Centennial SS featured in provincial case study

Centennial Secondary School (CSS) is one of seven secondary schools in Ontario featured by the Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) for its notable improvement in student achievement over time. Read the full case study.

Over the past few months, EQAO has visited a number of secondary schools to learn about their successful practices, so that they can be shared with schools across the province. Engaging with the education community in this manner has allowed EQAO to learn about strategies being used to support student achievement in literacy.

The profiled schools represent dedicated school communities. Centennial SS is is notable for staff use of EQAO data to identify trends and make decisions about where improvements are needed. The school has adopted an action plan based on its particular circumstances, is committed to student success and all staff work hard to ensure that students have the supports they need to achieve success.

Each school team shared what EQAO and other data have taught it about its students and the innovative approaches the staff is using to address areas for improvement.  Q&As about the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

Congratulations to the Centennial Secondary School team for their efforts to improve student achievement over time.

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

Centennial SS is gearing up for “Sports Day in Canada”

sports day in canada graphicStudents at Centennial Secondary School are looking forward to “Sports Day in Canada” on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

The day will begin with a Terry Fox Run at 8:50 a.m. It is an annual event and fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation involving the whole school. CSS will then host two soccer games for boys, two rugby games for girls and two football games. In addition, a ceremony to thank and recognize the family who donated the electronic scoreboard for the CSS field will begin at 1:40 p.m.

“It’s going to be a day of fun activities. We’re thrilled to be able to publicly recognize and thank the family who donated our new scoreboard,” said Ian Press, Principal, Centennial Secondary School.

Soccer, rugby and football games

  • Senior boys soccer vs. Bayside Secondary School at 8:00 a.m.
  • Junior boys soccer vs. Bayside Secondary School at 9:30 a.m.
  • Junior girls rugby vs. Trenton High School at 11:00 a.m.
  • Senior girls rugby vs. Trenton School at 12:00 p.m.
  • Scoreboard Recognition Ceremony at 1:40 p.m.
  • Senior football vs. Moira Secondary School at 2:00 p.m.
  • Junior football vs. Moira Secondary School at 4:00 p.m.

According to ParticipACTION, Sports Day in Canada, now in its third year, is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country. Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, Radio-Canada Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport, working with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. It’s an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.In 2011, 1300 organizations and nearly one million Canadians “got in the game” and took part.

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

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

 

Centennial SS students honoured with academic awards

Pictured top: Grade 9 award recipients. Pictured bottom: Grade 10 award recipients.

Honouring student achievement was the focus of an awards ceremony at Centennial Secondary School recently.

Academic awards were presented to students who achieved top marks in all subject areas. In addition, the top 10 students from each of Grade 9, 10 and 11 received medals. In total, 186 students were recognized for achievements during the 2009-2010 school year.

Congratulation to the following students who were recognized:

  • Grade 9: Kiara Flavin (top student), Mackenzie Sykes, Katie Svoboda, Mallory Terry, Ella Wanless, Tabita van der Geer, Madeline Quickert, Audrey Kao, Jordan Gardiner, Sadie Montgomery.
  • Grade 10: Rami Saab (top student), Kelli-anne Johnson, Hillary Weinert, Fiza Javed, Hannah Roy, Stephanie Eng, Keith Latulippe, Christina Cowx, Scott Stewart, Alexandra Simons.
  • Grade 11: Natasa Bansagi (top student), Grace Sutherland, Erica D’Anna, Stephanie Brenay, Kelsey Pericak, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, Jimmy Chen, Jennifer Fortier, Zoe McPeake, Travis Dafoe.

Centennial Secondary School (CSS) is committed to excellence in academics, athletics and arts. Staff and students work as a team to encourage everyone to strive to meet the goal of Exceeding Expectations. As a regional school for Visual and Performing Arts, CSS offers students unique opportunities through a range of creative activities. Numerous community partnerships also provide exceptional opportunities 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. Strong academic achievement is a focus at CSS. Valuable opportunities are available 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

Centennial SS students will be “Acting for Japan”

Wed., May 25 & Thurs., May 26. Centennial Secondary School students will be using humour as a conduit to raise funds for Japan relief efforts. The senior Drama class will be performing three one-act plays in exchange for a $5 donation.

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26, 2011
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: $5 per person

The theatrical fare will be entertaining and mostly comical. The plays are:

  1. WEDNESDAY: An Angel Intrudes, The Boor and Jsem Robot
  2. THURSDAY: An Angel Intrudes, The Noble Lord and Jsem Robot

These performance are open to the public.

Centennial Secondary School is committed to excellence in academics, athletics and arts. Staff and students work as a team to encourage everyone at Centennial to strive to meet the goal of "Exceeding Expectations." As a regional school for Visual and Performing Arts, CSS offers several 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 creating a diverse setting for all students. Strong academic achievement is a focus at CSS where valuable opportunities are provided for students to improve and further develop literacy and numeracy skills.

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

 

Centennial SS to host Choral Festival 2011

The Centennial Secondary School Choir is preparing to host a unique musical event, the 2nd Annual Choral Festival.

The evening will feature performances by the Trentones, the Sweet Adelines, Shout Sister, the Hastings & Prince Edward Children’s Chorus and the Centennial Choir with guest director, Dr. Mark Sirett. Dr. Sirett is an internationally-respected choral composer and conductor. He will be spending the day working with the Centennial SS choir in preparation for the evening concert.

DATE: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Admission is $10 at the door.

With over 150 singers taking part, this will be a truly unique musical event!

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

Centennial SS to receive provincial award for improvement

Congratulations to Centennial Secondary School, one of 27 schools chosen to receive the provincial Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement.

Centennial is being recognized for making effective use of provincial assessment data and evidence from other sources to enhance and support student achievement.

A news release from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) states, “All schools are notable for their demonstration of leadership, proactive initiatives and sincere effort to help every child succeed. These are schools that have adopted an action plan based on their unique circumstances and are working toward improved student outcomes.”

Here is an excerpt from a case study featuring Centennial Secondary School:

Over time, the Centennial staff has become adept at accessing this diversity of data and creating meaning from it. The staff members are consistent in their approach, continually refining the implementation of their school improvement plan. Each year they become more precise in establishing next steps. Just as the teachers differentiate in the classroom, the board has developed a differentiated approach to the schools. It offers a number of supports, but the schools are given autonomy to decide which supports are best suited to their needs.

This year, staff focused on EQAO Student Questionnaires. Student responses have had a direct affect on programming. For example, teachers realize that the use of digital communication engages students and makes basic literacy skills more meaningful to them.

Principal Ian Press comments, “The Gradual Release of Responsibility model has been very effective and our consistency over time has been a key factor in our success. Building relationships that allow staff to engage in distributive leadership is essential. We have a passion for literacy, and teach literacy the same way in Geography as we do in Science and in English. We teach literacy skills to make students successful, not only on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, but in all their courses.”

This recognition program was established to recognize the work of schools and to pay tribute to Dr. Stephenson’s lifelong commitment and contribution to education and public service. As minister of both Education and Colleges and Universities from 1978 to 1985, and as an original member of EQAO’s Board of Directors, Dr. Stephenson has made an enormous contribution to public education in the province.

School and Board representatives will receive the award at a ceremony Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Toronto.

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

Centre Hastings Secondary School student receives an honourable mention

 

Congratulations to Kathryn Lupton, a Grade 12 student from Centre Hastings Secondary School for receiving an honourable mention in The Learning Partnership’s Turning Points Essay Contest.

The Learning Partnership received 8,865 essay entries for the Turning Points Essay Contest and Kathryn placed in the top nine of her grade. It is an exceptional achievement to place so high out of so many competitors.

Kathryn, along with her teacher, Ms. Primeau, attended the Student Success Awards Luncheon where Kathryn was awarded her honourable mention on May 26, 2010. Essay finalists and their parents, teachers, principals, trustees, directors of education and judges attended the Student Success Awards Luncheon at The Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto.

The Learning Partnership will be publishing all winning essays as a book, and Kathryn’s essay will be published along with the other winners.

"Cherish the Goldfish" is the name of Kathryn’s essay where she emotionally discusses the impact of losing her mother at the tender age of five. She used strong metaphors and emotional dialogue in her essay and provides a sense of hope in the midst of loss.

The Turning Points Essay Competition is open to all students in Grade 6 to 12 and The Learning Partnership recommends that the essays be marked as part of the Language/English program.

The Learning Partnership is a national not-for-profit organization that creates and runs programs in the public education system to make a difference in the lives of students. For more information about The Learning Partnership, visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca

For more information, please contact:

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

Centre Hastings SS honours former teachers

Athletic field dedicated to the Cookes

On Wednesday, October 8th Centre Hastings Secondary School will honour two former teachers by dedicating the school athletic field to them. Rob and Irene Cooke taught and coached at Centre Hastings for over 60 years collectively, before retiring in June of 2007.

Centurions will celebrate their contributions by participating in a Black and Gold Spirit day, followed by an official opening of "Cooke Field" and a football game. The ceremony will begin at 1:05 p.m. with all staff and students in attendance. The public is welcome to come and Catch the Spirit of CHSS!

Centre Hastings Secondary School is a community school known for its warm welcome and its ability to support students in achieving their goals. Our school focus is to provide an excellent education for all students of our community and to prepare them to meet the challenges of a changing world through innovation and creativity.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Centre Hastings SS presents ‘Guys and Dolls’

playbillGet ready to be entertained with dazzling dancing and spectacular singing! Centre Hastings Secondary School presents Guys and Dolls, a musical you won’t want to miss!

DATES: Tuesday, February 1 through to Friday, February 4, inclusive
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centre Hastings Secondary School, 129 Elgin Street, Madoc
TICKETS: $12, available at the school office or by calling 613.473.4251, ext. 3332

SYNOPSIS
Desperate to find money to pay for his floating crap game, Nathan Detroit bets Sky Masterson $1,000 that Sky will not be able to take a local girl, Sarah Brown, to Cuba. While Sky eventually is able to convince Sarah to join him, Nathan battles with his fiancé of fourteen years, Adelaide. Meanwhile in Cuba, Sky ends up falling in love with Sarah and tries to reform his gambling ways.

For information, please contact:
• Centre Hastings Secondary School, 613.473.4251

Centre Hastings SS student earns honourable mention in essay contest

Congratulations to Centre Hastings Secondary School student, Delaney Barnes, who received an honourable mention in the national Turning Points essay contest.

Out of more than 11,500 entries submitted from across the country, Delaney’s personal essay “Hallway of Twists and Turns” placed in the top nine for senior grades.

Each year, students in the Grade 12 Writer’s Craft class compose a personal essay about turning points in their lives that have impacted who they are and their outlook on life. Only three essays can be chosen for submission. Delaney’s touching and artistically composed essay is about the loss of her father. Her honest and insightful writing is sure to evoke emotion in any reader.

Delaney’s essay will be published and she will be honoured at the Changing Your Future and Turning Points Annual Awards Event in Toronto on Thursday, May 19, 2011 for her outstanding accomplishment.

Submitted by Kate Primeau, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School.

Centre Hastings Secondary School provides an excellent education to all students and prepare them to meet the challenges of a changing world through innovation and creativity. Teaching staff work diligently to meet the needs of each student and to create a supportive and positive learning environment for all students. This community school is known for its warm welcome and its ability to support students in achieving their goals.

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

 

 

 

Centre Hastings students involved in a documentary

Grade 12 students at Centre Hastings Secondary School were recently involved in a documentary about Canadian poet R.D. Patrick. The writer spent time with the Writer’s Craft class to talk about his poetry passion and how it came to him late in life, at age 48.

Students were engaged in learning from Patrick, especially asking him questions about his writing style, his experiences and his inspirations.

The documentary is being filmed by David Malty, Ampersand Film & Video Productions Ltd., a Madoc company. Maltby has been travelling with Patrick for several months. He was interested in filming the interaction between the writer and students in order to round out the documentary. 

Teacher Kate Primeau was thrilled to entertain the offer for a visit.

"The timing was perfect. My class was starting the poetry section of the course. Being able to offer them a chance to interact with an accomplished writer fit right in," remarked Primeau.

Film-maker Maltby is planning to produce a 10-minute documentary after paring down the hours of footage, and will then approach educational television and networks with it.

A newspaper story with additional details is posted online.

Centre Hastings Secondary School provides an excellent education to all students and prepare them to meet the challenges of a changing world through innovation and creativity. Teaching staff work diligently to meet the needs of each student and to create a supportive and positive learning environment for all students. This community school is known for its warm welcome and its ability to support students in achieving their goals.

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

Character, accomplishments and athletics celebrated at Trenton High School

Recognizing student achievement is a tradition at Trenton High School. Recently the Fall Academic Recognition and Tiger Way Awards Evening was celebrated as one of the school’s premier events. Over 350 attendants gathered to honour and celebrate Tiger Excellence in academics as well as outstanding character. Over 100 students were recognized for achieving the top marks in courses from Grades 9 through 11. As well, the school honoured students achieving a position on the Honour Roll in Grades 9 through 11. Honour Roll represents an outstanding accomplishment of achieving an 80% or higher average over two semesters. The evening concluded with the prestigious Tiger Way Awards being presented to eight Tigers who were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating outstanding character as outlined in the Tiger Way and the district Growing With Character traits. This year, Trenton High School is proud to present those awards to Rebecca Belliveau, Troy Broe, Ashley Davy, Joshua Edwards, Paige Jackman, Ben Potts, Raven Roe, and Amy Sadler. football teamCongratulations are also in order for the Trenton High Tigers football team that won this year’s Bay of Quinte title. It is the first time since 1974 that the team won this honour! The entire team showed true Tiger spirit and athleticism and all are proud of them! Special thanks to coaching staff Dunc Armstrong, Jeff McDougall, Roger Ramsay and community coach Mr. Draker.

Child behaviour seminar for parents and staff

Renowned child behavior expert Ron Morrish is coming to the district later this month. His refreshing presentation will provide many practical strategies for teaching children to be responsible and co-operative. Learn how to discipline without all the deal-making, arguments and confrontations.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2009

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Foxboro Public School

For information, call Foxboro Public School at 613-962-5151.

CHSS Musical Theatre presents ‘Footloose The Musical’

Do you love musicals and dancing? Be sure to go to a performance of,
 
Footloose The Musical by Centre Hastings Secondary School students.

Performances are February 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2009 in the CHSS Gymnasium. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now through the school office. Call 613-473-4251. This production features 30 students who are in the double credit Musical Theatre course. Over 100 students are involved in the entire production, including a production class, fashion class, and hairstyling and aesthetics classes.

College Street PS boys were raring to go with the Amazing Book Race

group of boysBoys engaged in literacy took to the streets of Trenton on Tuesday, June 12. That day, 15 boys aged 9-12 participated in the Amazing Book Race. These students from College Street Public School partnered with male mentors from the Trenton High School Outer Limits class.

The day began with Skype visits from award winning Canadian authors Matt Beam and Rene Schmidt who specifically write for male readers. The authors shared their own reading journeys and engaged the boys in their latest books. Then, at 10:00 a.m., the race began!

Amazing Book Race clues led the boys to local Trenton businesses where they used literacy skills to complete real world challenges. As each challenge was completed the boys collected new books, specially selected to engage them to read at their school library.

Even in the rain, these students enthusiastically embraced books, literacy and reading in a whole new way!

Thank you to community partners who supported this event

  • Project Enhancement Fund grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
  • Downtown Trenton Business Improvement Area and Jane Collett-MacDonald
  • J & B Books
  • Quinte West OPP and Constable Lonne Foeller
  • Quinte West Public Library and the Children’s Librarian Rosemary Kirby
  • Rock 107 and Matt Goodman
  • Rona for the birdhouses
  • Ted’s Computer Shop
  • The Trentonian newspaper
  • Tomasso’s and Andrew Kotsovos
  • Trenton High School Outer Limits class and Teacher Jeff McDougall

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

 

College Street PS students enjoyed a festive lunch hosted by staff, special guests

four boys pose during lunch
Students at College Street Public School enjoyed a festive lunch on December 18, 2012.

Students at College Street Public School were made to feel very special this week. On Tuesday, December 18, they were treated to a festive lunch, complete with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

One special guest, Director of Education Rob McGall, was on hand to serve the scrumptious meal as students made their way through the buffet line.

school mascot, student, principal and director of education
Principal Lisa Vincent, Director of Education Rob McGall, the school mascot and a student enjoyed the festive lunch!

“It was a wonderful sight to see the entire school sitting together to appreciate the magic of this time of the year,” remarked Principal Lisa Vincent.

Vincent expressed a warm thank you to the staff at College Street Public School who graciously cooked all the turkeys, ham, potatoes and dressing. She expressed appreciation, as well, to the guest servers and helpers, and to the senior students for their hard work.

A special thank you to Nestles for donating ice cream, and to Price Chopper for their contributions.

This event is another great example of the community, culture, and caring focus at College Street Public School. Way to go, Sabres!

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

Commend the 2010 Great Place Award recipients

Congratulations to seven individuals who support student success and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

9th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, parents and guardians, and community partners.
The 2010 Great Place Award recipients are:
  • Jan Bruce, Volunteer, Madoc Public School
  • Melanie Burton, Student, Moira Secondary School
  • Colleen Drew-Baehre, Teacher, North Hastings High School
  • Jennifer Reid, Teacher, Trenton High School
  • Ronald Sills, Lead Hand Custodian, Stirling Primary School
  • Valerie Wilson, Volunteer, Stirling Primary School
  • Emily Young, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
 “The nominations submitted for the Great Place Awards were all impressive. The winners are representatives of our school community who are all committed to the welfare of our students,” said Mary Hall, trustee representative and Vice-chair of the Board.
Awards presentation
Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:
Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville
The Great Place Awards Committee received 24 nominations representing employees, volunteers, parents and guardians, and community partners. The nomination criteria was aligned with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.
Congratulations to these individuals who received an Honourable Mention: 

 

  • Janice Rideout, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Paula Thompson, Student, Moira Secondary School
  • Tamela Timm, Office Assistant, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Anna Henderson, Teacher, Madoc Township Public School
  • Betty Kuhn, In School Resource Teacher, Breadner Elementary School
  • Laurie Dodson, Special Education Department Head, North Hastings High School
  • Michael Godin, Sean Pudlis and Terry Weinert, Teachers, Bayside Secondary School
  • Lyle Johnston, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Ron Sweet, Volunteer and Community Partner, Quinte West Red Cross
  • Diane Percy, Parent and Volunteer, Coe Hill School
  • Joan Anderson, Volunteer, Harmony Public School
  • Ray Bush and Carl Davis, Custodians, Bayside Secondary School
  • Paul Taylor, Frink Centre Coordinator, H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre
  • Greg Garrett, Vice-principal, Moira Secondary School
  • Christine Burgess, Head Secretary, Foxboro Public School
  • Don Cooper, Volunteer and Occasional Teacher, Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)
  • Richard Long, Math Department Head, Centennial Secondary School

Thank you to the Great Place Awards Committee for their respectful and caring review of the nominations:

  • Karen Chow, Elementary Occasional Teacher Representative
  • Paul Covert, Parent Representative
  • Frank Gielen, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation Representative
  • Mary Hall, Trustee Representative
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School, Administrative Support Group Representative
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School and OSSTF Representative
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst, CUPE Representative
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Stirling Primary School, Ontario Principals’ Council Representative

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

 

Commend the 2011 Great Place Award recipients

Congratulations to nine individuals who support student success and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

10th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, parents and guardians, and community partners.
 

The 2011 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Robin Baranyai, Parent, C.M.L. Snider School
  • Melanie Boniface, Secretary, Stirling Primary School
  • Scott Boyd, Teacher, Bayside Public School
  • Dot Burshaw, Secretary, Education Centre
  • Jennifer Cooke and Stacey Wagner, Teachers, Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Cindy Kearns, School Council Chair and Parent Volunteer, Madoc Township Public School
  • JoAnne Peckham, Teacher, College Street Public School
  • Jim West, Teacher, Moira Secondary School

“The nominations submitted for the Great Place Awards were all impressive. The recipients are representatives of our education system who are each committed to the well-being of students,” said Mary Hall, trustee representative and vice-chair of the Board.

Awards presentation
Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, June 20, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 19 nominations representing students, employees, volunteers, and parents/guardians. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Thank you to the Great Place Awards Committee for their respectful and caring review of the nominations:

  • Karen Chow, Elementary Occasional Teacher Representative
  • Paul Covert, Parent Representative
  • Mary Hall, Trustee Representative
  • Sarah Langridge, Student, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School, Administrative Support Group Representative
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School and OSSTF Representative
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst, CUPE Representative
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Stirling Primary School, Ontario Principals’ Council Representative
  • Emily Tezlaff, Student Trustee, Trenton High School

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,900 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

Community celebration welcomes international students

Welcoming international students to Belleville and area is a priority of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. To celebrate diversity and culture, a second annual community event will take place this evening at Loyalist College. International students and their homestay families are invited.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Location: Loyalist College, Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville

Time: 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:00 p.m. program begins

This celebration, planned by the school board Equity & Diversity Committee and partner community agencies, is to welcome international students to the community. It is also recognition of how the Quinte Region is becoming a global community through the presence of international youth.

Partners include the following:

  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Loyalist College
  • Intercultural/Interfaith Action Committee of the United Church of Canada
  • United Nations Association in Canada – Quinte Branch

 

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

Community event to welcome international students

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to participate in an event to welcome international students to the Quinte region.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, October 11, 2012

TIME:
6:45 pm – Arrival Reception (hot/cold refreshments).
7:30 pm – Presentations & Performances

LOCATION: Albert College, Ackerman Hall, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville

Guests are encouraged to dress in their national clothing, if possible.

“It is a wonderful experience for everyone in the community to engage with international students. As Canadians, we can share our culture while learning new traditions from youth from around the world,” remarked Carol Goerke, Manager, International Student Program.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Albert College
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Loyalist College
  • United Nations Association of Canada

For the 2012-2013 school year, the International Student Program welcomes 132 students from 14 countries—China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Pakistan, Brazil and Mexico. Students from Spain were also welcomed for a short-term stay during the month of September.

International students live with local families. This year the students are attending Centre Hastings Secondary School, North Hastings High School and 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

Community member gives back to Picton’s Queen Elizabeth School

Students at Queen Elizabeth School in Picton now have another SMART Board to support hands-on, interactive learning, thanks to Paul Van Vlack, a former Scotiabank executive for Eastern Ontario. Van Vlack believes believes in giving back to and supporting Prince Edward County youth.

Mr. Van Vlack’s generous support, a donation of $7,500, has allowed school staff to purchase a SMART Board and additional technology devices to assist with teaching French and literacy skills.

"I have felt for some time that the private sector should play a role in concert with the government in assisting with funding and also in sharing life experiences with our students who will form our next generation. I felt that the SMART Board was an excellent way to teach French. In my day, unless you lived in Quebec, it was very difficult to become even borderline bilingual. The SMART Board attracts students’ attention and curiosity in a very positive way," said Van Vlack.

SMART Boards engage students through hands-on, interactive learning. They are an effective use of technology for teaching all subjects, in particular math and science concepts.

Four generations of Van Vlacks have resided in Prince Edward County, with Paul’s father having attended Queen Elizabeth School and his daughter now teaching there.

Donor and school officials in school library

Pictured (L to R): Teacher Jane Van Vlack; her father Paul Van Vlack who donated $7,500 to Queen Elizabeth School (Picton); Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation; and Heather Seres, Principal.

Queen Elizabeth School, where the motto is “Respect and Learning” is situated in the heart of Picton in picturesque Prince Edward County and serves approximately 275 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is a Healthy Active School Community which provides a dynamic and enthusiastic learning environment. It has an auditorium with a stage, a full size gymnasium, a library resource center, a multi-purpose science room and a music room. Outdoors, the playground has a soccer field and baseball diamond. The school’s mission is to provide a safe learning environment that promotes academic excellence, social responsibility and individual achievement. Celebrations of learning are evident in school spirit days, reading challenges, family literacy nights, school teams, band and choir festivals, and much more.

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

 

Confirmed case of mumps at Queen Elizabeth Public School – Trenton

A confirmed case of mumps has been reported at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Trenton. School and board officials have notified Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and all are working together to notify the school community.

Actions taken during the afternoon of Friday, November 26, 2010 include the following:

  1. A automated telephone message will be sent to students’ homes during the late afternoon/early evening. The message states the following: "This is a message from Queen Elizabeth Public School. A confirmed case of mumps has been reported. Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit has asked us to let you know that a mumps vaccination clinic will be set up at the school on Monday, November 29th from 8 to 11:00 a.m. If your child has not been vaccinated for mumps, please plan to come to this free clinic. If you have any questions, please contact Vice-principal Joanne Nitschke at 392-5004."
  2. For students who are not on record as being vaccinated against mumps, the health unit has prepared a letter of explanation that will go home with students on Monday, November 29.
  3. For students who are on record as being vaccinated against mumps, the health unit has prepared a different  letter of explanation that will go home on Monday, November 29.
  4. A free mumps vaccination clinic will be set-up at the school on Monday, November 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for students who require the mumps vaccination.

Mumps is very contagious. Students who have not been vaccinated should not go to school. Please refer to the health unit letter, linked above, for full details.

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 David Reed, 2009 Sir Mackenzie Bowell Educator of the Year

The Education Week Committee is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Educator of the Year Award, Mr. David Reed, Teacher, Centennial Secondary School.

Mr. Reed is a music teacher at Centennial and has been inspiring students through the Arts for 10 years. He is the visionary behind the Arts Offstage Program and the Canadian Vocal Music Project. Mr. Reed also coaches the Centennial Chargers football team and is the music director for the school’s well-known Musical Theatre productions. He strives to instill good character and citizenship in all his students. Mr. Reed is described by a past parent as “an inspiring example of the exceptional difference a teacher can make in the lives of his students.”

The Education Week Committee has been celebrating outstanding educators in Hastings and Prince Edward counties since 1967 through the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. Sir Mackenzie Bowell, who died in 1917, was prominently known for being Canada’s fifth prime minister. Serving from 1894 to 1896, Sir Mackenzie Bowell was an advocate for education in Hastings County. Prior to serving in parliament, he was elected and served as the chairperson for the Belleville Board of Education from 1856 to 1867.

Award presentation
Mr. Reed will be honoured and presented the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award for Educator of the Year at a special reception on Tuesday, May 5 at the Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Highway 2, Belleville, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Please note that due to a scheduling issue, the reception has been moved from its original date of Thursday, May 7, 2009.

April 29, 2009, Belleville, ON

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

 

Congratulations to former CHSS student, Paul Brogee

First recipient of the 2008 Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement

Congratulations to former Centre Hastings Secondary School student Paul Brogee, the first recipient of the 2008 Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement. Mr. Brogee received this distinguished award in Waterloo on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

According to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, “. . . this award is presented annually in memory of Luke Santi who, as a high school student, demonstrated a passion for research and discovery, earned top marks in his courses, took part in a variety of extra-curricular activities, and volunteered his time in service of others. In honour of Luke’s many accomplishments and contributions, the award is presented annually to a Canadian student who demonstrates Luke’s many qualities – academic performance, interest in science, extra-curricular activities and volunteering – and has begun post-secondary education in Physical Sciences at a Canadian university. One award of $1,000 will be made each year to a student who has been accepted into a full-time academic program in Physical Sciences at a Canadian university and is fully planning to continue with a second, full-time semester in physics at the same or other Canadian university. The successful student is expected to direct the award toward tuition for continued studies in physics.”

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For more information, please contact:

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

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients

Congratulations to eight secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal. 

Governor General’s Academic Medal Recipients

Ashley Solmes
Bayside
Secondary
School

Rami Saab
Centennial
Secondary
School

Matthew Maynes
Centre Hastings
Secondary
School

Jenny Xue
Moira
Secondary
School

Emily Welsh
North Hastings
High
School

Quinn
Harrison Abram

Prince Edward
Collegiate Institute

Christine Cyr
Quinte
Secondary
School

Adam Searle
Trenton
High
School

For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

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 Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients!

