistant, Madoc Township Public School
  • Monika Gajdosik, Teacher, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Brad Hendrick, Repair Technologist, Education Centre
  • Jackie Howat, Volunteer, Madoc Public School
  • Sheila Vincent, Volunteer, Tweed Elementary School
  • Liz Watson, Teacher, Stirling Public School

“All the nominations told wonderful stories about the person being nominated and how he or she has contributed to student achievement and well-being. The committee had a challenging task to review each one, then through discussion, determine which would become finalists,” said Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and committee chair.

Awards presentation

Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 21 nominations representing employees, volunteers, and community partners. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight Growing with Character core values: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Thank you to the Great Place Awards Committee for their respectful and caring review of the nominations:

  • Cameron Barry, Student Trustee, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Jennifer Cobb, Trustee
  • Paul Covert, Parent Involvement Committee Representative
  • Geoff Cudmore, The HPE Learning Foundation
  • Bonnie Danes, Trustee
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer & Committee Chair
  • Lee-Anne Kerr, Parent Involvement Committee Chair
  • Shelley Mackenzie-Coates, Principal, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Alyssa Mifflin, Student Trustee, Centennial Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst
  • Shelley Steele, Safe Schools Supervisor
  • Wendy Sutherland, Safe Schools Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Susan Sweet, The HPE Learning Foundation

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

Dates schools will be closed during July and August 2015

Below are the dates which elementary schools, secondary schools and the Education Centre will be open or closed during July and August 2015.

Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

  • Open from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays, beginning Friday, July 10 through to Friday, August 28, inclusive.
  • Closed to the public during a 2-week shut-down period beginning Monday, July 27 through to Friday, August 7, inclusive. We will re-open to the public on Monday, August 10.
  • General inquiries: 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension “0”

Dates Elementary Schools will be Closed

All elementary schools will be closed during July and August. They will re-open on Monday, August 31, 2015.

 

Dates Secondary Schools Will be Closed

Bayside Secondary School
  • All Fridays during July and August 2014.
Centennial Secondary School
  • Friday, July 10, 2015
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
  • Friday, July 24, 2015
  • Monday, July 27 through to Friday, August 14, 2015
  • Friday,August 21, 2015
  • Friday, August 28, 2015
Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
  • Monday, July 20, 2015
  • Friday, July 24 to Monday, July 31, 2015
  • Friday, August 14, 2015
Moira Secondary School
  • Friday, July 10, 2015
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
  • Monday, July 20 through to Friday, August 21, 2015
  • Friday, August 28, 2015
  • Friday, September 4, 2015
North Hastings High School
  • Monday, July 13 through to Friday, August 14, 2015
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • All Fridays in July & August 2015
  • Monday, July 27 through to Friday, August 7, 2015
Quinte Secondary School
  • All Fridays in July 2015
  • Friday, August 7, 2015
  • Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 21, 2015
  • Friday, August 28, 2015
Trenton High School
  • Friday, July 10, 2015
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
  • Tuesday, July 21 through to Monday, August 3, 2015
  • Friday, August 7, 2015 to Friday, August 21, 2015

Quinte Adult Education, based out of Quinte Secondary School
Open to the public during July and August as follows:
• Monday through to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Wednesdays – 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Closed on Fridays

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

Deseronto PS ‘Burp it On’ physical activity challenge goes international!

Are you up for a physical education challenge?

Jason Lloyd’s Grade 5/6 class at Deseronto Public School care about the health and well-being of themselves and other children, and are doing something about it.

They have designed and are promoting the ‘BURP IT ON’ physical activity challenge. They are hoping it will help promote an increase in healthy active living in today’s youth.

What’s it all about?

The “BURP IT ON” challenge requires participants to complete a minimum of 50 burpees (BURP is for BURPees), 3 minutes of wall sits, 100 jumping jacks, and 15 minutes of running, jogging, and/or jumping. Participants must complete the tasks within one week. The activities can be split up (i.e. divide wall sits into sets of 30 seconds). Once the challenge is completed, participants must “BURP IT ON” to another class, school or organization.

Current status of ‘BURP IT ON’

The “Burping” began on January 12, 2015. As of February 12, 2015, it had spread to 75 schools on 5 continents, 10 countries, 5 provinces, and 18 American states! Join in now! Find out how at ‘BURP IT ON’ physical activity challenge

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

Directors Office

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 39 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 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.

The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

We encourage you to visit this Web site often to read about our students’ celebrations of success, updates from the Board of Trustees, upcoming events and other newsworthy items. Visit our schools, find out the dates of school holidays or public Board meetings, or read news releases at your leisure. It’s all here for your information.

DO OUR SURVEY: School board looking for public input, until February 8, 2015

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is inviting all community members in Hastings County and Prince Edward County to take its 2015 Public Survey as part of its long-term planning www.HPEschools.ca/PublicSurvey/

“We’re looking for input from everyone,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway. “As the local public school board, we want to hear from community members, students, employees and families as we review our goals and priorities for the coming years.”

The school board’s current 5-year AiM System Plan will be coming to a conclusion at the end of June 2015. Planning is underway to develop a new multi-year system plan. Consultation with employees, trustees, families, students and the community is an important part of this process.

The public survey addresses five areas:

  1. The school board’s AiM System Plan, goals and priorities (general knowledge)
  2. Student knowledge, skills and characteristics
  3. Customer service
  4. Community use of school facilities
  5. Communicating with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

The electronic survey will be live for three weeks, from now until February 8, 2015. All responses will be confidential and anonymous. Results will be analyzed and reported in summary in mid- to late-March by an independent research firm. Paper copies are available at local schools and at the Education Centre, or can be obtained by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, or emailing communications@hpedsb.on.ca

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. The data will be used as part of the planning process for the new multi-year system plan. A draft plan will be presented to the Board in September 2015 for approval.

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

Event: Bayside PS presents “Aladdin Junior”

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Students in Grade 5 – 8 at Bayside Public School will be performing “Aladdin Junior” in mid-April.

Students at Bayside Public School are putting the final touches on their upcoming performance of “Aladdin Junior.”

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, Cafetorium, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
TICKETS: $8 for adults; $5 for youth, available in advance at Bayside Public School or at the door

This theatrical performance will feature students in Grades 5 to 8. Filled with spectacular songs and energy, this lively show will bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best!

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 25, 2015

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 25, 2015
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. All proceeds will go to the Loyalist Humane Society.

Examples of electronic waste items

  • Floor standing printing devices including printers, photocopiers, multi-function devices
  • Scanners
  • Typewriters
  • Telephones and answering machines
  • Cellular phones and pagers
  • Personal digital assistants and personal hand held computers
  • Audio and video players and recorders (e.g. MP3, cassette, digital)
  • Cameras (web, digital, analog)
  • Equalizers/(pre)amplifiers
  • Radios receivers
  • Speakers
  • Turntables
  • Video players/projectors
  • Digital frames
  • Video recorders
  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers
  • Computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, modems, hard drives, optical drives (CD, Blueray, DVD, HD-DVD))
  • Monitors
  • Televisions
  • Desktop printing devices, including desktop copiers and multi-function devices
  • Tires with rims, preferably
  • Scrap metal

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

EVENT: Free e-waste drop-off at Prince Edward CI, Saturday, October 31, 2015

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

DATE: Saturday, October 31, 2015
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton (back parking lot)

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 acceptable electronic waste items

  • Electronics (computers, peripherals, smartphones; MP3 players similar; a complete list is available on request)
  • Tires
  • Scrap metal

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please erase hard drives before dropping off your old computers.

Items that will not be accepted

  • Batteries
  • Microwave ovens
  • Small appliances, such as coffee makers, that are predominantly plastic
  • Any form of hazardous waste other than electronics

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 27, 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 25 to the morning of Monday, September 28, 2015.

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

French Immersion & Extended French Information Nights

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about French Immersion and Extended French programs.

Information Sessions for French Immersion & Extended French
FRENCH IMMERSION
Tuesday, March 3Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4Bayside Public School, 132 Aikins Road, Belleville, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), 35 Barker Street, Picton, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
EXTENDED FRENCH
Wednesday, March 11York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

In the fall of 2014, a survey was conducted with parents/guardians of students in Kindergarten to Grade 4 to determine the potential interest in expanding French Immersion or Extended French programs in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Three regions where programs are not currently in place were considered: Centre Hastings, Prince Edward County and Trenton.

NEW FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM IN PICTON (ONLY)

We are pleased to advise that based on the analysis of surveys from Prince Edward County schools, a new French Immersion Program will be offered at Queen Elizabeth School in Picton for Grade 4 students, beginning in September 2015, subject to sufficient enrolment.

At this time, new programs in Centre Hastings and Trenton will not be introduced in September 2015 based on the analysis of the surveys. The survey data will be considered as part of long-term program planning in these regions.

EXISTING PROGRAMS WILL CONTINUE

French Immersion will continue to be offered for students in Grades 4 -8 at Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School. For students in Grades 9 – 12, French Immersion will continue to be offered at Bayside Secondary School. Extended French for students in Grades 5 – 8 will continue to be offered at York River Public School in Bancroft.

We wish to thank all parents/guardians who were able to complete French Immersion/Extended French surveys. Your willingness to provide input about programs and services that support student achievement and well-being in Hastings Prince Edward District School Board is appreciated.

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

Highlights of EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics

Results for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics, written by students at the end of the semester in which they took Mathematics, indicated that 78% of students in Academic Math and 50% of students in Applied Math met or exceeded provincial standard. Overall results for are based upon both semesters for the 2014-2015 school year.

Achieving Level 3 or 4 on the assessment is equated with reaching the provincial standard expected in The Ontario Curriculum. Students who achieve at the provincial standard are well prepared to be successful in the next course, toward graduation. Unlike the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics is not a graduation requirement.

“Research shows that students’ confidence in math and their ability to see real world applications are positively related to achievement in math. We value the work of our caring, dedicated educators to develop numeracy skills in students,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

In recent years, HPEDSB Grade 9 results have mirrored the provincial results. During the last school year, the assessment was not conducted at all Ontario school boards due to labour action. As a result, provincial data is not available.

The collective work of educators has resulted in increasing the number of students who reached the provincial standard in Grade 9 compared to when they were in Grade 6. In Academic Math, 16% of students who performed at Level 2 in Grade 6 improved to Level 3 or 4 in Grade 9. In Applied Math, 38% of students who performed at Level 2 in Grade 6 improved to Level 3 or 4 in Grade 9.

Data from the provincial assessments is used to understand student learning in Mathematics. Professional learning for educators has focused on responding to student needs and monitoring progress. Teachers regularly talk with students about how to use math in everyday life and in the workplace. Parents are encouraged to continue this conversation at home.

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, February 2015

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: ideas to help children become successful communicators.
  • Literacy: promoting growth mindsets to believe that everyone can learn.
  • Healthy, caring schools: ideas about the physical, mental, socials and spiritual health of a school community.

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, January 2015

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: what is fluency and why does it matter?
  • Literacy: setting positive norms to encourage math literacy.
  • Healthy, caring schools: take a look at the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • Improving student learning: tips to support children’s Science 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, January 2016

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: help children develop effective literacy skills throughout adolescence.
  • Numeracy: concept of spatial reasoning and skills needed to problem solve.
  • Healthy, caring schools: bring back winter play. #WinterPlay
  • Improving student learning: four main sections in the Health and Physical Education curriculum.

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

How to apply for post-secondary scholarships

Did you know that students can apply for scholarships to help pay for post-secondary education?

Application dates vary, some are due soon.

Scholarships are available for demonstration of character or stewardship, student achievement or involvement at school or in the community.

To get started, students can talk with someone in their school’s Guidance or Student Services office. Our expert staff can let students know about scholarship opportunities and answer any questions.

Remember, application dates vary and some are due soon, so it’s a good time to start now!

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

IB students at Moira SS exceed world standard by 9%

Having a well organized and managed vision goes a long way to ensuring success for almost any project. For Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator and Teacher and MSS, vision has contributed to student success in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Moira Secondary School (MSS).

Results from final IB exams written by MSS IB students in May 2015 were above the world average. In fact, this is a consistent outcome in recent years.

In May 2013 MSS IB results were 13% above the world standard. In 2015, the school average in all subjects topped the IB World Schools average by 10%.

In individual subjects, MSS IB students led the world average by as much as 26%.

Overall, MSS IB students have exceeded the IB World Schools results by an average of 9% over the last three years.

Each year, MSS IB students are accepted into their universities and programs of choice. In the last three years, MSS IB graduates have accumulated an annual average of $380,000 in scholarships and financial aid. These awards demonstrate the high regard universities have for the IB Diploma Programme, and the high regard universities have for MSS IB graduates.

May 2016 and 32 students will complete IB exams in May 2017.

The IB Programme is a rigorous course of study which provides students in their final two years of secondary school with 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 (three semesters of study) or Standard Level (two semesters of study). Subjects studied at Higher Level are equal to a first year university course.

A family of IB-related programmes is offered at Moira Secondary School:

  • the IB Diploma Programme for Grade 11 and 12 students
  • the MSS-specific IB Foundations Programme for Grade 9 and 10 students
  • the Destinations Programme for Grade 7 and 8 students (through Harry J. Clarke Public School)

Eighteen MSS students will write IB exams in 2016.

For information about the IB Diploma Programme at Moira please contact:
Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator and Teacher, 613-962-8668, ext. 1119, or ccooper@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Improved literacy test results in some categories

Results for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), written by Grade 10 students last spring, indicate that 96 percent of students in Academic courses were successful, surpassing the provincial average of 93 percent. In addition, students who self-identify as First Nations were also highly successful, achieving 76 percent, well above the provincial average of 59 percent.

Overall results indicate that 70% of first-time participating students were successful as compared to the provincial average of 82%.

“We continue to be proud of the hard work of our educators who continue to develop the literacy skills students need to be successful on this assessment and in life,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

NEXT STEPS

In order to more fully understand these results, staff will be examining the data as it relates to how students are succeeding in various course types (e.g. Academic, Applied and Locally Developed), by gender and special education needs. A more specific and detailed analysis will allow schools to continue to focus efforts to close gaps in student achievement results. For example, secondary schools offer after school literacy programs for students.

“As educators, we continue to prioritize the work ahead of us to know our students, respond to their needs and monitor their progress to meet graduation requirements,” remarked Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Curriculum Services.

QUICK FACTS

  • Grade 10 students in all eight secondary schools wrote the OSSLT.
  • The percentage of eligible students who wrote the test was at an all-time high due to reduced deferral rates.
  • The total number of first-eligible participating students was 1,000.
  • Of those, 252 (or 25 percent) had an Individual Education Plan (IEP). An IEP is a written plan describing the Special Education program and/or services required by the student.

The 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.

Parents/guardians of students who wrote the OSSLT last spring received individual results for their child in June and are encouraged to review them then contact the school with any questions.

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: April 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm