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10th Annual Ten Thousand Villages sale at Moira Secondary School

Moira Secondary School students are proud to support fair trade practices. The 10th Annual Ten Thousand Villages sale is scheduled for the end of the month. This student-led and run event raise funds and awareness for the development of responsible consumerism.

Dates and times
• Thursday, November 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Friday, November 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Now in its 10th year, the Ten Thousand Villages sale offers a fair-trade and ethical shopping experience. The sale provides artisans of the developing world with a place to sell their goods at fair prices. Numerous crafts and Christmas decorations will be available, as well as coffee, chocolate and other treats.

Fabulous goods from around the world will be on sale. Purchasers can feel good knowing that the global artisans are fairly compensated for their creativity and hard work through the Ten Thousand Villages organization. All proceeds go to supporting people in developing countries.

Ten Thousand Villages Sale is coordinated with Moira’s Avenue M Talent Show Evening, which will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5. The Ten Thousand Villages Sale will be open to the public before the show and during intermission.

Ten Thousand Villages is an international organization that began in 1946. It works directly with artisans in countries around the world and has a philosophy of building sustainability in some of the world’s most needy communities. It markets products that have been fairly traded, ranging from jewellery to food products to musical instruments.

For more information, please contact Moira Secondary School at 613.962.8668.

 

School events/activities for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Like many schools throughout Ontario, schools of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board hosting events and activities this week to recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. 

Events and activities range from presentations by police officers, literacy activities, sessions for parents/guardians, performances by secondary school students, writing activities and school-wide pledges.

Secondary school students will be doing a drama performance at Trenton High School on Wednesday, November 16 at 1:10 p.m., with an open invitation to the public.

Read more in this summary.

About Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
School communities throughout Ontario will celebrate Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week November 14 – 18, 2011. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has partnered with local police services, Parent Involvement Committee, student groups, Loyalist College and several community agencies to plan activities. The slogan for the local campaign is Be Kind to Me.

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week is one way to involve the school community in promoting safe learning environments for all students, which is essential to their success. It is also a time to raise awareness of bullying-related issues with parents/guardians and the local community.

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

French Immersion Survey: public input invited

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is conducting a French Immersion review in order to determine the possibility of offering Early French Immersion. Parents/guardians are invited to complete a survey to provide input regarding the possible expansion.

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete. The feedback will help us to better understand the interest and potential for expanding French Immersion programs.

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Online version

Deadline is Friday, November 25, 2011

For more information please contact:
• Trish FitzGibbon, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services, 613-966-1170 ext. 2210
• Nancy Vickers, Curriculum Coordinator, 613-966-1170 ext. 2307, or email: cst@hpedsb.on.ca

Event to promote Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

School communities throughout Ontario will celebrate Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week November 14 – 18, 2011. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has partnered with local police services, Parent Involvement Committee, student groups, Loyalist College and several community agencies to plan activities. The slogan for the local campaign is Be Kind to Me.

A media launch is scheduled.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, November 14, 2011
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Earl Prentice Public School, 17 William Street, Marmora

Reporters are invited to attend to photograph and speak with students. School board officials, Board members and community partners will be in attendance.

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week is one way to involve the school community in promoting safe learning environments for all students, which is essential to their success. It is also a time to raise awareness of bullying-related issues with parents/guardians and the local community.

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

Schools to celebrate Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay

Three schools have been selected to celebrate the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. Students and staff from Deseronto Public, Quinte Secondary and Centennial Secondary and Trenton High are eager to host Hansen and his team on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

The following lists the Relay events connected to schools.

  • Monday, October 31: Deseronto Public School Primary students will walk to Centre/Main streets to wave on the tour, with some cross-country team members from the school joining the runners as they continue to the Deseronto Community Centre. Once there, Grade 4 to 8 students will participate in the town’s presentation to the relay runners.
  • Tuesday, November 1: The Relay will leave Quinte Sports Centre at 8:50 a.m., travelling south on Cannifton Road to College Street.
    • It will turn right on College Street and proceed to Quinte Secondary School for the in-school Start of Day School Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. The entire student body will participate in an assembly to honour Rick Hansen and cheer him and the Relay team on. Grade 12 student, Nick Holden, will be a medal bearer on behalf of Quinte SS.
    • The Relay will depart from Quinte Secondary School at 9:30 a.m. and will continue west on College Street to Sidney Street. Educational Assistant Doug Weatherall, Moira Secondary School, will be a medal bearer a segment on College Street. He will be joined by two classes from Moira. The relay will go south on Sidney Street to Bridge Street, turn right onto Bridge Street and proceed to Palmer Road where it will turn left and continue to Centennial Secondary School for a short stop at 10:00 a.m.
    • As the Relay passes through Canadian Forces Base Trenton, students from Breadner Elementary will line the route along RCAF Road and wave to the runners. The Grade 2 to 8 students will then head over to the National Air Force Museum to hear Hansen speak.
    • Runners will continue west and make a stop at Trenton High School. The Relay team will be assembling all 10 Quinte West medal bearers at THS beginning at 11:35 a.m. with Relay passing THS at 1:35 p.m. Two THS students will be medal bearers. All students will be outside to share in the experience.

As the Relay passes through communities, students from area schools will line the route to cheer on runners and show their support for this historic event.

Twenty-five years to the date of his Man In Motion World Tour commencing its historic cross-Canada journey back to British Columbia, Canadian hero Rick Hansen is continuing his journey of making the world more accessible and inclusive.

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay began on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador—the easternmost point in North America and approximately 15 kilometres southeast of St. John’s. The Relay will retrace the Canadian segment of the original tour, but this time one man in motion will be represented and celebrated by many in motion; engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in the lives of others.

Inspired by a deep-seated belief that anything is possible, Hansen’s ‘big dream’ took shape in the form of the Man In Motion World Tour. For 26 months he and his team wheeled more than 40,000 km through 34 countries, raising awareness of the potential of people with disabilities. The completion of this epic tour was a testament to willpower, physical prowess and the ability to lead a seemingly impossible campaign. It was the beginning of a life-long and selfless journey to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Building on a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments, Hansen believes his best work is still in front of him; challenging us to dream extraordinary dreams, to focus attention on accessibility and to remind everyone that when we remove barriers, anything is possible.

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

 

Bayside SS students to “scare away” hunger this Halloween

Scarier than any costume is the hunger that many people face every day. On October 31, 2011, students at Bayside Secondary School will once again be going door-to-door, but not for candy. This Halloween, approximately 70 of Bayside’s students will be visiting homes in Bayside, Belleville, Frankford, Stirling and Trenton to collect non-perishable food items for Gleaners Food Bank (Belleville), Trenton Care & Share Food Bank (Quinte West) and the Stirling Community Cupboard.

“This is the third time our students have organized a Halloween for Hunger campaign. In the previous two years, we have collected a total of over 4,000 non-perishable food items. We managed to increase the amount of food collected last year by 40 percent by extending the food collection time by one hour,” said Emily Young, BSS teacher.

Students in Young’s Leadership class are keeping the tradition of helping the local community alive by organizing Bayside’s 3rd Annual Halloween for Hunger campaign.

“It’s frightening to realize that food banks rely on the local community for seventy percent of food that’s donated. Halloween for Hunger gives teens the opportunity to feel like they are making a difference in the lives of others,” said Kelsie Sills and Adrianna MacKay, Bayside SS students and Halloween for Hunger Co-chairs.

On Monday, October 31, from 5:00 to 8:00 p..m. student participants will be going door-to-door to houses in the Quinte area, trick or treating for as many non-perishable food items as possible. Students will have identification indicating that they are participating in the Halloween for Hunger Campaign. Homes that will be visited by students will receive a flyer a week in advance of Halloween to communicate further information. Thanks to the generous support of Dewe’s Independent Grocer, FreshCo in Belleville and Foodland stores in Stirling and Frankford, students will be able to use shopping carts to transport food items.

Bayside Secondary School (BSS) provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. The school excels in many different areas including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. Past achievements are impressive, as showcased on the school website. BSS offers a French Immersion program along with 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. These are in addition to the many other excellent curricular and extracurricular programs at the 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 #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

Join in celebrating Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Education Appreciation Day

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, is celebrated as Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario. It is a time to recognize the skills and commitment of employees who engage with young children.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we have early childhood educators at the nine elementary schools which offer the provincial full-day Kindergarten program. They work in partnership with the classroom teacher, contributing to our students’ social, intellectual, emotional and physical development.

Students, families and communities benefit from the caring actions and dedication of our early childhood educators. Their commitment to young children is truly valued at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Please join in celebrating early childhood educators this Wednesday!
 

Gender Issues to be debated at the student Model United Nations event

Globally-minded secondary school students will participate in the annual Quinte and District Model United Nations event this week. It is a simulated United Nations Summit. This year’s topic, Gender Issues, will focus on both the nature and intensity of gender issues linked to prejudice, intolerance, cultural traditions and ignorance. Students will also investigate, that, just as racial prejudice leads to discrimination and violence, gender prejudice and discrimination can also lead to violence and even death.

EVENT DETAILS

QUINTE AND DISTRICT MODEL UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT
DATE:
Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2011
LOCATION:
Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TIME:
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

In the weeks leading up to the summit, students choose a country to represent and act as that country’s delegate. They work together, and with the support of teachers, to do research, collect data, analyze causes, and become intimately familiar with their assigned country’s cultural, economic, and political attitudes toward peace.

At the summit students spend the first day sharing their research. Once all delegates have addressed the assembly, the challenging role-playing begins. Utilizing all their collaborative, persuasive and critical thinking skills, delegates negotiate alliances, develop resolutions, and create solutions to encourage peace throughout the world. Day 2 is spent polishing, presenting, and debating the resolutions.

At the end of the two days, participants will come away with a broader understanding of the complexities of gender issues. Another learning outcome is the critical understanding that solutions, though seldom simple or unilateral, are achievable and worth working toward.

Students from all eight secondary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (noted below) are participating, along with others from the region. They will represent 27 countries.

Participating HPEDSB secondary schools

  • Bayside Secondary School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • North Hastings High School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • Trenton High School

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 participate in the School District Survey

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has launched a survey to seek input from the public on a variety of topics. The information gathered will assist in setting organizational priorities for the next few years.

According to newly-appointed Director of Education Rob McGall, the purpose of the survey is to collect public feedback in several key areas that are important to the District. Information gathered from the survey will be used to refine upcoming goals in the AiM—Achievement in Motion long range system plan. The survey also provides an opportunity for general comments and feedback.

“We aspire to be a system of choice and a positive service provider in our communities,” stated McGall. “We are interested in receiving information on how we are doing in the areas of service, communication, understanding of our purpose, as well as public awareness of key initiatives we are engaged in, such as our Growing with Character focus, and our long range plan for student success.”

The survey is available now through to Friday, October 28 and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. A link to the survey is posted on the HPEDSB home page. The direct link is: http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/survey   For anyone wanting to complete it on paper, hardcopies will be available at all schools and administrative offices, or copies can be obtained by calling the Education Centre at 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350.

A summary of results will be released in December 2011 and will be used during the next planning cycle beginning in spring 2012.

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

 

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

Join in celebrating Educational Assistant Appreciation Day

Educational Assistant Appreciation Day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is recognized on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

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 to 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.
 

Restorative practices workshop at Deseronto Public School

Parents/guardians wanting to learn about the restorative practices process will want to attend a workshop at Deseronto Public School. This event will focus on building safe, caring and inclusive school communities. It will also provide an overview of restorative practices and how the process works in a school/community setting.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, October 17, 2011
TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Deseronto Public School, 385 Stanley Avenue, Deseronto

The Disney movie, The Lion King, will be screened at 7:00 p.m. for students who bring a parent!

For more information, please contact:
Deseronto Public School, 613 396-2448, deseronto@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

Moira SS and YMCA to host event for girls

The 3rd annual TLC: Trojan Ladies Connect event is set to be rewarding for spirit, mind, heart and body of high school girls. It is hosted in partnership between Moira Secondary School and the YMCA of Belleville and Quinte. 

TLC is a two-day overnight, offsite girls-only retreat aimed at assisting teenage girls as they navigate through issues such as bullying, body image, abusive relationships, healthy eating, self-image and conflict resolution.

Jacquie Waller, Child and Youth Counsellor and Chair of the Moira TLC staff Committee has been involved since the beginning.

"Throughout the two-day retreat, Moira staff, student participants, guest speakers and YMCA staff will attend yoga/zumba sessions, various team building activities and workshops addressing healthy body image and healthy teen relationships," remarked Waller. "It is a powerful event that has positive, lasting effects on each of us."

This year’s keynote speaker is Kate Whitfield, CEO and founder of FearlesslyGIRL, who is on a mission to empower teens, tweens and young women to take action and transform their body image, self esteem and vision for their lives.

David Allen, Regional Director for the YMCA of Belleville and Quinte acknowledges the strong partnership between the school and the YMCA.

"This partnership is a perfect match for the mission, vision and values of the YMCA. For 150 years the YMCA has been dedicated to service to others and to providing opportunities for growth in spirit, mind and body; offering healthy and constructive opportunities for growth. We recognize the need for a program that focuses on young women and providing the tools for empowerment.”

Waller also noted that by partnering with the YMCA, the TLC program will grow and have greater reach to adolescent girls in the community. 

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

For more information about the TLC program , please contact:
Jacquie Waller, Child and Youth Counsellor, 613-962-8668, extension 1144

$5,000 music instrument grant for Madoc Township PS

Madoc Township Public School has been selected as a 2011-12 MusiCounts Band Aid Grant recipient. The $5,000 grant will be used to purchase ukuleles.

“We’re thrilled to receive this grant,” commented Principal Joanne Barry. “We have a strong music focus at our school. This grant will go a long way in purchasing ukuleles to enhance our existing instrument line-up.”

The instruments will be ordered within the coming weeks and are expected to arrive shortly thereafter.

Background on the MusiCounts Band Aid Grant
Each year, dozens of schools across Canada benefit from the Band Aid musical instrument grant program, which provides musical instrument grants to schools whose music programs have great potential yet are in need of funding to ensure their sustained growth.

The grants impact thousands of young Canadians and support diverse music programs that include concert and jazz bands to drum and guitar ensembles from Pre K to Grade 12 in elementary, junior high, and high schools in urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities from coast to coast.

Band Aid Grants are awarded to elementary, secondary and separate schools in Canada and are selected based on economic need; inventory and condition of instruments; number of students; dedication of school staff; and overall impact the grant would make within the school community.

MusiCounts offers $5,000 musical instrument grants in addition to its traditional $10,000 grants in support of music programs at public schools in Canada. These additional grants allows us to extend our reach and impact, helping more young people experience the joy of music and realize their musical abilities.

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

 

 

 

National awards for the school board and learning foundation

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation have received national recognition for two initiatives launched during the 2010-2011 school year. Nominations were submitted to the BRAVO! Awards program of the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE).

Congratulations to Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, for receiving an Award of Excellence in the Special Event category. The Agribition for Grade 4 Students, was an event held in October 2010 to (re-)introduce Grade 4 students to agricultural and farming practices, past and present, in order for them to fully appreciate how food is produced today. The judges commented that the nomination contained detailed goals and objectives that were outlined explicitly with well-supported conclusions. They added that the submission was powerful, all-inclusive and persuasive.

Congratulations to Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and Erna Sorensen, Curriculum Coordinator, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, for receiving an Award of Distinction in the Electronic/Interactive category. The online booklet, Planning for Grade 9 . . . Taking the Next Step, was created as an online booklet containing detailed information for students and parents about making the transition from Grade 8 to 9. The judges commented that the nomination hit the mark, was focused and directly applicable to students and parents. They added that the evaluation methodology was logical, well-grounded and detailed.

The CACE BRAVO! Awards are a source of both individual and group prestige. The awards program showcases Canada’s best work in the field of educational communications. BRAVO! Awards of Excellence, Distinction and Merit are presented annually at the CACE conference. Excellence is equivalent to gold, Distinction to silver and Merit to bronze. Entries are judged by an independent panel of communications professionals based on research, planning, execution and evaluation.

The awards were presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education last week.

QUOTES

“It is an honour to receive national recognition. I am very proud of the staff who worked on these projects,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board. “At Hastings and Prince Edward DSB, we are committed to providing the best programs and services to help each student reach their full potential. Being recognized for excellence by external sources confirms that we are on the right track.”

“It’s a great honour for us to win this award and to be recognized at the national level for our work. The purpose of The Learning Foundation is to enhance education for our students, and this is an excellent example,” stated Elaner Pound, Chair, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

Information about the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education
Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE) is a national association of professionals committed to encouraging and enhancing excellence in communications in education. CACE is a bilingual organization offering a national conference, regional workshops and networking opportunities for its members across Canada. Students are the beneficiaries of our efforts as we support teaching and learning through effective communication strategies. Working together, CACE members increase awareness and understanding of the important management role played by communicators in education.

CACE members are communications professionals working in school boards, school board associations, universities, colleges, teacher organizations and provincial education ministries. CACE establishes and maintains standards and promotes a code of ethics to contribute to improved communication policies and practices in education.

CACE is directed by a volunteer board of directors, elected annually from within its membership.

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, extension 2205, mdesnoo@hpedsb.on.ca

 

October 2 to 8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 2 to 8, 2011 is Mental Illness Awareness Week throughout Ontario.

The goal is to end the stigma associated with mental illness and to ensure better understanding and access to diagnosis and treatment.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board supports the success of each student through effective community relationships, and safe, respectful, inclusive learning and working environments.

Mental health statistics

  • One in five children and youth suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.
  • Depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior problems, eating disorders, ADHD, and development disorders are the most common mental health problems for children and youth.
  • Up to 50% of children experience mental health issues that have a significant impact on academic, social and family life.
  • In a minority of cases, the issues are so severe as to prevent students from attending school. Most of the time, students struggle with these issues on a daily basis at school, further contributing to their functional problems.
  • Stigma is a reality for those who suffer from a mental illness-how others judge and perceive them is one of their biggest barriers.
  • A recent survey suggests that youth experiencing mental health issues are least likely to confide in a medical professional, but are more likely to seek help from peers or teachers or other caring adults.
  • Up to 80% of children will not receive treatment for mental health difficulties.

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

 

 

Join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day

world teachers' day graphicEach year on October 5 the teaching profession is celebrated around the world through World Teachers’ Day. This day of recognition began in 1994 through UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

In Canada, the national theme for World Teachers’ Day 2011 is "Teachers: inspiring students, awakening potential." This mirrors our commitment at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to provide the best possible programs and services to help each student reach their full potential.

We are fortunate to have dedicated and caring teaching staff throughout our district who are making a real difference in our students’ lives every day. Their professionalism and commitment to our students is valued and appreciated by all of our community.

Please join us in recognizing World Teachers’ Day!
 

Quinte SS to host football match with Trenton High

Two area secondary schools are gearing up—literally and figuratively—to play football under lights this week. The Quinte Saints will be hosting the Trenton Tigers for two high-energy games.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, October 6, 2011
LOCATION: Paul Paddon Field at Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville
TIME: Juniors play at 6:00 p.m.; Seniors play at 8:00 p.m.

Students, parents/guardians and the community are invited to come out to cheer both teams on!

Admission is a donation to United Way of Quinte. All proceeds from food sales will also go to the United Way.

Spectators will enjoy half-time entertainment and prizes. Hot dogs, pizza and cold drinks will be sold, as well as Quinte Secondary School clothing.

Special thanks to the following for helping to make this event possible:

  • Battlefield/Cat Rentals & Equipment
  • Quinte Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
  • Scaletta Group
  • Thompson Tents
  • United Rentals

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

 

 

50th anniversary for Madoc Township Public School in October

Madoc Township PS logo

 

Fifty years ago, in October 1961, students from 15 one-room school houses came together under one roof at the site now known as Madoc Township Public School. Community celebrations are planned for the Thanksgiving weekend to commemorate the anniversary.

Madoc Township Public School 50th Anniversary Event Details

Friday, October 7, afternoon Ceremony with students
Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. School tours, displays of each decade Official ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. School tours and displays

What to expect at the 50th Anniversary celebrations

  • Decade-specific displays in classrooms to represents the students, staff, music and other elements of the era.
  • Student-written book detailing the school history will be on sale in hardcover and softcover, as well as sales of school memorabilia: mugs, waterbottles, bags, flags and a calendar.
  • Student projects to commemorate one-room school house projects.
  • Historical displays of student registers from the late 1800s and early 1900s and classroom items.
  • Photographs of all the principals, secretaries and custodians from the 50 years.

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

 

Public event: Children & Youth Mental Health Symposium

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board supports the success of each student through effective community relationships, and safe, respectful, inclusive learning and working environments.

Throughout Ontario, Mental Illness Awareness Week will take place from October 3 to 7, 2011. To assist in raising awareness, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has planned a community event.

Flyer describing the Children & Youth Mental Health Symposium.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND REPORTERS
ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CHILDREN & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

DATE: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
TIME: 4:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Student performance by Elevated Grounds
Elevated Grounds is a youth-led, elder-mentored organization from Toronto that is passionate about increasing awareness and breaking down barriers about mental health by exploring the challenges of how our society and communities perceive, feel about and cope with mental disorders.

Mental health statistics

  • One in five children and youth suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.
  • Depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior problems, eating disorders, ADHD, and development disorders are the most common mental health problems for children and youth.
  • Up to 50% of children experience mental health issues that have a significant impact on academic, social and family life.
  • In a minority of cases, the issues are so severe as to prevent students from attending school. Most of the time, students struggle with these issues on a daily basis at school, further contributing to their functional problems.
  • Stigma is a reality for those who suffer from a mental illness-how others judge and perceive them is one of their biggest barriers.
  • A recent survey suggests that youth experiencing mental health issues are least likely to confide in a medical professional, but are more likely to seek help from peers or teachers or other caring adults.
  • Up to 80% of children will not receive treatment for mental health difficulties.

Registration can be done by contacting Wendy Fleet, Secretary, Special Education Services, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2279, wfleet@hpedsb.on.ca, or online at: www.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

“Friday Night Lights” football is back this fall!

Playing football under lights is back for a second year in Belleville. Junior and Senior teams from Centennial Secondary School and Moira Secondary School will play in ”Friday Night Lights” once again.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, September 30, 2011
LOCATION: M.A. Sills Park, Palmer Road, Belleville, on the artificial turf field
TIME: Juniors play at 5:00 p.m.; Seniors play at 7:00 p.m.

Fans and community members alike are invited to come out to cheer both teams on. Admission is a non perishable food item for Gleaners Food Bank.

Last year, close to 2,000 fans and community members watched the Centennial Chargers and Moira Trojans. The support was truly appreciated and both schools are hoping for an even bigger turn out this year.

Special thanks to Battlefield Equipment Rentals, United Rentals, Rent All Centre, OSM Networks and the City of Belleville helping to make this event possible.

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

Funding announcement for THS Track Quest project

The THS Track Quest project will receive a major funding boost from both the City of Quinte West and the family of Doug Whitley & Whitley Insurance. These are key donations that will bring the fundraising phase closer to the goal of raising $500,000.

Event details
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Trenton High School, track/athletic field, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

THS Track Quest is a community-based initiative geared towards rebuilding the track and field complex at Trenton High School. Once the new facility is completed, the Quinte West community and students will be provided with a first class, modern track as a result of this ambitious community project.

Track Quest is spearheaded by the Trenton High School Alumni Association, working in conjunction with its partners: the City of Quinte West, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation (HPELF).

“Together, the partners are seeing this endeavour through to the finish-line,” state Campaign Co-chair Duncan Armstrong. “The Alumni Association has worked tirelessly over the past six months raising funds. They’ve sent out a community mailer, conducted on-line campaigns, requested significant major donations, and organized a golf tournament.”
Quinte West Mayor John Williams will present a cheque for $150,000, representing the funds pledged by Quinte West Council.

Mayor Williams stated, “Council chose to support THS Track Quest as students, their families and community residents will all benefit from a refurbished, modern track facility. It’s truly a community resource.”

For the family of Doug Whitley, the significant donation that will be presented is a gift in memory of their father.

“Our dad felt a personal commitment to the success of this project, and our gift is a tribute to him. He was one of the first people to endorse and commit to making a new track a reality,” remarked son Paul Whitley.

Donations can be made through The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation by telephone or mail.

For more information contact:
Maribeth deSnoo, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170, extension 2205
Dunc Armstrong, Co Chair, THS Track Quest Project, 613-392-1227

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

Quinte SS students begin work on seventh house

Quinte Secondary School students are eager to work on construction of a new home. It will be the seventh home constructed in a unique arrangement where students work alongside skill trades workers. The senior students are in the Quinte Student Structures program, a Specialist High Skills Major offered by the school.

The program began in 2005 with the first home completed in 2006. Students in the program work in partnership with a local builder to construct a new home, giving them experience in and exposure to a variety of skilled trades.

"We are excited about the semester ahead for our students and partners. We know it will be an incredible experience for our students as they work alongside skilled trades workers," commented Principal Lisa Vincent.

GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY AND MEDIA EVENT
DATE: Monday, September 26, 2011
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Lot 12, Settler’s Ridge subdivision (see below for directions)
WHO: Students, staff and board officials will be available for interviews and photographs

The site is Lot 12, Settler’s Ridge subdivision, which is north off Maitland Drive between Sidney Street and North Front Street/Highway 62, Belleville. The home will be completed in the new year and will be available for purchase in the same way as other homes in the subdivision.

Quinte Student Structures is a Ministry of Education-accredited program that provides students with an opportunity to focus their learning in a skilled trade area while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The specialized program is to help prepare students to make a successful transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or directly into the workforce. The program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge through the complete experience of building a house, and helps them to achieve graduation while pursuing their post-secondary goals. Students also learn team-building and leadership skills which they will utilize well beyond their secondary school experience.

Partners in the Quinte Student Structures program include the following:

  • Duvanco Homes
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Quinte Home Builders Association
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students, and a continued commitment to improving. Quinte has a proud and committed staff and student body. The school motto is "To learn is to grow in all ways."

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

Two renovated schools to open by end of September

Renewing schools is one of the priorities of Hastings and Prince District School Board. Renovations are made in order to provide modern, safe facilities for students and staff.

Two schools which underwent renovations this summer will open on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Finishing touches are being put on Sir John A. Macdonald School and York River Public School. As of that date, all students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be located at the renovated and expanded schools.

“We’re very excited about bringing all students and staff together at the newly-renovated and expanded schools,” remarked Rob McGall, Director of Education. “Both are first-class facilities with extensive renovations and upgrades to support student learning.”

In order to accommodate the moves, the following applies all students of Sir John A. Macdonald School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville, and York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft.

  • Thursday, September 22 will be the last day of operation at the former Bancroft Public and Sir Mackenzie Bowell sites.
  • On Friday, September 23, which is a PA Day, school staff will prepare for the move.
  • On Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, all equipment will be moved and set-up.
  • On Monday, September 26, school staff will prepare classrooms to receive students. There will be no classroom instruction that day at Sir John A. Macdonald School and York River Public School. Both schools will be closed to students. Buses for those schools will be cancelled. Parents/guardians will need to make childcare arrangements for that day.
  • On Tuesday, September 27, the normal school day will resume for all students at the two newly-renovated schools. Buses will run and will be routed to the newly-renovated schools.

Parent letter for Sir John A. Macdonald School parents/guardians

Parent letter for York River Public School parents/guardians

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

 

EQAO results continue to improve

Students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed improvement on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring. The following highlights the performance of students in Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics.

Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
Reading Students demonstrated a 2% growth rate, moving from 51% to 53%. This increase mirrors the provincial growth rate of 3%.
Writing Students demonstrated a 2% growth rate, moving from 56% to 58%. This increase mirrors the provincial growth rate of 3%.
Mathematics Students demonstrated a 1% decrease, moving from 59% to 58%. This decrease mirrors the provincial decrease of 2%.

 

Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
Reading Students demonstrated a 4% decrease, moving from 65% to 61%. The provincial growth rate was 2%.
Writing Students maintained last year’s performance, staying at 56%. The provincial growth rate was 3%.
Mathematics Students demonstrated a 5% decrease, moving from 47% to 42%. This decrease mirrors a provincial decrease of 3%.

 

Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics
Applied Students demonstrated a 1% increase, moving from 48% to 49%. The provincial growth rate was 2%. It is important to note that the HPEDSB results are above the provincial results, with 49% of HPEDSB Applied students achieving the provincial standard as compared to 42% provincially.
Academic Students demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 81% to 85%. This result exceeded the provincial growth rate of 1%, as well as the provincial score of 83%.

Results from the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released in June 2011 and are posted online at: www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/

Cohort data shows growth for Junior students in Reading and Writing. Cohort refers to the same group of students and compares their achievement from when they were in Grade 3 to their achievement in Grade 6. For example students in Grade 3 in 2007-2008 achieved 50% in Reading and 51% in Writing. The same group of students who wrote the 2010-2011 EQAO assessment in Grade 6 in the spring achieved 61% in Reading and 56% in Writing. This is an 11% growth in Reading and a 5% growth in Writing. This incremental growth is being sustained and improved upon over time, which is our goal.

Key instructional strategies, such as co-teaching and co-learning, have shown promising results. Co-teaching and co-learning are when teachers plan, teach and examine student work together. During the 2010-2011 school year, this strategy resulted in gains of up to 12% in student achievement in Junior math in several schools. Similarly, this strategy contributed to growth of up to 19% in Grade 10 English OSSLT student achievement in several secondary schools over a three-year period.

Closing the gap data shows growth for students with special needs in Applied Math. Closing the gap refers to using strategies that are good for all students, but necessary for some, such as the use of technology or manipulatives. Our students with special needs exceed the provincial results for achievement in Levels 3 and 4 (Level 3 is the provincial standard). In addition, we have fewer students with special needs who are performing at Level 1 as compared to the province.

QUOTES “Our EQAO results continue to show incremental, steady progress. Student results are showing growth over time, which is what we want to see. Our dedicated and caring school administrators, teachers and support staff provide effective learning environments to support students in their educational journey.” – Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

“We have some good stories to tell about student achievement based on strategies put in place over the past few years. We continue to see growth in Writing for Primary and Junior and growth in Math for Grade 9 students.” – Rob McGall, Director of Education.

“Primary and Junior Math are areas that need more analysis. We are committed to all students and helping them to reach their full potential.” – Trish FitzGibbon, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services.

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

New Board member sworn in for public school board

Bonnie Danes was sworn in as trustee for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this evening. Danes will represent the electoral districts of Municipality of Centre Hastings, Municipality of Marmora and Lake, Madoc Township and Stirling-Rawdon Township.

Danes was a teacher with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board until her retirement in December 2002. She spent most of her career as a resource teacher and classroom teacher at Earl Prentice Public School in Marmora, where she lives. Danes is well-known in the Marmora and Lake communities, having served as a councillor for 13 years. She is past director of the Campbellford Hospital Foundation, has been a director on the Children’s Mental Health Board for 15+ years and continues in that capacity, and is a member of the Crowe Valley Lions Club. Danes has also volunteered for numerous community events.

“Bonnie brings a wealth of experience from serving on other public boards and from her classroom teaching,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board. “She is well known in the Marmora and Lake communities. We welcome Bonnie to the Board team as we continue to deliver quality learning environments to support high levels of achievement for each student.”

During recent weeks, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board conducted an application process to fill a trustee vacancy left by Carl Pitman who passed away in May 2011. Interested individuals were invited to submit applications providing an overview of related experience, why they are interested in the role, a commitment to becoming familiar with the educational issues, policies and system plan of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and a willingness to commit the time required to fulfill the trustee role. A total of 18 applications was received, with seven short-listed to the interview stage. Those individuals participated in interviews with all trustees and the secretary of the Board on Tuesday, September 6.

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

Community celebration for new track at C.M.L. Snider School

A community celebration is planned to open the new track and field facility at C.M.L. Snider School.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, September 22, 2011
TIME: 3:00 p.m., following the Terry Fox Run through Wellington
LOCATION: C.M.L. Snider School, 240 Main Street, Wellington

Background
The track and field complex at C.M.L. Snider School needed to be resurfaced as it had deteriorated to the point of disrepair. Along with safety concerns, the facility located in the middle of Wellington presented a negative image in an otherwise thriving community. The Lakeshore Track Association, headed by Lisa Lindsay, worked with the County of Prince Edward, community partners and Hastings Prince Edward District School Board to develop a solution. Together they were successful in fundraising over $140,000 to resurface the track this summer with a rubberized surface.

C.M.L. Snider school is renowned for hosting high-quality track meets. School sports teams from throughout Prince Edward County and the entire district come to Wellington to compete against the C.M.L. Snider Cyclones and also to experience the professional setting that the track and field complex provides aspiring track athletes.

In addition to track meets, the C.M.L. Snider track is also used for physical education classes, as well as by community members for sports training, walking, jogging and fitness testing. The new track complements the many recreation and sports facility initiatives constructed within the County of Prince Edward in recent years, such as the new Esroc Arena which has with an indoor walking track, the dog park and the skate park.

There is a great level of pride and several social benefits that come with the new track and field facility.

Special recognition goes to following who supported this project:

  • Consecon Legion
  • County of Prince Edward
  • Hastings Prince Edward District School Board
  • Heart of Winter Gala
  • Hillier Women’s Institute
  • Hydro One Power Play
  • Marathon ’09 and ’10
  • Prince Edward County Minor Hockey
  • Stark Foundation
  • Wellington Anglican Church
  • Wellington Dukes
  • Wellington Elks #556
  • Wellington Firefighters
  • Wellington on the Lake
  • Wellington Legion
  • Wellington Lions Club
  • Wellington Rotary Club
  • Wellington Women’s Half Marathon

 C.M.L. Snider School offers a safe, supportive learning environment for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. 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

Minister of Education to visit two schools on first day of school

Besides the usual first day of school excitement, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 will be memorable for students at two schools. Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky will visit Hillcrest School and Prince Charles School (Belleville).

Itinerary
11:20 a.m.

Minister Dombrowsky arrives at Prince Charles School, 75 Ritchie Avenue, Belleville.

Tours the newly-renovated school with Principal Martin Smit and students. Poses for photographs with students.

Special guests
Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board
Mary Hall and Dave Patterson, Belleville Trustees
Rob McGall, Director of Education
Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Education

Minister departs at approximately 12:40 p.m.

3:20 p.m.

Minister Dombrowsky arrives at Hillcrest School, 88 West Street, Belleville.

Greets students as they are dismissed and speaks with students, parent/guardians about the first day at school. Hosted by Principal Cassandra Windsor.

Special guests
Dave Rutherford, Superintendent of Business
Colleen DeMille, Superintendent of Education
Cathy Portt, Superintendent of Education
Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Superintendent of Education

Minister departs at approximately 3:40 p.m.

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

 

Schools undergoing renovations: back-to-school information

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create outstanding learning environments at four elementary schools.

The four projects are at Athol-South Marysburgh Public School, Prince Charles School (Belleville), Sir John A. Macdonald School and York River Public School (formerly North Hastings Senior Elementary School).

As of today, the projects are in different states of readiness: two will be ready to welcome students and staff on the first day of school; one will be ready for partial occupancy; and one will not be ready to occupy. Plans are in place to ensure that on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 6, all students and staff will be in safe learning and working environments.

The following provides an update of the four sites as of today. Principals of the four schools will be using a variety of methods to communicate with parents/guardians, including the automated call-out system to leave messages at students’ homes, signage at each site, along with regular updates posted on the school board website.

1. Athol-South Marysburgh Public School, 613.476.3974
Principal: Marg Thompson

This school will be open to all students and staff on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 6.

  • Renovation work at the school will continue over the next few weeks and will not interrupt the day-to-day learning.
  • During the week of August 29, the principal and secretary will be temporarily located at Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, 27 Corey Street, Bloomfield, to accept new registrations and meet with parents/guardians/staff. Please call to make an appointment to register your child.
  • For any inquiries, please use the usual Athol-South Marysburgh Public School number shown above.

2. Prince Charles School (Belleville), 613.962-0247
Principal: Martin Smit

This school will be open to all students and staff on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 6.

  • Renovation work at the school will continue over the next few weeks and will not interrupt the day-to-day learning.
  • During the week of August 29, the principal and secretary will be temporarily located at William R. Kirk School, 224 Palmer Road, Belleville, to accept new registrations and meet with parents/guardians/staff. Please call to make an appointment to register your child.
  • For any inquiries, please use the usual Prince Charles School phone number shown above.

3. York River Public School, 613.332.1833
Principal: Kim Reid

This school will be partially open on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 6, for all Grade 7 and 8 students and staff. JK to Grade 6 students, including Grade 5 and 6 Extended French students, will attend the former Bancroft Public School on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 6. Debbie Speck will be the temporary principal at that site.

  • Students who are bused will be automatically routed to the appropriate school.
  • We anticipate this arrangement will be in place for several weeks, at which time the students and staff the former Bancroft Public School will join those already at York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft.
  • During the week of August 29, the principal and secretary for both sites will be located at the former Bancroft Public School, 30 Flint Avenue, to accept new registrations and meet with parents/guardians/staff. Please call to make an appointment to register your child.
  • For any inquiries, please use the York River Public School number shown above.

4. Sir John A. Macdonald School, 613.962.6400
Principal: Carol Fisher

This school will not be ready for school start-up and as a result, all students and staff will go to the former Sir Mackenzie Bowell site on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 6.

  • We anticipate this arrangement to be in place for several weeks at which time all students and staff will move to the renovated Sir John A. Macdonald site.
  • During the week of August 29, the principal and secretary will be located at Sir Mackenzie Bowell to accept new registrations and meet with parents/guardians/staff. Please call to make an appointment to register your child.
  • A shuttle bus will be available to take students from Sir John A. Macdonald to Sir Mackenzie Bowell. Interested parents should contact the principal to arrange for this service.
  • For any inquiries, please use the usual Sir John A. Macdonald School phone number.

Student and staff safety are priorities. We are providing this information in a timely manner so parents/guardians can plan for back-to-school.

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

 

Inviting public voting for THS Track Quest project

The Trenton High School community is enthused about being selected as one of the top 20 finalists in the Kraft 10 in 10 Celebration Tour.

Through this competition, Kraft and TSN will be visiting 10 great Canadian communities in 10 days. Community representatives have submitted an essay describing how a $25,000 community award would make a difference in their community. From all submitted nominations, a panel of judges will choose 20 finalist communities. Then it’s up to Canada to decide the 10 winners via an intense 10 days of head-to-head on-line voting!

Each of the 10 winning communities will receive a grand prize consisting of a $25,000 award from Kraft for the facility that the prize winning community endorses. TSN will help celebrate the win with a live SportsCentre broadcast from your community.

The THS Track Quest project was selected and will be competing against Wallaceburg, Ontario, during a 24-hour vote on Tuesday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 13 (noon to noon).

To vote for THS Track Quest, go to www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca/nominations/matchups/

THS Track Quest is a community-based project of the Trenton High School Alumni Association, located in Trenton, Ontario. The project is to replace the aging track at Trenton High School, with an estimated cost of $450,000 to $500,000.

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 student honoured as “Change the World Youth Ambassador”

On Monday, June 27, 2011, Jocelyn Bovay, Moira Secondary School, was presented with the Change the World Youth Ambassador Award by the Lieutenant Governor. This award recognizes outstanding youth volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18. Jocelyn’s nomination came directly from Volunteer and Information Quinte and was supported by staff at Moira.

Jocelyn was an exemplary champion for Moira’s involvement in both the 2010 and 2011 Change the World Ontario Youth Challenge. Not only was she involved in engaging Moira students in volunteerism, but she worked as part of a larger community youth team to promote the challenge in all eight of Hastings and Prince Edward District secondary schools. In fact, it was her leadership and ingenuity that led to the opening ceremonies at the Gleaners Food Bank that included presentations from the The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education and The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. She eloquently introduced these speakers and highlighted the importance of youth involvement in volunteerism.

Last year, Moira Secondary was the very proud recipient of the inaugural Change the World Ontario Youth Challenge Award. It was Jocelyn’s unwavering encouragement of the Moira student population that led to this victory. She provided multiple opportunities for her fellow students to get involved with supporting others both in and outside of the school environment. This Spring the number of volunteer hours achieved by our students during this challenge was astronomically greater.

On May 20, 2011, Moira held a highly successful Relay for Life event to support cancer victims, as well as their support networks. Jocelyn worked tirelessly to bring this event to life by speaking at assemblies, visiting classrooms, and inviting survivors to participate in the “Survivor Lap”. Her passion for this event was highly evident throughout the process. Over $20,000 was raised through this event.

Over the years, Jocelyn has engaged in numerous other activities to support her communities—far too many to mention. As a member of Moira’s student council, she has supported the Christmas Sharing Program and other charitable events. She organized Moira students to participate in the annual trash bash and in supporting the Belleville Humane Society. She is a member of our Grad Club and has played on a number of school teams. Jocelyn is truly worthy of this recognition!

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

 

 

Spectacular community-built playground at Prince Charles PS (Trenton)

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, a community-wide event took place to build a playground at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton. Mothers, fathers, children, school staff, neighbours and professionals worked side-by-side to build the playground.

"It was a magical experience," said Principal Anne Whitfield. "Paintbrushes, hammers and shovels were not the only things wielded in the building of this community playground. The skills, the energy and the support of an entire community were the most important tools utilized."

Thank you to the school council, which had the will, the way and the vision to make this play ground a reality. The incredibly generous donors, who saw a need and went above and beyond to create a safe and accessible place for children to play, are also recognized for their support. School community families, friends, staff and students were a major part of this entire journey, expending energy at bake sales, in school plays, at auctions, in organizing committees and sweating it out on building day.

"It was so wonderful to see students play on the equipment with a sense of pride and ownership, knowing they painted this, their dad hammered that, or their grandmother fundraised for this," added Whitfield.

Prince Charles Public School, located on the west side of Trenton adjacent to a municipal park and within walking distance of downtown, serves approximately 380 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is a healthy active school community. It is an air conditioned facility with a gymnasium, library and new computer lab. The outside space includes a new playground, grassy yards with sports fields and recess boxes of play equipment for each class. The school community prides itself on being a safe, healthy, active school in which to learn. Prince Charles Public School is committed to providing a learning environment in which all students reach their academic potential with a focus on improving reading, writing and mathematic skills. Music programs are offered for all grades, including instrumental music in Grade 8. Student leadership committees work with staff to provide intramural programs, peer tutoring & study skills, spirit and charity events, clubs and a full range of sports programs.

collage of pictures of new playground

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

 

Watch the Trenton HS graduation live!

Graduation ceremonies at Trenton High School will be shown as a live-to-web video stream for friends and family who are unable to attend the event on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

They will also be using Twitter (#THSGrad2011) as a living digital footprint, for parents, students, family and friends, to send their well wishes to the Class of 2011.

"We wanted to make every effort to champion the 21st Century instructional strategies that we teach, in a meaningful way for parents and students to see. We are excited for a great evening," said Darren McFarlane, Principal.

The live-to-web video feed is available from the school website at: edu.hpedsb.on.ca/ths/

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

 

 

 

Aboriginal Awareness Day at PECI celebrated culture, food and art

On Tuesday, May 31, students from Erin McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class organized and hosted an Aboriginal Awareness Day for all Grade 9 and 10 students.

Pictured: Students from Ms. McFaul’s Grade 11 Current Aboriginal Issues class who helped to organize Aboriginal Awareness Day.

A variety of guest speakers offered workshops throughout the day which included:

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

Students also participated in a workshop called "Did You Know," featuring the their course culminating activities which focused on current issues facing Aboriginal Peoples that the students felt that the whole school should be aware of.

The purpose of this day was to encourage students to become more aware of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, especially the people from their neighbouring community of Tyendinaga. In addition to the workshops, students were able to taste traditional foods, which were prepared by the Venture Grade 9 students, as well as enjoy the artwork of the Grade 9 Aboriginal Art classes.

All workshops were well attended and students 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. The day was a great success and is an event that Ms. McFaul hopes they can offer again next year!

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 elected as new chair of the Board

Trustee Dwayne Inch was elected as chair of the Board at a public Board meeting held Monday, June 20, 2011. This election was required as a result of the passing of former chair Carl Pitman who passed away in May 2011.

Trustee Inch will serve in this role until the annual election in December 2011. He expressed appreciation to his fellow Board members for placing their trust in him, and also to Vice-chair Mary Hall for her leadership during May and June.

As a result of the above-noted, Trustee Dave Patterson was elected as chair of the Operations and Finance Committee, taking the place of Trustee Inch. Trustee Thelma Goodfellow was elected as the representative to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, with Trustee Mary Hall as the alternate.

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

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

Two new schools to be built in Hastings and Prince Edward DSB

Today Leona Dombrowsky, M.P.P. Prince Edward-Hastings, announced that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will receive funding to construct two new schools: one in Stirling and one in Tweed. These projects represent two of eight capital business cases that were submitted to the Ministry of Education earlier this year. The Ministry has approved funding for 43 new schools and 30 addition/retrofit projects across the province.

Two of the capital businesses cases submitted on behalf of HPEDSB earlier this year were the following:

  1. Stirling schools: This project would involve the consolidation of Stirling Primary School, Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School into a new JK-8 facility. The proposed accommodation solution would include the construction of a replacement JK-8 elementary school of approximately 600 pupil places on the existing Stirling Senior Public School site.
     
  2. Tweed schools: This project would involve the consolidation of Tweed-Hungerford Senior Elementary School and S.H. Connor School into a new JK-8 facility. The proposed accommodation solution would include the construction of a replacement JK-8 elementary school of 350 pupil places on the existing Tweed-Hungerford site.

Funding for the two projects is estimated at $19 million. It is important to remember that these details are yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

"We are thrilled that the Ministry of Education has recognized the strong value that our communities place on education," remarked Kathy Soule, Director of Education. "The communities of Stirling and Tweed will now have the opportunity to work with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to design and build state of the art learning centres. We look forward to discussions with municipal representatives and all community members as we move forward with these exciting initiatives."

At this point school board officials are awaiting further clarification and next steps from the Ministry of Education. While this announcement is great news, there is a lot of work to be done. It has been several years since schools were built in Hastings and Prince Edward DSB. A process will be determined in the fall to address community discussion, building locations, designs, timing and other project and programming requirements.

Next steps and additional details will be shared as plans come together.

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

Results improved on Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment

The Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results improved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) in 2011. Results indicate that 84% of first-time participating students were successful on the provincial Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), as compared to the provincial average of 83%. This represents a 2% increase in district results over last year.

Results for Academic, Applied and Locally Developed pathways exceeded the provincial average.

  • In the Academic pathway, HPEDSB students achieved 98%, which is 3% above the provincial average of 95%.
  • In the Applied pathway, HPEDSB students achieved 67%, which is 12% above the provincial average of 55%.
  • In the Locally Developed pathway, HPEDSB students achieved 23%, which is 8% above the provincial average of 15%.

Results for students with special education needs continued to increase. The success rate for students with special education needs (excluding gifted students) was 60% which exceeded the provincial rate of 52%.

School highlights

  • At Bayside Secondary School, the overall success rate was 90%, which is 7% above the provincial rate of 83%.
  • At Centennial Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Applied English was 81%, which is 26% above the provincial rate of 55%.
  • At Centre Hastings Secondary School, the overall success rate for girls increased from 72% to 85% and the success rate for boys increased from 58% to 69%.
  • At Moira Secondary School, the overall success rate was 91%, which is 8% above the provincial rate of 83%.
  • At North Hastings High School, the success rate was 100% for Academic pathway students, which exceeds the provincial rate of 95%.
  • At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, the overall success rate was 85%, which is 2% above the provincial rate of 83%.
  • At Quinte Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Academic English was 97% ,which is 2% above the provincial rate of 95%.
  • At Trenton High School, the overall success rate for boys increased from 73% to 79%.

A comprehensive report, containing results from all provincial assessments, will be presented to the Board in the fall 2011, once all data is available.

The purpose of the OSSLT is to determine whether students have achieved the minimum acceptable level of reading and writing skills described in The Ontario Curriculum, across all subjects, to the end of Grade 9. It was written in March 2011.

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

 

Public school board ratifies two-year collective agreement with newest union

School board trustees have ratified a two-year collective agreement between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Association of Professional Student Services Personnel, Hastings Prince Edward District (APSSP-HPE).

The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2012 and covers 29 employees who are child and youth counselors, attendance counselors, speech/language pathologists, autism student support coordinators, psychometrists and psychoeducational assessment personnel.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the local APSSP. Both teams negotiated in a respectful fashion to achieve a first collective agreement for this group. These individuals play an important role in supporting the education of children and youth. We appreciate and value all they do every day to assist students in achieving success,” remarked Mary Hall, Vice-chair of the Board.

Highlights of the new agreement include the following:

  • Alignment with Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreements for other employees covered by collective agreements which includes a 3% salary increase effective September 1, 2011.
  • Additional step added to the salary grid; salary ranges are from $39,486 to $74,963 depending on job classification, education requirements, etc.
  • Alignment of work hours for all employees in the group.
  • Formal communication structures and staffing language regarding processes for assigning work placements.

The APSSP-HPE was certified on July 21, 2010. Negotiations commenced September 13, 2010, with eight meetings held between then and June 2011. A tentative agreement was reached on June 3, 2011. Both teams held ratification votes on June 13, 2011.

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
 

Technology and creativity demonstrated at Prince of Wales PS

Students, staff, parents and community members celebrated “Media Night” at Prince of Wales Public School on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Through cross-curricular, integrated planning and instruction, students in Grades 6 to 8 designed, produced, marketed and sold a product or service using the problem solving process and advertising strategies. They then presented the products and services for sale at Media Night.

During the event, the 300 participants browsed the new inventions or modifications of existing products or services for one hour before deciding which ones to purchase. Monies earned from Media Night were used to pay back investors who supported individual product creations and some groups even donated money to a specific charity of their choice. These students are to be commended for their demonstration of Growing with Character!

Intermediate students created their own animated movie using a company named "The Director’s Cut Workshop." Students used their creative talents to create a story board, script, backgrounds and clay characters to tell a story about a topic of their choice. After engaging in the recording, editing and revision process, students were given a copy of their digitally recorded production. If you need some movie advice, intermediate students at Prince of Wales are your experts!

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

 

Youth exchange paired Bayside SS and Stoney Nakoda First Nation students

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

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

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

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

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

Acoustic concert tour featured local student performers

A recent music event was a huge success and raised funds for Quinte-area secondary schools.

The "A Tune for a Twoon" acoustic concert tour featured the following four emerging young singers/songwriters:

  • Rikki Montgomery, a 16-year-old Bayside Secondary School student whose song “Always” reached the #1 spot on the local MIX-97 Top 6 @ 6 countdown. The last local artist to achieve the #1 spot was Avril Lavigne.

  • Emily Workman, also 16 years-old and attending Bayside, Emily has been recently featured on the MIX-97 morning show and CJBQ’s “Weekend Magazine” with host Sean Kelly. Her song “Teenage Drama Queen” is currently in rotation and has been heard on the Ryan Seacrest “at40” show.

  • Brooke Bruce, a 15-year-old Prince Edward Collegiate Institute student whose songwriting rivals that of her musical heroes, has been earning standing ovations and rave reviews for her performances at local talent competitions such as Belleville Idol and Picton Rising Star.

  • Chantel Johnston, a 16-year-old Specialist High Skills Majors Music major from Napanee District Secondary School who has been performing for live audiences with her band, TST, since her early teens.

The event was organized by producer Brent Bodrug and Sly-Fi Chapel recording studio in association with MIX-97. All revenue generated from the $2 admission was donated to the Quinte Secondary School music department in appreciation of the school hosting the event. In addition, Sly-Fi Chapel, in association with Steinberg Media Technologies and Yamaha Music Canada, donated recording equipment and tutorial DVDs to area secondary schools.

Quinte Secondary School, as the school that raised the most money through attendance, also hosted a “live-to-air breakfast with the MIX-97 morning crew” from the school cafeteria on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The school will also be provided a special recording workshop hosted by Dave Miner, Steinberg/Yamaha product specialist.

Pictured right: MIX-97 morning show hosts Sean Kelly and Orlena Cain pose with student Jared Stire during the live-to-air breakfast event.

This release contained content from Sly-Fi Chapel news release. 

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

New playground at Prince Charles PS (Trenton) to soon be a reality

The Prince Charles Public School community in Trenton is buzzing with activity and enthusiasm. They have raised nearly $70,000 for a new community playground that will be installed at the school in mid-June.

The fundraising campaign has been a tremendous success over the past year. In addition to the monetary pledges, another $10,000 has been granted in-kind to support various aspects of the project.

Installing a new playground has been a community-based project for some time. Several community businesses and families have donated time, money and materials to make it a reality. Many will also be involved in the installation of the new equipment.

The school has also benefitted in other ways from the awareness this project has generated. Recently the school kitchen received a makeover, with Home Depot providing a new fridge, stove, cabinets, faucets and fan. Also, the United Way of Quinte donated over 100 boxes of cereal to the breakfast club and baseball equipment for school teams.

Thank you to all who have contributed to help this dream become a reality.

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 and Prince Edward students won ParticipACTION video contest

Congratulations to three secondary school students who won a Canada-wide video production contest.

Siblings Ben and Rebecca Isaak (Grade 9 and 12, respectively), created Inactivity—What a Waste for the ParticipACTION Dare 2 Move Teen Challenge. The video can be viewed online at: www.participaction.com/en-us/Find-Programs-And-Events/Contest.aspx#sort=0&page=1

Cassidy Allison from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute created We Gotta Fight to Get Active. Her video focused on how easy it is to get active in the community, along with some hard-hitting statistics about the teen obesity crisis.

Two English and two French submissions were selected as national winners. The Isaak team and Allison each won $500 which they could donate or use towards a leadership conference. The Isaaks chose to donate the money to the school Physical Education department. Cassidy donated the money to the Prince Edward County Skating Club and the Xbox with Kinect to her school for use at various spirit events.

The winning submissions were selected for their creativity, unique and inspirational content, and effectiveness in communicating the inactivity crisis among youth. ParticipACTION will use the winning videos to help spread the word about youth inactivity.

 

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

 

School board will advertise to fill a trustee vacancy

At a Special Board Meeting today, trustees determined a process to fill a vacancy on the Board. The vacancy is a result of the recent passing of Chair Carl Pitman.

Trustees approved a motion to advertise in local newspapers for a trustee to represent the electoral districts of Municipality of Centre Hastings, Marmora/Lake and Deloro Township, Madoc Township and Stirling-Rawdon Township.

The process is outlined in Policy 3-H: Filling Vacancies on the Board (pages 19 to 21).

TIMELINES

  • August 8 to 15, 2011: Advertise in local newspapers for a trustee to represent the above-noted jurisdiction.
  • August 29, 2011: Executive Committee and other interested trustees will pre-screen candidates and develop interview questions.
  • September 6, 2011: Executive Committee and other interested trustees will interview selected candidates.
  • September 12, 2011: Special Board Meeting to select the new trustee.

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

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