College Street PS boys were raring to go with the Amazing Book Race

group of boysBoys engaged in literacy took to the streets of Trenton on Tuesday, June 12. That day, 15 boys aged 9-12 participated in the Amazing Book Race. These students from College Street Public School partnered with male mentors from the Trenton High School Outer Limits class.

The day began with Skype visits from award winning Canadian authors Matt Beam and Rene Schmidt who specifically write for male readers. The authors shared their own reading journeys and engaged the boys in their latest books. Then, at 10:00 a.m., the race began!

Amazing Book Race clues led the boys to local Trenton businesses where they used literacy skills to complete real world challenges. As each challenge was completed the boys collected new books, specially selected to engage them to read at their school library.

Even in the rain, these students enthusiastically embraced books, literacy and reading in a whole new way!

Thank you to community partners who supported this event

  • Project Enhancement Fund grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
  • Downtown Trenton Business Improvement Area and Jane Collett-MacDonald
  • J & B Books
  • Quinte West OPP and Constable Lonne Foeller
  • Quinte West Public Library and the Children’s Librarian Rosemary Kirby
  • Rock 107 and Matt Goodman
  • Rona for the birdhouses
  • Ted’s Computer Shop
  • The Trentonian newspaper
  • Tomasso’s and Andrew Kotsovos
  • Trenton High School Outer Limits class and Teacher Jeff McDougall

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


Hermon PS, the “little school with a big heart” raised $4,300 for charity

Congratulations to the students and Hermon Public School community.

Once again, this "little school with a big heart" has demonstrated its care for the community. The little school of 60 students raised $4,331.50 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Students participated in a fun afternoon of physical activity. They alternated through six activities: dancing, hoola hooping, skipping with short ropes, skipping with long ropes, playing with scoops and frisbees, and shooting hoops, to get their hearts pumping.

These Hermon Hornets are truly heart heroes. During the past 12 years, they have raised close to $40,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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

Seven schools recognized for physical education programs

Seven schools have won national awards in recognition of their quality physical education programs.

Congratulations to:

  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Park Dale School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Trenton High School
  • Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School

Physical and Health Education Canada awarded the honours. It is a national organization for physical and health educators whose vision is to ensure all children and youth live healthy, physically active lives.

The awards are for each school’s Quality Physical Education programs. QPE denotes a program that is well-planned, taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students. Ideally, the program is offered on a daily basis throughout the school year in elementary schools. In secondary schools, the programs must provide compulsory physical education courses that are exceptional and enhanced by intramural activities.

According to PHE Canada, Quality Physical Education programs provide the best opportunity to develop physical literacy in children and youth.

"Children who are physically literate have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Without physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from or avoid physical activity and sport and turn to inactive or unhealthy choices," said Jennifer Ronan, a public health nurse with the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.

Stacey Belanger, principal at Park Dale School agrees.

"Teaching children physical literacy is important. Being able to help children learn fundamental movement and sport skills will help them become confident and competent individuals who are more likely to enjoy being active for a lifetime," said Belanger.

Ronan said that, on average, a student graduating from high school, will have spent 15,000 hours watching TV but will have spent just 500 hours in physical and health education programs. She urges parents to speak to their child’s principal.

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

Centennial SS featured in provincial case study

Centennial Secondary School (CSS) is one of seven secondary schools in Ontario featured by the Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) for its notable improvement in student achievement over time. Read the full case study.

Over the past few months, EQAO has visited a number of secondary schools to learn about their successful practices, so that they can be shared with schools across the province. Engaging with the education community in this manner has allowed EQAO to learn about strategies being used to support student achievement in literacy.

The profiled schools represent dedicated school communities. Centennial SS is is notable for staff use of EQAO data to identify trends and make decisions about where improvements are needed. The school has adopted an action plan based on its particular circumstances, is committed to student success and all staff work hard to ensure that students have the supports they need to achieve success.

Each school team shared what EQAO and other data have taught it about its students and the innovative approaches the staff is using to address areas for improvement.

Congratulations to the Centennial Secondary School team for their efforts to improve student achievement over time.

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

Suspicious object at Moira Secondary School, Tues., June 19, 2012

1:55 p.m. Joint news release from Belleville Police Service and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.


12:35 p.m. Police have cleared the scene. Normal classroom activities are underway. A voicemail message will be left at homes of Moira Secondary School students, and Destinations Programme students later this afternoon.


A suspicious object was found on the property at Moira Secondary School. Police were called and are on-scene. School and board officials are working with police to ensure student and staff safety.

Updates will be posted as they become available.

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


Board Meeting Update #84

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 18, 2012, bit.ly/N285uT

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

78% of students were successful on provincial literacy test

The Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results decreased for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) in 2012. Results indicate that 78% of first-time participating HPEDSB students were successful on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), as compared to the provincial average of 82%. This represents a 6% decrease in district results over last year and a 1% decrease for the province.

For 2009, 2010 and 2011, HPEDSB made steady gains, increasing from 76% in 2009 to 84% in 2011. Last year HPEDSB students exceeded the provincial average of 83%. While provincial rates have decreased in the past three years, HPEDSB students made steady growth until this year.

“In light of our steady growth during the past three years, this year’s results are surprising. Secondary school teams have started to analyze their data to plan forward,” stated Trish FitzGibbon, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum Services.

Preliminary analysis indicates that many students just missed being successful on the test. A score of 300 is required. Many HPEDSB students were within 15 points of that score.

“Some students were close to being successful on the test and getting there is within their reach. Knowing where they struggled will help us to improve their skills,” added FitzGibbon.

In order to more fully understand this year’s results, staff will be examining the data as it relates to student pathways, such as Academic, Applied and Locally Developed; gender; and students with special education needs. The data will then be used by school improvement teams for classroom instruction purposes across all subject areas.

“Our students have made steady gains over time. We expect that pattern to continue. We remain committed to providing programs to help each student reach full potential,” concluded FitzGibbon.

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

Student photo exhibition at Quinn’s of Tweed Fine Art Gallery

Student photography is on display at Quinn’s of Tweed Fine Art Gallery

Secondary schools in Hastings County were invited to submit one framed photograph by a Grade 12 student to represent the school in the exhibition.

The photos will hang in the gallery from June 2 to 17, 2012. Viewers during the two-week exhibit will be invited to vote on what they consider to be the "best in show" photo. The photographer garnering the most votes will be announced on the Quinn’s of Tweed website on June 17, 2012.

The photographer receiving the most votes will receive a prize of framing services (value $200) provided by the Quinn’s of Tweed Fine Art Gallery. The student will also have up to three of their framed photos hung in the gallery for two weeks during the month of July 2012.

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

Board Meeting Update #83

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 11, 2012, bit.ly/LQfLCM

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

Student Forum for Centennial SS students at the Education Centre, Tues., June 5

Students from Centennial Secondary School are excited to participate the school’s first-ever Student Forum. Participants will involve a cross-section of students in different pathways in Grades 9 to 12.

