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“Retail Therapy” performance coming to Centennial Secondary School

December 11, 2017—Students at Centennial Secondary School are preparing for upcoming drama performances.

They’re rehearsing lines, practising roles, creating sets and designing costumes. The Centennial Drama League is almost ready to present “Retail Therapy,” which consists of three original one-act plays.

EVENT DETAILS: “Retail Therapy”
DATES/TIMES: January 18, 19 at 7:00 p.m., and January 20 at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Auditorium, Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 for January 18 and 20; $25 for January 19 which includes a dessert buffet. Tickets can be purchased at the school, Red Ball Radio, Sam the Record Man, or at the door.

If you have ever worked retail, you know that anything can happen in a day. Who are the people who walk through the doors? What are the looking for?

The three original plays, by local playwrights, look at different aspects of the retail experience—the humour, the staff, the customers, the mysteries and the potential drama. The evening will also feature a variety of talented singers and dancer as interludes.

Storylines

The first play is The Ice Cream Shop by Jacob Green. Themes such as friendship, trust, and questioning the value of “free advice” lead the audience on a ride that takes them into a new business venture being developed by best friends and very young entrepreneurs.  

 

In Terry’s TV Repair by Richard Lummiss, the main character greets us from his well-established TV repair shop. He’s been in business so long that he has seen a lot of  the changes in technology. He encounters a fresh-faced young man who is trying to understand his parents’ recent separation. Terry’s TV Repair examines of the dynamics of a family and the interconnectedness of people through the generations, and it rings true.  

 

The final play of the evening is Orchids on Main by Lise Lindenberg. It is set in a flower shop where a sister and brother get orders ready. An unexpected theft pulls them off the task and creates a stressful situation. When a customer recognizes another customer in the shop, the action amps up and we begin to wonder if they’ll ever meet their deadlines. In this mystery, we watch as the family tie is strained between siblings and we have to wait for the exciting conclusion.  

 

In some ways, all these plays about retail are tales of mending relationships. In the midst of the business of retail there was therapy. It may not be the usual form of therapy one gets from spending and buying, but a subtler form that will have long-lasting effects. Centennial is proud to assemble these plays with such a dynamic group of students working on stage and behind the scenes. It will be the best bargain in town!  

 

If Honest Ed had a sign for this entertainment, it would read “Honest Ed is for the theatre birds – Cheap Cheap Cheap.”

 

For more information, please call Centennial Secondary School at 613-962-9233.

 

Paul Pickard, Principal, Centre Hastings SS recipient of Canada 150 Commemorative Coin

December 6, 2017—Congratulations to Paul Pickard, Principal, Centre Hastings Secondary School on being recognized for his high level of individual excellence and achievement.

Pickard was one of 60 people presented with a Canada 150 Commemorative Coin by MP Neil Ellis at a ceremony earlier this month.

An article on countylive.ca describes more about the recipients and presentations.

According to the article, Pickard was recognized for his efforts during his time as principal at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Picton. He often went above and beyond his typical work duties. Playing key roles in the school’s breakfast program, student council, lunch club and coaching numerous sports teams. Pickard has also been an active member of the Quinte Blades Speed Skating Club acting as registrar, web master and coach.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Lucille Kyle and Dave Patterson re-elected to school board chair and vice-chair

December 4, 2017—The chair and vice-chair have been re-elected for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

At its annual meeting on December 4, 2017, the Board of Trustees re-elected Lucille Kyle as Chair of the Board and re-elected Dave Patterson as Vice-chair of the Board.

Congratulations to Lucille Kyle, re-elected to Chair of the Board and Dave Patterson, re-elected to Vice-chair of the Board, effective December 2017 for one year.

Kyle expressed appreciation for being elected and looked forward to the future.

I appreciate every one of my colleagues and will work together with them. Last year was about teamwork. Thank you for re-electing me. I know that by working together we will have a good year ahead,” stated Kyle.

Kyle was first elected as trustee in the fall of 2010 then re-elected in the October 2014 municipal election. She was elected as vice-chair of the Board in December 2014 and then re-elected to that same role in December 2015. She was first elected as chair in December 2016.

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

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

Patterson acknowledged the important role of trustees in public education.

“I am humbled by my colleagues, thank you. It is a pleasure to serve as vice-chair and a wonderful learning experience. We discover new strengths each time we meet. It is a privilege to take this role for the next year,” stated Patterson.

Patterson was first elected as trustee in the fall of 2010 then re-elected in the October 2014 municipal election. He was elected as vice-chair of the Board in December 2012 and re-elected to that same role in December 2013 and December 2016.

Patterson represents Belleville/Thurlow, with the following schools in his electoral area:

  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Foxboro Public School
  • Harmony Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School

Kyle and Patterson begin their duties immediately and will serve through to the end of November 2018.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 35 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement and well-being is the goal of approximately 1,,650 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for learning and leading.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Elementary Athletic Association

The Elementary Athletics Association(EAA) supports athletics for all schools with elementary school age children within the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). The goal of the association is to contribute to the development of healthy active schools, expand movement skills to encourage lifelong participation in physical activity, spread information about fair play, respect and sports etiquette, and reinforce sports safety knowledge and skills.”

Age Categories 2019-2020

  • Midget 2005 or earlier
  • Bantam 2006
  • PeeWee 2007
  • Atom 2008
  • Mosquito 2009

Athletic Tiered School Groupings 2019/2020

Athletic Schedule 2019/2020

HPEDSB district tournament schedule 2019-20 (Pdf)

EAA Sports Event Calendar

Date will be available soon

Links and resources

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170 Extension 62299

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, December 2017

December 5, 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:

  • Bring Back Play – Active play is shown to improve a child’s motor function, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and social skills. Help Bring Back Winter Play by getting outside for at least 60 minutes of active fun each day.
  • Critical Thinking – Students who are effective critical thinkers use multiple processes and skills to solve problems by making connections and reflecting on the different possibilities. Learn more about what critical thinking is and what it looks like.
  • Indigenous Family Literacy Circle  – Come Walk in My Moccasins project. Sign up to receive emails about Indigenous culture,  recommended children’s picture books, language videos,  recipes, events and additional resource links.
  • Virtual Learning – Did you know that all HPEDSB students have access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)? The VLE is a collection of online tools to support learning. You can access the VLE  located on the board website or on your child’s school website.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Submit your final choice for the consolidated Belleville school name

December 5, 2017—The final round of voting on the name for the consolidated Belleville secondary school is underway.

Members of the public are invited to vote on a final choice for the name of the school that will bring together students from Moira Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School in September 2018.

The choices are:

  • Belleville East Secondary School
  • East Hill Secondary School
  • East Side High School
  • Gord Downie Secondary School (pending confirmation from the family that this name can be used)
  • Meyers Creek Secondary School

This shortlist was chosen by the Integration Committee after reviewing the initial public input. Over 200 people submitted 314 names for consideration.

Related article: Help name the consolidated secondary school

Next steps

Voting closes Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at midnight.

The Integration Committee will review the public input on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to determine a final name. It will be presented to the Board of Trustees for a decision on Monday, January 8, 2018.

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, [email protected]

Board Meeting Update #149: December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017—This update provides a summary of the Annual Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2018.

Information

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education reviewed the process for elections as described in Board Policy No. 2: Governance By-laws and Standing Rules, and also reviewed the committees as described in Board Policy No. 11: Committees of the Board.

Recommendations

Superintendents Laina Andrews and Nick Pfeiffer were appointed as scrutineers for the chair and vice-chair elections.

Election of Chair of the Board
Lucille Kyle, North Hastings trustee, was re-elected as Chair of the Board.

Election of Vice-chair of the Board 
Dave Patterson, Belleville/Thurlow trustee, was re-elected as Vice-chair of the Board.

Lucille Kyle and Dave Patterson
Congratulations to Lucille Kyle, re-elected to Chair of the Board and Dave Patterson, re-elected to Vice-chair of the Board, effective December 2017 for one year.

TRUSTEE MEMBERSHIP ON STANDING, STATUTORY, ADMINISTRATIVE AND EXTERNAL COMMITTEES

Standing committees
Trustees selected membership on standing committees. For 2018, standing committees will consist of the following members:

  • Program and Human Resources Committee: Mike Brant, Justin Bray, Jennifer Cobb, Bonnie Danes, Mary Hall, Lucille Kyle, Dave Patterson and Jim Williams. Student trustees Morgan Beatty and Meera Moorthy are also members. The Chair will be Jim Williams. The Vice-chair will be Mary Hall.
  • Operations and Finance Committee: Tom Biniaris, Mike Brant, Justin Bray, Bonnie Danes, Mary Hall, Dwayne Inch, Lucille Kyle and Dave Patterson. Student trustees Morgan Beatty and Meera Moorthy are also members. The Chair will be Bonnie Danes. The Vice-chair will be Justin Bray.
  • Representative to the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association: Dave Patterson will be the representative to the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). Mary Hall will be the alternate.
  • Executive Committee: Consists of the Chair, Vice-chair, above-noted standing committee chairs and the OPSBA representative, plus one additional member. Dwayne Inch will be included as past-Chair. Mary Hall will be the elected sixth member.
  • Budget Committee: Consists of all Board members.
  • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee: Consists of all Board members. The Chair will be Jennifer Cobb. The Vice-chair will be Justin Bray.

Statutory committees
Trustees selected membership on statutory committees. For 2018, statutory committees will consist of the following members:

  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC): Justin Bray and Dave Patterson. The two alternate members will be Tom Biniaris and Mary Hall.
  • Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Committee: Mike Brant and Jim Williams. Lucille Kyle will be the alternate.
  • Audit Committee: Jennifer Cobb, Bonnie Danes and Dave Patterson.
  • Accessibility Committee: Mary Hall. Jim Williams will be the alternate.
  • Parent Involvement Committee: Mary Hall. Dave Patterson will be the alternate.
  • Student Discipline Committee: Consists of all Board members. They serve on a rotating basis, with three required to participate in each meeting.

Administrative committees
Trustees selected membership on administrative committees. For 2018, administrative committees will consist of the following members:

  • Indigenous Education Advisory Committee: Mike Brant and Lucille Kyle.
  • Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee: Mike Brant and Lucille Kyle.
  • Great Place Awards Committee: Mike Brant and Jim Williams.
  • Instructional Technology Advisory Committee: Dwayne Inch. Tom Biniaris as the alternate.
  • Leadership Development Steering Committee: Lucille Kyle and Dave Patterson. Mary Hall as the alternate.
  • Safe Schools Advisory Committee: Justin Bray. Jennifer Cobb as the alternate.
  • Specialist High Skills Major Advisory Committee: Dwayne Inch.
  • Mental Health Leadership Team: Jennifer Cobb. Lucille Kyle as the alternate.

External committees

  • Food for Learning Partnership: Lucille Kyle.

Audit Committee Membership

Board members approved the appointment of two external members to the Audit Committee: Liping Kong and Wayne Tod.

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Thursday, December 14: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 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, 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, [email protected]

Centennial SS Teacher David Reed recognized for excellence in music

December 1, 2017—Music teacher David Reed, Centennial Secondary School, has a love of music that he shares with students on a daily basis.

His efforts to engage students in authentic learning experiences were recently shared in an article in The Globe and Mail  https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/music-teacher-david-reed-brings-in-professionals-to-work-with-students/article37111006/

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

YMCA Peace Medal for Teacher Nicola Toomath

December 1, 2017—Congratulations to Teacher Nicola Toomath, a recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal.

Toomath, a teacher at V.P. Carswell Elementary School in Trenton, founded the charity Students for Africa. It is rooted in the volunteerism and friendship of youth and for the benefit of students in Tanzania. Their work focuses on nursery schools, teacher training, school lunches, repairs and construction, and supplies.

Her award was presented at a ceremony on November 23, 2017.

Read more online at:

InQuinte.ca http://inquinte.ca/story/local-teacher-receives-peace-medal-for-helping-students-in-africa

Quinte News: http://www.quintenews.com/2017/11/ymca-peace-medal-awarded-local-teacher/162748/

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

EVENT: International Baccalaureate & Foundations Information Session

Students and their parents/guardians are invited to an information session (Pdf) to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) & Foundations Programme.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
REGISTER: online –  https://goo.gl/rLe5r4

The Foundations and International Baccalaureate Programme provides an enriching educational environment through enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry which fosters a spirit of discovery and an enjoyment of learning. We strive to provide excellent instruction within the classroom and through experiential learning.  Go to the website to learn more: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/

Applications for entry to the grade 9, 10 and 11 programs will be available at this session.

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Letters to families about attendance boundary, program changes

November 23, 2017—Attendance boundary and school organization/program changes related to the accommodation review processes have now been determined. Families of students who attend Belleville/area schools received letters of explanation.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

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, 5:00 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, 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, [email protected]

“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, [email protected]

EVENT: Social Networking and Online Safety at Tweed Elementary School

November 8, 2017—Tweed Elementary School is hosting a social media/online safety event parents/guardians and community members.

The presenter Paul Davis, is a social network and online safety expert.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tweed Elementary School, 52 McClellan Street, Tweed

Topics to be covered include the following:

  • Snapchat
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Smartphones and digital trails
  • Cyberbullying, texting and sexting
  • Online gaming
  • Online security

Davis has a vast amount of expertise in social media and online safety having presented throughout Canada and the United States for many years. Participants will leave this presentation knowing more about social media safety than they do now and may even convince some to change how they’re using using social media themselves.

Students in Grade 4 to 8 will attend a presentation during the day.

This event was made possible through a Parent Involvement Grant.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing Treaties Recognition Week

November 3, 2017 — November 6-10, 2017 is recognized as Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario.  It is a time to reflect on the provincial commitment to work with Indigenous partners, and to promote public awareness about treaties and treaty relationships.

The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan identifies Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being as priorities. At HPEDSB, schools are integrating Indigenous traditions, histories and perspectives into teaching and learning in order to increase knowledge and awareness among all students and employees.

Please join in recognizing Treaties Recognition Week.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Maynooth PS students learn Indigenous history, learn drumming

October 31, 2017—Students at Maynooth Public School care about their community.

They celebrated that every child matters on September 28, 2017 in partnership with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation.

The students role played what it might have been like to be in a residential school and specifically feeling segregated. Elder Ada and three other drummers spoke with students about about the importance of community, of looking at the whole and of connecting with earth.

During a drumming circle that followed, the drummers reminded the students about the etiquette of handling drums and shakers, and the importance of paying attention to the lead drummer to ensure that the music stays in sync. Each student had a turn playing an instrument along with a drummer.

“This was a very impactful  experience for both staff and students,” said Lisa Resmer, Principal. “We are so lucky to have a continued presence in our school with Ada Elder and a strong connection with Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation. Their drumming of the heartbeat of Mother Earth brings us all to one common place where every child matters,” she added.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

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 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.

Round 1 of community input is now closed.

The final round of voting on the name for the consolidated Belleville secondary school is underway.

Submit your final choice for the consolidated Belleville school name

December 13, 2017—Public input on the shortlist of names is now closed.

Members of the public are invited provide input on a final choice for the name of the school that will bring together students from Moira Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School in September 2018.The choices are:

  • Belleville East Secondary School
  • East Hill Secondary School
  • East Side High School
  • Gord Downie Secondary School (pending confirmation from the family that this name can be used)
  • Meyers Creek Secondary School

This shortlist was chosen by the Integration Committee after reviewing the initial public input. Over 200 people submitted 314 names for consideration.

Related article: Help name the consolidated secondary school

Next steps

Public input closes Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at midnight.

The Integration Committee will review the public input on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to determine a final name. It will be presented to the Board of Trustees for a decision on Monday, January 8, 2018.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

 

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, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Join in recognizing Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

October 23, 2017—Wednesday, October 25, 2017, is recognized as Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario. It is a time to celebrate the skills and commitment of employees who engage with our young learners.

The vision in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is “All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.” Engaging with our youngest students in caring, meaningful ways helps to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize their potential (Well-Being priority).

At HPEDSB, early childhood educators work in partnership with classroom teachers, contributing to students’ social, intellectual, emotional and physical development. Students, families and communities benefit from the caring actions and dedication of our early childhood educators. Their commitment to the achievement and well-being of our youngest learners is truly valued!

Please join in celebrating early childhood educators this Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Moira SS celebrates the fall harvest, new mural and commemorative plaques

October 17, 2017—It started as a request from a student to paint a mural at Moira Secondary School and evolved to the vision of school staff recognizing the deep cultural backgrounds of the school community.

In the written proposal, the student conveyed that an Indigenous mural would bring excitement to the school community and show school spirit.

The colourful, new mural certainly accomplished that at Moira Secondary School!

A celebration on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 was the culmination of six months of learning and work on the project tetewatate:ken: we are connected as one. The celebration involved a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mural ; unveiling two  plaques (one written in English, one written in Mohawk) commemorating the lands on which the school is located; and the annual Harvest Festival, which is an autumn Mohawk tradition to celebrate bringing in the crops.

Students and staff participated in various experiential trips as part of this Ministry of Education-funded project. They travelled to areas of local indigenous interest to learn about the culture and history of Indigenous education. One excursion was to the Kanhiote library on the Tyendinaga territory. While there they met with Amy Cowie, research assistant for the Mohawks Bay of Quinte.

Students were actively  involved in designing and painting the mural with artist Maureen Walton. Four students were influential members of our initiative committee and more than forty painted the mural under Walton’s coaching.

The mural creation was documented through augmented reality interactive technology, which provided students with another learning opportunity.

ribbon cutting ceremony

centre section of the mural

commemorative plaque in Englishcommemorative plaque in Mohawk

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Join in recognizing Educational Assistant Appreciation Day

October 17, 2017—On the third Wednesday of October, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to recognize Educational Assistant Appreciation Day. This year it falls on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

The work of educational assistants connects directly to the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and Growing with Character, specifically through the priorities of Achieving Excellence & Equity; Learning & Leadership and Well-Being.  The commitment of educational assistants to the vision of All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow  that students have access to the supports they need to be successful.  Each day, educational assistants interact with students who have a wide range of abilities. Educational assistants demonstrate skill, caring, compassion and patience to ensure equity and to help prepare students for their futures.  They play a significant role in supporting student achievement and well-being. Educational assistants are dedicated professionals who work in diverse roles and settings.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, please join in recognizing the dedicated educational assistants at HPEDSB.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Tony Melendez equity and inclusivity presentations engage students

October 16, 2017—The concept of learning to reflect on perspectives about equity and inclusivity are at the core of presentations happening at area schools.

Schools throughout the district are hosting Tony Melendez, an author and musician who was born without arms.

Melendez has learned to play the guitar with his feet. His presentation is about overcoming obstacles and persevering through tough times. His messages are about breaking down stereotypes and stigma for people with disabilities. The presentation has inspirational theme, using music and personal stories to challenge youth to consider their perspectives on equity and inclusivity.

Schools were invited to host presentations on a first-come, first-served basis, with the following hosting  presentations:

  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • Trenton High School
  • York River Public School

Melendez presented to North Hastings High School students during the last school year and was well-received by students and adults alike.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing School Bus Safety Week

October 16, 2017—October 16 -20, 2017 is recognized as School Bus Safety Week in Ontario. It is an opportunity for everyone who rides a school bus, or knows someone who rides a school bus, to highlight the importance of school bus safety. In Ontario, more than 800,000 students are transported by bus each school day.

Locally, professionals at our busing partner, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Inc. work with 32 caring and responsible bus operators and drivers. Each day 9,822 HPEDSB students are transported 21,098 kilometres/day on 262 bus routes.

This year, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services has identified Wednesday, October 18, 2017 as Driver Appreciation Day

Everyone has a role to play in promoting healthy relationships and fostering a school climate which encourages positive student behaviours. In the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the goals to create welcoming, inclusive and safe learning environments that optimize students’ potential (Well-Being priority) and to ensure effective management of all resources (Public Confidence priority) demonstrate the HPEDSB commitment to student safety and well-being.

Please join in recognizing School Bus Safety Week!

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Students learned about living in poverty at Poverty Challenge Quinte

October 12, 2017—Students from secondary schools experienced what it’s like to live in poverty at the Poverty Challenge Quinte.

During this one-day event they participated in a simulation where they explored what it is like to access social services, such as applying for social assistance, getting a birth certificate for their children or registering for school as a teenager who has no parent/guardian connection. They gained an understanding of poverty issues, contexts and barriers within the local and provincial areas.

Debriefing sessions supported the exploration of concepts of equity.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

photo of two students
Students participated in a simulation at Poverty Challenge Quinte. Here they have assumed the identity of someone who is applying for social assistance benefits.
student at food bank simulation
A students is engaging in a simulation activity of applying for food at the local food bank.

 

 

post card with written actions
At the end of the day, students participated in a debriefing session where they filled out a post cards with actions to take back to their school. This student committed to ‘make everyone feel welcome and not discriminate.’
Join the Movement
Join the Movement – What can you do to alleviate poverty in your community, your neighbourhood, your school?

Join in recognizing Local Government Week

October 16, 2017—The week of October 16 – 20, 2017 is recognized as Local Government Week in Ontario. It is a time to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities.

School board trustees are elected through municipal elections every four years. They are responsible for governing the publicly-funded schools within their jurisdiction, and for overseeing the delivery and quality of educational programs and services.

Locally, HPEDSB trustees are responsible for the following:

  • accountable for student achievement, and to the provincial government and community;
  • policy development, implementation and review;
  • director of education/Board relations;
  • Board development;
  • establishing the strategic plan; and
  • advocacy.

At HPEDSB, two student trustees are elected each year by the Student Senate to serve a one-year term on the Board. They participate in public Board meetings, represent student opinions at the Board table and participate on committees. Through student involvement in this way, elected school board trustees become aware of student issues and opinions.

Trustees provide overall direction for the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: Possibilities Today & Tomorrow by establishing the vision, mission and priorities. Through their leadership, HPEDSB creates dynamic, inclusive educational experiences that develops capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities.

Please join in recognizing Local Government Week.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

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 – [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Four schools have joined the EcoSchools community

October 4, 2017—Exciting news at the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board – Deseronto PS, Stirling PS, York River PS and Madoc PS have joined the EcoSchools community. EcoSchools is a program that addresses environmental issues in the school system.

Four certification levels can be completed, helping schools work toward common environmental goals and student engagement.

Learn more about the EcoSchools program and why our schools joined to promote environmental learning at ontarioecoschools.ca.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2016

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

Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, supported through Growing with Character. Every day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, our highly skilled, dedicated and caring teachers provide dynamic inclusive educational experiences for students and focus on student achievement and well-being.

Nationally, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation promotes World Teachers’ Day through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession. The theme this year is Valuing teachers, improving their status.

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

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month

October 4, 2017 — At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan contains priorities and goals focused on student achievement and well-being. Priorities for the Board include, Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being.  Specific goals are:

  • to provide programs and services to help each student achieve success (Achieving Excellence & Equity priority); and
  • to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential (Well-Being priority).
  1. Locally, HPEDSB works closely with children/family service organizations, health care, police services and others to help keep students safe. Highland Shores Children’s Aid (HSCA) is one of our key partners.
  2. October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario. It is a time for communities to use their voices to break the silence and speak up for children and youth to keep them safe
  3. This year HSCA is promoting Dress Purple Day on Tuesday, October 24 to help raise awareness about speaking up and breaking the silence that often surrounds child abuse.

Please join in recognizing this important topic throughout October and by wearing purple on October 24, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing, World Teachers Day, Thursday October 5

October 2, 2017 — Every day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, our highly skilled, dedicated and caring teachers provide dynamic inclusive educational experiences for students in order to achieve our vision of all students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.  Teachers at HPEDSB create welcoming, inclusive learning environments that optimize students’ potential through excellent programming and instruction.

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

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

Nationally, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation promotes World Teachers’ Day through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession. This year’s theme is  Addressing Violence, Building Respect..

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

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing National Custodial Workers Day, October 2

September 28, 2017 — Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, supported through Growing with Character. Custodians, as important members of our school communities, help to create welcoming, inclusive and safe learning and working environments.  They connect with community members and families on a regular basis.

Monday, October 2, 2017 is recognized as National Custodial Workers’ Day. It is a day to celebrate custodians and the many ways custodians support our schools, contributing to student achievement and well-being.

We rely on our custodians every day, truly appreciating their commitment and hard work. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals as part of the HPEDSB team!

Please join in celebrating National Custodial Workers’ Day on Monday, October 2, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute welcomes Grade 9 Panthers into the PECI family

September 26, 2017—Prince Edward Collegiate Institute celebrated Grade 9 Day on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. It was a day filled with fun, team building activities to welcome and inspire Grade 9 students.

Take a look at the article on Countylive.ca. The 10 different team-building events were captured on this remarkable day.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing Orange Shirt Day, Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 26, 2017 — At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board our vision is All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.  Our focus on ALL students is reflected in our priority of Achieving Excellence & Equity.  In addition, Creating welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments is a Well-Being goal in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Being mindful of events or actions is a way to contribute to this.

Across Canada, September 30 is recognized as Orange Shirt Day. It is a time to acknowledge people who attended residential schools. Participating indicates our collective spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations. The date was chosen because it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes and moved to residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, is an outcome of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School commemoration event that took place in Williams Lake, B.C. There, residential schools survivor Phyllis Webstad shared how, at the age of six, her new orange shirt was taken away the day she arrived at the Mission school. From that moment on, the color orange represented pain, loss and trauma for Webstad. She was haunted by the color throughout her life.

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

For this year, Orange Shirt Day will be recognized on Thursday, September 28, 2017, due to the PA Day on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Please join in recognizing Orange Shirt Day this Thursday.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

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 photo Thank 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, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Have you heard a Moira Minute on 91X FM?

September 19, 2017 — Moira Minute is a community-based initiative between Moira Secondary School students in the Communications Technology program and Alternative Radio 91X FM at Loyalist College.

Students gain skills in researching, interviewing, writing, broadcasting and audio editing to produce programs for the Quinte community.   The program went to air in February of 2017 as a weekly show highlighting events and student achievements at Moira Secondary School.

The show airs every Friday at 4:40 p.m. with a repeat at 8:40 p.m.  You can finds past shows of a Moira Minute on the Moira school website, under “Student Life.”

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

Join in recognizing National Payroll Week, September 11 – 15, 2017

September 11, 2017 — The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan identifies Public Confidence as a priority ensuring effective management of all resources (i.e., human, financial and environmental).

This week is recognized as National Payroll Week in Canada. It is a time to acknowledge payroll and benefit professionals for their diligent work.

According to The Canadian Payroll Association, Canada’s 1.5 million employers count on payroll professionals to annually pay wages and taxable benefits, file statutory remittances, and administer health and retirement benefits—while complying with more than 200 federal and provincial regulatory requirements. (Source: http://www.npw-snp.ca/en/index.php)

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we count on the Payroll and Benefits Services Team to ensure our pay is deposited on schedule and our benefits are administered proficiently. In addition, our payroll professionals support employee well-being through communicating and responding to inquiries.  Through their responsible and trustworthy approach, the Payroll and Benefits Services Team demonstrates integrity, professionalism and reliability.

Please join in celebrating the Payroll and Benefits Services Team, National Payroll Week.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

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, [email protected]

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: [email protected]

Toll-free: 1-866-569-6638

Last updated: December 12, 2017 at 10:07 am