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2,500+ T-shirts for International Day of Pink

T-shirt logo
Schools and workplaces will be a sea of pink on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 for International Day of Pink. T-shirts are logoed with the words “In a world where you can be anything, CHOOSE KIND.”

April 10, 2018—A sea of pink will flow through HPEDSB schools and workplaces on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. A sea of pink T-shirts, that is. In fact, there will be about 2,500+ of them!

Day of Pink has been recognized at HPEDSB for almost 10 years. It is a time when students, employees and community members come together to demonstrate their shared belief in celebrating inclusivity, diversity and acceptance at schools, workplaces and communities. Wearing pink also acknowledges and offers support to the ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention initiatives, homophobia, racism and all forms of hatred.

The theme this year is Choose Kind. The T-shirts feature the words In a world where you can be anything, choose kind. They were sold for $6 through support of local sponsors who helped offset the costs: CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), ETFO (Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario), OPC (Ontario Principals’ Council), and OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation).

Promoting character development and leadership through acceptance, equity and inclusivity are priorities at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Students have participated in the following leadership and learning events this school year:

  • Orange Shirt Day, to recognize and honour people who attended residential schools
  • Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week
  • Poverty Challenge Quinte, focuses on local poverty issues and students participate in a simulation where they explore what it is like to live in poverty, gaining an understanding of poverty issues, contexts and barriers
  • Race and Racism: Igniting Student Voice, empowers students to be leaders and advocates for change
  • Say and Do Nice Things, which encourages people to do welcoming behaviours, such as smiling, saying ‘hi’ and asking how things are going outside of school
  • Uncovering Our Bias diversity workshop (for educators and support staff), about reflecting on one’s current practices in equity and inclusivity

Upcoming events include the following:

  • Ignite the Fire, a student symposium to learn about Indigenous issues and cultures from Indigenous people where students will walk away with a better understanding and a sense of empowerment to make a positive change as learners and leaders (April 30, 2018)

This Wednesday, students and employees will stand up for acceptance and saying no to bullying, homophobia, racism and all forms of hatred.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, 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

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 nameDates 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”

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

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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

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

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

Board Meeting Update #150: January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018—This update provides a summary of the Special Public Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting later in January 2018.

Recommendation

Board members approved the name Meyers Creek Secondary School for the school consolidating Moira Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School in September 2018.

An accommodation review of Belleville schools during the 2016-2017 school year resulted in a Board decision to close Quinte Secondary School in June 2018 and consolidate it with Moira Secondary School on the Moira site for September 2018. The Board recommendation stated that the consolidated secondary school, presently known as Moira Secondary School, would be rebranded with a new name and logo.

The Integration Committee, consisting of students, parents/guardians, employees and community members, developed a process to communicate with and engage the public in submitting names for consideration. The first communication invited input and rationale for potential new names for the school through online or paper submissions. It was open from October 27 to November 15, 2017.

A total of 314 responses was received which the committee shortlisted to the following five:

  • Belleville East Secondary School
  • East Hill Secondary School
  • East Side High School
  • Gord Downie Secondary School
  • Meyers Creek Secondary School

A second round of public input was open from December 5 to 12, 2017. It invited the public to provide input on their first, second and third choices from the shortlist. A total of 1,331 individual responses was received. The committee met on December 13, 2017 to review and discuss the input and rationale, and came to consensus on a proposed name.

Rationale for this school name is as follows:

  • The Meyers surname has a historical connection to Belleville. John Waldon Meyers, a prominent industrialist, settled in Thurlow Township in the 1790s. He built a homestead, mills and a trading post near the mouth of Meyers Creek. The community that developed there became known as Meyers Creek and was renamed to Belleville in the early 1800s.

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday, January 8, 2018:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 22, 2018: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

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

Board Meeting Update #151: January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February 2018.

Character Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Dave Patterson, Vice-chair of the Board, asked all to reflect on cooperation: We work as a team for a common goal. We value the opinions of others and show a willingness to work together towards a common goal.

Presentations

looking through the glass wall into the broadband Internet innovation centre.
A new broadband Internet innovation centre is being constructed in HPEDSB, one of only six centres across the province. Through this Ministry of Education-funded project, all HPEDSB schools will have high-speed Internet access.

Broadband Internet Innovation Centre

Kelvin MacQuarrie, Senior ITS Officer, provided background on a Ministry of Education-funded initiative to provide high-speed Internet access to all schools throughout HPEDSB. Steve Payne, ITS Analyst, presented a visual presentation describing the changes that are taking place to make this happen. The new model removes the dependency of a single building to host Internet. Multiple types of connectivity will be available, including fibre-optic. Broadband Internet innovation centres are located in North Bay, Guelph, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, Toronto and Belleville to allow safe connectivity.

photo of the new front entrance at Marmora Public School
A new front entrance was built at Marmora Public School. An addition was constructed and renovation were done. The school will consolidate students from Earl Prentice Public School and (the former) Marmora Senior Public School this spring.

Addition and renovations at Marmora Public School

Kim Horrigan, Manager of Planning, presented a visual experience of the addition and renovations at Marmora Public School. They include two new full-day Kindergarten classrooms, three new Primary classrooms, addition of a 4,000 square foot gym, turning the old gym into a learning commons, reconfiguring the lobby and and main office, and new parking areas.

The school will consolidate two elementary schools: Earl Prentice Public School and Marmora Senior Public School this spring.

Report from Committee of the Whole

This report included the following:

  • Agreement to purchase College Street Public School

Recommendations

Relocation of Prince Charles School Grade 7 and 8 students

Board members approved the relocation of all Grade 7 and 8 students from Prince Charles School (Belleville) to Centennial Secondary School for September 2018.

Prince Charles School (Belleville) requires additional space to accommodate the needs of students and to address programming. Relocating all Grade 7 and 8 students to another site, will free up space within the school to allow focus on providing programs and services to help each student achieve success.

It is proposed that approximately 60 students will be relocated to Centennial Secondary School, resulting in a total of five classes of Grade 7 and 8 students. This transition will also create synergy among the Grade 7 and 8 students already at Centennial Secondary School.

Transportation requirements for this potential change have been discussed with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services and a transition plan will be put in place.

Policy review

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 a review of 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: Student Education Advisory Committee
  • Policy 11-J: Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Policy 11-K: Parent Involvement Committee
  • Policy 18: Learning Foundation

Updates will be presented in the spring.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of January and for February 2018.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • February 8: Learning and Leadership Meeting at Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • February 12 – 16: Random Acts of Kindness Week, events/activities at various schools
  • February 14: Dance Your Heart Out fundraiser for the Student Emergency Fund at  Harmony Public School and Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • February 19: Family Skate Day at Trenton Community Gardens

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Planning for the 2018-2019 school year is underway: French programming; open houses at secondary schools to plan for Grade 9; Kindergarten registration will begin on February 5, 2018.

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Naloxone kits for secondary schools as a proactive measure in partnership with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • presentation by the  Sophiasburgh Community Hub Committee
  • update on the consolidation of Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Report from Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • report about the Adult Education program
  • report on the History curriculum
  • Indigenous Studies update
  • partnership between HPEDSB and Children’s Mental Health
  • proposed school year calendar for 2018-2019

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • phase 2 building renewal projects totalling $9.2 million
  • trustee honoraria
  • Auditor General report

2017 Director’s Annual Report

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education and Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, presented this document for information. It showcases and celebrates student and employee learning during the 2017 calendar year, while also describing progress made  in the areas of equity and the strategic plan.

Revised estimates

School board budgets, referred to as “estimates,” are required to be submitted to the Ministry of  Education by June 30 of each year. In late fall, school boards are required to update key data included in the estimates and submit the revised information to the Ministry of Education. Revisions normally incorporate updated information regarding enrolments, prior year actual results and any other known changes since the budget was completed in June.

Various adjustments to the budget approved in June 2017 result in an increase in revenue of $1.0 million and an increase in expenses of about $1.2 million. It should be noted that the budget included a $0.5 million contingency

The revised estimates show an in-year deficit of $224,229 which will decrease the HPEDSB  accumulated surplus for compliance purposes of $1,470,919. The original estimates submitted to the Ministry of Education at the end of June projected a balanced budget with a small in-year surplus of $3,065. Senior staff are working on means to reduce the deficit.

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday, February 5: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, February 12:
    • 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.
  • Thursday, February 22:
    • Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
    • Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 26: Public Board Meeting

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

Board Meeting Update #152: February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in March 2018.

Character Moment of Reflection

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

This evening Bonnie Danes, Trustee for Centre Hastings, asked all to reflect on honesty: We choose to live life truthfully. We communicate and act in a sincere and respectful way.

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

It was stated that two 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.

  • Executive Compensation Program
  • Director’s performance appraisal

Presentations

group photo, team from Quinte Secondary School
Thank you to Max Blight, Student; Liane Woodley, Principal; Eric Fetterley, Vice-principal; Jessica Stuart, Inter-departmental Special Education Head; Angie Friel, Student Services Teacher/Coach; and Jeff Richardson, Teacher.

Community Integration Program at Quinte Secondary School

A team from Quinte Secondary School was introduced by Colleen DeMille, Superintendent of Education. They presented about the Community Integration Program. It is a pilot project at three secondary schools for the 2017-2018 school year (Centre Hastings Secondary School, Quinte Secondary School and Trenton High School), and will expand to all seven secondary schools in September 2018.  The program supports students with developmental disabilities to graduate from secondary school, providing an equitable approach to all students. The CIP has been a very effective confidence booster for students.

Students in the Community Integration Program  receive programming where the emphasis is on the completion of Ministry of Education credits, the levelled literacy intervention reading program, development of technology skills to support learning, and work experience. Students have the opportunity to graduate secondary school with an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC), which requires successful completion of a minimum of 14 Ministry of Education credits (7 compulsory and 7 elective). Elective courses include Automotive, Construction, Drama, Esthetics, Foods and Hospitality, Music, Physical Education and Visual Arts. Often students have significant gaps to close so the focus of their learning is on conceptual understanding before procedural fluency. Assessments are completed through oral means and students are encouraged to use visual tools to demonstrate their understanding.

group photo, team from Moira Secondary School
Thank you to the team from Moira Secondary School: Warda Mahmood, Areeba Mallick, Aisha Niazi, Students; Gayle Miller, Teacher; and Ken Dostaler, System Principal, Equity; Megan Adam, Curriculum Services Coordinator; and Summer Bertrand, Curriculum Services Coach.

Race & Racism: Igniting Student Voice
Featuring Student Action Plans, Moira Secondary School

A team from Moira Secondary School was introduced by Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Education.  A conference about race and racism was held last fall for students from all eight secondary schools; a follow-up is scheduled for May 2018. These conferences empowered students to be leaders and advocates for change through enhancing knowledge of race, racism, and racial discrimination, increasing capacity to share experiences of discrimination, furthering understanding of of being an ally, and inspiring racialized students and their allies to create initiatives that address racism and racial discrimination within their learning communities. Next, students will showcase their initiatives at a spring student voice gathering where they will plan with school based their Equity and Inclusive Education committees.

Recommendations

Recommendation to create a Grade 7-12 school at Trenton High School for September 2018 

Board members approved the relocation of Grade 7 and 8 students from four Trenton elementary schools to Trenton High School for  September 2018, creating a grade 7-12 school at Trenton High School. The elementary schools are: North Trenton Public School, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), Trent River Public School and V.P. Carswell Elementary School.

Update on business case submissions to the Ministry of Education and the proposed site for new K-8 school in the City of Belleville

Board members approved the location of the new consolidated K-8 school in Belleville at the current site of Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville).

The Ministry of Education recently announced funding under the Capital Priorities program. The Ministry received 250 capital priority requests from Ontario school boards for a total of $3.3 billion in funding. Seventy-nine projects (including childcare and EarlyON Child and Family Centres) were supported at a value of $800 million.

Approved projects for HPEDSB include the following:

  • PRIORITY 1
    Approval for an addition to Moira Secondary School (becoming Meyers Creek Secondary School effective September 2018) for 189 pupil places, $16.8 million ($5.5 million addition, $2.3 million retrofit, $9 million building renewal) funding allocation.
  • PRIORITY 2
    Approval for replacement school on the Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville) site for 472 pupil places, $10.5 million funding allocation.
  • PRIORITY 3
    Approval for an addition to Centre Hastings Secondary School for 52 pupil places,  $5.8 million ($1.1 million addition, $2 million retrofit, $2.7 million building renewal) funding allocation.

Preliminary schedule estimates for design and construction are shown below.

  • Construction of additions and renovations at Moira Secondary School (becoming Meyers Creek Secondary School effective September 2018)
    • Architect design: June 2018 – March 2019
    • Permits, Ministry approval, tender: April 2019 – August 2019
    • Construction and renovations (phased): September 2019 – August 2021
  • Construction of new K-8 school in east Belleville
    • Architect design: April 2018 – December 2018
    • Permits, Ministry approval, tender: January 2019 – June 2019
    • Construction: July 2019 – December 2020
  • Construction of additions and renovations at Centre Hastings Secondary School
    • Architect design: April 2018 – December 2018
    • Permits, Ministry approval, tender: January 2019 – March 2019
    • Construction and renovations (phased): April 2019 – August 2020

Information

Calendar of events

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

Report from the Chair

Highlights of this report included the following:

  • attendance at a conference about human rights in mid-February in Toronto
  • acknowledgement of a book called Deep Diversity which will be used at an upcoming professional learning session

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights of this report included the following:

  • updates on the consolidations of schools in Belleville and Picton
  • update on the Sophiasburgh Community Hub

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights of this report included the following:

  • budget timelines
  • trustee expenses

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights of this report included the following:

  • presentation from the Speech and Language team
  • presentation about making meaning from text end embedding Indigenous education in Grade 3
  • report about combined grades

Report from Staff

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • the timelines for the upcoming budget cycle

Report from Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • participation, today, at an Olympic Closing Ceremony at Foxboro Public School

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday, March 5: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 19:
    • 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.
  • Thursday, March 22:
    • Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 26: Public Board Meeting

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

Board Meeting Update #153: March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 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 Justin Bray, Trustee for Southeast Hastings, asked all to reflect on humour: We celebrate the fun in life. We lighten the emotions of others by interacting in a joyful manner.

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

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

  • Surplus properties
  • Vice-principal pool candidates

Presentations

Achieving Excellence & Equity: 20Time Project at Centre Hastings Secondary School, North Hastings High School and York River Public School

group photo at the Board meeting
Thank you to the presenters of the 20Time Project at tonight’s Board meeting: Students Dalton Howarth and Maria Toews, and Teacher Michlyn Gaylord from Centre Hastings Secondary School; Student Jamie Eastman, and Teachers Kate Apperley, Amber Clarke from North Hastings High School; and Student Maiya Rallison and Teacher Leigh-Anna Plumpton from York River Public School.

This presentation featured teachers and students from three school who described their experiences cultivating student voice and leadership through the 20Time Project. The teachers learned about this learning approach at the HPEDSB-hosted Google Summit in August 2017.

Students participating in the 20Time Project experienced a unique learning opportunity. Their teachers created classroom conditions for students to follow their passion and design their learning. The idea was to give students time to work through a project of their choice 20% of their time. Students presented a proposal, asked questions along the way, challenged each other about what they saw and heard; told stories about their experiences and grew together as learners and leaders.

Student testimonials about the 20Time Project

“It gave me a reason to come to class, to work hard.”

“Doing my project made learning fun and widened my concept of how and what the world can be through my positive social media account.”

“We were excited to go to English class and were happy to be there. We made fishing lures from household products like pop can tabs and broom handles.”

“I created a blog about diabetes, did research, created recipes and still wanted to do more. I decided to go on a sugar-free diet for the month of November. It was truly an authentic learning experience.”

 

Thank you to the presenters:

  • Students Dalton Howarth and Maria Toews, and Teacher Michlyn Gaylord from Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Student Jamie Eastman, and Teachers Kate Apperley, Amber Clarke from North Hastings High School
  • Student Maiya Rallison and Teacher Leigh-Anna Plumpton from York River Public School

Presentation by Dr. Charles Pascale

Dr. Pascale submitted a request to present to the Board of Trustees. He briefly referenced his 2009 report to the Premier of Ontario, With Our Best Future in Mind: Implementing Early Learning in Ontario. Through this presentation he made connections to school boards and community development/connections.

Recommendations

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Each spring, school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the next school year in accordance with Regulation 304 School Year Calendar. This regulation sets the beginning and end dates for the school year, stipulates school holidays, and prescribes the minimum number of instructional days (194) and the maximum number of professional activity days (7), examinations days (10) and board designated holidays (2).

A consultation process occurred with employee groups, parents, school councils and community members. An online survey was also available for public input. Overall, 80% of respondents agreed with the placement of the PA days.

Board members approved the following dates for the 2018-2019 school year calendar. These dates are subject to Ministry of Education approval, which is expected by the late spring.

  • 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.

The following dates were not included in this report. However, they are included for reference.

Statutory, Ministry of Education and School Board Holidays
HolidaysMinistry of Education proposed dates for the 2018-2019 School Year CalendarHPEDSB dates for the 2018-2019 School Year Calendar
Labour DayMonday, September 3, 2018Same
Thanksgiving DayMonday, October 8, 2017Same
Christmas Break (inclusive)Monday, December 24, 2018 to
Friday, January 4, 2019
Same
Family DayMonday, February 18, 2019Same
Mid-winter Break (inclusive)Monday, March 11 to
Friday, March 15, 2019
Same
Good FridayFriday, April 19, 2019Same
Easter MondayMonday, April 22, 2019Same
Victoria DayMonday, May 20, 2019Same

2018 School Board elections/trustee distribution

School board elections will be held on October 22, 2018. Before each election, every board of trustees in Ontario determines the number of trustee positions on their Board and distributes these positions across the Board’s area of jurisdiction. The rules governing the number and distribution of trustee positions are found in section 58.1 of the Education Act, and in Ontario Regulation 412/00  Elections to and Representation on District School Boards. The rules have not changed since the last election in 2014.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, has nine elected trustees plus one appointed under subsection 188(5) of the Education Act representing Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Board members designated the following municipalities as low population municipalities for the purposes of distribution of trustees for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

  1. Corporation of the County of Prince Edward;
  2. Centre Hastings (consisting of Centre Hastings, Marmora and Lake, Madoc Township and Stirling-Rawdon);
  3. North Hastings (consisting of Town of Bancroft, Hastings Highlands, Carlow/Mayo, Faraday, Wollaston, Limerick and Tudor Cashel); and
  4. South East Hastings (consisting of Tweed, Town of Deseronto and Tyendinaga).

Board members also approved the election of nine trustees and that one trustee be redistributed to the low population areas described above.

Tender for Kindergarten rooms and associated renovations at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Board members awarded a tender in the amount of $1,915,445 to K. Knudsen Construction Ltd. for renovations to Prince Edward College Institute.

PECI will become a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in September 2018 and the following renovations are required:

  • renovate existing classrooms to create four Kindergarten rooms;
  • renovate the Senior Cafeteria to become two Special Education classrooms;
  • renovate the Lecture Theatre to become two classrooms; and
  • add an elevator and accessible washroom.

The work is taking place in the elementary wing of the school. It is anticipated the work will be completed for the start of school in September 2018.

Information

Calendar of events

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

Upcoming events include the following:

  • April 3, 2018: EcoLeague Youth Forum, Quinte Secondary School
  • April 3, 2018: Dairy Program presentation, Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • April 9, 2018: Rotary Music Festival, Grade 5/6, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • April 11, 2018: Euclid Math Contest, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • April 11, 2018: Social Media Information Session for Parents/Guardians, Deseronto Public School
  • April 11, 2018: Making A Difference Assembly, Stirling Public School
  • April 12, 2018: Jump Rope for Heart, Harmony Public School
  • April 19, 2018: Moira Idol, Moira Secondary School
  • April 26, 2018: District Chess Tournament, Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • May 9, 2018: Everyday Learning and Well-Being Symposium for Students, Loyalist College

Report from the Chair

This report included the following:

Report from the Executive Committee

This report included the following:

  • ongoing policy review;
  • review of the draft Accommodation Review Guideline from the Ministry of Education.

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

This report included the following:

  • review of the draft Accommodation Review Guideline from the Ministry of Education;
  • updates on school consolidations in Belleville, Madoc and Picton;
  • update on the Sophiasburgh Community Hub; and
  • update on Trenton elementary schools.

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

This report included the following:

  • ongoing policy review; and
  • trustee expense report.

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

This report included the following:

  • school year calendar;
  • health and safety updates;
  • ongoing policy review.

Trustee professional learning session, March 10, 2018

From time to time Board members participate in professional development to enhance their leadership and service. On Saturday, March 10, 2018, trustees spent the day with the director of education reviewing and reflecting on the Ontario Education Services Corporation Module 4: Common Ground, Common Purpose, Relationships in School Boards. Trustees identified common ground,  reviewed the personal leadership resources from the Ontario Leadership Framework, completed a leadership exercise, conducted appreciative inquiry interviews with one another and did a team assessment based on the work of Patrick Lencioni.

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday, April 9:
    • Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
    • 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.
  • Monday, April 23:
    • Budget Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018:
    • Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
    • Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.

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

Board Meeting Update #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

group photo
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.

group photo
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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Calling for nominations for 2017-2018 Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools

January 16, 2018—Nomination are open for the 2017-2018 Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools. These awards recognize and celebrate the innovative work that Ontario’s Safe and Accepting Schools Teams do in promoting a positive school environment, and supporting student achievement and well-being.

Anyone in a school community can nominate a Safe and Accepting Schools Team using the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is February 16, 2018.

Promoting student well-being is one of the goals of Ontario’s education system. This goal emphasizes the need to focus on both academic success and the whole child—their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. This includes ongoing work by school communities across Ontario who put in place prevention and intervention strategies to help create safe, inclusive and accepting schools.

More information about the Safe and Accepting Schools: Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools (link to the Ministry of Education website, including Quick Facts, as well as links to Additional Resources).

For more information, please 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

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

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

Funding announced for new and improved schools in Belleville and Madoc

January 23, 2018—Today the Ministry of Education announced funding for new and improved schools in Belleville and Madoc.

This announcement is in response to capital priority business cases submitted to the Ministry of Education last fall. Those submission came about through accommodation reviews which were approved in June 2017.

“These investments in our schools are welcome news. They support the priorities in our strategic plan and contribute to us creating  dynamic, inclusive educational experiences that develop capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities,” said Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board.

Specifically, HPEDSB will receive the following:

  • $16.8 million for an addition to Meyers Creek Secondary School (currently Moira Secondary School)
  • $10.5 million for a new K-8 school to consolidate Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville) and Queen Victoria School on the Queen Elizabeth site
  • $5.8 million for an addition at Centre Hastings Secondary School to consolidate it with Madoc Public School as a K-12 school

“We are thrilled with this announcement and appreciate the Ministry of Education’s continued commitment to renewing infrastructure in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We are looking forward to working through the project details in the coming months,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Additional details will be shared as plans come together.

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

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

February 9, 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 file) features:

  • Physical: Kindergarten Registration is now open. New this year: online pre-registration. Children must be four years old in 2018 (born in 2014) to enter Kindergarten.
  • Cognitive: Through play children build confidence, develop social skills, take risks and learn life skills that will support their development for years ahead.
  • Emotional: Beginning in July 2018, Ontario’s children and families will have access to enhanced programs and services through EarlyOn Child and Family Centres. Existing programs to be consolidated under the EarlyOn umbrella are:
    • Ontario Early Years Centres
    • Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
    • Child Care Resource Centres
  • Social: The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers a Ministry of Education Electronic Portfolio tool created by Brightspace. Your child may be using this tool in their classroom to capture individual evidence of learning.

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, January 2018

January 9, 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 file) features:

  • Physical: School-aged children should aim to achieve high levels of physical activity. The 24 Hour Movement & Activity Guidelines outlines goals and tips for educators and parents. A minimum of 20 minutes of Daily Physical Activity (DPA) is just one way that HPEDSB supports student’s physical wellness goals.
  • Cognitive: Students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are in a better position to reach their full potential. Every School Day Counts! Regular attendance supports academic achievement, a positive sense of self and belonging and the overall well-being for all our learners.
  • Emotional: mytoolkit.ca is an interactive resource to help educate youth about their mental wellness. It offers mobile apps, videos, and educational modules, giving families tools to talk about mental health, stress, and wellness.
  • Social: A sense of belonging is an important part of social wellness. The HPEDSB “Say and Do Nice Things” campaign, is a simple way to show care to others through welcoming behaviours. @SayDoNiceThings #SayDoNiceThings #CaringCounts. In addition to kind words and caring actions, a sense of self and healthy relationships and consent are a key part of well-being.

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

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

March 1, 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 file) features:

  • Physical: A variety of virtual manipulatives are available on mathies.ca. Manipulatives are a useful tool to help students construct their understanding of concepts through meaningful investigation.
  • Cognitive: Free online math help is available for students in Grade 7 to 10, offering registered users access to real‐time one‐on‐one tutoring with an Ontario certified teacher.
  • Emotional: Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math.  When students understand mathematics, they are equipped with knowledge they can bring to every aspect of their lives. The Parent Tool Kit provides parents with resources to support their child’s education.
  • Social: Math games are one way for students to focus on building an understanding of math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, rather than strict memorization.

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

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

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

How to apply for post-secondary scholarships

January 29, 2018—Did you know that students can apply for scholarships to help pay for post-secondary education?Application dates vary, some are due soon.

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

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

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

For specific scholarship information, please contact your child’s school.

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

Immunization notices: reminder for families

February 6, 2018—Immunization notices from public health were sent home with students last week.

If your child received an immunization notice, please arrange to have their immunizations updated as soon as possible to avoid your child being suspended from school. Immunizations can be arranged through your medical practitioner or through public health.

Immunization notices and suspensions are issued by public health.

If you have any questions about this, please call public health at 613.966.5500 or 1.800.267.2803.

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

Important info: How to apply for post-secondary scholarships

September 25, 2018—Did you know that students can apply for scholarships to help pay for post-secondary education?

Application dates vary, some are due soon.

Scholarships are about more than grades. Other considerations include leadership, stewardship, extracurricular activities, volunteering, post-secondary plans and financial needs.

To get started, students can talk with the Guidance or Student Services office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day, Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 24, 2018—At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board our vision is: All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.  Strong literacy skills are key to helping each student achieve success.

Family Literacy Day, celebrated on January 27 each year, is an initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada.  It is recognized nationally to promote the importance of reading and taking part in  other literacy-related activities as a family.  For children to develop literacy skills, it is important to spend time each day reading and doing learning activities.  Even Just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skill.

Achieving Excellence & Equity, Public Confidence and Well-Being are priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.  Strategic goals linked to these priorities include providing programs and services to help each student achieve success, and creating learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

Thank you for your support in developing capable, confident and curious learners for recognizing Family Literacy Day.

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

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

Join in recognizing Administrative Professionals Day, April 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

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

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

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

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

Join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2018

March 29, 2018— Monday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day to develop and increase world knowledge about autism.

As described in the Achieving Excellence & Equity and Well-Being priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, through our daily interactions with students, their families, community partners and each other, we provide programs and services to help each success while creating welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

Educators and support staff in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have chosen professions that serve students.

Our vision is that all students are prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today & tomorrow.

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

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

Please join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day.

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

Join in recognizing World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, 2018

March 19, 2018—World Down Syndrome Day is recognized around the world on March 21st each year.  As employees, learners and leaders in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board we strive to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments as described in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: Possibilities Today & Tomorrow.  We work together to create dynamic inclusive educational experiences and deliver positive social and emotional learning experiences.

World Down Syndrome has been observed by the United Nations since 2012.  The date is significant as the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome  Source: World Down Syndrome Day website.  World Down Syndrome Day is a time to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Please join in recognizing World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. #WDSD18 | #LotsOfSocks | #WhatIBringToMyCommunity

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

Letter to families about a proposal to create a Grade 7-12 school at Trenton High School for September 2018

January 9, 2018—Senior administration presented a proposal to the Board of Trustees on January 8, 2018 to relocate the 209 Grade 7 and 8 students from North Trenton Public School, Prince Charles Public School Trenton, Trent River Public School and V.P. Carswell Elementary School to Trenton High School for September 2018. Families of students who attend the Trenton schools received a letter of explanation (Pdf).

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. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing optimum learning opportunities and environments in service of Student achievement and well-being.

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

 

Letter to North Trenton PS, Prince Charles PS, Trenton, Trent River PS and V.P. Carswell ES families about Grade 7-8 students attending Trenton High School for September 2018

February 28, 2018—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing optimum learning opportunities and environments in service of student achievement and well-being. School boards are responsible to program needs and changes in demographic, and to ensure effective management of all resources. Families of students at North Trenton Public School, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), Trent River Public School and V.P. Carswell Elementary School received a letter of explanation (Pdf).

Students who will be in Grade 7 or 8 in September 2018 will attend school at Trenton High School. This change will provide the required additional space to accommodate the needs of all Trenton students and allow the focus at schools to be on providing programs and services to help each student achieve success.

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

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

Maynooth Public School is proud to welcome the Algonquin Inodewiziwin Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre

March 26, 2018 – The Algonquin Inodewiziwin Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre will begin offering culturally sensitive programming and services at Maynooth Public School in April 2018. An official opening ceremony will be held in June 2018.

The launch of the facility is a joint venture between the Algonquin Nation Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini, Hastings County, HPEDSB and North Hastings Children’s Services. The center will promote the Algonquin language and culture as well as support the rebuilding of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through trust, understanding and respect.

This EarlyON Centre will offer an innovative, two-part program, sharing Algonquin culture and language paired with providing programming to support children 0-6 and their families. The hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, with weekend services offered at North Hastings Children Centre.

For more information about the Algonquin Inodewiziwin Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre, please contact:
Maynooth Public School, 613-338-2816, maynooth@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Last updated: April 10, 2018 at 11:02 am