Nine schools received national awards for physical education

Congratulations to nine elementary and secondary schools which received national awards in recognition of their physical education programs.

Specifically, the awards are for the schools’ “Quality Physical Education.” QPE is a physical education program that is well-planned, taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals, and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students. Ideally, the program is offered on a daily basis throughout the entire school year. The awards are from Physical and Health Education Canada, the national organization for physical and health educators whose vision is to ensure all children and youth live healthy, physically active lives.

The following schools are 2011 award recipients:

  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Hermon Public School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Trenton High School
  • Tweed Hungerford Senior School

According to Ian Boyd, Health & Physical Education Coordinator,"There is strong research that physical activity is linked to academic performance. Moderate to vigorous physical activity helps to wake up the brain and make it ready for learning."

Jennifer Ronan, a public health nurse at the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, added, “These award-winning schools are great role models for physical education. Quality physical education gives children and youth a chance to develop the knowledge and skills they need to be physically active every day. It prepares the students to lead healthy, active lives. We need to value physical education just as we do language and math.”

The winning schools will be receiving a letter of congratulations from the local Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Richard Schabas.

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

Nominate an educator or support staff for a Premier’s Award

Nominations are now open for the Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. Parents, students, educators and community members can nominate an outstanding educator or support staff member for an award.

Two new awards have been created this year to recognize the unique role that registered early childhood educators play in supporting children and families: Early Childhood Educator of the Year and Full-Day Kindergarten Team of the Year.

The deadline to submit a nomination is February 6, 2012.

The awards are a great way to say thank you to someone who makes a difference.

 

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

 

 

North Hastings and Prince Edward students won ParticipACTION video contest

Congratulations to three secondary school students who won a Canada-wide video production contest.

Siblings Ben and Rebecca Isaak (Grade 9 and 12, respectively), created Inactivity—What a Waste for the ParticipACTION Dare 2 Move Teen Challenge. The video can be viewed online at: www.participaction.com/en-us/Find-Programs-And-Events/Contest.aspx#sort=0&page=1

Cassidy Allison from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute created We Gotta Fight to Get Active. Her video focused on how easy it is to get active in the community, along with some hard-hitting statistics about the teen obesity crisis.

Two English and two French submissions were selected as national winners. The Isaak team and Allison each won $500 which they could donate or use towards a leadership conference. The Isaaks chose to donate the money to the school Physical Education department. Cassidy donated the money to the Prince Edward County Skating Club and the Xbox with Kinect to her school for use at various spirit events.

The winning submissions were selected for their creativity, unique and inspirational content, and effectiveness in communicating the inactivity crisis among youth. ParticipACTION will use the winning videos to help spread the word about youth inactivity.

 

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

 

North Hastings HS celebrated Grade 9s in ‘house’ style

Celebrating school spirit and leadership were the focus of Grade 9 Activity Day festivities at North Hastings High School on Friday, September 17, 2010.

All Grade 9 students were matched with a senior student through a peer-to-peer—or P2P—mentor process. Some Grade 10 mentors-in-training (M.I.T.s) were also involved in the leadership-building activities that involved approximately 280 students.

"It was fantastic day all around. The weather cooperated and we were outside as planned. The response from the student body was extremely positive. I am very proud of all students and staff who were involved," remarked Principal Ken Dostaler.

Students were divided into four groups representing the school’s four houses: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. Activities included skill-building and problem-solving tasks, and several team-oriented games.

Pictured: North Hastings High School students pose in the their school ‘house’ groups: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire.

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

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

North Hastings HS receive Junior Conservation Award

Congratulations to students from the Northern Outdoor Studies class at North Hastings High School in Bancroft received the Ministry of Natural Resources Junior Conservation Award.

The Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources, presented the students with the award while she was on-hand to speak to the more than 400 attendees at the 82nd Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Annual General Meeting and Fish & Wildlife Conference held recently in Mississauga. The students and their teachers were invited to the event.

The outdoor studies class, led by teachers Glen Pomeroy and Barb Gillis, prepares students for entry into the workforce with employers in sectors such as resource and wildlife management. The school’s Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program has received the award in previous years.

According to an OFAH news release, OFAH Executive Director Mike Reader said, “Young people, like the Northern Outdoor Studies students from North Hastings High School, are making an important contribution to our environment. They are showing the kind of conservation leadership that will help ensure a healthy future for our fish and wildlife.”

North Hastings High School is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for the transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement. NHHS offers unique 4-credit courses that are recognized provincially as school-to-work transition programs. The Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program, for example, allows students to learn principles of resource management and environmental studies. The students acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in resource-based careers.The  Forestry, Industry, Skills Related Training (FIRST) program-another 4-credit course, is designed to provide students with skills needed to be participants in our local forest industry. NHHS also offers numerous Cooperative Education opportunities including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners. NHHS has something to offer every student in the community!

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

 

North Hastings HS teacher honoured with provincial award

Congratulations to Colleen Drew-Baehre, a North Hastings High School teacher, who was one of only three Ontario recipients of an OTIP Teaching Award for 2010.

"To say that I was shocked would be an understatement! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect something like this to happen to me," remarked Drew-Baehre after finding out about the award. "I enjoy what I do so much that it doesn’t seem fair to get an award for it. I have also had, and continue to have, a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from my colleagues. They deserve just as much credit."

Pictured above (L to R): Rian McLaughlin from Ontario Teachers’ Federation;
Colleen Drew-Baehre; and Randy McGlynn from Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan.
 

Drew-Baehre has developed innovative courses for students which help them to connect with the community and the environment. She shares her ideas, curriculum and time with students and other teachers. She regularly volunteers for numerous organizations such as the Stewardship Council, Fish and Wildlife Community Committee, and North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery. Her volunteering provides opportunities for students. Drew-Baehre demonstrates a personal commitment to lifelong learning and motivates students to do the same. She is a caring, cooperative and compassionate individual and her teaching is endearing.

"I can honestly say that for me, there is nothing more rewarding than teaching. I feel privileged and humbled to be a very small part of such an important and influential community," she said.

Drew-Baehre was presented with her award on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the 7th Annual OTIP Teaching Awards ceremony at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Toronto. She was accompanied by her family, and fellow teacher and nominator Leaf Worsley.

Pictured above (L to R): Nominator Leaf Worsley and OTIP Teaching Award recipient
Colleen Drew-Baehre, both teachers at North Hastings High School.
 

Award recipients will be featured in TVO vignettes. Drew-Baehre and students spent two days with a video crew in June during a trip to Fleming College School of Natural Resources in Lindsay and also doing a stream analysis just north of Bancroft.

Drew-Baehre was also a Great Place Award recipient in June 2010. Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Those awards are presented annually at the June public Board meeting.

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

For more information on the OTIP Teaching Awards, visit www.teachingawards.ca.

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

North Hastings student artwork at Art Gallery of Bancroft

Students in North Hastings are thrilled that their artwork will be on display at Art Gallery of Bancroft. The Your Kid Did Do This show is the first of its kind in the area to feature exhibits from children up to age 10.

All area elementary schools are represented: Bancroft Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School and Maynooth Public School. Artwork was created at home or school.

An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 following the Bancroft Santa Claus parade. All students who have submitted work are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian. Another children’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 19 at 3:00 p.m. All children who have submitted a piece of art are eligible for draw prizes of art supplies.

The gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and  Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Throughout December, craftspersons and artists will be at the gallery on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to create art with children who come to view the exhibit.

A large mural, I was at the art gallery, is also on display at the gallery for children to draw on.

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

North Hastings students receive second provincial OFAH award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

North Hastings volleyball team to OFSAA championships

Congratulations to the Senior Boys volleyball team at North Hastings High School. They won COSSA during a recent home game. They will play three games at OFSAA in Stratford on Thursday, November 24, 2011. The AA Volleyball finals are scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2011.

Go Huskies!

Pictured below: North Hastings Senior Boys volleyball team, with Head Coach Lyle Collins and Assistant Coach Steve Brethour.

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for the transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace.

Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement. NHHS offers unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized. The Specialist High Skills Major programs in Forestry and Environment allow students to learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies. Students acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas.

NHHS also offers numerous Cooperative Education opportunities including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.

October 2 to 8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 2 to 8, 2011 is Mental Illness Awareness Week throughout Ontario.

The goal is to end the stigma associated with mental illness and to ensure better understanding and access to diagnosis and treatment.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board supports the success of each student through effective community relationships, and safe, respectful, inclusive learning and working environments.

Mental health statistics

  • One in five children and youth suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.
  • Depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior problems, eating disorders, ADHD, and development disorders are the most common mental health problems for children and youth.
  • Up to 50% of children experience mental health issues that have a significant impact on academic, social and family life.
  • In a minority of cases, the issues are so severe as to prevent students from attending school. Most of the time, students struggle with these issues on a daily basis at school, further contributing to their functional problems.
  • Stigma is a reality for those who suffer from a mental illness-how others judge and perceive them is one of their biggest barriers.
  • A recent survey suggests that youth experiencing mental health issues are least likely to confide in a medical professional, but are more likely to seek help from peers or teachers or other caring adults.
  • Up to 80% of children will not receive treatment for mental health difficulties.

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

 

 

October Board meeting at Prince Edward CI

The October public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be held at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute rather than at the Education Centre.

Date: Monday, October 26, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton, Ontario

 

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

Olympian Brian Price visited Deseronto PS

Deseronto Public School students were inspired to dream an Olympic dream when Brian Price visited the school on Friday, February 12, 2010.

Price, a Belleville, Ontario native, competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and won gold with the Men’s Eight rowing team. He spoke with students and staff about his Olympic story. The message was that dreams are achievable, even for someone from a small town like him. Determination, teamwork, perseverance, practice and being healthy/active were specific themes he touched on.

Students were thrilled to meet Price and also see and touch his 2008 Olympic Gold Medal. The presentation was followed by a school-wide non-fiction writing task that asked students to share the messages that were learned. The event was also the first of a number of Olympic activities that the school will be doing over the next few weeks.

For the Deseronto Public School community this was an opportunity to enhance the school character education focus and also to celebrate the Canadian Olympic spirit that began the same day.

Deseronto Public School is located 37 km east of Belleville in the community of Deseronto. The school was built in 1956 to replace an older building dating back to 1870. The student body of 170 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 is from the local community. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007.A large playground with abundant equipment, a gymnasium complete with phantom sound, a computer lab and a library with a SMART Board enrich the school to support student success and continuous improvement for all. The school council funding support for the school library and a community partnership with the public library ensures the availability of resources and provides positive support for the students of Deseronto Public School.

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

 

Olympian Brian Price visits Moira Secondary School

Rowing team member a Moira SS graduate

Canadian Olympian Brian Price will visit Moira Secondary School to reacquaint himself with his former high school. He will be at the school Friday, November 14, 2008.

Reporters are invited to attend this special event

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008

Location: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"Everyone is so pumped about Brian coming to see us!" remarks Principal Kim Sampson. "He’s a Moira graduate and we are so proud of him!"

Price graduated from Moira SS in the mid-1990s. He is a member of the Men’s Eight rowing team that won Gold at the 2008 Summer Olympic in Bejing, China. While at the the school, Price will be treated to a special presentation and will interact with students. Grade 7 and 8 students from two elementary feeder schools, Harry J. Clarke Public School and Quinte Mohawk School, have also been invited to the celebration.

Price will be a guest speaker at the Moira Secondary School 50th Anniversary Reunion in May 2009.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Olympic Torch Relay community celebration in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County was chosen by the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee to host a community celebration as part of the Olympic Torch Relay across Canada. The celebration will be held in mid-December and will involve district students and school communities.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Prince Edward County Fairgrounds, Picton.

A community celebration will take place prior to the torch arrival, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The one hour presentation will focus on Prince Edward County culture and heritage with flag bearers, music, dancers and video montages showcasing local talent. The Olympic organization committee will host the formal ceremonies beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. with the arrival of the torch bearer.

All schools in Prince Edward County will participate in the event, with over 2,000 students, teachers and volunteers attending. Designated areas will be allotted for each school, with volunteers assigned to direct student traffic and ensure student safety.

A skills completion will be held at the Picton arena beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Prince Edward Collegiate Institute entrepreneur class, led by teacher Rob Garden, will host that event. Ten students from Grades 6-8 have been selected from each school to participate. 

Olympic theme activities are taking place at schools, as well. Classes are working on school banners and student artwork to showcase at the celebration and a food drive initiative to support the local food banks is underway.

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

 

 

Ontario Association of School Business Officials announced Karen Fox as President

Karen Fox, Human Resources Officer – non-teaching, was recently elected President of the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO).

“I am learning and growing professionally through this experience and have met so many different people. I have acquired a broader perspective of the business of education and hope to contribute in a positive and meaningful way,” said Karen.

Karen has been a member of OASBO for approximately 11 years. She regularly attends Human Resource Committee meetings, and has been on the Board of Directors for the past five years. Karen was Chair of the HR Committee, and then elected to Director for two terms (4 years), then appointed as Vice-President which automatically leads to the one year term as President. Karen was announced President at the Annual General Meeting in May, 2010.

“This is an exciting leadership opportunity. I am working with a very dynamic and capable Board of Directors,” remarked Karen.

The role of President provides leadership to the association and ensures the association operates in compliance with stated objectives. Some of the duties include acting as chair of the board and attending executive meetings, attending various functions and presenting where required, assisting in the development of formal communications, and being an ex-officio of all standing committees of the association.

“I truly appreciate this opportunity and sincerely thank HPEDSB senior administration for their support. It is my intent to represent our district to the best of my professional abilities and establish valuable connections that will serve us into the future,” said Karen.

OASBO is a professional organization that is dedicated to the pursuit and support of quality education for all students. OASBO continues to grow in membership and is a strong and vibrant association with close to 1000 members. The association provides valuable networking forums for collaboration with peers and the sharing of best practice information. There are 15 standing committees representing the various business functions in education. OASBO is regularly approached by other associations and the Ministry of Education to partner on current initiatives and to assist in the resolution of common issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Karen Fox, Human Resources Officer – non-teaching.

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

Open House at Quinte SS for parents/guardians

Parents/guardians of Grade 8 students who will go to Quinte Secondary School in September are invited to an Open House this week. Following on the heels of the student orientation event earlier in the day, the evening session is a time for parents to see first-hand what ‘Life at Quinte’ is like.

Activities include:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Rotation through classrooms and with different teachers to inform parents of the subjects students will take in Grade 9
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Curriculum and club displays

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville, 613-962-9295

Other secondary schools will be hosting similar events in February. Details will be posted to this website.


 

 

 

Open House for home built by students

Quinte Secondary School will be hosting an Open House to feature the home built by students. 

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1 Gavey Street, corner of Gavey and McDougall

Directions from Quinte Mall area: Drive north on Sydney Street to Maitland Drive. Turn right onto Maitland and go to McDougall Street. Turn right onto McDougall and go to Gavey which will be the first left. The house is on the corner of McDougall and Gavey.

Media representatives are invited to attend to tour the home, interview the students and take pictures.
 

Open House for home built by students

Quinte Secondary School is pleased to participate in an Open House for the home built with assistance from students. They worked alongside skilled trades to experience all aspects of home construction.

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: 52 Cavendish Drive in the Duvanco Homes Inc. housing development of Settler’s Ridge

Students in the 4-credit course learned about the tools, materials, equipment, and methods used in residential construction. They also examined structural analysis and design, presentation and working drawings and mechanical systems.

Media representatives are invited to attend the event, tour the home, interview and photograph students.

Opening celebration of outdoor pavilion at H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

A ceremony to officially open a new outdoor pavilion will take place during Education Week 2011.

Students in the Restoration & Renovation program at Centre Hastings Secondary School have worked alongside skilled trades personnel to construct the outdoor pavilion. It will be used as an outdoor classroom for visiting groups, as well as a sheltered area for public use and special events.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2011
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre, 381 Thrasher Road, Plainfield (just north of Belleville, off Highway 37)

Students and special guests will be available for interviews and photographs.

PROJECT SPONSORS

  • John M. Parrott Foundation
  • Skills Canada Ontario/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Tal Trees Inc.
  • Quinte Bass Anglers
  • Jim and Nancy Moore
  • Quinte Conservation

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

 

Opening ceremonies at four schools

Students at four schools are excited to be part of celebrations at their schools. Ceremonies to formally dedicate recently-constructed additions or renovations are scheduled in May.

EVENT DETAILS

Sir John A. Macdonald School
DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony followed by an Open House/Learning Fair
LOCATION: Sir John. A. Macdonald School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony followed by an Open House
LOCATION: Athol-South Marysburgh Public School, 1764 County Road 10, Cherry Valley

Prince Charles School (Belleville)
DATE: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony followed by an Open House
LOCATION: Prince Charles School, 75 Ritchie Avenue, Belleville

York River Public School
DATE: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m. Open House followed by the Opening Ceremony
LOCATION: York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft

Each event will feature presentation of commemorative plaques and student involvement. Invited guests include local dignitaries, architects, contractors, community partners, current and former employees, trustees and school community friends.

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

Our response to the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy

We are all deeply saddened by the tragic events in Connecticut on Friday. Our hearts go out to the many victims and their families. As educators who have dedicated our lives to the well-being, safety and the emotional and academic development of children, the magnitude of such a loss is certainly difficult to put into words. We can all empathize with the anguish the community of Newtown must be going through and our thoughts are with the families and the community at this time.

We anticipate that some of our students and staff will be impacted by this tragedy. In the days to come our schools will provide counselling resources to students, staff and families as needed.

As an expression of support and respect, I have asked that all Hastings and Prince Edward schools and administrative offices lower flags to half mast. We continue to work with our many community partners to keep our schools safe and welcoming learning environments and appreciate your ongoing support.

Rob McGall
Director of Education

Over 5,000 students gathered for Celebration of Dance

 

Students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) gathered at the Belleville Fairgrounds on a beautiful sunny and windy day for the 20th Celebration of Dance. The annual spring tradition brought out over 5,000 students from almost 40 HPEDSB schools and other area schools on the morning of Wednesday, April 28.

Celebration of Dance is a fun event for children to get active and has been recognized by Ontario Physical & Health Education Association as a fun way to promote physical activity. This event supports physical education as well as drama and dance curriculum.

"Celebration of Dance is a great way for students to have fun demonstrating their learning, is an incredible opportunity for inclusion and to feel a part of something, while benefiting students health," said event organizer Ian Boyd, Health and Physical Education Coordinator.

This year for the 20th anniversary of Celebration of Dance there were guest presenters from FUN FAST AND FIT, Lorrie Busch and Cathy Stone, as well as student presenters from HPEDSB and Quinte Ballet. 20 songs were played and danced to, to represent the 20th anniversary of the event.

"The Belleville Fairgrounds is a wonderful venue. This year there was perfect weather for the students to showcase physical literacy. It was a great feeling to be on stage looking out at the 5,000 participants smiling and in Healthy Active Motion," remarked Ian Boyd.

Water stations were donated by Culligan and green grocery bags full of bananas, apples, and oranges were donated by METRO grocery store and provided to each school. The sound of the music was great and was provided by the same crew that has assisted with Celebration of Dance for almost 20 years.

Celebration of Dance is a tradition usually held during Education Week and serves to remind us of the value of a fun and safe way to positively promote an activity that can promote a lifestyle that is healthy and active. Practicing and performing the dances also falls in line with the Ministry of Education mandate of Daily Physical Activity. It links well with the curriculum and may readily be supported by the strands within Physical Education as well as the curriculum and reporting for Dance and Drama. Throughout the process of preparing and performing, there is such a great opportunity to positively portray the eight district character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

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

Parent event: Building leadership in your pre-teen/teen

Parents/guardians are invited to an evening seminar with Dr. Karyn Gordon.

‘Dr. Karyn’ is one of North America’s leading authorities on understanding youth and Generation Y (ages 8-27). She is a corporate / family consultant, motivational speaker, media personality (expert on the national TV show, The Mom Show) and author of several books including her latest, “Dr. Karyn’s Guide to the Teen Years” (published by Harper Collins).

This 75-minute keynote, will address:

  • What is exceptional leadership? What are basic leadership skills?
  • How is leadership developed? Is it learned or innate?
  • What are different types of leaders? Who do pre-teens / teens see as leaders’?
  • How does leadership impact a pre-teen’s / teen’s self-esteem, social skills,
    creativity, motivation, discipline and problem solving skills?
  • What do current business leaders say they find lacking in this generation when it comes to their leadership skills & character?
  • What are SIMPLE things parents can start doing today (with their children as young as pre-school) to start developing their leadership potential!

Date: Friday, May 1, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
Tickets: $5, available from Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613-969-0140
 

For information, please contact:
• Stacey Bélanger, Principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613-969-0140

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Tues., Jan. 31

Destinations Programme for Grade 7 and 8 students
The Destinations Programme is for Grade 7 and 8 students who are innately curious and passionate about learning.

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Through active inquiries, students will explore their role in the world, and further their sense of social justice. They will be given the opportunity to become active and responsible citizens who are internationally-minded and technologically savvy.

In the Destinations classroom, students inspire and motivate each other to become life-long learners, and proficient digital navigators. Thus the programme develops students who take steps to create a better and more peaceful world.

The Destinations Programme is aligned with the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum for Grades 7 and 8. It is built on five central themes that guide our approach to teaching and learning.

For more information, please contact:

  • Marie Mitchell, Principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140, mmitchell@hpedsb.on.ca
  • Carla Ross, Vice-principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140, cross@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Parent Involvement Committee Annual Meeting

Starting September 2010, all school boards in Ontario must establish a Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) if one is not already in place. The PIC is a formal structure and an important advisory body. It, along with school councils, encourage the grassroots support of parents at the local and community level.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the PIC meets monthly and also has an annual meeting, as outlined below.

Parent Involvement Committee Annual Meeting
DATE: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION*: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Agenda

  • Welcome and introductions, June Rogers, Superintendent of Education, Special Education Services
  • AiM System Plan overview, Kathy Soule, Director of Education
  • Roles of the Parent Involvement Committee Executive, June Rogers
  •  Explanation of the role of a Parent Involvement Committee member, Lisa Lalonde, current PIC member
  • Parent Involvement Committee Executive elections, June Rogers
  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention Panel Presentation by school board personnel and community members

*Participation is also available through live video-conference at:

  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • North Hastings High School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • 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
 

Parent/teen event: Parents as Partners

Parents/guardians and teens are invited to evening of learning and sharing at Stirling Senior Public School.

The Parents as Partners workshop will address topics relevant to parents of teens and pre-teens:

FOR PARENTS

  • Living in a Wired World, presented by William Lundy and Erna Sorensen
  • Triple P Parenting – Teens, presented by Julie Pohlman-Brogee and Wendy Sutherland

Each session will be approximately 45-minutes with a question period at the end.

FOR TEENS

  • Cyber-safety and social networking, presented by Constable Scott Burke and Heather Yearwood

DATE: Thursday, April 22, 2010
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (light snacks provided)
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 James Street, Stirling

ALSO BEING SHOWCASED
That night the school will also celebrate the opening of the new parent lending library. Parenting resources, including  books and DVDs, will be on display and parents will be informed on how the items can be accessed. Displays from community agencies will also be available for viewing.

The event and creation of the parent lending library are made possible through a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant from the Ministry of Education. The grant is intended to enhance parent involvement, highlight the school as an important resource for parents in the community and provide skill-building opportunities for parents.

Thank you to Stirling Senior Public School School Council for organizing this event.

Stirling Senior Public School is a community school located in Stirling, Ontario. The school 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 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 more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Parents as Life Coaches workshop

Parents/guardians of children in Grades 6-12 are invited to attend this information-packed workshop. It will review parenting strategies for children aged 12-18.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Registration required.

Complete details are provided in the online flyer (pdf).

Reserve your space by Friday, March 13, 2009. Please call 613-966-1170, ext. 2212.
 

Park Dale School participated in Walk to School Day

Families with school-aged children in the Park Dale School area  were encouraged to give the car a rest and walk to school last week. International Walk to School Week was October 4 to 8, 2010.

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, students, staff and community celebrated Walk to School Day. Special guest, Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis, was an active participant.

“Park Dale encourages students to walk to school throughout the year,” said Tinneke Wilson, a teacher at Park Dale School and mother of two. “Walk to School Week provides an opportunity to kick off our walking activities and celebrate our community.”

Studies repeatedly demonstrate the positive effects that daily physical activity has on improving self-esteem and academic achievement. 

“Life is busy,” stated Jennifer Ronan, a public health nurse at Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and mother of two. “Many of us drive our kids to school because we don’t seem to have enough time in the day. However, if we make a commitment to walk to school, even one day a week, our children will benefit. If the distance is too far to walk, a parent who normally drives could park in a safe spot and walk partway with children.”

International Walk to School Day provides families and communities with the opportunity to celebrate active transportation and to discover the simple joy of walking to school.

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit urges families to participate in this annual event. It celebrates active transportation (walking, cycling or wheeling). Active transportation is an opportunity to increase daily physical activity, improve safety and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. At the same time, it allows people to socialize with their neighbours and spend some quality time with their children.

The health unit also encourages families to take the time to think about the “walkability” of the route to school. Are there sidewalks or paths that lead to the school? Is the walk pleasant and appealing?

According to the 2010 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity, two-thirds of Canadian families indicate that they live within a reasonable distance to walk or cycle to school. Only half the children report having walked to school and 80 percent report never having cycled to school. Park Dale School is a walking school, meaning no students are bused.

Park Dale School is located in northwest Belleville and serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is within walking distance for all of its students.Park Dale is a Healthy Active School Community with computer labs, gymnasium with stage, large playground area and soccer field. The school provides all levels of Special Education services. An Instrumental Music program is available to Grade 7 and 8 students. The learning resource centre is the hub for students seeking advanced research opportunities. At Park Dale, Learning First is the motto for all. School spirit is seen in the unity and family atmosphere that permeates the building.

 

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

Parties reach tentative agreement for occasional teachers

2 March 2009, Belleville, ON—A tentative agreement has been reached between the public school board and elementary occasional teachers. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers Local came to terms last Friday. The tentative agreement covers approximately 300 elementary occasional teachers for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012.

"This is really great news," remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. "I understand that the negotiations were respectful and productive, with a shared focus on creating safe and supportive learning environments for all students," he adds.

A date for the school board to ratify will be set later this week.

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For information contact:

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

Parties reach tentative agreement for secondary school teachers

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 29 are pleased to announce the parties have reached a tentative collective agreement for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012.

“This is welcome news,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “Both teams negotiated in a collaborative fashion to come to terms on local issues once a Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreement was in place. I applaud the efforts of both the Board team and the OSSTF team, and look forward to successful ratification by each party,” he adds.
 
Scott Marshall, President of OSSTF District 29 echoes these sentiments. “I am pleased with the cooperation shown by both sides. Our collective focus is on creating safe, supportive and productive learning environments for all students.”
 
Board members will hold a ratification vote on Monday, January 26, 2009. A date for ratification by OSSTF District 29 will take place the same week with a date still to be determined. Under the provincial agreement, the parties have until Friday, January 30, 2009 to ratify.
 
This is a joint news release by Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 29.
 
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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354
 
• Scott Marshall, President, OSSTF District 29, (613) 962-1210, ext. 23

Payroll and Benefits Services team rewarded with an Employer Service Excellence award

On Thursday, May 20, 2010 Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was selected to receive an award.

Once a year, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan recognizes employers with the best pension reporting results with an Employer Service Excellence Award. This year only five of the 188 employers were awarded.
Due to the great efforts from Arlene Dagenais and her team of Christine Bell, Natasha Reid, Lori Thompson and Christine Uens, HPEDSB received the award.
This is the third time that the HPEDSB has received this award. The first time the award was received was in 2002.

Congratulations to the Payroll and Benefits Services team for winning this award and working hard to ensure there are no pension reporting errors.

Pictured (L to R):Christine Bell, Coordinator Non Teaching Payroll; Arlene Dagenais, Manager; Lori Thompson, Coordinator Contract Teaching Payroll; Christine Uens, Coordinator Benefits; Natasha Reid, Payroll Assistant 

 

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

 

Picton teacher Rob Garden received Kids’ Fit Mentor award

Congratulations to Rob Garden, newly-awarded Kids’ Fit Mentor of the Year Award!

Garden is a teacher at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton. He received the award for his dedication to youth. Garden created the Panther Hoops basketball skills program and has organized the County Clippers basketball league. Both offer Prince Edward County youth a low-cost, organized alternative to hockey and figure skating during the winter months. Garden also coaches the basketball and baseball teams at PECI.

Picton Mayor Peter Mertens presented the award at a ceremony in mid-April. Garden was chosen from a slate of five nominees. 

Garden’s dedication to youth is a demonstration of the school board Growing with Character attributes of caring, cooperation, humour and responsibility.

Last year’s recipient, Tinneke Wilson, is also a teacher with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

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

 

Pink Shirt Day celebrated at Picton’s Queen Elizabeth School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hall echoed sentiments for the confidence vote.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential labour disruption affecting Boldrick buses

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services and its member school boards, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), are issuing the following advisory as it pertains to the busing of some of its students.

Boldrick Bus Service Ltd., under contract with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, is involved in a collective bargaining process with drivers represented by Local 91 of the Teamsters Union. Boldrick Bus Service Ltd. is one of 70 service providers under contract with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services.

Contract negotiations are ongoing. Bus drivers could be in a legal strike position as early as Sunday, January 24, 2010. At this time there is no indication that there will be a withdrawal of bus service. This news release is being issued strictly as a precaution to advise parents, guardians and students about a potential interruption of service.

Boldrick Bus Service Ltd. serves students of both Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. Approximately 2,700 students would be impacted with approximately 1,900 being HPEDSB students and 800 ALCDSB students.

This is a matter between Boldrick Bus Service Ltd. and their employees, however, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services and area school boards recognize that any withdrawal of services will have a direct impact on students and their families.

If a strike occurs, and bus cancellations are therefore required, this information will be shared with parents and the public through local radio stations and the Tri-Board website.

Additional information will be provided as the situation develops.

For more information, please contact:
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354 – Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Inc.
613-354-1981 or 1 866 569-6638, ext. 324, Steve Wowk, CEO, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services

Presenting “High School Musical Junior” at Bayside Public School

Bayside Public School students in Grade 5 to 8 are proud to present the theatrical production of High School Musical Junior!

DATE: Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Highway 2, (between Belleville and Trenton)
TICKETS: $5, available in advance at Bayside Public School (613.962.0694) or at the door

With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques: Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a beautiful and shy transfer student who excels in math and science. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school. Despite other students’ attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to "stick to the status quo." Sharpay Evans, a drama queen and high school diva will do anything to sabotage the friendship between Troy and Gabriella and also get a lead in the school musical. Can Troy and Gabriella lead their friends to a more open-mind thinking and acceptance of one another? Or will their friends win?

Filled with spectacular songs and energy, Bayside Public School’s version of Disney’s High School Musical Junior will bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best!

From its origins as a one-room schoolhouse in 1831, Bayside Public School has grown to a complex of three buildings located on Highway #2 at Aikins Rd., halfway between Belleville and Trenton. Bayside PS serves over 500 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and offers French Immersion programming from Grades 4 to 8.

School programs focus on character education, literacy and numeracy. All students benefit from a huge playground and track, an instrumental music program and an automated library that includes bilingual materials. Programs are linked to the neighbouring Bayside Secondary School. Celebrations of learning include: Challenge Programs, participation in Queen’s University SEEDS Program, Science Fair, educational trips, school drama productions and music festival vocal and instrumental participation.

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

Prince Charles and Susanna Moodie students to perform at community event

Elementary school children from Prince Charles School (Belleville) and Susanna Moodie Elementary School are proud to participate in a community celebration. The Imagine the Night event is a fundraiser for United Way of Quinte. Student involvement in this event is a demonstration caring and cooperation, which are district Growing with Character traits. Prince Charles students will participate in the parade. Susanna Moodie choir students will perform through song.

Date/time: 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 28, 2009
Location:
Centennial Secondary School
Tickets
: $5, available by calling 613.969.7277 or emailing quintestage@sympatico.ca

Event features

  • Imagine The Night Parade with participation from Prince Charles School students
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary school Children’s Choir
  • Where are you Christmas, sung by Kiera Brant
  • A Corker of a Christmas comedy presented by the cast of Quinte Stage Productions, including a special vocal presentation Grown up Christmas List sung by Tasha Mullins
  • Excerpt from Kristmas Kats, the Jellico Kats Song and Dance presented by the dance troupe from Quinte Stage Productions
  • Memories, from Kats, special appearances by Kidz Upstage from QLC – Bridging the Gap Trenton
  • Susanna Moodie Children’s Choir
  • Narnia The Battle, and The Coronation, presented by Kidz Upstage from QLC – Bridging the Gap Belleville
  • The Little Match Girl, performance by students of Angela Maracle School of Dance, Front Street, Belleville
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) presents “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Tues., May 17 & Wed., May 18. The Oompa Loompas have been recruited from far and wide for this year’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) elementary students.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS
DATE:
Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18
TIME:
7:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Prince Charles Public School, 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton

With a cast of almost 60 students and many more helping behind the scenes, this musical is a whole-school affair! All have been working hard to create an entertaining and stimulating experience that will make you feel like you are inside Willy Wonka’s tasty candyland. Not only will this be engaging to your eyes and ears, but your tastebuds can get in on the experience, as well, with the purchase some of Mr. Wonka’s indelible treats. Better yet, make them yourself with your very own, cast and crew approved, Willy Wonka cookbook treatbook!

Prince Charles Public School, located on the west side of Trenton adjacent to a municipal park and within walking distance of downtown, serves approximately 380 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Prince Charles Public School is a healthy active school community. This modern school is an air conditioned facility with an excellent gymnasium, library and new computer lab. The outside space includes grassy yards with sports fields, play equipment and recess boxes of play equipment for each class. The school community prides itself on being a safe, healthy, active school in which to learn. Prince Charles Public School is committed to providing a learning environment in which all students reach their academic potential with a focus on improving reading, writing and mathematic skills. Music programs are offered for all grades, including instrumental music in Grade 8. Student leadership committees work with staff to provide intramural programs, peer tutoring and study skills, spirit and charity events, clubs and a full range of sports programs.

 

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

 

 

 

 


 

Prince Charles School (Belleville) Gr. 7/8 student artwork on display at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery

Art work from the Grade 7 and 8 students at Prince Charles School (Belleville) is now on display in the John M Parrot Art Gallery corridor.

These students have been participating in the Learning Through the Arts Youth Empowerment Program this spring. The program is designed to engage young people by infusing arts into their learning environment.

"Our students have been working with Andrea Piller, a local visual artist. Andrea and the classroom teacher work together to plan language arts lessons that are incorporate a variety of visual art forms," remarked Principal Martin Smit.

The student will be on display until the end of June. All are invited to visit the gallery to see what Prince Charles School students have created.

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

Prince Edward CI to be ready for September 1 start-up

Although renovations are continuing at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, the school will be open and ready for students on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Rumours have been circulating to the contrary; however, interim principal David Fox has been assured that the school will be a safe environment for students and staff on the first day of school.

Read more about the $2.5 million project in the following local newspapers:

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

Prince Edward CI to host ‘all candidates’ event

With the date of Ontario municipal elections nearing, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) will be hosting an all-candidate panel presentation. The goal of this event is to increase the awareness and participation of young people in their community and local issues. It can also lead to more discussion between young people and their families about current community issues.

To accommodate the whole student body, the PECI event will take place twice on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

  1. from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and
  2. from 1:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

All six mayoral candidates have confirmed their attendance.

This event is being held in conjunction with the provincial Student Vote initiative in which students across the province participate in a mock version of their municipal election. (See www.studentvote.ca for more details.)

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 50+-year tradition of serving all students living in Prince Edward County to ensure their success in the world.

For more information, please contact:
• Civics teachers Sarah Vader svader@hpedsb.on.ca or Jennifer Tripp jtripp@hpedsb.on.ca, or
• Canada & World Studies Department Head Marian Moon mmoon@hpedsb.on.ca, or
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Prince of Wales boys won District Boys Basketball

boys basketball team

 

The boys basketball team at Prince of Wales Public School  brought the trophy to the school  after almost 20 years.

It was a nail-biter final game between Prince of Wales and the team from Susanna Moodie Elementary School. Both played with skill and determination. The final score was 38-33.

According to teacher and coach Tim Wood, the POW boys were keen to win.

"Our team is very talented. They are self-starters as individuals who bonded and worked as a team every step of the way," remarked Tim Wood.

Early preparation was a big part of the team’s success. Players asked for more practices, and were eager and motivated to improve their skills.

"We are very proud of these boys. They are ambassadors for our school—hard-working, dedicated and disciplined," added Wood.

Throughout the basketball season, POW staff supported the team through weekend tournaments, staff versus student games, attendance at the finals games and acknowledging the team’s achievements.

It was 1984 when POW last won the District Boys Basketball.

Prince of Wales Public School serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Students in Grades JK to Grade 5 attend nearby Hillcrest School then move to POW for Grades 6, 7 and 8.

Student success, in all areas of education—academics, character development, citizenship, the arts and athletics—is the goal for every student at each site. Prince of Wales offers YMCA before- and after-school and breakfast club programs, and both schools have nutritional snack bins for students who may otherwise go without. Both sites have large school yards with a variety of playground equipment.

Prince of Wales offers specialized classes for students with both cognitive and physical needs. The school also hosts a number of classes to serve students with special needs. Prince of Wales offers both a Primary and Junior/Intermediate program for students with autism, in addition to the class for Primary students with developmental disabilities.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Process to select a new CEO is underway

One of the most important duties of a Board of Trustees is to select a highly effective leader to implement the work of the Board.

As a result of the retirement announcement by Kathy Soule, Director of Education, the Board is committed to following the process outlined in Board Policy 16: Selection of the Director, to seek a chief education officer/chief executive officer (CEO). This individual must be one who will support success for each student, employee excellence and community connections as the key goals of the organization, and foster a system of character as the foundation for these goals. The candidate will be expected to exhibit strong, responsible, dedicated and knowledgeable administrative leadership for the district.

The Board met Thursday, April 7, 2011 during a closed session and determined to work with the outgoing director of education to select a new CEO.

Discussions will continue, with an announcement anticipated as soon as possible in order to maintain organizational stability.

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

Provincial literacy test results identify areas of focus for improvement

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board released the results of the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Results indicate that 76% of first-time participating students were successful on the provincial test, as compared to the provincial average of 85%. This represents a 5% decrease in district results from the previous year.

Results varied according to the different pathways:
• In the Academic stream, HPEDSB achieved 97%, which is 1% above the provincial average.
• In the Applied stream, HPEDSB achieved 61%, which is 1% below the provincial average.
• In the Locally Developed stream, HPEDSB achieved 19%, which is 2% below the provincial average.

“We see that we need to improve,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “These results provide clear direction that we need to be more focused on literacy instruction, especially in the Locally Developed pathway in order for students be successful.”

District highlights
• Results for Academic and Applied pathways are at or above the provincial average.
• Results for previously-eligible students increased 3% since 2007.
• Although the number of Special Education students continues to increase and is now at 7%, deferral rates in this area have remained consistent at 9%.
• Special Education students demonstrated a 5% increase over last year.

School highlights
• At Bayside Secondary School, students taking Locally Developed English achieved a 100% success rate.
• At Centennial Secondary School, boys have improved 7% since 2006.
• At Centre Hastings Secondary School, girls have improved 3% since 2008.
• At Moira Secondary School, deferral rates have dropped 7% since 2008.
• At North Hastings High School, students taking Locally Developed English improved 9% since 2008.
• At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, boys have improved 12% since 2008.
• At Quinte Secondary School, students taking Applied English improved 9% since 2007.
• At Trenton High School, students taking Academic English improved 6% since 2008.
• The deferral rate for William R. Kirk students decreased 11% from 2008.

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.

Posted June 10, 2009

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

Public concert: Tafelmusik Orchestra’s “The Galileo Project”

World-famous Tafelmusik Orchestra presents “The Galileo Project” in two 55-minute performances. These are public concerts.

Date: Wednesday, March 4th

Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Location: Calvary Temple, 679 Dundas Street West, Belleville

This exciting multi-media performance blends science and music featuring the discovery of the astronomical telescope by Galileo and celebrates 400 years of its use in this the International Year of Astronomy. Sound files and resource guides are posted online at: www.hpedsb.on.ca/ec/services/cst/elementary/music/index.html

For information and group seats please contact:
Susan Davies, Arts Co-ordinator, sdavies@hpedsb.on.ca, or call 613-966-1170, ext. 2209.

This event is sponsored by the Quinte Symphony outreach program.
 

Public consultation update for school accommodation reviews

ACCOMMODATION REVIEW OF SCHOOLS IN NORTH HASTINGS
The public consultation process to study the future of schools in North Hastings is winding down. The Accommodation Review Committee (ARC), which consists of school, student, parent, business and municipal representatives, presented its report to school board senior administration on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. At the January 14th ARC meeting, 41 out of 50 voting members were present and participated in the voting process. The committee voted 22 to 19 in favour of recommending the closure of Bancroft Public School with the relocation of students to the current North Hastings Senior Elementary School, creating a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 school. Students from North Hastings Senior Elementary School would move to North Hastings High School, creating a Grade 7 to 12 school. Facility upgrades and renovations would be required at North Hastings Senior Elementary School and North Hastings High School in order to support programs.

Next steps in the North Hastings process

  1. Wednesday, March 4, 2009 – School board senior administration will present its recommendation to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee. The ARC recommendation will be included in the report from senior administration.
  2. Wednesday, April 8, 2009 – Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide final input at a public meeting.
  3. Monday, May 25, 2009 – The final decision will be made at the public Board meeting.

Meeting locations and times

ACCOMMODATION REVIEW OF THREE SCHOOLS IN WEST BELLEVILLE
The public consultation process to study the future of three schools in West Belleville is winding down. The Accommodation Review Committee, which consists of school, student, parent, business and municipal representatives, presented its report to school board senior officials on January 28, 2009. The recommendation is to close Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School with renewal, renovations and additions at both Prince Charles School (PC) and Sir John A. Macdonald School (SJAM). PC and SJAM would become Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools, retaining students within their respective communities. Additions at both schools would include larger gymnasiums, associated change rooms and conversion of existing gymnasiums to library resource centres and computer labs. Renewal needs would be required at both buildings and would include new fire alarm systems, roofing, lighting, windows and heating system modifications.

Next steps in the West Belleville process

  1. Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – School board senior administration will present its recommendation to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee. The ARC recommendation will be included in the report from senior administration.
  2. Monday, March 30, 2009 – Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide final input at a public meeting.
  3. Monday, May 25, 2009 – The final decision will be made at the public Board meeting.

Meeting locations and times

All documentation and all meetings relating to these accommodation reviews are public. All documentation is posted online at http://www.hpedsb.on.ca. Copies of all documents and any additional information can be obtained by contacting Sandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator at 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2270, or ssmith@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: May 11, 2011 at 10:41 am