York River chosen as the name of the JK-8 Bancroft school

York River Public School will be the name of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Bancroft. The name was chosen through a community consultation process led by the North Hastings Integration Committee.

Following the North Hastings accommodation review process during the 2008-2009 school year, a decision was made to close Bancroft Public School at the end of June 2011. It was determined that Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students from that school would move to North Hastings Senior Elementary School (NHSES), presently a Grade 7-8 school. In September 2011, NHSES will become a JK to Grade 8 facility, and renamed York River Public School.

“The York River name has great significance in North Hastings. The scenic York River flows through several communities and has historical connections, as well. I’m pleased with this choice,” stated Lucille Kyle, trustee for North Hastings.

The Integration Committee was established in October 2009 and consisted of representatives from Bancroft Public School, North Hastings Senior Elementary School and the North Hastings community. The committee embarked on a public consultation campaign in order to get input for a new school name. Surveys were sent home with students at Bancroft Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School, Maynooth Public School and North Hastings Senior Elementary School asking for suggestions for a name for the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school.

The following names were suggested:
• Bancroft Public
• Bancroft Elementary
• Newkirk School
• North Hastings Community School
• Northside
• Riverside
• Rock Ridge
• York River

The following three names were voted on by the Integration Committee:
1. Northside
2. Rock Ridge
3. York River

A second survey which included the three names above, as well as a line for “other,” was sent home with all students at the same schools as the first one. Surveys were also available at North Hastings High School. Local radio station MOOSE-FM and the two local newspapers, Bancroft This Week and Bancroft Times, informed the public that surveys were available at all the above-mentioned schools.

Results of the second survey were discussed at the November 24, 2010 Integration Committee meeting. A vote by the voting members resulted in the following results:

• Northside – 0 votes
• Rock Ridge – 0 votes
• York River – 7 votes (all voting members)

A discussion then took place regarding the qualifier for the name. A vote was held by the members of the Integration Committee with the following results:

• Community School – 1 vote
• Elementary School – 0 votes
• Public School – 6 votes

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight 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.

 

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

You have Got the POWER event features Pinball Clemons

Union and non-union support staff will be entertained at a special event Friday, November 28, 2008. Three well-known guest speakers will motivate, stimulate and get everyone laughing during this one-day presentation.

You’ve Got the POWER will feature the following:

  • Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons – The Importance of Teamwork
  • Lorraine Behnan – Communication: The Art of Give and Take
  • Meg Soper – Acting in Balance while Balancing the Act

As many as 500 employees are expected to attend. The show will be live at Trenton High School, with video-conferencing to North Hastings High School. Start time is 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Kathy Soule, Director of Education. Clemons is expected to take the stage at 10:00 a.m., Behnan at 11:30 a.m., and Soper at 2:00 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the district and subsidized by Ontario Education Services Corporation.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight 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

Young scientists prepare for annual Science Fair

Budding scientists are getting ready to showcase their experiments in the 53rd Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair (QRSTF).

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Location: Loyalist College, Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Public viewing will be from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. This will allow the judges to spend quality time with the participants.
Award ceremony: 4:00 p.m. in the Automotive Centre

The QRSTF is one of the oldest annual science fairs in Canada. This year over 200 students will be presenting over 150 projects.

According to the planning committee chairperson, this event has strong roots in the Quinte region.

"It is always exciting to see what the students have created, studied or developed. Science is and has always been alive in the Quinte area. Our QRSTF participants have also done very well on the national science stage. In 2010 Justin Whitaker won $48,500 dollars in prizes and scholarships. Now student at the University of Ottawa he is giving back this year by participating as a judge. Other alumni returning as judges and volunteers, as well. Five-time Quinte Regional and Canada Wide winner Arjun Yogeswaran is also returning as a judge during his doctoral studies in robotic engineering," remarked Scott Berry, the Committee Chair.

This year 27 schools are participating, including public, private, Catholic and Christian schools and homeschoolers. For the first time students in Grade 2 and 3 will be showcasing their projects.

Our award ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm in the Automotive Centre. This year we have more than 30 special awards. (more than we have had in years). There will be the handing out of the trophies, plaques and cash prizes. There are many excellent prizes including passes to the Cinema, a chance to win a telescope from the Astronomical Society of Quinte and a $1000 scholarship from the University of Ottawa. The 5 students selected to go to the 2012 Canada Wide Science Fair at the University of Prince Edward Island will be chosen as well. This is an all expenses trip to Charlottetown to compete on the national science stage, tour, and share science with others from all across this country.

Please come out and see this great event and support the great science that goes on in our community.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and especially Loyalist College and the Kiwanis of Belleville for their on-going support.

EVENT SCHEDULE
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Students setup their projects
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Safety check
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. First round of special awards judging
11:00 a.m. Awards are handed out
11:00 -11:20 a.m. Lunch
11:20 – 11:30 a.m. Proceed to the Automotive Centre
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Science Magic Show in the Automotive Centre
12:00 – 3:30 p.m. Public viewing
3:30 -3:50 p.m. Students pack-up
4:00 p.m. Awards ceremony in the Automotive Centre

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

Youth exchange paired Bayside SS and Stoney Nakoda First Nation students

Bayside Secondary School students had an experience of a lifetime when they visited an Aboriginal community in Alberta and then hosted their new friends back at home.

In mid-May, 18 students travelled to Morley, Alberta with teachers Jennifer Davis and John Reid. The excursion was in partnership with the YMCA Youth Exchange and Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

While the Bayside students were in Alberta, they stayed at the Canadian Alpine Club hostel. When the Morley students came here, they were billeted with the Bayside students.

During the local visit, the students participated in activities and events to acquaint them with local culture. They were greeted upon arrival at Bayside Secondary School with a potluck supper and introductions. A full-week of activities was planned, including trips to the Petroglyphs, Toronto, Ottawa, O’Hara’s Mill, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, several organic farms, as well as swimming at Trenton and a variety of school events, including an assembly featuring traditional Stoney Nakoda First Nation drumming and dancing.

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

Youth Forum to address dangerous teen trends

Information is often difficult to find until it is too late

The Student Senate is preparing to host the annual Youth Forum for secondary school students. This year’s focus is dangerous teen trends, which include substance use, domestic violence and bullying. This event is taking place during the province-wide Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 15 to 19, 2010. Numerous other activities will be taking place at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board elementary and secondary schools.

The Youth Forum is a one-day event for student leaders. A student planning committee has organized seminars and working sessions that will foster self-reflection, peer interaction and discussion leading to solution planning. The committee believes that by being aware of the conditions and challenges facing others, students can often provide support and encouragement to people who need it. Although the numbers of students directly involved in any number of dangerous teen trends may be few, the friends, siblings, and peers of those directly involved are many.

"The Youth Forum is a way for student leaders to come together to share ideas about fostering change at their school. They will learn how to encourage positive behaviour, and investigate a variety of ways to motivate their peers and friends to take action to make a difference," said Pearl Hucul, Curriculum Coordinator who helped students coordinate this event.

Reporters are invited to interview students at this event
DATE: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:15p.m. refer to the agenda for details

The event will begin with a student drama performance called Everyone Knows Someone. Following that, students will move through break-out sessions on the following topics: violence in sports, diversity, teens and technology, substance abuse, self esteem and dangerous relationships.

The Youth Forum is planned by a sub-committee of the Student Senate. The Student Senate consists of 16 students, with two representatives from each secondary school. Through involvement on the Student Senate, students experience leadership opportunities outside the classroom.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 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 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.

For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Youth Forum to address topics of interest for high school students

Secondary school students from across the district are participating in an annual youth forum.

The Youth Forum is a one-day event for student leaders. A student planning committee has organized seminars and working sessions that will feature body image, socio-economic status, learning styles, racial and ethnic differences, and sexual identity and tolerance.

 

The Youth Forum is a way for student leaders to come together to share ideas about fostering change at their school. They will learn how to encourage positive behaviour, and investigate a variety of ways to motivate their peers and friends to take action to make a difference.

 

Reporters are invited to interview students at this event
DATE: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:15p.m. 

The event will begin with a keynote address by Matt Tod. Following that, students will move through student-hosted break-out sessions.

The Youth Forum is planned by a sub-committee of the Student Senate. The Student Senate consists of 16 students, with two representatives from each secondary school. Through involvement on the Student Senate, students experience leadership opportunities outside the classroom.

For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Last updated: February 8, 2011 at 10:50 am