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Breadner Elementary presents . . . 101 Dalmatians

Are dogs running loose at the school? No, not really. Breadner Elementary School students are rehearsing for their version of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians! More than 85 SK to Grade 8 students are involved!

Performance dates: Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimli Road, Trenton

Tickets are $3 or a group rate of $10 for the immediate family members.

For more information, please contact the school at: 613-394-1394.

Public concert: Tafelmusik Orchestra’s “The Galileo Project”

World-famous Tafelmusik Orchestra presents “The Galileo Project” in two 55-minute performances. These are public concerts.

Date: Wednesday, March 4th

Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Location: Calvary Temple, 679 Dundas Street West, Belleville

This exciting multi-media performance blends science and music featuring the discovery of the astronomical telescope by Galileo and celebrates 400 years of its use in this the International Year of Astronomy.

For information and group seats please contact:
Susan Davies, Arts Co-ordinator, [email protected], or call 613-966-1170, ext. 2209.

This event is sponsored by the Quinte Symphony outreach program.

Parties reach tentative agreement for occasional teachers

2 March 2009, Belleville, ON—A tentative agreement has been reached between the public school board and elementary occasional teachers. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers Local came to terms last Friday. The tentative agreement covers approximately 300 elementary occasional teachers for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012.

"This is really great news," remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. "I understand that the negotiations were respectful and productive, with a shared focus on creating safe and supportive learning environments for all students," he adds.

A date for the school board to ratify will be set later this week.

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For information contact:

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

Drum workshop comes to Queen Victoria School

Students will be using their hand-made and borrowed instruments to shake, rattle, bang and tap to create a community of music and expression. Musical group Abbey North Drummers will teach students about drumming and percussion techniques. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will participate in workshops throughout the day. They will come together for a school-wide concert in the afternoon.

Donations of percussion instruments are welcome! If you would like to lend your tambourine, drums, maracas or rhythm sticks for the day, please contact the school at 613-968-4547.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Where: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

What: Drumming and percussion workshop orchestrated by Abbey North Drummers

All are welcome to attend a school-wide performance at 2:30 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted.

This event is a “Project Achieve” initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Elementary Teacher’s Foundation of Ontario.

 

Canadian Armed Forces concert at Trenton High

Free public concert. The district welcomes The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces in concert.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Location: Trenton High School, Auditorium

Time: 7:30 p.m. All are welcome, no charge to attend.

In addition to the public concert, the band will be playing two special school concerts for students, as follows:

  • Thursday, February 26, Trenton High School at 9:40 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, Bayside Secondary School at 1:15 p.m.

Board Meeting Update #45

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 23, 2009 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in March.

 

Open House for home built by students

Quinte Secondary School will be hosting an Open House to feature the home built by students. 

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1 Gavey Street, corner of Gavey and McDougall

Directions from Quinte Mall area: Drive north on Sydney Street to Maitland Drive. Turn right onto Maitland and go to McDougall Street. Turn right onto McDougall and go to Gavey which will be the first left. The house is on the corner of McDougall and Gavey.

Media representatives are invited to attend to tour the home, interview the students and take pictures.
 

Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools

Graduating from Grade 8 and going into Grade 9 is an exciting time! Local public secondary schools offer innovative programming to prepare students for apprenticeships, college, university or work.

Find out more at upcoming Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools. Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited.

Open Houses at Secondary Schools
School
Date and time
Telephone number
Bayside Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. 613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. 613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m., 613-473-4251
Moira Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-8668
North Hastings High School Tuesday, February 10 at 6:45 p.m. 613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m 613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary School Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-9295
Trenton High School Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. 613-392-1227

 

Accommodation Review Meeting – Feb. 18, 2009

A public meeting of the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18. Details are noted below.

Purpose: School board senior administration will present its recommendation to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee. The ARC recommendation, noted below, will be included in the report from senior administration.

TIme: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Accommodation Review Committee recommendation

The recommendation is to close Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School with renewal, renovations and additions at both Prince Charles School (PC) and Sir John A. Macdonald School (SJAM). PC and SJAM would become Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools, retaining students within their respective communities. Additions at both schools would include larger gymnasiums, associated change rooms and conversion of existing gymnasiums to library resource centres and computer labs. Renewal needs would be required at both buildings and would include new fire alarm systems, roofing, lighting, windows and heating system modifications.

Apprenticeship Information Night

Are you a high school student interested in an apprenticeship? Find out everything you need to know at an upcoming Apprenticeship Information Night.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Where: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Time: 7:00 p.m.

This event is open to all area students. Information will be provided on the various apprenticeship trades and opportunities for students through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). For more information, please contact Lisa Benoit 613-966-1170, extension 2276.

 

Arts Information Night

Are you getting ready to go to high school and interested in the Arts?  The Regional Program for the Visual & Performing Arts invites applications for the Specialized Arts Program at Centennial Secondary School. Find out all about it the upcoming Arts Information Night for Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians.

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009

Where: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville

Time: 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 613-962-9233.

Make-A-Wish Hair MassaCURE at Trenton HS

Trenton High School will be hosting the Make-A-Wish 2009 Hair MassaCURE.

Date: Friday February 13, 2009
Time: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Trenton High School, Auditorium, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

A wish will be granted to a Quinte West student at this special assembly. Students can ‘buy in’ to the assembly for a $2 donation. The assembly will occur during Period 5 and continue to 5:30 p.m. This event will feature live music, presentations from cancer survivors, and of course, many students and community members from the Greater Quinte West area who will be getting their heads shaved!

For information, please call Trenton High School at 613-392-1227
 

Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools

Graduating from Grade 8 and going into Grade 9 is an exciting time! Local public secondary schools offer innovative programming to prepare students for apprenticeships, college, university or work.

Find out more at upcoming Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools. Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited.

Open Houses at Secondary Schools
School
Date and time
Telephone number
Bayside Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. 613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. 613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m., 613-473-4251
Moira Secondary School Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-8668
North Hastings High School Tuesday, February 10 at 6:45 p.m. 613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m 613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary School Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-9295
Trenton High School Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. 613-392-1227

 

Public consultation update for school accommodation reviews

ACCOMMODATION REVIEW OF SCHOOLS IN NORTH HASTINGS
The public consultation process to study the future of schools in North Hastings is winding down. The Accommodation Review Committee (ARC), which consists of school, student, parent, business and municipal representatives, presented its report to school board senior administration on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. At the January 14th ARC meeting, 41 out of 50 voting members were present and participated in the voting process. The committee voted 22 to 19 in favour of recommending the closure of Bancroft Public School with the relocation of students to the current North Hastings Senior Elementary School, creating a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 school. Students from North Hastings Senior Elementary School would move to North Hastings High School, creating a Grade 7 to 12 school. Facility upgrades and renovations would be required at North Hastings Senior Elementary School and North Hastings High School in order to support programs.

Next steps in the North Hastings process

  1. Wednesday, March 4, 2009 – School board senior administration will present its recommendation to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee. The ARC recommendation will be included in the report from senior administration.
  2. Wednesday, April 8, 2009 – Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide final input at a public meeting.
  3. Monday, May 25, 2009 – The final decision will be made at the public Board meeting.

ACCOMMODATION REVIEW OF THREE SCHOOLS IN WEST BELLEVILLE
The public consultation process to study the future of three schools in West Belleville is winding down. The Accommodation Review Committee, which consists of school, student, parent, business and municipal representatives, presented its report to school board senior officials on January 28, 2009. The recommendation is to close Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School with renewal, renovations and additions at both Prince Charles School (PC) and Sir John A. Macdonald School (SJAM). PC and SJAM would become Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools, retaining students within their respective communities. Additions at both schools would include larger gymnasiums, associated change rooms and conversion of existing gymnasiums to library resource centres and computer labs. Renewal needs would be required at both buildings and would include new fire alarm systems, roofing, lighting, windows and heating system modifications.

Next steps in the West Belleville process

  1. Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – School board senior administration will present its recommendation to the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee. The ARC recommendation will be included in the report from senior administration.
  2. Monday, March 30, 2009 – Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide final input at a public meeting.
  3. Monday, May 25, 2009 – The final decision will be made at the public Board meeting.

All documentation and all meetings relating to these accommodation reviews are public. All documentation is posted online at http://www.hpedsb.on.ca. Copies of all documents and any additional information can be obtained by contacting Sandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator at 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2270, or [email protected]

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to visit public school

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, The Honourable Steve Peters, will visit Sir John A. Macdonald School, accompanied by Leona Dombrowsky, MPP Prince Edward-Hastings.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Sir John A. Macdonald School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

Why: The Speaker and local MPP will meet with Grade 5 and 6 students to discuss the Speaker’s role, the parliamentary process and the Page Program.

For more information, please contact:

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

Schools celebrate Family Literacy Week

District schools are celebrating reading, writing and comprehension during Family Literacy Week, January 26 to 30, 2009. Events are planned at many schools.

Improvement in literacy is a major focus in all HPEDSB schools. One of the ways this is being done is through the emphasis on the intentional instruction of high-level thinking skills that assist students to better understand information they are reading.

“We know that literacy is about far more than just reading words. It is about understanding the meaning of language that is found in many places – such as books, in magazines, on websites, in manuals, on signs, in newspapers, magazines and in advertisements,” remarks Colleen DeMille, System Principal.

This means being able to making meaningful connections to the author’s message and the important information in the text, identifying key messages, and point of view.

“As adults we take these skills for granted but we know through the research and our experience that these are learned skills that need to be explicitly taught. Children do not all naturally develop these skills without guidance and support from home and school,” DeMille adds.

It is also about assisting students to become critical literate learners by providing them with opportunities to identify and analyze underlying messages in print and media, and encouraging them to express their thoughts and opinions, question and challenge the ideas and beliefs that lie beneath the surface.

“Character development goes hand-in-hand with literacy instruction,” explains DeMille. “Whenever possible, we try to focus on the use of stories that portray our Growing with Character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. We find that using fiction and non-fiction stories with these character development themes are very useful for assisting students to identify and reflect upon key life lessons and to discuss issues of great personal significance that they can identify with in their daily lives.”

Students are learning to independently produce writing for an intended purpose and audience in various subject areas.

An area of emphasis at every elementary school this year is the implementation of strategies to increase parent/ community involvement and engagement in literacy. Staff are working in partnership with local libraries and the Ontario Early Years Centre to provide communications to parents to inform about upcoming events and enriching literacy family activities. Each month literacy articles are collated at the system level and distributed to schools for inclusion monthly school newsletters.

Other strategies being used include the following:

  • Family literacy nights that give parents an opportunity to experience the many strategies being used to teach their children how to read and respond to their reading
  • Literacy hall displays in school entrances and outside classes
  • Information sent home by teachers to help inform parents about the literacy activities happening in the classroom
 As well, the district has literacy partners in each school. These teachers support students and other classroom teachers in a multitude of ways, such as by assisting in implementing research-based strategies, addressing the differentiation of student needs, and promoting the literacy connection between home and school.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school to witness first-hand the multitude of ways students are learning to read and reading to learn!

Family Literacy Day was started by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and Honda Canada in 1999 to promote the importance of reading and learning together as a family all year round.

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For more information, please contact:

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

School board ratifies agreement for secondary school teachers

27 January 2009, Belleville, ON—School board trustees have ratified a four-year collective agreement for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) – District 29.

The collective agreement is for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012 and affects 500 contract and occasional secondary school teachers. A first step in the negotiation process was for the provincial OSSTF organization to sign a provincial framework agreement, commonly referred to as a Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) Framework Agreement. That PDT agreement was signed November 27, 2008. Following a series of local negotiation sessions a tentative agreement was reached on January 14, 2009.

“We are very pleased with this mutually-agreeable settlement. We are fortunate to have a negotiating team that was focused on student success and valuing employees,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.”

Highlights of the agreement include these features of the PDT framework agreement:

  • A 3% wage increase in each of the four years.

  • Funding to enhance benefits in 2010.

  • An increase in professional development funds of $2,500 per year in each of the four years.

  • Improvements in class sizes in locally developed, open and applied classes, phased in over the term of the agreement. The Ministry of Education is also increasing staffing for district secondary schools during this same period by approximately eight full-time equivalent teachers to further student success strategies.

  • Restructuring the headship process to align with Ministry of Education subject classifications, including 5-year terms with a more consistent approach in each secondary school.

  • Full implementation of the Substitute Employees Management System (SEMS) in all schools. This automated calling system is currently used in all district elementary schools and was recently successfully piloted in two secondary schools.

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

Upcoming Parent Information Nights

Destinations Program. Adventure Class. French Immersion. Information Nights are scheduled on the dates shown below.  Parents/guardians and students are invited to attend to learn more about these innovative programs for elementary students. Registration for Adult Education courses is also taking place between now and early February 2009.

Program Event details
Destinations Program, for children going into Grade 7 or 8.

 

Information Night Thursday, January 22, 2009, Moira Secondary School, 6:30 p.m. For information, call 969-0140.
Adventure Class, for Primary and Junior students.

 

Information Night Thursday, January 29, 2009, Queen Victoria School, 7:00 p.m. For information, call 968-4547.
French Immersion, begins in Grade 4

 

Information Night Wednesday, February 4, 2009.

6:30 p.m, Harry J. Clarke Public School
7:30 p.m., Bayside Public School

For information, call 966-1170

Adult Education courses Course registration Are you out of work and need to finish your Grade 12 diploma? Or, do you just want to broaden your horizons? Call Quinte Adult Education today. Night school classes for computers and English start February 9th. If you are working or volunteering, you can also earn co-op credits through the Learn While You Earn program. Quinte Adult Education also offers over 80 online and correspondence courses. Make 2009 the year to finish what you started! For more information, call 962-3122.

CHSS Musical Theatre presents ‘Footloose The Musical’

Do you love musicals and dancing? Be sure to go to a performance of,
Footloose The Musical by Centre Hastings Secondary School students.

Performances are February 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2009 in the CHSS Gymnasium. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now through the school office. Call 613-473-4251. This production features 30 students who are in the double credit Musical Theatre course. Over 100 students are involved in the entire production, including a production class, fashion class, and hairstyling and aesthetics classes.

Board Meeting Update #44

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February. www.hpedsb.on.ca/ec/aboutus/boardMeetings/boardMeetingUpdates/BoardMeetingUpdate44.html

Parties reach tentative agreement for secondary school teachers

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 29 are pleased to announce the parties have reached a tentative collective agreement for the period September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2012.

“This is welcome news,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “Both teams negotiated in a collaborative fashion to come to terms on local issues once a Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) agreement was in place. I applaud the efforts of both the Board team and the OSSTF team, and look forward to successful ratification by each party,” he adds.
 
Scott Marshall, President of OSSTF District 29 echoes these sentiments. “I am pleased with the cooperation shown by both sides. Our collective focus is on creating safe, supportive and productive learning environments for all students.”
 
Board members will hold a ratification vote on Monday, January 26, 2009. A date for ratification by OSSTF District 29 will take place the same week with a date still to be determined. Under the provincial agreement, the parties have until Friday, January 30, 2009 to ratify.
 
This is a joint news release by Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 29.
 
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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354
 
• Scott Marshall, President, OSSTF District 29, (613) 962-1210, ext. 23

‘The Sound of Music’ on stage at Centennial SS

Is theatre one of your favourite things? If so, you won’t want to miss the Centennial Secondary School production of, The Sound of Music!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Evening performances are January 15, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m. A one-day matinee performance is Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m.

Literacy & Healthy/Active Night at Kente Public School

This family event is open to parents, guardians and students from Kente Public School.

What: Literacy & Healthy/Active Night

Date and time: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sessions include the following:

• Media literacy and Internet safety, with OPP Constable Nicole Lott

• Literacy activities that can be practised at home

• How to create healthy lunches, with Dietician Patricia Bertin

• Team games and activities for children

For information, please contact Cassandra Bellwood, Kente Public School, 613-962-7533.

Bus cancellations due to inclement weather

In the event of inclement weather, bus cancellations or delays will be posted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Web site (triboard.ca). Cancellations or delays will be posted as early as possible in the morning and updated daily. Tri-Board Student Transportation Services serves an area from Algonquin Park in the north west to Trenton in the south west and from Sharbot Lake in the north east to Gananoque in the south east. Weather patterns can certainly vary from one area to another.

Unless otherwise determined by the directors of education, all schools within the Tri-Board jurisdiction will remain open. This includes schools of the following districts:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Conseil des ecoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • Conseil des ecoles Catholiques de Langue Francaise du Centre-Est (Kingston area)

When buses are cancelled in the mornings

The following applies when buses are cancelled::

  • If a bus route has been cancelled for the morning run, the bus is cancelled for the whole day. Parents/guardians will be responsible for the return transportation for any student dropped off at school.
  • When a bus does not travel in the morning due to heavy fog and the fog clears during the day, the bus will pick up students in the afternoon for the return journey.

Login to the Tri-Board Web site to check bus cancellations

Parents/guardians and school personnel are encouraged to log into the Tri-Board Web site to check any cancellations and delays caused by weather or mechanical problems.


To view route status:

  1. Go online to triboard.ca
  2. Click on “Bus Cancellations” or click on “view” in the message line to access a list of all routes.
  3. Either:

a) select a school and view the status of all routes into that school, OR
b) type in a bus number and view the status of that individual bus route.

  1. Click on the “sign up” button on our home page to receive an email notification of delays or cancellations pertaining to the bus(es) that you sign up for.

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

• Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, 1 866 569-6638

Public school board welcomes June Rogers as superintendent

Congratulations to June Rogers, Principal, Sagonaska Demonstration School, who is appointed Superintendent of Education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Board members approved the appointment at a special Board meeting earlier this evening.

"It is with great pleasure that we welcome June Rogers as a supervisory officer. She has held leadership roles over the past several years and is dedicated to student achievement. Her recent position at Sagonaska Demonstration School has provided June with many opportunities to interact with schools across the province at the elementary and secondary levels," remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

Ms. Rogers’s responsibilities will include supervision of families of elementary schools, Aboriginal Education, Safe Schools and other initiatives to support student success as outlined in the district’s AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success system plan.

"I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the senior team and all staff for the benefit of students," states an enthusiastic Rogers. "Working at Sagonaska for the past year and a half has given me a wide range of experiences which I will draw upon in this new role."

Rogers began her career with the district in September 1980 working as a French teacher at Bayview Public School, D.R. Atkins Public School and Sir Winston Churchill Public School. She progressed to a Special Education case manager in 1999, elementary school vice-principal in 2001 and elementary principal in 2002. Rogers was seconded to Sagonaska Demonstration School in September 2007.

The appointment is effective in January 2009.

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.

 

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

Re-elected chair and vice-chair emphasize student success and teamwork for the public school board

Congratulations to Carl Pitman and Mary Hall who were re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively, at the annual meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this evening.

Pitman has been a school board trustee for Centre Hastings for 11 years. He has been school board chair for the past two years. Pitman has also served as vice-chair and has been an active member of the Program and Human Resources, Executive, and Suspension Appeals committees.

In his acceptance remarks, Pitman referred to HPEDSB as a school board of character and “one that is made up of people who really care about our children’s future and who keep student achievement at the heart of everything they do.” He added, “I sincerely thank my fellow trustees for continuing to have faith in me as chair of the board. We have done so much for students over the past year. I am confident that we will continue to make decisions that enhance our students’ learning experiences."

Belleville/Thurlow trustee Mary Hall was re-elected as vice-chair. Hall has been a trustee with HPEDSB for 14 years. During that time she has been an active member of the Special Education Advisory, Program and Human Resources, Suspension Appeals, and SALEP (Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils) committees, has served as the Board’s representative on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association since 2000, and has acted as Student Senate advisor.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue working with my fellow trustees, administration, other board staff and parents to enable our students to achieve success and reach their goals,” remarks Hall.

Elections for chair and vice-chair take place each year at the annual meeting. At the same meeting, trustee membership on various committees for the upcoming year is approved. Standing and legislated committees are: Operations and Finance, Program and Human Resources, Executive, Special Education Advisory, Student Discipline Committee, Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils, and representation on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

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.

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For more information, contact:

 

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

You have Got the POWER event features Pinball Clemons

Union and non-union support staff will be entertained at a special event Friday, November 28, 2008. Three well-known guest speakers will motivate, stimulate and get everyone laughing during this one-day presentation.

You’ve Got the POWER will feature the following:

  • Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons – The Importance of Teamwork
  • Lorraine Behnan – Communication: The Art of Give and Take
  • Meg Soper – Acting in Balance while Balancing the Act

As many as 500 employees are expected to attend. The show will be live at Trenton High School, with video-conferencing to North Hastings High School. Start time is 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Kathy Soule, Director of Education. Clemons is expected to take the stage at 10:00 a.m., Behnan at 11:30 a.m., and Soper at 2:00 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the district and subsidized by Ontario Education Services Corporation.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight 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

Teachers go to school on PA day

Secondary school teachers from throughout the district will go to school in a different manner on Friday, November 28, 2008. While it will be a day off school for students, some teachers will spend the PA (professional activity) day learning themselves.

During this subject-specific event, teachers will be supporting teachers by sharing best practices, strategies and technology skills. Workshops will take place at three locations: Bayside Secondary School, Centennial Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School. Sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Examples of technology workshop topics include the following:

  • Use of SMART Boards, Moodle, assistive technology and podcasting
  • Best practice sessions for First Nations literature, Aspergers and Autism, concussion management, research skills, metacognition, engaging second language learners, music theatre and improv

These are just a small sample of all that will be offered. There will also be sessions hosted by outside presenters such as: OSBIE, University of Ottawa, Ontario Disabilities Support Program and Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.

Elementary teachers will spend the day doing professional development in their schools .

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight 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

District employees honoured to present at international conference

11th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices

Being part of a recent international conference on restorative practices was a rejuvenating experience for two district employees. Attendance Counsellor Shelley Steacy and Child and Youth Counsellor Shelley Steele hosted a workshop at a three day international gathering of educators, social workers, criminal justice professionals and researchers.

The 11th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) was held in Toronto in late October. The IIRP’s world conference relies on voluntary participation from a wide variety of individuals who want to share what they are doing and learning in the emerging field of restorative practices.

"This was an incredible experience. It was an honour to present alongside others from all around the world. This conference demonstrated to both of us that we have a lot to be proud of at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board," remarks Shelley Steacy. "Our presentation, Lead from Where you Stand, focused on the district’s restorative practices journey from 2001 to present."

The district’s Child & Youth Counsellor Team has been promoting restorative practices since 2001 when many were first trained as facilitators. Since that time restorative practices has grown tremendously within the district and is quickly becoming the discipline model of choice in a number of schools.

"We were proud to represent our organization as a leader in Canada with regard to implementing a restorative philosophy and practice which has lead to a more inclusionary approach to discipline within our system," states Shelley Steele. "Next steps for us will be to examine ways to tie restorative practices into the district’s Growing with Character philosophy and the curriculum," she adds.

When asked about the most inspirational presentation they attended, Steacy and Steele reflected on two:

  1. We attended a presentation by four women from the United Kingdom: the headmistress of a public school, a classroom teacher, a school-based counsellor and a centrally-based counsellor. These four professionals implemented restorative practices using a school- and community-wide approach. The classroom teacher spoke about how restorative practice is woven into the fabric of their class with each day beginning with a check-in circle. During this time the students are encouraged to talk about issues that may be interfering with their learning and are then asked to come up with strategies to resolve their concerns. The headmistress then spoke about how she would implement conferencing as a method to address discipline issues with her students. She also used the RP circle as a model for running her staff meetings where staff were encouraged to “check-in” regarding how things were going in general terms for each staff member. The two counsellors then shared examples of challenging cases where a family conferencing approach was utilized to re-engage a student who was struggling with attendance and behavioural concerns.

  2. Equally as inspiring was the story told by Dominique Barter, a keynote speaker from Brazil. Dominique initiated a Restorative Justice Pilot Project which brought restorative practices into schools, courts, social services and prison services as well as community agencies. Dominique shared his story of a desire to bring non-violent communication to the shanty towns outside of Rio de Janeiro. He spoke about towns where they are over run with drug trafficking and violence. These towns are in the control of adolescent gangs that have become so organized and powerful that local authorities will not even attempt to address the issue as they are in fear for their own safety. His story demonstrated how a restorative approach leads to a feeling of safety for the participants and thereby allows them to express their needs. As a result of being able to express their needs they no longer feel invisible. When a person feels that they are being listened to they have less need to act out to make themselves noticed.

"These presentations demonstrated how a consistent and unified approach can effectively transform any culture into one of understanding, open communication and accountability," explains Steele.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight 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

Leadership is the focus for the Student Youth Forum 2008

The Student Senate welcomes student leaders to the Youth Forum 2008. This year’s focus is leadership. The goal is to promote positive character development and leadership strategies through student involvement in maintaining, encouraging and developing effective student activities.

Reporters are invited to interview students at this event

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., refer to the workshops below

"The Youth Forum is a way for student leaders to come together to share ideas about fostering change at their school. They will learn how to encourage positive behaviour, and investigate a variety of ways to motivate their peers and friends to take action to make a difference," states Pearl Hucul, Curriculum Coordinator who helped students coordinate this event.

Workshops

Morning plenary session: North Hastings High School ‘House System’

Break-out sessions: Teamwork, Leadership, Growing with Character, Spirit, Fundraising, Leadership on a Broader Spectrum

Sessions will be hosted by secondary school students. Youth Forum participants include eight representatives from each of the district’s eight secondary schools. During the afternoon planning session, students will have 70 minutes to work in school groups to plan two follow-up activities for their school.

The Youth Forum is planned by the Student Senate. This group of 16 students consists of two representatives from each secondary school. By being involved in the Student Senate, students experience leadership opportunities outside the classroom.

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

Olympian Brian Price visits Moira Secondary School

Rowing team member a Moira SS graduate

Canadian Olympian Brian Price will visit Moira Secondary School to reacquaint himself with his former high school. He will be at the school Friday, November 14, 2008.

Reporters are invited to attend this special event

Date: Friday, November 14, 2008

Location: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Everyone is so pumped about Brian coming to see us!” remarks Principal Kim Sampson. “He’s a Moira graduate and we are so proud of him!”

Price graduated from Moira SS in the mid-1990s. He is a member of the Men’s Eight rowing team that won Gold at the 2008 Summer Olympic in Bejing, China. While at the the school, Price will be treated to a special presentation and will interact with students. Grade 7 and 8 students from two elementary feeder schools, Harry J. Clarke Public School and Quinte Mohawk School, have also been invited to the celebration.

Price will be a guest speaker at the Moira Secondary School 50th Anniversary Reunion in May 2009.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Congratulations to former CHSS student, Paul Brogee

First recipient of the 2008 Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement

Congratulations to former Centre Hastings Secondary School student Paul Brogee, the first recipient of the 2008 Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement. Mr. Brogee received this distinguished award in Waterloo on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

According to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, “. . . this award is presented annually in memory of Luke Santi who, as a high school student, demonstrated a passion for research and discovery, earned top marks in his courses, took part in a variety of extra-curricular activities, and volunteered his time in service of others. In honour of Luke’s many accomplishments and contributions, the award is presented annually to a Canadian student who demonstrates Luke’s many qualities – academic performance, interest in science, extra-curricular activities and volunteering – and has begun post-secondary education in Physical Sciences at a Canadian university. One award of $1,000 will be made each year to a student who has been accepted into a full-time academic program in Physical Sciences at a Canadian university and is fully planning to continue with a second, full-time semester in physics at the same or other Canadian university. The successful student is expected to direct the award toward tuition for continued studies in physics.”

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For more information, please contact:

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

Students role played as United Nations delegates

11th Annual Model United Nations Conference focused on water issues

They researched the topic, prepared position papers and role played as United Nations delegates. They presented their findings and debated their assigned country positions on global water issues. The atmosphere was electric as students from seven district secondary schools, along with representatives from the neighbouring Catholic school board, participated in the 11th Annual Model United Nations Conference on October 30 and 31, 2008 at Belleville’s Moira Secondary School.

Model United Nations events take place around the world. The aim is to educate partipants about world issues, effective communication and consensus-building, and to learn about the United Nations process. Students role play as foreign diplomats.

The central theme of this year’s event was water issues and the effects on the 29 ‘participating’ countries. During the conference, student delegates voted on resolutions that took the following into consideration:

  • Flooding linked to global warming and dramatic weather
  • Water supply shortages and conservation
  • Agriculture and food supplies
  • Desertification
  • Sewage dumping and pollution of water sources
  • Water sale, export and privatization
  • Desalinization projects
  • Unsustainable water uses
  • Water as a basic human right versus as a commodity
  • Wetland protection
  • Accessibility to safe drinking water; bottle water

This conference was supported by the school board and United Nations Association in Canada Quinte Branch.

Participating Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools

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For more information, please contact:

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

School board hosts delegation of UK educators

Eight teachers from England will be visiting the district to learn about the Ontario Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was approached by the Ministry of Education and was eager to be a host board.

HPEDSB is recognized as an Ontario leader in H&PE. Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Popovich is presently president of the Ontario Association for the Supervision of Physical and Health Education and has also been a driving force behind all district schools becoming Healthy Active School Communities.

“For us it’s a perfect fit. Safe, respectful and healthy schools are part of our system plan and are a prime focus. Research proves that healthy children are more ready to learn and be engaged,” remarks Popovich.

The delegation consists of eight individuals who already have a wealth of H&PE expertise. While here their focus will be to:

  • Learn about another country’s education system regarding the teaching and learning of H&PE.
  • Reflect upon issues surrounding their role as H&PE teachers and H&PE leaders in schools.
  • Consider and investigate another country’s approach to H&PE in schools.
  • Learn about another country’s education system.

The week-long visit is part of a professional development program through the British school system. Educators are encouraged to visit other countries to collect resources, visit classrooms, interact with teachers and experience all that communities have to offer.

“We have a full schedule planned. They will visit schools and community partners throughout the district. This is really an excellent opportunity to share our exemplary programs with these international visitors and also for them to tour around,” adds Popovich.

The delegates will arrive in Belleville Sunday, October 26 and leave Friday, October 31.

TOUR SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monday, October 27 — Loyalist College, Children’s Safety Village
  • Tuesday, October 28 — Harmony PS, Prince Charles PS (Trenton)
  • Wednesday, October 29 — Education Centre/Student Success teams, Queen Victoria PS
  • Thursday, October 30 — Moira SS, Bird’s Creek PS
  • Friday, October 31 — Maynooth PS, North Hastings SES

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For more information, please contact:

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

Mentoring Information Session for principals

This is a reminder of the upcoming Mentoring Information Session.

This is an opportunity for experienced principals (three years or more) to learn more about formal mentoring and district expectations around the mentoring of newly appointed school leaders. If you choose to take on a mentoring role additional training and support will be provided.

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008

Time: 5:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Education Centre

If you are curious about or considering mentoring a newly appointed admin you are strongly encouraged to attend this session. Please RSVP by Friday, October 24.

For more information, please contact:

• Martin Smit, System Principal, 613-966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2214

‘Stream of dreams’ coming to Queen Victoria School

Students at Queen Victoria School will soon create a colourful outdoor display to beautify their yard.

The Stream of Dreams Program is a watershed education and community art project aimed at educating about the life and function of their watersheds while dazzling with the charm of community art.

"We are thrilled to be selected as the first school to create a stream of dreams," remarks Principal Anne Slager. "The connections between literacy, respect, character development art and environment are evident. Our students and volunteers are really looking forward to learning and doing!"

HPEDSB is partnering with Quinte Conservation (http://www.quinteconservation.ca) to offer the program at elementary schools. It consists of an interactive one-hour workshop on the life and function of watersheds followed by an art workshop in which students envision their dream for watersheds and paint it a ‘dream fish.’ Dream fish are later installed with hundreds of others in a ‘stream of dreams’ mural on a highly-visible chain link fence in their community.

The Stream of Dreams program is sponsored and delivered by Quinte Conservation and supported by Rotary Club of Belleville and CORCAN.

To see what a stream of dreams looks like, visit http://www.streamofdreams.org/

Queen Victoria School, the oldest operating school in Belleville, located on the east side of the Moira River, serves approximately 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is a Healthy Active School Community. At QVS, the “Together We Light the Way” Respect Program assists students in developing respect, appreciation and understanding of their uniqueness.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Students enthused about French culture and music show

Elementary students from four local schools will be getting a glimpse of French culture, music and high school life by attending a performance by the Silk Road performing ensemble.

Grade 7s and 8s from Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School will take a trip to Bayside Secondary School on Friday, October 24. There they will interact with Silk Route performers and senior high school French Immersion students. The morning will involve team-building activities. The afternoon will consist of a performance by the duo Jou Tou, and feature French music with a more global and cosmopolitan perspective from France to Quebec, North Africa and beyond.

Students from C.M.L. Snider School and Stirling Junior School will be entertained during separate performaces at their schools.

Background on each school

From its origins as a one-room schoolhouse in 1831, Bayside Public School has grown to a complex of three buildings located on Highway #2 at Aikins Rd., halfway between Belleville and Trenton. School programs focus on character education, literacy and numeracy. All students benefit from a huge playground and track, an instrumental music program and an automated library that includes bilingual materials. Programs are linked to the neighbouring Bayside Secondary School.

Bayside Secondary School (BSS) is a dynamic learning environment on a 200-acre campus, one of the largest in North America. BSS offers students a myriad of opportunities to learn and grow in classes, co- and extra-curricular activities and in the community itself. The full range of courses is enriched with specialized programming which extends student options and experiences.

C.M.L. Snider is home to 310 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. C.M.L. Snider School offers a safe, supportive learning environment. “Supporting Learning and Community Values” is exemplified by the balance of academic programs with healthy active living and physical education, and community partnerships with the Kiwanis Club, local OPP and Prince Edward Child Care Services.

Harry J. Clarke Public School, located in the heart of Belleville’s residential east end and close to the YMCA, serves 700 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Harry J. Clarke offers a French Immersion Program for students in Grades 4 to 8.  In addition, an enriched program for Intermediate students called Destinations is located nearby at Moira Secondary School. Harry J. Clarke PS is a Healthy Active School Community. 

Twinned schools Stirling Primary and Stirling Junior are located one block apart in the village of Stirling and serve approximately 450 students from the surrounding area. The Primary school hosts students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 1. The Junior school hosts students in Grade 2 to 5. Ongoing, open communication between home, school and community encourages parents and the community to take an active partnership in our children’s education. Both schools provide opportunities to foster success for all students to achieve their personal best in academics, the arts, sports and citizenship.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Workshop: Parents as Life Coaches

For parents/guardians of children in Grades 6 to 12

This informative session will assist parents/guardians in understanding the language of the Internet, cell phones, texting and the drug culture. Parents will learn how to recognize and deal with cyber‐bullying, what is being done to make our school technology systems safe, and how to monitor home technology systems.

Presenters will include educators from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, technology professionals, child and youth workers and the community policing officer. There will be opportunity to ask questions about your specific concerns.

Media representatives are invited to report on this event

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Space is limited

Reserve your space by Friday, October 17, 2008. Contact Pauline Hoskin, Student Success Secretary, 1 800 267‐4350 or 613-966‐1170 ext. 2212.

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

Agribition reconnects children to agriculture

Over the past two days, Grade 4 students have experienced Ontario agriculture through hands-on activities and demonstrations. The first Agribition in the region drew 800 children to the Hastings County Agricultural Museum.

The event promotes healthy living, shows children where food comes from and why farming matters to their everyday lives.

"The purpose of the Agribition is to reconnect students with how their food is produced," remarks Liz Churcher, Chair of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

Guided tours of the Agricultural Museum will give students an appreciation of past agricultural practices before they view the modern day displays provided by various commodity groups at the Stirling Fair Grounds. 

"Today’s children are tomorrow’s consumers. This event will invite them to view agriculture first-hand in a positive, balanced manner linked directly to the Ontario Curriculum," adds Churcher.

This event was made possible by:

  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, in partnership with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Foods
  • Trenval
  • The Hastings Federation of Agriculture
  • The Hastings Cattlemen’s Association
  • Stirling Agricultural Museum
  • Prince Edward County Federation of Agriculture

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:

• Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2205

Deseronto principal participates in tolerance workshop

Elementary school principal Vic Roy had a life-changing experience recently when he participated in a two-day workshop about fostering better relationships between different cultures. Roy is principal of Deseronto Public School (DPS), which is geographically located at the centre of a land claim dispute in Deseronto, Ontario.

Roy was approached last spring by a representative of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA) who invited him to participate in a first-time workshop called the Canadian Neighbouring Communities Special Project. Organized and hosted by The Friends of Simon Wisenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, the 30 workshop participants included a mix of educators, residents, municipal leaders, government officials and police officers from Kettle Point, Caledonia, Six Nations Reserve, Ipperwash, Deseronto and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.

“At first I was reluctant to go because it was scheduled for the end of September. As a school principal, my first responsibility is to the students and staff. After speaking with school board officials and Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs representatives, it became clear that by attending this workshop I would be doing a great service to my school community,” states Roy.

The workshop goal was to foster better relationships between community members and leaders, educators, elected officials and the MAA. Through group-based activities and discussions they talked about past conflicts, shared ideas, explored different options for coming to consensus and learned how to be more effective at ‘hearing and learning’ each other.

More specifically, the thought-provoking tolerance and diversity discussions challenged participants:

  • to unearth and dismantle their own acknowledged racist and discriminatory beliefs and attitudes;
  • to approach and dialogue with individuals whose understanding is different than theirs; and
  • to understand how to move beyond tolerance to respect and acknowledgement.

In order to qualify for the workshop participants were required to commit two follow-up plans at one-month and 10-month intervals after returning home. For Roy, these plans are directly related to helping students achieve success by enhancing tolerance and cultural awareness in the school. At DPS, Roy will continue to weave the school board’s eight Growing with Character attributes into the school day: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

“One of the most important outcomes was the fact that people got to know each other and started to develop a relationship in a neutral environment. There were First Nations, community and government officials talking about past disputes and coming up with action plans for the future,” states Roy.

When asked about his overall impression, Roy reflects, “I’m glad I went. I had a number of ‘ah-ha’ moments around the Deseronto land claim issues from all different perspectives from across the province. It’s those realizations—those connections—that I bring back to the Deseronto Public School community. There is no doubt that it was a life-changing experience.”

Deseronto Public School is located 37 km east of Belleville in the community of Deseronto. The school was built in 1956 to replace an older building dating back to 1870. The student body of 170 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 is from the local community.  The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007.

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

 

Centre Hastings SS honours former teachers

Athletic field dedicated to the Cookes

On Wednesday, October 8th Centre Hastings Secondary School will honour two former teachers by dedicating the school athletic field to them. Rob and Irene Cooke taught and coached at Centre Hastings for over 60 years collectively, before retiring in June of 2007.

Centurions will celebrate their contributions by participating in a Black and Gold Spirit day, followed by an official opening of "Cooke Field" and a football game. The ceremony will begin at 1:05 p.m. with all staff and students in attendance. The public is welcome to come and Catch the Spirit of CHSS!

Centre Hastings Secondary School is a community school known for its warm welcome and its ability to support students in achieving their goals. Our school focus is to provide an excellent education for all students of our community and to prepare them to meet the challenges of a changing world through innovation and creativity.

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For more information, please contact:

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

School board welcomes international students, celebrates diversity

Promoting a culture of inclusion, valuing differences and providing opportunities for all to participate are commitments of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). The board’s Equity and Diversity Committee has planned a get-together for newcomers to Canada and international students.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND TO REPORT ON THIS CELEBRATION.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7:00 p.m. (program begins)

Location: The Gallery at the Belleville Public Library

Guest speakers: Kathy Soule, Director of Education; Neil Ellis, Belleville Mayor; and international students

"This event is a way to celebrate diversity in our schools and communities," remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education. "It is also directly related to three of our system goals: Success for All Students, System of Character and Community Relationships," she adds.

Earlier this year the Equity and Diversity Committee planned to host a fall event to celebrate diversity. Focusing on the district’s international students was an obvious fit. This event will be co-hosted by HPEDSB and United Nations – Quinte Branch.

HPEDSB has 126 international students from 10 different countries including: Russia, Germany, United States, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Mexico and Brazil. The program has been in place since early 2000 and continues to grow each year.

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

Go Global speaking tour at Bayside Secondary School

Bayside Secondary School was honoured to host guest speakers from the Free The Children organization. Two motivational speakers, Emily Payne and Spencer West, presented a talk on changing the world through daily choices. This energizing and inspirational opportunity highlighted for students how consistent, small changes can reshape our world, and how our personal choices today affect future circumstances.

This event showed students how they could participate in achieving the United Nations Millennium Goals by addressing such things as:

• Poverty

• Educational needs

• HIV/Aids

• Abuse of children who are less fortunate than us.

The organization’s Me To We program sets out goals to instigate change by thinking beyond ourselves, to consider the needs of others, and by collective action and initiatives making positive contributions and to our world.

This speaking event kicked off of an exciting year of fundraising for the Brick by Brick program with Free the Children. This year Bayside SS will join with Centennial SS to raise funds in order to continue building schools. The Bayside SS goal is to raise enough money this year to build another school in China. Their challenge is to ask each school in the district to participate in this fundraising effort by establishing a Global Awareness Committee, and contributing to Free The Children’s goal of children helping children.

Bayside Secondary School (BSS) is a dynamic learning environment on a 200 acre campus, one of the largest in North America. BSS offers students a myriad of opportunities to learn and grow in classes, co- and extra-curricular activities and in the community itself. The full range of courses is enriched with specialized programming which extends student options and experiences.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Leadership training links junior and senior students

Builds relationships for academic and social support

District secondary schools are actively engaging senior students to welcome Grade 9s and ease their transition to high school. Two are featured below.

Centennial Secondary School

Centennial Secondary School is piloting a new student leadership training program and Grade 9 transition program called Link Crew. The goal of the program is to link Grade 9 students with senior students who will be mentors, role models and motivators.

This summer 45 senior students were trained in team building activities, cooperative skill development, and discussion skills. The students then used these skills to host the incoming Grade 9s during a full morning orientation that included large and small group activities. Each pair of Link Crew leaders is assigned a small group of Grade 9s that they will stay in touch with throughout the year.

“By building relationships between junior and senior students, there is built-in academic and social support for all Grade 9 students. Our first Link Crew Orientation was a huge success, and the Link Crew leaders are planning a variety of events and supports to offer the Grade 9s,”states vice-principal Tina Jones.

Centennial Secondary school is a respectful, caring environment for students to learn in. Link Crew is a school community building program that illustrates these qualities and demonstrates that we are committed to the whole student.

North Hastings High School

The second annual Grade 9 Activity Day/House Challenge was held earlier this month. Grade 9 students, partnered with their senior student mentors and Grade 10 mentors-in-training (MITs), participated in a day of cooperative games and team building activities.

The purpose of the day was to build relationships between students across grade levels and to support the transition of Grade 9 students to high school. Senior student mentors and MITs received a day of training prior to the event to support their role as mentors.

“It was a fantastic day with 300 students and many school staff out on the field,” remarks principal Nancy Quinn. “The whole school approach is so important to a program like this. The enthusiasm for our ‘house’ system keeps growing and you can hear students and staff talking about it,” she adds.

At the start of the day, student participants were given crested house T-shirts in their house colour to build house spirit. The field was full of smiling students wearing red (fire), blue (water), yellow (wind), or green (earth) shirts. Staff were involved throughout the day to supervise, barbeque and support the activities.

At the end of the day, ‘fire’ was the winning house!

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for their transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement and we offer unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Growing with Character launch at Prince of Wales PS

Students, staff and volunteers at Prince of Wales Public School are getting limbered up in preparation for tomorrow’s Terry Fox event and inclusive activities. The school is launching its Growing with Character promotion, which is grounded in respect for self and others.

“Terry Fox was a national hero and leader, not only for cancer research but also for demonstrating courage, respect, integrity and so many more positive traits,” remarks Vice-Principal Suzanne Cholasta. “Our school is embarking on its own journey to model the district’s Growing with Character initiative and incorporating our own inclusive culture.”

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO REPORT ON AND PHOTOGRAPH THE EVENTS

Date: Friday, September 26, 2008

Time: 1:55 p.m. – Terry Fox walk/run

2:35 p.m. – Photo of all students, staff and volunteers in the school yard

Following the photo until 3:30 p.m. – Inclusive activities listed below

Location: Prince of Wales Public School, 37 Prince of Wales Drive, Belleville

Inclusive activities for children

Students will partake in fun, inclusive activities, with a range for all ages and abilities. They will choose the ones they feel comfortable doing. Some of the planned events include the following:

  • Foam frisbee
  • Rubber chicken volleyball
  • Oodles of noodles
  • OMNIKIN – giant Omni balls
  • Tug-of-war
  • Hoola circle

“We will have staff giving out respect tickets to children they witness being respectful to others,” states teacher Tim Wood. “This is another way to recognize students for demonstrating the character attributes. Overall, the afternoon is about including everyone and having fun. It’s not about having athletic skill.”

Prince of Wales PS serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Student success in all areas of education – academics, character development, citizenship, the arts and athletics is the goal for every student. Prince of Wales offers YMCA Before and After School and Breakfast Club Programs. Students from Prince of Wales proceed to Quinte Secondary School for Grades 9 to 12.

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For more information, please contact:

• Suzanne Cholasta, Vice-Principal, 613-968-8321

• Tim Wood, Teacher, 613-968-8321

School board dissatisfied with EQAO test results

Today the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) released the results of the Primary and Junior (Grade 3 and 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests and the Grade 9 Mathematics test written during the 2007-2008 school year.

Provincial results flat-lined and HPEDSB results mirror the provincial pattern. In Grade 3 Reading, the results were the same as last year, in Writing there was a 2 percent improvement and in Mathematics there was a 2 percent decline. In Grade 6 Reading, there was a 1 percent improvement, in Writing a 3 percent improvement and in Mathematics a 1 percent decline. Grade 9 Mathematics results remain above the provincial average with a drop in the Applied level results and a small increase in the Advanced level results.

“The lack of consistency in results is concerning,” remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “Over the past three years we have put specific resources in place to support instruction and learning in literacy—things like intensive literacy training for teachers and focused resources to support student learning. Further data analysis is required to figure out why there are such extreme fluctuations at the elementary level. We will stay the course by continuing to focus on literacy in all classrooms.”

“We believe in our students’ ability and have confidence in our teachers to help students reach the provincial level. Even so, we are dissatisfied. We have not seen the incremental improvement that will close the gap between our students’ achievement and that of others in the province,” states Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Strategies in place for the 2008-2009 school year
For the 2008-2009 school year HPEDSB elementary schools will have the following common focus areas:

  • A comprehensive literacy program in all classrooms designed to help students become independent readers and writers.
  • 120 minutes of daily literacy instruction.
  • Literacy partners, who are expert teachers in teaching literacy, at all schools.
  • Literacy resource rooms consisting of a wide variety of readily available literacy resources for teachers.
  • In-depth analysis of achievement data to guide school and classroom instructional practices.
  • Events for parents and community members to support the school focus on improving literacy.

Secondary schools continue to guide students to select appropriate program pathways. Ongoing strategies include the following:

  • A focus on helping students to make successful transitions from elementary to secondary school.
  • Student Success teams at each secondary school. These teams exist to increase the percentage of students who graduate by providing a diverse range of programs and supports which address a variety of learning needs and preferences.
2008 EQAO Results for Reading, Writing and Math
HPEDSB
Province
HPEDSB
Province

Primary

(Grade 3)

Reading
50
61
Grade 9 – Applied Math
41
34
Writing
51
66
Grade 9 – Academic Math
76
75
Math
55
68

Junior

(Grade 6)

Reading
57
66
Writing
52
67
Math
47
61

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

Quinte Secondary students prepare to break ground on fourth home

Once again, first semester for a group of Quinte Secondary School students is guaranteed to be hard work—because they will be building a house.

Media representatives are invited to attend a ground-breaking ceremony
Date: Monday, September 15th
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Deerfield Park subdivision. Take Highway 62 north to Maitland Drive, just north of Belleville. Turn left onto Maitland, then the second left turn onto McDougall. Continue on McDougall to Lot 1 Gavey at the corner of Gavey and McDougall.

Students will work alongside skilled tradespeople and sub-contractors of Geertsma Homes Ltd. through the Quinte Student Structures Home Building Program. The program provides school-to-work opportunities for senior technology students who enter the four-credit Student Home Building Program. While in the program, students will construct a family home from start to finish. They will have experiences in a variety of skilled trades such as carpentry, roofing, electrical wiring, plumbing, bricklaying, insulating, drywall, heating and air conditioning, interior trim carpentry. Students will also learn teamwork, problem-solving, safe work practices and how to work effectively with other tradespeople.

This one-semester program offers students opportunities to earn four credits. They will work four days a week on-site with their teacher supervising and with sub-contractors at lot Geertsma’s Deerfield Park subdivision. Students will be at the work site from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and attend classes on Fridays for in-school assignments related to the project.

Five local organizations have partnered to offer real world work experiences for local students interested in the building trades:
• Geertsma Homes Ltd.

• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
• Quinte Secondary School
• Quinte Home Builders Association
• The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

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For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, ext. 2354

Trenton HS students apply classroom learning to real-world events

Hands-on experience proved to be an effective learning process for Grade 11 Trenton High School students who donated $3,000 to charity. Using the concept of a charity fundraising event, these students applied their knowledge of accounting and marketing to organize and run a head shaving/cutting event.

According to teacher Rod Campbell, this project taught each individual how to apply classroom learning to the real world. “It was fantastic to see the students get so involved. They worked together to brainstorm ideas and come up with different options. The head shaving/cutting event was a huge success,” he remarks.

The marketing students were split into groups to study local charity events and work on fundraising ideas. Over 31 possible events were brainstormed and discussed. They analyzed and evaluated demographics, communications, possible venues and what would be required to turn the event into reality. Each group’s results was presented to the rest of the class.

The accounting students were was split up and assigned a marketing group to work with. The ‘accountants’ offered the development of the necessary accounting control sheets to keep the events on track. One charity, Camp Trillium, was ultimately chosen as the entire group focus. This was significant because a number of students had been affected by this terrible disease.

It was decided to run a ‘Head Shaving and Cutting’ event on the school’s auditorium stage during one lunch hour. Representatives of both Camp Trillium and the Trenton Kiwanis Club participated. The event raised $3,000 for Camp Trillium.

When asked to reflect on what they had accomplished, all students agreed that they found the project to be the most personally satisfying in their student careers to date. The only regret they had was not being able to pursue more events and include other causes. They hope to pursue more and remain personally engaged in other events in school years to come.

Trenton High School is a community school where students can achieve success in a positive, safe, and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and our community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways. The diversity of programs and facilities offers all students many opportunities to learn and prepare for their future.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Bus cancellations due to inclement weather

In the event of inclement weather, bus cancellations or delays will be posted on the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Web site (triboard.ca). Cancellations or delays will be posted as early as possible in the morning and updated daily. Tri-Board Student Transportation Services serves an area from Algonquin Park in the north west to Trenton in the south west and from Sharbot Lake in the north east to Gananoque in the south east. Weather patterns can certainly vary from one area to another.

Unless otherwise determined by the directors of education, all schools within the Tri-Board jurisdiction will remain open. This includes schools of the following districts:

  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Conseil des ecoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • Conseil des ecoles Catholiques de Langue Francaise du Centre-Est (Kingston area)

When buses are cancelled in the mornings

The following applies when buses are cancelled::

  • If a bus route has been cancelled for the morning run, the bus is cancelled for the whole day. Parents/guardians will be responsible for the return transportation for any student dropped off at school.
  • When a bus does not travel in the morning due to heavy fog and the fog clears during the day, the bus will pick up students in the afternoon for the return journey.

Login to the Tri-Board Web site to check bus cancellations

Parents/guardians and school personnel are encouraged to log into the Tri-Board Web site to check any cancellations and delays caused by weather or mechanical problems.


To view route status:

  1. Go online to triboard.ca
  2. Click on “Bus Cancellations” or click on “view” in the message line to access a list of all routes.
  3. Either:

a) select a school and view the status of all routes into that school, OR
b) type in a bus number and view the status of that individual bus route.

  1. Click on the “sign up” button on our home page to receive an email notification of delays or cancellations pertaining to the bus(es) that you sign up for.

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

• Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, 1 866 569-6638

 

Last updated: January 17, 2018 at 2:28 pm