For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

Congratulations to the 2009 Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients! (newspaper ad)

Posted July 13, 2009.

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

 

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients!

For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

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 Great Place Award recipients

Congratulations to 13 individuals who support student achievement and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

8th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2009 Great Place Award recipients are:
• Garrett Carleton and Rick Scero, Custodial Team, Madoc Public School
• Nancy Chatten, Volunteer from Quinte Health Care Corp., for Secondary School Co-op Students
• Russell & Suzanne Doxtator, Volunteers, Frankford Public School
• Dolores Hachey, Teacher, Tyendinaga Public School
• Barbara Hoover, Grandparent/Volunteer, Bancroft Public School
• Blair & Kim Johnston, Volunteers, Queen Victoria School
• Carmen Knapp, Volunteer, Prince Charles School (Belleville)
• Kelly MacKay, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
• Bill Tomlinson, Teacher, Centennial Secondary School
• Joanne White, Educational Assistant, Bird’s Creek Public School

“It’s a tremendous honour to receive a Great Place Award. The committee had the challenging task of reviewing nominations for staff, community partners, parents/guardians and volunteers. It’s wonderful to see the mix of community members and staff this year. All recipients are known to model the district character attributes,” remarked trustee Thelma Goodfellow, who made a special trip to each site to congratulate award recipients.

Awards presentation
Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, June 15, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 26 nominations representing employees, volunteers, parents and guardians, and community partners. The nomination criteria was aligned with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

Posted June 2, 2009

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

 

Congratulations to Great Place Award recipients

Congratulations to Great Place Award winners who support student achievement and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

11th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2012 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Cassidy Allison, Student, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Beth Calwell, Parent, Moira Secondary School
  • Joseph Coolen, Lead Hand Custodian, Tweed Hungerford Senior Public School
  • Cathy Dafoe, Guidance Secretary, Moira Secondary School
  • Nancy Etmanski, Educational Assistant, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Patricia Malott, Teacher, Queen Victoria School
  • Stephen McFadden, Teacher & Coach, Madoc Public School
  • Diane Percy, Volunteer & School Council Chair, Coe Hill School
  • Diana Sheridan, Teacher, Hermon Public School
  • Police officers who work as school response officers
    • Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police: Constable Susanne Cox
    • Belleville Police Service: Constables Miranda Orr and Hans Verbeek
    • Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police: Constable Terry Briard
    • Napanee Ontario Provincial Police: Constable Del Wannamaker
    • Prince Edward Ontario Provincial Police: Constables Kim Guthrie and Nicole Lott
    • Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police: Constables Lonne Foeller and David Snider
    • Stirling-Rawdon Police Service: Constables Scott Burke and Darrin Heasman

“All the nominations told wonderful stories about the person being nominated and how he or she has contributed to student achievement. The committee had a challenging task to review each one, then through discussion, determine which would become finalists," said Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and committee chair.

Awards presentation

Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, May 28, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 28 nominations representing students, employees, volunteers, parents/guardians and community partners. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Thank you to the Great Place Awards Committee for their respectful and caring review of the nominations:

  • Christine Blakely, Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Karen Chow, President, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
  • Paul Covert, Parent Involvement Committee Chair
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and Committee Chair
  • Frank Gielen, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
  • Cynthia Gao, Student Senator, Bayside Secondary School
  • Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Adam Snider, Student Senator, Centennial 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

Congratulations to PHE Canada Physical Education Award winners

Seven schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have received the prestigious Physical and Health Education Canada, Physical Education Award for the 2009-2010 school year. This award is presented to schools that provide students with Quality Daily Physical Education or Quality Physical Education programs.

“It is a pleasure to celebrate healthy active living and the quality of programming in Health and Physical Education that are direct benefits to lifelong physical literacy for students. So much is brought to the school culture and student experiences through the combination of curriculum and intramural activity. It is fantastic to have seven schools receive national recognition,” said Ian Boyd, Health and Physical Education Coordinator.

227 schools applied for the award in Ontario. Seven schools from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board applied for this award and they were accepted. The award program encourages and recognizes excellence in school physical education programs.

The schools are:
 
          ELEMENTARY
Harry J. Clarke Public School
Kente Public School
North Hastings Senior Public School
Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School
 
SECONDARY
Centennial Secondary School
Moira Secondary School
North Hastings High School
 
“The Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit understands that healthy habits developed in childhood are likely to carry into adulthood. We appreciate schools’ efforts to provide students with the opportunity to learn skills that can last a lifetime and we are so proud of these award winning schools,” said Jennifer Ronan, a Public Health Nurse from the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.
 
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,400 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

 

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

 

 

 

Congratulations to Science Fair winners

Congratulations to students who were honoured at the 52nd Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair held at Loyalist College last Saturday.

About 150 colourful, well researched projects from 200 Grade 4 to 12 students at 25 schools throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County were on display. Over 90 judges worked very hard during the day to evaluate and encourage the students. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how they might improve their future projects.

Throughout the morning, students were interviewed extensively during the first round of judging. First, Second, Third and Honourable Mentions were awarded to each group of five to eight projects. A second round of judging was used to determine the best in each grade, specialty awards and the Canada Wide Science Fair awards.

The following students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board received awards.

Best in Grade 5
Criteria: Best of all Grade 5 first place projects
TIM KEHOE, Marmora Senior Public School
Project: Water Power

Best in Grade 7
Criteria: Best of all Grade 7 first place projects
GOVIND PISHARODI, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Biofuels vs. Fossil Fuels

Best of Grade 11 & 12
Criteria: Best of all Grade 11 & 12 first place projects
JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

City of Belleville/Veridian Award
Criteria: Awarded to the project at each level that best demonstrates information or an experiment that pertains to fish, their habit, protection or invasive species.

Grade 4 to 6
TESSA BRANT, OLIVIA CROUSE, Athol Central Public School
Project: Growing With Greywater

Grade 7 & 8
HARRISON CLARKE, DYLAN HANNAH, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Slip n’ Slide No More

Brain Injury Association Quinte District Award
Criteria: Awarded to a project that deals with the brain, brain injury or safety
JAYDEN HAIGHT, Park Dale School
Project: Brain Damage

Professional Engineers Award, Grades 4 to 6
Criteria: Awarded to the best project that demonstrates the use of engineering principles in Grades 4 to 6
TIM KEHOE, Marmora Senior Public School
Project: Water Power

Kevin Sue-Chue-Lam Math and Chemistry Award, Grades 4 to 8
Criteria: Awarded for the best Math or Chemistry project in Grades 4 to 8. Kevin was a Bayside student who participated
at Canada Wide Science Fair for six years.
JACQUELINE BOND, Frankford Public School
Project: What metal corrodes the fastest?

Best Innovation in the Use of Technology
Criteria: Awarded to the project that displayed the best innovative use of technology
LEAH MARGETSON, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Innovating Passive Solar Energy

Arlyne Gallespe Astronomy Prize
Criteria: Awarded to the project that displayed the best use of astronomical concepts

Telescope
THERESA DeCOLA, Frankford Public School
Project: Spirit Mission by Therea’s Interplanetary Shipping

Meteorite Display and Book
CALEB SAYER, Foxboro Public School
Project: It’s Just A Phase

Meteorite
ASHLEY FOX, KASSIDY BENTLEY, College Street Public School
Project: Eclipse

Meteorite
ZOE JACQUES, TATIANA RUTTAN, College Street Public School
Project: Mars

UOIT Innovation Award
Criteria: Awarded to the Junior, Intermediate or Senior projects demonstrating the most innovative development, adaptation, or use of technology in any subject area
JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

Environmental Innovator Award
Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding project in Grade 7 -12 in any category which demonstrates a creative approach to an environmental problem that could lead to cleaner air, land and/or water.
GIOVIND PISHARODI, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Biofuels vs. Fossil Fuels

People’s Choice Award
Criteria: Awarded to the project in each grade level, by other exhibitors in that grade up to Grade 8 and another one for Grade 9 to 12; projects exemplify innovation and excellence in science and technology

ZOE JACQUES, TATIANA RUTTAN, College Street Public School
Project: Mars

THEODORE BURELLE, STUART LUPENETTE, Susanna Moodie Elementary School
Project: The Sneater Heater

GRACIE PHILLIPS, Stirling Senior Public School
Project: Feed the Yeast

Canada Wide Science Fair Winners
Criteria: Presented to the overall winners; these students proceed to the Canada Wide Science Fair to be held in Toronto

JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

GIOVIND PISHARODI, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Biofuels VS. Fossil Fuels

THERESA DeCOLA, Frankford Public School
Project: Spirit Mission by Therea’s Interplanetary Shipping

University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
Criteria: The Faculties of Engineering, Science and Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa award a $1,000 admission scholarship to the most deserving Senior project from each region. The intent of this award is to honour the top Senior project and encourage the winner to pursue university studies in health, sciences or technology. The scholarship will be applied to the tuition fees when the student registers in an undergraduate program at the Faculties of Engineering, Science or Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa; $1,00 applies to first-year tuition

JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?
 

SciTech Ontario Stepping Stone Award
Criteria: This award of $650 is provided by SciTech Ontario to be used in sending the top project of the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair to the Canada Wide Science Fair

JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

Canada-Wide Science Fair will be hosted in Toronto from May 14 to 21, 2011. It began in 1962 in Ottawa. In 1963 it was held in the basement of Casa Loma in Toronto.

 

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

Congratulations to Skills Canada – Ontario competition winners

Congratulations are in order for students from Centennial Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School. They competed in the Skills Canada – Ontario Technological Skills Competition and achieved award-winning status.

  • Edward Tse, Centennial Secondary School, won silver in the Photography category.
  • The team of Jonathan Brohm, Mac Holmes, Ryan Wetherall and Jacob Donavan, Quinte Secondary School, won gold in the Team Home Building category.

This event is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada. It involves the following:

  • 1,800 competitors from elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools
  • 30,000+ spectators
  • 60+ skilled trade contest areas

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 teacher Andrew Dickson, Quinte SS

Pictured L to R: Teacher Celine Murdoch, Principal Lisa Vincent, Andrew Dickson and Superintendent Rob McGall.

Congratulations to Andrew Dickson, Quinte Secondary School teacher, who was presented with an Associate Teacher of the Year Award from Queen’s University. He was one of only six recipients.

Queen’s University, Faculty of Education, has long acknowledged the vital role of practice teaching in the development of new teachers. The practicum is successful because of the dedication and commitment of over 1,500 teachers.

Teacher candidates at the Faculty of Education benefit from the assistance with lesson planning, from the reflective analysis of teaching, and from guidance on classroom management. Associate teachers, as exemplary role models, set standards of excellence for teacher candidates.

Mr. Dickson has been an associate teacher for more than seven years. According to one of the nominations, "One of my favourite Andrew quotes is I have never had a teacher candidate that I didn’t learn as much from, as they did from me." Others who know him say that comment truly summarizes his approach. He works with teacher candidates, keeps an open-mind, is a wealth of knowledge, and is willing to learn!

Nominations for Associate Teacher of the Year can be made by principals, teacher candidates, the Practicum Office, associate teachers or faculty members. The nomination for Mr. Dickson came from a Queen’s University staff member, faculty liaison, Wayne Goodyer.

Mr. Dickson received his award at a special luncheon hosted by Queen’s University and attended by Quinte Secondary School colleagues, administration, school board administration, and his family.

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

Congratulations to Tinneke Wilson, recipient of the Kids Fit Mentor of the Year award

Tinneke Wilson is the 2010 winner of the Kids Kit Mentor of the Year award. She is a teacher and coach at Park Dale School.

“As a teacher and coach, I realized I had the opportunity to really influence students and have been working for that goal ever since,” remarked Tinneke.

Tinneke is involved in many health and fitness programs and activities. She has been involved with the Healthy Active Schools Executive Committee for the past eight years, supporting schools as they develop a comprehensive approach to school health. She has taken on a leadership role at Park Dale School to lead their Healthy Active Schools Committee.

Tinneke has partnered with the community in various ways. She worked with Parks and Recreation to develop an after school activity program and the Go Girls program to build activity and healthy decision making in girls. With the Health Unit, she worked with the school team and the dietitian to improve the quality of school lunch options and increase the number of students actively walking to school in the Walk to School program. 

She developed and implemented a school wide Run Across Canada program to promote and motivate students to accumulate school wide and personal kilometres to run across the country. She has coached for the Belleville Youth Soccer Club in both house league and rep divisions. Personally, she tries to stay very active with a variety of activities such as jogging, bike riding, kayaking, strength training, and she recently learned to play hockey.

“I like to be an example to others around me so that when I say something to encourage someone else to get active, it carries some weight,” said Tinneke.

Tinneke does not accomplish these activities alone, she has a team of strong leadership students who help her called the Fitness Fanatics who run many events such as the Winter Fashion Shows to promote dressing warm to walk to school, intramural activities, skipping clubs and many other activities.

Tinneke received the award at the Health and Fitness Expo in May at The Tenth Ox in downtown Belleville. The Kids Fit Mentor of the Year award comes with a $500 prize that can be used to purchase equipment for Park Dale School. Tinneke and the Fitness Fanatics have decided on either an outdoor volleyball system or an Omniken Ball kit to promote intramural events and alternative games at the school.

Heather Rutherford, the principal at Park Dale School nominated Tinneke for this award. Tinneke is passionate about teaching students’ health and fitness and she was thrilled to receive the award.   

 

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

 

Construction on the new Tweed school is underway!

school assembly
Principal Susan Carleton-Maines welcomes students
and special guests to the groundbreaking assembly.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School today, October 31, 2012, to celebrate construction o the new school.

Dozens of community partners and hundreds of students attended today’s celebration, as did several school board officials, the contractor and representatives from the architecture firm.

“This is a day of celebration and anticipation as we watch the progress of building a new school,” said Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee for Southeast Hastings.

Construction is underway on the existing Tweed-Hungerford Senior school site. The fencing is up, machinery is on-site and the foundations are being dug. This school is scheduled to open in September 2013. It will combine approximately 375 elementary students from the two Tweed schools. The $7.3 million project is fully-funded by the Ministry of Education.

According to Director of Education Rob McGall, the new school will provide students with an optimum learning environment.

group photo
Pictured L to R: Corrina Eberwein, Vice-principal; Joanne Albert, Tweed Reeve; Rob McGall, Director of Education; Todd Smith, M.P.P., Prince Edward-Hastings; students and Quad-Pro Construction representative; Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee; and Susan Carleton-Maines, Principal.

“The new school will have large windows for natural light, modern heating and air conditioning units and be wired for Internet access. It will also have learning spaces where students can collaborate and work in small groups together.”

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

CTV news correspondent visited Harry J. Clarke PS Destinations and Moira SS Film Studies students

Grade 7 students from theDestinations Programme at Harry J. Clarke are entering the production stages of a complete news program called 7D News. The one-hour television report consists of a series of hard hitting news reports reflecting on the students’ experience in the program this year.

 

The project is a collaboration between Mr. Davis’ Grade 7 class and students from the Film Studies course at Moira Secondary School. Throughout the project students from both schools worked together to generate a one-minute video segment on a selected topic which reflects an aspect of personal learning or character experience from the current school year.

Destinations students accessed video editing software and received extensive training from Mr. Doyle and his Grade 12 students. Assistance from the older students instilled a deeper understanding of the power of media with the younger students.

To further enhance their learning experience, Marcia MacMillan, CTV news correspondent, visited Moira Secondary School on Monday May 30, 2011. MacMillan shared a multi-media presentation with Moira Film Studies students and Destinations students which detailed her experiences and expertise in the development of news segments. Students were able to interact with her and ultimately gain insight into the many aspects and roles of media in our world.

The project will culminate with a Formal Screening Celebration in mid-June to unveil the 7D News “A Year in Review.” Parents and invited guests will share in the official unveiling to celebrate their academic achievements during the school year.

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

 

Dangers of street racing researched at Moira SS

Prepping the carThe effects of street and stunt racing provided a hands-on learning experience for a Grade 11 Employment Destinations class at Moira Secondary School. They demonstrated creativity to showcase what they learned by painting anti-street racing slogans on a car and then prepared it as an entry in a demolition derby.

Teacher Stacey McErlean will drive the modified car in a derby this spring to raise awareness about street and stunt racing, and to educate others on the dangers that accompany those types of illegal activities. It will be quite a sight, displaying slogans such as “Take it to the ring, not the street.” “Speed kills.” and “Ride to die.”

According to McErlean, “All too often we read or hear about the tragic results of street racing and stunt driving. I believe this is an opportunity to provide insight in to the problem from a positive standpoint. My class demonstrated great leadership and commitment in attempting to influence its peer group to behave responsibly in a manner to which other teens can relate.”

The students’ goal was to find alternatives to street and stunt racing. They wanted to promote regulated car events—stock-car racing, demolition derbies, mud racing and track racing—as alternatives. The class applied for a Project Enhancement Grant through The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, the charitable arm of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Thanks to the $1,000 donation, they were able to purchase a car, gut it, and prepare it for a demolition derby.

Ready for the demolition derbyAt Moira Secondary School, amazing students, exemplary programs and outstanding staff all contribute to Trojan Pride and character development in the areas of arts, academics, technology and athletics. The school on excellence extends into many aspects student life at Moira—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts. Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development.

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

David Fox named as interim principal at PECI




Retired Superintendent of Education David Fox has been appointed as interim principal at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton for the months of September and October 2009. Former principal Ken Manderville was recently appointed as a system principal for Student Success and will relocate to the Education Centre in Belleville.


Fox began his career with The Prince Edward County Board of Education as a teacher at Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School in 1971. He was appointed to vice-principal at South Marysburgh Central School in 1988 and to principal at Massassaga-Rednersville Public School in 1991. In 1998 Fox transferred to the Education Centre as assistant to the superintendent. He was promoted to superintendent in 2002. Fox retired in August 2007.

Fox’s appointment will provide the Board with an opportunity to complete a search process for a new principal for PECI in the early fall.

Posted July 9, 2009.

 

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

 

 

Deseronto principal participates in tolerance workshop

Elementary school principal Vic Roy had a life-changing experience recently when he participated in a two-day workshop about fostering better relationships between different cultures. Roy is principal of Deseronto Public School (DPS), which is geographically located at the centre of a land claim dispute in Deseronto, Ontario.

Roy was approached last spring by a representative of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA) who invited him to participate in a first-time workshop called the Canadian Neighbouring Communities Special Project. Organized and hosted by The Friends of Simon Wisenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, the 30 workshop participants included a mix of educators, residents, municipal leaders, government officials and police officers from Kettle Point, Caledonia, Six Nations Reserve, Ipperwash, Deseronto and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.

“At first I was reluctant to go because it was scheduled for the end of September. As a school principal, my first responsibility is to the students and staff. After speaking with school board officials and Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs representatives, it became clear that by attending this workshop I would be doing a great service to my school community,” states Roy.

The workshop goal was to foster better relationships between community members and leaders, educators, elected officials and the MAA. Through group-based activities and discussions they talked about past conflicts, shared ideas, explored different options for coming to consensus and learned how to be more effective at ‘hearing and learning’ each other.

More specifically, the thought-provoking tolerance and diversity discussions challenged participants:

  • to unearth and dismantle their own acknowledged racist and discriminatory beliefs and attitudes;
  • to approach and dialogue with individuals whose understanding is different than theirs; and
  • to understand how to move beyond tolerance to respect and acknowledgement.

In order to qualify for the workshop participants were required to commit two follow-up plans at one-month and 10-month intervals after returning home. For Roy, these plans are directly related to helping students achieve success by enhancing tolerance and cultural awareness in the school. At DPS, Roy will continue to weave the school board’s eight Growing with Character attributes into the school day: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

“One of the most important outcomes was the fact that people got to know each other and started to develop a relationship in a neutral environment. There were First Nations, community and government officials talking about past disputes and coming up with action plans for the future,” states Roy.

When asked about his overall impression, Roy reflects, “I’m glad I went. I had a number of ‘ah-ha’ moments around the Deseronto land claim issues from all different perspectives from across the province. It’s those realizations—those connections—that I bring back to the Deseronto Public School community. There is no doubt that it was a life-changing experience.”

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.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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For more information, please contact:

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

 

Deseronto PS full-day Kindergarten featured on CKWS-TV

Full-day Kindergarten was a feature on CKWS-TV 6:00 p.m. news on Thursday, September 9, 2010.

Principal Bill Launderville and Senior Kindergarten Teacher Denise Lewis talked about the benefits of full-day learning and how, by being at school all day, the children have time to develop social skills and learn school routines. Three Senior Kindergarten children shared their thoughts about their first day at school, as well. Superintendent Trish FitzGibbon ended the story by explaining why the before- and after-school program is not running this year.

View the news story online at: www.ckwstv.com/index.cfm
 

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

Deseronto Public School raised $260 for the Angel Tree Program

principal dressed up as a woman

Congratulations to Deseronto Public School students for demonstrating caring for their community.

