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Minister of Education visited Queen Victoria School

Full-day Kindergarten students at Queen Victoria School in Belleville visited with The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education today. Dombrowsky was at the school to experience the new full-day Kindergarten classrooms.

While at Queen Victoria School, Dombrowsky read to students, toured three Kindergarten classrooms, and also visited the Junior Adventure Program.

“Children and families are truly benefiting from full-day kindergarten here at Queen Victoria. Students are provided with more chances to engage in hands-on learning activities alongside other children, their teacher and an early childhood educator. Ultimately, being an active learner in the full-day program at Queen Victoria ensures that students have more opportunities to explore the world around them so they will be better prepared for Grade 1 and for life,” said Chad Harvey, Principal.

Queen Victoria is one of four schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board offering full-day kindergarten this year to more than 200 children.

“Full-day kindergarten will help prepare our children for a stronger future and helps meet the needs of Ontario families. This is the next step in our education plan; a plan that is already working, increasing test scores and graduation rates, and providing stability in our schools.”

New programs, smaller classes and school improvements are helping students in Prince Edward-Hastings develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Students who achieve early success in school are more likely to go on to postsecondary education and embark upon successful careers.

Queen Victoria School, the oldest operating school in Belleville and located on the east side of the Moira River, serves approximately 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is a Healthy Active School Community. Facilities include a library resource centre with computer lab and a well-equipped resource room. The shaded, spacious playground has many facilities and equipment for all ages. At QVS, the “Together We Light the Way” Respect Program assists students in developing respect, appreciation and understanding of their uniqueness. The school promotes home and school partnerships with parental involvement in the breakfast club, family activity nights, Kindergarten Welcome Bag program, class and school newsletters and book fairs. Learning celebrations include Science Week, the annual musical and the Belleville Bulls Role Model Program. The school is also home to the Adventure Class programs. 

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

Centennial SS students honoured with academic awards

Pictured top: Grade 9 award recipients. Pictured bottom: Grade 10 award recipients.

Honouring student achievement was the focus of an awards ceremony at Centennial Secondary School recently.

Academic awards were presented to students who achieved top marks in all subject areas. In addition, the top 10 students from each of Grade 9, 10 and 11 received medals. In total, 186 students were recognized for achievements during the 2009-2010 school year.

Congratulation to the following students who were recognized:

  • Grade 9: Kiara Flavin (top student), Mackenzie Sykes, Katie Svoboda, Mallory Terry, Ella Wanless, Tabita van der Geer, Madeline Quickert, Audrey Kao, Jordan Gardiner, Sadie Montgomery.
  • Grade 10: Rami Saab (top student), Kelli-anne Johnson, Hillary Weinert, Fiza Javed, Hannah Roy, Stephanie Eng, Keith Latulippe, Christina Cowx, Scott Stewart, Alexandra Simons.
  • Grade 11: Natasa Bansagi (top student), Grace Sutherland, Erica D’Anna, Stephanie Brenay, Kelsey Pericak, Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson, Jimmy Chen, Jennifer Fortier, Zoe McPeake, Travis Dafoe.

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

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

Minister of Education to visit Prince Edward CI

A new student health care clinic will be opening at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) and The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education, will be in attendance to celebrate with the school community.

DATE: Monday, November 8, 2010
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

The Proud Panther Health Clinic is a primary care clinic located in the school and run by the Prince Edward Family Health Team. The planning has been a community effort, with support and involvement from Principal Shelley MacKenzie-Coates, and Child and Youth Counsellor Rob Furmidge.

PECI offered free office/clinical space to the Prince Edward Family Health Team (PEFHT), which in turn agreed to provide nurse practitioners and administrative support on-site one day a week. A PEFHT doctor donated a used exam table. PECI students and parent volunteers painted the office and the exam table to match school colours.

Nurse Practitioner De-Ann Sheppard will be providing primary health care to students. Sheppard proposed opening a clinic in the school as a response to two Family Health Team goals: 1) to improve health care services through community partnerships; and 2) to make health care more accessible and relevant to adolescents and young adults in Prince Edward County.

Additional community support has helped to furnish the clinic. Although the space and administrative staff were provided, the clinic needed office equipment and the means to connect to the electronic health record system linking to family physicians, nurse practitioners, specialists and other clinics. The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary provided a generous donation of $5,000 to purchase furnishings and laptops for the clinic.

The primary care clinic will augment other community supports, such as physicians from PEFHT, public health nurses from Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, and on-site staff from Children’s Mental Health Services of Hastings and Prince Edward.

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 preparing students for 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]

Quinte Secondary students wore pink for breast cancer awareness

Pink Day photo
Pink Day photo 2

The colour pink was the fashion favourite at Quinte Secondary School recently. Over 400 students shed their usual blue, white and khaki dress code colours to wear pink clothing and accessories.

Students donated $1 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in return for taking part in Think Pink Day. Other fundraising activities included the sale of pink milkshakes, bracelets and ribbons. Over 50 pink hair extensions were woven into eager students’ hair by a team of  three hairstylists from Salon You. Prizes were awarded to the Pinkest Boy, Pinkest Girl and Pinkest Class!

Students also participated in several fun activities, the most popular being a contest to retrieve pink bubble gum from a plate of whip cream with no hands and then blowing a bubble! That event was followed by an impromptu Pink Fashion Show! A total of $1,500 was raised for breast cancer awareness.

Pink Day photo 3According to Coop Teacher Gary Parcels, "Pink Day was a rousing success at Quinte. It was one of the best Spirit Day events our school has had in recent memory."

History of Day of Pink
Day of Pink is a day of action which began when a high school student in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. His fellow students decided to stand up to bullying. Hundreds of students came to school wearing pink to show support for diversity and stopping discrimination, bullying and homophobia.

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

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

 

New pink/black jerseys for girls’ rugby at Prince Edward CI

rugby teamGirls on the rugby team at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are sporting new jerseys, pink and black checkered, to be exact.

The school received a donation of 50 jerseys, courtesy of Geo-Dynamics and owners Barry and Nancy Kowacz.

"We are thrilled with the new jerseys. They are a tremendous boost for a small rugby program like ours," said Teacher and one of the coaches Kelly MacKay.

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) 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 preparing students for 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]

Bayside Secondary School students “scared away” hunger at Halloween

Scarier than any costume is the hunger that many people face every day. On October 31, 2011, students at Bayside Secondary School once again went door-to-door, but not for candy. This Halloween, approximately 70 of Bayside’s students visited homes in Bayside, Belleville, Frankford, Stirling and Trenton to collect non-perishable food items for Gleaners Food Bank, Trenton Care & Share Food Bank and the Stirling Community Cupboard.

“This is the second time our students have organized a Halloween for Hunger campaign. Last year we had 60 students collect 1,833 non-perishable food items, amounting to over 1,300 kg,” said Emily Young, teacher.

Students in Young’s Leadership class organized Bayside’s second Halloween for Hunger campaign.

“We hope to improve upon last year’s numbers by expanding routes to the community of Frankford, as well as extending the food collection time by one hour” said Spencer Halloran, Halloween for Hunger Co-Head and BSS student.

On Sunday, October 31st, from 5-8 pm, student participants will be going door-to-door to houses in the Quinte area, trick or treating for as many non-perishable food items as possible. Students will have identification indicating that they are participating in the Halloween for Hunger Campaign. Homes that will be visited by students will receive a flyer a week in advance of Halloween to communicate further information. Thanks to the generous support of Dewe’s Independent Grocer and Price Chopper in Belleville, Price Chopper in Trenton and Foodland stores in Stirling and Frankford, students will be able to use shopping carts to transport food items.

 

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

 

Model United Nations event for secondary school students

A group of globally-minded secondary school students will be participating in the annual Quinte and District Model United Nations event. It is a simulated United Nations Summit on the topic of Waging Peace. It will focus on how nations collectively work together to maintain international peace and security. Students will also investigate the means by which countries can—and hopefully do—develop and maintain friendly relations among all nations.

EVENT DETAILS
QUINTE AND DISTRICT MODEL UNITED NATIONS
DATE: Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29, 2010
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
GUEST SPEAKER: Christy Wagner, War Child (Thursday morning)

In the weeks preceding the summit, students choose a country to represent and act as that country’s delegate. They work together, and with the support of teachers, to do research, collect data, analyze causes, and become intimately familiar with their assigned country’s cultural, economic, and political attitudes toward peace.

At the summit students spend the first day sharing their research. Once all delegates have addressed the assembly, the challenging role-playing begins. Employing all their collaborative, persuasive and critical thinking skills, delegates negotiate alliances, develop resolutions, and create solutions to encourage peace throughout the world. Most of the second day is spent polishing, presenting, and debating the resolutions.

At the end of the two days, all participants come away with a broader understanding of the complexities of world issues. Another learning outcome is the critical understanding that solutions, though seldom simple or unilateral, are achievable and worth working toward.

