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Hundreds of dresses and suits for Trenton High students

Students at Trenton High went dress and suit shopping last night at school!

The school hosted its first Prom Project, offering prom and graduation attire to students free of charge. With hundreds of dresses and suits, students had a huge variety to choose from.

Student Council leaders, led by staff liaison Ms. Jenny Reid, rolled out the red carpet for the event and dressed in formal attire to welcome shoppers. The atmosphere was energized with a live DJ and plenty of snacks to keep shoppers happy during their search for a special outfit.

Trenton High is truly appreciative to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, along with the several community sponsors, for making this opportunity available for students of Quinte West.

Five other secondary schools will be hosting their ‘shopping’ events on the following dates:

  • Bayside Secondary School: Tuesday, April 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Centennial Secondary School: Wednesday, April 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School: Friday, April 27 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • North Hastings High School, Thursday, April 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, Friday, April 20 from 1:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Trenton High School (THS) is a community school where students can learn, lead and achieve success in a positive, character-based, safe and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and the community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways. The diversity of programs and facilities offers all students many opportunities to learn and prepare for their future in a 21st Century environment. THS offers programs in Catering, Music Theatre, Aesthetics, Outer Limits, the Business of Hockey, Communications Technology,  E-Learning and an Alternative Campus. The school has a proud of our tradition of excellence and the sense of pride within the community. Follow Trenton High on Twitter @Trenton_HS.

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

Student Ben Jones, Centennial SS, awarded $70,000 scholarship

Congratulations to Ben Jones, Centennial Secondary School, recipient of a $70,000 scholarship.

Jones is one of 20 exceptional young Canadians chosen as a recipient of the 2012 TD Scholarship for Community Leadership. He was selected from among more than 3,200 applicants. The TD Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in Canada and is valued at up to $70,000 over four years of post-secondary study.

This scholarship includes:

  • Up to $10,000 for tuition per year.
  • $7,500 a year for living expenses.
  • An offer of paid summer employment.
  • Mentorship opportunities.
  • Invitations to annual gatherings, networking opportunities and events.

Jones will be celebrated in community in the coming weeks. He will receive his scholarship award at the National Awards Ceremony in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

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

Congratulations to regional science fair winners

Five students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board were finalists the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair.

Selected for Best in Grade awards were the following:

  • Grade 4: Maahika Mehta from Sir John A Macdonald School, for the project Viscosity of Liquids.

  • Grade 6: Holly Tetzlaff from Queen Victoria School, for the project Monkeying Around With Bananas.

  • Grade 7: Arjun Moorthy from the Destinations Programme at Harry J. Clarke Public School, for the project Water Wise.

  • Grade 8: Govind Pisharodi from the Destinations Programme at Harry J. Clarke Public School, for the project The Antioxidant Effect: A Study on the Relationship Between Antioxidants and Free Radicals.

  • Grades 9: Theresa DeCola from Bayside Secondary School, for the project Theresa’s Interplanetary Shipping 3 – A Multi-phasic Independent Mission Design Analysis.

The 53rd Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair was held at Loyalist College in Belleville on Saturday, March 31, 2012.About 200 colourful, well-researched projects from students in Grades 4 to 12 throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County were on display. Students competed for honours and awards in many categories as they made presentations to the 130+ judges. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how they might improve their future projects.

Theresa DeCola was selected to the 51st Annual Canada Wide Science Fair team. That event will be held in Charlottetown, P.E.I in May 2012. Participants at the Canada Wide fair compete for close to $1 million in awards.

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

Prince of Wales boys won District Boys Basketball

boys basketball team

 

The boys basketball team at Prince of Wales Public School  brought the trophy to the school  after almost 20 years.

It was a nail-biter final game between Prince of Wales and the team from Susanna Moodie Elementary School. Both played with skill and determination. The final score was 38-33.

According to teacher and coach Tim Wood, the POW boys were keen to win.

"Our team is very talented. They are self-starters as individuals who bonded and worked as a team every step of the way," remarked Tim Wood.

Early preparation was a big part of the team’s success. Players asked for more practices, and were eager and motivated to improve their skills.

"We are very proud of these boys. They are ambassadors for our school—hard-working, dedicated and disciplined," added Wood.

Throughout the basketball season, POW staff supported the team through weekend tournaments, staff versus student games, attendance at the finals games and acknowledging the team’s achievements.

It was 1984 when POW last won the District Boys Basketball.

Prince of Wales Public School serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Students in Grades JK to Grade 5 attend nearby Hillcrest School then move to POW for Grades 6, 7 and 8.

Student success, in all areas of education—academics, character development, citizenship, the arts and athletics—is the goal for every student at each site. Prince of Wales offers YMCA before- and after-school and breakfast club programs, and both schools have nutritional snack bins for students who may otherwise go without. Both sites have large school yards with a variety of playground equipment.

Prince of Wales offers specialized classes for students with both cognitive and physical needs. The school also hosts a number of classes to serve students with special needs. Prince of Wales offers both a Primary and Junior/Intermediate program for students with autism, in addition to the class for Primary students with developmental disabilities.

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

Do 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

 

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

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

Submit a nomination for 2012 Educator of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Educator of the Year. This award, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award, is presented to a person who has demonstrated meritorious service to education in Hastings County or Prince Edward County.

The nominee can be a teacher, daycare provider, a tutor or a coach . . . anyone who is an educator and is active in education during the current school year.

AWARDS PRESENTATION
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Time: To follow
Location: Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club, 1830 Old Hwy#2, Belleville

Submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in care of: Albert College, Attention: Educator of the Year Committee, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario K8P 1A6 or fax to Educator of the Year Committee at 613-968-9651.

The Educator of the Year Committee has been celebrating outstanding educators in Hastings County and Prince Edward County since 1967.

BACKGROUND ON SIR MACKENZIE BOWELL
Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823 – 1917) was a strong supporter of education and an active promoter of Hastings County. Bowell was elected to the Belleville Board of Education and served as chairperson of that board from 1856 to 1867. He served as editor and proprietor of The Intelligencer for many years and helped form the Belleville Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce) in 1865. In his editorials, he stressed education as a key to development and championed the growth of Belleville and Hastings County as a whole. Politically, he distinguished himself as a federal cabinet member, a senator, and Canada’s fifth prime minister (1894 – 1896).

For information, please contact:
Sandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2270

 

This teacher effectively integrates technology into the classroom

Grade 6 teacher, Kent Manning, was recently featured in Professionally Speaking, the magazine for the Ontario College of Teachers. Manning teaches media literacy at Harmony Public School and regularly integrates technology into classroom to support 21st Century learning.

"I consider myself very fortunate to be working with the students, staff and administration at Harmony Public School," remarked Manning.

The article describes Manning’s problem, solution, lessons learned, observations and helpful hints.

The problem: How to inspire boys, especially problem students, to want to write.

The solution: Hide the writing in projects to create stop-motion animated movies.

Read the full story at professionallyspeaking.oct.ca/march_2012/features/tech_class.aspx

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

Moira SS Science student gets published in national journal

picture of the studentJenny Xue, a Grade 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) student from Moira Secondary School, has recently had her work published in the Canadian Young Scientist Journal. This is an incredible feat not seen before by any local area science student!

As part of her IB studies, Xue was required to independently research and write an extended essay in an area of her choice. Given her passion for biology, Jenny chose to design and do a sophisticated scientific experiment that investigated the impact of light, sleep, eating habits and weight gain in mice. To make a long process of numerous observations, data analysis and critical thinking shorter, she discovered that, in mice, light at night (LAN) increased appetite by disturbing sleep and increased overall activity level.

The Canadian Young Scientist Journal is a unique peer-reviewed scientific publication entirely dedicated to original high school student research. Since 2008 the non-profit organization has provided an opportunity to publish students’ innovative ideas in various fields of science and engineering. The journal attracts independent thinkers and introduces them to professional and academic communities.

To read Jenny’s article, go to http://www.cysjournal.ca/ and choose the 2012 publication.

The Moira Secondary School focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life the school—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.

Moira SS has a full range of options to choose from including the International Baccalaureate Program, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Geoventure, top-notch technological programs, as well as a wide variety of focus programs. The newest programs include the Academy of Sport, a hockey skills development program; senior level computer engineering;  business leadership courses; traditional and digital photography; a Student Leadership course and a new multimedia arts course focusing on broadcasting and digital recording.

The entire school community is committed to encouraging our students to excel in every pathway and to facilitating student success.

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

Bayside Secondary students are eager to see “The Hunger Games”

Students at Bayside Secondary School will be attending an advance screening of the movie The Hunger Games on Friday, March 23. The book version of this three-part series is popular with boys, girls and adults. It is about a young woman who lives in a post apocalyptic world and who is forced to compete to the death in order to win a year’s worth of food for her district.

The 88 students are in Grades 9 to 12. Some are studying the science fiction genre in their media class and will be practising their filming skills by producing a video about this excursion. Others are in the White Pine Reading Club and will be discussing whether the film is an accurate portrayal of the book at their meeting next week. The group also includes the students in the school who have read the series.

According to teacher Karen Morrow, the interest in this series is overwhelming.

“The fun thing about this reading phenomenon is that both genders and all grades and pathways are into this series. I have not been able to keep the books on the shelf. We also have the e-versions available on our eight Kobo readers and the White Pine reading members have been borrowing them. It’s been fun as well because I’ve heard from students whose parents and even grandparents have been reading the books, too. When I mentioned the trip at our Grade 8 Parents’ Night I had a positive reaction and some envious moms and dads!” remarked Karen Morrow.

Bayside Secondary School provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. BSS excels in many different areas, including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. The school vision statement is “A community promoting excellence in achievement by engaging learners in a relevant challenging curriculum which prepares them for the future.”

Bayside is home to the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board French Immersion program. The school offers other specialty programs, including International Studies, Communications Technology and EcoBound, a unique multi-credit package for senior students, as well as the most extensive Advanced Placement program in the area.

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

 

Invitation to a community workshop on teamwork

Working together with passion and purpose, that is the focus of an upcoming free workshop. Community members are invited to register for this session featuring Charmaine Hammond, an international transformational speaker who helps people live inspired, resilient lives. event flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
TIME: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

At this session Charmaine Hammond will focus on strategies for developing meaningful, purposeful relationships between school and community. Participants will learn:

• Three essentials to working together on purpose
• How to get clear on our purpose
• Building purpose and passion into our work together

Register online at sweb.hpedsb.on.ca:8005/registration/index.cfm or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2279.

Charmaine Hammond is an award winning and bestselling author of On Toby’s Terms, Toby The Pet Therapy Dog – and his hospital friends and Bounce Forward. She has also been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul- What I learned from the dog and is also co-authoring a new book GPS Your Best Life. Her book On Toby’s Terms is currently in development to become a major motion picture. Hammond has been featured on CBC, CTV, Global TV, 820 CHAM, Alberta Prime Time News, many major newspapers, and in various magazines.

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

 

 

Returning soldiers appreciated letters from Deseronto PS students

Students at Deseronto Public School experienced a very special community connection recently. They were visited by three Canadian soldiers who they had been communicating with while the troops were in Afghanistan.

During a full-school assembly, Captain Heiler and Corporal Perry showed pictures of their trips to and from Afghanistan, as well as the base and Canada House in Kandahar. They also showed pictures of the letters students had written which, along with student art work, displayed at the base. Grade 5 and 6 students wrote thank you letters, with six students reading them aloud during the assembly.

"The troops’ visit to our school was certainly a highlight for all students. Being able to make a personal connection to a few of the soldiers they had written to was an experience they will remember for a long time," stated Principal Heather Seres.

The troops presented the school with a thank you/recognition plaque which is now on display in the foyer. They also visited each classroom to answer students’ questions about the Afghanistan community, service to Canadians and to those in other countries, and their travels. As a surprise, the troops also presented each student with handmade bracelets.

"We were all so proud that day for the work that our troops do here in Canada and around the world," added Seres.

Deseronto Public School is located 37 km east of Belleville in the community of Deseronto. The school was built in 1956 to replace an older building dating back to 1870. The student body of 170 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 is from the local community. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007. A large playground with abundant equipment, a gymnasium complete with phantom sound, a computer lab and a library with a SMART Board enrich the school to support student success and continuous improvement for all. The school council funding support for the school library and a community partnership with the public library ensures the availability of resources and provides positive support for the students of Deseronto Public School.

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

 

K to 6 students engaged by Green Thumb Theatre performances

event flyerThe show 500 Words, all the way from British Columbia, is receiving rave reviews from elementary schools this week. Ten schools are welcoming Green Thumb Theatre and its performance of the story of a Grade 3 and 6 reading buddy duo who share the adventure of collaboration through writing together. The story is poignant, funny and challenging to students as they confront similar literacy issues in their school lives.

The performance features Green Thumb Theatre’s cast and crew:

  • Ian Harmon as Lance
  • Claire Hesselgrave as Sylvia
  • Melissa Novecosky, stage manager

The following schools were involved:

  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Madoc Public School
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • College Street Public School

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

 

 

 

 

Harry J. Clarke PS student to serve as a legislative page

Congratulations to Grade 8 student, Alex Bossio, who has been selected to serve as a legislative page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Toronto. During his three-week term, from May 28 to June 8, 2012, Bossio will serve as a messenger on the floor of the Legislative Chamber, meet key parliamentary figures and learn about Ontario’s parliamentary system of government. He will be away from his school, Harry J. Clarke Public School, during that time.

Bossio is the second HPEDSB student selected this year to serve as a legislative page. He earned his spot by submitting an application that included an essay outlining his achievements, community involvement and suitability for the program. He must study and learn the faces, names and locations of the 107 MPPs before arriving at Queen’s Park for his first day on the job. Legislative pages are selected from across the province and come together at Queen’s Park. They develop long-lasting friendships and meet fellow students with similar interests as they participate in this unique educational program.

During a typical day in the program, pages arrive at Queen’s Park at approximately 8:00 a.m., dress in their uniforms and then prepare the Legislative Chamber for the morning’s debates. As the day progresses, pages are involved in a number of activities including: delivering messages and water for the MPPs in the Chamber; taking classes in legislative process and mathematics; and meeting with key legislative players such as the party leaders and speaker of the house.

The Legislative Page Program is open to students in Grades 7 and 8 who have an interest in current affairs, have an academic average of 80% or higher and get along well with their peers and adults. Complete details are online at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.

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

Students earned top recognition at a skills competition

Congratulations to 55 HPEDSB secondary school students who earned top recognition at a local skills competition on Friday, March 2, 2012. The event featured approximately 100 participants from four school boards and one college. At this event, students demonstrate their skills and knowledge in various competitions, while respecting appreciation for the other competitors.

Following is a list of the HPEDSB winners in each category.

Aesthetics (2 person)

  • 1st place: Carly Frost and Alicia Platt, Trenton High School
  • 2nd place: Connor Ferguson and Jenna Verreault, Trenton High School

Automotive (Service Technician)

  • 1st place: Tyler Forbes, Quinte Secondary School
  • 3rd place: Justin Bell, Centennial Secondary School

Carpentry (2 person)

  • 1st place: Shawn Peck and Dakota Ruttan, Quinte Secondary School

Carpentry (4 person)

  • 3rd place: Jeremiah Doherty, Michael Burfoot, Connor Wells, and Jordan Haggett, Bayside Secondary Schol

Precision Machining 

  • 1st place: Jacob Yntema, Quinte Secondary School
  • 2nd place: Mathew Kinmond, Bayside Secondary School
  • 3rd place: Cody Leger, Bayside Secondary School

Welding 

  • 1st place: Jeff Chiasson, Quinte Secondary School
  • 3rd place: Case Hart-Maxwell, Bayside Secondary School

Participants were from the following schools/boards:

  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Loyalist College

Some of these finalists will proceed to provincial competitions taking place in April 2012.

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

Teacher Sheryl Parker and students featured on CKWS-TV news

Queen Victoria School teacher Sheryl Parker was featured in a CKWS-TV news story on Friday, March 2. A former Educator of the Year Award recipient, Parker’s segment was titled ADVENTURE HERO:There’s no doubt parents play an important role in the education of their children. Watch the story online at: bit.ly/ziLCch

Parker teaches students in Grade 1, 2 and 3 in the Adventure Class. It is a unique program where older students help younger students, and involves parents and extended family members, as well. The program emphasizes hands-on learning, real life discovery and integrated life skills. A lively mix of ages, academic levels, skills and interests are further enriched by family and community involvement. The Adventure Class offers a warm, family-like learning environment with an emphasis on sharing, cooperation and mutual support.

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

Queen Victoria School 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

Seeking input on school year calendar dates

Each spring school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the upcoming school year, in accordance with the Education Act and Regulation 304. In establishing its annual calendar, it is the practice of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to consult with parents/guardians, students, community members and community partners.

The draft calendar proposes the following:

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 24, 2012 to Friday, January 4, 2013.
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 11, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013.
  • Six professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 28, 2012;
    • Monday, October 29, 2012;
    • Friday, November 23, 2012;
    • Friday, February 1, 2013;
    • Friday, May 24, 2013; and
    • Friday, June 28, 2013.
  • Last day of school for students: Friday, June 28, 2013.

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Please provide feedback by sending an email to information@hpedsb.on.ca or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350 by Friday, March 9, 2012.

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

Digital field trip to Drumheller, Alberta for Prince Charles (Belleville) students

The Grade 3/4 class at Prince Charles School (Belleville) will participate in a digital field trip today, travelling virtually to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Alberta. The Royal Tyrrell has one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaur fossils. Renowned geologists and paleontologists who study the igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks for fossils are also connected to the museum. The students will interact with the museum host to ask questions about their own projects about rocks, erosion, fossils and minerals.

"The students are looking forward to this event," said Tina Bergman, the teacher who has been doing this for a couple of years. "Video-conferencing makes it possible. The interaction between my class and the geologists is virtually seamless."

To solidify their learning, the students will create realistic fiction videos as a culminating activity for their projects. They have prepared the following questions for today’s digital learning experience.

  1. Logan: How did natural water from Drumheller transform into petroleum or fossil fuels? We know that there are certain animals that were needed to get crushed down, but how did these transform into the fuel? How was the fossil fuels created from heat and pressure? Logan’s thoughts: I know that when my uncle heated my hockey stick and it bent, I am wondering if it was something like that. I think that there is two ways: 1)  that the heat from the bottom of the lake created pressure. 2) That the earth closed up over the water and pressed down to create fossil fuels. Answer from Joanna the Geologist at the Royal Tyrrell: Plant materials get buried in sediment, which over time, turns to rocks. These rocks bury the plant material and it gets deeper down in the earth. Being deep in the earth is where the heat comes from. The rocks over top provide the pressure which concentrates the carbon in the dead plants to form coal. Petroleum is the same process but happens to marine algae.
  2. Hailey: Were the Trillium flowers alive during the Mesozoic Era? Hailey’s thoughts: I’m still wondering . . . probably not. The first flowering plants arrived in the Cretaceous, so something like the Trillium would not have been seen yet.
  3. Vicky: At what point (during the time periods) did diamonds, rubies, topaz and other gems evolve? Vicky’s thoughts . . . I’m still wondering . . .Answer from Joanna the Geologist at the Royal Tyrrell: Most gemstones are minerals. A few, like pearls, come from animals. Minerals are parts of rocks and rocks have been around longer than animals and plants. Rocks began cooling and hardening about 4 billion years ago (that’s the oldest ones we have found on the earth). Gemstones may go through the rock cycle over and over, just like any other rock or mineral could. They are simply minerals that humans find pretty or special in some way.
  4. Curtis: What types of rock formations contain goal and diamonds? Curtis’s thoughts: I think sedimentary and igneous but I’m not too sure – I guess I’m still wondering . . . Answer from Joanna the Geologist at the Royal Tyrrell: Gold can be found in two types of deposits: in hard rocks (igneous and metamorphic) or rivers where the gold is concentrated. When gold is found in sedimentary rocks it’s because these river systems produced them. Diamonds are found in igneous rocks call Kimberlite. The kimberlite is pushed up quickly from deep down in the crust of the earth where there is extreme pressure. Diamonds are carbon that forms at high pressure underneath the continental crust.
  5. Samantha: How are gold and diamonds formed in the rock cycle? Samantha’s thoughts: I’m still wondering . . .Answer from Joanna the Geologist at the Royal Tyrrell: Diamonds are formed when carbon is buried below the continental crust and at high pressure carbon forms diamond low pressure carbon forms graphite (which is pencil lead). The carbon is brought to the surface by Kimberlite pipes which are igneous. Here’s a tidbit of extra information: the diamonds aren’t actually in the igneous rock itself, they are trapped in Xenolithes which are tiny bits of the mantle carried to the surface in the Kimerlite pipes. Share that with Curtis too!

Mrs. Bergman and Principal Mr. Smit would like to thank The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation which made this digital field trip possible through a learning foundation grant to enhance the 21st Century learning at Prince Charles School.

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

Arts Gala and Silent Auction Fundraiser at Sir John A. Macdonald School

Plan to attend the Arts Gala and Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit Sir John A. Macdonald School.

DATE: Friday, March 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sir John A. Macdonald School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

EVENT DETAILS

  • This event will showcase the artwork of SJAM student artists. Silent Auction items will be open for bidding. Entertainment will be provided by the school Children’s Choir, members of Mr. Murphy’s Grade 5/6 class and Quinte Ballet School. A professional photographer will be available for portraits for $5.
  • Cold hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
  • Admission is $5 for adults, free for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Sir John A. Macdonald School, located in the west end of Belleville, serves approximately 250 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. SJAM is a single storey accessible school with a library and computer lab, a spacious playground with adjoining parks and arena nearby. The school is proud of its 45 year history of education excellence. The focus is on literacy and numeracy. The school is designated as a “Healthy Active School Community” and an EarthCARE school, as well. Each month learning is celebrated through a celebration assembly which showcases all aspects of school curriculum and extra-curricular activities. The school newsletter “The Message” communicates to our community each month highlighting student work and learning. SJAM also provides a vibrant program for English Language Learners. Building an inclusive school community is a priority for all who attend and work at Sir John A. Macdonald.

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

Event cancellations due to inclement weather, March 1, 2012

Due to weather conditions, the following events have been rescheduled:

  1. The Destinations "shadow day" and interviews at Harry J. Clarke Public School scheduled for Thursday, March 1, will be rescheduled to Monday, March 5, 2012. The events scheduled for tomorrow will take place as planned. For more information, please contact:
    Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140.
  2. The Grade 6 to 8 Pathways Night at Centennial Secondary School has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact: Centennial Secondary School, 613.062.9233.

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

“Streetproof Your Child” workshop for parents

Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville) will be hosting a workshop for parents about protecting children from Internet threats. workshop flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 135 MacDonald Avenue, Belleville

The first 30 participants will receive a 42-page handbook containing details about each topic.

TOPICS

  • User account security
  • Internet content control
  • Social networking
  • File sharing
  • Cyberbullying

Guest speaker Steve Chapelle will describe how the conveniences of the Internet are not without significant risks.

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

 

Tweed-Hungerford student to serve as a legislative page

Lauren BarryCongratulations to Grade 7 student, Lauren Barry, who has been selected to serve as a legislative page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Toronto. During her term of duty, March 19 to April 5, 2012, Barry will serve as a messenger on the floor of the Legislative Chamber, meet key parliamentary figures and learn about Ontario’s parliamentary system of government. Her term of duty will last three weeks, during which time she will be away from her home school, Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School.

Barry earned her spot in the program by submitting an application that included an essay outlining her achievements, involvements and suitability for the program. She must study and learn the faces, names and locations of the 107 MPPs before arriving at Queen’s Park for her first day on the job. Legislative pages are selected from across the province and come together at Queen’s Park. They develop long-lasting friendships and meet fellow students with similar interests as they participate in this unique educational program.

During a typical day in the program, pages arrive at Queen’s Park at approximately 8:00 a.m., dress in their uniforms and then prepare the Legislative Chamber for the morning’s debates. As the day progresses, pages are involved in a number of activities including: delivering messages and water for the MPPs in the Chamber; taking classes in legislative process and mathematics; and meeting with key legislative players such as the party leaders and speaker of the house.

The Legislative Page Program is open to students in Grades 7 and 8 who have an interest in current affairs, have an academic average of 80% or higher and get along well with their peers and adults. Complete details are online at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.

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

Adventure Class: Information Night and Family Day event

Family Day at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

Join the Adventure Class at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre on Family Day, Monday, February 20, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. .The event is completely FREE and promises fun and a day outdoors well spent with your family!

Family Day flyer (PDF link)

Activities include:

  • Shelter building
  • Low ropes obstacle course
  • Survival games
  • Campfire
  • Nature-based crafts
  • Guided nature walks

An Information Night for the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend to learn about this innovative approach to delivering the Ontario curriculum.

Information Night flyer (PDF link)

The Adventure Class involves older students helping younger students, parents sharing their skills, hands-on activities, community outings and an accent on real-life learning and discovery. Learning outside the classroom can include the following:

  • Junior class trip to Ottawa, including a sleep over in a hostel
  • Trip to Medieval Times in Toronto
  • Visit to the National Air Force Museum of Canada
  • Monthly visits to the Belleville Public Library and Art Gallery
  • Hands-on local artist led workshops, for example, sessions with Marg Macintyre and Gene Ouimette
  • Participation in the “Stream of Dreams” project with Quinte Conservation Authority
  • Loaf and Ladle homemade soup and bread lunches
  • Visits to an organic farm, corn maze and the Stirling Agricultural Museum
  • Performances by local musicians and story teller led workshops, for example Ian Tamblyn and Rick Fines
  • Visits to local farms, markets and museums
  • Moira River clean-up with Quinte Conservation Authority
  • Local arts and theatre events at the Empire Theatre, Stirling Theatre and Centennial Secondary School
  • Weekly physical educational instructional program outside of the classroom, for example 12 weeks of skating, 12 weeks of swimming, Frink Centre outings
  • Christmas caroling by students, parents and family members
  • Overnight family camping trip in June
  • A number of monthly parent meetings, some with family pot-luck dinners

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

Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools

Parents/guardians and Grade 8 students are invited to Open Houses at local public secondary schools. HPEDSB secondary schools offer innovative programming to prepare students for apprenticeships, college, university or work.

Find out more at upcoming Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools. Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited.

Open Houses at Secondary Schools
School
Date and time
Telephone number
Bayside Secondary School Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. 613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary School Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. 613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary School Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m., 613-473-4251
Moira Secondary School Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-8668
North Hastings High School Thursday, February 16, 6:45 p.m. 613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Wednesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m 613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary School Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-9295
Trenton High School Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. 613-392-1227

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

Kindergarten registration information

It is time to register your child for Kindergarten.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

The Kindergarten program exposes children to multi-sensory activities in the areas of:

  • Personal and social development
  • Science and technology
  • Health and physical activity
  • Language, math and visual arts

Learn more about Kindergarten at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

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

French Immersion Information Nights, Feb. 7 & 8

French Immersion offers students the opportunity to become bilingual in a second language. It starts in Grade 4 and continues through secondary school.

French Immersion is begins in Grade 4 at Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School.

UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS

The best French Immersion success comes from students . . .

Bonjour mon nom est Mathew and je veux te dire pourquoi je suis en immersion française. Hi my name is Mathew and I want to tell you why I’m in French Immersion . . . it’s because learning to speak French will open so many doors in the future! Speaking French can help to get a good job or be accepted into college or university. And, learning a second language is a lot of fun!

Salut, je m’appelle Angelique et je suis dans la cinquième annee de l’immersion de francais. Hi, my name is Angelique, and here’s why I enjoy French Immersion. When I started in Grade 4, I met a lot of new friends who also enjoy learning to speak, read and write in another language. We do fun learning activities, games and songs to help us learn. We even travel to French speaking areas of Canada for school trips to help to improve our French. I really enjoy French Immersion and know that you will, too.

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

 

Harry J. Clarke PS “French Carnaval” Tues., Feb. 7

Winter Wonderland Family Night featuring “French Carnaval.” If you’re interested in French culture, this is one event you should plan to attend!

DATE: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
TIME: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville

EVENT DETAILS
Students, staff and community volunteers are happily preparing for a night of music, literacy, math and a hockey match, complimented with delicious crêpes.

  • Live music from the school band, Glee Club and Primary choir
  • Literacy activities featuring Belleville Bulls hockey players and special guests reading winter stories and serving hot chocolate
  • Math activities featuring including a presentation from the author of “Four Piggies,” Jeanette Ramnarine and also critical thinking challenges
  • Healthy active living events and a hockey match against the Belleville Bulls
  • Make-and-take “Carnaval-inspired” crafts
  • Book trade: bring in your gently used books ahead of time and during the evening chose new books to take home

A presentation about French Immersion (begins in Grade 4) will provide interested students and parents with program details and how to apply.

Crêpes are back! Fresh-made, delicious, sweet and savoury crepes will be available for $5.

Bonhomme will be visiting and having his picture taken with students.

Maple snow cones are available to all!

Please RSVP to the school to allow for enough food for all, 613.969.0140, or hjclarke@hpedsb.on.ca

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

Full-school lip dub production to premier at Prince Edward CI

Panthers Productions presents the premiere of Proud to be a Panther—The Lip Dub! starring all Prince Edward Collegiate students and staff.Watch the video on YouTube.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Gym B, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

Produced, directed and filmed by student council co-president Cassidy Allison, Proud to be a Panther—The Lip Dub! portrays the excitement and energy that a PECI Panther student feels everyday. Filmed in various locations throughout the school, follow the camera as it showcases some exciting areas such as the weight room, state-of-the-art science labs, fully-equipped technology rooms, professional quality music room, expansive library, and the newly renovated front foyer.

Proud to be a Panther—The Lip Dub! was filmed in one continuous shot on December 21, 2011. Every student, teacher, custodian, secretary and educational assistant showed his or her Panther Pride by dancing, singing, acting and flipping to the beat.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute emphasizes challenging academic programming, a full complement of musical, dramatic and creative arts, and a wide range of top-notch athletics and extracurricular activities for all students. A provincially recognized Specialist High Skills Majorschool, PECI enhances the regular complement of academic courses with the Venture University Enrichment program and dual credit programming with Loyalist College and St. Lawrence College.Continuing 50+ years of tradition, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute continues to serve students living in Prince Edward County to ensure their success in the world.

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

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Tues., Jan. 31

Destinations Programme for Grade 7 and 8 students
The Destinations Programme is for Grade 7 and 8 students who are innately curious and passionate about learning.

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Through active inquiries, students will explore their role in the world, and further their sense of social justice. They will be given the opportunity to become active and responsible citizens who are internationally-minded and technologically savvy.

In the Destinations classroom, students inspire and motivate each other to become life-long learners, and proficient digital navigators. Thus the programme develops students who take steps to create a better and more peaceful world.

The Destinations Programme is aligned with the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum for Grades 7 and 8. It is built on five central themes that guide our approach to teaching and learning.

For more information, please contact:

  • Marie Mitchell, Principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140, mmitchell@hpedsb.on.ca
  • Carla Ross, Vice-principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140, cross@hpedsb.on.ca

 

* * Exams cancelled Fri., Jan. 27, re-scheduled to next week * *

All exams are cancelled today, Friday, January 27, 2012 due to no busing. The alternate day schedule will be followed. School-by-school dates are listed below.

Bayside Secondary School: Period 3 and Period 4 exams scheduled for this morning will be written at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, January 29 after the Period 5 exam that will be written at 8:15 a.m. on Monday.

Centennial Secondary School: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. Exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30. Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday.

Centre Hastings Secondary School: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. Exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30 Period 3). Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday (Period 4).

Moira Secondary School: Period 4 exam is rescheduled to Monday, January 30 at 8:30 a.m. The Period 5 exam is rescheduled to Tuesday, January 31at 8:30 a.m.

North Hastings High School: All Period 3 exams will be moved to Monday.

Quinte Secondary School: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. For example, exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30. Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute: The exam schedule will be pushed back by one day. For example, exams originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled to Monday, January 30. Monday exams will be rescheduled to Tuesday.

Trenton High School: All final written culminating activities today are moved to Monday, January 30, and the Monday activities will be moved to Tuesday.

Centennial SS presents “Peter Pan The Musical”

Peter Pan poster Fri., Jan. 20 to Sun., Jan 22. The Darling children fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan in this year’s production of Peter Pan The Musical.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS
Friday, January 20, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2:00 p.m.

With a cast of almost 40 students and just as many helping behind the scenes, this is a musical you won’t want to miss! All have been working hard to create an entertaining and stimulating experience that will make you feel like you are in Neverland.

Peter Pan The Musical
Set in England and magical Neverland around the beginning of the 20th Century, Peter Pan The Musical features Peter Pan, a boy who didn’t want to grow up and so spent his life in Neverland battling the pirates and Indians. But when he brings the Darling children to Neverland with him, he is finally able to defeat his foe, Captain Hook, and befriend the Indian chief.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, available by calling the school office at 613.962.9233

Centennial Secondary School is committed to excellence in academics, athletics and the 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, CSS offers many unique opportunities for students to participate in a full range of creative activities. The many community partnerships provide exceptional 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 through opportunities for students to improve and further develop literacy and numeracy skills. 

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

 

Feed the Meter campaign raised over $27,000

Food for Learning programs throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County will receive additional funds to purchase food because of the success of the December 2011 Feed the Meter campaign.

Throughout December, parking was free in the downtown areas of Bancroft, Belleville, Frankford, Picton, Stirling and Trenton. Visitors were asked to “feed the meter” as a fundraiser for school Food for Learning programs. A total of $27,013.18 was raised through the generous donations.

“The generosity of the public is overwhelming,” said Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. “The success of this campaign lies directly with the people who kindly donated throughout the holiday season. On behalf of the many children and youth who rely on Food for Learning programs, thank you!”

The amounts raised in each community include meter donations, sponsor donations and other community donations.
Bancroft: $889.47
Belleville: $12,241.94
Picton: $3,465.43
Quinte West: (Trenton & Frankford), $9,955.59
Stirling: $460.75

Total meter revenue increased by almost $5,000 over last year. In Trenton the increase was $1,697; in Belleville the increase was $2,227.06; and in Picton the increase was $472.60.

This was the third year for this unique fundraising initiative. Through the support of the mayors, councils and downtown business associations of Belleville, Picton and Trenton, parking was free at the meters downtown throughout the month of December. During that time, visitors and shoppers in the downtown areas were invited to continue to put money in the meters as a donation to the Food for Learning programs. All funds raised in a particular community will be shared among the schools in that community.

Feed the Meter expanded into communities that did not have sidewalk parking meters.  Temporary parking meters were placed throughout Bancroft, Frankford and Stirling during December. As a result, more schools will benefit from this campaign.

Funds raised will support 59 local schools: 24 in Belleville, 17 in Quinte West, eight in Prince Edward County, seven in North Hastings and three in Stirling, and will be used to purchase nutritious food for their breakfast, snack and/or lunch programs.

Thank you to the sponsors

  • Starboard Communications, Media Sponsor
  • Greek Hall, Breakfast Event Sponsor
  • In Bancroft
    • Pepin’s No Frills
    • Bancroft Real Estate
    • Hastings Federation of Agriculture
    • The Old Tin Shed
    • Burke’s Jewellers
  • In Belleville
    • Kellogg’s
    • Adecco Employment Services
    • Scotiabank
    • Paulo’s Restaurant
  • In Prince Edward County
    • Prinzen Ford
    • Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture
  • In Quinte West
    • Tomasso’s Restaurant
    • City of Quinte West
    • HAI Precision Waterjet
    • Whitley Insurance & Financial Services
    • Adecco Employment Services
    • Wilkinson & Co.
  • In Stirling
    • Stirling Retired Teachers
    • Hastings Federation of Agriculture
    • Spruce Knoll Farms
    • Woodbeck Auto Parts

As a program of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, Food for Learning is a community partnership committed to enhancing classroom learning by supporting school nutrition programs. Many students arrive at school with little or no nutritious food to sustain them throughout the day. Through Food for Learning, children and youth have access to the healthy food they need to grow, thrive and achieve.

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

Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170, ext. 2205

Public information meetings for Stirling & Tweed schools

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has received approval from the Ministry of Education to build two new schools, one in Stirling and one in Tweed. Each is scheduled to open in September 2013.

The new Stirling school will consolidate students from Stirling Primary School, Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School into one school on the Stirling Senior site.

The new Tweed school will consolidate students from S.H. Connor School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School into one school on the Tweed-Hungerford site.

Public information meetings are scheduled for January 2012. Newspaper ad (pdf)

  1. STIRLING COMMUNITY: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:30 p.m., Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling.
  2. TWEED COMMUNITY: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:00 p.m., Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School, 52 McClellan Street, Tweed.

The purpose is to share preliminary floor plans and review project timelines. Members of the public will be able to provide comments and ask questions following the presentation.

For information, please contact: Sandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator at 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2270, by email at ssmith@hpedsb.on.ca, or by fax at 613-962-1048. Details are also available online at www.hpedsb.on.ca

Nominate an educator or support staff for a Premier’s Award

Nominations are now open for the Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. Parents, students, educators and community members can nominate an outstanding educator or support staff member for an award.

Two new awards have been created this year to recognize the unique role that registered early childhood educators play in supporting children and families: Early Childhood Educator of the Year and Full-Day Kindergarten Team of the Year.

The deadline to submit a nomination is February 6, 2012.

The awards are a great way to say thank you to someone who makes a difference.

 

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

 

 

Holiday celebrations and recognition

Ensuring that our classrooms and schools are inclusive learning environments is reflected in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board approach to celebrating holidays, including Christmas. Celebrating and decorating for Christmas may include Christmas trees, garlands, stories, crafts and songs (both secular and sacred). It is our goal to be inclusive and accepting of all students from every background and learning need. Therefore, we encourage schools to embrace the wonderful opportunities to celebrate all faiths and cultures, and to help students learn about and value differences and commonalities amongst all people.

During the holiday season we are very proud of the contributions that our students and staff make to support food drives, clothing distribution and toy drives, to name just a few. These examples demonstrate the alignment between traditions and developing caring, socially responsible citizens. These qualities are valued in all faiths and cultures, and are supported through our Growing with Character initiative. Many special seasonal assemblies and celebrations build on traditions and find a respectful balance that reflects each individual school community and our multicultural Canadian society.

We are committed to safe, caring and inclusive learning and working environments. We strive to model good character and citizenship, and to ensure that all students, families and staff feel welcome, safe and accepted in our schools. It is through an open and collaborative approach that we continue to engage students, parents and community partners to create and sustain a positive school climate that supports success for each student.

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

 

$12,500 from Trenton High Annual Christmas Auction

Students and staff at Trenton High School rose to the challenge and demonstrated their commitment to community. They raised $12,555 for the Kinsmen Toy Drive and Salvation Army at the annual Christmas Auction.

“Our students and staff are very giving and recognize the importance of creating community connections,” stated Principal Darren McFarlane. “I am so proud of everyone involved. This unprecedented level of generosity is incredible!”

McFarlane is referring to the $8,000 raise last year, as compared to $12,555 this year.

The Annual Christmas Auction was held during the morning on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

Thank you to all Trenton Tigers who gave generously, and to host auctioneer Jim Nelson.

Trenton High School (THS) is a community school where students can achieve success in a positive, character-based, safe, and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and the community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways. The diversity of programs and facilities offers all students many opportunities to learn and prepare for their future. THS offers such programs as Catering, Music Theatre, Aesthetics, Outer Limits, an Alternative Campus, the Business of Hockey, specialized Communications Technology and E-Learning. THS is very proud of its tradition of excellence and the sense of pride we share with our community.

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

 

Dwayne Inch re-elected chair of the Board, Jim Williams as vice-chair

Trustee Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Jim Williams was elected as vice-chair of the Board at the annual public Board meeting held Monday, December 5, 2011. The chair and vice-char are elected annually at the December meeting. Pictured right: Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Inch expressed appreciation to fellow Board members for placing their trust in him.

"I have enjoyed working as interim chair after the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Carl Pitman, earlier this year. The community has entrusted us with our most precious commodities: children. As trustees, our job comes with challenges, and yet they are overshadowed when children perform their best. I want to thank Director of Education Rob McGall for his encouragement and support, and the senior team and staff for keeping us organized," Inch remarked.

Williams, in his remarks for wanting to run for vice-chair, expressed sentiments relating to student achievement.

"Students are our number one priority. We must continue to focus on their success through development of character, academic excellence and social skills. As trustees, we endeavour to see students grow in character and knowledge," stated Williams. Pictured right: Jim Williams, Vice-chair of the Board.

Inch was first elected to the Board in December 2006 and was acclaimed in the October 2010 municipal election. He represents South Prince Edward County, with the following schools included in his electoral area:

  • Athol Central Public School
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • South Marysburgh Central School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Williams was first elected to the Board in December 1990. He represents Sidney and Frankford, with the following schools included in his electoral area:

  • Bayside Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Bayside Secondary School

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

2nd Annual Festival of Trees at Earl Prentice PS

Students, families and the community are invited to a festive celebration at Earl Prentice Public School.

EVENT DETAILS
2nd Annual Festival of Trees  PDF flyer

DATE: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
TIME: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Earl Prentice Public School, 17 William Street, Marmora

Stroll through a "storybook Christmas" and see the beautifully-decorated Christmas trees. Each has been sponsored by community partners and staff who donated the decorations and spent time putting them on the real trees. Each tree will be raffled off that evening.

Enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider and a bake sale!

Thank you to these community partners for sponsoring trees and other items:

  • Bruce Cook
  • Cooney’s Apple Store
  • Drummonds BMR
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Home Hardware
  • Luke Mercier Handmade Violins and Banjos (Janet and Luke Mercier)
  • Madoc Farm Supply
  • Marmora Jamboree (Brenda Warren)/ Ed and Janice Storms
  • Marmora Ultramar
  • Nickles Pharmacy
  • Porcupine Creek Farms (Matt and Karen Caruana Family)
  • Pretty In Pink (Ashley Wright)
  • Retired Teachers
  • Sue’s Flowers
  • School Council
  • TD Bank

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

Vote for Trenton High in Aviva Community Fund process

School and community members are invited to vote for Trenton High School in the the Aviva Community Fund Contest. The competition funds projects that will make a positive difference in communities. The THS Track Quest project placed third nationally in the recent Round 1 voting and now proceeds to the semi-finals. THS Track Quest will compete against 29 other entries for one of the $150,000 prizes.

Online voting for the semi finals begins Monday Dec.5 at 12:00 p.m. The THS Track Quest entry is located online at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11498

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

Moira Juniors won national football final!

The Moira Secondary School Junior football team made school history by winning the National Capital Bowl finals on Saturday, November 26, 2011. The team won 24-14 over St. Mary’s. The victory is especially rewarding because the St. Mary’s team was previously unbeaten, with a 19-0 record.

Success at this level comes from tremendous effort on the part of every member of the team, along with superior coaching. Congratulations to these fine athletes, plus the coaches, players, parents and supporters for believing in the team.

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

North Hastings volleyball team to OFSAA championships

Congratulations to the Senior Boys volleyball team at North Hastings High School. They won COSSA during a recent home game. They will play three games at OFSAA in Stratford on Thursday, November 24, 2011. The AA Volleyball finals are scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2011.

Go Huskies!

Pictured below: North Hastings Senior Boys volleyball team, with Head Coach Lyle Collins and Assistant Coach Steve Brethour.

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for the 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. NHHS offers 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. 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.

NHHS 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.

Quinte Senior Girls won Gold!

Congratulations to the Quinte Secondary School Senior Girls rugby team (pictured right). They won gold at both Bay of Quinte and COSSA. The Junior Girls rugby team won Silver at both Bay of Quinte and COSSA.

The Senior girls, seeded within the top three in the province, will travel to Ottawa in June to compete in the all Ontario Girls Rugby Championships.

Athletes from both the Junior and Senior teams will participate in a rugby tour in California in March 2012. Their coach, Pete Hercus, Arts Department Head at Quinte Secondary School is a highly skilled rugby coach. He coached the Ontario Under 17 Women’s team who finished third at the Under 18 Nationals in Calgary.

Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students and a continued commitment to improving. Incredible successes have been achieved by Quinte students through academic accomplishments and through the diversity of extracurricular activities in athletics, the arts, and student leadership activities, to name a few. The staff is committed to students, with the aim of providing each Quinte Saint with a variety of engaging programs and activities, in a safe and caring environment, with a focus on student achievement.

 

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

 

Art show and sale to feature student creations

Students in the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School have planned an event you won’t want to miss: a student art show and sale, and silent auction. Online flyer.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Sunday, November 27, 2011
TIME: 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Belleville Club, 210 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

The Primary and Junior Adventure Class students have worked with local artist, Kristen Morrison, to produce paintings on canvas. Their creations will be on sale for $15, with the proceeds going back to the class. In addition to producing a piece of art for sale, each child will have a job at the art show, such as selling/taking tickets, helping with set-up or clearing tables. The students have also designed the tickets.

Queen Victoria School (QVS), the oldest operating school in Belleville, located on the east side of the Moira River, 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. 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.

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

Moira Juniors to play in national football final

Congratulations to Moira Junior Trojans for a 24-7 win over the Barrie Phoenix in the National Capital Bowl junior football semi-final playoffs last Saturday.

This win was a significant accomplishment. It was the first time in school history and only the second Bay of Quinte team ever to go to the National Capital Bowl.

Two touchdowns by quarterback Mitchell Chouinard led the way for the Trojans. The team now has a 15-and-1 record against AA teams in the last two seasons.

As the COSSA AA champs and Bay of Quinte runner-up, Moira will play for the 2011 National Capital Bowl title during the final game to be played in Ottawa on Saturday, November 26.

 

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

 

Last updated: April 5, 2012 at 7:28 am