"The Student Forum is a follow-up to the Tell Them from Me survey which our students participated in a few months ago. They’re going to look at the survey results, discuss what they mean, then identify next steps and focus areas for our school. At Centennial, we believe the student voice is an essential part of student engagement and achievement," stated Eric Fetterley, Vice-principal.

Fetterley and Teacher Laura MacLellan will be taking approximately 40 students to the Education Centre for this event. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Reporters are welcome to attend to interview and photograph students.

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


Queen Victoria School Kindergarten Art Show at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery, June 7 to 27

art show posterFull-day Kindergarten students at Queen Victoria School are excited to have their art work on display at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery.

DATE: June 7 to 27, 2012
TIME: Art gallery hours
LOCATION: John M. Parrott Art Gallery located in the Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the opening reception on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

According to Teacher Judy Wilson, this initiative has transpired into learning for students and teachers alike.

“We want to convey to other educators that art and literacy go together. Teachers do not have to be experts at art to be able to introduce famous artists to young children. Our students have opened a whole new world for us as educators. Full-day Kindergarten is about a balance of learning, child-directed activities and teacher-directed activities. These projects have included all three. Each one of us certainly learned a lot! ”

This exhibition features the works of students in the Kindergarten class of Judy Wilson and Glenda Giajnorio. These students have created paintings inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Eric Carle. While studying these three creative personalities and their art styles, the creativity of the students themselves has truly shone through.

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

Prince Charles School (Belleville) Gr. 7/8 student artwork on display at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery

Art work from the Grade 7 and 8 students at Prince Charles School (Belleville) is now on display in the John M Parrot Art Gallery corridor.

These students have been participating in the Learning Through the Arts Youth Empowerment Program this spring. The program is designed to engage young people by infusing arts into their learning environment.

"Our students have been working with Andrea Piller, a local visual artist. Andrea and the classroom teacher work together to plan language arts lessons that are incorporate a variety of visual art forms," remarked Principal Martin Smit.

The student will be on display until the end of June. All are invited to visit the gallery to see what Prince Charles School students have created.

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

Employer Appreciation Week: June 4 to 8

This week we say "thank you" to employers throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County for hiring students.


  • Over 500 employers hire more than 600 students for half-day or full-day co-operative education placements. Students are working at restaurants, stores, nursing homes, animal hospitals, CFB Trenton, business offices and in construction, to name some of the experiences presently underway.
  • This year, 50+ employers have signed students to apprenticeships in various trades, such as hairstyling, general carpentry, cook, automotive service, child development practitioner, and brick and stone mason.
  • Several other employers have opened their doors to welcome classes for workplace visits or to support special events for students to learn about careers in different sectors, such as the Careers in Health Day event.
  • Cooperative education and experiential learning activities let students explore different careers and to learn about skills that are important to success in the workplace.

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

Information Night: homestay families for international students, Wed., June 13

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

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

DATE: Wednesday, June 13
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Radio commercial #1, featuring Mexican student Cristy

Radio commercial #2, featuring homestay host Anne

Pictured: A homestay family and international student (right), enjoy the time together at the annual year-end barbeque.

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

Bayside Grade 10 Civics students define philanthropy, win $5,000 for Gleaners Food Bank

Students at Bayside Secondary School care about their community and recently showed how much by securing a $5,000 donation for The Gleaners Food Bank.

Students in Grade 10 Canadian Civics classes were actively engaged in investigating social issues, reflecting on community values and visiting community volunteers at work. This in-class learning and hands-on experience were the result of participating in the innovative Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

Six Bayside SS Grade 10 Civics classes participated in YPI. Each class voted on a final team and each of the six class teams competed at the school level. YPI gives $5,000 to each participating school. The Gleaner’s team won at school level.

As a result of winning at BSS, The Gleaner’s team was invited to a YPI celebration in Toronto on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Congratulations to Bayside SS students Laurie Wood, Iain Hutchison and Emily Kingdon who won the judges’ favour, with their heartfelt and detailed presentation about the programs run by The Gleaners Food Bank. As a result of their visit to The Gleaners and their success in telling the story of a local charity, Laurie, Iain, and Emily earned a $5,000 donation for the food bank.

Pictured below: Students was Laurie Wood, Iain Hutchison, and Emily Kingdon  receiving a $5,000 cheque for The Gleaners Food Bank.

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

“Celebrate Play” comes to Belleville, Sunday, June 3, 2012

“Celebrate Play” is for children ages 3 to 13 and their families.

Imagine hundreds of children and adults building with blocks, or creating art and sculptures with paint, clay and mud. That is what you will see and experience at an event to promote play and the messages that everyone can play, play is affordable, fun, active and accessible.

DATE: Sunday, June 3, 2012
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Zwick’s Park, Belleville

This event is free of charge. Registration is not required. Feel free to bring your own refreshments as food/drink vendors will not be on-site.

event brochure and map (pdf, 1Mb, 11″ by 17″ size)

As the name implies, Celebrate Play will celebrate the importance of play-based learning. Children and adults will experience play first-hand at 15 play centres, through pavilion performances and a story corner. Maps of the play centres and events will be available.


  • 15+ play centres hosted by:
    • Abigail’s Learning Centre Inc.
    • Belleville Public Library
    • Belleville Theatre Guild
    • City of Belleville
    • Family Space/Ontario Early Years Centre
    • Glanmore National Historic Site
    • Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
    • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
    • Loyalist College Early Childhood Education Program
    • Ontario Health and Physical Education Educators
    • Quinte Health Care Preschool Speech and Language
    • Quinte Ballet School
    • Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
    • Visual Artist Anne MacInnis
    • YMCA
    • Young Imaginations
  • Story corner
  • Performances by Jonathan and Noelle Maracle, Andrew Queen, Fiddleheads, and YMCA Get Up! Get Active!
  • Play Doctors: advisors, instructional leaders

Site volunteers and St. John Ambulance will be on-site. Security and washroom facilities will also be available.

This event is hosted by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in Hastings-Prince Edward together with education partners Abigail’s Learning Centre, Family Space/Ontario Early Years Centre, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Loyalist College Early Childhood Education Program, the YMCA and others. This event is modelled after the very successful Ultimate Block Party held in Toronto’s Fort York in June 2011.

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

Quinte SS presents “Chronicles of a Teenage Wannabe,” a musical

event posterQuinte Secondary School Music Theatre proudly presents an original musical called Chronicles of a Teenage Wannabe. It is a current-day story of a transplanted Chicago girl who falls in with a rock band in an attempt to return to the city.

DATE: Thursday, May 31; Friday, June 1; and Saturday, June 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, purchased at the door

This student-written production features popular songs from artists such as Katy Perry, Carley Rae Jepson, The Black Keys, Michael Jackson, and many more. The story is based on the theme of inclusivity and acceptance in high school from the perspective of teenagers involved in a "Battle of the Bands" competition. It is directed by Teachers Tessa Forsey and Jamie Sharpe.

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

Trenton High presents “Into The Dark,” a musical

Trenton High School Music Theatre proudly presents an original musical called Into The Dark. It is a post-apocalyptic zombie musical featuring the music of Michael Jackson.

DATE: Thursday, May 31; Friday, June 1; and Saturday, June 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton
TICKETS: $10, purchased at the door

The story takes place in a fictional modern day society where Billie Jean, a young teenager, leads the perfect life. She has a loving family, a supportive older sister and an adoring boyfriend. Tragedy strikes when a horrible accident leaves her in a coma, with no sign of recovery. She awakens three years later to find that everyone she once knew is dead, and the planet has been decimated by a zombie apocalypse. Billie Jean is rescued by a group of survivors, but much has changed over the three years and moral boundaries have began to crumble. Billie Jean now struggles to understand what has happened, what her new place in the world is and how to survive.

Audio trailer for Into the Dark

Follow the cast and their Tweets on Twitter @THSIntoTheDark.

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

Jesslyn Doxtator won Moira Idol contest

Congratulations to Jesslyn Dextator, a Moira Secondary School student who won the Moira Idol contest.

Moira Secondary School had their 3rd annual Fun Fair and 7th year for Moira Idol.

The idol contest and annual fun fair were recently held at the school. Both were community events which attracted many participants. The fun fair games were filled with excitement from obstacle courses to soccer, face painting, photography, a BBQ, and, of course, more than 110 items in the silent auction.

The Moira Idol contest went live at 7:30 p.m. with 12 finalists. Three judges, Scotty Lalonde from Rock 107, Paul Ferguson from Cool 100, and Julie Simpson, a Canadian recording artist.

The winner, Jesslyn Doxtator, won three hours of studio recording time at R&J Entertainment Studios, a take home trophy and her name will be engraved on the house trophy. Second place winner, Fiona Stanners, received a take home trophy and a Moira SS sweatshirt. Third place winner, Jessica Harpell, received a take home trophy, $10 Quinte Mall certificate and Topper’s Pizza Certificate.

Pictured: First place winner Jesslyn Doxtator and Teacher John Harpell. Doxtator won three hours of studio recording time and a trophy.

first place winner and teacher

Congratulations to all contestants. Thank you to students, staff, parents/guardians and volunteers who helped to make this another successful event at Moira Secondary School.

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


School District Survey indicates support for public education, continued emphasis on character development

Results from a public survey indicate that parents/guardians are interested in knowing about their child’s progress at school and that they welcome friendly, ongoing communication between the school and home. Similar opinions were expressed by community and education partners, and school board employees.

In the fall of 2011, then-newly-appointed Director of Education Rob McGall launched a survey to gather information from external and internal audiences to assist in setting organizational goals and priorities for the next three to four years. Respondents included employees, parents/guardians, community/education partners and community members from throughout the district. The total number of surveys completed was 890.

The results point to some priority areas, and some differences of opinion among respondents, as follows:

  • All audiences expressed strong support for the Board’s three goals: Success for Each Student, Employee Excellence and Community Connections.
  • All audiences felt the existing focus on character development is highly valued and consider it to be an essential part of student success.
  • Parents/guardians and community partners want welcoming environments, to be provided with caring service and to receive timely responses to phone calls or email inquiries.
  • Parents/guardians and the community want to promote our students and schools, and also to raise awareness of schools being available for community use for events and activities.
  • Parents/guardians want more and ongoing communication between school and home, especially with employees who work directly with their children.
  • All audiences indicated the Board and school websites be kept up-to-date and made more user-friendly.
  • Employees want to feel valued and their work recognized.

The School District Survey was available from Monday, September 19 to Friday, October 28, 2011. The survey was posted on the school board website for online completion. The link was emailed to all employees, and shared with school councils, several committees and community partners. Paper copies were available at the Education Centre, sent to schools and community partners for anyone who did not have access to the online version. Awareness was also raised through a news release sent to media outlets throughout the district. All responses were anonymous.

The results will be considered when developing the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan for the 2012-2013 school year and beyond.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing programs and services to help each student reach his/her full potential. The Board shares this responsibility with parents/guardians and the community.

The School District Survey Public Report is available online at www.hpedsb.on.ca/documents/survey_report_may12.pdf (pdf)

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

Board Meeting Update #82

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 28, 2012, bit.ly/KX4Dkx

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

Extreme Fun Fair & Moira Idol at Moira SS

Moira Secondary School will once again host the community with its 3rd Annual Extreme Fun Fair followed by Moira Idol.

There are activities for people of all ages and a Silent Auction where items have been donated from our community partners.

Moira Idol will showcase the exceptional vocal talents of our students. See attached poster for all the details!

Congratulations to Great Place Award recipients

Congratulations to Great Place Award winners who support student achievement and who are held in high esteem through their demonstration of Growing with Character.

11th 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 2012 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Cassidy Allison, Student, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Beth Calwell, Parent, Moira Secondary School
  • Joseph Coolen, Lead Hand Custodian, Tweed Hungerford Senior Public School
  • Cathy Dafoe, Guidance Secretary, Moira Secondary School
  • Nancy Etmanski, Educational Assistant, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Patricia Malott, Teacher, Queen Victoria School
  • Stephen McFadden, Teacher & Coach, Madoc Public School
  • Diane Percy, Volunteer & School Council Chair, Coe Hill School
  • Diana Sheridan, Teacher, Hermon Public School
  • Police officers who work as school response officers
    • Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police: Constable Susanne Cox
    • Belleville Police Service: Constables Miranda Orr and Hans Verbeek
    • Central Hastings Ontario Provincial Police: Constable Terry Briard
    • Napanee Ontario Provincial Police: Constable Del Wannamaker
    • Prince Edward Ontario Provincial Police: Constables Kim Guthrie and Nicole Lott
    • Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police: Constables Lonne Foeller and David Snider
    • Stirling-Rawdon Police Service: Constables Scott Burke and Darrin Heasman

“All the nominations told wonderful stories about the person being nominated and how he or she has contributed to student achievement. The committee had a challenging task to review each one, then through discussion, determine which would become finalists," said Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and committee chair.

Awards presentation

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

Date: Monday, May 28, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 28 nominations representing students, employees, volunteers, parents/guardians and community partners. The nomination criteria aligns with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

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

  • Christine Blakely, Child & Youth Counsellor
  • Karen Chow, President, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teachers’ Local
  • Paul Covert, Parent Involvement Committee Chair
  • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer and Committee Chair
  • Frank Gielen, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
  • Cynthia Gao, Student Senator, Bayside Secondary School
  • Thelma Goodfellow, Trustee
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Adam Snider, Student Senator, Centennial Secondary School

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

$12,000 for food programs from Bayside Secondary School

On Friday, May 11, 2012, 150 students at Bayside Secondary School went without food for 24 hours and raised $11,500 for local food banks and the school Food for Learning Program.

Students were the drivers of this community effort.

“We hope to empower other students to make a difference in the lives of people at our school and in our community,” said Meghan Bush, Co-chair of the campaign.

Co-chair Danika Brown added, "Participants in 244h were treated to live music, karaoke, games and movies throughout the night and broke the 24-hour fast at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12."

In 2010, Bayside Secondary School became the first high school in Canada to host the 24-Hours for Hunger Campaign, raising $10,000 to support Gleaners Food Bank, Trenton Care and Share Food Bank, Stirling Community Cupboard and Bayside’s Food for Learning Program. What sets 244h apart from other similar famines is that 100% of the funds raised are used to fight hunger, since the event pays for any expenses through community donations. Similar famines use a percentage of the money raised for administrative costs.

“I am inspired by the students at this school. They are quick to act and will stop at nothing to help others in need,” remarked Emily Young, Bayside Secondary School teacher and 244h supervisor. In the past, BSS students have also organized community events such as Halloween for Hunger, Relay for Life, Christmas Sharing, and numerous toy drives. 

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

Celebrating 100 years of Queen Victoria School

The celebration was grand as close to 600 people turned out for the 100th anniversary of Queen Victoria School in Belleville on Saturday, May 12, 2012.

The afternoon event featured ceremonies, entertainment, memorabilia-sharing and a free barbecue.

Principal Chad Harvey was proud to host the event in conjunction with a planning committee.

"Queen Victoria School is the oldest functioning public school in the Hastings and Prince Edward district. Students from generations of families have come to school here. It’s still a thriving school with caring staff and wonderful students," remarked Principal Chad Harvey.

Visitors, which included a significant number of past students, signed the guest book, indicating they live in Belleville or the Quinte area, and from as far away as Collingwood and Ottawa.

For many seniors attending, it was the first time they had reconnected with schoolmates since graduation several decades ago.

Each classroom had its own special display of memorabilia with resource teachers present dressed to represent the various decades, from Edwardian through mod to contemporary.

Student performances featured singing and dancing, starting with the First World War song, "It’s a Long Way to Tipperary," "You Are My Sunshine" and hits from Disney films like Snow White and Muppet star Kermit’s "Rainbow Connection." The program also featured a quartet of singers from Moira Secondary School.

Dignitaries representing the province, the city and school board made assorted remarks and presentations.

A former long-time teacher, Wilma Houston, shared some memories of her years with the crowd, while many memories were also shared between former students in the crowded hallways.

Apart from its prime function as an elementary school, Queen Victoria’s generous stage and auditorium saw the start of the Quinte Ballet School, various amateur theatre productions and concerts and many other special activities.

Taken from: Belleville Public Schools 1966 report (Accession No. 3819)

“Long known as “Pine Street School”, this building commenced with eleven classrooms in 1912 at the same time as Queen Alexandra (Ann Street School), and was extended by five classrooms and an auditorium in 1931. It is one of the four ‘modern’ schools (Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, and King George) built at the beginning of the century. In 1908, a proposal was made to City Council to provide $20,000 each for four new public schools, and $60,000 for a new high school. In 1911 part of this plan was realized when Council agreed to provide $35,000 for each of the two public school buildings.”

Queen Victoria School opened officially on Friday, November 8, 1912. The Honourable R.A. Pyne, Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario, was in attendance for the occasion. Documents introduce Mr. A.C. Wilken as the founding Principal, a position he would hold for almost 40 years.

The school went to Grade 8 at the time, with the introduction of kindergarten not occurring until the 40′s.

At one time Queen Victoria boasted a pottery kiln, a music room, an ice rink, a home economics wing and an industrial shop wing in the basement. There was a strong tradition of choral music and many awards at the Rotary Music Festival.

There is a photograph of a good sized band posing outside of the school, which is most likely the band started by teacher Alf Cooper after the WWII. Jack Evans, student in the 40′s,recalled the band in an Intelligencer article. “I learned to play a coronet- and our band toured, playing school concerts in other towns.” Mr. Evans fondly remembered the school at the 80th Birthday celebration. He brings to life an epic snowball battle, and another teacher, a Mr. Cousins, a former artillery officer.

There is a small collection of artifacts in the display case in the school foyer. Among these is a Basketball trophy (cup) from 1929 which has recently been reunited with a photograph of the students who won it. (courtesy of Mr. M. Hope, son of Mr. Robert James Hope, student late 20′s-1930). Also, we are fortunate to have a Junior Red Cross journal from the 30′s and many varied and interesting objects.

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

Trenton High to host the Canadian Forces Parachute Team the SkyHawks

Students, staff and community of Trenton High School will be looking to the sky today. The Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Skyhawks, will be kicking off its 2012 season with the opening jump at the school.

DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
TIME: 11:00 a.m.; the jump is scheduled for 11:10 a.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

2012 is the 41st year of the team’s performances. To learn more about the Skyhawks, please visit the website at www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/skyhawks/index-eng.asp

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

Music festivals and school performances are in full swing!

Spring is the time of year when student music festivals and school performances are in full swing. Students and staff have been rehearsing to perfect speaking and singing parts, dances and playing instruments. Behind-the-scenes activities for putting the final touches on costumes, set design, promotional activities and ticket sales have ramped up. The energy is electric as all efforts are put into making the performances a success!

Spring 2012 Arts Events and Performances – list of events and performances throughout May and June.

For more information, please contact:
Susan Davies, Curriculum Coordinator, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2209, [email protected]

“Phantom of the Opera” is coming to Bayside SS

Promotional posterThe senior Musical Theatre class at Bayside Secondary School has been incredibly busy preparing for their performance of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

DATE: Wednesday, May 16; Thursday, May 17; and Friday, May 18, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary school
TICKETS: $12, available at Bayside Secondary School, Franklin Tours and Arden’s Music (Belleville and Trenton)

Planning for this event has has truly been a cross-departmental undertaking. The Construction classes helped design and build a 6-foot catwalk and staircase. The Art department created set paintings to match the Gothic style of the play. The Communications Technology department created advertising and tickets. Even the maintenance staff have been instrumental in ensuring everything will be ready for the performances.

Teachers Mr. Reid and Mr. Fairbrother gratefully acknowledge the generous support and assistance from community partners and donors, including Lisa and Grace’s Bridal Boutique, RONA-Cashway Belleville and Moonpath Productions.

All are welcome to attend!

Bayside Secondary School provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. We excel in many different areas including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. Our past achievements are impressive as can be seen below and we constantly strive to improve. Our Vision statement is “A community promoting excellence in achievement by engaging learners in a relevant challenging curriculum which prepares them for the future.”

students rehearsingBayside Secondary School is a host school for the French Immersion program. BSS also offers other specialty programs, including International Studies, Communications Technology, Eco Bound, which is a unique multi-credit package for senior students, as well as the most extensive Advanced Placement program in the area. These programs are in addition to the many excellent curricular and extracurricular programs at the school.


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

Celebrate music across Canada: “Music Monday,” May 7

Students across the district are eager to sing on Monday, May 7, 2012. That is the date of the annual Music Monday event when one song is performed by students across the country at the same time through different time zones.

The song for Music Monday this year is Tomorrow is Coming, written and recorded by Juno-nominee, Luke Doucet. The song was co-commissioned by CBC and the Coalition for Music Education.

Bayside Public School will be combining Music Monday with a spring concert featuring ukuleles that were purchased through a grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. Bayside students will sing the Music Monday song, along with the rest of Canada and have performances by the school band and ukulele students.

Music Monday celebrations are also taking place at Athol-South Marysburgh Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, C.M.L. Snider School, North Hastings High School, Prince Charles School (Belleville), Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton), Sophiasburgh Central School and V.P. Carswell Elementary School.

Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year at 1:00 p.m. across the country.

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

Teacher Rob Garden to receive Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Rob Garden, teacher at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, who has been selected as recipient of the 2012 Educator of the Year Award. In the 45 years the award has been presented, Garden is the youngest recipient. The award is also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. He will be presented with the award at a ceremony as noted below.

DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2012
TIME: 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club, 1830 Old Hwy #2 Quinte West

Garden is a math and business teacher, and former PECI student. He has been teaching for six years and has been at PECI the whole time. His passion for PECI and Prince Edward County run deep.

He attended PECI as a student from 1995 to 2000  (Grade 9 – 13) and has lived in Prince Edward County his entire life. He is involved in all aspects of school life: from organizing international trips and promoting PECI in the local media to fundraising, clubs, student council and coaching.

Grade 12 student, Cassidy Allison, was thrilled to hear that Garden had been selected as this year’s Educator of the Year as it was her idea to nominate him. Cassidy organized letters of  support from teachers, parents and students and submitted them to the Educator of the Year Committee.

In her own letter of support, Allison said, “Mr. Garden has been a major mentor for me throughout  my high school career and has made significant contributions to the school and local community.”

An avid athlete and sports enthusiast, Garden coaches the PECI basketball team and has been instrumental in its development and success. In the community, he started an after school basketball league called County Clippers for elementary school students.

“He recognized a need for organized athletics after school and has worked extremely hard to give elementary school students a great opportunity to develop important skills on and off the court,” said a local elementary school teacher in his letter of support.

In the off season, Garden can be found on the baseball pitch coaching both the PECI team, as well as some Prince Edward County teams. He also referees hockey for both the Prince Edward County Minor Hockey Association and the Wellington Dukes.

“Rob is a shining example of what a high school educator should be,” said a PECI parent in her letter of support. “Not only does Rob excel at teaching in a way that makes his students want to learn, he is an outstanding role-model for our students both at school and in the community.”

Garden will be presented the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award for Educator of the Year on May 10th at the Bay of Quinte Country Club at a reception beginning at 4 p.m. The Educator of the Year Committee has been celebrating outstanding educators in Hastings and Prince Edward County since 1967 and is pleased to add Rob’s name to the list of outstanding educators in Hastings and Prince Edward.

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

Guest speaker Diana Juricevic on the topic of Canada & Global Citizenship

A partnership between the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will bring Diana Juricevic to our community on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

DATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
TIME: 12:00 to 1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School

We are particularly excited that collaboration between Curriculum Services and the OSSTF District 29 Educational Services Committee has led to a great opportunity for our young people to experience Ms. Juricevic’s message in a dedicated workshop just for HPEDSB students.

An anticipated 120 students and eight teachers representing each secondary school will participate in a discussion and case study exploration with Ms. Juricevic on key issues related to human rights, citizenship, and global connectedness. Student participants will be taking (or have taken) senior Social Science and/or Canadian and World Studies courses, will belong to global awareness clubs or organizations, or will be active in student government. Learning opportunities will involve study of research and current events material, group discussion, lecture, and question-and-answer. The day should provoke lots of thought and rich conversation!

Ms. Juricevic has been named by Maclean’s magazine as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women.” She is a practicing lawyer for the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands. She has been deeply involved in Red Cross aid efforts in Kosovar, and has served as president of the University of Toronto chapter of Amnesty International. Her work and her social projects exemplify a commitment to responsible, ethical political awareness. She also happens to be a Centennial Secondary School grad! She will speak on the topic of “Canada and Global Citizenship.” She is being featured as this year’s Kevin Manion Memorial Lecture Series guest speaker.

At 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, Ms. Juricevic will host an evening session at Pinnaclej Playhouse. It is open to the public and will be on the same topic addressed with students, “Canada and Global Citizenship.”

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

Opening ceremonies at four schools

Students at four schools are excited to be part of celebrations at their schools. Ceremonies to formally dedicate recently-constructed additions or renovations are scheduled in May.


Sir John A. Macdonald School
DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony followed by an Open House/Learning Fair
LOCATION: Sir John. A. Macdonald School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony followed by an Open House
LOCATION: Athol-South Marysburgh Public School, 1764 County Road 10, Cherry Valley

Prince Charles School (Belleville)
DATE: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony followed by an Open House
LOCATION: Prince Charles School, 75 Ritchie Avenue, Belleville

York River Public School
DATE: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
TIME: 6:00 p.m. Open House followed by the Opening Ceremony
LOCATION: York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft

Each event will feature presentation of commemorative plaques and student involvement. Invited guests include local dignitaries, architects, contractors, community partners, current and former employees, trustees and school community friends.

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

For parents: workshop to improve youth self-esteem, empower you

Interactive workshop about raising confidence in youth and empowering parents

Raising children can be challenging. If you are a parent/guardian who is feeling overwhelmed or defeated raising children, read on!

Moira Secondary School is hosting How to Raise Confident and Motivated Kids, a 2-hour workshop with guest speaker Monique Howat.

DATE: Monday, May 7, 2012
TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville, 613.962.8668

During this interactive and entertaining workshop, participants will learn how to get back on-track. Explore new and innovative methods to raise confident and motivated kids, such as how to improve their self-esteem. By the end of this workshop, participants will feel empowered and rejuvenated as parents/guardians. You will be glad you attended and your children will thank you for it.

Background on the presenter, Monique Howat
Monique Howat is a youth motivator and the founder of CONFIDENT Girls and Guys. The premise of her work is to encourage children and teens to focus on what they have going for them instead of what they don’t. Howat has authored many articles internationally and a book on how to raise confident and motivated kids in just minutes a day. She motivates audiences on Midday-TV as a third-year regular and she has made appearances on popular shows such as Canada AM.

This event is funded and sponsored by the Moira SS School Council.

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

For parents: workshop about using iPods in classrooms

“All i’s On Learning” will be a fun and interactive event for parents/guardians

Parents/guardians are invited to All i’s On Learning, an informative and interactive workshop featuring student learning experiences through use of iPods and 21st Century skills development. event flyer

Follow along with students from three schools as they demonstrate their learning using iPods for classroom activities.

DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Students from Prince of Wales Public School, Sir John A. Macdonald School and Stirling Senior Public School have assisted in planning this event.

Learning goal for the evening: Parents/guardians will gain knowledge to better understand 21st Century skills that are being taught in schools and how they can expand these skills at home.

7:00 p.m. Welcome and session overview
7:05 p.m. How is Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board addressing 21st Century learning skills from a Kindergarten to Grade 12 perspective? Why is this important?

– Matt Norton, Senior IT Services Officer

7:25 p.m. Student-hosted carousels. Students will share their discoveries, connections, creations, challenges and learning through the use of iPods in the classroom.
7:55 p.m. Digital citizenship. What does this mean for parents/guardians and students?

– George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Alberta

8:15 p.m. Q&As
8:20 p.m. Networking and refreshments
Supervision for younger children is available upon request.

This event is supported through a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant received by Stirling Senior PS School Council.

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

For parents/community: workshop to improve classroom behaviour

Workshop for parents of and those who work with children with special needs

If you are a parent/guardian of a child with special needs or someone who works with special needs children, you may be interested in an upcoming daytime workshop: "Working Together for Success and Improving Classroom Behaviour."  event flyer

DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Register by contacting Wendy Fleet, Secretary, Special Education Services at 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2279, or [email protected]

Through this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Explore Shared Solutions – A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs
  • Learn how to resolve behaviour-related conflicts
  • Discuss how to prevent conflicts from happening
  • Understand how to assist students to develop their full potential and succeed in school
This event will be of interest to:
  • Child and youth counsellors
  • Community agency representatives
  • Parents/guardians
  • Parent Involvement Committee members
  • School council chairs
  • Special Education Advisory Committee members
  • Student Success teachers
  • Trustees

This event is hosted by the Special Education Advisory Committee in partnership with community agencies.

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

4-time Olympian Jayna Hefford visited Centre Hastings SS

Students at Centre Hastings Secondary School were thrilled to meet Jayna Hefford, a women’s ice hockey player.

The 4-time Olympic champion and 3-time gold medalist gave a motivational message to the student body on Tuesday, April 24. Hefford spoke of her personal journey, as well as that of the Canadian Womens team as they prepared for and went to the Vancouver Olympics.

Hefford’s had three key messages for students: 1) prepare; 2) believe and trust in your plan; and 3)  persevere through adversity.

It was an experience the students will not soon forget. Several got to hold Hefford’s Olympic gold medal.

Pictured: Student Council Co-presidents Maddy Danford and Matt Maynes with Jayna Hefford (centre).

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

Board Meeting Update #81

This update provides a summary of the public Board Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 26, 2012, bit.ly/JyhJrH

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

“Stop the Bullying” presentation for students of Armed Forces families

Performer Maria Hawkins will be presenting “Stop the Bullying,” a music-driven motivational presentation for students. The performance supports character development of students who are members of Armed Forces families.

DATE: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Charles Public School, 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton

Background on performer Maria Hawkins
Maria Hawkins was raised in CFB Borden from age six to 15before her step-father was transferred to CFB Rockcliffe. Both Maria and her mother are former reservists. This year she celebrates 25 years of working with youth and 10 years as a MASC – Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities artist – in support of literally tens of thousands of students in the region. Maria also currently holds a security clearance with the Government of Canada and is available on contract with Health Canada as a motivational speaker for SOS (Strategic Operational Services). She performs regularly with her band at festivals and working on her second CD.

Hawkins has received many awards for her work with children and youth through YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction, Amazing Woman, United Way Community Builder, Artistic Excellence, Rich Little Endowment Award and many others.

More information about Maria is available through MASC. MASC brings the arts and culture alive for over 100,000 children, youth, teachers and seniors each year. With a passionate commitment to provide schools and communities with experiences of artistic excellence and creative process, MASC proudly represents a roster of over 60 professional artists.

Funds for this special performance were gratefully raised by the Public Service Alliance of Canada – Members with Disabilities Action Committee, National Capital Region. Pat McGrath, Chair of the Members with Disabilities Action Committee, will be attending the performance.

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


Flying eggs and electrical challenges at the Science Olympics

Students in Science classes are going to the Olympics early and won’t have to wait until the summer!

Quinte Secondary School will be hosting the Science Olympics on Thursday, April 26, 2012. This event will showcase Junior and Senior Science students from all eight secondary schools. 

Students from each school will work together to compete against other schools in a variety of different events, both indoor and outdoor. Students will use their teamwork, leadership, inquiry and problem-solving skills throughout the day, while having an incredible and fun experience!

From flying eggs to electrical challenges, this will be a scientific day to remember!

This event has been organized by several schools and is made possible through a grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

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

Jennifer Kolari to present at York River PS, Tues., April 17

York River Public School will be hosting a parenting presentation for parents, teachers and community agencies.

Guest presenter, Jennifer Kolari, spent several years counselling children, teens and parents for the Toronto District School Board and serving as a field supervisor for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work. Prior to that she was a family therapist at Integra, a children’s mental health centre in Toronto. Her presentation will be applicable to agencies, teachers and parents.

DATE: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft

Background on Jennifer Kolari

Jennifer Kolari has a Masters of Social Work, is a registered social worker and a therapist who has been helping children, teens and families get connected for 20 years. Author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011), Kolari is the parenting expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has appeared frequently on Canada AM and Breakfast Television. Her insightful strategies, shared with warmth and humour, make her a highly sought-after speaker with schools, organizations and agencies throughout North America.

This event is sponsored by Communities and Schools Together (CAST).

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


Quinte Secondary to host Anti-bullying & Leadership Symposium

Quinte Secondary School is getting ready to host two events in mid-April.

EVENT 1: Cyberparenting 101
DATE: Tuesday, April 17
TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Quinte Secondary School

This event is for parents/guardians to learn about cyberbullying. Guest speaker Bill Belsey, founder of www.bullying.org and www.cyberbullying.ca    Mr. Belsey will be delivering his Cyberparenting 101: Parenting the ‘Always On’ Generation address.

EVENT 2: Anti-bullying & Leadership Symposium for students
This event is for students and will be an action-oriented and engaging day. Several local and national guest speakers will host workshops about bullying prevention, personal responsibility, positive self-awareness and leadership, while helping students realize the benefits of strong relationships. Students will receive handouts, interact with one another, develop activities and generate ideas to enhance their home school programs.

The goal is that this experience will have a lasting and measurable effect on students and by accomplishing the following:

  1. Develop and enhance individual students’ basic leadership skills.
  2. Assist students in defining what leadership is and what the role of a student leader is in their school.
  3. Engage students in meaningful discussions grounded in the various components of leadership and what it means to be a leader.
  4. Provide networking opportunities for student leaders to engage with each other to foster collaboration in their own school as well as coalition-building with other student leaders at the symposium.
  5. Provide hands on leadership development experience to seasoned student leaders by establishing mentor roles and incorporating them in the planning and execution of the event.
  6. Strengthen a sense of community.
  7. Connect educators, support staff, administrators, students and parents.
  8. Develop a new traditions while complementing existing traditions at the school level.

Special thanks to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation for providing a Project Enhancement Grant to support this event.

Students from all secondary schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will participate in this event.

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

Three students advance to provincial tech skills competition

Congratulations to three secondary school students who placed in the top of their category at the Skills Canada Ontario Qualifying Competition over the weekend.

  • Jeff Chiasson, Quinte Secondary School, who placed first in Welding.
  • Mike Allen and Dylan Turtle, Moira Secondary School, who placed third in TV and Video Production.

Jeff, Mike and Dylan will join the team of students and staff going to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition from April 30 – May 2, 2012 in Waterloo, Ontario. This event is the largest skilled trades competition for students in Canada. It involves 1,900 competitors from elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools participating in 60+ skilled trade contest areas and gets 30,000+ spectators.

In order to compete at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition competitors must first qualify at the Qualifying Competition. The competition can be intense as students from multiple school boards compete against each other and provincial standards. Only the top competitors advance in the contests listed below.


  • 2D Character Computer Animation (Team of 2)
  • Carpentry (Individual)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Small Powered Equipment
  • TV and Video Production (Team of 2)
  • Welding

Congratulations to all students who competed.

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

Excitement is building for the 22nd Annual Celebration of Dance

It’s all about being active and having fun. That’s the purpose of Celebration of Dance. The 22nd annual event is less than one month away.

DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (the rain date is the following day)
TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Belleville Fairgrounds

Twelve dances are in the line-up this year:

  • Dynamite / Video
  • Cha Cha
  • Sandwiches
  • Hamster
  • All Star
  • Witch Doctor / Video
  • Huki Lau
  • Shake Senora / Video
  • Move It
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Footloose / Video
  • Spice Up Your Life / Video

This year we are also taking a 21st Century approach by having videos available for students and teachers to watch and practise with. Kindergarten and Grade 2 students at S.H. Connor School and several students at Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School teamed up with teachers Jodie Hannah and Sarah Eady to create and deliver this year’s Spice up your Life dance. Students were able to share their creative product and present it through the Celebration of Dance DVD. Teachers had students focus on the elements of dance, body, space, time, energy and relationships.

Quinte Secondary School students and teacher Lesley McGuire merged the skills students acquired through the curriculum connections to create and deliver four new dances. Students explored elements of dance, performance and production while ensuring their new dances met participant needs. They were able to apply their artistic skills and integrate technologies in order to develop and create their presentations.

The first Celebration of Dance took place in spring 1991 and has been an annual event since then. It is a fun and safe way to engage students in daily physical activity while supporting the physical education, and drama and dance curriculum.

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

School board ongoing actions around bullying prevention

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing caring, safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments for all students. For the past six years, we have been actively engaged in a coordinated effort with employees, students, parents/guardians and community partners, at both the system and school levels, to develop direction, supports and resources to help deal with the complex issue of student bullying.

Bullying can have devastating effects on individuals and groups. It is a societal issue that requires all of us to work together to support students who have been bullied and to help students who engage in bullying behaviours learn the impact of their actions.

What is bullying?

The Accepting Schools Act passed on June 5, 2012 defines bullying as the following:

Bullying means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where, the behaviour is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have the effect of:

(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or

(ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and

(b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education; (“intimidation”)

Bullying behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means.

For the purposes of the definition of “bullying”, bullying includes bullying by electronic means (commonly known as cyber-bullying), including,

(a) Creating a web page or a blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person;

(b) Impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; and

(c) Communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a website that may be accessed by one or more individuals.

As a school board we recognize that we have a significant role to play in bullying prevention and intervention. We are dedicated to this important work. Here are some of our key approaches to bullying prevention that align with Ministry of Education expectations:

• Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing learning opportunities that promote social and emotional learning, as well as academic and physical growth. Our focus on character education is to support the development of safe and supportive school communities and to help students develop a foundation of good character. The Board believes that character development is about engaging the community in sharing the responsibility for character development.

• All bullying adversely affects healthy relationships, the school environment, and a school’s ability to educate students. It impacts negatively on students’ ability to learn. Bullying is not to be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the life of the school.

• Providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which the district and its schools play an important role. Schools that use bullying prevention and intervention strategies, including progressive discipline, foster a positive learning and teaching environment that supports academic achievement for all students.

• A positive school climate is a crucial component of bullying prevention. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted. To help achieve a positive environment, schools actively promote and support positive behaviours that reflect the board’s Growing with Character attributes (caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness). Schools also endeavour to ensure that parents and members of the broader community are involved in the school community.

Over time we have developed a range of practices to help our schools develop positive and safe school environments. They include:

  • character development
  • bullying prevention education and awareness
  • violence prevention programs
  • student success strategies
  • citizenship development
  • student leadership
  • peer and group counselling
  • restorative practices
  • mentor programs
  • progressive discipline, which includes suspension or expulsion, when necessary

We also have in place threat assessment protocols and a police protocol so that we can work effectively with our community partners. Each of our schools has developed its own set of unique programs to support bullying prevention and how to best respond to bullying incidents.

Developing effective strategies to deal with bullying is an ongoing process that requires continual effort from all of us. This year we have identified a district-wide focus on enhancing safe, effective learning environments, expanding restorative practices awareness, expanding awareness of equity and inclusivity, and increasing the understanding of mental health supports.

In January 2012 we placed specific requirements in school improvement plans, in all 50 of our schools, to have explicit strategies in place to enable students to demonstrate strong citizenship skills, and to engage and welcome students, parents/guardians and community members as respected and valued partners in this dialogue.

We are continuing to implement Safe Schools Actions Teams at each school to assist in the review and development of specific plans and approaches. Membership on Safe Schools Action Teams includes employees, parents/guardians, students and community representatives. At the district level we continue to work in partnership with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee, made up of employees, trustees, parents/guardians, community partners and police agencies. This group continues to play a valued role in guiding district direction as it relates to safe schools.

As a district, we acknowledge that no child should be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome at school because of the actions of others. Continuing to develop and implement effective prevention programs is our priority, followed by ensuring that we have supports in place for those who have been subjected to bullying, and appropriate measures in place to help students who have engaged in bullying so they can understand the impact of their actions.

We welcome opportunities for input at the school level through direct conversations with principals and staff, and involvement with the School Councils or Safe School Teams. Opportunities for input at the district level involve direct conversations with school superintendents or local trustees, involvement with the Safe Schools Advisory Committee or the Parent Involvement Committee.

Thousands of employees, parents/guardians, students and community partners are already engaged in this important work. Our strength and success will come though our collective efforts.

Rob McGall, Director of Education
Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board


School board

  • Policy 1: Board Mission and Goals (October 2010)
  • Procedure 145: Code of Conduct (June 2010)
  • Procedure 135: Equity and Inclusivity (September 2010)
  • Procedure 225: Character Development (October 2008)
  • Procedure 372: Student Use of the Internet & Electronic Devices (October 2008)
  • Procedure 378: Student Discipline, Bullying Prevention and Intervention (June 2010)
  • Procedure 385: Community Threat Assessment Protocol (June 2010)
  • Procedure 393: Police Protocol (September 2011)
  • AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan Summary (2011-2012)
  • Board Improvement Plan for Student Success (2012)
  • Resource Guide: Bullying Prevention & Intervention (February 2010)
  • Resource Guide: Code of Conduct (February 2009)
  • Resource Guide: Progressive Discipline & Promoting Positive Student Behaviour (February 2009)
  • Safe Schools web page

Ministry of Education

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

Full-school lip dub premiered at Moira SS

Today Moira  Secondary School proudly screened Fireworks, the lip dub video starring all Moira SS students and staff.  Watch the video on YouTube.

This spirited video portrays the excitement and energy that a Moira Trojan student feels everyday. Filmed in various locations throughout the school, follow the camera as it showcases some exciting areas such as the weight room, state-of-the-art science labs, fully-equipped technology rooms and front foyer.

Fireworks was filmed on April 5, 2012. Every student, teacher, custodian, secretary and educational assistant showed his or her Trojan pride by dancing, singing and grooving to the beat.

The Moira Secondary School focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life the school—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts.Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development. MSS has a full range of options to choose from including the International Baccalaureate Program, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Geoventure, top-notch technological programs, as well as a wide variety of focus programs. The newest programs include the Academy of Sport, a hockey skills development program; senior level computer engineering; business leadership courses; traditional and digital photography; a Student Leadership course and a new multimedia arts course focusing on broadcasting and digital recording.

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

Join in celebrating Pink Shirt Day!

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is a system of character and is pleased to recognize Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. This annual event is a time to encourage a shared belief in celebrating diversity and universal acceptance by wearing a pink shirt. It is also a time to acknowledge and support ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention initiatives and the work of Safe Schools teams in our schools.

The majority of our elementary and secondary schools are participating, as well as employees at the Education Centre. We acknowledge the involvement of community partners who are also showing their support by wearing pink. To date, close to 2,600 pink T-shirts have been sold, with Trenton High School taking the lead for orders and engaging school and community involvement.

Promoting character development through acceptance, equity and inclusivity is a priority at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. It is our belief that equity and inclusivity are the foundation for safe, caring and respectful learning environments.

Through our Growing with Character initiative and events such as Pink Shirt Day, we endeavour to:

  • meet individual needs by providing conditions and interventions needed to help every student succeed;
  • identify and eliminate barriers;
  • contribute to high standards of student achievement;
  • promote a sense of belonging which contributes to every student’s sense of well-being; and
  • involve the community in our efforts to remove barriers and prevent bullying.

A sea of pink will flow throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board tomorrow. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to support safe, caring and respectful classrooms and schools.

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

Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) says “thanks” for the playground donations

Students at Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) are energized about the new playground equipment at their school! Staff and students will be hosting an event to say thank you to the community.

DATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (rain date is Thursday, April 12)
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth School, 35 Barker Street, Picton, on the Primary playground

“The school council volunteered a huge amount of work and time to this project,” said Bill Launderville, Principal. “Without their efforts, contributions from our parents and major contributors such as Metro, the Williams Family, The Elks of Picton and the Kiwanis, this type of playground enhancement would not have been possible.”

The school received the new playground equipment in December 2011. It was the final phase in the Breaking Ground Project which started in 2006. Since then, the school council has raised over $60,000 towards replacing playground equipment for school and community use. The wooden equipment was removed in August 2008 as it failed to meet newly revised safety standards.

The grand opening ceremony will allow the staff and students to say “thank you” for the latest edition to the Primary yard.

Queen Elizabeth School, where the motto is “Respect and Learning” is situated in the heart of Picton in picturesque Prince Edward County, and serves approximately 275 Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. QEP is a Healthy Active School Community which provides a dynamic and enthusiastic learning environment. The school’s mission is to provide a safe learning environment that promotes academic excellence, social responsibility and individual achievement. Celebrations of learning are evident in school spirit days, reading challenges, family literacy nights, school teams, band and choir festivals, and much more. Based on the Story of the Starfish, the entire community at QEP believes everyone can make a difference.

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


Student Involvement Day Symposium for high school students

Around 80 secondary school students have been invited to participate in the Student Involvement Day Symposium, an event to motivate youth to make a difference at their school through leadership actions and positive relationships.

DATE: Thursday, May 24, 2012
TIME: 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to establishing processes that build healthy relationships, and ensure safe, caring, respectful and inclusive 21st century schools. This includes a focus on developing student leadership opportunities within the context of Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) or Diversity Teams and Safe Schools Teams. This extends to students seeing themselves as contributing citizens to caring, safe, respectful and inclusive classrooms, school and global communities.

The Student Involvement Steering Committee has invited secondary schools to send up to 10 students from both GSA /Diversity Teams and Safe School Teams to participate in the Student Involvement Symposium. The guest speaker will be Elvira Kurt. Elvira, a Toronto native and star of the Comedy Network’s series Popcultured with Elvira Kurt. She has also been voted funniest female comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards. She uses humour to address topics such as inclusivity, homophobia, and women in society.

Participants will network in groups to share how they are creating safe, caring, respectful, and inclusive environments at their schools. Time will also be built into the day for school teams to develop proposed action steps for their own schools.

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

Hundreds of dresses and suits for Trenton High students

Students at Trenton High went dress and suit shopping last night at school!

The school hosted its first Prom Project, offering prom and graduation attire to students free of charge. With hundreds of dresses and suits, students had a huge variety to choose from.

Student Council leaders, led by staff liaison Ms. Jenny Reid, rolled out the red carpet for the event and dressed in formal attire to welcome shoppers. The atmosphere was energized with a live DJ and plenty of snacks to keep shoppers happy during their search for a special outfit.

Trenton High is truly appreciative to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, along with the several community sponsors, for making this opportunity available for students of Quinte West.

Five other secondary schools will be hosting their ‘shopping’ events on the following dates:

  • Bayside Secondary School: Tuesday, April 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Centennial Secondary School: Wednesday, April 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School: Friday, April 27 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • North Hastings High School, Thursday, April 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, Friday, April 20 from 1:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Trenton High School (THS) is a community school where students can learn, lead and achieve success in a positive, character-based, safe and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and the 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 in a 21st Century environment. THS offers programs in Catering, Music Theatre, Aesthetics, Outer Limits, the Business of Hockey, Communications Technology,  E-Learning and an Alternative Campus. The school has a proud of our tradition of excellence and the sense of pride within the community. Follow Trenton High on Twitter @Trenton_HS.

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

Last updated: June 20, 2012 at 9:42 am
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