“Ontario 150” is the theme for Education Week 2017

April 10, 2017—Education Week takes place during the first full week in May. It is an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools across the province. It is a time for students, educators, employees, families and communities to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement and well-being.

This year, Education Week is May 1 – 5, 2017. The provincial theme is “Ontario 150” in recognition of both Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary.

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

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

“Say and Do Nice Things” Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, November 20 to 24, 2017

The third week of November is recognized as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This year it is November 20 – 24, 2017. 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 and Do Nice Things 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.Say and Do Nice Things

Say and Do Nice Things campaign re-launched for a fourth year 

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

Follow the account @SayDoNiceThings and the hashtag #SayDoNiceThings or #CaringCounts on Twitter.

Please join us across Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in creating welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments. Say and Do Nice Things 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

10th Annual Student Benefit Auction, Thursday, May 11, 2017

event flyer
All are welcome to attend the 10th Annual Student Benefit Auction. Tickets are $20. Proceeds to Food for Learning to support nutrition programs in schools.

May 3, 2107—Food for Learning is preparing to host the 10th Annual Student Benefit Auction.

This event is to raise funds to support student

nutrition programs throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2017
TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Greek Banquet Hall, 70 Harder Drive, Belleville
TICKETS: $20, see below for purchase details

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

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

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

2017 EQAO results for Primary, Junior, Grade 9 and 10 assessments

September 20, 2017—This release presents student achievement results on the following provincial assessments administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO):

  • Primary and Junior (Grade 3 and 6) Reading, Writing  and Mathematics
  • Grade 9 Mathematics (Applied and Academic courses)
  • Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Looking at a 10-year continuum of results in the Primary and Junior assessments reinforces that gains are being made in Primary and Junior Reading and Writing. This year, students experienced gains the area of Primary Reading with small declines in Primary Writing and Junior Reading and Writing.

“We believe in our students’ abilities  and have confidence in our teachers who are striving to help all students achieve provincial standards in all grades and pathways,” said Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Education. “We are committed to preparing all students for graduation, for their chosen career pathway and for life-long learning.

Primary and Junior results

Primary and Junior assessments were written by students in May 2017. They objectively measure student achievement in reading, writing and math in relation to a common provincial standard which is Level 3 or 4.

This year HPEDSB students made gains of 3 percentage points in Primary Reading, while continuing to show gains in Reading and Writing over a 10-year period.

Primary results:                Reading 61%      Writing 57%       Math 47%

Junior results:                   Reading 67%      Writing 62%       Math 32%

Grade 9 Mathematics

The EQAO Grade 9 Math assessments are differentiated based on curriculum expectations in Applied and Academic Mathematics courses. They are administered near the end of each semester as a part of the course. Results are reported as the percentage of students achieving at provincial standard, Level 3 or 4, with Semester 1 and 2 results combined for the school year. Overall, the trends demonstrate that HPEDSB students have been holding steady over the past 10 years.

Academic Math course results: 76%

Applied Math course results: 41%

Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is administered once a year in the spring in Academic, Applied and Locally Developed English courses. All Grade 10 students are eligible to write it. Successful completion of the OSSLT is a graduation requirement.

The OSSLT is the only assessment in which students who are eligible to write it can be deferred to a later time. An increased percentage of HPEDSB students participated in the assessment in their Grade 10 year, as deferral rates decreased from 15% in 2011 to 4% in 2017.

Results of students taking Academic English have remained strong over time. Results for students taking Applied or Locally Developed English indicate ongoing needs in literacy.

Academic results: 90%

Applied course results: 42%

Locally Developed  course results: 3%

Next steps

EQAO assessments are one type of assessment data used to inform planning at the school and Board levels. Ongoing classroom assessments and report card results in literacy and mathematics are also taken into consideration to present a more complete picture of student achievement.

A continued focus on literacy, building on the successes in elementary grades, is required to ensure that students meet literacy graduation requirements. This will help to ensure that students are well-prepared for today and their future careers.

The continued focus required in mathematics to address achievement gaps is a priority locally and provincially.

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

27th Celebration of Dance, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017—Excitement is building among students about the upcoming Celebration of Dance.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (rain date is the next day)
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Zwick’s Park (location changed due to flooding at Belleville Fairgrounds)

It’s all about being active and having fun. That’s the purpose of Celebration of Dance. If you have never seen it, picture a sea of 2,500 students from 20 HPEDSB schools dancing in unison, dressed in their school colours and having fun!

Twelve dances are in the line-up this year:

  • Happy
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling
  • Watch Me (Whip Nae Nae)
  • Party in the USA
  • That Power
  • Cha Cha
  • Try Everything
  • YMCA
  • Something Big
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Hand Clap
  • Uptown Funk

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

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

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

The following HPEDSB schools are involved this year:

  • Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • Bayside Public School
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Foxboro Public School
  • Harmony Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Kente Public School
  • Marmora Senior Public School
  • North Trenton Public School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Tweed Elementary School
  • York River Public School

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

Adventure Class Information Night: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Adventure Class
Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about the primary and junior Adventure Classes of Queen Victoria School in the 2017/2018 school year.

The Adventure Class is a unique education program where students in grades 1-6 learn with the shared support of teachers, families and community. This information session will go over the program outline, process overview, answer questions and tour the classrooms.

Adventure Class brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Victoria School office by Monday, February 13, 2017.

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

Attendance boundary and program changes for September 2018

November 22, 2017—Attendance boundary and school organization/program changes have been determined for some Belleville schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Most of the affected schools were part of a recent accommodation review that concluded in June.

Schools, students and families need this information to plan for the next school year.

“Many people have been anxiously awaiting the new attendance boundaries. Staff have been working diligently to analyze the existing boundaries, review school space requirements and projected enrolment in Belleville,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The changes described below align with recommendations approved by the Board of Trustees in June.

Boundary changes

School board staff worked with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services to determine attendance boundary changes. Based on an analysis of current enrolment and students’ home addresses, the following has been determined for September 2018:

  • Approximately 200 Quinte Secondary School students will attend Centennial Secondary School.
  • Approximately 390 Quinte Secondary School students will attend the Belleville consolidated secondary school (currently known as Moira Secondary School) at the existing Moira Secondary School site. As per the recommendation, Moira Secondary School will be rebranded with a new name, logo, mascot and colours.
  • The attendance boundary for Susanna Moodie Elementary School will change to include students who live north of Bridge Street in Belleville and who are currently in the Sir John A. Macdonald School attendance boundary.
  • As per the June 2017 recommendation, families with children currently registered at Sir John A. Macdonald School will not be impacted by attendance boundary changes.
  • New boundary maps (starting on page 7 of the link) are on the HPEDSB website: HPEschools.ca > Board Room > Board Meetings > Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee > November 20, 2017

Elementary school changes

Coupled with the above is the need to make school program/organization/grade changes to some Belleville elementary schools. Based on an analysis of current enrolment and students’ home addresses, the following has been determined for September 2018:

  • The Harry J. Clarke Public School Destinations Programme, currently located at Moira Secondary School, will be relocated to Queen Victoria School and Susanna Moodie Elementary School. The new Queen Victoria School Destinations Programme and the new Susanna Moodie Elementary School Destinations Programme will welcome Grade 7 and 8 students.
  • Grade 7 and 8 students from Prince Charles School (Belleville) will attend Centennial Secondary School and Prince Charles will be a JK-6 school.

Parents of schools affected by these changes will receive communications this week.

Quinte Adult Education

Quinte Adult Education, currently located at Quinte Secondary School, will move to the William R. Kirk building for September 2018.

QSS Child Care Centre

The QSS Child Care Centre, a valued community partner, currently located at Quinte Secondary School, will relocate to a new location. Staff are in discussions with the QSS Child Care Centre and have indicated that space will be available in HPEDSB schools.

SHAPE Program

The SHAPE (South Hastings Alternative Personalized Education) program for current Centennial, Moira and Quinte students will continue to be located at the William R. Kirk building for September 2018.

“We know there is a lot of work ahead as we continue to shape the future of HPEDSB and public education in the communities we serve. This is an exciting time at HPEDSB as we focus on our vision of All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow,” added Savery-Whiteway.

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 #140: March 27, 2017

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 2017.

Board Meeting Update #141: April 24, 2017

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in May 2017.

Board Meeting Update #143: May 23, 2017

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 23, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in June 2017.

Board Meeting Update #145: September 11, 2017

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting later in September 2017.

Recommendations

Access roadway for Trent River Public School

Board members approved a tender to Kiley Paving Ltd. in the amount of $338,621.

Trent River Public School is adjacent to a proposed townhouse development. The entrance to the school site from Dixon Drive was purchased by HPEDSB from the townhouse developer and was included in the site plan for the townhouse development. The entrance runs through the proposed townhouse development property.

When construction of the new school was planned, the townhouse development was to be completed in advance of construction. That did not occur and the site plan control agreement for the new school included the provision that the board would be responsible for completing certain off-site works related to the access route in the event that the development did not proceed. The development property has since gone into receivership and been purchased by another party. To our knowledge, there are no plans for development at this time.

Engineering consultant McIntosh Perry prepared the scope of work and drawings for the off-site works required by the City of Quinte West, with an estimated cost of $170,000. The Ministry has allocated an additional $450,000 of capital funding to the board for the construction of Trent River Public School in order to complete this off-site work.

The work includes site preparations, site works (road structure, sidewalk, topsoil/sod, curbing, line painting), services (storm sewer, storm catch basins, storm manholes, inspections) and asphalt pathway. It is anticipated the work will begin in late September 2017.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre and are public unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 25, 2017: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #146: September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017 — This update provides a summary of the  public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in October 2017.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Morgan Beatty, Student Trustee, Centennial Secondary School, asked all to reflect on responsibility: We have a sense of duty to fulfill commitments. We take ownership for our own thoughts and actions. We are reliable and accountable in our words and actions.

Presentations

“Learning Happens Here” video
This video highlighted (video) student learning during the first few weeks of the 2017-2018 school year. It featured students from schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Achieving Excellence & Equity: Learning & Leadership

This presentation provided a summary of summer learning initiatives for students and employees.

  • The Summer Learning Program for SK, Grade 1, 2 and 3 students focused on understanding number sense and developing reading skills. Students also learned age-appropriate coding and robotic skills. Six sites hosted the program: Earl Prentice Public School, Prince Charles School (Belleville), Prince of Wales Public School, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) and York River Public School.
  • Summer School for secondary school students was entirely online through eLearning. Students also engaged in the School Within a College program through courses such as: Culinary Techniques, T.V. and New Media, Building Construction and Make-Up Artistry.
  • 429 educators from across the province, including 300 from HPEDSB, participated in the second Google Summit hosted at Bayside Secondary School. They learned how to use Google products to enhance classroom learning.
group photoThank you to Teri Cook, Vice-principal, Stirling Public School; Wendy Goodman, Curriculum Coordinator; Tina Jones, System Principal; Heather McMaster, Early Years Lead; Roger Ramsay, Curriculum Coordinator and Marg Thompson, Student Success Lead.

Report from Committee of the Whole

This report included the following:

  • Executive compensation

Recommendations

External audit plan

Board members approved the content of the external Audit Plan as per Ontario Regulation 361/10. This is a result of amendments to the regulation related to audit committees. As a result, the Audit Committee is now required to make recommendations to the Board on the content of the external auditor’s audit plan and on all proposed major changes to the plan.

Appointment of external auditors for 2017-2018

Board members appointed BDO LLP as the external auditor for 2016-2017 at a remuneration of $37,800.

2017-2018 Board policy review

Board members approved the review of four policies to determine any revisions to comply with legislation, guidelines, the strategic plan and current practices:

  • Policy 5: Director of Education Job Description
  • Policy 6: Delegation of Authority
  • Policy 8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct
  • Policy 10: Duties of the Board Chair and Vice-chair
  • Policy 11-C: Operations and Finance Committee
  • Policy 17: Transportation
  • Policy 11-M: Ad-Hoc Committees
  • Policy 16: Selection of the Director

The revised policies will be reviewed by the Executive Committee, then be included on the November public Board meeting agenda for approval.

Annual review and approval of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: Possibilities Today & Tomorrow

An annual review of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan (Pdf) has been completed. Progress on the 2017-2018 action plans will be reported through the Annual Report and revisited when the next review process begins in February 2018.

Approval of the Accessibility Plan

Board members approved the Multi-Year Annual Accessibility Plan for the period September 2017 to August 2022.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005) (AODA) and the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2001) (ODA) requires school boards to prepare annual plans to address barriers to persons with disabilities. The plan has had several revisions since it was first published in 2005.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee met in June 2017 to review and update the Multi-Year Annual Accessibility Plan which incorporates plans for the next five-year period. The plan is reviewed annually by the Accessibility Advisory Committee then approved by the Board.

The updated plan will be available online by the week of October 2, 2017.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of September and October 2017.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • Terry Fox events: various schools, dates and times
  • September 26: Grade 9 team building house league challenge and Terry Fox Run, Moira Secondary School
  • September-October: Farm Fresh Fundraising events, Kente Public School
  • October: Meet the Teacher Nights, various schools, dates and times

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Summary of participation at the Canadian School Boards’ Association conference.

Report from the Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Annual Report to the Board of Trustees

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Brief summary on the topic of human trafficking. We have been engaging with local police services to gain an awareness and understanding. More to come in the future.

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Review of a Ministry of Education memo about strengthening rural school boards.
  • Update on three administrative reviews related to accommodation reviews.

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Review of the Accessibility Plan and Strategic Plan.
  • Update on the addition and renovation at Marmora Senior Public School.
  • Update on child care centres at Frankford Public  School and Massassaga-Rednersville Public School.
  • Summary of building renewal projects totalling $23.3 million.
  • Two community planning/partnership meetings in late August, one at Centennial Secondary School and one at North Hastings High School.

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Update on the Strategic Plan and actions for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Enrolment update.

Enrolment update

Each September elementary and secondary enrolments are collected then compared to projections to determine the impact on teaching staff and school organizations. This is required to address provincial class size guidelines and budget.

Elementary enrolment on September 15, 2017 was 10,340 compared to a projection of 10,285, resulting in an increase of 55 students over projection. Overall, elementary enrolment continues to show evidence that it is stabilizing, with a year-over-year increase of 167 students.

For secondary, using the data collected on September 15, 2017, the revised average daily enrolment (ADE) was projected for the year as 4,587. The revised projection shows a decrease of 112 ADE over original projections, and a year-over-year decrease of 132 secondary students.

The total combined student enrolment at this time is 14,927.

Administration is in the process of finalizing the impact on staff needs and class sizes to determine what adjustments are required.

Report from trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Attendance at a Board of Director meeting of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, where a guest speak spoke about equity and global leaders.
  • Vice-chair Dave Patterson presented a proposal to the Board that school board initiatives align with municipal initiatives, particularly those relating to retaining and attracting and families in communities.
  • Attendance at the Indigenous Trustee Council, which is an annual planning session through the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Three areas of focus were chosen for the upcoming school year: 1) the need for fluent Indigenous language teachers; 2) professional learning about Indigenous learning; and 3) clarity about the role of the steering committee.
  • Attendance at the provincial Indigenous Leads Gathering.

Upcoming public meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, September 28: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 28: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 2: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 10: Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 10: Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 10: Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 23: Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #147: October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 — This update provides a summary of the  public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in November 2017.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop  the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Meera Moorthy, Student Trustee, Moira Secondary School, asked all to reflect on trustworthiness: We can be counted on to do what is right. We instill confidence in one another through our actions.

Presentations

“Well-Being in Our  Schools” video

When we consider the Strategic Plan: Possibilities Today and Tomorrow, and the four priorities of Achieving Excellence and Equity, Learning and Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being, we are reminded that they all point to supporting the most precious of people in our system—students. They are always the focus in working toward our organizational goals. This video highlighted what well-being looks like in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board from student and employee perspectives.

Thank you to the students and employees who are featured, and to the production team Laina Andrews, Superintendent of Education; Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer; and Sherry Rivers, Web Designer.

screen capture of a video

Report from Committee of the Whole

This report included the following:

  • Surplus property: Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of October and November 2017.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • October 31: Voyageur Success Awards, Trent River Public School
  • November 2: Awards Night at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • November 8: JK & SK Vision & Hearing Screening, V.P. Carswell Elementary School
  • November 9: Academic Awards Presentations, Quinte Secondary School
  • November 10: Remembrance Day Ceremonies at various schools
  • November 22: Open House for the Foundations Programme and International Baccalaureate Programme, Moira Secondary School

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Local Government Week was recognized at HPEDSB
  • Connections newsletter detailing the journey to consolidate the Belleville secondary schools
  • Upcoming mMeeting of the Parent Involvement Committee

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Policy review
  • The topic of human trafficking issues

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Updated enrolment projects
  • An update on the Sophiasburgh Community Hub
  • Communications for consolidating the Belleville secondary schools

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Presentation by Gord Taylor, CEO, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, about bus routes, ride times and other transportation-related items
  • Building renewal projects update, the projects total $36 million
  • Policy review
  • Trustee expense report

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Presentation about the Ontario Renewed Math Strategy and also the math-related initiatives to improve student learning underway at HPEDSB
  • Review of the new Special Education Policy and Resource Guide created by the Ministry of Education

Notice of Motion: 2017 Board policy review
Notice of motion was given that amendments to the following policies will be on the agenda for the November 2017 meeting:

  • Policy #5: Director of Education Job Description
  • Policy #6: Delegation of Authority
  • Policy #8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct
  • Policy #10: Duties of the Board Chair and Vice-chair
  • Policy #11-C: Operations and Finance Committee
  • Policy #11-M: Ad-Hoc Committees
  • Policy #16: Selection of the Director
  • Policy 17: Transportation

Reports from trustees and student trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation in the Harvest Festival, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the mural and unveiling of two commemorative plaques at Moira Secondary School
  • A successful Parent Night hosted at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute last week
  • Participation in Take a Bite Out of Hunger which was a fundraiser for Food for Learning. Students, parents, employees and volunteers were at grocery stores talking with customers at the check-outs about that the breakfast, lunch or snack programs meant to them. Over $2,000 was collected in North Hastings with more collected in Belleville and Trenton through customer donations

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, October 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 6: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 8: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 13: Student Enrolment/School Capacity, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 13: Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 13: Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 20: Public Board Meeting, Trent River Public School, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 23: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 23: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #148: November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017 — This update provides a summary of the  public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in January 2018.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, asked all to reflect on caring: We demonstrate concern for self and others. We show empathy and express genuine concerns. We consider the long term effect of our actions.

Presentations

Student Leadership: Globally Minded Learners and Leaders at Trent River Public School

Superintendent of Education Colleen DeMille spoke about Trent River Public School which opened in the spring of 2017. The school has visual demonstrations of student learning and well-being. Staff recognize the importance of students becoming globally minded learners and leaders.

Evidence of student learning and engagement is found in their comments, such as, “We are prepared learners and leaders.” “As learners we take and give advice.” “We have positive mindsets, always looking for answers.” “We, at Trent River, want to be caring, inclusive citizens.”

DeMille introduced Principal Bill Launderville, Teacher Kathryn Acorn, and Students Levi and Kendra. They described student learning to deconstruct the meaning of the 10 competencies that make up the Globally Minded Learners and Leaders.

According to Kendra and Levi, learning about the global competencies prepares students for the future. The students described how they collaborate to solve problems and think critically to reach a common goal. To achieve success criteria for being entrepreneurial and digitally fluent, the students learned to work together and to value each other’s ideas. Now they are working with other classes, such as Grade 2 buddies, to teach the younger students about the competencies.

Students Kendra and Levi, and their teacher Kathryn Acorn (centre, behind the students) shared their learning and sharing of the 10 global competencies at the public Board meeting on November 20, 2017.

Report from Committee of the Whole

This report included the following:

  • Probationary status of teachers
  • Principal/vice-principal pools
  • Executive compensation

Recommendations

2016-2017 Financial Statements & Auditor’s Report

Board members approved the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending August 31, 2017. The Consolidated Financial Statements reflect the board’s financial results for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

During the year the board expended $21,650,252 on capital asset acquisition/construction. These expenditures are funded through a variety of sources including capital priorities, school condition improvement and school renewal grants.

The audited financial statements resulted in an in-year surplus of $2,054,373 and a corresponding in-year surplus for Ministry of Education compliance reporting purposes of $152,013.

The original budget plan was forecast to have a deficit of $360,137.

The board is on a Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan with the Ministry of Education. The board has met or exceeded its targets under the Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan for the 2016-2017 year.

The surplus is due to a decrease in projected transportation expenses, as well as a decrease in projected actuarial liabilities and a decrease in projected costs associated with supplies and services.

Policy Review 2017-2018, Part A

Policies are reviewed every three years to ensure they are still relevant and have been implemented effectively. Changes to legislation and new guidelines also necessitate updates to current policy.

Board members approved revisions and updates were made to the following policies to comply with legislation or regulations:

  • Policy 5: Director of Education Job Description
  • Policy 6: Delegation of Authority
  • Policy 8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct
  • Policy 10: Duties of the Board Chair and Vice-chair
  • Policy 11-C: Operations and Finance Committee
  • Policy 11-M: Ad Hoc Committees
  • Policy 16: Selection of the Director
  • Policy 17: Transportation

Proposed trustee representation on committees for 2018

Trustee membership on committees will be determined at the annual Board meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017. To facilitate this process, trustees were asked to indicate their 2017-2018 committee preferences in advance of that meeting.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for December 2017.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • December 6: Violence Against Women Awareness, Quinte Secondary School
  • December 6: Original production called Pink or Blue by Prince Edward Collegiate Institute students. Performances will take place at The Core in Belleville in the morning and St. Andrew’s Church in Picton in the afternoon.
  • December 7: Arts Night at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • December 12: School Group Junior Volleyball Tournament, Massassaga-Rednersville Public School
  • Week of December 18: Festive Luncheons at various schools
  • Week of December 22: Holiday Assemblies at various schools

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Policy review
  • Attendance at a regional meeting of trustees in Brockville on a Saturday
  • Correspondence related to EQAO testing (refer to the end of this update for more)

Report from the Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Review of the Consolidated Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report
  • Interviews for an external member for the Audit Committee

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Boundary reviews related to Belleville elementary and secondary schools
  • Planning/improvements for the consolidation of Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute happening in September 2018
  • Mention of the Connections newsletter as an informative communications vehicle providing updates on the consolidation of Belleville secondary schools

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Energy and Environmental Services report
  • Trustee expenses
  • Policy review

Report from the Program and Human Resource Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and action plans
  • Tiered support for mental health services, supported by child and youth counsellors
  • Presentation of a new Gender Identity Guide

Questions, reports and proposals from trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Student trustee attendance at the annual meeting of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association where the two student trustees each joined committees to make a difference and grow their knowledge
  • Trustee attendance at Remembrance Day services at schools where student leadership and involvement was evident
  • A performance called Vimy performed by three by Prince Edward Collegiate Institute students

Correspondence

  • Letter from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Hastings-Prince Edward Local regarding a provincial ETFO motion about renaming schools with ‘Sir John A. Macdonald’ in the name
  • Letter from Peel District School Board requesting that EQAO assessments be put on hold pending a review by the Ministry of Education

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, November 23: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 23: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 4: Annual Meeting of the Board, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 14: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 8, 2018:
    • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 22, 2018: Public Board Meeting, Trent River Public School, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Calling for nominations for 16th Annual Great Place Awards

gpawards_col_webApril 3, 2017—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—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 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Complete details and nomination forms are available online. New for this year is a Google Form which can be completed online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Tuesday, May 23 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award recipients 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

Capital Planning Bulletin #9: Decisions have been made, now what?

June 20, 2017—The accommodation review processes in Belleville, Madoc and Prince Edward County have come to conclusion. No other accommodation reviews are underway at this time.

The attached bulletin (Pdf) is a summary of the final decisions and describes school closures/consolidations for September 2017 and 2018.

Bulletin 9

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

Community Information Meeting: addition and renovations to Marmora Senior Public School

event flyerJune 9, 2017—A community information meeting to share information about the addition and renovations at Marmora Senior Public School is scheduled.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Marmora Senior Public School, 91 Madoc Street, Marmora

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer,
613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354

Congratulations to the 2017 Great Place Awards recipients

May 16, 2017—Congratulations to Great Place Awards recipients who contribute to student achievement and well-being, and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of the Growing with Character core values.

16th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, employees, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2017 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Natalie Brownell, Volunteer, Bird’s Creek Public School
  • Eric Caley, Maintenance Mechanic, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Keith Dickey, Bus Driver, R&L Bus Lines, North Hastings High School
  • Robyn Elson and Reece Monk, Students (Grade 8), Tyendinaga Public School
  • Sherry Harrison, Secretary, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Saud Haseeb, Student (Grade 11), Moira Secondary School
  • Debbie Stott, Educational Assistant, Bayside Secondary School
  • Heather Taylor, Teacher, North Hastings High School
  • Sue Tripp, Teacher, Trenton High School
  • Anne Anderson, Rachel Bush, Marilyn Callahan, Nadia Clark, Carrie Dutton, Deniece Hunter, Tracey Locke, Debbie Royle, Angela Schaefer, Lynne Ulrich, and Mike Brown/team from Best Buy, Breakfast Club Volunteers, Harry J. Clarke Public School

Awards presentation

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

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 37 nominations representing employees, volunteers, students and community partners. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight Growing with Character core values: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

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

  • Delanie Austin, Student Trustee, Quinte Secondary School
  • Lauren Barry, Student Senate, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Geoff Cudmore, The HPE Learning Foundation
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer & Committee Chair
  • Lee-Anne Kerr, Parent Involvement Committee Chair
  • Shelley MacKenzie-Coates, Principal, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Dave Patterson, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Trustee
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst
  • Shelley Steele, Safe Schools Supervisor
  • Wendy Sutherland, Safe Schools Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Susan Sweet, The HPE Learning Foundation
  • Doug Thur, President, Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local

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

CONNECTIONS: News about consolidating Belleville secondary schools

October 30, 2017 — The CONNECTIONS newsletter is your source for updates about consolidating Centennial, Moira and Quinte secondary schools.

Each issue will describe what has been, or is being, done and explains what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

Help name the consolidated secondary school

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is reaching out to the community for suggestions on a name for the consolidated secondary school.

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

Construction at Marmora Senior Public School to begin in June 2017

May 24, 2017—Construction of the addition and renovations at Marmora Senior Public School will begin in June now that a construction tender was recently awarded. Board members approved a $4.5 million contract for Garritano Brothers Ltd. to do the work.

“With the tender approved, the contractor is preparing to start work on this project. In the coming weeks they will get fencing up and have the equipment on-site. We’re excited to be at this point of the project,” said Nick Pfeiffer, Superintendent of Business Services.

artist concept drawing of the new school front and bus loop
These artist concept drawings show the new front entrance and bus loop.

The consolidated school will bring together students from Earl Prentice Public School (presently JK to Grade 3) and Marmora Senior Public School (presently Grade 4 to 8) on the Marmora Senior site.

“This is another project to improve learning environments for HPEDSB students. Schools in other HPEDSB communities have had large-scale renovations done in recent years. It’s good news to see a modern learning facility coming to Marmora for the benefit of students, families and the community,” added Pfeiffer.

School start-up in September 2017

We are planning a two-phase approach to moving in.

  • PHASE 1, SEPTEMBER 2017
    • Marmora Senior Public School will remain Grade 4 to 8. Students who normally go to Marmora Senior will go there in September, as usual.
    • Earl Prentice will remain JK to Grade 3. Students who normally go to Earl Prentice will go there in September, as usual.
  • PHASE 2, MARCH 2018
    • It is anticipated that Earl Prentice students will move to the renovated Marmora school in March 2018.

We are committed to ensuring that the renovated school is completed and fully ready to welcome all students.

Renovations to the main office and mechanical systems will be completed over the summer to be ready for September. The addition and other renovations will be completed for March 2018.

Details about the addition and renovations

The project includes the following work:

  • Construction of additions to the existing building, including five new classrooms and a new double-size gym
  • Modifications/renovations to the existing building, including a new front entrance, main office, and converting the existing gym to a learning commons/library
  • Building renewal work to replace the heating/ventilation equipment, electrical and communication systems (telephone, data, public address and security), interior/exterior doors and interior finishes, and a new bus loop at the front of the building

Funding for this project resulted from a capital priority business case submitted to the Ministry of Education in the summer of 2015, with funding announced in November of that year.

Community input to choose a name for the consolidated school

The community is invited to vote on a name (webpage) for the consolidated Marmora elementary school. Voting closes Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

The short-list of names includes the following:

  • Crowe River Public School
  • Crowe Valley Public School
  • Marmora Elementary School
  • Marmora Public School

These names were short-listed through a first round of community input. Several submissions involved connections to water or the village of Marmora. Crowe Lake and Crowe River, which are encompassed by Crowe Valley, are close to Marmora Senior PS and are a significant part of the community.

A community information meeting to show floor plans and answer questions regarding the project and plan for students will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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

Data Privacy Day, Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 27, 2017— The Public Confidence priority in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan involves goals to ensure effective management of all resources (i.e. human, financial and environmental).

Saturday, January 28 is recognized as Data Privacy Day, a day to highlight the effect of technology on privacy and to consider how to value and protect personal information.

Every day, thousands of employees and students throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board access online resources. In recent years, HPEDSB has expanded its use of cloud services with the introduction of Office365 and Microsoft OneDrive, with student/teacher collaboration using Google Apps for Education, extended use of blended learning tools, such as D2L (Desire 2 Learn).

As we continue to tap into the wealth of information available online, we must be mindful of the potential risks of privacy breaches and cyber bullying. As a system of character, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves and others, and to continue to support safe, respectful and inclusive learning and working environments to support student achievement and well-being for students and employees.

Many resources are available to help better understand and navigate through privacy issues in the online world. Internally, the following procedures guide our work:

More information about privacy and information management is online at About HPEDSB > Access and Privacy.

Additional external resources and tools are available from:

  • the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario at www.ipc.on.ca
  • the Youth Privacy website at www.youthprivacy.ca (designed for educators, parents and students)

Take steps to protect your personal privacy online by following these simple guidelines:

  • Set strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you send, receive and share online.

In addition, maintain an open dialogue with family, friends, colleagues, students and parents about Internet safety.

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

Dates for 2017-2018 school year calendar and 1-5 version for elementary

May 31, 2017 – The following dates have been approved by Board members of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and confirmed by the Ministry of Education for the 2017-2018 school year.

PLEASE NOTE: printed copies of the school year calendar will go home with students during the first week of school in September 2017.

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Seven professional activity (PA) days
    • Friday, September 29, 2017
    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • Friday, November 24, 2017
    • Friday, February 2, 2018
    • Friday, April 13, 2018
    • Friday, May 18, 2018
    • Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Last day of the school year: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Other school-related holidays
    • Thanksgiving Day: Monday, October 9, 2017
    • Christmas Break: Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018
    • Family Day: Monday, February 19, 2018
    • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 12 to  Friday, March 16, 2018
    • Good Friday: Friday, March 30, 2018
    • Easter Monday: Monday, April 2, 2018
    • Victoria Day: Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Exam/culminating activity days* for secondary schools
    • Thursday, January 25 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • Thursday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • *Actual exam/culminating activity dates may vary, please confirm with each secondary school

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

EVENT: Centennial Secondary School celebrates 50 years

Centennial Secondary SchoolCentennial Secondary School will be celebrating 50 years of Academic Excellence, Artistic Integrity, and Athletic Prowess in May 2017.

EVENT DETAILS

50th Anniversary Open House

DATE: Friday, May 12, 2017 to Sunday, May 14, 2017

LOCATION: Centennial, Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 14, 2017

Former staff and students are invited to attend all or any part of the weekend event as it promises to be an incredible journey honouring the school legacy. The itinerary and registration information are online at css50anniversary.com.

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

EVENTS: Open House & Closing Ceremony for Breadner Elementary and College Street Public PS (Trenton)

Breadner Elementary School and College Street Public School will each be holding an Open House & Closing Ceremony to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

BREADER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimili Road, Trenton
COLLEGE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, January 30, 2017
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton

Breadner Elementary School Closure Flyer 2017
A school closing ceremony and reception will be held at Breadner Elementary School in Trenton to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

College Street Public School Closure Flyer 2017
A school closing ceremony and reception will be held at College Street Public School in Trenton to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

Both schoools will close once the new Trent River Public School opens in the coming weeks.

The Ministry of Education provided approximately $13 million to build the new school in response to a capital priority request. That request came about through an accommodation review which took place during the 2012-2013 school year with school, parent, student and community involvement.

All are welcome to these community events to visit with current and former staff, students and community partners.

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

French Immersion & Extended French Information Nights, January/February 2017

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

Two new French Immersion schools have been added for September 2017: Madoc Public School and Prince Charles Public School (Trenton).

Information Sessions for French Immersion & Extended French
EXTENDED FRENCH
Monday, January 30, 20176:00 p.m., York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, 6:00 p.m.
FRENCH IMMERSION
Tuesday, January 31, 20176:00 p.m., Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), 35 Barker Street, Picton
Wednesday, February 1, 20176:00 p.m., Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville
Thursday, February 2, 20176:00 p.m., Bayside Public School, 132 Aikins Road, Belleville
Monday, February 6, 20176;00 p.m., Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton
Monday, February 13, 2017 (re-scheduled due to freezing rain)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

6:00 p.m., Madoc Public School, 32 Baldwin Street, Madoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. A minimum of 25% of instruction is in French.

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

Anna and Peter describe their French Immersion experiences. MP3 format

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

French Immersion expands to five schools for September 2017

April 10, 2017—The number of schools hosting French Immersion programs will increase in September 2017 based on local interest. Two schools will be added, bringing the total to five.

Extended French will continue to be offered at one school in North Hastings.

New FI schools for September 2017

Existing FI schools for September 2017

Existing Extended French school for September 2017

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

Extended French helps students to develop French-language skills in a variety of subject areas. A minimum of 25% of instruction is in French.

For specific details about French Immersion or Extended French, 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

Graduation rates increase for HPEDSB

May 11, 2017—Graduation rate is a key indicator of student success.

The current data indicates an increase in the number of students who graduated in 2016 compared to 2015.

For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the five-year rate for students who graduated in June 2016 was 76.2% which is an increase of 1.5 percentage points from 2015. Of the 1,235 students enrolled in Grade 9 starting in 2011‐2012, 918 graduated within five years.

The rate for students who graduated within four years in June 2016 was 70.1%, which is an increase of 4.6 percentage points from 2015.

The provincial graduation rate for students who stayed in secondary school for five years was 86.5% and for four years was 79.6%.

These graduation rates are calculated based on a cohort (group) of students who entered Grade 9 together in 2011-2012 and graduated with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) by 2015-2016. The rates take into account all students who began their Grade 9 year in HPEDSB. They also include students who moved to another school district in Ontario to continue their schooling, and students who no longer attended school for one reason or another. Students who moved out of province, before graduation are not included in the rate.

We are committed to student achievement and well‐being. A priority in the 2015‐2020 strategic plan is Achieving Excellence & Equity which includes a goal to increase graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard.

Graduation requirements include the following:

  • achieving 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional);
  • completing 40 volunteer hours; and
  • meeting the literacy requirements.

How we helping more students graduate

Increasing graduation rates and reducing achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard are priorities in our 2015-2020 strategic plan. Student Success teams in schools regularly monitor graduation requirements through data reports that highlight students who are in risk due to credit shortages. Based on student needs, action plans to address gaps are initiated.

We believe all graduates can be globally minded learners and leaders. We set conditions for students to develop competencies that support all students to be successful, contributing citizens in their communities.

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

Graduation rates increase for HPEDSB

May 11, 2017—Graduation rate is a key indicator of student success.

The current data indicates an increase in the number of students who graduated in 2016 compared to 2015.

For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the five-year rate for students who graduated in June 2016 was 76.2% which is an increase of 1.5 percentage points from 2015. Of the 1,235 students enrolled in Grade 9 starting in 2011‐2012, 918 graduated within five years.

The rate for students who graduated within four years in June 2016 was 70.1%, which is an increase of 4.6 percentage points from 2015.

The provincial graduation rate for students who stayed in secondary school for five years was 86.5% and for four years was 79.6%.

These graduation rates are calculated based on a cohort (group) of students who entered Grade 9 together in 2011-2012 and graduated with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) by 2015-2016. The rates take into account all students who began their Grade 9 year in HPEDSB. They also include students who moved to another school district in Ontario to continue their schooling, and students who no longer attended school for one reason or another. Students who moved out of province, before graduation are not included in the rate.

We are committed to student achievement and well‐being. A priority in the 2015‐2020 strategic plan is Achieving Excellence & Equity which includes a goal to increase graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard.

Graduation requirements include the following:

  • achieving 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional);
  • completing 40 volunteer hours; and
  • meeting the literacy requirements.

How we helping more students graduate

Increasing graduation rates and reducing achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard are priorities in our 2015-2020 strategic plan. Student Success teams in schools regularly monitor graduation requirements through data reports that highlight students who are in risk due to credit shortages. Based on student needs, action plans to address gaps are initiated.

We believe all graduates can be globally minded learners and leaders. We set conditions for students to develop competencies that support all students to be successful, contributing citizens in their communities.

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

Help name the consolidated secondary school

October 27, 2017—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is reaching out to the community for suggestions on a name for the consolidated secondary school.

Members of the public are invited to submit name suggestions for the school that will bring together students from Moira Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School in September 2018. Both Moira and Quinte will close next June and students from the two schools will come together at the existing Moira site in September. Some Quinte students will transfer to Centennial Secondary School. Link to a paper version of the form (Pdf).

“We value the role our communities play in the education of students and look forward to everyone’s input on naming this school. It is one of the many steps toward creating exciting new opportunities for our students,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The positive integration of students and employees into the new school environment is guided in part by the Integration Committee, which includes students, employees, parents/guardians and community members. The committee provides input on the school name, colours, mascot and school transition activities, including honouring and incorporating artifacts and other memorabilia from each of the schools.

Name submissions should include rationale for the suggestion and also consider:

  • the names of famous Canadians of either local or national recognition;
  • appropriate identifications that reflect a positive image of the community and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board;
  • significant names; or
  • names in conformity with official designations.

Submissions should avoid the duplication of names of schools within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and should not use the use of names of present Board members and employees.

The name will be presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration in January 2018.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 15, 2017. All entries will be reviewed by the Integration Committee which will shortlist submissions then resubmit those suggestions for additional public input. While the selection process will not be based on a vote, the committee would like to be able to report which options drew broadest support.

To learn more about the Belleville secondary school consolidations, please view the Connections newsletter.

For more information, 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 2017

March 21, 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 file) features:

  • Literacy: LITERATE CITIZENS – Students who are effective literate learners use the skills of thinking, expressing and reflecting to listen, speak, read and write.
  • Numeracy: Numeracy skills promote the development of logical thinking and reasoning strategies. Numerate students are able to competently apply mathematics in everyday life. NUMERATE CITIZENS – Globally Minded Learners and Leaders.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: April is Oral Health Month! There will be free dental clinics in Belleville, Quinte West, Picton and Tweed for children 0-17 years old.
  • Improving Student Learning: LD@home offers free resources for parents, students and families with learning disabilities.

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 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 file) features:

  • Literacy: A great way to have children explore spatial relationships is to read books that call for children to think and talk about where objects and people are in relation to something else.
  • Numeracy: Spatial reasoning involves understanding and remembering the location and movement of objects and ourselves, either mentally or physically in space. EduGAINS supports policies and programs related to K-12 improved learning and teaching.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Water does Wonders! Visit healthykidshpe.ca to learn more about healthy habits and healthy kids.
  • Improved Student Learning: Our 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, June 2017

May 30, 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 file) features:

  • Literacy: Reading allows students to learn about fiction and nonfiction stories, life lessons as well as history. Books are geared towards specific grades level and age ranges. Literate learners use skills of thinking, expressing and reflecting to listen, speak, read and write.
  • Numeracy: Check out “Math Before Bed” on Twitter for daily prompts to discuss with your child before going to sleep. @MathBeforeBed
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Parachute Safe Kids Week, June 5-11, 2017. #everydaysuperhero
  • Improving Student Learning: Spending time in nature helps boost:
    • Performance in reading, writing, math, science and social studies
    • Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
    • Ability to focus and pay attention
    • Enthusiasm for learning
    • Engagement and cooperation
    • Impulse control 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, March 2017

February 27, 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 file) features:

  • Literacy: Wordless picture books gives children the power to name, describe, predict and discover. It is important to ask questions during reading and notice how illustrations help us read the story through images.
  • Numeracy: Encourage a Growth Mindset in Math. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Students who are caring, inclusive citizens demonstrate strong character in all they say and do by showing empathy and expressing genuine concern for self, others and the environment.
  • Improving Student Learning: Students who are digitally fluent can effectively use multiple technologies. They are responsible in their use, creation and sharing of information with others.

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, May 2017

April 25, 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 file) features:

  • Literacy: Effective communications is important to be successful in life. Students need to grow and work within this evolving environment.
  • Numeracy: Horizontal math questions allow students to be more flexible with numbers and develop a better understanding of place value.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Students who experience a greater sense of well-being, live healthier lives.
  • Improving Student Learning: Exploration, experimentation and questioning are good things. Children need to learn that answers to their questions can be discovered through their own investigations. The best way to learn science, is to do science – 20 science activities.

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 2017

October 30, 2017—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student achievement and well-being. This month’s Home-School Connections (Pdf) features:

  • Literacy Based Play – Studies show that children involved in rich complex pretend play, tend to use more advanced language and higher levels of narrative structure than they do in other play situations. Parent Tip: Encourage your child to tell and re-enact stories during play.
  • Building Habits of Understanding – Parents can help their child to learn about himself or herself and the world through reading. Ask connecting questions such as:
    • What is it that pulled you into this book?
    • What are you thinking as you read this book?
    • You seem to be really enjoying this book. What makes it good?
    • How do you feel about the writing?
  • Read with your child every day. It is the most important thing you can do to help your child learn to read and write and succeed in school
  • Talk Moves – Accountable talk is talk that responds to and builds on what others have said. It is a focused, collaborative and supports developing voice and identity in the learning. View ideas for adolescent learners and key messages for parents.

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 2017

October 13, 2017—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student achievement and well-being.This month’s Home-School Connections (Pdf) features:

  • Numbers Talk – Children struggle because they have little or no understanding of the relationships of numbers.  Talking numbers help students develop confidence in working with flexibility, exploration of mathematical concepts and connections between numbers.
  • There is no such thing as a math person! Our brains grow and change and as we learn, one of three things happen:
    • We grow a new brain pathway
    • A brain pathway becomes stronger
    • Different brain pathways connect
  • What are HPEDSB students saying? “Numbers talk is group learning to help with mental math and figuring out different math strategies. It’s listening to others ideas and thinking.”
  • Number Talks help children by sharing their own methods, making meaning out of numbers and choosing efficient strategies.

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 2017

September 7, 2017 — Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student achievement and well-being.

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

  • Move more… Lots of good things happen when kids move. Encourage children to ‘Run. Jump. Play. Every day.’ View more resources on the Healthy Kids Community website.
  • Think clearly… Believe In Yourself, It Changes What You Can Do! (Pdf).  Homework Help is online math help for Grade 7-10.  The Homework Help website offers access to free, real-time one-on-one tutoring with an Ontario certified teacher.
  • Sleep well… It is recommended that school-age children get from 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night. Visit aboutkidshealth.ca for more tips and information wellbeing. Stop, Breathe & Think Kids – Meditation and mindfulness is easy and fun for kids to help them fall asleep, calm down or resolve conflicts.
  • Eat better… Food for Learning provides food for local children each year in the form of balanced breakfast, healthy snack, or nutritious lunch. Partnerships with Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health are encouraging families to Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit through their community challenge.

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 second Google summit for educators

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HPEDSB is hosting a second Google Summit. This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

May 2017—HPEDSB is once again hosting the Eastern Ontario Google Apps for Education Summit.

Educators from local school boards and across the province are invited to attend this two-day high-intensity event about deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23, 2017
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
COST: $399 before June 22; $449 after June 22, 2017

This professional learning opportunity is suited for all elementary and secondary educators. At HPEDSB, system-wide access to Google Apps for Education has been available since 2014. The summit will support the continued integration and use of Google Apps for Education by educators and students across the system.

Find out more at http://bit.ly/HPE_GoogleSummit

The conference will include keynotes and breakout sessions about the following:

  • Technology integration
  • 21st century learning skills
  • Student motivation, engagement and agency
  • Student-focused differentiation and personalization
  • Design thinking and rapid prototyping
  • Inquiry, problem-based learning, Genius Hour and 20% Time

All presenters are Google for Education Certified Innovators, Google for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees, or teachers with local success stories.

ABOUT THE EdTechTEAM SUMMIT FEATURING GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has partnered with EdTech, a professional development company that hosts summits across the world, to host this event. During the two-day conference, K-12 educators will gather to enhance their professional skills and knowledge to advance student learning in the classroom.

Participants can expect to learn practical and effective strategies for enhancing and differentiating their instructional practices, while addressing immediate issues impacting instruction, such as using technology to enhance instruction, aligning standards, and engaging all learners.

The conference offers both practical and effective strategies for enhancing and differentiating classroom instruction, including effective technology integration and engaging learners.

For more information, 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

January 30, 2017—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 student transportation

August 30, 2017 — As families prepare for back to school, it is a good time to provide an update about student transportation.

This article describes:

  • student transportation eligibility based on the distance from home to school
  • courtesy riders
  • how to check for eligibility and pick-up/drop-off locations
  • links to more information

Providing safe, secure, on-time and cost-effective student transportation is the goal of Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Inc. Tri-Board provides transportation services to students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and other school boards.

Students may be eligible for transportation (busing) to and from school within the allowable limits defined by Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

 

Student transportation eligibility*

  • JK to Grade 6
    • further than 1.6 km to school
    • further than 0.8 km to the bus pick-up

 

  • Grades 7 & 8
    • further than 3.2 km to school
    • further than 0.8 km to the bus pick-up

 

  • Grades 9 – 12
    • further than 3.2 km to school
    • further than 1.6 km to the bus pick-up

*The distances may be adjusted for hazardous conditions or for students with special needs.

 

Courtesy riders

Please be aware that transportation is not automatically provided to students who attend optional programs—for example the Arts Program, Destinations, French Immersion, or International Baccalaureate—and who live outside the boundary area for the host school. However, if surplus space is available on existing bus routes, students attending optional programs may be able to access transportation as courtesy riders. The number and types of buses and routes are reviewed annually due to ridership and route modifications in order to ensure an effective and sustainable student transportation system. Changes occur from year to year, which affect the amount of space available for courtesy riders.

 

How to check for transportation eligibility, pick-up and drop-off locations

Families can use an online look-up feature on the Tri-Board website to check for transportation eligibility. Go to www.triboard.ca > hover over the Eligibility menu item > click Transportation Eligibility Search > key in the information requested.

screen capture of transportation eligibility page on the Tri-Board website

 

Families can also check pick-up and drop-off times for their child on the Tri-Board website by scrolling to the Student Transportation Information at the bottom of the page. For security purposes, you are required to provide the child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), birth date, school and grade.

screen capture of the look-up page on the Tri-Board website

More information

Contact information for Tri-Board Student Transportation Services

Website: www.triboard.ca

Email: info@triboard.ca

Toll-free: 1-866-569-6638

Information for families about “13 Reasons Why” Netflix series

May 10, 2017—Netflix recently released 13 Reasons Why, a series based on a novel by Jay Asher. The series depicts the story of a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette recordings that share the events that she perceives led to her death. The series is graphic and sensationalizes the act of suicide, which may lead to vulnerable students misinterpreting its message.

We want to let families know that we will continue to do everything we can to support student mental health and well-being needs. As students raise questions about the series, staff will address the content in ways that are sensitive and appropriate, especially with our most vulnerable students.

You may wish to ask your child if they have heard of or seen this series. Please refer to the attached letter and FAQs for more information (Pdf).

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

Intermediate Student Leadership Program Information Night: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Queen Elizabeth Public School Belleville

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out more about the Intermediate Student Leadership Program that is offered to Grade 7 and 8 students at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Belleville.

The program is a hands on approach to learning that directly involves building relationships with community partners and organizations. Through inquiry and student driven action plans students experience real life connections and volunteer opportunities. Linking curriculum with leadership opportunities allow students to learn the value of their voice and ability to create change with their actions.

Intermediate Student Leadership brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 135 Macdonald Avenue, Belleville (in the library)

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Elizabeth Public School office by Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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

Invitation to apply to become an external member of the HPEDSB Audit Committee

October 11, 2017—HPEDSB is seeking one community member to serve on the Audit Committee for a 3-year term, effective December 4, 2017.

The primary role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling duties related to governance and oversight. More details, including eligibility and responsibilities can be found in the Audit Committee member posting (Pdf).

Interested candidates can submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Nick Pfeiffer, Superintendent of Business Services
156 Ann Street
Belleville, ON K8N 3L3
or by email to Connie Reid, Administrative Assistant, Business Services – creid@hpedsb.on.ca

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

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

Invitation to participate in community planning, facility partnerships meetings

July 20, 2017—Part of our work at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is to explore opportunities for community planning and facility partnerships with community partners.

Public meetings are scheduled in August for municipal/community partners/others to learn about the potential for sharing space in HPEDSB schools. Two meetings are scheduled, where the same information will be presented.

Community Planning & Facility Partnerships Meetings
(choose the date/location that works for you)

Meeting 1
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Meeting 2
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
North Hastings High School, 14 Monck Street, Bancroft
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Please RSVP online at http://bit.ly/HPEmeeting by Monday, August 21, 2017.

These meetings are for the public or potential partners to identify themselves for consideration as possible future tenants in facility partnership arrangements, such as in existing schools which have surplus space, in vacant/closed schools, or as part of future school closure processes.

Ontario school boards are required to have community planning and partnership policies/procedures in place to align with the Ministry of Education Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (Pdf). The HPEDSB document is Procedure 570: Community Planning and Partnerships (Pdf).

Prior to the meeting, you are encouraged to review the list of schools.

Letter to municipal/community partners (Pdf)

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

Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day, Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27 is recognized as Family Literacy Day throughout Canada. It is a great time to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking the time to read with children can have a significant positive outcome on their ability to learn and improve their literacy skills. According to ABC Life Literacy Canada, “Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.”

Two priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence & Equity and Learning & Leadership, contain goals about students achieving success, and cultivating student leadership and voice. In addition, the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) prioritizes literacy from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with early primary reading as a key area of focus.

To further support our literacy focus, each month school newsletters include Home-School Connections, a one-page flyer with handy ideas about enhancing student learning at home. The January 2017 issue contains snippets about encouraging children to read critically and ask questions, and more.

Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day on January 27 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

Join in recognizing Administrative Professionals Day

April 24, 2017 – The Wednesday of the last full week in April is recognized as Administrative Professionals Day. This year it is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

The four priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan—Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being—link directly to the work administrative professionals do every day.

Administrative professionals support our schools and departments, and contribute to student achievement and well-being. These dedicated employees care for students, assist co-workers and families, keep offices functioning and interact directly with the public. They are ambassadors for our organization. Their efforts help to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting schools and offices.

Administrative Professionals Week has been celebrated since 1952, beginning as Secretaries Week in the early 1950s. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the work of secretaries, administrative assistants and other office professionals for their invaluable contributions to the workplace.

This week, please take a few moments to thank the administrative professionals in our district for all they do every day to support students.

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

October 18, 2017—The third Friday of October is designated as Canadian Library Support Staff Day. This year it is recognized on Friday, October 20, 2017.

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 Friday, October 20, 2017.

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

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