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Understanding the role of a school board trustee, June 2015

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

This is the fourth in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

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DID YOU KNOW . . . that a key responsibility of any school board is to develop and adopt policies that reflect the board’s purpose and goals, and provide the framework for implementing the system plan?

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees regularly review policies to ensure they are up to date and relevant. All HPEDSB policies can be accessed online at www.HPEschools.ca.

School boards recognize that the public trust placed in them as a collective body is honoured through determining and enforcing norms of acceptable behavior. Having a code of conduct for school board members is an effective and essential governance practice which promotes public confidence and enhances the effectiveness of the board.

The HPEDSB Code of Conduct was developed collaboratively by all board members. It is intended to provide common understanding about how to facilitate the work of Board members with appropriate authority and integrity and, thereby promote public confidence.

School board trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board; Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Justin Bray, Southeast Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney.

As a member of the board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the board’s by-laws, be loyal to the board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2014-2015 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board. They are not members of the board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote but they have the same opportunities for participation at meetings of the board. The 2014-2015 Student Trustees are: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial Secondary School.

Source: Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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

24 Hours for Hunger at Bayside SS, $20,000 raised to date

24 Hours for Hunger at Bayside SSHunger is not a game. It is a reality for many. Bayside Secondary School students have a solution. They will be holding a 24-hour fast to raise money for local food banks and the school’s Food for Learning program.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, more than 230 students at Bayside Secondary School will go without food for 24 hours to raise as much money and awareness as possible about hunger in the Quinte area.

Student co-chairs, Mara Whitford and Hailey Proud, have spearheaded the planning of this event and have learned a lot from the experience.

“Planning this event has opened our eyes to a problem that goes unnoticed every day. Through 24 Hours for Hunger we hope to raise awareness about hunger in our community and empower students to create positive change.”
The fast begins Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. Participants will find the school day extra challenging as they won’t have that all important fuel for the brain: food! When they return to school at 6:00 p.m., they will enjoy overnight activities such as music, karaoke, games, sports, movies, and of course, sleep! Students will break the 24-hour fast at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 and will be rewarded with a feast.

Parents and community members are encouraged to attend a Silent Auction on Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. Monies raised from this event will go to 24 Hours for Hunger. Guests are welcome to stay for the opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.

“I am so impressed by the caring nature of our students,” says Karen Morrow, BSS teacher and 24 Hours for Hunger Supervisor. “They are aware of the needs of our community and our committee members have been willing to put in all the hours it takes to organize a big event like 24 Hours for Hunger. I know, and they know, that they can make a difference!”

In 2010, Bayside Secondary School became the first high school in Canada to host the 24 Hours for Hunger Campaign, raising $10,000 for local food banks and Bayside’s Food for Learning programme. They held an even more successful event in 2012. What sets 24 Hours for Hunger apart from other similar famines is that 100 percent of the funds are used to fight hunger since the event pays for any overhead costs through community donation.

For more information:

Karen Morrow (Event Supervisor) [email protected]
Bayside Secondary School

Phone: 613 966-2922, ext. 2126

 

Board Meeting Update #119

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in June 2015.

Labour update

Elementary

Information regarding negotiations with ETFO—Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

May 15, 2015, Update #2

Parent letter about EQAO testing (pdf)

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is the agency responsible for standardized testing in Ontario. EQAO assessments measure student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations.

The tests were scheduled to take place between May 25 and June 5, 2015 in all Grade 3 and Grade 6 classes. EQAO has advised that they will not be sending assessment materials to schools that are experiencing job action. This includes Hastings and Prince Edward schools, as well as all other elementary schools in the English-language public system

May 6, 2015, Update #1

Important notice for families of elementary school children

Province-wide job action by elementary teachers

This is provide important information about the status of provincial labour negotiations, specifically with respect to elementary teachers.

Collective agreements for all teachers in Ontario expired at the end of August 2014. Meetings to negotiate new contracts have been taking place between the provincial government, unions and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table, for a number of months.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) has received official notice from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) that it intends to begin provincial strike action on Monday, May 11, 2015. It is our understanding that teachers will begin an administrative work to rule campaign.

It is important for you to know that all HPEDSB elementary schools will be open as normal on Monday, May 11, 2015.

While we have not yet received details, we anticipate that planned teacher job actions may include not performing duties related to the EQAO test and/or not participating in professional development activities that are provincially directed.

HPEDSB believes in, and is committed to, the collective bargaining process, and values all employees for their commitment to student achievement and well-being. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon.

We know it is critical for families to have factual, up-to-date information. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. They will be shared through our website www.HPEschools.ca and Twitter at @HPEschools.


If you have questions, or want to know what is happening with HPEschools related negotiations: Look for updates online and on social media

Congratulations to the 2015 Great Place Awards recipients

Congratulations to Great Place Awards recipients who contribute to student achievement and well-being, and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of the Growing with Character core values.

14th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards (webpage) are the highest recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, employees, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2015 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Kirsten Babb, Teacher, Moira Secondary School
  • Kelly Briggs, Community Partner, Military Family Resource Centre
  • Lee Ann Clark, Educational Assistant, Trenton High School
  • Jim Doyle, Teacher, Moira Secondary School
  • Kim Foley, Educational Assistant, Madoc Township Public School
  • Monika Gajdosik, Teacher, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Brad Hendrick, Repair Technologist, Education Centre
  • Jackie Howat, Volunteer, Madoc Public School
  • Sheila Vincent, Volunteer, Tweed Elementary School
  • Liz Watson, Teacher, Stirling 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 a public Board meeting, as follows:

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 21 nominations representing employees, volunteers, and community partners. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight Growing with Character core values: 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:

  • Cameron Barry, Student Trustee, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Jennifer Cobb, Trustee
  • Paul Covert, Parent Involvement Committee Representative
  • Geoff Cudmore, The HPE Learning Foundation
  • Bonnie Danes, Trustee
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer & Committee Chair
  • Lee-Anne Kerr, Parent Involvement Committee Chair
  • Shelley Mackenzie-Coates, Principal, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Alyssa Mifflin, Student Trustee, Centennial Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst
  • Shelley Steele, Safe Schools Supervisor
  • Wendy Sutherland, Safe Schools Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Susan Sweet, The HPE Learning Foundation

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

$238,500 in scholarships offered to Moira SS International Baccalaureate students

Students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Moira Secondary School who are set to graduate in June 2015 are showing promising futures. They have been offered $238,500 in scholarships from several universities and private scholarships.

“This amount of scholarship funding demonstrates university acknowledgement of our IB Diploma students. I expect our total scholarship offerings to increase because many students are still waiting to hear back,” said Cindy Cooper, Teacher and IB Coordinator.

Each graduating student has been offered an average of $11,000 this year to date. Students have been accepted to: Concordia University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, York University, University of Dalhousie, University of Ottawa, McMaster University, McGill University, Quest University, Western University, Carleton University, Guelph University, Ryerson University, Trent University, Laurier University, and University of Windsor.

Programs for which the students have been accepted include the following: Bachelor of Arts Honours or Bachelor of Science Honours: Medical Sciences, Life Sciences, Bio-Med Sciences, Second Language Teaching French, Concurrent Education, Art History in Film Studies, Art History, Social Work, Media Information and Technology, Business Management, Theatre and Drama Studies, Engineering Science, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Biochemistry, Bachelor of Arts and Science, Environmental Studies in French, and Forensic Science.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is growing at Moira SS, as evidenced by the increase in the number of students:

  • Graduating class of 21 students for 2015
  • On-track for a graduating class of 24 students for 2016
  • On-track for a graduating class of 31 students for 2017

If you are interested in applying for entry into the IB Foundations (Grade 9 and 10) or the IB Diploma (Grade 11 and 12) pathway at Moira Secondary School please contact: Mrs. Cooper, IB Coordinator at Moira: [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]a

“Am I In Trouble?” A partnership presentation, Prince Edward CI and community partners

Students and staff at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are excited to be part of an initiative between local OPP officers and the school community to create opportunities for students to contribute to their community in a very meaningful way. The goal is to ensure continued work to support the foundations for a healthy school.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County detachment, in partnership with Prince Edward Collegiate Institute will be hosting a presentation. The “Am I In Trouble?” presentation discusses difficult situations youth may have experienced or witnessed. The presentation will be delivered by teens for teens, supported by many community services.

Representatives from the OPP, Ministry of the Attorney General, Victim Services Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington Counties, Quinte Health Care Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Response Program, Alternatives For Women, Community Organized Support & Prevention (Quinte), Children’s Mental Health Services and Quinte Children’s Foundation is participating.

The intention is to help teens better understand the risks and consequences of challenging societal topics such as bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault and self/peer exploitation, sexting and to ensure they understand the variety of community supports available to teens for assistance.

Research shows that parent engagement is critical to student engagement and ultimately student success.

COMMUNITY EVENT

DATE: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

All are invited to this presentation, which will feature students and community partners.

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

Two upcoming events at Centennial SS: theatre and jazz orchestra

Students at Centennial Secondary School are preparing for two community-wide events.

1. Performance of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Have you ever wondered what is like at the bottom of a rabbit hole? This portrayal of the popular classic is a colourful and fantastical tour of Belleville’s very own wonderland!

Event details

DATES: May 7, 8, 9, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
MATINEE: Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Avenue, Belleville

TICKETS: Adults $15, students and seniors $10, available at Centennial Secondary School, Red Ball Radio or the Quinte Arts Council.

2. Performance by the Centennial Secondary School Jazz Orchestra

Students in the Jazz Orchestra are getting excited to perform with the Commodores Orchestra.

Event details

DATE: Thursday, May 14, 2015
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Avenue, Belleville

TICKETS: $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Parsons Cleaners in Belleville which is further offering $10 off the next cleaning bill for customers who present their show ticket after May 14.

Last year, the Commodores presented $1,500 in scholarships towards post-secondary scholarships for three university-bound musicians.

CSS Teacher, Blair Yarranton, is a veteran in the trumpet section of the Commodores Orchestra. The Commodores will release their new CD Live at the Stirling Festival Theatre at the May 14th show. It was recorded at the band’s Stirling Theatre show in September 2014.

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

Bayside schools welcome Canadian author Eric Walters

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Eric Walters, author of Young Adult fiction, will be visiting with students from Bayside Public School and Bayside Secondary School on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Students at Bayside schools are looking forward to a visit by Canadian YA (Young Adult) author Eric Walters.

Walters is a former elementary school teacher. He has written more than 90 books. Many of his novels are geared to middle school and high school readers, but he has also penned several books aimed at even younger readers.

Bayside’s teen readers are loyal fans. Part of Mr. Walters’ appeal is his ability to explore a variety of story-lines. Students know when they go to the Learning Commons (Library), they will find Mr. Walters’ titles in Action/Adventure, Choices and Issues, Crime, and even Science Fiction!

Walters’ novels have dealt with a huge range of topics: Camp X, bullying, civilizations faced with the loss of technology, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, crossing the desert, preventing an asteroid from hitting the Earth, tribal unrest in Kenya, the earthquake in Haiti, the Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, to name just a few.

Walters will be speaking to Grade 7 and 8 students from Bayside Public School classes, and will also address three Grade 10 English classes at Bayside Secondary School as those students have been reading his Seven series. Book club members are looking forward to their own presentation, as well as a small group writing workshop.

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, May 2015

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

This is the third in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

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DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees play a critical role in establishing the board’s purpose, vision and goals?

Through their consultative work with their community and working with the senior leadership, trustees develop and approve a multi-year system plan. The system plan is focused on achieving the board’s goals for student achievement and well-being, effective stewardship of the board’s resources and the delivery of effective and appropriate educational programs.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, trustees regularly consult with their constituents through a multi-year cycle of a district survey (last completed in February 2015), regional meetings (scheduled for spring 2016) and focus groups (scheduled for 2018).

School trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board; Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney. The trustee position for Southeast Hastings is presently vacant.

Student trustees for the 2014-2015 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board. They are not members of the Board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote but they have the same opportunities for participation at Board meetings. The 2014-2015 Student Trustees are: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial Secondary School.

Source: Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 School Year
(text in bold indicates a change)
Elementary School Current Year September 2015
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 Bill Launderville Lee Mahon-Prophet
C.M.L. Snider School Tina Elliott Tina Elliott
Coe Hill School Rob Lake TBD
College Street Public
School
Joanne Nitschke Annette Huizinga Joanne Nitschke Clinton Breau
Deseronto Public
School
Derek Potts Derek Potts
Earl Prentice Public
School
Heather McMaster Clinton Breau 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 Corrina Massey
Harry J. Clarke
Public School
Marie Mitchell Jennifer Birt Marie Mitchell Jennifer Hawkins
Hermon Public School Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Michael Mitchell Lisa
McKenna-Sutherland
Sarika Henry
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 Leanne Pond
Marmora Senior Public
School
Suzanne Copeland Rob Lake
Massassaga-Rednersville
Public School
Barb Allen Barb Allen
Maynooth Public
School
Lisa Resmer Lisa Resmer
North Trenton Public
School
Derek DeLarge Lee Mahon-Prophet Jennifer Slater
Park Dale School Stacey Belanger Kim Mahoney Derek DeLarge Kim Mahoney
Pinecrest Memorial
Elementary School
Kim Myderwyk Kim Myderwyk
Prince Charles School
(Belleville)
Marg Thompson Corrina Massey Marg Thompson Nancy Vickers
Prince Charles Public
School (Trenton)
Steve Toffelmire Annette Huizinga Steve Toffelmire
Prince of Wales
Public School
Cassandra Windsor Tanya Whittaker Cassandra Windsor Tanya Whittaker
Queen Elizabeth
Public School (Trenton)
Derek DeLarge Lee Mahon-Prophet N/A – School Closing N/A – School Closing
Queen Elizabeth
School (Belleville)
Earle Wright Earle Wright
Queen Elizabeth
School (Picton)
Bill Launderville Tonia Shelmerdine Paul Pickard Tonia Shelmerdine
Queen Victoria School Chad Harvey Chad Harvey
Sir John A. Macdonald
School
Nicola Wand Nicola Wand
Sophiasburgh Central
School
Rob McFadden Rob McFadden
Stirling Public School Suzanne Cholasta Nancy Vickers Suzanne Cholasta Annette Huizinga
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 Taras Humen Marion Wilson Lynn Andrews

 

Principal & Vice-principal Placements for the 2015-2016 School Year (text in bold indicates a change)
Secondary School Current Year September 2015
Principal Vice-principal Principal Vice-principal
Bayside Secondary School Ian Press Nancy Popovich Ian Press Nancy Popovich
Centennial Secondary School Kim Sampson Dayna Scaletta Kim Sampson Dayna Scaletta
Centre Hastings Secondary School Shelley MacKenzie-Coates Todd Hinks Shelley MacKenzie-Coates Todd Hinks
Moira Secondary School Grant Montgomery Jill Batchelor Grant Montgomery Doug Callaghan
North Hastings High School Ken Dostaler Lynn Andrews Ken Dostaler Wayne Steward
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Darren McFarlane Doug Callaghan Darren McFarlane Therese McMahon
Quinte Secondary School Liane Woodley Eric Fetterley Liane Woodley Eric Fetterley
Trenton High School Ken Manderville Ruth Ellen Cummings Ken Manderville
Ruth Ellen Cummings

 

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

How to apply for post-secondary scholarships

Did you know that students can apply for scholarships to help pay for post-secondary education?

Application dates vary, some are due soon.

Scholarships are available for demonstration of character or stewardship, student achievement or involvement at school or in the community.

To get started, students can talk with someone in their school’s Guidance or Student Services office. Our expert staff can let students know about scholarship opportunities and answer any questions.

Remember, application dates vary and some are due soon, so it’s a good time to start now!

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

#hpecod, 25th Celebration of Dance, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (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. 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
  • Happy
  • Crazy Frog
  • YMCA
  • Treasure (created by Athol-South Marysburgh Public School)
  • Move It
  • Funky Matador
  • Footloose
  • Cha Cha
  • Shake it Off

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

The moments will be captured tweeted through the hashtag #hpecod. Volunteers from the Education Centre are helping 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]

Celebrate music across Canada: “Music Monday” is May 4, 2015

Students across the district are eager to sing on Monday, May 4, 2015. That is the date of the annual Music Monday event when one song is performed by students across the country at the same time through different time zones.

The song for Music Monday this year is “We Are One” by musician and songwriter Connor Ross.

Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year as part of Education Week. .

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

“Achieving Excellence: Moving Forward in Math” is the theme for Education Week

Education Week takes place during the first full week in May. It is an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools across the province. It is a time for students, educators, employees, families and communities to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement and well-being.

This year, Education Week is May 4 – 8, 2015. The provincial theme is “Achieving Excellence: Moving Forward in Math.” The French version is < Atteindre l’excellence – Pleins feux sur les mathématiques. >

All schools will be celebrating Education Week with performances, activities or guest presenters.

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

8th Annual Student Benefit Auction, Thursday, April 30, 2015

Auction Poster
All are welcome to attend the 8th Annual Student Benefit Auction on Thursday, April 30, 2015. This is a fundraiser for student nutrition programs.

Food for Learning is preparing to host the 8th Annual Student Benefit Auction.

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

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, April 30, 2015
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 will be serving hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Many unique items will be available for auction. 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]

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

Stirling Public School presents “Peter Pan Junior”

Students at Stirling Public School are putting the final touches on their upcoming performance of “Peter Pan Junior.”

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: May 5, 6, 7, 2015 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street
TICKETS: $5, available in advance at Stirling Public School or at the door

Plot summary
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Junior is a modern version of the classic tale about a boy who would not grow up. Students will perform popular musicals such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!

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

Modern learning facility coming to the Trenton community

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create outstanding learning environments in our district. This is to provide an update on construction of the new Trenton elementary school. It will bring together students from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and Queen Elizabeth Public School.

“We are very fortunate to have a new, modern learning facility being built in the Trenton community. Our new Trenton elementary school, Kindergarten – Grade 8, will be a state-of-the-art learning environment for students, families, employees and our community partners,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The new Trenton elementary school will be built on the exact location of the existing Queen Elizabeth Public School. In order for that to happen, Queen Elizabeth Public School will close as of June 30, 2015. The school will be demolished during July and August 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2015. The proposed opening date for the new Trenton elementary school is January 2017.

PLANS FOR SCHOOL START-UP IN SEPTEMBER 2015

The following changes will be in place for September 2015. A letter will be going home with students (PDF) at the affected schools on Monday, April 27, 2015.

  • QUEEN ELIZABETH PUBLIC SCHOOL Will close at the end of June 2015. Students will move to Breadner Elementary School from September 2015 to January 2017. Students will then move to the new Trenton elementary school in January 2017.
  • BREADNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Students will remain at Breadner. Students will move to the new Trenton elementary school in January 2017. In the meantime, Breadner will welcome all students from Queen Elizabeth Public School in September.
  • NORTH TRENTON PUBLIC SCHOOL Will become a K – Grade 5 school in September 2015, then a K – Grade 6 school in September 2016. Students going into Grade 7 will move to the new Trenton elementary school in September 2017.
  • V.P. CARSWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Will become a K – 8 school during construction. Intermediate students will move to the new Trenton elementary school in September 2017.
  • COLLEGE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL No changes. Students will move to the new Trenton elementary school in January 2017.
  • PRINCE CHARLES PUBLIC SCHOOL Is not affected by the new school build.
  • TRENTON HIGH SCHOOL Although the high school is not affected by the new school build, Trenton High will continue to welcome all Grade 8 students who are going into Grade 9.

Between now and mid-June, a formal school closing ceremony will be arranged to honour the past and present of Queen Elizabeth Public School, and celebrate students, families and the community.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING

A community information meeting (PDF) to share design plans for the new Trenton elementary school

DATE: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 16 Sillers Avenue, Trenton

Regular updates will be shared through school newsletters, Synrevoice (voicemail), the school board website (www.HPEschools.ca) and Twitter (@HPEschools).

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

Board Meeting Update #118

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in May 2015.

EVENT: Free e-waste drop-off at Prince Edward CI, Saturday, April 25, 2015

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 25, 2015
LOCATION: Back of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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

  • Floor standing printing devices including printers, photocopiers, multi-function devices
  • Scanners
  • Typewriters
  • Telephones and answering machines
  • Cellular phones and pagers
  • Personal digital assistants and personal hand held computers
  • Audio and video players and recorders (e.g. MP3, cassette, digital)
  • Cameras (web, digital, analog)
  • Equalizers/(pre)amplifiers
  • Radios receivers
  • Speakers
  • Turntables
  • Video players/projectors
  • Digital frames
  • Video recorders
  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers
  • Computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, modems, hard drives, optical drives (CD, Blueray, DVD, HD-DVD))
  • Monitors
  • Televisions
  • Desktop printing devices, including desktop copiers and multi-function devices
  • Tires with rims, preferably
  • Scrap metal

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

“Dominant & Recessive Inheritance of Hair Texture,” “Pendulum Transportation System” and “Finding a Natural Fertilizer” win at regional science fair

How do dominant and recessive genes effect hair texture? What is a pendulum transportation system? What is involved in finding a natural fertilizer?

Sara Evans, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute; Aiden Haddad, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme); and Meera Moorthy, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme) know they 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:

  • Grade 6: Madison Adams and Sophie Wilson, Park Dale School, for their project Homemade or Colgate?
  • Grade 8: Meera Moorthy, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme), for her project Finding a Natural Fertilizer

The Loyalist College Tuition Scholarship was awarded to Sara Evans, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, for her project Dominant and Recessive Inheritance of Hair Texture.

QRSTF participants were invited to tour the host site, Loyalist College, to get a first-hand view of the facility and the many programs offered.

STUDENTS GOING TO THE CANADA WIDE SCIENCE FAIR

Congratulations to three HPEDSB students selected to compete in the Canada-Wide Science Fair scheduled for May 2015 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. This is a remarkable achievement and represents a value of approximately $1,700.

  • Sara Evans, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute for the project Dominant and Recessive Inheritance of Hair Texture
  • Meera Moorthy, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme) for the project Finding A Natural Fertilizer
  • Aiden Haddad, Harry J. Clarke Public School (Destinations Programme) for the project Pendulum Transportation System

At the Canada Wide Science Fair, students compete for almost one million dollars in awards. They will participate in tours, workshops and demonstrations on various science topics.

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

Aboriginal culture, racism, bullying, storytelling are themes in “Spirit Horse” play

ETFO SpiritHorse 2015 FlyerStudents in Grades 5 – 8 at five elementary schools will see the award-winning theatre production Spirit Horse this week.

A world-class theatre experience, Spirit Horse is a play about two First Nations youth who are caught between two worlds—the traditional ways and the modern ways of the city. They are given new hope by a Spirit Horse that rides into their lives.

The play has proven to be a powerful learning experience about stereotyping and racism, one that offers an important message of hope for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

Performances at schools

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015: York River Public School, Bancroft, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15 2015: Prince Charles School, Belleville, 9:40 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Quinte Mohawk School, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, with student guests from Deseronto Public School, 1:35 – 2:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2015: Tyendinaga Public School, Shannonville, 9:45 – 10:50 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2015: Frankford Public School, Frankford, 1:45 – 2:50 p.m.

Spirit Horse links to student learning in the following ways:

  • Curriculum connections in Social Studies, Drama, Language Arts, Music
  • Character education connections for perseverance, fairness, teamwork
  • Themes: Aboriginal culture, racism, bullying, storytelling

Spirit Horse is a First Nations adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor (from the Irish play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks).

The 2015 tour of Spirit Horse is sponsored by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) with funding from the Ministry of Education and will be touring Southern Ontario Schools which have been nominated and selected by ETFO and the local Director of Education.

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 14th Annual Great Place Awards

gpawards_col_webDo you know someone who contributes to student achievement and well-being, 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, May 1, 2015 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 25 2015, 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]

Art Auction, Sale & Exhibition by the Adventure Class, Queen Victoria School

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Students in the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School are excited to announce their upcoming art auction, sale and exhibition.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Saturday, April 25, 2015
TIME: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Students, parents and local artists have created wonderful artwork. A variety of pieces will be for sale and auction, including large and small paintings, jewellery, sculptures, as well as gifts for every occasion and budget.

This event is a fundraiser for the Adventure Class, which is a unique education program where students in Grades 1 – 6 learn through the shared support of teachers, families and the community. It is open to all families in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

To donate artwork, please contact: [email protected]

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

Budding scientists prepare for the 56th Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair

qrstf_logoFor more than 50 years, the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair (QRSTF) has provided students in the Quinte region with a platform to showcase their scientific research.

This year is no different. The 56th Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair is taking place in April.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2015
TIME: All day for students and judges only. The public awards ceremony will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the Automotive Centre
LOCATION: Loyalist College, 376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville

Participants will present their exhibits to parents, fellow students, judges and the public.

This event brings a lot of interest from local students who are eager to share their scientific discoveries and research. Many school-based science fairs, clubs and classes have developed projects for this year’s event.

Five new French-language awards have been added this year, as well as a $1,000 entrance scholarship to Loyalist College.

Following this event, the 54th Canada-wide Science Fair is scheduled for May in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Five local participants will be able to compete at this national level.

More information about the QRSTF is online at www.qrstf.ca

For more information, please contact:
Scott Berry, QRSTF Coordinator, [email protected]

Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show

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The promotional poster for Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show features creations by Quinte Secondary School students: (top) ‘Dignified’ by Jane Ma; (middle) ‘Self Portrait’ by Minki Chang; and (bottom) ‘Ominous’ by Georgia Andrews.

Students from our eight secondary schools are excited to be part of the Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show.

EVENT DETAILS

Resilience: 27th Annual Secondary Art Show
Opening Reception
DATE: Thursday, April 9, 2015
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd floor, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Art Exhibition
DATE: April 2 – 29, 2015, same location as above

This event continues to be a spectacular way to showcase the creativity and personal expression of Visual Arts students to the community. Under the guidance and expertise of Art teachers, students have learned to explore and apply a variety of media, materials, technologies, tools and techniques using the application of elements and principles of design.

Additional learning has been to prepare the art works for presentation to a broad community audience and to understand the effect of the Arts in everyday lives. These pieces demonstrate student learning of Ontario curriculum requirements.

Works/techniques on exhibit include the following:

  • Drawing: pencil, pencil crayon and ink
  • Printmaking: dry point prints, mono-prints, collagraphs and colour reduction lino block prints
  • Acrylic painting and mixed media

Eight pieces from each secondary school will be on display.

Thank you to gallery Curator Susan Holland for the assistance in coordinating this exhibit.

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

Event: Bayside PS presents “Aladdin Junior”

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Students in Grade 5 – 8 at Bayside Public School will be performing “Aladdin Junior” in mid-April.

Students at Bayside Public School are putting the final touches on their upcoming performance of “Aladdin Junior.”

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, Cafetorium, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
TICKETS: $8 for adults; $5 for youth, available in advance at Bayside Public School or at the door

This theatrical performance will feature students in Grades 5 to 8. Filled with spectacular songs and energy, this lively show will bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best!

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

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, April 2015

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

This is the second in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

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DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees meet regularly and the framework for Board meetings is set out in the Education Act?

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board holds public Board meetings on the fourth Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., and agendas and minutes are posted on the board website at www.HPEschools.ca > About HPEDSB > Board and Committee Meetings.

At public Board meetings, trustees use Robert’s Rules of Order as the accepted parliamentary procedure to ensure orderly and productive meetings.

The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board; Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney. The trustee position for Southeast Hastings is presently vacant.

As a member of the board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the board’s by-laws, be loyal to the board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2014-2015 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board. They are not members of the board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote but they have the same opportunities for participation at meetings of the board. The 2014-2015 Student Trustees are: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial Secondary School.

Source: Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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

Pink Shirt Day, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, #pinkmakeityours

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3,300 pink T-shirts with the slogan ‘it’s all about inclUSion’ were sold throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Wednesday April 8, 2015 marks the 7th Annual Pink Shirt Day at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

This year, students, employees and families from 30 HPEDSB schools have purchased a total of 3,300 HPEDSB-designed pink T-shirts featuring the ‘it’s all about inclUSion’ slogan.

On Pink Shirt Day, students and employees throughout our school district, whether they have purchased this year’s T-shirt or not, will wear pink to demonstrate our shared belief in the power of celebrating diversity and acceptance.

By wearing pink, we also acknowledge and offer support for the ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention initiatives, the work of school teams, and the role-modeling provided by all student leaders in our schools.

The Student Senate was involved in publicizing Pink Shirt Day and T-shirt sales in their schools. Many student senators are members of the school leadership team that has worked to sell and distribute pink shirts. Thank you to Victoria and Hanna, student senators from Moira Secondary School, who helped to sort and bundle the 3,300 T-shirts for shipping to schools!

Creative minds on the Student Senate came up with the #pinkmakeityours hashtag.

Anyone wearing pink is encouraged to take pictures of themselves in pink T-shirts they have decorated, modified, or accessorized to “make it yours” and post the picture to Twitter and/or Instagram. The message is that, no matter how different our shirts might look individually, we are all included in the community of pink shirt-wearers.

Some of the events planned to bring awareness to Pink Shirt Day include pink cupcake bake sales, pink “graffiti walls” for positive messages and having pink balloons decorate foyers.

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

Invitation to apply to become a member of the Board

Due to a vacancy, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is seeking one qualified public school Board member to represent the electoral districts of Municipality of Tweed, Town of Deseronto and Township of Tyendinaga, known as Southeast Hastings, for the remaining term which ends November 30, 2018.

If you would like to be considered for this position,
please apply by Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. to:
Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario K8N 3L3

To learn more about the role, please refer to the advertisement and additional details page.

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

Join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, April 2

Thursday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day to develop and increase world knowledge about autism.

The AiM System Plan identifies Reaching High Levels of Student Achievement and Promoting Well-being for Students and Employees as priorities for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

As employees of HPEDSB, we have chosen a profession that is in the service of student achievement and well-being. Through our daily interactions with students, their families, community partners and each other, we strive to create welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments where all students can achieve success in their chosen pathway.

According to the organization Autism Speaks/Light it Up Blue, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.
Source: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/waad/about-world-autism-awareness-day

World Autism Awareness Day was adopted by a resolution of the United Nations in 2007.

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

Public school board releases graduation rates for secondary school students

Graduation rate for students who stayed with HPEDSB is 88%

The graduation rate for all publicly funded school boards in Ontario has been released by the Ministry of Education. Graduation rate is a key indicator of student success and achievement during secondary school. The reported graduation rate indicates the percentage of students who have achieved an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) the rate of students graduating within five years of starting secondary school was 74% in 2014, representing 1,038 students. The HPEDSB four-year graduation rate was 64%. Of the 1,296 students who began Grade 9 in HPEDSB and remained in our schools, 88% successfully graduated within four or five years.

“One of our organizational goals is Success for Each Student. Through the combined efforts of our employees, families and community partners, our students are well-supported to achieve success in their chosen pathway,” said Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

This is the first time that graduation rates have been calculated using a common province-wide formula. Students who began in one school board then transferred to another Ontario school board are included in the school board’s overall data. As per Ministry of Education direction, a well-planned four-year secondary school program is a priority for HPEDSB.

Graduating with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requires students to complete 30 credits, 40 volunteer hours and have met the literacy requirements.

“As a public school board, Hastings Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing outstanding educational experiences for all students in all course types. We know that when students come to our system and stay in our system, they are highly successful,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

Secondary school students select courses and programs that reflect their strengths and interests beyond high school. Some students complete secondary school with an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or a Certificate of Accomplishment (CA). These graduation rates do not include students who achieve these alternate certificates, particularly students who are developing life skills and will proceed from secondary school to supported community living.

Success for each student is a priority in our schools
Secondary school Student Success teams monitor the progress of each student to ensure they are on track to meet OSSD graduation requirements.

“When students leave school before they graduate, our employees reach out to make personal contact with each student, encouraging them to come back to school to finish outstanding graduation requirements,” added Savery-Whiteway.

Some students who have not graduated with an OSSD in a four or five year period may be continuing their education to meet graduation requirements, taking additional time to do so in a secondary school. Other students who may have left school at age 18, going directly to the workforce, can complete OSSD requirements through the HPEDSB Quinte Adult Education program while they are working. The success of these students is not captured in the Ministry formula for graduation rate.

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

Board Meeting Update #117, March 23, 2015

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 2015.

Understanding the role of a school board trustee, March 2015

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. In addition, two student trustees represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board.

This is the first in a series of articles about school board trustees. A different article will be featured each month.

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DID YOU KNOW . . . that school trustees were the first democratically elected representatives in Ontario? This is a history that began in 1816.

Trustees are the elected/ appointed representatives for a defined area. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 10 trustees. Nine are elected and one is appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Trustees are collectively charged with governing the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board through: Accountability, Community Representation, Decision Making, Communication, Advocacy and Leadership.

Trustees for 2014 – 2018
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is proud to have the following trustees: Dwayne Inch, South Prince Edward County & Chair of the Board; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings & Vice-Chair of the Board; Tom Biniaris, Trenton & CFB Trenton; Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Mary Hall, Belleville & Thurlow; Dave Patterson, Belleville & Thurlow; Jim Williams, Frankford & Sidney. The trustee position for Southeast Hastings is presently vacant.

As a member of the board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the board’s by-laws, be loyal to the board’s decisions and abide by the Code of Conduct. As elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Student trustees for the 2014-2015 school year
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board also has two student trustees who represent the interests of the student body at meetings of the board. They are not members of the board and are not entitled to exercise a binding vote but they have the same opportunities for participation at meetings of the board. The 2014-2015 Student Trustees are: Cameron Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School and Alyssa Mifflin, Centennial Secondary School.

Sources: Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario, April, 2009 and Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities, 2014.

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

Accepting funding applications for Autism Spectrum Disorder Respite

The purpose of this funding is to provide meaningful respite opportunities for families and caregivers who are supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To be eligible, a child must have a diagnosis of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Rhett’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

Board Meeting Update #116, February 23, 2015

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in March 2015.

French Immersion & Extended French Information Nights

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about French Immersion and Extended French programs.

Information Sessions for French Immersion & Extended French
FRENCH IMMERSION
Tuesday, March 3 Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4 Bayside Public School, 132 Aikins Road, Belleville, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9 Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), 35 Barker Street, Picton, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
EXTENDED FRENCH
Wednesday, March 11 York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

In the fall of 2014, a survey was conducted with parents/guardians of students in Kindergarten to Grade 4 to determine the potential interest in expanding French Immersion or Extended French programs in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Three regions where programs are not currently in place were considered: Centre Hastings, Prince Edward County and Trenton.

NEW FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM IN PICTON (ONLY)

We are pleased to advise that based on the analysis of surveys from Prince Edward County schools, a new French Immersion Program will be offered at Queen Elizabeth School in Picton for Grade 4 students, beginning in September 2015, subject to sufficient enrolment.

At this time, new programs in Centre Hastings and Trenton will not be introduced in September 2015 based on the analysis of the surveys. The survey data will be considered as part of long-term program planning in these regions.

EXISTING PROGRAMS WILL CONTINUE

French Immersion will continue to be offered for students in Grades 4 -8 at Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School. For students in Grades 9 – 12, French Immersion will continue to be offered at Bayside Secondary School. Extended French for students in Grades 5 – 8 will continue to be offered at York River Public School in Bancroft.

We wish to thank all parents/guardians who were able to complete French Immersion/Extended French surveys. Your willingness to provide input about programs and services that support student achievement and well-being in Hastings Prince Edward District School Board is appreciated.

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

Register for Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten!
Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. All our elementary schools Full-day Kindergarten for JK and SK.

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

Open House for the Carl Pitman Centre at Stirling PS

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 the centre core of Stirling Public School (consisting of the learning commons, stage and gym) will be dedicated to Carl Pitman for his leadership and lifelong commitment to making a difference for students and the community. Two events are scheduled, as noted below.

EVENT DETAILS

Event 1, daytime, with students and by invitation only.
Reporters are invited to this event.

Please join us for the dedication of the Carl Pitman Centre with Stirling Public School staff, students and special guests.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

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Event 2, evening, for all community members.
Reporters are invited to this event.

The centre core of Stirling Public School, comprised of the learning commons, stage and gym, will be dedicated to Carl Pitman for his leadership and lifelong commitment to making a difference for students and the community.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Open House: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dedication Ceremony: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling

Carl Pitman was a school board trustee and served as Chair of the Board from December 2006 until his death in May 2011. Carl served the community as Deputy Fire Chief in Stirling-Rawdon, President of Stirling Lions Club, an active member of his church and was involved with Scouts Canada for over 30 years.

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

School board advises of the passing of Larry Whitfield, Trustee for Southeast Hastings

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Larry Whitfield, Trustee for Southeast Hastings on the afternoon of Friday, February 13, 2015. Larry was a new Board member, having been elected in the October 2014 municipal election.

“During his short time on the Board, Larry was thoughtful and thorough in his approach to governance. He was eagerly getting to know the schools in his area, learning about the work being done to support student achievement and well-being. All Board members and employees are saddened by his passing,” remarked Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Whitfield was sworn in at the Initial Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on December 1, 2014. At that time he chose to serve as vice-chair on the Program and Human Resources Committee, a member of the Operations and Finance Committee, and was elected as the 5th member of the Executive Committee.

Larry is survived by his wife Janet, daughter Rachelle, son David and four grandchildren.

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

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, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Get to the heart of your child’s education with a unique experience at elementary school. The Adventure Class is a unique education program where students in Grades 1 – 6 learn with the shared support of teachers, families and the community. The program is offered at Queen Victoria School.

Adventure Class brochure (pdf)

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville
TAKEAWAYS: A presentation of the program, the application process, Q&As and classroom tours

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • The Adventure Class is a community of multi-age learners with an emphasis on real-life learning and discovery.
  • Older students help younger students and families share their skills, with a strong community focus.
  • Technology is integrated through programming. Both classrooms are equipped with SMART Boards and iPad technology.
  • The Adventure Class community extends to all family members including parents/guardians, grandparents and older siblings who regularly volunteer in the classroom.

Learning outside the classroom can include the following:

  • Monthly visits to the Belleville Public Library and Art Gallery
  • Hands-on workshops led by local artists, storytellers and musicians
  • Planned community events, such as Family Day at the H.R. Frink
  • Outdoor Education Centre, Student Art Auction
  • Local and out-of-town excursions to museums, farms, and markets
  • Weekly physical education outside the classroom (12 weeks of skating and 12 weeks of swimming)
  • Overnight excursions for Junior students
  • Family camping trip in June for both classes

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

Deseronto PS ‘Burp it On’ physical activity challenge goes international!

Are you up for a physical education challenge?

Jason Lloyd’s Grade 5/6 class at Deseronto Public School care about the health and well-being of themselves and other children, and are doing something about it.

They have designed and are promoting the ‘BURP IT ON’ physical activity challenge. They are hoping it will help promote an increase in healthy active living in today’s youth.

What’s it all about?

The “BURP IT ON” challenge requires participants to complete a minimum of 50 burpees (BURP is for BURPees), 3 minutes of wall sits, 100 jumping jacks, and 15 minutes of running, jogging, and/or jumping. Participants must complete the tasks within one week. The activities can be split up (i.e. divide wall sits into sets of 30 seconds). Once the challenge is completed, participants must “BURP IT ON” to another class, school or organization.

Current status of ‘BURP IT ON’

The “Burping” began on January 12, 2015. As of February 12, 2015, it had spread to 75 schools on 5 continents, 10 countries, 5 provinces, and 18 American states! Join in now! Find out how at ‘BURP IT ON’ physical activity challenge

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

Seeking input on school year calendar dates

Each spring school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the upcoming school year, in accordance with the Education Act and Regulation 304. In establishing its annual calendar, it is the practice of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to consult with parents/guardians, students, community members and community partners.

The proposed dates for the calendar are as follows:

  • First day of school: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 21, 2015 to Friday, January 1, 2016
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 14, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016
  • Six professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 4, 2015
    • Friday, September 25, 2015
    • Friday, November 13, 2015
    • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    • Friday, May 20, 2016
    • Thursday, June 30, 2016
  • Last day of the school year for students: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Please provide feedback by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350 by Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

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

North Hastings HS students achieved success on music exams

Congratulations to students at North Hastings High School who completed Royal Conservatory of Music exams in instrumental music.

Grade 9 students McKayla Cybulski, baritone; http://nhhs.hpedsb.on.ca/ tenor saxophone; and Rebecca Busby, flute, each completed the Grade 1 Royal Conservatory exam for their respective instruments. Grade 9 students Trinity Thrower and Sara Switzer, who play the trumpet completed the Grade 4 exam. Grade 10 student Thomas Coghlan completed his Grade 1 bassoon exam, and Grade 11 student Alexandria Mighton, flute, completed her Grade 4 exam. The exams were held in Peterborough in mid-January.

group photo of students with their music teacher and an examiner
Pictured left to right: Royal Conservatory of Music Examiner Professor Peter Stoll NHHS Music Teacher Dianne Winmill, and students Alexandria Mighton, McKayla Cybulski, Trinity Thrower, Thomas Coghlan, Sara Switzer, Mathiew Childs and Rebecca Busby.

In September 2015, North Hastings High School’s (NHHS) 68 instrumental music students were given an opportunity to prepare and complete Royal Conservatory of Music exams on their band instruments. This was the first time that music teacher Dianne Winmill has offered this enrichment activity to her students.

“Many of the students taking music at NHHS are looking for “more.” I have the ability to serve as accompanist and coach for these exams, so I thought I would offer it to the students who were capable and interested. Seven students took me up on my offer,” explained Winmill.

It was a big commitment. On their own time, the seven students practiced numerous major and minor scales, studies and solos with piano accompaniment under the guidance of Winmill and in some cases, their musical parents. In some cases, 40 to 50 additional hours of individual practice time was necessary to learn all of the material for the exams.

But what do these examinations mean for these students?

According to Winmill, “The Royal Conservatory of Music is an internationally accredited organization, so students can use the completion of these exams as material for their portfolios and resumes, no matter where they are in the world.”

In addition, students in the Junior Enrichment Development Initiative (JEDI) program at NHHS can use the experience as one of their independent study projects.

“It is a win-win all around,” says Winmill. “If I can give music students of North Hastings the opportunity to get involved with this internationally known, highly-respected music education organization, why wouldn’t I?”

Next year’s group of instrumentalists will also be offered this opportunity. Parents of interested students may contact Winmill at [email protected] for more information.

The cost of the exams was split between the students’ families, the music program and an anonymous community donor.

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world, providing the definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, teacher certification, and arts-based social programs.

Pictured here (left to right) are Royal Conservatory of Music Examiner Professor Peter Stoll, NHHS music teacher Dianne Winmill, Alexandria Mighton, McKayla Cybulski, Trinity Thrower, Thomas Coghlan, Sara Switzer, Mathiew Childs, and Rebecca Busby.

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

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, February 2015

Each month, school newsletters include a one-page insert called Home-School Connections. It describes ways in which families can enhance student learning at home in the areas of literacy; numeracy; healthy, caring schools and improving student learning.

This month’s Home-School Connections (pdf file) features:

  • Literacy: ideas to help children become successful communicators.
  • Literacy: promoting growth mindsets to believe that everyone can learn.
  • Healthy, caring schools: ideas about the physical, mental, socials and spiritual health of a school community.

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

Student safety and playground equipment

Student safety is our first priority at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

From time-to-time, it may be necessary for the principal to declare the school playground off-limits to students during the school day. Factors that may influence this decision include weather and maintenance.

Procedure 556: School Yard Improvement Areas and Playground Equipment, provides direction for appropriate playground equipment use in Section 5. Specifically, it explains that the principal may declare playground equipment out of bounds if conditions depending upon weather and the condition of the equipment.

When playgrounds are declared off-limits, the school may be able to provide students with alternative forms of activities during outside breaks in order for them to engage in fun, physical activity and to support their well-being.

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

DO OUR SURVEY: School board looking for public input, until February 8, 2015

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is inviting all community members in Hastings County and Prince Edward County to take its 2015 Public Survey as part of its long-term planning www.HPEschools.ca/PublicSurvey/

“We’re looking for input from everyone,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway. “As the local public school board, we want to hear from community members, students, employees and families as we review our goals and priorities for the coming years.”

The school board’s current 5-year AiM System Plan will be coming to a conclusion at the end of June 2015. Planning is underway to develop a new multi-year system plan. Consultation with employees, trustees, families, students and the community is an important part of this process.

The public survey addresses five areas:

  1. The school board’s AiM System Plan, goals and priorities (general knowledge)
  2. Student knowledge, skills and characteristics
  3. Customer service
  4. Community use of school facilities
  5. Communicating with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

The electronic survey will be live for three weeks, from now until February 8, 2015. All responses will be confidential and anonymous. Results will be analyzed and reported in summary in mid- to late-March by an independent research firm. Paper copies are available at local schools and at the Education Centre, or can be obtained by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, or emailing [email protected]

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. The data will be used as part of the planning process for the new multi-year system plan. A draft plan will be presented to the Board in September 2015 for approval.

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

INPUT: Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy, until February 6, 2015

The Ontario government is looking for input on its Special Needs Strategy.

The provincial vision is for an Ontario where children and youth with special needs get the timely and effective services they need to participate fully at home, at school, in the community, and as they prepare to achieve their goals for adulthood.

Improving this system requires innovative approaches to addressing challenges and barriers, as well as open collaboration across sectors and at both the provincial and local levels.

There are many ways to participate:

  1. Online survey: Complete an online survey at: Special Needs Survey. The survey will be available until 5:00 p.m. on February 6.
  2. Write: Send an email to [email protected] Submissions will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 6.
  3. In-person: Attend a feedback session. RSVP and learn more at: Focus Group Sign-Up
  4. Participate: Join a working group. We welcome applications from parents, youth, and citizens interested in volunteering their time, sharing their expertise, and helping to achieve our collective vision. Interested in applying? Please submit an application by 5:00 p.m. on February 6.

To achieve the above vision, Ontario needs a Special Needs Strategy that:

  • identifies children’s needs earlier and gets them the right help sooner;
  • coordinates service planning for children with multiple or complex special needs; and makes rehabilitation services more seamless from birth through the school years.

The goal is for Ontario’s children and youth with special needs and their families to have:

  • a single point of intake with clearly articulated service plans;
  • seamless integration of a range of services; and
  • smooth transitions in and out of a range of supports and services.

For more general information on this process, please visit: Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy.

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

Board Meeting Update #115, January 26, 2105

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February 2015.

Last updated: June 1, 2015 at 9:00 am