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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:

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:

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

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, [email protected]