Principal Bill Launderville challenged students in December 2010 to raise $160 ($1 from each student) for the local Angel Tree Program. In supporting the Growing with Character trait of humour, Mr. Launderville agreed to dress as a female for a day, if the students met his challenge.

The eager students surpassed the challenge, raising $260. True to his word, Mr. Launderville dressed up a woman, taking direction from a few students in the Grade 8 class. 

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.

 

Destinations Programme Information Night, Tues., January 26

Parents, are you looking for an enriched program for your child? Destinations is for students going into Grade 7 and 8.

Destinations is for motivated, curious students who have good work habits and want to be involved in a challenging, enriched environment.

Learn more at an information night, Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at Moira Secondary School.

For more information, call 613.969.0140.

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

Director of Education to retire in August 2011

Director of Education Kathy Soule has tendered her resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective August 31, 2011.

In her resignation letter to Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board she stated the following:

It is with mixed emotions that I submit this letter of resignation for the purposes of retirement. My tenure at the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has been both rewarding and exciting, with numerous examples of professional and personal accomplishments and growth. Most importantly, the personal relationships with trustees, staff, students and community, have enhanced my life in so many ways.

I am deeply grateful to you for your leadership as Chair as well as the Board’s strong support and commitment to our leadership team over the past six years. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board truly is an incredible System of Character that values students, employees and community. It has been my distinct privilege to serve in advancing these significant goals and wish you all the very best as you continue the journey.

“As a Board we accept Director Soule’s resignation, although we do so with great reluctance. She has been an exemplary leader, with extensive knowledge in education and business. She has also brought alignment and consistency to the district, and has certainly turned the focus of each and every employee to students and supporting student achievement,” stated Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Next week the Board will begin to determine a process to find a replacement.

Director Soule has held her current position since March 2005, having previously served as Deputy Director of Simcoe County District School Board.

During her tenure with HPEDSB, Soule has built a strong, coherent, collaborative learning community with aligned equity in terms of resource allocation, staff recognition, open two-way communication, commonality of language and a strong leadership team. All of that was established with the end in mind: to improve student achievement, morale, and to bring Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to be known as a system of character focused on student achievement.

Director Soule has a long list of accomplishments in educational leadership, system planning, Board relations, and system and provincial leadership. Her career highlights also include significant contributions to education at the provincial level.

During her 38 years in public education, Soule has:

  • Served as Chair of the Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education (ongoing).
  • Served as a Board member for The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation (ongoing).
  • Served as a Governor of Loyalist College (ongoing).
  • Served as representative for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association at the Provincial Discussion Table.
  • Had key responsibility for curriculum development and implementation, student assessment, human resources, negotiations, families of schools, and professional development.
  • Led the provincial Privacy and Information Management Task Force.
  • Participated on several boards, including Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network and the Ottawa Region MISA (Managing Information for Student Achievement) Professional Network Centre.
  • Been recognized as an Ontario Teachers’ Federation Fellow.
  • Had many years of involvement in leading local and provincial teacher federations.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,900 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west. 

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

District employees honoured to present at international conference

11th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices

Being part of a recent international conference on restorative practices was a rejuvenating experience for two district employees. Attendance Counsellor Shelley Steacy and Child and Youth Counsellor Shelley Steele hosted a workshop at a three day international gathering of educators, social workers, criminal justice professionals and researchers.

The 11th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) was held in Toronto in late October. The IIRP’s world conference relies on voluntary participation from a wide variety of individuals who want to share what they are doing and learning in the emerging field of restorative practices.

"This was an incredible experience. It was an honour to present alongside others from all around the world. This conference demonstrated to both of us that we have a lot to be proud of at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board," remarks Shelley Steacy. "Our presentation, Lead from Where you Stand, focused on the district’s restorative practices journey from 2001 to present."

The district’s Child & Youth Counsellor Team has been promoting restorative practices since 2001 when many were first trained as facilitators. Since that time restorative practices has grown tremendously within the district and is quickly becoming the discipline model of choice in a number of schools.

"We were proud to represent our organization as a leader in Canada with regard to implementing a restorative philosophy and practice which has lead to a more inclusionary approach to discipline within our system," states Shelley Steele. "Next steps for us will be to examine ways to tie restorative practices into the district’s Growing with Character philosophy and the curriculum," she adds.

When asked about the most inspirational presentation they attended, Steacy and Steele reflected on two:

  1. We attended a presentation by four women from the United Kingdom: the headmistress of a public school, a classroom teacher, a school-based counsellor and a centrally-based counsellor. These four professionals implemented restorative practices using a school- and community-wide approach. The classroom teacher spoke about how restorative practice is woven into the fabric of their class with each day beginning with a check-in circle. During this time the students are encouraged to talk about issues that may be interfering with their learning and are then asked to come up with strategies to resolve their concerns. The headmistress then spoke about how she would implement conferencing as a method to address discipline issues with her students. She also used the RP circle as a model for running her staff meetings where staff were encouraged to “check-in” regarding how things were going in general terms for each staff member. The two counsellors then shared examples of challenging cases where a family conferencing approach was utilized to re-engage a student who was struggling with attendance and behavioural concerns.

  2. Equally as inspiring was the story told by Dominique Barter, a keynote speaker from Brazil. Dominique initiated a Restorative Justice Pilot Project which brought restorative practices into schools, courts, social services and prison services as well as community agencies. Dominique shared his story of a desire to bring non-violent communication to the shanty towns outside of Rio de Janeiro. He spoke about towns where they are over run with drug trafficking and violence. These towns are in the control of adolescent gangs that have become so organized and powerful that local authorities will not even attempt to address the issue as they are in fear for their own safety. His story demonstrated how a restorative approach leads to a feeling of safety for the participants and thereby allows them to express their needs. As a result of being able to express their needs they no longer feel invisible. When a person feels that they are being listened to they have less need to act out to make themselves noticed.

"These presentations demonstrated how a consistent and unified approach can effectively transform any culture into one of understanding, open communication and accountability," explains Steele.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Do you know an outstanding educator?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 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 must be active in education during the current year.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Sir Mackenzie Bowell Reception
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Hwy#2, Belleville

This year’s event marks the 45th anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. The award recognizes outstanding educators in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Submissions must be submitted no later than Monday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. in care of: Albert College, Attention: Education Week Committee, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario K8P 1A6.

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.

 

Do you know an outstanding educator?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 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 must be active in education during the current year.

Nominations should include brief, factual statements of the nominee’s contribution to education in Hastings County or Prince Edward County under the following headings: Academic, Cultural, and/or Recreational, through the person’s vocation and/or avocation, locally and/or regionally, for the child, adolescent and/or adult, through professional organization and/or community service organizations.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Sir Mackenzie Bowell Reception
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Hwy#2, Belleville

This year’s event marks the 43rd anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. The award recognizes outstanding educators in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Nominations should not exceed 10 pages. Submissions must be submitted no later than April 20, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in care of: Albert College, Attention: Education Week Committee, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario K8P 1A6.

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.

Last updated: June 20, 2012 at 9:38 am