Board Meeting Update #66

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 28, 2011. tinyurl.com/4tjbflh

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 #67

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 28, 2011, tinyurl.com/4broky5

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 #68

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 26, 2011, tinyurl.com/42uxk99

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 #69

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 24, 2011, bit.ly/iv3Se9

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 #71

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 13, 2011, bit.ly/koLg6R

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 #72

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 20, 2011, bit.ly/jYXm1s

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 #73

This update provides a summary of the Special Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 12, 2011, bit.ly/q1zetR

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 #74

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 26, 2011, bit.ly/mUSY8B

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 #75

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 24, 2011, bit.ly/mUSY8B

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 #76

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 14, 2011, bit.ly/rTB6um

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 #77

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 5, 2011, bit.ly/v91qpf

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 #78

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 30, 2012, bit.ly/zxgjIt

 

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

Board Meeting Update #79

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 27, 2012, bit.ly/wzT4HQ

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 #80

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 26, 2012, bit.ly/GRDy4R

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 #81

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 26, 2012, bit.ly/JyhJrH

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 #82

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 28, 2012, bit.ly/KX4Dkx

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 #83

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 11, 2012, bit.ly/LQfLCM

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 #84

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 18, 2012, bit.ly/N285uT

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 #85

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Thursday, August 30, 2012, http://bit.ly/SYC38G

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 #86

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 24, 2012, http://bit.ly/QfNNn3

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 #87

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 22, 2012, http://bit.ly/QCD70x

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 #88

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 19, 2012, http://bit.ly/Whb7jn

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 #89

This update provides a summary of the annual public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 3, 2012, http://bit.ly/SCtgKt

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

Board officials will begin to analyze Grants for Student Needs (GSNs)

Today the Ministry of Education announced the Grants for Student Needs (GSNs) for Ontario school boards for the 2011-2012 school year. Officials at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will begin analyzing the allocation to determine the impact on budget planning.

Based on an early and cursory review the board has the following comments:

  • The government’s commitment to previously announced labour agreements has been confirmed for 2011-2012. This will see wage and staff increases for some employee groups as per their previously agreed to contracts.
  • The board is pleased that specific cost pressures have been acknowledged by the province and are being addressed through additional funding for:
    • OMERS pension plan increased contribution rates;
    • school operation costs, such as utilities and insurance; and
    • school bus transportation costs.

Of particular note is the government’s commitment to capital funding over the next three years. HPEDSB will receive $1.7 million in 2011-2012 to assist with school renewal. The board is hopeful that some of the funds being set aside for new schools, additions and renovations based on previously submitted business cases will be earmarked for HPEDSB.

The government also confirmed that constraint measures introduced first in 2009-2010 will continue and some new measures will be introduced in 2011-2012.

Board officials will be working with the data to develop the complete financial analysis but at this time still anticipate a substantial budget shortfall when that analysis is completed.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Breadner Elementary presents . . . 101 Dalmations

Are dogs running loose at the school? No, not really. Breadner Elementary School students are rehearsing for their version of the Disney classic 101 Dalmations! More than 85 SK to Grade 8 students are involved!

Performance dates: Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimli Road, Trenton

Tickets are $3 or a group rate of $10 for the immediate family members.

For more information, please contact the school at: 613-394-1394.

Bullying Awareness Seminar for parents @ V.P. Carswell Elem. School

event flyerThe VP Carswell School Council will be hosting a Bullying Awareness Seminar for parents.

DATE: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: V.P. Carswell Elementary School, 4 Seneca Road, Trenton

SPECIAL GUEST: Dave Snider, Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police Childcare will be available.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Bus cancellations due to inclement weather

In the event of inclement weather, bus cancellations or delays will be posted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Web site (http://www.triboard.on.ca). Cancellations or delays will be posted as early as possible in the morning and updated daily. Tri-Board Student Transportation Services serves an area from Algonquin Park in the north west to Trenton in the south west and from Sharbot Lake in the north east to Gananoque in the south east. Weather patterns can certainly vary from one area to another.

Unless otherwise determined by the directors of education, all schools within the Tri-Board jurisdiction will remain open. This includes schools of the following districts:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Conseil des ecoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • Conseil des ecoles Catholiques de Langue Francaise du Centre-Est (Kingston area)

When buses are cancelled in the mornings

The following applies when buses are cancelled::

  • If a bus route has been cancelled for the morning run, the bus is cancelled for the whole day. Parents/guardians will be responsible for the return transportation for any student dropped off at school.
  • When a bus does not travel in the morning due to heavy fog and the fog clears during the day, the bus will pick up students in the afternoon for the return journey.

Login to the Tri-Board Web site to check bus cancellations

Parents/guardians and school personnel are encouraged to log into the Tri-Board Web site to check any cancellations and delays caused by weather or mechanical problems.



To view route status:

  1. Go online to www.triboard.on.ca
  2. Click on “Bus Cancellations” or click on “view” in the message line to access a list of all routes.
  3. Either:

a) select a school and view the status of all routes into that school, OR
b) type in a bus number and view the status of that individual bus route.

  1. Click on the “sign up” button on our home page to receive an email notification of delays or cancellations pertaining to the bus(es) that you sign up for.

 

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For more information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

• Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, 1 866 569-6638

Bus cancellations due to inclement weather

In the event of inclement weather, bus cancellations or delays will be posted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Web site (http://www.triboard.on.ca). Cancellations or delays will be posted as early as possible in the morning and updated daily. Tri-Board Student Transportation Services serves an area from Algonquin Park in the north west to Trenton in the south west and from Sharbot Lake in the north east to Gananoque in the south east. Weather patterns can certainly vary from one area to another.

Unless otherwise determined by the directors of education, all schools within the Tri-Board jurisdiction will remain open. This includes schools of the following districts:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Conseil des ecoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • Conseil des ecoles Catholiques de Langue Francaise du Centre-Est (Kingston area)

When buses are cancelled in the mornings

The following applies when buses are cancelled::

  • If a bus route has been cancelled for the morning run, the bus is cancelled for the whole day. Parents/guardians will be responsible for the return transportation for any student dropped off at school.
  • When a bus does not travel in the morning due to heavy fog and the fog clears during the day, the bus will pick up students in the afternoon for the return journey.

Login to the Tri-Board Web site to check bus cancellations

Parents/guardians and school personnel are encouraged to log into the Tri-Board Web site to check any cancellations and delays caused by weather or mechanical problems.


To view route status:

  1. Go online to www.triboard.on.ca
  2. Click on “Bus Cancellations” or click on “view” in the message line to access a list of all routes.
  3. Either:

a) select a school and view the status of all routes into that school, OR
b) type in a bus number and view the status of that individual bus route.

  1. Click on the “sign up” button on our home page to receive an email notification of delays or cancellations pertaining to the bus(es) that you sign up for.

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For more information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

• Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, 1 866 569-6638

 

Bus Patroller Appreciation Day at the National Air Force Museum of Canada

On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 the National Air Force Museum of Canada hosted 328 students and support staff during the Tri-Board Student Transportation Service, Bus Patroller Appreciation Day.

At the beginning of each school year, students in Grades 6 to 8 are selected as bus patrollers, from Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic School Board, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and Limestone District School Board. Selected students are trained to provide monitoring, safety, and driver assistance on most of the boards’ fleet of buses.
At the Bus Patroller Appreciation Day, students and support staff were rewarded for a job well done with a barbeque lunch, and an interactive tour of the museum and airpark. There were eight different information stations that students rotated through, four in the museum and four in the airpark.
“Although challenging, the visit of over 300 students from Eastern Ontario was an excellent opportunity to bring the museum to the attention of the Tri-Board educators and other personnel,” said Curator Dr. Georgiana Stanciu.
“I personally enjoyed preparing this event and very highly appreciate the support from staff and volunteers. This event couldn’t have happened without the wonderful time and effort provided by our amazing group of volunteers,” Museum Executive Director Chris Colton concurred.
Although the museum regularly provides tours to groups both large and small, this event was the first of its kind held at the National Air Force Museum of Canada.
“It just shows that this museum is an excellent educational venue for both elementary and high-school students. We appreciate that Tri-Board selected us for their celebratory day,” said Chris Colton.
 

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

C.M.L. Snider student headed to Queen’s Park

principal and studentCongratulations to Grace Conroy, a Grade 8 student at C.M.L. Snider School who has been selected to serve as a Legislative Page at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. She will serve for five weeks in beginning at the end of March.

(Pictured: Principal Vic Roy with Grace Conroy. Photo credit: Kathleen Sabyan, The Wellington Times.)

“It is an amazing opportunity,” said Conroy, who is excited to represent her school and community, and to learn about Ontario governmental procedure.

Conroy was selected following a rigorous application process which included writing an essay describing her relevant experience and why she wanted to be a Legislative Page. Support from her teacher, Pauline Jones, and principal, Vic Roy, was required. In his letter of support, Roy wrote: Grace lives and breathes current events at her family dinner table. She is a responsible, caring student who contributes to our school of character everyday. She is involved in community activities, is a member of the 4H club and she loves animals. She plays school sports and plays on the community girls’ hockey team.

Legislative Pages are Grade 7 or 8 students who work in the Legislative Chamber of the Provincial Parliament in Toronto. They are granted a leave of absence from school during the time they serve. Academic achievement at 80% or higher is a requirement. Applicants must be actively involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities, both in and outside of school, show an interest in current affairs and get along well with both their peers and adults.

Pages participate in the legislative process, act as messengers in the Legislative Chamber, meet with politicians and officials, learn how laws are made and how the Province of Ontario is governed. The Program receives hundreds of applications for each round of selections. Positions for selected students are distributed between boys and girls who live throughout the 107 ridings represented in the Legislature. While at the Legislature, Pages are taught legislative process and receive various assignments to develop their language skills. They are also tutored in Mathematics.

C.M.L. Snider School offers a safe, supportive learning environment. Students have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities through the computer lab, music room, science room, athletic track and newly-updated library collection. “Supporting Learning and Community Values” is exemplified by the balance of academic programs with healthy active living and physical education, and community partnerships with the Kiwanis Club, local OPP and Prince Edward Child Care Services.

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

Calling for nominations for 11th Annual Great Place Awards

Great Place Awards graphicDo you know someone who makes a positive difference in students’ educational experiences or lives? Consider nominating them for a Great Place Award.

Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. They honour and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to student achievement.

Nominations are accepted for students, employees, parents/guardians, volunteers and community partners—essentially anyone who makes a positive difference in students’ educational experiences or lives.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 27, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. Complete details and nomination forms are available online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Monday, May 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award winners 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

 

Calling for nominations for 8th Annual Great Place Awards

What makes Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board A Great Place to Learn and A Great Place to Work? The people who are involved with it!

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Great Place Awards. This prestigious awards program recognizes outstanding contributions that support student achievement throughout the district.

Nominations are accepted from and for HPEDSB employees, students, parents/guardians and community members. The deadline is Friday, May 22, 2009. Complete guidelines and nomination forms are available online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Monday, June 15, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award winners 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

 

Canada is for Kids concert for Frankford PS

Families and the community are invited to a benefit concert for Frankford Public School. This event will feature renowned Canadian children’s entertainer Michael Mitchell.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE:
Saturday, October 29, 2011
TIME: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

Michael Mitchell is one of Canada’s foremost children’s entertainers. He has performed about 4,700 "Canada is for Kids" shows across the country, singing songs and sharing stories about Canada’s heritage. Tickets are $10 per person; children under age 3 are free. Available by calling Frankford Public School at 613.398.6425.

The school playground is being upgraded in three phases.

Phase 1 involved the purchase and installation of a multiple-component piece of equipment for the intermediate yard for Grade 6, 7 and 8 students. This phase has been completed.

Phase 2 is for the Junior yard, Gades 3 to 5. Fundraising is underway now. The goal is $30,000. Installation is anticipated June 2012.

Phase 3 will be for the Primary yard. Fundraising is expected to begin in late 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Frankford Public School, 613.398.6425

Canadian Armed Forces concert at Trenton High

Free public concert. The district welcomes The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces in concert.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Location: Trenton High School, Auditorium

Time: 7:30 p.m. All are welcome, no charge to attend.

In addition to the public concert, the band will be playing two special school concerts for students, as follows:

  • Thursday, February 26, Trenton High School at 9:40 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, Bayside Secondary School at 1:15 p.m.

Career Fair at Madoc Township PS brings community together

Students at Madoc Township Public School are getting excited about an event that will leave them with lasting impressions about their future career choices.

The 2nd Annual Career Fair is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2011. This event will involve all students as well as student visitors from Coe Hill School. Dozens of presenters will interact with students to explain their career choice, pros and cons of the job, and offer suggestions about how to prepare for specific jobs.

"This was a big event at our school last year and it’s grown even more this year. We are so appreciative to our presenters, volunteers and staff for their contributions and efforts to support the development of our students’ career goal setting," remarked principal Joanne Barry.

The event features a wide variety of presenters, both inside and outside the school, including the following:

  • Cheesemaker
  • Barber
  • Sports therapist for the Montreal Canadians
  • Timber frame builder
  • Representative from Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Planning ecologist from Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Police officers and firefighters
  • Representatives from Hydro One
  • Representatives from Quinte Humane Society
  • A forensics biotechnologist
  • Newspaper, television and radio reporters
  • Small business owners
  • Doctor
  • Veterinarian and veterinary technician
  • Canadian Forces pilot
  • Educators and school board support staff
  • Meteorologist
  • Theatre representative

Research has shown that if students have career goals to work toward, they will see more relevance in their daily studies and have a sense of commitment to their education.

Madoc Township Public School is a rural school located north of the village of Madoc off of Highway #62, serving 140 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is surrounded by rural fields, farms, shade trees and conservation wetlands. In a welcoming and inclusive environment, students are supported to achieve high academic standards and meet their own personal goals. Individual accomplishments are celebrated on the daily announcements and through formal programs such as the Kiwanis Terrific Kids Award and celebration assemblies. Other celebrations and traditions include full school turkey dinners, Career Fair, Fun Fair/Carnival, craft carousels and holiday concerts. The school slogan “Friendship and Learning!” is celebrated every day in an environment where all have fun and celebrate the HPEDSB character attributes of caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. At Madoc Township the mission is “prepare students to become healthy, responsible, and contributing citizens who can meet the challenges of an ever-changing world!”

Outdoor facilities include a track, a new playground structure built in 2007, a covered picnic shelter, three soccer fields, and one ball diamond. Indoor facilities include a library, a literacy room, a computer lab, a music room, SMART Boards, a well-equipped gymnasium with a stage and a retractable screen for video presentations. The school has seven classrooms, and an Early Learning Program that offers every day/full day kindergarten.

Staff, parents, and community members openly communicate and work together to support student learning 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

Celebrate Education Week: May 2 to 6, 2011

Students, families, community educators and support staff are invited to celebrate Education Week in Ontario from May 2 to 6, 2011. The provincial theme is Learning Together. Succeeding Together.

Schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be hosting a variety of celebrations and events.

  • BREADNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Jungle Book musical performances with Arts and Literacy Showcase, May 4 and 5, 7:00 p.m. Involves over 80 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Tickets are $5 each or $12 for an immediate family, available at the school office or at the door.
     
  • QUEEN ELIZABETH PUBLIC SCHOOL (TRENTON):
    • MUSIC MONDAY – May 2 at 1:00pm, All students have been learning the same song, Tomorrow is Coming by Luke Doucet. At 1:00 p.m., students will begin singing this Music Monday song along with schools from across the country and around the world! The magic of this event is that at the same point during that day, that is, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time, 12:00 p.m. Central Time, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 2:00 p.m. Atlantic time, and 2:30 in Newfoundland, schools right across the country are united by one piece of music.   
    • VISUAL ARTS—Mural Project – May 2 – 6 ~ 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, Artist – Nicole Pena will be working with students within each division (Primary/Junior/Intermediate) to co-design and paint three murals within our school!!! A Primary mural (across from the office), a Junior mural (across from the primary entrance/exit doors) and an Intermediate mural (at the top of the ramp by the gym) will be created and painted throughout the week. The Primary mural will have a fairy tales/nursery rhymes theme incorporating the Growing with Character traits. The Junior mural will have a graphic novel (comic book) theme incorporating the Growing with Character traits. The intermediate mural will have a graffiti theme incorporating the Growing with Character traits.
    • DRAMA & DANCE — School Musical Production May 4, 5, & 6 (12:30am – 1:35pm) and (6pm -8pm)
      Students have been rehearsing since January and now it has come to the moment we have all been anticipating—our performances of The Ever after ~ A Musical! For the first time in Queen E’s history, we will present our school musical to other schools in the Trenton School Group!! On Wednesday, College Street (Gr. K-3) and Prince Charles will arrive at 12:30pm for an afternoon performance. On Thursday, College Street (Gr. 4-8) and VP Carswell will arrive at 12:30pm for a performance. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, we will present our musical to the public from 7pm – 8pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm and we will have a canteen (popcorn and drinks) open at the beginning of the performances. We will have a performance of The Ever After ~ A Musical for the students and staff of Queen Elizabeth and North Trenton Public Schools on Friday @ 12:30pm.
  • PRINCE EDWARD COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE: Musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, May 5, 6 and 7th, at 7:00 p.m. 
    Little Shop of Horrors is a rock and roll romp about a group of down and out employees of a filthy little flower shop in Skid Row who suddenly become rich and famous when the reluctant hero, Seymour Krelborn, finds a unique new plant, which he names an Audrey 2, after the somewhat sleazy, yet innocent and childlike Audrey who works along Seymour at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists. Unfortunate situations and mayhem ensues when it is discovered that the Audrey 2 needs blood to survive. Tickets are on sale at Books and Co. on Main Street in Picton, or at the door, $10.

  • V.P. CARSWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
    • MONDAY – Music Monday
    • TUESDAY – Fairy tale sharing, students in Grades 1, 2 and 3 have written fairy tales. Students in Primary grades and their families are invited to a Books & Blankets event at 6:00 p.m.
    • WEDNESDAY is Jump Rope for Heart, with the event starting at 12:30 p.m.
    • THURSDAY – The Ever After, A Musical involves students in Grades 4, 5 and 6; later that afternoon a volunteer tea is planned
    • FRIDAY – full-school practise for Celebration of Dance

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Educational Assistant Appreciation Day on October 17

Educational Assistant Appreciation Day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is recognized on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

Educational assistants perform an important role in our schools and are a vital part of our school district. They are dedicated professionals who work in diverse roles and settings. Each day, educational assistants interact with students who have a wide range of abilities. EAs assist each individual reach their full potential. Educational assistants demonstrate caring, compassion and patience, and draw on a wide range of skills and experience to fulfill their roles.

This Wednesday, please join in celebrating the dedicated educational assistants in our district.

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

Celebrate music across Canada: “Music Monday,” May 7

Students across the district are eager to sing on Monday, May 7, 2012. That is the date of the annual Music Monday event when one song is performed by students across the country at the same time through different time zones.

The song for Music Monday this year is Tomorrow is Coming, written and recorded by Juno-nominee, Luke Doucet. The song was co-commissioned by CBC and the Coalition for Music Education.

Bayside Public School will be combining Music Monday with a spring concert featuring ukuleles that were purchased through a grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. Bayside students will sing the Music Monday song, along with the rest of Canada and have performances by the school band and ukulele students.

Music Monday celebrations are also taking place at Athol-South Marysburgh Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, C.M.L. Snider School, North Hastings High School, Prince Charles School (Belleville), Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton), Sophiasburgh Central School and V.P. Carswell Elementary School.

Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year at 1:00 p.m. across the country.

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

Celebrating 100 years at Queen Victoria School

Queen Victoria School in Belleville is celebrating 100 years of education in the community. Built in 1912 on Pine Street, Belleville, "Queen Vic" is the oldest functioning school in the city.

Former students, staff and friends of Queen Victoria School are invited to the 100th Anniversary Open House.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, May 12, 2012
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

Organizers are requesting the loan of photographs and memorabilia for display at the open house. They want as many people and generations represented as possible.

"We are looking for school pictures, awards, badges and stories,” said Holly McPherson, a former student and event committee member. "We will make copies for a commemorative time capsule. I went to Queen Victoria, and so did my sons and nephews. Whenever I mention the anniversary, someone has attended Queen Vic, or knows someone who has.”

The planning committee is looking for photographs and memorabilia. Items can be dropped off at the school office. Volunteers for the 100 Year Committee are welcome. Contact them through the website at www.queenvictoria100years.com or by calling the school at 613.968.4547.

Queen Victoria School, is the oldest operating school in Belleville located on the east side of the Moira River. It serves approximately 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.

QVS is a Healthy Active School Community. Facilities include a library resource centre with computer lab and a well-equipped resource room. The shaded, spacious playground has many facilities and equipment for all ages. At QVS, the “Together We Light the Way” Respect Program assists students in developing respect, appreciation and understanding of their uniqueness. The school works to promote home and school partnerships with parental involvement in the breakfast club, family activity nights, Kindergarten Welcome Bag program, class and school newsletters and book fairs. Learning celebrations include Science Week, the annual musical and the Belleville Bulls Role Model Program. The school is also home to the Adventure Class programs. Students proceed to Queen Elizabeth School in Belleville for Grade 7 and 8.

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

Celebrating 100 years of Queen Victoria School

The celebration was grand as close to 600 people turned out for the 100th anniversary of Queen Victoria School in Belleville on Saturday, May 12, 2012.

The afternoon event featured ceremonies, entertainment, memorabilia-sharing and a free barbecue.

Principal Chad Harvey was proud to host the event in conjunction with a planning committee.

"Queen Victoria School is the oldest functioning public school in the Hastings and Prince Edward district. Students from generations of families have come to school here. It’s still a thriving school with caring staff and wonderful students," remarked Principal Chad Harvey.

Visitors, which included a significant number of past students, signed the guest book, indicating they live in Belleville or the Quinte area, and from as far away as Collingwood and Ottawa.

For many seniors attending, it was the first time they had reconnected with schoolmates since graduation several decades ago.

Each classroom had its own special display of memorabilia with resource teachers present dressed to represent the various decades, from Edwardian through mod to contemporary.

Student performances featured singing and dancing, starting with the First World War song, "It’s a Long Way to Tipperary," "You Are My Sunshine" and hits from Disney films like Snow White and Muppet star Kermit’s "Rainbow Connection." The program also featured a quartet of singers from Moira Secondary School.

Dignitaries representing the province, the city and school board made assorted remarks and presentations.

A former long-time teacher, Wilma Houston, shared some memories of her years with the crowd, while many memories were also shared between former students in the crowded hallways.

Apart from its prime function as an elementary school, Queen Victoria’s generous stage and auditorium saw the start of the Quinte Ballet School, various amateur theatre productions and concerts and many other special activities.

SCHOOL HISTORY
Taken from: Belleville Public Schools 1966 report (Accession No. 3819)

“Long known as “Pine Street School”, this building commenced with eleven classrooms in 1912 at the same time as Queen Alexandra (Ann Street School), and was extended by five classrooms and an auditorium in 1931. It is one of the four ‘modern’ schools (Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, and King George) built at the beginning of the century. In 1908, a proposal was made to City Council to provide $20,000 each for four new public schools, and $60,000 for a new high school. In 1911 part of this plan was realized when Council agreed to provide $35,000 for each of the two public school buildings.”

Queen Victoria School opened officially on Friday, November 8, 1912. The Honourable R.A. Pyne, Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario, was in attendance for the occasion. Documents introduce Mr. A.C. Wilken as the founding Principal, a position he would hold for almost 40 years.

The school went to Grade 8 at the time, with the introduction of kindergarten not occurring until the 40′s.

At one time Queen Victoria boasted a pottery kiln, a music room, an ice rink, a home economics wing and an industrial shop wing in the basement. There was a strong tradition of choral music and many awards at the Rotary Music Festival.

There is a photograph of a good sized band posing outside of the school, which is most likely the band started by teacher Alf Cooper after the WWII. Jack Evans, student in the 40′s,recalled the band in an Intelligencer article. “I learned to play a coronet- and our band toured, playing school concerts in other towns.” Mr. Evans fondly remembered the school at the 80th Birthday celebration. He brings to life an epic snowball battle, and another teacher, a Mr. Cousins, a former artillery officer.

There is a small collection of artifacts in the display case in the school foyer. Among these is a Basketball trophy (cup) from 1929 which has recently been reunited with a photograph of the students who won it. (courtesy of Mr. M. Hope, son of Mr. Robert James Hope, student late 20′s-1930). Also, we are fortunate to have a Junior Red Cross journal from the 30′s and many varied and interesting objects.

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

Celebrating Aboriginal culture at North Hastings High School

Celebrating Aboriginal Success and the Year of the Inuit was the focus of the second annual Think Indigenous Expo at North Hastings High School in December 2010. By all accounts the event was an incredible success!
group shot of Inuit performers

The student-hosted event featured First Nation, Métis and Inuit performances, followed by breakout sessions in which students participated in 40-minute teachings by Elders, Inuit students and other guests. 

"This was a fantastic event for the school and community. People came together to celebrate, to learn and to share. I look forward to many more Think Indigenous events at North Hastings High School as we continue to build on the foundation of excitement created by the first two," remarked Heather Taylor, Long-term Occasional Teacher, North Hastings High School.

The room was electrified as over 400 students and community members joined in the “Friendship Dance,” taking up the entire gym. Many had their faces painted and hundreds of people sampled contemporary and traditional foods prepared by the Native Studies students. Native Studies students and members of the Aboriginal Club known as The Wolf Pack demonstrated their Husky pride as they showcased their accomplishments.

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement and we offer unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized. The Specialist High Skills Major programs in Forestry and Environment allow students to learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies. The students acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas. The school also offers numerous Cooperative Education opportunities including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.

 

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

 

Celebrating Aboriginal Peoples and culture at HPEDSB

Raven Murphy medicine wheel teachingsAcross Canada, National Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day to acknowledge National Aboriginal Day is part of the wider recognition of the founding place of Aboriginal People within the fabric of Canada.

Pictured: Raven Murphy did medicine wheel teachings with students.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, several schools have courses related to Aboriginal culture and awareness. We highlight Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, which hosted Aboriginal Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

Aboriginal Awareness Day at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
Students from Erin McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class organized and hosted this event for all PECI Grade 9 and 10 students, as well as senior students from neighbouring elementary schools. The day began with guest speaker Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Family and Child Caring Society of Canada. Ms. Blackstock spoke about current inequities of funding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. She made the students more aware of current issues facing First Nations children, as well as offering suggestions for ways that all Canadians can get involved.

A variety of workshops were offered throughout the day, specifically the following:

  • Mohawk Traditions and Culture
  • The Impact of Residential Schools
  • Medicine Wheel Teachings
  • Mohawk Languages
  • Traditional Drumming and Dancing
  • Traditional Medicines
  • Land Claims and History of Tyendinaga

Students of Ms. McFaul’s class also presented a panel of projects called "Did You Know?" These course culminating activities focused on current issues facing Aboriginal Peoples which the students felt the whole school should be aware of.

Pictured: Teacher Erin McFaul (left), student in the Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class, and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Elder Tom Porter.

"The purpose of this event was for students and staff to meet Aboriginal community members and Elders to develop a deeper understanding of our neighbouring First Nation communities and the issues that affect many Aboriginal communities throughout Canada," remarked McFaul.

In addition to the workshops, students tasted traditional foods prepared by students. They also viewed artwork created by the Grade 9 Aboriginal Art classes.

All workshops were well-attended. Students were engaged and it was obvious they had lots of fun.

"It was a day of positive experiences which promoted awareness of Aboriginal cultures while showing the importance of positive community relationships," added McFaul.

This event was possible through the support of a Project Enhancement Grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. 

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

Celebrating Hillcrest School fundraising efforts for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Hillcrest School kicked-off the month of April with organizing Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraising events.

Older students raised funds through Hoops for Heart on April 26, 2010 and students in primary grades participated in Jump Rope for Heart on April 29, 2010. It was a time to celebrate at Hillcrest School when a total of $4156.52 was raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 
Hillcrest School has a caring and energetic group of students. Student population is approximately 100 students so to raise that amount for the Heart and Stroke Foundation is a huge accomplishment.
 

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

Celebration event for the United Nations Association Youth Director

On Monday, June 7, 2010 Kiera Brant, a Moira Secondary School student will be announced as the United Nations Association Youth Director for 2010-2011. 

The United Nations Association in Canada will provide this student with a fantastic opportunity to engage young people in the Quinte community about the programs and activities that the UNA provides.
This opportunity will allow Kiera Brant to work directly with the UNAC, challenging her to develop the tools and skills needed to confront some of the world’s most complex issues.
Family, teachers and students are welcome to attend this celebration. Attendees are encouraged to say a few words on behalf of Moira Secondary School.
The event will be held at the Belleville Public Library from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Centennial & Moira prepare to play football under lights

football posterCentennial Chargers and Moira Trojans fans . . . get ready for an historic event! This Friday, October 15, 2010 the Centennial Chargers and Moira Trojans football teams will play under lights for the first time in their history!

The teams will play two games with the Juniors at 5:00 p.m. and the Seniors at 7:00 p.m. under lights. Choirs from both schools will perform O Canada for the 7:00 p.m. game. Location is the newly renovated M.A. Sills Park Artificial Multi-Use and Multi-Sport Field.

This event is taking place through community connections with City of Belleville, Battlefield Rentals of Belleville and Quinte (portable lights donation), Rent All Centre Belleville (portable lights donation), United Rentals of Belleville (portable lights donation), and Wilson Sports, (six soccer balls and six footballs).

All are welcome to come out to cheer the teams on. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted on behalf of Gleaners Food Bank.

Centennial Secondary School is committed to excellence in academics, athletics and arts. Staff and students work as a team to encourage everyone at Centennial to strive to meet the goal of  Exceeding Expectations. As a regional school for Visual and Performing Arts, Centennial offers unique opportunities for students to participate in a full range of creative activities. Several community partnerships provide opportunities for students in all pathways in the arts, sciences, technology, community service and leadership. In addition, the International Student Program contributes to a diverse setting for all students. Strong academic achievement is a focus at CSS and we provide valuable opportunities for students to improve and further develop literacy and numeracy skills.

Moira Secondary School is committed to student achievement in academics, arts and athletics. The school offers a wide range of programs to serve the needs of the entire student body. Students and staff care about their school and community and demonstrate this through numerous activities and events. All contribute to Trojan Pride and character development through involvement in school clubs, extra-curricular and leadership activities and community-centre projects. The school focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life at Moira—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts. Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development.

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

 

Centennial Secondary School student received an international award and tuition scholarship

 

Congratulations to Ian Wright, a Centennial Secondary School student who was chosen to perform as part of the Yamaha Allstar Jazz Ensemble at the MusicFest Canada National Festival in Ottawa.

The 38th annual MusicFest Canada was hosted by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from May 17 to 22, 2010. During the week-long event full of music, learning and fun, MusicFest inspired thousands of young musicians from across Canada.

The Yamaha All-Star Band celebrated its 18th anniversary and featured 20 exceptional young jazz players. The national honour band consisted of successful candidates who gathered for a week of music education and festivity under the direction of Terry Promane from the University of Toronto. Students expanded their musical talent, technique and skill while attending workshops and master classes with top performers. The band performed a full evening concert on Saturday, May 22 at the National Arts Centre.

Ian was one of 29 students to be awarded a Humber College tuition scholarship at the festival. Humber College provides a wide range of tuition scholarships annually to remarkable performers that collaborate at the festival.

Ian was also the 2010 award recipient for the Zildjian Outstanding Drum-set Player Award. Zildjian annually provides several awards to outstanding percussionists totalling over $3,500 in cash and product. Ian was presented with a four-piece set of A Custom cymbals and a box of drumsticks.

MusicFest Canada is an annual national event that brings together over 10,000 of Canada’s finest young musicians. Musicians range from 12 to 25 years of age and are drawn from the elementary, high school, college and university levels. The festival is held each year in may, in a major Canadian city.

MusicFest Canada annually engages the participation of over 450,000 youth in 45 associated festivals nationwide for an opportunity to perform at the national festival. MusicFest provides an opportunity for students and educators to get together and share their musical achievements and ingenuity.

For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Comunications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Centennial Secondary School student received an International Student Award

The 51st Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair and Awards Ceremony were held at Loyalist College on Saturday, March 27, 2010. 

A special International Student Award was presented to Miyuki Kaneko a student from Centennial Secondary School for her science fair poster that was completed in 2D Animation. The award was presented by Nayoung Choi, the director of Toronto International Academy.
The Toronto International Academy sponsored the International Student Award at the Quinte Regional Science Fair because of their ongoing commitment to encourage and assist international students, such as Miyuki Kaneko.
The Toronto International Academy offers high school credit courses in supportive environments with additional services such as tutoring and English (ESL) classes.
 

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

Centennial Secondary School students and staff raised $10,000 for Local Christmas Sharing Program

School spirit was high at Centennial Secondary School on Friday, December 10, 2010 as students and staff hosted the annual Christmas Sharing Auction. Once again Auctioneer Boyd Sullivan, donated his time, keeping students and staff on the edge of their seats with his auctioneering talent and great sense of humour.

By the end of the event, $10,000 was raised for the Christmas Sharing group of Belleville. Food donations of cakes, cookies, pies, fudge and ice cream made by students, classes, staff, parents and donations from local businesses were the feature items. The funds raised tie the highest amount ever for this event in the history of Centennial, definitely exceeding expectations for this year!

One memorable portion of the auction was when the Quinte Ballet students paid over $100 for the entire football team to get up on stage, drop to their knees and yell out, "We love the dancers!"

A special thank you to Boyd Sullivan, Ms. Carroll, Ms. Cook, Ms. Chisholm and the Centennial Secondary Student Council for organizing the auction.

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

 

 

 

 
Last updated: January 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm