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Commend the 2011 Great Place Award recipients

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

10th 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 2011 Great Place Award recipients are:

  • Robin Baranyai, Parent, C.M.L. Snider School
  • Melanie Boniface, Secretary, Stirling Primary School
  • Scott Boyd, Teacher, Bayside Public School
  • Dot Burshaw, Secretary, Education Centre
  • Jennifer Cooke and Stacey Wagner, Teachers, Sir John A. Macdonald School
  • Cindy Kearns, School Council Chair and Parent Volunteer, Madoc Township Public School
  • JoAnne Peckham, Teacher, College Street Public School
  • Jim West, Teacher, Moira Secondary School

“The nominations submitted for the Great Place Awards were all impressive. The recipients are representatives of our education system who are each committed to the well-being of students,” said Mary Hall, trustee representative and vice-chair of the Board.

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

Date: Monday, June 20, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

The Great Place Awards Committee received 19 nominations representing students, employees, volunteers, and parents/guardians. 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:

  • Karen Chow, Elementary Occasional Teacher Representative
  • Paul Covert, Parent Representative
  • Mary Hall, Trustee Representative
  • Sarah Langridge, Student, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School, Administrative Support Group Representative
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School and OSSTF Representative
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst, CUPE Representative
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Stirling Primary School, Ontario Principals’ Council Representative
  • Emily Tezlaff, Student Trustee, Trenton High School

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,900 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.

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

 

Athol-South Marysburgh School presents “Through the Looking Glass”

 

Students at Athol-South Marysburgh School are putting the finishing touches on a year-end performance that will dazzle the audience! They will be presenting "Through the Looking Glass," a wild and wacky version of the classic "Alice and Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll, with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeuer.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, June 13, 2011
TIME: 2:30 p.m. Dress rehearsal
TICKETS: $3 for adults; $2 for students under 14

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
7:00 p.m.
$5 for adults; $3 for students under 14

South Marysburgh Central School, located in Milford, is the setting for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2 classes. Grade 3 to 8 students attend Athol Central Public School, located in Cherry Valley, 5 km away. The twinned schools of Athol and South Marysburgh have a combined enrolment of approximately 190 students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Both schools boast spacious playgrounds in country settings and computer labs at both locations.

As a Healthy Active School Community Athol and South Marysburgh promotes regular physical activity and healthy living through daily physical activity, our sports teams and special events. The school is dedicated to excellence in instruction and student achievement with an emphasis on balanced literacy and numeracy. An instrumental music program is provided to those students in the intermediate and junior divisions. A focus on character development using school-wide Respect Agreements which encourage respect for self, respect for others and the school community , complements our strong academic programs. Well developed school and community partnerships that support student success also exist such as the Milford Play Group, Food for Learning, EarthCARE, and Terrific Kids.

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

 

CTV news correspondent visited Harry J. Clarke PS Destinations and Moira SS Film Studies students

Grade 7 students from theDestinations Programme at Harry J. Clarke are entering the production stages of a complete news program called 7D News. The one-hour television report consists of a series of hard hitting news reports reflecting on the students’ experience in the program this year.

 

The project is a collaboration between Mr. Davis’ Grade 7 class and students from the Film Studies course at Moira Secondary School. Throughout the project students from both schools worked together to generate a one-minute video segment on a selected topic which reflects an aspect of personal learning or character experience from the current school year.

Destinations students accessed video editing software and received extensive training from Mr. Doyle and his Grade 12 students. Assistance from the older students instilled a deeper understanding of the power of media with the younger students.

To further enhance their learning experience, Marcia MacMillan, CTV news correspondent, visited Moira Secondary School on Monday May 30, 2011. MacMillan shared a multi-media presentation with Moira Film Studies students and Destinations students which detailed her experiences and expertise in the development of news segments. Students were able to interact with her and ultimately gain insight into the many aspects and roles of media in our world.

The project will culminate with a Formal Screening Celebration in mid-June to unveil the 7D News “A Year in Review.” Parents and invited guests will share in the official unveiling to celebrate their academic achievements during the school year.

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

 

Moira SS students honoured cancer survivors, did Relay for Life

Students at Moira Secondary School demonstrated responsibility, cooperation and caring during a recent school-wide event.

On Friday, May 20, 2011, students from Moira Secondary School were joined by Harry J. Clarke Public School students in the fight against cancer. The Relay for Life event started at noon with a powerfully emotional opening ceremony attended by the entire school community. Survivors, who had been invited for lunch, were honoured during this ceremony and thanked the school for their support of such an important cause.

Students then "relayed" around the school track until midnight, closing the event with a heartfelt salute during the “survivor lap.” At dusk, luminaries spelled the word HOPE on the bleachers and students participated in a lap of silence.

To date, over $20,000 has been raised at Moira Secondary School to support cancer research and it is anticipated that this number will rise.

Once again, Trojan Pride brightly shone through!

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

 

Board Meeting Update #69

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, May 24, 2011, bit.ly/iv3Se9

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

School board celebrates the life and character of Chair Carl Pitman

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board, in the early hours of Monday, May 23, 2011 as a result of complications from cancer. Carl fought the illness with immense will over the past few weeks. Medical teams in the ICU, first at Belleville General Hospital and then Kingston General Hospital, gave him around-the-clock care to alleviate his pain and help him to be as comfortable as possible. Family and closest friends were by his side throughout his final hours.

Pitman had served Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board since 1997, when he was first elected as a trustee representing Centre Hastings for Hastings County Board of Education. He was elected as Chair of the Board in December 2006 and continued in that capacity to the present.

Pitman’s leadership and vision led the Board through the development and completion of the first-ever 5-year system plan, known as Achievement in Motion for Student Success or AiM. Under his direction, the second 5-year AiM System Plan is now well underway, continuing to focus on students, employees and parents/community.

Known for his sense of humour, caring approach and responsibility, Pitman was a proud supporter of Growing with Character, the school board approach to character development in children and adults alike.

“He personified the eight attributes of caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness and certainly celebrated the fun in life,” stated Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “Carl was a mentor, a visionary and a leader. He will be truly missed by all who knew him, both professionally and personally.”
 

Pitman provided long-standing service to the following:
• Executive Committee
• Operations and Finance Committee
• Program and Human Resources Committee
• Special Education Advisory Committee
• Safe Schools Committee
• Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils (SALEP) Committee
• Accessibility Advisory Committee
• Audit Committee
• Marketing Committee

He also served as the HPEDSB representative to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and, at one time, as the vice-president for the eastern region.

Carl is survived by his wife Barb, son Ron, daughter Tina and her two small children.

All in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board community send deepest sympathy to Carl’s family as they come to terms with their loss.

Vice-chair Mary Hall is working with the director of education and Board members to establish a process to fill the position of trustee for Centre Hastings.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Students awarded medals at Canada Wide Science Fair

Finalists from the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair recently participated in the 50th Annual Canada Wide Science Fair, held in Toronto. At the awards ceremony, held at Roy Thompson Hall on Thursday, May 19th, three of the QRSTF participants received honours over and above the reward of competing with the brightest students from across the country.

This year’s fair showcased 426 projects presented by 509 students from every province and territory in Canada. Grade 8 student Theresa DeCola from Frankford Public School was awarded a silver medal at her first Canada Wide experience. Govind Pisharodi, a first-time participant in Grade 7 from Harry J Clarke Public School. Newcomer to this competition, Jenny Xue, a Grade 11 student from Moira Secondary School was awarded a bronze medal in the senior division. This award can also be translated into $1,000 scholarships at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario. The younger students also have an opportunity to benefit from their wins with scholarships to the University of Western Ontario ($1,000 for bronze, $2,000 for silver).

This is not the first time the Quinte Regional fair has produced success at the national level, last year the team brought home the "Best in Fair" prize, and previous years have also seen many accolades returning to the region.

These outstanding young scientists should be congratulated for their efforts and hopefully their success will lead more students from the area to participate in next year’s Quinte Regional Science Fair.

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

Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) presents “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

Tues., May 17 & Wed., May 18. The Oompa Loompas have been recruited from far and wide for this year’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) elementary students.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS
DATE:
Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18
TIME:
7:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Prince Charles Public School, 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton

With a cast of almost 60 students and many more helping behind the scenes, this musical is a whole-school affair! All have been working hard to create an entertaining and stimulating experience that will make you feel like you are inside Willy Wonka’s tasty candyland. Not only will this be engaging to your eyes and ears, but your tastebuds can get in on the experience, as well, with the purchase some of Mr. Wonka’s indelible treats. Better yet, make them yourself with your very own, cast and crew approved, Willy Wonka cookbook treatbook!

Prince Charles Public School, located on the west side of Trenton adjacent to a municipal park and within walking distance of downtown, serves approximately 380 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Prince Charles Public School is a healthy active school community. This modern school is an air conditioned facility with an excellent gymnasium, library and new computer lab. The outside space includes grassy yards with sports fields, play equipment and recess boxes of play equipment for each class. The school community prides itself on being a safe, healthy, active school in which to learn. Prince Charles Public School is committed to providing a learning environment in which all students reach their academic potential with a focus on improving reading, writing and mathematic skills. Music programs are offered for all grades, including instrumental music in Grade 8. Student leadership committees work with staff to provide intramural programs, peer tutoring and study skills, spirit and charity events, clubs and a full range of sports programs.

 

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

 

 

 


 

“Think: Speak Up, Act Now” event for secondary school students

Wed., May 18. Secondary school students are being asked to "SpeakUp." The Student Voice Committee has organized a special day for 10 Grade 9 students from each secondary school (80 total).

The event, Think: Speak Up, Act Now will engage students in team-building activities and group discussion about how school can be more engaging. During the morning, participants will engage in small group discussions and will then share what they talked about with the larger group. After lunch, students will be entertained by the motivational band, Think Day, which encourages students to speak up to improve education for all.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Loyalist College

Student Voice is a student-led committee that has met six times this school year to address how school could be more engaging. Two students from each of the eight secondary schools are on the committee, along with Student Success teachers. Student Voice will continue to meet next year to develop opportunities for students to provide constructive input into how schools can better meet the needs of all students to increase student success.

SpeakUp is part of the Ministry of Education Student Voice initiative that challenges students to make school more engaging by applying for student led/teacher supported projects. Twenty projects were approved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

  • Bayside Secondary School (2)
  • Centennial Secondary School (2)
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School (2)
  • Frankford Public School
  • Moira Secondary School (2)
  • North Hastings High School (2)
  • North Hastings Senior Elementary School (2)
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (3)
  • Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Trenton High School (2)

For more information about Student Voice initiative, go to www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/index.html

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Centennial SS students will be “Acting for Japan”

Wed., May 25 & Thurs., May 26. Centennial Secondary School students will be using humour as a conduit to raise funds for Japan relief efforts. The senior Drama class will be performing three one-act plays in exchange for a $5 donation.

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26, 2011
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: $5 per person

The theatrical fare will be entertaining and mostly comical. The plays are:

  1. WEDNESDAY: An Angel Intrudes, The Boor and Jsem Robot
  2. THURSDAY: An Angel Intrudes, The Noble Lord and Jsem Robot

These performance are open to the public.

Centennial Secondary School is committed to excellence in academics, athletics and arts. Staff and students work as a team to encourage everyone at Centennial to strive to meet the goal of "Exceeding Expectations." As a regional school for Visual and Performing Arts, CSS offers several unique opportunities for students to participate in a full range of creative activities. The many community partnerships provide exceptional opportunities for students in all pathways in the arts, sciences, technology, community service and leadership. In addition, the International Student Program contributes to creating a diverse setting for all students. Strong academic achievement is a focus at CSS where valuable opportunities are provided for students to improve and further develop literacy and numeracy skills.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Moira SS students enthusiastic to show off their school and talents

Thurs, May 26. Extreme Fun Fair and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to take place in May 2011.

Students and staff at Moira Secondary School are ready to showcase their talent and have fun at the same time! Two major events are scheduled for later this month.

EVENT 1 DETAILS: 2nd Annual Extreme Fun Fair
This event involves events for all ages, including children’s games, a barbeque and bake sale, candy-making, sports, costume parties, crafts and more! Enjoy the magic of ‘mad science’ or have your portrait done. Go back in time to meet the characters from the upcoming Beauty and the Beast performance. Test your skills in the obstacle course or challenge your smarts with math games. Join students for the ever-popular Moira Idol singing contest starting at 7:30 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, May 26
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TICKETS: $5 for adults; $3 for children age 12 and under; $15 for a family pass, available at the door

EVENT 2 DETAILS: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Enjoy the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on stage at Moira Secondary School. This fabulous show will have you feeling the Disney magic and seeing the beauty!

DATE: Wednesday, June 1 to Saturday, June 4 (inclusive)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 for children/students; $15 for adults; Family Night is Thursday, June 2, with a cost of $40 for a family (two adults and two children)

 

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

 

Stirling Senior PS won national banner contest

Congratulations to two students from Stirling Senior Public School whose design for a banner was selected as one of seven finalists in the National Capital Commission cross-Canada student banner contest.

Diana Boisvert, Grade 6 and Bronwen Parr, Grade 7, created a banner they called Life as We Know it. They said, "the theme of our banner is how we keep what is important to us. It goes from what is most important to the least important."

Students in Grades 5 through 8 were invited to create and submit a one-of-a-kind banner design to the “Raise Your Voices!” National Student Banner Contest. They responded overwhelmingly with close to 1,300 submissions received from coast to coast to coast. The inspired designs represent issues and topics of importance to Canadian youth.

The seven winning banners will be professionally produced by the NCC and flown in Major’s Hill Park where they will be seen by thousands of residents and visitors from the end of May to October 2011. In addition, the NCC will send a set of banners to student winners and their school, listed as follows, in alphabetical order by school name.

Stirling Senior Public School, located in the village of Stirling, serves approximately 240 students in Grades 6 to 8.

Stirling Senior Public School is located in the heart of Stirling. The school has a combined computer lab and library, a fully-equipped music room and two complete science rooms. The school yard is a large open space with a soccer pitch, baseball diamond, track and a variety of playground equipment. The property also includes a trail system used for outdoor education and athletic programs. Students at Stirling Senior PS take part in character education programs focusing on school respect agreements. Celebrations of learning include community partnerships with local agencies, an extensive music program, the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair and other projects. The strong supportive parent community contributes time and resources to improve school programs and facilities.

 

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Nine schools received national awards for physical education

Congratulations to nine elementary and secondary schools which received national awards in recognition of their physical education programs.

Specifically, the awards are for the schools’ “Quality Physical Education.” QPE is a physical education 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 entire school year. The awards are from Physical and Health Education Canada, the national organization for physical and health educators whose vision is to ensure all children and youth live healthy, physically active lives.

The following schools are 2011 award recipients:

  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School
  • Hermon Public School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary School
  • Trenton High School
  • Tweed Hungerford Senior School

According to Ian Boyd, Health & Physical Education Coordinator,"There is strong research that physical activity is linked to academic performance. Moderate to vigorous physical activity helps to wake up the brain and make it ready for learning."

Jennifer Ronan, a public health nurse at the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, added, “These award-winning schools are great role models for physical education. Quality physical education gives children and youth a chance to develop the knowledge and skills they need to be physically active every day. It prepares the students to lead healthy, active lives. We need to value physical education just as we do language and math.”

The winning schools will be receiving a letter of congratulations from the local Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Richard Schabas.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

21st Annual Celebration of Dance was a terrific success

The 21st Annual Celebration of Dance, held today, was, by all accounts, a terrific success! The weather was clear and sunny with a slight breeze, the best weather in years!

This year saw 3,000 students participating from 30 schools across the district.

"It’s definitely an awesome sight to see thousands of smiling and active young people, investing in life-long health, as they have fun, dancing and singing," remarked organizer Ian Boyd, curriculum coordinator.

Celebration of Dance began in 1991 as a much smaller event. It quickly grew to its present size and has now spilled over to other school districts in eastern Ontario.

Students and staff collaborated to learn and perfect the following 11 songs and dances:

  • All in This Together
  • Cha Cha
  • Sandwiches
  • Hamster Dance
  • All Star
  • Crazy Frog/We Like to Party
  • Huki Lau
  • Agadoo
  • Move It
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Hava Naghila

"There is strong research that physical activity is linked to academic performance. Moderate to vigorous physical activity helps not only to wake up the brain and make it ready for learning, but Dr. Ratey of Harvard has research showing that it actually creates brain connections; called neurogenesis," added Boyd.

Thank you to the following organizations which partnered with the school board to organize a successful event:

  • Belleville Police Service
  • Bob’s Toilets
  • City of Belleville
  • Culligan – The Good Water People
  • Cogeco
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board volunteers
  • Metro Foods
  • Sound crew of Lionel Rae and Rick Scott
  • Tri-Board Student Transportation Services

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

Quinte Secondary School upcoming performance and fundraising

Events and activities are getting attention at Quinte Secondary School.

Quinte Secondary School students are putting the final touches on the comedy performance Shakes-Parody.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 12 to Saturday, May 14, 2011
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Maranatha Church, 100 College Street West, Belleville
TICKETS: $5 for students with a card; $8 for students without a card; $15 for adults; $40 for a group/family of four; $60 for a group/family of six

This performance will be a play consisting of three parodies of Shakespeare’s most famous works: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet. The hilarious plots present a modern twist on these Shakespeare favourites! Filled with spectacular energy and performances, Quinte Secondary School’s version of Shakes-Parody will bring the school and community together for family theatre at its best!

LOCAL AND GLOBAL FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
Students have demonstrated leadership by organizing fundraising events to support local and global causes.

  1. LOCAL: A barbeque event raised almost $600 to contribute to construction of a wheelchair ramp for a local family.
  2. LOCAL: Corey Clark Classic golf tournament took place on Saturday, April 30. Proceeds were donated to Children’s Wish Foundation.
  3. GLOBAL Japan relief: Through a spring coin drive event and school dance, students raised approximately $1, 800 which was donated to Canadian Red Cross.

Quinte Secondary School  has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students, and a continued commitment to improving. Quinte has a proud and committed staff and student body. The school motto is To Learn is to Grow in All Ways.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

‘What Am I Thinking?’ Symposium at PECI promotes healthy relationships

Students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute care about themselves and their community, especially when it comes to promoting healthy relationships.

This week, students and staff will participate in the first W.A.I.T. (What Am I Thinking?) Symposium, an event to bring awareness and a deeper understanding of domestic violence.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2011
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, and Picton Arena, Picton
TIME: 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Keynote speaker Wambui Bahati, and interactive workshops facilitated by community members, will focus on defining domestic violence, and promoting healthy relationships amongst teens. The expectation is that students will take the time to identify unhealthy situations and ask themselves What Am I Thinking? The goal is to teach students valuable lessons about healthy relationships that will help them make good decisions when choosing friends and romantic interests.

This event was made possible due to a $5,000 Project Enhancement Fund grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, the largest grant awarded to date.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute is a community high school located in Picton, Ontario serving over 800 students from across Prince Edward County. With a strong academic program, a wide variety of athletic and extra-curricular activities, and excellent facilities, PECI continues a more than 50-year tradition of serving all students living in Prince Edward County to ensure their success in the world.

 

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

 

Career Fair at Madoc Township PS brings community together

Students at Madoc Township Public School are getting excited about an event that will leave them with lasting impressions about their future career choices.

The 2nd Annual Career Fair is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2011. This event will involve all students as well as student visitors from Coe Hill School. Dozens of presenters will interact with students to explain their career choice, pros and cons of the job, and offer suggestions about how to prepare for specific jobs.

"This was a big event at our school last year and it’s grown even more this year. We are so appreciative to our presenters, volunteers and staff for their contributions and efforts to support the development of our students’ career goal setting," remarked principal Joanne Barry.

The event features a wide variety of presenters, both inside and outside the school, including the following:

  • Cheesemaker
  • Barber
  • Sports therapist for the Montreal Canadians
  • Timber frame builder
  • Representative from Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Planning ecologist from Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Police officers and firefighters
  • Representatives from Hydro One
  • Representatives from Quinte Humane Society
  • A forensics biotechnologist
  • Newspaper, television and radio reporters
  • Small business owners
  • Doctor
  • Veterinarian and veterinary technician
  • Canadian Forces pilot
  • Educators and school board support staff
  • Meteorologist
  • Theatre representative

Research has shown that if students have career goals to work toward, they will see more relevance in their daily studies and have a sense of commitment to their education.

Madoc Township Public School is a rural school located north of the village of Madoc off of Highway #62, serving 140 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is surrounded by rural fields, farms, shade trees and conservation wetlands. In a welcoming and inclusive environment, students are supported to achieve high academic standards and meet their own personal goals. Individual accomplishments are celebrated on the daily announcements and through formal programs such as the Kiwanis Terrific Kids Award and celebration assemblies. Other celebrations and traditions include full school turkey dinners, Career Fair, Fun Fair/Carnival, craft carousels and holiday concerts. The school slogan “Friendship and Learning!” is celebrated every day in an environment where all have fun and celebrate the HPEDSB character attributes of caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. At Madoc Township the mission is “prepare students to become healthy, responsible, and contributing citizens who can meet the challenges of an ever-changing world!”

Outdoor facilities include a track, a new playground structure built in 2007, a covered picnic shelter, three soccer fields, and one ball diamond. Indoor facilities include a library, a literacy room, a computer lab, a music room, SMART Boards, a well-equipped gymnasium with a stage and a retractable screen for video presentations. The school has seven classrooms, and an Early Learning Program that offers every day/full day kindergarten.

Staff, parents, and community members openly communicate and work together to support student learning and success. .

 

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

Centre Hastings SS student earns honourable mention in essay contest

Congratulations to Centre Hastings Secondary School student, Delaney Barnes, who received an honourable mention in the national Turning Points essay contest.

Out of more than 11,500 entries submitted from across the country, Delaney’s personal essay “Hallway of Twists and Turns” placed in the top nine for senior grades.

Each year, students in the Grade 12 Writer’s Craft class compose a personal essay about turning points in their lives that have impacted who they are and their outlook on life. Only three essays can be chosen for submission. Delaney’s touching and artistically composed essay is about the loss of her father. Her honest and insightful writing is sure to evoke emotion in any reader.

Delaney’s essay will be published and she will be honoured at the Changing Your Future and Turning Points Annual Awards Event in Toronto on Thursday, May 19, 2011 for her outstanding accomplishment.

Submitted by Kate Primeau, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School.

Centre Hastings Secondary School provides an excellent education to all students and prepare them to meet the challenges of a changing world through innovation and creativity. Teaching staff work diligently to meet the needs of each student and to create a supportive and positive learning environment for all students. This community school is known for its warm welcome and its ability to support students in achieving their goals.

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

 

 

 

Celebrate Education Week: May 2 to 6, 2011

Students, families, community educators and support staff are invited to celebrate Education Week in Ontario from May 2 to 6, 2011. The provincial theme is Learning Together. Succeeding Together.

Schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be hosting a variety of celebrations and events.

  • BREADNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Jungle Book musical performances with Arts and Literacy Showcase, May 4 and 5, 7:00 p.m. Involves over 80 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Tickets are $5 each or $12 for an immediate family, available at the school office or at the door.
     
  • QUEEN ELIZABETH PUBLIC SCHOOL (TRENTON):
    • MUSIC MONDAY – May 2 at 1:00pm, All students have been learning the same song, Tomorrow is Coming by Luke Doucet. At 1:00 p.m., students will begin singing this Music Monday song along with schools from across the country and around the world! The magic of this event is that at the same point during that day, that is, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time, 12:00 p.m. Central Time, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 2:00 p.m. Atlantic time, and 2:30 in Newfoundland, schools right across the country are united by one piece of music.   
    • VISUAL ARTS—Mural Project – May 2 – 6 ~ 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, Artist – Nicole Pena will be working with students within each division (Primary/Junior/Intermediate) to co-design and paint three murals within our school!!! A Primary mural (across from the office), a Junior mural (across from the primary entrance/exit doors) and an Intermediate mural (at the top of the ramp by the gym) will be created and painted throughout the week. The Primary mural will have a fairy tales/nursery rhymes theme incorporating the Growing with Character traits. The Junior mural will have a graphic novel (comic book) theme incorporating the Growing with Character traits. The intermediate mural will have a graffiti theme incorporating the Growing with Character traits.
    • DRAMA & DANCE — School Musical Production May 4, 5, & 6 (12:30am – 1:35pm) and (6pm -8pm)
      Students have been rehearsing since January and now it has come to the moment we have all been anticipating—our performances of The Ever after ~ A Musical! For the first time in Queen E’s history, we will present our school musical to other schools in the Trenton School Group!! On Wednesday, College Street (Gr. K-3) and Prince Charles will arrive at 12:30pm for an afternoon performance. On Thursday, College Street (Gr. 4-8) and VP Carswell will arrive at 12:30pm for a performance. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, we will present our musical to the public from 7pm – 8pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm and we will have a canteen (popcorn and drinks) open at the beginning of the performances. We will have a performance of The Ever After ~ A Musical for the students and staff of Queen Elizabeth and North Trenton Public Schools on Friday @ 12:30pm.
  • PRINCE EDWARD COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE: Musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, May 5, 6 and 7th, at 7:00 p.m. 
    Little Shop of Horrors is a rock and roll romp about a group of down and out employees of a filthy little flower shop in Skid Row who suddenly become rich and famous when the reluctant hero, Seymour Krelborn, finds a unique new plant, which he names an Audrey 2, after the somewhat sleazy, yet innocent and childlike Audrey who works along Seymour at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists. Unfortunate situations and mayhem ensues when it is discovered that the Audrey 2 needs blood to survive. Tickets are on sale at Books and Co. on Main Street in Picton, or at the door, $10.

  • V.P. CARSWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
    • MONDAY – Music Monday
    • TUESDAY – Fairy tale sharing, students in Grades 1, 2 and 3 have written fairy tales. Students in Primary grades and their families are invited to a Books & Blankets event at 6:00 p.m.
    • WEDNESDAY is Jump Rope for Heart, with the event starting at 12:30 p.m.
    • THURSDAY – The Ever After, A Musical involves students in Grades 4, 5 and 6; later that afternoon a volunteer tea is planned
    • FRIDAY – full-school practise for Celebration of Dance

 

 

 

 

Time capsule to be opened at Kente Public School

At Kente Public School, 25 years has passed in a blink!

On May 1, 1986, former principal Mr. Lockwood, staff and students placed a time capsule into the wall of the school. It was to be opened 25 years later.

Friends, families and community members are invited to the celebration to open the time capsule.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Monday, May 2, 2011
TIME: Social 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Kente Public School, 264 County Road 19

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

Second annual Girls’ Retreat at Bayside Secondary School

Girls at Bayside Secondary School are looking forward to a ‘girls only’ event! The second annual girls’ retreat, Girl Power 2011, will involve approximately 90 girls from Grade 8 to 12, on Wednesday, May 4.

The purpose of the day is to provide students with an environment in which they can feel empowered to explore issues important to young women today.

  • Personal trainer Jillian Raycroft will begin the day with a focus on healthy active living by leading everyone in a hip-hop exercise routine.
  • Students from drama classes will present several skits on making healthy choices when it comes to relationships.
  • Keynote speaker, Kate Whitfield of “Empowered Girl Inc.” will challenge the girls to stand up for themselves and to reach for their dreams.
  • The morning session will conclude with demonstrations from local skin care representatives.
  • After a lunch catered by Mrs. Dauchlauer’s Foods students, Girl Power participants will cycle through booths on a variety of topics including nutrition, girls’ health issues, esthetics, and non-traditional careers such as auto mechanics, the military and law enforcement.

This event would not be possible without the contributions of many local businesses and educational partners. 

 

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

Opening celebration of outdoor pavilion at H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

A ceremony to officially open a new outdoor pavilion will take place during Education Week 2011.

Students in the Restoration & Renovation program at Centre Hastings Secondary School have worked alongside skilled trades personnel to construct the outdoor pavilion. It will be used as an outdoor classroom for visiting groups, as well as a sheltered area for public use and special events.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2011
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre, 381 Thrasher Road, Plainfield (just north of Belleville, off Highway 37)

Students and special guests will be available for interviews and photographs.

PROJECT SPONSORS

  • John M. Parrott Foundation
  • Skills Canada Ontario/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Tal Trees Inc.
  • Quinte Bass Anglers
  • Jim and Nancy Moore
  • Quinte Conservation

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

 

Groundbreaking ceremony at Prince Charles School (Belleville)

A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for Prince Charles School (Belleville). The school is undergoing renovations and an addition will be added to accommodate students in September 2011.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

DATE: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
TIME: 1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Prince Charles School, 75 Ritchie Avenue, Belleville

SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL GUESTS

  • Vice-chair Mary Hall
  • Trustee Dave Patterson
  • Director of Education Kathy Soule
  • Superintendent of Education Rob McGall

ARCHITECT & PROJECT MANAGER SPECIAL GUESTS

 

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

Presenting “High School Musical Junior” at Bayside Public School

Bayside Public School students in Grade 5 to 8 are proud to present the theatrical production of High School Musical Junior!

DATE: Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, 1247 Highway 2, (between Belleville and Trenton)
TICKETS: $5, available in advance at Bayside Public School (613.962.0694) or at the door

With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques: Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a beautiful and shy transfer student who excels in math and science. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school. Despite other students’ attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to "stick to the status quo." Sharpay Evans, a drama queen and high school diva will do anything to sabotage the friendship between Troy and Gabriella and also get a lead in the school musical. Can Troy and Gabriella lead their friends to a more open-mind thinking and acceptance of one another? Or will their friends win?

Filled with spectacular songs and energy, Bayside Public School’s version of Disney’s High School Musical Junior will bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best!

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. Bayside PS serves over 500 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and offers French Immersion programming from Grades 4 to 8.

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. Celebrations of learning include: Challenge Programs, participation in Queen’s University SEEDS Program, Science Fair, educational trips, school drama productions and music festival vocal and instrumental participation.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

April 28, 2011: Coe Hill School no power, students going home

Coe Hill School is without power due to the high winds yesterday.  Hydro One is unsure of when power will be restored.  Student safety is a priority.  Parents / guardians have been contacted to ensure that they are home when students arrive.  Buses arrived at the school at 12:00 noon to take students home.  Staff will remain at the school for those students who are unable to go home. 

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

 

Two educators announced for 2011 Educator of the Year Award

The following is posted on behalf of the Education Week Committee.

Congratulations to Dorothy Lazore and Sherry Procunier of Quinte Mohawk School, selected as co-recipients of the 2011 Educator of the Year Award! They will be presented with the award at a ceremony during Education Week next week.

Lazore and Procunier teach the Mohawk Language Program at Quinte Mohawk School, a program they have developed together—from the ground up—over the past 20 years. Lazore has also taught at Moira Secondary School, making it possible for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to be the only school board in this region to offer a consistent Mohawk Language program for well over a decade.

AWARD PRESENTATION DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Highway 2, Belleville/Quinte West

“Dorothy and Sherry have been instrumental in revitalizing the Mohawk Language to its respected priority at Quinte Mohawk School and in the community at large,” said Kathleen Manderville, Principal, Quinte Mohawk School.

Beyond their daily teaching duties, Lazore and Procunier have contributed greatly to the writing team for the Ministry of Education curriculum document for Native Language. They have developed materials for instruction. They volunteer their time to speak at community gatherings to ensure the Mohawk Language is an integral part of the spirit of the event. They have integrated the latest technology available within their classrooms to assist with reading, writing and speaking the language. They also developed and offered adult night classes to parents and the community as they recognized that students would retain the language if they had someone to speak it with at home.

“Their passion for excellence is what sets them apart. It is their dedication to the survival of a culture that fuels this passion. I know as a student of theirs that I felt this passion and fed off it as I dedicated myself to learning the language,” commented former student, Lindsay Brumwell, who contributed to the nomination.

In the history of this award there has only been one other year when two educators were recipients. In 1995 the committee could not decide on one recipient so chose two.

The Educator of the Year Committee has been celebrating outstanding educators in Hastings County and Prince Edward County since 1967. Sir Mackenzie Bowell was prominently known for being Canada’s fifth prime minister (1894-1896). He was an advocate for education in Hastings County. Prior to serving in parliament, he was elected and served as the chairperson for the Belleville Board of Education from 1856-1867. It is in the spirit of his great work and support of education that we honour an outstanding educator every year.

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

Rob McGall named as new director of education for Hastings and Prince Edward DSB

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has selected Rob McGall as the new director of education. McGall, presently a superintendent of education at HPEDSB, succeeds retiring director Kathy Soule. The appointment is effective September 1, 2011.

“It was a decision supported by all Board members. Rob has demonstrated exemplary leadership as a superintendent. He brings experience in human resources, negotiations, curriculum services and organizational effectiveness. He has a personal style which we believe will be an excellent fit as the new chief executive officer for this organization,” remarked Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

McGall grew up in Belleville and attended King George Public School and Quinte Secondary School. His post-secondary education was at Queen’s University, University of Toronto and Brock University. From 1983 to 2002 he worked for Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in a variety of roles including teacher, department head, vice-principal and principal. He was active in the leadership development program in Hamilton, and was chair of the governance committee responsible for up combining policies and procedures when Hamilton and Wentworth amalgamated.

McGall returned to this area in 2002 to become principal at Quinte Secondary School. In 2004 he was appointed superintendent of curriculum and schools, followed by a 2007 appointment to superintendent of Human Resources and schools. During his time as superintendent he initiated the differentiated support model and school improvement planning frameworks, as well as fostered positive labour relations and staff development.

“It is an honour to be appointed director of this dynamic organization. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is considered to be a leader in leadership development, effective instruction and organizational planning, with outstanding employees and a focus on student achievement. I am committed to working for children and to enhancing the future of public education. I look forward to joining with employees, parents/guardians, trustees and the communities in Hastings and Prince Edward to help students become caring, contributing decision-makers of our future,” stated McGall.

Rob McGall and his wife Jane, a retired teacher, have four grown children.

“I am a product of our school board and my four children are Hasting and Prince Edward graduates. As an organization, we will continue to build on the strong foundation of Growing with Character and the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan, with a continued focus on student success, employee excellence and connecting with the communities we serve. Our mission is straightforward: create the best possible learning environments so that our students have the required academic and social skills needed to succeed in life.”

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,900 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.

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

Board Meeting Update #68

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 26, 2011, tinyurl.com/42uxk99

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

Trenton High students to perform a play for elementary students

During the month of May, students in the Employment Destinations Program at Trenton High School will be performing an original play called “The Story of Duncel & Girdle." It tells of two children who learn the value of kindness through an unexpected adventure.

What makes this production unique is that it will be performed entirely by students who have special learning needs and who have never had the confidence to participate in such an experience. With peer support, they are now eager and ready!

The THS students will perform for audiences of Kindergarten to Grade 4 students. Breadner Elementary School will host the first performance on Friday, May 20, followed by Queen Elizabeth Public School, Trenton, on Thursday, May 26. The final performance will be held at Trenton High School on Monday, May 30.

This production was made possible with the support of a Project Enhancement Fund grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Take your unwanted electronic items to Sir John A. Macdonald School

Just in time for spring cleaning, Sir John A. Macdonald School is hosting a collection event for unused or broken electronics, such as MP3 players, cameras, telephones, TVs, VCR and DVD players and recorders and radios. They are hosting a community drop-off event, partnering with Ontario Electronic Stewardship, to make it easy to safely recycle electronic waste and keep it out of landfill sites.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, April 30, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sir John A. Macdonald School, 22 Harder Drive, Belleville

Items will be responsibly recycled and kept out of landfills. All items will be weighed and a monetary donation will be made to the school to support sports, music and arts programs.

According to Ontario Electronic Stewardship, four out of five Ontario households (82 percent) have at least one electronic product that is not working or not being used.

Residents who cannot attend the event can visit the Ontario Electronic Stewardship interactive website to find the closest OES-approved collection site to recycle their unwanted electronics.

Sir John A. Macdonald School is a single storey accessible school with a library and computer lab, a spacious playground with adjoining parks and arena nearby. The school is proud of its 44-year history of education excellence. The focus is on literacy and numeracy. The school is designated as a Healthy Active School Community, is an EarthCARE school, and demonstrates the school board Growing with Character eight character traits, as well. Each month SJAM celebrates learning through a celebration assembly which showcases all aspects of school curriculum and extra curricular activities. The school newsletter,  “The Message,” communicates to our community each month highlighting student work and learning. SJAM school provides a vibrant program for English language learners. Building an inclusive school community is a priority for all who attend and work at Sir John A. Macdonald. Sir John A. Macdonald School is undergoing a major renovation and an addition to prepare for the school becoming a JK-8 school in September 2011.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Picton teacher Rob Garden received Kids’ Fit Mentor award

Congratulations to Rob Garden, newly-awarded Kids’ Fit Mentor of the Year Award!

Garden is a teacher at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton. He received the award for his dedication to youth. Garden created the Panther Hoops basketball skills program and has organized the County Clippers basketball league. Both offer Prince Edward County youth a low-cost, organized alternative to hockey and figure skating during the winter months. Garden also coaches the basketball and baseball teams at PECI.

Picton Mayor Peter Mertens presented the award at a ceremony in mid-April. Garden was chosen from a slate of five nominees. 

Garden’s dedication to youth is a demonstration of the school board Growing with Character attributes of caring, cooperation, humour and responsibility.

Last year’s recipient, Tinneke Wilson, is also a teacher with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Centre Hastings students involved in a documentary

Grade 12 students at Centre Hastings Secondary School were recently involved in a documentary about Canadian poet R.D. Patrick. The writer spent time with the Writer’s Craft class to talk about his poetry passion and how it came to him late in life, at age 48.

Students were engaged in learning from Patrick, especially asking him questions about his writing style, his experiences and his inspirations.

The documentary is being filmed by David Malty, Ampersand Film & Video Productions Ltd., a Madoc company. Maltby has been travelling with Patrick for several months. He was interested in filming the interaction between the writer and students in order to round out the documentary. 

Teacher Kate Primeau was thrilled to entertain the offer for a visit.

"The timing was perfect. My class was starting the poetry section of the course. Being able to offer them a chance to interact with an accomplished writer fit right in," remarked Primeau.

Film-maker Maltby is planning to produce a 10-minute documentary after paring down the hours of footage, and will then approach educational television and networks with it.

A newspaper story with additional details is posted online.

Centre Hastings Secondary School provides an excellent education to all students and prepare them to meet the challenges of a changing world through innovation and creativity. Teaching staff work diligently to meet the needs of each student and to create a supportive and positive learning environment for all students. This community school is known for its warm welcome and its ability to support students in achieving their goals.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

EVENT: Dreams Do Come True: Success Without Money

The Transition from School to Community Committee will be hosting a community event to enhance awareness of services and resources for families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

This event is open to parents/guardians of students with a developmental disability, caregivers and teachers.

Guest speakers will include a student from St. Lawrence College, META Employment Services, Counselling Services of Belleville & District, Ontario Disability Support Program; Legal Aid of Ontario and Camp Kennebec. Attendees will also be able to view displays and speak with representatives from these and other social service providers.

RSVP is requested by Wednesday, April 20, 2011 to Jennifer Meade, Special Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or 613.966.1170, 1 800 267-4350.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Stirling Senior PS presents ‘Twinderella the Musical’

Students at Stirling Senior Public School are putting the finishing touches on Twinderella the Musical (pdf link) a twist on the popular fairy tale that will make you laugh with delight. It is truly a performance you won’t want to miss!

EVENT DETAILS
DATES: Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling
TICKETS: $5, and can be purchased by contacting the school at 613-395-3389

STORYLINE
Did you know that Cinderella has a long lost twin brother named Bob living in the same kingdom with his own wicked stepfamily? The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather and two enchanted gerbils to help wile their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze. Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy’s all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!

Stirling Senior Public School, located in the village of Stirling, serves approximately 240 students in Grades 6 to 8. Stirling Senior PS has a combined computer lab and library, a fully-equipped music room and two complete science rooms. The school yard is a large open space with a soccer pitch, baseball diamond, track and a variety of playground equipment. The property also includes a trail system used for outdoor education and athletic programs. Students at Stirling Senior PS take part in character education programs focusing on school respect agreements. Celebrations of learning include community partnerships with local agencies, an extensive music program, the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair and other projects. The strong supportive parent community contributes time and resources to improve school programs and facilities.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

School board to host provincial event for attendance counsellors

The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services (OACAS) and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have teamed up to host a conference for provincial attendance counsellors.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Ramada Inn, Belleville
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Avis Glaze, with guest speakers including Anthony Di Lena, Provincial School Attendance Counsellor and Kathleen G. Lowery-King, President, OACAS

Relationships Matter! will feature sessions on the following topics:

  • Kathy Soule, Director of Education, speaking about the key role attendance counsellors and professional school support personnel play in contributing to student achievement;
  • Dr. Avis Glaze, speaking about the factors that contribute to disengagement and how to foster positive relationships and partnerships to encourage regular school attendance;
  • Anthony DiLena, speaking about changes to provincial attendance policies and the Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) program;
  • Peggy McCormick and Nicholas Grieco, speaking about enrolment for elementary and secondary students; and
  • Barb Meilenner, speaking about attendance review committees.

Event organizers Shelley Steacy and Kelly Towers, both attendance counsellors for HPEDSB, are expecting close to 80 participants consisting of attendance counsellors and child and youth counsellors from throughout the province, as well as HPEDSB Guidance and Student Success teachers, trustees and central office personnel. 

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Secondary school students rally for Anti-hate Day event

UPDATE April 15, 2011: Trenton High event is featured in the community.

Students at two area secondary schools are committed to creating a welcoming community and environment for all. They are planning the 3rd Annual Anti-hate Day to take a stand against discrimination of all types.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, April 15, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
LOCATIONS:
Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

The event will include a video conference with Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, a video tribute to those who have lost their lives, as well as a special guest speaker, Mike Neuts, who lost his son to a bullying incident at school.

BACKGROUND
Submitted by Teacher Allison Culkin, Social Science/Canadian World Studies, with input from Teachers Jen Cotnam, Brianne Tripp and Cathy Wilson from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

Trenton High held the first Anti-hate Day in 2009 on a small scale. About about 80 students purchased white T-shirts with the word ‘hate’ crossed out on the front. A small celebration was held in the cafeteria with a band and some snacks. Last year pink T-shirts were sold to coincide with International Pink Shirt Day. Students could purchase a T-shirt as well as a vow card which symbolized their pledge to take a vow of silence for the entire day of school. The vow represents the silence that many students who are bullied feel they are forced to endure each and every day. At an assembly at the end of the day,  260 students and staff had purchased shirts and 80 students had taken the vow of silence. A tribute video was shown as a memorial to students who had taken their own life because of the bullying, homophobia and discrimination they had faced.

About three years ago I wanted to start an Anti-Hate Day here at school. I did some research on International Pink Day and was inspired by a story that took place at a Nova Scotia school, where a young boy had worn a pink shirt and was bullied and harassed the entire school day because of it. Upon learning this, two Grade 12 boys went to a local store and bought 50 pink T-shirts for themselves and their friends. The group of friends decided to wear the pink shirts to school the next day in an effort to stand up and send a message about bullying. The local media got wind of the event and soon it became national news.
International Pink Shirt Day against discrimination was declared for April 14 and soon organizations all across Canada began to affirm their participation.

"To date, we have officially purchased close to 1,200 pink shirts for the day. Our community will truly be a sea of pink support on Friday, April 15, 2011. It is our hope that with continued effort we can have International Pink Day declared an official day throughout the entire  HPEDSB community," remarked Allison Culkin.

This year not only are we thrilled to have Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton joining us, but we also have community organizations including the following:

  • Belleville Police Service
  • Children’s Mental Health Association
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Education Centre
  • Hastings Children’s Aid Society
  • Qunite Health Care
  • Three Oakes Foundation
  • and several others participating, as well

The Toronto District School Board declared its annual participation two years ago and believes that Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity, it’s also a commitment to being open minded, to being understanding of differences and to learning to respect each other.

For information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Submit a nomination for 2011 Educator of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Educator of the Year. This award, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award, is presented to a person who has demonstrated meritorious service to education in Hastings County or Prince Edward County.

The nominee does not have to be a teacher. He or she can be a daycare provider, a tutor or a coach . . . anyone who is an educator and is active in education during the current school year.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Sir Mackenzie Bowell Reception
Date: During Education Week, May 2 – 6, 2011, day to be determined
Time: To follow
Location: Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club, 1830 Old Hwy#2, Belleville

This year’s event marks the 46th anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. The award recognizes outstanding educators in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Submissions must be submitted no later than Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. in care of: Albert College, Attention: Educator of the Year Committee, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario K8P 1A6, or by fax to 613-968-9651.

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

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

Susanna Moodie students won Gold at Rotary Music Festival

Congratulations to the Susanna Moodie Elementary School Brass Quintet on winning Gold at Rotary Music Festival!

This very rare group of one tuba and four baritone players performed for adjudicator John Palmer at the 43rd Annual Quinte Rotary Music Festival. The Susanna Moodie Concert Band also played two pieces and did a fine job of representing HPEDSB schools.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 featured secondary and elementary choral groups at Eastminster United Church. On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the secondary concert and jazz bands perform at the Salvation Army.

Susanna Moodie Elementary School, built in 1980, is located in a rural setting in west-end Belleville and serves approximately 270 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school features a computer lab, newly-renovated library, new playground equipment and an instrumental music room. The balanced day schedule at Susanna Moodie ES enriches instruction in academics, arts and athletics. The Creating Caring and Safe Communities Respect Program, central to character building, is implemented throughout the school. Susanna Moodie ES offers an Instrumental Music program and fosters a strong home and school partnership while providing a safe supportive learning environment where students are “Learning to Make a Difference.”

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Education Centre to participate in Day of Pink

Think Pink, Wear Pink will be the practise at the central office of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this week. Employees at the Education Centre will participate in the Day of Pink on Friday, April 15, 2011.

Day of Pink is the international day against bullying, discrimination and homophobia in schools and communities. Day of Pink has come to be known in schools and community agencies as a day to symbolize a shared belief in celebrating diversity by wearing a pink shirt.

A two-school event is scheduled for the same date. Trenton High School will be hosting an Anti-hate Day rally, and will interact with Prince Edward Collegiate Institute through video conference. 

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Secondary school students participate in volunteer challenge

Youth of today want to make a difference for their communities. An event on Monday, April 11, 2011 will showcase how students at local secondary schools are doing their part through their actions and keen interest to help others.

EVENT DETAILS
4th Annual Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge

DATE: Monday, April 11, 2011
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Gleaners Food Bank, 25 Wallbridge Crescent, Belleville
SPECIAL GUESTS: Invited are:

  • The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
  • The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education
  • Jocelyn Bovay, Grade 12 student, Moira Secondary School, has been instrumental in planning this event and will introduce and thank the special guests
  • Rami Saab, Grade 11, Centennial Secondary School, will explain how students can get involved in volunteering and why it is important to do so

BACKGROUND
April 10, 2011 marked the launch of the 4th Annual Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. Secondary school students are encouraged to complete three hours of volunteering over three weeks and make a difference in their community.

Six Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools are participating in the challenge:

  • Bayside Secondary School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • Trenton High School

These schools have been holding food drives to support local food banks, and have also been collecting baby food for the Community Development Council.

According to Volunteer & Information Quinte, to date, more than 800 students from nine area high schools within Hastings County and Prince Edward County are currently registered with Volunteer & Information Quinte. Volunteer opportunities throughout the Quinte region are plentiful—VIQ currently lists more than 470 activities that include a wide range of interests, such as the trash bash, 30-hour famine, community tree planting or anti-hate day.

Change the World: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a partnership between the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network and volunteer centres, including VIQ, throughout Ontario. 

Each participant will receive a certificate of appreciation signed by the minister of citizen and immigration and a representative from Volunteer & Information Quinte. The school will the highest participation will receive a wall plaque. Last year it was Moira Secondary, so students will be trying to defend their title!  

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Process to select a new CEO is underway

One of the most important duties of a Board of Trustees is to select a highly effective leader to implement the work of the Board.

As a result of the retirement announcement by Kathy Soule, Director of Education, the Board is committed to following the process outlined in Board Policy 16: Selection of the Director, to seek a chief education officer/chief executive officer (CEO). This individual must be one who will support success for each student, employee excellence and community connections as the key goals of the organization, and foster a system of character as the foundation for these goals. The candidate will be expected to exhibit strong, responsible, dedicated and knowledgeable administrative leadership for the district.

The Board met Thursday, April 7, 2011 during a closed session and determined to work with the outgoing director of education to select a new CEO.

Discussions will continue, with an announcement anticipated as soon as possible in order to maintain organizational stability.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Award-winning author visited Bayside and Foxboro public schools

Students at two elementary schools were excited to meet with children’s book author Helanine Becker on Friday, April 8, 2011.

Becker is an award-winning author who has written many fiction and nonfiction books. She has been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Nonfiction Award this year for her book What’s the BIG Idea?

Becker visited Bayside Public School in the morning and Foxboro Public School in the afternoon. The visits were subsidized by a grant from the Writers’ Union of Canada Writers-in-the-Schools Program.

From its origins as a one-room schoolhouse in 1831, Bayside Public School has grown to a complex of three buildings, located halfway between Belleville and Trenton. Bayside PS serves over 500 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and offers French Immersion programming from Grades 4 to 8. 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. Celebrations of learning include: Challenge Programs, participation in Queen’s University SEEDS Program, Science Fair, educational trips, school drama productions and music festival vocal and instrumental participation.

Foxboro Public School, located in the village of Foxboro, serves 310 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Foxboro PS is equipped with a computer lab, a large playground, track, library and a music room. The school has a Centre for Learning Disabilities, an Art-After-School program and instrumental music. Weekly celebration assemblies highlight academics, athletics and character education. The school provides a safe and healthy learning environment based on mutual respect and inclusionary practices.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Literacy/drawing event at Stirling Senior Public School

cartoonStudents at Stirling Senior Public School will be celebrating reading and writing this Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Their school is hosting Drawing Students to Reading and Writing a literacy event with special guest, graphic novelist Scott Chantler.

project enhancement fund graphicStudents will explore the unique and very popular graphic novel genre with Chantler. A select group of students will spend time with him to learn the finer points of drawing.

Chantler has most recently been acclaimed for his graphic memoir Two Generals. It is a powerful retelling of his grandfather’s World War II experience. He will also be sharing readings from Three Thieves, his action adventure novel for kids. To learn more about Chantler’s visit Yearwood’s Yak a Stirling Senior library blog.

The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation has graciously provided funding to purchase new graphic novel collections at Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School.

Stirling Senior Public School, located in the village of Stirling, serves approximately 240 students in Grades 6 to 8. Stirling Senior PS has a combined computer lab and library, a fully-equipped music room and two complete science rooms. The school yard is a large open space with a soccer pitch, baseball diamond, track and a variety of playground equipment. The property also includes a trail system used for outdoor education and athletic programs. Students at Stirling Senior PS take part in character education programs focusing on school respect agreements. Celebrations of learning include community partnerships with local agencies, an extensive music program, the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair and other projects. The strong supportive parent community contributes time and resources to improve school programs and facilities.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Congratulations to Science Fair winners

Congratulations to students who were honoured at the 52nd Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair held at Loyalist College last Saturday.

About 150 colourful, well researched projects from 200 Grade 4 to 12 students at 25 schools throughout Hastings County and Prince Edward County were on display. Over 90 judges worked very hard during the day to evaluate and encourage the students. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how they might improve their future projects.

Throughout the morning, students were interviewed extensively during the first round of judging. First, Second, Third and Honourable Mentions were awarded to each group of five to eight projects. A second round of judging was used to determine the best in each grade, specialty awards and the Canada Wide Science Fair awards.

The following students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board received awards.

Best in Grade 5
Criteria: Best of all Grade 5 first place projects
TIM KEHOE, Marmora Senior Public School
Project: Water Power

Best in Grade 7
Criteria: Best of all Grade 7 first place projects
GOVIND PISHARODI, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Biofuels vs. Fossil Fuels

Best of Grade 11 & 12
Criteria: Best of all Grade 11 & 12 first place projects
JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

City of Belleville/Veridian Award
Criteria: Awarded to the project at each level that best demonstrates information or an experiment that pertains to fish, their habit, protection or invasive species.

Grade 4 to 6
TESSA BRANT, OLIVIA CROUSE, Athol Central Public School
Project: Growing With Greywater

Grade 7 & 8
HARRISON CLARKE, DYLAN HANNAH, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Slip n’ Slide No More

Brain Injury Association Quinte District Award
Criteria: Awarded to a project that deals with the brain, brain injury or safety
JAYDEN HAIGHT, Park Dale School
Project: Brain Damage

Professional Engineers Award, Grades 4 to 6
Criteria: Awarded to the best project that demonstrates the use of engineering principles in Grades 4 to 6
TIM KEHOE, Marmora Senior Public School
Project: Water Power

Kevin Sue-Chue-Lam Math and Chemistry Award, Grades 4 to 8
Criteria: Awarded for the best Math or Chemistry project in Grades 4 to 8. Kevin was a Bayside student who participated
at Canada Wide Science Fair for six years.
JACQUELINE BOND, Frankford Public School
Project: What metal corrodes the fastest?

Best Innovation in the Use of Technology
Criteria: Awarded to the project that displayed the best innovative use of technology
LEAH MARGETSON, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Innovating Passive Solar Energy

Arlyne Gallespe Astronomy Prize
Criteria: Awarded to the project that displayed the best use of astronomical concepts

Telescope
THERESA DeCOLA, Frankford Public School
Project: Spirit Mission by Therea’s Interplanetary Shipping

Meteorite Display and Book
CALEB SAYER, Foxboro Public School
Project: It’s Just A Phase

Meteorite
ASHLEY FOX, KASSIDY BENTLEY, College Street Public School
Project: Eclipse

Meteorite
ZOE JACQUES, TATIANA RUTTAN, College Street Public School
Project: Mars

UOIT Innovation Award
Criteria: Awarded to the Junior, Intermediate or Senior projects demonstrating the most innovative development, adaptation, or use of technology in any subject area
JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

Environmental Innovator Award
Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding project in Grade 7 -12 in any category which demonstrates a creative approach to an environmental problem that could lead to cleaner air, land and/or water.
GIOVIND PISHARODI, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Biofuels vs. Fossil Fuels

People’s Choice Award
Criteria: Awarded to the project in each grade level, by other exhibitors in that grade up to Grade 8 and another one for Grade 9 to 12; projects exemplify innovation and excellence in science and technology

ZOE JACQUES, TATIANA RUTTAN, College Street Public School
Project: Mars

THEODORE BURELLE, STUART LUPENETTE, Susanna Moodie Elementary School
Project: The Sneater Heater

GRACIE PHILLIPS, Stirling Senior Public School
Project: Feed the Yeast

Canada Wide Science Fair Winners
Criteria: Presented to the overall winners; these students proceed to the Canada Wide Science Fair to be held in Toronto

JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

GIOVIND PISHARODI, Harry J. Clarke Public School, Destinations Programme
Project: Biofuels VS. Fossil Fuels

THERESA DeCOLA, Frankford Public School
Project: Spirit Mission by Therea’s Interplanetary Shipping

University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
Criteria: The Faculties of Engineering, Science and Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa award a $1,000 admission scholarship to the most deserving Senior project from each region. The intent of this award is to honour the top Senior project and encourage the winner to pursue university studies in health, sciences or technology. The scholarship will be applied to the tuition fees when the student registers in an undergraduate program at the Faculties of Engineering, Science or Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa; $1,00 applies to first-year tuition

JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?
 

SciTech Ontario Stepping Stone Award
Criteria: This award of $650 is provided by SciTech Ontario to be used in sending the top project of the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair to the Canada Wide Science Fair

JENNY XUE, Moira Secondary School
Project: Does light at night boost appetite?

Canada-Wide Science Fair will be hosted in Toronto from May 14 to 21, 2011. It began in 1962 in Ottawa. In 1963 it was held in the basement of Casa Loma in Toronto.

 

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Bullying Awareness Seminar for parents @ V.P. Carswell Elem. School

event flyerThe VP Carswell School Council will be hosting a Bullying Awareness Seminar for parents.

DATE: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: V.P. Carswell Elementary School, 4 Seneca Road, Trenton

SPECIAL GUEST: Dave Snider, Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police Childcare will be available.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Board officials will begin to analyze Grants for Student Needs (GSNs)

Today the Ministry of Education announced the Grants for Student Needs (GSNs) for Ontario school boards for the 2011-2012 school year. Officials at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will begin analyzing the allocation to determine the impact on budget planning.

Based on an early and cursory review the board has the following comments:

  • The government’s commitment to previously announced labour agreements has been confirmed for 2011-2012. This will see wage and staff increases for some employee groups as per their previously agreed to contracts.
  • The board is pleased that specific cost pressures have been acknowledged by the province and are being addressed through additional funding for:
    • OMERS pension plan increased contribution rates;
    • school operation costs, such as utilities and insurance; and
    • school bus transportation costs.

Of particular note is the government’s commitment to capital funding over the next three years. HPEDSB will receive $1.7 million in 2011-2012 to assist with school renewal. The board is hopeful that some of the funds being set aside for new schools, additions and renovations based on previously submitted business cases will be earmarked for HPEDSB.

The government also confirmed that constraint measures introduced first in 2009-2010 will continue and some new measures will be introduced in 2011-2012.

Board officials will be working with the data to develop the complete financial analysis but at this time still anticipate a substantial budget shortfall when that analysis is completed.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Quinte SS student craftsmanship on display at home show

Quinte Secondary School has been invited to participate in the upcoming Quinte Home & Renovation Show. Student craftsmanship will be showcased at the RONA booth.

Building construction teacher Chris Bartolo is thrilled to be involved.

"These Quinte students do fantastic work. It’s really great to be able to put it on display for show-goers to see," he said.

The home show runs from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the Quinte Sports Centre.

Quinte Secondary School has a strong history of excellence, innovative programming for all students, and a continued commitment to improving. Quinte has a proud and committed staff and student body. The school motto is To Learn is to Grow in All Ways. QSS opens its doors to all students to fulfill that commitment.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Experiential learning the focus of regional meeting of eastern Ontario school boards

A regional meeting of nine eastern Ontario school boards will be hosted at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, on the topic of reviewing Specialist High Skills Majors programs and experiential learning.

Participants will include approximately 100 school administrators, teachers and Ministry of Education representatives. Discussion topics will focus on:

  • Goals and objectives for Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) programs
  • SHSM updates from the Ministry of Education
  • Challenges and regional needs
  • Experiential learning
  • Board-by-board sharing

Participating school boards include the following:

  • Host board Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario 
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Ottawa Catholic District School Board
  • Renfrew Catholic District School Board
  • Renfrew District School Board
  • Upper Canada District School Board

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

School board faces challenges with declining enrolment and fiscal restraints

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is projecting a budget shortfall of up to $3 million for the 2011-2012 school year. During recent weeks, senior administration has been reviewing organizational needs, structures and projected enrolment while developing a 2011-2012 budget that is compliant with the Education Act.

The Board continues to struggle with the combined effect of declining enrolment and provincial government fiscal restraint. Over the past four years, enrolment in HPEDSB has declined by almost 2,000 students.

With salaries and benefits representing 80% of the budget, staff reductions are the only means to generate extensive and ongoing savings to assist in reducing a projected deficit of this size. The Budget Committee met during a closed session yesterday afternoon to discuss reductions throughout the organization.

Employee groups that will be affected include the following:
• school administration
• central office staff and administration
• school operations and maintenance staff
• school support staff, both teaching and non-teaching

Initial discussions were held at this time due to contractual obligations and timelines. The impact on employees has been shared with employee group leaders. This was the first step in a series of conversations and decisions that will occur over the next few months.

It is expected that the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding for 2011-2012 will be announced on March 31, 2011. An updated financial picture will be available in April once the funding has been analyzed and grant calculations completed. Public Budget Committee meetings will follow, with an anticipated final budget approval by the end of June 2011.

The Board appreciates and understands the need for respectful conversations to occur. Senior administration is committed to working with employee group leaders in order to communicate decisions in a timely manner.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,900 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. 

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Director of Education to retire in August 2011

Director of Education Kathy Soule has tendered her resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective August 31, 2011.

In her resignation letter to Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board she stated the following:

It is with mixed emotions that I submit this letter of resignation for the purposes of retirement. My tenure at the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has been both rewarding and exciting, with numerous examples of professional and personal accomplishments and growth. Most importantly, the personal relationships with trustees, staff, students and community, have enhanced my life in so many ways.

I am deeply grateful to you for your leadership as Chair as well as the Board’s strong support and commitment to our leadership team over the past six years. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board truly is an incredible System of Character that values students, employees and community. It has been my distinct privilege to serve in advancing these significant goals and wish you all the very best as you continue the journey.

“As a Board we accept Director Soule’s resignation, although we do so with great reluctance. She has been an exemplary leader, with extensive knowledge in education and business. She has also brought alignment and consistency to the district, and has certainly turned the focus of each and every employee to students and supporting student achievement,” stated Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Next week the Board will begin to determine a process to find a replacement.

Director Soule has held her current position since March 2005, having previously served as Deputy Director of Simcoe County District School Board.

During her tenure with HPEDSB, Soule has built a strong, coherent, collaborative learning community with aligned equity in terms of resource allocation, staff recognition, open two-way communication, commonality of language and a strong leadership team. All of that was established with the end in mind: to improve student achievement, morale, and to bring Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to be known as a system of character focused on student achievement.

Director Soule has a long list of accomplishments in educational leadership, system planning, Board relations, and system and provincial leadership. Her career highlights also include significant contributions to education at the provincial level.

During her 38 years in public education, Soule has:

  • Served as Chair of the Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education (ongoing).
  • Served as a Board member for The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation (ongoing).
  • Served as a Governor of Loyalist College (ongoing).
  • Served as representative for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association at the Provincial Discussion Table.
  • Had key responsibility for curriculum development and implementation, student assessment, human resources, negotiations, families of schools, and professional development.
  • Led the provincial Privacy and Information Management Task Force.
  • Participated on several boards, including Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network and the Ottawa Region MISA (Managing Information for Student Achievement) Professional Network Centre.
  • Been recognized as an Ontario Teachers’ Federation Fellow.
  • Had many years of involvement in leading local and provincial teacher federations.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,900 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. 

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]
 

Last updated: June 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm