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Bayside SS students show support for Canadian troops

Bayside Secondary School students are tops when it comes to showing they care. On Friday, September 11, 2009, students organized a school-wide event to show support for Canadian troops.

Students made red ribbons for the school community to wear in support of wearing red on Fridays. They also wrote and read announcements to raise awareness and describe the significance of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

This student-led activity is a wonderful demonstration of the Bayside Secondary School commitment to Growing with Character!

 

Seminar for parents with teens

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be hosting teen parenting seminars in October. The Teen Triple “P” Parenting Program is an evidence-based family support program that assists parents/guardians to prevent severe behavioural, emotional and developmental problems from occurring by enhancing their own knowledge, skills and confidence.

Event dates: Thursdays in October: 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Registration required. To sign up call 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2279.

Teen Triple “P” Parenting Program flyer

For more information about the Teen Triple “P” Parenting Program, please contact Wendy Sutherland, Student Engagement Child and Youth Counsellor, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2561.

Welcome to the 2009-2010 school year

A welcome message from Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

In education we are fortunate to have an annual opportunity to start over each September. The start of a school year brings with it a sense of newness. Young children are excited about starting school. Older children look forward to seeing their friends and engaging in learning. The weeks ahead will be filled with new routines for students, parents/guardians, school staff, caregivers and many others who are involved in children’s lives.

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board we are proud to serve students throughout their learning journey. It is a journey that will help them develop into productive and caring citizens of character.

I am proud to say that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves close to 16,200 students in 54 schools supported by 1,800 staff. As a district, we will continue our focus on literacy as a priority. Literacy begins with the acquisition of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, with development in the areas of viewing, representing and responding, and mathematics. Literacy provides the foundation for the ability to understand, think, apply and communicate effectively in all subject and program areas, in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes.

Focus areas this year include the following:

  • • Confirming GROWING WITH CHARACTER as the foundation for system and school cultures through modeling of the eight district attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.
  • • Taking action to ensure that every student demonstrates the skills and values to contribute positively to their chosen communities.
  • • Assisting students to select appropriate program pathways and achieve success.
  • • Ensuring the effective use of resources in support of quality educational programs and managing resources in a manner that builds public confidence.
  • • Ensuring all students and employees experience safe, healthy, effective and respectful learning environments.
  • • Developing a leadership strategy that promotes the leadership inherent in every role through effective mentoring, professional learning, performance appraisal and succession planning.
  • • Actively engaging employees in personal wellness.
  • • Targeting activities to communicate that the district is the system of choice.
  • • Developing practices to respect privacy, enhance security and ensure appropriate access to information.
  • Engaging community partners in developing inclusive school communities that recognize and support equity and diversity.
  • • Improving accessibility within the district for persons with disabilities.
  • • Enhancing the educational experience for all students in the district.
  • • Engaging school communities and the broader community in the alignment of physical, human and financial resources.
     

Again this year we continue our commitment to working collaboratively with all staff and community partners. We will continue to interact with students, parents, volunteers, business partners, community members, and the list goes on. These interactions provide us with new, innovative ideas, an appreciation for alternative learning opportunities for our students and a respect for those people who possess the spirit and drive to make those ideas become a reality.

I am so proud to be part of this dynamic organization and all that it represents for children and families in our communities.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2009-2010 school year!

Kathy Soule
Director of Education

 

 

Prince Edward CI to be ready for September 1 start-up

Although renovations are continuing at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, the school will be open and ready for students on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Rumours have been circulating to the contrary; however, interim principal David Fox has been assured that the school will be a safe environment for students and staff on the first day of school.

Read more about the $2.5 million project in the following local newspapers:

  • Article in the The County Weeky News, Thursday, August 20, 2009 www.countyweeklynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx
  • Article in the The Picton Gazette, Thursday, August 20, 2009 http://www.pictongazette.com/localnews/localnews_aug20_page4.html

For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

Education Centre and school summer hours of operation

Education Centre summer hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays beginning Friday, July 10 up to and including Friday, August 21.
  • Closed to the public during a two-week shutdown beginning Monday, July 27 through to Friday, August 7, inclusive.
  • The Education Centre will reopen to the public on Monday, August 10.
  • For general inquiries, please call 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 0.

PLEASE NOTE: Software upgrades will be installed on July 27, 28 and 29. During this time, access to the following technologies will be intermittent or unavailable:

• Dial-up access
• Email
• BlackBerry integration
• Internet
• Maplewood
• HR/Payroll and Finance systems
• School and district websites

Elementary schools will be closed until Monday, August 24.

Secondary schools will be open during July and August. 

 

Summer maintenance at public schools

Numerous elementary and secondary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are getting attention over the summer. Projects range in degree of complexity and cost. The following provides a glimpse of some of the work being done. 

2009 Summer Maintenance/Renovations at HPEDSB Schools
School

 

 

 

Project

 

 

 

Approx. cost

Start date 

Bayside SS

Replace roof, Section F

$78,000 July 15
Bird’s Creek PS Create two offices from a change room $19,000 July 6
Centennial SS Renovate teacher workroom $21,000 July 13
Education Centre

Paint and re-carpet reception/lobby/hallway areas

$46,500 July 25
Education Centre Repair brickwork on front of building $25,000 June 29
Madoc Township PS Renovate computer lab $22,000 July 13
Madoc PS Convert multipurpose room in two classrooms $7,000 July 13
Moira SS Replace gym roof $76,000 July 13
Park Dale School Install metal over window panels $8,000 Late July
Prince Edward CI Install heating, ventilation, air conditioning system $2,000,000 June 29
Prince Charles School (Belleville) Replace gym roof $22,000 July 20
Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) Install parking lot/turnaround $92,000 July 8
Quinte SS Science lab renovations $1,500,000 June
S.H. Connor School Install door openers on southwest doors $6,000 Late July
Susanna Moodie Elementary Install door openers on front doors $7,000 Late July
Trenton HS Install metal over the brick by the Music Room $7,000 July 20

 Posted July 13, 2009. 

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell,

Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

 

 

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients!

For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

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

Congratulations to the 2009 Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients! (newspaper ad)

Posted July 13, 2009.

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

 

David Fox named as interim principal at PECI




Retired Superintendent of Education David Fox has been appointed as interim principal at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton for the months of September and October 2009. Former principal Ken Manderville was recently appointed as a system principal for Student Success and will relocate to the Education Centre in Belleville.


Fox began his career with The Prince Edward County Board of Education as a teacher at Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School in 1971. He was appointed to vice-principal at South Marysburgh Central School in 1988 and to principal at Massassaga-Rednersville Public School in 1991. In 1998 Fox transferred to the Education Centre as assistant to the superintendent. He was promoted to superintendent in 2002. Fox retired in August 2007.

Fox’s appointment will provide the Board with an opportunity to complete a search process for a new principal for PECI in the early fall.

Posted July 9, 2009.

 

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

 

 

Summer School registration

Summer School is available to Grade 9 to 12 students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Dates: Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 31, 2009

Registration: Contact the high school guidance counsellor, contact the Summer School office at 613-962-1941, or visit the office beginning June 29th.

Please note:

  • No registrations will be accepted after day 3, Wednesday, July 8, 2009
  • Location is Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
  • Office hours are Monday to Friday 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Room 188
  • Classes will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., Monday to Friday, with a break each day
  • A $50 textbook deposit fee is refundable at the end of the course
  • Class locations will be posted outside the auditorium in the main lobby
  • No transportation is provided

Course descriptions and the Summer School Handbook are posted online.

Posted June 25, 2009.

Adult Education program graduates +100 students

Congratulations to 107 individuals who graduated from Quinte Adult Education. All are adults over age 18 who achieved an Ontario Secondary School Diploma by completing the required number of secondary school credits.

According to program coordinator Julie Jarvis, this number represents the highest number of graduates in recent memory.

"Our program makes it easy for adults to reconnect to learning," remarked Jarvis. "Through Quinte Adult Education adults can sign up for eLearning or participate in our unique Learn While You Earn program. It’s really exciting to be involved in Adult Education at this point in time because technology makes it accessible to so many."

Director of Education Kathy Soule, who spoke at the graduation, commended the adult students.

"Being here this afternoon shows that you believe in lifelong learning. Congratulations on your accomplishments. You’ve achieved success because of your hard work and commitment to your education," stated Soule.

Quinte Adult Education is part of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. The program is available to adults who are 18 years of age and older who want to earn their Grade 12 diploma, need a college/university prerequisite, need to upgrade skills to obtain a promotion and further a career, or just to take a course for fun. All courses qualify for high school credits. Several methods are available, such as Mature/PLAR credits, correspondence courses, online courses, Learn While You Earn Co-op, night school courses, and apprenticeship/Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program credits.

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

Quinte Secondary School profiled for literacy success

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) selected Belleville’s Quinte Secondary School as one of six publicly-funded high schools of the hundreds across Ontario to profile in the Provincial Report on the Results of the 2008–2009 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The profiled schools are noted for their success at raising their students’ literacy skills, as demonstrated by improved OSSLT scores over the years.

In the report, staff members from Quinte Secondary School discuss what the results of EQAO’s testing and other data have taught them about their students, and the innovative approaches they are using to address their students’ needs.

EQAO case study: Quinte Secondary School, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Belleville, Ontario
Quinte Secondary School serves a diverse student population of 850, including Aboriginal and international students, who for the most part have English as their first language. Although the school is in Belleville, 52% of its students are bused from rural areas.

At Quinte, the departmental Literacy Committee analyzes OSSLT and other EQAO data. The resulting information is used to help teachers refine their instructional practices to support all students. Although student results on the OSSLT have improved consistently over time, the 2008 EQAO data highlighted three areas of concern: reading and making connections, both implicit and explicit; the gender gap in achievement; and the success of previously eligible and students with special education needs.

To address these challenges, the school staff developed several strategies over the past year. One of them focused on increasing student motivation by appealing to their interests and giving them choice. To that end, the school staff decided to personalize the timetables of all Grade 9 students. This tactic turned out to have a positive impact on student performance and helped boost the credit success rate in both academic and applied courses.

“If you personalize a timetable, you can engage students, and if you engage students, you will increase their learning, which translates to increased numeracy, increased literacy and better learning for students.” – Lisa Vincent, Principal.

Over the past several months, EQAO staff visited a number of Ontario’s secondary schools. It was clear to these representatives that educators are regularly using the results from EQAO testing as a reference point to identify students in need of support. EQAO’s reliable and accurate data support continuous improvement in schools and boards and in individual students.

The proactive identification of at-risk students, the alignment and integration of literacy-focused curricula at both the elementary and the secondary levels, and a literacy focus across all subject areas are just some of the strategies that schools across Ontario are using to ensure the success of their students.

Source: http://www.eqao.com

 

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

 

Public school board passes balanced budget

A balanced budget has been approved for the 2009-2010 school year. Board members approved a $177.9 million budget that aligns with the district system goals. A transfer from reserve funds will be in order to produce the balanced budget. The scheduled follow-up review of Tri-Board Student Transportation Services could result in additional funding which may forego the need to transfer funds from reserves.

The $177,909,670 budget represents a 0.7% increase over the previous year’s revised actual revenues and expenditures. Sources of revenue include the following: 75.4% from provincial grants, 22.4% from local property tax revenue and 2.2% from other sources.

Despite the continued decline in enrolment and government restraint measures there are a number of positive components contained within the budget that continue to support the board’s system goals, action plans and detailed action steps. The Provincial Framework Agreements have provided additional teaching and support resources but more importantly, the Board has been able to maintain supports and introduce some improvements for the coming year.

The following represent additional supports to students, staff and the system through higher service levels or maintenance of support during a period of government restraint and declining enrolment. All support the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success system plan and the five goals:
• Success for All Students
• System of Character
• Employee Excellence
• Open Communication
• Community Relationships
 

Board-approved components from Provincial Framework Agreements

  • Six full-time equivalent positions will be hired in Facility Services. (3 custodians, 1 building control technician, 1 electrician and 1 preventive maintenance lead hand).
  • 2.67 full-time equivalent secondary teaching positions have been created to address workload issues and aid student success.
  • Five full-time equivalent elementary teaching positions have been created as a result of a 10-minute increase in teacher preparation time and a reduction in Grade 4-8 average class size.

Board-approved inclusions

  • Maintenance of existing board professional development and in-service budgets.
  • Maintenance of existing board support for information technology, including the ever-greening plan in which computers are replaced every five years.
  • Maintenance of existing school texts, supplies and materials budgets.
  • Maintenance of Special Education budgets and an increase in the number of self-contained Special Education classes in secondary schools.
  • Maintenance of Curriculum Services budgets, continued support for literacy and numeracy through Student Success initiatives in secondary schools, and literacy partners in elementary schools.
  • Expansion of Native Studies courses across all secondary schools resulting in the hiring of three full-time equivalent teachers.
  • Creation of a multi-year plan for leadership development and succession planning for both academic and support employees that follows the Ontario Leadership Strategy issued by the Ministry of Education.
  • Continued focus on safe schools through the development of standards for video surveillance and introduction of a process to begin to upgrade and replace existing equipment.

QUOTES
“I am so pleased that the Board is able to hire more staff and put supports in place that will assist students to be successful in their chosen pathway. Declining enrolment continues to be a reality that will contribute to ongoing financial challenges.” – Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

“District-wide our focus continues to be on enhancing opportunities for student success. Through this budget the Board has committed to continue its focus on safe schools through video surveillance, offering more Native Studies courses, and maintaining professional development opportunities and information technology support at existing levels.” – Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. 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 geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

Posted June 15, 2009

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

Board Meeting Update #50

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 15, 2009 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September.

 For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Congratulations to teacher Andrew Dickson, Quinte SS

Pictured L to R: Teacher Celine Murdoch, Principal Lisa Vincent, Andrew Dickson and Superintendent Rob McGall.

Congratulations to Andrew Dickson, Quinte Secondary School teacher, who was presented with an Associate Teacher of the Year Award from Queen’s University. He was one of only six recipients.

Queen’s University, Faculty of Education, has long acknowledged the vital role of practice teaching in the development of new teachers. The practicum is successful because of the dedication and commitment of over 1,500 teachers.

Teacher candidates at the Faculty of Education benefit from the assistance with lesson planning, from the reflective analysis of teaching, and from guidance on classroom management. Associate teachers, as exemplary role models, set standards of excellence for teacher candidates.

Mr. Dickson has been an associate teacher for more than seven years. According to one of the nominations, "One of my favourite Andrew quotes is I have never had a teacher candidate that I didn’t learn as much from, as they did from me." Others who know him say that comment truly summarizes his approach. He works with teacher candidates, keeps an open-mind, is a wealth of knowledge, and is willing to learn!

Nominations for Associate Teacher of the Year can be made by principals, teacher candidates, the Practicum Office, associate teachers or faculty members. The nomination for Mr. Dickson came from a Queen’s University staff member, faculty liaison, Wayne Goodyer.

Mr. Dickson received his award at a special luncheon hosted by Queen’s University and attended by Quinte Secondary School colleagues, administration, school board administration, and his family.

Posted June 10, 2009

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

Provincial literacy test results identify areas of focus for improvement

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board released the results of the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Results indicate that 76% of first-time participating students were successful on the provincial test, as compared to the provincial average of 85%. This represents a 5% decrease in district results from the previous year.

Results varied according to the different pathways:
• In the Academic stream, HPEDSB achieved 97%, which is 1% above the provincial average.
• In the Applied stream, HPEDSB achieved 61%, which is 1% below the provincial average.
• In the Locally Developed stream, HPEDSB achieved 19%, which is 2% below the provincial average.

“We see that we need to improve,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “These results provide clear direction that we need to be more focused on literacy instruction, especially in the Locally Developed pathway in order for students be successful.”

District highlights
• Results for Academic and Applied pathways are at or above the provincial average.
• Results for previously-eligible students increased 3% since 2007.
• Although the number of Special Education students continues to increase and is now at 7%, deferral rates in this area have remained consistent at 9%.
• Special Education students demonstrated a 5% increase over last year.

School highlights
• At Bayside Secondary School, students taking Locally Developed English achieved a 100% success rate.
• At Centennial Secondary School, boys have improved 7% since 2006.
• At Centre Hastings Secondary School, girls have improved 3% since 2008.
• At Moira Secondary School, deferral rates have dropped 7% since 2008.
• At North Hastings High School, students taking Locally Developed English improved 9% since 2008.
• At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, boys have improved 12% since 2008.
• At Quinte Secondary School, students taking Applied English improved 9% since 2007.
• At Trenton High School, students taking Academic English improved 6% since 2008.
• The deferral rate for William R. Kirk students decreased 11% from 2008.

More detailed information to guide actions will be available as Board officials further examine school-level results.

The purpose of the OSSLT is to determine whether students have achieved the minimum acceptable level of reading and writing skills described in The Ontario Curriculum, across all subjects, to the end of Grade 9.

Posted June 10, 2009

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

Congratulations to Great Place Award recipients

Congratulations to 13 individuals who support student achievement and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

8th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, parents and guardians, and community partners.

The 2009 Great Place Award recipients are:
• Garrett Carleton and Rick Scero, Custodial Team, Madoc Public School
• Nancy Chatten, Volunteer from Quinte Health Care Corp., for Secondary School Co-op Students
• Russell & Suzanne Doxtator, Volunteers, Frankford Public School
• Dolores Hachey, Teacher, Tyendinaga Public School
• Barbara Hoover, Grandparent/Volunteer, Bancroft Public School
• Blair & Kim Johnston, Volunteers, Queen Victoria School
• Carmen Knapp, Volunteer, Prince Charles School (Belleville)
• Kelly MacKay, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
• Bill Tomlinson, Teacher, Centennial Secondary School
• Joanne White, Educational Assistant, Bird’s Creek Public School

“It’s a tremendous honour to receive a Great Place Award. The committee had the challenging task of reviewing nominations for staff, community partners, parents/guardians and volunteers. It’s wonderful to see the mix of community members and staff this year. All recipients are known to model the district character attributes,” remarked trustee Thelma Goodfellow, who made a special trip to each site to congratulate award recipients.

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

Date: Monday, June 15, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 26 nominations representing employees, volunteers, parents and guardians, and community partners. The nomination criteria was aligned with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. 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 geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

Posted June 2, 2009

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354.

 

Invitation to community forums on Aboriginal Education

Community members are invited to attend an open community forum to talk about voluntary, confidential, Aboriginal student self-identification.

Community Forum Dates, Times, Locations
Date
Time
Location
Monday, May 11 6:30pm-7:30pm TRENTON
Queen Elizabeth Public School library, 16 Sillers Avenue, Trenton
Wednesday, May 13 6:00pm-7:00pm PICTON
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute library, 41 Barker Street, Picton
Tuesday, May 19  6:30pm-7:30pm BANCROFT
Métis Nation of Ontario, 91 Chemaushgon Street, Bancroft
Thursday, May 28 6:30pm-7:30pm WHITNEY
St. Martin Catholic School, 1 Post Street, Whitney
Monday, June 1 6:30pm-7:30pm TWEED
St. Carthagh Catholic School, 114 Hungerford Road
Thursday, June 4 6:30pm-7:30pm BELLEVILLE
Children’s Safety Village (Belleville Police Service)
93 Dundas Street East, Belleville
Tuesday, June 16 6:00pm – 7:00pm TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY
Tyendinaga Community Centre
All parents, guardians and interested community members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to improving educational programs and services by ensuring that the unique strengths and needs of all students are met, including students with First Nation, Métis and Inuit ancestry. Fulfilling this commitment requires a particular focus on effective educational programs for Aboriginal students and strong partnerships with Aboriginal parents and communities. Since last fall, a greater emphasis has been placed on raising awareness of Aboriginal histories, cultures and perspectives through a number of initiatives, including:

• raising awareness of Aboriginal education;
• receiving input through community consultation;
• enhancing Social Studies programming in elementary schools; and
• offering more Native Studies courses in high schools beginning in September 2009.

All of this is helping HPEDSB to prepare for the implementation of a voluntary, confidential self-identification process. Parents/guardians of Aboriginal students and Aboriginal students 18 years of age or older will have the opportunity to voluntarily and confidentially self-identify as being of Aboriginal ancestry including First Nation, Métis or Inuit. The self-identification process will assist us to better program for Aboriginal students’ progress and success and help us design educational programs and services that ensure all students have the opportunities and resources needed to reach their goals.

Beginning in September 2009, opportunities for self-identification will be provided through student update forms. New students can indicate their ancestry on the student registration form. All students will have the opportunity to self-identify at any time by completing a voluntary, confidential Aboriginal student self-identification form.

For more information please call the Education Centre at 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2270.

Grade 4s participate in Quinte Children’s Water Festival

An event to enhance children’s awareness of water is the first of its kind in the Quinte area.

The Quinte Children’s Water Festival will be a hands-on educational experience for Grade 4 students. The focus is to enhance children’s attitudes and awareness of the importance of water and their role in its use, consumption and protection. In this pilot year, event organizers are expecting 300 children from Trenton, Frankford and Stirling, along with assistance from 60+ volunteers.

Students will rotate through a series of stations to learn about low-flush toilets, environmental impact on ground water and surface water, and the diversity of water uses in historical and modern times. The Quinte Children’s Water Festival is organized by the following:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • 8 Wing Trenton
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • City of Quinte West
  • Environment Canada
  • Lower Trent Conservation
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Quinte Watershed Cleanup

High school students from Bayside Secondary School, Moira Secondary School and Trenton High School were also involved by building stations and activity centres.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2009, rain or shine.

Posted May 26, 2009

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Retirees to be celebrated at annual retirement reception

School board retirees will be honoured at an upcoming retirement reception. This celebratory event recognizes employees who will be leaving the employ of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Date: Monday, June 1, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

All are welcome to attend!

For information, please contact:
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350
[email protected]
 

Posted May 26, 2009

 

Board Meeting Update #49

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 25, 2009 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in June.

For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Two public schools slated for closure

Two public schools are slated to close, as approved by trustees at a public Board meeting on May 25, 2009.

Bancroft Public School and Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School in Belleville will close in June 2011. Until that time, both will remain open and will continue to provide the same quality of programming and educational opportunities for students as they do today.

“This is an exciting time to renew facilities and build our future. These decisions have been a long time coming and they were not easy to make. This is the first time the Board followed a new process under the Student Enrolment/School Capacity policy. We believe we did a thorough and effective consultation with school and community members,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “We know that adjustments are needed to make the process better in the future. But even so, our decisions reflect the unique cultures of each school community. Most importantly, the decision to close the two schools represents the Board’s commitment to provide safe, effective and respectful learning environments for all students and staff while maintaining facilities that will continue to be available for community use,” he adds.

Bancroft Public School
Beginning in September 2011, students from Bancroft Public School will be relocated to the existing North Hastings Senior Elementary site. The current site serves Grade 7 and 8 students. It will become a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 facility with programs to serve the student population. Renewal and renovations will be required.

Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School
Beginning in September 2011, students from Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School will be relocated to Prince Charles School and Sir John A. Macdonald School. Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 programs will be consolidated into both to serve the student populations. Renewal, renovations and additions will be required at each site, as well.

Next steps
Integration and transition processes will begin in these school communities in September 2009. A first step will be to create an integration committee with representation from staff, students and community members. The committee will guide the process during the transition period. Steps along the way will include architect selection, floor plan development, tender processes, and the construction phase.

According to the Board’s Student Enrolment/School Capacity policy, the Board cannot recommend the formation of another Accommodation Review Committee for either the three West Belleville schools or the North Hastings school group for five years, except where extenuating circumstances warrant, such as an unexpected economic or demographic shift, or a change in the school’s physical condition.

Posted May 25, 2009

 

For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

HPEDSB students win medals at Canada Wide Science Fair

Congratulations to Moira Secondary School student Olivia Geen, and Stirling Senior Public School student Michael Brogee, for being finalists at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Geen received two bronze medals in the Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Innovation categories for her project Hygroscopic Soil Additives and their Effects on Field Capacity and Soil Leachate. Brogee received an Honourable Mention in the Environmental Innovation category for his project Powerwalk.

Two other students from the district also earned spots at the national fair: Garland Conley from Stirling Senior Public School entered his project Stop the Flood; Ashley Millette from Moira Secondary School entered her project Ommochromes vs. Pteridines. Although they did not place in their categories, they gained valuable experience and inspiration.

"The students represented our region very well. They were enthusiastic to attend this year’s event and eagerly explored Winnipeg. We are extremely proud of their achievements!" remarked teacher and chaperone Scott Berry. "This young team spoke volumes for the quality, and values we place on education in our region," he added.

The 2009 Canada Wide Science Fair took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba earlier this month and involved students in Grades 7 to 12 from all of the provinces and territories. These budding scientists showcased their projects for judges, local school children and the public. The students not only competed for prize money, scholarships and grants, they also fostered friendships with fellow students from across the country.

The Canada Wide Science Fair Committee, Youth Science Canada, and its sponsors provide over $1 million in prizes which were awarded in nine different divisions at the afternoon ceremony on Friday, May 16, 2009.

More about the Canada Wide Science Fair is available online at http://www.cwsf2009.ca

Posted May 22, 2009
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Calling for nominations for 8th Annual Great Place Awards

What makes Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board A Great Place to Learn and A Great Place to Work? The people who are involved with it!

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Great Place Awards. This prestigious awards program recognizes outstanding contributions that support student achievement throughout the district.

Nominations are accepted from and for HPEDSB employees, students, parents/guardians and community members. The deadline is Friday, May 22, 2009. Complete guidelines and nomination forms are available online.

Awards will be presented at the public Board meeting on Monday, June 15, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville. Award winners and nominators will be notified in advance.

For more information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

 

Congratulations to David Reed, 2009 Sir Mackenzie Bowell Educator of the Year

The Education Week Committee is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Educator of the Year Award, Mr. David Reed, Teacher, Centennial Secondary School.

Mr. Reed is a music teacher at Centennial and has been inspiring students through the Arts for 10 years. He is the visionary behind the Arts Offstage Program and the Canadian Vocal Music Project. Mr. Reed also coaches the Centennial Chargers football team and is the music director for the school’s well-known Musical Theatre productions. He strives to instill good character and citizenship in all his students. Mr. Reed is described by a past parent as “an inspiring example of the exceptional difference a teacher can make in the lives of his students.”

The Education Week Committee has been celebrating outstanding educators in Hastings and Prince Edward counties since 1967 through the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. Sir Mackenzie Bowell, who died in 1917, was prominently known for being Canada’s fifth prime minister. Serving from 1894 to 1896, Sir Mackenzie Bowell was an advocate for education in Hastings County. Prior to serving in parliament, he was elected and served as the chairperson for the Belleville Board of Education from 1856 to 1867.

Award presentation
Mr. Reed will be honoured and presented the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award for Educator of the Year at a special reception on Tuesday, May 5 at the Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Highway 2, Belleville, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Please note that due to a scheduling issue, the reception has been moved from its original date of Thursday, May 7, 2009.

April 29, 2009, Belleville, ON

For more information, please contact: 
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

 

May 4th is Music Monday

Celebrate music in Belleville at Market Square from 12:30 – 1:10 p.m. Teacher Dave Reed and the Centennial Secondary School vocalists will lead the assembled schools in Sing, Sing, this year’s Music Monday song written by Serena Ryder. All will be singing this song as part of the Canada-wide celebration of music in our lives at 1:00 p.m. Celebrations are also taking place in Bancroft, Bird’s Creek, Deseronto and many other district schools.

About Music Monday
Music Monday is a special demonstration of our love of music—in our lives and in our schools. On the first Monday of May each year, students and teachers take their music programs outside into the open air of their school grounds or into their communities, to perform a short concert. There are outdoor concerts across the country, from the elementary level right through to secondary schools, some small celebrations, some large. Some will perform on their own; others will collaborate with local schools and organizations. Many community and professional organizations and ensembles are also involved, along with musicians and artists across the country.

The magic of the event is that at the same point during that day, that is, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain time, 12:00 p.m. Central time, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, 2:00 p.m. Atlantic time, and 2:30 in Newfoundland, schools across the country are united by one piece of music. Simple and inspiring, this melody is provided to schools in a variety of arrangements suitable for primary choirs through to senior high school bands and ensembles. In short, it is a piece of music that transcends all genres and unites everyone through the melody and the act of performing it at the same time. The idea is that if one were to open the front door of his or her home and stand on the street on the first Monday in May, one would hear music and the skies would be filled with melody.
 

Posted Monday, May 4, 2009

For more information, please contact: 
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

School board and community partners introduce new Community Threat Assessment Protocol

The school board and community partners are committed to creating safe school environments for students, staff, volunteers and visitors. During recent months, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and 29 community partners have collaborated to establish a Community Threat Assessment Protocol (CTAP).

The CTAP is a written document that outlines the process for the school board and community agencies to collaboratively respond to the highest of high risk behaviours in children and youth, those who present significant risk to self and/or others.

Components of the CTAP include the following:
• Assessing violence potential
• Approaches to risk/threat assessment
• Activation of the HPEDSB/Community Threat Assessment Team
• Process for sharing information

MEDIA ADVISORY – OFFICIAL SIGNING OF THE COMMUNITY THREAT ASSESSMENT PROTOCOL The school board and community agencies will take part in an official signing ceremony as noted below. As well, renowned traumatic stress expert, Kevin Cameron*, who was instrumental in the creation of the document, will be available to meet with reporters prior to the signing ceremony.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2009
Time:
8:30 a.m. – interviews Kevin Cameron, Traumatic Stress Expert 9:00 a.m. – official signing of the Community Threat Assessment Protocol
Location: Greek Hall, 6550 Harder Drive, Belleville

*J. Kevin Cameron, M.Sc., R.S.W., is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. In concert with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Behavioural Sciences Unit, he developed Canada’s first comprehensive, multidisciplinary threat assessment training program and currently serves on the Canadian Threat Assessment Training Board. He also trains crisis response teams nationally and internationally and consults with schools and communities impacted by trauma.

Agencies and organizations involved in the Community Threat Assessment Protocol
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Belleville Police Service
Belleville Fire Department
Belleville Youth Justice Diversions Committee
Children’s Mental Health Services
City of Belleville
Community Oriented Sentencing Program
Counselling Services of Belleville and District
First Nations Technical Institute
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
Hastings Children’s Aid Society
Limestone District School Board
Ministry of Child and Youth Services – Youth Justice Services Division
North Hastings Community Integration
Ontario Provincial Police – Central Hastings Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Napanee Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – North Hastings Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Prince Edward County Detachment
Ontario Provincial Police – Quinte West Detachment
Prince Edward Corrections Advisory Board
Prince Edward County Children’s Aid Society
Prince Edward County Fire Department
Quinte Health Care – Mental Health Services
Quinte United Immigration Services
Quinte West Fire Department
The Arson Protection Program for Children (TAPP-C)
Trent Community Correctional Committee
Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
Trenton Military Police
Youth Habilitation Quinte

Posted April 20, 2009

For more information, please contact: • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Moira SS 50th Anniversary, May 8 – 10, 2009

Moira Secondary School is proud of its rich history of fostering excellence in academics, the arts, technology and athletics. In May 2009 the school community will acknowledge and applaud 50 years of educational service to the students. Celebrations will occur from May 8 to May 10 to recognize the role that Moira Secondary School has played in the lives of many. The organizing committee has been working hard over the last several years to plan a weekend that will be memorable indeed! Events have been planned that will inspire walks down memory lane, allow friends to reconnect, promote family fun, and fuel passion amongst the entire school community. For information, visit the 50th Anniversary website.

Four-year collective agreement for elementary teachers

School board trustees and elementary teachers have ratified a four-year collective agreement for between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hastings-Prince Edward Local.

 The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and covers approximately 610 contract teachers.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our local ETFO. Our elementary teachers play an important role in the education of young people and we appreciate and value all they do every day for students,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Highlights of the new agreement include the following:

  • 4-year agreement effective September 2008 to August 31, 2012.
  • Provincially-funded salary increases of 2%, 2%, 3%, 3% over the four years.
  • Enhanced benefits effective September 2010, including improved vision, dental and hearing care.
  • Provincially-funded staffing increases in Grades 4 to 8 to assist in reducing intermediate class size.
  • Improvements in the staff posting and transfer process.
  • A cap on teacher supervision at 80 minutes per week.
  • Provincially-funded increase in teacher preparation time from 200 to 240 minutes per week over the four years.
  • The equivalent of two professional activity days dedicated to the purpose of assessment and reporting.
  • Improvements in leave provisions for Military Service and Deferred Salary Leaves.

 Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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For more information, please contact: 

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354


 

5,000+ students celebrated dance!

Celebration of Dance has become a spring tradition with students in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and this year was no different. Today more than 5,000 children from 50 schools and two school boards converged on the Belleville Fairgrounds for the 19th Celebration of Dance. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and two high schools moved and grooved to 11 traditional and upbeat dances.

Celebration of Dance is a fun way for children to get active. Not only does the event build healthy bodies, but it supports both the physical education, and drama and dance curriculum.

“The enthusiasm for Celebration of Dance increases each year," smiled Ian Boyd, Curriculum Coordinator and the event organizer. "It continues to be a fun way to promote a healthy, active lifestyle through daily physical activity. The fact that health and learning are interconnected, combined with an increasing focus on health, especially physical activity, is very important to enhance the conditions for learning,” he added, and said it is another way to reinforce the link between physical activity and character development.

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 moved to the varied music styles of 12 songs that ranged through a broad spectrum of genres: from traditional folk dances to modern upbeat selections. In some schools the dances are rehearsed as part of the school day and/or during extra-curricular times at lunch, breaks, or after school. The songs selected were in keeping with the established attributes of ‘Growing with Character.’ Over the years, the dances have been created by staff and students, with different ones introduced since the inception of this grand event in 1991.

Celebration of Dance is a tradition during Education Week and serves to remind us of the value of a fun and safe way to positively promote an activity that can promote a lifestyle that is healthy and active. Practicing and performing the dances also falls in line with the Ministry of Education mandate of Daily Physical Activity (DPA). It links well with the curriculum and may readily be supported by the strands within Physical Education as well as the curriculum and reporting for Dance and Drama. Throughout the process of preparing and performing, there is such a great opportunity to positively portray the eight district character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

The tone was set for the day as the event began with the song We’re All in This Together! The final dance, O Siem, an Aboriginal selection by Canadian recording artist Susan Aglukark contains lyrics which appropriately state ‘we are all family’ and in support of the spirit of inclusion, ‘all people rich and poor.’ The song also fosters togetherness through the lyrics ‘Take the hand of one close by, Siem O siyeya, of those who know because they try.’

“It’s pretty awesome to watch a sea of 5,000-plus children dancing in unison,” remarked Boyd.

This event has been recognized by OPHEA (Ontario Physical & Health Education Association) as a fun way to promote physical activity. This year’s event included students from three schools from Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Quinte Mohawk School and Sagonaska Demonstration School.
 

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For more information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

Board Meeting Update #48 – April 27, 2009

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in May.

 

 

Tentative collective agreement for elementary teachers

A tentative collective agreement has been reached between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and elementary teachers represented by ETFO Hastings-Prince Edward Local. The tentative agreement covers the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and covers approximately 610 employees. “We are pleased that the negotiation teams for the Board and ETFO worked collaboratively and were successful at reaching a tentative agreement. I look forward to hearing positive results from the upcoming ratification votes to be held next week," remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. The parties have scheduled ratification votes as follows:

  • HPEDSB on Monday, April 27, 2009.
  • ETFO H-P on Wednesday, April 29, 2009.

No details will be released until after ratification.

For more information, please contact: • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Stirling Senior Public School presents “Annie Junior!”

The Annie theme song, Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love you, Tomorrow! You’re always a day away! is familiar to many. Under the direction of an ambitious group of teachers and energetic students, Stirling Senior Public School will present the musical Annie Junior!

Based on the popular comic strip, Annie Junior! tells of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstop of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil schemes, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Date: Evening performances on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Stirling Senior Public School Gym
Tickets : $5 for adults and children, available by advance purchase at the school or at the door on the night of the performance

For information, please contact Stirling Senior Public School at 613-395-3389.
 

‘Reading matters’ to Quinte SS and Chapters

If you enjoy listening to vocal and instrumental music, read on! Quinte Secondary School students will be performing at Chapters (Belleville). The event is a fundraiser to support literacy in the high school and the elementary feeder schools.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Location: Chapters, Quinte Mall, Belleville
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Event details
Quinte Secondary School is planning an evening of vocal and instrumental music and colourful displays for your entertainment while you browse the wide selection of books Chapters has to offer. To help support literacy with our elementary school partners, we encourage you to buy your favorite book and donate it to an elementary school library.

With every purchase made at Chapters Belleville on this special evening, a percentage of the purchase will be donated directly back to the school. There will be a draw for a Chapters gift card and a showcase of school programs.

Upon arrival at the store, please sign-in with one of the school council members at the registration table which will be located directly inside the main doors.

For more information, please contact Chapters at 613-962-3600 or teacher Annette McGuinness at 613-962-9295.

Please note, in order to ensure the most successful and profitable fundraiser possible, all discount programs including the iRewards program, will not be in effect during the event. Thank you for your support.

Bayside PS presents ‘Beauty & the Beast, Jr.!’

Bayside Public School students in Grades 5 to 8 are proud to present the theatrical production Beauty & the Beast Jr.!

Audiences will be transported to a lovely French provincial town where the brainy and beautiful Belle lives with her father, a dotty inventor. Belle yearns to escape her provincial life and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle gets more adventure than she dreamed of when she becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle! Dancing flatware, menacing wolves and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.

Based on the Academy Award winning animated feature, the junior stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes all the wonderful songs from the film, written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, plus new songs written especially for the Broadway version by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

Date: Evening performances on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bayside Secondary School, located on Highway 2 between Belleville and Trenton
Tickets: $5 for adults and children, available at the door or in advance at the Bayside Public School office

For information, please contact:
• Bayside Public School, 613-962-0694
 

Dual Credits program provides reach-ahead options

Finishing high school and starting college became linked more closely this year courtesy of a new Ministry of Education initiative. The Dual Credits program allows students to earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Loyalist College and St. Lawrence College are partnering to offer dual credit courses. This semester is a pilot program and students are enrolled in:

• CAD 1 and Technical Communications
• Automotive Apprenticeship
• Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship
• Hairstylist Apprenticeship
• General Carpentry Apprenticeship

“Our students are telling us that this program is very valuable to them. They appreciate the college experience and stimulating environment,” remarks Mandy Savery-Whiteway, System Principal for Student Success. “Most importantly, the Dual Credits program is helping these students to stay in school and invest in their future,” she adds.

What it is
Dual Credits is a Student Success and School College Work Initiative (SCWI) intended to provide reach-ahead opportunities for secondary school students. They participate in apprenticeship training and post-secondary courses earning dual credits that count towards their high school diploma and their post-secondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. College tuition, ancillary and textbook fees are funded through the SCWI. A dedicated secondary teacher for all students participating in the Dual Credits program helps students to make the transition to the college setting and supports their academic program and planning.

Who it is for
Dual Credits is for students who need learning opportunities outside of high school and who would benefit from a college or apprenticeship experience.

How it helps
Students have the opportunity to:
• Earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.
• Gain experience that will help them with their postsecondary education or apprenticeship.
• Get a head start on learning and training for their future careers.
• Focus on areas of interest, for senior secondary school students, as they move towards graduation.

For more information, please contact: • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Vice-principal volunteers to ‘dance with the stars’

Not many can say they have danced with the stars. But that is just what Hillcrest School Vice-Principal David Fry will be doing next month. Fry is a volunteer participant in the Quinte Dancing with the Stars event. He will be dancing with Charity Brown from Quinte Broadcasting. The event is a fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Volunteer and Information Quinte.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Location: Yardmen Arena, Belleville
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20, general admission seating, on sale at:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, 249 William Street, 613-962-3666, cash and credit card accepted
  • Volunteer and Information Quinte, Century Place, 613-969-8862, cash only accepted
  • Military Family Resource Centre, 50 Rivers Drive, Trenton, 613-965-3575, cash and debit accepted

For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

 

Teacher honoured with Science award

Congratulations to Scott Berry, teacher at Susanna Moodie Elementary School, who was recently honoured with a national award. Mr. Berry was one of seven Canadians to receive the Youth Science Canada Distinguished Services Award by the National Science Fair Committee.

The award was presented at the recent Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair.

For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Board Meeting Update #47

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 6, 2009 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April.

For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

School board ratifies agreement for elementary occasional teachers

At a special public Board meeting on April 6, 2009, board members ratified a four-year collective agreement for elementary occasional teachers with Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local.

The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and covers 300 occasional elementary school teachers.

“We are very pleased with this settlement. Once again, we are fortunate to have negotiating teams that were focused on student success and employee excellence,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Highlights of the agreement include the following:

  • Improvements to salary and benefits.
  • An increase in professional development funds, effective September 2009.
  • Improvements in the management of the automated call-out system.
  • Inclusion of required Provincial Discussion Table agreement language, including new language for health and safety meetings and staff meetings.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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For more information, please contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Parent event: Building leadership in your pre-teen/teen

Parents/guardians are invited to an evening seminar with Dr. Karyn Gordon.

‘Dr. Karyn’ is one of North America’s leading authorities on understanding youth and Generation Y (ages 8-27). She is a corporate / family consultant, motivational speaker, media personality (expert on the national TV show, The Mom Show) and author of several books including her latest, “Dr. Karyn’s Guide to the Teen Years” (published by Harper Collins).

This 75-minute keynote, will address:

  • What is exceptional leadership? What are basic leadership skills?
  • How is leadership developed? Is it learned or innate?
  • What are different types of leaders? Who do pre-teens / teens see as leaders’?
  • How does leadership impact a pre-teen’s / teen’s self-esteem, social skills,
    creativity, motivation, discipline and problem solving skills?
  • What do current business leaders say they find lacking in this generation when it comes to their leadership skills & character?
  • What are SIMPLE things parents can start doing today (with their children as young as pre-school) to start developing their leadership potential!

Date: Friday, May 1, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
Tickets: $5, available from Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613-969-0140
 

For information, please contact:
• Stacey Bélanger, Principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School, 613-969-0140

HPEDSB schools celebrated Earth Hour

Again this year, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background were encouraged to use their light switch as their vote—switching off their lights as a vote for Earth, or leaving them on as a vote for global warming.

This years’ Earth Hour was taken to the next level, with the goal of having one billion people switch off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you were from, but instead, what planet you‘re from.

And students and staff in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board did their part!

Pinecrest Memorial Elementary had members of the leadership team visit classes to explain the importance of Earth Hour and that their school would give twice as much. All the building lights (minus emergency lighting) were turned off from 7:30 am– 8:30 am and 9:30 am-10:30 am. on Friday, March 27, 2009.

Students at North Hastings High School in Bancroft created an ad campaign for Earth Hour. They put up posters throughout the school to draw attention to the date and created ‘countdown to Earth Hour’ announcements to remind students to participate. The school also registered as an Earth Hour school to boost participation.

Bayside Public School turned off all of lights (in all three buildings) from noon to 1:00 p.m. Computer monitors and televisions (often used over the lunch hour) were turned off, as well. Students in all three divisions took home an optional homework assignment which involved illustrating "How I Spent My Earth Hour" in order to help them remember to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30. Completed homework posters were collected on Monday with one prize per each division awarded.

Prince Charles Public School in Belleville asked all the EarthCARE reps to read a statement about the Earth Hour to each of their classes. When classmates were asked to promise to talk to their parents, more than 93 pledges were received immediately. Teachers were asked to practise for a few minutes in the classes on Friday to live without electricity. Students also read announcements for two days to remind the students about Earth Hour.

Tyendinaga Public School participated by having all non-emergency lights out from 2:30 – 3:30 Friday, March 27, 2009. Some classes chose to do an "Earth Walk" during part of that hour, walking around the perimeter of the schoolyard, thinking about other ways to reduce energy consumption. The Gr. 5 class used an excellent book Winston of Churchill (a polar bear protest against global warming in Churchill, Manitoba) to promote discussion about climate change, global warming, and energy conservation (the power of ONE!). This book then circulated to other classes in the school, and the library technician displayed other books about environmental issues. Students in an Intermediate class suggested that after reading the book the lights be turned out immediately and half of the lights be kept off for the rest of the day. Yellow LOCO (Lights Off; Computer Off) signs were displayed near the light switches in every room in the school.

North Trenton Public School turned off both their lights and computers on Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00.

VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community-a call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. 

by Veronica Ford, EarthCARE Coordinator.

 

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

 

 

2nd Annual Student Benefit Auction

Food for Learning will be hosting the 2nd Annual Student Benefit Auction in April. This event will raise funds to support student nutrition programs throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Every day in our region, thousands of students depend on the breakfast, lunch and/or snack programs at their school for the nourishment they need to sustain them throughout the day.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School
Tickets: $20 each (see below for purchase details)

This exciting event is truly a ‘students helping students’ event. Culinary students from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute and St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School will be catering the event and preparing gourmet hors d’oeuvres for guests to enjoy. As well, students from both Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board will be providing entertainment throughout the evening.

Many valuable and unique items will be available for auction. As well, a very special raffle will be happening again this year. Tickets will be sold on a bouquet of red roses, however, mixed in with the real flowers will be ten $50 bills made into roses and added to the bouquet – the winner will get $500!

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

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

Regional Art Show – April 2 to 29

Facing the Future is the theme of this year’s Regional Secondary Art Show. Student artwork from all over the region will be on display for the public to enjoy.

Date: Beginning Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: John M. Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd Floor, Belleville Public Library.

All are welcome to attend the Opening Reception.

The show runs from April 2-29, 2009 during regular gallery hours.

50th Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair

The annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair is just a week away. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this event.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Location: Quinte Mall, Belleville
Time: 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. (approximately)

Participants include elementary and secondary students. Exhibits for students in Grades 4 to 8 will be placed in groups of 5 – 9 according to grade, type, and class (either life science or physical science, when possible). One judge or a pair of judges will be assigned to each group, whenever possible. After judging is completed, the judges will give out participation certificates to each entrant and third, second and first place ribbons. Exhibits for students in Grades 9 to 12 will be placed in groups of 5 – 9 according to grade, type and class of inquiry; either biological sciences or physical sciences (e.g. chemistry, physics). After judging is competed, the judges will give out participation certificates to each entrant and third, second and first place ribbons.

For information, please contact:
• Scott Berry, Elementary Teacher, Susanna Moodie Elementary School, 613-966-8186

 

 

 

Special Public Board Meeting

A Special Public Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to ratify the collective agreement for Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers Local. The tentative agreement covers approximately 300 elementary occasional teachers for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012.

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

Do you know an outstanding educator?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 Educator of the Year. This award, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award, is presented to a person who has demonstrated meritorious service to education in Hastings County or Prince Edward County. The nominee must be active in education during the current year.

Nominations should include brief, factual statements of the nominee’s contribution to education in Hastings County or Prince Edward County under the following headings: Academic, Cultural, and/or Recreational, through the person’s vocation and/or avocation, locally and/or regionally, for the child, adolescent and/or adult, through professional organization and/or community service organizations.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Sir Mackenzie Bowell Reception
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Hwy#2, Belleville

This year’s event marks the 43rd anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. The award recognizes outstanding educators in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Nominations should not exceed 10 pages. Submissions must be submitted no later than April 20, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in care of: Albert College, Attention: Education Week Committee, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario K8P 1A6.

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

For information, please contact:
Sandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2270.

‘Transitions’ film/animation festival for students

Secondary school students are invited to submit entries to the second annual board-wide film and animation festival.

TRANSITIONS event details
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Centennial Secondary School

Entry guidelines
Each school can submit a maximum of four entries in total (of any category). All videos must be created by HPEDSB students who are in a Communications Technology or Media Arts course this school year. Entry deadline is Thursday, May 14, 2009.

Categories
Junior Film (Grades 10 and 11)
Junior Animation (Grades 10 and 11)
Senior Animation (Grade 12)
Senior Film (Grade 12)

For information, please contact:

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

High school students to perform with jazz greats

Performing with some of the nation’s top jazz artists is an experience that budding musicians crave. Students from Bayside Secondary School and Centennial Secondary School will soon have chance to do just that!

An upcoming day-long workshop will partner student jazz bands with professional musicians from the Brian Barlow Orchestra. During the day, students will work one-on-one with a master clinician and attend workshops. The day will culminate with a concert at the historic Regent Theatre in Picton where students will experience a first-class performance and also perform on-stage with the pros!

CONCERT DETAILS
Who: Brian Barlow Orchestra (see below), with students from Bayside Secondary School and Centennial Secondar School
Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Regent Theatre, Picton

This concert will be the final event in the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival’s first High School Jazz Orchestra Program.

BRIAN BARLOW ORCHESTRA
15 of Canada’s top jazz musicians recreating the big-band sounds of the 30’s & 40’s.

  • Chase Sanborn, Dave Dunlop, Blair Yarranton (trumpets)
  • Russ Little, Rob Somerville, Doug Gibson (trombones)
  • Michele Gagnon (French horn)
  • John Johnson, Alex Dean, Andy Ballentyne, Bob Leonard, Perry White (saxophones)
  • Robi Botos (piano)
  • Scott Alexander (bass)
  • Brian Barlow (drums)
  • special guest vocalist (Rita Di Ghent)

For information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

Child behaviour seminar for parents and staff

Renowned child behavior expert Ron Morrish is coming to the district later this month. His refreshing presentation will provide many practical strategies for teaching children to be responsible and co-operative. Learn how to discipline without all the deal-making, arguments and confrontations.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2009

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Foxboro Public School

For information, call Foxboro Public School at 613-962-5151.

Parents as Life Coaches workshop

Parents/guardians of children in Grades 6-12 are invited to attend this information-packed workshop. It will review parenting strategies for children aged 12-18.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Registration required.

Complete details are provided in the online flyer (pdf).

Reserve your space by Friday, March 13, 2009. Please call 613-966-1170, ext. 2212.

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