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 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, 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 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, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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 behaviors. 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, 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

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, 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

National music award for North Hastings HS teacher

 

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Dianne Winmill, Music teacher at North Hastings High School (2nd from right), won the national Music Teacher of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Dianne Winmill, teacher at North Hastings High School, winner of the 2017 MusiCounts Canadian Teacher of the Year Award!

“On behalf of our students and staff, we congratulate Dianne on this incredible achievement. She works tirelessly to promote music education in our school and throughout the North Hastings community. Dianne continues to integrate creative programming options for students, such as Royal Conservatory of Music exams. Our school band has also performed for all feeder schools and numerous community groups and functions for several years,” said Ken Dostaler, Principal.

As an award recipient, Dianne will receive $10,000 and the school will also receive $10,000 for the Music program. Dianne and a guest are also invited to attend the 2017 JUNO Awards Weekend. Airfare, accommodation, and tickets are included. She will receive a solid crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design created by Canadian glass artist, the late Shirley Elford.

Background on the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award

The MTOY Award recognizes one music teacher in Canada each year who:

  • Is a professional and outstanding music educator
  • Demonstrates an extraordinary commitment towards children and teaching
  • Has made a tangible and positive difference in students’ lives, with an ability to motivate, challenge and encourage them
  • Inspires students to learn about and appreciate music
  • Inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities
  • Contributes to the advancement of music in his/her community
  • Possesses the ability to generate excitement and enthusiasm for music within his/her school and/or community
  • Has the support, respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues

The award was established in 2005 to recognize and honour dedicated music teachers who keep music alive in in Canadian schools. The Award pays tribute to the accomplishments of one exceptional music teacher.

Each year, the award is sponsored or presented by an artist, including. Past presenters have included The Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Tragically Hip, Anne Murray, Billy Talent, Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford and MAGIC! This 2016-2017 award is presented by Blue Rodeo.

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

 

New date for Centre Hastings ARC final recommendation report

May 18, 2017—A new date has been scheduled for the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee to meet to prepare the final recommendation for the Centre Hastings accommodation review.

The new date is Monday, June 12, rescheduled from Tuesday, May 23.

June 12 was already scheduled for final recommendations for the Belleville and Prince Edward County accommodation reviews. This change is being made to allow recommendations for all three areas to be prepared on the same day. It should be noted that the required accommodation review timeline allows for the May 23rd meeting date to be later than May 23rd although not before.

All other timelines remain the same (see below). The final decision by the Board of Trustees will be made on Monday, June 19.

  • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee meetings
    • Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting purpose is to receive delegations about the final staff recommendation for Prince Edward County schools.
    • Monday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting purpose is to receive delegations about the final staff recommendation for Belleville schools.
    • Monday, June 12 at 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The meeting purpose is to prepare the final recommendations for the Belleville, Centre Hastings and Prince Edward County schools.
  • Board meetings
    • Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting purpose is to present the Great Place Awards and to conduct normal Board business.
    • Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting purpose is to make a decision on the final recommendations for the three accommodation review areas.

All meetings are public and take place at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville.

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

Online Engagement: Ontario First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework Feedback

May 25, 2017—The Ministry of Education has secured a team of researchers who will engage with students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and non-teaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.

As part of the data collection process, feedback will be collected through an online survey and online focus groups. The survey is intended to capture the successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.

SURVEY LINKS

Key points about the survey (as shared by the research team) include the following:

  • Participation in this survey is voluntary.
  • This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.
  • We will respect the data sharing protocols of the school boards, the Ministry of Education, and First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations.
  • The information received will be combined anonymously in a report that will be used to inform the development of the Third Progress Report.
  • Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.

In addition to the online survey, students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and non-teaching staff, and Indigenous communities, organizations and partners are invited to participate in a series online focus groups for to share their perspectives. The online focus groups will be conducted at various times and dates. Interested persons should RSVP to third progressreport@gmail.com. Spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.

Questions regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report should be sent directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville / Library

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

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

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

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

Presenting BandFest 2017: Performances by elementary school bands

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Students from elementary schools will perform in BandFest 2017. They will also participate in workshops hosted by facilitators from Quinte Symphony.

March 10, 2017—Elementary school students are preparing to take to the stage for BandFest 2017.

Event details
DATE: Thursday, April 6, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

This year’s BandFest will include live music performed by students, two workshops hosted by Quinte Symphony facilitators, multiple adjudicators and a formal warm-up room.

Each band will receive a recording of their performance along with a live adjudication, as well as a private workshop with a professional conductor. The bands may be either classroom-based or extracurricular and must include, but are not limited to, woodwind and/or brass instruments.

Background

In April 2016, HPEDSB held its first annual BandFest which hosted over 200 students from nine different bands across the region. This event wa a non-competitive boardwide festival for elementary school bands. With no trophies, ribbons or ranking systems, it was a chance for students who had practiced since September to perform for, and listen to an audience of their peers.

All parents/families are welcome to attend to see elementary school bands in action!

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

Public health alert: important fentanyl information

March 9, 2017—Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has alerted schools and the community that there is a confirmation of illicit (non-prescription) fentanyl in the region.

Please refer to the following documents for more information.

Anyone looking for additional information should contact Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Resident at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, 613.966.5500, extension 316 or by email at poglaza@hpeph.ca

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

Public health Opioid Information Sessions

June 6, 2017—Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has confirmediIllicit fentanyl, a highly potent opioid in our area. Illicit fentanyl is known to be deadly in small amounts, making the risk of overdosing extremely high.

Opioid information sessions will be held to provide more information about how to keep children in our community safe.

Parents Let’s Talk – Opioid Information Sessions

DATES

  • Picton: Monday, June 12 at St. Gregory Catholic School, 7 Owen Street
    6:00 p.m., displays, refreshments; 6:30 p.m. presentation starts
  • Quinte West: Thursday, June 15 at Trent Port Marina, 15 Creswell Drive
    6:00 p.m., displays, refreshments; 6:30 p.m. presentation starts
  • Anyone looking for additional information should contact Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Resident at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, 613.966.5500, extension 316 or by email at poglaza@hpeph.ca

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

Public Meeting #2: Accommodation review for Madoc/area schools

 

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The second of two public meetings for the accommodation review for Madoc/area schools is scheduled as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centre Hastings Secondary School, 129 Elgin Street, Madoc, in the Gym

The meeting purpose is to review the accommodation review process to date and receive additional public feedback* on the initial staff report.

*Please note: Anyone wishing to speak at this meeting will be required to add their name to a speaking list on the night of the meeting. Each person’s time will be monitored and may be limited to ensure equitable access for all who wish to speak.

For information about the accommodation review process, contact:
Kim Horrigan, Manager of Planning, 613.966.1170, extension 2129 or khorrigan@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Public meeting in Madoc changed to Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The public meeting about the accommodation review in Madoc has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 18, 2017 due to the prolonged freezing rain. more . . .

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

Queen Elizabeth PS students take over Glanmore House for a day

March 3, 2017 – 30 students from the Grade 7/8 Student Leadership Program at Queen Elizabeth Public School visited Glanmore House, the Bridge Street museum for an orientation session on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in preparation for Takeover Day. Takeover Day started in the United Kingdom where young students take over the operations of an organization for a day.

Hosting this public event is a great volunteering opportunities for the students in the Student Leadership class to learn, share and engage with others at the Glanmore National Historic Site. Some of their responsibilities will include greeting visitors, giving guided tours and showcasing their own projects, such as displays, videos and social media.

Students will run the facility on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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

Re-scheduled: French Immersion Info Night in Madoc

February 7, 2017—Due to the forecast for an extended period of freezing rain this afternoon and evening, the French Immersion Parent Information Night at Madoc Public School is cancelled. It is re-scheduled for Monday, February 13 at the same time, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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

School registration dates, first day of school

August 1, 2017 — We are looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to school on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

New to our school board? Here’s how to register your child
Please contact your home school to arrange a convenient time to register your child. Elementary schools will be open during the week of August 28, 2017. Secondary schools will be open for new registrations on specific dates at the end of August (scroll down to the page to see Secondary school registration dates).

When you visit the school to register, please bring:

  1. A birth certificate or passport as written proof of the child’s date of birth.
  2. Immunization card. You will be asked to fill out a health unit form which will be sent to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health along with a photocopy of the immunization card. Immunization Checklist (Pdf)
  3. Precise information about the child’s residence location, including lot, concession, postal code and 911 address.

Register your child for Kindergarten

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Our schools offer full-day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten.  How to register your child for Kindergarten.

Secondary schools will be open for registration on the following dates:

  • Bayside Secondary School – Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Centennial Secondary School – Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School – Tuesday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Moira Secondary School – Monday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Grade 9 Orientation will be Wednesday, August 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • North Hastings High School – Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute – Tuesday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Grade 9 Orientation will be Wednesday, August 30 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    • Grade 7/8 Orientation will be Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Quinte Secondary School – Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Trenton High School – Tuesday, August 29 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Student transportation

Please contact your child’s school to complete an application for transportation. To find out which school your child will attend, visit Tri-Board Student Transportation Services online (http://www.triboard.ca) or call 1.866.569.6638. Have your child’s OEN (Ontario Education Number) and birth date available.

Please note: If your child is already registered for a school bus for 2017-2018, pick up/drop off locations and times will be available on the Tri-Board website beginning Monday, August 21, 2017. Have your child’s OEN (Ontario Education Number) and birth date handy.

Thank you for choosing Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!

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

Seeking input for the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar

January 31, 2017—Each spring school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the upcoming school year, in accordance with the Education Act and Regulation 304.

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

The draft calendar proposes the following dates (pdf version)

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 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, March 2, 2018
    • Friday, May 18, 2018
    • Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Last day of the school year: Friday, June 29, 2018
Statutory Holidays & Ministry of Education Holidays for 2017-2018
Statutory holidaysMinistry of Education School Year Calendar datesProposed dates for the
HPEDSB School Year Calendar
Labour DayMonday, September 4, 2017Same
Thanksgiving DayMonday, October 9, 2017Same
Christmas Break (inclusive)Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018Same
Family DayMonday, February 19, 2018Same
Mid-winter Break (inclusive)Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, 2018Same
Good FridayFriday, March 30, 2018Same
Easter MondayMonday, April 2, 2018Same
Victoria DayMonday, May 21, 2018Same

Please provide feedback by sending an email to curriculum.services@hpedsb.on.ca or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350 by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

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

Students awarded medals at local skills competition

March 7, 2017—Secondary school students demonstrated their abilities in the trades at a local skills competition.

Congratulations to students who achieved success and represented their schools and HPEDSB with pride! See below for photos.

Baking
• Tarryn Horvat, Moira Secondary School, Silver Medal

Individual Carpentry
• Logan Triemstra, Bayside Secondary School, Gold Medal
• Kurtis Wright, Bayside Secondary School, Silver Medal
• Michael Terpstra, Bayside Secondary School, Bronze Medal

Team Carpentry (2 person)
• Wyatt Craig and Dawson Craig, Bayside Secondary School, Silver Medal
• Kieran Metcalf and Scott Thompson, Bayside Secondary School, Bronze Medal

Esthetics
• Brooke Mackins, Trenton High School, Gold Medal
• Max Leslie, Trenton High School, Silver Medal
• Autumn Stephenson, Trenton High School, Bronze Medal

Photography
• Alexis Porter, Bayside Secondary School, Bronze Medal

Precision Machining
• Jessica Courneyea, Bayside Secondary School, Gold Medal

Welding
• Justin Walmsley, Bayside Secondary School, Gold Medal
• Laurence Roy, Bayside Secondary School, Silver Medal
• Robert Bentley, Centennial Secondary School, Bronze Medal

At the Skills Competition, hosted in partnership with Loyalist College, local sponsors and community partners, students demonstrated their skills and knowledge in 11 competitions to compete for medals, prizes and scholarships.

Competitions included the following:

  • Architectural Technology and Design
  • Automotive
  • Baking
  • Character Animation
  • Electrical
  • Esthetics
  • Individual Carpentry
  • Photography
  • Precision Machining
  • Two-person Carpentry
  • Welding

Three more competitions will take place on April 1 at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. The team going to the May 1, 2017 provincial competition will then be selected.

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

Summer hours at schools and the Education Centre

June 29, 2017—Schools and the Education Centre operate on summer hours for July and August, as noted below.

 Summer Hours at Schools and the Education Centre
 Elementary schools: closed from July 4 to August 25, 2017.
Secondary Schools

NOTE: Transcripts are created at the secondary school a student attended. They cannot be produced when the school is closed nor at any other location.

School nameDates the school will be closed
Bayside Secondary School
  • Front office closed between July 17 and August 11. Signs will direct people to the Student Centre for assistance.
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 (Civic holiday)
  • Closed Fridays: July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18 and 25
Centennial Secondary School
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Monday July 17-21, 2017
  • The week of July 24-28
  • The week of July 31-August 4, 2017
  • The week of August 7-11, 2017
  • Friday, August 18, 2017
Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Thursday, July 6, 2017
  • Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • The week of July 17-21, 2017
  • The week of July 24-28
  • The week of July 31-August 4, 2017
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 (Civic holiday)
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017
  • Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Friday, August 18, 2017
Moira Secondary School
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • July 24, 2017 to August 21, 2017
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
North Hastings High School
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Monday July 17-21, 2017
  • July 24-28 , 2017
  • July 31-August 4, 2017
  • August 7 to August 21, 2017
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • July 24 to August 4, 2017
  • Monday, August 7, 2017
  • Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
Quinte Secondary School
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017
  • Friday, July 28, 2017
  • July 31-August 4, 2017
  • August 7-11, 2017
  • Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
Trenton High School
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • July 17 to 21, 2017
  • Friday, July 28, 2017
  • July 31 to August 4, 2017
  • Monday August 7, 2017
  • August 14 to 18, 2017
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
Quinte Adult Education
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 (statutory holiday)
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • Friday, July 28, 2017
  • July 31 to August 11, 2017
  • Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
Education Centre

  • Open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays, beginning Friday, July 7 through to Friday, August 25, inclusive.
  • Closed to the public during a 2-week shut-down period beginning Monday, July 24 through to Friday, August 4, inclusive. We will re-open to the public on Tuesday, August 8.
  • General inquiries: 613.966.1170 or  1.800.267.4350, extension “0”

Take the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres survey

April 6, 2017 – Prince Edward County, The County of Lennox and Addington and Hastings County invite families to complete an online survey about programs and services within Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres in 2018. The survey gathers opinions on programs for families and their children aged 0-6 years old.

The information collected will provide an opportunity to ensure that new centres continue to meet the needs of families and children.

The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and is confidential.

Prince Edward County and The County of Lennox and Addington survey link – www.surveymonkey.com/r/PELA_earlyyears

Hastings County survey link – www.surveymonkey.com/r/OEYCFCParentSurvey

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

 

Teaching team receives prestigious Certificate of Achievement

Susan_Sewell-Charles
Susie Sewell-Charles
Sheryl Parker
Sheryl Parker

May 18, 2017—Congratulations to Sheryl Parker and Susie Sewell-Charles, teachers at Queen Victoria School in Belleville. They were awarded a Certificate of Achievement through the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Parker and Sewell-Charles team-teach the multi-grade, child-centred Adventure Class (Grades 1-6) that delivers the Ontario curriculum through experiential-based learning. The program relies heavily on the involvement of families and older students helping younger students. Community outings, and a culture of fun and belonging emerge from the use of a learning cycle that urges students to observe, plan act and reflect.

“It is an honour for Sheryl and Susie to receive this prestigious award. They are a dynamic teaching team who are committed to teaching and learning, and who are invested in each and every student in their classroom,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

According to the nomination, Parker was a co-founder of Project Achieve, an anti-poverty initiative funded by the Ministry of Education and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation to dissipate myths and stereotypes surrounding poverty in schools. Parker and Sewell-Charles had their students build a Giving Tree where they hung bags of hats, mitts and socks, as well as a sign inviting people to take what they need.

“When someone takes the time to recognize you for your life’s work it is a true honour. I would like to thank all those involved in putting our names forward for this award. This recognition, although given to Susie and myself, is for the team it takes to make meaningful education possible,” said Sheryl Parker.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this recognition. I feel very lucky to be able to work with an amazing staff and wonderful parent community to bring learning to life in a unique way for our students. It is a privilege to be part of educating the future citizens of our country!” said Susie Sewell-Charles.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence have honoured exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines since 1993, with over 1,500 teachers honoured to date. Recipients are honoured for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy.

Up to 10 Certificates of Excellence (national level) are awarded annually, each including a financial award of $5,000. Certificates of Excellence are awarded to the 10 top-ranked nominees.

Up to 25 Certificates of Achievement (regional level) are awarded annually, each including a financial award of $1,000. Certificates of Achievement are awarded to the next top-ranked nominees.

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

Trent River PS opens to students Tuesday, February 7, 2017

January 25, 2017—The new Trent River Public School will open to students on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

As finish work continues at the site, we are now focusing all our efforts on planning a welcoming, safe and smooth transition for all students and staff.

Families of students from Breadner Elementary and College Street Public received a letter on January 24, 2017 (pdf) describing the planning for the first day of school and busing arrangements.

In order to prepare the school for students, there will be no classroom instruction on Monday, February 6, 2017. The school will be closed to students that day. Families will need to make childcare arrangements for Monday, February 6, 2017. We appreciate their understanding.

The new Trent River Public School is a vibrant facility with a modern learning environment. It has spacious classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, a learning commons and a large gymnasium.

An Opening Ceremony will take place in the coming months.

Trent River PSTrent River PS
Trent River PS Trent Rivers PS
Trent River PS Trent River PS

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: August 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm