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Bottled water provided to eight schools

Eight elementary and secondary schools are being provided with bottle water this week due to elevated lead levels in the water. These schools include:
• Centre Hastings Secondary School
• Earl Prentice Public School
• Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
• North Trenton Public School
• North Hastings Senior Elementary School
• Quinte Secondary School
• North Hastings High School
• Trenton High School

Water testing was done in anticipation of the return to school. Because schools were closed during the summer, water sat in the pipes for an extended period of time.

“Student and staff safety is our main concern which is why we have arranged to have bottled water delivered to these schools,” remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

School board officials have advised the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and are continuing to provide updates. Although there is no immediate danger the bottled water is being provided as a precaution.

To put it in perspective, the acceptable limit is 0.010 milligrams of lead per litre, set at this level to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable, health challenged young children. The limits for the affected schools ranged from 0.0121 mg/L to 0.0262 mg/L.

“We expect the lead levels to return to acceptable limits once there is more activity at schools. Running water through the systems and flushing toilets will help us get there,” explains Don Tregenza, Controller of Facility Services.

Until further notice, water fountains at the affected schools have been bagged. All staff and students have been advised to drink only bottled water. Water tests will be performed again this week. The need for bottled water will be re-evaluated pending those tests.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical 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.

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For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

First day of school brings a lot of ‘new’ for many

The first day of school is an exciting time for many. As students return to the classroom, their parents/guardians, teachers, support staff and community members adjust to new routines, as well.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board reminds everyone to watch for children and school buses. Please obey speed limits and be aware of the school crossing zones in your travels. Many children are going to school for the first time and others are getting used to the transition back to school.

Teachers have prepared their classrooms and support staff worked throughout the summer to clean schools and make them welcoming environments.

“As always, we welcome students and staff back to school,” remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “There is so much enthusiasm on the first day. Over the summer HPEDSB schools were thoroughly cleaned, painted, and some were renovated with new libraries and literacy rooms. They are all in top shape for the new school year.”

The back-to-school routine will take some time for children and their parents/guardians to get used to. A smooth transition involves a partnership between home and school. Children need time to adjust to waking up early and the process of having breakfast and getting ready for school. They need time to practice and will improve as the days and weeks unfold.

“The month of September is always a transition month for many families. It takes time for the home-school routine to come together. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we are committed to working in partnership with parents/guardians and to having the best learning environments for students, where they have safe, effective and respectful learning experiences,” states Soule.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical 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.

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For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, ext. 2354


Introducing The Red Card for youth

Reference card has contact information for community agencies

Just in time for school, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Hastings & Prince Edward Children’s Services Network are preparing to distribute THE RED CARD. This pocket-size card is made for youth ages 12 to 19 years of age and includes information on:

  • Where to get help to find a job
  • Where to get help to complete your education
  • Where to get help to find food, shelter and clothing
  • Where to get help for financial assistance
  • Where to go for support services

Region-specific RED CARDS are available for five geographic regions in Hastings and Prince Edward counties: Belleville, Centre Hastings, North Hastings, Prince Edward County and Quinte West.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the creation and distribution of THE RED CARD,” remarks Mandy Savery-Whiteway, a member of the Youth Integration Team and Principal for Student Success with the school board. “The cards will be distributed at every school in the district, with extras available in secondary school guidance offices and at the Education Centre.”

THE RED CARD was created by the Youth Integration Team, one of the six integration teams under the umbrella of the Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Services Network.

“This new RED CARD is an update of the Quinte Destinations for Youth Card,” says Cathie West, Chair of the Youth Integration Team and Executive Director of Youth Habitation Quinte Inc. “We wanted to update the information and create a new look that would appeal to youth.”

The vision is to have communities with an effective children’s services system that is integrated and responsive in order to advance the well-being of children, youth and families and where children/youth are valued. The Youth Integration Team’s mandate is to ensure the needs and priorities of the community guide the planning and delivery of services for children, youth and families in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Mandy Savery-Whiteway, System Principal for Student Success, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2211
  • Or, please visit www.childrenservicesnetwork.ca for more information about the Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Services Network

 

Kindergarten registration for 2009-2010 school year

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Although September seems like a long way off, it is important to register children now so that planning can begin for teachers and classes. HPEDSB schools offer alternate day or half day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten.

The Kindergarten program exposes children to multi-sensory activities in the areas of:
• Personal and social development
• Language
• Math
• Visual arts
• Science and technology
• Health and physical activity

How to register children for kindergarten

Registration is done by appointment and takes approximately 15 minutes. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

When visiting the school to register, please bring:

1. Birth certificate or passport as official proof of the child’s date of birth.*

2. Immunization records from the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.

3. Precise information about the residence location, including lot, concession, postal code, and 911 address.

4. Name and address of the home owner.

5. Legal custody orders, if applicable.

For Junior Kindergarten, children must be four years old in 2009 (born in 2005). For Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years old in 2009 (born in 2004). If your child is currently in JK, you do not need to register again for SK.

*To apply for a birth certificate, follow these steps:

1. If you have access to a computer and a major credit card, visit ServiceOntario to complete an on-line application. Submit the form and pay on-line using a credit card. The birth certificate will be delivered to you.

2. If you do not have access to a computer, contact your local MPP’s office.

If you have any other questions, please contact your local school.

Public school board welcomes 36 new teachers to orientation workshop

With the first day of school just two weeks away, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be hosting a full day of orientation for new teachers on Wednesday, August 20. Thirty-six new teachers are slated to participate in this year’s event.

New teacher orientation is part of the provincial New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP). It is also the second step in a continuum of teacher professional development to support effective teaching, learning, and assessment practices, building on and complementing the first step: pre-service education programs taken at faculties of education. NTIP provides another full year of professional support so that new teachers can develop the requisite skills and knowledge to enable them to achieve success as experienced teachers in Ontario.

NTIP consists of the following induction elements:

  • Orientation for all new teachers to the school board
  • Mentoring for new teachers by experienced teachers
  • Professional development and training in areas such as literacy and numeracy strategies, student success, safe schools, classroom management, effective parent communication, and instructional strategies that address the learning and culture of students with special needs and other diverse learners

MORNING AGENDA – Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Wednesday, August 20

Time Activity
8:30 a.m. Meet and greet
8:45 a.m. Welcome by Mary Hall, Vice-Chair of the Board
8:55 a.m. Mentoring overview
9:10 a.m. Group activity
9:30 a.m. Updates on safe school legislation, Student Success and Children’s Aid Services
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. New Teacher Induction Program overview
10:50 a.m. Break-out sessions with Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, and Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
11:30 a.m. Lunch

AFTERNOON AGENDA

Time Activity
12:30 p.m. Group activity
12:40 p.m. Classroom management video
1:15 p.m. Sharing best practices
1:45 p.m. Resource Centre resources and how to access them
2:00 p.m. How to incorporate daily physical activity into the classroom
2:10 p.m. Break
2:20 p.m. Long-range planning
3:15 p.m. How to access information technology support
3:30 p.m. Workshop ends

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical 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.

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For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, ext. 2354

Last updated: February 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm