Join in recognizing World Teachers’ Day

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

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

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

Please join us in recognizing World Teachers’ Day!
 

K to 6 students engaged by Green Thumb Theatre performances

event flyerThe show 500 Words, all the way from British Columbia, is receiving rave reviews from elementary schools this week. Ten schools are welcoming Green Thumb Theatre and its performance of the story of a Grade 3 and 6 reading buddy duo who share the adventure of collaboration through writing together. The story is poignant, funny and challenging to students as they confront similar literacy issues in their school lives.

The performance features Green Thumb Theatre’s cast and crew:

  • Ian Harmon as Lance
  • Claire Hesselgrave as Sylvia
  • Melissa Novecosky, stage manager

The following schools were involved:

  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Madoc Public School
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • College Street Public School

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

 

 

 

 

Kellogg’s donates $15,000 to school board learning foundation

Food for Learning student nutrition programs received a welcome $15,000 donation from Kellogg’s.

Representatives from Kellogg’s in Belleville presented the cheque at Prince of Wales Public School, site of a Food for Learning (FFL) nutrition program. An internal review committee of Kellogg’s employees prioritized all donation requests and selected FFL as a recipient again this year.

 The visit to Prince of Wales Public School showed Kellogg’s staff how their donation will be used. Representatives toured the school prior to making the presentation.

Food for Learning programs can be either a breakfast, snack or lunch program, offered during the school day to provide food to students who arrive at school without the adequate nutrition required to sustain them through the school day. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has provided nutrition guidelines for student nutrition programs throughout Ontario, which ensures that the food students receive is healthy and will have a positive impact on their ability to learn.

Presently 154 student nutrition programs are in place throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. This year alone, it is estimated that Food for Learning programs will provide approximately 630,000 meals and snacks to over 10,000 students.

As a program of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, Food for Learning is a community partnership that is committed to enhancing classroom learning by supporting school nutrition programs. Food for Learning strives to ensure that all children in Hastings & Prince Edward counties are attending school well nourished and ready to learn.

For more information please contact:
Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
(613) 966-1170, ext. 2205

 

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 SchoolThursday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary SchoolThursday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolThursday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m.,613-473-4251
Moira Secondary SchoolThursday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-8668
North Hastings High SchoolTuesday, February 15, 6:45 p.m.613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteWednesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary SchoolTuesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m.613-962-9295
Trenton High SchoolThursday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m.613-392-1227

 

 

Kindergarten registration for 2009-2010 school year

Welcome to Kindergarten!

 

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 so that planning can begin for teachers and classes. HPEDSB schools offer alternate day or half day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten.

It’s a time of new discoveriesNewspaper ad (pdf, 200kb)

The Kindergarten program exposes children to multi-sensory activities in the areas of:
• Personal and social development
• Language
• Math
• Visual arts
• Science and technology
• Health and physical activity

How to register children for kindergarten

Registration is done by appointment and takes approximately 15 minutes. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

When visiting the school to register, please bring:

1. Birth certificate or passport as official proof of the child’s date of birth.*

2. Immunization records from the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.

3. Precise information about the residence location, including lot, concession, postal code, and 911 address.

4. Name and address of the home owner.

5. Legal custody orders, if applicable.

For Junior Kindergarten, children must be four years old in 2009 (born in 2005). For Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years old in 2009 (born in 2004). If your child is currently in JK, you do not need to register again for SK.

*To apply for a birth certificate, follow these steps:

1. If you have access to a computer and a major credit card, visit ServiceOntario to complete an on-line application. Submit the form and pay on-line using a credit card. The birth certificate will be delivered to you.

2. If you do not have access to a computer, contact your local MPP’s office.

If you have any other questions, please contact your local school.

Kindergarten registration information

It is time to register your child for Kindergarten.

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.

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

Kudos to Quinte Secondary School, $3,200 for 30-Hour Famine

Quinte Secondary School students participated in the 30-Hour Famine and raised a total of $3,200 for World Vision and Haiti relief efforts.

60 students participated in the 30-Hour Famine, in which students do not eat regular meals for 30 hours to simulate a day in the life of a hungry child. The Famine ran from June 11 to 12, 2010.
Students stayed the night at the school and collected donations for the cause. Donations were also collected through the Entrepreneur Class "Business Fair," which raised $150 through the sale of student-made products.
Congratulations to all participants and staff volunteers who helped make a difference in the lives of others.
Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students, and a continued commitment to improving. Quinte has a proud and committed staff and student body.
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Leadership is the focus for the Student Youth Forum 2008

The Student Senate welcomes student leaders to the Youth Forum 2008. This year’s focus is leadership. The goal is to promote positive character development and leadership strategies through student involvement in maintaining, encouraging and developing effective student activities.

Reporters are invited to interview students at this event

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., refer to the workshops below

"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," states Pearl Hucul, Curriculum Coordinator who helped students coordinate this event.

Workshops

Morning plenary session: North Hastings High School ‘House System’

Break-out sessions: Teamwork, Leadership, Growing with Character, Spirit, Fundraising, Leadership on a Broader Spectrum

Sessions will be hosted by secondary school students. Youth Forum participants include eight representatives from each of the district’s eight secondary schools. During the afternoon planning session, students will have 70 minutes to work in school groups to plan two follow-up activities for their school.

The Youth Forum is planned by the Student Senate. This group of 16 students consists of two representatives from each secondary school. By being involved in the Student Senate, students experience leadership opportunities outside the classroom.

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

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For more information, please contact:

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

Leadership training links junior and senior students

Builds relationships for academic and social support

District secondary schools are actively engaging senior students to welcome Grade 9s and ease their transition to high school. Two are featured below.

Centennial Secondary School

Centennial Secondary School is piloting a new student leadership training program and Grade 9 transition program called Link Crew. The goal of the program is to link Grade 9 students with senior students who will be mentors, role models and motivators.

This summer 45 senior students were trained in team building activities, cooperative skill development, and discussion skills. The students then used these skills to host the incoming Grade 9s during a full morning orientation that included large and small group activities. Each pair of Link Crew leaders is assigned a small group of Grade 9s that they will stay in touch with throughout the year.

“By building relationships between junior and senior students, there is built-in academic and social support for all Grade 9 students. Our first Link Crew Orientation was a huge success, and the Link Crew leaders are planning a variety of events and supports to offer the Grade 9s,”states vice-principal Tina Jones.

Centennial Secondary school is a respectful, caring environment for students to learn in. Link Crew is a school community building program that illustrates these qualities and demonstrates that we are committed to the whole student.

North Hastings High School

The second annual Grade 9 Activity Day/House Challenge was held earlier this month. Grade 9 students, partnered with their senior student mentors and Grade 10 mentors-in-training (MITs), participated in a day of cooperative games and team building activities.

The purpose of the day was to build relationships between students across grade levels and to support the transition of Grade 9 students to high school. Senior student mentors and MITs received a day of training prior to the event to support their role as mentors.

“It was a fantastic day with 300 students and many school staff out on the field,” remarks principal Nancy Quinn. “The whole school approach is so important to a program like this. The enthusiasm for our ‘house’ system keeps growing and you can hear students and staff talking about it,” she adds.

At the start of the day, student participants were given crested house T-shirts in their house colour to build house spirit. The field was full of smiling students wearing red (fire), blue (water), yellow (wind), or green (earth) shirts. Staff were involved throughout the day to supervise, barbeque and support the activities.

At the end of the day, ‘fire’ was the winning house!

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for their 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.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Lesley McGuire selected as one of Canada’s 10 Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches

Lesley McGuire was selected by Skate Canada to participate in Canada’s 10 Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches Program. Lesley is a teacher at Quinte Secondary School and a member of the Stirling Figure Skating Club.

“I was very excited to be selected by Skate Canada for this opportunity. It was a lot of work to put together a submission outlining my accomplishments, personal philosophy and the programs. I had to include a DVD in the final top 20 round. It is not easy to be recognized so it was a huge accomplishment for me and one of the best experiences of my life,” remarked Lesley.

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s only national learn-to-skate program. This program recognizes, rewards and trains CanSkate coaches who have demonstrated their ability to organize and implement a high-quality CanSkate program.

Lesley was among nine other coaches selected to attend and receive instruction in fundamental areas of the CanSkate program. Lesley received her award at the 2010 Annual Convention & General Meeting and National Coaches Conference, May 26 to 28, 2010 in Toronto.

“It was great to hobb-knob with the elite coaches and athletes of the sport. I was able to meet Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir the Olympic Gold Ice Dance medalists from the 2010 Vancouver Games. I was even personally congratulated by Manon Perron, the coach of Olympic Bronze Medalist Joannie Rochette,” said Lesley.

The Stirling Figure Skating Club nominated Lesley for this prestigious award because of her long-time dedication to coaching, and for her development of a new program.  

Lesley has been teaching for 15 years and is successfully involved in various aspects of coaching from CanSkate to Competitive Skate. She was the creator of the Quinte Secondary School Skate and Dance Program. Among her many accomplishments she was a team coach for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

“I think that to truly realize one’s fullest potential you have to be a lifelong learner. Most importantly you need to take the time to reflect and this is when you learn the most about yourself,” said Lesley.

Lesley says that teaching has taught her to "think outside the box," coaching has taught her to “have a good bag of tricks" and surviving cancer has taught her to "never give up."

Lesley loves to coach, loves the kids, and loves the cold. Lesley is devoted to developing athletes. She has a reputation in the skating community for developing quality athletes and has even taken a young skater that she found on a public skating session at an elementary school from CanSkate to Junior Nationals.

“Whether it is a waltz jump or a double axel, the excitement I get to see for the first time when the skater accomplishes something it is a very rewarding experience,” said Lesley.

"I try to bring this side of my teaching style into the classroom. I take the time to get to know my learners and make a connection with them. Then I push them with lots of encouragement to set higher standards for themselves, while getting them to think it was their idea! I really like this style of teaching it has worked for me time and time again,” remarked Lesley.

Lesley’s future goals are to continue to pursue her passion for skating where ever it takes her, enjoy her family, and bring skating into the classroom.

Pictured: Lesley McGuire, Quinte Secondary School.

 

 

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

Literacy & Healthy/Active Night at Kente Public School

This family event is open to parents, guardians and students from Kente Public School.

What: Literacy & Healthy/Active Night

Date and time: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sessions include the following:

• Media literacy and Internet safety, with OPP Constable Nicole Lott

• Literacy activities that can be practised at home

• How to create healthy lunches, with Dietician Patricia Bertin

• Team games and activities for children

For information, please contact Cassandra Bellwood, Kente Public School, 613-962-7533.

Literacy/drawing event at Stirling Senior Public School

cartoonStudents at Stirling Senior Public School will be celebrating reading and writing this Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Their school is hosting Drawing Students to Reading and Writing a literacy event with special guest, graphic novelist Scott Chantler.

project enhancement fund graphicStudents will explore the unique and very popular graphic novel genre with Chantler. A select group of students will spend time with him to learn the finer points of drawing.

Chantler has most recently been acclaimed for his graphic memoir Two Generals. It is a powerful retelling of his grandfather’s World War II experience. He will also be sharing readings from Three Thieves, his action adventure novel for kids. To learn more about Chantler’s visit Yearwood’s Yak a Stirling Senior library blog.

The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation has graciously provided funding to purchase new graphic novel collections at Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School.

Stirling Senior Public School, located in the village of Stirling, serves approximately 240 students in Grades 6 to 8. Stirling Senior PS has a combined computer lab and library, a fully-equipped music room and two complete science rooms. The school yard is a large open space with a soccer pitch, baseball diamond, track and a variety of playground equipment. The property also includes a trail system used for outdoor education and athletic programs. Students at Stirling Senior PS take part in character education programs focusing on school respect agreements. Celebrations of learning include community partnerships with local agencies, an extensive music program, the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair and other projects. The strong supportive parent community contributes time and resources to improve school programs and facilities.

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

Make-A-Wish Hair MassaCURE at Trenton HS

Trenton High School will be hosting the Make-A-Wish 2009 Hair MassaCURE.

Date: Friday February 13, 2009
Time: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Trenton High School, Auditorium, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

A wish will be granted to a Quinte West student at this special assembly. Students can ‘buy in’ to the assembly for a $2 donation. The assembly will occur during Period 5 and continue to 5:30 p.m. This event will feature live music, presentations from cancer survivors, and of course, many students and community members from the Greater Quinte West area who will be getting their heads shaved!

For information, please call Trenton High School at 613-392-1227
 

Making progress to reduce carbon footprints one step at a time

Year-end report indicates $208,200 in annual electricity savings for 2008-2009 school year

Respecting the environment is a major focus at all Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools and offices. The district is proud to partner with EarthCARE, an action-oriented, curriculum-aligned program focusing on energy conservation, waste reduction and water conservation. It is the delivery strategies that make the program distinct and ensure its success in energy reduction and environmental action.

Involvement of students, school staff and senior staff is facilitated through a partnership model that focuses efforts and generates returns. Students drive the initiatives, their ideas and enthusiasm are embraced. Teachers and support staff from each school take on the responsibility as EarthCARE team leaders. Building operators are trained to operate their buildings more efficiently and are active, important members of each school’s EarthCARE team. Support is provided to manage the project implementation and provide the training. The return on the investment is as much as three times the cost and these gains can be shared with the participating schools for their use.

Read about district environmental successes in the 2008-2009 EarthCARE Year-End Report. Highlights include the following:

  • Hosting EarthStock and Voltathon events at Moira Secondary School.
  • Campaigning to encourage students to walk to school to save fossil emissions at Park Dale School.
  • Creating a Stream of Dreams at Queen Victoria School to enhance community awareness of cleaner rivers, streams, and creeks.
  • Adding 3,252 One Million Acts of Green by Quinte Secondary School students to the growing international list of accomplishments.
  • Presenting at the Ministry of Education Environmental Education in Ontario – Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow conference in Toronto.

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

Math Fair engaged Pinecrest Memorial Elementary students

Math was the hot topic of the day at Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School.

The Grade 7 and 8 students hosted their first Math Fair. Teachers Sherri-Lee Bell and Dean Goodman came up with the ideas last fall. They wanted students to collaboratively answer a math problem, then communicate their thinking with other students of differing grade levels.

The mathematical problems students could choose from were primarily puzzle-based. Students from Grades 2 to 6 were invited to the Math Fair and were engaged as they worked through the puzzles and asked questions of the older students.

The students below were recognized for their outstanding Math projects.

(Pictured L to R:)Hailey Hart, Sherri-Lee Bell (teacher), Kieran Isenor, Summer Morrison, Ayla Lambert , Isaac Cairns, Jordon Stacey, Dean Goodman (teacher) and Chase Eaton.

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

May 4th is Music Monday

Celebrate music in Belleville at Market Square from 12:30 – 1:10 p.m. Teacher Dave Reed and the Centennial Secondary School vocalists will lead the assembled schools in Sing, Sing, this year’s Music Monday song written by Serena Ryder. All will be singing this song as part of the Canada-wide celebration of music in our lives at 1:00 p.m. Celebrations are also taking place in Bancroft, Bird’s Creek, Deseronto and many other district schools.

About Music Monday
Music Monday is a special demonstration of our love of music—in our lives and in our schools. On the first Monday of May each year, students and teachers take their music programs outside into the open air of their school grounds or into their communities, to perform a short concert. There are outdoor concerts across the country, from the elementary level right through to secondary schools, some small celebrations, some large. Some will perform on their own; others will collaborate with local schools and organizations. Many community and professional organizations and ensembles are also involved, along with musicians and artists across the country.

The magic of the event is that at the same point during that day, that is, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain time, 12:00 p.m. Central time, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, 2:00 p.m. Atlantic time, and 2:30 in Newfoundland, schools across the country are united by one piece of music. Simple and inspiring, this melody is provided to schools in a variety of arrangements suitable for primary choirs through to senior high school bands and ensembles. In short, it is a piece of music that transcends all genres and unites everyone through the melody and the act of performing it at the same time. The idea is that if one were to open the front door of his or her home and stand on the street on the first Monday in May, one would hear music and the skies would be filled with melody.
 

Posted Monday, May 4, 2009

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

Media advisory: Youth Forum inspires action

Students eager to commit to make changes to enhance their communities – and beyond

Secondary school students in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are preparing to be inspired at a dynamic event on Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

The Student Senate will be hosting the annual Youth Forum, which features a roster of student speakers, teachers and school administrators, plus two special guest speakers. The theme this year is to motivate participants to make the changes they want to see in themselves, in their schools, in their communities and around the globe.

Student presentations will feature four themes: personal change, school change, community change and global change.

STUDENT SENATE YOUTH FORUM EVENT DETAILS
Date:
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Place: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario
Break-out sessions: Student-hosted presentations by the following secondary school students: Nikita Babailov, Molly Short, Emily Tetzlaff, Adam Paul, Tess Reid, Madison Ford, Resi Walt and Gabe Platt
Guest speakers: John Draper and Lisa Glithero (see immediately below for descriptions)

Motivational speaker, human rights activist and journalist John Draper is a well-known advocate for accessibility and inclusion. He has received a number of awards for his work, including the Glen Crombie Memorial Award from the Ontario College Committee on Disability Issues. His Together We Rock presentation, which has already inspired over 10,000 people, will explore strategies and ideas designed to promote greater accessibility in schools, businesses and the community at large.

Keynote speaker and environmental educator Lisa Glithero has travelled the globe to educate people about the need for environmental action and sustainability. In 2006 she was one of 24 international recipients of the Women of the Earth Award for her dedication to environmental education. In 2008 she was named one of Chatelaine’s “Amazing Canadian Women to Watch.” Her speech, Inspiring a New Generation, was created around Gandhi’s famous line, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The Youth Forum is sponsored by Ameresco Canada, the district’s longtime partner in the Better Schools™ school-renewal and energy-management program. The comprehensive endeavour has upgraded school infrastructure, trimming operating costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while improving the learning and working environments and enhancing academic success. A key part of this program is the Better Schools-funded environmental curriculum, EarthCARE™, An Environmental Education Partnership (EC). EC will be used as the starting point for a number of student initiatives to be launched following the Youth Forum.

For more event details and information about this event, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, ext. 2354, or kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Marie Cresswell, Ameresco Canada Inc., 905.334.1167, or mariecresswell@aol.com

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

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

 

 

Mentoring Information Session for principals

This is a reminder of the upcoming Mentoring Information Session.

This is an opportunity for experienced principals (three years or more) to learn more about formal mentoring and district expectations around the mentoring of newly appointed school leaders. If you choose to take on a mentoring role additional training and support will be provided.

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008

Time: 5:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Education Centre

If you are curious about or considering mentoring a newly appointed admin you are strongly encouraged to attend this session. Please RSVP by Friday, October 24.

For more information, please contact:

• Martin Smit, System Principal, 613-966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2214

Minister of Education to visit Prince Edward CI

A new student health care clinic will be opening at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) and The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education, will be in attendance to celebrate with the school community.

DATE: Monday, November 8, 2010
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

The Proud Panther Health Clinic is a primary care clinic located in the school and run by the Prince Edward Family Health Team. The planning has been a community effort, with support and involvement from Principal Shelley MacKenzie-Coates, and Child and Youth Counsellor Rob Furmidge.

PECI offered free office/clinical space to the Prince Edward Family Health Team (PEFHT), which in turn agreed to provide nurse practitioners and administrative support on-site one day a week. A PEFHT doctor donated a used exam table. PECI students and parent volunteers painted the office and the exam table to match school colours.

Nurse Practitioner De-Ann Sheppard will be providing primary health care to students. Sheppard proposed opening a clinic in the school as a response to two Family Health Team goals: 1) to improve health care services through community partnerships; and 2) to make health care more accessible and relevant to adolescents and young adults in Prince Edward County.

Additional community support has helped to furnish the clinic. Although the space and administrative staff were provided, the clinic needed office equipment and the means to connect to the electronic health record system linking to family physicians, nurse practitioners, specialists and other clinics. The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary provided a generous donation of $5,000 to purchase furnishings and laptops for the clinic.

The primary care clinic will augment other community supports, such as physicians from PEFHT, public health nurses from Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, and on-site staff from Children’s Mental Health Services of Hastings and Prince Edward.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute is a community high school located in Picton, Ontario serving over 800 students from across Prince Edward County. With a strong academic program, a wide variety of athletic and extra-curricular activities, and excellent facilities, PECI continues a more than 50-year tradition of preparing students for success in the world.

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

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

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

Itinerary
11:20 a.m.

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

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

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

Minister departs at approximately 12:40 p.m.

3:20 p.m.

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

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

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

Minister departs at approximately 3:40 p.m.

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

 

Minister of Education visited Queen Victoria School

Full-day Kindergarten students at Queen Victoria School in Belleville visited with The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education today. Dombrowsky was at the school to experience the new full-day Kindergarten classrooms.

While at Queen Victoria School, Dombrowsky read to students, toured three Kindergarten classrooms, and also visited the Junior Adventure Program.

“Children and families are truly benefiting from full-day kindergarten here at Queen Victoria. Students are provided with more chances to engage in hands-on learning activities alongside other children, their teacher and an early childhood educator. Ultimately, being an active learner in the full-day program at Queen Victoria ensures that students have more opportunities to explore the world around them so they will be better prepared for Grade 1 and for life,” said Chad Harvey, Principal.

Queen Victoria is one of four schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board offering full-day kindergarten this year to more than 200 children.

“Full-day kindergarten will help prepare our children for a stronger future and helps meet the needs of Ontario families. This is the next step in our education plan; a plan that is already working, increasing test scores and graduation rates, and providing stability in our schools.”

New programs, smaller classes and school improvements are helping students in Prince Edward-Hastings develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Students who achieve early success in school are more likely to go on to postsecondary education and embark upon successful careers.

Queen Victoria School, the oldest operating school in Belleville and located on the east side of the Moira River, serves approximately 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is a Healthy Active School Community. Facilities include a library resource centre with computer lab and a well-equipped resource room. The shaded, spacious playground has many facilities and equipment for all ages. At QVS, the “Together We Light the Way” Respect Program assists students in developing respect, appreciation and understanding of their uniqueness. The school promotes home and school partnerships with parental involvement in the breakfast club, family activity nights, Kindergarten Welcome Bag program, class and school newsletters and book fairs. Learning celebrations include Science Week, the annual musical and the Belleville Bulls Role Model Program. The school is also home to the Adventure Class programs. 

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

Minister of Education visits with Geoventure students at Quinte Mall

On June 18, 2010 the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education, visited students at the Quinte Mall in Belleville.

Geoventure students from Moira Secondary School were ecstatic to show their final Civics culminating projects to Hon. Leona Dombrowsky at the Quinte Mall. Hon. Leona Dombrowsky visited with the students, asking questions about their culminating projects, their semester and their Geoventure field studies.

 
Pictured (L to R): Gayle Miller, Geoventure Teacher; Erica Brant, student; Robyn Lloyd-Phillips, student; Minister of Education, Leona Dombrowsky.
 
 

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

Model United Nations event for secondary school students

A group of globally-minded secondary school students will be participating in the annual Quinte and District Model United Nations event. It is a simulated United Nations Summit on the topic of Waging Peace. It will focus on how nations collectively work together to maintain international peace and security. Students will also investigate the means by which countries can—and hopefully do—develop and maintain friendly relations among all nations.

EVENT DETAILS
QUINTE AND DISTRICT MODEL UNITED NATIONS
DATE: Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29, 2010
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
GUEST SPEAKER: Christy Wagner, War Child (Thursday morning)

In the weeks preceding 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. Employing all their collaborative, persuasive and critical thinking skills, delegates negotiate alliances, develop resolutions, and create solutions to encourage peace throughout the world. Most of the second day is spent polishing, presenting, and debating the resolutions.

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

Students from the following seven secondary school in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are participating, along with others from the region:

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

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

Moira Juniors to play in national football final

Congratulations to Moira Junior Trojans for a 24-7 win over the Barrie Phoenix in the National Capital Bowl junior football semi-final playoffs last Saturday.

This win was a significant accomplishment. It was the first time in school history and only the second Bay of Quinte team ever to go to the National Capital Bowl.

Two touchdowns by quarterback Mitchell Chouinard led the way for the Trojans. The team now has a 15-and-1 record against AA teams in the last two seasons.

As the COSSA AA champs and Bay of Quinte runner-up, Moira will play for the 2011 National Capital Bowl title during the final game to be played in Ottawa on Saturday, November 26.

 

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

 

Moira Juniors won national football final!

The Moira Secondary School Junior football team made school history by winning the National Capital Bowl finals on Saturday, November 26, 2011. The team won 24-14 over St. Mary’s. The victory is especially rewarding because the St. Mary’s team was previously unbeaten, with a 19-0 record.

Success at this level comes from tremendous effort on the part of every member of the team, along with superior coaching. Congratulations to these fine athletes, plus the coaches, players, parents and supporters for believing in the team.

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

Moira Secondary School graduate one of 11 Canadian Rhodes Scholars

Connor Emdin, who graduated from Moira Secondary School in June 2009, was recently named as one of 11 Canadian university students to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. This highly distinctive award is presented to post-graduate students to further their education at the University of Oxford in England.

While at MSS, Emdin studied in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. He participated in a variety of clubs and activities where his interest in community involvement was most evident.

Rhodes Scholarships are awarded based on four criteria:

  • literary and scholastic attainments;
  • energy to use one’s talents to the full;
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Emdin was selected based on his intellectual excellence, leadership, character and interest in public service.

Congratulations to Connor Emdin, former Moira Secondary School student!

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

Moira Secondary School students win first place at the 2010 Roboticon Competition

Moira Secondary School sent a team of three students to compete in the University of Guelph’s Roboticon Competition on March 20, 2010 and won first place.

The competition was hosted by the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology at the University of Guelph and open to all secondary schools across Ontario. Teams were required to build and program a robot from a Lego Mindstorms Robot kit to complete two challenges. The first challenge was unveiled three months before the competition date to allow preparation; the second challenge was revealed at the competition.
The nature of the challenges required the team to build a robot that would navigate through a maze to look for hidden items, as well as a robot that was capable following a predetermined path to capture and bring back a prize to its starting point.
The Trojan Robotics team captured first overall out of 22 teams in the competition. The team placed second in challenge one, and first place in challenge two. The winning members from the Trojans Robotics team are Josh Zhang, Ben Sutton and Stephen Sutton.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured (L to R): Moira Secondary School students Josh Zhang, Ben Sutton, and Stephen Sutton.

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 50th Anniversary, May 8 – 10, 2009

Moira Secondary School is proud of its rich history of fostering excellence in academics, the arts, technology and athletics. In May 2009 the school community will acknowledge and applaud 50 years of educational service to the students. Celebrations will occur from May 8 to May 10 to recognize the role that Moira Secondary School has played in the lives of many. The organizing committee has been working hard over the last several years to plan a weekend that will be memorable indeed! Events have been planned that will inspire walks down memory lane, allow friends to reconnect, promote family fun, and fuel passion amongst the entire school community. For information, visit the 50th Anniversary website.

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

Moira SS and YMCA to host event for girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moira SS Science student gets published in national journal

picture of the studentJenny Xue, a Grade 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) student from Moira Secondary School, has recently had her work published in the Canadian Young Scientist Journal. This is an incredible feat not seen before by any local area science student!

As part of her IB studies, Xue was required to independently research and write an extended essay in an area of her choice. Given her passion for biology, Jenny chose to design and do a sophisticated scientific experiment that investigated the impact of light, sleep, eating habits and weight gain in mice. To make a long process of numerous observations, data analysis and critical thinking shorter, she discovered that, in mice, light at night (LAN) increased appetite by disturbing sleep and increased overall activity level.

The Canadian Young Scientist Journal is a unique peer-reviewed scientific publication entirely dedicated to original high school student research. Since 2008 the non-profit organization has provided an opportunity to publish students’ innovative ideas in various fields of science and engineering. The journal attracts independent thinkers and introduces them to professional and academic communities.

To read Jenny’s article, go to http://www.cysjournal.ca/ and choose the 2012 publication.

The Moira Secondary School focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life the school—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts.Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development.

Moira SS has a full range of options to choose from including the International Baccalaureate Program, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Geoventure, top-notch technological programs, as well as a wide variety of focus programs. The newest programs include the Academy of Sport, a hockey skills development program; senior level computer engineering;  business leadership courses; traditional and digital photography; a Student Leadership course and a new multimedia arts course focusing on broadcasting and digital recording.

The entire school community is committed to encouraging our students to excel in every pathway and to facilitating student success.

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

Moira SS student awarded $48,500 for Canada’s best science fair project

Congratulations to Justin Whitaker, a Grade 12 student at Moira Secondary School, for being awarded the highest honour at Canada Wide Science Fair. His project, Bio-Binding: A Microbial Precipit-Action, was the top prize at the national event.

Whitaker received $48,500 in awards in the form of scholarships and monetary prizes.

Description of Justin Whitaker’s Bio-Binding: A Microbial Precipit-Action project
An artificially induced particle cementation via microbial induction of soil samples was produced using specific urease positive microbes. In a calcium rich, water prone soil environment these urease positive microbes work effectively under harsh pH conditions and room temperatures to produce a binding particulate matrix in the soil. This system can eliminate liquefaction susceptible soil deposits during cyclic loading produced by earthquakes.

Justin Whitaker biography (from Canada Wide Science Fair submission)
I am a Grade 12 student at Moira Secondary School in Belleville, Ontario. Science is my great passion! The pursuit of higher education is an endeavour that I intend to fully participate in, with marked enthusiasm. The key to realizing this journey, for me, is to focus not only upon scientific achievements, but also to appreciate the vast wealth of community opportunities to discover all new things; in theory and application. I have actively contributed to school events such as the 30 Hour Famine and Moira River Clean-up, which focus on earthly-proactive projects. Through my high school, I am doing a semester rotation through Quinte Health Care, and I am in an outdoor education program; allowing me to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. I love to mentor others. I am currently a senior mathematics and science tutor to fellow students. My passion is rooted in science with an eventual goal to enrich, those in need, as a cardiac surgeon. I have interests in life sciences and engineering. I may, one day, build a robotic heart! The pursuit of scientific knowledge inspires me to explore and expand on innovative science that will enrich our future.

Johnathon Butler, a Stirling Senior Public School student, also participated in the national event. Through his project, Aquifer Recovery, he built a model aquifer and contaminated it with red food dye. Water was then used to flush the contaminate from the aquifer until it came out clear. Various amounts of contaminate were used to find the ratio of water to contaminate.

Johnathon Butler biography (from Canada Wide Science Fair submission)
I am a kid that is involved with everything. Weather it is cross-country, soccer, basketball, swimming, chess, piano or science fair. I used to be on a swim team, but now I regularly participate in triathlons. I am a straight A student and with these marks I am hoping to become an engineer, just like my grandfather was. When I was in grade 6 I came 3rd in a national remembrance day poster contest. That same year I got a visit from my town’s mayor presenting me with our towns redesigned pin. I was the first person to get one.

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

Moira SS student honoured as “Change the World Youth Ambassador”

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Moira SS students enthusiastic to show off their school and talents

Thurs, May 26. Extreme Fun Fair and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to take place in May 2011.

Students and staff at Moira Secondary School are ready to showcase their talent and have fun at the same time! Two major events are scheduled for later this month.

EVENT 1 DETAILS: 2nd Annual Extreme Fun Fair
This event involves events for all ages, including children’s games, a barbeque and bake sale, candy-making, sports, costume parties, crafts and more! Enjoy the magic of ‘mad science’ or have your portrait done. Go back in time to meet the characters from the upcoming Beauty and the Beast performance. Test your skills in the obstacle course or challenge your smarts with math games. Join students for the ever-popular Moira Idol singing contest starting at 7:30 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, May 26
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TICKETS: $5 for adults; $3 for children age 12 and under; $15 for a family pass, available at the door

EVENT 2 DETAILS: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Enjoy the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on stage at Moira Secondary School. This fabulous show will have you feeling the Disney magic and seeing the beauty!

DATE: Wednesday, June 1 to Saturday, June 4 (inclusive)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 for children/students; $15 for adults; Family Night is Thursday, June 2, with a cost of $40 for a family (two adults and two children)

 

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 students honoured cancer survivors, did Relay for Life

Students at Moira Secondary School demonstrated responsibility, cooperation and caring during a recent school-wide event.

On Friday, May 20, 2011, students from Moira Secondary School were joined by Harry J. Clarke Public School students in the fight against cancer. The Relay for Life event started at noon with a powerfully emotional opening ceremony attended by the entire school community. Survivors, who had been invited for lunch, were honoured during this ceremony and thanked the school for their support of such an important cause.

Students then "relayed" around the school track until midnight, closing the event with a heartfelt salute during the “survivor lap.” At dusk, luminaries spelled the word HOPE on the bleachers and students participated in a lap of silence.

To date, over $20,000 has been raised at Moira Secondary School to support cancer research and it is anticipated that this number will rise.

Once again, Trojan Pride brightly shone through!

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 Trojans are football champions!

The Moira Trojans are champions! The team captured the National Capital Bowl AA senior football final at Beckwith Field in Carleton Place on Saturday.

The 28-0 final score over the Gananoque Trojans was a fitting end to a perfect season. The Moira Trojans were undefeated, with 13 wins and 0 losses, and scoring 419 points to 34 for opposition teams.

Moira teams have now won consecutive National Capital Bowl championships. The junior team won last year. Both victories are the first National Capital Bowl title in school history.

Read more online at The Intelligencer.

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 Trojons won COSSA AA championship football

Congratulations to the senior boys Moira Trojans on winning COSSA AA championship football. They defeated Peterborough’s Adam Scott Lions 30-13 at a home game on Friday, November 9. It was 21 years ago when the senior team won a COSSA title.

The junior team was defeated 28-21 by the Adam Scott junior Lions.

Read the full article at The Intelligencer online.

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

Municipal election results for school board trustees

Unofficial results from the municipal election are now available. Official results are expected in the day or so.

Below is a summary of the newly-elected or acclaimed trustees for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

• Belleville/Thurlow (2): Mary Hall and Dave Patterson
• Centre Hastings (1): Carl Pitman (acclaimed)
• North Hastings (1): Lucille Kyle
• North Prince Edward County (1): Jennifer Cobb
• Sidney/Frankford (1): Jim Williams (acclaimed)
• South Prince Edward County (1): Dwayne Inch (acclaimed)
• Southeast Hastings (1): Thelma Goodfellow
• Trenton/CFB Trenton (1): Sam Clements, Trenton and CFB Trenton (acclaimed)
• Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (1): Mike Brant (appointed by Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte)

The current Board members will continue in their roles until Tuesday, November 30, 2010. The inaugural meeting of the new Board is scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join in welcoming the returning and new trustees, as well as recognizing the contributions of the outgoing trustees. 

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

Music festivals and school performances are in full swing!

Spring is the time of year when student music festivals and school performances are in full swing. Students and staff have been rehearsing to perfect speaking and singing parts, dances and playing instruments. Behind-the-scenes activities for putting the final touches on costumes, set design, promotional activities and ticket sales have ramped up. The energy is electric as all efforts are put into making the performances a success!

Spring 2010 Arts Events and Performances – list of events and performances throughout April, May and June.

Spring 2010 Music Festivals – list of music festivals throughout April and May.

For more information, please contact:
Susan Davies, Curriculum Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2209, sdavies@hpedsb.on.ca

Music festivals and school performances are in full swing!

Spring is the time of year when student music festivals and school performances are in full swing. Students and staff have been rehearsing to perfect speaking and singing parts, dances and playing instruments. Behind-the-scenes activities for putting the final touches on costumes, set design, promotional activities and ticket sales have ramped up. The energy is electric as all efforts are put into making the performances a success!

Spring 2012 Arts Events and Performances – list of events and performances throughout May and June.

For more information, please contact:
Susan Davies, Curriculum Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2209, sdavies@hpedsb.on.ca

Musician James Hill visits Madoc Township Public School

 

On Wednesday May 5, 2010, the students at Madoc Township Public School had the privilege and thrill of seeing and working with James Hill, one of Canada’s most talented musicians.

James gave introductory ukulele workshops to all the students in grades 4 to 6. He also played a concert for the entire school, including parents and community members. Students had the opportunity to explore the instrument and learn a few basics in a workshop format on instruments provided by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). The workshops and concert were the kickoff for the Madoc Township Public School ukulele program.

"The students were clearly excited about learning music with the ukulele," said James. "I strongly feel that a ukulele program would benefit the school; it’s an inexpensive way of providing students with a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to music."

Teacher Deb Chatreau, saw James at the Blue Skies Festival last summer and was impressed not only with his virtuosity but also with his wealth of knowledge and obvious ability as a teacher. Deb thought he had a relaxed and gentle style that would work well with the students. She couldn’t think of a better way to teach musical literacy and was excited James visited the school.

This opportunity was funded to a great extent by an organization called Blue Skies in the Community, an outreach program of the Blue Skies Music Festival, whose mandate is to provided musical opportunities in rural schools. HPEDSB, in addition to providing the instruments, also assisted in paying the artist’s fees.

James mentioned that at Madoc Township Public School "there’s a healthy level of support among staff members for a ukulele program."

James Hill who has appeared frequently at festivals across Canada and around the world shared his knowledge and skill both as a performer and a music educator to Madoc Township Public School. For more information about James Hill, visit www.ukulelejames.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:

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

National awards for the school board and learning foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170, extension 2205, mdesnoo@hpedsb.on.ca

 

New Board member sworn in for public school board

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

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

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

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

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

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

New pink/black jerseys for girls’ rugby at Prince Edward CI

rugby teamGirls on the rugby team at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are sporting new jerseys, pink and black checkered, to be exact.

The school received a donation of 50 jerseys, courtesy of Geo-Dynamics and owners Barry and Nancy Kowacz.

"We are thrilled with the new jerseys. They are a tremendous boost for a small rugby program like ours," said Teacher and one of the coaches Kelly MacKay.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) is a community high school located in Picton, Ontario serving over 800 students from across Prince Edward County. With a strong academic program, a wide variety of athletic and extra-curricular activities, and excellent facilities, PECI continues a more than 50-year tradition of preparing students for success in the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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.

Open Line show interview MP3 format (mp3/24MB) with Trish FitzGibbon and host Jack Miller, Wednesday, November 10, 2010. 

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

 

 

New venue and sponsor for regional science fair

Organizers of the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair are pleased to announce two major new partners for the 2010 event: Loyalist College and Belleville Kiwanis Club. Loyalist College will host the QRSTF in March 2010.

Loyalist College provides a venue that has outstanding facilities, allowing students to showcase their efforts in a most appropriate fashion. Students will be provided with tables and chairs, with the awards ceremony to be hosted in Alumni Hall. The organizing committee is enthused about the opportunities provided by the new location.

Over time the QRSTF has been hosted in various venues. When it started 50 years ago it was held in the Armories at the corner of Station and Pinnacle streets in Belleville. In recent years, the fair has been hosted at the Quinte Mall in Belleville. The mall personnel and businesses were gracious hosts and for over 35 years, providing free floor space and judges’ headquarters.Their support has been greatly appreciated.

Funding the event includes sending the winning team to compete at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors the organizers have been able to send a full complement of five students, as well as two chaperone/delegates each year. Maintaining this level of funding has been a challenge especially with the economic downturn. The Belleville Kiwanis Club has provided $5,000 to the QRSTF, a welcome donation after the loss of two major sponsors. The funds will be targeted to sending a student to the Canada Wide Science Fair and to supporting a science promoter/entertainer Alan Nursall, former director of Science North, the Science Centre in Sudbury Ontario. In addition, discussions are already underway on how Kiwanis members can further promote project-based science in schools.

Solving such problems as global warming, defeating cancer and predicting earthquakes are only a few areas where advances are necessary if humans are to continue to prosper. And it all starts with curious minds being given the opportunities to explore their world. The Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair is truly grateful for the funding it has received that permits us to continue to support our youth’s scientific and technological development.

For further information please contact Christopher Spencer, M.Sc., Co-Chair QRSTF cspencer@cogeco.ca 613-962-4283

Last updated: October 5, 2011 at 8:41 am