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Schools will be open Monday, October 7, 2019

October 6, 2019–All schools will be open to students tomorrow, Monday, October 7, 2019.

A tentative agreement has been reached between the parties involved in negotiations for CUPE support staff. That means schools will be open to students on Monday, October 7, 2019. All job action is off and it returns to a normal school and work day.

Extra-curriculars and community use of schools will be back on.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Labour updates

This page is your source for information and updates about labour issues facing the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.


October 6, 2019

School is on: Tentative agreement reached for CUPE support staff workers

A tentative agreement has been reached between the parties involved in negotiations for CUPE support staff. That means schools will be open to students on Monday, October 7, 2019. All job action is off and it returns to a normal school and work day.


October 4, 2019

HPEDSB to close schools to students, Monday, October 7, 2019

Schools of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019 if a provincial agreement is not reached or progress towards an agreement is not reached by midnight on October 6, 2019. read more

A letter will be going home with elementary students today and a voicemail message will be sent to phone numbers on file for secondary school students. Parent letter (Pdf)

Please note: If a provincial agreement is reached over the weekend, schools will be open on Monday.

We will constantly be re-evaluating this today, over the weekend and every day in the coming days. Updates will be posted here, on our Twitter account @HPEschools, and reported through the local media.


Update on CUPE job action

Update 6:00 p.m. Permits for community use of schools are cancelled effective immediately until further notice. This affects permits for indoor use (gyms, classrooms, etc.) but not outdoor use (sports fields, grounds, parking lots). It is necessary because staff are unable to set-up the rooms and clean up afterwards due the job action. Community users cannot do this work as it would be a violation of the collective agreement.

Please note that before/after school child care services are not affected and will continue to be available until further notice.

Update 3:50 p.m. Earlier today we received notice that CUPE representing unionized support staff at all our schools will be on strike beginning Monday, October 7, 2019 if a provincial agreement is not reached this coming weekend.

At HPEDSB, CUPE support staff includes secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and maintenance workers, among others.

All our schools are presently open and student safety is our priority.

We are currently reviewing possible options in light of this proposed strike, including the possibility of school closures beginning Monday.

Our decision will be based on whether we can ensure the safety of students. These considerations include:

  • supervision;
  • medical supports and care;
  • safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including required water flushing;
  • conditions of school buildings and classrooms; and
  • overall safety and security.

We are actively monitoring this situation. It is fluid and rapidly changing. We will do our best to communicate actions and resulting implications for our schools, families, staff, and of course our students, as timely and responsibly as possible. We are hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached very soon.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.

Posted 10:45 a.m. Today at 10:00 a.m. the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) announced its’ members, consisting of unionized education support staff workers in Ontario, will go on strike on Monday, October 7, 2019. School board officials at HPEDSB are aware of this announcement and are planing for next steps. All schools remain open at this time. Student safety is our priority. Updates to come as more information is available.


September 30, 2019

Parent/guardian communications today

Parent/guardians: today a letter will be going home with all students in the elementary grades with more details about the CUPE job action. A voicemail message will go to homes of students in the secondary grades. Parent letter for elementary students (Pdf)


September 26, 2019

‘All students first’ at HPEDSB as CUPE job action is announced

Read a news release about the job action scheduled to start September 30, 2019.


September 25, 2019

Important information for families regarding CUPE job action

This morning, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed that job action will begin across the province on Monday, Sept. 30. In the HPEDSB, CUPE members include secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and maintenance workers, library technicians, IT staff, student supervision monitors, among others.

At this time, HPEDSB staff are reviewing the job action directive from CUPE provincial to members to determine the impact these will have on school and work site operations, and to learning and working. HPEDSB schools will remain open to staff and students during this job action.

We appreciate that timely communication is important to you and we commit to providing you with factual details on the job action as soon as we can.


September 24, 2019

Possible CUPE job action

You may be hearing about potential Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) job action in schools across Ontario beginning next week. In the HPEDSB, CUPE represents secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and maintenance workers, library technicians, IT staff, student supervision monitors, among others.

At this time, CUPE has not informed the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association that they plan to take any job action. Such notice must be done five days in advance. If we become aware of any job action, we will communicate with staff and families as soon as possible. We want to be able to share what the job action is and the possible impacts it will have on learning and working in HPEDSB schools and work sites.

We will monitor this situation and keep you updated as information becomes available.

HPEDSB to close schools to students, Monday, October 7, 2019

Updated 12:25 p.m. October 4, 2019—Schools of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019.

This is connected to provincial job action by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) which is in negotiations with the Ministry of Education and trustee associations.

In light of this provincial strike, all schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019 and possibly longer. 

This decision is being taken for safety and security reasons, and involved the following considerations:

  • supervision and reporting student attendance;
  • medical supports and care;
  • safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including required water flushing;
  • conditions of school buildings and classrooms; and
  • overall safety and security.

In preparation for next week, parents/guardians are encouraged to make the necessary arrangements to support their family needs. If parents/guardians access child care services in HPEDSB schools, please take direction from your child care provider.

“I recognize that keeping your children home from school is incredibly disruptive. Job action, such as a full withdrawal of services, is part of the collective bargaining process,” said Sean Monteith, Director of Education.

Staff who are not affected by the strike will be reporting to work; schools will be closed to students, not to staff.

“Even though people may have different viewpoints and perspectives, the people who are going on strike are not just staff, they’re community members, they’re family, they’re friends and we engage with each other every day, in and out of school and work. We have to remember that the dust always settles and the relationships between one another will go on,” added Monteith.

A letter will be going home with elementary students today and a voicemail message will be sent to phone numbers on file for secondary school students. Parent letter (Pdf)

It is important to point out that if a provincial agreement is reached over the weekend, schools will be open on Monday.

We will constantly be re-evaluating this situation today, over the weekend and every day in the coming days. Updates will be posted on the Labour Updates section of our website, on our Twitter account @HPEschools, and reported through local media.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

‘All students first’ at HPEDSB as CUPE job action is announced

September 26, 2019—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, along with other Ontario school boards, has received notice that unionized support staff will be participating in job action starting September 30, 2019.

Specifically, we understand that this job action will be in the form of a selected work-to-rule approach whereby specific duties will be withdrawn and not performed by CUPE employees during the work day.

“Students come first at HPEDSB and we have high expectations of all employees. We respect the bargaining unit’s right to participate in job action and, at the same time, we are absolutely committed to student safety, and supporting continued student learning and achievement. We will continue to do our best at communicating actions and resulting implications for our schools, families, staff, and of course our students, as timely and responsibly as possible,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

School board administration officials, school administrators and managers are aware of the job action and will be monitoring situations at all sites for student safety.

Employees affected by this job action work in the following roles at HPEDSB:

  • Central and back office clerical
  • School-based clerical
  • Communicative disorders assistants
  • Custodians
  • Educational assistants
  • Early childhood educators
  • Information technology workers
  • Library technicians
  • Maintenance and trades
  • Student supervision monitors

Background

  • Labour negotiations for the education sector are happening across Ontario. The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA) creates a two-tier bargaining process for the education sector.
  • Contracts for all unionized employees expired on August 31, 2019 and are currently being bargained, as outlined in legislation between the province, unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table.
  • Bargaining and conversations between the province and unions representing school support staff and teachers have been underway since the new school year.
  • At the provincial level, the government and the trustees’ associations bargain central terms with teachers’ federations and education workers’ (support staff) unions. These terms can include areas such as wages, class sizes, benefits/sick leave and hiring practices.
  • The provincial issues are ones that have the greatest monetary effect and they apply to all school boards across the province.
  • At the local level, individual school boards bargain directly with their local unions on local issues. These issues are unique to each school board and union, and may include areas such as staffing processes, professional development planning and leadership structures. Local issues typically do not have significant monetary impact.

Central negotiations are ongoing with this employee group. Local negotiations are yet to be scheduled.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

2019 EQAO results for Primary, Junior, Grade 9 and 10 assessments

September 25, 2019—Student achievement results for provincial assessments written last spring were released throughout the province today.

The provincial assessments, commonly referred to as EQAO tests, offer insights into whether students are meeting curriculum expectations in reading, writing and math at key stages of their education, as well as students’ attitudes and habits towards learning.

“The achievement results for HPEDSB are concerning. The data shows that our students continue to perform below the province. The results are static in some areas of reading and writing and continue to trend downwards in mathematics. We want to see a better outcome than this for our students,” said Tina Elliott, Superintendent of Curriculum Services.

These student achievement results show we have work to do at HPEDSB, starting at the central office level through to the classrooms. We are going to pause and think about how we can work differently and more closely with our classroom and school educators to reverse the achievement trends.

“We believe our students are capable of more, of a higher level of success. In fact, these achievement results do not reflect the commitment our educators show each and every day to students in support of their learning. We have first-class educators and support staff at HPEDSB. Together with their guidance and the partnership of our families, our school board will continue to be diligent in reversing this trend in support of all students first and all students achieving,” added Elliott.

HPEDSB results

Primary (Grade 3) Reading

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 59% 61% 66% 62%
Province N/A 72% 74% 75% 74%

 

Primary (Grade 3) Writing

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 61% 57% 59% 52%
Province N/A 74% 73% 72% 69%

 

Primary (Grade 3) Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 50% 47% 47% 44%
Province N/A 63% 62% 61% 58%

 

Junior (Grade 6) Reading

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 72% 67% 72% 69%
Province N/A 81% 81% 82% 81%

 

Junior (Grade 6) Writing

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 65% 62% 64% 65%
Province N/A 80% 79% 80% 82%

 

Primary (Grade 6) Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 34% 32% 32% 28%
Province N/A 50% 50% 49% 48%

 

Primary Grade 9 Academic Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB 78% 80% 76% 78% 78%
Province N/A 83% 83% 84% 84%

 

Primary Grade 9 Applied Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB 50% 51% 41% 37% 41%
Province N/A 45% 44% 45% 44%

 

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Percentage of first-time eligible students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB 70% 67% 66% 62% 67%
Province 82% 81% 81% 79% 80%

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

‘HPEDSB Moving Ahead’ is the goal of new director of education

September 24, 2019—Setting a new direction for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is the goal of Sean Monteith, the new Director of Education.

Since being offered and accepting the role, a required “on-boarding” exercise has occurred, beginning virtually immediately upon the appointment date of July 15, 2019.

In a presentation to the Board of Trustees last evening, Monteith said it is critically important in the role of the director of education/CEO, as part of the transition into a new role, to also consider two key perspectives:

  1. the openness and transparency of listening, observing, without bias or prior judgement; and
  2. the lived professional and personal experiences as  a director of education coming from one district school board to another.

“Whenever there is a transition of a senior leader of an organization, it should initiate a conversation around a review of things. The trustees have asked me to do this as their employee and it’s a natural time to do it. We’re going to try to be responsive and nimble, and react to things around us in an efficient, effective way and pragmatic way,” said Monteith.

Monteith presented elements about a system re-organization, revised senior administration responsibilities, priority areas and a review of Board processes and operating policies, as per direction from the Board of Trustees.

Monteith highlighted the following 10 themes that will be his focus during the 2019-2020 school year:

  1. Tone and Building Culture
  2. Staff Engagement
  3. Board of Trustee Empowerment
  4. Recognition and Acceptance of Challenges, Opportunities
  5. Empowerment of Principals and Vice-Principals to be Leaders of Student Achievement
  6. Autonomy
  7. Reconciliation with Indigenous Partners/Advocates for Social Justice
  8. Community Engagement
  9. Mentorship
  10. Public Confidence

“The themes are meant to make us better, re-engage in some areas and build on the engagement in others. The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has a lot of really good things going on and my job is to capitalize and build on the good things, and build on the areas where we need improvement, which is common to every organization,” added Monteith.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #170, September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in October 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Spencer Hutchison, Trustee, Trenton & CFB Trenton, asked all to reflect on Caring: We demonstrate concern for self and others. We show empathy and express genuine concerns. We consider the long term effect of our actions.

Presentation

Video: All Students First, Learning Happens Here

The first few weeks of school are exciting for students and staff alike as they settle into new routines, and learning gets underway. From the first day of school, students in HPEDSB schools have been engaging in experiential learning activities and inquiries, with a focus on team building, creativity, and building literacy and numeracy skills. Staff at HPEDSB are first-class and are committed to our new approach of all students first.

Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, screened All Students First, Learning Happens Here, a short video featuring students from HPEDSB schools.

Recommendations

2019-2020 Policy review, Part 1

Board members approved reviewing the procedures noted below. The review will take place over the next couple of months and the revisions voted on in November 2019.

  • Policy 3: Board Operations
  • Policy 3A: Delegations and Presentations
  • Policy 3J: Board Review/Self-Evaluation
  • Policy 11: Committees of the Board
  • Policy 12: External Committees and Trustee Advocacy

Borrowing resolution amendment

Board members approved a borrowing resolution, authorizing the borrowing of a sum of up to $18,654,000 from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in order to meet short-term borrowing requirements for various school improvements under the School Condition Improvement Program, in order to meet planned expenditures.

Elect/appoint a replacement trustee for committee vacancies

Board members approved the appointment of trustees to two committees. The vacancies resulted from the passing of Trustee Michael Rush, Belleville/Thurlow on July 2, 2019.

  • Trustee Alison Kelly, South Prince Edward County, will be the Chair of the Operations and Finance Committee.
  • Trustee Kelly will also become a member of the Executive Committee representing the Operations and Finance Committee.
  • Trustee Kristen Parks, Sidney & Frankford, will be the Vice-chair of the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee.
  • Trustee Krista McConnell, Belleville/Thurlow will be on the Information Technology Advisory Committee.
  • Trustee Shannon Binder, Southeast Hastings, will be on the Specialist High Skills Majors Committee.
  • Trustee Lucille Kyle, North Hastings, will be on the Food for Learning Partnership Committee and also as the alternate member on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

These appointments are effective immediately and will be in place until the end of the current term on November 30, 2019. New elections will take place at the Annual Board Meeting on December 2, 2019.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for October 2019. Upcoming events include the following among many more.

  • October 3:
    • Meet the Staff & BBQ Country Dance, Tyendinaga Public School, 5:30 p.m.
    • School Bus Safety presentations, Frankford Public School and Trent River Public School
  • October 4: Canadian Lacrosse Programming, Bird’s Creek Public School

Preliminary enrolment update

Elementary enrolments were collected on September 6, 2019 and updated on September 13, 2019. Secondary enrolments were collected on September 13, 2019. The projected enrolment for the 2019-2020 school year is 10,382 elementary students and 4,460 students for a total of 14,842.

Elementary enrolment
Elementary enrolment on September 13, 2019 was 10,382 compared to a projection of 10,385, a decrease of three students from projection. A net total of two additional elementary classes have been added to comply with class size regulations. The largest change in enrolment is in the kindergarten classes, with an additional four early childhood educators being added. Overall, elementary enrolment continues to show evidence that it is stabilizing, with a year-over-year increase of 16 students.

Secondary enrolment
Using the data collected on September 13, 2019, the revised average daily enrolment (ADE) was projected for the year as 4,460. The revised projection shows a decrease of 50 ADE over original projections, and a year-over-year decrease of 104 secondary students. No changes to secondary staffing have been made as a result of September enrolments.

Administration is in the process of finalizing the impact on staff needs and class sizes to determine whether further adjustments are required.

Collective bargaining update

Superintendent Laina Andrews provided a collective bargaining update. All education sector collective agreements in the province expired August 31, 2019. A two-tier process is in place in Ontario: some items are bargained centrally and others locally. We will be working on new agreements with the unions for elementary teachers, secondary teachers, education support workers and support staff.  The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing support staff, has given notice that it will be in a strike position as of September 30, 2019.

HPEDSB has a good relationship with all unions and looks forward to bargaining in good faith

Summer Learning Program update

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board received $45,000 to host three summer learning programs (SLP) with the expectation of a minimum attendance requirement of 15 students per program. Summer learning programs were offered at Marmora Public School, Prince of Wales Public School and Prince Charles School (Belleville) based upon a review of SLP historical attendance patterns and student data. The Marmora site had 12 students registered, serving students in the Centre Hastings region and a family from North Hastings. The Prince Charles and Prince of Wales programs were over-subscribed with registration of 29 and 26 students, respectively.

The SLPs at each of three sites focused on reading and numeracy skill development for students exiting Year 2 (Senior) Kindergarten to Grade 5. Each program ran daily from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for three weeks in July 2019 and involved interactive literacy and numeracy instruction, physical activities intentionally linked to skill development (e.g. sight word hopscotch, number scavenger hunts, syllable bean bag toss). Daily learning opportunities in partnership with parent/guardians to model specific skills and/or strategies for home connection and skill retention practice (e.g. modeling Number Talk strategies such as counting on and making friendly numbers) were also part of the day. The learning was intentionally aligned with instructional and intervention strategies used during the school year to support sustainment of skills. Literacy skill development focused on developing students’ understanding of phonological awareness, reading fluency and reading-writing connections through Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Numeracy skill development focused on Number Talks and mental math strategies to develop concept of number and number relationships.

Having parents engaged in their child’s learning increases opportunities for success in school. The summer learning programs offered unique occasions to connect with parents/guardians who were encouraged to participate in learning alongside their child for the first 10-20 minutes and the last 20 minutes of each day by supporting and modeling skill development. Students and families were also provided with daily take home books from the Leveled Literacy Intervention program to support the continuation of reading at home and to celebrate achieved reading fluency. Parents/guardians received a variety of supplemental literacy/numeracy activities (and often asked for specific games and resources to be provided) to support the practice and development of strategies at home (e.g. sight word cards, LLI writing extensions, dice games, cut and paste literacy activities) and had an opportunity to participate in regular dialogue with the SLP site team to receive feedback, next step goals and ideas to support with skill development/sustainability.

The number of students who showed improvement in literacy reading level, as measured by running records, is shown below:

  • Marmora Public School: 7 of 12
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville): 15 of 29
  • Prince of Wales Public School: 16 of 26

A comprehensive review of the program design will be conducted to ensure appropriate programming, target populations and use of data sources.

“Moving Ahead” Report from the Director of Education

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, presented a report outlining his entry plan as the new director. It is based on two key perspectives: 1) the openness and transparency of listening, observing without bias or prior judgement; and 2) the lived professional and personal experiences as director of education coming from one school board to another.

Director Monteith highlighted the following 10 themes that will be his focus during the 2019-2020 school year:

  1. Tone and Building Culture
  2. Staff Engagement
  3. Board of Trustee Empowerment
  4. Recognition and Acceptance of Challenges, Opportunities
  5. Empowerment of Principals and Vice-Principals to be Leaders of Student Achievement
  6. Autonomy
  7. Reconciliation with Indigenous Partners/Advocates for Social Justice
  8. Community Engagement
  9. Mentorship
  10. Public Confidence

Director Monteith also presented a draft Senior Administration Organization Chart.

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Welcomed new trustee Krista McConnell for Belleville/Thurlow.
  • Policy review.
  • Senior administration organization chart review.

Report from the Indigenous Trustees’ Council

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Five priority areas:
    • Actions related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    • Minister’s Advisory Work Group
    • Retention and Revitalization of the Indigenous Language
    • Curriculum Revisions
    • Education Service Agreements

Correspondence

Letter from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board received July 5, 2019 about the passing of Trustee Michael Rush.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday, September 25: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 7: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, October 15:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 22: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 24: Special Education Advisory  Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 28: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Arts recognition award for Andrea Kerr, Curriculum Coordinator

andrea kerr at podium
Andrea Kerr expressed appreciation on being presented with the Quinte Arts Council Award.

September 19, 2019—Congratulations to Andrea Kerr, Curriculum Coordinator for the Arts, upon receiving an award from the Quinte Arts Council. The recognition was to individuals who are making Quinte a destination for anyone craving a vibrant arts and culture scene.

Kerr was recognized for being an avid promoter and supporter of Arts programs in K-12 schools. This includes the coordination of increased opportunities for learning and being involved in performances in all areas of arts: drama, dance, music and visual arts.

The nominations included the following comments:

A promoter of creativity through the Arts, Andrea is a strong believer that everyone is an artist! She works with teachers, principals and students in all schools K-12 to support the arts and promotes the arts throughout the community. Events she has been involved in include Celebration of Dance, BandFest for elementary students, the Secondary School Student Art Show, We Are One Jazz, Arts en plein air, among others.

Andrea’s strong community connections and partnerships allow students to work with artists and publicly display their art in the community.

The award was presented at the Quinte Arts Council Luncheon for the Arts/Arts Recognition Awards today.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Board Meeting Update #169, September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019—This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in September 2019.

Information

Swearing in of Krista McConnell, new trustee for Belleville/Thurlow

Krista McConnell was sworn in as a new trustee for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. McConnell replaces Michael Rush who passed away on July 2, 2019. She will be one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow; the other is Lisa Anne Chatten.

McConnell grew up in Belleville and has 18 years of experience in education, nine of which in the college setting. Her background is in in business and accounting. Read more in the news release.

Entry Plan for the Director of Education

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, shared the Director of Education Entry Plan, 2019-2020 with trustees. He asked trustees to consider the following approach:

  • Formal presentation to the Board of Trustees  of the “Director of Education Entry Plan, 2019-2020” and System Annual Working Goals, at the regular Board meeting on September 23, 2019;
  • Presentation of a proposed revised Policy Review Schedule; and
  • Presentation of a Senior Administration/Administration Restructuring Plan.

BRAVO! Award for HPEDSB

Sean Monteith announced that he received a letter from the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education informing that Kerry Donnell, Communications & Privacy Manager, has won a BRAVO! Award. The national awards program honours outstanding performance by CACE members and is source of both individual and group prestige. The award will be presented in late October 2019.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, September 3: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, September 9: Special Public Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 23: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Welcome Krista McConnell, new trustee for Belleville/Thurlow

Krista McConnell and Sean Monteith
Krista McConnell was sworn in as the new trustee for Belleville/Thurlow this afternoon by Sean Monteith, Director of Education.

September 9, 2019—This afternoon Krista McConnell was sworn in as a new trustee for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

McConnell grew up in Belleville and has 18 years of experience working in education, nine of which were in the college setting. Her background is in in business and accounting.

At a Special Board Meeting on July 15, 2019, Board members voted to offer the role to one of the unsuccessful candidates who ran for HPEDSB Board member in the October 2018 municipal election. This was one of three options available under school board policy. The other two involve requiring the municipality to hold a by-election or offering the role to a broader range of electors through an application process.

McConnell replaces Michael Rush who passed away on July 2, 2019. She will be one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow; the other is Lisa Anne Chatten.

Quotes

  • “The entire Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome Krista to our team. Krista brings a background in educational instruction, and has expressed a passion for student achievement, community and communication.” – Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board
  • “We welcome Krista to the Board and will provide her with the support and assurance to be an even stronger advocate for public education. She joins us at an exciting time.” — Sean Monteith, Director of Education
  • “I have an appreciation for public education and am a good listener. I will listen to my constituents’ concerns. I believe that communication and transparency are key factors in providing our children the education they need to be successful.” – Krista McConnell, Trustee, Belleville/Thurlow

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Welcome to Kindergarten, letter from Sean Monteith, Director of Education

September 3, 2019—Starting school is an exciting time for children and their families. Letter to Kindergarten families

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, has a welcome message for all families of Kindergarten students.

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Dear Moms, Dads and Caregivers:

On behalf of the staff, administration and trustees of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, welcome to Kindergarten! Thank you for choosing HPEDSB for your family.

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time in your child’s life. Some families may already have children in the public education system and for others, this fall will be the first time their children go to school. Whatever your situation, we know that families may feel mixed emotions about this milestone.

As a father of two boys who have attended Kindergarten in the public education system, I can say that I have experienced the nervousness that parents/guardians may feel, along with the hopes and aspirations that parents/guardians have for their children. As the Director of Education, I can assure you with confidence of our commitment to students and their families. At HPEDSB, we are here for kids, we make decisions in their interests and we will never waver from that stance.

Your child is in excellent hands in an HPEDSB Kindergarten classroom. Our staff are dedicated professionals who always put students first—that is our promise to you. Whether you live in Belleville/area, Centre Hastings, Deseronto, North Hastings, Prince Edward County or Quinte West, our staff will ensure your child has access to the very best education possible.

As we begin another school year, there is a feeling in the air of excitement, enthusiasm and renewed energy. Thoughts of the year ahead are about the promise and hope that public education will serve your child well.

We look forward to celebrating your child’s many achievements with you as they learn and grow, and we will be there to support your family in overcoming challenges they may face. Your involvement in your child’s education is crucial to their success.

From all of us at HPEDSB, welcome to Kindergarten! Enjoy this moment—it happens only once in a child’s life.

Sincerely,

Sean Monteith
Director of Education

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

September 3, 2019—Students come first at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board—that’s the message to all from Sean Monteith, the new Director of Education.Welcome message from Sean Monteith

Greetings, She:Kon, Bonjour, Welcome Back!

As the proud and excited new Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, I wish to acknowledge our families, communities, Elders, staff and most importantly, our students. It is the time of the year when we open our schools, our classrooms and our hearts to young people across this beautiful district.

“Welcome,” if this is your first day of school, or “Welcome Back,” if you are returning for a new school year. Regardless of whether you are sending your little one to their first day of Kindergarten, or are a student entering your final year of high school with graduation now less than a year away, there is certain to be some feeling of trepidation.

Moms and dads, you too, will have a feeling of excitement mixed with emotions seeing your child or children begin a new school year and being a year older. As a father myself, I relate to how you might be feeling, hoping that this year’s experiences will be full of learning, achieving and memory-making. As a dad, I hope for the best for my sons in a world full of potential and self-awareness. As the Director of Education, however, I hope the very same for your children—our students in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

To all HPEDSB employees, I wish you also a sincere welcome back! I am grateful to all of you, regardless of your role at HPEDSB, and express my admiration to each and every one of you, who in your own unique way contribute to the lives of young people. Our common goal together for the 2019-2020 school year is to make the lives of our students—the region’s youth—extraordinary! I call on you to find the very best in our students, reminding them that this world has a place in it for each and every one of them. Our job will be to facilitate helping our kids find their place and to enable them to become their best. We are all better together.

Every decision we make as HPEDSB employees must be through the lens of what is best for students, regardless of how difficult or challenging a situation may be. We must always remind ourselves that our work is in pursuit of making the lives of young people better.

I am excited and hopeful for what lies ahead, and I look forward to meeting you all very soon. Best wishes for 2019-2020!

Che-Miigwech, thank you.

Sincerely,

Sean Monteith
Director of Education

Register for school

August 2019—Welcome returning and new students! Thank you for choosing to register with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). We look forward to seeing you again—or for the first time—in HPEDSB schools.

 

Information Night: homestay families for international students, Thurs., September 12, 2019

August 21, 2019—Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Consider hosting an international student. It is a way to experience diversity and share Canadian traditions.

Each year the HPEDSB International Student Program (ISP) welcomes many students from grade 8 – 12 students to study in our schools. Participating countries have included students from Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Norway, Turkey, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy and South Korea.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to:

  • Learn about other cultures.
  • Share your love of Canada and its culture.
  • Have the opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with families from around the world.

Interested families are invited to learn more at an information night:

INFORMATION NIGHT 
DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2019
TIME: 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

If you plan on attending please RSVP to Emily Mosher at 613-966-1170 extension 62422.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Privacy Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for 2018-2019

July 24, 2019—Congratulations to seven secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. It has become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

Michael Burton, BSS
Michael Burton
Bayside Secondary School

Moira Wilson CHSS
Moira Wilson
Centre Hastings Secondary School

Sophie McPherson CSS
Sophie McPherson
Centennial Secondary School

Meera Moorthy ESS
Meera Moorthy
Eastside Secondary School

Melissa Elliott NHHS
Melissa Elliott
North Hastings High School
Amanda Johnson PECI
Amanda Johnson
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

 Addison Walker THS
Addison Walker
Trenton High School

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

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

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Invitation to apply to become an external member of the Audit Committee

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Individuals interested in serving on the Audit Committee are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019.

July 24, 2019—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is seeking one community member with financial expertise and business knowledge to serve on the Audit Committee for a 3-year term, effective November 6, 2019.

The Audit Committee is comprised of three trustees and two independent members from the community at large. The primary role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its duties related to governance and oversight.

Audit Committee duties

  • The financial reporting process, internal control framework
  • Risk management practices
  • Performance and function of the board’s internal and external auditors
  • The board’s compliance with its obligations under legislation

The committee meets at least three times a year, plus ad hoc meetings, as required. Induction training
material is available to all committee members online in order to clarify roles and responsibilities of
audit committees for the school board sector.

Candidate eligibility

  • Applicants must have sufficient accounting, senior financial management or other relevant business
    experience to understand public sector accounting and auditing standards
  • Applicants must not be a current employee or officer of HPEDSB or of any other school board or
    school authority
  • Applicants must not have a parent, child or spouse currently employed by HPEDSB

Interested candidates can submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Nick Pfeiffer, Superintendent of Business Services
156 Ann Street
Belleville, ON K8N 3L3
or by email to Carmel Lessard, Administrative Assistant, Business Services, clessard@hpedsb.on.ca

The deadline to submit is Monday, August 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Privacy Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Sean Monteith announced as new director of education

Sean Monteith
Congratulations to Sean Monteith, the new Director of Education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, effective August 15, 2019.

July 15, 2019—Sean Monteith, an innovative and respected leader in public education will be the new director of education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, effective August 15, 2019.

Monteith takes over from Mandy Savery-Whiteway who announced her retirement in January. The Board of Trustees announced Monteith’s appointment at a special Board meeting today.

“Sean is an experienced, collaborative leader and educator. He has a strong understanding of issues that are important to everyone at HPEDSB, including student achievement and well-being, equity and inclusivity, Indigenous education and organizational effectiveness. His commitment to open communication, collaborative teamwork, trust and respect align with the Board’s vision to empower all students for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. As a Board, we are looking forward to welcoming Sean as our new director of education,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

As the current director of education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, with head offices in Kenora and Dryden, Monteith is known for his focus on improving student achievement and Indigenous education. He established the Indigenous Graduation Coach Program leading to historic achievements for First Nations youth, and partnerships with numerous tribal councils, First Nations, the Ministry of Education, and treaty areas including the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

“I am thrilled to be coming to the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, bringing my own unique professional and learned experiences to an established dynamic organization. The students, staff, and trustees can be assured they will be the beneficiaries of my dedication and energy to putting young people first, and a relentless commitment to improving outcomes for all students,” said Monteith.

Monteith has a proven track record in his commitment to students, and is known for removing systemic barriers in order to enable all students to have access to equity of opportunity and outcomes.

Prior to becoming director of education for KPDSB in 2013, Monteith was a superintendent of education with responsibilities for Special Education, secondary schools, Student Success, Indigenous Education and Human Resources. His experience as an elementary and secondary school principal, and before that as an elementary and secondary teacher, make him well prepared to lead K-12 public education at HPEDSB.

Monteith’s career highlights include supporting the following student-centred efforts:

  • Increased graduation rates among Indigenous and rural/northern students, including the biggest gains among First Nations students provincially, leading to the establishment of provincially funded Indigenous Graduation Coach Program;
  • Oversaw continuous improvements in student achievement measurements and outcomes, including EQAO Grade 3 and Grade 6 assessments;
  • Developed a regional Northern Student Achievement Strategy with explicit focus on wrap-around services to support student attendance, engagement, achievement, and graduation, later to be funded and supported by the Ministry of Education;
  • Successfully applied for and participated in a nationally recognized regional research project on students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), resulting in provincial recognition of FASD as a priority for supporting educators and school boards;
  • Negotiated successful partnerships and formalized official education services (tuition) agreements, new teacher induction mentorship agreements, and provincial/federal education service agreements with Indigenous tribal councils and First Nations, including the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Grand Council Treaty #9, Seven Generations Educational Institute, Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education, Northern Nishnaawbe Education Council, and Grand Council Treaty # 3;
  • Implemented an Efficacy Working Group comprised of representatives from all staffing groups, adopting a “servant-leadership” model to inform and recommend developmental planning to senior and executive administration; and
  • Led the successful application and advocacy processes for the largest education capital construction project in Northern Ontario with the building and construction of $31 million Sioux North High School, replacing an existing secondary school.

Monteith holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Ottawa (BA (Hons), 1993) and Lakehead University (BEd, 1994, MEd 2008),  and is currently pursuing his PhD through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys spending time at his cabin, on the water and close to the land fishing and hunting with his family and friends.

Monteith will be relocating to the area in the coming weeks, and looks forward to enjoying the blended rural and urban nature of the area.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #168: July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019—This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, July 17, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September 2019.

Recommendations

Sean Monteith
Congratulations to Sean Monteith, who will be the new director of education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board effective August 15, 2019.

Appointment of the Director of Education

Board members approved Sean Monteith as Director of Education for a five-year term, effective August 15, 2019. Monteith replaces current director Mandy Savery-Whiteway who announced her retirement on January 31, 2019.

Monteith is an innovative and respected leader in public education. As the current Director of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, with head offices in Kenora and Dryden, Monteith is known for his focus on improving student achievement and Indigenous education. He established the Indigenous Graduation Coach Program leading to historic achievements for First Nations youth, and partnerships with numerous tribal councils, First Nations, the Ministry of Education, and treaty areas including the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Read more in the news release.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

School board advises of the passing of Michael Rush, Trustee for Belleville/Thurlow

Michael Rush
Trustee Michael Rush was elected for Belleville/Thurlow in the October 2018 municipal election. He passed away in July 2019.

July 3, 2019—It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Michael Rush, Trustee for Belleville/Thurlow in the early hours of July 2, 2019. Rush was a new Board member, having been elected in the October 2018 municipal election.

“Michael was a warm and compassionate member of our team. His dedication to following policy and Board processes was appreciated, and his humour and enthusiasm will be sadly missed,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

Rush was sworn in at the Initial Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on December 3, 2018. At that time he was elected to serve as chair of the Operations and Finance Committee, be a member of the Program and Human Resources Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee. He also served on various other committees, including Food for Learning, Instructional Technology Advisory, and Specialist High Skills Majors. Rush had expressed an interest in being involved at the provincial level with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Rush is survived by his parents who were long-time employees with HPEDSB and a sister.

The Board of Trustees will determine the process to fill the vacancy in the coming weeks, as per school board policy.

All in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board community send deepest sympathy to Michael’s family and friends 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 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

2019 Summer hours at schools and the Education Centre

July 2, 2019—Schools and the Education Centre operate on summer hours for July and August, as noted below.

 Summer hours at schools and the Education Centre
 Elementary schools: Closed from July 3 to August 23, 2019
Secondary schools: Closed on the dates noted below.

NOTE: Transcripts are produced by the secondary school a student attended. Transcripts cannot be produced when the school is closed nor at any other location. Transcript requests that come in during the summer will be responded to during the last week of August and into September 2019.

School name Dates the school will be closed
Bayside Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Centennial Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Eastside Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16, 2019 inclusive
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
North Hastings High School
  • Closed Tuesday, July 16 to Friday, August 16, 2019 inclusive
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Closed Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16, 2019, inclusive
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Quinte Adult Education
  • Open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Open Tuesday 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in addition to the above
  • Closed Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Trenton High School
  • Closed Tuesday, July 2 to August 26, 2019 inclusive
  • Closed Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Education Centre

  • Open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays, beginning Friday, July 12 through to Friday, August 23, inclusive
  • Closed to the public during a 2-week shut-down period beginning Monday, July 29 through to Friday, August 9, inclusive. We will re-open to the public on Monday, August 12, 2019.
  • General inquiries: 613.966.1170 or  1.800.267.4350, extension “0” to leave a message

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Public school board passes balanced budget for 2019-2020 school year

June 19, 2019—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) approved 2019-2020 operating and capital expense budgets in the amounts of $202,737,725 and $26,900,366, respectively. The overall budget contains an in-year surplus for compliance purposes of $20,007.

Ensuring effective management of all resources is part of the Public Confidence priority of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: Possibilities Today & Tomorrow. Part of the effective management of all resources includes the setting and monitoring of an annual financial budget which estimates financial revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year. The Education Act has specific requirements for school boards regarding the preparation and adoption of financial estimates (known as budgets).

HPEDSB is on a Ministry of Education-mandated three-year financial recovery plan. This plan was set by trustees three years ago and approved by the Ministry of Education. It mandates that the school board rebuild its reserves and maintain a balanced budget.

The financial recovery plan contains a number of permanent and non-permanent savings measures that include: consolidating/closing schools, reducing staff, reducing department and school budgets, deferring the replacement of technology, and taking a number of other measures with the goal of rebuilding an adequate accumulated surplus by the end of 2018-2019.

The planned last year of the financial recovery plan is 2018-2019, although the Ministry of Education has indicated that school boards are not released from financial recovery plans until the financial statements for the final year are available and the revised estimates for the following year are reviewed to ensure that the board is maintaining a balanced or positive financial position.

Enrolment projections for the purpose of developing the 2019-2020 budget were calculated based on input from schools. These projections show a slight increase for elementary enrolment and a decrease for secondary enrolment. Overall, it is anticipated that the board enrolment for 2019-2020 will be 14,895, a decrease of 37.5 pupils relative to 2018-2019 revised estimates.

The 2019-2020 budget is based on the most recent information on funding released by the Ministry of Education.

The Grant for Student Needs (GSN) funding for 2019-2020 has been significantly reduced in many areas from prior years, notably for elementary and secondary teachers, creating a gap in this area between the cost of teachers deployed to schools and the funding to support that expense. This, coupled with other funding reductions, results in the requirement to continue the savings measures that have been implemented under the financial recovery plan in order to produce a balanced budget.

Among the many changes in funding was the confirmation that the Local Priorities Fund ends on August 31, 2019. This fund supported staffing for support staff and teachers and was part of the extension agreements for all unions. The deployment of these funds over the past two years was done collaboratively with unions with the clear understanding that the funding and the related positions would end August 31, 2019.

The expense budget includes classroom staffing at levels similar to present (no changes in elementary schools, secondary school classes continued at an average class size of 22) and continued savings measures that include a small reduction in support staff.

The Board worked hard to maintain staffing levels similar to last year.

Reference documents

Budget report (Pdf)

Appendix A: 2019-2020 Budget (Pdf)

Appendix B: 2018-2019 Budget

Appendix C: Comparison: 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 (Pdf)

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #167: June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Bonnie Danes, Trustee, Centre Hastings, asked all to reflect on Trustworthiness: We can be counted on to do what is right. We instill confidence in one another through our actions.

Presentations

group photo
Students from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute researched, wrote and performed in the community a play about truth and reconciliation.

Truth and Reconciliation Performance, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Tina Elliott, Superintendent of Education introduced guests from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute: principal Earle Wright, teacher Matthew Sheahan and several students. Elliott explained about local recognition for the school through creating and performing a play about truth and reconciliation. Wright explained the background about how the concept of a performance became a reality through research by the students in small groups and a large group. They curated each part of the performance, building upon the story from one segment to the next.

Thank you to Teacher Matthew Sheahan and students Abby Attwells, Kennedy Babutac, Maddy Colton, Anthony Cumpsty, Talia Epstein, Aliyah Jarvis, Amanda Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Maggie Lindsay, Anna Louder, Nylah Molyneux, Brynn Peck, Amber Peeling and Kayla Zachariah.

group photo
Congratulations to students from Bayside Secondary School who won awards at skills competitions: Mia Hobson, Bronze for Graphic Design Presentation; Nolan Porter, Silver in Welding; and Jacob Radocsay, Gold in Photography.

Skills competitions winners, Bayside Secondary School

Tina Elliott, Superintendent of Education introduced guests from Bayside Secondary School who achieved awards at skills competitions. Eleanor Hoecht-McNevin, Curriculum Coordinator, explained that 70 students competed in the local competition then some moved to the provincials. Students scored three medals in Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Congratulations to teachers Mike Burns and Mark Adams, and their students Mia Hobson, Bronze for Graphic Design Presentation; Nolan Porter, Silver in welding; and Jacob Radocsay, Gold in photography.

photo of Kent Allin
For the past five years Kent Allin, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School has combined his passion for comic books with an interest in Indigenous literature. In his talk at the Canadian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, Allin examined the use of First Nations, Métis and Inuit comic books and graphic literature as a means to promote cultural awareness.

Teacher presentation at the Stockholm, Sweden International Series Festival, Bayside Secondary School

Ken Dostaler, Superintendent of Education made opening remarks prior to introducing teacher Kent Allin,  Bayside Secondary School. Dostaler explained since 2008, Allin has been teaching a Grade 12 English course on graphic literature. For the past five years Allin has combined his passion for comic books with an interest in Indigenous literature. In his talk at the Canadian Embassy in Stockholm, Allin examined the use of First Nations, Métis and Inuit comic books and graphic literature as a means to promote cultural awareness.

Adventure Class parent
Parents Aaron Dunleavy and Erin Spicer-Bowland presented information about the  Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School to address the rationale for ending the class in 2021.

Delegation by parents of students in the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School

Parents Aaron Dunleavy and Erin Spicer-Bowland presented information about the  Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School to address the rationale for ending the class in 2021.

Recommendations

2019-2020 Budget

Board members approved the 2019-2020 operating and capital expense budgets in the amounts of $202,737,725 and $26,900,366, respectively. The overall budget contains an in-year surplus for compliance purposes of $20,007.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is on a Ministry of Education-mandated three-year financial recovery plan. This plan contains a number of permanent and non-permanent savings measures that include: consolidating/closing schools, reducing staff, reducing department and school budgets, deferring the replacement of technology, and taking a number of other measures with the goal of rebuilding an adequate accumulated surplus by the end of 2018-2019.

The planned last year of the financial recovery plan is 2018-2019, although the Ministry of Education has indicated that boards are not released from financial recovery plans until the financial statements for the final year are available and the revised estimates for the following year are reviewed to ensure that the board is maintaining a balanced or positive financial position.

Enrolment projections for the purpose of developing the 2019-2020 budget were calculated based upon input from schools. These projections show a slight increase for elementary enrolment and a decrease for secondary enrolment. Overall, it is anticipated that the board enrolment for 2019-2020 will be 14,895, a decrease of 37.5 pupils relative to 2018-2019 revised estimates.

The 2019-2020 budget is based upon the most recent information on funding released by the Ministry of Education. The expense budget includes classroom staffing at levels similar to present (no changes in elementary schools, secondary school classes continued at an average class size of 22) and continued savings measures that include a small reduction in support staff.

The Grant for Student Needs (GSN) funding for 2019-2020 has been significantly reduced in many areas from prior years, notably for elementary and secondary teachers, creating a gap in this area between the cost of teachers deployed to schools and the funding to support that expense. This, coupled with other funding reductions, results in the requirement to continue the savings measures that have been implemented under the financial recovery plan in order to produce a balanced budget.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of June 2019. Upcoming events include the following among many more.

  • June 19: Grade 4 French Immersion Orientation, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • June 20: Adult Education Graduation, William. R. Kirk School
  • June 24-27: Graduations at various elementary and secondary schools
student trustees
We wish all the best to Meera Moorthy, Eastside Secondary School; Melissa Elliott, North Hastings High School; and Ryan Gentle, Trenton High School (absent from photo).

Presentation to outgoing student trustees

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board and Lisa Anne Chatten, Vice-chair of the Board, acknowledged the outgoing student trustees and presented them with a memento of their time on the Board. We wish all the best to Meera Moorthy, Eastside Secondary School; Melissa Elliott, North Hastings High School; and Ryan Gentle, Trenton High School (absent from photo).

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Provincial consultations

Report from the Audit Committee 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Meeting the new regional internal audit team and the proposed audit schedule

Report from the Budget Committee 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Review of the draft 2019-2020 budget

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Update on two capital projects: renovations to Centre Hastings Secondary School and the upcoming construction of Easthill Elementary School
  • Consolidation of students in Grade 7 & 8 into Bayside Secondary School and North Hastings High School
  • Report for information about boundaries for the west side of Trenton

Report from Operations and Finance Committee 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Update about records and information management
  • Livestreaming Board meetings
  • Electrical switchgear work at various schools over the summer
  • Reports relating to energy use, water/environment and work at schools during the summer

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Update about the Quinte Adult Education program which has 1,300 students

2019-2020 Board and committee meeting dates

A month-by-month list of meeting dates for the upcoming school year was included in the agenda package.

Terry Fox Milestone Award

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education, acknowledged a letter from the Terry Fox Foundation indicating that HPEDSB schools have collectively raised over $1 million for the charity.

Reports from trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation at an event for homestay families with the International Student Program
  • Comment about the delegation possibly not being provided with information about the delegation process; the director of education explained that it was explained to the delegation presenters that the Board would hear the report for information and then refer it to staff for handling as an operations item
  • Attendance at the reunion last weekend for Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School and Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Request for a land acknowledgement plaque to be placed in all schools; for discussion at a meeting of the Program and Human Resources Committee in the fall
  • Recognition by trustees and student trustees of Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education as this was her last Board meeting due to retiring on August 31, 2019

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, September 3: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, September 9:
    • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 23: Public Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, September 24: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Summer Learning Camp, SK-Grade 5, July 2-19, 2019

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Summer Learning Camp is for students in Year 2 (Senior) Kindergarten to Grade 5.

June 12, 2019—Registration for Summer Learning Camp is now open.

Students in Year 2 (Senior) Kindergarten to Grade 5 are invited to register. This three-week learning program is for students to continue to develop and sustain foundational literacy and numeracy skills during the summer, combined with healthy active living activities.

Register online by Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer Learning Camp details

DATE: Tuesday, July 2 to Friday, July 19, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day

Snacks and a light lunch will be provided, and each student will receive a T-shirt and age-appropriate book to keep.

This program is open to all HPEDSB students and is hosted at three schools:

  • Prince Charles School (Belleville), 75 Ritchie Avenue, Belleville
  • Prince of Wales Public School, 37 Prince of Wales Drive, Belleville
  • Marmora Public School, 91 Madoc Street, Marmora

Please note the following:

  • Parents are invited to stay for part of the beginning of the day and at the end of the day
  • Transportation is the responsibility of parents

For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, June 2019

June 3, 2019—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) features:

  • Well-Being – students who embrace positive well-being are living a healthy active life and thrive by exploring possibilities, overcoming challenges, respecting self, others and the environment, and making a positive contribution to their community.
    • AboutKidsHealth – This hub includes resources for parents on how to support your child’s mental health and general well-being through physical activity, sleep and nutrition. It
      also provides information on the signs, symptoms and treatments of different mental health conditions, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, behavioural disorders, anorexia nervosa and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
    • Bwell Bingo – have some family fun while increasing awareness of the importance of maintaining overall wellness through daily physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellness activities with this BINGO activity.
    • Calming an anxious child – it happens to every child in one form or another: Anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try the simple phrases in this resource to help your child identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments.

For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Announcing online pre-registration for all grades

May 29 2019—Online pre-registration is available for all grades. That makes registering for school efficient and easy.

Parents/guardians of a student who is new to Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board can access the online form by first creating an account then filling in the required information. The submitted form goes to the school for holding until the parent/guardian completes the process by going to the school to show the required documentation and finalize registration.

When you visit the school to register, please bring:

  • A birth certificate or passport as written proof of the child’s date of birth
  • Immunization card. You will be asked to fill out a public health form which will be sent to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health along with a photocopy of the immunization card  Government of Ontario School Immunizations Checklist (Pdf)
  • Confirmation of the parent/guardian name and home address, such as a driver’s licence, hydro bill or phone bill
  • Custody orders, if applicable

During the summer, elementary schools will be open during the week of August 26, 2019. Please call the school in advance to arrange a convenient time to register your child. Secondary schools will be open for new registrations in late August 2019. Please call the school in advance to arrange a convenient time to register your child.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #166: May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in June 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Jennifer Cobb, Trustee, North Prince Edward County, asked all to reflect on Responsibility: We have a sense of duty to fulfill commitments. We take ownership for our own thoughts and actions. We are reliable and accountable in our words and actions.

Presentation

Great Place Awards presentations

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Congratulations to Great Place Award recipients. Back row L to R: Dan Joly, Constable, Belleville Police Service; Matthew Sheahan, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute; Jay Noack, Teacher, Trenton High School; John Jenkins, Volunteer, Bayside Secondary School.  Front row L to R: Angela Reid, Secretary, Coe Hill School; Lisa Fraser, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute; Kate Hanna, Volunteer, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton); Richard Long, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School. Absent: Shawn Grant, Custodian, Hermon Public School.

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, introduced the 18th Annual Great Place Awards. They are the highest recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Great Place Awards recognize outstanding contributions to support student achievement and well-being, and emphasize the commitment to the Growing with Character attributes described above. The committee reviewed 12 nominations and selected nine award recipients.

Congratulations to Great Place Award recipients:

  • Lisa Fraser, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Shawn Grant, Custodian, Hermon Public School
  • Kate Hanna, Volunteer, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • John Jenkins, Volunteer, Bayside Secondary School
  • Dan Joly, Constable, Belleville Police Service
  • Richard Long, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Jay Noack, Teacher, Trenton High School
  • Angela Reid, Secretary, Coe Hill School
  • Matthew Sheahan, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Recommendations

Name for the new Belleville elementary school

Board members approved the name Easthill Elementary School for the new school that will consolidate Queen Elizabeth School and Queen Victoria School, to be built on site of Queen Elizabeth School. The new K-8 school is scheduled to open in 2021.

2018-2019 Board policy review

School board policies are reviewed every three years to ensure they are relevant are being implemented effectively. Board members approved revisions to the following policies:

  • Policy 1: Board Vision, Mission and Priorities
  • Policy 2: Governance By-Laws and Standing Rules
  • Policy 3-D: Board Communications and Media
  • Policy 11-D: Executive Committee

Location of November 2019 Board Meeting

Board members approved holding the November 2018 Board meeting at  Eastside Secondary School in Belleville.

For several years, Board meetings have been held at schools in November. This practice supports the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan goals of operating through good governance and being leaders in public education. The meeting will take place on the third Monday of the month, one week earlier than usual, to accommodate submission of the approved audited financial statements within the timeframe set by the Ministry of Education.

2018-2019 Special Education Plan

Board members approved the amendments to the 2018-2019 Special Education Plan. Student Services staff reviewed the plan to ensure that current programs and services were reflected accurately. The Summary of Amendments reflect changes to the Special Education Plan during the 2018-2019 school year.

Appointment of student trustees for 2019-2020

Board members approved the appointment of Kristen Brant, Eastside Secondary School; Madison Davis, Centennial Secondary School; and Ryan Gentle, Trenton High School, as student trustees, effective August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020. Kristen will represent the Indigenous voice at the Board table. The three student trustees will be part of the Student Senate. The senate will consist of 21 secondary school students representing seven secondary schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Borrowing resolution

Board members approved a resolution authorizing the borrowing funds, by way of demand operating credit, in order to meet planned short-term expenditures.

Roofing tenders

Board members approved tenders for roof repairs/replacements and associated work, as follows:

  • Dafoe Roofing for roof replacements and associated work at Deseronto Public School for the amount of $212,364
  • French Brothers Roofing for roof replacements and associated work at Eastside Secondary in the amount of $889,553
  • French Brothers Roofing for roof replacements and associated work at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in the amount of $679,430

Textbook approval

Board members approved the novel “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas for use in Grade 10 English classes.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of May and June 2019. Upcoming events include the following among many more.

  • May 23: Junior Drama Presentation, Centre Hastings Secondary School, 7:00 p.m.
  • May 30: Arts Showcase, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • June 5: JK Orientation, Athol-South Marysburgh Public School, 12:30 p.m.
  • June 5: Volunteer Tea & Terrific Kids Assembly, Frankford Public School, 9:30 a.m.
  • June 5: Rockin’ in the Park Music Performance, Centre Hastings Secondary School, 7:00 p.m.
  • June 6: Fun Fair, Park Dale School, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • A day of learning for trustees in mid-April
  • Road trip to announce Great Place Awards recipients

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Recommendation to hold the November 2019 Board meeting at Eastside Secondary School
  • Policy review updates

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Borrowing resolution
  • Roofing tenders
  • Name for the new Belleville elementary school

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Textbook/novel selection
  • Policy review
  • Special Education Plan update
  • Presentation from the Student Success team at Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Presentation about OFSAA athletics at secondary schools

Draft 2019-2020 Board and Committee meeting schedule

Reviewed the proposed meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Reports from trustees and student trustees

  • Review of Parents Reaching Out grants
  • New day for meetings starting in September: Tuesdays
  • Letter from the PIC to the Minister of Education about grants
  • Summary of mental health symposiums held for parents/guardians/community members
  • Attendance at an event with Niigaan Sinclair
  • Attendance at the student trustee conference by three student trustees

Correspondence

  • Simcoe County District School Board about concerns with respect to proposed changes to class sizes
  • York Region District School Board about concerns with respect to various Ministry of Education announcements
  • Letter to Ministry from the Parent Involvement Committee about concerns with respect to various Ministry of Education announcements

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, June 3:
    • Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
    • Retirement Reception, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 5:
    • Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Budget Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 10:
    • Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 13: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 17:
    • Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Congratulations to the 2019 Great Place Awards recipients

May 16, 2019—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 attributes.

The Great Place Awards are the highest recognition at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, employees, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2019 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Lisa Fraser, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Shawn Grant, Custodian, Hermon Public School
  • Kate Hanna, Volunteer, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • John Jenkins, Volunteer/Community Soccer Coach, Bayside Secondary School
  • Dan Joly, Constable, Belleville Police Service
  • Richard Long, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Jay Noack, Teacher, Trenton High School
  • Angela Reid, Secretary, Coe Hill School
  • Matthew Sheahan, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

Awards presentation

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

Date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 12 nominations representing employees, volunteers and community partners. The nomination criteria aligns with the eight Growing with Character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Specifics of each person’s contributions will be shared during the awards ceremony.

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

  • Shannon Binder, Trustee, Southeast Hastings
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, Committee Chair
  • Michelle Hicks, Secretary, Facility Services
  • Lucille Kyle, Trustee, North Hastings
  • Rob Lake, Principal, Marmora Public School
  • Meera Moorthy, Student Senator, Eastside Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Wendy Sutherland, Applied Behaviour Analysis Coordinator
  • Susan Sweet, Chair, The HPE Learning Foundation
  • Doug Thur, President, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
  • Tanya Whittaker, Principal, Queen Elizabeth School
  • Emma Zantingh, Student Senator, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Lee-Ann Kerr, Co-chair, Parent Involvement Committee

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, May 2019

May 8, 2019—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) features:

  • Helping My Child With Speech at Home – Speech sounds can be targeted naturally at home. Select 5-10 words or phrases that contain the target sound and use only these special words in your practice. Research tells us that children often respond best to working on speech during brief periods of times. Below are some ways you can implement speech practice into your daily routines:
    • Practice saying these sounds correctly during natural family times like travelling in the car, when out for a walk, cooking together, folding laundry, putting away groceries or being supervised in the bath.
    • Practice these words during fun times like jumping from one object to another, bouncing a ball or throwing and catching each time a word is said. When the adult takes a turn it provides a good model for which the child to observe and hear.
    • When you are reading together, have your child pick out words that have the target sound in them to help promote awareness. Practice these words together as well as think of other words that rhyme or look like the word. This helps practice literacy and phonological awareness too!
    • As your child becomes successful with these 5-10 words, add a few more to see if they are able to generalize their new skill to other words.
    • Develop a personal cue to remind your child to use their “good sound” when they are talking in sentences or during conversations (raise your eyebrows, point to your nose, point to your mouth…) to help them remember to monitor their own speak and correct ‘on the fly’.

For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

PARENT EVENT: Mental Well-Being to Help Kids Thrive

Event posterMay 2, 2019—Parents/guardians are invited to an event about mental health and well-being (Pdf) for kids.

EVENT DETAILS

DATES & LOCATIONS

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, Picton
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Prince Charles Public School, Trenton
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019, York River Public School, Bancroft
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Centre Hastings Secondary School, Madoc

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Keynote presentation by Leslie Ford
Leslie Ford is a local child and youth worker certified in therapeutic crisis intervention and with 35 years of experience in child development. She works with families assisting children with
high needs behavior at home and school, and works with parents for parenting training.

Topics covered will include:

  • Maintaining eye contact and avoiding shouting
  • Working with rewards and incentives
  • Understanding and handling school versus home behaviour
  • Navigating the school system
  • Managing screen time

Participants will learn about building relationships at home, school and in the community, with a focus on understanding the mental health and well-being of children.

School councils in four schools are taking turns hosting a regional event which is open to any parents/guardians, employees or community members.

Seating is limited, please register online or by phone at 613-966-1170, extension 62100.

This event is hosted by the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) which received a $5,000 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant from the Ministry of Education.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Search underway for new Director of Education

May 2, 2019—The search for a new Director of Education is underway at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Executive search firm, Phelpsgroup, has been retained to support the trustee search committee in planning, up-front consultation, outreach/recruitment, identification of potential candidates, and support with the interview, selection and transition processes.

Consultations with internal and external stakeholders are now underway in order to get feedback about key priorities and core competencies required of the new Director of Education.

The search process will continue throughout the coming weeks with candidate interviews taking place in late June/early July and the new Director of Education in place in August 2019.

The current director, Mandy Savery-Whiteway, announced her retirement in January.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 40 schools (33 elementary, one K-12; two 7-12 and four secondary). Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographic area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Invitation to complete a school climate survey, live until May 10, 2019

April 2, 2019—Schools need to be safe and welcoming places in order to support all students in reaching their full potential.

HPEDSB is conducting school climate surveys with students, parents/guardians and school staff to find out about two closely related issues: equity and inclusive education; and bullying/harassment.

The 2019 Family/Guardian School Climate Survey will be live from April 1 to May 10, 2019.  Participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous. Paper copies are available by contacting the school office. Students in Grade 4-12 will be able to complete the survey at school.

Knowing what people think and how they feel about their/their child’s school can help it to be a better place to learn. We believe it is important for people to have a voice about school being welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments for everyone.

All responses will be compiled and used by schools and the school board to plan for school improvement.

This survey is part of a province-wide initiative by the Ministry of Education for school boards to get feedback from students, parents/guardians and school staff in order to provide input on the school climate.

Please plan to take a few minutes do the survey to share your opinion on these important topics.

The survey will be shared through Twitter at @HPEschools.

For more information, contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Build a brain, cooking and more at StEP UP enrichment event for Grade 7 and 8 students

StEP UP logoMay 1, 2019—Student-Empowered Pathways . . . Unlimited Possibilities, that’s the focus of a one-day enrichment event for students in Grades 7 and 8.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Loyalist College

StEP UP is an enrichment event for students who have confidence learning in different environments, with new and unknown peers, and who have expressed an interest learning more about in post-secondary opportunities.

Agenda

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and opening remarks in the Cafeteria
9:40 – 11:55 a.m. Session 1
12:00 – 12:35 p.m. Lunch (pizza provided by Loyalist College)
12:45 – 3:00 p.m. Session 2
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Sharing reflections on the day
3:15 p.m. Dismissal to buses

175 students are registered. They will participate in two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, taught by Loyalist College instructors, as well as full-group sessions at the beginning and end of the day.

WORKSHOP TOPICS
Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship In this session, students will build a figure from copper and practise soldering the pieces together. They will also have the opportunity to disassemble an engine and deploy a vehicle airbag.
Biosciences Students will have the opportunity to perform a gel electrophoresis, which is a very useful technique in DNA analysis. Students will also complete a thin-layer chromatography analysis with Skittles. Session requirements: Students are asked to remove jewelry, bring a long sleeve shirt, wear closed-toe shoes and tie back long hair.
Child & Youth Care Build-A-Brain Workshop This tabletop game, developed at Harvard University, helps build understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development—what promotes early brain development, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society? Come join us to build a brain!
Culinary Management Do you have a passion for cooking, baking and creating? Get ready to excite your taste buds as you work to perfect two cookie recipes—classic chocolate chip cookies and delicious jam jams. Session requirements: Students are asked to remove jewelry, bring a long-sleeved shirt, wear closed-toe shoes and tie back long hair.
Esthetics & Spa Management Come and experience all that the esthetics industry has to offer. Get an in-depth look into the Loyalist College Esthetics & Spa Management program and the amazing careers that await post-graduation. Watch an interactive facial demo, then learn how to perform a hand and nail treatment, and make your own scrub.
Interactive Media Development: Animation & Game Development Using Unreal 4, students will create a game level which they can play. This is an introduction to game design and game content creation. This session will include making materials, environments and other in-game features.
Justice Studies This session will involve a forensic search of a motor vehicle in the Automotive Lab. Students will also participate in a restraint training exercise (applying handcuffs). The session will conclude with a brief presentation about the Loyalist College Justice Studies programs.
Photojournalism Students will be provided with a camera and tasked with one of two assignments to be shot on campus: 1) people of Loyalist College; and 2) architecture of Loyalist College.

Participants will be given time to photograph. After students return to the lab, we will look at their photos and create a slideshow of their best work.

Public Relations: Event Management Students will work together in small teams to create an innovative concert promotion plan. Using a variety of public relations, advertising, graphic design and social media techniques, teams will compete to create the best promotional plan and experience the thrill of bringing music to the masses!
Social Service Worker The Social Service Worker program will provide an overview of what a social service worker is qualified to do in our community. We will be offering a fun and interactive session that will introduce students to foundational interviewing and counselling skills through several interactive activities. We will also be completing a cultural diversity activity that will allow students to gain knowledge of the importance of cultural awareness in the social service worker field.

This event is a partnership between HPEDSB and Loyalist College.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Updated: Celebrating dance, creativity at the 29th Celebration of Dance

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It’s all about having fun. The 29th Celebration of Dance is set for Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

April 23, 2019—Excitement is building among students about the upcoming Celebration of Dance.

Updated April 30, 2019

Updated May 1, 2019

Celebration of Dance is a go for Thursday, May 2, 2019. See below for the specifics.

Celebration of Dance is postponed to the rain date of Thursday, May 2, 2019 due to the forecast for significant rain on May 1, 2019.

Same location, same time (see below).

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (rain date is the next day) Thursday, May 2, 2019
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Zwick’s Park, Lion’s Pavillion

It’s all about being active and having fun. If you have never seen it, picture a sea of over 3,000 students from HPEDSB schools dancing in unison, dressed in their school colours and having fun!

Eleven dances are in the line-up, eight favourites from last year and three new ones:

  • Thunder, presented by Foxboro Public School
  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Waka Waka, presented by Harmony Public School
  • Party in the USA, presented by Queen Elizabeth School
  • New Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, presented by York River Public School
  • That Power, presented by Bayside Public School
  • Uptown Funk, presented by Sophiasburgh Central School
  • New Ugly Heart, presented by Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Hand Clap, presented by Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • New Fireball, presented by Prince Charles Public School (Belleville)
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling, presented by Park Dale School

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

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.

Participating schools include the following:

  • Bayside Public School
  • Birds Creek Public School
  • C.M.L. Snider School
  • Foxboro Public School
  • Frankford Public School
  • Harmony Public School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Hermon Public School
  • Kente Public School
  • Madoc Public School
  • North Trenton Public School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville)
  • Prince Charles School (Trenton)
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth School
  • Queen Victoria School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Sophiasburgh Central School
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • York River Public School

Thank you to sponsors for donations and support: Battlefield Rentals, Belleville Police Department, Bob’s Portable Toilets, City of Belleville, Lance Jeffrey Sound Engineer, Springbox Water, St. John’s Ambulance, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services and YourTV.

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.

Follow @Dance_HPE and tag #sayitwithdance and #hpecod

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #165: April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in May 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Growing with Character graphicCharacter Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Lisa Anne Chatten, Trustee, Belleville/Thurlow, asked all to reflect on Respect: We value ourselves, others and our environment. We give consideration to the thoughts and actions of others. We treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves, with courtesy and dignity.

Presentation

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Thank you to the classroom teachers (mixed in the group) who presented: Kate Apperley, North Hastings High School; Jeanette Henderson, Sophiasburgh Central School; Diana Wiles, Prince Charles School (Belleville); and Kelsey White, Trenton High School.

Achieving Excellence & Equity: K-12 Focus on Literacy

This was an engaging visual presentation describing innovative approaches to teaching and learning literacy at elementary and secondary schools. Superintendents Ken Dostaler and Tina Elliott began by commenting on the  educational leaders who empower students to be confident readers and writers. Superintendent Dostaler  introduced system leads Rob McFadden and Heather McMaster who then introduced four teachers from elementary and secondary schools. The teachers described their approach to teaching literacy and how being a reader and a writer is life changing for students. success.

The presenters described three intervention tools being used in elementary classrooms:

  1. Lexia which is an online intervention for students who struggle with literacy acquisition. Student testimonials about Lexia: “. . . we do different stuff, spell,learn, letters, learn bigger letters,” by Scarlett.  “It’s the best! It’s helping me learn new words and read sentences,” by Parker. “My favourite part is when you move up a level,” by Veronica.
  2. Leveled Literacy Intervention is done with small groups of Primary students with a teacher. Student testimonial about LLI: “I learn new words,” by Kolby.
  3. Empower Reading is for older students in Grades 3, 4, 5 or 6 done in small groups outside the classroom. Student testimonial about Empower Reading: “It’s made me move up 6 reading levels! I can figure out words I don’t know and I can read them this quick,” (snaps fingers) by Eli.

The presenters described the process of students as readers making meaning from text as part of their learning.

They also described the process of students co-constructing criteria. One student responded to this approach by saying, “I have realized that the criteria are like a checklist for me.” Another reported, “I thought I was where I was on my essay because having all those steps helped me really bump up my work.”

At secondary school, the power of student lead learning addresses the ‘how’ and why’ of literacy. The feeling of community in the class extends to other classes and throughout the school community. In one class, students reported this, “I feel like what I have to say matters,” by Bella. “I used to be afraid to share in class but, I don’t know, now that I’ve worked with everyone, they don’t seem so scary,”  by James.

Thank you to the classroom teachers who presented: Kate Apperley, North Hastings High School; Jeanette Henderson, Sophiasburgh Central School; Diana Wiles, Prince Charles School (Belleville); and Kelsey White, Trenton High School.

Recommendations

Policy 8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct

Board members approved revisions to Policy 8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct, in order to be compliant with Ontario Regulation 246/18.

Educational Programs in Care and/or Treatment, Custody and Correctional Programs

Board members approved five Educational Programs in Care and/or Treatment, Custody and Correctional Programs for the 2019-2020 school year, subject to approval by the Ministry of Education.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of April and May 2019.

Upcoming events include the following. Please click the above link to see more as several student and family events are happening in May.

  • April 24: We Are One Jazz Concert, Centennial Secondary School, 7:00 p.m.
  • Until April 24: Secondary School Art Show, John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville Public Library
  • April 25: “Ignite the Fire” Indigenous Studies Student Symposium, Loyalist College
  • May 1:
    • Celebration of Dance, Zwick’s Park, Lion’s Pavillion, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Fun Fair, Trent River Public School, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
  • May 2:
    • Eco Night, Kente Public School, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
    • Elementary French Immersion Arts Night, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 6:00 p.m.
  • May 6:
    • Music Monday, V.P. Carswell Elementary School, 12:00 p.m.
    • Grade 4-8 Rotary Spelling Bee, Frankford Public School, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • May 7: Family Math Night, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Report from the Chair 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • This is a busy time of year in schools, with many performances, events and awards nights happening:
    • We Are One Jazz Concert
    • “Ignite the Fire” Indigenous Studies Student Symposium
    • Great Place Awards
    • StEP UP event for elementary students, Friday, May 3, 2019

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Trustee Code of Conduct

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Presentation by the Facility Services team with an overview of the department
  • Update on community use of schools through the permit-booking process

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Overview of the Curriculum Services team

Notice of Motion regarding 2018-2019 Board policy review

Notice of motion was given that amendments to the following four policies will be on the agenda for the May 2019 meeting:

  • Policy 1: Board Vision, Mission and Priorities
  • Policy 2: Governance By-Laws and Standing Rules
  • Policy 3-D: Board Communications and Media
  • Policy No. 11-D: Executive Committee

Reports from trustees

  • A brief update from the Director’s Selection Committee, which met in closed session. The committee selected Phelpsgroup to conduct the search for a new director of education at a cost of $45,000
  • Attendance at a provincial meeting called the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Advocacy Day,     with MPs and MPPs, about various education issues, including Indigenous education
  • Attendance at a regional meeting of the Eastern Region of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, where various education-related topics were discussed

Correspondence

  • Letter to the Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minster of Education from HPEDSB
  • Letter received from Waterloo Regional District School Board
  • Letter received from Toronto District School Board
  • Letter received from Rainbow District School Board
  • Letter received from Peel District School Board
  • Letter received from Bluewater District School Board

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday, May 1: Director’s Selection Committee, 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 6: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 13:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 23: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m. (make-up meeting for the one cancelled in February)
  • Monday, May 27:
    • Budget Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

“Ignite the Fire” Indigenous Studies Student Symposium, April 25, 2019

Ashley Richard
Ashley Richard will be the keynote speaker at the Ignite the Fire Indigenous Studies Student Symposium on April 25, 2019. (Photo credit: Red River College)

April 23, 2019—Over 300 secondary school students from seven schools will participate in a student symposium about Indigenous Studies.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE:
Thursday, April 25, 2019
TIME: 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College, Belleville

Keynote speaker Ashley Richard (see below for more information) from Winnipeg, will engage students about becoming changemakers through empowerment.

Ignite the Fire will provide students with a better understanding and sense of empowerment to make positive change as learners and leaders. The goal of this event is to provide a forum for students and educators to learn and discuss:

  • What Indigenous perspective is and what it means
  • How everyone is a part of contemporary Indigenous issues
  • Teachings from multiple cultures and perspectives
  • Importance of relationships as we move toward reconciliation
  • How youth can become changemakers

Students will participate in workshops led by Indigenous presenters from several different Indigenous communities across Canada.

Workshop topics 

  • D.N.A. Culture Dance Presentation by Nimkii Oswamick
  • Mending the Net by Jaime Morse
  • A’nowara the Turtle, Turtle-back Teachings by Karihwawihson Joe Brown
  • My Residential School Experience by Bernard Nelson
  • Identity: Belonging and the Meaning of Self by Georgina Riel Anishinaabe
  • How to Be a Positive Role Model in Your Community by Michael Solomon
  • Indigenous Existence Through the Relationship of Water by Danka Brewer
  • Exploring Power and Privilege by Jodielynn Harrison

Agenda

  • 8:55 to 9:00 a.m. Welcome in the Gym (off the Cafeteria)
  • 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Creating the Spark, Ashley Richard, Keynote Speaker
  • 10:10 to 11:10 a.m. Workshop sessions 1
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Workshop sessions 2
  • 1:25 to 2:00 p.m. Closing Celebration: Building for the Future

Background on Ashley Richard

Ashley Richard is a proud Indigenous woman who lives to follow in the footsteps of her grandmother, Mary Richard. Ashley is passionate about youth empowerment, especially Indigenous youth. Her personal story of empowerment was featured trice in Macleans magazine and other media publications. Ashley believes that sharing her story is a way to help inspire others. When she is not at community events, Ashley enjoys cooking, reading and taking care of her two Siamese cats, Taco and Armani.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Information Night: homestay families for international students, Tues., April 23, 2019

April 10, 2019—Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Consider hosting an international student. It is a way to experience diversity and share Canadian traditions.

Each year the HPEDSB International Student Program (ISP) welcomes many students from grade 8 – 12 students to study in our schools. Participating countries have included students from Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Norway, Turkey, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy and South Korea.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to:

  • Learn about other cultures.
  • Share your love of Canada and its culture.
  • Have the opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with families from around the world.

Interested families are invited to learn more at an information night:

INFORMATION NIGHT 
DATE: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
TIME: 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, April 2019

April 9, 2019—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) features:

  • Numerate Citizens – Students who are effective numerate learners use mathematical processes to problem-solve, communicate and reflect on their thinking. Questions to help students reflect on math and make connections:
    • What were you thinking when you made decisions or selected strategies to solve the problem?
    • What changes did you have to make to solve the problem?
    • Where do you use this math? At home? At school? Outside?
  • Making Math Fun Through Games – Math games are one way for students to focus on building an understanding of math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, rather than strict memorization. Through game students learn math facts at the same time as working on something they enjoy.
  • Math is Visual
    • Math is Visual was created to assist in building a better conceptual understanding of mathematics through the use of visuals.
    • Estimation 180 includes challenges to help improve number sense and problem solving skills.
  • School Climate Survey – you and your opinion matter!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Celebrating International Day of Pink: 10 years at HPEDSB

photo of pink T-shirt
+1,700 pink T-shirts were sold to commemorate 10 years of celebrating International Day of Pink at HPEDSB. This year’s shirt shows logos from the past 10 years.

April 8, 2019—This Wednesday, April 10, 2019  will be a sea of pink at all HPEDSB schools and offices as people celebrate International Day of Pink.

This is the 10th year of HPEDSB participation, demonstrating our shared belief in celebrating diversity and acceptance by wearing a pink shirt. By wearing pink, we also acknowledge and support the ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention initiatives.

Various bullying awareness days are associated with wearing pink and are recognized throughout HPEDSB:

  • February 27, 2019: Pink Shirt Day, pinkshirtday.ca, organized by the CKNW Kids’ Fund
  • April 10, 2019: International Day of Pink, dayofpink.org, organized by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • November: Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
  • All year: Say and Do Nice Things

Commemorative T-shirts with logos from the past 10 years were made available with almost 1,700 sold. Regardless of which shade or design, the idea is to wear pink this Wednesday.

For more information, contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Letter to the Minister of Education about funding announcements

April 2, 2019—Trustees, in their governance roles, are advocates for public education and for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. The Ministry of Education has extended the consultation period to May 31, 2019 with regard to recent announcements. HPEDSB trustees believe it is important to advocate for the supports that our students and employees need in order to achieve excellence and equity.

A letter has been sent to the Minister of Education expressing concerns about the recent announcements and proposed changes to education.

Link to a PDF version

Text version

April 1, 2019

The Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education
438 University Avenue, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2A5

Dear Minister Thompson:

The vision in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: Possibilities Today & Tomorrow is: All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. In order to accomplish this inclusive vision, we are committed to priorities of Achieving Excellence & Equity, Learning & Leadership, Public Confidence and Well-Being. As provincial education partners, we recognize the government’s commitment to fiscal responsibility. We also know that Ontario’s education system is recognized globally, and we want to work collaboratively to both improve and maintain the high quality of education in this province.

I am writing to you because our Board of Trustees is very concerned about the proposed changes in funding to support students with autism, as well as the reduction in the secondary programming amount in the Pupil Foundation Grant, the Cost Adjustment Allocation, the Human Resource Transition Supplement and Classroom Loading Factors. Reductions in funding result in the loss of employees who contribute every day to student achievement. We are particularly alarmed by changes to class sizes in elementary and secondary schools. The proposed increase in average class size in secondary schools to 28:1 is of significant concern. It is clear that teaching positions will be affected and that there will be an impact on the range of programming at secondary schools.

Our board is a mix of suburban and rural areas with a number of small schools. Maintaining a range of programming and an adequate number of staff in secondary schools are already challenges. The reduction of staff, even through attrition, will result in fewer options for students, as well as increased concern about student safety. Senior staff are working to understand the full effect of the proposed increases in class sizes. There will be negative impact on student achievement and well-being.

As elected officials, we have an expectation of equity of access to programming for students in HPEDSB. While we already offer e-learning courses, we know that in many areas of our school board students are unable to access reliable internet service and/or transportation to an accessible location. The e-learning environment is not appropriate for all students.

In addition, as funding decreases and class sizes increase, HPEDSB staff will need to adhere to the local collective agreements which specify more stringent limits on class size. This will increase the funding gap. HPEDSB will be challenged to offer the programs and services necessary for each student to achieve success.

As Trustees, we often hear about the incredible work of our educators and support staff. We know how dedicated our employees are to creating safe, inclusive learning environments and to supporting our most vulnerable students, our students with special needs, our Indigenous students, and to supporting mental and physical well-being.

We are pleased to see that the government continues to invite consultation and hope it seriously considers input from school boards. We ask that you focus on students and value public education by reconsidering the changes to class sizes and funding that will impact both the programs we can offer to students and the number of employees in our system.

We hope to have details soon from the Ministry of Education about how its plan will support school boards to provide programs and services so that students can achieve and be well.

Sincerely

(original signed)

Shannon Binder
Chair of the Board

cc: Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
Daryl Kramp, MPP, Hastings-Lennox & Addington
Todd Smith, MPP, Bay of Quinte
Cathy Abraham, President, Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA)
Chairs, Ontario public school boards

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For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #164: March 25, 2019

March 25 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Growing with Character graphicCharacter Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Mike Brant, Trustee, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, asked all to reflect on Integrity: We do what is right for ourselves and others. We demonstrate values and ethics that are good for all. We speak directly, clearly and respectfully. 

Presentation

group photo
Thank you to the classroom teachers who presented at the March Board meeting: Tonya Ashton, C.M.L. Snider School; Lisa Allery and Melanie Lee, Park Dale School; Jennifer Cooke, Sir John A. Macdonald School; and David Lanovaz, Trenton High School, back row starting second from left.

Achieving Excellence & Equity: K-12 Focus on Math

This was an engaging visual presentation describing innovative approaches to teaching and learning mathematics at elementary and secondary schools. Superintendent Tina Elliott began by commenting about educational leaders who empower students to be confident, creative and curious mathematical learners in K-12. She introduced five teachers from elementary and secondary schools who described their approach to teaching mathematics, and also central office teaching personnel who support them.

Number Talks is a successful approach used in many classrooms. Number Talks engage students in taking risks and share their learning with the classmates and teacher. Another successful  approach is Building Thinking Classrooms. It involves students working in random groups, doing work at the whiteboard, with lots of talking and collaborating, eventually coming to consensus on what the answer should be. These approaches help to create a community of mathematicians and learners who improve their mathematical understanding. Students take ownership of their learning while teachers guide them and summarize the learning at the end of the class. These approaches to instruction facilitate group/shared knowledge in ways that are accessible and inclusive for all, resulting in students feeling more confident about math and empathetic to their classmates inside and outside the classroom.

  • Student testimonial 1: In response to the question, How does a number talk help you learn? Emily, a student in Grade 2 replied, Using different strategies helps me to learn how to get to the answer faster.
  • Student testimonial 2: Student voice through video.

Thank you to the classroom teachers who presented: Tonya Ashton, C.M.L. Snider School; Lisa Allery and Melanie Lee, Park Dale School; Jennifer Cooke, Sir John A. Macdonald School; and David Lanovaz, Trenton High School.

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

One item was discussed at the Committee of the Whole Board meeting:

  • Appointment of superintendents

These meetings  are closed to the public as provided by s. 207 (2) of the Education Act.

Recommendations

2019-2020 School Year Calendar

Each spring, school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the next school year in accordance with Regulation 304 School Year Calendar. This regulation sets the beginning and end dates for the school year, stipulates school holidays, and prescribes the minimum number of instructional days (194) and the maximum number of professional activity days (7), examinations days (10) and board designated holidays (2).

A consultation process occurred with employee groups, parents, school councils and community members. An online survey was also available for public input.

Board members approved the following dates for the 2019-2020 school year calendar. These dates are subject to Ministry of Education approval, which is expected by the late spring.

  • The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Semester 2 will begin Monday, February 3, 2020
  • The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 26, 2020
  • The following seven dates are designated as professional activity days:
    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • Friday, November 1, 2019
    • Friday, November 29, 2019
    • Friday, January 31, 2020
    • Friday, April 3, 2020
    • Friday, June 5, 2020
    • Friday, June 26, 2020
  • 10 examination days* are designated for secondary schools:
    • Thursday, January 23, 2020 through to Wednesday, January 29, 2020
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 through to Tuesday, June 23, 2020

*Actual dates may vary, please confirm with each secondary school.

The following dates are included for reference.

Statutory, Ministry of Education and School Board Holidays
Statutory Holidays Ministry of Education proposed dates for the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar HPEDSB dates for the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar
Labour Day Monday, September 2, 2019 Same
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 14, 2019 Same
Christmas Break (inclusive) Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020 Same
Family Day Monday, February 17, 201209 Same
Mid-winter Break (inclusive) Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2020 Same
Good Friday Friday, April 10, 2020 Same
Easter Monday Monday, April 13, 2020 Same
Victoria Day Monday, May 18, 2020 Same

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of March and April 2019.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • March 28: “A Call to Action” drama performance by students from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 7:00 p.m., Core Arts Centre, Belleville
  • April 2: Chess Tournament, Bird’s Creek Public School
  • April 3: Grade 12 Waterloo Math Contest, 12:00 p.m., Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • April 9: Rotary Festival Choir Judging, 12:30 p.m., V. P. Carswell Elementary School
  • April 15: Elders Ada and Christine visiting SK-Grade 4 classes, Bird’s Creek Public School
  • April 18: “Better Together” School Wide Pancake Lunch, 1:40 p.m., Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • April 24: Relay Day for Athol-South Marysburgh Public School and C.M.L. Snider School
  • April 29: Healthy, Active, Mindful Night (Well-being), Massassaga-Rednersville Public School

Report from the Chair 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Acknowledgement of newly appointed superintendents Ken Dostaler, Student Services; and Tina Elliott, Curriculum Services
  • Announcement about nominations now being accepted for the Great Place Awards; due date is Friday, April 26, 2019
  • School Climate Surveys soon to be open for students in Grade 4-12, families and school staff to complete during the month of April 2019

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Update on Policy 8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct
  • Trustee professional learning session at the end of April 2019

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Presentation by Gord Taylor, CEO, about the services of Tri-Board Student Transportation Services
  • Review underway of four policies
  • Renovations to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute including yard improvements, lifts in the elementary wing and more
  • Transition teams to be established to work through Bayside Secondary School and North Hastings High School becoming 7-12 schools in September 2019

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Overview of mental health strategies underway and an overview of the Student Services team
  • Update on provincial funding for students with autism
  • Proposed dates for the school year calendar
  • Review underway of four policies

Notice of Motion regarding Policy 8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct

Notice of motion was given that amendments to Policy 8: Board Members’ Code of Conduct, will be on the agenda for the April 2019 meeting.

Reports from trustees

  • The following topics were discussed at the recent Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) meeting: cannabis information sessions hosted be Hastings prince Edward Public Health; Parent Reaching Out grants received by 12 schools; review of school year calendar dates; update on recent announcements by the provincial government related to class sizes, autism funding and online learning
  • A reminder about Prom Project and donations being accepted for this most worthwhile initiative for students

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, April 1: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, April 8:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23:
    • Budget Committee, 3:30 p.m.
    • Public Board, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24: Parent Involvement Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Information sessions about teens and cannabis

March 20, 2019—Parents/guardians of students in Grades 7-12 are invited to information sessions about teens and cannabis.

According to a recent Ontario student drug use and health survey, 36.9% of youth have tried cannabis by Grade 12. Males and females are equally likely to use cannabis. While curiosity and risk taking is a normal part of the teenage years, parents and caregivers can play a key role in preventing or delaying drug use among youth.

Sessions will include information about:

  • The new reality of cannabis
  • Why cannabis use is harmful to youth
  • Legalization of cannabis and what parents need to know about the law
  • Strategies for parents to help prevent or delay the use of cannabis and other drugs
  • What community resources are available for support

EVENT DETAILS

  • BELLEVILLE: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, hosted at Eastside Secondary School, 6:30– 7:45 p.m.
  • PICTON: Thursday, March 21, 2019, hosted at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 6:30– 7:45 p.m.
  • BANCROFT: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, North Hastings High School, 6:30– 7:45 p.m.
  • QUINTE WEST: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, St. Paul Catholic Secondary School, 6:30– 7:45 p.m.

These sessions are being offered in partnership with Addictions and Mental Health Services Hastings Prince Edward, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, the Belleville Police Service, the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and the  Ontario Provincial Police.  Registration is not required.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Calling for nominations for 18th Annual Great Place Awards

March 6, 2019—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
  • Community agency employees
  • Police officers
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Service club members
  • School council members
  • Volunteers

*Principal approval is required when students are nominating employees/community partners.

How to write a winning nomination (Pdf) explains key points and what to include in your write-up.

The nomination form is available in two formats:

Printable forms can be submitted to communications@hpedsb.on.ca, faxed to 613-962-1048 or mailed to the Education Centre, c/o Great Place Awards Committee, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, ON K8N 3L3

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Monday, May 27, 2019, 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 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, March 2019

March 1, 2019—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) features:

  • Experience the Arts
    • Take your child to local art exhibits, theatrical presentations, and musical and dance performances. Check out the events listings at the public library, community centres, galleries
      and concert halls in your area. Such experiences help children develop:

      • creativity
      • an understanding of multiple
      • perspectives and points of view
      • critical thinking
      • empathy
      • emotional intelligence
      • self-expression and
      • communication
      • reflection and well-being
  • Caring,  Inclusive Citizens
    • 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.
    • Discuss with your child:
      • What does the graphic in the center mean to you?
      • What some ways are that you can demonstrate respect toward others?
      • How are you already demonstrating social awareness (understanding and responding to the needs of others)?
  • read & write for Google Chrome
    • read & write for Google Chrome is a browser extension that provides access for all students to assistive tools for spelling, reading and writing skills, not only at school, but at home too!
    • Accessing at home
      • Download and open Google Chrome
      • Sign into Chrome with your xx123xx@apps.hpedsb.on.ca account
      • Click on the read & write icon read & write to use the toolbar in Google Docs, on pdf’s and on websites!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Cancelled: Parent Involvement Committee Meeting (scheduled for February 27, 2019)

Updated 2:07 p.m., February 27, 2019—The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) meeting scheduled February 27, 2019, has been cancelled due to the forecast for inclement weather.

The next scheduled meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #163: February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 25, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in March 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Haudenosaunee people.

Growing with Character graphicCharacter Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Meera Moorthy, Student Trustee, asked all to reflect on Humour: We celebrate the fun in life. We lighten the emotions of others by interacting in a joyful manner. 

Presentation

group photo
Thank you to presenters from Eastside Secondary School (centre and sitting) and from the Education Centre, about Specialist High Skills Major programs.

Achieving Excellence & Equity: Overview of Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs

Superintendent Cathy Portt introduced presenters from the Education Centre and Eastside Secondary School.

Specialist High Skills Major programs are for students in Grades 11 and 12, and can be accessed by students in all pathways. The group provided a visual presentation highlighting the Construction and Sports SHSMs at Eastside Secondary School.

The group also highlighted the experiential learning activities (for example building sheds and a chicken coop) and participating in the Ontario Technical Skills Competition.

Compulsory certifications in SHSMs include: Standard First Aid; CPR Level C, AED; Basic Health and Safety; Working at Heights; WHMIS. Some of the elective certifications include: Elevated Work Platforms; Confined Space Awareness; Scaffold Safety; Chainsaw Safety; Traffic Control; and Trenching Safety.

  • Student  Braden Tebworth is in the Construction SHSM and recommends it to anyone who wants to get into the trades. Braden explained that he has learned so much and would like to work in HVAC. He is planning to go to college for HVAC and is looking forward to starting his own business one day.
  • Student Hannah Dafoe is in the Sports Management SHSM and talked about how it has focused her vision for a future career. She described having access to reach ahead experiences, one of which was to attend a Toronto Raptors game and meet the players, management and office personnel.

Thank you to the presenters for being part of the meeting.

  • Eastside Secondary School
    • Eric Fetterley, Vice-principal
    • Ted Shepherd, Teacher, Construction SHSM
    • Braden Tebworth, Student
    • Dakota Cooney, Student
    • Hannah Dafoe
  • Tracy Demianchuk, Curriculum Services Coordinator

Recommendations

Terms of Reference for the Ad Hoc Director’s Selection Committee

Board members approved the Terms of Reference for the Director’s Selection Committee.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for March 2019.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • March 5: Junior Basketball Tournament, Madoc Township Public School
  • March 6: Rockin’ Read-a-Thon, Tyendinaga Public School
  • March 7: Talent Show, 6:00 p.m., Deseronto Public School
  • March 20: Primary Math Night, 6:30 p.m., Foxboro Public School

Report from the Chair 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participating in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the County Food Hub at Sophiasburgh Central School on February 8
  • Participating in a literacy event at Harmony Public School
  • presentation of flowers
    Superintendent Cathy Portt is retiring from HPEDSB in mid-March after  33 years. Congratulations, Cathy!

    A presentation to Superintendent Cathy Portt who is retiring in mid-March. Cathy has worked with HPEDSB for 33 years as an elementary teacher, curriculum coordinator, vice-principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. She has served as the president of OPHEA and chair of the local Ontario Principals’ Council. In 1991 Cathy organized the first Celebration of Dance for students, an event which is still going strong. Cathy is steadfast in her belief that all students can achieve excellence and equity.

Report from Executive Committee 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Upcoming policy review (five policies)
  • Attendance at the Board of Director’s Meeting for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

Report from the Ad Hoc Director’s Selection Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Confirmed the nine trustees to be on the committee
  • Reviewed the initial Terms of Reference
  • Discussed hiring an external firm to assist with recruitment

Report from Operations and Finance Committee 

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • 2019-2020 budget planning timelines
  • Update on live streaming public Board meetings, municipal tax revenue and the new K-8 school in east Belleville

Report from Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Upcoming policy review (five policies)

Reports from Trustees and Student Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Student trustee participation at the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association this past weekend
  • Report forthcoming about the OPSBA meeting this past weekend
  • A handout about Prom Project which accepts gently-used formal wear for students
  • Participation at a meeting of the HPEDSB Leadership Development Committee

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday, February 27: Parent Involvement Committee, 5:30 p.m. (rescheduled from February 19)
  • Thursday, February 28: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 4: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 18:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 25: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Seeking input for the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar

February 7, 2019—Each year Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board consults with employees, parents/guardians, students, community members and community partners about the dates for the school year calendar.

HPEDSB coordinates the dates with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and the Limestone District School Board, due to having common bus schedules through Tri-Board Student Transportation Services.

The proposed dates for the 2019-2020 school year are listed below and are open for input until later this month.

  • First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Christmas Break: Monday, December 23, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Mid-winter Break: Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Seven professional activity (PA) days:
    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • Friday, November 1, 2019
    • Friday, November 29, 2019
    • Friday, January 31, 2020
    • Friday, April 3, 2020
    • Friday, June 5, 2020
    • Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Last day of the school year: Friday, June 26, 2020
2019-2020 Statutory holidays
Statutory holidays Ministry of Education School Year Calendar dates Proposed dates for the
HPEDSB School Year Calendar
Labour Day Monday, September 2, 2019 Same
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 14, 2019 Same
Family Day Monday, February 17, 2020 Same
Good Friday Friday, April 10, 2020 Same
Easter Monday Monday, April 13, 2020 Same
Victoria Day Monday, May 18, 2020 Same

Please provide feedback by completing the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar Online Form by Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

2018 Director’s Annual Report offers an engaging, interactive experience

February 6, 2019—What does the term collaboration mean to elementary school students? How far will a cardboard boat float? What school renovations were completed in 2018? Can leadership happen in Kindergarten? These are some of the questions you’ll find answers to in the 2018 Director’s Annual Report.

The interactive engaging report offers a glimpse into student learning, employee development and progress made on the strategic priorities at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board during 2018.

“We’re excited that the annual report is a brand new format that’s electronic and interactive. It’s an experience that allows people to scroll through, see and hear the voices of our students and employees in videos, flip through pictures, scan the infographics and read about the school board accomplishments. It’s mobile-friendly, making it easy to look at on a phone or other handheld device,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

The report is laid out in five chapters that align with the school board priorities: Achieving Excellence & Equity; Learning & Leadership; Public Confidence; and Well-Being. Each contains brief interactive articles describing the accomplishments. The fifth chapter, Looking Ahead, outlines the focus for 2019.

Comments about the 2018 Director’s Annual Report are welcomed and can be emailed to communications@hpedsb.on.ca

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Home-School Connections: ideas to enhance student learning at home, February 2019

February 4, 2019—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) features:

  • Kindergarten Registration
    • On-line pre-registration is now available. Children must be 4 years old in 2019 (born in 2015) to enter Kindergarten.
    • A HPEDSB Family Questionnaire (Pdf) is available for families to complete. The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather information that will support your child’s transition to school.
    • Documents to bring in:
      1. Your child’s birth certificate or passport
      2. Immunization card
      3. Home address
      4. Custody orders, if applicable
  • Are you thinking about elective programs for your child? Pre-registrations for French Immersion, Extended French and Destinations are due to the host school by Friday, February 15, 2019 for September 2019.
  • Where Talk Happens! Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education (Pdf)
    • Always promote well-being:
      • Around the dinner table – talk about your day
      • In the car – sing songs, ask questions, play word and sound games
      • Outside – describe, observe, interact
      • Bedtime – talk about the characters in a book, sing bedtime songs, tell a story

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Board Meeting Update #162: January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged that the meeting is taking place on the land of the Haudenosaunee people.

Growing with Character graphicCharacter Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board and trustee for Southeast Hastings, asked all to reflect on Honesty: We choose to live truthfully. We communicate and act in a sincere and respectful way.

Presentation

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Thank you to students and staff from Harmony Public School who presented about the Student Google Summit held in October 2018.

Student Google Summit at Harmony Public School

The first Student Google Summit took place in mid-October 2018 at Harmony Public School and involved approximately 360 students in Grades 4-8. It was an interactive, fun two-day event that focused on digital fluency, collaborating, creative thinking, critical thinking and well-being.

Students participated in four of the following sessions:

  • Maps, Snaps and Chats: Be Safe, Savvy and Smart on those Apps
  • Who Am I? Developing Your Digital Portfolio
  • Get Slides Savvy!
  • Organization is a Thing!
  • Tech’n it to the Natural Environment
  • Bots, Bricks and Bits
  • Old School Technology: Building Our Future Through Play
  • CTRL, ALT, READ and WRITE

Thank you to guest presenters:

  • Students Kiera Brown, Grade 6; and Evan Russet, Grade 8
  • School staff Andrea Bird, Teacher; Andrew Brown, Teacher; and Kim Myderwyk, Principal

Report from Committee of the Whole Board

Three items were discussed at the Committee of the Whole Board meeting:

  • Agreement of Purchase and Sale of River Valley School
  • Acceptance of resignation of the director of education for the purpose of retirement and process for selecting a new director of education
  • K-12 Principal and Vice-principal Pool

These meetings  are closed to the public as provided by s. 207 (2) of the Education Act.

Recommendations

Policy Review, Part B

Board members approved the review and updating of the following policies:

  • Policy 1: Board Vision, Mission and Priorities
  • Policy 2: Governance By-Laws and Standing Rules
  • Policy 3-D: Board Communications and Media
  • Policy 11-D: Executive Committee
  • Policy 11-F: Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee
  • Policy 15 Student Enrolment/School Capacity Pupil Accommodation Review (will update when the  Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines are received from the Ministry of Education)

Recommendation to relocate Grade 7 and 8 students from Bayside Public School to Bayside Secondary School, creating a Grade 7-12 school effective September 2019

Board members approved the relocation of Grade 7-8 students from Bayside Public School to Bayside Secondary School, creating a Grade 7-12 school, effective September 2019.

All Bayside Public School students in Grade 7-8 are currently located at Bayside Secondary School due to lack of space at Bayside Public School. There are currently 195 Grade 7 and 8 students at the school. Bayside Public School is comprised of three sites: the Bayside Public School main building, the Bayside Public School Annex, and the portion of Bayside Secondary School that contains the Grade 7-8 students. All three sites are on the same campus.

All students in Grades 9-12 in the Bayside School Group attend Bayside Secondary School. There are currently 831 Grade 9-12 students attending the school. The enrolment at Bayside Secondary School is projected to continue to increase through the next five years.

Relocating the Grade 7-8 students from Bayside Public School would allow the Bayside Secondary School administrator to have responsibility for the Grade 7-12 students in the building. This relocation would offer improved programs opportunities for the Grade 7-8 students. Bayside Public School would remain a K-6 elementary school on two sites.

The 7-12 model that is proposed for Bayside Secondary School is consistent with similar 7-12 models that are successfully in place at Centennial Secondary School and Trenton High School.

No changes to the classrooms or building would be required at Bayside Secondary School as the Grade 7-8 students are already located at the school. As well, no changes would be required to bus routes or student transportation.

Public communication of this proposal occurred in November 2018 and extended until early January 2019.

Recommendation to Board to relocate grade 7 and 8 students from York River Public School to North Hastings High School, creating a Grade 7–12 school effective September 2019

Board members approved relocating Grade 7-8 students from York River Public School to North Hastings High School, creating a Grade 7-12 school effective September 2019.

All students in Grade 7-8 in the North Hastings School Group currently attend York River Public School, located in Bancroft. There are currently 150 Grade 7-8 students at the school. York River Public School had an addition added in 2011, but is again completely full, with increased enrolment projected for 2019-2020 and beyond.

All students in Grades 9-12 in the North Hastings School Group attend North Hastings High School, located in Bancroft. There are currently 425 Grade 9-12 students attending the school. The enrolment at North Hastings High School is projected to continue to decrease through the next five years.

Relocating the Grade 7-8 students from York River Public School will provide needed space at York River Public School, required to accommodate the increasing enrolment as well as to accommodate program needs at the school. It will also offer improved programming opportunities for the Grade 7-8 students at the secondary school. The Grade 7-12 model that is proposed for North Hastings High School is consistent with similar Grade 7-12 models that are successfully in place at Centennial Secondary School and Trenton High School.

Only minor changes to the classrooms would be required at North Hastings High School to accommodate the Grade 7-8 students and there is ample time to implement those changes prior to September, 2019. As well, it is anticipated that little change to student transportation would be required, as all Grade 7-8 students are already bussed to Bancroft, where North Hastings High School is located.

Public communication of this proposal occurred in November 2018 and extended until early January 2019.

Use of additional Special Education funding

Board members approved a recommendation that the additional funding resulting from increase in the 2018-2019 Special Education per Pupil allocation benchmark for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 students be used to hire additional education assistants for elementary schools that currently have high Special Education needs.

On August 24, 2018, the Ministry of Education released memo 2018: B14 Update: Education Funding for 2018–2019 which included a number of updates to the previously announced education funding for the 2018-2019 school year, including an increase of $18.26 in the Special Education per Pupil Amount (SEPPA) allocation for JK to Grade 3 students from $988.82 to $1,007.08.

As at October 31, 2018, there were 4,958 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 students, resulting in $90,533 of  increased SEPPA funding for this group of students. As part of ongoing monitoring of system needs, management is placing an additional six education assistants in elementary schools which currently have high Special Education needs. These education assistants will serve Primary students at four schools and Primary/Intermediate students
at two schools.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for the remainder of January and February 2019.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • Kindergarten Registration throughout January/February at all elementary schools
  • February 1: Student Senate Retreat at the William R. Kirk Building

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation of nine trustees at the Public Education Symposium held in Toronto last week

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Policies to be reviewed
  • 2018 Director’s Annual Report
  • Northern Outdoor Studies Open House
  • Report from a meeting of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Recommendations for the two Grade 7-12 schools noted above

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Proposed list of building renewal projects
  • Revised Estimates. The Revised Estimates show an in-year surplus of $1,620,702 compared to original Estimates submitted to the Ministry of Education in June 2018 which projected an in-year surplus of $1,546,019. Overall, HPEDSB is tracking very close to the approved budget plan for 2018-2019.

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Process to begin planning for the 2019-2020 school year calendar
  • Presentation on Indigenous Education
  • Report on a review of the Care and/or Treatment, Custody, and Correctional (CTCC) Day Treatment Program

2018 Director’s Annual Report

Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education and Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, presented this interactive, online annual report for information. It showcases and celebrates student and employee learning during the 2018 calendar year, while also describing progress made  in the areas of equity and the strategic plan.

Report from Trustees and Student Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation in a meeting with the Ministry of Finance about planning for the 2019-2020 budget

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, February 4: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, February 11:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 20: Parent Involvement Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 25: Public Board Meeting
  • Thursday, February 28: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: October 7, 2019 at 9:57 am