“Go Fish!” musical at Queen Victoria School, May 4/5, 2016

A tuna fish that can’t carry a tune? A star fish that can’t get an acting job? A seven-legged octopus? A zebra fish with spots? A tiger shark who wants to be friends with everyone?

Join in the aquatic fun as little Tiger Shark and his unique collection of friends discover how their differences make them each special.

Over 50 JK-Grade 6 students from Queen Victoria School in Belleville will be presenting the musical ‘Go Fish’ during Education Week .

Public show times are Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available by contacting Queen Victoria school, $5 for adults, $3 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Queen Victoria school Arts programs.

**Quinte SS will be open Friday, March 11, 2016**

Updated at 9:20 p.m.

Quinte Secondary School will be open as usual on Friday, March 11, 2016. Child and youth counselors will be available for any students who wish to speak with them. 

Updated at 4:27 p.m.

Students have been dismissed from Quinte SS

Students have been dismissed from Quinte Secondary School and are heading home. All went smoothly. Thank you to students, staff, families for patience this afternoon.

Updated at 3:27 p.m.

Dismissal is underway Quinte Secondary School, slow going

Dismissal is underway at Quinte Secondary School. It will be slow going as students are being released in groups and escorted to buses. Thank to you all in the school community for your patience and understanding.

Updated at 3:02 p.m.

Lockdown is over at Quinte Secondary School, dismissal still delayed

The lockdown was over at approximately 2:55 p.m. All students and staff are safe. Students are remaining in their classrooms and will be dismissed in groups, although the delay is continuing. We are working with police and taking direction from them.

Posted at 2:35 p.m., March 10, 2016

**Quinte Secondary School is in lockdown**

Quinte Secondary School is in lockdown until further notice. All are safe. Dismissal is delayed. Police are on site. Updates will be posted to this site and on Twitter at @HPEschools

The parent interviews scheduled for this afternoon/evening are cancelled.

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

38 high school students participate in local skilled trades competition

March 22, 2016—Students from five local secondary schools are participating on the Skills Competition at Loyalist College today.

Students are demonstrating skills in five competitions: Automotive, Individual Carpentry, 2-Person Carpentry, Precision Machining and Welding. The schools represented are Bayside Secondary School, Centennial Secondary School, Centre Hastings Secondary School, North Hastings High School and Quinte Secondary School.

The results of today’s competition will help to determine who advances to the next qualifying level of competition. The Provincial Skills Competition will be held in Waterloo in early May.

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

Additional PA Day on Monday, February 29, 2016

As a result of the new provincial collective agreements with elementary and secondary teachers, an additional professional activity day (PA day) has been added to the 2015-2016 school year calendar. The additional PA day will be on Monday, February 29, 2016.

As with other PA Days, students do not attend school on that day and families are responsible for arranging for care on Monday, February 29.

A revised school year calendar is posted online at http://www.hpeschools.ca/documents/calendar2015_16.pdf. Note that you may need to refresh the browser to see the new calendar.

Schools will be sending a copy of the revised calendar home with students over the next few days.

The date of this PA Day was a joint decision among Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, together with Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and Limestone District School Board, due to shared student transportation through Tri-Board Student Transportation Services.

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

Adventure Class Information Night, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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

Adventure Class brochure (pdf)

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville
TAKEAWAYS: A presentation of the program, the application process, Q&As and classroom tours

PROGRAM FEATURES

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

Learning outside the classroom can include the following:

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

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

Applications now being accepted for the Minister’s Student Advisory Council

minister's student advisory council poster
Students in grades 7 – 12 can apply to be part of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council for 2016-2017. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 11, 2016.

Applications for students to apply to the Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC) are being accepted to March 11, 2016. Students in grades 7 to 12 can apply.

MSAC poster

The MSAC is a group of approximately 60 students from publicly-funded schools across the province. They share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education.

Details are available at:

HPEDSB has had representation for the past three school years, as follows:

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

 

Beneath the Surface: 28th Annual Secondary School Art Show

art show poster
The promotional poster for the Beneath the Surface: 28th Annual Secondary Art Show, is called Fish Fantasy, created by Kylie Webb, Centre Hastings Secondary School.

This event continues to be a spectacular way to showcase the creativity and personal expression of secondary Visual Arts students in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Opening Reception
DATE: Thursday, April 7, 2016
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 7 – 27, 2016, same location as above

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
  • Sculpture
  • Photography

Eight pieces from each secondary school will be on display.

Visitors will be impressed with the creativity and high calibre of works on display. This is an event to pen into your schedule!

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

Board Meeting Update #126, January 25, 2016

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February 2016.

Board Meeting Update #127, February 22, 2016

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in March 2016.

Board Meeting Update #128

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 2016.

Calling for nominations for 15th Annual Great Place Awards

gpawards_col_webMarch 30, 2016—Do you know someone who contributes to the achievement and well-being of students at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board? Consider nominating them for a Great Place Award.

Great Place Awards are the highest recognition at HPEDSB. They honour and celebrate individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to student achievement and well-being.

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

Past recipients have included the following:

  • Students
  • School and Education Centre employees
  • Employees of community agencies
  • Police officers
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Service club members
  • School council members
  • Volunteers

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 22, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Complete details and nomination forms are available online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Tuesday, May 24 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award winners and nominators will be notified in advance.

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

Calling for nominations for Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools

Premier's Awards 2015-2016

Nomination are open for the 2015-2016 Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools. These awards recognize and celebrate the innovative work that Ontario’s Safe and Accepting Schools Teams do in promoting a positive school environment, and supporting student achievement and well-being.

Anyone in a school community can nominate a Safe and Accepting Schools Team using the new nomination form, which is easier to complete this year. The deadline for nominations is February 19, 2016.

Promoting student well-being is one of the goals of Ontario’s education system. This goal emphasizes the need to focus on both academic success and the whole child—their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. This includes ongoing work by school communities across Ontario who put in place prevention and intervention strategies to help create safe, inclusive and accepting schools.

More information about the Safe and Accepting Schools: Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools (link to the Ministry of Education website, including Quick Facts, as well as links to Additional Resources).

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

 

Dual Credits: high school students learning at college

The Dual Credits program allows students to earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Loyalist College partner to offer dual credit courses.

Courses include:

  • Automotive
  • Culinary
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Construction Techniques
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Principles of Learning
  • Roots to Success

This short newsletter (pdf) highlights some of the learning from Semester 1 of the 2015-2016 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

Environmental stewardship in action, solar panels on school roofs

Seven schools in the Belleville area are being outfit with rooftop solar panels.

Site visits happened in December. Equipment installation will begin in early January. Tie-in to the electrical grid is expected to be completed by the spring of 2016.

The seven schools are:

  • Bayside Secondary School: 250 kW
  • Centennial Secondary School: 250 kW
  • Moira Secondary School: 80 kW
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville): 40 kW
  • Prince of Wales Public School: 75 kW
  • Park Dale School: 60 kW
  • Quinte Secondary School: 185 kW

This project emphasizes the school board’s environmental stewardship and energy conservation efforts. It also supports the use of green and renewable energy technologies.

The work will happen after school hours and on weekends.

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

EVENT: Free e-waste drop-off at Prince Edward CI, Saturday, April 23, 2016

Students in the Environmental Club at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are holding an electronics waste fundraiser. This event offers a safe way for community members to dispose of electronics and is offered through a partnership with Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

DATE: Saturday, April 23, 2016
LOCATION: Back of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste, old tires and scrap metal for free.

List of acceptable items (pdf).

All proceeds will be donated to the Loyalist Humane Society.

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

Family Day at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

The Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School invites all families to Family Day at the Frink Centre on Family Day, Monday, February 15. Bring the whole family for a free day of outdoor education and family fun from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Activities for all ages include:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Shelter building
  • Survival games
  • Crafts
  • Nature walks
  • Refreshments & more!

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

French Immersion & Extended French Information Nights, February 2016

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about Extended French (in Bancroft) and French Immersion (in Belleville and Picton).

Information Sessions for French Immersion & Extended French
EXTENDED FRENCH
Monday, February 8, 2016York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, 6:00 p.m.
FRENCH IMMERSION
Tuesday, February 9, 20166:00 p.m., Queen Elizabeth School, 35 Barker Street, Picton
Wednesday, February 10, 20166:00 p.m., Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville
Thursday, February 11, 20166:00 p.m., Bayside Public School, 132 Aikins Road, Belleville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended French begins in Grade 5 at York River Public School. The program helps students to develop French-language skills in a variety of subject areas.

French Immersion develops communication and critical thinking skills, as well as promotes personal growth and self-confidence. FI begins in Grade 4.

For specific details about the program, please contact the school principal.

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, April 2016

Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections (pdf file) features:

  • Literacy: Play-especially ‘pretend’ play-contributes to your children’s literacy, numeracy and inquiry skills.
  • Numeracy: Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math! This toolkit emphasizes the many ways in which parents’ can help and support their children’s love for mathematics.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Get involved in activities on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.
  • Improved Student Learning: Help students develop competencies to prepare and empower them for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, February 2016

Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections (pdf file) features:

  • Literacy: recommended apps – K-3.
  • Numeracy: talking about mathematics with your child helps strengthen reasoning and understanding.
  • Healthy, caring schools: resources to help support student learning.
  • Improving student learning: 60 A DAY! Learn more about the benefits of being active.

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, March 2016

Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections (pdf file) features:

  • Literacy: Encourage your child to read critically… Ask Questions!
  • Numeracy: Mathies… The Mathies site is designed for Ontario K-12 students and parents.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: How do we grow with Character?
  • Improving Student Learning: Every March, the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre has demonstrated tours of the Sugar Bush.

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

Important info: How to apply for post-secondary scholarships

Posted January 26, 2015. Did you know that students can apply for scholarships to help pay for post-secondary education?

Application dates vary, some are due soon.

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

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

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

For specific information about available scholarships and how to apply, please contact the Guidance or Student Services office at your child’s school.

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

Information about pediculosis (head lice)

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board we have established a vision of all students being prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. Achieving Excellence & Equity and Well-Being are priorities within our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. One of our goals is to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential. We are proud to be a public education provider accessible to all and to be leaders in public education.

We believe parents are key partners in their children’s education. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board we respect and value those partnerships. The intent of our work is to always improve educational experiences and well-being for all students.

Part of our responsibility as system leaders is to insist on the use of the best available research and other evidence to inform decisions. Administrative procedures are reviewed on a regular cycle to ensure they are relevant and based on current, sound research and evidence. All Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board administrative procedures are posted on the board website at www.hpeschools.ca and can be publicly accessed.

The most recent revisions to Procedure 321: Pediculosis in Schools were made based on:

  • alignment with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
  • alignment with the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being: All students attending every day and engaged in learning www.hpeschools.ca/ec/services/cst/ (PDF)
  • current scientific and medical research including the Canadian Pediatric Society and the BC Centre for Disease Control (refer to the PDF link below)
  • current research on regular attendance at school and the connection to student achievement and well-being http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/ec/services/scswbs/attendance.html
  • consultation with Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health (refer to the PDF link below)
  • input from the board’s mental health lead, attendance counsellors and the supervisor of child and youth counsellors
  • input from superintendents of education and members of senior administration

Letter of support from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (PDF)

Pediculosis (head lice) Reference Documents (2 MB, PDF)

The current research and evidence, as well as the recommendation of experts in the medical and mental health professions, are clear that a “no nit” procedure is neither necessary nor supported. Excluding students from attending school based on this evidence does not reflect a commitment to equity or to the mandate of public education to be accessible to all students.

We acknowledge that an infestation of head lice is inconvenient and that it is a nuisance for families. We have connected with other school boards who have had this process in place for three or four years to determine whether they may have seen an increase in instances of head lice. This is not the case. We also acknowledge that working with students to avoid head-to-head contact or from sharing hats, combs or brushes can contribute to a reduction in cases of head lice. To that end, we believe that a partnership with parents to work both at school and at home is valuable.

The revisions to this procedure are based on the scientific and medical evidence and recommendations. While administrative procedures do not require consultation with parents, we value and respect our families.

We made a commitment to openly communicate the revisions to the procedure. Notices were sent home through school newsletters and information was provided from local health units in order to try to dispel the myths and misinformation which are prevalent with regard to head lice.

We have also followed up on the concern expressed by parents about the possibility of secondary infection due to scratching connected to head lice. Through Hastings Prince Edward Public Health we were able to access a literature scan of medical research on head lice and secondary infections. The literature scan was not limited geographically and covers the last 10 years. It did not result in any articles which indicate a significant increased risk of secondary infection from head lice. The findings of the literature scan are included in the above link to Pediculosis Reference Documents.

Questions have been raised about variations in implementing the revised procedure in schools across the board. In any instance where senior administration is made aware of a specific concern, the school group superintendent follows up with the school principal. Consistent application is our intention with the knowledge and understanding that in working with children and families there may be extenuating or emergency circumstances that occur and that schools respond to the best of their ability.

Contrary to the suggestion that the issue is not being monitored, processes are in place to: inform parents about potential screening activities through the school year; establish guidelines for screeners/volunteers; provide training for screening; and to notify families with children who have live lice and classes or buses connected to that infestation. A treatment plan checklist must be signed by a parent and returned to the school. It is important to note that schools are required to establish and maintain a head lice management plan.

Schools continue to notify parents where live lice are present in the classroom setting based on checks. We continue to send information home to parents to outline the process to address any infestations of head lice. Supports are in place for families who may require assistance to access appropriate products and/or help with the process of carrying out control measures in the home.

Some concerns have also been expressed about the safety of the products recommended to treat head lice. The well-being of each individual is contingent upon a personal set of circumstances. As educators, we encourage parents who have questions or concerns about treatment to seek the advice of their physician or pharmacist to ensure that they are accessing appropriate products for their children.

We believe that coordinated efforts among home, school and the community are the key to managing infestations of head lice. We also believe that all students should attend school every day in order to maximize their opportunity for success. As part of attending school we respect students’ rights to privacy, dignity and cultural sensitivity.

The revisions made to Procedure 321: Pediculosis in Schools, effective January 2016, are based on current research, evidence and the expertise of medical and mental health professionals. The procedure will be reviewed in November 2020 or sooner if new scientific or medical evidence emerges. Until that time, no changes will be made.

Parents who have concerns should continue to communicate with the school principal. We are committed to addressing individual concerns that may arise and working with parents to support their children’s achievement and 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

Information Night: Student Leadership Program, February 11, 2016

An emphasis on leadership is at the heart of the Intermediate Student Leadership Program at Queen Elizabeth School in Belleville.

Find out more at an information night.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, February 11, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 135 Macdonald Avenue, Belleville

Program features

Through active citizenship, students will identify issues impacting children and take action to create positive change at the school, community and global levels, such as organizing spirit days and Christmas Sharing, raising money for global causes.

Students will use a variety of media sources, such as assemblies, social networks and technology, to communicate, influence change and share their learning.

Students will create an extensive leadership portfolio that helps them identify key qualities of a leader, develop individual learning goals, monitor their learning and reflect on their next steps. Students will also use their portfolios regularly to share their learning with a variety of audiences, celebrate their accomplishments and plan for their participation in leadership activities at high school and beyond.

Follow the class on Twitter @slpqeb

For more information about the Student Leadership Program, contact Earle Wright, Principal, 613.968.9173, ewright@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Information nights for parents of Grade 7 & 8 students

Moving from elementary school to secondary school is exciting and can be overwhelming. Students and staff at our secondary schools are here to help!

Parents and students are invited to find out about what to expect when making the transition to secondary school.

Upcoming Parent Information Nights are taking place at secondary schools, as follows.

Information Nights for Parents of Grade 7 & 8 Students
SchoolDate & TimeSchool Contact Information
Bayside Secondary SchoolDate to follow613.966.2922

bayside.hpedsb.on.ca

Centennial Secondary SchoolWednesday, February 3, 2016

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

613.962.9233

css.hpedsb.on.ca

Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolWednesday, February 3, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

613.473.4251

chss.hpedsb.on.ca

Moira Secondary SchoolThursday, February 25, 2016

6:30 p.m.

613.962.8668

mss.hpedsb.on.ca

North Hastings High SchoolTuesday, February 16, 2016

6:30 p.m.

613.332.1220

nhhs.hpedsb.on.ca

Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteThursday, February 11, 2016

6:00 p.m.

613.476.2196

peci.hpedsb.on.ca

Quinte Secondary SchoolOngoing Parent/Student Meetings613.962.9295

qss.hpedsb.on.ca

Trenton High SchoolThursday, January 14, 2016

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

613.392.1227

ths.hpedsb.on.ca

event flyer

Information to support school communities during police investigations or traumatic situations

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we are proud to serve students and their families. Student safety and well-being are our first priorities at all times, and they are responsibilities we take very seriously. We strive to create safe, welcoming, inclusive and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

When something occurs that impacts student safety and well-being, it is of significant concern to us all. When police are involved, we cooperate fully and also conduct our own investigation. The employee is not currently working in a school. These matters are always sensitive and confidential and we will communicate as we are able.

Skilled child and youth counsellors are at schools to talk with students and connect families with resources, as needed.

Parents/guardians who have questions or concerns are asked to speak with their child’s principal. Anyone who has information that may be relevant to the ongoing investigation, are asked to contact Central Hastings OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Information to support school communities during police investigations or traumatic situations

In these times of instant and continuous coverage of news and events, the impact of police investigations or traumatic situations on adults and children alike can be profound, especially when schools and students are involved. Many people relate closely to those affected and to the alleged victims and their families.

It is important to take care of ourselves and each other in the aftermath of traumatic news and investigations, so that we can be a source of strength for students, families and each other.

Tips for responding to students

1. Minimize exposure to details of a criminal investigation or traumatic situation

  • Do not initiate conversations about the situation with students.
  • School- and class-wide discussion of the investigation should be avoided, especially for Primary and Junior students, because many students may have already been overexposed to media/social media coverage of the investigation or traumatic situation in recent days.
  • Avoid discussing the details of the allegations with colleagues, or listening to/watching media reports, when students are present. Repeated exposure to coverage can be confusing to children and can exaggerate the situation further for them.

2. If students raise the topic

Some students may raise the topic and it is important to know how to respond. If you feel additional support is required, students can be referred to a child and youth counsellor.

  • Any conversation with students must be developmentally appropriate. Young children are not able to process the complexities of inappropriate sexual behaviour in the same way as adolescents or young adults.
  • CHILDREN often gauge how threatening an event is by adult reactions. For example, if caregivers act nervous, scared or frightened, young children will view the event as anxiety provoking, scary or frightening.
  • OLDER CHILDREN and teenagers may have more information about the situation because they are commonly able to access details through the Internet and television.
  • FOR YOUTH, it is important to discuss safety issues openly, emphasizing the efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools. Students also play a critical role themselves by following school safety guidelines, such as:
    • letting an adult know of situations where they see or hear something that makes them feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened
    • reporting threats made by students or community members
    • reporting exposure to inappropriate texts, social media or videos

and then communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators or a trusted adult, and accessing support for emotional needs.

  • If students ask questions or mention the current investigation in class, validate their emotions and redirect the discussion
    • For example, you might respond with: It sounds like you are really concerned/curious/upset about this. What you are talking about is really serious and not appropriate for talking about in class. I am here to talk with you and we can chat after class.
    • If the student has something to disclose, do not promise to keep it a secret. Do not ask probing questions. Tell the student that information will be shared with people whose job it is keep kids safe, then report to the principal.

Tips for providing support to students and families without getting into the details of an investigation

3. Provide a welcoming presence, reassure safety at the school

  • Each of us can be a visible, welcoming presence at school. Make an extra effort to greet students and parents as they enter the building.
  • Reinforcing safety during and after the investigation is important. Schools are normally a safe place where students go to learn and be with friends. When situations involving police investigations occur, their sense of safety may be affected. Students need to hear that their school is safe, and that the adults will do everything they can to ensure that it always is a safe place for learning and having fun with classmates.
  • Highlight features of the school that make it safe, such as the positive relationships with local police services, school safety procedures and caring adults.
  • Surround students with positive communication where ideas and feelings are expressed openly.
  • Support students to feel comfortable asking for help.
  • Emphasize to students that they should trust their feelings and talk to someone if they need help, even if they feel embarrassed, confused, or scared about telling.
  • Discuss the difference between secrets and surprises. Reinforce the message that no one has the right to ask you to keep a secret, especially if it makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Maintain routines with flexibility. Following a routine in times of stress can be very comforting and can minimize anxiety reactions. Routine allows students to know what to expect next. That being said, some flexibility will be important to meet the individual needs. A balance of the two will be important.

4. Reassure parents and families that the school community is safe and that supports are available

  • Create a welcoming environment for parents and visitors.
  • Advise parents that students are learning to act positively, while learning skills to lessen their vulnerability by building self-esteem, developing communication and decision making skills, and fostering the developmentally appropriate understanding of healthy relationships and respect for others.
  • If parents are seeking individual support for their child/ren, let them know that child and youth counsellors are available.
  • If parents express concerns about their own or their children’s well-being provide them with information on how to access supports in the community.
  • If parents are asking about prevention education for their children, reassure them that the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum focuses on building skills that are developmentally appropriate, such as healthy relationships, communication skills, self-awareness, critical thinking, safe on-line communication, consent and sexual health.
  • If a parent is asking for information about how to discuss prevention strategies with their children direct them to:
  • Encourage parents to be good listeners and talk openly about different kinds of touch and the feelings connected to touching, reinforcing that no one has the right to tell them to keep any kind of touch a secret.

5. Watch for students who may be vulnerable

Children who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings about an investigation, allegations or traumatic situation may turn to trusted adults for help and guidance.

  • Students who have been exposed to sexually inappropriate behaviour or abuse, or who struggle with anxiety, may be particularly vulnerable at this time. Keep an eye out for students who are experiencing intrusive thoughts about the events, avoidance or withdrawal, and/or persistent difficulty with attention, irritability or nervousness.
  • In all cases, normal school routines are very helpful for minimizing anxiety reactions.

6. Taking care of ourselves and each other

Self-care following an investigation or traumatic event is very important.

  • While there are a number of strategies that individuals use when coping with extraordinary stress, each person must determine what strategy works for them.
  • Some positive coping methods include:
    • physical exercise
    • meditation, yoga, deep breathing
    • music,
    • journal writing, sending expressions of gratitude
    • talking with a friend or family
    • spending time in nature
  • When something traumatic happens, people may be automatically triggered to memories and/or physiological reactions from past painful experiences. Understanding what triggers feelings and emotions and responses can help people to overcome them. If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse or sexual assault, remember the abuse was not your fault and there is no time limit on reporting the abuse to police.

7. Supportive responses for survivors

  • Listen in a non-judgmental way and allow the person to express themselves
  • Do not probe for additional information
  • Thank the survivor for trusting you with the information
  • Validate the courage it takes to talk about the experience
  • Reinforce that it is not their fault
  • Encourage that help is available and that this can help on the journey ahead
  • Do not promise secrecy
  • If you have a concern for their well-being, share this and let them know you want to connect them with professionals who can help

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 do the School Climate Survey, live until May 6, 2016

April 4, 2016—At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, well-being and public confidence are priorities for us.

Knowing what people think and how they feel about their/their child’s school can help it to be a better place to learn. We believe it is important for people to have a voice about schools being welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments for everyone.

Starting April 4, 2016, a survey will be open for students in Grades 4-12, parents/guardians and school staff.

By doing the survey, people can let us know what we are doing well and where we can make improvements.

Watch this short video to find out more https://www.youtube.com/user/HPESchools

The survey will be live from April 4 to May 6, 2016. Links to the survey are posted on the home page of each school. Participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Paper copies are also available by contacting the school office.

All responses will be compiled then used by schools and the school board to help plan for school improvement. Results will be shared with school communities and also with community organizations that work with HPEDSB to support student achievement and well-being.

This survey is part of a province-wide initiative by the Ministry of Education for school boards to get feedback from students, parents/guardians and school staff every two years in order to provide input on the school climate.

The survey will also be shared through Twitter at @HPEschools. Please plan to take a few minutes do the survey to share your opinion on these important topics.

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

Invitation to vote on a name for the new Trenton elementary school

construction photo
The tall metal structure represents to the second storey of the new school. It will be a 1.5 storey building.
another construction photo
This is a view from the side, showing the front entrance area to the right.

April 13, 2016—The community is invited to vote on a name for the new Trenton elementary school.

The options are the following:

  • Gateway Public School
  • Quinte West Public School
  • Trent River Public School
  • Trent Severn Public School

The Trent River is very close to the new school and is a significant part of the community. The larger Trent-Severn Waterway is 386 kilometres long, beginning at Lake Ontario in Trenton and ending as it flows into Georgian Bay. Quinte West is the gateway to this very important waterway.

Two options are proposed for the school symbol/mascot:

  • Rapids
  • Voyageurs

The term Voyageur is French for traveler. It has Canadian significance because the Trent-Severn Waterway was built to support the lumber and fur trade. Canoeists (aka Voyageurs) transported lumber and fur between Lake Ontario and Lake Huron through various water conditions, including rapids. The word ‘rapids’ represents flowing water, movement, motion and change, all of which connect to education, growth and learning.

The school colours have been decided as grey/silver and blue. They honour the significant presence of the Canadian Armed Forces in Trenton and connect to the water.

An Integration Committee consisting of students, school staff, parents and community members has been meeting to work through the naming process.

Construction of the new Trenton elementary school is progressing well. It is scheduled to open in January 2017.

Choices for the new school name and mascot can be emailed to Principal Bill Launderville at wlaunderville@hpedsb.on.ca by Friday, April 22, 2016.

For more information, 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, Saturday, April 2, 2016

A message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

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

As educators and support staff of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we have chosen a profession that is in the service of students. As described in the Achieving Excellence & Equity and Well-Being priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, through our daily interactions with students, their families, community partners and each other, we provide programs and services to help each success while creating welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

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.

Please join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day.

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

Join in recognizing World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, 2016

A message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

World Down Syndrome Day is recognized around the world on March 21 each year. It has been observed by the United Nations since 2012.

As employees, learners and leaders in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and as included in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, we strive to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential. We also collectively work together to deliver positive social and emotional learning experiences.

The date is significant as the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Source: World Down Syndrome Day website

World Down Syndrome Day is a time to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Please join in recognizing World Down Syndrome Day on Monday, March 21, 2016.

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

Kindergarten registration is on now!

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Register your child for school by contacting your local public school.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS ON NOW!

The play-based Kindergarten program exposes children to multi-sensory activities in the areas of:

  • Personal and social development
  • Science and technology
  • Health and physical activity
  • Language, math and visual arts

Learn more about Kindergarten at Hastings and Prince Edward District 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

Listen to podcast with Student Trustee Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School

April 6, 2016—What is it like being a student senator, student trustee and having a voice as a student? Those questions were asked of Grade 11 Student Trustee Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School.

Barry recently participated in a Student Voice Practitioners podcast. It is a series where young people share their voice on a range of issues, from prioritizing the disengaged to the ways in which young people are making a difference in their communities. Listen

In this podcast you will hear about Lauren Barry’s student voice journey. Here are some highlights:

  • Lauren was a legislative page in Grade 7
  • She was part of the Ministry of Education’s Minister’s Student Advisory Council in Grade 8 and got a lot out it by “seeing like-minded students from across the province was really incredible.”
  • She joined the Student Council at Centre Hastings Secondary School in Grade 9
  • She applied to be one of two student senators at her school in Grade 10 and was selected
  • In Grade 11, she applied and was selected to be one of two student trustees

Quotes by Lauren Barry in the podcast

On being a student trustee: “Our job is to represent students, as accurately as we can, at the Board level. We attend monthly Board meetings, have a non-binding vote. We rely on the school senates for information and opinions which we can bring to the Board level.”

On students sharing their opinions: “All student voices in a school matter, not just the ones on student council.”

On why it matters to listen young people: “In schools and at school boards, the decisions are made by adults. Sometimes they overlook that students should be giving their input. Students’ voices and perspectives on different issues are totally different than those of adults, so the more students that are willing to speak up and that are willing to say ‘hey, that’s not right,’ or ‘hey, what if we tried this,’ I think that’s very important.”

On the young people and the future: “Young people are our future. The more students that realize ‘oh, if I speak up, change can be made, then that will impact our future. . . Teaching them that their voices matter is very important, they shouldn’t be quiet students . . . everyone can be a leader and everyone can put their opinions forward.”

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

National Flag of Canada Day, February 15, 2016

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

National Flag of Canada Day is celebrated annually on February 15. It is a time to celebrate this important symbol of our Canadian identity.

The Vision in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is: All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. Through this vision, students and employees can become globally minded citizens who are capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities.

According to the Government of Canada, “February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996. It marks the day in 1965 when our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and indeed, hundreds of communities across Canada. Red and white were designated as Canada’s official colours in 1921 by His Majesty King George V.”

February 15 is a day “to celebrate our flag and what it stands for: a Dominion that is the envy of the world.”
Source: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1359734222181/

Our flag is a symbol of Canadian history and of the possibilities of tomorrow led by the students of today.

Please join in recognizing National Flag of Canada Day this Monday, February 15, 2016.

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 prepare to talk climate change with Ontario Premier

April 6, 2016—Science and Geography students at North Hastings High School are busy examining climate change—and preparing to talk with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in mid-May.

These North Hastings students are part of 25 classes in five Ontario regions participating in this exciting, student-led initiative.

Each class begins by examining climate change in their community. Then they meet in a day-long video-conference to share their findings, begin to identify key issues and the actions required by individuals, communities, businesses and the province to address these issues.

Student writers, two from each community, meet for a weekend to write up the students’ action plan. All classes will then present this to the Premier in a virtual town hall and will have the opportunity to talk with her. They will represent the informed voice of over 300 Ontario students!

Students are encouraged to critically examine the climate change issue from all sides and speak with people in their community who have knowledge and information.

Students at North Hastings HS are examining the impacts of climate change on recreational activities in the area, like snowmobiling, ice fishing, camping, and hunting. They are concerned about shrinking seasons, dangerous weather conditions, and changing ecosystems. The class wants to tell the premier that the community will need support to adapt to climate change and the loss of revenue that is generated by these activities. Furthermore, communities like Bancroft should be rewarded for their green practices which reduce greenhouse gases.

Leaf Worsley is the teacher of one of the classes participating in this project. If you have any information that might help her students, please contact her at North Hastings High School, 613.332.1220.

North Hastings High School serves approximately 450 students in Grades 9 – 12. The school offers a wide range of courses that meet the needs of learners in all pathways. Student success is the prime at NHHS. Programs aim to develop skills for collaborating creativity, critical thinking, communication, character and citizenship.

This initiative is a project of GreenLearning Canada

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

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Wednesday, January 20

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

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville / Library

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

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

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

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

Pink Day at schools, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 #leadwithlove

April 13, 2016—Wednesday April 13, 2016 is the 8th Annual Pink Shirt Day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Hashtag #leadwithlove can be used to spread the word.

Pink Shirt Day demonstrates our shared belief in the power of celebrating diversity, acceptance and inclusion.

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.

Anyone wearing pink is encouraged to take pictures of themselves in pink T-shirts they have decorated, modified, or accessorized to “lead with love” 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.

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

Recommended dates for the 2016-2017 School Year Calendar

The Board of Trustees has approved the following dates for the 2016-2017 school year calendar. These dates are subject to Ministry of Education approval, which is expected by the late spring of 2016.

  • The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Semester 2 will begin Friday, February 3, 2017
  • The last day of the school for students will be Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • The following seven dates be designated as professional activity days:
    • Friday, September 30, 2016
    • Friday, October 28, 2016
    • Friday, November 25, 2016
    • Friday, February 3, 2017
    • Friday, March 3, 2017
    • Friday, May 19, 2017
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Ten examination days* for secondary schools will be:
    • Thursday, January 26, 2017 through to Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    • Thursday, June 22, 2017 through to Wednesday, June 28, 2017

*Actual dates may vary, please confirm with each secondary school.

HolidaysMinistry of Education Dates for the 2016-2017 School Year Calendar
Proposed Dates for the HPEDSB 2016-2017 School Year Calendar
Labour DayMonday, September 5, 2016Same
Thanksgiving DayMonday, October 10, 2016Same
Christmas Break (inclusive)Monday, December 19, 2016 to Friday December 30, 2016Monday, December 26, 2016 to Friday January 6, 2017
Family DayMonday, February 20, 2017Same
Mid-winter Break (inclusive)Monday, March 13, 2017 to Friday, March 17, 2017Same
Good FridayFriday, April 14, 2017

 

Same
Easter MondayMonday, April 17, 2017Same
Victoria DayMonday, May 22, 2017Same

 

Background

Each spring, school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the next school year in accordance with Regulation 304 School Year Calendar. This regulation sets the beginning and end dates for the school year, stipulates school holidays, and prescribes the minimum number of instructional days (194) and the maximum number of professional activity days (7), examinations days (10) and board designated holidays (2).

In establishing the annual school year calendar, it is the practice of the Board to consult with employee groups, parents, community members and neighbouring school boards about the use and placement of professional activity days, examination days and board holidays in order to ensure the optimum use of school time and to determine transportation costs. Meetings have also been held with representatives of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (with whom this board shares bus routes) and the Limestone District School Board (with whom the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board shares bus routes).

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 announces new Superintendent of Business Services

Nick Pfeiffer
Nick Pfeiffer was appointed Superintendent of Business effective August 1, 2016.

July 6, 2016—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to announce Nick Pfeiffer as the new Superintendent of Business Services. Pfeiffer, presently the school board Controller of Facility Services, assumes the role on Monday, August 1, 2016.

“Nick brings experience in business, management and facilities planning, and has worked closely with the Board and the senior team to become a trusted resource over the past five years. All Board members support him as a business superintendent who is able to effectively utilize people and resources to efficiently achieve our vision of All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Pfeiffer is a business executive with over 25 years of public and private sector experience. He obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering at the University of British Columbia and his Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. He is a professional engineer and, before joining HPEDSB in 2011, led business development at several clean technology companies.

During his career, Pfeiffer has held responsibilities for finance and accounting, business development, administration, engineering, strategic planning, governance and leadership. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Quinte Health Care and is the current Chair of the Professional Standards Committee of Professional Engineers Ontario.

At HPEDSB, Pfeiffer has been recognized for leadership initiatives in building high-performing teams and instituting data-driven, evidence-based approaches to problem-solving and planning in support of strategic goals.

Pfeiffer replaces Leslie Miller who returned to the private sector earlier this year. Dave Rutherford, former Superintendent of Business, has been fulfilling the role in the interim.

Pfeiffer is married with two children and lives in Stirling.

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 for the 2016-2017 School Year Calendar

Posted January 19, 2016—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.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board consults with parents/guardians, students, community members and community partners prior to finalizing the dates.

The draft calendar proposes the following dates (pdf version)

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 26, 2016 to Friday January 6, 2017
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17, 2017
  • Seven professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 23, 2016
    • Friday, October 28, 2016
    • Friday, November 25, 2016
    • Friday, February 3, 2017
    • Friday, March 3, 2017
    • Friday, May 19, 2017
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Last day of the school year: Thursday, June 29, 2017

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 Friday, January 29, 2016.

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 CUPE Local 1022

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1022 are pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative settlement on local bargaining issues.

“We are very pleased that the teams for the Board and CUPE have reached a tentative agreement. Both teams negotiated for a lengthy period of time in a respectful manner and came to agreeable terms. CUPE support staff play important roles in educating students, and we appreciate their contributions to student achievement and well-being,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

​“We are pleased to reach a tentative deal last evening. On behalf of the bargaining team, I would like to thank our members for their support and dedication through this process.” said Lee-Ann Evans, CUPE Local 1022 President.

CUPE 1022 represents approximately 580 educational assistants, custodial, maintenance, office clerical, technical employees and early childhood educators. The term of the agreement is from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017.

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

For more information, 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 elementary school teachers

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Teacher Local are pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative settlement on local bargaining issues.

“We are pleased that the negotiation teams for the Board and ETFO worked collaboratively to reach a tentative agreement. Our elementary teachers play an important role in educating children, and we appreciate their contributions to student achievement and well-being,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

“We are pleased that we have reached a tentative settlement with the Board. This has been a lengthy and challenging process, but we believe the end result is a positive outcome for our members. Our team would like to thank all of our members for their patience and support as we worked to achieve a fair settlement in this new bargaining framework,” said Dave Henderson, President of ETFO Hastings-Prince Edward.

The agreement covers 573 teachers. 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

Tentative agreement reached for the public school board and occasional teachers

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Hastings Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local (HAPE-OTL) are pleased to announce that the parties have reached a tentative settlement on local bargaining issues.

“Congratulations to the teams. This agreement shows their commitment to work together to come to fair terms for both parties. Occasional teachers serve students each day and are valued employees at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

“The HAPE-OTL and HPEDSB Collective Bargaining teams have worked hard on the new collective agreement for occasional teachers. Our occasional teachers should be happy with this new agreement and we look forward to continuing the important work they do each day in our schools,” said Doug Thur, President, Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local.

HAPE-OTL represents approximately 200 occasional teachers. The term of the agreement is from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017.

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

For more information, 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, February 2016

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

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

DID YOU KNOW . . . that as education leaders in their communities and as advocates for the value of publicly funded education, trustee engage in ongoing professional learning?

Trustees must be knowledgeable about the school system. They must stay informed about current research and trends, as well as legal developments that affect student achievement and well-being, and on the many aspects of governing a school board. Trustees are encouraged to participate in professional learning opportunities to become more effective in their roles as informed decision-makers.

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
Two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at Board meetings. They have the same opportunities for participation at meetings as other Board members, although are not entitled to exercise a binding vote.

The 2015-2016 student trustees are: Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and 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, January 2016

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

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

DID YOU KNOW . . . that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the Board?

Student trustees are important and valuable voices at Board meetings.

Through their involvement on the Board, student trustees offer the student voice by sharing events, initiatives and experiences from their and other schools. They make suggestions, engage with other Board members and take information back to the Student Senate and their student councils.
Student trustees also represent the Board at provincial student trustee association meetings.

Student trustees for the 2015-2016 school year
Two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at Board meetings. They have the same opportunities for participation at meetings as other Board members, although are not entitled to exercise a binding vote.

The 2015-2016 student trustees are: Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Morgan Hillier, Moira Secondary 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; 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.

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 2016

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

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

DID YOU KNOW . . . that funding for schools is provided by the province of Ontario through an education funding formula?
At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees develop a balanced budget within the funding provided and which reflects the organizational vision, mission and priorities. The HPEDSB budget can be accessed online

The fiscal year for school boards is September 1 to August 31, which matches the school operational year. School boards usually hold public budget meetings each spring, once the government announces the Grants for Student Needs (or GSNs) funding for the upcoming school year.

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
Two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at Board meetings. They have the same opportunities for participation at meetings as other Board members, although are not entitled to exercise a binding vote.

The 2015-2016 student trustees are: Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and 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

Last updated: May 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm