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

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

EVENT DETAILS

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

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

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

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

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

Participating HPEDSB secondary schools

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

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

 

Geoventure students meet with award winning author

Geoventure students from Moira Secondary School met with Franke James, an award winning author, artist and speaker. Students created artwork that expressed their environmental concerns and shared their art with Franke at a seminar in May.

Franke captivated the students and shared her knowledge about how people can make big changes and positively impact the environment. She believes that changing light bulbs is not enough and that society needs to do something more to impact the environment.

Geoventure teacher, Gayle Miller, invited Franke to attend the seminar after meeting her at a Going Green Workshop that was sponsored by the Ontario Teacher’s Federation. Franke presented at the workshop and inspired Gayle to hold a seminar and have Franke run a workshop for the Geoventure students.

During the workshop, students spent hours researching environmental issues and listening to Franke explain how they can inspire others to be environmentally conscious. The students expressed their ideas on environmental issues by making collages and posters with recycled magazine clippings and various art materials.

The artwork that the students created will be displayed at the Quinte Mall on June 17 and 18. The display at the mall will highlight the Geoventure program and student accomplishments.

For more information, please contact:

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

Getting into the Olympic spirit at Prince Charles PS (Trenton)

Students and staff at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton are showing their national pride by getting into the Olympic spirit through a variety of literacy, healthy active living and character education/spirit building activities as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics approach. Numerous school based events will be held throughout the week of February 16 to 19, 2010.

On Thursday, February 18 in the evening, a school-wide Olympic themed event is planned, involving literacy and healthy active living activities. Students and parents/guardians are invited to the school from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to participate in 10 custom developed Olympic learning stations.

Special guests include:

  • Jack Miller, MIX-97 radio broadcaster and Olympic torch relay participant
  • Bevin Stephenson, parent and Olympic torch relay participant
  • Members of the Trenton Golden Hawks team
  • Personal trainers from the Family Fitness Centre

Families that attend can put their name in a draw to win sports and literacy related door prizes.

This event is a terrific example of how student learning is celebrated at Prince Charles Public School – Trenton!

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

Girls Retreat event a success at Bayside Secondary School

Motivated by an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of female students, Teacher Librarian, Karen Morrow and Student Success Lead, Jessica Francis organized a Girls Retreat event on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Bayside Secondary School.

“I read an article in Maclean’s called "Lost Girls" and after reading it I felt motivated to hold something here at school for some of our female population. I frequently give out clothing, hygiene products and lunches to students at our school so I was already aware that a certain percentage of our girls are at risk. When I spoke with Jessica about my idea of holding a retreat she told me that she had applied for funding for such an event,” said Karen Morrow, event organizer and Teacher Librarian at Bayside Secondary School.
 
This thoughtful initiative was funded by the Ministry of Education’s Speak Up program and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board’s Student Success. The Girls Retreat had over 80 participants, consisting of grade eight students from the Bayside school group and Bayside Secondary School students.
 
"The retreat was a success because the young women were engaged in what they were learning about empowering themselves and making decisions that are right for them to move forward and have successful lives both academically and personally," said Jessica Francis, event organizer and Student Success Lead at Bayside Secondary School.
 
Throughout the day the students participated in many activities. Students were given an introduction lesson to yoga. Guest speaker from Respect in Action talked about: Speak the Truth: Empowerment for Young Women.  A “Fashion on a Budget” fashion show was prepared by three girls in grade 11 fashion class. There were small group sessions with Career Edge/Youthhab about job opportunities. Christine Lavoie, a Registered Massage Therapist gave an Introduction to Massage. Hair care and style tips were provided by Salon You and manicures were given by Trenton High School Aesthetics students.
 
“Students were touched and motivated by the generosity of the volunteers and the people who donated items to make them feel valued and important,” said Jessica Francis.
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Go Global speaking tour at Bayside Secondary School

Bayside Secondary School was honoured to host guest speakers from the Free The Children organization. Two motivational speakers, Emily Payne and Spencer West, presented a talk on changing the world through daily choices. This energizing and inspirational opportunity highlighted for students how consistent, small changes can reshape our world, and how our personal choices today affect future circumstances.

This event showed students how they could participate in achieving the United Nations Millennium Goals by addressing such things as:

• Poverty

• Educational needs

• HIV/Aids

• Abuse of children who are less fortunate than us.

