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Board Meeting Update #67

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

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

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

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

 

North Hastings students receive second provincial OFAH award

Northern Outdoor Studies class received a provincial awardCongratulations to North Hastings High School (NHHS) students in the Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program for receiving a provincial award for the second year in a row! The students were recognized for their impressive efforts to learn about and enhance Ontario fish and wildlife resources. 

On Friday, March 18, 2011, teachers Glen Pomeroy and Barb Gillis accompanied the students to the 83rd Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Fish & Wildlife Conference in Mississauga. At the conference, the NHHS NOS program received provincial honours by being presented with the Junior Conservation Award by the Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources.

"These young people are acquiring valuable skills in the outdoors that they can use for the rest of their lives," said Minister Jeffrey. "I commend the school and instructors for making this course available and applaud the young people who have taken part in it."

Principal Ken Dostaler echoed the Minister’s remarks, stating, "At NHHS, we are very proud of the success of our Northern Outdoor Studies program. Our students continue to be engaged in studies that reflect the culture and employment opportunities in North Hastings."

Nominations for the Ministry of Natural Resources Junior Conservation Award were submitted from across Ontario and reviewed by a panel of judges from the outdoor industry. The winners were selected for conservation activities completed during 2010.

The Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program is a four credit high school program open to Grade 11 and 12 students.

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

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

 

 

Students and seniors team up for concert band performances

Special event Monday, March 28, 2011

Treat yourself to a special evening of concert band music featuring the Bayside Secondary School and Quinte Living Centre concert bands. Both will perform separately and then unite for a number of mass band selections.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, March 28, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Highway 2, Belleville

Repertoire for the evening will include familiar pieces, such as, Folk Song Suite by R. Vaughan Williams, Hootenanny by Harold L. Walters, Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor, Bugler’s Holiday by Leroy Anderson, as well as new favourites including The Lion King arranged by John Higgins and Disney Movie Magic.

The 40-member Bayside Secondary School Concert Band is active in community and school events. The Quinte Living Centre Band is made up of 25+ Belleville music lovers. It has been involved in municipal events and summer concerts for over 25 years. Originally started as a seniors’ band at the Quinte Living Centre, members now range in age from teenagers to seniors. Both bands are conducted by Shawn Fairbrother.

Admission is $5 at the door with proceeds supporting the purchase of new music.

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

MEDIA EVENT: Centre Hastings students at H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

Media event Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Students in the Renovation and Restoration class at Centre Hastings Secondary School are building a new outdoor education pavilion at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre. This new building will be used as an outdoor classroom for visiting groups, as well as a sheltered area for public use.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

DATE: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre, 381 Thrasher Road, Plainfield, just north of Belleville off Highway 37

FEATURED GUESTS:
Centre Hastings Secondary School students
Maya Navrot, Education Coordinator, Quinte Conservation,
Brad Olsen, Renovation & Restoration Class Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
Randy Votary, Curriculum Coordinator, Science & Technology, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

The project is a partnership between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Friends of the Frink Centre and Quinte Conservation. It is sponsored by John M. Parrott Foundation with contributions from Lowes/Skills Canada, Skills Canada Ontario/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, Quinte Bassmasters and Jim Moore of Quinte Computers. 

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

Acts of kindness by Moira Secondary School students

Students at Moira Secondary School are kind citizens. They demonstrated caring, cooperation and respect for others during 14th Annual Violence Awareness and Random Acts of Kindness Week, March 7 to 12, 2011.

They began the week with a full-school assembly where every student was given a Random Acts of Kindness card to give to someone who did something kind for them. The hope was that the kindness act would be passed on.

On Tuesday, five students took poster-sized cards, signed by hundreds of students, along with flowers to local emergency service partners, including police, fire and paramedic personnel, to thank them for all they do. A thank you email sent to principal Kim Sampson stated the following:

I just wanted to commend you and your students of Moira Secondary School for carrying out your “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign. Hastings-Quinte Emergency Medical Service was one of the fortunate recipients of your program today. Brennon MacKinnon, Brandan Kornblum, Austin Campbell and Jocelyn Bovay presented themselves in a very professional and friendly manner explaining the program and made it very clear they enjoyed what they were doing. What a great character building motivational project. Thanks for doing it!

Pictured: John O’Donnell, Hastings-Quinte Emergency Medical Service, left, and paramedic Kelly Conner, right, with Moira Secondary School students.

Congratulations to Moira Secondary School students for their random acts of kindness!

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

Trenton students’ efforts contribute to a school rebuild in Haiti

Congratulations to students of the Alternative Centre Trenton (ACT), Trenton High School, for successfully meeting their goal to raise $9,000 to help rebuild a school in Vignier, Haiti.

Teacher Martha Lamoureux and educational assistant Heather Molenaar will be going to Haiti on a mission trip during March Break to visit the area and take much-needed supplies, including milk bag mats made by students in Trenton High’s Community Employment Program with teachers Mrs. Ellis and Ms.Ogden; student-made jewellery and terry-cloth toiletry bags, and sundresses made by Trenton High educational assistant Lee-ann Clark. They’ll also deliver letters written in French by Trenton High students addressed to Haiti students, along with postage-paid envelopes so the Haiti students can write back.

“The news spread to other schools and through the community, it’s certainly been a community and school-wide effort. The amount of compassion we’ve seen from students and the community is awesome," said Lamoureux.

Additional donations came in through a ripple effect. Foxboro Public School students donated $2,000, bringing the total raised to $11,000. The additional amount will provide funding to construct a second storey. As well, Grade 7 students from Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton) saved their coins, getting enough to purchase a calendar for their class and to sponsor a sundress.

Community members have also contributed toiletry items and funds which will be taken to purchase required items directly from the local economy.

Original article posted December 14, 2010

calendar front coverConnecting to the community—both local and abroad—can result in valuable learning and life experiences for youth. Students in the ACT (Alternative Centre Trenton) program at Trenton High School recently made connections they had never even thought about. They demonstrated caring, one of the school board character attributes, through the process.

Earlier this fall a guest speaker visited the class to talk about and show pictures of the devastation in Haiti as a result of the January 2010 earthquake. The students saw before and after pictures of a school in Vignier, Haiti. They decided that day to do something to help and make a difference. Through discussion and collaboration, they decided to create a wall calendar and sell it to raise funds to support rebuilding the school. The 2010 Haiti Calendar project was soon underway!

calendar back coverCommunity partner JB Print Solutions provided design and printing services free of charge. Students were involved in the graphic design phase and printing process. The  300 calendars printed are for sale for $30. All proceeds, $9,000 if all are sold, will be going directly to the Haiti school. Tax receipts are available by contacting teacher Martha Lamoureux at 613.392.6028. 

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

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

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

Students assisted with colourful mural at V.P. Carswell Elementary School

muralA colourful mural now decorates the front entrance of V.P. Carswell Elementary School in Trenton. Painted by local mural artist, Maureen Walton, with assistance from students, the floor-to-ceiling mural represents the school and surrounding community.

"We are so pleased with the mural. It’s the first thing you see when entering the school, you can’t miss it. It was important to involve students in the planning and painting and I know they learned from an expert like Maureen Walton," said Principal Stephanie Taylor-Harvey.

The mural is a view out a window looking down the Trent River to the Bay of Quinte. There are both explicit and implicit symbols in the details which further represent the school and community.

  • An adult and child sit on the window ledge together, depicting the relationship between teacher and student as well as parent and child.
  • The child holds a Canada flag which represents our school’s ongoing support of the Highway of Heroes.
  • Trenton is represented through buildings along the shores of the river and its two bridges.
  • A military search and rescue helicopter represents the many military families.
  • Books on the ledge and a quote across the stones represent literacy.
  • The title of one of the books is in French, representing the French-as-a-Second-Language curriculum.
  • Mathematics is represented by the golden rectangle, which is also an example of the perfection of nature and has many ties to art and architecture.
  • Science is represented through the water-system, the plant life and the many birds and animals depicted in the mural.
  • Health and Physical Education are represented through children playing with a ball in a field.
  • Drama and Dance are included through children dancing in costume on the shore of the river.
  • Music is depicted through a native drum hanging on a tree which also represents the historical portion of social studies.
  • A compass represents geography as well as finding your direction in life.
  • Visual Arts is represented by the mural itself.
  • Character is embedded in the harmony of the images, the positive nature of the mural and the interactions depicted within the mural.
  • The quote “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” highlights hope and excitement about learning.
  • Even the school mascot, the cougar, has found a place in the mural!

The project was possible due to tremendous support from the school council and school community.

Maureen Walton has painted murals at Deseronto Public School, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Tyendinaga Public School  and at the Education Centre, as well as extensive work at Quinte Mohawk School. Her website is www.maureenwalton.com

 

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

 

 

Pink Shirt Day celebrated at Picton’s Queen Elizabeth School

Pink Shirt Day was celebrated at Picton’s Queen Elizabeth School on Wednesday, February 23. It was led by Ontario Provincial Police Community Services Officer Kim Guthrie who was at the school to teach the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.

"Officer Guthrie is a role model at our school. It’s great for students to see her leading the charge against bullying. At Queen Elizabeth, our priority is on student safety and doing what it takes for students to feel safe at school every day," remarked Principal Heather Seres.

Guthrie echoed her comments, stating, " I’m very proud of the Queen Elizabeth students for taking this seriously and am excited to see students wearing their pink shirts."

Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying initiative that originated in Cambridge, Nova Scotia in 2007 when a Grade 9 student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt the first day of school. At that time, two Grade 12 students, David and Travis, heard about the bullying and bought 50 pink shirts for the student body to wear the next day to support the victim and show the bullies they won’t stand by and let them get away with bullying. Since then, hundreds of schools across the nation have adopted Pink Shirt Day.

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

Board Meeting Update #66

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

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

Bayside SS student work on display at Chapters Belleville

Students in the Arts program at Bayside Secondary School are thrilled to have their work on display at Chapters Belleville. A celebration to showcase their masterpieces is planned for this week, as follows:

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, March 2
TIME: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Chapters Quinte Mall, Belleville

The Drama Club will be performing part of Arthur Kopit’s play, Chamber Music, which is their entry in the Sears Drama Festival.
The Girls Choir will be performing several selections and art pieces will be on display. Students in the White Pine Book Club will be doing White Pine book talks.

Complete details are listed in the event flyer.

With every purchase made that night, a percentage will be donated directly back to the school.

When you arrive at the store, please ensure that you register at the registration desk, which will be located directly inside the main doors.

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

Seminar: Making Sense of Math for Moms and Dads

Two schools will be hosting an interactive session about math for parents/guardians.

EVENT 1 DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, 613.395.3389

Complete details are listed in the event flyer.

EVENT 2 DETAILS
DATE: Monday, March 7, 2011
TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, 27 Corey Street, Bloomfield, 613.383.3262

The learning goal for this event will be how to put the fun back into math at home. Participants will learn skills to enable them to support their children’s mathematical learning at home.

Keynote speaker Dr. Lynda Colgan, Queens University Faculty of Education Associate Professor and Community Outreach Centre Coordinator, will describe what students are doing in math class today and why.

Other topics will include the following:

  • What is ‘problem solving’ in a math class?
  • How can we engage students with math in high school?

A Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant from the Ministry of Education has made these events and the math support resources possible.

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

 

Surprise visit by Premier McGuinty to Centennial SS

Premier McGuinty with studentsA visit by Premier Dalton McGuinty gave Centennial Secondary School students and staff a positive start to the weekend on Friday, February 25, 2011.

McGuinty was in Belleville for a luncheon hosted by the Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce. Immediately following that event, he and The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education, made a surprise visit to the school.

School administrators Principal Ian Press, and Vice-principals Nancy Popovich and Todd Hinks were given only 45 minutes notice to prepare during last period of the day. The Premier and Minister visited a Transportation Technology class and then spoke to students during Grade 9 Credit Accumulation celebration that was occurring at the time in the Cafeteria.

"The unexpected visit was a very positive experience for students and staff, and it was a proud moment for Centennial and for the district," remarked Principal Ian Press.

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

 

Moira SS and Quinte SS students achieved success through creative artwork

Congratulations to two students who were recognized at an awards ceremony and received monetary awards for their artistic creations. Moira Secondary School graduate Jenny Chen won a $500 prize and Quinte Secondary School student Brittany Gibson won a $300 People’s Choice Award.

Secondary student artwork was celebrated at an awards ceremony for UpstARTS at the Empire Theatre in Belleville, on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

UpstARTS is a new initiative which encourages local high school art students to develop their creativity, and rewards talent in the visual arts. UpstARTS is financially supported by the Jack Parrott Foundation and is mutually sponsored by the Belleville Art Association and Gallery 121.

Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky addressed the students about the importance of sharing their art with the community and congratulated the Belleville Art Association and Gallery 121 on their initiative to encourage student artists.  

All area high schools were invited to participate in an art competition. Winning students have had their art displayed at Gallery 121 and the Belleville Art Association in downtown Belleville over the past year.

A total of $2,500 in prize money was presented to deserving students.

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

Students participate in DuffleBag Theatre performances

This week, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board welcomes the “Nearly World Famous DuffleBag Theatre” to 10 schools.

DuffleBag is a wildly popular performing arts group with its own special blend of interactive/improv theatre. Students are invited to join in the performance as actors and find themselves in the roles of the main characters. Afterward, students are motivated to create their own dramatic pieces following a visit from this troupe.

Shows are taking place in 10 schools over Valentine’s week and include Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and the newest show, Cinderella.

DuffleBag Theatre tour schedule

For more information, please contact:
Susan Davies, Curriculum Services, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2209.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guitar great Steve Piticco visited Moira Secondary School

Steve PiticcoStudents at Moira Secondary School recently spent a class with with Canadian guitarist Steve Piticco.

Piticco interacted with the students during a guitar workshop for Mr. Cranshaw’s class. Piticco talked about his life on the road and what it is like playing with well-known Canadian performers such as Tommy Hunter, Dolly Parton, Charlie McCoy and Merle Haggard to name just a few. Piticco also talked about his style of guitar playing, how the Nashville Numbering System works and the importance of staying in school.

Steve Piticco was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 6, 1961. He started playing guitar at age 11. At age 15 he purchased his first Telecaster guitar and has performed professionally with that specific guitar ever since. Piticco has toured and recorded with countless top Canadian country acts who value his distinctive Tele sound. Piticco was awarded the International Instrumentalist Award in 1993, 1994 and 2001, 2002, 2003, and the Canadian County Music Association "Guitar Player of the Year Award" in  1990/91/92 and 1993.

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

Kindergarten registration and Grade 8 Open House events

It is time to register your child for Kindergarten and also to visit secondary schools.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

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

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

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

GRADE 8 OPEN HOUSES AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS

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

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

Open Houses at Secondary Schools
School
Date and time
Telephone number
Bayside Secondary School Thursday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. 613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary School Thursday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. 613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary School Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m., 613-473-4251
Moira Secondary School Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-8668
North Hastings High School Tuesday, February 15, 6:45 p.m. 613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m 613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary School Tuesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-9295
Trenton High School Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. 613-392-1227

 

 

New date for elementary report cards going home

Elementary report cards will go home Friday, March 4, 2011.

Report cards for elementary school students will be delayed by a little more than one week. They were scheduled to go home on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. That date has been delayed due to a number of technical difficulties, both with the software provider and Internet provider.

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

Author/illustrator to visit North Hastings schools

Students at North Hastings Senior Elementary School and North Hastings High School are looking forward to hearing from a graphic novel author and illustrator. Scott Chantler will visit the schools on Wednesday, February 16 to speak about his chosen career path and what it is like to be an author and illustrator.

Chantler will speak with students about writing and illustrating comics, and the process he follows while writing. For example, while researching Two Generals , he learned about the important role of Canada’s Highland Light Infantry in the Normandy Invasion.

Chantler is the author of the recently released comic books Two Generals (McClelland and Stewart), which is based on the experiences of his grandfather during World War II; and Tower of Treasure (Kids Can Press), as well as the previously-released Northwest Passage.

Two Generals was featured in the Toronto Star and on CBC’s The National in November 2010. In addition, Chantler recently drew the cover illustration for the February issue of Kayak, a children’s magazine.

Chantler is an acclaimed graphic novelist and illustrator who has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Eisner, Harvey, Russ Manning, Joe Shuster and Doug Wright Awards. More about Scott Chantler is on his website at: http://www.scottchantler.com/

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

York River chosen as the name of the JK-8 Bancroft school

York River Public School will be the name of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Bancroft. The name was chosen through a community consultation process led by the North Hastings Integration Committee.

Following the North Hastings accommodation review process during the 2008-2009 school year, a decision was made to close Bancroft Public School at the end of June 2011. It was determined that Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students from that school would move to North Hastings Senior Elementary School (NHSES), presently a Grade 7-8 school. In September 2011, NHSES will become a JK to Grade 8 facility, and renamed York River Public School.

“The York River name has great significance in North Hastings. The scenic York River flows through several communities and has historical connections, as well. I’m pleased with this choice,” stated Lucille Kyle, trustee for North Hastings.

The Integration Committee was established in October 2009 and consisted of representatives from Bancroft Public School, North Hastings Senior Elementary School and the North Hastings community. The committee embarked on a public consultation campaign in order to get input for a new school name. Surveys were sent home with students at Bancroft Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School, Maynooth Public School and North Hastings Senior Elementary School asking for suggestions for a name for the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school.

The following names were suggested:
• Bancroft Public
• Bancroft Elementary
• Newkirk School
• North Hastings Community School
• Northside
• Riverside
• Rock Ridge
• York River

The following three names were voted on by the Integration Committee:
1. Northside
2. Rock Ridge
3. York River

A second survey which included the three names above, as well as a line for “other,” was sent home with all students at the same schools as the first one. Surveys were also available at North Hastings High School. Local radio station MOOSE-FM and the two local newspapers, Bancroft This Week and Bancroft Times, informed the public that surveys were available at all the above-mentioned schools.

Results of the second survey were discussed at the November 24, 2010 Integration Committee meeting. A vote by the voting members resulted in the following results:

• Northside – 0 votes
• Rock Ridge – 0 votes
• York River – 7 votes (all voting members)

A discussion then took place regarding the qualifier for the name. A vote was held by the members of the Integration Committee with the following results:

• Community School – 1 vote
• Elementary School – 0 votes
• Public School – 6 votes

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 1,800 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.

 

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

International Baccalaureate & Foundations Information Night

Students and parents/guardians are invited to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and Foundations Information Night.

DATE: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

EVENT DETAILS
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, Grade 11 and 12, provides students with an exceptional academic experience.

IB opens doors to post-secondary opportunities including the following:

  • Advanced standing into second year university
  • Advantages for scholarship applications
  • Admissions to highly competitive university programs

The Grade 9 and 10 Foundations Programme prepares students for the IB Diploma Programme by offering enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity, inquiry and critical thinking.

Kevin Dumanoir, a recruiter from Queen’s University will be guest speaker. He will discuss the Queen’s University philosophy regarding the IB Diploma Programme.

For additional information, please contact:
• Kim Sampson, Principal or Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator, 613-962-8668
 

Vous êtes invités à Winter Wonderland Family Night

Vous êtes invités à/You are invited to Winter Wonderland Family Night at Harry J. Clarke Public School, featuring French Carnaval

DATE: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville

EVENT DETAILS

  • French Carnaval is back featuring a performance from musician Andy Forgie.
  • Literacy activities include reading winter stories and drinking hot chocolate with guest readers Mayor Neil Ellis, Lorne Brooker, and the Belleville Bulls
  • Math activities include a presentation from author Four Piggies author Jeanette Ramnarine
  • Healthy active living events and a hockey match against a few of the Belleville Bulls
  • Make and Take Carnaval inspired crafts
  • Book Trade, bring in your gently used books ahead of time and during the evening chose new books to take home with you
  • Book Fair through Greenley’s Book Store

Parent/volunteer Chef Tim Hennig will be serving delicious sweet and savoury crepes for $5.

Bonhomme will be visiting and having his picture taken with students. Maple snow cones are available to all!

Several door prizes, including a signed hockey stick from the Belleville Bulls.

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

 

Apprenticeship Information Night, Wed., February 16

Students and parents/guardians are invited to an Apprenticeship Information Night. It promises to be a worthwhile evening for students who are considering a career in the trades.

DATE: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

EVENT DETAILS
Find out about apprenticeships, including the following:

  • Education requirements
  • Regulations
  • Career options
  • Financial supports/incentives
  • Training times
  • Local employment opportunities

For more information, contact:
Jim Trevisan, Apprenticeship Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2254

Adventure Class Information Night and upcoming events

An Information Night for the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School is scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend to learn about this innovative approach to delivering the Ontario curriculum.

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

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

Family Day at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre
Join the Adventure Class at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre on Family Day, Monday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. .The event is completely FREE and promises fun and a day outdoors well spent with your family!

Family Day flyer (PDF link)

Activities include:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Low-ropes obstacle course
  • Shelter building
  • Indoor drumming
  • Survival games
  • Campfire, with bannock and pine needle tea
  • Nature-based crafts
  • Guided nature walks

 

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)

Media event: Groundbreaking ceremony at Sir John A. Macdonald School

A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for Sir John A. Macdonald School. The school is undergoing renovations and an addition will be added to accommodate additional students in September 2011.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

DATE: Tuesday, February 1, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sir John A. Macdonald School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL GUESTS

  • Chair of the Board Carl Pitman
  • Vice-chair Mary Hall
  • Trustee Dave Patterson
  • Director of Education Kathy Soule
  • Superintendent of Education Rob McGall

ARCHITECT & PROJECT MANAGER SPECIAL GUESTS

  • Architect Heather Kembal, Colbourne and Kembel Architects
  • Intern Architect and Project Manager, Rowana Brown, Colbourne and Kembel Architects
  • Project Manager Andy Spry, Mirtren Contractors Limited

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

 

 

21st Century learning at Susanna Moodie Elementary

Celebrating literacy and 21st Century learning will be the focus of a family-oriented event at Susanna Moodie Elementary School.

COMMUNITY NIGHT OF LEARNING
DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2011
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Book Fair; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. family activities
LOCATION: Susanna Moodie Elementary School , 376 Avonlough Road, Belleville

Students and their families will celebrate 21st Century learning through a variety of activities consisting of the following:

  • Literacy centres
  • Poetry writing
  • Numeracy centres
  • Three-step problem solving
  • Introduction to Premier at Home software
  • Fitness activities

Guest author Jeanette Ramnarine and guest reader Mayor Neil Ellis will join in the celebration of learning in character education. School spirit wear will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact:
Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 613-966-8186

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

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ musical at Centennial SS

Centennial Secondary School presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In this well-known musical, the adventures of young Charlie Bucket are followed as he makes his way through the chocolate factory of the eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka.

The Oompa Loompas have been recruited from far and wide for this year’s retro-fabulous production.

PERFORMANCE DATES

  • Friday, January 14; Saturday, January 15; and Saturday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 16, Saturday, January 22; and Sunday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Centennial Secondary School main office and Red Ball Radio, $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

The Theatre Program is hard at work preparing this year’s musical and it promises to be outstanding. The production includes an original music score using drum tracks created and performed by Hawksley Workman.

Bayside Secondary School student named to advisory position

Congratulations to Christian McLary, Bayside Secondary School, who has been named to the Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education. The formal invitation, which came directly from Minister Dombrowsky on December 9, 2010, asked Christian to take the three-year appointment as the only student representative in the province.

Christian is thrilled by this appointment and looks forward to his first meeting with the Minister on Wednesday, February 9.

"It is a real honour to be asked to join this council," he said.

The purpose of the Council is to advise the Minister of Education on matters related to the establishment and provision of Special Education programs and services, including the identification and provision of early intervention programs for students with special education needs.

In particular, the Council:

  • responds to proposals or positions of the Ministry of Education and or other ministries, as submitted to the Advisory Council from time to time;
  • identifies concerns in the delivery of special education programs and services for students and provides information, advice and recommendations for ministry consideration; and
  • submits an annual report and recommendations to the Minister.

 

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

Prince of Wales Public School won ‘green’ for being green!

Congratulations to Prince of Wales Public School, one of 20 schools in Ontario to win $1,000 to put towards school-based projects. Students and staff prevented roughly 50 tonnes of waste from going to landfills. That is the equivalent of seven municipal garbage trucks filled with waste!

During the week of October 18, 2010, Reduction Week in Canada, over 50,000 Ontario students participated in the Waste Free Lunch Challenge. Nearly 700 schools from 57 school boards across the province participated.

Waste Free Lunch Challenge is a school program developed by theRecycling Council of Ontario in partnership with Metro grocery chain. The goal of the program is to help schools decrease the amount of garbage they produce and to educate students, staff and parents about waste reduction. http://www.wastefreelunch.com/

School lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario, with the average student’s lunch generating a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms (18,700 lbs) of waste per school, per year.

In Ontario, 20 classrooms were recognized as the most successful in reducing the amount of waste generated. Each received $1,000 prizes donated by Metro, for use in school-based environmental projects. The Waste Free Lunch Challenge follows Metro’s Green Apple School Program as an extension of its existing environmental initiatives. By participating in the program, Metro is furthering its commitment to encouraging environmental stewardship in Ontario students.

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Aboriginal culture at North Hastings High School

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

$10,000 received for elementary music programs

Students from two elementary schools received good news recently. They each received $5,000 for new music instruments.

The funds for music programs at Foxboro Public School and Tyendinaga Public School came from Band-Aid grants, funded through Musicounts. The grants are awarded annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) to schools which demonstrate need, commitment to music programs and community involvement.

Foxboro P. S. music teacher, Pekka Tanskanen and Tyendinaga P. S. music teacher, Michael Baker, both run very strong music programs in which students are involved in performing for the public at parades, concerts and community events.

Foxboro Public School serves 310 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is equipped with a computer lab, a large playground, track, library and a music room. The school has a Centre for Learning Disabilities, an Art-After-School program and instrumental music. Weekly celebration assemblies highlight academics, athletics and character education. The school provides a safe and healthy learning environment based on mutual respect and inclusionary practices. Tyendinaga Public School, located in a rural community in the township of Tyendinaga, serves approximately 360 students from Kindergarten through Grade 8. All students at Tyendinaga are bused to and from school.

Tyendinaga Public School strives for a balance of academic, physical/health education and the arts. The school includes a large up-to-date computer lab for use by all students. Physical education and music (vocal/instrumental) programs are available to all students from Grade 1 through 8. The school operates on a balanced school day schedule with three 100-minute blocks of instructional time separated by two 45-minute nutrition breaks. Tyendinaga PS has a very active environmental program, student leadership council, and 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

Pitman and Hall re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively

Congratulations to Carl Pitman and Mary Hall, re-elected to chair and vice-chair of the Board, respectively.

This will be Pitman’s fifth year in the chair role. In his acceptance remarks he thanked trustees for their continued confidence in his leadership.

"Having been a trustee since 1997, I can speak with confidence that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is a board of character—one that’s made up of people who honestly care about our children’s future, who are respectful and trustworthy, and who keep student achievement at the heart of everything they do," stated Chair of the Board Carl Pitman.

He added, "Tonight we begin a 4-year term of the new Board of Trustees. It’s a time of increased accountability and transparency in education. And it’s an exciting time! As we move into the second decade of the 21st Century, this Board will continue to focus on student achievement. Together we will embrace 21st Century leadership by supporting senior administration and school leaders."

Hall echoed sentiments for the confidence vote.

"We have worked extremely well together in the past. Now we will move ahead with confidence and remain committed to doing the best we can for our students," she remarked.

Both have served on standing, statutory and administrative committees for several years. Both have also been representatives to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

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

Play about acceptance, peer pressure, seen by 4,000 students

Nearly 4,000 students watched the play,  “The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh” last week during a board-wide tour. The play toured from Bancroft to Bloomfield over five days and 10 performances.

This was the best play we’ve ever seen was the reaction from students, teachers and principals alike.

The company, Roseneath Theatre, based in Toronto, is Ontario’s largest touring company and they are noted for their issues-based shows. Jamie Cavanaugh has been the most popular show in their history and focuses on issues of acceptance, bullying, peer pressure, friendship and empathy while focusing on the main character’s struggle with her ‘speediness’ which is diagnosed as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

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

Introducing new Premier’s Safe Schools Awards

A safe and inclusive environment makes a school a great place to learn! The Ministry of Education has introduced a new award to recognize Ontario school teams which have done exceptional and innovative work in creating safe and caring school environments.

Safe schools teams across Ontario will be recognized for standing up against bullying in their schools. The annual Premier’s Safe Schools Awards will recognize up to 10 teams.

Who is eligible?
All safe school teams across Ontario.

Who makes up a safe school team?
Every school in Ontario has a safe schools team in place that is responsible for school safety. Each team is represented by students, parents, teachers, non-teaching staff, community partners and the principal.

Award recipients
The award recognizes up to 10 safe schools teams which have demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe and inclusive school climate. Learn more about the awards criteria.

Submitting a nomination
Anyone in the school community can nominate a safe schools team for a Premier’s Award, but a safe schools team can also nominate itself.

Nomination deadline
The deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2011. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

CONTACTS at the Ministry of Education
• Erin Moroz, Minister’s Office, 416-212-3747, erin.moroz@nullontario.ca
• Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, 416-325-2454, gary.s.wheeler@nullontario.ca

CONTACT at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

School board takes proactive action after a laptop was stolen

On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, a break-in occurred at Prince of Wales Public School. A vice-principal’s laptop was stolen from a locked office. The police were called, a report was taken and the investigation is ongoing.

Although the laptop was password protected, there is a risk that information stored on it may be accessed by individuals who do not have the right to that information. In keeping with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the school board has a responsibility to protect personal student information. In cases where there could be a privacy breach or unauthorized access to that information, the school board must notify those who may be affected.

An internal investigation revealed that the laptop may have contained student information dating back to 2005. Those students may now be in secondary school. The investigation also revealed that information stored on the laptop included various photographs of students engaging in school related activities from September 2009 to November 2010. In no instances were the first and last names of students associated with these photographs. The laptop may have also contained some internal communications with respect to individual students, such as the student’s name and notations regarding educational needs.

Letters of explanation have been mailed to parents/guardians of students who are now at the following schools:

  • Hillcrest School and Prince of Wales Public School in Belleville
  • Madoc Public School
  • Former Madoc Public School students currently at Centre Hastings Secondary School

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board takes its responsibility to protect student personal information very seriously. This theft and potential privacy breach has been reported to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario.

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

Holiday shopping? Check out a unique sale at Moira SS

For the past eight years, Moira Secondary School students have hosted the annual 10,000 Villages Sale and this year is no different! Moira students are proud to support fair trade practices.

The sale provides artisans of the developing world with a place to sell their goods at fair prices. Numerous crafts and Christmas decorations will be available, as well as coffee, chocolate and other treats.

Dates and times
• Thursday, November 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Friday, November 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, November 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Fabulous goods from around the world will be on sale. Purchasers can feel good knowing that the global artisans are fairly compensated for their creativity and hard work through the 10,000 Villages organization. All proceeds go to supporting people in developing countries.

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

 

New Progress Report Card for elementary school students

Elementary school students in Grades 1 to 8 will bring home a new Progress Report Card on Friday, November 19, 2010. This  report card will look different than ones in previous years. A letter will be going home to explain the changes.

The new Progress Report Card will give an indication of the child’s progress in the development of the following learning skills and work habits: Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-regulation.

These changes are part of Growing Success, the Ontario government’s updated policy on the assessment, evaluation and reporting of student achievement. The progress report encourages early and ongoing communication between parents/guardians and their child’s teacher. We know that you want clear, meaningful, and understandable information about how your child is doing at school.

The Ministry of Education has produced a brochure, Supporting Your Child’s Learning through Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting, which provides a more comprehensive overview of the changes. A copy is available on line at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/ReportCard_En.pdf.

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

 

“Be Kind to Me” Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 15 to 19, 2010

School communities throughout Ontario will celebrate Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week November 15 – 19, 2010.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has partnered with local police services, Parent Involvement Committee, student groups, Loyalist College and community agencies to plan activities. The local theme is Be Kind to Me.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is an important way to focus the school community on promoting a safer learning environment 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.

Community members are invited to the following:

  • Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m., student drama performance Everyone Knows Someone: Stand Up to Bullying. The location is CORE (Old Corby Library), 223 Pinnacle Street (Campbell Street entrance), Belleville. Free parking after 6:00 p.m. This is a free event, open to the public, no registration is required.
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., free Registration is limited, RSVP is required.

Schools will also be hosting a variety of bullying awareness events and activities for students and families alike.

Media representatives are invited to a kick-off celebration, as noted below:

DATE: Monday, November 15, 2010
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
PURPOSE: Photo opportunity with elementary and secondary school students

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

Board Meeting Update #63

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 15, 2010 at Earl Prentice Public School in Marmora.

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

Trenton High to host video conference with soldiers

Trenton High School will be hosting an interactive video conference event on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Students will correspond live with three Canadian soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan.

"We are ever thankful for those brave men and women who have dedicated their lives past and present, to ensure our way of life," said Principal Darren McFarlane. "With the military being such a big part of our community, we feel passionate about Remembrance Day. This year we wanted to involve students and our school community in a more direct way."

During the live broadcast, three soldiers will address the assembly then respond to questions. The soldiers and audience will see each other. Following the formal assembly, students and families with loved ones in Afghanistan stationed at the broadcast area will be able to communicate with their family members for a short period of time.

A limited number of seats is available for parents and community members who would like to share in the assembly. Start time is 10:00 a.m. 

The Canadian Military has said that this type of guest speaker event has never been done before, either at the secondary or post-secondary levels. In fact, the Canadian Military had to write policy in order to give approval for it to happen. 

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

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

 

Youth Forum to address dangerous teen trends

Information is often difficult to find until it is too late

The Student Senate is preparing to host the annual Youth Forum for secondary school students. This year’s focus is dangerous teen trends, which include substance use, domestic violence and bullying. This event is taking place during the province-wide Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, November 15 to 19, 2010. Numerous other activities will be taking place at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board elementary and secondary schools.

The Youth Forum is a one-day event for student leaders. A student planning committee has organized seminars and working sessions that will foster self-reflection, peer interaction and discussion leading to solution planning. The committee believes that by being aware of the conditions and challenges facing others, students can often provide support and encouragement to people who need it. Although the numbers of students directly involved in any number of dangerous teen trends may be few, the friends, siblings, and peers of those directly involved are many.

"The Youth Forum is a way for student leaders to come together to share ideas about fostering change at their school. They will learn how to encourage positive behaviour, and investigate a variety of ways to motivate their peers and friends to take action to make a difference," said Pearl Hucul, Curriculum Coordinator who helped students coordinate this event.

Reporters are invited to interview students at this event
DATE: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2:15p.m. refer to the agenda for details

The event will begin with a student drama performance called Everyone Knows Someone. Following that, students will move through break-out sessions on the following topics: violence in sports, diversity, teens and technology, substance abuse, self esteem and dangerous relationships.

The Youth Forum is planned by a sub-committee of the Student Senate. The Student Senate consists of 16 students, with two representatives from each secondary school. Through involvement on the Student Senate, students experience leadership opportunities outside the classroom.

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, ext. 2354

Last updated: March 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm