Drum workshop comes to Queen Victoria School

Students will be using their hand-made and borrowed instruments to shake, rattle, bang and tap to create a community of music and expression. Musical group Abbey North Drummers will teach students about drumming and percussion techniques. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will participate in workshops throughout the day. They will come together for a school-wide concert in the afternoon.

Donations of percussion instruments are welcome! If you would like to lend your tambourine, drums, maracas or rhythm sticks for the day, please contact the school at 613-968-4547.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Where: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

What: Drumming and percussion workshop orchestrated by Abbey North Drummers

All are welcome to attend a school-wide performance at 2:30 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted.

This event is a “Project Achieve” initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Elementary Teacher’s Foundation of Ontario.

 

Dual Credits program provides reach-ahead options

Finishing high school and starting college became linked more closely this year courtesy of a new Ministry of Education initiative. The Dual Credits program allows students to earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Loyalist College and St. Lawrence College are partnering to offer dual credit courses. This semester is a pilot program and students are enrolled in:

• CAD 1 and Technical Communications
• Automotive Apprenticeship
• Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship
• Hairstylist Apprenticeship
• General Carpentry Apprenticeship

“Our students are telling us that this program is very valuable to them. They appreciate the college experience and stimulating environment,” remarks Mandy Savery-Whiteway, System Principal for Student Success. “Most importantly, the Dual Credits program is helping these students to stay in school and invest in their future,” she adds.

What it is
Dual Credits is a Student Success and School College Work Initiative (SCWI) intended to provide reach-ahead opportunities for secondary school students. They participate in apprenticeship training and post-secondary courses earning dual credits that count towards their high school diploma and their post-secondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. College tuition, ancillary and textbook fees are funded through the SCWI. A dedicated secondary teacher for all students participating in the Dual Credits program helps students to make the transition to the college setting and supports their academic program and planning.

Who it is for
Dual Credits is for students who need learning opportunities outside of high school and who would benefit from a college or apprenticeship experience.

How it helps
Students have the opportunity to:
• Earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.
• Gain experience that will help them with their postsecondary education or apprenticeship.
• Get a head start on learning and training for their future careers.
• Focus on areas of interest, for senior secondary school students, as they move towards graduation.

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

Dwayne Inch elected as new chair of the Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Dwayne Inch re-elected as chair of the Board, Dave Patterson as vice-chair

Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board
Dwayne Inch was re-elected Chair of the Board on December 3, 2012.

Trustee Dwayne Inch was re-elected as chair of the Board and Dave Patterson was elected as vice-chair of the Board at the annual public Board meeting held Monday, December 3, 2012. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the December meeting.

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

“Over the last year as Chair I have been well supported. To my fellow trustees, thank you for believing in me. I tell people as often as I can of the privilege it is to work with each of you. You practise the very character attributes that we as a system promote,” Inch remarked.

Patterson, in his remarks on being elected as vice-chair, asked that the kind of compassion witnessed at the evening’s Board meeting continue to resonate with trustees as they face uncertain times. He noted, “We will endure and work together for success.”

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

  • Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
Dave Patterson, Vice-chair of the Board
Dave Patterson was Vice-chair of the Board on December 3, 2012.

Patterson was first elected to the Board in the October 2010 municipal election. He represents Belleville/Thurlow, with the following schools in his electoral area:

  • Foxboro Public School
  • Harmony Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Hillcrest School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Quinte 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earth Hour celebrated in schools and administrative offices

Students and staff demonstrated their commitment to the environment today by participating in Earth Hour.

The Ministry of Education and World Wildlife Fund partnered to encourage Ontario-wide participation. Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

At schools and administrative offices, non-emergency lights were turned off for one hour on Friday, March 26, 2010. 

This year Earth Hour will be celebrated internationally  on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is expected that millions of people around the world will switch lights off.

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

 

 

Earth Hour to be celebrated in schools and administrative offices

Students and staff will demonstrate their commitment to the environment tomorrow by participating in Earth Hour.

At schools and administrative offices, non-emergency lights were turned off for one hour on Friday, March 25, 2011.

Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming. This year Earth Hour will be celebrated globally on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is expected that millions of people around the world will switch lights off.

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

Education Centre and school summer hours of operation

Education Centre summer hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays beginning Friday, July 10 up to and including Friday, August 21.
  • Closed to the public during a two-week shutdown beginning Monday, July 27 through to Friday, August 7, inclusive.
  • The Education Centre will reopen to the public on Monday, August 10.
  • For general inquiries, please call 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 0.

PLEASE NOTE: Software upgrades will be installed on July 27, 28 and 29. During this time, access to the following technologies will be intermittent or unavailable:

• Dial-up access
• Email
• BlackBerry integration
• Internet
• Maplewood
• HR/Payroll and Finance systems
• School and district websites

Elementary schools will be closed until Monday, August 24.

Secondary schools will be open during July and August. 

 

Education Centre to participate in Day of Pink

Think Pink, Wear Pink will be the practise at the central office of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this week. Employees at the Education Centre will participate in the Day of Pink on Friday, April 15, 2011.

Day of Pink is the international day against bullying, discrimination and homophobia in schools and communities. Day of Pink has come to be known in schools and community agencies as a day to symbolize a shared belief in celebrating diversity by wearing a pink shirt.

A two-school event is scheduled for the same date. Trenton High School will be hosting an Anti-hate Day rally, and will interact with Prince Edward Collegiate Institute through video conference. 

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

Education is the focus of Model United Nations event

Educating secondary school students about world issues and giving them an opportunity to voice their opinions are at the heart of the 13th Annual Quinte Model United Nations (UN) Conference. The Quinte Model UN is a simulation of a real UN debate.

For the Quinte Model UN event, student delegates are assigned the role of a representative from an international state (country) and are required to research the state position, both on the specific topics that will be discussed and as a general overview of that state’s policies. At the conference, each delegate will role play to debate issues on the agenda for discussion, draft and discuss resolutions, caucus with other delegates, and work to solve problems facing the world.

The topic for this year’s event is education. Student delegates will come prepared to debate the following worldwide education issues as outlined in the preparation booklet: For many of the wealthier, developed countries in the world, education issues often centre around preparing children and adults for a changing workplace and a changing world. For many of the poorest of the developing countries, raising literacy rates, making school accessible to all and reduction of school fees are dominant issues and concerns. Reforms and changes in education thus are truly global and are critical to the success in tackling many of the other big global issues.

Students from all eight Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board secondary schools are participating, as well as representatives from Albert College, Nicholson Catholic College and Quinte Christian School.

Dates: Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30, 2009
Location: Moira Secondary School, Farley Avenue, Belleville
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day

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

Elementary teachers to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Elementary teachers in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will stage a one-day legal strike on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. This was confirmed in writing on Friday, December 7, 2012 by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local.

Due to this legal strike, all elementary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Parents/guardians should not send their children to school on Wednesday, December 12. Even though buses will be running for other schools, children who attend Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools should not get on the bus. The school day will return to normal on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

“We thank our parents and guardians for their patience and understanding as we work through this legal strike with our elementary teachers. Hastings and Prince Edward is in a similar position to other public school boards in Ontario where one-day strikes and teacher withdrawal of services are occurring in response to Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act,” stated Rob McGall, Director of Education.

Secondary school teachers are not involved in this job action. Secondary schools will remain open and the buses will run, as usual. Secondary school students (Grade 9 to 12) are expected to be at school on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

FACTS

  • Elementary teachers in HPEDSB will be in a legal strike position on December 10, 2012.
  • Secondary teachers in HPEDSB were in a legal strike position on Monday, November 12, 2012.
  • Public teacher unions are in a province-wide dispute with the provincial government about Bill 115, the Putting Student First Act.
  • Approximately 640 permanent and 43 occasional teachers are employed by HPEDSB.
  • HPEDSB serves approximately 16,000 students (10,400 elementary and 5,525 secondary) at 42 elementary and eight secondary schools.

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

Employer Appreciation Week: June 4 to 8

This week we say "thank you" to employers throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County for hiring students.

EMPLOYER APPRECIATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 500 employers hire more than 600 students for half-day or full-day co-operative education placements. Students are working at restaurants, stores, nursing homes, animal hospitals, CFB Trenton, business offices and in construction, to name some of the experiences presently underway.
  • This year, 50+ employers have signed students to apprenticeships in various trades, such as hairstyling, general carpentry, cook, automotive service, child development practitioner, and brick and stone mason.
  • Several other employers have opened their doors to welcome classes for workplace visits or to support special events for students to learn about careers in different sectors, such as the Careers in Health Day event.
  • Cooperative education and experiential learning activities let students explore different careers and to learn about skills that are important to success in the workplace.

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

Employment fact sheets for young workers

With summer break here, many students are seeking employment. The Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Education have prepared fact sheets to increase health and safety awareness for students entering the workforce, and address employment rights and responsibilities.

Young workers: STAY SAFE!
Your rights @ work
Parenting young workers

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

EQAO results continue to improve

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EQAO results for Grades 3, 6 and 9 continue to improve

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

Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
READINGStudents demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 53% to 57%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%, from 65% to 66%.
WRITINGStudents demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 58% to 63%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 3%, from 73% to 76%.
MATHEMATICSStudents maintained an achievement level of 58%. The provincial results experienced a 1 percentage point decrease, from 69% to 68%.

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Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics
READINGStudents demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 61% to 65%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%, from 74% to 75%.
WRITINGStudents maintained an achievement rate of 56%. The provincial growth rate increased 1%, from 73% to 74%.
MATHEMATICSStudents demonstrated a 3 percentage point decrease, moving from 42% to 39%. The provincial results remained at 58%.

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Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics
APPLIEDStudents demonstrated a 2% growth rate, moving from 49% to 51%. The provincial growth rate was 2%, from 42% to 44%.
ACADEMICStudents demonstrated a 3 percentage point decrease, moving from 85% to 82%. This decrease compares to a 1% provincial growth rate, from 83% to 84%.

Results from the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released in June 2012 and are posted online at: http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/?p=4514

“It’s very rewarding to see the increases this year. They’re a direct result of the continued efforts by our teachers, support staff and school administrators to focus on student achievement and belief that all students can achieve,” remarked Rob McGall, Director of Education.

Next steps

Kindergarten to Grade 12 board- and school-based teams are analyzing the EQAO data, as well as other student achievement and program data. This analysis will assist in identifying critical literacy and numeracy learning skills to focus upon, as well as assist in determining which instructional strategies to implement to improve student learning. Key instructional strategies, such as co-planning and teaching, where teachers plan, teach and examine student work together, show enhanced and sustained gains in student achievement. In addition, the use of technology, learning manipulatives and solving real-world problems have enhanced student engagement in their learning. Refinements will be made to the 2012-2013 board and school improvement plans to support a continued focus on student achievement in literacy and numeracy.

“Our results continue to show steady growth over time, which is what we want to see. We are committed to all students and helping them to reach their full potential,” said Trish FitzGibbon, Superintendent of Education – Curriculum Services.

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

EQAO results show steady progress

Students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed improvement on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring.

“As a school system we have provided students with optimal learning environments, effective tools and strategies for learning. These results represent the work of caring and dedicated principals, classroom teachers and support staff who have supported students to achieve gradual, incremental growth,” remarked Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

The following highlights the performance of students in Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics.

Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics

ReadingStudents demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 46% to 51%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%.
WritingStudents demonstrated a 3% growth rate, moving from 53% to 56%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 2%.
MathematicsStudents demonstrated a 6% growth rate, moving from 53% to 59%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%.

 

 
 

  

Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics

ReadingStudents demonstrated a 3% growth rate, moving from 62% to 65%. The provincial growth rate was 3%.
WritingStudents demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 52% to 56%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 3%.
MathematicsStudents demonstrated a 3% decrease, moving from 50% to 47%. This decrease mirrors a provincial decrease of 2%.

 

 
 

 

 
Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics

AppliedStudents demonstrated a 1% decrease, moving from 49% to 48%. The provincial growth rate was 2%. It is important to note that the provincial results are below the HPEDSB results, with 48% of HPEDSB Applied students achieving the provincial standard as compared to 40% provincially.
AcademicStudents demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 76% to 81%. This increase matched the provincial growth rate of 5%.

  

 

 

 

Results from the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released in June 2010 and are posted online at: www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/

“Board members are proud of the students who participated in the EQAO tests. These results show that students are applying higher-order thinking skills across all curriculum areas and within a variety of learning situations,” commented Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Next steps Board officials have tools in place to conduct deep analysis of student assessments and are developing a Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Plans for Student Achievement in the areas of:

• Literacy
• Numeracy
• Pathways
• Community, Culture and Caring

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

EQAO scores improve in some areas, slip in others

Board stays the course, believes in students’ ability to achieve

EQAO scores in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board improved in Junior (Grade 6) reading and math, with writing remaining stable. Grade 9 Applied level math scores increased by 8%, with stable Academic level scores. Results for Primary (Grade 3) writing increased, while reading and math decreased. The assessments were written in the winter (Grade 9) and spring (Grade 3 and 6) of 2009.

“We will continue our intense focus on improving literacy and numeracy skills,” says Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “However, we know that it takes time to improve student performance. We’re not interested in short-term gain—our goal is to truly transform the literacy and numeracy achievement of our students, and it goes beyond EQAO scores.”

Overall, this is how Grade 3 students scored for Levels 3 and 4:

 
HPEDSB
2008-2009
(current)
Province
2008-2009
(current)
HPEDSB
2007-2008
(last year)
Reading
46
61
50
Writing
53
68
51
Math
53
70
55

 Overall, this is how Grade 6 students scored for Levels 3 and 4:

 
HPEDSB
2008-2009
(current)
Province
2008-2009
(current)
HPEDSB
2007-2008
(last year)
Reading
62
69
57
Writing
52
67
52
Math
50
50
47

Overall, this is how Grade 9 students scored for Levels 3 and 4:


 
HPEDSB
2008-2009
(current)
Province
2008-2009
(current)
HPEDSB
2007-2008
(last year)
Applied Math
49
38
41
Academic Math
76
77
76

Observations

  • Grade 3 and 6 scores are mixed. In Grade 3 reading there was a 4% decrease as compared to no change in provincial results. Grade 3 writing showed a 2% increase, mirroring the province. There was also a 2% decrease in Grade 3 math as compared to a 2% provincial increase.
  • There are concerns about the lack of progress in Grade 3 reading. Intensive supports have been in place in recent years and will continue for this school year. Even so, it is important for parents/guardians and the public to understand that improving achievement levels takes time.
  • Grade 6 reading showed a 5% increase, surpassing the provincial growth. It is important to note that Grade 6 cohort, meaning that the students who wrote EQAO in May 2009 were the same students who were in Grade 3 in 2005-2006, demonstrated an 8% increase in reading. Grade 6 writing remained the same as last year, mirroring the province. Grade 6 math indicated a 3% increase as compared to a 2% provincial increase.
  • Grade 9 math results continue to indicate gains. At the Applied Level, results increased by 8%, outperforming the province by 11%. Academic Level results remained unchanged at 76%. The five-year trend for Grade 9 math showed significant increases in the Applied stream where the percentage of students achieving the provincial standard went from 37% in 2004-2005 to 49% in 2008-2009.

“We’re not going to be deterred. We know we’re on the right track and we’re going to stay the course,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “We believe in our students and their ability to achieve.”

Next steps
Board officials have tools in place to conduct deep analysis of student assessments. The data provides information—information which is then turned into knowledge. That knowledge defines the strategies that will best meet each student’s needs to ensure that they learn and achieve their full potential.

Three focus areas for the 2009-2010 school year include the following:

  1. READING – Students will independently use higher-order thinking skills to improve reading comprehension.
  2. WRITING — Enhance learning and performance for non-fiction writing, such as writing letters, reports, menus and age-appropriate technical procedures (i.e. how to build a snowman for Primary students) for an intended purpose and audience.
  3. MATH – Students will independently solve problems using a variety of strategies in number sense and numeration.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,200 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.

Information about Education Quality and Accountability Office

 

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

 

 

 

Event cancellations due to inclement weather, March 1, 2012

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

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

Event to promote Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

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

A media launch is scheduled.

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

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

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

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

Event: An evening with David Bouchard, Métis author & educator

The district is hosting two evening presentations with David Bouchard, Métis author and educator. Through these presentations, Mr. Bouchard will share the most valuable gift we can give our youth: the gift of reading. In his inimitable style, he will also incorporate Aboriginal related issues, challenges and successes.

Two Dates and Locations to Choose From

Belleville
Monday, November 23, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Auditorium
Centennial Secondary School
160 Palmer Road, Belleville 

Bancroft
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cafeteria
North Hastings High School
14 Monck Street, Bancroft 

  
For more information
Jennifer Maracle, Aboriginal Education Coordinator, education.services@hpedsb.on.ca
613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2101

This event is intended for adult audiences and is open to all school board employees, educators, parents/guardians and community members.

Online event poster

Event: Behaviour expert Ron Morrish to present at College St. PS

Parents/guardians and community members in the Quinte West area are invited to an evening with behaviour expert Ron Morrish. You won’t want to miss this humorous and engaging talk about effective child discipline. The event is free of charge so calling to reserve a space is suggested.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 p.m. presentation begins
Location: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton
Participants:
This event is for adults only, no children

Ron Morrish has been an educator and behavior specialist since 1972. He was a teacher with the District School Board of Niagara in St. Catharines, Ontario for 26 years. In addition to presenting at conferences, Morrish provides professional development programs for teachers, and speaks to parent groups and child care providers, internationally. Morrish has written three books about child discipline: Secrets of Discipline, which presents 12 strategies for raising responsible children without deal-making, arguments, and confrontations; With All Due Respect, which focuses on elements for improving teacher personal discipline skills and building effective school discipline as a team; and Flip Tips, a mini-book of discipline tips and helpful hints.

In 2007 Morrish presented to all district employees. Since that presentation, his ideas and strategies have been applied across the district and he has been invited to several schools, many which use his book With All Due Respect, as a basis for creating positive and respectful school communities.

If you wish to attend, please call the school at 613.392.4524 no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2009 to reserve your space.

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

EVENT: Dreams Do Come True: Success Without Money

The Transition from School to Community Committee will be hosting a community event to enhance awareness of services and resources for families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

This event is open to parents/guardians of students with a developmental disability, caregivers and teachers.

Guest speakers will include a student from St. Lawrence College, META Employment Services, Counselling Services of Belleville & District, Ontario Disability Support Program; Legal Aid of Ontario and Camp Kennebec. Attendees will also be able to view displays and speak with representatives from these and other social service providers.

RSVP is requested by Wednesday, April 20, 2011 to Jennifer Meade, Special Education Coordinator, at jmeade@hpedsb.on.ca or 613.966.1170, 1 800 267-4350.

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

Event: Foundations Programme Information Night, Wed., Nov. 28

Parents are invited to learn about the Foundations Programme at Moira Secondary School. event flyer

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

The Grade 9 and 10 Foundations International Baccalaureate Programme offers enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning. Teachers strive to provide excellent instruction within the classroom setting and through experiential learning with class trips.

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

 

EVENT: Inclusive Education Symposium, Wed., May 5

The Inclusive Education Symposium is for school and community members. Symposium events will provide participants with ideas and strategies to support students who are from various backgrounds to feel comfortable, accepted and respected in school and the community.

  • Discover innovative ways to create inclusive communities.
  • Network and exchange ideas about how to enhance learning environments for students to live, achieve and learn.

DATE: Wednesday, May 5, 2010
TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (light supper)
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

There is no charge for this event.

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Opening remarks – Kathy Soule, Director of Education, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Inclusive education strategies – Martin Smit, System Principal, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • “Reflections of Erin, The Importance of Belonging, Relationships, and Learning with Each Other” – Barbara McKenzie, Author and Inclusive Education Consultant/Presenter
  • “The Ambition of an Aspie” – Jay Serdula, on the topic of his quest to swim across Lake Ontario for Asperger Research
  • Presentation by international students from Centennial Secondary School
  • Inclusive education drama presentation by Moira Secondary School students

Thank you to the following organizations for providing support for this event:

  • Community Living, Picton
  • Plainfield Community Homes
  • Quinte Immigrant Services

Space is limited. All are welcome to attend.

Register online by Thursday, April 29 at: sweb.hpedsb.on.ca:8005/registration/index.cfm

Contact:

  • Colleen DeMille, System Principal, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2414, cdemille@hpedsb.on.ca
  • Barbara Huizenga, Administrative Assistant, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2204, bhuizenga@hpedsb.on.ca

Excitement is building for the 22nd Annual Celebration of Dance

It’s all about being active and having fun. That’s the purpose of Celebration of Dance. The 22nd annual event is less than one month away.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (the rain date is the following day)
TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Belleville Fairgrounds

Twelve dances are in the line-up this year:

  • Dynamite / Video
  • Cha Cha
  • Sandwiches
  • Hamster
  • All Star
  • Witch Doctor / Video
  • Huki Lau
  • Shake Senora / Video
  • Move It
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Footloose / Video
  • Spice Up Your Life / Video

This year we are also taking a 21st Century approach by having videos available for students and teachers to watch and practise with. Kindergarten and Grade 2 students at S.H. Connor School and several students at Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School teamed up with teachers Jodie Hannah and Sarah Eady to create and deliver this year’s Spice up your Life dance. Students were able to share their creative product and present it through the Celebration of Dance DVD. Teachers had students focus on the elements of dance, body, space, time, energy and relationships.

Quinte Secondary School students and teacher Lesley McGuire merged the skills students acquired through the curriculum connections to create and deliver four new dances. Students explored elements of dance, performance and production while ensuring their new dances met participant needs. They were able to apply their artistic skills and integrate technologies in order to develop and create their presentations.

The first Celebration of Dance took place in spring 1991 and has been an annual event since then. It is a fun and safe way to engage students in daily physical activity while supporting the physical education, and drama and dance curriculum.

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

Executive members elected for the Parent Involvement Committee

Members of the 2012-2013 Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) were elected at the PIC annual general meeting held Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

2012-2013 Executive members

  • Chair: Paul Covert
  • Vice-chair: Heather Zantingh
  • Secretary: Diane Bolton
  • Community representatives: Lisa Lalonde, Dave MacMullen and Bridget Stevenson

2012-2013 Regional representatives

  • Belleville and Thurlow: Debbie Royle, plus another representative to be determined
  • Sidney and Frankford: Diana Lauzon
  • Centre Hastings: Lee-Anne Kerr
  • North Hastings: Connie Fowler
  • North Prince Edward: Jenn Wilson
  • South Prince Edward: Lee Swackhammer
  • Southeast Hastings: to be determined
  • Trenton: to be determined
  • Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory: to be determined

According to the publication Planning Parent Engagement, A Guidebook for Parents and Schools, when parents are engaged in their child’s learning, students do better in school and everyone benefits. Parents find it easier to help their child learn. Teachers and principals are better supported and enjoy positive relationships with students.

The HPEDSB Parent Involvement Committee is committed to supporting active parent engagement in schools. The PIC promotes successful practices for managing effective school councils.

The PIC is a parent-led committee of the board established in accordance with provincial legislation. The committee mandate is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. The PIC also engages with school councils at each school.

Congratulations to the new Executive!

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

 

 

 

Experiential learning the focus of regional meeting of eastern Ontario school boards

A regional meeting of nine eastern Ontario school boards will be hosted at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, on the topic of reviewing Specialist High Skills Majors programs and experiential learning.

Participants will include approximately 100 school administrators, teachers and Ministry of Education representatives. Discussion topics will focus on:

  • Goals and objectives for Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) programs
  • SHSM updates from the Ministry of Education
  • Challenges and regional needs
  • Experiential learning
  • Board-by-board sharing

Participating school boards include the following:

  • Host board Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario 
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Ottawa Catholic District School Board
  • Renfrew Catholic District School Board
  • Renfrew District School Board
  • Upper Canada District School Board

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

Extreme Fun Fair & Moira Idol at Moira SS

Moira Secondary School will once again host the community with its 3rd Annual Extreme Fun Fair followed by Moira Idol.

There are activities for people of all ages and a Silent Auction where items have been donated from our community partners.

Moira Idol will showcase the exceptional vocal talents of our students. See attached poster for all the details!

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

The Adventure Class invites all families to Family Day at the Frink Centre on Family Day, Monday, February 15. Bring the whole family for a free day of outdoor education and family fun from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Activities for all ages include:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Shelter building
  • Survival games
  • Indoor yoga classes
  • Native crafts
  • Campfire
  • Free homemade soup and bread for lunch

For information please contact:
Susie Sewell-Charles, Junior Adventure Class, Queen Victoria Elementary School, 613.968-4547

Feed the Meter campaign raised over $27,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to the sponsors

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

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

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

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

Finish your Grade 12 through Adult Education

Are you out of work and need to finish your Grade 12 diploma? Or, do you want to continue your education but can’t afford to quit your job? Quinte Adult Education can help.

If you’re working or volunteering, you can earn co-op credits through the Learn While You Earn program. Quinte Adult Education also offers night school for computers, English and Math starting the week of February 8th, and over 100 online and correspondence courses that you can do at home.

Call Bev, Rhonda or Julie at Quinte Adult Education . . . and they will help you make 2010 the year to finish what you started!

For more information, call Quinte Adult Education at 613.962.3133.
 

First day of school brings a lot of ‘new’ for many

The first day of school is an exciting time for many. As students return to the classroom, their parents/guardians, teachers, support staff and community members adjust to new routines, as well.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board reminds everyone to watch for children and school buses. Please obey speed limits and be aware of the school crossing zones in your travels. Many children are going to school for the first time and others are getting used to the transition back to school.

Teachers have prepared their classrooms and support staff worked throughout the summer to clean schools and make them welcoming environments.

“As always, we welcome students and staff back to school,” remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “There is so much enthusiasm on the first day. Over the summer HPEDSB schools were thoroughly cleaned, painted, and some were renovated with new libraries and literacy rooms. They are all in top shape for the new school year.”

The back-to-school routine will take some time for children and their parents/guardians to get used to. A smooth transition involves a partnership between home and school. Children need time to adjust to waking up early and the process of having breakfast and getting ready for school. They need time to practice and will improve as the days and weeks unfold.

“The month of September is always a transition month for many families. It takes time for the home-school routine to come together. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we are committed to working in partnership with parents/guardians and to having the best learning environments for students, where they have safe, effective and respectful learning experiences,” states Soule.

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

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For more information, please contact:

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


Flags at half-mast for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Flags at all schools and administrative buildings will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, December 6, 2012, to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Source: Status of Women Canada

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

Flags at half-mast to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day

Flags at schools and administrative buildings will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday, April 9, 2010 to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day.

According to Veterans Affairs Canada, in 2003, the Government of Canada declared April 9 as Vimy Ridge Day, to honour and remember the battle that took place at Vimy Ridge, France, in 1917, during the First World War.

On April 9, 1917, Canadian soldiers did what other allied forces had so far failed to do—they took Vimy Ridge. At Vimy, regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity. After Vimy, Canadian corps never looked back, and its success raised our international stature and earned us a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war.

Today, on land granted to Canada for all time by a grateful France, the Vimy Memorial rises above the now-quiet countryside. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle and paid such a price to help ensure the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

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

Flags flown at half mast in memory of Lincoln Alexander

Flags at all schools and at the Education Centre will be flown at half mast in memory of Lincoln Alexander, the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Lincoln Alexander became Canada’s first black Member of Parliament in 1968 and served as Ontario’s lieutenant-governor from 1985 to 1991. Alexander was also a former federal labour minister. He died in Hamilton on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the age of 90.

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

Florence VanderMeer honoured with Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence!

Congratulations to Florence VanderMeer, Educational Assistant, North Hastings High School. VanderMeer is a proud recipient of a Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

VanderMeer was chosen as an award recipient in the Excellent Support Staff category from numerous nominations submitted to the Ministry of Education.

"I am still coming to terms with it," remarked VanderMeer when asked how she felt about being selected. "It’s an honour that I will cherish for a long, long time."

VanderMeer’s nomination included reference to the Resource Room which is “the heart of the school” and where VanderMeer spends her days. In her room, students are provided with the educational, social and emotional help they need to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Nominators commented on VanderMeer’s implementation of assistive technology software to support students with disabilities. They also praised her by stating it is not unusual to find her consulting with teachers, working one-on-one with students or co-preparing learning activities during lunch or after school. VanderMeer is also involved with many committees and groups in her school and community.

VanderMeer was honoured at a provincial recognition ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTS
Florence VanderMeer has worked as the North Hastings High School’s Resource Room Educational Assistant for the past 10 years. She has developed the expertise required to effectively use technology to support students with disabilities and she assists staff in incorporating the use of this specialized technology in their instruction. The goal is always to remove obstacles and to introduce accommodations that will allow students to work to their full potential. She also has developed strategies to encourage and support students who are at risk of dropping out of school.

VanderMeer collaborates with teachers and administration to determine specific supports that are required. It is not unusual to find her consulting with teachers, working one-on-one with students or co-preparing learning activities during lunch or after school. The Resource Room is an inclusive environment where students, both exceptional and non-exceptional, are provided with the educational, social and emotional help they need to overcome obstacles, achieve success and gain hope for the future. The Resource Room is seen by students as “the heart of the school.”

VanderMeer is involved with many committees and groups in her school and community, such as the school climate committee and healthy snack program. She has also served as the representative for educational assistants in the North Hastings Area for 10 years.

Recognized as an expert in her field, Florence VanderMeer has been invited to present to teachers enrolled in the University of Ottawa’s Special Education courses offered in Bancroft.
 

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

 

 

 

 

Flying eggs and electrical challenges at the Science Olympics

Students in Science classes are going to the Olympics early and won’t have to wait until the summer!

Quinte Secondary School will be hosting the Science Olympics on Thursday, April 26, 2012. This event will showcase Junior and Senior Science students from all eight secondary schools. 

Students from each school will work together to compete against other schools in a variety of different events, both indoor and outdoor. Students will use their teamwork, leadership, inquiry and problem-solving skills throughout the day, while having an incredible and fun experience!

From flying eggs to electrical challenges, this will be a scientific day to remember!

This event has been organized by several schools and is made possible through a grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

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

Foods class gives back to the community

Students at Quinte Secondary School in the Employment Destinations Program participated in preparing sandwiches for the Salvation Army, Family Services’ Hot Lunch Program.

The students in Ms. Robinson’s Foods class made and packaged a variety of sandwiches, and later delivered them to the Family Services program. The Family Services program provides lunch for over 90 people in the community who appreciate a hot meal on a regular basis.
Ms. Robinson took the students to the Salvation Army so they could learn about this important community organization and see where the food they prepared was actually going.
The Salvation Army needs regular assistance and the help received from Ms. Robinson’s class was greatly appreciated. Quinte Secondary School anticipated providing this support to the Hot Lunch Program, every Wednesday, for the rest of the school year.

Students in the Employment Destinations Program at Quinte Secondary School will receive an Employment Destinations Certificate once they have completed the program.

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

For parents: workshop about using iPods in classrooms

"All i’s On Learning" will be a fun and interactive event for parents/guardians

Parents/guardians are invited to All i’s On Learning, an informative and interactive workshop featuring student learning experiences through use of iPods and 21st Century skills development. event flyer

Follow along with students from three schools as they demonstrate their learning using iPods for classroom activities.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Students from Prince of Wales Public School, Sir John A. Macdonald School and Stirling Senior Public School have assisted in planning this event.

Learning goal for the evening: Parents/guardians will gain knowledge to better understand 21st Century skills that are being taught in schools and how they can expand these skills at home.

EVENT OUTLINE
7:00 p.m.Welcome and session overview
7:05 p.m.

How is Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board addressing 21st Century learning skills from a Kindergarten to Grade 12 perspective? Why is this important?

– Matt Norton, Senior IT Services Officer

7:25 p.m.Student-hosted carousels. Students will share their discoveries, connections, creations, challenges and learning through the use of iPods in the classroom.
7:55 p.m.

Digital citizenship. What does this mean for parents/guardians and students?

– George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Alberta

8:15 p.m.Q&As
8:20 p.m.Networking and refreshments
Supervision for younger children is available upon request.

This event is supported through a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant received by Stirling Senior PS School Council. 

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

For parents: workshop to improve youth self-esteem, empower you

event flyerInteractive workshop about raising confidence in youth and empowering parents

Raising children can be challenging. If you are a parent/guardian who is feeling overwhelmed or defeated raising children, read on!

Moira Secondary School is hosting How to Raise Confident and Motivated Kids, a 2-hour workshop with guest speaker Monique Howat.  event flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, May 7, 2012
TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville, 613.962.8668

WALK AWAY FEELING EMPOWERED!
During this interactive and entertaining workshop, participants will learn how to get back on-track. Explore new and innovative methods to raise confident and motivated kids, such as how to improve their self-esteem. By the end of this workshop, participants will feel empowered and rejuvenated as parents/guardians. You will be glad you attended and your children will thank you for it.

Register online at: http://edu.hpedsb.on.ca/mss_cc/

Background on the presenter, Monique Howat
Monique Howat is a youth motivator and the founder of CONFIDENT Girls and Guys. The premise of her work is to encourage children and teens to focus on what they have going for them instead of what they don’t. Howat has authored many articles internationally and a book on how to raise confident and motivated kids in just minutes a day. She motivates audiences on Midday-TV as a third-year regular and she has made appearances on popular shows such as Canada AM.

This event is funded and sponsored by the Moira SS School Council. 

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

For parents/community: workshop to improve classroom behaviour

Workshop for parents of and those who work with children with special needs

If you are a parent/guardian of a child with special needs or someone who works with special needs children, you may be interested in an upcoming daytime workshop: "Working Together for Success and Improving Classroom Behaviour."  event flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Register by contacting Wendy Fleet, Secretary, Special Education Services at 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2279, or speced.services@hpedsb.on.ca

Through this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Explore Shared Solutions – A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs
  • Learn how to resolve behaviour-related conflicts
  • Discuss how to prevent conflicts from happening
  • Understand how to assist students to develop their full potential and succeed in school
This event will be of interest to:
  • Child and youth counsellors
  • Community agency representatives
  • Parents/guardians
  • Parent Involvement Committee members
  • School council chairs
  • Special Education Advisory Committee members
  • Student Success teachers
  • Trustees

This event is hosted by the Special Education Advisory Committee in partnership with community agencies.

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

Former child soldier to speak at Bayside Secondary School

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has estimated that approximately 300,000 children under the age of 18 are child soldiers, involved in more than 30 conflicts worldwide. Michel Chikwanine is a former child soldier and will be visiting Bayside Secondary School to present “From Child Soldier to Child Activist: The Journey to Hope” on Thursday, October 28, 2010.

EVENT DETAILS
What: Photo opportunity at Michel Chikwanine’s presentation
When: Thursday, October 28, 2010. Assembly will run from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Where: Bayside Secondary School Gymnasium
Who: Students, school and board employees

Michel ChikwanineMichel grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country which has endured a civil war that has claimed over 5.8 million lives. As a young child, Michel was forced to witness the torture of his father and the rape of his mother. After becoming a refugee at the age of 11, Michel was recruited to become a child soldier and the majority of his young life was spent enduring the atrocities of war.

Today, Michel has emerged from his conflict-stricken past and is an accomplished motivational speaker. He has spoken to more than 100,000 people and has shared the stage with Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free the Children; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; The Dalai Lama; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Betty Williams.

Some of Bayside’s student leaders were given a preview of the power of Michel’s story at We Day in Toronto on Thursday, September 30, 2010.

“We can’t wait for the rest of our school to hear Michel’s story. He is so inspirational!” said student Shontell Young.

Michel should have no trouble inspiring the students to believe in their ability to create change. Bayside’s students have a strong legacy of social responsibility and involvement. As a “We School,” registered with Free the Children’s We Schools in Action Program, Bayside has fundraised to build a school in China, sells ethically-made school clothing and raised $10,000 last year for local food banks with Meal Exchange’s 24-Hours for Hunger Campaign.

This year, Bayside is working hard on its Halloween for Hunger campaign to collect non-perishable food items for local food banks and is also fundraising to build a school in India.

“I am never surprised by the generosity and hard work of our students, who genuinely care about the plight of others both locally and abroad. Bayside’s students are truly making a difference in the lives of others,” said Emily Young, a Bayside Secondary School teacher.

Members of the public who wish to see Michel Chikwanine can call the BSS Office at 613-966-2922 to request a guest pass. A limited number is available..

Bayside Secondary School (BSS) provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. The school excels in many different areas including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. Past achievements are impressive and are posted on the school website. The school Vision Statement is A school community promoting excellence in achievement by engaging learners in a relevant challenging curriculum which prepares them for the future. Bayside is home the French Immersion program. The school also offers specialty programs in International Studies, Communications Technology, Eco Bound and Advanced Placement. This is in addition to the many other curricular and extracurricular programs at the school.

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

 

Four-year collective agreement for elementary teachers

School board trustees and elementary teachers have ratified a four-year collective agreement for between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local.

 The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and covers approximately 610 contract teachers.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our local ETFO. Our elementary teachers play an important role in the education of young people and we appreciate and value all they do every day for students,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Highlights of the new agreement include the following:

  • 4-year agreement effective September 2008 to August 31, 2012.
  • Provincially-funded salary increases of 2%, 2%, 3%, 3% over the four years.
  • Enhanced benefits effective September 2010, including improved vision, dental and hearing care.
  • Provincially-funded staffing increases in Grades 4 to 8 to assist in reducing intermediate class size.
  • Improvements in the staff posting and transfer process.
  • A cap on teacher supervision at 80 minutes per week.
  • Provincially-funded increase in teacher preparation time from 200 to 240 minutes per week over the four years.
  • The equivalent of two professional activity days dedicated to the purpose of assessment and reporting.
  • Improvements in leave provisions for Military Service and Deferred Salary Leaves.

 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


 

French Immersion Information Nights, Feb. 7 & 8

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

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

French Immersion Radio Commercial  MP3 format

UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS

The best French Immersion success comes from students . . .

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

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

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

 

French Immersion Information Sessions, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 (rescheduled)

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • Monday, January 31, Bayside Public School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 7, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 6:30 p.m. (rescheduled)

French Immersion Survey: public input invited

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

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

PDF version

Online version

Deadline is Friday, November 25, 2011

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

Full-day kindergarten coming to two more schools in 2011

Two more Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) elementary schools will begin full-day kindergarten for the first time in September 2011.

“We are taking a responsible and measured approach to implementing full-day kindergarten. By expanding this program up to 50,000 children in 2011-12, we are giving more children and their families the opportunity for a seamless day of learning and play,” said Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education and MPP for Prince Edward – Hastings.

The selection of 2011 full-day kindergarten schools is the next step toward the full implementation of the program by 2015-16. There are already four local schools selected for the first year of full-day kindergarten that starts this September. In total, seven HPEDSB schools will offer the program in 2011:

College Street Public School

Deseronto Public School

Earl Prentice Public School

Madoc Township Public School

North Trenton Public School

Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)

Queen Victoria School

“We’re looking forward to implementing full-day kindergarten in more of our elementary schools. This program will enhance opportunities for children to develop literacy skills on which to build their future success,” said Kathy Soule, Director of Education, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program is an important part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan. The program will provide children with a strong base for future learning and the combination of optional before- and after-school programs will also help parents save time and money.

Child care subsidy will be provided for the before- and after-school programs, based on existing eligibility criteria. Parents can choose to register their child for a reasonable fee. HPEDSB will soon begin registering four- and five-year-olds for the 2010-2011 school year – as well as the before- and after-school program.

“The Full-Day Early Learning Program will support children in the social and emotional development, as well with greater exposure to reading, writing and math. We are looking forward to implementing full-day kindergarten in more of our elementary schools,” said Carl Pitman, chair of the Board, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

$705,318 in capital funding will be given to HPEDSB to build, enlarge and equip classrooms in schools that will begin to offer full-day kindergarten in 2011-12.

Fore more information, please contact:

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

 

Full-school lip dub premiered at Moira SS

Today Moira  Secondary School proudly screened Fireworks, the lip dub video starring all Moira SS students and staff.  Watch the video on YouTube.

This spirited video portrays the excitement and energy that a Moira Trojan student feels everyday. Filmed in various locations throughout the school, follow the camera as it showcases some exciting areas such as the weight room, state-of-the-art science labs, fully-equipped technology rooms and front foyer.

Fireworks was filmed on April 5, 2012. Every student, teacher, custodian, secretary and educational assistant showed his or her Trojan pride by dancing, singing and grooving to the beat.

The Moira Secondary School focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life the school—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts.Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development. MSS has a full range of options to choose from including the International Baccalaureate Program, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Geoventure, top-notch technological programs, as well as a wide variety of focus programs. The newest programs include the Academy of Sport, a hockey skills development program; senior level computer engineering; business leadership courses; traditional and digital photography; a Student Leadership course and a new multimedia arts course focusing on broadcasting and digital recording.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding announcement for THS Track Quest project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated: February 24, 2009 at 7:43 am