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27th Celebration of Dance, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017—Excitement is building among students about the upcoming Celebration of Dance.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (rain date is the next day)
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Zwick’s Park (location changed due to flooding at 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, picture a sea of 2,500 students from 20 HPEDSB schools dancing in unison, dressed in their school colours and having fun!

Twelve dances are in the line-up this year:

  • Happy
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling
  • Watch Me (Whip Nae Nae)
  • Party in the USA
  • That Power
  • Cha Cha
  • Try Everything
  • YMCA
  • Something Big
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Hand Clap
  • Uptown Funk

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

The moments will be captured tweeted through the hashtags #hpecod and #getyourdanceon. 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.

The following HPEDSB schools are involved this year:

  • Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • Bayside Public School
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Foxboro Public School
  • Harmony Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Kente Public School
  • Marmora Senior Public School
  • North Trenton Public School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville)
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Tweed Elementary School
  • York River Public School

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

Join in recognizing Children’s Mental Health Week

May 1, 2017 – 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.

Well-Being is one of our priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, with a goal being to develop the elements of well-being for students and employees collaboratively. We know that providing safe, welcoming, caring and inclusive learning environments supports 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.

We continue to support the development of positive mental health and value the important partnerships we have with community experts in well-being.

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

Join in recognizing Child and Youth Counsellor Appreciation Week

May 1, 2107 – Child and Youth Counsellor Appreciation Week is being recognized internationally during the first week of May. 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 efforts connect directly to our strategic plan priorities of Achieving Excellence & Equity and Well-Being. Child and youth counsellors provide individual student support, run group and classroom programs, and support district-wide initiatives, such as restorative practices and bullying prevention programs.

Their work supporting our students through an approach to handling difficult situations is appreciated by all.

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

Graduation rates increase for HPEDSB

May 11, 2017—Graduation rate is a key indicator of student success.

The current data indicates an increase in the number of students who graduated in 2016 compared to 2015.

For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the five-year rate for students who graduated in June 2016 was 76.2% which is an increase of 1.5 percentage points from 2015. Of the 1,235 students enrolled in Grade 9 starting in 2011‐2012, 918 graduated within five years.

The rate for students who graduated within four years in June 2016 was 70.1%, which is an increase of 4.6 percentage points from 2015.

The provincial graduation rate for students who stayed in secondary school for five years was 86.5% and for four years was 79.6%.

These graduation rates are calculated based on a cohort (group) of students who entered Grade 9 together in 2011-2012 and graduated with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) by 2015-2016. The rates take into account all students who began their Grade 9 year in HPEDSB. They also include students who moved to another school district in Ontario to continue their schooling, and students who no longer attended school for one reason or another. Students who moved out of province, before graduation are not included in the rate.

We are committed to student achievement and well‐being. A priority in the 2015‐2020 strategic plan is Achieving Excellence & Equity which includes a goal to increase graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard.

Graduation requirements include the following:

  • achieving 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional);
  • completing 40 volunteer hours; and
  • meeting the literacy requirements.

How we helping more students graduate

Increasing graduation rates and reducing achievement gaps for students not yet at the provincial standard are priorities in our 2015-2020 strategic plan. Student Success teams in schools regularly monitor graduation requirements through data reports that highlight students who are in risk due to credit shortages. Based on student needs, action plans to address gaps are initiated.

We believe all graduates can be globally minded learners and leaders. We set conditions for students to develop competencies that support all students to be successful, contributing citizens in their communities.

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

Join in recognizing National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace

Across Canada, National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace is recognized annually on April 28. It is a time to commemorate workers who have been injured or whose lives have been lost through tragic workplace incidents.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we value all employees and are committed to having safe workplaces. In support of this, the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes Well-Being as a priority. The Joint Health & Safety Committee, consisting of management and employee members, is in place to identify conditions that may be a source of danger or hazard to employees and make recommendations to the employer, among other responsibilities.

In support of this employee-centered approach, the Internal Responsibility System is followed at HPEDSB, whereby each employee has responsibility for health and safety as an essential part of his or her job, and therefore is in the best position to identify and solve health and safety issues.

The most recent statistics available are from 2015 and indicate 852 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever. (Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.)

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.

The Flag at the Education Centre will be flown at half-mast from early in the morning on Friday, April 28 until later that afternoon, to mark National Day of Mourning.

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, May 2017

April 25, 2017 – 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: Effective communications is important to be successful in life. Students need to grow and work within this evolving environment.
  • Numeracy: Horizontal math questions allow students to be more flexible with numbers and develop a better understanding of place value.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Students who experience a greater sense of well-being, live healthier lives.
  • Improving Student Learning: Exploration, experimentation and questioning are good things. Children need to learn that answers to their questions can be discovered through their own investigations. The best way to learn science, is to do science – 20 science activities.

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

Board Meeting Update #141: April 24, 2017

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in May 2017.

Join in recognizing Administrative Professionals Day

April 24, 2017 – The Wednesday of the last full week in April is recognized as Administrative Professionals Day. This year it is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

The four priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan—Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being—link directly to the work administrative professionals do every day.

Administrative professionals support our schools and departments, and contribute to student achievement and well-being. These dedicated employees care for students, assist co-workers and families, keep offices functioning and interact directly with the public. They are ambassadors for our organization. Their efforts help to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting schools and offices.

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

This week, 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, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Join in recognizing Day of Pink, Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 11, 2017 – Day of Pink will be celebrated around the world on Wednesday, April 12. It is a time to recognize diversity, understanding differences and respecting one another.

Locally, the mission in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is to create dynamic, inclusive education experiences that develop capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities. Through this mission, we demonstrate our commitment to creating welcoming, inclusive, save and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

I know that schools are prepared to participate and students are excited to wear pink. I encourage everyone to do the same. Together we will be a sea of pink throughout all regions of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board by recognizing and participating in Day of Pink.

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

“Ontario 150” is the theme for Education Week 2017

April 10, 2017—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 1 – 5, 2017. The provincial theme is “Ontario 150” in recognition of both Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary.

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]

French Immersion expands to five schools for September 2017

April 10, 2017—The number of schools hosting French Immersion programs will increase in September 2017 based on local interest. Two schools will be added, bringing the total to five.

Extended French will continue to be offered at one school in North Hastings.

New FI schools for September 2017

Existing FI schools for September 2017

Existing Extended French school for September 2017

French Immersion develops communication and critical thinking skills, as well as promotes personal growth and self-confidence. FI begins in Grade 4.

Extended French helps students to develop French-language skills in a variety of subject areas. A minimum of 25% of instruction is in French.

For specific details about French Immersion or Extended French, please contact the school principal.

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

Take the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres survey

April 6, 2017 – Prince Edward County, The County of Lennox and Addington and Hastings County invite families to complete an online survey about programs and services within Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres in 2018. The survey gathers opinions on programs for families and their children aged 0-6 years old.

The information collected will provide an opportunity to ensure that new centres continue to meet the needs of families and children.

The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and is confidential.

Prince Edward County and The County of Lennox and Addington survey link – www.surveymonkey.com/r/PELA_earlyyears

Hastings County survey link – www.surveymonkey.com/r/OEYCFCParentSurvey

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

 

Calling for nominations for 16th Annual Great Place Awards

April 3, 2017—Do you know someone who contributes to the achievement and well-being of students at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board? Consider nominating them for a Great Place Award.

Great Place Awards are the highest recognition at HPEDSB. They honour and celebrate individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to student achievement and well-being.

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

Past recipients have included the following:

  • Students
  • School and Education Centre employees
  • Employees of community agencies
  • Police officers
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Service club members
  • School council members
  • Volunteers

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Complete details and nomination forms are available online. New for this year is a Google Form which can be completed online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Tuesday, May 23 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award recipients and nominators will be notified in advance.

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

Join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, Sunday, April 2, 2017

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

As educators and support staff of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we have chosen a profession that is in the service of students. As described in the Achieving Excellence & Equity and Well-Being priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, through our daily interactions with students, their families, community partners and each other, we provide programs and services to help each success while creating welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments that optimize students’ potential.

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.

Please join in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day.

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

Board Meeting Update #140: March 27, 2017

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 2017.

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, April 2017

March 21, 2017 – 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: LITERATE CITIZENS – Students who are effective literate learners use the skills of thinking, expressing and reflecting to listen, speak, read and write.
  • Numeracy: Numeracy skills promote the development of logical thinking and reasoning strategies. Numerate students are able to competently apply mathematics in everyday life. NUMERATE CITIZENS – Globally Minded Learners and Leaders.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: April is Oral Health Month! There will be free dental clinics in Belleville, Quinte West, Picton and Tweed for children 0-17 years old.
  • Improving Student Learning: [email protected] offers free resources for parents, students and families with learning disabilities.

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 Down Syndrome Day, March 21, 2017

March 20, 2017 – As employees, learners and leaders in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and as included in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, we strive to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential. We also work together to deliver positive social and emotional learning experiences.

World Down Syndrome Day is recognized around the world on March 21 each year. It has been observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date is significant as the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. Source: World Down Syndrome Day website.

World Down Syndrome Day is a time to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Please join in recognizing World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

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

Public health alert: important fentanyl information

March 9, 2017—Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has alerted schools and the community that there is a confirmation of illicit (non-prescription) fentanyl in the region.

Please refer to the following documents for more information.

Anyone looking for additional information should contact Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Resident at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, 613.966.5500, extension 316 or by email at [email protected]

School board contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Presenting BandFest 2017: Performances by elementary school bands

Bandfest 2017 poster
Students from elementary schools will perform in BandFest 2017. They will also participate in workshops hosted by facilitators from Quinte Symphony.

March 10, 2017—Elementary school students are preparing to take to the stage for BandFest 2017.

Event details
DATE: Thursday, April 6, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

This year’s BandFest will include live music performed by students, two workshops hosted by Quinte Symphony facilitators, multiple adjudicators and a formal warm-up room.

Each band will receive a recording of their performance along with a live adjudication, as well as a private workshop with a professional conductor. The bands may be either classroom-based or extracurricular and must include, but are not limited to, woodwind and/or brass instruments.

Background

In April 2016, HPEDSB held its first annual BandFest which hosted over 200 students from nine different bands across the region. This event wa a non-competitive boardwide festival for elementary school bands. With no trophies, ribbons or ranking systems, it was a chance for students who had practiced since September to perform for, and listen to an audience of their peers.

All parents/families are welcome to attend to see elementary school bands in action!

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

Students awarded medals at local skills competition

March 7, 2017—Secondary school students demonstrated their abilities in the trades at a local skills competition.

Congratulations to students who achieved success and represented their schools and HPEDSB with pride! See below for photos.

Baking
• Tarryn Horvat, Moira Secondary School, Silver Medal

Individual Carpentry
• Logan Triemstra, Bayside Secondary School, Gold Medal
• Kurtis Wright, Bayside Secondary School, Silver Medal
• Michael Terpstra, Bayside Secondary School, Bronze Medal

Team Carpentry (2 person)
• Wyatt Craig and Dawson Craig, Bayside Secondary School, Silver Medal
• Kieran Metcalf and Scott Thompson, Bayside Secondary School, Bronze Medal

Esthetics
• Brooke Mackins, Trenton High School, Gold Medal
• Max Leslie, Trenton High School, Silver Medal
• Autumn Stephenson, Trenton High School, Bronze Medal

Photography
• Alexis Porter, Bayside Secondary School, Bronze Medal

Precision Machining
• Jessica Courneyea, Bayside Secondary School, Gold Medal

Welding
• Justin Walmsley, Bayside Secondary School, Gold Medal
• Laurence Roy, Bayside Secondary School, Silver Medal
• Robert Bentley, Centennial Secondary School, Bronze Medal

At the Skills Competition, hosted in partnership with Loyalist College, local sponsors and community partners, students demonstrated their skills and knowledge in 11 competitions to compete for medals, prizes and scholarships.

Competitions included the following:

  • Architectural Technology and Design
  • Automotive
  • Baking
  • Character Animation
  • Electrical
  • Esthetics
  • Individual Carpentry
  • Photography
  • Precision Machining
  • Two-person Carpentry
  • Welding

Three more competitions will take place on April 1 at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. The team going to the May 1, 2017 provincial competition will then be selected.

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

Public Meeting #2: Accommodation review for Madoc/area schools

 

event flyer

The second of two public meetings for the accommodation review for Madoc/area schools is scheduled as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Centre Hastings Secondary School, 129 Elgin Street, Madoc, in the Gym

The meeting purpose is to review the accommodation review process to date and receive additional public feedback* on the initial staff report.

*Please note: Anyone wishing to speak at this meeting will be required to add their name to a speaking list on the night of the meeting. Each person’s time will be monitored and may be limited to ensure equitable access for all who wish to speak.

For information about the accommodation review process, contact:
Kim Horrigan, Manager of Planning, 613.966.1170, extension 2129 or [email protected]

For media and other inquiries, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Queen Elizabeth PS students take over Glanmore House for a day

March 3, 2017 – 30 students from the Grade 7/8 Student Leadership Program at Queen Elizabeth Public School visited Glanmore House, the Bridge Street museum for an orientation session on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in preparation for Takeover Day. Takeover Day started in the United Kingdom where young students take over the operations of an organization for a day.

Hosting this public event is a great volunteering opportunities for the students in the Student Leadership class to learn, share and engage with others at the Glanmore National Historic Site. Some of their responsibilities will include greeting visitors, giving guided tours and showcasing their own projects, such as displays, videos and social media.

Students will run the facility on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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, March 2017

February 27, 2017 – 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: Wordless picture books gives children the power to name, describe, predict and discover. It is important to ask questions during reading and notice how illustrations help us read the story through images.
  • Numeracy: Encourage a Growth Mindset in Math. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Students who are caring, inclusive citizens demonstrate strong character in all they say and do by showing empathy and expressing genuine concern for self, others and the environment.
  • Improving Student Learning: Students who are digitally fluent can effectively use multiple technologies. They are responsible in their use, creation and sharing of information with others.

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

Kindergarten registration is on now!

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Register your child for school by contacting your local public school.

February 14, 2017 – KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS ON NOW! The play-based Kindergarten program exposes children to multi-sensory activities in the areas of:

  • Personal and social development
  • Science and technology
  • Health and physical activity
  • Language, math and visual arts

Learn more about Kindergarten at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

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

National Flag of Canada Day, February 15, 2017

February 13, 2017 – National Flag of Canada Day is celebrated annually on February 15. It is a time to celebrate this important symbol of our Canadian identity.

The Vision in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is: All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. Through this vision, students and employees can become globally minded citizens who are capable, confident, curious learners who thrive and contribute to their communities.

This year, the Canadian flag celebrates its 52nd anniversary. According to the Government of Canada website, February 15, 1965 was the date our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill.

Our flag is a symbol of Canadian history and of the possibilities of tomorrow led by the students of today.

Please join in recognizing National Flag of Canada Day this Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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

Re-scheduled: French Immersion Info Night in Madoc

February 7, 2017—Due to the forecast for an extended period of freezing rain this afternoon and evening, the French Immersion Parent Information Night at Madoc Public School is cancelled. It is re-scheduled for Monday, February 13 at the same time, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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

Seeking input for the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar

January 31, 2017—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.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board consults with parents/guardians, students, community members and community partners prior to finalizing the dates.

The draft calendar proposes the following dates (pdf version)

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Seven professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 29, 2017
    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • Friday, November 24, 2017
    • Friday, February 2, 2018
    • Friday, March 2, 2018
    • Friday, May 18, 2018
    • Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Last day of the school year: Friday, June 29, 2018
Statutory Holidays & Ministry of Education Holidays for 2017-2018
Statutory holidays Ministry of Education School Year Calendar dates Proposed dates for the
HPEDSB School Year Calendar
Labour Day Monday, September 4, 2017 Same
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 9, 2017 Same
Christmas Break (inclusive) Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018 Same
Family Day Monday, February 19, 2018 Same
Mid-winter Break (inclusive) Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, 2018 Same
Good Friday Friday, March 30, 2018 Same
Easter Monday Monday, April 2, 2018 Same
Victoria Day Monday, May 21, 2018 Same

Please provide feedback by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350 by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

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

Data Privacy Day, Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 27, 2017— The Public Confidence priority in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan involves goals to ensure effective management of all resources (i.e. human, financial and environmental).

Saturday, January 28 is recognized as Data Privacy Day, a day to highlight the effect of technology on privacy and to consider how to value and protect personal information.

Every day, thousands of employees and students throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board access online resources. In recent years, HPEDSB has expanded its use of cloud services with the introduction of Office365 and Microsoft OneDrive, with student/teacher collaboration using Google Apps for Education, extended use of blended learning tools, such as D2L (Desire 2 Learn).

As we continue to tap into the wealth of information available online, we must be mindful of the potential risks of privacy breaches and cyber bullying. As a system of character, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves and others, and to continue to support safe, respectful and inclusive learning and working environments to support student achievement and well-being for students and employees.

Many resources are available to help better understand and navigate through privacy issues in the online world. Internally, the following procedures guide our work:

Additional external resources and tools are available from:

  • the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario at www.ipc.on.ca
  • the Youth Privacy website at www.youthprivacy.ca (designed for educators, parents and students)

Take steps to protect your personal privacy online by following these simple guidelines:

  • Set strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you send, receive and share online.

In addition, maintain an open dialogue with family, friends, colleagues, students and parents about Internet safety.

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 2017

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: A great way to have children explore spatial relationships is to read books that call for children to think and talk about where objects and people are in relation to something else.
  • Numeracy: Spatial reasoning involves understanding and remembering the location and movement of objects and ourselves, either mentally or physically in space. EduGAINS supports policies and programs related to K-12 improved learning and teaching.
  • Healthy, Caring Schools: Water does Wonders! Visit healthykidshpe.ca to learn more about healthy habits and healthy kids.
  • Improved Student Learning: Our students develop competencies to prepare and empower them for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.

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

Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day, Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27 is recognized as Family Literacy Day throughout Canada. It is a great time to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking the time to read with children can have a significant positive outcome on their ability to learn and improve their literacy skills. According to ABC Life Literacy Canada, “Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.”

Two priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence & Equity and Learning & Leadership, contain goals about students achieving success, and cultivating student leadership and voice. In addition, the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) prioritizes literacy from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with early primary reading as a key area of focus.

To further support our literacy focus, each month school newsletters include Home-School Connections, a one-page flyer with handy ideas about enhancing student learning at home. The January 2017 issue contains snippets about encouraging children to read critically and ask questions, and more.

Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day on January 27 and every day!

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

Trent River PS opens to students Tuesday, February 7, 2017

January 25, 2017—The new Trent River Public School will open to students on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

As finish work continues at the site, we are now focusing all our efforts on planning a welcoming, safe and smooth transition for all students and staff.

Families of students from Breadner Elementary and College Street Public received a letter on January 24, 2017 (pdf) describing the planning for the first day of school and busing arrangements.

In order to prepare the school for students, there will be no classroom instruction on Monday, February 6, 2017. The school will be closed to students that day. Families will need to make childcare arrangements for Monday, February 6, 2017. We appreciate their understanding.

The new Trent River Public School is a vibrant facility with a modern learning environment. It has spacious classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, a learning commons and a large gymnasium.

An Opening Ceremony will take place in the coming months.

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

National music award for North Hastings HS teacher

 

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Dianne Winmill, Music teacher at North Hastings High School (2nd from right), won the national Music Teacher of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Dianne Winmill, teacher at North Hastings High School, winner of the 2017 MusiCounts Canadian Teacher of the Year Award!

“On behalf of our students and staff, we congratulate Dianne on this incredible achievement. She works tirelessly to promote music education in our school and throughout the North Hastings community. Dianne continues to integrate creative programming options for students, such as Royal Conservatory of Music exams. Our school band has also performed for all feeder schools and numerous community groups and functions for several years,” said Ken Dostaler, Principal.

As an award recipient, Dianne will receive $10,000 and the school will also receive $10,000 for the Music program. Dianne and a guest are also invited to attend the 2017 JUNO Awards Weekend. Airfare, accommodation, and tickets are included. She will receive a solid crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design created by Canadian glass artist, the late Shirley Elford.

Background on the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award

The MTOY Award recognizes one music teacher in Canada each year who:

  • Is a professional and outstanding music educator
  • Demonstrates an extraordinary commitment towards children and teaching
  • Has made a tangible and positive difference in students’ lives, with an ability to motivate, challenge and encourage them
  • Inspires students to learn about and appreciate music
  • Inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities
  • Contributes to the advancement of music in his/her community
  • Possesses the ability to generate excitement and enthusiasm for music within his/her school and/or community
  • Has the support, respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues

The award was established in 2005 to recognize and honour dedicated music teachers who keep music alive in in Canadian schools. The Award pays tribute to the accomplishments of one exceptional music teacher.

Each year, the award is sponsored or presented by an artist, including. Past presenters have included The Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Tragically Hip, Anne Murray, Billy Talent, Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford and MAGIC! This 2016-2017 award is presented by Blue Rodeo.

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

 

Intermediate Student Leadership Program Information Night: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out more about the Intermediate Student Leadership Program that is offered to Grade 7 and 8 students at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Belleville.

The program is a hands on approach to learning that directly involves building relationships with community partners and organizations. Through inquiry and student driven action plans students experience real life connections and volunteer opportunities. Linking curriculum with leadership opportunities allow students to learn the value of their voice and ability to create change with their actions.

Intermediate Student Leadership brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 135 Macdonald Avenue, Belleville (in the library)

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Elizabeth Public School office by Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about the primary and junior Adventure Classes of Queen Victoria School in the 2017/2018 school year.

The Adventure Class is a unique education program where students in grades 1-6 learn with the shared support of teachers, families and community. This information session will go over the program outline, process overview, answer questions and tour the classrooms.

Adventure Class brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Victoria School office by Monday, February 13, 2017.

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

EVENTS: Open House & Closing Ceremony for Breadner Elementary and College Street Public PS (Trenton)

Breadner Elementary School and College Street Public School will each be holding an Open House & Closing Ceremony to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

BREADER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimili Road, Trenton
COLLEGE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, January 30, 2017
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton
A school closing ceremony and reception will be held at Breadner Elementary School in Trenton to honour the past and present, and celebrate students, families and the community.

Both schools will close once the new Trent River Public School opens in the coming weeks.

The Ministry of Education provided approximately $13 million to build the new school in response to a capital priority request. That request came about through an accommodation review which took place during the 2012-2013 school year with school, parent, student and community involvement.

All are welcome to these community events to visit with current and former staff, students and community partners.

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

Parent Info Session: Destinations Programme, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

Parents are invited to an information session.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville / Library

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

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

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

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

French Immersion & Extended French Information Nights, January/February 2017

January 16, 2017—Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about Extended French (in Bancroft) and French Immersion (in Belleville, Madoc, Picton and Trenton).

Two new French Immersion schools have been added for September 2017: Madoc Public School and Prince Charles Public School (Trenton).

Information Sessions for French Immersion & Extended French
EXTENDED FRENCH
Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 p.m., York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, 6:00 p.m.
FRENCH IMMERSION
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 p.m., Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), 35 Barker Street, Picton
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:00 p.m., Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville
Thursday, February 2, 2017 6:00 p.m., Bayside Public School, 132 Aikins Road, Belleville
Monday, February 6, 2017 6;00 p.m., Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton
Monday, February 13, 2017 (re-scheduled due to freezing rain)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

6:00 p.m., Madoc Public School, 32 Baldwin Street, Madoc

 

Extended French begins in Grade 5 at York River Public School. The program helps students to develop French-language skills in a variety of subject areas. A minimum of 25% of instruction is in French.

French Immersion develops communication and critical thinking skills, as well as promotes personal growth and self-confidence. FI begins in Grade 4.

Anna and Peter describe their French Immersion experiences.

For specific details about the program, please contact the school principal.

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

EVENT: Centennial Secondary School celebrates 50 years

Centennial Secondary SchoolCentennial Secondary School will be celebrating 50 years of Academic Excellence, Artistic Integrity, and Athletic Prowess in May 2017.

EVENT DETAILS

50th Anniversary Open House

DATE: Friday, May 12, 2017 to Sunday, May 14, 2017

LOCATION: Centennial, Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 14, 2017

Former staff and students are invited to attend all or any part of the weekend event as it promises to be an incredible journey honouring the school legacy. The itinerary and registration information are online at css50anniversary.com.

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

Last updated: May 3, 2017 at 9:24 am