The organization’s Me To We program sets out goals to instigate change by thinking beyond ourselves, to consider the needs of others, and by collective action and initiatives making positive contributions and to our world.

This speaking event kicked off of an exciting year of fundraising for the Brick by Brick program with Free the Children. This year Bayside SS will join with Centennial SS to raise funds in order to continue building schools. The Bayside SS goal is to raise enough money this year to build another school in China. Their challenge is to ask each school in the district to participate in this fundraising effort by establishing a Global Awareness Committee, and contributing to Free The Children’s goal of children helping children.

Bayside Secondary School (BSS) is a dynamic learning environment on a 200 acre campus, one of the largest in North America. BSS offers students a myriad of opportunities to learn and grow in classes, co- and extra-curricular activities and in the community itself. The full range of courses is enriched with specialized programming which extends student options and experiences.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results improved for 2010

The Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results improved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) in 2010. Results indicate that 82% of first-time participating students were successful on the provincial Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), as compared to the provincial average of 84%. This represents a 6% increase in district results from last year.

Results varied according to the different pathways:

  • In the Academic stream, HPEDSB students achieved 98%, which is 3% above the provincial average.
  • In the Applied stream, HPEDSB students achieved 67%, which is 7% above the provincial average.
  • In the Locally Developed stream, HPEDSB students achieved 11%, which is 8% below the provincial average.

SCHOOL BOARD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Results for Academic and Applied pathways exceed the provincial average.
  • Results for students with special needs (excluding gifted students) continue to increase and are at 55% as compared to 54% for the province.
  • Success rates for boys increased 6% from 73% to 79%.
  • Success rates for girls increased 7% from 79% to 86%.

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

  • At Bayside Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Applied English improved from 48% in 2009 to 75%, which exceeds the provincial rate of 60%.
  • At Centennial Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Applied English increased by 19% from 2009.
  • At Centre Hastings Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Academic English increased by 6% to match provincial Academic rate of 95%.
  • At Moira Secondary School, the overall success rate improved from 73% to 86%, which exceeds provincial average by 2%.
  • At North Hastings High School, girls improved 5%, from 78% to 83%, which surpasses the 2010 provincial rate for girls.
  • At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 100% of students taking Academic English achieved success.
  • At Quinte Secondary School, the success rate for boys increased from 78% to 82%, which exceeds the rate for boys throughout the province.
  • At Trenton High School, the overall success rate for students increased by 9%.

More detailed information to guide actions will be available as Board officials further examine school-level results.

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

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

Grade 4s participate in Quinte Children’s Water Festival

An event to enhance children’s awareness of water is the first of its kind in the Quinte area.

The Quinte Children’s Water Festival will be a hands-on educational experience for Grade 4 students. The focus is to enhance children’s attitudes and awareness of the importance of water and their role in its use, consumption and protection. In this pilot year, event organizers are expecting 300 children from Trenton, Frankford and Stirling, along with assistance from 60+ volunteers.

Students will rotate through a series of stations to learn about low-flush toilets, environmental impact on ground water and surface water, and the diversity of water uses in historical and modern times. The Quinte Children’s Water Festival is organized by the following:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • 8 Wing Trenton
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • City of Quinte West
  • Environment Canada
  • Lower Trent Conservation
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Quinte Watershed Cleanup

High school students from Bayside Secondary School, Moira Secondary School and Trenton High School were also involved by building stations and activity centres.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2009, rain or shine.

Posted May 26, 2009

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

Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools

Graduating from Grade 8 and going into Grade 9 is an exciting time! Local public 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 SchoolThursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary SchoolThursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolThursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.,613-473-4251
Moira Secondary SchoolThursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-8668
North Hastings High SchoolTuesday, February 10 at 6:45 p.m.613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteThursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary SchoolThursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-9295
Trenton High SchoolThursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.613-392-1227

 

Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools

Graduating from Grade 8 and going into Grade 9 is an exciting time! Local public 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 SchoolThursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary SchoolThursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolThursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.,613-473-4251
Moira Secondary SchoolThursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-8668
North Hastings High SchoolTuesday, February 10 at 6:45 p.m.613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteThursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary SchoolThursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-9295
Trenton High SchoolThursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.613-392-1227

 

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 SchoolThursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m.613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary SchoolThursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m.613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolThursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m.,613-473-4251
Moira Secondary SchoolThursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-8668
North Hastings High SchoolTuesday, February 9 at 6:45 p.m.613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteThursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary SchoolThursday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-9295
Trenton High SchoolThursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m.613-392-1227

 

 

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 SchoolThursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary SchoolThursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolWednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.,613-473-4251
Moira Secondary SchoolThursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-8668
North Hastings High SchoolThursday, February 16, 6:45 p.m.613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteWednesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary SchoolWednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-9295
Trenton High SchoolThursday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m.613-392-1227

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

Grade 8s to get a sneak peak of high school on January 28, 2010

Grade 8 students are looking forward to visiting secondary schools later this week. The annual Grade 8 Orientation Day is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2010 with the following day planned as the ‘snow date.’

Some of the activities include:

  • Sessions with teachers in different subject areas to introduce Grade 8 students to the different program/subject choices
  • School and facility tours
  • Fashion shows of dress code
  • Music performances
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Interaction between boys and girls from feeder schools

All agree that orientation is fun and worthwhile for the younger students while also being a way for the high school students to demonstrate school spirit, caring, cooperation and respect for their guests.

For more information, please contact your local school, or: 

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

  

Groundbreaking ceremony at Prince Charles School (Belleville)

A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for Prince Charles School (Belleville). The school is undergoing renovations and an addition will be added to accommodate students in September 2011.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

DATE: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
TIME: 1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Charles School, 75 Ritchie Avenue, Belleville

SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL GUESTS

  • Vice-chair Mary Hall
  • Trustee Dave Patterson
  • Director of Education Kathy Soule
  • Superintendent of Education Rob McGall

ARCHITECT & PROJECT MANAGER SPECIAL GUESTS

 

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

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Stirling school

Students and staff in Stirling are excited about construction starting on their new school. They are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, June 28, 2012
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Special guests will include:

  • Rodney Cooney, Mayor, Stirling-Rawdon
  • Bonnie Danes, Trustee for Centre Hastings
  • Rob McGall, Director of Education
  • Representatives from +VG Architects
  • Representatives from Jasper Construction Corporation

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

 

Growing with Character launch at Prince of Wales PS

Students, staff and volunteers at Prince of Wales Public School are getting limbered up in preparation for tomorrow’s Terry Fox event and inclusive activities. The school is launching its Growing with Character promotion, which is grounded in respect for self and others.

“Terry Fox was a national hero and leader, not only for cancer research but also for demonstrating courage, respect, integrity and so many more positive traits,” remarks Vice-Principal Suzanne Cholasta. “Our school is embarking on its own journey to model the district’s Growing with Character initiative and incorporating our own inclusive culture.”

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO REPORT ON AND PHOTOGRAPH THE EVENTS

Date: Friday, September 26, 2008

Time: 1:55 p.m. – Terry Fox walk/run

2:35 p.m. – Photo of all students, staff and volunteers in the school yard

Following the photo until 3:30 p.m. – Inclusive activities listed below

Location: Prince of Wales Public School, 37 Prince of Wales Drive, Belleville

Inclusive activities for children

Students will partake in fun, inclusive activities, with a range for all ages and abilities. They will choose the ones they feel comfortable doing. Some of the planned events include the following:

  • Foam frisbee
  • Rubber chicken volleyball
  • Oodles of noodles
  • OMNIKIN – giant Omni balls
  • Tug-of-war
  • Hoola circle

“We will have staff giving out respect tickets to children they witness being respectful to others,” states teacher Tim Wood. “This is another way to recognize students for demonstrating the character attributes. Overall, the afternoon is about including everyone and having fun. It’s not about having athletic skill.”

Prince of Wales PS serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Student success in all areas of education – academics, character development, citizenship, the arts and athletics is the goal for every student. Prince of Wales offers YMCA Before and After School and Breakfast Club Programs. Students from Prince of Wales proceed to Quinte Secondary School for Grades 9 to 12.

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For more information, please contact:

• Suzanne Cholasta, Vice-Principal, 613-968-8321

• Tim Wood, Teacher, 613-968-8321

Guest speaker Diana Juricevic on the topic of Canada & Global Citizenship

A partnership between the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will bring Diana Juricevic to our community on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
TIME: 12:00 to 1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School

We are particularly excited that collaboration between Curriculum Services and the OSSTF District 29 Educational Services Committee has led to a great opportunity for our young people to experience Ms. Juricevic’s message in a dedicated workshop just for HPEDSB students.

An anticipated 120 students and eight teachers representing each secondary school will participate in a discussion and case study exploration with Ms. Juricevic on key issues related to human rights, citizenship, and global connectedness. Student participants will be taking (or have taken) senior Social Science and/or Canadian and World Studies courses, will belong to global awareness clubs or organizations, or will be active in student government. Learning opportunities will involve study of research and current events material, group discussion, lecture, and question-and-answer. The day should provoke lots of thought and rich conversation!

BACKGROUND ON GUEST SPEAKER DIANA JURICEVIC
Ms. Juricevic has been named by Maclean’s magazine as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women.” She is a practicing lawyer for the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands. She has been deeply involved in Red Cross aid efforts in Kosovar, and has served as president of the University of Toronto chapter of Amnesty International. Her work and her social projects exemplify a commitment to responsible, ethical political awareness. She also happens to be a Centennial Secondary School grad! She will speak on the topic of “Canada and Global Citizenship.” She is being featured as this year’s Kevin Manion Memorial Lecture Series guest speaker.

At 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, Ms. Juricevic will host an evening session at Pinnaclej Playhouse. It is open to the public and will be on the same topic addressed with students, “Canada and Global Citizenship.”

 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maple snow cones are available to all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harry J. Clarke students presented local man with an early Christmas present

Students and the homeowner after the cheque presentation
Students Addy Hutchison and Paige Brown presented Martin More with the $223.93 that they and their classmates raised after hearing about his house fire.

Grade 6 students from Harry J. Clarke Public School gave a local resident whose home was destroyed in a recent fire an early Christmas present.

On Wednesday, French Immersion students Addy Hutchison and Paige Brown presented Martin More with the $223.93 that they and their classmates raised after hearing about his misfortune.

Principal Marie Mitchell commented about the leadership these students demonstrated.

“They wanted to do something to show they cared. This was entirely student-driven,” said Mitchell.

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

 

 

Hermon PS, the “little school with a big heart” raised $4,300 for charity

Congratulations to the students and Hermon Public School community.

Once again, this "little school with a big heart" has demonstrated its care for the community. The little school of 60 students raised $4,331.50 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Students participated in a fun afternoon of physical activity. They alternated through six activities: dancing, hoola hooping, skipping with short ropes, skipping with long ropes, playing with scoops and frisbees, and shooting hoops, to get their hearts pumping.

These Hermon Hornets are truly heart heroes. During the past 12 years, they have raised close to $40,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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

High school students to perform with jazz greats

Performing with some of the nation’s top jazz artists is an experience that budding musicians crave. Students from Bayside Secondary School and Centennial Secondary School will soon have chance to do just that!

An upcoming day-long workshop will partner student jazz bands with professional musicians from the Brian Barlow Orchestra. During the day, students will work one-on-one with a master clinician and attend workshops. The day will culminate with a concert at the historic Regent Theatre in Picton where students will experience a first-class performance and also perform on-stage with the pros!

CONCERT DETAILS
Who: Brian Barlow Orchestra (see below), with students from Bayside Secondary School and Centennial Secondar School
Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Regent Theatre, Picton

This concert will be the final event in the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival’s first High School Jazz Orchestra Program.

BRIAN BARLOW ORCHESTRA
15 of Canada’s top jazz musicians recreating the big-band sounds of the 30’s & 40’s.

  • Chase Sanborn, Dave Dunlop, Blair Yarranton (trumpets)
  • Russ Little, Rob Somerville, Doug Gibson (trombones)
  • Michele Gagnon (French horn)
  • John Johnson, Alex Dean, Andy Ballentyne, Bob Leonard, Perry White (saxophones)
  • Robi Botos (piano)
  • Scott Alexander (bass)
  • Brian Barlow (drums)
  • special guest vocalist (Rita Di Ghent)

For information, please contact:

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

Highest number of Adult Education graduates in recent history

On Monday, June 21, 2010 students at Quinte Secondary School (QSS) graduated and received their Ontario secondary school diplomas. There were 111 graduates which is the highest number of graduates from QSS in recent history. Graduates ranged from ages 18 to 65.

In previous years there were on average 50 or 60 QSS graduates. Last year there were 107 graduates and now this year the number climbed even higher. Numbers of students are inclining due to the adult education program and individuals being laid off work and having to go back to school.  
Among the 111 graduates was Aileen Card, an adult learner who returned to school after four decades to obtain her Ontario secondary school diploma. Not only did Aileen take home her diploma but she also received a certificate of achievement and academic excellence.
The adult education program is available to adults 18 years of age and older. The main office is located at QSS and there are other branch offices in Bancroft, Madoc, and Trenton. Students can earn their Grade 12 diploma, a college/university prerequisite, or simply upgrade their skills. All of the courses offered are high school credits. The adult education program offers several ways for students to obtain these credits. Students can earn mature/prior learning assessment recognition credits, complete correspondence courses, on-line courses, night school courses, and apprenticeship (OYAP) credits.
 

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

Holiday celebrations and recognition

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

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

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

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

 

Holiday shopping? Check out a unique sale at Moira SS

For the past seven years Moira Secondary School students have hosted the annual Ten Thousand Villages Sale and this year is no different! Moira students are proud to support fair trade practices. An added bonus this year is a variety show event, Avenue M, presented by Arts students.

Dates and times:
Friday, November 27, 2009 from 2:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 29, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Moira Secondary School, 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 Ten Thousand Villages organization. All proceeds go to supporting people in developing countries.

While at the Ten Thousand Villages sale, why not drop by Avenue M, a yearly variety show hosted by Moira’s Arts department? The efforts and abilities of Moira’s performers and artists will lift your spirit as we approach the holiday season!

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

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.

 

HPEDSB and health unit partner on a free helmet lending program

Thanks to a partnership between the school board and the health unit, more than 100 CSA-approved helmets are available to students.

Health and Physical Education Coordinator Ian Boyd spoke with CKWS-TV reporter Erin Howe about why helmets are so important for children and youth who are involved in activities such as skating.

View the news story (and text only version) online at: www.ckwstv.com/index.cfm

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

HPEDSB schools celebrated Earth Hour

Again this year, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background were encouraged to use their light switch as their vote—switching off their lights as a vote for Earth, or leaving them on as a vote for global warming.

This years’ Earth Hour was taken to the next level, with the goal of having one billion people switch off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you were from, but instead, what planet you‘re from.

And students and staff in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board did their part!

Pinecrest Memorial Elementary had members of the leadership team visit classes to explain the importance of Earth Hour and that their school would give twice as much. All the building lights (minus emergency lighting) were turned off from 7:30 am– 8:30 am and 9:30 am-10:30 am. on Friday, March 27, 2009.

Students at North Hastings High School in Bancroft created an ad campaign for Earth Hour. They put up posters throughout the school to draw attention to the date and created ‘countdown to Earth Hour’ announcements to remind students to participate. The school also registered as an Earth Hour school to boost participation.

Bayside Public School turned off all of lights (in all three buildings) from noon to 1:00 p.m. Computer monitors and televisions (often used over the lunch hour) were turned off, as well. Students in all three divisions took home an optional homework assignment which involved illustrating "How I Spent My Earth Hour" in order to help them remember to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30. Completed homework posters were collected on Monday with one prize per each division awarded.

Prince Charles Public School in Belleville asked all the EarthCARE reps to read a statement about the Earth Hour to each of their classes. When classmates were asked to promise to talk to their parents, more than 93 pledges were received immediately. Teachers were asked to practise for a few minutes in the classes on Friday to live without electricity. Students also read announcements for two days to remind the students about Earth Hour.

Tyendinaga Public School participated by having all non-emergency lights out from 2:30 – 3:30 Friday, March 27, 2009. Some classes chose to do an "Earth Walk" during part of that hour, walking around the perimeter of the schoolyard, thinking about other ways to reduce energy consumption. The Gr. 5 class used an excellent book Winston of Churchill (a polar bear protest against global warming in Churchill, Manitoba) to promote discussion about climate change, global warming, and energy conservation (the power of ONE!). This book then circulated to other classes in the school, and the library technician displayed other books about environmental issues. Students in an Intermediate class suggested that after reading the book the lights be turned out immediately and half of the lights be kept off for the rest of the day. Yellow LOCO (Lights Off; Computer Off) signs were displayed near the light switches in every room in the school.

North Trenton Public School turned off both their lights and computers on Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00.

VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community-a call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. 

by Veronica Ford, EarthCARE Coordinator.

 

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

 

 

HPEDSB students win medals at Canada Wide Science Fair

Congratulations to Moira Secondary School student Olivia Geen, and Stirling Senior Public School student Michael Brogee, for being finalists at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Geen received two bronze medals in the Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Innovation categories for her project Hygroscopic Soil Additives and their Effects on Field Capacity and Soil Leachate. Brogee received an Honourable Mention in the Environmental Innovation category for his project Powerwalk.

Two other students from the district also earned spots at the national fair: Garland Conley from Stirling Senior Public School entered his project Stop the Flood; Ashley Millette from Moira Secondary School entered her project Ommochromes vs. Pteridines. Although they did not place in their categories, they gained valuable experience and inspiration.

"The students represented our region very well. They were enthusiastic to attend this year’s event and eagerly explored Winnipeg. We are extremely proud of their achievements!" remarked teacher and chaperone Scott Berry. "This young team spoke volumes for the quality, and values we place on education in our region," he added.

The 2009 Canada Wide Science Fair took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba earlier this month and involved students in Grades 7 to 12 from all of the provinces and territories. These budding scientists showcased their projects for judges, local school children and the public. The students not only competed for prize money, scholarships and grants, they also fostered friendships with fellow students from across the country.

The Canada Wide Science Fair Committee, Youth Science Canada, and its sponsors provide over $1 million in prizes which were awarded in nine different divisions at the afternoon ceremony on Friday, May 16, 2009.

More about the Canada Wide Science Fair is available online at http://www.cwsf2009.ca

Posted May 22, 2009
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Hundreds of dresses and suits for Trenton High students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Queen Victoria School OPEN Monday, September 20, 2010

 

This is an important message about Queen Victoria School. The school will be open Monday, September 20, 2010. The broken sewer main has been repaired. All children should go to school as usual on Monday. Local radio stations have been advised and a telephone message has been left at students’ homes.

The cooperation and understanding by parents/guardians, children and all others involved is appreciated.

In recognition of National Aboriginal Day

Across Canada, National Aboriginal Day is recognized annually on June 21. It is an occasion for Aboriginal groups to showcase and share their diverse cultural heritage. It is also an opportunity to learn about the traditions and outstanding contributions of Aboriginal peoples across the country.

National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 as an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the Aboriginal cultural heritages of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Collectively, these groups make up the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. The date was selected for several reasons, including the fact that it coincides with the summer solstice and because many Aboriginal groups mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage.

Through numerous community relationships, we know that Aboriginal families reside within the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board boundaries.

Please join in acknowledging and celebrating National Aboriginal Day today, with students, employees and the community.

 

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

In recognition of World Teachers’ Day on October 5

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

In Canada, the national theme for World Teachers’ Day 2012 is “Take a stand for teachers.” We are fortunate to have dedicated and caring teaching staff throughout our district who are making a real difference in our students’ lives every day. Their professionalism and commitment to our students is valued and appreciated by all of our community.

Please join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day!

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

 

Information Night: homestay families for international students, Wed., June 13

Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Consider hosting an international student. It is a way to experience diversity and share Canadian traditions.

Interested families are invited to learn more at an information night:

INFORMATION NIGHT
DATE: Wednesday, June 13
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Radio commercial #1, featuring Mexican student Cristy

Radio commercial #2, featuring homestay host Anne

Pictured: A homestay family and international student (right), enjoy the time together at the annual year-end barbeque.

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
 

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

Introducing The Red Card for youth

Reference card has contact information for community agencies

Just in time for school, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Hastings & Prince Edward Children’s Services Network are preparing to distribute THE RED CARD. This pocket-size card is made for youth ages 12 to 19 years of age and includes information on:

  • Where to get help to find a job
  • Where to get help to complete your education
  • Where to get help to find food, shelter and clothing
  • Where to get help for financial assistance
  • Where to go for support services

Region-specific RED CARDS are available for five geographic regions in Hastings and Prince Edward counties: Belleville, Centre Hastings, North Hastings, Prince Edward County and Quinte West.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the creation and distribution of THE RED CARD,” remarks Mandy Savery-Whiteway, a member of the Youth Integration Team and Principal for Student Success with the school board. “The cards will be distributed at every school in the district, with extras available in secondary school guidance offices and at the Education Centre.”

THE RED CARD was created by the Youth Integration Team, one of the six integration teams under the umbrella of the Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Services Network.

“This new RED CARD is an update of the Quinte Destinations for Youth Card,” says Cathie West, Chair of the Youth Integration Team and Executive Director of Youth Habitation Quinte Inc. “We wanted to update the information and create a new look that would appeal to youth.”

The vision is to have communities with an effective children’s services system that is integrated and responsive in order to advance the well-being of children, youth and families and where children/youth are valued. The Youth Integration Team’s mandate is to ensure the needs and priorities of the community guide the planning and delivery of services for children, youth and families in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Mandy Savery-Whiteway, System Principal for Student Success, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2211
  • Or, please visit www.childrenservicesnetwork.ca for more information about the Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Services Network

 

Invitation to a community workshop on teamwork

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Invitation to community forums on Aboriginal Education

Community members are invited to attend an open community forum to talk about voluntary, confidential, Aboriginal student self-identification.

Community Forum Dates, Times, Locations
Date
Time
Location
Monday, May 116:30pm-7:30pmTRENTON
Queen Elizabeth Public School library, 16 Sillers Avenue, Trenton
Wednesday, May 136:00pm-7:00pmPICTON
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute library, 41 Barker Street, Picton
Tuesday, May 19 6:30pm-7:30pmBANCROFT
Métis Nation of Ontario, 91 Chemaushgon Street, Bancroft
Thursday, May 286:30pm-7:30pmWHITNEY
St. Martin Catholic School, 1 Post Street, Whitney
Monday, June 16:30pm-7:30pmTWEED
St. Carthagh Catholic School, 114 Hungerford Road
Thursday, June 46:30pm-7:30pmBELLEVILLE
Children’s Safety Village (Belleville Police Service)
93 Dundas Street East, Belleville
 
Tuesday, June 166:00pm – 7:00pmTYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY
Tyendinaga Community Centre
All parents, guardians and interested community members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to improving educational programs and services by ensuring that the unique strengths and needs of all students are met, including students with First Nation, Métis and Inuit ancestry. Fulfilling this commitment requires a particular focus on effective educational programs for Aboriginal students and strong partnerships with Aboriginal parents and communities. Since last fall, a greater emphasis has been placed on raising awareness of Aboriginal histories, cultures and perspectives through a number of initiatives, including:

• raising awareness of Aboriginal education;
• receiving input through community consultation;
• enhancing Social Studies programming in elementary schools; and
• offering more Native Studies courses in high schools beginning in September 2009.

All of this is helping HPEDSB to prepare for the implementation of a voluntary, confidential self-identification process. Parents/guardians of Aboriginal students and Aboriginal students 18 years of age or older will have the opportunity to voluntarily and confidentially self-identify as being of Aboriginal ancestry including First Nation, Métis or Inuit. The self-identification process will assist us to better program for Aboriginal students’ progress and success and help us design educational programs and services that ensure all students have the opportunities and resources needed to reach their goals.

Beginning in September 2009, opportunities for self-identification will be provided through student update forms. New students can indicate their ancestry on the student registration form. All students will have the opportunity to self-identify at any time by completing a voluntary, confidential Aboriginal student self-identification form.

For more information please call the Education Centre at 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2270.
 

Invitation to participate in the School District Survey

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Inviting public voting for THS Track Quest project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Kolari to present at York River PS, Tues., April 17

York River Public School will be hosting a parenting presentation for parents, teachers and community agencies.

Guest presenter, Jennifer Kolari, spent several years counselling children, teens and parents for the Toronto District School Board and serving as a field supervisor for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work. Prior to that she was a family therapist at Integra, a children’s mental health centre in Toronto. Her presentation will be applicable to agencies, teachers and parents.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft

Background on Jennifer Kolari

Jennifer Kolari has a Masters of Social Work, is a registered social worker and a therapist who has been helping children, teens and families get connected for 20 years. Author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011), Kolari is the parenting expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has appeared frequently on Canada AM and Breakfast Television. Her insightful strategies, shared with warmth and humour, make her a highly sought-after speaker with schools, organizations and agencies throughout North America.

This event is sponsored by Communities and Schools Together (CAST).

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

 

Jesslyn Doxtator won Moira Idol contest

Congratulations to Jesslyn Dextator, a Moira Secondary School student who won the Moira Idol contest.

Moira Secondary School had their 3rd annual Fun Fair and 7th year for Moira Idol.

The idol contest and annual fun fair were recently held at the school. Both were community events which attracted many participants. The fun fair games were filled with excitement from obstacle courses to soccer, face painting, photography, a BBQ, and, of course, more than 110 items in the silent auction.

The Moira Idol contest went live at 7:30 p.m. with 12 finalists. Three judges, Scotty Lalonde from Rock 107, Paul Ferguson from Cool 100, and Julie Simpson, a Canadian recording artist.

The winner, Jesslyn Doxtator, won three hours of studio recording time at R&J Entertainment Studios, a take home trophy and her name will be engraved on the house trophy. Second place winner, Fiona Stanners, received a take home trophy and a Moira SS sweatshirt. Third place winner, Jessica Harpell, received a take home trophy, $10 Quinte Mall certificate and Topper’s Pizza Certificate.

Pictured: First place winner Jesslyn Doxtator and Teacher John Harpell. Doxtator won three hours of studio recording time and a trophy.

first place winner and teacher

Congratulations to all contestants. Thank you to students, staff, parents/guardians and volunteers who helped to make this another successful event at Moira 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

 

JK & SK registration information for September 2010

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Although September seems like a long way off, it is important to register children now.

HPEDSB schools offer alternate day or half day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten. Seven schools will also be offering full-day learning with before- and after-school programs, starting in September 2010.

How to register children for JK and SK

 

JK, SK, 1 to 12 registration information 2010 – 2011

HPEDSB back-to-school radio commercials and newspaper ad

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Register your child with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to ensure success in school!

For all students, HPEDSB offers:

  • Full range of programming
  • Strong focus on character development
  • Partnerships with parents/guardians and the community
  • Safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board offers alternate day, half-day or full-day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten.

How to register children for JK and SK

How to register children for Grades 1 to 12

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Please join in celebrating early childhood educators this Wednesday!
 

Join in celebrating Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Education Appreciation Day on October 24

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, is celebrated as Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Ontario. It is a time to recognize the skills and commitment of employees who engage with young children.

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

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

Please join in celebrating early childhood educators this Wednesday.

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

Join in celebrating Educational Assistant Appreciation Day

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

Educational assistants perform an important role in our schools and are a vital part of our school district. They are dedicated professionals who work in diverse roles and settings. Each day, educational assistants interact with students who have a wide range of abilities to assist each individual reach their full potential. Educational assistants demonstrate caring, compassion and patience, and draw on a wide range of skills and experience to fulfill their roles.

This Wednesday, please join in celebrating the dedicated educational assistants in our district.
 

Join in celebrating National Custodial Workers’ Day on October 2

Tuesday, October 2, is recognized as National Custodial Workers’ Day in North America. It is a day to celebrate the many ways that custodians support our schools and student learning.

Every day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, custodians ensure that our schools and offices are safe, clean learning and working environments. They are important members of our schools and offices and we are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals as a part of our team. We rely on our custodians every day and truly appreciate their commitment and hard work.

Take a moment to show your appreciation to the custodian in your workplace!

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

 

Join in celebrating Pink Shirt Day!

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is a system of character and is pleased to recognize Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. This annual event is a time to encourage a shared belief in celebrating diversity and universal acceptance by wearing a pink shirt. It is also a time to acknowledge and support ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention initiatives and the work of Safe Schools teams in our schools.

The majority of our elementary and secondary schools are participating, as well as employees at the Education Centre. We acknowledge the involvement of community partners who are also showing their support by wearing pink. To date, close to 2,600 pink T-shirts have been sold, with Trenton High School taking the lead for orders and engaging school and community involvement.

Promoting character development through acceptance, equity and inclusivity is a priority at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. It is our belief that equity and inclusivity are the foundation for safe, caring and respectful learning environments.

Through our Growing with Character initiative and events such as Pink Shirt Day, we endeavour to:

  • meet individual needs by providing conditions and interventions needed to help every student succeed;
  • identify and eliminate barriers;
  • contribute to high standards of student achievement;
  • promote a sense of belonging which contributes to every student’s sense of well-being; and
  • involve the community in our efforts to remove barriers and prevent bullying.

A sea of pink will flow throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board tomorrow. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to support safe, caring and respectful classrooms and schools.

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

Last updated: October 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm