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Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, December 2018

December 6, 2018—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

  • Physical: Development of the body influenced by physical activity, sleep patterns, healthy eating and healthy life choices.
  • Cognitive: Development of abilities and skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and the ability to be flexible and innovative.
  • Social: Development of self-awareness, a sense of belonging, relationships with others and collaboration and communication skills. Includes the development of identity (individual, social group, spiritual/religious), self-concept and self-esteem.
  • Emotional: Involves learning about experiencing emotions and understanding how to recognize, manage and cope with them. Includes emotional self-regulation, empathy, motivation and risk taking.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

New chair and vice-chair elected for HPEDSB

chair and vice-chair of the Board
Congratulations to Shannon Binder (L) elected as Chair of the Board and Lisa Anne Chatten elected as Vice-chair of the Board, effective December 2018 for one year.

December 4, 2018—A new chair and vice-chair of the Board have been elected for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

At its initial meeting on December 3, 2018, the new Board of Trustees elected Shannon Binder as Chair of the Board and Lisa Anne Chatten as Vice-chair of the Board.

Binder expressed appreciation upon being elected and looks forward to the future.

“Being nominated for Chair of the Board took me by surprise and I am humbled by the confidence in me of the other Board members. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and to serving students and their families as a school board trustee,” stated Binder.

Binder was elected in the October 2018 municipal election and represents Southeast Hastings, with the following schools in her electoral area:

  • Deseronto Public School
  • Tweed Elementary School
  • Tyendinaga Public School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School

Chatten acknowledged her interest in being a new school board trustee.

“It is an honour and a privilege to serve the public who elected me—an even further honour and privilege to be voted as vice-chair by my peers. I look forward to working together and taking positive and proactive steps together for the students of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board,” said Chatten.

Chatten was elected in the October 2018 municipal election and is one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow, with the following schools in her electoral area:

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

Binder and Chatten begin their duties immediately and will serve through to the end of November 2019.

In addition to Binder and Chatten, other Board members are Mike Brant, Jennifer Cobb, Bonnie Danes, Spencer Hutchison, Alison Kelly, Lucille Kyle, Kristen Parks and Michael Rush.

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(L to R, back row): Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Michael Rush, Belleville/Thurlow; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings; and Spencer Hutchison, Trenton/CFB Trenton. (L to R, middle row): Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Kristen Parks, Sidney/Frankford; and Alison Kelly, South Prince Edward. (L to R, front row): Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education; Shannon Binder, Southeast Hastings and Chair of the Board; and Lisa Anne Chatten, Belleville/Thurlow  and Vice-chair of the Board.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 40 schools (33 elementary, one K-12; two 7-12 and four secondary). Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,650 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning.

The district covers a wide geographic area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #161: December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018—This update provides a summary of the Initial Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2019.

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Haudenosaunee people.

This is the first meeting since the municipal election of October 2018. Accordingly, it is the initial meeting of the new Board of Trustees and was chaired by Director Savery-Whiteway until the chair of the Board was elected.

Director Savery-Whiteway read the election official returns as is required at this initial meeting. Trustees then recited declarations and oaths of allegiance in unison. The director chaired the meeting until the chair of the board was elected.

Presentation

Choir performance, Centennial Secondary School, Grade 7-12

Laina Andrews, Superintendent of Education, introduced Kim Dafoe, Teacher and Choir Director, Centennial Secondary School. Over 40 students in Grades 7-12 were present and sang two pieces: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and “Fare Thee Well Love” by the Rankin Family.

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The Grade 7-12 Choir from Centennial Secondary School performed at the Initial Board Meeting on December 3, 2018, performing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and “Fare Thee Well Love” by the Rankin Family.

Appointment of scrutineers

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

Appointment of the First Nations Representative for Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte

Mike Brant was reappointed as the representative for Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Elections

Review of the election process and Board committees

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education reviewed the process for elections as described in Policy 2: Governance By-laws and Standing Rules, and also reviewed the committees as described in Policy 11: Committees of the Board.

Chair of the Board

Shannon Binder was elected as Chair of the Board.

Vice-chair of the Board

Lisa Anne Chatten was elected as Vice-chair of the Board.

Congratulations to Shannon Binder (left), elected Chair of the Board and Lisa Anne Chatten, elected Vice-chair of the Board.
Board of Trustees and Student Trustees
(L to R, back row): Ryan Gentle, Trenton High School; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Michael Rush, Belleville/Thurlow; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings; and Spencer Hutchison, Trenton/CFB Trenton.
(L to R, middle row): Melissa Elliott, North Hastings High School; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Kristen Parks, Sidney/Frankford; Alison Kelly, South Prince Edward; and Meera Moorthy, Eastside Secondary School.
(L to R, front row): Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education; Shannon Binder, Southeast Hastings and Chair of the Board; and Lisa Anne Chatten, Belleville/Thurlow and Vice-chair of the Board.

TRUSTEE MEMBERSHIP ON STANDING, STATUTORY, ADMINISTRATIVE AND EXTERNAL COMMITTEES

Standing committees
Trustees selected membership on standing committees. For 2019, standing committees will consist of the following members:

  • Program and Human Resources Committee: Shannon Binder, Mike Brant, Lisa Anne Chatten, Jennifer Cobb,
    Bonnie Danes, Spencer Hutchison, Alison Kelly, Lucille Kyle, Kristen Parks and Michael Rush. The chair will be Spencer Hutchison. The vice-chair will be Lucille Kyle.
  • Operations and Finance Committee: Mike Brant, Lisa Anne Chatten, Bonnie Danes, Spencer Hutchison,  Alison Kelly, Lucille Kyle, Kristen Parks and Michael Rush. The chair will be Michael Rush. The vice-chair will be Spencer Hutchison.
  • Representative to the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association: Lisa Anne Chatten, who will hold this position until May 2020. The alternate will be Michael Rush.
  • Executive Committee: Shannon Binder, Lisa Anne Chatten, Bonnie Danes, Spencer Hutchison, Lucille Kyle and Michael Rush.
  • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee: Consists of all Board members. The chair will be Spencer Hutchison. The vice-chair will be Michael Rush.

Statutory committees
Trustees selected membership on statutory committees. For 2019, statutory committees will consist of the following members:

  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC): Lisa Anne Chatten and Kristen Parks, who will hold these positions until the end of the four-year term in November 2022. The two alternate members will be Mike Brant and Lucille Kyle.
  • Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Committee: Mike Brant and Jennifer Cobb. Alison Kelly will be the alternate.
  • Audit Committee: Shannon Binder, Jennifer Cobb and Bonnie Danes.
  • Accessibility Committee: Lisa Anne Chatten. Kristen Parks will be the alternate.
  • Parent Involvement Committee: Alison Kelly. Kristen Parks will be the alternate.
  • Student Discipline Committee: Consists of all Board members. They serve on a rotating basis, with three required to participate in each meeting.

Administrative committees
Trustees selected membership on administrative committees. For 2019, administrative committees will consist of the following members:

  • Indigenous Education Advisory Committee: Mike Brant and Lucille Kyle.
  • Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee: Mike Brant and Lisa Anne Chatten.
  • Great Place Awards Committee: Shannon Binder and Lucille Kyle.
  • Instructional Technology Advisory Committee: Michael Rush.
  • Leadership Development Steering Committee: Jennifer Cobb and Lucille Kyle.
  • Safe Schools Advisory Committee: Lisa Anne Chatten.
  • Specialist High Skills Majors Advisory Committee: Michael Rush.
  • Mental Health Leadership Team: Lisa Anne Chatten. Kristen Parks will be the alternate.

External committees

  • Food for Learning Partnership: Michael Rush.

Recommendations

Board members approved the following local association appointments to the Special Education Advisory Committee for a four-year term of the Board beginning December 3, 2018:

  • Children’s Mental Health Services: Susan Sweetman
  • Community Living Prince Edward: Jason Sweet
  • Community Living Quinte West: Connie McLean
  • Counselling Services of Belleville & District: Andrea Brennan-Doucette
  • Easter Seals Ontario: Richelle Glenn
  • FAS World: Kathy Kennedy
  • Family Space Quinte Inc.: Kelly Allan
  • Greater Than County Youth Collective: Christian Everall
  • Loyalist College: Eve Jelley
  • North Hastings Community Integration Association: Janet Christie
  • Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre: Carolyn Baldwin
  • Trenton Military Family Resource Centre: Marya Peters

Board members also approved Benzie Sangma as a member-at-large for the same timeframe.

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Thursday, December 13: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Centennial SS open as usual, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018–Student safety is always our first priority.

Yesterday a threat was made against Centennial Secondary School in person and spread by others on social media. Police investigated and have confirmed there is no credible threat to the school community. 

Centennial Secondary School will be open, as usual, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Background 

Police were called to the school on Monday, November 26, 2018 to investigate comments made by a student and confirmed there was no credible threat. Additional comments were posted on social media and police followed up with the source. They again confirmed there was no credible threat to the school community.
Centennial Secondary School will be open, as usual, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The police school response officer will be on site, as well. 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, November 2018

November 26, 2018—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

  • We Are All Treaty People – Quick Facts:
    • Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, such as land purchases by the Crown signed between 1781 and 1930.
    • Treaties are legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities and relationships of First Nations and the federal and provincial governments
  • What is the All About Me Portfolio (K-6)?
    • All About Me is a student-friendly, interactive portfolio tool that allows K-6 students to reflect on their learning, showcase their growth, and share their achievements.
    • How does my child login to All About Me?
      1. Click on the VLE link from elementary school homepage
      2. Students log-in using their HPEDSB log-in credentials
      3. Click on the myBlueprint link at the top of the page
  • Explora: A Reliable Student Research ToolSearch and filter by type including videos, magazine articles and primary sources
    • Browse categories by topic or reading level
    • Search results include topic summaries – a built-in starting point for research
    • Create your references page with the automatic citation tool
    • Listen to your research with the Text-to-Speech feature

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #160: November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018—This update provides a summary of the Public Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 19, 2018 at Marmora Public School. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in November 2019.

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Anishinaabe people.

Growing with Character graphicCharacter Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Ryan Gentle, Student Trustee, Trenton High School, asked all to reflect on Cooperation: We work as a team for a common good. We value the opinions of others and show a willingness to work together towards a common goal.

Presentations

Marmora Public School Early ON partnership

This presentation described partnerships between and among pre-school-aged children, their families, community partners and Marmora Public School. Gateway Community Health Centre and Family Space offer programming and play groups for young children and their families in the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Partnerships with families and communities are essential to our work: they provide high-quality inclusive child care programs and services that are child and family centred. This approach also supports a school first philosophy as schools become a hub within their community. Through these interactions, children in playgroups, Kindergarten readiness programs and their families experience seamless transitions that support a continuum of care. They have access to dieticians, budgeting resources, transportation, social workers and counsellors, income tax preparation, good food boxes/good baby boxes, oral health resources and much more.

Thank you to presenters Rob Lake, Principal, Marmora Public School; Heather McMaster, Early Years Lead; Sheri Williams and Rene Young from Gateway Community Health Centre; and Kelly Allan and Tina Kinmond from Family Space.

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Thank you to presenters from Marmora Public School, Family Space, Gateway Community Health Centre for presenting at tonight’s Board meeting.

HPEDSB received two national BRAVO! Awards through the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education

Learning & Leadership is one of four HPEDSB strategic plan priorities. This presentation showcased two  national awards received from the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education. CACE is a national organization of professional communicators in education.

The prestigious BRAVO! Awards are presented annually. The HPEDSB projects that received awards were: 1) Say and Do Nice Things campaign; and 2) Well-Being in Schools Video.

Congratulations to Laina Andrews, Superintendent of Education; Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer; Ken Dostaler, System Lead, Equity and Inclusive Education; Tina Elliott, System Lead, Student Services; and Sherry Rivers, Digital Communications Analyst.

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Congratulations to the team who worked on the 2017 Say and Do Nice Things campaign, winning a national BRAVO! Award for their exemplary communications work.

Congratulations to the team who created the Well-Being in Schools video in 2017. They were awarded a national BRAVO! Award for their exemplary communications work.

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

Four items were discussed at the Committee of the Whole Board meeting:

  • Lease of Sir Winston Churchill Public School to Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Disposal of surplus property: Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Disposal of surplus property: Quinte Secondary School
  • Recommendations for acting superintendents

These meetings  are closed to the public as provided by s. 207 (2) of the Education Act.

Recommendations

2018-2019 Board policy review, Part A

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

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

  • Policy 3-C: Student Representation on Board
  • Policy 3-H: Filling Vacancies on the Board
  • Policy 4: Corporate Board Job Description
  • Policy 9: Role of the Board Member

Recommendation to approve all outstanding minutes

The new Board of Trustees will be organized on December 3, 2018 and no meetings of trustees are planned prior to this organizational meeting.

Public and closed meeting minutes from the June Budget Committee meeting, November Committee of the Whole Board meeting, November Public Board meeting, November Student Enrolment School Capacity Committee, November Audit Committee, November Executive Committee, November Program and Human Resources Committee, November Operations and Finance Committee, must be approved prior to the end of the term of the current Board.

According to Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised, where there is a change or replacement of a portion of the membership, a committee is appointed and authorized for the purpose of approving all outstanding minutes.

Board members approved assigning the Executive Committee for this purpose.

2017-2018 Financial Statements and BDO LLP Auditor’s Report

Board members approved the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending August 31, 2018. The Consolidated Financial Statements reflect the board’s financial results for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

During the year the board expended $25,460,297 on capital asset acquisition/construction. These expenditures are funded through a variety of sources including capital priorities, school condition improvement, and school renewal grants.

The audited financial statements result in an in-year surplus of $4,776,343 and a corresponding in-year surplus for Ministry compliance reporting purposes of $2,942,554.

The original budget plan for 2017-18 was forecast to have a balanced budget with a very small surplus of $3,065, as required by the board’s mandated Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan.

The board has met or exceeded its targets under the Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan for the 2017-2018 year.

The in-year surplus is due to a number of factors, rather than a single cause. The major factors are listed below:

  • decrease in teaching staff costs related to unpaid days and budgeted average salaries;
  • reduction in actual staff replacement costs compared to budget;
  • lower than anticipated payouts for unused vacation carried over from prior year;
  • difficulties in filling some positions with qualified staff resulting in some extended;
  • vacancies of varying periods throughout the year; and
  • decreased overall spending in services and supplies.

Textbook approval

The Ministry of Education website for Curriculum Centre Learning Resources lists textbooks/novels approved for use in schools by the Minster of Education under the Education Act. HPEDSB Procedure 210: Textbook/Learning Material Selection, Purchase and Approval, sets out expectations for principals and teachers to follow when such materials are not found on the list provided by the Minister, subject to Board approval.

Board members approved the following novels for use in secondary schools:

  • The Marrow Thieves by Cheri Dimaline, for Grades 11 and 12
  • Medicine Walk by Richard, for Grades 11 and 12
  • Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson, for Grades 11 and 12

Trustee kilometrage rate

Board members approved the reimbursement rate for trustees travel in personal automobiles at $0.55 per kilometre for the first 5,000 kilometres, and $0.49 per kilometre after that, effective November 1, 2018.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for December 2018.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • December 2: PECI Winter Challenge (for secondary school students)
  • December 3: Harry J. Clarke Junior Choir, performing at Chapters Belleville, 6:00 p.m.
  • December 4: Grade 7 and 8 Entrepreneur Night, Prince of Wales Public School
  • December 5: Junior Drumming Concert, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), 6:30 p.m.
  • December 18:
    • Festive Concert, Foxboro Public School, 6:30 p.m.
    • Terrific Kids Assembly, Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
    • Festive Family Night,  Massassaga-Rednersville Public School
    • Holiday School Lunch, Sophiasburgh Central School

Report from the Chair
Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, recognized outgoing trustees by presenting them with a memory box. Thank you to trustees who have served on the Board:

  • Tom Biniaris, represented Trenton & CFB Trenton
  • Justin Bray, represented Southeast Hastings
  • Dwayne Inch, represented South Prince Edward County
  • Dave Patterson, represented Belleville/Thurlow
  • Jim Williams, represented Sidney & Frankford
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Congratulations to outgoing trustees: Jim Williams, represented Sidney & Frankford; Tom Biniaris, represented Trenton & CFB Trenton; Dave Patterson, represented Belleville/Thurlow;  Justin Bray, represented Southeast Hastings; and Dwayne Inch, represented South Prince Edward County, pictured with Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board and Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Report from the Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Audited Financial Statements mentioned above.

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Long Term Capital and Accommodation Plan
  • Relocating students in Grades 7 & 8 to Bayside Secondary School and also North Hastings High School, creating two new Grade 7-12 schools at HPEDSB

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Kilometrage rate
  • Financial Recovery Plan
  • Energy & Environmental Plan
  • Outline of Ontario Regulation 444/98 dealing with disposal of property

Report from the Program and Human Resource Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Novel approval mentioned above
  • Joint Protocol for Student Achievement, a partnership with five school boards and Children’s Aid to support students in care
  • Update on the progressive discipline process followed by schools

Report from Staff

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board made thoughtful remarks about Colleen DeMille, Superintendent of Education, who will retire December 14, 2018
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Congratulations to Colleenn DeMille, Superintendent of Education (centre) retiring December 14, 2018.

Report from Student Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • New initiative at Trenton High School to recite a land acknowledgement each day during the announcements and during assemblies

Upcoming public meetings

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

  • Wednesday, November 21: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 22: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 26: Special Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, December 3: Initial Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Proposal for two Grade 7-12 secondary schools

November 13, 2018—Reports to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee propose that two secondary schools become Grade 7-12 schools for September 2019. Presently Bayside Secondary School and North Hastings High School are Grade 9-12 schools.

Bayside school group

Currently at the Bayside campus:

  • All students in Grade 7 and 8 from Bayside Public School are located at Bayside Secondary School
  • Both schools are near full capacity

On November 12, 2018 senior administration presented a proposal to the Student Enrolment/ School Capacity Committee to officially create a Grade 7-12 school at Bayside Secondary School, including French Immersion, effective September 2019. This means the administration team at Bayside Secondary School would assume responsibility for all students in Grades 7-12. No changes would be required to student transportation.

Through this proposed change, students in Grades 7 and 8 at Frankford Public School and Stirling Public School would remain at those schools, then transition to the Grade 7-12 Bayside Secondary School for Grade 9.

If approved in January 2019, this proposal would formalize Bayside Secondary School as being Grade 7-12 for September 2019.

North Hastings school group

Currently in the Bancroft area:

  • All students from Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School and Maynooth Public School transition to York River Public School for Grades 7 and 8
  • York River Public School is near full capacity and requires additional space to accommodate student needs and programming
  • North Hastings High School has surplus capacity of approximately 470 student spaces

On November 12, 2018 senior administration presented a proposal to the Student Enrolment/ School Capacity Committee to relocate the Grade 7 and 8 program, including Extended French for those grades, from York River Public School to North Hastings High School effective September 2019. Only minor adjustments to transportation are anticipated as all students in Grade 7 and 8 are already bused to Bancroft.

If approved in January 2019, this proposal would create a Grade 7-12 school at North Hastings High School for September 2019.

School boards are responsible for responding to program needs and changing demographics to ensure student achievement and well-being as well as financial sustainability/viability. HPEDSB is committed to providing optimum learning opportunities and environments in service of student achievement and well-being.

Under the current Ministry of Education Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline Exemptions (Pdf) and HPEDSB Policy 15: Student Enrolment School Capacity Pupil Accommodation Review (Pdf), when a school board is planning the relocation of grades in which the enrolment constitutes less than 50% of the school enrolment, a Pupil Accommodation Review is not required.

Families who have questions should contact their child’s principal. A final recommendation will be presented to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee on January 14, 2019. More information will be provided once a final decision is made in January 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Say and Do Nice Things campaign re-launches for a fifth year

Say and Do Nice Things
The award-winning Say and Do Nice Things campaign launches in all schools during the week of November 19, 2018. It coincides with the provincial Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, and lasts all year long.

November 12, 2018—The award-winning Say and Do Nice Things campaign is back starting November 19, 2018.

Say and Do Nice Things is a way for positive comments or stories to be shared at schools, the Education Centre and through families and communities. It’s a simple way to show kindness and care to others through welcoming behaviours, such as smiling, saying ‘hi’ or asking how things are going outside school/work.

The launch coincides with the provincial Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week which is November 19 – 23, 2018. It is a time for students, employees, parents/guardians and community to learn more about bullying and its effect on student achievement and well-being. Even so, Say and Do Nice Things goes beyond that week—it’s an approach that can happen all year long.

Schools are being provided with SDNT posters and post cards for awareness and action. See below for some of the ways schools and students have embraced SDNT over the past four years:

  • Student-created PA announcements
  • Bulletin board displays using Say and Do Nice Things post card messages and posters
  • Literacy activities: writing poems, stories, songs or plays
  • Numeracy activities: calculating the number of times Say and Do Nice Things can be said in a day/week/month
  • Created ‘super friends’ who do good deeds at school or in the community
  • Drama performances
  • Created artwork with Say and Do Nice Things as the theme
  • Made videos to share on the HPEDSB YouTube channel and through Twitter
  • School-to-school fun competitions for additional awareness

HPEDSB received a BRAVO! Award of Distinction through the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education on October 29, 2018. Communications Officer Kerry Donnell was recognized for leading the Say and Do Nice Things initiative, along with Sherry Rivers, Digital Communications Specialist; Ken Dostaler, System Lead for Equity; and Tina Elliott, System Lead for Student Services.

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

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

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

HPEDSB receives two national awards for excellence in school board communications

October 31, 2018—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board received national recognition with two BRAVO! Awards through the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education.

Congratulations to Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer for providing the lead on the awards.

Say and Do Nice Things poster1. Say and Do Nice Things campaign

Data from school climate surveys completed by students, parents/guardians and school staff in the fall of 2013 provided perceptions about students feeling welcome and included at school. Overwhelmingly, students indicated that welcoming behaviours, such as smiling, saying ‘hi’ and asking how things are going outside of school all help them to feel welcome and yet, to a large extent, that was not happening.

Three years of featuring the predecessor Say One Nice Thing (SONT) campaign resulted in user awareness and provided a means for positive comments or stories about HPEDSB shared at schools, the Education Centre and through families and communities.

Fast-forward to November 2017 when a revitalized campaign was launched. Say and Do Nice Things came alive with a new name, look and user actions. The moniker SONT changed to Say and Do Nice Things (SDNT). The design changed from a funky/1960s look to a superhero look. The user interface changed to incorporate user actions with the focus on ‘do’ activities.

In addition, two new slogans were introduced:
• Help someone feel included . . . Say and Do Nice Things
• Help someone feel like they belong . . . Say and Do Nice Things

Congratulations to Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer; Ken Dostaler, System Lead – Equity; Tina Elliott, System Lead – Student Services; and Sherry Rivers, Digital Communications Specialist.

2) Well-Being in Schools video

The key goal was to raise awareness of student well-being in our schools and among the parent community. This video featured students and school staff describing their interactions, and by showing students engaged in learning in a variety of settings. Each person conveyed the message of HPEDSB schools being inclusive and welcoming learning environments. Cameos by the chair of the Board and director of education were included.

The BRAVO! Awards recognize and honour exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations, communications, marketing and engagement. BRAVO Awards of Excellence, Distinction and Merit are presented annually at the CACE conference.

The awards ceremony is the highlight of the annual CACE conference, which brings together communication professionals from school boards across Canada for professional development and to share best practices from coast to coast.

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 Telephone Town Hall sessions, Ministry of Education

October 24, 2018—The Ministry of Education has announced Telephone Town Hall sessions across the province. These sessions are for public input about provincial consultation on education reform. Sessions are hosted by the Ministry of Education. Please see below for dates/times for Eastern Ontario.

Eastern Ontario sessions

  • Tuesday, October 30: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 30: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. (French)
  • Friday, November 16: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 22: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Please visit the Ministry of Education Telephone Town Hall section of the consultation website for more information.

The ministry has indicated that anyone who registers by 4:00 p.m. the day before the session will receive a phone call at the time of the session. Anyone unable to pre-register will be able to participate by calling the toll-free number posted on the registration page.

Ministry of Education: Information about the public consultations.

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 #159: October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018—This update provides a summary of the Public Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in November 2018.

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Haudenosaunee people.

Growing with Character graphicCharacter Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Melissa Elliott, Student Trustee, North Hastings High School, asked all to reflect on Caring: We demonstrate concern for self and others. We show empathy and express genuine concerns. We consider the long term effect of our actions.

Presentations

Thank you to the presenters from Stirling Public School, pictured with school board officials, trustees and student trustees.

Globally Minded Learners and Leaders at Stirling Public School: Project Simple Machines

The vibrant presentation described the HPEDSB involvement in an international project known as New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. NPDL involves school boards from seven countries. It engages educators in shifting their practice and beliefs about student abilities and achievement, as well as encouraging them to take risks, collaborate with others and seek out learning partnerships locally and globally. The presentation showcased the work of two teachers, Terri-Lynn Kirkey and Anne Marie Christie-Sharpe, Stirling Public School, and shared that their work is one of five projects receiving international recognition.

Thank you to the presenters: Susan Carleton-Maines, Principal, Stirling Public School; Anne Marie Christie-Sharpe, Teacher, Stirling Public School; Suzanne Cholasta, Principal, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton); Tracy Demianchuk, Curriculum Services Coordinator; Andrea Kerr, Learning Support Coordinator; and Terri-Lynn Kirkey, Teacher, Stirling Public School.

group photo 2
Thank you to the Summer Learning Programs presenters, pictured with school board officials, trustees and student trustees.

Summer Learning Programs 

Summer learning programs provide students with learning outside the school year. They consist of the Summer Learning Program for elementary students and Summer School for secondary students.

The elementary program focused on developing reading skills, understanding number sense, and coding and robotics. It was for students in SK, Grades 1 – 4, and was hosted at Marmora Public School, Maynooth Public School, Prince Charles School (Belleville,) Prince of Wales Public School, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), Queen Victoria School and Trent River Public School.

Summer School had over 500 registrations from students throughout Ontario, with over 200 from HPEDSB. Just over 91% of students achieved credits. The success is due to  personalized supports for HPEDSB students, Guidance teacher communicating with students daily, connecting students to their teacher, communicating with parents and individualized video links for HPEDSB students.

Thank you to presenters Terri Cook, Vice-principal, Centennial Secondary School; Heather McMaster, Early Years Lead; Marg Thompson, Student Success Lead; Roger Ramsay, Curriculum Coordinator.

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

One item was discussed at the Committee of the Whole Board meeting: Disposal of surplus property: Earl Prentice Public School. These meetings  are closed to the public as provided by subsection 207 (2) of the Education Act.

Recommendations

External Audit Plan

Board members approved the External Audit Plan. This is required as a result of amendments to Ontario Regulation 361/10 in July 2015. Since that time, audit committees are required to make recommendations to the Board on the content of the External Auditor’s Audit Plan and on all proposed major changes to the plan.

Appointment of External Auditors for 2018-2019

Board members appointed BDO LLP as the external auditor for 2018-2019  with remuneration of $38,900. BDO has provided audit services to HPEDSB for a number of years and has developed a strong relationship with staff, management, the Board of Trustees and other stakeholders, including Audit Committee members. Administration is satisfied with BDO’s performance to date. BDO has delivered its services in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

Information

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of October and into November 2018.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • October 17: Dairy presentation for all classes, Bird’s Creek Public School
  • October 18:
    • Scissor Lift Training for students in the Construction Specialist High Skills Major Program, Centre Hastings Secondary School
    • Fall Parent/Teacher Interview Evening; Post-secondary Parent Information Night; Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test Parent Information Night, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • October 22: Bus Patroller Training, Tyendinaga Public School
  • October 23:
    • Wear Purple Day for Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect, all schools
    • Bus Patroller Training (for students), Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • October 25:
    • Family Movie Night, 6:00 p.m., Prince of Wales Public School
    • Fun Fair, Frankford Public School
  • October 25-28: Ontario Student Trustees’ Association Fall General Meeting, Toronto
  • November 9: Remembrance Day assemblies at various schools

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Attendance at the Indigenous Leads Gathering in Toronto, a provincial event that has been hosted by HPEDSB for the past five years.

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • The Ministry of Education is inviting public input on curriculum-related items and the Board of Trustees will be submitting suggestions.

Report from the Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • 2018-2019 Regional Audit Activities update.
  • Creating the Audit Annual Report.

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Presentation and annual update by Gord Taylor, CEO of Tri-Board Transportation Services.
  • New rate for travel reimbursement (kilometres) to align with the Canada Revenue Agency rate, increasing one cent to 0.55 cents effective November 1, 2018.
  • Policy review.

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Presentation about mental health initiatives .
  • Addition of social workers at secondary schools.
  • Update on standardized testing (EQAO) in Ontario.
  • Review of novels requested for use in secondary schools.
  • Policy review.

Report from Student Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Planned initiatives by the Student Senate, including creating a website and planning a student symposium next spring.
  • Student senators meeting with students in their schools for knowledge sharing.

Notice of Motion: 2018-2019 Policy review

Notice of motion was given that amendments to the following policies will be on the agenda for the November 2018 meeting:

  • Policy 3-C: Student Representation on Board
  • Policy 3-H: Filling Vacancies on the Board
  • Policy 4: Corporate Board Job Description
  • Policy 9: Role of the Board Member

Upcoming public meetings

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

  • Wednesday, October 24: Parent Involvement Committee Annual General Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 25: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 5: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 7: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 12: Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 12: Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 19: Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Marmora Public School

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

Input needed about school health programming

October 15, 2018—Student health has a direct impact on their educational outcomes. That’s why two organizations, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB), and  Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH), have collaborated on a survey about student health programming.

Input from school board employees (teachers, school administrators, support staff) is important. Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey. The results will be used to plan the future of health promotion programs and services supported by public health in our schools. Before completing the survey, you will be asked to watch a short video (1:25) from Dr. Piotr Oglaza, the medical officer of health, who describes how your input will help shape the delivery of public health services at our schools.

The survey asks about the following 14 topics:

  • concussions and injury prevention
  • healthy eating behaviours and food safety
  • healthy sexuality
  • immunization
  • infectious disease prevention (e.g. tick awareness, rabies prevention, and hand hygiene)
  • life promotion, suicide risk and prevention
  • mental health promotion
  • oral health
  • physical activity and sedentary behavoiur
  • road and off-road safety
  • substance use and harm reduction
  • UV exposure
  • violence and bullying
  • visual health

The survey closes Friday, October 26, 2018.

Thank you for contributing to this valuable planning process. Together we can create healthy school communities that support student well-being and success.

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, October 2018

October 12, 2018—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

  • Number Talks: With Number Talks, students start to believe in themselves mathematically. They become more willing to persevere when solving complex problems.
    • What is a number talk?
      • Short conversations about mathematical problems
      • Student verbally share strategies after independent thinking
    • Why number talks?
      • To promote purposeful conversations about numbers and operations
      • To help students develop confidence in working flexibility with numbers
      • To explore mathematical concepts and relationships between numbers
  • Number Lines: Number Lines are models for thinking. Models are the vehicle to solve a problem and not just a picture of how the problem is solved.

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

Invitation for community members to serve on SEAC

October 5, 2018—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, in accordance with Regulation 464/97*, is seeking membership on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). The SEAC, which is mandated by the Education Act, is responsible to make recommendations to the Board on matters related to the provision of Special Education programs and services for students with special education and mental health needs.

Letters of application for SEAC are now being accepted
Letters of application are invited from local associations and interested persons for membership on the SEAC. The Committee will consist of representatives from up to 12 local associations and up to three members-at-large, who are appointed for a four-year term.

Letters of application should be sent to Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, at 156 Ann Street, Belleville, ON  K8N 3L3, by Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Applicants must be qualified to vote for members of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and must be resident within the HPEDSB area of jurisdiction. Please indicate on your letter of application whether you would represent a local association or are interested in being appointed as a member-at-large.

Information about the mandate of the SEAC is online.

*According to this regulation, school board employees cannot be SEAC members.

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, October 2018

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, June 2018
Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

October 1, 2018—This is the fifth in a series about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees were the first democratically elected representatives in Ontario? This is a history that began in 1816.

School board trustees are elected/appointed for a defined area. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Trustees collectively govern the school board through accountability, community representation, decision making, communication, advocacy and leadership.

As a member of the Board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the Board’s by-laws, be loyal to the Board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Sources: Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario, April, 2009 and Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

Board of Trustees to November 30, 2018
Board of Trustees 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Chair of the Board; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow & Vice-Chair of the Board; Mary Schoones, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney.

Student Trustees
Ryan Gentle, Meera Moorthy & Melissa Elliott
2018-2019 student trustees

Student trustees learn and lead at the Board table
Involving students in Board business is a valuable learning experience.

Student trustees represent student opinions at the Board level and participate actively on committees. Hearing from student trustees at Board meetings about student issues and opinions is a way to engage these leaders beyond their school community.

Student trustees have the same opportunities to participate at meetings as elected trustees although they are not Board members and do not have a binding vote. The 2018-2019 student trustees are Melissa Elliott, North Hastings High School; Ryan Gentle, Trenton High School and Meera Moorthy, Eastside Secondary School.

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 #158: September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018—This update provides a summary of the Public Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in October 2018.

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Haudenosaunee people. Trustee Mary Schoones was introduced. She will be one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow until November 30, 2018. Student trustees were also introduced: Melissa Elliott, North Hastings High School; Ryan Gentle, Trenton High School; and Merra Moorthy, Eastside Secondary School.

Growing with CharacterCharacter Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Dwayne Inch, Trustee for South Prince Edward County, asked all to reflect on Trustworthiness: We can be counted on to do what is right. We instill confidence in one another through our actions.

Presentation

“Welcome Back to Learning” video
This video highlighted student learning during the first few weeks of the 2018-2019 school year. It featured students from schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Recommendations

Approval of the Accessibility Plan

Board members approved the Multi-Year Annual Accessibility Plan for the period September 2018 to August 2023.

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

The Accessibility Advisory Committee met in May 2018 to review and update the plan which incorporates plans for the next five-year period. The plan is reviewed annually by the Accessibility Advisory Committee, approved by the Board and posted on the HPEDSB website.

Joint Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee

Board members approved a resolution to authorize individuals to be appointed to the Joint Elections Compliance Audit Committee for the 2018-2022 term.

Section 88.37(1) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, requires municipal councils and local school boards to establish a Compliance Audit Committee before October 1 of an election year. The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward, City of Quinte West, City of Belleville, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board previously established a partnership of the Joint Elections Compliance Audit Committee for the 2014-2018 term.

2018-2019 Board policy review 

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

  • Policy 3-C: Student Representation on Board
  • Policy 3-H: Filling Vacancies on the Board
  • Policy 4: Corporate Board Job Description
  • Policy 9: Role of the Board Member

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

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

Board members approved the continuation of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan (Pdf) following an annual review. Progress on the 2018-2019 action plans will be reported through the 2018 Director’s Annual Report (to be released in January 2019) and revisited when the next review process begins in February 2019.

Updated Special Education funding for 2018-2019

Board members approved a motion directing staff to prepare a recommendation, relative to the 2018-2019 Special Education per pupil allocation benchmark increase of $1,007.08 per Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 student, and how this unanticipated increase will be utilized to support the Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 students with Special Education and mental health needs.

On August 24, 2018, the Ministry of Education  released Memo 2018: B14 Update: Education Funding for 2018–2019 which included a number of updates to the previously announced education funding for the 2018-2019 school year. While the total provincial funding for the Grants for Student Needs is expected to remain at $24.5 billion in 2018–2019, there are some variations between earlier funding and new funding at the board level, leading to a net increase in funding for HPEDSB of $123,956.

Appointment of a sixth member for the Executive Committee

Board members approved the appointment of Mary Schoones as the sixth member of the Executive Committee effective immediately. This appointment is in effect until the end of the current term on November 30, 2018. New elections for trustee roles will take place at the Initial Board Meeting on December 3, 2018.

Information

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of September and into October 2018.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • September 24-27, 2018: Drive Away Hunger Challenge, Tyendinaga Public School
  • September 26: Opening of the Community Garden, Kente Public School, 5:00 p.m.
  • September 27, 2018: Terry Fox Run, various schools
  • October 1, 2018: Orange Shirt Day, various schools
  • October 3, 2018: Bus Safety Presentation, Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • October 5, 2018: Semester 1 Early Progress Reports sent home at secondary schools

Report from the Chair

  • Provided verbal and written reports on the 2018 Canadian School Board Association conference held in Halifax, NS in July.
  • The 6th Annual Indigenous Gathering is taking place in Toronto this week, hosted by HPEDSB.

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Verbal update on recognition dates which will now be shared on the HPEDSB website and banner.

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Update on the lease with the County Food Hub at Sophiasburgh Central School.
  • Explanation of the moratorium on accommodation reviews.
  • Review of the Long-term Capital and Accommodation Plan.
  • Updates on school consolidations at Centennial Secondary School, Eastside Secondary School, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute and Trenton High School.

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Accessibility Advisory Plan
  • Funding update
  • Community planning and partnerships update

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Induction of new trustee Mary Schoones
  • Board improvement plan update
  • Health and Physical Education Curriculum update

Enrolment update

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

Elementary enrolments were collected on September 7, 2018 and updated on September 14, 2018. Secondary enrolments were collected on September 17, 2018.

Elementary
Elementary enrolment on September 14, 2018 was 10,341 compared to a projection of 10,371, a decrease of 30 students compared to projection.

Secondary
Using the data collected on September 17, 2018, the revised average daily enrolment (ADE) was projected for the year as 4,578. The revised projection shows an increase of 45 ADE over original projections, and a year-over-year increase of one secondary student when compared to September 15, 2017 enrolment.

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

Report from trustees and student trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • The student senators met last week with a focus on multi-cultural inclusion. The senators are eager to work together to establish a vision for their work this year.
  • An update about an upcoming meeting of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association meeting later this week. Some of the topics of discussion will include: proposed changes to Indigenous curriculum and the Health and Physical Education curriculum; and freeze of executive compensation.

Upcoming public meetings

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

  • Wednesday, September 26: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 26: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 27: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 1: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 9: Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 9: Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 15: Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 24 Parent Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 25: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

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

2018 EQAO results for Primary, Junior, Grade 9 and 10 assessments

September 20, 2018—This article presents student achievement results on the following provincial assessments administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) during the 2017-2018 school year:

  • 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)

Primary and Junior reading, writing and math

Primary reading results were 66% and Junior reading results were 72%, both of which represent a significant increase of 5 percentage points from last year in each division. These results indicate the number of students attaining provincial standard of Level 3 or 4. Continued growth in reading achievement has been sustained over a 10-year period and has been an internal focus over time through the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being.

Writing results indicate growth in both the Primary and Junior divisions.

Math results remained the same as last year.

 

Primary and Junior EQAO Results

Primary

Reading 66%

Writing 59%

Math 47%

Junior

Reading 72%

Writing 64%

Math 32%

 

Grade 9 Mathematics

In Academic Math courses, 78% of students achieved Level 3 or 4, which is an increase of 2 percentage points from last year. Student achievement in Academic Math has increased over a 10-year period, which is similar to the provincial results.

The 2017-2018 results indicate that 37% of students in Applied Math courses achieved Level 3 or 4. This represents a decline over time.

 

Grade 9 Math Results

Grade 9 Academic Math course results:  78%

Grade 9 Applied Math course results:  37%

 

Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is administered once a year in the spring. Results represent the percentage of students who were successful in passing the assessment, which is required to graduate.

Results for all course types combined indicate 62% of students were successful. Students who are unsuccessful may retake the test in Grade 11 or take an additional English credit known as the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC).

Quotes

“We are committed to preparing all students for graduation, for their chosen career/life pathway and for lifelong learning. We acknowledge the dedication of our staff as they work continuously to support all students to be successful and to increase graduation rates.” – Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

“We are thrilled with the ongoing gains made in reading and writing. Our staff are highly committed to supporting students in achieving excellence, which is preparing and empowering them for graduation.” – Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Education.

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 2018

September 5, 2018—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

  • Developing Mathematics: A Parent’s Guide to The Fundamentals of Math (Pdf) states that as students progress through elementary school, they will develop their ability to think mathematically, learn about different concepts and relationships and learn how to apply their knowledge.
    • Number Talks are 10 minute daily classroom conversation around intentionally designed strings of problems that are solved mentally. Learn more about the fundamental math skills from Grade 1-8 (Pdf) and ideas about how you can support your child at home.
  • Links for Learning: Mathify is a free online service that connects grade 7-10 students with Ontario certified math teachers.
  • Important Upcoming Date: Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters is recognized on Monday, October 1, 2018.
    • Orange Shirt Day is an outcome of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School commemoration event where residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad shared the story of how her brand new shiny orange shirt was taken away the day she arrived at the Mission school.

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

Media event: County Food Hub partnership, Thursday, September 6, 2018

September 5, 2018—Members of the media are invited to a media event about the new Food Hub at Sophiasburgh Central School. This is a joint event hosted by HPEDSB and the Prince Edward County Food Hub.

DATE: Thursday, September 6, 2018

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Sophiasburgh Central School, 406 County Road 15, Picton (outside, front of school)

HOST: Rob McFadden, Principal, Sophiasburgh Central School

Event outline

  1. Welcome and introductions by Rob McFadden
  2. Guest speakers (in speaking order):
    1. Lucille Kyle, HPEDSB, Chair of the Board
    2. Robert Quaiff, Mayor, The County of Prince Edward
    3. Mike Farrell, President, Prince Edward County Food Hub
    4. Todd Foster, Vice-President, Prince Edward County Food Hub
  3. Group photograph, all participants (see below), outside, front of school

HPEDSB participants

  • Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board
  • Jennifer Cobb, Trustee for North Prince Edward
  • Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education
  • Nick Pfeiffer, Superintendent of Business Services
  • Kim Horrigan, Manager of Planning

PEC and Food Hub participants

  • Robert Quaiff, Mayor
  • Neil Carbone, Director of Community Development and Strategic Initiatives, The County of Prince Edward
  • Todd Davis, Community Development Supervisor, The County of Prince Edward
  • Todd Foster, Vice-President, Prince Edward County Food Hub
  • Prince Edward County Food Hub Board members

Media contacts

  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca, 613.966.1170, x62354
  • Mike Farrell, President, Prince Edward County Food Hub, mike.farrell@driveconversion.com, 416.938.0673
  • Mark Kerr, Media and Communications Coordinator, The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward, mkerr@pecounty.on.ca, 613.476.2148, x1009

Mary Schoones joins HPEDSB to represent Belleville/Thurlow

photo of Mary Schoones
Mary Schoones will represent Belleville/Thurlow on the Board of Trustees from September to November 30, 2018.

September 4, 2018—Mary Schoones has been selected to join the Board of Trustees for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board representing Belleville/Thurlow.

“I am pleased to welcome Mary to the Board of Trustees. She is eager to represent Belleville/Thurlow and is committed to fulfilling the governance role of a trustee. Mary is knowledgeable about our schools, having had prior experience with them and also with Quinte Mohawk School,” said Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board.

Schoones has over 35 of experience in the education sector, having been a teacher, facilitator, consultant for professional learning and leadership development, a seconded professor and a presenter/writer for a national education publisher. Through these roles she has become familiar with the issues and challenges faced by eastern Ontario school boards, as well as developed an understanding of the importance of equity, inclusion and student voice in governance. Schoones has visited all 40 elementary and secondary schools in recent years.

“In the role of a Board member, I believe it is imperative that I become familiar with the issues of HPEDSB and its communities,” said Schoones, adding, “I’m looking forward to being at the Board table to further student achievement and well-being.”

Schoones will be sworn in at the public Board meeting on September 24, 2018. Her appointment is short-term—until November 30, 2018 which is when the current 4-term ends—due to a vacancy. Former Trustee Mary Hall resigned from the Board in May 2018.

HPEDSB serves approximately 15,000 students at 40 schools (33 elementary, one K-12; two 7-12 and four secondary). Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,650 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning.

The district covers a wide geographic area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

5-year lease signed between HPEDSB and PEC Food Hub

This is a joint news release issued on behalf of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and the Prince Edward County Food Hub.

August 31, 2018—A 5-year lease is now in place between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Prince Edward County Food Hub for use of space at Sophiasburgh Central School in Prince Edward County.

Through this lease, PECFH (the County Food Hub) will convert a portion of the west side of the building (5,800 square feet, or the equivalent of five classrooms and storage space) into a food-based community hub.

The County Food Hub will service small-scale start up food operations, established caterers, food trucks, restaurants, the local agricultural community, entrepreneurs and not-for-profit food security organizations.

Services to be offered include the following:

  • Shared use commercial kitchen for rental and/or use by businesses and community groups
  • Food incubator for agricultural operations
  • Business support services for users
  • Food education and cooking classes available to community members

The public, businesses and not-for-profit organizations will be able to rent, at a reasonable cost, a health unit-certified shared commercial kitchen for the safe preparation of food items to support growing businesses and growing food needs in the local community. There will also be longer-term incubation space leased to qualified local/regional food producers, assisting them in scaling up operations to grow their businesses.

This partnership was set in motion during an accommodation review of some Prince Edward County schools that concluded in June 2017. It was following that process that the HPEDSB Board of Trustees provided time for the community group to develop a plan to convert surplus space at the school into a food-based community hub.

The construction planning and renovations will take place over the next year with the food hub facility expected to be open for summer 2019.

Sophiasburgh Central School has approximately 130 students in Grades JK-8.

A media event will be held in the coming days, details to come next week.

Quotes

“This is an exciting and significant partnership between the school board and the County. I am so proud of the hard work that has been done over the past several months as both parties continue to be committed to this work. The safety, as well as the success and well-being of our students, will be a priority as this new venture moves forward. Thank you to everyone who has made this partnership happen.” — Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board.

“We are thrilled the Prince Edward County Food Hub and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have reached this important milestone in their partnership. The Prince Edward County community recognized early on the potential for the County Food Hub to leverage our strengths in local food, agriculture and community involvement to develop a unique and potentially trendsetting approach to rural education. We are proud to support this worthwhile initiative. I want to congratulate the County Food Hub volunteers and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board trustees and staff for working together to develop a solution that protects our unique rural character and enriches our community.” — Robert Quaiff, Mayor, County of Prince Edward

“It is with extreme satisfaction and excitement that we enter into the next stage of this practical and innovative use of surplus space within an active rural school. We thank the mayor, Council and Community Development offices of Prince Edward County for their tireless dedication to this project, and we thank the HPEDSB staff and trustees for their partnership. Together with our hard-working community volunteers, generous local and regional supporters, politicians at all levels of government, leaders in the regional service and culinary industry, and parents in the region, we are poised to make a difference here in Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte. You show people just a little ray of light and it’s amazing how many new rays of light join in.” — Mike Farrell, President of the Prince Edward County Food Hub

For information, please contact:

  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca, 613.966.1170, x62354
  • Mike Farrell, President, Prince Edward County Food Hub, mike.farrell@driveconversion.com, 416.938.0673
  • Mark Kerr, Media and Communications Coordinator, The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward, mkerr@pecounty.on.ca, 613.476.2148, x1009

Board Meeting Update #157, August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018—This update provides a summary of the Special Public Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September 2018.

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Haudenosaunee people.

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

A new Board member was approved by the Board of Trustees. Effective September 24, 2018 (the date of the next public Board meeting), Mary Schoones will be sworn in as one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow. This short-term appointment is in place until November 30, 2018 and was necessitated by the resignation of Mary Hall in May 2018.

A news release with more details will be sent out later this week.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Meetings for Community Planning and Facility Partnerships

August 16, 2018—Community organizations are invited to attend a Community Planning and Facility Partnerships meeting. These are annual meetings held in Belleville and Bancroft to discuss potential planning and facility partnership opportunities with the public and community organizations. It is an opportunity for HPEDSB to exchange information with interested partners regarding available space and/or potential co-build projects.

Bancroft/area meeting  agenda (Pdf)

DATE: Monday, August 20, 2018
TIME: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft

Belleville/area meeting  agenda (Pdf)

DATE: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
TIME: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Charles School, 75 Ritchie Avenue, Belleville

More information is on the community planning and partnerships web page.

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

Message regarding the Health and Physical Education Curriculum

August 8, 2018—At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, two of the priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan are Achieving Excellence & Equity, and Well-Being.

We are committed to providing programs and services to help each student achieve success and be well. We are guided by the Ontario Human Rights Code and Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan (2017) as we create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ learning potential.

It is important to be able to share factual and accurate information with our families and communities. Once we receive information from the Ministry of Education, we will determine next steps and share communications.

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

Advertisement: Invitation to apply to become a member of the Board

advertisementJuly 25, 2018—Due to a vacancy, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is seeking one qualified public school Board member to represent the electoral districts of Belleville/Thurlow, for the remaining term which ends November 30, 2018.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please apply by Friday, August 10, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. to:
Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario K8N 3L3

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

2018 School registration dates, first day of school

July 19, 2018 — We are looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

New to our school board? Here’s how to register your child
Please contact your home school (the public school in your community) to arrange a convenient time to register your child.

Elementary schools will be open during the week of August 27, 2018. Secondary schools will be open for new registrations on specific dates at the end of August (scroll down).

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.

Dates secondary schools will be open for registration

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 20, 2018. 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

2018 Summer hours at schools and the Education Centre

June 26, 2018—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 3 to August 24, 2018.
Secondary Schools

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

School name Dates the school will be closed
Bayside Secondary School
  • Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Monday, August 6, 2018 (Civic Holiday)
  • Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
Centennial Secondary School
  • Monday July 2, 2018 to Friday, August 24, 2018 inclusive
Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018 inclusive
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
Moira Secondary School

Eastside Secondary School (effective September 1, 2018)

  • Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018 inclusive
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
North Hastings High School
  • Monday, July 2, 2018
  • July 16, 2018 to August 13, 2018 inclusive
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 to Friday, August 24, 2018 inclusive
Quinte Adult Education
  • Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Friday, August 3, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018 inclusive
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
  • Friday, August 31, 2018
Trenton High School
  • Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Friday, July 13, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018 inclusive
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
Education Centre

  • Open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays, beginning Friday, July 13 through to Friday, August 24, inclusive.
  • Closed to the public during a 2-week shut-down period beginning Monday, July 30 through to Friday, August 10, inclusive. We will re-open to the public on Monday, August 13, 2018.
  • General inquiries: 613.966.1170 or  1.800.267.4350, extension “0”

Recommended dates for the 2018-2019 School Year Calendar

April 3, 2018—The Board of Trustees approved the following dates for the 2018-2019 school year calendar. These dates were approved by the Ministry of Education in spring 2018.

  • The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Semester 2 will begin Friday, February 1, 2019
  • The last day of the school for students will be Friday, June 28, 2019
  • The following seven dates are designated as professional activity days:
    • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • Friday, November 30, 2018
    • Friday, February 1, 2019
    • Friday, April 5, 2019
    • Friday, May 17, 2019
    • Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Ten examination days* for secondary schools:
    • Thursday, January 24 to Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    • Wednesday, June 19 to Tuesday, June 25, 2019
  • *Actual dates may vary, please confirm with each secondary school.

Statutory, Ministry of Education and School Board Holidays

Holidays

 

Labour Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Break (inclusive)

 

Family Day

Mid-winter Break (inclusive)

 

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Victoria Day

Ministry of Education proposed dates for the 2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2017

Monday, December 24, 2018 to
Friday, January 4, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday, March 11 to
Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

HPEDSB dates for the 2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Same

Same

Same

Same

Same

Same

Same

Same

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 Indigenous Peoples’ Day – June 21, 2018

June 19, 2018—Across Canada, National Indigenous Peoples’ 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 culture and heritage. Setting aside a day to acknowledge National Indigenous Peoples’ 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 (Pdf)

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 addressing and supporting the Calls to Action to address reconciliation through education and support of both students and teachers.

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

  • Policy revision to include an Indigenous Student Trustee
  • Curriculum training for Grades 4-8 on enhanced social studies history and geography
  • 64 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 225 participants from 71 Ontario school boards
  • Northern Schools Indigenous Education Community Night
  • Provided all elementary school Library/Learning Commons with a significant number of authentic resources from Indigenous authors.
  • System level literacy work using Indigenous resources.

Work taking place in all schools throughout the district.

Please join in recognizing National Indigenous Peoples’ on Thursday, June 21, 2018

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

Board Meeting Update #156: June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September 2018.

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Haudenosaunee people.

Growing with CharacterCharacter Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Jennifer Cobb, Trustee for North Prince Edward County, asked all to reflect on Responsibility: We have a sense of duty to fulfill commitments. We take ownership for our own thoughts and actions. We are reliable and accountable in our words and actions.

Presentation

group photo
Thank you to students and staff from Kente Public School for presenting about their approach to environmental stewardship at the June Board meeting. Through the leadership of Ms. Lyon’s Grade 4/5 class, the school achieved Gold status through EcoSchools.

Kente Public School: Becoming an EcoSchool

Guests from Kente public School were introduced by Superintendent Cathy Portt. Students in Cassie Lyon’s Grade 4/5 class care about their community and the environment. They have worked diligently during this school year to become student leaders and environmental stewards.

In response to the question “How can we be green?” examples of the classes’ efforts included adopting an eco-culture by  learning about and engaging in recycling activities.

  • The class shared recycling instructions, tips and duties with others through school-wide presentations and classroom visits
  • Hosting Boomerang Wednesdays was a way to measure and graph the amount of garbage created. The Kindergarten class was awarded the Golden Lunchbox Award
  • Building a composter for the school and learning how to use it
  • Creating eco-awareness among the school community through: GOOS (good on one side) boxes to hold paper for reuse, plastic straw awareness, and participation in the Trash Bash, all of which led to the class becoming waste-free
  • Growing their own food for the school Food for Learning program. This was possible by creating an on-site community garden through assistance from local businesses, public health and community agencies/volunteers

Congratulations to Kente Public School for being awarded Gold status as a EcoSchool. It is a  program that aims to reduce ecological impact, builds environmentally aware communities, and provides a framework for action which the school brings to life.

Thank you to students Kyle Bartlett, Sadie Rosatte-Copeland, Judd Charbonneau, Kallie McCormack, Noah Roy, and teacher Cassie Lyon; curriculum coordinator Teresa Hadley; and principal Annette Huizenga for their presentations this evening.

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

It was stated that three items were discussed in Committee of the Whole Board. These are meetings that are closed to the public as provided by subsection 207 (2) of the Education Act.

  • filling a vacancy on the Board;
  • acceptance of an Agreement of Purchase and Sale for Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School; and
  • meeting of the Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education (PCODE) in September 2018.

Recommendations

2018-2019 Budget 

Board members approved the 2018-2019 operating and capital budgets in the amounts of $201,522,739 and $17,808,487, respectively.

HPEDSB is in year two of a three-year Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan (2016-2017 to 2018-2019).This plan, required by the Ministry of Education, contains a number of permanent and non-permanent savings measures that include: consolidating/closing schools; reducing staff; reducing department and school budgets; deferring the replacement of technology; and taking a number of other measures with the goal of obtaining an accumulated surplus of $4,260,605 by the end of 2018-2019. The savings measures for 2018-2019, the last year of the financial recovery plan, total $8.7 million.

In addition, HPEDSB has a Long Term Capital and Accommodation Plan that identifies capital needs and  facility requirements to support the student population. Based on that plan, three accommodation reviews were conducted in 2016-2017 and a number of school consolidations were approved. In 2017-2018, three elementary schools were closed as part of approved consolidations. One secondary school and one elementary school are scheduled to close at the end of June 2018.

At the Ministry’s request, HPEDSB has submitted monthly financial reports since September 2016, and these reports are used to monitor performance against the Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan. The latest monthly financial report covers the period up to the end of May 31, 2018. Based on this report, the projected in-year surplus for 2017-2018 is now estimated to be $1,566,367 compared to the projected in-year deficit of $224,229 at the time of submission of Revised Estimates earlier this year. The accumulated surplus for Ministry compliance purposes at the end of 2017-2018 is now projected to be $3,037,286.

The most significant components of the Grants for Student Needs funding (from the Ministry of Education) is based on student enrolment. Enrolment projections for the purpose of developing the 2018-2019 budget were calculated based upon input from schools. These projections are shown in the following table.

.

.
Elementary

Secondary

Total

2017-2018
Revised Estimates

10,347

4,577

14,924

2018-2019
Projections

10,371

4,532

14,903

Projected
Change

24

(45)

(21)

A slight increase for elementary enrolment and a decrease for secondary enrolment is forecast. Overall, it is anticipated that the board enrolment will decrease by 21 pupils.

Almost all of the permanent and non-permanent savings measures outlined in the Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan have been implemented in the proposed budget. This incorporates the expected savings from planned school consolidations, including staff reductions, as well as utility cost and maintenance cost savings.

The proposed 2018-2019 budget contains an in-year surplus for compliance purposes of $1,546,019, leading to an accumulated surplus of $4,583,305 by the end of 2018-2019. This budget was developed in accordance with the Strategic Plan, the Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan, and Ministry regulations and requirements.

Borrowing resolutions

Board members approved six resolutions authorizing the borrowing funds, by way of demand operating credit, in order to meet 2018-2019 expenditures.

Appointment of student trustees for 2018-2019

Board members approved the appointment of Melissa Elliott, North Hastings High School; Ryan Gentle, Trenton High School; and Meera Moorthy, Moira Secondary School, as student trustees, effective August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. The additional student trustee will represent the Indigenous voice at the Board table. The three student trustees will be part of the Student Senate. The senate will consist of 19 secondary school students representing seven secondary schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

Tender for mechanical replacements at Trenton High School 

Board members awarded a tender for mechanical replacements at Trenton High School to Allen Mechanical Inc. in the amount of $548,750. The work will include replacement of various mechanical components, such as terminal heating and cooling units (28 air cooled condensing/evaporator units, 15 unit heaters and 8 unit ventilators).

Tender for electrical and mechanical renewal at Centennial Secondary School

Board members awarded a tender for electrical and mechanical renewal at Centennial Secondary School to Ferguson Electrical Company Ltd. for the amount of $951,460. The work will include replacement of various electrical and mechanical components, such as all electrical panels, switchgear and site services renewal, as well as all mechanical renewal (wallfin/convectors). The project will span over two years.

Tender for electrical and mechanical renewal at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Board members awarded a tender for electrical and mechanical renewal at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute to Strong Bros. General Contracting Limited in the amount of $1,289,500. The work will include replacement of various electrical and mechanical components, such as all electrical panels, switchgear and site services renewal, as well as all mechanical renewal (wallfin/convectors).  The project will span over two years.

Name for the consolidated Belleville secondary school

Board members approved the name Eastside Secondary School for the consolidated Belleville secondary school, presently known as Moira Secondary School, effective September 1, 2018. The school colours will be purple, grey and black, and the Raven will be the mascot.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of HPEDSB and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of June 2018.

Some upcoming student/school events include the following:

  • June 27 and 28: Secondary school graduation ceremonies at various locations.

Report from the Chair of the Board

This report included the following:

  • Group photo with Student Trustee Morgan Beatty
    Thank you to outgoing Student Trustee Morgan Beatty, Centennial Secondary School for serving a one-year term on the Board. She will attend Carleton University  in September for Global Studies.

    Presentation to the outgoing student trustee Morgan Beatty, Centennial Secondary School. She will attend Carleton University  in September for Global Studies. Student Trustee Meera Moorthy, Moira Secondary School, will return as a student trustee in September.

  • Acknowledgement of the resignation of Mary Hall, one of the two trustees for Belleville/Thurlow, effective May 31, 2018, so that she can focus on her health and well-being. Her vacancy will be filled through an appointment process. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

    Group picture with Student Trustee Meera Moorthy
    Thank you to Student Trustee Meera Moorthy, Moira Secondary School, for serving a one-year term on the Board. She will be returning as a student trustee in September 2018.

Report from the Executive Committee

This report included the following:

  • Audit plan update by the internal auditor
  • Policy review process for the upcoming school year

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

This report included the following:

  • Construction updates for schools

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

This report included the following:

  • Borrowing resolution mentioned above
  • Name of the consolidated Belleville secondary school mentioned above
  • Records and information management update and video created by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • Trustee expense report

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

This report included the following:

  • Presentation about the StEP UP enrichment event for Grade 7 and 8 students

2018-2019 Committee meeting dates

The director of education presented a report indicating the dates of Board and committee meetings for the upcoming school year.

Report from trustees and student trustees

  • June 1, Relay for Life at Centennial Secondary School, raised $37,185 for the Canadian Cancer Society
  • Attendance at the closing ceremony for Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) on June 14, 2018

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday, September 4: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, September 10:
    • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 24: Public Board Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 26:
    • Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Parent Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 27: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

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

 

Information Night: homestay families for international students, Mon., June 18, 2018

June 11, 2018—Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Consider hosting an international student. It is a way to experience diversity and share Canadian traditions.

Each year the HPEDSB International Student Program (ISP) welcomes many students from grade 8 – 12 students to study in our schools. Participating countries have included students from Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Norway, Turkey, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy and South Korea.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to:

  • Learn about other cultures.
  • Share your love of Canada and its culture.
  • Have the opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with families from around the world.

Interested families are invited to learn more at an information night:

INFORMATION NIGHT
DATE: Monday, June 18, 2018
TIME: 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, June 2018

May 31, 2018—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

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 #155: May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in June 2018.

Growing with CharacterCharacter Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Mike Brant, Trustee for Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, asked all to reflect on Respect: We value ourselves, others and our environment. We give consideration to the thoughts and actions of others. We treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves, with courtesy and dignity.

Presentation

17th Annual Great Place Awards

group photo
Congratulations to Great Place Award recipients, pictured with Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education and Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board. Back row L to R: Mandy Savery-Whiteway; Lesley Morgan, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School; Heather Molenaar, Educational Assistant, Trenton High School; Jeff Walsh, Volunteer, Bayside Secondary School; Sarah Lanovaz, Volunteer, Stirling Public School; Kirsten Neumann-Stevens, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School; Lucille Kyle. Front row L to R: Mary Hutchinson, Teacher, Quinte Secondary School; Melanie Lee, Teacher, Park Dale School; Randi Vierich, Volunteer, Madoc Public School; Kelly Leveque, Volunteer, York River Public School.

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, introduced the 17th Annual Great Place Awards. They are the highest recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Great Place Awards recognize outstanding contributions to support student achievement and well-being, and emphasize the commitment to the Growing with Character attributes described above. The committee reviewed 23 nominations and selected nine award recipients.

Congratulations to Great Place Awards recipients:

  • Mary Hutchinson, Teacher, Quinte Secondary School
  • Sarah Lanovaz, Volunteer, Stirling Public School
  • Melanie Lee, Teacher, Park Dale School
  • Kelly Leveque, Volunteer, York River Public School
  • Heather Molenaar, Educational Assistant, Trenton High School
  • Lesley Morgan, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Kirsten Neumann-Stephens, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Randi Vierich, Volunteer, Madoc Public School
  • Jeff Walsh, Volunteer, Bayside Secondary School

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

It was stated that three items were discussed in Committee of the Whole Board. These are meetings that are closed to the public as provided by subsection 207 (2) of the Education Act.

  • probationary teachers;
  • K-12 Vice-principal pool; and
  • Director’s Performance Appraisal 2017-2018.

Recommendations

Location of November 2018 Board Meeting

Board members approved holding the November 2018 Board meeting at  Marmora Public School, Marmora.

For several years, Board meetings have been held at schools in November. This practice supports the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan goals of operating through good governance and being leaders in public education. The meeting will take place on the third Monday of the month, one week earlier than usual, to accommodate submission of the approved audited financial statements within the timeframe set by the Ministry of Education.

2017-2018 Board Policy Review, Part B

Board policies are reviewed every three years to ensure they are relevant are being implemented effectively.

Board members approved revisions to the following policies:

  • Policy 3-C: Student Representation on Board
  • Policy 3-G: Hospitality
  • Policy 11-A: Committee of the Whole Board
  • Policy 11-G: Special Educational Advisory Committee
  • Policy 11-J: Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Policy 11-K: Parent Involvement Committee
  • Policy 18: Learning Foundation

Amendments to the 2017-2018 Special Education Plan

Board members approved the amendments to the 2017-2018 Special Education Plan. Student Services staff reviewed the plan to ensure that current programs and services were reflected accurately. The Summary of Amendments reflect changes to the Special Education Plan during the 2017-2018 school year.

Appointment of the alternate representative to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, was appointed as the alternate representative to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, effective immediately.  This appointment is in effect until the end of the current term on November 30, 2018.  New elections will take place at the Annual Board meeting on December 3, 2018. This interim appointment is required due to the approved medical leave of Trustee Mary Hall, who is the current alternate representative.

Tender for parking lot improvements and paving at various schools

Board members approved a tender for parking lot improvements and paving at various schools, as follows:

  • Danford Construction Ltd. for $359,777 at Bayside Secondary School;
  • Drain Bros. Excavating Limited for $376,022 at Bird’s Creek Public School;
  • Fitzgibbon Construction Limited for $247,779 at Kente Public School;
  • Danford Construction Ltd. for $63,337 at Madoc Township Public School;
  • Danford Construction Ltd. for $145,340 at Sir John A. Macdonald School; and
  • Fitzgibbon Construction Limited for $244,929 at Tyendinaga Public School.

Tender for roofing repairs/replacements and associated work at Bayside Secondary School

Board members approved a tender for roofing repairs/replacements and associated work at Bayside Secondary School to Dafoe Roofing in the amount of $1,007,493.

Tender for domestic cold water main retrofit at North Hastings High School

Board members approved a tender for domestic cold water main branch retrofit at North Hastings High School to Beacon Construction (Ontario) Limited in the amount of $597,180.35.

Meyers Creek Secondary School name

Board members approved a motion to conduct the process outlined in Procedure 188: Naming Board Properties to rename Meyers Creek Secondary School, in time to meet the September 2018 timeline.

HPEDSB has been made aware of concerns regarding the name Meyers Creek Secondary School. Specifically, that John Walden Meyers may have been a slave owner. An initial review of available sources did not reveal that information.

On May 2, 2018, a former HPEDSB student now attending Harvard University was able to reference historical documentation. In addition, three external researchers provided reports or consultations based on historical facts for reference: David McConnell, an independent historical researcher; Doug Knutson of the Hastings County Historical Society; and Charmaine A. Nelson, a McGill University/visiting Harvard University professor of Canadian Studies.

Trustee attendance at the Canadian School Board Association National Congress

Board members approved the Chair of the Board and Vice-chair of the Board to attend the Canadian School Board Association National Congress in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from July 4 – 7, 2018.

The Canadian School Board Association National Congress is an annual conference that brings trustees from across Canada together for professional learning related to current issues. Keynote speakers and workshop presenters include the following:

  • Marie Battiste
  • Dr. Lennett J. Anderson
  • Stella Bowles
  • Dr. Stan Kutcher
  • Blye Frank
  • Bette Macdonald
  • Maynard Morrison

The Trustee Professional Development budget has been reviewed and there are sufficient funds to support two trustees attending this event.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of HPEDSB and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of May and June 2018.

Some upcoming events include the following:

  • May 31 – June 2: Closing ceremonies for Quinte Secondary School
  • June 1:
    • Break the Barrier, event run by Student Council in support of mental health, Moira Secondary School
    • Relay for Life, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • June 4 – 8: Stream of Dreams workshops, Tyendinaga Public School
  • June 12 and 13: Musical “The Music Man Jr.,” Frankford Public School
  • June 14:
    • District Track & Field Meet, Mary Anne Sills Field, Belleville
    • Back Porch Originals, V.P. Carswell Elementary School, 5:00 p.m.
  • June 27 & 28: Secondary school graduation ceremonies

Report from the Chair

This report included the following:

  • Attendance at the closing assembly for Moira Secondary School last Friday. A similar school closing assembly will take place at Quinte Secondary School this Wednesday.
  • Closing ceremony for Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) on June 14, 2018.

Report from the Executive Committee

This report included the following:

  • Agenda items have been covered in this report.

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

This report included the following:

  • Received an updated enrolment report from Watson & Associates.
  • Updates on the school consolidation in Belleville, Prince Edward County and Trenton.

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

This report included the following:

  • Agenda items have been covered in this report.

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

This report included the following:

  • Workplace Violence presentation from the local Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

2018-2019 Draft Board and committee meeting dates

The agenda included a list of proposed dates for Board and committee meetings for the 2018-2019 school year.

Questions, reports and proposals from trustees

This report included the following:

  • Student senators hosted a very successful student leadership symposium at Loyalist College in early May.

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday June 4: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 6
    • Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Budget Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 11:
    • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 14: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 18: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, June 2018

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, June 2018
Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

May 28, 2018—This is the fourth in a series about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . .that a key responsibility of any school board is to develop and adopt policies that reflect the board’s vision, mission, priorities and goals, and provide the framework for implementing the system plan?

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees regularly review policies to ensure they are up to date and relevant. All HPEDSB policies can be accessed online at www.HPEschools.ca.

School boards recognize that the public trust placed in them as a collective body is honoured through determining and enforcing norms of acceptable behavior. Having a code of conduct for school board members is an effective and essential governance practice which promotes public confidence and enhances the effectiveness of the board.

The HPEDSB Code of Conduct was developed collaboratively by all Board members. It provides a common understanding about how to facilitate the work of Board members with appropriate authority and integrity and, thereby promote public confidence.

Sources: Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario, April, 2009 and Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

Board of Trustees, 2014 to November 30, 2018
Board of Trustees
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Chair of the Board; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow & Vice-Chair of the Board; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney.

Student Trustees
Meera Moorthy & Morgan Beatty
2017-2018 student trustees

Student trustees learn and lead at the Board table
Involving students in Board business is a valuable learning experience.

Student trustees represent student opinions at the Board level and participate actively on committees. Hearing from student trustees at Board meetings about student issues and opinions is a way to engage these leaders beyond their school community.

Student trustees have the same opportunities to participate at meetings as elected trustees although they are not Board members and do not have a binding vote. The 2017-2018 student trustees are Meera Moorthy, Moira Secondary School and Morgan Beatty, Centennial Secondary School.

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

Now accepting public input on a school name to replace the Meyers Creek Secondary School name

May 30, 2018—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is accepting public input for a name to replace the Meyers Creek Secondary School name (presently Moira Secondary School).

Members of the public are invited to submit name suggestions (http://bit.ly/renameMeyersCreekSS) for the school that will consolidate students from Moira Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School in September 2018. Both Moira and Quinte will close at the end of June 2018 and students from the two schools will come together at the existing Moira site.

A new name, Meyers Creek Secondary School, was approved in January 2018. Recently additional information came to light that caused a change in direction.

“As a learning organization, HPEDSB is responsible for identifying discriminatory practices, systematic barriers and bias from school and classrooms. Our school board is committed to creating welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting environments for students, employees and the community,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Background

In June 2017 following a months-long accommodation review of three Belleville secondary schools, the Board of Trustees recommended to close Quinte Secondary School and consolidate the majority of students at Moira Secondary School, with some transferring to Centennial Secondary School. The recommendation included a provision that Moira be rebranded with a new name and logo for September 2018.

Related: Help name the consolidated secondary school

In January 2018, the Ministry of Education announced $16.8 million in funding for an addition and renovations at the existing Moira location. With the site confirmed, efforts to integrate the two school communities began. Students and staffs from the two schools and also from elementary feeder schools came together on several occasions to get to know one another and plan for the new school year. Planning for short-term classroom/facility changes is also underway. The renovated school is slated to open in September 2021.

Related: Funding announced for new and improved schools in Belleville and Madoc

Related: Three major construction/renovation projects approved

Renaming schools is not new for HPEDSB. The following changes have occurred since 2011 in previous school consolidations where schools have been slated for closure:

  • In 2011, South Marysburgh Central School closed and consolidated with Athol Central Public School. The school was renamed Athol-South Marysburgh Public School.
  • In 2011, Bancroft Public School closed and consolidated with North Hastings Senior Elementary School. The school was renamed York River Public School.
  • In 2013, S.H. Connor Public School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School were consolidated through construction of the new Tweed Elementary School.
  • In 2013, Stirling Primary School, Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School were consolidated through construction of the new Stirling Public School.
  • In February 2017, Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton) were consolidated through construction of the new Trent River Public School.
  • In March 2018, Earl Prentice Public School closed and consolidated with Marmora Senior Public School. The school was renamed Marmora Public School.

Public input will be open until Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. online at http://bit.ly/renameMeyersCreekSS. Paper copies (Pdf) can be submitted to the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, ON  K8N 3L3 by the same date and time, or faxed to 613.962.1048.

The Belleville Integration Committee will follow Administrative Procedure 188: Naming Board Properties http://bit.ly/namingboardproperties (Pdf) which outlines the requirements and states that, “School names and the names of other HPEDSB properties require thoughtful consideration of equity and inclusion, consultation and discussion.”

Guiding Principles for the Committee include the following:

a) The committee shall:

i) avoid the duplication of names of school buildings or sites within the jurisdiction of the board;

ii) avoid the use of names of present Board members and employees;

iii) encourage the selection of:
(1) geographic appropriate identifications;
(2) significant names; or
(3) names in conformity with official designation;

iv) consider the names of prominent Canadians of either local or national recognition who have contributed to society in positive, meaningful ways, only following a review of independent research requiring thoughtful consideration of equity and inclusion; and

v) provide supporting rationale for the recommendation.

The intention is for the new name to be finalized by the end of June in time for the 2018-2019 school year. The Belleville Integration Committee will review the public input and come to consensus on a new name to be recommended to the Board of Trustees for consideration in June 2018.

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

Congratulations to the 2018 Great Place Awards recipients

May 17, 2018—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.

17th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest recognition at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, employees, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2018 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Mary Hutchinson, Teacher, Quinte Secondary School
  • Sarah Lanovaz, Volunteer, Stirling Public School
  • Melanie Lee, Teacher, Park Dale School
  • Kelly Leveque, Volunteer, York River Public School
  • Heather Molenaar, Educational Assistant, Trenton High School
  • Lesley Morgan, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Kirsten Neumann-Stephens, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Randi Vierich, Volunteer, Madoc Public School
  • Jeff Walsh, Volunteer, Bayside Secondary School

Awards presentation

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

Date: Monday, May 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 23 nominations representing employees, volunteers 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 Senator, Quinte Secondary School
  • Mike Brant, School Board Trustee
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer & Committee Chair
  • Saud Haseeb, Student Senator, Moira Secondary School
  • Lee-Anne Kerr, Parent Involvement Committee Chair
  • Steve Payne, Systems Analyst, Education Centre
  • Derek Potts, Principal, Deseronto Public School
  • Shelley Steele, Safe Schools Supervisor, Education Centre
  • Wendy Sutherland, Safe Schools Child & Youth Worker
  • Susan Sweet, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
  • Doug Thur, President, Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
  • Tanya Whittaker, Vice-principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Jim Williams, School Board Trustee

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, May 2018

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, April 2018
Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

May 11, 2018—This is the third in a series about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . .that school trustees play a critical role in establishing the board’s vision, mission, priorities and goals?

School boards plan strategically for the educational, financial and operational performance of the school system.

This involves setting strategic directions that reflect the community’s expectations for high standards of student achievement and well-being.

Trustees develop and approve a multi-year strategic plan through their consultative work with their communities and working with the senior leadership.

The strategic plan is focused on achieving goals for student achievement and well-being, effective stewardship of resources and the delivery of effective and appropriate educational programs.

Sources: Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario, April, 2009 and Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

Board of Trustees, 2014 to November 30, 2018
Board of Trustees
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Chair of the Board; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow & Vice-Chair of the Board; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney.

Student Trustees
Meera Moorthy & Morgan Beatty
2017-2018 student trustees

Student trustees learn and lead at the Board table
Involving students in Board business is a valuable learning experience.

Student trustees represent student opinions at the Board level and participate actively on committees. Hearing from student trustees at Board meetings about student issues and opinions is a way to engage these leaders beyond their school community.

Student trustees have the same opportunities to participate at meetings as elected trustees although they are not Board members and do not have a binding vote. The 2017-2018 student trustees are Meera Moorthy, Moira Secondary School and Morgan Beatty, Centennial Secondary School.

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 May as Speech & Hearing Month

May 3, 2018—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: Possibilities Today & Tomorrow 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 Audiology Canada, the focus is to raise awareness about communication health and the critical role communication health professionals play in assessing and treating communication disorders. The focus this year is on the role speech-language pathologists have in supporting people with autism spectrum disorder.  Resources can be found at: https://speechandhearing.ca/resources/.

Early intervention and treatment of communication challenges is vital. At HPEDSB, students with speech and language needs receive focused support through the work of our speech language pathologists, teachers, communications disorder assistants, 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

EVENT: Supporting Adult Awareness and Understanding of Mental Health and Well-being of Children

event flyerApril 17, 2018—An event to support parent/guardian awareness and understanding of children’s mental health and well-being  is coming to Belleville.

EVENT DETAILS
Supporting Adult Awareness and Understanding of Mental Health and Well-being of Children

DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

TIME: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Education Centre, 156  Ann Street, Belleville

  • Keynote speaker Dr. David Tranter, professor, co-creator of the Relationship Approach to Education and author of “The Third Path” will present from 5:35 p.m. for one hour. His presentation will focus on building strong and caring relationships, which, combined with well-being and academic success, can create the conditions for every student to flourish. More information about his work can be found at http://www.thirdpath.ca.
  • Participants can then choose from one of two break-out sessions (6:35 to 7:30 p.m.)
    • Session 1: Town hall forum discussing positive mental health and resilience, with a focus on teens and parents. Hosted by Dr. Julie Gowthorpe, registered social worker, author and expert on emotional mental health and resilience, and Sean Kelly, local radio personality.
    • Session 2: Presentation about building relationships at home, school and in the community. Hosted by Leslie Ford, local child and youth worker certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and with 30 years experience.

Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Door prizes.

This is a free event. Please RSVP at https://sweb.hpedsb.on.ca:8005/registration/login.cfm or call 613.966.1170, extension 2100.

This event is presented by the Parent Involvement Committee through a $5,000 Parent Reaching Out grant.

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 three important events in May 2018

May 2, 2018—The week of May 7 – 11, 2018 is a time to recognize three important events related to achieving excellence and equity and well-being, learning & leadership and public confidence in public education.

The vision in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: is All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. Through this vision, employees model the eight Growing with Character attributes, which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

EDUCATION WEEK

Education Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of May by school boards and school communities throughout Ontario. It is a time for students, employees, families and school communities to celebrate student achievement and well-being. The provincial this year is Equity in Action

  • On Wednesday, May 2, the 28th Celebration of Dance will be held at Zwicks Island. Thousands of students will sing and dance in unison to 12 songs, including four new ones added this year.  This event is a celebration of well-being, physical literacy and character, and features fun inclusive activity.

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

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.

CHILD AND YOUTH WORKER APPRECIATION WEEK

Child and Youth Worker Appreciation Week is also recognized during the first full 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 workers engage with students each day and their efforts connect directly to our strategic plan priorities of Achieving Excellence & Equity and Well-Being. They provide individual student support, run group and classroom programs, and support district-wide initiatives, such as restorative practices and bullying prevention programs.

Please join in recognizing these three important events.

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 2018

May 2, 2018—Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

  • Physical: Celebration of Dance is on May 2, 2018. Students come together and dance. Through the physical activity of exploring dance movements created by others, students can develop an understanding of drama, dance forms and techniques that may be applied to their own creative productions.
  • Cognitive: Enhancements to curriculum K-12 in Social Studies, History, Geography and Canadian World Studies will be in place September 2018. The revisions have been guided and written by residential school survivors, First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners as well as educational stakeholders.
  • Emotional: Spending time in nature is good for our health and well-being but also your child’s academic outcomes.
  • Social: Learning through inquiry is an extension of people’s natural curiosity. Inquiry-based learning is an approach which involves:
    • Investigating issues, events or phenomena
    • Solving problems
    • Drawing conclusions and
    • Creating new knowledge

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 Principals Day, May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018—World Principals Day is recognized annually on May 1.  It is a time to acknowledge the important role of school administrators in public education.

Locally, the four priorities 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: Possibilities Today & Tomorrow connect to this day.  School administrators lead Achieving Excellence & Equity in schools; they model and cultivate Learning & Leadership; they contribute to Public Confidence in the community and they are committed to the Well-Being of students and employees.

Please join in recognizing World Principals Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

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 Day of Mourning: April 28, 2018

April 27, 2018—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 their job, and therefore is in the best position to identify and solve health and safety issues.

The most recent statistics available are from 2016 and indicate 905 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.)

The Flag at the Education Centre will be flown at half-mast from close of business on Friday April 27, 2018 and will remain at half-mast until business resumes on Monday April 30, 2018.

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

28th Celebration of Dance: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

event poster
It’s all about having fun. The 28th Celebration of Dance is set for Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

April 9, 2018—Excitement is building among students about the upcoming Celebration of Dance.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (rain date is the next day)
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Zwick’s Park, Lion’s Pavillion

It’s all about being active and having fun. If you have never seen it, picture a sea of over 3,000 students from HPEDSB schools dancing in unison, dressed in their school colours and having fun!

Twelve dances are in the line-up, eight favourites from last year and four new ones:

  • Celebrate Dance (new), submitted by Susanna Moodie Elementary School as an original-written and produced song/dance incorporating moves from dances of years past
  • Thunder (new), submitted by Foxboro Public School
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Party in the USA
  • Waka Waka (new), submitted by Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • That Power
  • Cha Cha
  • Something Big
  • Uptown Funk
  • The Greatest (new), submitted by Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling
  • Hand Clap

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

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.

Participating schools include the following:

  • Athol-South Marysburg Public School
  • Bayside Public School
  • C.M.L. Snider School
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Foxboro Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Hermon Public School
  • Kente Public School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Prince Charles School (Trenton)
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • York River Public School

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.

Follow @Dance_HPE and tag #celebratedance and #hpecod

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

Board Meeting Update #154: April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in May 2018.

Growing with CharacterCharacter Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Tom Biniaris, Trustee for Trenton/CFB Trenton, asked all to reflect on integrity: We do what is right for ourselves and others. We demonstrate values and ethics that are good for all. We speak directly, clearly and respectfully.

Presentations

Achieving Excellence & Equity: e-Learning for students

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Zack Walker (on screen, bottom), Student, Centre Hastings Secondary School; and Brent Jewell (on screen, left), e-Learning Teacher, Trenton High School participated in the e-Learning presentation through video-conferencing.

Roger Ramsay, e-Learning Coordinator, did a presentation describing how e-Learning brings equity of access to and more options for students throughout the district and beyond. It assists students to fulfill graduation requirements for college or university, or proceeding to the workplace.

Zack Walker, Student, Centre Hastings Secondary School; and Brent Jewell, e-Learning Teacher, Trenton High School participated in the presentation through video-conferencing.

The availability of more choice is one of the contributing factors to growing e-Learning. Comments from students over the past few years have included the following:

  • “I need more course choices in my small school board.”
  • “I need more choice to help me meet my graduation requirements.”
  • “I need more choice in what I learn.”

The number of HPEDSB students taking online courses has increased by 99% since the 2015-2016 school year.  For the current school year, 324 HPEDSB students are taking online courses. Already 100 have registered for the 2018-2019 school year. Many employers already use online hiring and training processes.

Thank you to presenters Marg Thompson, Student Success Lead; Roger Ramsay, e-Learning Coordinator; Paul Pickard, Principal, Centre Hastings Secondary School; Zack Walker, Student, Centre Hastings Secondary School; and Brent Jewell, e-Learning Teacher, Trenton High School.

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The renovated Marmora Public School welcomed Primary students from Earl Prentice Public School in March when Marmora became a K-8 school. In this photo, Rob Lake, Principal, wove a web of yarn to illustrate the connectedness of everyone involved in the renovation to support students depicted by the green ball.

Marmora Public School update

Rob Lake, Principal, Marmora Public School, did a visual presentation of the renovated school. Over the past year an addition was added and several areas of the school were renovated. The school became a K-8 facility in March when students from Earl Prentice Public School and Marmora Senior Public School joined as one.

Students joined in the presentation to share their experiences about what it takes to build a new school community as two schools come together. They formed a circle then Rob Lake and Joanne Nitchske, Principal, wove yarn around them, creating a grid/web. Rob explained that it was the work of many people–the schools staff, the contractors and workers, the families, the community—who put their hearts into this project that created a wonderful learning environment in Marmora.

Thank you to students Avery Coens, Grade 8; Abby Carmen, Grade 8; Crystal Lahaie, Grade 8; Jaxon Lester, Grade 7; and Christopher Thompson, Grade 8.

Recommendations

Tender for roof replacements and associated work

Board members approved tenders for roof replacements and associated work at Marmora Public School and Trenton High School, as follows:

  • Crawford Roofing for the work at Marmora Public School, in the amount of 480,900; and
  • Dafoe Roofing for the work at Trenton High School in the amount of $579,897.

Tender for telecommunications upgrades at various schools

Board members approved a tender for telecommunications upgrades at Athol South Marysburgh Public School, Deseronto Public School, Foxboro Public School, Susanna Moodie Elementary School and Tyendinaga Public School. It was awarded to BridgeCast Inc. in the amount of $632,235.

The work will include wiring upgrades for telephone systems, public addressing systems security cameras and alarm systems, front door card access systems and wireless networks, as well as installing wireless clocks and integration bell controllers into the public addressing system. Anticipated completion is for the start of school in September 2018.

Educational programs for students in care and/or treatment, custody and correctional facilities

Board members approved five Educational Programs in Care and/or Treatment, Custody and Correctional Facilities, subject to approval by the Ministry of Education, for the 2018-2019 school year.

Each year the care and/or treatment, custody and correctional facilities memoranda of understanding, in accordance with Ontario Regulation 287/98, are reviewed by relevant ministry and board personnel. These formal agreements outline the roles, responsibilities, and relationship of the school board and the facility.

Criteria for the establishment and maintenance of these programs include:

  • application for a Care and/or Treatment, Custody and Correctional Program must come from an approved facility;
  • children and youth have been admitted by a facility partner for care and/or treatment, custody and Correctional program; and
  • on-going care and treatment are to be provided by the facility’s professional staff and supported by the teacher through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Board members approved the following programs for the 2018-2019 school year, subject to Ministry of Education approval.

2018-2019 Educational Programs in Care and/or Treatment, Custody and Correctional Programs

NORTH TRENTON DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM

Facility Partner – Children’s Mental Health Services

Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Students are primarily in the Primary, early Junior grades. Programming is designed to support students to prosper emotionally, socially and educationally

SITE LOCATIONS: North Trenton Public School

TEACHERS: 1

EAs: 1

STUDENTS: 8

HONEYWELL HOUSE DAY TREATMENT/RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

Facility Partner – Children’s Mental Health Services

Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

This program is for students from Grade 6 to 12. The residential program services students in Grade 9 to 12 demonstrating suicidal ideation or are at risk of suicidal harm. The day treatment program for Grade 6 to 12 students, is designed to support students to prosper emotionally, socially and educationally.

SITE LOCATIONS: Honeywell House, Honeywell Corners, Belleville

TEACHERS: 1

EAs: 1

STUDENTS: 12

PARK DALE TREATMENT PROGRAM

Facility Partner – Children’s Mental Health Services

Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Students are primarily in the late primary and junior grades. Programming is designed to support students to prosper emotionally, socially and educationally.

SITE LOCATIONS: Park Dale School

TEACHERS: 1

EAs: 1

STUDENTS: 8

ST. LEONARD’S HOME DAY TREATMENT/RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

This program provides residential services for male students from Grade 7 to 12, who are placed by the courts. Students follow conditions as set by the courts (e.g. anger management classes, counselling) and work towards academic achievement.  Students do not have a specific profile as they are placed in this facility by the courts. Services have been expanded to include a day-treatment program for students who have recently been discharged from St. Leonard’s Home, but are still on probation. This expanded service will assist students in transitioning out of custody to school and/or community.

SITE LOCATIONS: St. Leonard’s Home, Trenton

TEACHERS:  1

EAs: 0

STUDENTS: 10

MARMORA DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM

Facility Partner – Children’s Mental Health Services

Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

This program is in partnership with Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Children’s Mental Health Services, and the Southeast Local Health Integration Network. It provides service for students from Grade 1 to 8. Programming is designed to support students to prosper emotionally, socially and educationally.

SITE LOCATIONS: Marmora Public School

TEACHERS: 1

EAs: 1

STUDENTS: 8

 

Sophiasburgh Community Hub (The County Food Hub) update

Board members discussed and approved an extension to the deadline for signed contractual agreement with the Sophiasburgh Community Hub group. This relates to a decision from June 19, 2017 when the Board agreed to keep the school open to be used as a community hub .

Board members approved the following motion:

“That Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board approve Sophiasburgh Central School to remain open subject to conditions 1-3 below:

  1. That all agreements relative to establishing “The Sophiasburgh Opportunity” a Community Hub at Sophiasburgh Central School are signed in accordance with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board’s Administrative Procedure 570, version October 2015;
  2. Signed contractual agreement(s) with the Sophiasburgh Community Hub (Prince Edward County Food Hub) and The County of Prince Edward fund sourcing and governance building stakeholders are required, by no later than August 31, 2018; and
  3. Student population sustainability, to ensure program viability must be part of the ongoing contractual consideration.

Should by September 1, 2018, signed contractual agreement(s) not be realized for the establishment of a financially viable community hub at Sophiasburgh Central School, then the students from Sophiasburgh Central School will be consolidated with students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) for January 1, 2019.”

Information

Calendar of events

A number of HPEDSB and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for May 2018.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • May 2
    • Celebration of Dance, Zwick’s Island, various schools, 11:30 a.m.
    • Internet Safety Presentations, Grade 5-8 Students & Parents, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
    • Talent Show, Tyendinaga Public School
    • Family Math Night (Primary grades), Trent River Public School, 5:00 p.m.
    • Fun Fair, Bird’s Creek Public School, 5:00 p.m.
    • Open House showcasing First Nations, Metis and Inuit knowledge, York River Public School
  • May 3: Student Benefit Auction to support Food for Learning
  • May 7 – 11: Food Fight with donations going to Gleaners Food Bank, Quinte Secondary School
  • May 8: Students perform in the North Hastings Music Festival, North Hastings High School
  • May 9: Student Senate Symposium, Loyalist College
  • May 16: Official Opening Ceremony, Marmora Public School, 10:00 a.m.
  • May 17: Centurion Showcase Open House & BBQ, Centre Hastings Secondary School, 5:00 p.m.
  • May 25: Closing Ceremony, Moira Secondary School
  • May 26: Open House and Closing Celebration, Moira Secondary School
  • May 30: Closing Ceremony Assembly, Quinte Secondary School, 10:00 a.m.
  • May 31 – June 2: School closing events and activities, Quinte Secondary School

Report from the Chair 

This report included the following:

  • “Linger” Secondary School Art Show at the Parrott Art Gallery in Belleville;
  • Celebration of Dance; and
  • 11th Annual Student Benefit Auction on May 3.

Report from the Executive Committee

This report included the following:

  • policy review.

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

This report included the following:

  • update on the Sophiasburgh Community Food Hub; and
  • consolidation of schools in Belleville, Picton and Trenton.

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee 

This report included the following:

  • approval of tenders for roofing and telecommunications.

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

This report included the following:

  • experiential learning presentation; and
  • programs for students in care/treatment or correctional facilities.

Reports from trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • attendance at the Making a Difference assembly at Stirling Public School where students from all grades presented to the whole school community about initiatives they are doing to support the local and global communities;
  • a visit to a sugar bush in Bancroft with Grade 7 students;

Notice of Motion: 2017-2018 Board policy review
Notice of motion was given that amendments to the following policies will be on the agenda for the May 28, 2018  meeting:

  • Policy 3-C: Student Representation on Board
  • Policy 3-G: Hospitality
  • Policy 11-A: Committee of the Whole Board
  • Policy 11-G: Special Educational Advisory Committee
  • Policy 11-J: Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Policy 11-K: Parent Involvement Committee
  • Policy 18: Learning Foundation

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday, May 7: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 14:
    • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 24: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 28:
    • Budget Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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

TRENTON TOGETHER: News about Trenton elementary and secondary schools

April 23, 2018—The TRENTON TOGETHER newsletter is your source for updates about Trenton High School becoming a Grade 7-12 school in September 2018.Students from four elementary schools are involved:

  • North Trenton Public School
  • Prince Charles Public School
  • Trent River Public School
  • V.P. Carswell Elementary School

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

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 Administrative Professionals Day, April 25, 2018

April 23, 2018—Wednesday April 25, 2018 is recognized as Administrative Professionals Day.

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 HPEDSB. Their efforts 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 school board for all they do every day to support students, employees, families and our 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 2018

April 12, 2018 – Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

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

  • Physical: Activating our Brains. Before you cozy in with a book or jump on the internet, MOVE. Your brain and your ability to think, will thank you for it.
  • Cognitive: It’s important for children and teens to read and to write outside of school hours, especially during summer holidays and breaks from school.
  • Emotional: Reading about experiences is almost the same as living it! Your brain creates the visuals and the images in your mind. Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read.
  • Social: Although writing may feel like an individual thing to do – it’s actually very social. We write because we have something to say, learn or hold on to. Writing is an exchange, a conversation and an opportunity to build on what we know.

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, April 2018

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, April 2018
Trustees and student trustees of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

April 10, 2018—This is the second in a series about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

DID YOU KNOW . . .that school trustees meet regularly and that the framework for Board meetings is set out in the Education Act?

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board holds public Board meetings on the fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and agendas and minutes are posted on the HPEDSB website at www.HPEschools.ca. The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

The Board of Trustees uses Robert’s Rules of Order at meetings as the accepted parliamentary procedure to ensure orderly and productive meetings.

Trustees also attend standing committee meetings and advisory committee meetings on a regular basis, as well as ad hoc committee meetings.

Sources: Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario, April, 2009 and Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

Board of Trustees, 2014 to November 30, 2018
Board of Trustees
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Chair of the Board; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow & Vice-Chair of the Board; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney.

Student Trustees
Meera Moorthy & Morgan Beatty
2017-2018 student trustees

Student trustees learn and lead at the Board table
Involving students in Board business is a valuable learning experience.

Student trustees represent student opinions at the Board level and participate actively on committees. Hearing from student trustees at Board meetings about student issues and opinions is a way to engage these leaders beyond their school community.

Student trustees have the same opportunities to participate at meetings as elected trustees although they are not Board members and do not have a binding vote. The 2017-2018 student trustees are Meera Moorthy, Moira Secondary School and Morgan Beatty, Centennial Secondary School.

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

Calling for nominations for 17th Annual Great Place Awards

March 8, 2018—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
  • Community agency employees
  • Police officers
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Service club members
  • School council members
  • Volunteers

*Principal approval is required when students are nominating employees/community partners.

How to write a winning nomination (Pdf) explains key points and what to include in your write-up.

The nomination form is available in two formats:

Printable forms can be submitted to communications@hpedsb.on.ca, faxed to 613-962-1048 or mailed to the Education Centre, c/o Great Place Awards Committee, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, ON K8N 3L3

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 20, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Monday, May 28, 2018, 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

Last updated: December 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm