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Invitation for public input on planning/partnerships procedure

Originally published November 17, 2015.

Cooperative and collaborative relationships between school boards and community organizations contribute to a strong, vibrant and sustainable public education system.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is inviting public input on a new community planning and partnerships procedure, formerly called Facility Partnerships.

Procedure 570: Community Planning and Partnerships, is based on the Ministry of Education Community Planning and Partnerships (CPP) Guideline (pdf), released in March 2015. It links with Board Policy 15: Student Enrolment/School Capacity: Pupil Accommodation Review.

Procedure 570: Community Planning and Partnerships, describes the process for establishing facility partnerships with community organizations in new and existing facilities where students are taught, and for effectively sharing planning information with community organizations, including land use and green space/park planning.

Members of the public are invited to provide input on the revised procedure, in writing, to the Director’s Office at directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca, by Friday, January 8, 2016.

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

Raffle at Trenton High to benefit local charities

Students at Trenton HS are showing care for the community by hosting the first annual Christmas raffle.

They have been decking the halls with baskets of goodies. Raffle ticket sales, which are open to the public, are being held at the high school between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. during the week of December 14 (Monday to Friday).

With more than 30 baskets and silent auction items, there is something for everyone!

Thank you to the Student Athletic Association for organizing this fun event.

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

Re-elected chair and vice-chair for public school board

Trustee Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Lucille Kyle was re-elected as vice-chair of the Board at the annual public Board meeting held Monday, December 7, 2015. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually each December.

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

“It is an honour to be chosen to lead the Board for another year. Serving students through public education is our core business. Our focus is on fulfilling our vision to prepare and empower all students for the possibilities of today and tomorrow,” remarked Inch.

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

“It is incredible to be part of such a vibrant learning organization which is so focused on students. Over the past year I have had a huge learning curve and have appreciated the support from other Board members, employees and the community. It is a privilege to serve as vice-chair and, in that role, to continue engaging with the Student Senate,” remarked Kyle.

Inch was first elected to the Board in December 2006 and was acclaimed as a school board trustee in the October 2010 and October 2014 municipal elections. He was appointed Board chair in June 2011, and was re-elected to that role in December 2011, 2012, 2013 , 2014 and now in 2015.

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

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

Kyle was first elected to the Board in the October 2010 municipal elected and was re-elected in October 2014. She was first elected as Board vice-chair in December 2014 and now in 2015.

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

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

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 38 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement and well-being is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for learning and leading.

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 #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.

Muzikwerkz to perform at Trenton High, December 8, 9, 2015

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Student musicians of Muzikwerx will be performing at Trenton High School on December 8 & 9 (Tuesday & Wednesday) 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Trenton High School will be hosting a pop/rock concert featuring students.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: December 8 & 9, 2015 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton
TICKETS: $10 for adults, $5 for students (free admission for under age 8), available at the door.

Muzikwerx, which consists of a 5-piece student-led rock band paired with a choir (the vocal class) and a horn section, will be performing classic rock songs by Heart, Coldplay, Janis Joplin, The Who, Pat Benetar, The Weekend, The Arkells, Joan Jett, Blondie, Kansas and more.

All proceeds will help purchase new instruments for the Music program.

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

Royal Kindness Ninjas interviewed on CBC Radio

Posted November 25, 2015

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The Royal Kindness Ninjas at Queen Victoria School delivered kindness flyers and rocket candies to community businesses and other schools in connection with the HPEDSB Say One Nice Thing campaign.

We are excited to share a good news story. This morning, Queen Victoria School was featured on CBC Radio for its Royal Kindness Ninjas campaign.

It came about as a class response to the HPEDSB Say One Nice Thing initiative.

Grade 4/5 teacher Teresa Mason and her class came up with the concept of Royal Kindness Ninjas, complete with curriculum connections, costumes, flyers, ‘rocket’ candies, kindness acts and a ‘tag, you’re it’ approach.

Teresa and student Trey Ruttan chatted with Ontario Morning host Wei Chen this morning.

Listen to the audio clip for more. This is a sound file

According to teacher Teresa Mason, the Royal Kindness Ninjas campaign has been a worthwhile learning experience for students.

“My students are obsessed with this campaign and it has turned out to be such an authentic way to connect curriculum. They estimated the cars in the parking lots, the elapsed time between each location to ensure they arrived on time, the unit and then total cost of the rockets, and where the cheapest place was to buy them.”

“This week has been amazing but the students and I are really excited about what happens next. We are going to have regular tags and a monthly focus of acts of kindness. They are already brainstorming free things they can do, from bagging leaves at the rose garden, to removing snow from windshields of seniors’ apartments,” she added.

Keep track of the Royal Kindness Ninjas by following @KindNinjaTag on Twitter.

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

Local M.P. to visit with students at V.P. Carswell Elementary School

Students at V.P. Carswell Elementary School are excited to host their local Member of Parliament this week.

As a result of classroom activities, Neil Ellis, M.P. for Bay of Quinte, will be meeting with students in Grade 5/6 and 7/8.

Recently Grade 5/6 students wrote to Mr. Ellis to describe themselves and their lives. They also shared their thoughts and ideas on a variety of topics ranging from the serious to the silly, including the following:

  • getting old and health care for the elderly;
  • issues affecting the local community;
  • foreign policy; and
  • being able to eat candy in school.

During the October 2015 federal election, Grade 7/8 students organized and participated in a mock election. They compiled issues, studied the candidates and party leaders, created a voting process, voted, graphed results, then posted results in the hallway.

The two classes, along with teachers Nicola Toomath for the Grade 5/6 class and Sarah Morrison for the Grace 7/8 class are thrilled that Mr. Ellis accepted the invitation.

DATE: Thursday, November 19
TIME: 9:30 a.m. (45 minutes with the Grade 5/6 class; 45 minutes with the Grade 7/8 class)
LOCATION: V.P. Carswell Elementary School, 4 Seneca Road, Trenton

V.P. Carswell Elementary is a JK-8 school. Located in a subdivision near Canadian Forces Base Trenton, the school serves approximately 180 students.

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 #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.

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

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

Info night for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, Wed., November 25, 2015

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Students and parents/guardians are invited to an information session about the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Foundations Programmes at Moira Secondary School.

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

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DATE: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact:
Moira Secondary School, 613-962-8668
Grant Montgomery, Principal
Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, December 2015

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Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

This is the fourth in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . .
that a key responsibility of a school board is to develop and adopt policies that reflect the board’s purpose and goals, and provide the framework for implementing the strategic plan?

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees regularly review policies to ensure they are up to date and relevant. All HPEDSB policies can be accessed online at www.HPEschools.ca.

School boards recognize that the public trust placed in them as a collective body is honoured through determining and enforcing norms of acceptable behavior. Having a code of conduct for school board members is an effective and essential governance practice which promotes public confidence and enhances the effectiveness of the board.

The HPEDSB Code of Conduct was developed collaboratively by all board members. It provides a common understanding about how to facilitate the work of Board members with appropriate authority and integrity and, thereby promote public confidence.

Trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees:

  • Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board
  • Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board
  • Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton
  • Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings
  • Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County
  • Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings
  • Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney

As a member of the Board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the Board’s by-laws, be loyal to the Board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2015-2016 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at Board meetings. They are not members of the Board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote although they have the same opportunities for participation at Board meetings.

The 2015-2016 student trustees are:

  • Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Morgan Hillier, Moira Secondary School

Source: Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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

Invitation for public input on the pupil accommodation review policy

Originally published October 20, 2015

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is asking members of the public for their input into the Student Enrolment/School Capacity: Pupil Accommodation Review policy (pdf file).

Members of the public are invited to provide suggestions for the revised policy, in writing, to the Director’s Office at directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca, by Friday, November 6, 2015.

Background

In March 2015, the Ministry of Education released a new Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline which provides direction to school boards about the pupil accommodation review process.

School boards are responsible for establishing and complying with their pupil accommodation review policies to serve their local needs. School boards are required to consult with their communities prior to adopting or amending pupil accommodation policies.

School boards are responsible for managing their school capital assets in an effective manner. They must respond to changing demographics and program needs while ensuring continued student achievement and well-being, and the financial viability/sustainability of the school board.

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

Prestigious provincial award for Centre Hastings SS

Congratulations to Centre Hastings Secondary School on being awarded the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement.

Centre Hastings SS was recognized, in part, for actions by Grade 9 Math teachers to engage with Grade 7 and 8 teachers from feeder schools for professional learning and planning together.

These efforts have led to educators from elementary and secondary schools having a common understanding and use of strategies to improve student learning. The result: smooth transitions for students moving from elementary school into secondary school.

Read the EQAO recognition story.

According to the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), each year EQAO collects stories of schools that have been successful in using data to improve student achievement. The remarkable outcomes at these schools show how good information can help dedicated professionals identify areas for improvement and make targeted improvements. EQAO shares these stories so that other schools throughout Ontario can learn about their successful practices.

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

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.

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

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

Tentative agreement reached for the public school board and secondary school teachers

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 29 are pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative settlement on local bargaining issues.

“This is welcome news! It was a tremendous effort by our local OSSTF and Board negotiating teams. They worked together through a respectful negotiations process to come to agreement on local issues which are in support of student achievement and well-being,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

“We are pleased to have reached a tentative settlement with the Board. After nine months of challenges presented by a new negotiations process, we believe we have achieved a respectful and fair agreement for our members,” said Doug Ferguson, President of OSSTF District 29.

Ratification votes by both parties will take place in the coming weeks. No other details will be released at this time.

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

Teachers experienced ‘a day in the trades’

teacher_trades_day_loyalist3 teacher_trades_day_loyalist5On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, teachers from all eight secondary schools participated in a day of skilled trades workshops at Loyalist College. This was generously sponsored by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Teacher Trades Day Newsletter (pdf)

Teachers of the Student Success, Careers, and Co-op programs, along with in-school Special Education heads and Guidance counsellors discovered the variety of career opportunities that are available to students who are interested in the skilled trades.

After learning about the programs offered by Loyalist College, the job outlook for graduates, and the numeracy involved, the teachers then participated in many hands-on experiences.

Teachers signed up for three different workshop sessions including Automotive, Construction, Electrical, Precision Machining, Surveying and Welding.

According to organizer and curriculum coordinator Erna Sorensen, this event was a worthwhile experience for educators to become more familiar with the apprenticeship pathway, particularly to see the range of opportunities in the trades for students.

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, November 2015

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Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

This is the third in a series about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees play a critical role in establishing the board’s vision, mission and priorities?

Through their consultative work with their community and working with the senior leadership, trustees develop and approve a multi-year strategic plan.

The four priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan are: Achieving Excellence & Equity, Leadership & Learning, Public Confidence and Well-Being.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees regularly consult with their constituents through a multi-year cycle of a district survey, regional meetings and focus groups.

Trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees:

  • Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board
  • Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board
  • Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton
  • Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings
  • Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County
  • Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings
  • Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney

As a member of the Board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the Board’s by-laws, be loyal to the Board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2015-2016 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at Board meetings. They are not members of the Board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote although they have the same opportunities for participation at Board meetings.

The 2015-2016 student trustees are:

  • Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Morgan Hillier, Moira Secondary School

Source: Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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

Join in recognizing Educational Assistant Day, October 21

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

Each year on the third Wednesday of October, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board recognizes Educational Assistant Day. This year it falls on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, supported through Growing with Character. Each day, educational assistants interact with students who have a wide range of abilities. Educational assistants demonstrate skill, caring, compassion and patience, and play an important role in supporting student achievement and well-being. They are dedicated professionals who work in diverse roles and settings.

This Wednesday, please join in recognizing the dedicated educational assistants at HPEDSB.

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

Join in recognizing Canadian Library Support Staff Day, Friday, October 16

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The third Friday of October is designated as Canadian Library Support Staff Day. This year it is recognized on Friday, October 16.

Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, supported through Growing with Character. In support of these priorities, library technicians at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board engage with students each day to promote literacy and a love of reading. They connect students and staff with library resources to support student learning, achievement and well-being. Their skills are a vital part of keeping our school libraries and learning commons areas as the literacy hubs of our schools.

According to the Canadian Library Association, the purpose of the day “is an opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for the efforts of library technicians, library assistants, library clerks, shelvers, and all other support staff who help ensure libraries remain integral to communities served through our public, private, school, government, academic, and corporate libraries.”

Please join in recognizing Canadian Library Support Staff Day on Friday, October 16, 2015.

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

Join in recognizing Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, October 8, 2015

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

Thursday, October 8, 2015, is recognized as Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario. It is a time to recognize the skills and commitment of employees who engage with our youngest students.

Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, supported through Growing with Character. Early childhood educators (ECEs) who work in our classrooms have knowledge of early childhood development, observation and assessment. They bring a focus on age-appropriate program planning that promotes each child’s physical, cognitive, language, emotional, social and creative development and well-being.

In our organization, ECEs work in partnership with the classroom teacher, contributing to our students’ social, intellectual, emotional and physical development. Their collective commitment to young children is truly valued at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Please join in celebrating early childhood educators on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

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

Join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2015

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

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

Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, supported through Growing with Character. Every day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, our dedicated and caring teaching staff make a difference in students’ lives. Their professionalism and commitment to student achievement and well-being are valued and appreciated.

Nationally, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation promotes World Teachers’ Day through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession.

Please join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day on Monday, October 5.

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

Join in recognizing National Custodial Workers’ Day, October 2, 2015

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

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

Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, supported through Growing with Character. Custodians, as important members of our school communities, help to create caring and welcoming environments, and they connect with community members and families on a regular basis.

Each day, custodians ensure that our schools and offices are safe. They create clean learning and working environments. We rely on our custodians every day, truly appreciating their commitment and hard work. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals as part of the HPEDSB team!

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

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

Orange Shirt Day, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, all in our school communities are invited to participate in Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters. It is to honour people who attended residential schools. Participating indicates our collective spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations.

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, is an outcome of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School commemoration event that took place in Williams Lake, B.C. Residential schools survivor Phyllis Webstad shared how, at the age of six, her new orange shirt was taken away the day she arrived at the Mission school.

From that moment on, the color orange came to represent pain, loss and trauma for Webstad. She was haunted by the color throughout her life.

Today, the orange shirt, once associated with loss of belonging and self-worth, is now becoming the symbol of recognition of people who attended residential schools. With time and continued awareness, it is also a step towards reconciliation and a commitment to ensure that “Every Child Matters.”

The date was chosen because it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes to residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day is a national movement that has gained momentum in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind. In addition, Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

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 #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.

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

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.

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, October 2015

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Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

This is the second in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees meet regularly and the framework for Board meetings is set out in the Education Act?

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board holds public Board meetings on the fourth Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Agendas and minutes are posted on the board website at www.HPEschools.ca > About HPEDSB > Board and Committee Meetings.

At public Board meetings, trustees use Robert’s Rules of Order as the accepted parliamentary procedure to ensure orderly and productive meetings.

The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees:

  • Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board
  • Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board
  • Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton
  • Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings
  • Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County
  • Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings
  • Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney

As a member of the Board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the Board’s by-laws, be loyal to the Board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2014-2015 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at Board meetings. They are not members of the Board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote although they have the same opportunities for participation at Board meetings.
The 2015-2016 student trustees are:

  • Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Morgan Hillier, Moira Secondary School

Source: Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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

Looking for feedback on the new strategic plan

The school board is working through development of a new 5-year strategic plan. The following is proposed content. A designed version will be created once the content is finalized.

We welcome your feedback through email to: communications@hpedsb.on.ca

Draft 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

Vision
Students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.

Mission
We create dynamic, inclusive educational experiences that develop capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities.

Strategic priorities

  • Achieving Excellence & Ensuring Equity
  • Well-Being
  • Learning & Leadership
  • Public Confidence

Strategic goals
ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE & ENSURING EQUITY

  • Increase graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard.
  • Provide programs and services to help each student achieve success.
  • Support all students to be global-minded leaders and learners.

WELL-BEING

  • Develop the elements of well-being for students and employees collaboratively.
  • Create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential.
  • Build the capacity of employees to deliver positive social and emotional learning experiences.

LEARNING & LEADERSHIP

  • Collaborate as a learning organization to engage all employees in developing their growth plans.
  • Involve students, cultivate student leadership and voice.
  • Implement a renewed succession planning process for school and system leaders.

PUBLIC CONFIDENCE

  • Ensure effective management of all resources (human, financial, environmental, etc.).
  • Operate through good governance.
  • Be leaders in public education.

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, September 2015

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Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

This is the first in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees were the first democratically elected representatives in Ontario? This is a history that began in 1816.

Trustees are the elected/appointed representatives for a defined area. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Trustees are collectively charged with governing the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
through: accountability, community representation, decision making, communication, advocacy and leadership.

Trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees:

  • Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board
  • Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board
  • Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton
  • Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings
  • Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County
  • Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings
  • Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow
  • Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney

As a member of the Board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the Board’s by-laws, be loyal to the Board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2014-2015 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the Board. They are not members of the Board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote but they have the same opportunities for participation at meetings of the board.

The 2014-2015 student trustees are:

  • Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Morgan Hillier, Moira Secondary School

Sources: Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario, April, 2009 and Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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

School registration dates, first day of school

We are looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to school on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

New to our school board? Here’s how to register your child
Please contact your home school to arrange a convenient time to register your child. Elementary schools will be open during the week of August 31, 2015. Secondary schools will be open for new registrations on specific dates at the end of August (scroll down to the table).

When you visit the school to register, please bring:

  1. A birth certificate or passport as written proof of the child’s date of birth.
  2. Immunization card. You will be asked to fill out a health unit form which will be sent to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health along with a photocopy of the immunization card. Important information about immunizations (pdf)
  3. Precise information about the child’s residence location, including lot, concession, postal code and 911 address.

Register your child for Kindergarten

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Our schools offer full-day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten. How to register your child for Kindergarten.

Student transportation

Please contact your child’s school to complete an application for transportation. To find out which school your child will attend, visit Tri-Board Student Transportation Services online (triboard.ca) or call 1.866.569.6638. Have your child’s OEN (Ontario Education Number) and birth date available.

Please note: If your child is already registered for a school bus for 2015-2016, pick up/drop off locations and times will be available on the Tri-Board website beginning Monday, August 17, 2015. Have your child’s OEN (Ontario Education Number) and birth date handy.

Thank you for choosing Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!

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

New Trenton school construction to begin in early September

Construction of the new Trenton elementary school is a step closer to beginning after a tender for construction was awarded today. Board members approved a $10.3 million contract for Garritano Bros. Ltd. to build the new school, including making modifications to the existing site for parking, bus loading and storm water drainage systems.

“With the tender approval today we are on track to start construction in September. We are excited to be at this point of the project,” said Leslie Miller, Superintendent of Business Services.

The new school will bring together students from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School. It will be built on the existing site of Queen Elizabeth Public School. Demolition of that school is already underway. Construction will begin as soon as the demolition is finished.

“This is the fourth new school being built in HPEDSB. We are bringing what we have learned from those projects to this one. We’re so pleased that Trenton will have a new, state-of-the-art learning facility for students, families and the community. Connecting with families and the community has been an important part of our process and we’re looking forward to that continuing,” Miller added.

Details about the new Trenton elementary school

The new school will be designed similar to others that have been built in our district in the past two years:

  • It will be a rectangle-shaped 1 ½ storey building of 55,500 square feet for 560 students.
  • The centre corridor (from front to back) will have a learning commons (library), a 2-sided stage and a large gymnasium. Standing in the front foyer, you will be able to see straight through to the back gym wall.
  • The classroom learning environments will be bright and colourful with large windows for natural light. They will include spaces where students can learn together, play together and work together.

Planning for this project began in the spring of 2014 following an accommodation review for some Trenton schools. The proposed opening date is January 2017.

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 #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.

Upcoming meetings to approve a construction tender

Two special public meetings will take place on Thursday, August 13, 2015 for the purpose of approving a tender for the construction of the new Trenton elementary school, as follows:

  • Operations and Finance Committee at 11:00 a.m.
  • Board Meeting immediately following the above meeting.

Agendas will be available at each meeting.

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

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

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 Trustee Alyssa Mifflin, Student Trustee

Cameron Barry

Student Trustee

Centre Hastings Secondary School

Alyssa Mifflin

Student Trustee

Centennial Secondary School

 

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.

Moira SS student Ben Bacic selected for provincial advisory council

Ben Bacic pictured with the director of education and Moira Secondary School principal
Ben Bacic, centre, a Grade 11 student at Moira Secondary School, was selected for the Minister’s Student Advisory Council. He is pictured with Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education and Grant Montgomery, Principal.

Congratulations to Ben Bacic, Moira Secondary School, who is one of 60 students in the province chosen to be on the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC).

Bacic is going into Grade 12 in September 2015 and is thrilled to be involved.

“My experience with student voice initiatives has come in many forms: Speak Up conferences, leadership camps, school board meetings, and research forums, to name a few. Working with other passionate students like myself, and devoted staff, I have been able to identify that I, as a student, and we, as a student population, need a school environment that we are all comfortable and engaged in. Resolving the issues that students find within their school environment has been my duty ever since, and the opportunity that MSAC provides me in expanding my work led me to apply. Now that I have been accepted, I will further support my own school with the skills I develop through MSAC, but will also now be able to support all of my fellow students across Ontario in assuring that they have a comfortable and fun environment to work in! – Ben Bacic, Moira Secondary School.

What is the Minister’s Student Advisory Council?

The Minister’s Student Advisory Council is a group of approximately 60 students from all parts of the publicly funded education system and regions of the province.

Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario’s publicly funded schools remain the best in the world.

The council is about empowering youth to ‘be the change.’ Council members think big, SpeakUp and take action to help other students across the province. They share perspectives and act as change agents by expressing their views directly to the Minister of Education.

What is involved?

The council meets with the Minister of Education twice during the year to share their ideas. During their term, council members create sub-committees on matters of interest and meet virtually to discuss them. They may be invited to participate in consultations regarding policies or programs that impact on students. MSAC members are invited to attend their Regional Student Forum.

Past HPEDSB students who have been MSAC members are:

  • Amy Owen, Grade 11, Centennial Secondary School, for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Lauren Barry, Grade 8, Tweed Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.

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

Public survey results indicate satisfaction, likelihood to recommend HPEDSB

Results from a public survey hosted by Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board indicate satisfaction with school board interactions and the likelihood to recommend an HPEDSB school.

The online survey was open to internal and external stakeholders from January 15 – February 8, 2015. The primary objectives were to measure target audience agreement/alignment with the current goals and to determine whether other/new goals should be included in the planning for the next multi-year system plan. Secondary objectives were to evaluate communication preferences and assess stakeholder experience from customer service.

“We are very pleased with the input from our internal and external stakeholders,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education. “The survey results are being used now, along with other data, to plan for our new strategic plan which will come into effect in the fall.”

Survey highlights

  • 62% of respondents said they are very/somewhat satisfied with their experience interacting with HPEDSB.
  • 64% of respondents said they are likely to recommend a school of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board as an education provider.
  • Email is the most preferred method of communication by which to receive information from HPEDSB (48%), followed by school websites (39%), the HPEDSB website (39%) and school newsletters (36%).

A total of 1,547 respondents completed the survey (a higher number started the survey). Members of the community and parent/guardians accounted for two-thirds of survey respondents (66%). Employees accounted for 15% of respondents. Representatives of community agencies and students accounted for 3% each. ‘Other’ respondents were a mix and included ‘concerned citizens’, former students and parents of future students.

The margin of error ranges from +/- 2.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level (n=1,547) to +/- 1.9 percentage points (n=2,705). The survey instrument was refined and results were analyzed by Quadra Research.

The complete report is available online or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350 to receive a paper copy.

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

Student Brycen Roy, Trenton HS, awarded top prizes for safety video

Congratulations to Brycen Roy, a Grade 11 student at Trenton High School who recently won top provincial and national prizes for a safety video he created.

Byrcen’s video, “Rewind” earned 1st Place at the national contest hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. That prize won him $2,000, with the same amount going to the school.

At the provincial level, “Rewind” placed second and won Brycen $1,500 and a matching amount for the school.

Links to the national and provincial contest pages

Provincial: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/contest/index.php

National: http://www.ccohs.ca/youngworkers/video_contest.html

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)

QET School Closure Flyer 2015
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

Muzikwerkz to perform at Trenton High, Thurs., June 4, 2015

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Student musicians of Muzikwerx will be performing at Trenton High School on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Trenton High School will be hosting a pop/rock concert featuring students.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, June 4, 2015
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

TICKETS: $10 for adults, $5 for students (free admission for under age 8), available at the door.

Muzikwerx, which consists of a 5-piece student-led rock band paired with a choir (the vocal class) and a horn section, will be performing classic rock songs such as Cold As Ice, Barracuda and Mr. Roboto, as well as some new music by The Black Keys, Lorde and Taylor Swift.

All proceeds will help purchase new instruments for the Music program.

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

Last updated: December 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm