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Board Meeting Update #98

This update provides a summary of the special meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September 2013.

Update on the new Stirling and Tweed schools, August 13, 2013

Posted August 13, 2013: Construction is on-schedule at the new elementary schools in Stirling and Tweed. Our intention is for all students to be in school on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. If there is need for other plans, we will communicate with families and through the local media.

It is exciting to see each school become closer to reality each day. Senior staff from the Education Centre have been monitoring progress daily over the past few weeks and will continue to do so.

Both schools will be big enough to accommodate the projected enrolment in each community. There are no plans to put portables on either site. The new Stirling school will combine approximately 700 elementary students from the former three Stirling schools. The new Tweed school will combine approximately 375 elementary students from the former two Tweed schools. Both projects are fully-funded by the Ministry of Education, with approximately $12 million for Stirling and $7 million for Tweed.

photo of Stirling Public School
Construction of the new Stirling Public School is progressing on-schedule. The old school has been taken down to make room for parking and play areas. The new school is pictured in the background.

Stirling Public School
Interior work in the new school is progressing well. Most ceilings are in place and floors are complete. Mechanical and electrical work is continuing. Exterior brick work has started and will be completed in the next few weeks. Site work, such as parking lot construction and re-grading, is continuing. Demolition of the former Stirling Senior Public School is almost finished, as can be seen in the photo.

Tweed Elementary School
Site work is proceeding well with concrete curbs now in place. Re-grading work is continuing. Interior finishes are progressing, with most ceilings and floors in place. The gym floor was installed last week. Mechanical and electrical work is proceeding according to schedule. Equipment start ups should occur this week. Demolition of the former Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School has started after a short delay due to extensive asbestos removal work.

View of the front yard at the new Tweed Elementary School
Grading is being done at the front of the new Tweed Elementary School. This picture is taken from the roof of the new school.

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

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Posted July 23, 2013: Construction is continuing on the new schools in Stirling and Tweed.

Stirling
The roof is now watertight and almost finished, with aggregate gravel to be added as the final step. Inside the building, the ceramic floor is being laid in the hallways. Priming and painting are being done. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems. See below for recent photographs.

Tweed
The exterior brick work is mostly finished. Installation of the exterior metal panels will begin shortly. Window installation has started. Interior finishes, such as painting and trim work, are well underway. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems. See below for recent photographs.

Please note: Due to an annual 2-week summer shut-down at the Education Centre, the next status update will be posted during the week of August 12, 2013.

Roof of Stirling Public School
Tar has been applied to the roof at Stirling Public School. Aggregate gravel will be added as the final step.

Mechanical Room at Stirling Public School
Boilers are being installed at Stirling Public School. Progress is being made on installing the mechanical and electrical systems.

Exterior grading at Tweed Elementary School
The grading is underway at Tweed Elementary School. The exterior brick work is mostly finished.

Basketball nets in the Gym at Tweed Elementary School
The basketball nets and lighting have been installed in the gym at Tweed Elementary School.

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

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Picture update July 15, 2013.

front of the new Stirling Public School
This picture shows the front of the new Stirling Public School. The jut-out at the centre is the main entrance (facing north). Kindergarten classrooms will be on the west side of the building (to the right and around the corner). Five more Primary classrooms will be on the main floor. Grades 3 to 8 will be on the second floor.

east side of the new Stirling Public School
This picture is looking at the east side of the new school. School board officials toured the site on July 11, 2013.

front of the new Tweed Elementary School
School board officials toured the new Tweed Elementary School on July 11. This picture shows the front of the new school. The main entrance is in the centre.

classroom with double doors at Tweed Elementary School
The new Tweed Elementary School will have classrooms with double doors between them. This design feature will be used for student collaboration.

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Picture update July 8, 2013.

photo of the roof with bundles of sheathing piled on it
Sheathing is ready to be installed on the roof of the new Stirling Public School.

photo of the roof with sheating on it
Work on the roof at Stirling Public School is progressing. Here the sheathing has been installed.

exterior view of one side of the school
Side view of Stirling Public School.

side view of Tweed Elementary School
Side view of Tweed Elementary School showing the brickwork in progress.

another side of Tweed Elementary School
Another view of Tweed Elementary School.

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Posted July 3, 2013: We are very excited about the new elementary schools being built in Stirling and Tweed! They will provide new, modern learning environments for our students. Starting this week, updates will be posted as construction progresses.

Construction is on schedule in both Stirling and Tweed. As part of the construction plan, the existing Stirling Senior Public School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School will be taken down in July. This needs to be done so the contractor can work on underground drainage and site development for school yards, parking and landscaping.

In Stirling, before and after school child care will continue to be provided by current provider, Stirling Co-operative Nursery School.

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

Arts Days event for teachers on August 27 and 28

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Teachers are invited to register for Arts Days scheduled for Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Teachers are invited to participate in Arts Days at the end of August.

Will you be teaching your own music? Providing prep coverage in the arts? Arts Days will give you confidence and inspiration, plus connect you with other teachers with arts assignments. event flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: W. R. Kirk Gymnasium, 224 Palmer Road, Belleville

OUTCOMES

  • Make a frame drum with genuine goat skin head with Leo Brooks (start Tuesday a.m. and finish Wednesday a.m.). Leo worked with students from the three Stirling schools in the spring to make drums. It was a positive experience that all will remember for the rest of their lives!
  • Visual Art with professional artist and educator Andrea Piller (p.m. both days).
  • Music inspiration with musician and teacher Lisa Terpstra (p.m. both days).

These sessions will be of interest to elementary teachers and also secondary Native Studies teachers who want to make a frame drum, and participate in music and visual arts workshops in preparation for the new school year.

Materials and snacks will be provided.

To register or for more information contact:
• Susan Davies, Curriculum Services, [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients

Congratulations to eight secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. The medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

Governor General’s Academic Medal Recipients

Isabella Hutchison
Bayside
Secondary School

Sheldon Hawley
Centennial
Secondary School

Michael Brogee
Centre Hastings
Secondary School

John Xu
Moira
Secondary School

Danielle Robinson
North Hastings
High School

Ryan McKenzie
Prince Edward
Collegiate Institute

Masaki Hiratsuka
Quinte
Secondary School

Hannah McKillop
Trenton
High School

Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

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

Board Meeting Update #97

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, July 15, 2013.

Recommendation

This meeting was to rescind a motion from May 2013 and approve another one, both related to the installation of safe entry systems at 28 elementary schools. In May, Board members awarded a contract to Stanley Canada Corporation for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of front entry door building access systems and enhanced video surveillance systems. Shortly after, (more) http://bit.ly/1dzNyuW

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

Life-changing “Kenya dig it?” trip for Quinte SS students

students standing in front of a truck in Kenya
Students from Quinte Secondary School learned so much about the people and culture of Kenya during their “Kenya Dig It” trip in May 2013. They also learned about themselves by realizing they were part of something bigger than simply digging ditches and erecting wells.

Submitted by Scott Shortly, Teacher, Quinte Secondary School.

Jambo Rafikis! (Hello Friends!)

On behalf of the staff and students at Quinte Secondary School who traveled to Kenya in May of this year we would like to take this opportunity and share with you a brief recap of our life changing and inspiring journey.

Every trip is important, no matter where you go or what it is you are doing. Travel shapes us in ways that aren’t always understood or even realized until long after we have returned home. But there are certain travel experiences that not only impact your life; they change the direction you head in. These adventures are rare, but when they occur they are moments to be treasured for the rest of your life. Our “voluntour” with Me to We provided us with that transformative and compelling experience.

At the beginning we were really just expecting to help work on existing school facilities such as, digging drainage ditches, and erecting walls. What we left with was much greater. As we experienced more we began to see that we were a part of something much bigger. Although it was not apparent to us at the start, we were being deeply immersed in the Kenyan and Maasai culture at every step. It was extremely exhilarating being exposed to current regional issues in real time and given the resources, guidance and inspiration to help make an immediate impact while looking towards the future.

Daily we engaged in action planning workshops that equipped us with the tools and knowledge needed to proceed with a clear direction while we were there. Our group took part in concrete learning about development, world issues, leadership, environmental conservation and biodiversity through the interactive seminars modeled by our tour facilitators and Maasia guide. It helped us to connect to the importance and challenges of long term localized strategies, while ensuring that a worldview approach was being established.

Some of the most memorable experiences we had were being able to participate in the water walks with the Mam’s, a safari expedition, Swahili lessons, and yes even Maasai weapons training. But our main focus was working on the all girl’s high school: “Oleleshwa” in the Maasai Mara region. It tested our physical aptitude and challenged us to look beyond what we saw in front of us and instead it encouraged us to focus on the change being created by the work that we were providing.

In the end “YES” it was hard work but well worth it and we knew that so many more girls would have the opportunity to get an a education in order to continue empowering their families and communities. This part of our journey left us with a true sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Although the places we visited and worked at were all truly incredible it was the Kenyan people (Maasia and Kipsiki included) that made our trip a rich and vibrant one. We were very fortunate to have met so many; the Mama’s, Maasai Warriors, School Teachers, Parents, Elders, and Building Site Organizers to name but a few. But the most compelling was our visit to an elementary school called Motony where we met children who were so incredibly passionate about their education. Meeting those young students filled us with gratitude and hope that positive change was really happening in their community. We also received the most incredible greeting any of us have ever experienced in our lives. A humbling and wonderful memory now frozen in time.

On our way home we took the time to ask ourselves “What now?” So in brief, our plan is to involve our entire school, school board and community to reach a goal of $10,000 that will afford one girl the opportunity to attend high school for four years at the school we helped to build. We believe that this is just the beginning of our sustained involvement with our new friends in the Maasai Mara and look forward to seeing this initiative and others like it endure.

Our 10 days traveling in Kenya helped encourage us to define and re-define our own values and daily actions. We came home with open minds and open hearts and now for us it is about transformation, limitless potential and continued friendships.

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who supported us before, and during our adventure to Kenya. We extend an invitation to all of those who would like to join us as we continue this amazing journey.

Tuko Pamoja [We are together],
The “Kenya Dig It” Group

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

Trenton High to offer a specialist course in the non-profit sector

Starting in September 2013, students at Trenton High School will have access to a new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) geared towards the non-profit sector.

Trenton High has always been connected to the community. Students regularly fundraise, support food drives and engage in safe schools/bullying awareness initiatives.

Through the non-profit SHSM, students will take courses, engage in reach-ahead activities and experiential learning, and earn seven certifications to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills. Courses will focus on community action and responsible citizenship.

Students in the non-profit major will study a bundle of Grade 11 and 12 courses. They will earn:

  • four major credits providing skills and knowledge in the non-profit sector;
  • one English credit and other credits tailored to include units focused on non-profit;
  • two cooperative education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practise sector-specific knowledge and skills;
  • experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector;
  • certifications and training programs/courses in first aid, teamwork, and cultural competency;
  • essential skills and work habits required in the sector.

Future career paths for non-profit majors include the following:

  • apprenticeship pathway: event planner, policy analyst;
  • college pathway: fundraising manager, counsellor;
  • university pathway: international aid worker, NGO program administrator; or
  • entry level workplace: fundraiser.

Trenton High School also offers a Specialist High Skills Major in Sports Management.

HPEDSB secondary schools offer 11 other SHSMs, related to manufacturing, construction, environment, health and wellness, and Arts and culture.

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

Join in celebrating National Aboriginal Day, Friday, June 21

Across Canada, National Aboriginal Day is recognized annually on June 21. This date was chosen because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice—the first day of summer and longest day of the year—and because many Aboriginal communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage. Setting aside a day to acknowledge National Aboriginal Day is part of the wider recognition of the founding place of Aboriginal peoples within the fabric of Canada.

According to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, on June 13, 1996, the Governor General of Canada proclaimed June 21 to be National Aboriginal Day, offering Aboriginal peoples an opportunity to share their rich, diverse cultures with family members, neighbours, friends and visitors.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we have a growing number of successful programs and partnerships that support Aboriginal culture and awareness. It is with great pride that we invite you to join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day on Friday, June 21, 2013.

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

Flags at half-mast to mark National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, Sunday, June 23

Sunday, June 23, 2013 is recognized as National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

According to the Government of Canada website, The National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism was proclaimed in 2005 and first observed on June 23, 2005, in memory of those who have lost their lives through acts of terror in Canada and around the world. The day was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Air India Flight 182 tragedy, which occurred on June 23, 1985. On that day, a bomb exploded on the flight while en route from Toronto to London, England, killing all 329 people aboard, 280 of them Canadians. A similar bomb intended for another Air India flight also killed two baggage handlers at Tokyo’s Narita airport.

Flags at all our schools and the Education Centre will be flown at half-mast from the afternoon of Friday, June 21 to the morning of Monday, June 24, 2013 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. Provincially, flags at all Ontario government buildings will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

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

EVENT: “Coming Together to the Beat of Our Drums” in Stirling

event flyerStudents and staff from three schools in Stirling—about 700 people—are coming together for a hand-drumming extravaganza! All are invited to this event. event flyer

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, June 21, 2013
TIME: 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling
WHAT: Large semi-circular rows of 700 students doing a performance on their hand-made drums

For the past several months, students have been working with Leo Brooks, a percussionist from Canada’s national capital region. He has worked with each student at Stirling Primary School, Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School to build drums.

Each drum base is made from a custom-cut sonotube. Students painted them in the school colours of red, yellow and black. Small drums for students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 have a transparent skin. Students in Grades 3 to 5 made medium-sized djembe drums which have a traditional skin made of goat-skin. Students in Grades 6 to 8 made larger drums Aboriginal-style drums which have a traditional skin made of goat-skin.

Several groups of students have learned and will perform a group rhythmic piece. Following that, all students and staff—around 700 people!—will join in one, combined large group performance using the three different styles of drums. This is the largest student group Brooks has worked with and had perform together in one single event!

Background on Leo Brooks, Treefrog Percussion http://www.treefrogpercussion.ca/

(Taken from the Treefrog Percussion website) As a young child, Leo loved to pull the pots and pans out of the cupboard to ban on them and never outgrew the habit —so it’s easy to understand why his percussion skills have been developing for more than half his life. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Leo earned a Bachelor of Music (with distinction) at University of Lethbridge. In his early years, Leo performed as a percussionist in numerous ensembles including the Calgary Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Band.

After moving to Canada’s National Capital Region in 1997, Leo became passionate about hand drumming. Much of his development in this area was self directed, although he was able to study periodically with Michael Marcus of New York and djembe master Famoudou Konaté. The highlight of his hand drumming education came in 2006, when Leo undertook a 10 week study tour through Guinea, Mali and Nigeria.

Leo now makes his home with his wife, son and daughter in Gatineau, Quebec. Here he spends his time teaching, building and repairing hand drums. He is constantly reaching out for new boundaries and seeking to improve his skills. “There is nothing that fascinates me more than the examination of percussion traditions from around the world” he says. “Percussion is a vast world unto itself—my goal in life is to touch a little bit of everything within it.”

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

Board Meeting Update #96

 

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 17, 2013, http://bit.ly/1anaH4X

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

Congratulations to Great Place Awards recipients

Congratulations to Great Place Awards winners who contribute to student achievement and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

12th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, volunteers and community partners.

The 2013 Great Place Awards recipients are:

  • Tracey Chapman, Inter-departmental Special Education Head, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Margaret Davis, Volunteer, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • David Frederick, Lead Hand Custodian, Earl Prentice Public School
  • Colleen Galway, Volunteer, Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Judy Hatton, Volunteer, Hermon Public School
  • Greer Koutroulides, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Niki Petti, Peer Tutor, Quinte Secondary School
  • Dustin Wilson, Student, Trenton High School
  • Sean Boomhower, Janet Boyd, Roberta Clancey, Kelly Craig, Audrey Lemieux, Rhonda Pickstock and Amy Thompson, Educational Assistants, Tyendinaga Public School
  • Grade 7 Destinations Programme Students,Harry J. Clarke Public School:
    • Victoria Bailey, William Bardwell, Hatim Belhadjhamida, Mackenzie Bennett, Corey Cameron, Abhaysinh Chudasama, Margaret Doidge, Olivia Greaves, Michael Haddad, Rowan Haddock, Ryan Jaeger, Kevin Li, Erin Locke, Brady Lumley, Robin MacKinnon, Kaylen McCormack, Alexander McPherson, Monisha Mohan, Mariam Niazi, Travis Rendell, Alexandra Schildknecht, Amy Stringer, Holly Tetzlaff
    • Jenna Belanger, Richard Belanger, Ethan Belton-Dalpee, Michael Berry, Quin Botly, Nicole Cao, Aiden Dubyk, Sophia Douglas-Najem, Ryan Forgrave, Isaac Fullerton, Paola Gonzalez Romero, Saud Haseeb, Nevan Hinks, Eve Hoskin, Brylie Ivey, Evan Lumbers, Mackenzie McGuire, Pedram Mollahajian, Victoria Moses, Sneha Patel, Brady Potter, Alexander Tse, Madeleine Yee

“All the nominations told wonderful stories about the person being nominated and how he or she has contributed to student achievement. The committee had a challenging task to review each one, then through discussion, determine which would become finalists,” said Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and committee chair.

Awards presentation

Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, June 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 27 nominations representing students, employees and volunteers. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Thank you to the Great Place Awards Committee for their respectful and caring review of the nominations:

  • Christine Blakely, Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Karen Chow, President, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
  • Paul Covert, Parent Involvement Committee Co-chair
  • Geoff Cudmore, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
  • Hannah Dustin, Student Representative from Bayside Secondary School
  • Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst at the Education Centre
  • Rebecca Posthumus, Student Representative, Bayside Secondary School
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Susan Sweet, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

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

Kindergarten class 2nd Annual Art Show

event posterKindergarten students at Queen Victoria School are preparing for their second annual art show. It’s an event you want to see!

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, June 5, opening reception
TIME: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville (in the public library)

These students are the next generation of artists. They have created some wonderful pieces that will be on display in Gallery 2 from Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 14, 2013.

All are welcome to attend.

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

Dine at “Chez Quinte”

Too hot to cook? Why not enjoy a great meal out while supporting a worthy cause?

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, June 7
TIME: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville
TICKETS: Available by calling the school at 613.962.9295.

The Quinte Secondary School cafeteria will be transformed into Chez Quinte. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner of spaghetti, Caesar salad and dessert for just $10 (adults) and $5 (students). Children under 5 eat free.

Anyone interested in ‘dinner and a show’ can also purchase tickets for the student performance Changes, written by Quinte students, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

All proceeds will be directed to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation to support students in need through the Student Emergency Fund.

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

Mary Chisholm, Library Technician, Quinte Secondary School, 613.962.9295

EVENT: “Closing House” at three Stirling schools

event posterYou have heard about an ‘open house’ event. What about a ‘closing house?’

Three Stirling schools will be coming together as one new Stirling Public School in September 2013. To celebrate the unique history of each one, they are jointly hosting a Closing House.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
TIME: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: All three schools (see below)

Stirling Primary School, 40 Church Street, Stirling
Stirling Junior Public School, 84 Church Street, Stirling
Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Classrooms in each school will be open to visit. Memorabilia of all types will be on display. If you have something to share, please call Stirling Junior Public School at 613.395.3343.

All are welcome to this community event. Visit with current and former staff, students and community partners.

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

EVENT: “Happy Days” musical performance at Centre Hastings SS

promotional posterThe saying “happy days are here again,” is being heard around Centre Hastings Secondary School. Students in the Music Theatre class are putting the finishing touches on their performance of “Happy Days,” the sock-hopping musical based on the television series of the same name.

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: June 11 to 14 (Tuesday through Friday)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centre Hastings Secondary School, 129 Elgin Street, Madoc
TICKETS: $12, available at the school, 613.473.4251

Storyline
It’s May 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fonzie (played by student Michael Brogee) is still the King of Cool at his favourite malt shop, Arnold’s. The school year is coming to an end and friends Richie, Lori, Beth, Potsie and Ralph Malph are getting ready to graduate from Jefferson High School. The gang’s all here, from Pinky Tuscadero to the bumbling and not nice Malachi Brothers. The acting, singing and dancing is a musical celebration of nostalgia at its funniest and best!

Grab your poodle skirt, saddle shoes and bring the whole family. This performance of Happy Days is an event you won’t want to miss!

Cast
Happy Days character Student
Arthur Fonzarelli Michael Brogee
Richie Cunningham Jacob Palmateer
Pinky Tuscadero Amie Plume
Howard Cunningham Mathew Kent
Marion Cunningham Amber Livingstone
Joanie Cunningham Abby Bonter
Chachi Arcola Jaike Haywood
Ralph Malph Liam Wood
Potsie Webber Michael Dillabough
Lori Beth Allen, Ensemble Brittany Bronson
Bully, Leopard, Ensemble Justin Fralick
Leopard, Manny Moon, Ensemble Adam Durst
Count Malachi, Ensemble Jordi Franks
Jumpy Malachi, Ensemble Cory Gilmour
Arnold Delvecchio, Ensemble Trevor Osbourne
Pinkette Lola, Ensemble BillySue Johnston
Pinkette Tina, Ensemble Neely Bray
Leopard, Ensemble Aaron Mills
Leopard, Ensemble Jonathan Sniderhan
Nerd Girl, Ensemble Jenna Declair
Nerd Girl, Ensemble Emily Spencer
Ensemble  

Mason Clarke
Cassandra Cross
Shelby Erwin
Erin Gawley
Shelby Lafreniere
Emily Lederer
Ashley Wood

Directed by Kim Dafoe. Costumes by Sue Berkhuizen. Hairstyling by Lise Hannah and the Aesthetics class. Promotion by Rick Moulton and the Communications/Technology class. Set construction by John Brogee and the Construction class. Promotion by Sarah Wannamaker and Pat Wood.

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

Summary of the feedback from the regional community meetings

Engaging parents/guardians and community partners in the development of school board priorities is important to Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Parents/guardians and community partners are significant role models in students being successful at school and in life.

Regional AiM Community Meetings, held in March and April, 2013, provided a forum for parents/guardians and community partners to engage with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

An initial review of the feedback from all five meetings revealed similarities in participant comments. In all five regions, the three most common messages reported can be summarized as follows:

  • continue with a purposeful focus on mental health awareness and initiatives for students;
  • continue to offer a full range of programming, regardless of geography; and
  • continue to engage with parents/guardians and the community through community meetings, social media, surveys and parent seminars.

The complete report is available as a PDF file.

Paper copies are available by contacting the communications officer, as noted below.

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

School board announces new Superintendent of Business Services

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to announce Leslie Miller as the new Superintendent of Business Services. Miller, presently a Director at Toyota Canada Inc., succeeds retiring Superintendent of Business, Dave Rutherford. She will join the school board on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

“It was a decision supported by all Board members. Leslie brings experience in finance, human resources and administration. She has a personal style which we believe will be an excellent fit as the business superintendent for this organization,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Miller is a financial executive with over 20 years of progressive leadership experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with Honours at Brock University and is a Certified Management Accountant.

During her career as Director of Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Administration and Legal Services for Toyota Canada Inc., Miller has provided leadership and direction for financial services, strategic planning, service delivery, governance and leadership of four divisions. She has been recognized for her ability to build positive relationships, team capabilities and financial problem solving in support of organizational goals.

Miller is a proud graduate of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and is pleased to be returning to the area.

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

Board Meeting Update #95

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 27, 2013, http://bit.ly/10YNbDa

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

EVENT: Reunion at S.H. Connor & Tweed-Hungerford schools

event flyerStudents, staff and friends—past and present—of S.H. Connor School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School are invited to a celebration! Out of the Past and Into the Future is a multi-generational event to celebrate learning and friendships.

DATE: Saturday, May 25, 2013
TIME: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Open House at the two schools
4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Community Social at the Curling Club, $10 per person, dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Attendance at the Community Social is limited to 400 people. Tickets can be purchased at the schools, Bush Furniture, The Tweed News or The Food Company.

DO YOU HAVE SCHOOL MEMORABILIA?
Open House organizers are looking for memorabilia from the two schools, such as jackets, pennants, pictures, books, jerseys. If you would like to loan items, please contact Susan Carleton-Maines, Principal, by calling 613.478.2719 or email [email protected]

S.H. Connor School and Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School will close in the fall of 2013. Construction of a new school, on the site of the existing Tweed-Hungerford school, is underway and is scheduled to open in September 2013.

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

 

Event: Belleville Police Voluntary Autism Registry

event flyerAnyone interested in learning about the Belleville Police Voluntary Autism Registry is invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville

To register, contact Alison Spry at [email protected]

GUEST SPEAKER DENNIS DEBBAUDT
Dennis Debbaudt is the proud father of Brad, a young man who has autism. A professional investigator and law enforcement trainer, Dennis has authored or co-authored over 30 articles and books since 1993 including Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders, articles for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (April, 2001), and many other law enforcement and autism publications.

ABOUT THE VOLUNTARY AUTISM REGISTRY
The Voluntary Autism Registry provides police with quick access to critical information about a person with Autism. The registry contains emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, favourite attractions and special needs of the person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This information can assist p0lice officers in communicating or engaging with a person with ASD.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Belleville Police Service
  • Counselling Services of Belleville & District
  • Family Space Quinte Inc.
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Kerry’s Place Autism Services

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

Silver medal for Bayside SS student at Canada Wide Science Fair

Theresa DeCola, Grade 10, Bayside Secondary School, won a Silver medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair for her project Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms & pseudofaecal material. DeCola also won Silver at last year’s event.

Congratulations to Theresa DeCola, Grade 10, Bayside Secondary School, awarded a Silver medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair.

This is DeCola’s second Silver at the Canada Wide event. She won Silver last year, as well. Her current project, Localised differences in Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms & pseudofaecal material, demonstrated her knowledge of the topic and scientific processes.

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

‘Stompin’ Tom & Patsy Cline’ at Family Night, College Street PS

If you are a country fan, read on! College Street Public School is hosting an event you will want to attend!

Family Night at College Street Public School
DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2013
TIME: Barbeque at 6:00 p.m., $2 hamburgers, $1 hotdogs, $1 drinks. Also a silent auction in JK/SK Hallway.

CONCERT: 7:00 p.m. featuring a tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors and Patsy Cline, $5 per person or $20 per family (maximum six people and must be accompanied by a parent)

Tickets can be bought in advance from the school office.

Everyone is welcome!

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

Lauren Barry selected for the Minister’s Student Advisory Council

Lauren Barry, Grade 8, Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School, has been selected to join the Minister’s Student Advisory Council.

Congratulations to Lauren Barry, Grade 8, Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School. Barry was selected to be part of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 school year.

Read about Barry’s experience as a legislative page

Students from across the province were invited to apply to be on the Council. The Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, selected 63 to join the prestigious group.

According to a letter from Sandals, students who serve on the Minister’s Advisory Council have many responsibilities. The Council meets with her twice during their term and each member is required to participate in at least one regional student forum. Additional Council meetings normally take place ‘virtually’ between September and June. The Council can form sub-committees on topics of interest to them. Council members can also participate in other student forums, events or conferences to discuss student-related issues.

The Council also provides:

  • ongoing student perspectives, advice, recommendations, and consultations on the Ministry of Education policies, programs and practices;
  • advice and feedback on activities more-specifically related to the ministry’s student engagement activities; and
  • feedback on student-focused communication strategies and products, such as websites, brochures, pamphlets and DVD clips.

Council members develop leadership skills. During their term they learn about strategic planning and the formation of government policy, programs and practices. They also use online surveys to engage their peers, and to raise awareness about programs and services available to Ontario students.

IN HER OWN WORDS: Lauren Barry’s Experience as a Legislative Page
When I was a page, I served from March 2012 to April 2012. I was there with 20 other kids from across Ontario. There were over 1200 applications for that year. When I was told I was accepted, I was also told that I would need to memorize all 107 MPPs’ names, faces, parties, seat, along with how to deliver documents and bills. We also had to study the map of the buildings to be sure we knew our way around. It was a lot to do in under a month, but was expected. When we were there we were lucky enough to be able to deliver the 2012 budget, and we did so in under 16 seconds (delivered to all 107 MPPs). We beat the previous record!

On a normal day as a page, I would have to be ready to go to the chamber at 8am. There was uniform inspection to make sure the pages were ready.

We would then go to get the leaders of the parties water, prepare the books and take our spots. The MPPs would come in for Oral Questions (“Question Period”) which was the most exciting part of the day. That was when they would get the most angry and arguments would get heated, which was exciting for us to watch.

After that there would be orders of the day, where pages followed a schedule to see who would go to tutoring to do math and language and who would have to stay in the chamber to serve. You would stay until 4pm or 6pm, depending on the day.

While there, we got to have meetings with the speaker, the clerks, our own MPPs, Andrea Horwath and Dalton McGuinty to ask questions.

Being a page was amazing and I think everyone who had the chance to go wishes they could go back. I learned so much, and I found my love for politics.

Being a page is what made me want to apply for the Ministers Student Advisory Council (MSAC). I will serve as a member of MSAC from May 2013 to May 2014, a longer term.

So far I know that they are sending all of the members to Ontario Education Leadership Camp (OELC) in August, and meetings throughout next year.

During orientation we wrote reports on a cause we were passionate about, so I wrote one about giving small town students a voice. The Minister Liz Sandals read them after.

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

Student engagement in action at Centennial Secondary School

Students from Centennial Secondary School analyze data from the Tell Them from Me survey, which was done in April 2013.
The CSS Student Forum involves a diverse group of students working together and taking ownership in leading school improvement. By the end of the event, students will have analyzed the data, identified areas to celebrate and areas that they are committed to working collaboratively to improve.

Student engagement is a priority at Centennial Secondary School. It is evident today, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, with 45 students at the Education Centre for the CSS Student Forum.

“The student forum has given me an opportunity to express my ideas and made me feel like an important part of my school community,” says Cameron Mills, a Grade 11 student facilitator.

The forum is a follow-up activity to get students involved in making positive change at their school. Student facilitators took all classes through the Tell Them From Me Survey in April. After receiving the results the facilitators took a deeper look into the data and planned the events of the forum with the support of Vice-principal Eric Fetterley and Teachers Laura Maclellan and Pat Foran.

Student voice is front and center. The forum involves a diverse group of students working together and taking ownership in leading school improvement. By the end of the forum, students will have analyzed the data, identified areas to celebrate and areas that they are committed to working collaboratively to improve.

Staff and students are looking forward to the priorities and ideas that will come out of the forum as they look towards ongoing collaboration for future school improvement.

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

EVENT: Centennial SS presents “Sherlock Holmes”

photo of two student actors
Students at Centennial Secondary School are putting finishing touches on their production of “Sherlock Holmes.” It’s a performance you won’t want to miss!

Unravel the mystery! A bit of 19th century London is right in our own back yard!

The production class at Centennial Secondary School has been working to re-create the iconic character, Sherlock Holmes in an adaptation of the original novels by Arthur Conan Doyle. The play takes place in 19th century England, and the exceptional set design transports you directly there.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: May 15, 16 and 17, 18, 2013 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
TIME: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday to Thursday; 2:00 p.m. Saturday
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are showcasing their acting skills on stage and their management and organizational skills backstage to bring this play to life. Holly Flynn, Benjamin Reid and Challian Christ have been cast in the three lead roles of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson and Professor Moriarty. They are supported by a very enthusiastic and dedicated cast. The captivating storyline will entertain audiences of all ages!

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Tickets are available in advance at Centennial SS during regular office hours, at the Quinte Arts Council, or at Red Ball Radio. You may also buy them at the door.

Come to help solve the mystery!

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

EVENT: Moira SS presents “Once Upon a Mattress”

If you know the story about the princess and the pea, you’ll have a good idea about this production.

Students at Moira Secondary School are eagerly preparing for their performance of Once Upon a Mattress.

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: May 29, 30, 31 and June 1 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/children. On Family Fun Night, May 30, tickets are $40 for two adults and two children. Tickets are available at the school, 613.962.8668.

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

Education Week activities at schools

May 6 – 10, 2013 is recognized as Education Week in Ontario. The provincial theme is Moving from Great to Excellent in Education.

Here is a look at events planned at some schools.

ATHOL-SOUTH MARYSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Monday: Golf clinic for students in Grades 4 – 8. Artist Marg McIntrye with Grade 6 and 7 students.
  • Tuesday: Volunteer & Bus Driver Tea Social
  • Wednesday: Celebration of Dance
  • Thursday: Artist Marg McIntrye with Grade 5, 6 and 8 students. School open house in the late afternoon
  • Friday: Artist Marg McIntrye with Grade 1 – 5 students. Carnation sale for Mother’s Day, proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

BREADNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • Monday & Tuesday: Class trips to the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre
  • Wednesday: Volunteer Appreciation Social. Celebration of Dance
  • Thursday: Student Talent Show

FOXBORO PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Thursday: Celebration of Dance, 3:00 p.m. at the school
  • Thursday evening: Books & Blankets Family Literacy Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Peg and the Yeti Dramatic Performance for JK-3 (Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Young Company) at 2:00 p.m.

PRINCE EDWARD COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE

  • Monday: Pedal for Hope celebration and assembly

PRINCE OF WALES PUBLIC SCHOOL

  • Tuesday: Celebrate the Hero with Nick Foley. Wear green to raise awareness of mental health.

QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL (PICTON)

  • Monday: Grade 8 students: participating in the Skills Canada/Ontario Elementary Career Awareness Workshops in Waterloo, Ontario. Grade 6 and 7 students will participate in Pedal for Hope, with a kick-off celebration at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. Junior/Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1/2 students will begin rearing butterflies
  • Tuesday: WildCat Cafe, featuring education through nutrition and interactive cooking. School-wide reading buddies
  • Wednesday: Wear green to raise awareness of mental health. School-wide Celebration of Dance, including students from Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Thursday: D.A.R.E. presentation (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) for Grade 6 students
  • Friday: Grade 2/3 students: Salmon Release Project, with a live release in the Coburg River

QUEEN VICTORIA SCHOOL

  • Wednesday: Community Pancake Breakfast. Celebration of Dance
  • Thursday: Community Walk

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

 

 

 

 

We celebrate Education Week, Children’s Mental Health Week, Child & Youth Counsellor Week

The week of May 6 – 10, 2013 is a time to recognize three important events related to students, employees and education.

EDUCATION WEEK
Education Week is celebrated annually during the first week of May by school boards and school communities throughout Ontario. It is a time for students, employees, parents/guardians and volunteers to celebrate student achievement. The provincial theme is Moving from Great to Excellent in Education.

This week, school communities will celebrate through song, dance, theatre, literacy and physical activity. For example, today a number of our schools are participating in Music Monday. This year’s Music Monday will truly reach new heights. The official Music Monday song has been written by astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield and singer/songwriter Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. In addition, each school has activities planned to celebrate Education Week.

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
The first full week of May is recognized as Children’s Mental Health Week. It is a time to increase awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems, decrease the stigma, and understand that help is available—and it works.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is one of 30 school boards in Ontario selected to develop a strategy to increase mental health literacy and supports for students. As a further commitment, our school board has identified a specific priority about advancing mental health initiatives for students.

CHILD AND YOUTH COUNSELLOR APPRECIATION WEEK
This week is also recognized as Child and Youth Counsellor Appreciation Week around the world. It is a time to recognize employees who provide therapeutic interventions for students to promote self-esteem, opportunities to heal and experience positive relationships.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, child and youth counsellors engage with students each day by providing caring and respectful counselling services. Their role in schools includes individual student support, running group and classroom programs, and supporting district-wide initiatives such as restorative practices, and bullying prevention programs. Their work supporting our students through an approach to handling difficult situations is appreciated by all.

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

Students from Moira SS partner with Gleaners Food Bank

Grade 11 students at Moira Secondary School are planting and caring for seedlings. Once the plants are strong enough, they will be planted in the garden at Gleaners Food Bank.

For the fourth year in a row, students at Moira Secondary School are partner with Gleaners Food Bank by planting seeds for an organic gardens.

Grade 11 Biology students planted and will take care of various seedlings which will go to the outdoor gardens at Gleaners.

This community partnership is a win-win situation for both Gleaners and Moira. Students learn more about the genetics of heirloom seeds while Gleaners is provided with a loving location to raise young tomato, celery, basil, pepper and various other plants.

When asked, students were very pleased with their planting efforts and their contribution to this community project.

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

Student leadership symposium for elementary and secondary at Quinte SS, Tues., April 30

Event Goal

The Quinte Secondary School goal for this event is that the experience will have a lasting and measurable effect on students and our communities 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, respect and what it means to be a leader.
  4. Recognize that there are different types of leaders, everyone can make a change.
  5. Teach students to understand and accept each others’ differences.
  6. Encourage students to understand that their actions have consequences.
  7. Gain knowledge so that social media sites can be used to communicate in a positive way.
  8. Be kind!

Quinte Secondary School is abuzz with positive energy today, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Students and staff are hosting a day-long, action-oriented event about student engagement and leadership.

Called the Be Kind to Others Leadership Symposium, this event involves Quinte students and Grade 7 students from feeder schools: Harmony Public School, Park Dale School, Prince of Wales Public School and Tyendinaga Public School.

Link to more information about this event http://qssymposium.wikispaces.com/home

The day involves guest speakers and workshop presenters from local and national organizations who are devoted to helping students make a difference in their lives, communities and at school. Students will receive handouts, meet other dynamic people like themselves, create lasting ideas, develop activities and use tools to enhance their own home school programs.

Topics to promote kindness and leadership development include bullying prevention, personal responsibility, positive self-awareness and leadership, all tied to helping students understand the benefits of strong relationships.

Keynote speakers and workshop presenters

  • Joel Hilchey, The Beanstalk Project, on the topics of education, leadership and social activism. At The Beanstalk Project, they believe the best way to create change-makers is to give people a positive experience of change-making. They guide youth through a positive, self-motivated experience of doing good with the intention that the students will want to keep going.
  • Nick Foley, Celebrate the Hero on the topic of bullying prevention. Nick’s workshop will provide students with a better understanding of the effects that bullying can have on people. Through his animated stories, Nick will show students that bullying can take on many forms. It will help to reinforce to students that it is important to be yourself no matter what the circumstance. Nick will share how a simple gesture good or bad can have a profound effect on a person’s well-being. The work shop will leave students feeling motivated, and empowered to make a difference in their own life.
  • Jennifer Bryand and Lana Kuduzovic on the topic of building a culture of peace. This workshop begins with interactive activities to explore people’s actions and interpretations of those actions. This is followed by a discussion of the values and characteristics of culture of peace. It concludes with small groups to examine scenarios centered on being open-minded and non-judgmental, being compassionate and understanding, speaking/acting out against injustice, resolving conflict non-violently and forgiveness.
  • Dave Templar on the topic of respect. Spawned from a government bill leading to the creation of a respectful college community policy, the Respect – Pass it On campaign is Loyalist College’ s way to spread awareness about the importance of respect and the positive way in which it relates to the things we do every day. Through spreading awareness on issues such as bullying, harassment, mental health or a general lack of “please” and “thank you,” the campaign aims to enrich the lives others. The Respect – Pass it On campaign provides a platform for a greater understanding of the challenges faced by colleagues, peers and leaders, at the same time reminding people of the little things that make big differences.
  • Andrew Brown, on the topics of developing leadership and character through sport. This workshop is tailored to student leaders, to engage them to help all students at their schools. The workshop is fun, informative and very interactive. Dealing with topics like team building, developing strong character through sport, students will enjoy every minute of it!
  • Cindy Stover, Live Different, on the topic of live different, live global, how to be globally aware and start to bring about positive change in your school and community today. Global awareness and social justice are huge part of what is done at Live Different. This session is an opportunity to inform students about things happening in the world, and also to motivate and inspire them to take active steps towards being part of the solution. Through personal stories, interactive breakouts and engaging media, students will be challenged and inspired to add their voice and lives to the movement of change and hope around the world.
  • Constable Carrie Archibald & Caroline Gallant, Ottawa Police, on the topics of teen and technology. Sexting has become an issue that can affect any teen, and the consequences are real and, in some cases, devastating. Did you know that 39% of teens say that they have sent or posted sexually suggestive images? That 36% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys are sending sexually explicit messages even though they know such content often gets shared with those other than the intended recipients?
  • Elliott Embury and Leslie Ford on the topic of having positive mental health when dealing with negative circumstances. This interactive workshop will look at the building blocks of respect, relating to one and another and when is it time to talk? The latter will address four key areas of mental health including anxiety, depression, body image and self-harm. Leslie Ford has been a clinician with the Parent, Child and Youth Clinic with Quinte Health Care for over the past 12 years and Elliot Embury has worked as a Crisis Worker with Quinte Health Care for the past 10 years.

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

 

 

 

Congratulations to Fiza Javed, Centennial SS, major scholarship winner

Student Fiza Javed, Centennial Secondary School, is one of 10 ten recipients of the University of Toronto National Scholarship Program. She will receive $75,000 in scholarship funding toward her future education, with her choice of campus, program and residence.

Fiza Javed aspires to study and make a career in life sciences and medicine. Her goal: to study at the University of Toronto next year.

She was this year’s Centennial nominee for the U of T National Scholarship Program and she has become one of 10 winners of this prestigious award.

To be considered, students need more than just exceptional marks. They must have built a portfolio of community service and leadership experience, submit several written pieces, as well as an original research project, have a passion for learning and a genuine desire to succeed. The selection process involved a four-day session at the University of Toronto St. George campus, including two interviews and a defence of her research paper.

Javed was successful at winning $75,000 in scholarship funding toward her future education, with her choice of campus, program and residence. She is one of a number of successful Centennial SS students in the past year, including Rami Saab and Ben Jones in 2012.

Javed has not only excelled in her academic studies, but has been involved in a variety of school and community programs, including CSS Student Council, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, being a youth ambassador for the city of Belleville’s Health Services, volunteering at Belleville General Hospital, working as a voice for youth on the Community Development Council of Quinte, being a member of the CSS Global Awareness Club, and taking a semester away to teach and design an ESL course for underprivileged young girls at a school in Pakistan.

When asked to reflect on her philosophy of life, Fiza said, “I am just another high school student with a passion to see a better world around me; whether it is through my research to create awareness, my actions or just a positive gesture that can put a smile on someone’s face.

“I have always been driven by words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘ Be the change you want to see in the world’.”

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

 

College St. PS hosting an electronic waste fundraiser, Sat., May 4, 2013

College Street Public School is holding an electronics waste fundraiser in partnership with with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship. This event is to provide a safe way to dispose of electronics and to support student learning.

DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2013
LOCATION: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free. The school will receive funds, based on the amount collected, which will be used to support a year-end trip for Grade 8 students and to purchase technology for the school.

List of electronic waste accepted by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship

  • Televisions and computer monitors, including cathode ray tube (CRT), rear projection and all flat panel technologies, such as LCD, Plasma, LED
  • Professional display devices
  • Desktop and portable computers, such as laptops, notebooks, net-books, tablets
  • After-market vehicle audio and video devices
  • AM/FM radios
  • Answering machines that use cassette-based or digital recording technologies
  • Cordless telephones with an electrical base station/handset cradle for battery charging and wire-line network connection
  • Desktop multi-function devices
  • Desktop printers
  • Desktop printing, copying and multi-functional devices
  • Digital picture frames
  • Digital projectors
  • Digital video disk (DVD) players and recorders
  • Fax machines
  • Handheld printers, such as calculators with printing capabilities or label makers
  • Hard drives
  • Home stereo amplifiers and home stereo systems
  • Home theaters-in-a-box, which includes home theater image audio and video equipment and speakers
  • Keyboards
  • Computer mice
  • Modems
  • Optical drives
  • Point of sale (POS) receipt printers
  • Scanners
  • Stereo speakers and computer speakers
  • Turntables, record Players and gramophones
  • Typewriters powered by an AC power plug or by internal battery unit
  • Video cassette players (VCRs) and/or video projectors
  • VoIP phones
  • Wire line telephones, including rotary and touch-tone technologies
  • Floor standing printers
  • Floor standing photocopiers

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

Information about the new 34-credit threshold for secondary school students

Beginning in September 2013, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will implement the mandatory Ministry of Education changes concerning students who wish to take more than 34 credits.

Background
About 10 years ago, the Ministry of Education restructured secondary school from a 5-year program to a 4-year program. The Ministry’s intention is for the vast majority of students to earn their secondary school diploma in four years, whenever possible.

34-credit threshold
According to the Ministry of Education, the vast majority of students should be able to earn the 30 credits needed to graduate in four years.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board acknowledges there are many legitimate reasons why students return for a fifth year to earn more than 34 credits during regular day school. During the transition to the September 2013 implementation of the 34 credit threshold requirements, individual situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis at each school.

Students who are exempt from the 34-credit threshold
Students who are exempt from the 34-credit threshold include the following:

  • students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs);
  • students in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Literacy Development (ELD) courses; or
  • students in Actualisation linguistique en francais and Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants courses.

According to the Ministry of Education, the 34-credit threshold does not apply to students who are not enrolled in day school (that is, students enrolled only in continuing education such as night school courses).

Credits that count toward the 34-credit threshold
According to the Ministry of Education, credits that will count toward the 34-credit threshold include:

  • credits earned through day school, night school, summer school or private school;
  • credits from other jurisdictions that are recognized for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, dual credits and eligible music certificates; and
  • credits earned by taking a course a second time by students who pass the course then take the same course again to upgrade their marks. In this situation, the credit will count once toward the student’s diploma and as two credits in terms of the 34-credit threshold.

How to prepare students for secondary school and beyond
The following documents are available to assist students and parents/guardians in planning for secondary school and beyond:

  • Planning for Grade 9 . . . taking the next step, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Know your options . . . planning for Grades 11, 12 and beyond, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

The transition from elementary to secondary school is a time of change for students and parents/guardians. It is an exciting time and one that will have a lasting impression.

Grade 9 is the foundation year for secondary school. It is when students will experience the most change. It is also one of the most important times for students and parents/guardians to become familiar with secondary school processes, expectations and terminology.

The more you know about the transition process and what you will need to do, the easier and more enjoyable it will be. Understanding the different secondary school pathways and planning for them are a very important part of students being successful in secondary school.

Guidance and Student Success Teams play an essential role in supporting students, looking at pathway requirements and engaging in career planning.

Contact information
If you have questions about the new 34-credit threshold or any part of your child’s education, contact the school principal, or ask to speak with someone on the Guidance or Student Success Teams.

 

Drop off your electronic waste, support a school fundraiser

The Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School is holding an electronics waste fundraiser during Earth Week, in partnership with with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship. This event is to create awareness of Earth Day, provide a safe way to dispose of electronics and to support student learning.

DATE: April 22 to 28, 2013
LOCATION: Parking lot at Dewe’s Independent Grocery Store, 420 Dundas Street East, Belleville

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free. Look for the Ontario Electronic Stewardship recycling bin, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Adventure Class will receive funds based on the amount collected.

List of electronic waste accepted by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship

  • Televisions and computer monitors, including cathode ray tube (CRT), rear projection and all flat panel technologies, such as LCD, Plasma, LED
  • Professional display devices
  • Desktop and portable computers, such as laptops, notebooks, net-books, tablets
  • After-market vehicle audio and video devices
  • AM/FM radios
  • Answering machines that use cassette-based or digital recording technologies
  • Cordless telephones with an electrical base station/handset cradle for battery charging and wire-line network connection
  • Desktop multi-function devices
  • Desktop printers
  • Desktop printing, copying and multi-functional devices
  • Digital picture frames
  • Digital projectors
  • Digital video disk (DVD) players and recorders
  • Fax machines
  • Handheld printers, such as calculators with printing capabilities or label makers
  • Hard drives
  • Home stereo amplifiers and home stereo systems
  • Home theaters-in-a-box, which includes home theatre image audio and video equipment and speakers
  • Keyboards
  • Computer mice
  • Modems
  • Optical drives
  • Point of sale (POS) receipt printers
  • Scanners
  • Stereo speakers and computer speakers
  • Turntables, record Players and gramophones
  • Typewriters powered by an AC power plug or by internal battery unit
  • Video cassette players (VCRs) and/or video projectors
  • VoIP phones
  • Wire line telephones, including rotary and touch-tone technologies
  • Floor standing printers
  • Floor standing photocopiers

Thank you to Wayne Dewe for the support of school fundraiser.

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

Board Meeting Update #94

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 22, 2013, http://bit.ly/11zdjGI

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

* * York River PS & North Hastings HS to be open to students Thursday, April 25, Friday, April 26 * *

2:40 p.m., Wednesday, April 25
York River Public School and North Hastings High school will be open to students on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2013. This decision has been made in coordination and cooperation with municipal officials in Bancroft and other partner organizations, based on the following information:

  • Officials from the Town of Bancroft and emergency services officials have advised of a significant decrease in the York River flow rate.
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources has indicated an overall improvement in water levels.
  • All are supportive of students returning to school, with the restrictions noted below.

In order to comply with the requests of municipal officials and emergency services personnel, all students will be required to remain on school property throughout the school day on Thursday and Friday. We know that students will be respectful of municipal and emergency services personnel by cooperating with this requirement.

Student transportation will operate as usual on Thursday and Friday. If you have any questions about your child’s transportation, please contact Tri-Board Student Transportation Services at 1.866.569.6638 or www.triboard.on.ca

We recognize that students may be curious about the water levels in town, and recommend that walking students are supervised by an adult to and from school. If your child walks to school, please remind him or her of the dangers involved in being close to fast-moving water.

At this time it looks like conditions are favourable for schools to remain open next week. If this changes, we will provide updates through the local media, on our website www.hpedsb.on.ca and through Twitter at @HPEDSBschools.

This has been an unprecedented time for the Bancroft area. We have tremendous respect for the municipal and emergency services personnel who have been working non-stop to ensure the safety of residents. We wish to express our appreciation for their ongoing collaboration with us.

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

 

York River PS and North Hastings HS closed to students Wednesday, April 24

2:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 23
York River Public School and North Hastings High School will remain closed to students on Wednesday, April 24 due to severe flooding in the town of Bancroft and the forecast of rain. Buses will not run to those two schools. Please do not send your child to school on Wednesday.

This decision has been made in coordination and cooperation with municipal officials in Bancroft and other partner organizations in the interest of student and public safety. Schools will be open to staff, who can report to work as usual.

All other HPEDSB North Hastings schools will be open to students on Wednesday, April 24. Transportation will run as usual, unless otherwise noted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services website http://www.triboard.on.ca

The situation in Bancroft is being monitored day-by-day. Decisions about student attendance at school beyond Wednesday will be communicated as soon as they are known.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school principal.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

 

York River PS and North Hastings HS closed to students Tuesday, April 23

5:25 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013
York River Public School and North Hastings High School will remain closed to students on Tuesday, April 23 due to severe flooding in the town of Bancroft. Buses will not run to those two schools. Please do not send your child to school on Tuesday.

This decision has been made in coordination and cooperation with municipal officials in Bancroft and other partner organizations in the interest of student and public safety. Schools will be open to staff, who can report to work as usual.

All other HPEDSB North Hastings schools will be open to students on Tuesday, April 23. Transportation will run as usual, unless otherwise noted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services website http://www.triboard.on.ca

The situation in Bancroft is being monitored day-by-day. Decisions about student attendance at school beyond Tuesday will be communicated as soon as they are known.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education, please contact the school principal.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

York River PS and North Hastings HS closed to students on Monday, April 22

8:30 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013
York River Public School and North Hastings High School will be closed to students on Monday, April 22 due to severe flooding in Bancroft. This decision has been made in cooperation and coordination with municipal and other officials, and is in the interest of student and public safety. As of now, we can confirm that student transportation to other HPEDSB North Hastings schools will run as usual.

Buildings will be open to staff, who can report to work as usual. If staff have questions regarding this situation, they should contact their supervisor.

School and school board officials are in ongoing contact with municipal and other officials. The situation is being monitored day-by-day. Decisions about student attendance at school beyond Monday, April 22 will be made on a daily basis and will be communicated as soon as they are known.

Updates will be posted here, communicated through Twitter (@HPEDSBschools) and on radio stations.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school principal.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

Bayside SS to host Second City troupe, students to learn from the pros

Bayside Student Council will welcome Toronto improv troupe Second City on Thursday, April 18. Students will enjoy a 1 ½-hour performance, followed by an afternoon workshop for Bayside students, as well as students from area high schools. The workshop will focus on improvisational comedy.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE:
Thursday April 18, 2013
TIME: Performance: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; Workshop: 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville

Many learning opportunities associated with Second City’s visit to Bayside. In addition to humour and entertainment, the visit brings the opportunity for students to build on character traits and learning skills.

Second City focuses on collaboration, cooperation, humour and communication skills. The troupe will also focus on the application of drama skills and breaking down barriers to literacy. The troupe’s visit comes at an opportune time for Bayside, which recently started its own improv comedy club.

We wish to acknowledge financial assistance from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation in making this event possible.

For more information, please contact:
• Adam Cheyne, Student Council President, 613.966.2922
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

$20,000 for a trip to New York City for North Hastings HS students

North Hastings High School won $20,000 towards a student trip to New York City. Pictured are Principal Ken Dostaler (back, 4th from left), students and representatives from Brightspark Canada.

Students at North Hastings High School are energized after their school received $20,000 towards a trip to New York City.

Brightspark Canada presented the cheque as part of an early booking initiative from Brightspark, which ran from April to June 2012. Over 300 schools entered the contest. North Hastings High School was selected as the winner by random draw in late February.

“For many years now, several junior enrichment programs at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board high schools have organized their annual educational travel with Brightspark. Thanks to them, hundreds of our students have benefitted from these outstanding learning opportunities,” said Ken Dostaler, principal of North Hastings. “I’m so pleased that our school has won this trip contest.”

“There was a moment of shock when we announced that they had won the contest, then the room erupted with excitement,” said Linda Philp, managing director of Brightspark Canada. “We’re thrilled to be able to make the travel experience more accessible for the students in this community.”

The 42 North Hastings students travel to New York City during the first week in May.

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

Bone marrow registry to support a Prince Edward Collegiate student

A Grade 11 PECI Panther, Sarah Reddick, has cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant. People are needed to join a provincial registry of potential donors.

You can help by registering with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, either on your own or at a special registration this month. You must be in good health and willing to donate to any patient in need.

Public testing will happen April 25, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Prince Edward Collegiate.

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

 

Windows on the World student art show on to Wed., May 1

This year marks 25 years of art shows featuring the work of secondary school students in Hastings County and Prince Edward County. The public display of their artwork in a professional gallery is a great honour for a student artist. Pieces are selected by the visual art teacher at the school. Each school can enter five pieces in the show.

This year’s promotional art work was provided by Prince Edward Collegiate Institute students and teacher Gail Henderson. Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception of this year’s show on Thursday, April 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Artwork created by student Brett Forrester, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

Windows on the World Art Show dates
Date: Tuesday, April 9 – Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Location: John M. Parrott Gallery, 3rd floor Belleville Public Library

All are invited.

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

Moira SS Trojan Rugby Team was victorious in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to the Trojan Rugby Team at Moira Secondary School. They recently travelled to Washington, D.C. and returned home the victors of the April 7 Cherry Blossoms Rugby Tournament.

The Trojans won the first two games and narrowly lost the third on Saturday, April 6. Then, an early morning win on Sunday earned the team a place in the final game which they won with a score of 7-6.

While in Washington the team visited the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, the Vietnam Memorial Wall, and the Smithsonian Museums.

The Trojans displayed great character both on and off the field, representing their school and the district with pride and respect!

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

 

Student musicians to learn from top jazz stars

Could the next Diana Krall or Wynton Marsalis emerge from Belleville, Trenton, Campbellford or Oshawa?

The TD Jazz Education Program brings 80 high school jazz musicians from east-central Ontario communities to Prince Edward County for three days, from April 12 to 14, 2013. They will immerse themselves in clinics, performances and workshops with professional, high-profile Toronto jazz musicians.

Each school’s band will be paired up with a clinician who will work exclusively with them over the three days and join in their performance at the final concert. It’s called “Swing Into Spring,” a Regent Theatre matinee featuring one of Canada’s greatest jazz ensembles—the Brian Barlow Big Band.

“This work with young people is probably the most important thing the festival has done in its 13-year history,” said Barlow, creative director for the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival.

“I’m especially thrilled that we’re able to include a band from Trenton this year. Students in Toronto and the GTA have access to so much more than students in smaller towns and rural areas. It’s a rare opportunity for a small town teacher and his students who have worked hard to establish a jazz band.”

The students will also benefit from a workshop and performance on Friday April 12 by the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO), under the direction of Gordon Foote.

Participating schools are Centennial Secondary School in Belleville, Campbellford High School, O’Neill Secondary School in Oshawa, and St. Paul’s Secondary School in Trenton.

The clinicians

  • John Johnson. One of Canada’s most sought-after woodwind players in studios, clubs, concert halls and theatres. Faculty member for Humber College jazz program.
  • Jason Logue. The most in-demand lead trumpet player in Toronto. Mohawk College faculty member.
  • Kelsley Grant. Trombone graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Faculty member, Humber College.
  • Mike Francis. First-call studio guitarist, writer and producer. One of Canada’s most recorded musicians.
  • Scott Alexander. Internationally-renowned bassist whose resume includes The Boss Brass, Alanis Morrissette, Oliver Jones and Zoot Sims.
  • Barbra Lica. Recent graduate of the University of Toronto vocal jazz program where she also majored in medical sciences.
  • Brian Barlow. Drummer, arranger, producer. Long-time member of the Boss Brass. Creative director of the PEC Jazz Festival.

“Swing Into Spring” performance
The Brian Barlow Big Band with vocalist Barbra Lica and four top student ensembles.

DATE: Sunday, April 14
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Regent Theatre, Picton
TICKETS: $30 ($20 parents and students)

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

3,400 T-shirts and counting for Pink Shirt Day!

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Pink Shirt Day at HPEDSB. The theme this year is Acceptance. The T-shirts feature the words Acceptance, Peace, Change and Love. 3,400 T-shirts were sold for just $5 thanks to the support of sponsors who helped to offset the costs.

A sea of pink will be flowing at HPEDSB schools and workplaces on Friday, April 12, 2013. A sea of pink T-shirts, that is. In fact, there will be about 3,400 hundred of them!

This Friday, students will be standing up for acceptance and saying no to bullying, homophobia, racism and all forms of hatred.

This is the first year that Pink Shirt Day has been supported board-wide. Thousands of students and employees will wear pink to stand together to show support for inclusive schools, workplaces and communities.

The theme this year is Acceptance. The T-shirts feature the words Acceptance, Peace, Change and Love. They were sold for just $5 thanks to the support of sponsors who helped to offset the costs.

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

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

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

Anti-Hate Pink Shirt day started at Trenton High School in 2009, with 80 T-shirts sold that year. We wish to acknowledge the efforts of the organizer that year, teacher Allison Culkin, now at Moira Secondary School, for taking the lead for orders and encouraging school and community involvement.

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

Quinte SS students prepare for Manufacturing Skills Competition

Students in the Manufacturing program at Quinte Secondary School are getting ready to show their expertise later this week as they prepare for the Manufacturing Skills Competition.

DATE: Friday, April 12, 2013
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville

Seven students will participate in a qualifying competition for welding. Another five students will participate in the precision machining qualifying competition. See pictures and more information on the public QSS Manufacturing FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/QSS-Manufacturing/309687392412242

The top two from welding will qualify to compete at the regional competition at St. Lawrence College in Kingston on Saturday, April 20. The winner of that competition will qualify to compete at the provincial competition in May in Waterloo. The precision machining winner will qualify to go directly to Waterloo for the provincials.

Students from three school boards and eight schools have been invited to participate.

Thank you to community sponsors Donmac Precision Machining Inc., Masweld Metal Works, Air Liquide and Weber Supply for their support and belief in these eager and talented students.

Both Bayside Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School offer Specialist High Skills Majors in Manufacturing. Details about this program are on the Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.asp

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

Fire/cease-fire and Dreissenid mussel projects win at regional Science Fair

What does a fire/cease-fire have to do with physics, chemistry or mathematics? What are the differences among Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms and pseudofaecal material? Giovind Pisharodi, Moira Secondary School, and Theresa DeCola, Bayside Secondary School, know the answers. They are the creators of two award-winning projects at the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair.

For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the best in grade winners this year were:

Theresa DeCola, Grade 10, Bayside Secondary School, won a spot on the Canada Wide Science Fair team for her project Localised differences in Dreissenid mussel populations, associated biofilms & pseudofaecal material.

Congratulations to Giovind Pisharodi and Theresa DeCola who were selected as finalists to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair scheduled for May, 2013 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Their expenses will be paid for the 7-day event, a value of approximately $1,700.

The 54th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair (QRSTF) took place at Loyalist College in Belleville, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Approximately 135 colourful, well-researched projects were on display from Grade 4 to 12 students from schools throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County. Students competed for awards in several categories as they made presentations to 110 volunteer judges. The judges spoke with students to learn about the project prior to coming up with an evaluation. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how to improve future projects.

Numerous other volunteers helped out behind the scenes. Patron and Major sponsors provided funds to help send five finalists to the Canada Wide Science Fair, http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/ while other sponsors supplied prizes in the form of cash, trophies and an operating telescope.

The most endearing part of the QRSTF is the enthusiasm of the students. As soon as they are asked about their projects they enthusiastically explain their theories, results and every step along the way.

Pat Findlay, QRSTF Chief Judge said, ‘‘Probably the most enjoyable part of this for me, and the reason I keep coming back year after year, is to see the fascinating work performed by these young scientists and inventors. And, let’s make no mistakes about it, for the vast majority their work is every bit as rigorous as that of professionals in the field; it is only the scope and topic that is different. They won’t have the background yet, but they have the mindset, and with that, the background and skills will come. Case in point: where I work, there are engineering and computer science grads working today who are prior QRSTF competitors. Now that is amazing!’’

Throughout the morning, students were interviewed extensively during the first round of judging. First, Second, Third and Honourable Mentions, were awarded to each group of five to eight projects. A second round of judging was used to determine the best in each grade, specialty awards and the Canada Wide Science Fair awards.

For more information about the QRSTF or Canada Wide Science Fair, contact:
Scott Berry [email protected]

Board Meeting Update #93

This update provides a summary of the Public Board of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 25, 2013, http://bit.ly/YB2bKg

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

Last updated: August 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm