Public event: Children & Youth Mental Health Symposium

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.

Throughout Ontario, Mental Illness Awareness Week will take place from October 3 to 7, 2011. To assist in raising awareness, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has planned a community event.

Flyer describing the Children & Youth Mental Health Symposium.

COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND REPORTERS
ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CHILDREN & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

DATE: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
TIME: 4:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Student performance by Elevated Grounds
Elevated Grounds is a youth-led, elder-mentored organization from Toronto that is passionate about increasing awareness and breaking down barriers about mental health by exploring the challenges of how our society and communities perceive, feel about and cope with mental disorders.

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.

Registration can be done by contacting Wendy Fleet, Secretary, Special Education Services, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2279, wfleet@hpedsb.on.ca, or online at: www.hpedsb.on.ca

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

Public information meetings for Stirling & Tweed schools

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has received approval from the Ministry of Education to build two new schools, one in Stirling and one in Tweed. Each is scheduled to open in September 2013.

The new Stirling school will consolidate students from Stirling Primary School, Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School into one school on the Stirling Senior site.

The new Tweed school will consolidate students from S.H. Connor School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School into one school on the Tweed-Hungerford site.

Public information meetings are scheduled for January 2012. Newspaper ad (pdf)

  1. STIRLING COMMUNITY: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:30 p.m., Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling.
  2. TWEED COMMUNITY: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:00 p.m., Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School, 52 McClellan Street, Tweed.

The purpose is to share preliminary floor plans and review project timelines. Members of the public will be able to provide comments and ask questions following the presentation.

For information, please contact: Sandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator at 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2270, by email at ssmith@hpedsb.on.ca, or by fax at 613-962-1048. Details are also available online at www.hpedsb.on.ca

Public school board passes balanced budget

A balanced budget has been approved for the 2009-2010 school year. Board members approved a $177.9 million budget that aligns with the district system goals. A transfer from reserve funds will be in order to produce the balanced budget. The scheduled follow-up review of Tri-Board Student Transportation Services could result in additional funding which may forego the need to transfer funds from reserves.

The $177,909,670 budget represents a 0.7% increase over the previous year’s revised actual revenues and expenditures. Sources of revenue include the following: 75.4% from provincial grants, 22.4% from local property tax revenue and 2.2% from other sources.

Despite the continued decline in enrolment and government restraint measures there are a number of positive components contained within the budget that continue to support the board’s system goals, action plans and detailed action steps. The Provincial Framework Agreements have provided additional teaching and support resources but more importantly, the Board has been able to maintain supports and introduce some improvements for the coming year.

The following represent additional supports to students, staff and the system through higher service levels or maintenance of support during a period of government restraint and declining enrolment. All support the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success system plan and the five goals:
• Success for All Students
• System of Character
• Employee Excellence
• Open Communication
• Community Relationships
 

Board-approved components from Provincial Framework Agreements

  • Six full-time equivalent positions will be hired in Facility Services. (3 custodians, 1 building control technician, 1 electrician and 1 preventive maintenance lead hand).
  • 2.67 full-time equivalent secondary teaching positions have been created to address workload issues and aid student success.
  • Five full-time equivalent elementary teaching positions have been created as a result of a 10-minute increase in teacher preparation time and a reduction in Grade 4-8 average class size.

Board-approved inclusions

  • Maintenance of existing board professional development and in-service budgets.
  • Maintenance of existing board support for information technology, including the ever-greening plan in which computers are replaced every five years.
  • Maintenance of existing school texts, supplies and materials budgets.
  • Maintenance of Special Education budgets and an increase in the number of self-contained Special Education classes in secondary schools.
  • Maintenance of Curriculum Services budgets, continued support for literacy and numeracy through Student Success initiatives in secondary schools, and literacy partners in elementary schools.
  • Expansion of Native Studies courses across all secondary schools resulting in the hiring of three full-time equivalent teachers.
  • Creation of a multi-year plan for leadership development and succession planning for both academic and support employees that follows the Ontario Leadership Strategy issued by the Ministry of Education.
  • Continued focus on safe schools through the development of standards for video surveillance and introduction of a process to begin to upgrade and replace existing equipment.

QUOTES
“I am so pleased that the Board is able to hire more staff and put supports in place that will assist students to be successful in their chosen pathway. Declining enrolment continues to be a reality that will contribute to ongoing financial challenges.” – Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

“District-wide our focus continues to be on enhancing opportunities for student success. Through this budget the Board has committed to continue its focus on safe schools through video surveillance, offering more Native Studies courses, and maintaining professional development opportunities and information technology support at existing levels.” – Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,700 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.

Posted June 15, 2009

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

Public school board ratifies two-year collective agreement with newest union

School board trustees have ratified a two-year collective agreement between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Association of Professional Student Services Personnel, Hastings Prince Edward District (APSSP-HPE).

The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2012 and covers 29 employees who are child and youth counselors, attendance counselors, speech/language pathologists, autism student support coordinators, psychometrists and psychoeducational assessment personnel.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the local APSSP. Both teams negotiated in a respectful fashion to achieve a first collective agreement for this group. These individuals play an important role in supporting the education of children and youth. We appreciate and value all they do every day to assist students in achieving success,” remarked Mary Hall, Vice-chair of the Board.

Highlights of the new agreement include the following:

  • Alignment with Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreements for other employees covered by collective agreements which includes a 3% salary increase effective September 1, 2011.
  • Additional step added to the salary grid; salary ranges are from $39,486 to $74,963 depending on job classification, education requirements, etc.
  • Alignment of work hours for all employees in the group.
  • Formal communication structures and staffing language regarding processes for assigning work placements.

The APSSP-HPE was certified on July 21, 2010. Negotiations commenced September 13, 2010, with eight meetings held between then and June 2011. A tentative agreement was reached on June 3, 2011. Both teams held ratification votes on June 13, 2011.

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

Public school board welcomes 36 new teachers to orientation workshop

With the first day of school just two weeks away, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be hosting a full day of orientation for new teachers on Wednesday, August 20. Thirty-six new teachers are slated to participate in this year’s event.

New teacher orientation is part of the provincial New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP). It is also the second step in a continuum of teacher professional development to support effective teaching, learning, and assessment practices, building on and complementing the first step: pre-service education programs taken at faculties of education. NTIP provides another full year of professional support so that new teachers can develop the requisite skills and knowledge to enable them to achieve success as experienced teachers in Ontario.

NTIP consists of the following induction elements:

  • Orientation for all new teachers to the school board
  • Mentoring for new teachers by experienced teachers
  • Professional development and training in areas such as literacy and numeracy strategies, student success, safe schools, classroom management, effective parent communication, and instructional strategies that address the learning and culture of students with special needs and other diverse learners

MORNING AGENDA – Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Wednesday, August 20

TimeActivity
8:30 a.m.Meet and greet
8:45 a.m.Welcome by Mary Hall, Vice-Chair of the Board
8:55 a.m.Mentoring overview
9:10 a.m.Group activity
9:30 a.m.Updates on safe school legislation, Student Success and Children’s Aid Services
10:15 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.New Teacher Induction Program overview
10:50 a.m.Break-out sessions with Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, and Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
11:30 a.m.Lunch

AFTERNOON AGENDA

TimeActivity
12:30 p.m.Group activity
12:40 p.m.Classroom management video
1:15 p.m.Sharing best practices
1:45 p.m.Resource Centre resources and how to access them
2:00 p.m.How to incorporate daily physical activity into the classroom
2:10 p.m.Break
2:20 p.m.Long-range planning
3:15 p.m.How to access information technology support
3:30 p.m.Workshop ends

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

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For more information, please contact:

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

Public school board welcomes June Rogers as superintendent

Congratulations to June Rogers, Principal, Sagonaska Demonstration School, who is appointed Superintendent of Education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Board members approved the appointment at a special Board meeting earlier this evening.

"It is with great pleasure that we welcome June Rogers as a supervisory officer. She has held leadership roles over the past several years and is dedicated to student achievement. Her recent position at Sagonaska Demonstration School has provided June with many opportunities to interact with schools across the province at the elementary and secondary levels," remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

Ms. Rogers’s responsibilities will include supervision of families of elementary schools, Aboriginal Education, Safe Schools and other initiatives to support student success as outlined in the district’s AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success system plan.

"I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the senior team and all staff for the benefit of students," states an enthusiastic Rogers. "Working at Sagonaska for the past year and a half has given me a wide range of experiences which I will draw upon in this new role."

Rogers began her career with the district in September 1980 working as a French teacher at Bayview Public School, D.R. Atkins Public School and Sir Winston Churchill Public School. She progressed to a Special Education case manager in 1999, elementary school vice-principal in 2001 and elementary principal in 2002. Rogers was seconded to Sagonaska Demonstration School in September 2007.

The appointment is effective in January 2009.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,800 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.

 

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

Public school board welcomes students and staff back to school!

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) is ready to welcome students and staff to the new school year.

New for this year: full-day Kindergarten
Seven schools will offer full-day Kindergarten as part of the provincial government’s focus on full-day learning for 4- and 5-year-olds. These schools include the following:

• College Street Public School, Trenton, 2 classes
• Deseronto Public School, Deseronto, 2 classes
• Earl Prentice Public School, Marmora, 2 classes
• Madoc Township Public School, Madoc, 1 class
• North Trenton Public School, Trenton, 1 class
• Queen Elizabeth Public School, Trenton, 1 class
• Queen Victoria School, Belleville, 2 classes

“It’s an exciting time for children and their families. A full day of learning early will provide a solid base for developing skills in reading, writing and math. It will also help children to become 21st Century learners, creative thinkers and problem-solvers in an environment that supports Growing with Character."

During the summer, principals, teachers and early childhood educators from the full-day Kindergarten schools participated in training focused on easing the transition to school.

Topics included:

  • Incorporating play-based learning into the classroom
  • Organizing the flow of the Full-Day, Early Learning Kindergarten Program
  • Learning about self-regulation and how it applies to children (to help them engage in mindful, intentional and thoughtful behaviour)
  • Understanding the complimentary roles of teachers and early childhood educators within the classroom

Chair of the Board Carl Pitman praised the new full-day Kindergarten program.

“For 4- and 5-year olds full-day Kindergarten is about learning, growing and playing. They’ll experience play-based learning throughout the day. Our teachers, early childhood educators and other school staff are well-prepared and really looking forward to welcoming these students into our schools,” he said.

Summer renovation projects
Many schools had renovations, construction or painting done over the summer. Some of the projects included the following:

  • A new septic system was installed at Massassaga-Rednersville Public School.
  • New washrooms were installed at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.
  • Main office changes were made at Bayside Secondary School.
  • The computer lab at Centennial Secondary School was upgraded.
  • Exterior cladding was installed at Coe Hill School.
  • The open area at Susanna Moodie Elementary School was closed in.
  • Roof replacements were done at Centennial Secondary School, Moira Secondary School and Susanna Moodie Elementary School.
  • New asphalt was laid at Deseronto Public School, Madoc Public School, Stirling Junior Public School and Tyendinaga Public School.
  • A new gym floor was installed at Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School.

Summer training programs
The summer months also provided time for students and staff alike to participate in additional learning activities.

  • The Summer Literacy program was a collaborative venture between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Board for children entering Grade 1 and 2. It was a two-week literacy program in July with approximately 15 students per class. Sites included Harry J. Clarke Public School and Sir Winston annex, Madoc Public School, Queen Elizabeth School in Picton, Bancroft Public School and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Trenton.
  • A Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat Summer Professional Learning Program was facilitated by the HPEDSB Curriculum Services team and was well-attended by teachers, in-school resource teachers, long-term occasional teachers, literacy partners and school administrators. 
  • Summer School was a great success with 198 of 202 students earning secondary school credits in July.

Technology upgrades at schools
Computer hardware upgrades, in the form of memory upgrades, were made at elementary schools and hard drive upgrades were made at secondary schools. Seven elementary schools now have operational interior cameras and exterior cameras will be installed in the fall. By the first day of school, four secondary schools will have operational interior and exterior cameras. It is expected that the four remaining secondary schools will be fully operational by the end of October.

Welcome international students
HPEDSB is also pleased to welcome 140 international students, the highest number ever! This year will see 90 new students and 50 returning for another year of learning and cultural experiences. Earlier this summer 60 Korean students attended and English-as-a-Second Language summer camp. The Grade 4 to 8 students attended ESL instruction each morning and took part in cultural activities in the afternoon. Community members opened their homes and hearts to welcome the children to Canada.

“We know that we have dynamic, focused leaders. We know that we have dedicated teachers and support staff. We know that we have facilities and technology that exceed the provincial norm. And we know that we have communities and community groups who are open and willing to collaborate with us,” remarked Soule.

“We’re ready to make this school year one of the best ever for students, parents/guardians and employees!” she added.

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

 

Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) says “thanks” for the playground donations

Students at Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) are energized about the new playground equipment at their school! Staff and students will be hosting an event to say thank you to the community.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (rain date is Thursday, April 12)
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 35 Barker Street, Picton, on the Primary playground

“The school council volunteered a huge amount of work and time to this project,” said Bill Launderville, Principal. “Without their efforts, contributions from our parents and major contributors such as Metro, the Williams Family, The Elks of Picton and the Kiwanis, this type of playground enhancement would not have been possible.”

The school received the new playground equipment in December 2011. It was the final phase in the Breaking Ground Project which started in 2006. Since then, the school council has raised over $60,000 towards replacing playground equipment for school and community use. The wooden equipment was removed in August 2008 as it failed to meet newly revised safety standards.

The grand opening ceremony will allow the staff and students to say “thank you” for the latest edition to the Primary yard.

Queen Elizabeth School, where the motto is “Respect and Learning” is situated in the heart of Picton in picturesque Prince Edward County, and serves approximately 275 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. QEP is a Healthy Active School Community which provides a dynamic and enthusiastic learning environment. The school’s mission is to provide a safe learning environment that promotes academic excellence, social responsibility and individual achievement. Celebrations of learning are evident in school spirit days, reading challenges, family literacy nights, school teams, band and choir festivals, and much more. Based on the Story of the Starfish, the entire community at QEP believes everyone can make 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

 

Queen Victoria School Kindergarten Art Show at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery, June 7 to 27

art show posterFull-day Kindergarten students at Queen Victoria School are excited to have their art work on display at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery.

ART SHOW EVENT DETAILS
DATE: June 7 to 27, 2012
TIME: Art gallery hours
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery located in the Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the opening reception on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

According to Teacher Judy Wilson, this initiative has transpired into learning for students and teachers alike.

“We want to convey to other educators that art and literacy go together. Teachers do not have to be experts at art to be able to introduce famous artists to young children. Our students have opened a whole new world for us as educators. Full-day Kindergarten is about a balance of learning, child-directed activities and teacher-directed activities. These projects have included all three. Each one of us certainly learned a lot! ”

This exhibition features the works of students in the Kindergarten class of Judy Wilson and Glenda Giajnorio. These students have created paintings inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Eric Carle. While studying these three creative personalities and their art styles, the creativity of the students themselves has truly 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 

Quinte Secondary School profiled for literacy success

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) selected Belleville’s Quinte Secondary School as one of six publicly-funded high schools of the hundreds across Ontario to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the 2008–2009 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The profiled schools are noted for their success at raising their students’ literacy skills, as demonstrated by improved OSSLT scores over the years.

In the report, staff members from Quinte Secondary School discuss what the results of EQAO’s testing and other data have taught them about their students, and the innovative approaches they are using to address their students’ needs.

EQAO case study: Quinte Secondary School, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Belleville, Ontario
Quinte Secondary School serves a diverse student population of 850, including Aboriginal and international students, who for the most part have English as their first language. Although the school is in Belleville, 52% of its students are bused from rural areas.

At Quinte, the departmental Literacy Committee analyzes OSSLT and other EQAO data. The resulting information is used to help teachers refine their instructional practices to support all students. Although student results on the OSSLT have improved consistently over time, the 2008 EQAO data highlighted three areas of concern: reading and making connections, both implicit and explicit; the gender gap in achievement; and the success of previously eligible and students with special education needs.

To address these challenges, the school staff developed several strategies over the past year. One of them focused on increasing student motivation by appealing to their interests and giving them choice. To that end, the school staff decided to personalize the timetables of all Grade 9 students. This tactic turned out to have a positive impact on student performance and helped boost the credit success rate in both academic and applied courses.

“If you personalize a timetable, you can engage students, and if you engage students, you will increase their learning, which translates to increased numeracy, increased literacy and better learning for students.” – Lisa Vincent, Principal.

Over the past several months, EQAO staff visited a number of Ontario’s secondary schools. It was clear to these representatives that educators are regularly using the results from EQAO testing as a reference point to identify students in need of support. EQAO’s reliable and accurate data support continuous improvement in schools and boards and in individual students.

The proactive identification of at-risk students, the alignment and integration of literacy-focused curricula at both the elementary and the secondary levels, and a literacy focus across all subject areas are just some of the strategies that schools across Ontario are using to ensure the success of their students.

Source: http://www.eqao.com

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

Quinte Secondary School upcoming performance and fundraising

Events and activities are getting attention at Quinte Secondary School.

Quinte Secondary School students are putting the final touches on the comedy performance Shakes-Parody.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 12 to Saturday, May 14, 2011
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville
TICKETS: $5 for students with a card; $8 for students without a card; $15 for adults; $40 for a group/family of four; $60 for a group/family of six

This performance will be a play consisting of three parodies of Shakespeare’s most famous works: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet. The hilarious plots present a modern twist on these Shakespeare favourites! Filled with spectacular energy and performances, Quinte Secondary School’s version of Shakes-Parody will bring the school and community together for family theatre at its best!

LOCAL AND GLOBAL FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
Students have demonstrated leadership by organizing fundraising events to support local and global causes.

  1. LOCAL: A barbeque event raised almost $600 to contribute to construction of a wheelchair ramp for a local family.
  2. LOCAL: Corey Clark Classic golf tournament took place on Saturday, April 30. Proceeds were donated to Children’s Wish Foundation.
  3. GLOBAL Japan relief: Through a spring coin drive event and school dance, students raised approximately $1, 800 which was donated to Canadian Red Cross.

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. The school motto is To Learn is to Grow in All Ways.

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

Quinte Secondary students prepare to break ground on fourth home

Once again, first semester for a group of Quinte Secondary School students is guaranteed to be hard work—because they will be building a house.

Media representatives are invited to attend a ground-breaking ceremony
Date: Monday, September 15th
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Deerfield Park subdivision. Take Highway 62 north to Maitland Drive, just north of Belleville. Turn left onto Maitland, then the second left turn onto McDougall. Continue on McDougall to Lot 1 Gavey at the corner of Gavey and McDougall.

Students will work alongside skilled tradespeople and sub-contractors of Geertsma Homes Ltd. through the Quinte Student Structures Home Building Program. The program provides school-to-work opportunities for senior technology students who enter the four-credit Student Home Building Program. While in the program, students will construct a family home from start to finish. They will have experiences in a variety of skilled trades such as carpentry, roofing, electrical wiring, plumbing, bricklaying, insulating, drywall, heating and air conditioning, interior trim carpentry. Students will also learn teamwork, problem-solving, safe work practices and how to work effectively with other tradespeople.

This one-semester program offers students opportunities to earn four credits. They will work four days a week on-site with their teacher supervising and with sub-contractors at lot Geertsma’s Deerfield Park subdivision. Students will be at the work site from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and attend classes on Fridays for in-school assignments related to the project.

Five local organizations have partnered to offer real world work experiences for local students interested in the building trades:
• Geertsma Homes Ltd.

• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
• Quinte Secondary School
• Quinte Home Builders Association
• The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, ext. 2354

Quinte Secondary students wore pink for breast cancer awareness

Pink Day photo
Pink Day photo 2

The colour pink was the fashion favourite at Quinte Secondary School recently. Over 400 students shed their usual blue, white and khaki dress code colours to wear pink clothing and accessories.

Students donated $1 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in return for taking part in Think Pink Day. Other fundraising activities included the sale of pink milkshakes, bracelets and ribbons. Over 50 pink hair extensions were woven into eager students’ hair by a team of  three hairstylists from Salon You. Prizes were awarded to the Pinkest Boy, Pinkest Girl and Pinkest Class!

Students also participated in several fun activities, the most popular being a contest to retrieve pink bubble gum from a plate of whip cream with no hands and then blowing a bubble! That event was followed by an impromptu Pink Fashion Show! A total of $1,500 was raised for breast cancer awareness.

Pink Day photo 3According to Coop Teacher Gary Parcels, "Pink Day was a rousing success at Quinte. It was one of the best Spirit Day events our school has had in recent memory."

History of Day of Pink
Day of Pink is a day of action which began when a high school student in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. His fellow students decided to stand up to bullying. Hundreds of students came to school wearing pink to show support for diversity and stopping discrimination, bullying and homophobia.

Quinte Secondary School  (QSS) has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students and a continued commitment to improving. QSS has a proud and committed staff and student body. The school motto is To Learn is to Grow in All Ways.  

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

 

Quinte Secondary to host Anti-bullying & Leadership Symposium

Quinte Secondary School is getting ready to host two events in mid-April.

EVENT 1: Cyberparenting 101
DATE: Tuesday, April 17
TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School

DETAILS
This event is for parents/guardians to learn about cyberbullying. Guest speaker Bill Belsey, founder of www.bullying.org and www.cyberbullying.ca    Mr. Belsey will be delivering his Cyberparenting 101: Parenting the ‘Always On’ Generation address.

EVENT 2: Anti-bullying & Leadership Symposium for students
This event is for students and will be an action-oriented and engaging day. Several local and national guest speakers will host workshops about bullying prevention, personal responsibility, positive self-awareness and leadership, while helping students realize the benefits of strong relationships. Students will receive handouts, interact with one another, develop activities and generate ideas to enhance their home school programs.

The goal is that this experience will have a lasting and measurable effect on students and by accomplishing the following:

  1. Develop and enhance individual students’ basic leadership skills.
  2. Assist students in defining what leadership is and what the role of a student leader is in their school.
  3. Engage students in meaningful discussions grounded in the various components of leadership and what it means to be a leader.
  4. Provide networking opportunities for student leaders to engage with each other to foster collaboration in their own school as well as coalition-building with other student leaders at the symposium.
  5. Provide hands on leadership development experience to seasoned student leaders by establishing mentor roles and incorporating them in the planning and execution of the event.
  6. Strengthen a sense of community.
  7. Connect educators, support staff, administrators, students and parents.
  8. Develop a new traditions while complementing existing traditions at the school level.

Special thanks to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation for providing a Project Enhancement Grant to support this event.

Students from all secondary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will participate in this event.

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

Quinte Senior Girls won Gold!

Congratulations to the Quinte Secondary School Senior Girls rugby team (pictured right). They won gold at both Bay of Quinte and COSSA. The Junior Girls rugby team won Silver at both Bay of Quinte and COSSA.

The Senior girls, seeded within the top three in the province, will travel to Ottawa in June to compete in the all Ontario Girls Rugby Championships.

Athletes from both the Junior and Senior teams will participate in a rugby tour in California in March 2012. Their coach, Pete Hercus, Arts Department Head at Quinte Secondary School is a highly skilled rugby coach. He coached the Ontario Under 17 Women’s team who finished third at the Under 18 Nationals in Calgary.

Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students and a continued commitment to improving. Incredible successes have been achieved by Quinte students through academic accomplishments and through the diversity of extracurricular activities in athletics, the arts, and student leadership activities, to name a few. The staff is committed to students, with the aim of providing each Quinte Saint with a variety of engaging programs and activities, in a safe and caring environment, with a focus on student achievement.

 

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

 

Quinte SS presents “Chronicles of a Teenage Wannabe,” a musical

event posterQuinte Secondary School Music Theatre proudly presents an original musical called Chronicles of a Teenage Wannabe. It is a current-day story of a transplanted Chicago girl who falls in with a rock band in an attempt to return to the city.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 31; Friday, June 1; and Saturday, June 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, purchased at the door

This student-written production features popular songs from artists such as Katy Perry, Carley Rae Jepson, The Black Keys, Michael Jackson, and many more. The story is based on the theme of inclusivity and acceptance in high school from the perspective of teenagers involved in a "Battle of the Bands" competition. It is directed by Teachers Tessa Forsey and Jamie Sharpe.

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

Quinte SS student craftsmanship on display at home show

Quinte Secondary School has been invited to participate in the upcoming Quinte Home & Renovation Show. Student craftsmanship will be showcased at the RONA booth.

Building construction teacher Chris Bartolo is thrilled to be involved.

"These Quinte students do fantastic work. It’s really great to be able to put it on display for show-goers to see," he said.

The home show runs from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the Quinte Sports Centre.

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. The school motto is To Learn is to Grow in All Ways. QSS opens its doors to all students to fulfill that commitment.

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

 

Quinte SS students begin work on seventh house

Quinte Secondary School students are eager to work on construction of a new home. It will be the seventh home constructed in a unique arrangement where students work alongside skill trades workers. The senior students are in the Quinte Student Structures program, a Specialist High Skills Major offered by the school.

The program began in 2005 with the first home completed in 2006. Students in the program work in partnership with a local builder to construct a new home, giving them experience in and exposure to a variety of skilled trades.

"We are excited about the semester ahead for our students and partners. We know it will be an incredible experience for our students as they work alongside skilled trades workers," commented Principal Lisa Vincent.

GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY AND MEDIA EVENT
DATE: Monday, September 26, 2011
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Lot 12, Settler’s Ridge subdivision (see below for directions)
WHO: Students, staff and board officials will be available for interviews and photographs

The site is Lot 12, Settler’s Ridge subdivision, which is north off Maitland Drive between Sidney Street and North Front Street/Highway 62, Belleville. The home will be completed in the new year and will be available for purchase in the same way as other homes in the subdivision.

Quinte Student Structures is a Ministry of Education-accredited program that provides students with an opportunity to focus their learning in a skilled trade area while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The specialized program is to help prepare students to make a successful transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or directly into the workforce. The program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge through the complete experience of building a house, and helps them to achieve graduation while pursuing their post-secondary goals. Students also learn team-building and leadership skills which they will utilize well beyond their secondary school experience.

Partners in the Quinte Student Structures program include the following:

  • Duvanco Homes
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Quinte Home Builders Association
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

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. The school motto is "To learn is to grow in all ways."

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

Quinte SS students break ground on sixth house

Quinte Secondary School students broke ground yesterday on the sixth house they will assist in constructing. The senior students are in the Quinte Student Structures program, a Specialist High Skills Major offered by the school.

The program began in 2005 with the first home completed in 2006. Students in the program work in partnership with a local builder to construct a new home, giving them experience in and exposure to a variety of skilled trades.

"We are excited about the semester ahead for our students and partners. We know it will be an incredible experience for our students as they work alongside skilled trades workers," commented Principal Lisa Vincent.

The site is Lot 21, Settler’s Ridge subdivision, which is north off Maitland Drive between Sidney Street and North Front Street/Highway 62, Belleville. The home will be completed in the new year and will be available for purchase in the same way as other homes in the subdivision.

Chair of the Board Carl Pitman was proud to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

"This is such a great program for our students. We are very excited about embarking upon another year of learning in this hands-on environment," he said.

Pictured above (L to R): With Quinte Secondary School student are Chair of the Board Carl Pitman; Director of Education Kathy Soule; Trustees Thelma Goodfellow (Southeast Hastings), Cliff Cotton and Mary Hall (Belleville); Chair of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation Elaner Pound, Dustin VanSoelen from Duvanco Homes, Principal Lisa Vincent and a representative from Quinte Home Builders Association.

Quinte Student Structures is a Ministry of Education-accredited program that provides students with an opportunity to focus their learning in a skilled trade area while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The specialized program is to help prepare students to make a successful transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or directly into the workforce. The program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge through the complete experience of building a house, and helps them to achieve graduation while pursuing their post-secondary goals. Students also learn team-building and leadership skills which they will utilize well beyond their secondary school experience.

Partners in the Quinte Student Structures program include the following:

  • Duvanco Homes
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Quinte Home Builders Association
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

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. The school motto is "To learn is to grow in all ways."

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

 

Quinte SS students raised $4,000 for cancer

Quinte Secondary School students and staff care about their community. They recently raised $4,000 through a Cuts for Cancer event.

A total of 12 students and staff fundraised to have their heads shaved and ponytails chopped off! In addition, money was raised spontaneously throughout the event for eager audience members to wax various body parts of some willing students and staff!

Pictured above: Quinte Secondary School Cuts for Cancer Committee,


(back row L-R): Kelsey Mortimore, Rachal Renwick, Shelby Lisk, Krystina Brown, Melissa Wright; (front row L-R): Natalie Smith, Vanessa Soaft, Jessie Ward.



 

Pictured above: Event participants, back row L-R: Joanne Robinson (teacher), Ryan McMillan, Matt Dings, Cory McMurter, Devon Robertson, Kole Trenholme, Frank Candeloro (teacher); front row L-R: Luke Stoyanoff, Jason Wu, Cody Travers, Jesse Howard, Natalie Smith, Kelsey Mortimore.

 

Quinte SS to be honoured at provincial symposium

Congratulations to Quinte Secondary School which will be presented with a provincial award this evening. QSS is one of six Ontario schools to receive a Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement. The award was established in April 2009 by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) as a tribute to Dr. Stephenson’s lifelong commitment and contribution to education.

Quinte Secondary School is being honoured for efforts over many years and use of EQAO results to improve student learning through the following:

  • use of provincial assessment results as evidence contributing to school improvement planning;
  • support for student achievement;
  • leadership, proactive initiatives, positive attitudes and sincere efforts to help each child succeed;
  • an action plan based on the unique school circumstances; and
  • work toward improved student outcomes.

Superintendent of Education Jan Montgomery, Principal Lisa Vincent and a team of teachers will attend the awards presentation on behalf of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the school.

Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students and a continued commitment to improvement. QSS also has a proud and committed staff and student body. The school motto, To Learn is to Grow in All Ways reflects the commitment to all students.

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

 

 

 

Quinte SS to host football match with Trenton High

Two area secondary schools are gearing up—literally and figuratively—to play football under lights this week. The Quinte Saints will be hosting the Trenton Tigers for two high-energy games.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, October 6, 2011
LOCATION: Paul Paddon Field at Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville
TIME: Juniors play at 6:00 p.m.; Seniors play at 8:00 p.m.

Students, parents/guardians and the community are invited to come out to cheer both teams on!

Admission is a donation to United Way of Quinte. All proceeds from food sales will also go to the United Way.

Spectators will enjoy half-time entertainment and prizes. Hot dogs, pizza and cold drinks will be sold, as well as Quinte Secondary School clothing.

Special thanks to the following for helping to make this event possible:

  • Battlefield/Cat Rentals & Equipment
  • Quinte Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
  • Scaletta Group
  • Thompson Tents
  • United Rentals

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

 

 

Re-elected chair and vice-chair emphasize student success and teamwork for the public school board

Congratulations to Carl Pitman and Mary Hall who were re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively, at the annual meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this evening.

Pitman has been a school board trustee for Centre Hastings for 11 years. He has been school board chair for the past two years. Pitman has also served as vice-chair and has been an active member of the Program and Human Resources, Executive, and Suspension Appeals committees.

In his acceptance remarks, Pitman referred to HPEDSB as a school board of character and “one that is made up of people who really care about our children’s future and who keep student achievement at the heart of everything they do.” He added, “I sincerely thank my fellow trustees for continuing to have faith in me as chair of the board. We have done so much for students over the past year. I am confident that we will continue to make decisions that enhance our students’ learning experiences."

Belleville/Thurlow trustee Mary Hall was re-elected as vice-chair. Hall has been a trustee with HPEDSB for 14 years. During that time she has been an active member of the Special Education Advisory, Program and Human Resources, Suspension Appeals, and SALEP (Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils) committees, has served as the Board’s representative on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association since 2000, and has acted as Student Senate advisor.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue working with my fellow trustees, administration, other board staff and parents to enable our students to achieve success and reach their goals,” remarks Hall.

Elections for chair and vice-chair take place each year at the annual meeting. At the same meeting, trustee membership on various committees for the upcoming year is approved. Standing and legislated committees are: Operations and Finance, Program and Human Resources, Executive, Special Education Advisory, Student Discipline Committee, Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils, and representation on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,800 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.

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For more information, contact:

 

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

Regional Art Show – April 2 to 29

Facing the Future is the theme of this year’s Regional Secondary Art Show. Student artwork from all over the region will be on display for the public to enjoy.

Date: Beginning Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd Floor, Belleville Public Library.

All are welcome to attend the Opening Reception.

The show runs from April 2-29, 2009 during regular gallery hours.

Regional art show showcases student and teachers talents

Variations 2010, the 22nd annual regional art show for all secondary students in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, is now on at the John M. Parrott Gallery at Belleville Public Library.

A new feature this year is the addition of work by Visual Arts teachers. Their work is displayed in Gallery Two on the west wall. One of the pieces, titled Still Life, by Centennial Secondary School teacher Christine Christos, was exhibited in the 6th International Graphic Triennial at the National Institute and Museum in Bitola, Macedonia.

One student work featured is titled The Undeserving by Lizz McKenna of Centennial Secondary School. This work was submitted to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards on the theme of “Suppress Excess, Living Within our Means.”

The art work for this year’s promotional material was produced by Trenton High School Visual Art student Sabrina McCulloch. Her teachers are Annie McDonald and Sue Tripp. The original work was a numbered print.

The following schools have each submitted five pieces:

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

Schools from area Catholic and Christian schools have also submitted artwork.

The show runs from April 8-28, 2010 at the John M. Parrot Gallery, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street

Gallery hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 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

or

Susan Davies,Curriculum Coordinator for the Arts and Social Sciences, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2209, sdavies@hpedsb.on.ca

Registration is now open for summer school

Summer school will run from Tuesday, July 3 to Monday, July 30, 2012. Registration is now open.

Registrations will be accepted up to Thursday, July 5, 2012.  Registration form  

Summer school information

  • Classes will take place at Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
  • The school day will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., Monday to Friday, with a daily break
  • Specific classrooms will be posted outside the auditorium in the main lobby
  • Transportation is not provided. It is the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian

Summer school office

  • The summer school office hours will be Monday to Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • (613) 962-1941
  • Refer to the online information package for complete details

CREDIT RECOVERY

  • Credit Recovery classes are available for for Grades 9 & 10 Applied
  • Credit Recovery classes will be offered in the first two weeks of summer school, from Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 13, 2012
  • Credit Recovery courses offered:
    • Math (MFM1P1, MFM2P1)
    • English (ENG1P1, ENG2P1)
    • Geography (CGC1P1)
    • History (CHC2P1)
    • Civics (CHV205)
    • Careers (GLC205)
    • Science (SNC1P1, SNC2P1)
  • Credit Recovery classes will also be offered at the following satellite locations from Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 13, 2012
    • Bayside Secondary School
    • Centre Hastings Secondary School
    • Centennial Secondary School
    • Moira Secondary School
    • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
    • Quinte Secondary School
    • Trenton High School
  • A variety of courses will be offered based on the instructors’ qualifications and the schools’ student success programs
  • All summer school credits are granted subject to confirmation of eligibility by the home school
  • Students must ensure that all admission requirements have been met

For more information, please contact:
Roger Ramsay, Summer School Coordinator
613.962.1941
rramsay@hpedsb.on.ca
 

 

Restorative practices workshop at Deseronto Public School

Parents/guardians wanting to learn about the restorative practices process will want to attend a workshop at Deseronto Public School. This event will focus on building safe, caring and inclusive school communities. It will also provide an overview of restorative practices and how the process works in a school/community setting.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, October 17, 2011
TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Deseronto Public School, 385 Stanley Avenue, Deseronto

The Disney movie, The Lion King, will be screened at 7:00 p.m. for students who bring a parent!

For more information, please contact:
Deseronto Public School, 613 396-2448, deseronto@hpedsb.on.ca

 

 

Results improved on Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment

The Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results improved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) in 2011. Results indicate that 84% of first-time participating students were successful on the provincial Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), as compared to the provincial average of 83%. This represents a 2% increase in district results over last year.

Results for Academic, Applied and Locally Developed pathways exceeded the provincial average.

  • In the Academic pathway, HPEDSB students achieved 98%, which is 3% above the provincial average of 95%.
  • In the Applied pathway, HPEDSB students achieved 67%, which is 12% above the provincial average of 55%.
  • In the Locally Developed pathway, HPEDSB students achieved 23%, which is 8% above the provincial average of 15%.

Results for students with special education needs continued to increase. The success rate for students with special education needs (excluding gifted students) was 60% which exceeded the provincial rate of 52%.

School highlights

  • At Bayside Secondary School, the overall success rate was 90%, which is 7% above the provincial rate of 83%.
  • At Centennial Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Applied English was 81%, which is 26% above the provincial rate of 55%.
  • At Centre Hastings Secondary School, the overall success rate for girls increased from 72% to 85% and the success rate for boys increased from 58% to 69%.
  • At Moira Secondary School, the overall success rate was 91%, which is 8% above the provincial rate of 83%.
  • At North Hastings High School, the success rate was 100% for Academic pathway students, which exceeds the provincial rate of 95%.
  • At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, the overall success rate was 85%, which is 2% above the provincial rate of 83%.
  • At Quinte Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Academic English was 97% ,which is 2% above the provincial rate of 95%.
  • At Trenton High School, the overall success rate for boys increased from 73% to 79%.

A comprehensive report, containing results from all provincial assessments, will be presented to the Board in the fall 2011, once all data is available.

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. It was written in March 2011.

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

 

Retirees to be celebrated at annual retirement reception

School board retirees will be honoured at an upcoming retirement reception. This celebratory event recognizes employees who will be leaving the employ of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Date: Monday, June 1, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

All are welcome to attend!

For information, please contact:
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350
directors.office@hpedsb.on.ca
 

Posted May 26, 2009

 

Returning soldiers appreciated letters from Deseronto PS students

Students at Deseronto Public School experienced a very special community connection recently. They were visited by three Canadian soldiers who they had been communicating with while the troops were in Afghanistan.

During a full-school assembly, Captain Heiler and Corporal Perry showed pictures of their trips to and from Afghanistan, as well as the base and Canada House in Kandahar. They also showed pictures of the letters students had written which, along with student art work, displayed at the base. Grade 5 and 6 students wrote thank you letters, with six students reading them aloud during the assembly.

"The troops’ visit to our school was certainly a highlight for all students. Being able to make a personal connection to a few of the soldiers they had written to was an experience they will remember for a long time," stated Principal Heather Seres.

The troops presented the school with a thank you/recognition plaque which is now on display in the foyer. They also visited each classroom to answer students’ questions about the Afghanistan community, service to Canadians and to those in other countries, and their travels. As a surprise, the troops also presented each student with handmade bracelets.

"We were all so proud that day for the work that our troops do here in Canada and around the world," added Seres.

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, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Rob McGall named as new director of education for Hastings and Prince Edward DSB

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has selected Rob McGall as the new director of education. McGall, presently a superintendent of education at HPEDSB, succeeds retiring director Kathy Soule. The appointment is effective September 1, 2011.

“It was a decision supported by all Board members. Rob has demonstrated exemplary leadership as a superintendent. He brings experience in human resources, negotiations, curriculum services and organizational effectiveness. He has a personal style which we believe will be an excellent fit as the new chief executive officer for this organization,” remarked Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

McGall grew up in Belleville and attended King George Public School and Quinte Secondary School. His post-secondary education was at Queen’s University, University of Toronto and Brock University. From 1983 to 2002 he worked for Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in a variety of roles including teacher, department head, vice-principal and principal. He was active in the leadership development program in Hamilton, and was chair of the governance committee responsible for up combining policies and procedures when Hamilton and Wentworth amalgamated.

McGall returned to this area in 2002 to become principal at Quinte Secondary School. In 2004 he was appointed superintendent of curriculum and schools, followed by a 2007 appointment to superintendent of Human Resources and schools. During his time as superintendent he initiated the differentiated support model and school improvement planning frameworks, as well as fostered positive labour relations and staff development.

“It is an honour to be appointed director of this dynamic organization. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is considered to be a leader in leadership development, effective instruction and organizational planning, with outstanding employees and a focus on student achievement. I am committed to working for children and to enhancing the future of public education. I look forward to joining with employees, parents/guardians, trustees and the communities in Hastings and Prince Edward to help students become caring, contributing decision-makers of our future,” stated McGall.

Rob McGall and his wife Jane, a retired teacher, have four grown children.

“I am a product of our school board and my four children are Hasting and Prince Edward graduates. As an organization, we will continue to build on the strong foundation of Growing with Character and the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan, with a continued focus on student success, employee excellence and connecting with the communities we serve. Our mission is straightforward: create the best possible learning environments so that our students have the required academic and social skills needed to succeed in life.”

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,900 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

Safe schools information, December 2012

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing caring, safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments for all students. We are engaged in an ongoing review of both proactive and reactive strategies aimed at making our schools safe and welcoming learning environments.

Over time we have developed a range of practices to help our schools develop positive and safe school environments. They include:

  • character development;
  • bullying prevention education and awareness;
  • violence prevention programs;
  • emergency response protocols;
  • student success strategies;
  • citizenship development;
  • student leadership;
  • peer and group counselling;
  • restorative practices;
  • mentor programs; and
  • progressive discipline, which includes suspension or expulsion, when necessary.

We are continuing to implement Safe Schools Action Teams at each school to assist in the review and development of specific plans and approaches. Membership on Safe Schools Action Teams includes employees, parents/guardians, students and community representatives. At the district level we continue to work in partnership with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee, made up of employees, trustees, parents/guardians, community partners and police agencies. This group continues to play a valued role in guiding district direction as it relates to safe schools.

We welcome opportunities for input at the school level through direct conversations with principals and staff, and involvement with the School Councils or Safe School Teams. Opportunities for input at the district level involve direct conversations with school superintendents or local trustees, involvement with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee or the Parent Involvement Committee.

Thousands of employees, parents/guardians, students and community partners are already engaged in this important work. Our strength and success will come though our collective efforts.

REFERENCES

School board

Ministry of Education

Bullying We Can All Help Stop It (2011), A Guide for Parents of Elementary and Secondary School Students

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

School board and community partners introduce new Community Threat Assessment Protocol

The school board and community partners are committed to creating safe school environments for students, staff, volunteers and visitors. During recent months, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and 29 community partners have collaborated to establish a Community Threat Assessment Protocol (CTAP).

The CTAP is a written document that outlines the process for the school board and community agencies to collaboratively respond to the highest of high risk behaviours in children and youth, those who present significant risk to self and/or others.

Components of the CTAP include the following:
• Assessing violence potential
• Approaches to risk/threat assessment
• Activation of the HPEDSB/Community Threat Assessment Team
• Process for sharing information

MEDIA ADVISORY – OFFICIAL SIGNING OF THE COMMUNITY THREAT ASSESSMENT PROTOCOL The school board and community agencies will take part in an official signing ceremony as noted below. As well, renowned traumatic stress expert, Kevin Cameron*, who was instrumental in the creation of the document, will be available to meet with reporters prior to the signing ceremony.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2009
Time:
8:30 a.m. – interviews Kevin Cameron, Traumatic Stress Expert 9:00 a.m. – official signing of the Community Threat Assessment Protocol
Location: Greek Hall, 6550 Harder Drive, Belleville

*J. Kevin Cameron, M.Sc., R.S.W., is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. In concert with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Behavioural Sciences Unit, he developed Canada’s first comprehensive, multidisciplinary threat assessment training program and currently serves on the Canadian Threat Assessment Training Board. He also trains crisis response teams nationally and internationally and consults with schools and communities impacted by trauma.

Agencies and organizations involved in the Community Threat Assessment Protocol
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Belleville Police Service
Belleville Fire Department
Belleville Youth Justice Diversions Committee
Children’s Mental Health Services
City of Belleville
Community Oriented Sentencing Program
Counselling Services of Belleville and District
First Nations Technical Institute
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
Hastings Children’s Aid Society
Limestone District School Board
Ministry of Child and Youth Services – Youth Justice Services Division
North Hastings Community Integration
Ontario Provincial Police – Central Hastings Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Napanee Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – North Hastings Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Prince Edward County Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Quinte West Detachment
Prince Edward Corrections Advisory Board
Prince Edward County Children’s Aid Society
Prince Edward County Fire Department
Quinte Health Care – Mental Health Services
Quinte United Immigration Services
Quinte West Fire Department
The Arson Protection Program for Children (TAPP-C)
Trent Community Correctional Committee
Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
Trenton Military Police
Youth Habilitation Quinte

Posted April 20, 2009

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

School board celebrates the life and character of Chair Carl Pitman

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board, in the early hours of Monday, May 23, 2011 as a result of complications from cancer. Carl fought the illness with immense will over the past few weeks. Medical teams in the ICU, first at Belleville General Hospital and then Kingston General Hospital, gave him around-the-clock care to alleviate his pain and help him to be as comfortable as possible. Family and closest friends were by his side throughout his final hours.

Pitman had served Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board since 1997, when he was first elected as a trustee representing Centre Hastings for Hastings County Board of Education. He was elected as Chair of the Board in December 2006 and continued in that capacity to the present.

Pitman’s leadership and vision led the Board through the development and completion of the first-ever 5-year system plan, known as Achievement in Motion for Student Success or AiM. Under his direction, the second 5-year AiM System Plan is now well underway, continuing to focus on students, employees and parents/community.

Known for his sense of humour, caring approach and responsibility, Pitman was a proud supporter of Growing with Character, the school board approach to character development in children and adults alike.

“He personified the eight attributes of caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness and certainly celebrated the fun in life,” stated Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “Carl was a mentor, a visionary and a leader. He will be truly missed by all who knew him, both professionally and personally.”
 

Pitman provided long-standing service to the following:
• Executive Committee
• Operations and Finance Committee
• Program and Human Resources Committee
• Special Education Advisory Committee
• Safe Schools Committee
• Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils (SALEP) Committee
• Accessibility Advisory Committee
• Audit Committee
• Marketing Committee

He also served as the HPEDSB representative to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and, at one time, as the vice-president for the eastern region.

Carl is survived by his wife Barb, son Ron, daughter Tina and her two small children.

All in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board community send deepest sympathy to Carl’s family as they come to terms with their loss.

Vice-chair Mary Hall is working with the director of education and Board members to establish a process to fill the position of trustee for Centre Hastings.

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

 

School board dissatisfied with EQAO test results

Today the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) released the results of the Primary and Junior (Grade 3 and 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests and the Grade 9 Mathematics test written during the 2007-2008 school year.

Provincial results flat-lined and HPEDSB results mirror the provincial pattern. In Grade 3 Reading, the results were the same as last year, in Writing there was a 2 percent improvement and in Mathematics there was a 2 percent decline. In Grade 6 Reading, there was a 1 percent improvement, in Writing a 3 percent improvement and in Mathematics a 1 percent decline. Grade 9 Mathematics results remain above the provincial average with a drop in the Applied level results and a small increase in the Advanced level results.

“The lack of consistency in results is concerning,” remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “Over the past three years we have put specific resources in place to support instruction and learning in literacy—things like intensive literacy training for teachers and focused resources to support student learning. Further data analysis is required to figure out why there are such extreme fluctuations at the elementary level. We will stay the course by continuing to focus on literacy in all classrooms.”

“We believe in our students’ ability and have confidence in our teachers to help students reach the provincial level. Even so, we are dissatisfied. We have not seen the incremental improvement that will close the gap between our students’ achievement and that of others in the province,” states Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Strategies in place for the 2008-2009 school year
For the 2008-2009 school year HPEDSB elementary schools will have the following common focus areas:

  • A comprehensive literacy program in all classrooms designed to help students become independent readers and writers.
  • 120 minutes of daily literacy instruction.
  • Literacy partners, who are expert teachers in teaching literacy, at all schools.
  • Literacy resource rooms consisting of a wide variety of readily available literacy resources for teachers.
  • In-depth analysis of achievement data to guide school and classroom instructional practices.
  • Events for parents and community members to support the school focus on improving literacy.

Secondary schools continue to guide students to select appropriate program pathways. Ongoing strategies include the following:

  • A focus on helping students to make successful transitions from elementary to secondary school.
  • Student Success teams at each secondary school. These teams exist to increase the percentage of students who graduate by providing a diverse range of programs and supports which address a variety of learning needs and preferences.
2008 EQAO Results for Reading, Writing and Math
HPEDSB
Province
HPEDSB
Province

Primary

(Grade 3)

Reading
50
61
Grade 9 – Applied Math
41
34
Writing
51
66
Grade 9 – Academic Math
76
75
Math
55
68

Junior

(Grade 6)

Reading
57
66
Writing
52
67
Math
47
61

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

School board faces challenges with declining enrolment and fiscal restraints

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is projecting a budget shortfall of up to $3 million for the 2011-2012 school year. During recent weeks, senior administration has been reviewing organizational needs, structures and projected enrolment while developing a 2011-2012 budget that is compliant with the Education Act.

The Board continues to struggle with the combined effect of declining enrolment and provincial government fiscal restraint. Over the past four years, enrolment in HPEDSB has declined by almost 2,000 students.

With salaries and benefits representing 80% of the budget, staff reductions are the only means to generate extensive and ongoing savings to assist in reducing a projected deficit of this size. The Budget Committee met during a closed session yesterday afternoon to discuss reductions throughout the organization.

Employee groups that will be affected include the following:
• school administration
• central office staff and administration
• school operations and maintenance staff
• school support staff, both teaching and non-teaching

Initial discussions were held at this time due to contractual obligations and timelines. The impact on employees has been shared with employee group leaders. This was the first step in a series of conversations and decisions that will occur over the next few months.

It is expected that the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding for 2011-2012 will be announced on March 31, 2011. An updated financial picture will be available in April once the funding has been analyzed and grant calculations completed. Public Budget Committee meetings will follow, with an anticipated final budget approval by the end of June 2011.

The Board appreciates and understands the need for respectful conversations to occur. Senior administration is committed to working with employee group leaders in order to communicate decisions in a timely manner.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,900 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west. 

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

 

School board hosts delegation of UK educators

Eight teachers from England will be visiting the district to learn about the Ontario Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was approached by the Ministry of Education and was eager to be a host board.

HPEDSB is recognized as an Ontario leader in H&PE. Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Popovich is presently president of the Ontario Association for the Supervision of Physical and Health Education and has also been a driving force behind all district schools becoming Healthy Active School Communities.

“For us it’s a perfect fit. Safe, respectful and healthy schools are part of our system plan and are a prime focus. Research proves that healthy children are more ready to learn and be engaged,” remarks Popovich.

The delegation consists of eight individuals who already have a wealth of H&PE expertise. While here their focus will be to:

  • Learn about another country’s education system regarding the teaching and learning of H&PE.
  • Reflect upon issues surrounding their role as H&PE teachers and H&PE leaders in schools.
  • Consider and investigate another country’s approach to H&PE in schools.
  • Learn about another country’s education system.

The week-long visit is part of a professional development program through the British school system. Educators are encouraged to visit other countries to collect resources, visit classrooms, interact with teachers and experience all that communities have to offer.

“We have a full schedule planned. They will visit schools and community partners throughout the district. This is really an excellent opportunity to share our exemplary programs with these international visitors and also for them to tour around,” adds Popovich.

The delegates will arrive in Belleville Sunday, October 26 and leave Friday, October 31.

TOUR SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monday, October 27 — Loyalist College, Children’s Safety Village
  • Tuesday, October 28 — Harmony PS, Prince Charles PS (Trenton)
  • Wednesday, October 29 — Education Centre/Student Success teams, Queen Victoria PS
  • Thursday, October 30 — Moira SS, Bird’s Creek PS
  • Friday, October 31 — Maynooth PS, North Hastings SES

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For more information, please contact:

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

School board ongoing actions around bullying prevention

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing caring, safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments for all students. For the past six years, we have been actively engaged in a coordinated effort with employees, students, parents/guardians and community partners, at both the system and school levels, to develop direction, supports and resources to help deal with the complex issue of student bullying.

Bullying can have devastating effects on individuals and groups. It is a societal issue that requires all of us to work together to support students who have been bullied and to help students who engage in bullying behaviours learn the impact of their actions.

What is bullying?

The Accepting Schools Act passed on June 5, 2012 defines bullying as the following:

Bullying means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where, the behaviour is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have the effect of:

(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or

(ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and

(b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education; (“intimidation”)

Bullying behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means.

For the purposes of the definition of “bullying”, bullying includes bullying by electronic means (commonly known as cyber-bullying), including,

(a) Creating a web page or a blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person;

(b) Impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; and

(c) Communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a website that may be accessed by one or more individuals.

As a school board we recognize that we have a significant role to play in bullying prevention and intervention. We are dedicated to this important work. Here are some of our key approaches to bullying prevention that align with Ministry of Education expectations:

• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing learning opportunities that promote social and emotional learning, as well as academic and physical growth. Our focus on character education is to support the development of safe and supportive school communities and to help students develop a foundation of good character. The Board believes that character development is about engaging the community in sharing the responsibility for character development.

• All bullying adversely affects healthy relationships, the school environment, and a school’s ability to educate students. It impacts negatively on students’ ability to learn. Bullying is not to be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the life of the school.

• Providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which the district and its schools play an important role. Schools that use bullying prevention and intervention strategies, including progressive discipline, foster a positive learning and teaching environment that supports academic achievement for all students.

• A positive school climate is a crucial component of bullying prevention. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted. To help achieve a positive environment, schools actively promote and support positive behaviours that reflect the board’s Growing with Character attributes (caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness). Schools also endeavour to ensure that parents and members of the broader community are involved in the school community.

Over time we have developed a range of practices to help our schools develop positive and safe school environments. They include:

  • character development
  • bullying prevention education and awareness
  • violence prevention programs
  • student success strategies
  • citizenship development
  • student leadership
  • peer and group counselling
  • restorative practices
  • mentor programs
  • progressive discipline, which includes suspension or expulsion, when necessary

We also have in place threat assessment protocols and a police protocol so that we can work effectively with our community partners. Each of our schools has developed its own set of unique programs to support bullying prevention and how to best respond to bullying incidents.

Developing effective strategies to deal with bullying is an ongoing process that requires continual effort from all of us. This year we have identified a district-wide focus on enhancing safe, effective learning environments, expanding restorative practices awareness, expanding awareness of equity and inclusivity, and increasing the understanding of mental health supports.

In January 2012 we placed specific requirements in school improvement plans, in all 50 of our schools, to have explicit strategies in place to enable students to demonstrate strong citizenship skills, and to engage and welcome students, parents/guardians and community members as respected and valued partners in this dialogue.

We are continuing to implement Safe Schools Actions Teams at each school to assist in the review and development of specific plans and approaches. Membership on Safe Schools Action Teams includes employees, parents/guardians, students and community representatives. At the district level we continue to work in partnership with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee, made up of employees, trustees, parents/guardians, community partners and police agencies. This group continues to play a valued role in guiding district direction as it relates to safe schools.

As a district, we acknowledge that no child should be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome at school because of the actions of others. Continuing to develop and implement effective prevention programs is our priority, followed by ensuring that we have supports in place for those who have been subjected to bullying, and appropriate measures in place to help students who have engaged in bullying so they can understand the impact of their actions.

We welcome opportunities for input at the school level through direct conversations with principals and staff, and involvement with the School Councils or Safe School Teams. Opportunities for input at the district level involve direct conversations with school superintendents or local trustees, involvement with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee or the Parent Involvement Committee.

Thousands of employees, parents/guardians, students and community partners are already engaged in this important work. Our strength and success will come though our collective efforts.

Rob McGall, Director of Education
Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board

REFERENCES

School board

Ministry of Education

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

School board passes compliant budget for 2010-2011 school year

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) approved a budget for the 2010-2011 school year in the amount of $193,005,362. This budget is compliant with Ministry of Education requirements.

On March 26, 2010 the Ministry of Education released details of the 2010-2011 Grants for Student Needs (GSN), which allocates funding to Ontario school boards. Due to the economic downturn and resulting impact on provincial revenues, the Ministry of Education has introduced a number of restraint measures as a method of reducing government expenditures. Specific program areas impacted by these restraint measures include Special Education, transportation, school operations and board administration.

“We were faced with challenges during the budget planning process due to the continual decline in enrolment and reductions in Ministry of Education funding. We are pleased to have worked through it to come to a compliant budget. We continue to focus on student learning and service to community,” remarked Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

For the past number of years HPEDSB has experienced enrolment decline, first in elementary schools and now in secondary schools. Over the past four years, enrolment has declined by almost 2,000 students, including 640 projected for the 2010-2011 school year.

The combined impact of declining enrolment and government restraint measures impact the budget by approximately $1.8 million.

Included in the budget are expenditure reductions of $1.3 million, including the following:

• $723,000 for a reduction in Special Education staffing, including:

o 1.50 central office coordinators
o 5.66 teachers
o 5.00 educational assistants

• $250,000 for a reduction in 5.00 operations and maintenance positions
• $250,000 for a delay in computer replacements
• $50,000 for Education Centre departmental budgets
• $75,000 representing a 50% reduction in the additional support provided to secondary schools for textbooks

The above-noted adjustments do not completely offset the funding shortfall and leave a projected in year deficit of $508,000. Under new budget compliance guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education, the resulting budget will be in compliance as the in-year deficit of $508,000 is less than 1% of operating revenue ($1.7 million).

During the 2010-2011 school year HPEDSB will undertake a number of large capital projects as a result of school consolidations in North Hastings and West Belleville. These projects compose the bulk of the $13 million capital budget. These capital projects are all funded by the Ministry of Education through various capital funding initiatives.

Many factors .will impact on funding beyond 2010-2011. Enrolment decline will continue. Many of the fiscal restraints (grant adjustments) introduced by the Ministry of Education in the past two years will have either a multi-year or ongoing impact. All operational areas of HPEDSB will be reviewed, both in staffing and non-staffing areas, for possible long-term savings and efficiencies that are permanent in nature.

Areas to be reviewed include the following:

• Staffing
Currently only teacher staffing formulas ensure staffing numbers change as enrolment changes.
Over the coming school year, all support and administrative complements will be reviewed.

• Non-staffing
Discretionary budgets at the Education Centre are currently under review. Other fixed costs, such as repairs, maintenance and renovations, are based on the number of board facilities that are in operation. It will be necessary to pursue additional accommodation reviews. Updated enrolment projections, school utilization rates, and operational costs and revenues for each location will need to be analyzed with the goal to create a long-term capital plan that reflects the board’s needs and culture.

• Revenue generation
All possible sources of revenue generation/maximization will be pursued. While limited somewhat by legislation in possible courses of action, one area that should be analyzed is the use of school space. Under the province’s new Facility Partnership guideline, the use of school space by outside agencies/groups should be on a cost recovery basis.

While some reductions were necessary in order to achieve a compliant budget, the resulting budget retains the integrity of programs and services, and continues to support the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan.

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

School board ratifies agreement for elementary occasional teachers

At a special public Board meeting on April 6, 2009, board members ratified a four-year collective agreement for elementary occasional teachers with Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local.

The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and covers 300 occasional elementary school teachers.

“We are very pleased with this settlement. Once again, we are fortunate to have negotiating teams that were focused on student success and employee excellence,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Highlights of the agreement include the following:

  • Improvements to salary and benefits.
  • An increase in professional development funds, effective September 2009.
  • Improvements in the management of the automated call-out system.
  • Inclusion of required Provincial Discussion Table agreement language, including new language for health and safety meetings and staff meetings.

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

School board ratifies agreement for secondary school teachers

27 January 2009, Belleville, ON—School board trustees have ratified a four-year collective agreement for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) – District 29.

The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and affects 500 contract and occasional secondary school teachers. A first step in the negotiation process was for the provincial OSSTF organization to sign a provincial framework agreement, commonly referred to as a Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) Framework Agreement. That PDT agreement was signed November 27, 2008. Following a series of local negotiation sessions a tentative agreement was reached on January 14, 2009.

“We are very pleased with this mutually-agreeable settlement. We are fortunate to have a negotiating team that was focused on student success and valuing employees,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.”

Highlights of the agreement include these features of the PDT framework agreement:

  • A 3% wage increase in each of the four years.

  • Funding to enhance benefits in 2010.

  • An increase in professional development funds of $2,500 per year in each of the four years.

  • Improvements in class sizes in locally developed, open and applied classes, phased in over the term of the agreement. The Ministry of Education is also increasing staffing for district secondary schools during this same period by approximately eight full-time equivalent teachers to further student success strategies.

  • Restructuring the headship process to align with Ministry of Education subject classifications, including 5-year terms with a more consistent approach in each secondary school.

  • Full implementation of the Substitute Employees Management System (SEMS) in all schools. This automated calling system is currently used in all district elementary schools and was recently successfully piloted in two secondary schools.

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

School board takes proactive action after a laptop was stolen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School board to host provincial event for attendance counsellors

The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services (OACAS) and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have teamed up to host a conference for provincial attendance counsellors.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Ramada Inn, Belleville
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Avis Glaze, with guest speakers including Anthony Di Lena, Provincial School Attendance Counsellor and Kathleen G. Lowery-King, President, OACAS

Relationships Matter! will feature sessions on the following topics:

  • Kathy Soule, Director of Education, speaking about the key role attendance counsellors and professional school support personnel play in contributing to student achievement;
  • Dr. Avis Glaze, speaking about the factors that contribute to disengagement and how to foster positive relationships and partnerships to encourage regular school attendance;
  • Anthony DiLena, speaking about changes to provincial attendance policies and the Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) program;
  • Peggy McCormick and Nicholas Grieco, speaking about enrolment for elementary and secondary students; and
  • Barb Meilenner, speaking about attendance review committees.

Event organizers Shelley Steacy and Kelly Towers, both attendance counsellors for HPEDSB, are expecting close to 80 participants consisting of attendance counsellors and child and youth counsellors from throughout the province, as well as HPEDSB Guidance and Student Success teachers, trustees and central office personnel. 

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

School board welcomes international students, celebrates diversity

Promoting a culture of inclusion, valuing differences and providing opportunities for all to participate are commitments of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). The board’s Equity and Diversity Committee has planned a get-together for newcomers to Canada and international students.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND TO REPORT ON THIS CELEBRATION.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7:00 p.m. (program begins)

Location: The Gallery at the Belleville Public Library

Guest speakers: Kathy Soule, Director of Education; Neil Ellis, Belleville Mayor; and international students

"This event is a way to celebrate diversity in our schools and communities," remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education. "It is also directly related to three of our system goals: Success for All Students, System of Character and Community Relationships," she adds.

Earlier this year the Equity and Diversity Committee planned to host a fall event to celebrate diversity. Focusing on the district’s international students was an obvious fit. This event will be co-hosted by HPEDSB and United Nations – Quinte Branch.

HPEDSB has 126 international students from 10 different countries including: Russia, Germany, United States, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Mexico and Brazil. The program has been in place since early 2000 and continues to grow each year.

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

School board will advertise to fill a trustee vacancy

At a Special Board Meeting today, trustees determined a process to fill a vacancy on the Board. The vacancy is a result of the recent passing of Chair Carl Pitman.

Trustees approved a motion to advertise in local newspapers for a trustee to represent the electoral districts of Municipality of Centre Hastings, Marmora/Lake and Deloro Township, Madoc Township and Stirling-Rawdon Township.

The process is outlined in Policy 3-H: Filling Vacancies on the Board (pages 19 to 21).

TIMELINES

  • August 8 to 15, 2011: Advertise in local newspapers for a trustee to represent the above-noted jurisdiction.
  • August 29, 2011: Executive Committee and other interested trustees will pre-screen candidates and develop interview questions.
  • September 6, 2011: Executive Committee and other interested trustees will interview selected candidates.
  • September 12, 2011: Special Board Meeting to select the new trustee.

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

School communities host Olympic celebrations

School communities throughout the district are celebrating Canada and sport now that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics are happening.

NORTH HASTINGS
In North Hastings, all six elementary schools (Bancroft Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School, Maynooth Public School and North Hastings Senior Elementary School) with close to 800 students, will participate in outdoor winter activities at two locations: Dungannon Recreation Centre and Millennium Park from February 16 to 20, 2010. Activities will include skating, broomball, yoga, speedskating, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and other outdoor games. The goal is for children to have fun and to spark interested in lifelong fitness. Funding was provided by the Ministry of Health Promotion and a partnership between the Town of Bancroft and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Students and staff at Athol Central Public School and South Marysburgh Central School celebrated with an Olympic assembly on Friday, February 12, 2010. A local torch-bearer was a special guest who carried the Canadian flag into the school.

BELLEVILLE
At Susanna Moodie Elementary School, students are celebrating ‘gold medal’ learning. Children are involved in celebrating two weeks of literacy, arts and physical activities from February 16 to 26, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to – 10:10 a.m. each morning. The school will focus on the fun and spirit of the Olympic games that promotes a love of sport and Olympic excellence, both tied to character education.School staff and students thank The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation for helping to make their Winter Olympic games dreams come true and also to Susanna Moodie School Council for their volunteering and support.

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

School District Survey indicates support for public education, continued emphasis on character development

Results from a public survey indicate that parents/guardians are interested in knowing about their child’s progress at school and that they welcome friendly, ongoing communication between the school and home. Similar opinions were expressed by community and education partners, and school board employees.

In the fall of 2011, then-newly-appointed Director of Education Rob McGall launched a survey to gather information from external and internal audiences to assist in setting organizational goals and priorities for the next three to four years. Respondents included employees, parents/guardians, community/education partners and community members from throughout the district. The total number of surveys completed was 890.

The results point to some priority areas, and some differences of opinion among respondents, as follows:

  • All audiences expressed strong support for the Board’s three goals: Success for Each Student, Employee Excellence and Community Connections.
  • All audiences felt the existing focus on character development is highly valued and consider it to be an essential part of student success.
  • Parents/guardians and community partners want welcoming environments, to be provided with caring service and to receive timely responses to phone calls or email inquiries.
  • Parents/guardians and the community want to promote our students and schools, and also to raise awareness of schools being available for community use for events and activities.
  • Parents/guardians want more and ongoing communication between school and home, especially with employees who work directly with their children.
  • All audiences indicated the Board and school websites be kept up-to-date and made more user-friendly.
  • Employees want to feel valued and their work recognized.

The School District Survey was available from Monday, September 19 to Friday, October 28, 2011. The survey was posted on the school board website for online completion. The link was emailed to all employees, and shared with school councils, several committees and community partners. Paper copies were available at the Education Centre, sent to schools and community partners for anyone who did not have access to the online version. Awareness was also raised through a news release sent to media outlets throughout the district. All responses were anonymous.

The results will be considered when developing the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan for the 2012-2013 school year and beyond.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing programs and services to help each student reach his/her full potential. The Board shares this responsibility with parents/guardians and the community.

The School District Survey Public Report is available online at www.hpedsb.on.ca/documents/survey_report_may12.pdf (pdf)

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

School events/activities for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Like many schools throughout Ontario, schools of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board hosting events and activities this week to recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. 

Events and activities range from presentations by police officers, literacy activities, sessions for parents/guardians, performances by secondary school students, writing activities and school-wide pledges.

Secondary school students will be doing a drama performance at Trenton High School on Wednesday, November 16 at 1:10 p.m., with an open invitation to the public.

Read more in this summary.

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

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

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

School events/activities for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

students demonstrating a restorative circle
Students demonstrate a restorative circle.
bucket drumming performers
The bucket drummers, with special guests.

Schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are hosting a variety of events, presentations, assemblies and activities to raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Deseronto Public School hosted a launch event for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. Students demonstrated a restorative circle and performed bucket drumming.

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School registration for September 2012

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

Schools will be open for new registrations during the week of August 27, 2012.

To register at an elementary school (pdf, list of schools), please call ahead to make an appointment.

To register at a secondary school, please refer to the specific dates and times listed at the following link.

Education at HPEDSB is about success for each student, through:

  • Literacy development in all subject areas
  • Strong focus on character development
  • Digital learning through collaboration, critical thinking and creativity
  • Safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments

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

School registration newspaper ad (pdf, 64 kb)

 

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Events for
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
November 18-24, 2012

Athol-South Marysburgh Public SchoolMonday: School assembly to launch the Bullying Awareness Week theme, read the book The Recess Queen and watch the short video called Don’t Laugh at Me.Tuesday to Friday: Classroom activities, home connections, home activities related to bullying awareness.
Bayside Public SchoolWednesday: Presentation by Canadian Olympic medalist Brian Price, who will speak about perseverance, determination and courage.
Bird’s Creek Public SchoolMonday: School assembly. Grade 4/5 students will teach the school the song What I Am by Will I Am. It has a message about staying strong and recognizing our strengths as individuals. Students will then draw on cut-outs to depict themselves and use one word to describe a character trait about them, such as caring, funny, brave, etc. The cut-outs be posted in the hall for all to see. Later in the week Constable Cox, Community Services Officer from Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police will be at the school to speak with students.
Breadner Elementary SchoolTuesday: Parent presentation 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. The guest speaker, Corporal Ryan, Community Relations Officer, will speak about drug awareness and cyberbullying.Thursday: Corporal Ryan will speak to Grades 5-8 students about cyberbullying.
C.M.L. Snider School‘Be Kind to Me Monday’ with a focus on kindness and empathy. Two students will read PSAs (public service announcements) over the PA system to share the importance of anti-bullying. All students will create a poster to illustrate the importance of being kind to one another and standing up for others. The posters will be displayed throughout the school. ‘T-Shirt’ Tuesday with a focus on equity and inclusivity. Students and staff will be encouraged to wear pink to represent the importance of inclusivity.‘Me to We Wednesday’ with a focus on the power of peers and student empowerment. Two students read a PSA over the PA system to share how students can take a stand and make their voice heard. All students will complete a poetry activity, completing a poem about how they can stand up, make a difference, make their voice heard.‘Think About It Thursday’ with a focus on respect, kindness, tolerance, and empowerment. School assembly to collectively speak to the importance of anti-bullying, standing up and making each individual voice heard for a safer, more respectful community (both inside the school, within Wellington, and online). At the end of the assembly, all students will take an anti-bullying pledge and sign the pledge banner which will hang in the school for the year
Coe Hill SchoolSchool assembly: Get B.I.G.” (Bullying is GONE).‘Superhero Moments’ for students to practise focusing and deep breathing. House recognition points for acts of valour. Morning announcement messages. Social Justice Begins with Me story and activities in each class. Picnic with the Principal for Primary students to eat lunch in principal’s office on floor, picnic style, to promote open, natural communication.
College Street Public SchoolFocus on friendship with younger students through games, songs and learning activities. Presentation by Jennifer Ronan, Public Health Nurse, on the PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) program, with a focus on co-operative and constructive play and activities, student led, in order to promote positive interactions among all students. Focus on bullying awareness with older students through activities and learning activities. Field trip to Centennial Secondary School on Wednesday to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness.
Deseronto Public SchoolMonday: Launch event for Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week.Daily: student-created public service announcements.Tuesday: Bullying awareness assembly with student presentations. Wednesday: Parent Networking Night, 6:30 p.m. Thursday: Bullying Awareness Poster Contest winners selected by student leaders.
Earl Prentice Public SchoolStudents will make a scrapbook person in their own likeness. Students will also read the story All it Takes is One Friend written by Heather Rankin, a former Earl Prentice PS teacher and illustrated by students.
Foxboro Public SchoolMonday: Parent and Bus Driver Bullying Awareness Workshop, 6:30 p.m.Tuesday: In-class Bullying Awareness Workshops for students in Grades 6 to 8. Wednesday: School Council meeting with a bullying awareness focus, 7:00 p.m. Thursday: Bus safety presentations, 2:00 p.m.
Frankford Public SchoolMonday: School assembly with Nick Foley of Celebrate the Hero, 2:00 p.m. Wednesday: Intermediate field trip to Centennial Secondary School on Wednesday to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness. Thursday: Presentation for 6 to 8 selected students on the PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) program, with a focus on co-operative and constructive play and activities, student led, in order to promote positive interactions among all students. Saturday: Frankford Santa Claus parade.
Harmony Public SchoolMonday: Light Up Harmony character development presentation at the Board Meeting (hosted at Harmony PS). All week: The student leadership team will train with a leadership class from Quinte Secondary School to learn how to facilitate activities in the classroom that have a bullying awareness theme. Classroom teachers will use the Social Justice Begins with Me picture book to promote the anti-bullying theme.
Hillcrest SchoolAll week: Daily announcements about bullying prevention and awareness. Shared reading of books, discussions and writing about the topic at the various grade levels. Grade 4/5 students will participate in team building activities that have a bullying awareness theme led by leadership students from Quinte Secondary.
Kente Public SchoolMonday: School assembly with Nick Foley of Celebrate the Hero. This program celebrates acts, big and small, that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Student leadership teams have written public service announcements and Grade 8 ‘bully ninjas’ will make an appearance in each classroom!
Madoc Public SchoolMonday: Constable Alana Deubel, Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police, will visit Grade 6 and 8 classes to talk about the concept of an ‘upstander.’ All other classes have been asked to create a class Action Plan (attached) and do skits/announcements to practice being an upstander. Thursday: Terrific Kids Assembly with a focus on trustworthiness.
Madoc Township Public SchoolAll week: Weekly missions from Celebrate the Hero, a program celebrating acts, big and small, that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Staff is also being trained in restorative practices.
Marmora Senior Public SchoolMonday: Snow White and the Anti-bullying Show performance by Big Kids Entertainment, a Toronto theatre troupe, with classroom activities following. All week: The principal will meet with each class for a restorative circle on the topic of bullying prevention and awareness.
Maynooth Public SchoolAll week: Daily bullying awareness messages on the announcements created by Grade 6 leaders.
North Trenton Public SchoolPoster contest for all students. The winning entries will be made into a 2013-2014 calendar.‘Super Friends’ focus at the school.Invitation for all students and staff to take the school-wide Anti-Bullying Pledge. Invitation for each class to establish its own individual Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive Class Motto. Thursday: Participating in International Stand Up to Bullying Day and Pink Shirt Day. Friday: Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive School Community Celebration Assembly.
Park Dale SchoolPresentation for students on the PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) program, with a focus on co-operative and constructive play and activities, student led, in order to promote positive interactions among all students.
Pinecrest Memorial ElementaryAll week: All students will be involved in literature-based art activities, with a theme of Putting a Face on Bullying.Monday and Tuesday: Susan Davies, HPEDSB Arts Coordinator, and community artists Marg McIntyre and Andrea Piller doing art-based activities. Thursday: Pink Shirt Day assembly. Grade 8 students have written scripts and filmed student testimonials related to the impacts of bullying on their lives. They will compile their work into a finished video, which will premier during this assembly. The Grade 5/6 students will also perform an anti-bullying skit.
Prince Charles School (Belleville)All week: The focus will be STAND UP- Be the Change! A different message will be promoted on the announcements and in classrooms each day. Get the Facts Monday: Assembly for Junior and Senior Kindergarten students based on a book about inclusion. The rest of the students will take a ‘fact or fiction’ quiz about bullying.Speaking Out in Our Community Tuesday: Bullying is not kids being kids. Students will learn to use their voices and use their power. Stop Cyberbullying Wednesday: Students will discuss strategies to protect themselves online and reflect on how to respect people online.
Prince of Wales Public SchoolAll week: Classroom discussions and literacy activities related to bullying awareness and prevention.
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Belleville)We Create Change Penny Drive: 2,500 pennies equals one person’s access to fresh drinking water. Kindness Awards presented at the Terrific Kids Assembly.Thursday: Pink Day! Grade 7 and 8 students are writing letters to an anonymous person where the students are telling the bully how the bully’s actions can make someone feel and what by bully can do to prevent bullying from occurring again. These students have already created bullying awareness videos which will be shown to the whole school. Grade 3 students are learning ‘have you filled a bucket today?’ They have each created a bucket and will fill them with notes describing the nice/kind things someone in the class has said or done for them.
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Picton)Monday: Students will begin to create public service posters and videos about bullying awareness. Tuesday: Grade 7/8 students attending an anti-bullying performance at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, created by the PECI Drama students. Wednesday: Anti-bullying scavenger hunt throughout the day. Friday: Black Day, students wear black as a commitment against bullying. Anti-bullying activities at recess in Junior and Intermediate yards. 12:10 p.m. Thursday: Anti-bullying assembly to watch the student-produced videos and school-wide messages and contracts to commit to anti-bullying for all students and staff.
Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)Poster contest for all students. The winning entries will be made into a 2013-2014 calendar.Invitation for all students and staff to take the school-wide Anti-Bullying Pledge. Invitation for each class to establish its own individual Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive Class Motto. Wednesday: Intermediate field trip to Centennial Secondary School on Wednesday to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness. Thursday: Participating in International Stand Up to Bullying Day and Pink Shirt Day. Friday: Safe, Caring, Respectful, and Inclusive School Community Celebration Assembly.
Queen Victoria SchoolTuesday: School assembly to review the school-wide anti-bullying pledge and to watch the video Don’t Laugh at Me. Hug necklaces: Each student and staff member will receive a necklace (long piece of yarn) and some smaller pieces (hugs). When a student recognizes another student doing something kind for someone else, they are able to give them a smaller piece of yarn (hug) to tie to their necklace. Kindness Tree: Staff will be given kindness tickets to give to a student who has done something helpful or kind. Tickets will be collected at the end of each day and be read by the principal on the announcements the following day then added to the Kindness Tree in the front foyer.
S.H. Connor SchoolWednesday: Constable Alana Deubel, Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police, will speak with Grade 6 and 8 students about “Turn a BULLY around . . . Youth Lending Leadership, Understanding and Bravery.” This presentation will focus on personal attributes/characteristic of empathy, respect, offering tolerance, confronting fear/intimidation, demonstrating bravery to do what is right.
Sir John. A. MacDonald SchoolAll week: Students will review the Power of One oath and use it as a focus for drama and language activities. Students are encouraged to wear purple all week. Wednesday: Grade 7 and 8 field trip to Centennial Secondary School to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness. Thursday: School Spirit Day and Christmas Sharing Day. Caring about others is a positive way to prevent bullying, and be more inclusive students and citizens in the world. House Teams (students) are asked to donate non-perishable food items to see which house will build the tallest structure.
Sophiasburgh Central SchoolTuesday: Grade 7/8 students attending an anti-bullying performance at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, created by the PECI Drama students. This will also be Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness about bullying.
Stirling Primary and Junior SchoolsMonday: School assembly to raise awareness of bullying prevention, read the book A Chance to Shine, and learn a song that complements the book. All week: Classroom and home activities on the bullying awareness theme.
Stirling Senior SchoolMonday: School assembly featuring the Light Up Your World program.Wednesday: Grade 8 field trip to Centennial Secondary School to watch the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness.
Susanna Moodie Elementary SchoolAll week: The school theme is “Imagine.” Each class received a copy of the book Ghandi’s Glassesto be used throughout the year as a discussion point to explore social justice issues which affect students in their everyday lives. Monday: Presentation by Drew Dudley to Grade 6, 7, and 8 students. He has appeared on Ted Talks, and helps students explore the concept of leadership and what it means to them. Wednesday: School assembly to share what students have learned about how to make a difference in the community through discussions about Ghandi’s Glasses. All students will wear paper glass frames which symbolize how they see the world through Ghandi’s eyes.
Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public SchoolWednesday: Constable Alana Deubel, Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police, will speak with Grade 6 and 8 students about “Turn a BULLY around . . . Youth Lending Leadership, Understanding and Bravery.” This presentation will focus on personal attributes/characteristic of empathy, respect, offering tolerance, confronting fear/intimidation, demonstrating bravery to do what is right.
Tyendinaga Public SchoolAll week: Theme of Kindness is Contagious. Classroom activities and literacy connections to this theme, student announcements, and students creating artwork about bullying awareness. Blue and White Spirit Day.
York River Public SchoolAll week: Students will decorate their classroom door to raise awareness about bullying prevention. The design must include the words Be Kind to Me, must be positive, colourful and include the colour pink, and have one tip about bullying.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

EVENTS

Bayside Secondary SchoolAll week: Activities and announcements to raise awareness of bullying prevention.Wednesday: Presentation by Canadian Olympic medalist Brian Price, who will speak about perseverance, determination and courage.
Centennial Secondary SchoolWednesday: Host school for the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness.
Centre Hastings Secondary SchoolWednesday: Students performing in the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness at Centennial Secondary School.
Moira Secondary SchoolWednesday: Students performing in the Speak Up, Speak Out drama production by HPEDSB secondary school students about positive relationships and mental health awareness at Centennial Secondary School
North Hastings High SchoolMonday: School assembly to raise awareness of bullying prevention. All week: Student-led public service announcements.Friday: Pink T-shirt Day.
Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteTuesday: Performance of a student-created drama performance with an anti-bullying theme for Grade 7 and 8 feeder school students on Nov. 20. All week: Daily critical thoughts shared over the morning announcements and Twitter to create reflection and invoke discussion.
Student-created PSA posters featuring positive messaging, and reflective comments created to encourage students to think critically about what they are saying to others in an effort to create a positive school culture, will be posted throughout the school. Activities focused around anti-bullying in a relevant/real world context.
Quinte Secondary SchoolLeadership students are working with students in Grades 4 to 8 from feeder schools to provide activities related to bullying awareness. Kindness Wall in the school each day where students can write kind words about other students. Wednesday: “Celebrate the Hero” assembly, with Nick Foley.
Trenton High SchoolAll week: Promoting Day of Pink, which will occur in April 2013.Tuesday: Vow of Silence Day where interested students can participate in being silent all day out of respect for victims of bullying who feel silenced every day.