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Mandy Savery-Whiteway selected as new director of education

Mandy Savery-Whiteway
Superintendent Mandy Savery-Whiteway was selected as the new director of education, effective July 1, 2013.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has selected Mandy Savery-Whiteway as the new Director of Education. Savery-Whiteway, presently a superintendent of education at HPEDSB, succeeds retiring Director of Education Rob McGall. The appointment is effective July 1, 2013.

“It was a decision supported by all Board members. Mandy is an exemplary leader and outstanding communicator. She brings experience supporting student achievement with the Ministry of Education, and is well-versed in human resources, negotiations and organizational effectiveness. Mandy’s broad range of experiences and collaborative leadership style will be an excellent fit as the new chief executive officer for our school district,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Savery-Whiteway has worked for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board since 1987, beginning as a classroom teacher at Trenton High, then progressing through roles of increasing responsibility and leadership, including head of Guidance at Centennial Secondary School; vice-principal at Bayside Secondary School; principal at Centennial Secondary School; district lead for Student Success at the Education Centre; education officer at the Ministry of Education; assistant superintendent of education and superintendent of education, currently responsible for human resources, safe schools and the Bayside school group.

As a member of senior administration, Savery-Whiteway has been jointly responsible for setting system direction through the development, implementation and reporting of the multi-year system plan. During her time as a supervisory officer she has collaborated with school leaders to improve student achievement through the development of school improvement plans, been chief negotiator, led safe schools initiatives and implemented workplace safety processes required by provincial legislation.

“I am honoured to be appointed Director of Education of our great system. As a Trenton High School graduate, I am committed to public education and to the priorities outlined in our AiM—Achievement in Motion System Plan. I believe that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is a leader in effective instructional practices and leadership development. We are fortunate to have employees who care about students and who work diligently every day to help students achieve their full potential. I look forward to working with employees, parents/guardians, trustees and community partners to help students become caring, contributing decision-makers of our future,” stated Savery-Whiteway.

Savery-Whiteway grew up in Trenton and attended Prince Charles Public School and Trenton High School. Her post-secondary education was at University of Toronto and Charles Sturt University, Australia. She and her husband Jim have two grown children who are both graduates of Bayside Secondary School.

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

 

‘Have your say’ at upcoming community meetings in Bancroft, Madoc, Picton, Belleville and Trenton

We invite you to ‘have your say’ at public regional community meetings in Bancroft, Madoc, Picton, Belleville and Trenton.

Parents/guardians and the community are invited to come to these meetings to:

  • Learn about the current priorities for the school board.
  • Provide input on the priorities for the 2013-2014 school year.

Come to these meetings to engage with the local school board trustee, director of education and school superintendent. Complete details are online.

Follow us on Twitter for updates, @HPEDSBschools

Dates of Regional Community Meetings

All Meetings Start at 6:30 p.m. at the Local Secondary School

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
for all North Hastings schools
6:30 p.m., North Hastings HS promotional flyer
Thursday, March 21, 2013 for all Centre Hastings schools 6:30 p.m., Centre Hastings SS promotional flyer
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 for all Prince Edward County schools 6:30 p.m., Prince Edward CI promotional flyer
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 for all Belleville schools 6:30 p.m., Quinte SS promotional flyer
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 for all Bayside and Trenton schools 6:30 p.m., Trenton High School promotional flyer

We welcome you to go to a meeting outside your region if you cannot make it on the scheduled night.

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

 

Student Jeremy Davies, Moira SS, received prestigious university scholarship

Congratulations to Jeremy Davies, Moira Secondary School, for receiving a Queen’s University Chancellor Entrance Scholarship. Davies is one of only 50 students in Canada to receive this prestigious award.

Students chosen to receive this scholarship must maintain an overall average exceeding 90%, display superior academic ability, be creative and original thinkers, and have proven leadership qualities.

This scholarship is worth $36,000.00 over four years. Davies will be pursuing studies in Commerce.

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

A trip to Vimy Ridge for student Abigail Reid, Centennial SS

Congratulations to Abigail Reid, Centennial Secondary School, for winning a one-week trip to Vimy Ridge in April.

Reid, a Grade 11 student, wrote an essay for Canada’s History magazine. She was selected as one of 20 students from across Canada to win the Vimy Pilgrimage Award for 2013.

According to the Canada’s History website, “The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership . . . Applicants are required to submit a motivation letter (500-word maximum) outlining the reasons why they are worthy of the award. In choosing award winners, the Award Committee will put great weight on the enthusiasm and excitement displayed in the motivation letter.”

One of Reid’s teachers, Amber Clarke, read about the contest and suggested Reid apply. Reid created a resume and essay for the application. Clarke helped her to edit it and wrote her a reference letter.

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

54th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair

Organizers of the 54th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair are excited about the upcoming event. They are expecting approximately 150-200 students to exhibit more than 80 projects which demonstrate skills and concepts across a range of engineering and science disciplines.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., free of charge
AWARD CEREMONY: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College, Belleville

Participating student-scientists and student-engineers have conducted scientific research, and completed engineering projects, hours of research and testing under the guidance of their teachers, parents and mentors.

Scientific research and the application of knowledge in engineering and technology are critical for the ever-changing scientific landscape of the 21st century.

Five students with the top winning projects from Grades 7 to 12 will advance to Canada-wide Science Fair to be held at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta in May. These students will compete at the national level bringing recognition to our area.

About 100 judges from local businesses, the Canadian Armed Forces and educational institutions will take on the difficult task of evaluating the exhibits, interviewing the students about their work, and then convening to determine award winners.

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QRSTF
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/QRSTF
  • Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/QRSTF

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

 

 

Calling for nominations for Educator of the Year—the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Educator of the Year, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. Students, colleagues, parents/guardians, community partners and the general public are invited to submit award nominations for any person who has made an outstanding contribution to education in Hastings and/or Prince Edward counties.

The 2013 Educator of the Year will be presented with the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award at a public reception on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario.

This year marks the 47th anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. Past recipients have included school administrators, teachers, educational assistants, support staff and volunteers.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

  • Nominations are due by Wednesday, April 24, 2013 and should be sent to the Educator of the Year Award Committee, attention to June Hagerman, Committee Chair, c/o Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario K8N 3L3. Electronic submissions, in PDF format, can be emailed to [email protected] All supporting documentation must be part of the PDF.
  • The nominee must be active in education during the current school year.
  • Nominations should be submitted on the nomination form. A copy can also be obtained by contacting June Hagerman at [email protected] or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350.

The Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award Committee is composed of representatives from:

  • Albert College
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Quinte Area Christian Schools
  • Sir James Whitney School

Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823 – 1917) was a strong supporter of education and an active promoter of Hastings County. Bowell was elected to the Belleville Board of Education and served as chairperson of that board from 1856 to 1867. He served as editor and proprietor of The Intelligencer for many years and helped form the Belleville Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce) in 1865. In his editorials, he stressed education as a key to development and championed the growth of Belleville and Hastings County as a whole. Politically, he distinguished himself as a federal cabinet member, a senator, and Canada’s fifth prime minister (1894–1896).

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

Enrol your child at an HPEDSB school

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

To register at an elementary school (pdf, list of schools), please call ahead to make an appointment. Teacher Cory Anderson and early childhood educator Ashley Garlick invite you to register your child for Kindergarten. This is a sound file

  • How to register children for JK and SK

Registrations at secondary schools are welcomed! Morgan and Adam invite you to visit local public high schools. This is a sound file

  • Bayside Secondary School, 613.966.2922
  • Centennial Secondary School, 613.962.9233
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School, 613.476.4251
  • Moira Secondary School, 613.962.8668
  • North Hastings High School, 613.332.1220
  • Quinte Secondary School, 613.962.9295
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 613.476.2196
  • Trenton High School, 613.392.1227

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

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

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

Students invite you see the new Learning Commons at Prince of Wales PS

Prince of Wales Public School is inviting the community to the grand opening of the new Learning Commons at the school.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, March 8, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The highlight of the morning will be the unveiling of local artist Chris Cromwell’s ‘Wall to Wall Optimism’ mural. The schools’ new Learning Commons moves beyond the traditional vision for school libraries and offers space for student collaboration. In the Learning Commons, students can access resources, technology and a teacher librarian as they inquire, imagine, discover and create!

To explore the transformation see:
http://blogs.hpedsb.on.ca/pow/virtuallc/category/wall-to-wall-optimism/

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 a trip to Kenya in May

Senior students from Quinte Secondary School will be traveling to Kenya in May, specifically the Maasai Mara Region. Once there, students will meet and learn from the local elders and community leaders, walk with women to draw water, learn Swahili each day and help build a school for children in need. This trip is in connection with the Me to We organization.

Quinte Secondary School is holding several fundraisers to help raise awareness and funds to support the students, as well as to purchase materials to be used to help build the school while the students are there.

Upcoming fundraising activities

  • March 4, 2013: Boston Pizza Celebrity Server night with the Belleville Bulls. 10% of all food orders (take out or dine in) will be donated to the Kenya trip fund.
  • Ongoing through to May 2013: Dem Bones Restaurant will donate 10% of all food orders purchased prior to the trip date. Restaurant goers are asked to write QSS KENYA TRIP on their receipt and put it in the box at the front door.

The Me to We approach to a community-based and worldview project like this encompasses the following:

  • SERVE: Volunteerism means that participants learn about sustainable change and how it can be achieved in partnership with the community. Trips provide hands-on experience in building lasting solutions to challenges faced by communities in need.
  • LEARN: By volunteering in communities served by the charity Free The Children, young people benefit from meaningful community based learning experiences. Through interactions with community members, participants on our trips get to know people who lead very different lives than themselves.
  • ACT: Tangible leadership development equips participants with the tools they need to act on their new-found knowledge. Rather than their personal growth ending when the trip does, participants take the lessons and skills they learned and apply them to their own communities when they get home.
  • SAFETY: Safety is always the first priority in overseas travel. Me to We has been facilitating trips overseas for the past 10 years with an incredible track record of safety and success in the countries visited. Me to We takes serious precautions to ensure that all participants return home safely.
  • SUPPORT: The team at Me to We supports participants every step of the way. From tried and tested fundraising tools, to comprehensive pre-departure resources, to our team of expert facilitators, the Me to We team strongly believe in ensuring that each teacher, student and parent is fully engaged in the experience. The Me to We team is dedicated to providing high-quality service and everything needed to prepare students for the trip of a lifetime.

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

 

 

 

Adventure Class Information Night, Mon., March 4

An Information Night for the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend to learn about this innovative approach to delivering The Ontario Curriculum.

The Adventure Class involves older students helping younger students, parents sharing their skills, hands-on activities, community outings and an accent on real-life learning and discovery. Learning outside the classroom can include the following:

  • Junior class trip to Ottawa, including a sleep over in a hostel
  • Trip to Medieval Times in Toronto
  • Visit to the National Air Force Museum of Canada
  • Monthly visits to the Belleville Public Library and Art Gallery
  • Hands-on local artist led workshops, for example, sessions with Marg MacIntyre and Gene Ouimette
  • Participation in the “Stream of Dreams” project with Quinte Conservation Authority
  • Loaf and Ladle homemade soup and bread lunches
  • Visits to an organic farm, corn maze and the Stirling Agricultural Museum
  • Performances by local musicians and story teller led workshops, for example Ian Tamblyn and Rick Fines
  • Visits to local farms, markets and museums
  • Moira River clean-up with Quinte Conservation Authority
  • Local arts and theatre events at the Empire Theatre, Stirling Theatre and Centennial Secondary School
  • Weekly physical educational instructional program outside of the classroom, for example 12 weeks of skating, 12 weeks of swimming, Frink Centre outings
  • Christmas caroling by students, parents and family members
  • Overnight family camping trip in June
  • A number of monthly parent meetings, some with family pot-luck dinners

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

Director of Education Rob McGall announces his retirement

Rob McGall, Director of Education
Rob McGall, Director of Education, will retire on June 30, 2013.

Rob McGall, Director of Education with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, announced at the February 25, 2013 Board meeting his intention to retire on June 30, 2013. For over 30 years McGall has dedicated his professional life to education, with the last nine years as a member of the HPEDSB leadership team.

“It is with mixed emotions that we accept Rob’s intention to retire at the end of this school year,” remarked Board Chair Dwayne Inch. “Rob has been an exceptional leader in our district, he is a real people person who genuinely cares about our students and staff, and he is highly regarded by the Board. He has successfully guided improvement planning and has always been a strong advocate for public education.”

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

McGall returned to this area in 2002 to become principal at Quinte Secondary School. In 2004 he was appointed to superintendent of curriculum and schools, followed by a 2007 appointment to superintendent of human resources and schools. In 2011 he was appointed to director of education. He has been the driving force behind community consultation for input on long range plans that support student learning.

“It has been a privilege to serve as your Director. I look forward to the next four months and continuing to make progress on our district priorities. As a former student of Hastings and Prince Edward, I am immensely proud of our school board and all that it stands for. It has been, and remains a privilege working with all of you in support of our students.”

Board members will make decisions related to filling the vacancy left by McGall’s retirement in the coming weeks.

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

Board Meeting Update #92

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

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

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Tues., Feb. 12

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

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

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

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

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

For more information, please contact:

  • Marie Mitchell, Principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613.969.0140, [email protected]

Arts Program Information Night, Mon., Feb. 11 at Centennial SS

The Regional Arts Program is for students who express interest and aptitude in the visual and performing arts. Academic and athletic programming are integrated to create a well-rounded educational experience.

ARTS PROGRAM INFORMATION NIGHT

DATE: Monday, February 11, 2013
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Find out more about the program.

Centennial Secondary School is in its 15th year of offering the Regional Arts Program and is in its 5th year of offering a Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture. Both programs offer creative students—who have a passion for music, visual art and drama—the opportunity to study with like-minded students, guided by highly skilled teachers.

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

French Immersion Information Sessions, Tuesday, February 5

French Immersion offers students the opportunity to become fluent in a second language. It starts in Grade 4 and continues through secondary school.

French Immersion begins in Grade 4 at Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School.

Parent Information Sessions

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
6:00 p.m.

Bayside Public School

Harry J. Clarke Public School

newspaper ad (pdf)

French Immersion Radio Commercial  featuring Grade 4 students Benji & Rhianna

The best way of illustrating the success of our program is sharing what our students have to say . . .

Bonjour mon nom est Mathew and je veux te dire pourquoi je suis en immersion française. Hi my name is Mathew and I want to tell you why I’m in French Immersion . . . it’s because learning to speak French will open so many doors in the future! Speaking French can help to get a good job or be accepted into college or university. And, learning a second language is a lot of fun!

Salut, je m’appelle Angelique et je suis dans la cinquième annee de l’immersion de francais. Hi, my name is Angelique, and here’s why I enjoy French Immersion. When I started in Grade 4, I met a lot of new friends who also enjoy learning to speak, read and write in another language. We do fun learning activities, games and songs to help us learn. We even travel to French speaking areas of Canada for school trips to help to improve our French. I really enjoy French Immersion and know that you will, too.

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

Board Meeting Update #91

This update provides a summary of the Public Board of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 28, 2013, http://bit.ly/125s9Is

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

**Students being dismissed early today, Tues., Jan. 29, 2013, permits cancelled

Due to an updated weather forecast, all buses will run early today.

Buses for secondary schools and some elementary schools (with early start times) will leave schools at 11:00 a.m. today. All other elementary schools will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.

Parents/guardians of elementary students will be contacted prior to any student being dismissed early. Schools remain open.

PLEASE NOTE that all permits for facility use today, with the exception of after-school programs, are cancelled.

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

One replacement school and one addition at another for HPEDSB

Posted January 18, 2013—Funding to build one new school and put an addition on another was announced for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Two business cases submitted to the Ministry of Education in June 2012 were approved for $14.4 million.

In north Belleville, $11.6 million is being provided to replace Harmony Public School. Over the past few years the Harmony PS student population has increased due to growth north of 401, putting pressure on the school capacity. The new school will eliminate the existing portables and provide a modern learning environment to support student learning. Design planning will begin soon, with the first step being to select an architectural firm. The new school is scheduled to be ready for September 2014 and will accommodate approximately 590 students.

In east Belleville, $2.8 million is being provided to create a six-classroom addition at Harry J. Clarke Public School (HJC). Currently, Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are located at the nearby Sir Winston Churchill facility. HJC students are located at three different locations: Sir Winston, Harry J. Clarke and the Grade 7/8 Destinations Programme students are at Moira Secondary. The addition will allow the students at Sir Winston Churchill to return to HJC. It will also provide new, modern Full-day Kindergarten spaces for the introduction of that program in September 2014. Design planning will begin soon on the design, with the first step being to select an architectural firm. The renovation is scheduled to be ready for September 2014 and will add approximately 150 students to the current population of roughly 590 students.

“This investment in our Board is welcome news. It supports our multi-year plan to consolidate and renew our schools to ensure our students have modern, safe learning environments,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

The Ministry of Education has announced it will invest close to $700 million in Ontario schools by building 39 new schools and renovating 48 others.

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

 

Gas leak contained at Quinte Secondary School

Quinte Secondary School had a gas leak this morning at 8:20 a.m. The fire alarm was pulled and the school was evacuated according to emergency procedures. Students and staff went to the nearby Metro grocery store and Maranatha Church to keep safe and warm.

Fire officials responded right away and found a gas leak in a stove in the Foods Room. The gas line to the stove has been shut off. The stove is out of service and will not be used until repairs are completed by a licensed contractor.

The fire department gave the all clear to re-enter the building at 8:40 a.m.

We are pleased to report that students and staff followed our emergency response procedures and responded appropriately. All are safe and school activities have returned to normal.

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

Local update on the CUPE agreement

On December 30, 2012, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, along with other school boards in Ontario, was informed that the Provincial Government had signed a tentative agreement with the provincial Canadian Union of Public Employees. It is for the period September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014.

CUPE Local 1022 ratified the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Provincial Government on January 9, 2013. HPEDSB trustees received the CUPE MoU on January 14, 2013, and supported the application of locally agreed upon items, including refinements to staffing processes.

“The Board and CUPE teams worked together to come to agreement on local issues. They took a respectful approach to negotiations and came to a successful result,” stated Rob McGall, Director of Education.

In Hastings and Prince Edward, CUPE Local 1022 represents approximately 600 educational assistants, custodial, maintenance, office clerical, technical employees and early childhood educators.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,000 students at 42 elementary and eight secondary schools. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

 

Board Meeting Update #90

This update provides a summary of the Special Board of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 14, 2013, http://bit.ly/W1tdqR

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

Secondary school exam schedules for January 2013

Parents/guardians and students are invited to review secondary school January 2013 exam schedules, which have been posted on each of our secondary school websites.

Bayside Secondary School

Centennial Secondary School

Centre Hastings Secondary School

Moira Secondary School

North Hastings High School

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Quinte Secondary School

Trenton High School

Semester 1 mid-term report cards were sent home in November. If you have any questions about your child’s progress in their courses or about their exams, please contact your son/daughter’s teacher at the school.

If you would like a copy of the exam schedule to be sent home, please call your son/daughter’s secondary school office.

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

Cancelled: Proposed protest by secondary school teachers

Posted at 12:30 p.m., January 11, 2013

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has received written confirmation from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation – District 29 that the planned one-day political protest scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at local secondary schools is cancelled.

This decision is based on the recent Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling related to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. As a result, all Hastings and Prince Edward secondary schools will be open to students on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

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

**All elementary schools will be open to students on Friday, January 11**

Posted at 4:30 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has ruled that the elementary teachers’ protest scheduled for today violates the Ontario Labour Relations Act. The provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has indicated it will respect the OLRB decision and teachers will report to work on Friday, January 11, 2013. As a result, all Hastings and Prince Edward schools will be open to students on Friday, January 11, 2013. Buses will be running for all students.

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

 

Ministry of Education memo & Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling about the ETFO protest, Friday, January 11, 2013

Posted January 11, 2013

This morning all Chairs and Directors of Education in English public school boards received notification that the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) ruled that the province-wide elementary teachers’ one-day political protest planned for Friday, January 11, 2013 was in violation of the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

The Ministry of Education has asked school districts to share this information with employees, parents and students. The Deputy Minister’s letter and OLRB decision are below.

Ministry of Education memo regarding Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling (pdf)

Ontario Labour Relations Board ruling (pdf)

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

 

Ministry of Education memo and Ontario Labour Relations Board decision to hold a hearing

Posted at 3:45 p.m., January 10, 2013

This afternoon all Chairs and Directors of Education in English public school boards received notification that the Government of Ontario has filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to prevent the Elementary Teachers’ of Ontario withdrawal of services on Friday, January 11, 2013. The hearing was scheduled for 3:oo p.m. today.

The Ministry of Education has asked school districts to make every reasonable effort to share this information with employees, parents and students. We are also committed to sharing the outcome of the OLRB decision once it becomes available. The OLRB decision will be posted on our website, and communicated through the media and our Twitter feed @HPEDSBschools.

Ministry of Education memo regarding an application to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (pdf)

Ontario Labour Relations Board decision to hold a hearing (pdf)

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

Elementary schools to be closed to students on Friday, January 11, 2013

Public elementary teachers in Ontario will stage a one-day political protest in the form of a full-day walkout on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Parent letter about the political protest by elementary teachers (pdf)

Locally, this affects all elementary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward. It is being directed by the provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and is in response to the provincial government imposing collective agreements on ETFO.

In the interest of student safety, and in accordance with section 19 of the Education Act, all elementary schools will be closed to students on Friday, January 11, 2013. Parents/guardians should not send their elementary children to school on Friday, January 11. Even though buses will be running for other schools, children who attend Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools should not go on the bus. The school day will return to normal on Monday, January 14, 2013.

“Our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement. We thank our parents and guardians for their patience and understanding as we work through this complex situation,” stated Rob McGall, Director of Education.

Secondary schools will remain open on Friday and the buses will run, as usual. Secondary school students (Grade 9 to 12) are expected to attend classes.

Should this situation change between now and Friday, another news release will be sent out.

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

Information about the elementary teachers’ political protest, Friday, January 11, 2013

Posted 6:00 p.m., January 9, 2013

Information about the elementary teachers’ political protest, Friday, January 11, 2013

Parent letter about the political protest by elementary teachers (pdf)

List of elementary bus routes that will not run on Friday, January 11, 2013 (pdf)

We were informed this afternoon that all elementary teachers in Ontario will stage a one-day political protest in the form of a full-day walkout on Friday, January 11, 2013. This affects elementary schools in all English public school boards across the province, including Hastings and Prince Edward. It is being directed by the provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and is in response to the provincial government imposing collective agreements on ETFO.

In the interest of student safety, and in accordance with section 19 of the Education Act, all Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools will be closed to students on Friday, January 11, 2013. Parents/guardians should not send their elementary children to school on Friday, January 11. Even though buses will be running for other schools, children who attend Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools should not go on the bus. The school day will return to normal on Monday, January 14, 2013.

Secondary schools will remain open and the buses will run, as usual. Secondary school students (Grade 9 to 12) are expected to attend classes.

Should this situation change between now and Friday, we will communicate with you through the media and post updates on this website.

Please be assured that our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement.

Please contact your school superintendent or the superintendent of Human Resources Support Services if you have questions about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s school.

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

Labour relations update

Posted January 7, 2013—The Minister of Education announced on January 3, 2013 that the government intends to implement provisions of the Putting Students First Act (Bill 115) and impose contracts on all groups in the education sector that did not have collective agreements in place by December 31, 2012.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this impacts the following employee groups:

  • Association of Professional Student Services Personnel (APSSP), Hastings Prince Edward District Chapter;
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1022;
  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Hastings-Prince Edward Local;
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local (HAPE-OTL); and
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 29.

Imposed contracts for groups will be similar to the two-year agreements the government reached with Catholic teachers, French-language teachers, and some associations (Association of Profession Student Services Personnel), and removes the right to take strike action during the period of the agreement which is from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014.

Note that support staff in Hastings and Prince Edward represented by CUPE are currently working through a process related to the tentative agreement reached with the government in late December. Provisions from the Putting Students First Act will also impact employees in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Administrative Support Group (ASG) and elementary and secondary principals (Ontario Principals’ Council) during the two-year period.

We encourage you to contact your school superintendent or Human Resources Support Services if you have questions about labour relations, by calling 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350.

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 December 7, 2012—Elementary teachers’ strike, labour relations update and bus cancellations

Parent letter about the one-day legal strike by elementary teachers (pdf)

List of elementary bus routes that will not run on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (pdf)

Notice of a one-day legal strike by elementary teachers
Elementary teachers in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will stage a one-day legal strike on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. This is being directed by the provincial Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and is in response to the provincial government passing Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act.

Due to this legal strike action by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local, all elementary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Parents/guardians should not send their children to school on Wednesday, December 12. Buses that serve only elementary schools will not run that day (refer to the link for cancelled bus routes, above). Even though buses will be running for other schools, children who attend Hastings and Prince Edward elementary schools should not get on the bus. The school day will return to normal on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

The decision to close elementary schools for one-day is authorized under section 19. (2), of the Education Act which states:

“In case of strike by members of a teachers’ bargaining unit . . ., the board may close one or more schools if it is of the opinion that,

(a) the safety of pupils may be endangered during the strike . . .;

(c) the strike . . . will substantially interfere with the operation of the school.”

Secondary school teachers are not involved in this job action. Secondary schools will remain open and the buses will run, as usual. Secondary school students (Grade 9 to 12) are expected to be at school on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Update on sports, teams and clubs at elementary and secondary schools
Provincial teacher unions have instructed elementary and secondary teachers not to participate in voluntary/extra-curricular activities as of Monday, December 10, 2012. This will likely have an impact on all sports, teams, clubs and extra-curricular activities at elementary and secondary schools. Field trips at elementary and secondary schools may be affected, as well.

At this time we have limited information about teacher job action and the duration. Outside the school day staff leadership of extra-curricular activities and events is voluntary. HPEDSB is in a similar position to other public school boards in Ontario where one-day strikes and teacher withdrawal of services are occurring. Please refer to Procedure 230: Out-of-School Learning for further information.

With the exception of the one-day strike by elementary teachers on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, mentioned above, classroom instruction is continuing.

Please be assured that our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement. We know this is an uncertain time for students and families.

Please contact your school superintendent if you have questions about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s 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 November 29, 2012—Negotiations continue with all local employee groups connected to Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These include:

  • Association of Professional Student Services Personnel (APSSP), Hastings Prince Edward District Chapter
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1022
  • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Hastings-Prince Edward Local
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local (HAPE-OTL)
  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 29

On November 28, 2012, the provincial ETFO posted a news release on its website stating it will give parents 72 hours notice of strikes planned for December in school boards by public elementary teachers. Our local ETFO members will be in a legal strike position on Monday, December 10, 2012.

We are monitoring this situation and will do our best to keep parents/guardians informed of any strike action within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Student safety is our top priority and we want to assure you that the Board is committed to providing safe, caring and respectful learning environments.

We encourage you to contact your school superintendent if you have questions or concerns about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s school, by calling 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350.

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 November 12, 2012—We are aware that discussions between the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) that were occurring over the weekend did not result in an agreement.

Beginning Monday, November 12, 2012, the local OSSTF for Hastings and Prince Edward is in a legal strike position. We have been informed that OSSTF plans to initiate sanctions that include reductions in some of their duties, including supervision. In response, the Board intends to implement a temporary contingency plan to provide alternate supervision at its secondary schools. This plan will be monitored and evaluated daily by the Board.

Federations and unions representing elementary school teachers and some support staff are not in a legal strike position as of yet. We believe in the collective bargaining process and continue to meet with all our employee groups in the hope of reaching collective agreements.

Student safety is our top priority and we want to assure you that the Board is committed to providing safe, caring and respectful learning environments. Further information will be communicated to parents/guardians and others through school and Board websites, and radio media.

We encourage you to contact the school superintendent if you have questions or concerns about how labour relations may be impacting your child’s 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 October 3, 2012–On September 11, 2012 the Ontario government passed the Putting Students First Act, 2012. As a result of this legislation, some school communities within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) may experience changes in certain school events.

Our employees remain focused on ensuring student safety, and providing quality instruction and learning experiences for students. Outside the school day staff leadership of extra-curricular activities and events is voluntary. It is our current understanding that in response to the new provincial legislation, some staff may choose not to participate in some of these voluntary activities. Involvement may vary from school to school.

HPEDSB is in a similar position as other school boards across the province. We know this is an uncertain time for students and families. Please be assured that our focus remains on student safety, well-being and achievement. The relationship between the Board and its employee groups continues to be respectful.

We encourage you to contact the school principal if you have questions or concerns about activities at your child’s school. school contact information

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

Last updated: March 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm