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Centennial SS student Amy Owen to represent on provincial advisory council

Student Amy Owen with principal and director of education
Amy Owen (centre), going into Grade 11 at Centennial Secondary School in September 2014, was chosen as one of 60 students across Ontario to be part of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC).

Congratulations to Amy Owen, Centennial Secondary School, who is one of 60 students across the province chosen to be on the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC).

Owen is going into Grade 11 in September 2014 and is thrilled to be involved.

“I live for the Arts. Drama, art, music. You name it; I love it. My principal was the one who told me about the council. So, I did some more research about it and thought it would be a great way to get the Arts into more schools around Ontario. I think when students participate in activities like music and drama, it is a great way for us to build important skills for the rest of our lives. In between my school work and social life, I love to read, write, act in plays and watch tons of movies. I am so glad to be able to work with MSAC this year and hopefully for the next few ones too.” -Amy Owen, Centennial Secondary School.

What is the Minister’s Student Advisory Council?

The Minister’s Student Advisory Council is a group of approximately 60 students from all parts of the publicly funded education system and regions of the province.

Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario’s publicly funded schools remain the best in the world.

The council is about empowering youth to ‘be the change.’ Council members think big, SpeakUp and take action to help other students across the province. They share perspectives and act as change agents by expressing their views directly to the Minister of Education.

What is involved?

The council meets with the Minister of Education twice during the year to share their ideas. During their term, council members create sub-committees on matters of interest and meet virtually to discuss them. They may be invited to participate in consultations regarding policies or programs that impact on students. Finally, council members are invited to attend their Regional Student Forum.

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

Board Meeting Update #110, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in September 2014.

Record number of students graduated from Quinte Adult Education

valedictorian receives her diploma
71-year-old Marjorie Foster (centre) was selected as valedictorian for the Quinte Adult Education graduation. She is pictured with Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education (left) and Julie Jarvis, the program coordinator.

It was a banner year for students enrolled with Quinte Adult Education.

The number of graduates in June rose to a new record of 133. Also unique was the person chosen to be valedictorian: 71-year-old Marjorie Foster.

“Our program continues to grow and the number of graduates increases each year,” stated Julie Jarvis, the program coordinator.

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

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for 2013-2104

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 for 2013-2014
Hailey Rowan, Bayside SSHailie Rowan
Bayside
Secondary School
Susan Emerson, Centennial SSSusan Emerson
Centennial
Secondary School
Erran Lee, Centre Hastings SSErran Lee
Centre Hastings
Secondary School
Laura Hatt, Moira SSLaura Hatt
Moira
Secondary School
Michaela Comrie, North Hastings HSMichaela Comrie
North Hastings
High School
Heather Beach, Prince Edward CIHeather Beach
Prince Edward
Collegiate Institute
Mitchell Carroll (photo not available)
Quinte
Secondary School
Dana Windsor, Trenton HSDana Windsor
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]

Construction of Harmony Public School is progressing on schedule

Posted July 22, 2014. This is an update about construction of the new Harmony Public School.

The project is progressing on schedule. Senior-level school board personnel are on-site every week for meetings with the contractor. They are satisfied with the progress being made.

The centre connecting corridor of the existing school was demolished earlier this month in order to make way for trenching for the electrical and telephone underground services. The remainder of that building will be demolished in the coming weeks. As well, a new and much larger septic system and three large underground water reservoirs for fire-fighting purposes will be excavated and installed. Construction of the larger parking lot, bus loop, fire route and other paving is planned for late August.

Plans are for the new school to be open and ready to receive students on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The New Harmony Public School in Pictures

The construction site, demoliton in progress
The old building is being demolished to make way for underground services and parking.

Front west corner of the new school
This picture shows the front west corner of the new school.

Hallway, ceiling open
This picture shows one of the hallways. Cabling and electrical services are being installed in the ceiling.

The gym
The high walls of the gym can be seen in this picture.

new school from the back
This picture shows the new school from the back. The view is to the north.

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

Dates schools will be closed during July and August 2014

Below are the dates which elementary schools, secondary schools and the Education Centre will be open or closed during July and August 2014.

Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

  • Open from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays, beginning Friday, July 11 through to Friday, August 22, inclusive.
  • Closed to the public during a 2-week shut-down period beginning Monday, July 29 through to Friday, August 8, inclusive. We will re-open to the public on Monday, August 11.
  • General inquiries: 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension “0”

Elementary Schools

All elementary schools will be closed during July and August. They will re-open on Monday, August 25, 2014.

 

Dates Secondary Schools Will be Closed

Bayside Secondary School
  • All Fridays during July and August 2014.
Centennial Secondary School
  • Friday, July 11, 2014
  • Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Wednesday, July 23 to Monday, August 11, 2014
Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Monday, July 14, 2014
  • Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Friday, July 25 to Tuesday, August 12, 2014
  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Friday, August 22, 2014
Moira Secondary School
  • Friday, July 18 to Monday, August 18, 2014
North Hastings High School
  • Monday, July 14 to Friday, August 15, 2014
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Friday, July 11, 2014
  • Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Friday, July 25, 2014
  • Monday, July 28 to Friday, August 8, 2014
  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Friday, August 22, 2014
Quinte Secondary School
  • Tuesday, August 5 to Friday, August 15, 2014
Trenton High School
  • Friday, July 11, 2014
  • Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Monday, July 21 to Friday, August 1, 2014
  • Monday, August 11 to Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Friday, August 22, 2014

Quinte Adult Education, based out of Quinte Secondary School
Open to the public during July and August as follows:
• Monday through to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Wednesdays – 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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

 

Creating this free-standing structure took cooperation, creativity

Students in Grades 5 & 6 with the paper structure they made
Students in Grade 5 & 6 at Harmony Public School made a free-standing structure out of paper, using only newsprint and masking tape.

Amidst the construction of their new school, the Grade 5 and 6 students at Harmony Public School learned the importance of cooperation and teamwork when building a structure much larger than themselves.

Students had been investigating the strength of structures. Their final challenge was to make a structure out of paper that was free standing.

Students divided themselves into working groups then chose leaders to help plan and organize each member’s role, and how to complete each part of their tasks. The groups were provided with only newsprint and masking tape.

Based on a model, each group constructed a smaller portion of the larger structure. Once complete, the smaller groups were faced with the next challenge—they needed to collaborate with the other groups in order to combine all their structures to build the final structure.

After a challenging and fun afternoon, students gained an understanding of the importance of teamwork and felt a sense of pride when the task was accomplished.

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

$32,440 raised by Centennial SS for Relay for Life

Congratulations to students and staff at Centennial Secondary School for raising $32,440 for Relay for Life! The event on May 30, 2014 was a tremendous success.

Thank you to the following sponsors for donating to the raffle:

  • 44 North Business Solutions Inc, which donated wireless speakers
  • Ralph Neale, who donated a set of golf clubs
  • Spelmer Dodge, which donated a Samsung TV
  • West City Honda which donated a $2,300 scooter
Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the event:

  • Battlefield Equipment
  • Bib’s Meats
  • Dewe’s, Your Independent Grocer
  • Dominos Pizza
  • Harmony Music
  • Katrina’s Cupcakes
  • Lone Star
  • Misuraca Karate
  • Thompson Tents
  • Tim Hortons
  • Topper’s Pizza
collage of photos

The Relay for Life at Centennial Secondary School was

well-attended by students and staff and raised $32,440!

 

 

Join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2014

The following message is from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education

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 HPEDSB, our AiM System Plan goal of Success for Each Student is at the heart of our work. We are committed to programs and partnerships that support our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

I invite you to join in recognizing National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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

Board Meeting Update #109, June 16, 2014

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in September 2014.

New date for the District Track & Field Meet

The District Track & Field has been rescheduled to Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Mary Ann Sills Field.

We recognize that this new date may conflict with other activities planned at schools. In these instances, schools will need to make site-based decisions about which events they will attend.

Please note that substitute athletes for students who are unable to attend will not be accepted due to the nature of the increased workload this would mean for the event conveyor.

Lastly, if there is a need to cancel this rescheduled event, a new date will not be selected and the the District Track & Field will not run this year.

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

Update on new schools being built in HPEDSB

This is to provide an update on two significant construction projects in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Each is directly connected to the school board’s strategic plan, which is known as the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan, and also to the work being done every day to support student achievement and well-being.

“These are exciting times for us. We have been fortunate to receive funding from the Ministry of Education to build new schools and also to construct additions to support Full-day Kindergarten,” stated Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

1. New Harmony Public School

Construction of the new Harmony Public School has been happening since last fall, following an $11.6 funding announcement by the Ministry of Education. The school community has watched the building take shape right before their eyes. Construction of the 59,000 square foot school for approximately 590 students will continue at a rapid pace over the next few months in preparation for the September 2014 opening.

Starting on Saturday, June 28, parts of the existing school will be demolished and almost all of the school grounds will see some sort of construction activity. For safety reasons, the entire site will become a fenced construction area for the summer. The centre connecting corridor of the existing school will be the first part to be demolished in order to make way for trenching for the underground services, such as electricity and telephone. The remainder of the existing school will be demolished in the following weeks. As well, a new and much larger septic system and three large underground water reservoirs for fire-fighting purposes will be excavated and installed. Construction of the larger parking lot, bus loop, fire route and other paving is planned for August. Grading and landscaping for most of the site will create the beautiful new school grounds.

2. New Trenton Elementary School

In April 2014, the Ministry of Education announced it would fund Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board for $11.31 million to build a replacement school in Trenton. The new 55,000-60,000 square foot school will consolidate approximately 590 students from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School (T), and will be built on the site of the existing Queen Elizabeth Public School. Construction will begin in March 2015 and be completed by June 30, 2016. The new school is scheduled to open in September 2016.

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

 

Butterflies, butterflies and more butterflies!

Students from JK to Grade 3 at 28 elementary schools (representing 68 classes) are learning about butterflies. In fact, they are watching the entire life cycle of the painted lady caterpillar—from the larvae stage through to emerging as a butterfly.

Schools received the caterpillar/butterfly kits in mid-May. Since then, students have been learning through the Understanding Life Systems strand of The Ontario Curriculum. They have discovered what happens during the nurturing and care of the caterpillars as they grow, change during the chrysalis formation and observe butterflies emerge.

A mass release of painted lady butterflies will take place on Friday, June 6, 2014. Some schools have already released their butterflies due to them being ready early.

The following schools are participating:

  1. Bayside Public School
  2. Bird’s Creek Public School
  3. Breadner Elementary School
  4. College Street Public School
  5. Deseronto Public School
  6. Earl Prentice Public School
  7. Foxboro Public School
  8. Frankford Public School
  9. Harmony Public School
  10. Harry J. Clarke Public School
  11. Hermon Public School
  12. Hillcrest School
  13. Madoc Township Public School
  14. Massassaga-Rednersville Public School
  15. Maynooth Public School
  16. Park Dale School
  17. Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  18. Prince of Wales Public School
  19. Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)
  20. Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  21. Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  22. Queen Victoria School
  23. Sir John A. Macdonald School
  24. Stirling Public School
  25. Tweed Elementary School
  26. Tyendinaga Public School
  27. V.P. Carswell Elementary School
  28. 28. York River Public School

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

“Positive Vibes” Youth Forum inspires students, positive messaging

Student leaders at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are excited to be hosting the annual Youth Forum.

EVENT DETAILS
“Positive Vibes” Youth Forum
Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Location: Loyalist College

Participants will include approximately 150 students from Grades 9 through 12 from all eight secondary schools. The day will begin with a keynote presentation from youth motivational speaker Ryan Porter.

Porter has been working with high school students for many years and is dedicated to helping young people answer the question “what should I do with my life?”

Following Porter’s address, students will participate in student-led activities and seminars on a variety of topics including developing confidence, showing gratitude and being a positive influence using social media. The day will conclude with Omnikin ball games at the Loyalist Sports Dome.

Here are some photos of today’s event. (Photos courtesy of Tina Jones and Dave Patterson.)

Picture 1: Students are starting to arrive.

Picture 2: Participating in the ice-breaker activity.

Photos 3 and 4: Guest speaker Ryan Porter engages with students.

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

$579,635 in scholarships offered to Moira SS students

Updated May 29, 2014—The amount of scholarships for students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Moira Secondary School has risen to a collective total of $579,635.

This large amount affirms that universities acknowledge the learning and efforts of IB students. According to IB Coordinator Cindy Cooper, the scholarship amount will increase because some IB students are still waiting to hear back. At this point, each graduating student has been offered an average of $48,000 this year.

Posted April 25, 2014—Students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Moira Secondary School are high achievers. Those graduating this year have been offered a total of $323,585 in scholarships from several universities and private scholarships. Each has been offered an average of $27,132 in scholarships.

To date, the IB students have been accepted to the following universities:

  • Carleton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Harvard University
  • McMaster University
  • Queen’s University
  • Ryerson University
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Windsor
  • Western University
  • Wilfred Laurier University
  • York University

Programs the IB students have been accepted for include the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours
  • Bachelor of Science Honours in Medical Sciences, Life Sciences, Bio-Med Sciences, Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Science, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Professional Communication with a Minor in Biology
  • Bachelor in Humanities with a Minor in Biology
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences with a Major in Psychology, Forensic Science, Criminology
  • Bachelor of English

By offering scholarships, these universities acknowledge the hard work of students in the IB Programme.

The total scholarship offering will increase because many of MSS students are still waiting to hear about several scholarships.

Upcoming graduating classes

  • To date 22 students are enrolled in IB Diploma courses to graduate in 2015.
  • To date, 32 students are enrolled in IB Diploma courses to graduate in 2016.

Students who are interested in applying for the IB Foundations Programme (Grades 9 and 10) or the IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12) pathways at Moira Secondary School can find out more by contacting Mrs. Cooper, IB Coordinator, [email protected] or 613-962-8668, ext. 1119

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

 

This is a show you’ll want to see at Trenton High School

One For The Money play at Trenton High
All are invited to the musical “One For the Money: Lights. Camera. ELVIS!” at Trenton High School. Performances are May 29, 30, 31, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the school. Tickets are $10 and are available at the school office.

Excitement is building at Trenton High School as students and staff put the final touches on their performance of “One For the Money : Lights. Camera. ELVIS!”

EVENT DETAILS
“One For the Money: Lights. Camera. ELVIS!”
DATE: May 29, 30, 31, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, Auditorium, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton
TICKETS: $10, available at Trenton High Schools office

The show will take you to the refined, but sometimes raw setting of 1950-era Chicago society, where Jill, a young woman, leads a seemingly perfect life to the public eye. Her facade is soon at risk though, as she struggles to live as an outsider in what she is supposed to believe is a perfect world.

Jill and her cast mates of “Happy Hour,” an uppity 1950-era variety show, must learn to deal with their chaotic lives on and off the set. But remember, in a world where nothing is truly as it seems, what you expect to happen may not be the true result. Jill’s story provides a fresh look at class and gender issues pervading 1950-era life that still face us today. Watch as Jill leaves her perfect life as a rich woman tied to an All American Boy to find her worth in a society that tells her she is worthless. Enjoy the wonderful singing and dancing of the extremely multi-talented cast as their characters take you through a story full of twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Expect to be surprised, but prepare to be entertained with this sixth original Trenton High School musical.

THS is very proud of its biennial Music Theatre Program which has been running for 10 years, resulting in five originally-written musical shows. The production crew are made of many talented people: Director Ms. Jennifer Ully, Music Director Mr. Vince Thornton, as well as Stage Manager Tiffany Moore, and Choreographer Ms. Julianne Marshall.

With the assistance of the two directors, the program is student-run in terms of scriptwriting, ticket sales, advertising, props, costumes, along with a slew of other duties. The students, many of them in their last year, have been dedicating months of hard work to making this musical a reality.

This year’s show features the music of the one and only King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, who is well known for big hits such as “Burning Love,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “A Little Less Conversation.”

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

Board Meeting Update #108

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in June 2014.

Congratulations to the 2014 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.

13th 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 2014 Great Place Awards recipients are:

  • Beverly Affleck, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Chris Barry, Police Officer, Belleville Police Service
  • Jane Bonter, Educational Assistant, Madoc Township Public School
  • Kate Cockburn, Teacher, North Hastings High School
  • Cindy Cooper, Teacher, Moira Secondary School
  • Eileen Lucas, In-school Resource Teacher, Madoc Public School
  • Reta Sporring, Volunteer, Sir John. A. Macdonald Public School
  • Sadie Stewart, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Gerarda Wagenmakers, Teacher, Hermon Public School

“All the nominations told wonderful stories about the person being nominated and how he or she has contributed to student achievement and well-being. 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 the public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, May 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 19 nominations. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight Growing with Character attributes which are: 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:

  • Jennifer Cobb, Trustee
  • Geoff Cudmore, The HPE Learning Foundation
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer & Committee Chair
  • Susie Emerson, Student Senator, Centennial Secondary School
  • Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee
  • Bailey Kimball, Student Senator, Quinte Secondary School
  • Shelley Mackenzie-Coates, Principal, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst
  • Shelley Steele, Safe Schools Supervisor
  • Susan Sweet, The HPE Learning Foundation
  • Wendy Sutherland, Safe Schools Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Doug Thur, President, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local

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

The Three R’s of Resiliency: Regulation, Relationships and Reflection

The annual OACAS Conference will bring together counsellors, educators, mental health workers and community partners. Workshop topics include applying learning initiatives, self-regulation techniques and recognizing the importance of relationships.

A priority of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) is to communicate and promote mental health and well-being initiatives for students. An upcoming event will connect school board personnel with educators, counsellors, mental health workers and community agencies on this topic.

EVENT DETAILS event flyer
The Three R’s of Resiliency: Regulation, Relationships and Reflection

DATE: June 4 – 6, 2014
TIME: Varies by day, please refer to the workshops
LOCATION: Travelodge Hotel, 11 Bay Bridge Road, Belleville

Guest speakers

  • Dick O’Brien: Well-Being and Being Well, the Adversity Quotient
  • Dr. Wayne Hammond: The Resiliency Initiative—Embracing Strength Based Practices in Schools
  • Mark Agius: Ministry of Children & Youth Services Transformation Strategy
  • Louisa Jewell: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being

Participants will be involved in workshops about applying learning initiatives, self-regulation techniques and recognizing the importance of relationships.

This event is the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Counselling and Attendance Services (OACAS). It is sponsored by HPEDSB, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Ministry of Education.

OACAS is a provincial association that is the primary source of professional support and guidance for attendance counsellors. HPEDSB and OACAS actively partner with students, families, communities and organizations to build engaging environments that contribute to the social-emotional well-being of every student.

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

Star performers at College Street PS

Students at College Street Public School are star performers! They recently achieved top marks at a community music festival.

The choir, made up of 42 students in Grades 2 to 7, sang the song “When I Close My Eyes,” under the direction of Teacher Susanne Allin. They won first place in their division with a score of 94%.

This was an outstanding achievement for these students. They worked hard and spent several hours rehearsing together. It was a special moment to be recognized for their diligent efforts.

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

EVENT: Open House at Harmony Public School

Harmony PS event flyer #1Students and staff at Harmony Public School are excited to be hosting an Open House.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, May 10, 2014
TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Harmony Public School, 626 Harmony Road, Corbyville

This event is to celebrate the friendships and memories made at the school from 1960 – 2014, and also the one-room school house that led to the school’s existence. commemorative website

Memorabilia and photos will be on display in classrooms. If you would like to loan items for this purpose, please call the school at 613.962.7867. All items will be returned.

Harmony PS event flyer #2Guests can pre-order a light meal for $6: beef-on-a-bun, hot dog or salad with a drink and dessert. Meals must be ordered and paid for in advance. To order, email [email protected], or call Patricia Hendrick, 613.962.7867, extension 222.

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

7th Annual Student Benefit Auction, Thursday, May 15, 2014

Food for Learning will be hosting the 7th Annual Student Benefit Auction in May.

This event is to raise funds to support student nutrition programs throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 15, 2014
TIME: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Avaya Canada, 250 Sidney Street, Belleville
TICKETS: $20, see below for purchase details

This exciting event is truly a ‘students helping students’ event. Students from North Hastings High School will be baking desserts which will be served along with other hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Many unique items will be available for auction. The very popular raffle for a bouquet of red roses with ten $50 bill mixed in with the real flowers is back. Other popular items are the Donini chocolate red roses for $3 each with the chance to win a prize with the purchase.

All proceeds from this event will be used to support nutrition programs, such as purchasing groceries, supplies and equipment needed to ensure that all students are attending school well fed and ready to learn.

For more information, to donate an item to the silent auction or purchase tickets, please contact:
Kellie Brace, Food for Learning Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4360, extension 2232, or [email protected]

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

“A Haunting We Will Go” at Bayside Secondary School

A Haunting We Will Go play at Bayside SS
Students at Bayside Secondary School will be performing “A Haunting We Will Go” on May 22, 23 and 24. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Students at Bayside Secondary School are putting the finishing touches on a stage play for all to see.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: May 22, 23, 24, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
TICKETS: $15 for adults, $10 for students

A Haunting We Will Go is a mystery-comedy stage play by Tim Kelly. It takes place in a supposedly haunted hotel called The Inn of the Three Sisters. A television producer named Norma Corwin plans to stay a night alone in the inn to fulfill a childhood dream. During her stay, a strange assortment of uninvited guests arrive to add to the spirit manifestations and the murderous intrique.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

 

 

Engaging students in learning to achieve goals at Trenton High

Providing safe, respectful and caring learning environments is a priority in our schools. One school is taking a hands-on approach to engaging students in these areas.

At Trenton High, the staff has partnered with the community to encourage and support students in their social and academic journeys.

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, all Grade 9 students will be involved in a full-day conference about learning to persevere. During the event known as Push Through, Bounce Back: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favour, all Grade 9 ‘Tigers’ will participate in workshops to learn about and celebrate their strengths, transform challenges, and laugh at the bumps in the road on their journeys through young adulthood.

Guest speakers

Ten guests speakers, including THS alumni, THS students and community members, will share strategies for achieving goals in school, work and home life. Learning to persevere through transitions and bounce back from the challenges encountered in early adulthood can lead to continued growth and success.

Keynote speaker, Nick Foley of Celebrate the Hero, will share insights on “Being Real.” Yoga instructors, Melanie Veenstra and Brandon Abram, will provide de-stressing exercises for body and mind.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Centennial SS presents “The Prince and the Pauper”

A journey with kings and princes, thieves and paupers? Students at Centennial Secondary School are eager to perform a spring showing of The Prince and the Pauper.

EVENT DETAILS
DATES & TIMES: May 23 to 25, 2014

  • Friday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
TICKETS: Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10, available at Centennial Secondary School, Quinte Arts Council or Red Ball Radio.

You will be captivated as students in this hilarious version of The Prince and the Pauper take you into the wonderful adventure story of rich Prince Edward and poor Tom Canty.

Student learning related to this performance

This show will be the culmination of the learning in the Theatre Production/Set Design courses for Semester 2. In this two-credit course, students explore the time period surrounding the play in detail, including the fashions, the social climate at the time of Henry VIII, the living conditions in Merry Ole’ England, songs and dances of the period, the history of doppelgangers. They look closely at the works of Mark Twain.

CSS students performed Leader of the Pack in January 2014 as the Semester 1 culminating activity for the same courses.

Every week, the students rehearse during class and once a week after school. They are responsible for set designs, costume designs, dance rehearsals and learning lines. These 27 students, along with 12 additional students from CSS and Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, have been rehearsing together once a week since February.

Centennial Theatre Productions is gearing up for another performance in May. Stay tuned!

For more information, please call the school at 613.962.9233, ext. 3460.

May 26: Community electronic waste drop-off sites

electronics recycling poster
Schools are inviting community members to drop-off f household electronic waste. These events are school fundraisers as the proceeds are donated back to the school by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

Community members are invited to drop-off household electronic waste for free. These events are school fundraisers and provide a safe way to dispose of electronics. They are hosted in partnership with with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

Look for the Ontario Electronic Stewardship recycling bin.

The schools will receive funds based on the amount collected.

EVENT 1, Sir John A. Macdonald Public School
DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:0o p.m.
LOCATION: Sir John A. Macdonald Public School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

EVENT 2: Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School
DATE: May 26 – 31, 2014
LOCATION: Parking lot at Dewe’s Independent Grocery Store, 420 Dundas Street East, Belleville
TIME: Monday to Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Event poster (PDF)

List of electronic waste accepted by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship Poster showing acceptable items (PDF)

  • Display devices, such as monitors and televisions
  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Printing, copying and multifunction devices
  • Telephones and telephone answering machines
  • Cellular devices and pagers
  • Home theatre-in-a-box (equalizers, amplifiers, speakers, tuners and turntables)
  • Aftermarket vehicle audio and video devices
  • Image, audio and video devices (home, non-portable)
  • Image, audio and video devices (personal, portable)

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

Join in recognizing three recognition events

The following is from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The week of May 5 -9, 2014 is a time to recognize three important events related to students, employees and education.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School board, we are focused on the AiM System Plan goals of Success for Each Student, Employee Excellence and Community Connections.

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 and well-being. The provincial theme is Achieving Excellence in Education.

  • This week, school communities will celebrate through literacy, song, dance, theatre and physical activity. For example, today a number of our schools are participating in Music Monday. On Monday, May 5th Music Monday celebrates its 10th anniversary with a live webcast linking simultaneous events across the country and ending with synchronized nationwide performances of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (Source: the Music Monday organization, http://www.musicmonday.ca/) 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.

  • One of our priorities in the AiM System Plan involves communicating and promoting mental health and well-being initiatives for students. We know that providing safe, welcoming, caring and inclusive learning environments support student achievement and well-being. Some of our actions in these areas have been to provide professional learning to employees, to develop pathways to care for students requiring higher levels of support, and to weave mental health wellness and well-being into our everyday work.

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. Their efforts support our AiM System Plan priorities to reach high levels of student achievement; promote safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive schools; and to communicate and promote mental health and well-being initiatives for students.

Please join me in recognizing the value of these three important events.

For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

School administrators for the 2014-2015 school year

Each year at this time, decisions are made about the placement of school administrators for the new school year beginning in September.

Changes are made sometimes for a variety of reasons, such as due to retirements or leaves, individual requests or for leadership development.

Principal & Vice-principal Placements
for the 2014-2015 School Year
(text in bold indicates a change)
Elementary School Current Year September 2014
Principal Vice-principal Principal Vice-principal
Athol-South Marysburgh Public School Kevin MacLaurin Kevin MacLaurin
Bayside Public School Bessie Stelatos Steve McFadden Bessie Stelatos Steve McFadden
Bird’s Creek Public
School
Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Breadner Elementary
School
Leanne Pond Leanne Pond
C.M.L. Snider School Tina Elliott Tina Elliott
Coe Hill School Rob Lake Rob Lake
College Street Public
School
Joanne Nitschke Marg Wagner Joanne Nitschke Annette Huizinga
Deseronto Public
School
Derek Potts Derek Potts
Earl Prentice Public
School
Heather McMaster Clinton Breau (Acting) Heather McMaster Clinton Breau
Foxboro Public School Kim Reid Kim Reid
Frankford Public
School
Anne Slager Anne Slager
Harmony Public School Louise Gunning Jennifer Hawkins Louise Gunning Jennifer Hawkins
Harry J. Clarke
Public School
Marie Mitchell Jennifer Birt
Kim Mahoney
Marie Mitchell Jennifer Birt
Hermon Public School Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Michael Mitchell Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Michael Mitchell
Hillcrest School Carla Ross Carla Ross
Kente Public School Stephanie
Taylor-Harvey
Stephanie
Taylor-Harvey
Madoc Public School Joanne Barry Cassandra Bellwood Joanne Barry Cassandra Bellwood
Madoc Township Public
School
Cathy Speedy Cathy Speedy
Marmora Senior Public
School
Suzanne Copeland Suzanne Copeland
Massassaga-Rednersville
Public School
Barb Allen Barb Allen
Maynooth Public
School
Lisa Resmer Lisa Resmer
North Trenton Public
School
Derek DeLarge Lee Mahon-Prophet Derek DeLarge Lee Mahon-Prophet
Park Dale School Stacey Belanger Jennifer Hawkins Stacey Belanger Kim Mahoney
Pinecrest Memorial
Elementary School
Kim Myderwyk Kim Myderwyk
Prince Charles School
(Belleville)
Marg Thompson Corrina Massey Marg Thompson Corrina Massey
Prince Charles Public
School (Trenton)
Steve Toffelmire Jan Simpson Steve Toffelmire Annette Huizinga
Prince of Wales
Public School
Cassandra Windsor Annette Huizinga Cassandra Windsor Tanya Whittaker
Queen Elizabeth
Public School (Trenton)
Derek DeLarge Lee Mahon-Prophet Derek DeLarge Lee Mahon-Prophet
Queen Elizabeth
School (Belleville)
Earle Wright Earle Wright
Queen Elizabeth
School (Picton)
Bill Launderville Tanya Whittaker Bill Launderville Tonia Shelmerdine
Queen Victoria School Chad Harvey Chad Harvey
Sir John A. Macdonald
School
Anne Whitfield Nicola Wand
Sophiasburgh Central
School
Pooky Nye Rob McFadden
Stirling Public School Suzanne Cholasta Nancy Vickers Suzanne Cholasta Nancy Vickers
Susanna Moodie
Elementary School
Heather Rutherford Heather Rutherford
Tweed Elementary
School
Susan Carleton-Maines Cassandra Bellwood Susan Carleton-Maines Cassandra Bellwood
Tyendinaga Public
School
Deirdre Gordon Deirdre Gordon
V.P. Carswell
Elementary School
Ted Ashberry Ted Ashberry
York River Public
School
Marion Wilson Tonia Shelmerdine Marion Wilson Taras Humen

 

Principal & Vice-principal Placements for the 2014-2015 School Year (text in bold indicates a change)
Secondary School Current Year September 2014
Principal Vice-principal Principal Vice-principal
Bayside Secondary School Ian Press Greg Garrett
Nancy Popovich
Ian Press Nancy Popovich
Centennial Secondary School Kim Sampson Eric Fetterley
Dayna Bons
Kim Sampson Dayna Bons
Centre Hastings Secondary School Shelley MacKenzie-Coates Doug Callaghan Shelley MacKenzie-Coates Todd Hinks
Moira Secondary School Grant Montgomery Jill Batchelor Grant Montgomery Jill Batchelor
North Hastings High School Ken Dostaler Lynn Andrews Ken Dostaler Lynn Andrews
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Darren McFarlane Paul Pickard Darren McFarlane Doug Callaghan
Quinte Secondary School Liane Woodley Todd Hinks Liane Woodley Eric Fetterley
Trenton High School Ken Manderville Joan Bennett
Ruth Ellen Cummings
Ken Manderville
Joan Bennett
Ruth Ellen Cummings

 

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

#hpecod, 24th Celebration of Dance, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Excitement is building among students about the upcoming Celebration of Dance.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (rain date is the next day)
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Belleville Fairgrounds

It’s all about being active and having fun. That’s the purpose of Celebration of Dance. The 24th annual event is less than one week away. If you have never seen it, try to get there. You will see thousands of students dancing in unison, dressed in their school colours and having fun!

Ten dances are in the line-up this year:

  • Dynamite
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Follow the Leader (new for this year, submitted by Tweed Elementary School)
  • Crazy Frog
  • Hamster Dance
  • Treasure (new for this year, submitted by Athol-South Marysburgh Public School)
  • Move It
  • YMCA
  • Cha Cha
  • Happy (new for this year, submitted by Susanna Moodie Elementary School)

Students and teachers have been practising for several weeks. They learn the dances by watching videos.

Leadership students from Centennial Secondary School will be on-site to capture the moments and tweet them through the hashtag #hpecod. Volunteers from the Education Centre will also be there to help with pedestrian traffic, security, being stage hosts and generally getting people and participants to where they need to be.

The first Celebration of Dance took place in spring 1991 and has been an annual event since then. It is a fun and safe way to engage students in daily physical activity while supporting the physical education, and drama and dance curriculum.

Thank you to all volunteers, in particular Cogeco Belleville for the support in capturing the event on video. It will be available to watch on Cablevue 4.

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

First Nations Awareness Day event for students, Thursday, May 1, 2014

Students from our eight secondary schools are participating in an awareness event today to learn about First Nations culture and teachings.

EVENT DETAILS: First Nations Awareness Day
DATE: Thursday, May 1, 2014
TIME: 9:00 – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College, 376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Belleville

According to Troy Maracle, Curriculum Coordinator and the event organizer, approximately 200 students will participate in workshops related to First Nations Peoples.

“This is part of our ongoing work to engage students in learning about Aboriginal culture. The sessions are hands-on and engaging, particularly the one where students will make corn husk dolls,” stated Maracle.

Sessions students will participate in

  • Residential Schools
  • Bringing History to Life
  • Tyendinaga’s Roots
  • We Are All Treaty People
  • Tree of Peace Teachings
  • Corn Husk Dolls
  • Anishinaabe Teachings
  • Turtleback Teachings

The last session of the day will be a keynote address by Wab Kinew. He will speak about First Nation issues, the importance of getting an education and being true to oneself by knowing oneself.

This evening, Kinew will be the guest speaker at a community event.

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

May 1: Guest speaker Wab Kinew on the topic of First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education

event flyer
Wab Kinew is a well known musician, educator, journalist and broadcaster. He will be speaking about First Nation, Métis & Inuit education on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Loyalist College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. All are invited.

A partnership between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will bring Wab Kinew to our community on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 1, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Alumni Hall, Loyalist College, 376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 students, available by calling 613.968.3707, ext. 223

BACKGROUND ON GUEST SPEAKER WAB KINEW

Wab Kinew is a well known musician, educator, journalist and broadcaster.

He is known to many FNMI teachers as the narrator of the critically acclaimed documentary, 8th Fire.

Mr. Kinew also provided the introduction to OSSTF’s Common Threads teacher resource, Full Circle: First Nations, Metis, Inuit Ways of Knowing. He is being featured as this year’s Kevin Manion Memorial Lecture Series guest speaker.

Video: Wab Kinew, 500 Years in 2 Minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmYu-Wppp3c

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

May 2: Celebration to name the gymnasium at Quinte Secondary School

A celebration is being held at Quinte Secondary School to recognize the naming of the school gymnasium in honour of Rick Locke, a former teacher and coach at the school.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, May 2, 2014
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville, followed by a social gathering at the Belleville Club, 210 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Family, colleagues, friends and QSS Saints alumni are invited.

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

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for the 2014-2015 school year

In an effort to encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education and to help support student learning, the Ministry of Education is providing funding to support school-based initiatives.

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants support the Ministry’s goals and key priorities to engage parents who are instrumental in driving the success of our students.

This year, special consideration will be given to applicants who did not receive funding for 2013-2014, and proposals that promote increased access and awareness of math strategies and resources for parents to support their children’s learning at home and at school.

Two types of PRO Grants are available:

1. Grants for school councils (maximum of $1,000)

These grants are intended to support school-based initiatives to reach parents who face barriers that prevent them from becoming involved in their children’s learning at home and at school. School councils may develop proposals individually, with other school councils in the same board, or with other groups in the school or in the community.

2. Grants for regional/provincial projects (maximum of $30,000)

These grants are available to Parent Involvement Committees (PICs), parent organizations, school boards, non-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions working in partnership with parents to support student achievement and well-being. Eligible projects must align with at least one of the following four strategies of the Ministry’s Parent Engagement Policy: 1) Parents as Partners; 2) Welcoming School Board and School Environment for all Parents; 3) Skill Building Opportunities for Parents; and 4) Enhancing Communication between School and Parents.

The deadline for the 2014-2015 PRO Grant submissions is Friday, May 16, 2014. Applications are required to be submitted electronically. For more information, please visit the Ministry of Education website at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/reaching.html

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

Board Meeting Update #107

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in May 2014.

Join in recognizing National Day of Mourning

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, in recognition of National Day of Mourning.

Across Canada, National Day of Mourning is recognized annually on April 28. It is a time to commemorate workers who have been injured or whose lives have been lost through traumatic workplace incidents.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, National Day of Mourning was first officially recognized by the federal government in 1991. The Day of Mourning has since spread to other countries. It is hoped that the annual observance of this day will strengthen the resolve to establish safe conditions in the workplace for all. It is as much a day to remember the dead as it is a call to protect the living.

For more information about workplace safety, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety at http://www.ccohs.ca/

In recognition of this day, flags at all Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board sites will be flown at half-mast on Monday, April 28, 2014.

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

April 28: “Social Media and Our Kids: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Trenton High School is hosting an event for parents/guardians.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE:
Monday, April 28, 2014
TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (one hour presentation followed by a Q&A session)
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

Trenton High teachers Jeff McDougall and Angelo Tsarouhas team up with Quinte West OPP officer Dave Ludington to present the challenges and positives of social media for youth.

Social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and others, are a fact of life today. Understanding how to capitalize on them will help young people to be successful in our ever-changing economy.

During the question period, Louanne Moore, the school child and youth counsellor, will be available to discuss how to help those who are experiencing cyber-bullying.

This presentation is open to all parents and guardians in Quinte West, especially those with students in Grade 6 and up.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

April 30: Bayside PS presents “The Little Mermaid”

Students at Bayside Public School will be performing “The Little Mermaid” on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1. All are invited!

Students and staff at Bayside Public School are putting the finishing touches on their performance of The Little Mermaid.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE:
Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
TICKETS: $8 adults, $5 students available by calling the school at 613.962.0694

This performance is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. It is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince.

It is directed by Leonora Aucoin-Satri and Andrea Toner. The music director is Adrienne Deveau-Wachner. The stage manager is Donna Moorman. Choreography is by Cindy Allison and Honey Clark.

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

 

April 24-26: Student performance at Prince Edward CI

school performance flyer
Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are performing “Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)” from Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26, 2014. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance from Books & Company in Picton.

Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are set to perform their annual theatre production. This year’s play is called Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Gym B, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) follows an assistant professor at Queen’s University through a journey of self-discovery that makes her into a participant in Shakespearean classics, such as Othello and Romeo & Juliet. It is a hilarious and often touching production.

Tickets can be purchased at Books & Company in downtown Picton or at the front doors prior to the show.

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

Join in recognizing Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Message from Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, in recognition of administrative professionals.

Every day in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board administrative professionals support our AiM System Plan goals of Success for Each Student, Employee Excellence and Community Connections. These dedicated individuals care for students, assist staff and parents, keep offices functioning and interact directly with the public. Their efforts to create safe, caring, respectful, and inclusive schools and offices make them leaders and ambassadors for our organization.

This week is designated as Administrative Professionals Week. It has been celebrated since 1952, beginning as Secretaries Week in the early 1950s. This year, Wednesday, April 23 is recognized as Administrative Professionals Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the work of secretaries, administrative assistants and other office professionals for their invaluable contributions to the workplace.

Please take a few moments to thank the administrative professionals in our district for all they do every day to support students.

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

“Wipes vs. Pipes,” “Dreissenid Mussels” and “Run, Run Remember” win at regional science fair

How does exercise affect long- and short-term memory? How will the death of mussels affect water? What do (cleaning) wipes do to plumbing and pipes? Mel Novakovic, Moira Secondary School, Theresa DeCola, Bayside Secondary School, and Holly Tetzlaff, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme know the answers! They are the creators of three 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:

A new award, the Dr. Paul Wright 2014 Best in Fair Junior Award, went to Meredith Davies, Queen Victoria School, for her project You’re Driving Me Nuts!

Another new award, the Trenton Kiwanis Best in Fair Senior Award, went to Theresa DeCola, Bayside Secondary School, for her project Localised Potential Implications of Dreissenid Mussel Death and Degradation on Water.

STUDENTS GOING TO THE CANADA WIDE SCIENCE FAIR

Three HPEDSB students were selected to compete in the Canada-Wide Science Fair scheduled for May 2014 in Windsor, Ontario. This is a remarkable achievement.

Congratulations to:

  • Theresa DeCola, Bayside Secondary School, for her project Localised Potential Implications of Dreissenid Mussel Death and Degradation on Water
  • Holly Tetzlaff, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme, for her project Wipes vs. Pipes
  • Mel Novakovic, Moira Secondary School, for her project Run, Run, and Remember

Their expenses will be paid for the 7-day event, a value of approximately $1,700 per student.

The 55th Annual Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair (QRSTF) took place at Loyalist College in Belleville, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Approximately 151 colourful, well-researched projects were on display by Grade 4 to 12 students from schools throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Approximately 200 students competed for awards in several different categories as they made presentations to 100 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 and trophies.

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.

Tamara Sayers-Pringle, Chief Judge of the QRSTF said, “After 55 years, we are still pleasantly surprised by the quality and creativity of the projects that take part in our fair. As a volunteer driven organization, we appreciate every member’s hard work and professionalism, from the judges, our students, and community volunteers.”

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, please contact:
• Jo-Anne Peckham, Co-chair QRSTF, [email protected]
• Kyla Riedstra-Wiesner, Co-chair, QRSTF, [email protected]

4,000 and counting, Pink Shirt Day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Erase the Hate graphic
Thousands of students and employees will wear pink on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 to support ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention, and say no to homophobia, racism and all forms of hatred.

A sea of pink will be flowing at HPEDSB schools and workplaces on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Students and employees will be wearing pink to show support for Pink Shirt Day a visible action to show acceptance, and say no to bullying, homophobia, racism and all forms of hatred.

This is the second 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 Erase the Hate. And so far about 4,000 people have shown their support by buying a T-shirt.

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, for taking the lead for orders and encouraging school and community involvement. This year T-shirts were sold for just $5 thanks to the support of sponsors who helped to offset the costs.

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

Art Show features work by secondary school students

Art show flyer
Students from all eight HPEDSB secondary schools have submitted their creations to “Expanding Horizons 2014,” the 26th Annual Regional Secondary School Art Show.

Expanding Horizons 2014 is the 26th annual regional art show for all secondary students in Hastings County and Prince Edward County. Family, friends and community are invited!

OPENING RECEPTION
DATE: Thursday, April 3, 2014
TIME: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery at the Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street

ART SHOW EVENT DETAILS
DATE: April 3 to 23, 2014
LOCATION: Same as above
TIME: See below

The following schools have each submitted five pieces:

Gallery hours are:
• Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

Summary of the feedback from the school climate surveys

AiM System Plan graphic
School climate surveys were conducted in the fall of 2013 as part of actions in the HPEDSB system plan.

It is a priority for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to promote safe, healthy, respectful and inclusive schools and workplaces. Hearing from parents/guardians, students and employees about the school environment, also known as the school climate—such as feeling safe and thoughts about bullying, equity and inclusivity at school—can help to assess perceptions of safety and improve schools and our school board.

These improvements can lead to higher levels of achievement for each student and to enhanced employee growth and wellness.

In the fall of 2013, parents/guardians, students and school‐based employees were invited to complete school climate surveys in all HPEDSB schools.

The survey contained six distinct sections:

  1. Learning at Our School
  2. Feeling Safe at School
  3. Feeling Welcome & Included
  4. Learning About Others
  5. Feelings About Well-being
  6. Bullying

The School Climate Survey Highlights of Results 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]

EVENT: Free e-waste drop-off at Prince Edward CI, Saturday, April 5, 2014

Students in the Environmental Club at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are holding an electronics waste fundraiser. This event will be a fundraiser for Loyalist Humane Society, and provides a safe way for community members to dispose of electronics.

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014
LOCATION: Back of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Community members are invited to drop off unwanted, outdated or broken electronics waste for free. All proceeds will go to the Loyalist Humane Society.

Examples of electronic waste items

  • Display devices, such as monitors and televisions
  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Printing, copying and multifunction devices
  • Telephones and telephone answering machines
  • Cellular devices and pagers
  • Home theatre systems, such as equalizers, amplifiers, speakers, tuners and turntables
  • Aftermarket vehicle, audio and video devices
  • Image, audio and video devices for home use, non-portable
  • Image, audio and video devices for personal use, portable

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

 

55th Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair

QRSTF graphic

Organizers of the 55th 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 5, 2014
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., free of charge
AWARD CEREMONY: 4:00 p.m., in the Automotive Wing
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 in Windsor, Ontario 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:
• Jo-Anne Peckham, Co-chair QRSTF, [email protected]
• Kyla Riedstra-Wiesner, Co-chair, QRSTF, [email protected]

Calling for nominations for 13th Annual Great Place Awards

Do you know someone who contributes to student achievement and makes Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board A Great Place to Learn and A Great Place to Work! by going the extra mile? Consider nominating them for a Great Place Award.

Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. They honour and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to student achievement.

Nominations are accepted for students, employees, parents/guardians, volunteers and community partners—essentially anyone who makes a positive difference in students’ educational experiences or lives.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Complete details and nomination forms are available online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Monday, May 26, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award winners and nominators will be notified in advance.

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

Earth Hour: we’ll be turning off lights for one hour on Friday, March 28, 2014

Our schools and offices will participate in Earth Hour on Friday, March 28, 2014, one day early, by turning off non-emergency lights for one hour.

Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

Participating in Earth Hour is one way to demonstrate our environmental commitment.

Internationally, Earth Hour will be celebrated Saturday, March 29, 2014. It is expected that millions of people around the world will switch lights off.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, our students and employees are committed to modelling Growing with Character and promoting healthy schools and workplaces, through responsible environmental stewardship of employees, students and community partners.

Environmental curriculum resources can be downloaded from the Ministry of Education website at: http://www.ontario.ca/enviro-ed

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

Board Meeting Update #106

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in April 2014.

Funding announced for a new public elementary school in Trenton

Today the Ministry of Education announced funding to build a new public elementary school in Trenton.

This announcement is in response to a capital priority business case submitted to the Ministry of Education in the fall of 2013. That submission came about through an accommodation review which took place during the 2012-2013 school year with school, parent, student and community involvement.

Trustee for the area, Sam Clements, has been committed to this project from the beginning and is pleased to see the Ministry of Education supporting our efforts to connect with our communities through new school builds.

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

The new school will be built on the existing site of Queen Elizabeth Public School, and accommodate students in JK to Grade 8 from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School.

“Our government is supporting the construction of safe, modern facilities that meet the needs of students and school staff in Trenton. When we help our local school boards improve and expand their infrastructure, we’re helping teachers and support staff focus on what matters most—student growth and success,” said The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs.

Funding for the project is estimated at $13.3 million. These details are yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of Education.

“We are thrilled with this announcement and appreciate the Ministry of Education’s continued commitment to renewing infrastructure in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We are looking forward to the project beginning in the coming weeks,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Additional details will be shared as plans come together.

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

 

“Own it, rock it, share it!” Prom and graduations are for everyone

If you are a student in elementary or secondary school, read on to find out about Prom Project.

Prom Project makes gently-used formal wear available to elementary and secondary school students who plan to go to the prom/formal, graduation ceremony or other school celebratory events. The clothing is provided free of charge through donations from caring community members.

Donations of gently-used formal wear for boys and girls can be dropped off at the following locations.

Drop-off Locations for Gently-Used Formal Wear for Students
Belleville
Prince Edward County Trenton/Quinte West
Northtown Cleaners
Parsons Cleaners
Quinte Mall
Woodland Cleaners
Pearson’s Foodland, Wellington
Rossmore Stip
Scott’s General Store, Picton
Trenton Cleaners
Trenton Clothing and Repair
Tucker’s Corners Variety
Items of need: dresses, suits and separates in sizes 2-24.

 

Students can shop for items—free of charge—at all eight of our secondary schools on the dates shown below.

Prom Project Shopping Locations & Dates
Bayside Secondary School Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Centennial Secondary School Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Centre Hastings Secondary School Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moira Secondary School Monday, April 14, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North Hastings High School Monday, April 22, 2014 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Friday, April 11, 2014 1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Quinte Secondary School Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Trenton High School Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Prom Project poster

For more information, please contact:
Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2205, [email protected]

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Last updated: August 14, 2014 at 10:51 am