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.

EVENT DETAILS event flyer
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

INPUT: Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy, until February 6, 2015

The Ontario government is looking for input on its Special Needs Strategy.

The provincial vision is for an Ontario where children and youth with special needs get the timely and effective services they need to participate fully at home, at school, in the community, and as they prepare to achieve their goals for adulthood.

Improving this system requires innovative approaches to addressing challenges and barriers, as well as open collaboration across sectors and at both the provincial and local levels.

There are many ways to participate:

  1. Online survey: Complete an online survey at: Special Needs Survey. The survey will be available until 5:00 p.m. on February 6.
  2. Write: Send an email to info@laridaecommunications.com. Submissions will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 6.
  3. In-person: Attend a feedback session. RSVP and learn more at: Focus Group Sign-Up
  4. Participate: Join a working group. We welcome applications from parents, youth, and citizens interested in volunteering their time, sharing their expertise, and helping to achieve our collective vision. Interested in applying? Click here to learn more, and please submit an application by 5:00 p.m. on February 6.

To achieve the above vision, Ontario needs a Special Needs Strategy that:

  • identifies children’s needs earlier and gets them the right help sooner;
  • coordinates service planning for children with multiple or complex special needs; and makes rehabilitation services more seamless from birth through the school years.

The goal is for Ontario’s children and youth with special needs and their families to have:

  • a single point of intake with clearly articulated service plans;
  • seamless integration of a range of services; and
  • smooth transitions in and out of a range of supports and services.

For more general information on this process, please visit: Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy.

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 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

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

 

Invitation to apply to become a member of the Board

Due to a vacancy, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is seeking one qualified public school Board member to represent the electoral districts of Municipality of Tweed, Town of Deseronto and Township of Tyendinaga, known as Southeast Hastings, for the remaining term which ends November 30, 2018.

If you would like to be considered for this position,
please apply by Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. to:
Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario K8N 3L3

To learn more about the role, please refer to the advertisement and additional details page.

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 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 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

Join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, April 2

Thursday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day to develop and increase world knowledge about autism.

The AiM System Plan identifies Reaching High Levels of Student Achievement and Promoting Well-being for Students and Employees as priorities for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

As employees of HPEDSB, we have chosen a profession that is in the service of student achievement and well-being. Through our daily interactions with students, their families, community partners and each other, we strive to create welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments where all students can achieve success in their chosen pathway.

According to the organization Autism Speaks/Light it Up Blue, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.
Source: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/waad/about-world-autism-awareness-day

World Autism Awareness Day was adopted by a resolution of the United Nations in 2007.

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

Labour update

Elementary

Information regarding negotiations with ETFO—Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

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Parent letter about EQAO testing (pdf)

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is the agency responsible for standardized testing in Ontario. EQAO assessments measure student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations.

The tests were scheduled to take place between May 25 and June 5, 2015 in all Grade 3 and Grade 6 classes. EQAO has advised that they will not be sending assessment materials to schools that are experiencing job action. This includes Hastings and Prince Edward schools, as well as all other elementary schools in the English-language public system.

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Important notice for families of elementary school children

Province-wide job action by elementary teachers

This is provide important information about the status of provincial labour negotiations, specifically with respect to elementary teachers.

Collective agreements for all teachers in Ontario expired at the end of August 2014. Meetings to negotiate new contracts have been taking place between the provincial government, unions and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table, for a number of months.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) has received official notice from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) that it intends to begin provincial strike action on Monday, May 11, 2015. It is our understanding that teachers will begin an administrative work to rule campaign.

It is important for you to know that all HPEDSB elementary schools will be open as normal on Monday, May 11, 2015.

While we have not yet received details, we anticipate that planned teacher job actions may include not performing duties related to the EQAO test and/or not participating in professional development activities that are provincially directed.

HPEDSB believes in, and is committed to, the collective bargaining process, and values all employees for their commitment to student achievement and well-being. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.

We know it is critical for families to have factual, up-to-date information. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. They will be shared through our website www.HPEschools.ca and Twitter at @HPEschools.


If you have questions, or want to know what is happening with HPEschools related negotiations: Look for updates online and on social media

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

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

Modern learning facility coming to the Trenton community

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create outstanding learning environments in our district. This is to provide an update on construction of the new Trenton elementary school. It will bring together students from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School.

“We are very fortunate to have a new, modern learning facility being built in the Trenton community. Our new Trenton elementary school, Kindergarten – Grade 8, will be a state-of-the-art learning environment for students, families, employees and our community partners,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The new Trenton elementary school will be built on the exact location of the existing Queen Elizabeth Public School. In order for that to happen, Queen Elizabeth Public School will close as of June 30, 2015. The school will be demolished during July and August 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2015. The proposed opening date for the new Trenton elementary school is January 2017.

PLANS FOR SCHOOL START-UP IN SEPTEMBER 2015

The following changes will be in place for September 2015. A letter will be going home with students (PDF) at the affected schools on Monday, April 27, 2015.

  • QUEEN ELIZABETH PUBLIC SCHOOL Will close at the end of June 2015. Students will move to Breadner Elementary School from September 2015 to January 2017. Students will then move to the new Trenton elementary school in January 2017.
  • BREADNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Students will remain at Breadner. Students will move to the new Trenton elementary school in January 2017. In the meantime, Breadner will welcome all students from Queen Elizabeth Public School in September.
  • NORTH TRENTON PUBLIC SCHOOL Will become a K – Grade 5 school in September 2015, then a K – Grade 6 school in September 2016. Students going into Grade 7 will move to the new Trenton elementary school in September 2017.
  • V.P. CARSWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Will become a K – 8 school during construction. Intermediate students will move to the new Trenton elementary school in September 2017.
  • COLLEGE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL No changes. Students will move to the new Trenton elementary school in January 2017.
  • PRINCE CHARLES PUBLIC SCHOOL Is not affected by the new school build.
  • TRENTON HIGH SCHOOL Although the high school is not affected by the new school build, Trenton High will continue to welcome all Grade 8 students who are going into Grade 9.

Between now and mid-June, a formal school closing ceremony will be arranged to honour the past and present of Queen Elizabeth Public School, and celebrate students, families and the community.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING

A community information meeting (PDF) to share design plans for the new Trenton elementary school

DATE: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 16 Sillers Avenue, Trenton

Regular updates will be shared through school newsletters, Synrevoice (voicemail), the school board website (www.HPEschools.ca) and Twitter (@HPEschools).

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

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

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

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

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

North Hastings HS students achieved success on music exams

Congratulations to students at North Hastings High School who completed Royal Conservatory of Music exams in instrumental music.

Grade 9 students McKayla Cybulski, baritone; http://nhhs.hpedsb.on.ca/ tenor saxophone; and Rebecca Busby, flute, each completed the Grade 1 Royal Conservatory exam for their respective instruments. Grade 9 students Trinity Thrower and Sara Switzer, who play the trumpet completed the Grade 4 exam. Grade 10 student Thomas Coghlan completed his Grade 1 bassoon exam, and Grade 11 student Alexandria Mighton, flute, completed her Grade 4 exam. The exams were held in Peterborough in mid-January.

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Pictured left to right: Royal Conservatory of Music Examiner Professor Peter Stoll NHHS Music Teacher Dianne Winmill, and students Alexandria Mighton, McKayla Cybulski, Trinity Thrower, Thomas Coghlan, Sara Switzer, Mathiew Childs and Rebecca Busby.

In September 2015, North Hastings High School’s (NHHS) 68 instrumental music students were given an opportunity to prepare and complete Royal Conservatory of Music exams on their band instruments. This was the first time that music teacher Dianne Winmill has offered this enrichment activity to her students.

“Many of the students taking music at NHHS are looking for “more.” I have the ability to serve as accompanist and coach for these exams, so I thought I would offer it to the students who were capable and interested. Seven students took me up on my offer,” explained Winmill.

It was a big commitment. On their own time, the seven students practiced numerous major and minor scales, studies and solos with piano accompaniment under the guidance of Winmill and in some cases, their musical parents. In some cases, 40 to 50 additional hours of individual practice time was necessary to learn all of the material for the exams.

But what do these examinations mean for these students?

According to Winmill, “The Royal Conservatory of Music is an internationally accredited organization, so students can use the completion of these exams as material for their portfolios and resumes, no matter where they are in the world.”

In addition, students in the Junior Enrichment Development Initiative (JEDI) program at NHHS can use the experience as one of their independent study projects.

“It is a win-win all around,” says Winmill. “If I can give music students of North Hastings the opportunity to get involved with this internationally known, highly-respected music education organization, why wouldn’t I?”

Next year’s group of instrumentalists will also be offered this opportunity. Parents of interested students may contact Winmill at dwinmill@hpedsb.on.ca for more information.

The cost of the exams was split between the students’ families, the music program and an anonymous community donor.

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world, providing the definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, teacher certification, and arts-based social programs.

Pictured here (left to right) are Royal Conservatory of Music Examiner Professor Peter Stoll, NHHS music teacher Dianne Winmill, Alexandria Mighton, McKayla Cybulski, Trinity Thrower, Thomas Coghlan, Sara Switzer, Mathiew Childs, and Rebecca Busby.

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

Open House for the Carl Pitman Centre at Stirling PS

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 the centre core of Stirling Public School (consisting of the learning commons, stage and gym) will be dedicated to Carl Pitman for his leadership and lifelong commitment to making a difference for students and the community. Two events are scheduled, as noted below.

EVENT DETAILS

Event 1, daytime, with students and by invitation only.
Reporters are invited to this event.

Please join us for the dedication of the Carl Pitman Centre with Stirling Public School staff, students and special guests.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

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Event 2, evening, for all community members.
Reporters are invited to this event.

The centre core of Stirling Public School, comprised of the learning commons, stage and gym, will be dedicated to Carl Pitman for his leadership and lifelong commitment to making a difference for students and the community.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Open House: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dedication Ceremony: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Carl Pitman was a school board trustee and served as Chair of the Board from December 2006 until his death in May 2011. Carl served the community as Deputy Fire Chief in Stirling-Rawdon, President of Stirling Lions Club, an active member of his church and was involved with Scouts Canada for over 30 years.

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

Pink Shirt Day, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, #pinkmakeityours

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3,300 pink T-shirts with the slogan ‘it’s all about inclUSion’ were sold throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Wednesday April 8, 2015 marks the 7th Annual Pink Shirt Day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

This year, students, employees and families from 30 HPEDSB schools have purchased a total of 3,300 HPEDSB-designed pink T-shirts featuring the ‘it’s all about inclUSion’ slogan.

On Pink Shirt Day, students and employees throughout our school district, whether they have purchased this year’s T-shirt or not, will wear pink to demonstrate our shared belief in the power of celebrating diversity and acceptance.

By wearing pink, we also acknowledge and offer support for the ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention initiatives, the work of school teams, and the role-modeling provided by all student leaders in our schools.

The Student Senate was involved in publicizing Pink Shirt Day and T-shirt sales in their schools. Many student senators are members of the school leadership team that has worked to sell and distribute pink shirts. Thank you to Victoria and Hanna, student senators from Moira Secondary School, who helped to sort and bundle the 3,300 T-shirts for shipping to schools!

Creative minds on the Student Senate came up with the #pinkmakeityours hashtag.

Anyone wearing pink is encouraged to take pictures of themselves in pink T-shirts they have decorated, modified, or accessorized to “make it yours” and post the picture to Twitter and/or Instagram. The message is that, no matter how different our shirts might look individually, we are all included in the community of pink shirt-wearers.

Some of the events planned to bring awareness to Pink Shirt Day include pink cupcake bake sales, pink “graffiti walls” for positive messages and having pink balloons decorate foyers.

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

 

Public school board releases graduation rates for secondary school students

Graduation rate for students who stayed with HPEDSB is 88%

The graduation rate for all publicly funded school boards in Ontario has been released by the Ministry of Education. Graduation rate is a key indicator of student success and achievement during secondary school. The reported graduation rate indicates the percentage of students who have achieved an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) the rate of students graduating within five years of starting secondary school was 74% in 2014, representing 1,038 students. The HPEDSB four-year graduation rate was 64%. Of the 1,296 students who began Grade 9 in HPEDSB and remained in our schools, 88% successfully graduated within four or five years.

“One of our organizational goals is Success for Each Student. Through the combined efforts of our employees, families and community partners, our students are well-supported to achieve success in their chosen pathway,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

This is the first time that graduation rates have been calculated using a common province-wide formula. Students who began in one school board then transferred to another Ontario school board are included in the school board’s overall data. As per Ministry of Education direction, a well-planned four-year secondary school program is a priority for HPEDSB.

Graduating with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requires students to complete 30 credits, 40 volunteer hours and have met the literacy requirements.

“As a public school board, Hastings Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing outstanding educational experiences for all students in all course types. We know that when students come to our system and stay in our system, they are highly successful,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Secondary school students select courses and programs that reflect their strengths and interests beyond high school. Some students complete secondary school with an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or a Certificate of Accomplishment (CA). These graduation rates do not include students who achieve these alternate certificates, particularly students who are developing life skills and will proceed from secondary school to supported community living.

Success for each student is a priority in our schools
Secondary school Student Success teams monitor the progress of each student to ensure they are on track to meet OSSD graduation requirements.

“When students leave school before they graduate, our employees reach out to make personal contact with each student, encouraging them to come back to school to finish outstanding graduation requirements,” added Savery-Whiteway.

Some students who have not graduated with an OSSD in a four or five year period may be continuing their education to meet graduation requirements, taking additional time to do so in a secondary school. Other students who may have left school at age 18, going directly to the workforce, can complete OSSD requirements through the HPEDSB Quinte Adult Education program while they are working. The success of these students is not captured in the Ministry formula for graduation rate.

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

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

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

Register for Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten!
Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. All our elementary schools Full-day Kindergarten for JK and SK.

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

Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show

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The promotional poster for Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show features creations by Quinte Secondary School students: (top) ‘Dignified’ by Jane Ma; (middle) ‘Self Portrait’ by Minki Chang; and (bottom) ‘Ominous’ by Georgia Andrews.

Students from our eight secondary schools are excited to be part of the Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show.

EVENT DETAILS

Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show
Opening Reception
DATE: Thursday, April 9, 2015
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd floor, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Art Exhibition
DATE: April 2 – 29, 2015, same location as above

This event continues to be a spectacular way to showcase the creativity and personal expression of Visual Arts students to the community. Under the guidance and expertise of Art teachers, students have learned to explore and apply a variety of media, materials, technologies, tools and techniques using the application of elements and principles of design.

Additional learning has been to prepare the art works for presentation to a broad community audience and to understand the effect of the Arts in everyday lives. These pieces demonstrate student learning of Ontario curriculum requirements.

Works/techniques on exhibit include the following:

  • Drawing: pencil, pencil crayon and ink
  • Printmaking: dry point prints, mono-prints, collagraphs and colour reduction lino block prints
  • Acrylic painting and mixed media

Eight pieces from each secondary school will be on display.

Thank you to gallery Curator Susan Holland for the assistance in coordinating this exhibit.

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

School administrators for the 2015-2016 school year

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

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

Principal & Vice-principal Placements
for the 2015-2016 School Year
(text in bold indicates a change)
Elementary SchoolCurrent YearSeptember 2015
PrincipalVice-principalPrincipal Vice-principal
Athol-South Marysburgh Public SchoolKevin MacLaurinKevin MacLaurin
Bayside Public SchoolBessie StelatosSteve McFaddenBessie StelatosSteve McFadden
Bird’s Creek Public
School
Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Breadner Elementary
School
Leanne PondBill Launderville Lee Mahon-Prophet
C.M.L. Snider SchoolTina ElliottTina Elliott
Coe Hill SchoolRob LakeTBD
College Street Public
School
Joanne NitschkeAnnette HuizingaJoanne NitschkeClinton Breau
Deseronto Public
School
Derek PottsDerek Potts
Earl Prentice Public
School
Heather McMasterClinton BreauHeather McMasterClinton Breau
Foxboro Public SchoolKim ReidKim Reid
Frankford Public
School
Anne SlagerAnne Slager
Harmony Public SchoolLouise GunningJennifer HawkinsLouise GunningCorrina Massey
Harry J. Clarke
Public School
Marie MitchellJennifer BirtMarie MitchellJennifer Hawkins
Hermon Public SchoolLisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Michael MitchellLisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Sarika Henry
Hillcrest SchoolCarla RossCarla Ross
Kente Public SchoolStephanie
Taylor-Harvey
Stephanie
Taylor-Harvey
Madoc Public SchoolJoanne BarryCassandra BellwoodJoanne BarryCassandra Bellwood
Madoc Township Public
School
Cathy SpeedyLeanne Pond
Marmora Senior Public
School
Suzanne CopelandRob Lake
Massassaga-Rednersville
Public School
Barb AllenBarb Allen
Maynooth Public
School
Lisa ResmerLisa Resmer
North Trenton Public
School
Derek DeLargeLee Mahon-ProphetJennifer Slater
Park Dale SchoolStacey BelangerKim MahoneyDerek DeLargeKim Mahoney
Pinecrest Memorial
Elementary School
Kim Myderwyk Kim Myderwyk
Prince Charles School
(Belleville)
Marg ThompsonCorrina MasseyMarg Thompson Nancy Vickers
Prince Charles Public
School (Trenton)
Steve ToffelmireAnnette HuizingaSteve Toffelmire
Prince of Wales
Public School
Cassandra WindsorTanya WhittakerCassandra WindsorTanya Whittaker
Queen Elizabeth
Public School (Trenton)
Derek DeLargeLee Mahon-ProphetN/A – School ClosingN/A – School Closing
Queen Elizabeth
School (Belleville)
Earle WrightEarle Wright
Queen Elizabeth
School (Picton)
Bill LaundervilleTonia ShelmerdinePaul PickardTonia Shelmerdine
Queen Victoria SchoolChad HarveyChad Harvey
Sir John A. Macdonald
School
Nicola WandNicola Wand
Sophiasburgh Central
School
Rob McFaddenRob McFadden
Stirling Public SchoolSuzanne CholastaNancy VickersSuzanne CholastaAnnette Huizinga
Susanna Moodie
Elementary School
Heather RutherfordHeather Rutherford
Tweed Elementary
School
Susan Carleton-MainesCassandra BellwoodSusan Carleton-MainesCassandra Bellwood
Tyendinaga Public
School
Deirdre GordonDeirdre Gordon
V.P. Carswell
Elementary School
Ted AshberryTed Ashberry
York River Public
School
Marion WilsonTaras HumenMarion WilsonLynn Andrews

 

Principal & Vice-principal Placements for the 2015-2016 School Year (text in bold indicates a change)
Secondary SchoolCurrent YearSeptember 2015
PrincipalVice-principalPrincipal Vice-principal
Bayside Secondary SchoolIan PressNancy PopovichIan PressNancy Popovich
Centennial Secondary SchoolKim SampsonDayna ScalettaKim SampsonDayna Scaletta
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolShelley MacKenzie-CoatesTodd HinksShelley MacKenzie-CoatesTodd Hinks
Moira Secondary SchoolGrant MontgomeryJill BatchelorGrant MontgomeryDoug Callaghan
North Hastings High SchoolKen DostalerLynn AndrewsKen DostalerWayne Steward
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteDarren McFarlaneDoug CallaghanDarren McFarlaneTherese McMahon
Quinte Secondary SchoolLiane WoodleyEric FetterleyLiane WoodleyEric Fetterley
Trenton High SchoolKen MandervilleRuth Ellen CummingsKen Manderville
Ruth Ellen Cummings

 

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

School board advises of the passing of Larry Whitfield, Trustee for Southeast Hastings

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Larry Whitfield, Trustee for Southeast Hastings on the afternoon of Friday, February 13, 2015. Larry was a new Board member, having been elected in the October 2014 municipal election.

“During his short time on the Board, Larry was thoughtful and thorough in his approach to governance. He was eagerly getting to know the schools in his area, learning about the work being done to support student achievement and well-being. All Board members and employees are saddened by his passing,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Whitfield was sworn in at the Initial Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on December 1, 2014. At that time he chose to serve as vice-chair on the Program and Human Resources Committee, a member of the Operations and Finance Committee, and was elected as the 5th member of the Executive Committee.

Larry is survived by his wife Janet, daughter Rachelle, son David and four grandchildren.

All in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board community send deepest sympathy to Larry’s family as they come to terms with their loss.

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 (http://www.triboard.on.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

Seeking input on school year calendar dates

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

The proposed dates for the calendar are as follows:

  • First day of school: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 21, 2015 to Friday, January 1, 2016
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 14, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016
  • Six professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 4, 2015
    • Friday, September 25, 2015
    • Friday, November 13, 2015
    • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    • Friday, May 20, 2016
    • Thursday, June 30, 2016
  • Last day of the school year for students: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Please provide feedback by sending an email to curriculum.services@hpedsb.on.ca or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350 by Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

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

Stirling Public School presents “Peter Pan Junior”

Students at Stirling Public School are putting the final touches on their upcoming performance of “Peter Pan Junior.”

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: May 5, 6, 7, 2015 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street
TICKETS: $5, available in advance at Stirling Public School or at the door

Plot summary
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Junior is a modern version of the classic tale about a boy who would not grow up. Students will perform popular musicals such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!

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

Student safety and playground equipment

Student safety is our first priority at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

From time-to-time, it may be necessary for the principal to declare the school playground off-limits to students during the school day. Factors that may influence this decision include weather and maintenance.

Procedure 556: School Yard Improvement Areas and Playground Equipment, provides direction for appropriate playground equipment use in Section 5. Specifically, it explains that the principal may declare playground equipment out of bounds if conditions depending upon weather and the condition of the equipment.

When playgrounds are declared off-limits, the school may be able to provide students with alternative forms of activities during outside breaks in order for them to engage in fun, physical activity and to support their well-being.

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

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

Two upcoming events at Centennial SS: theatre and jazz orchestra

Students at Centennial Secondary School are preparing for two community-wide events.

1. Performance of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Have you ever wondered what is like at the bottom of a rabbit hole? This portrayal of the popular classic is a colourful and fantastical tour of Belleville’s very own wonderland!

Event details

DATES: May 7, 8, 9, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
MATINEE: Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Avenue, Belleville

TICKETS: Adults $15, students and seniors $10, available at Centennial Secondary School, Red Ball Radio or the Quinte Arts Council.

2. Performance by the Centennial Secondary School Jazz Orchestra

Students in the Jazz Orchestra are getting excited to perform with the Commodores Orchestra.

Event details

DATE: Thursday, May 14, 2015
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Avenue, Belleville

TICKETS: $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Parsons Cleaners in Belleville which is further offering $10 off the next cleaning bill for customers who present their show ticket after May 14.

Last year, the Commodores presented $1,500 in scholarships towards post-secondary scholarships for three university-bound musicians.

CSS Teacher, Blair Yarranton, is a veteran in the trumpet section of the Commodores Orchestra. The Commodores will release their new CD Live at the Stirling Festival Theatre at the May 14th show. It was recorded at the band’s Stirling Theatre show in September 2014.

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, April 2015

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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. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

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

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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., and 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; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney. The trustee position for Southeast Hastings is presently vacant.

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: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial 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

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, June 2015

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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. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

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

PDF version

DID YOU KNOW . . . that a key responsibility of any school board is to develop and adopt policies that reflect the board’s purpose and goals, and provide the framework for implementing the system 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 is intended to provide common understanding about how to facilitate the work of Board members with appropriate authority and integrity and, thereby promote public confidence.

School board 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: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial 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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, March 2015

trustees_did_you_know_pic
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. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

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

PDF version

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; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney. The trustee position for Southeast Hastings is presently vacant.

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: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial 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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, May 2015

trustees_did_you_know_pic
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. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

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

PDF version

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

Through their consultative work with their community and working with the senior leadership, trustees develop and approve a multi-year system plan. The system plan is focused on achieving the board’s goals for student achievement and well-being, effective stewardship of the board’s resources and the delivery of effective and appropriate educational programs.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees regularly consult with their constituents through a multi-year cycle of a district survey (last completed in February 2015), regional meetings (scheduled for spring 2016) and focus groups (scheduled for 2018).

School 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; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney. The trustee position for Southeast Hastings is presently vacant.

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 Board meetings. The 2014-2015 Student Trustees are: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial 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

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

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, September 2015

trustees_pic_for_articles
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

Last updated: November 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm