“Ontario 150” is the theme for Education Week 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This event is to raise funds to support student

nutrition programs throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary and Junior results

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

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

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

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

Grade 9 Mathematics

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

Academic Math course results: 76%

Applied Math course results: 41%

Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

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

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

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

Academic results: 90%

Applied course results: 42%

Locally Developed  course results: 3%

Next steps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twelve dances are in the line-up this year:

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

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

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

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

The following HPEDSB schools are involved this year:

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

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

Adventure Class Information Night: Thursday, February 2, 2017

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

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

Adventure Class brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

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

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

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

Board Meeting Update #140: March 27, 2017

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

Board Meeting Update #141: April 24, 2017

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

Board Meeting Update #143: May 23, 2017

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

Board Meeting Update #145: September 11, 2017

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

Recommendations

Access roadway for Trent River Public School

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming meetings

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

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

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

Calling for nominations for 16th Annual Great Place Awards

gpawards_col_webApril 3, 2017—Do you know someone who contributes to the achievement and well-being of students at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board? Consider nominating them for a Great Place Award.

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

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

Past recipients have included the following:

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

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Complete details and nomination forms are available online. New for this year is a Google Form which can be completed online.

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin 9

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to the 2017 Great Place Awards recipients

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

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

The 2017 Great Place Award recipients are:

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

Awards presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Construction at Marmora Senior Public School to begin in June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

School start-up in September 2017

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

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

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

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

Details about the addition and renovations

The project includes the following work:

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

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

Community input to choose a name for the consolidated school

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

The short-list of names includes the following:

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

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

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

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

Data Privacy Day, Saturday, January 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional external resources and tools are available from:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT: Centennial Secondary School celebrates 50 years

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

EVENT DETAILS

50th Anniversary Open House

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

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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended French begins in Grade 5 at York River Public School. The program helps students to develop French-language skills in a variety of subject areas. A minimum of 25% of instruction is in French.

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

Anna and Peter describe their French Immersion experiences. MP3 format

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

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

French Immersion expands to five schools for September 2017

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

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

New FI schools for September 2017

Existing FI schools for September 2017

Existing Extended French school for September 2017

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

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

For specific details about French Immersion or Extended French, please contact the school principal.

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

Graduation rates increase for HPEDSB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graduation requirements include the following:

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

How we helping more students graduate

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

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

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

Graduation rates increase for HPEDSB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graduation requirements include the following:

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

How we helping more students graduate

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

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

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

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

March 21, 2017 – Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 30, 2017 – Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

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

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

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

February 27, 2017 – Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

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

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

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

April 25, 2017 – Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HPEDSB to host second Google summit for educators

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

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

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

EVENT DETAILS

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE EdTechTEAM SUMMIT FEATURING GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

Important info: How to apply for post-secondary scholarships

January 30, 2017—Did you know that students can apply for scholarships to help pay for post-secondary education?

Application dates vary, some are due soon.

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

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

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

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

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

Important information about student transportation

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

This article describes:

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

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

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

 

Student transportation eligibility*

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Courtesy riders

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

 

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

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

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

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

More information

Contact information for Tri-Board Student Transportation Services

Website: www.triboard.ca

Email: info@triboard.ca

Toll-free: 1-866-569-6638

Information for families about “13 Reasons Why” Netflix series

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

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

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

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

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

Queen Elizabeth Public School Belleville

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

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

Intermediate Student Leadership brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

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

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

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

Invitation to participate in community planning, facility partnerships meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to municipal/community partners (Pdf)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day on January 27 and every day!

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

Join in recognizing Administrative Professionals Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join in recognizing Child and Youth Counsellor Appreciation Week

May 1, 2107 – Child and Youth Counsellor Appreciation Week is being recognized internationally during the first week of May. It is a time to recognize employees who provide therapeutic interventions for students to promote self-esteem, opportunities to heal and experience positive relationships.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, child and youth counsellors engage with students each day by providing caring and respectful counselling services. Their efforts connect directly to our strategic plan priorities of Achieving Excellence & Equity and Well-Being. Child and youth counsellors provide individual student support, run group and classroom programs, and support district-wide initiatives, such as restorative practices and bullying prevention programs.

Their work supporting our students through an approach to handling difficult situations is appreciated by all.

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

Join in recognizing Children’s Mental Health Week

May 1, 2017 – The first full week of May is recognized as Children’s Mental Health Week. It is a time to increase awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems, decrease the stigma, and understand that help is available—and it works.

Well-Being is one of our priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, with a goal being to develop the elements of well-being for students and employees collaboratively. We know that providing safe, welcoming, caring and inclusive learning environments supports student achievement and well-being. Some of our actions in these areas have been to provide professional learning to employees, to develop pathways to care for students requiring higher levels of support, and to weave mental health wellness and well-being into our everyday work.

We continue to support the development of positive mental health and value the important partnerships we have with community experts in well-being.

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

Join in recognizing Day of Pink, Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 11, 2017 – Day of Pink will be celebrated around the world on Wednesday, April 12. It is a time to recognize diversity, understanding differences and respecting one another.

Locally, the mission in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is to create dynamic, inclusive education experiences that develop capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities. Through this mission, we demonstrate our commitment to creating welcoming, inclusive, save and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

I know that schools are prepared to participate and students are excited to wear pink. I encourage everyone to do the same. Together we will be a sea of pink throughout all regions of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board by recognizing and participating in Day of Pink.

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

Join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2017

Across Canada, National Aboriginal Day is recognized annually on June 21. This date was chosen because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice, the first day of summer and longest day of the year, and because many Indigenous communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day to acknowledge National Aboriginal Day is part of the wider recognition of the founding place of Indigenous peoples within the fabric of Canada.

The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes Achieving Excellence & Equity as a priority, with a supporting goal to provide programs and services to help each student achieve success. Providing students with opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of First Nation, Métis and Inuit culture, tradition and perspectives are part of the Pathways goal in the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW).

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation states that Education is the key to reconciliation but only a true and complete experience in education can pave the path to relationships built on mutual respect and peaceful co-existence between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal classmates, neighbours and community members in this country.

At HPEDSB, we are committed to supporting educators and students to address social justice and reconciliation for students for the possibility of today & tomorrow.

Some examples of system-level initiatives that support this work include the following:

  • 61 sections of Indigenous Studies at secondary schools
  • Orange Shirt Day—Every Child Matters recognized on September 30
  • Ignite the Fire Student Symposium, an event attended by 230+ secondary school students
  • Professional learning sessions for teachers and school administrators
  • Provincial Indigenous Leads Gathering hosted by HPEDSB with over 150 participants from 71 Ontario school boards

Please join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

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

Join in recognizing National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

Across Canada, National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace is recognized annually on April 28. It is a time to commemorate workers who have been injured or whose lives have been lost through tragic workplace incidents.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we value all employees and are committed to having safe workplaces. In support of this, the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes Well-Being as a priority. The Joint Health & Safety Committee, consisting of management and employee members, is in place to identify conditions that may be a source of danger or hazard to employees and make recommendations to the employer, among other responsibilities.

In support of this employee-centered approach, the Internal Responsibility System is followed at HPEDSB, whereby each employee has responsibility for health and safety as an essential part of his or her job, and therefore is in the best position to identify and solve health and safety issues.

The most recent statistics available are from 2015 and indicate 852 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever. (Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.)

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, National Day of Mourning was first officially recognized by the federal government in 1991. The Day of Mourning has since spread to other countries. It is hoped that the annual observance of this day will strengthen the resolve to establish safe conditions in the workplace for all.

The Flag at the Education Centre will be flown at half-mast from early in the morning on Friday, April 28 until later that afternoon, to mark National Day of Mourning.

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

Join in recognizing National 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, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Join in recognizing Speech & Hearing Month

The month of May is recognized as Speech and Hearing Month in Canada. It is a time to recognize the importance of communication health.

The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes priorities to provide programs and services to help each student achieve success, and to create welcoming, inclusive and accepting learning environments. We do this through our belief that all students can learn and become globally minded learners and leaders.

According to Speech-Language and AudiologyJoin in recognizing Speech & Hearing Month Canada, the focus is “. . . to raise awareness about communication health and the critical role communication health professionals play in assessing and treating communication disorders. This year’s theme is Speak Well. Hear Well. Live Well.

Early intervention and treatment of communication challenges is vital. At HPEDSB, students with speech and language needs are receiving focused support through the work of our speech language pathologists, teachers, educational assistants and early childhood educators, as well as community partners.

Please join in recognizing May as Speech and Hearing Month.

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

Join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, Sunday, April 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

Please join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day.

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

Join in recognizing World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, 2017

March 20, 2017 – As employees, learners and leaders in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and as included in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, we strive to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential. We also work together to deliver positive social and emotional learning experiences.

World Down Syndrome Day is recognized around the world on March 21 each year. It has been observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date is significant as the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Source: World Down Syndrome Day website.

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

Please join in recognizing World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

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

Kindergarten registration is on now!

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Register your child for school by contacting your local public school.

February 14, 2017 – KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS ON NOW! The play-based Kindergarten program exposes children to multi-sensory activities in the areas of:

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

Learn more about Kindergarten at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

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

National Flag of Canada Day, February 15, 2017

February 13, 2017 – National Flag of Canada Day is celebrated annually on February 15. It is a time to celebrate this important symbol of our Canadian identity.

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

This year, the Canadian flag celebrates its 52nd anniversary. According to the Government of Canada website, February 15, 1965 was the date our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Find out more about the history, origin and do’s and don’ts when flying the flag by going online to the Did You Know page.

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

Please join in recognizing National Flag of Canada Day this Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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

Last updated: April 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm