“Say One Nice Thing” Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 21 to 25, 2016

The third week of November is recognized as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This year it is November 21 – 25, 2016. It is a time for students, employees, parents/guardians and community to learn more about bullying and its effect on student achievement and well-being.

The Well-Being priority in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes the goal to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential. Our award-winning Say One Nice Thing campaign, being launched this week, is a simple way to show kindness and care to others through welcoming behaviours, such as smiling, saying ‘hi’ and asking how things are going outside school/work.

The Ministry of Education is currently developing  shared vision of how to best support the well-being of all students, in collaboration with parents, students, educators and administrators, counsellors, social workers, and community partners across the province. Consultation is underway now through the Ministry’s Well-Being Strategy.

“Children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are in a better position to reach their full potential. As we continue to strive for excellence in our education system, we know it is essential to support all of our students to have a positive sense of well-being – the sense of self, identity, and belonging in the world that will help them to learn, grow and thrive.” – Ministry of Education, Well-Being Strategy for Education.

sample Say One Nice Thing sticker 2

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

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

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

Please join us across Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in creating welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments.  Say One Nice Thing during Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week and every day!

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

“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

Applications for students to apply to the Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC) are being accepted to February 9, 2017. Students in grades 7 to 12 can apply.

MSAC poster

The application form is available at ontario.ca/speakup

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:

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

 

Calling for nominations for Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools

Nomination are open for the 2016-2017 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 17, 2017.

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

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for 2015-2106

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

  • Amber Zhang, Bayside Secondary School
  • Samantha Bardwell, Centennial Secondary School
  • Tyler-Rose Muirhead, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Jacky Or, Moira Secondary School
  • Amarveer Lubana, North Hastings High School
  • Sara Evans, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Brianna Palmateer, Quinte Secondary School
  • Leslie Fell, Trenton High School

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

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

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

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

Consultation process extended to September 30, 2016

September 6, 2016On August 25, 2016, the Ministry of Education released facility condition data for Ontario schools. This information is posted on the Ministry of Education website at: http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/fci.html

The Facility Condition Index (FCI) is a source of data about the state of school repairs. The Ministry of Education gathers this information in five-year cycles, the last of which took place from 2011 to 2015. The data is routinely used by the Ministry of Education and school boards for planning capital projects and school repairs.

FCI information is included in the HPEDSB draft Long-Term Capital and Accommodation Plan (linked below). However, the FCI in that plan is based on 10-year projections rather than 5-year.

HPEDSB is presently revising the data in the draft Long-Term Capital and Accommodation Plan to align with the new 5-year provincial data.

June 15, 2016—The date for review and input to the draft Long-Term Capital and Accommodation Plan has been extended to September 30, 2016.

The plan is a compilation of data for all schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and serves as a road map for the next several years. It contains no specific recommendations regarding school closure or consolidations.

All are invited to review the draft plan and provide written feedback until Friday, September 30, 2016 to directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca.

Listen to a radio interview with Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, on 99.3 County FM.

Future reference about the plan and bulletins can be viewed online.

For more information, 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: Crossroads Craft and Artisan Show at Centennial

Centennial Secondary School is hosting a Crossroads Craft and Artisan Show in November. There will be over 80 vendors offering unique crafts and Christmas gifts.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, November 5, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Lunch and snacks will be available in the cafe.
ADDMISSION: $2.00  – All proceeds will support Centennial students travelling to the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Several of the vendors are teachers and students from HPEDSB. All are welcome to attend and support local crafters and artisans.

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

Event: Visual and Performing Arts Program Session at Centennial

Centennial Secondary School is holding an information session that will highlight the Visual and Performing Arts program and explain the application and audition process.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, November 3, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due on December 9, 2016

Centennial is proud of its talented Arts students. All are invited to learn about this program and welcome future Centennial Chargers.

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

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

Final stages of construction at Trent River Public School

December 20, 2016—We are pleased to share an update about Trent River Public School, a magnificent building that has taken shape over the past year. The school is looking great inside and out!

Trent River Public School

Trent River Public School is a modern learning facility with large windows for natural light and bright, colourful classrooms. They include spaces where students can learn and play together.

Construction is in the final stages with the electrical and grounds work still to be completed. We expect to receive an occupancy permit in the coming days which will allow us to plan for moving in and for staff to prepare the building to welcome students.

Trent River Public School will consolidate students from Breadner Elementary School and College Street Public School.

Students will continue to attend either Breadner or College Street for the month of January 2017 while the new school is being prepared. A further update about when Trent River Public School will be open to students will be shared after the holiday break.

Open houses and school closing ceremonies will happen at both Breadner and College Street in January. Memorabilia will be on display to celebrate the school histories through the decades.

The public is welcome to share any school- or student-related items for the displays and can contact the schools as follows:

  • Breadner Elementary School: Bill Launderville, 613-394-1394, breadner@hpedsb.on.ca
  • College Street Public School: JoAnne Nitschke, 613-392-4524, collegest@hpedsb.on.ca

Details of these events will be provided during the first week of January.

Opening a new school is an exciting time for students, families, school board employees and the community. We are committed to ensuring that the transition to our new school is positive and that it is ready to welcome students. Trent River Public School is going to be an outstanding learning facility for students and a wonderful addition to Trenton.

Details about Trent River Public School

Planning for this project began in the spring of 2014 following an accommodation review for some Trenton schools. In August 2015 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.

Trent River Public School will be designed similar to others that have been built in HPEDSB over the past three 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.

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, December 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) features:

  • Literacy and Numeracy: Art Develops Numeracy and Literacy Skills. Art fosters a child’s imagination. It can encourage problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: There will be free parking in the downtown areas of Quinte West, Belleville and Prince Edward County for December – Donations will be accepted for the FEED THE METER CAMPAIGN and donated to local Food for Learning programs.
  • Improved Student Learning: Say One Nice Thing campaign continues! @SayOneNiceThing, #SayOneNiceThing #BeAnAlly

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, January 2017

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) features:

  • Literacy: Encourage your child to read critically and ask questions. Reading and Writing with Your Child – A Parent Guide (pdf)
  • Numeracy: Math Challenge: Squares Upon Squares. Explore new and interesting ideas in mathematics on youcubed.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Help Bring Back Winter Play by getting outside for at least 60 minutes of active fun each day.
  • Improved Student Learning: Self-regulation is the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours and attention, in ways that are socially acceptable and help achieve positive goals.

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, November 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) features:

  • Literacy: Treaties Recognition Week – November 6-12. Promoting education and awareness about Treaties and Treaty relations.
  • Numeracy: The Mathies site provides math concepts and deepens understanding with virtual games and activities.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Concussion awareness and prevention.
  • Improved Student Learning: Powerful questions to ask your students.  Learn more on the Edutopia website.

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, October 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) features:

  • Literacy: Not only is it fun to read a good story over and over again, children are able to focus on comprehension, accuracy and expression.
  • Numeracy: Homework Help – math help for Grades 7, 8, 9 and 10. *Live Tutoring available.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Join the Healthy Kids Community Challenge! @HealthyKidsHPE
  • Improved Student Learning: Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self Regulation.

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, September 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) features:

  • Literacy and Numeracy: Back to School with Picture Books
  • Numeracy: Positive Messages to Encourage Students in Math. For more positive messages and research about math and growth mindset go to Youcubed.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Wear an Orange Shirt to school on September 29 and support the National movement to ensure ~Every Child Matters ~
  • Improved Student Learning: Kindergarten programs will be based on the expectations outlines in The Kindergarten Program, 2016 Pdf

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

HPEDSB to host the Indigenous Education Leads Gathering in Toronto

October 27, 2016—A two-day gathering of individuals who lead Indigenous Education in school boards across the province is taking place on November 1 and 2, 2016.

Organizer Troy Maracle, Curriculum Coordinator, says it is about sharing and celebrating.

“The idea of the gathering came after I realized that as Board leads, we seldom got to meet. This event builds our knowledge through collaborating and sharing best practices and accomplishments,” said Maracle.

EVENT DETAILS
Two-day provincial gathering for Indigenous Education leads
DATE: November 1 and 2, 2016
LOCATION: Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse who will speak about Student Success and  Well-Being
  • Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair who will speaking about What Does Reconciliation Look Like?

Participants will include approximately 160 Indigenous Education leads from 71 Ontario school boards, including 12 French school boards. Trustees, directors of education, superintendents and various partners Indigenous advisory groups from across the province will also be there.

Facilitated break-out sessions will focus on various Indigenous Education topics.

Background on the Indigenous Education leads

The Indigenous Education leads in each school board play a critical role in building capacity for effective instructional and leadership practices to enhance student literacy and numeracy skills. They provide supports to reduce gaps in engagement and achievement by promoting the integration of Indigenous cultures, histories and perspectives throughout the curriculum, and engaging families and communities in the education of their children.

Indigenous Education leads have developed extensive knowledge, while creating deep relationships within the Indigenous communities. They have created an abundance of informed implementation strategies that have positively affected the success of all students. They have also helped to enhance a deeper appreciation of contemporary and traditional cultures, issues and hopes of Indigenous students and communities.

This is the fourth time Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has hosted this event.

 

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

Important information about registering your child for school

Get ready to go to school!
Welcome new and returning students! Thank you for choosing Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We look forward to seeing you again—or for the first time—in HPEDSB schools. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Important information about the literacy test

October 27, 2016—EQAO has put out a Q&A document about the technical issues with the literacy test. It will be updated as questions are submitted.

October 24, 2016—EQAO has confirmed that the cause of the technical issues that resulted in the cancellation of the October 20 province-wide trial of the online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) was an intentional, malicious and sustained Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack—a type of cyberattack.

Quick facts

  • The October 20 online OSSLT was a voluntary trial to test the system’s readiness before the regularly scheduled administration of the OSSLT in March 2017.
  • Discussions about the feasibility of scoring completed online OSSLT assessments are ongoing and an announcement on this will be made shortly.
  • EQAO will deliver the March 2017 OSSLT, which students will be able to take either online or on paper.
  • An independent third-party forensic firm is involved in an investigation into the October 20 incident on behalf of EQAO.
  • Data indicates that the DDoS attack began shortly before 8:00 a.m. EDT.
  • At the height of the DDoS attack, 99% of the traffic in the system was not coming from schools or school boards. This effectively blocked legitimate user access to the system.
  • No personal or private student information was compromised during the administration of the assessment.

Read the full release on the EQAO website. 

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October 21, 2016—Please refer to a letter (Pdf) of explanation and apology from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) about the technical difficulties with the literacy test.

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October 20, 2016—Today secondary school students throughout Ontario were to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

This assessment was to be written online. Technical issues through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) were experienced by many Ontario school boards.

EQAO cancelled the assessment prior to noon today.

The OSSLT is written by Grade 10 students typically in the spring. For 2016-2017, two opportunities were possible, the first being in October and the second scheduled for spring, as usual. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.

EQAO cancelled the assessment prior to noon. School boards were directed to instruct students to discontinue taking the assessment.

We’re very proud of our students who demonstrated great character and perseverance in a very challenging situation.

We’ll share more information with schools, families and students when it is available from EQAO. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Info night for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Diploma Programme, Mon., November 28, 2016

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
DATE: Monday, November 28, 2016
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville in the school library

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
Kate Cockburn, IB Coordinator

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

INFO: Newspaper ads for accommodation reviews

December 8, 2016—Advertisements about the accommodation reviews are in local newspapers this week.

The ads explain the following three items:

  1. The process for municipal/business/community members to apply to become ARC members. The due date for letters of interest is December 22, 2016
  2. The date of orientation meetings in Belleville, Madoc and Picton
  3. The date of public meetings in Belleville, Madoc and Picton

Please refer to the newspaper ads for specific details:

Additional information about the accommodation review process is online at
http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/ec/aboutus/boardMeetings/AccommodationReviews.html (web page)

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 accommodation reviews

Posted November 23, 2016—At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB), we are committed to achieving excellence, equity and well-being.

On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Board of Trustees approved accommodation reviews to begin in three regions of HPEDSB: City of Belleville, Centre Hastings and Prince Edward County.

An accommodation review happens through the school board, with public input, to determine the future of a school or group of schools. Accommodation reviews follow a very specific schedule over about seven months.

Reference documents

Accommodation reviews have been approved for the Belleville and Madoc areas and a number of schools in Prince Edward County. School board officials will be working with principals to organize accommodation review committees (ARCs) in each area. The ARC acts as an official conduit for information shared between the school board and the school communities.

Members of an ARC include:

  • the school principal or designate, one teacher and one non-teaching staff member
  • three parents, one of whom is the school council chair or designate
  • two municipal/business/community members
  • one intermediate or secondary student

A series of public input and ARC working meetings will take place between January and spring 2017. The Board of Trustees will vote on final accommodation review recommendations in June 2017.

While we recognize the challenges ahead, this is an exciting time at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We are looking forward to engaging with students, families and communities as we continue to focus on student achievement and well-being.

Questions about the accommodation review process can be directed to the Director’s Office at directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca 613.966.1170, extension 2201.

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 Canadian Library Support Staff Day, Friday, October 21

The third Friday of October is designated as Canadian Library Support Staff Day. This year it is recognized on Friday, October 21.

The mission in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is “We create dynamic, inclusive educational experiences that develop capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities.”

Library technicians at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board engage with students each day in support of this mission. They 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.

Please join in recognizing Canadian Library Support Staff Day on October 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

Join in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan contains priorities and goals focused on student achievement and well-being. Priorities for the Board include, Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being.  Specific goals are:

  • to provide programs and services to help each student achieve success (Achieving Excellence & Equity priority); and
  • to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential (Well-Being priority).
  1. Locally, HPEDSB works closely with children/family service organizations, health care, police services and others to help keep students safe. Highland Shores Children’s Aid (HSCA) is one of our key partners.
  1. October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario. It is a time for communities to use their voices to break the silence and speak up for children and youth to keep them safe.
  1. This year HSCA is promoting Dress Purple Day on Wednesday, October 19 to help raise awareness about speaking up and breaking the silence that often surrounds child abuse.

Please join in recognizing this important topic throughout October and by wearing purple on October 19, 2016.

Last updated: November 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm