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Rescheduled: Parent Involvement Committee Meeting (scheduled for February 20, 2019)

Updated 1:25 p.m., February 20, 2019—The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) meeting is rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville.

1:01 p.m., February 20, 2019—The Parent Involvement Committee Meeting scheduled for this evening is postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather.

The new date is being determined and will be announced as soon as possible.

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

Seeking input for the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar

February 7, 2019—Each year Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board consults with employees, parents/guardians, students, community members and community partners about the dates for the school year calendar.

HPEDSB coordinates the dates with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and the Limestone District School Board, due to having common bus schedules through Tri-Board Student Transportation Services.

The proposed dates for the 2019-2020 school year are listed below and are open for input until later this month.

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Seven professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • Friday, November 1, 2019
    • Friday, November 29, 2019
    • Friday, January 31, 2020
    • Friday, April 3, 2020
    • Friday, June 5, 2020
    • Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Last day of the school year: Friday, June 26, 2020
2019-2020 Statutory holidays
Statutory holidays Ministry of Education School Year Calendar dates Proposed dates for the
HPEDSB School Year Calendar
Labour Day Monday, September 2, 2019 Same
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 14, 2019 Same
Family Day Monday, February 17, 2020 Same
Good Friday Friday, April 10, 2020 Same
Easter Monday Monday, April 13, 2020 Same
Victoria Day Monday, May 18, 2020 Same

Please provide feedback by completing the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar Online Form by Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

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

2018 Director’s Annual Report offers an engaging, interactive experience

February 6, 2019—What does the term collaboration mean to elementary school students? How far will a cardboard boat float? What school renovations were completed in 2018? Can leadership happen in Kindergarten? These are some of the questions you’ll find answers to in the 2018 Director’s Annual Report.

The interactive engaging report offers a glimpse into student learning, employee development and progress made on the strategic priorities at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board during 2018.

“We’re excited that the annual report is a brand new format that’s electronic and interactive. It’s an experience that allows people to scroll through, see and hear the voices of our students and employees in videos, flip through pictures, scan the infographics and read about the school board accomplishments. It’s mobile-friendly, making it easy to look at on a phone or other handheld device,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The report is laid out in five chapters that align with the school board priorities: Achieving Excellence & Equity; Learning & Leadership; Public Confidence; and Well-Being. Each contains brief interactive articles describing the accomplishments. The fifth chapter, Looking Ahead, outlines the focus for 2019.

Comments about the 2018 Director’s Annual Report are welcomed and can be emailed to communications@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, February 2019

February 4, 2019—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:

  • Kindergarten Registration
    • On-line pre-registration is now available. Children must be 4 years old in 2019 (born in 2015) to enter Kindergarten.
    • A HPEDSB Family Questionnaire (Pdf) is available for families to complete. The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather information that will support your child’s transition to school.
    • Documents to bring in:
      1. Your child’s birth certificate or passport
      2. Immunization card
      3. Home address
      4. Custody orders, if applicable
  • Are you thinking about elective programs for your child? Pre-registrations for French Immersion, Extended French and Destinations are due to the host school by Friday, February 15, 2019 for September 2019.
  • Where Talk Happens! Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education (Pdf)
    • Always promote well-being:
      • Around the dinner table – talk about your day
      • In the car – sing songs, ask questions, play word and sound games
      • Outside – describe, observe, interact
      • Bedtime – talk about the characters in a book, sing bedtime songs, tell a story

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

Board Meeting Update #162: January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February 2019.

Shannon Binder, 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 Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board and trustee for Southeast Hastings, asked all to reflect on Honesty: We choose to live truthfully. We communicate and act in a sincere and respectful way.

Presentation

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Thank you to students and staff from Harmony Public School who presented about the Student Google Summit held in October 2018.

Student Google Summit at Harmony Public School

The first Student Google Summit took place in mid-October 2018 at Harmony Public School and involved approximately 360 students in Grades 4-8. It was an interactive, fun two-day event that focused on digital fluency, collaborating, creative thinking, critical thinking and well-being.

Students participated in four of the following sessions:

  • Maps, Snaps and Chats: Be Safe, Savvy and Smart on those Apps
  • Who Am I? Developing Your Digital Portfolio
  • Get Slides Savvy!
  • Organization is a Thing!
  • Tech’n it to the Natural Environment
  • Bots, Bricks and Bits
  • Old School Technology: Building Our Future Through Play
  • CTRL, ALT, READ and WRITE

Thank you to guest presenters:

  • Students Kiera Brown, Grade 6; and Evan Russet, Grade 8
  • School staff Andrea Bird, Teacher; Andrew Brown, Teacher; and Kim Myderwyk, Principal

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

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

  • Agreement of Purchase and Sale of River Valley School
  • Acceptance of resignation of the director of education for the purpose of retirement and process for selecting a new director of education
  • K-12 Principal and Vice-principal Pool

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

Recommendations

Policy Review, Part B

Board members approved the review and updating of the following policies:

  • Policy 1: Board Vision, Mission and Priorities
  • Policy 2: Governance By-Laws and Standing Rules
  • Policy 3-D: Board Communications and Media
  • Policy 11-D: Executive Committee
  • Policy 11-F: Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee
  • Policy 15 Student Enrolment/School Capacity Pupil Accommodation Review (will update when the  Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines are received from the Ministry of Education)

Recommendation to relocate Grade 7 and 8 students from Bayside Public School to Bayside Secondary School, creating a Grade 7-12 school effective September 2019

Board members approved the relocation of Grade 7-8 students from Bayside Public School to Bayside Secondary School, creating a Grade 7-12 school, effective September 2019.

All Bayside Public School students in Grade 7-8 are currently located at Bayside Secondary School due to lack of space at Bayside Public School. There are currently 195 Grade 7 and 8 students at the school. Bayside Public School is comprised of three sites: the Bayside Public School main building, the Bayside Public School Annex, and the portion of Bayside Secondary School that contains the Grade 7-8 students. All three sites are on the same campus.

All students in Grades 9-12 in the Bayside School Group attend Bayside Secondary School. There are currently 831 Grade 9-12 students attending the school. The enrolment at Bayside Secondary School is projected to continue to increase through the next five years.

Relocating the Grade 7-8 students from Bayside Public School would allow the Bayside Secondary School administrator to have responsibility for the Grade 7-12 students in the building. This relocation would offer improved programs opportunities for the Grade 7-8 students. Bayside Public School would remain a K-6 elementary school on two sites.

The 7-12 model that is proposed for Bayside Secondary School is consistent with similar 7-12 models that are successfully in place at Centennial Secondary School and Trenton High School.

No changes to the classrooms or building would be required at Bayside Secondary School as the Grade 7-8 students are already located at the school. As well, no changes would be required to bus routes or student transportation.

Public communication of this proposal occurred in November 2018 and extended until early January 2019.

Recommendation to Board to relocate grade 7 and 8 students from York River Public School to North Hastings High School, creating a Grade 7–12 school effective September 2019

Board members approved relocating Grade 7-8 students from York River Public School to North Hastings High School, creating a Grade 7-12 school effective September 2019.

All students in Grade 7-8 in the North Hastings School Group currently attend York River Public School, located in Bancroft. There are currently 150 Grade 7-8 students at the school. York River Public School had an addition added in 2011, but is again completely full, with increased enrolment projected for 2019-2020 and beyond.

All students in Grades 9-12 in the North Hastings School Group attend North Hastings High School, located in Bancroft. There are currently 425 Grade 9-12 students attending the school. The enrolment at North Hastings High School is projected to continue to decrease through the next five years.

Relocating the Grade 7-8 students from York River Public School will provide needed space at York River Public School, required to accommodate the increasing enrolment as well as to accommodate program needs at the school. It will also offer improved programming opportunities for the Grade 7-8 students at the secondary school. The Grade 7-12 model that is proposed for North Hastings High School is consistent with similar Grade 7-12 models that are successfully in place at Centennial Secondary School and Trenton High School.

Only minor changes to the classrooms would be required at North Hastings High School to accommodate the Grade 7-8 students and there is ample time to implement those changes prior to September, 2019. As well, it is anticipated that little change to student transportation would be required, as all Grade 7-8 students are already bussed to Bancroft, where North Hastings High School is located.

Public communication of this proposal occurred in November 2018 and extended until early January 2019.

Use of additional Special Education funding

Board members approved a recommendation that the additional funding resulting from increase in the 2018-2019 Special Education per Pupil allocation benchmark for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 students be used to hire additional education assistants for elementary schools that currently have high Special Education 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, including an increase of $18.26 in the Special Education per Pupil Amount (SEPPA) allocation for JK to Grade 3 students from $988.82 to $1,007.08.

As at October 31, 2018, there were 4,958 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 students, resulting in $90,533 of  increased SEPPA funding for this group of students. As part of ongoing monitoring of system needs, management is placing an additional six education assistants in elementary schools which currently have high Special Education needs. These education assistants will serve Primary students at four schools and Primary/Intermediate students
at two schools.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of January and February 2019.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • Kindergarten Registration throughout January/February at all elementary schools
  • February 1: Student Senate Retreat at the William R. Kirk Building

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation of nine trustees at the Public Education Symposium held in Toronto last week

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Policies to be reviewed
  • 2018 Director’s Annual Report
  • Northern Outdoor Studies Open House
  • Report from a meeting of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Recommendations for the two Grade 7-12 schools noted above

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Proposed list of building renewal projects
  • Revised Estimates. The Revised Estimates show an in-year surplus of $1,620,702 compared to original Estimates submitted to the Ministry of Education in June 2018 which projected an in-year surplus of $1,546,019. Overall, HPEDSB is tracking very close to the approved budget plan for 2018-2019.

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Process to begin planning for the 2019-2020 school year calendar
  • Presentation on Indigenous Education
  • Report on a review of the Care and/or Treatment, Custody, and Correctional (CTCC) Day Treatment Program

2018 Director’s Annual Report

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education and Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, presented this interactive, online annual report for information. It showcases and celebrates student and employee learning during the 2018 calendar year, while also describing progress made  in the areas of equity and the strategic plan.

Report from Trustees and Student Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation in a meeting with the Ministry of Finance about planning for the 2019-2020 budget

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Monday, February 4: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, February 11:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 20: Parent Involvement Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 25: Public Board Meeting
  • Thursday, February 28: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

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

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: Truth and Reconciliation, February 11, 2019

event flyerJanuary 31, 2019—An event (Pdf) to bring understanding, positivity and reflection to the work around Truth and Reconciliation within Canada.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, February 11, 2019

TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Loyalist College, Alumni Hall,  376 Wallbridge-Loyalist, Belleville

REGISTER: This is a free event. Please register in advance.

  • Keynote speaker Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine’s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and one of the CBC Manitoba’s “Top Forty Under Forty.”

Niigaan will use his wealth of knowledge from both formal and lived experiences to empower and inspire you to look toward the future and ask what can we do today, that will support and continue to build positive relationships in reconciliation.

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 for January 28, 2019 rescheduled due to weather

January 28, 2019—The Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled due to the forecast for heavy snow this evening and into tomorrow.

The rescheduled date is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., 156 Ann Street, Belleville.

Agenda (Pdf)

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

Director of Education Mandy Savery-Whiteway to retire in August 2019

photo of Mandy Savery-Whiteway
Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, will retire on August 30, 2019.

January 15, 2019—Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will retire on August 30, 2019.

Savery-Whiteway has dedicated her professional life to education for 35 years. She has been with HPEDSB for 33 years, with the last 12 as a member of the HPEDSB leadership team.

“Mandy has been an exemplary leader of HPEDSB. Her passion for education that began many years ago grew into a lifelong love of teaching and learning. I’m aware that under her leadership, the strategic plan priorities and goals have become embedded in the work done each and every day. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Mandy in support of student achievement and well-being,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

Savery-Whiteway, who grew up in Trenton, has always been proud to share that she is graduate of HPEDSB. Her post-secondary education was at the University of Toronto and Charles Sturt University, Australia.

From 1984 to 1986 she worked at Peel District School Board as a classroom teacher.

During her time at HPEDSB, Savery-Whiteway has taken on roles of increasing responsibility. Her career with HPEDSB began in 1986 as a teacher at Trenton High School. In 2002 she served as vice-principal at Bayside Secondary School, then as principal at Centennial Secondary School from 2003 to 2007. She was appointed as a system principal for Student Success in 2007, then as assistant superintendent followed by superintendent in Human Resources between 2010 and 2013. She also served as an education officer with the Ministry of Education in 2009-2010. In 2013, Savery-Whiteway was appointed to director of education.

As a member of the senior leadership team, Savery-Whiteway had responsibilities for Safe Schools, Student Success, School Effectiveness, strategic planning, health and safety, schools and Education Centre departments. Upon becoming director of education, those grew to include overall responsibility for student achievement and well-being; leadership and leadership development; fiscal responsibility; organizational development; planning; personnel management; director/board relations; board communications and community relations; student/staff/district recognition and public relations.

Savery-Whiteway has been a member of several professional associations including the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association – Labour Relations Network; North American Association of Educational Negotiators; Ontario Public Supervisory Officials’ Association; and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She has also served on the executive of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education.

“Education is a people business, focused first and foremost on students. It has been my privilege to be part of public education for over 30 years. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has afforded me many professional opportunities. In particular, for almost six years, I have been humbled and honored to serve as Director of Education. I am truly grateful to the Board of Trustees for their confidence and support during my tenure in this role,” said Savery-Whiteway.

Board members will determine next steps for finding a new director of education in the coming weeks.

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

Did you know . . . that the PIC is an advisory group for students with special needs?

January 9, 2019—The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is a legislated, statutory committee of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB), established in accordance with Ontario Regulation 612/00 as amended of the Education Act and Board Policy 11-K.

The PIC is a formal structure and an important advisory body. Along with school councils, the PIC encourages parent involvement at the local and regional levels through a grassroots approach. HPEDSB is committed to working collaboratively with the PIC to increase parent involvement in children’s education, improve student achievement and well-being and increase confidence in public education.

Responsibilities of the PIC
The role of PIC is to develop strategies and initiatives to effectively communicate with parents, and encourage parents in improving student achievement and well-being. PICs also provide advice on ways to use the strategies and initiatives, communicate information from the Ministry of Education to school councils and parents, and work with school councils to:

  • share effective practices to help engage parents;
  • identify and reduce barriers to parent engagement;
  • help ensure that schools create welcoming environments for parents;
  • support initiatives that help build knowledge and skills that assist PIC and school councils with their work.

Note: members are required to attend 50% of meetings, plus one additional meeting each year.

Please join us at PIC meetings
All parents/guardians and interested members of the public are invited to attend PIC meetings. Meetings are held at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Anyone interested in attending a PIC meeting may contact Student Services for information and to confirm attendance.

More information about the PIC.

PIC members

  • Lee-Anne Kerr, Co-chair, Centre Hastings
  • Jamie Seniuk Co-chair, Sidney/Frankford
  • Alison Kelly, Trustee Representative
  • Kristen Parks, Trustee Representative Alternate
  • Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education
  • Kelly Beauvais, Trenton
  • Clinton Breau, School Representative
  • Tina Elliott/Rob McFadden, System Lead
  • Will Hornby, Belleville/Thurlow #2
  • Julie Kezar, Administrative Assistant
  • Sarah Landry, Community Representative
  • Lisa Lindsay, Community Representative
  • Laurie Newman, Community Representative
  • Andrew MacDonald, Belleville/Thurlow #1
  • Selena Prinzen, North Prince Edward
  • Brittany Sararas, North Hastings
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, School Representative
  • TBD, Southeast Hastings
  • TBD,South Prince Edward
  • TBD, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

 

Did you know . . . that the SEAC is an advisory group for students with special needs?

January 9, 2019—The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is a legislated, statutory committee of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB).

The role of SEAC is to report and make recommendations to the school board regarding any matter affecting Special Education programs and services for exceptional students. Membership is made up of associations, parents/guardians, board and community representatives. SEAC represents the interests of all children who have special education and/or mental health needs.

Mission statement
SEAC advises, advocates and supports processes that meet the educational needs of children who have special needs in the community. SEAC also works collaboratively with other SEACs to advocate for effective policies, practices and procedures across Ontario.

Goals and priorities

  • Report and make recommendations to the school board on matters regarding Special Education programs and services for exceptional students
  • Participate in the school board’s annual review of the Special Education Plan
  • Participate in the school board’s annual budget process as it relates to Special Education
  • Advocacy

Please join us at SEAC meetings
All parents/guardians and interested members of the public are invited to attend SEAC meetings.

SEAC meets monthly during the school year, usually the fourth Thursday of the month, at 5:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public to attend as observers. Meetings are held at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street , Belleville.

Anyone interested in attending a SEAC meeting may contact Student Services for information and to confirm attendance.

More information about SEAC is available online.

SEAC members

  • Lisa Anne Chatten, Trustee
  • Kristen Parks, Trustee
  • Susan Sweetman, Children’s Mental Health Services
  • Jason Sweet, Community Living Prince Edward
  • Connie McLean, Community Living Quinte West
  • Andrea Brennan-Doucette, Counselling Services of Belleville & District
  • Richelle Glenn, Easter Seals Ontario
  • Kathy Kennedy, FASworld Inc.
  • Kelly Allan, Family Space Quinte Inc.
  • Eve Jelley, Loyalist College
  • TBD, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Janet Christie, North Hastings Community Integration Assoc.
  • Christian Everall, Greater Than: County Youth Collective
  • Carolyn Baldwin, Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre
  • Marya Peters, Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
  • Benzie Sangma, Member-at-Large

Resource support

  • Ken Dostaler Superintendent of Education, Student Services
  • Tina Elliott System Lead, Student Services
  • Tanya Whittaker/Clinton Breau Ontario Principals’ Council
  • Natalie Vader Learning Support Coordinator, Student Services
  • Julie Kezar Administrative Assistant, Student Services

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, January 2019

January 7, 2019—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:

  • Support the learning at home… magnetic letters open up a world of learning possibilities!
    • Have your child make the names of their family and friends. Make the name, switch it up, make it again!
    • Make a word, then have your child make a word that begins with one of the letters. The words can go across or down.
    • Make words with magnets. Have your child add different endings to the words (s, ed, ing, er).
    • Make a simple three or four-letter word. Ask your child to change the vowel to make a new word (for example, hit, hat; pack, puck).
    • Choose a category such as colours, clothing or food. Make and read the words in each category. Write the words in a list. If it is a grocery list, take your child shopping!
  • Following directions is part of everyday life. Regular household routines such as setting the table, laundry and baking, as well as things like setting up an obstacle course, retelling events and playing games such as Simon Says will expose your child to the language of directions.
    • 1-step/2-step directions are directions that have a small amount of information.
      • “Get your lunch. Put it in your backpack.”
    • Sequential directions are directions that need to be followed in order.
      • “First we need to make a list. Then we need to go to the grocery store. Finally let’s shop!’”
    • Spatial directions use location words such as ‘between’, ‘next to’, ‘left or right.’
      • “Pick up the shoes on the left.”
    • Conditional directions allow children to decide what actions to do based on the given conditions.
      • “If it is cold outside, wear your jacket.” “‘If it is raining, take an umbrella.”

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

Statement from the Chair of the Board regarding EPO Funding

December 21, 2018—Achieving Excellence & Equity is a priority in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Our focus is on providing programs and services to help each student achieve success.

Ontario school boards received a series of memos from the Ministry of Education on Friday, December 14, 2018 outlining funding reductions or cuts to some Education Programs – Other, often referred to as EPO grants.

HPEDSB is awaiting further details from the Ministry of Education in order to determine the impact on programming for students. It is important to note that some of these programs were already on hold as HPEDSB awaited confirmation of funding.

Trustees will receive a full report at the public Operations and Finance Committee meeting on January 14, 2019.

Shannon Binder
Chair of the Board

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

Proposal for two Grade 7-12 secondary schools

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

Bayside school group

Currently at the Bayside campus:

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

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

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

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

North Hastings school group

Currently in the Bancroft area:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated: February 21, 2019 at 5:36 am