Students from the following seven secondary school in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are participating, along with others from the region:

  • Bayside Secondary School
  • Centennial Secondary School
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Moira Secondary School
  • North Hastings High School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Quinte Secondary School

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

Municipal election results for school board trustees

Unofficial results from the municipal election are now available. Official results are expected in the day or so.

Below is a summary of the newly-elected or acclaimed trustees for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

• Belleville/Thurlow (2): Mary Hall and Dave Patterson
• Centre Hastings (1): Carl Pitman (acclaimed)
• North Hastings (1): Lucille Kyle
• North Prince Edward County (1): Jennifer Cobb
• Sidney/Frankford (1): Jim Williams (acclaimed)
• South Prince Edward County (1): Dwayne Inch (acclaimed)
• Southeast Hastings (1): Thelma Goodfellow
• Trenton/CFB Trenton (1): Sam Clements, Trenton and CFB Trenton (acclaimed)
• Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (1): Mike Brant (appointed by Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte)

The current Board members will continue in their roles until Tuesday, November 30, 2010. The inaugural meeting of the new Board is scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join in welcoming the returning and new trustees, as well as recognizing the contributions of the outgoing trustees. 

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

Parent Involvement Committee Annual Meeting

Starting September 2010, all school boards in Ontario must establish a Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) if one is not already in place. The PIC is a formal structure and an important advisory body. It, along with school councils, encourage the grassroots support of parents at the local and community level.

In Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the PIC meets monthly and also has an annual meeting, as outlined below.

Parent Involvement Committee Annual Meeting
DATE: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION*: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

Agenda

  • Welcome and introductions, June Rogers, Superintendent of Education, Special Education Services
  • AiM System Plan overview, Kathy Soule, Director of Education
  • Roles of the Parent Involvement Committee Executive, June Rogers
  •  Explanation of the role of a Parent Involvement Committee member, Lisa Lalonde, current PIC member
  • Parent Involvement Committee Executive elections, June Rogers
  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention Panel Presentation by school board personnel and community members

*Participation is also available through live video-conference at:

  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • North Hastings High School
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Trenton High School

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

Bayside Secondary School students to “scare” away hunger this Halloween

Scarier than any costume is the hunger that many people face every day. On October 31, 2010, students at Bayside Secondary School will once again be going door-to-door, but not for candy. This Halloween, approximately 70 of Bayside’s students will be visiting homes in Bayside, Belleville, Frankford, Stirling and Trenton to collect non-perishable food items for Gleaners Food Bank, Trenton Care & Share Food Bank and the Stirling Community Cupboard.

“This is the second time our students have organized a Halloween for Hunger campaign. Last year we had 60 students collect 1,833 non-perishable food items, amounting to over 1,300 kg,” said Emily Young, BSS teacher.

Students in Young’s Leadership class are organizing Bayside’s second Halloween for Hunger campaign.

“We hope to improve upon last year’s numbers by expanding routes to the community of Frankford, as well as extending the food collection time by one hour,” said Spencer Halloran, Halloween for Hunger Co-Head and BSS student.

On Sunday, October 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., student participants will be going door-to-door to houses in the Quinte area, trick or treating for as many non-perishable food items as possible. Students will have identification indicating that they are participating in the Halloween for Hunger Campaign. Homes that will be visited by students will receive a flyer a week in advance of Halloween to communicate further information.

Thanks to the generous support of Dewe’s Independent Grocer and Price Chopper in Belleville, Price Chopper in Trenton and Foodland stores in Stirling and Frankford, students will be able to use shopping carts to transport food items.

Bayside Secondary School provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. The school excels in many different areas including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. The school Vision Statement is “A community promoting excellence in achievement by engaging learners in a relevant challenging curriculum which prepares them for the future."

Bayside Secondary hosts the secondary school French Immersion program in addition to other specialty programs including International Studies, Communications Technology and EcoBound, a unique multi-credit package for senior students, as well as the most extensive Advanced Placement program in the area. This is in addition to the many other excellent curricular and extracurricular programs at the school.

 

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

Trenton High students to refurbish Al Purdy’s outhouse

A group of Grade 11 and 12 students at Trenton High School (THS) is involved in a unique construction/woodworking project: students are refurbishing an outhouse that belonged to Canadian poet Al Purdy (1918 – 2000).

The construction/woodworking project has connections to the school and the community. The two parties came together though Eric Lorenzen, a THS teacher who is chairperson of the committee to name the school library.

At the school, a process is underway to name the school library the Al Purdy Library. Purdy was a THS student from 1933 to 1936. He was a two-time Governor General’s Award winner for poetry (1965 and 1986), appointed to the Order of Canada in 1982 and the Order of Ontario in 1987. He was born in Wooler, Ontario in 1918 and lived most of his life in Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County. Records indicate he was not a particularly good student, having dropped out of school in 1936 at age 17 to ride the rails to Western Canada. He was a voracious reader and spent many happy hours in the THS library reading books. A dedication gala is scheduled for Thursday,  April 21, 2011, which is the anniversary of his death and the date of national Al Purdy Day commemorations. The event will feature visits to THS by several prominent Canadian authors.

In addition, two English classes and two Writer’s Craft classes are working on projects related to Purdy’s life and work, with student work to be featured at the library dedication. A senior Art class is also working on a major art installation inspired by Purdy which will be permanently installed in the THS library and unveiled at the opening.

In the community, the Al Purdy A-frame Project is underway to restore Purdy’s home in Ameliasburgh for use as a writer’s residence for young Canadian writers. Jean Baird, heading community project, contacted school officials to ask if there would be interest in student involvement. The most urgent need was to refurbish Purdy’s outhouse. Construction Technology Teacher Ron Furlan and Woodworking Teacher Jay Noack jumped at the opportunity!  The Al Purdy A-frame Trust will be funding the restoration.

According to Purdy’s wife, Eurithe Purdy, the outhouse was one of Purdy’s favourite places to sit and think, and he kept using it long after the A-frame acquired indoor plumbing. Before indoor plumbing had been installed, he would specify that a visitor could use the outhouse only if he/she would sign the wall!

Trenton High School is a community school where students can achieve success in a positive, character-based, safe and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and our community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways. The diversity of programs and facilities offer all students many opportunities to learn and prepare for their future. THS offers such programs as Catering, Music Theatre, Aesthetics, Outer Limits, an Alternative Campus, the Business of Hockey, specialized Communications Technology and E-Learning. THS is are very proud of its tradition of excellence and the sense of pride shared with the community.

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

Former child soldier to speak at Bayside Secondary School

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has estimated that approximately 300,000 children under the age of 18 are child soldiers, involved in more than 30 conflicts worldwide. Michel Chikwanine is a former child soldier and will be visiting Bayside Secondary School to present “From Child Soldier to Child Activist: The Journey to Hope” on Thursday, October 28, 2010.

EVENT DETAILS
What: Photo opportunity at Michel Chikwanine’s presentation
When: Thursday, October 28, 2010. Assembly will run from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Where: Bayside Secondary School Gymnasium
Who: Students, school and board employees

Michel ChikwanineMichel grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country which has endured a civil war that has claimed over 5.8 million lives. As a young child, Michel was forced to witness the torture of his father and the rape of his mother. After becoming a refugee at the age of 11, Michel was recruited to become a child soldier and the majority of his young life was spent enduring the atrocities of war.

Today, Michel has emerged from his conflict-stricken past and is an accomplished motivational speaker. He has spoken to more than 100,000 people and has shared the stage with Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free the Children; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; The Dalai Lama; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Betty Williams.

Some of Bayside’s student leaders were given a preview of the power of Michel’s story at We Day in Toronto on Thursday, September 30, 2010.

“We can’t wait for the rest of our school to hear Michel’s story. He is so inspirational!” said student Shontell Young.

Michel should have no trouble inspiring the students to believe in their ability to create change. Bayside’s students have a strong legacy of social responsibility and involvement. As a “We School,” registered with Free the Children’s We Schools in Action Program, Bayside has fundraised to build a school in China, sells ethically-made school clothing and raised $10,000 last year for local food banks with Meal Exchange’s 24-Hours for Hunger Campaign.

This year, Bayside is working hard on its Halloween for Hunger campaign to collect non-perishable food items for local food banks and is also fundraising to build a school in India.

“I am never surprised by the generosity and hard work of our students, who genuinely care about the plight of others both locally and abroad. Bayside’s students are truly making a difference in the lives of others,” said Emily Young, a Bayside Secondary School teacher.

Members of the public who wish to see Michel Chikwanine can call the BSS Office at 613-966-2922 to request a guest pass. A limited number is available..

Bayside Secondary School (BSS) provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. The school excels in many different areas including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. Past achievements are impressive and are posted on the school website. The school Vision Statement is A school community promoting excellence in achievement by engaging learners in a relevant challenging curriculum which prepares them for the future. Bayside is home the French Immersion program. The school also offers specialty programs in International Studies, Communications Technology, Eco Bound and Advanced Placement. This is in addition to the many other curricular and extracurricular programs at the school.

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

 

Academic Awards Night at Moira Secondary School

Moira Secondary School will be hosting an Academic Awards Night to honour students who achieved the top mark in a course during the 2009-2010 school year. Students in Grades 9 to 11, and their families, have been invited to celebrate the students’ achievements.

DATE: Thursday, October 21, 2010
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville
TIME: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Congratulations to all students who will be receiving awards!

Moira Secondary School is committed to student achievement in academics, arts and athletics. The school offers a wide range of programs to serve the needs of the entire student body. Students and staff care about their school and community and demonstrate this through numerous activities and events. All contribute to Trojan Pride and character development through involvement in school clubs, extra-curricular and leadership activities and community-centre projects. The school focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life at Moira—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts. Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development.

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

Centennial & Moira prepare to play football under lights

football posterCentennial Chargers and Moira Trojans fans . . . get ready for an historic event! This Friday, October 15, 2010 the Centennial Chargers and Moira Trojans football teams will play under lights for the first time in their history!

The teams will play two games with the Juniors at 5:00 p.m. and the Seniors at 7:00 p.m. under lights. Choirs from both schools will perform O Canada for the 7:00 p.m. game. Location is the newly renovated M.A. Sills Park Artificial Multi-Use and Multi-Sport Field.

This event is taking place through community connections with City of Belleville, Battlefield Rentals of Belleville and Quinte (portable lights donation), Rent All Centre Belleville (portable lights donation), United Rentals of Belleville (portable lights donation), and Wilson Sports, (six soccer balls and six footballs).

All are welcome to come out to cheer the teams on. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted on behalf of Gleaners Food Bank.

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, Centennial offers unique opportunities for students to participate in a full range of creative activities. Several community partnerships provide opportunities for students in all pathways in the arts, sciences, technology, community service and leadership. In addition, the International Student Program contributes to a diverse setting for all students. Strong academic achievement is a focus at CSS and we provide valuable opportunities for students to improve and further develop literacy and numeracy skills.

Moira Secondary School is committed to student achievement in academics, arts and athletics. The school offers a wide range of programs to serve the needs of the entire student body. Students and staff care about their school and community and demonstrate this through numerous activities and events. All contribute to Trojan Pride and character development through involvement in school clubs, extra-curricular and leadership activities and community-centre projects. The school focus on excellence reaches into many realms of student life at Moira—in the classroom, in sporting events, and in the performing arts. Student citizenship, global responsibility, and community involvement are priorities to foster well-rounded student growth and development.

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

 

Prince Edward CI to host ‘all candidates’ event

With the date of Ontario municipal elections nearing, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) will be hosting an all-candidate panel presentation. The goal of this event is to increase the awareness and participation of young people in their community and local issues. It can also lead to more discussion between young people and their families about current community issues.

To accommodate the whole student body, the PECI event will take place twice on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

  1. from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and
  2. from 1:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

All six mayoral candidates have confirmed their attendance.

This event is being held in conjunction with the provincial Student Vote initiative in which students across the province participate in a mock version of their municipal election. (See www.studentvote.ca for more details.)

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) 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 50+-year tradition of serving all students living in Prince Edward County to ensure their success in the world.

For more information, please contact:
• Civics teachers Sarah Vader [email protected] or Jennifer Tripp [email protected], or
• Canada & World Studies Department Head Marian Moon [email protected], or
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, [email protected]

 

Park Dale School participated in Walk to School Day

Families with school-aged children in the Park Dale School area  were encouraged to give the car a rest and walk to school last week. International Walk to School Week was October 4 to 8, 2010.

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, students, staff and community celebrated Walk to School Day. Special guest, Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis, was an active participant.

“Park Dale encourages students to walk to school throughout the year,” said Tinneke Wilson, a teacher at Park Dale School and mother of two. “Walk to School Week provides an opportunity to kick off our walking activities and celebrate our community.”

Studies repeatedly demonstrate the positive effects that daily physical activity has on improving self-esteem and academic achievement. 

“Life is busy,” stated Jennifer Ronan, a public health nurse at Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and mother of two. “Many of us drive our kids to school because we don’t seem to have enough time in the day. However, if we make a commitment to walk to school, even one day a week, our children will benefit. If the distance is too far to walk, a parent who normally drives could park in a safe spot and walk partway with children.”

International Walk to School Day provides families and communities with the opportunity to celebrate active transportation and to discover the simple joy of walking to school.

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit urges families to participate in this annual event. It celebrates active transportation (walking, cycling or wheeling). Active transportation is an opportunity to increase daily physical activity, improve safety and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. At the same time, it allows people to socialize with their neighbours and spend some quality time with their children.

The health unit also encourages families to take the time to think about the “walkability” of the route to school. Are there sidewalks or paths that lead to the school? Is the walk pleasant and appealing?

According to the 2010 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity, two-thirds of Canadian families indicate that they live within a reasonable distance to walk or cycle to school. Only half the children report having walked to school and 80 percent report never having cycled to school. Park Dale School is a walking school, meaning no students are bused.

Park Dale School is located in northwest Belleville and serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is within walking distance for all of its students.Park Dale is a Healthy Active School Community with computer labs, gymnasium with stage, large playground area and soccer field. The school provides all levels of Special Education services. An Instrumental Music program is available to Grade 7 and 8 students. The learning resource centre is the hub for students seeking advanced research opportunities. At Park Dale, Learning First is the motto for all. School spirit is seen in the unity and family atmosphere that permeates the building.

 

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

14 school councils to receive grants for school-based projects

Fourteen school councils will receive grants to support school-based projects which help parents/guardians get more involved in schools. They are funded through Ontario’s Parent Reaching Out (PRO) grants.

Funded projects in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board include the following:

  • Bancroft Public School, Capacity Building Carousel, an event which will focus on bridging school communities, increasing parent involvement, and fostering relationships between parents and community agencies.
     
  • Harmony Public School, Reaching Out in Harmony, a series of information sessions on bullying, social networking and internet safety.
     
  • Harry J. Clarke Public School, Parent Support for Social Networking and Online Dangers, support materials to assist parents in understanding the complexities surrounding the Internet and social networking sites.
     
  • Maynooth Public School, Healthy Children/Healthy Learners Program, two guest speakers to address parents/guardians on supporting their child’s health and wellness.
     
  • North Hastings Senior Elementary School, Healthy Living Programan evening session to assist parents in making healthy choices in their home.
     
  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, New Math Workshop Program, workshop for parents to understand what their children are learning and to be able to assist them with homework and learning at home.
     
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), Family Book Club Programhands-on learning and literacy to improve relationships between the school and the parent community.
     
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville), School Council Lending Library, new resources for the School Council Lending Library, including books and DVDs on parenting, education and nutrition.
     
  • Queen Elizabeth Public School, Community Cares Program, information sharing to increase parent awareness of Ministry, board and school procedures and practices to better support an inclusive, safe and caring school community.
     
  • Queen Victoria School, Parent Information Night on Bullying, visit by a guest speaker on various aspects of bullying.
     
  • Sophiasburg Central School, Internet Safety Workshop, a workshop on Internet safety and how it affects children’s lives.
     
  • Stirling Primary School, Parent Lending Library and Parenting Support, a parent library to engage parents at school in activities to support families and provide resources for learning at home.
     
  • Stirling Senior Public School, Making Sense of Math for Moms and Dads, Math information sessions for parents and access to resources in the parent lending library.
     
  • V.P. Carswell Elementary School, Skill Building and Transitions, visit by a guest speaker to build skills and help parents recognize and prevent bullying and self esteem issues.

The grants are locally driven by groups such as parent organizations, school councils and parent involvement committees. These groups address local barriers such as language or poverty, and develop local solutions to help other parents get involved in their children’s education, both at home and at school.

Ontario’s new parent engagement policy (pdf) helps parents work together with education partners so that they can contribute to the success of Ontario’s students and education system. Check out this year’s list of approved projects. Find out more information about parent initiatives.

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 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

 

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

North Hastings HS teacher honoured with provincial award

Congratulations to Colleen Drew-Baehre, a North Hastings High School teacher, who was one of only three Ontario recipients of an OTIP Teaching Award for 2010.

"To say that I was shocked would be an understatement! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect something like this to happen to me," remarked Drew-Baehre after finding out about the award. "I enjoy what I do so much that it doesn’t seem fair to get an award for it. I have also had, and continue to have, a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from my colleagues. They deserve just as much credit."

Pictured above (L to R): Rian McLaughlin from Ontario Teachers’ Federation;
Colleen Drew-Baehre; and Randy McGlynn from Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan.
 

Drew-Baehre has developed innovative courses for students which help them to connect with the community and the environment. She shares her ideas, curriculum and time with students and other teachers. She regularly volunteers for numerous organizations such as the Stewardship Council, Fish and Wildlife Community Committee, and North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery. Her volunteering provides opportunities for students. Drew-Baehre demonstrates a personal commitment to lifelong learning and motivates students to do the same. She is a caring, cooperative and compassionate individual and her teaching is endearing.

"I can honestly say that for me, there is nothing more rewarding than teaching. I feel privileged and humbled to be a very small part of such an important and influential community," she said.

Drew-Baehre was presented with her award on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the 7th Annual OTIP Teaching Awards ceremony at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Toronto. She was accompanied by her family, and fellow teacher and nominator Leaf Worsley.

Pictured above (L to R): Nominator Leaf Worsley and OTIP Teaching Award recipient
Colleen Drew-Baehre, both teachers at North Hastings High School.
 

Award recipients will be featured in TVO vignettes. Drew-Baehre and students spent two days with a video crew in June during a trip to Fleming College School of Natural Resources in Lindsay and also doing a stream analysis just north of Bancroft.

Drew-Baehre was also a Great Place Award recipient in June 2010. Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Those awards are presented annually at the June public Board meeting.

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, the school provides programs that prepare students for transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement. NHHS offers unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized, including a Specialist High Skills Major in Forestry. Students in that program learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies, and acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas. NHHS also offers numerous cooperative education opportunities, including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.

For more information on the OTIP Teaching Awards, visit www.teachingawards.ca.

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

‘Agribition’ shows students where food comes from

Do you know how butter is made? Have you ever milked a cow? Do tractors have GPS—Global Positioning Systems?

Grade 4 students will learn answers to these and other agricultural-related questions at the second Agribition (agricultural exhibition). The event will promote healthy living, show children where food comes from and why farming matters to their everyday lives.

AGRIBITION DETAILS
Date: Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7, 2010
Location: Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage located at the Stirling fairgrounds

Students will participate in a guided tour of the Agricultural Museum to learn about past agricultural practices. They will also view the modern day displays hosted by various commodity groups. Because today’s children are tomorrow’s consumers, this event will introduce them to agriculture first-hand in a manner linked directly to The Ontario Curriculum.

The Agribition is free to all Grade 4 students attending and has been made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:

  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, event organizer
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • Elementary Teachers’ Association of Ontario (ETFO)
  • Harvest Hastings
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Hastings Cattlemen’s Association
  • Hastings County Federation of Agriculture
  • Hastings County Milk Producers
  • John Harvey Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Lynn Leavitt
  • Master feeds
  • Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
  • Prince Edward Cattlemen’s Association
  • Prince Edward County Federation of Agriculture
  • Russett Orchards
  • Shur-Gain
  • Stirling Heritage & Agricultural Museum

For more information please contact:
Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2205, [email protected]

Veridian donates $5,000 to Student Emergency Fund

A $5,000 donation from Veridian, the electricity supplier in Belleville, was recently welcomed by The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. The funds, raised through the company’s annual golf tournament, will support the foundation’s Student Emergency Fund.

Elaner Pound, Learning Foundation Chair, expressed her appreciation to Veridian.

“The $5,000 donation will greatly assist area students and their families,” said Pound. “We receive regular feedback from teachers, principals and child and youth counsellors that the support provided through the Student Emergency Fund is invaluable. We truly believe in ‘paying forward’ and lending a helping hand to students and their families.”

The Student Emergency Fund provides immediate assistance to students and their families by providing financial aid and gift-in-kind support. Veridian’s donation will be used to purchase items such as eyeglasses, EpiPens, medical supplies, food and clothing, transportation to subsidize field trips, and to assist additional financial needs that result from family crises such as fire, layoffs and illness.

“We take corporate social responsibility very seriously at Veridian,” said Diana Hills-Milligan, Manager, Executive Office and Public Affairs. “In addition to our annual budget for community building, education and hospitals, Veridian and its employees generously donate without hesitation to many worthwhile community organizations like The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.”

In 2009 the Student Emergency Fund received over 150 requests to support students in crisis situations. Grants totaling $32,500 were awarded. Within the first three weeks of this year’s school year, 25 requests had been submitted.

The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation (The HPELF) raises funds to provide all students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board through expanded opportunities for success. The HPELF works with volunteers, teachers, school administrators, support staff and donors to provide philanthropic support for an entire spectrum of enhanced learning opportunities for students. The HPELF has provided support for school nutrition programs, student emergencies, the Arts, project enhancements, student literacy initiatives and the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair.

Veridian is a progressive, community-owned energy company that provides electricity distribution services to more than 112,000 customers in nine municipalities across east central Ontario. The company focuses on providing reliable, efficient and sustainable energy solutions and services. A top priority is the health and safety of employees and members of the public. Veridian is an important fixture in the communities it serves. In addition to providing reliable service at reasonable rates, Veridian promotes economic growth, community building and sustainable living.

For more information, contact:
• Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170 or   1 800 267-4350, extension 2205
• Chris Mace, PR Representative – Corporate Communications, Veridian, 905-427-9870, extension 2218

North Hastings HS celebrated Grade 9s in ‘house’ style

Celebrating school spirit and leadership were the focus of Grade 9 Activity Day festivities at North Hastings High School on Friday, September 17, 2010.

All Grade 9 students were matched with a senior student through a peer-to-peer—or P2P—mentor process. Some Grade 10 mentors-in-training (M.I.T.s) were also involved in the leadership-building activities that involved approximately 280 students.

"It was fantastic day all around. The weather cooperated and we were outside as planned. The response from the student body was extremely positive. I am very proud of all students and staff who were involved," remarked Principal Ken Dostaler.

Students were divided into four groups representing the school’s four houses: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. Activities included skill-building and problem-solving tasks, and several team-oriented games.

Pictured: North Hastings High School students pose in the their school ‘house’ groups: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire.

North Hastings High School (NHHS) is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, the school provides programs that prepare students for transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement. NHHS offers unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized, including a Specialist High Skills Major in Forestry. Students in that program learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies, and acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas. NHHS also offers numerous cooperative education opportunities, including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.

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

South Marysburgh Central School community celebrated at Milford Fair

It was a community celebration for young and old! Hundreds came out to participate in the Milford Fair on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

Among the attendees were current and former students and staff from South Marysburgh Central School.

"When I am at an event in the community I really get a sense of how tightly knit the community is and what an important part our school plays in the community at large," remarked Principal Marg Thompson.

Director of Education Kathy Soule concurred. "Being there, being part of the parade and seeing so many students and community members was amazing," she said.

Prince Edward-Hastings M.P.P. Leona Dombrowsky was a special guest whose presence was truly appreciated. Principal Marg Thompson showed her student artwork and written compositions. Ms. Dombrowsky enjoyed reading the students’ perspectives on South Marysburgh Central School.

Pictured L to R: Principal Marg Thompson shows Prince Edward-Hastings M.P.P. Leona Dombrowsky student artwork and written compositions.

Trustee Dwayne Inch thoroughly enjoyed the event, as well. "It was fantastic to be part of the event. I was so proud of our community and students," he remarked.

Pictured L to R: Trustee Dwayne Inch and Director of Education Kathy Soule proudly display the school sign in the parade.

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. Both schools boast spacious playgrounds in country settings and computer labs at both locations. As Healthy Active School Communities, Athol and South Marysburgh promote regular physical activity and healthy living through daily physical activity, our sports teams and special events. The schools are dedicated to excellence in instruction and student achievement with an emphasis on balanced literacy and numeracy. An instrumental music program is provided to intermediate and junior students. 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]

 

Quinte SS students break ground on sixth house

Quinte Secondary School students broke ground yesterday on the sixth house they will assist in constructing. The senior students are in the Quinte Student Structures program, a Specialist High Skills Major offered by the school.

The program began in 2005 with the first home completed in 2006. Students in the program work in partnership with a local builder to construct a new home, giving them experience in and exposure to a variety of skilled trades.

"We are excited about the semester ahead for our students and partners. We know it will be an incredible experience for our students as they work alongside skilled trades workers," commented Principal Lisa Vincent.

The site is Lot 21, Settler’s Ridge subdivision, which is north off Maitland Drive between Sidney Street and North Front Street/Highway 62, Belleville. The home will be completed in the new year and will be available for purchase in the same way as other homes in the subdivision.

Chair of the Board Carl Pitman was proud to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

"This is such a great program for our students. We are very excited about embarking upon another year of learning in this hands-on environment," he said.

Pictured above (L to R): With Quinte Secondary School student are Chair of the Board Carl Pitman; Director of Education Kathy Soule; Trustees Thelma Goodfellow (Southeast Hastings), Cliff Cotton and Mary Hall (Belleville); Chair of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation Elaner Pound, Dustin VanSoelen from Duvanco Homes, Principal Lisa Vincent and a representative from Quinte Home Builders Association.

Quinte Student Structures is a Ministry of Education-accredited program that provides students with an opportunity to focus their learning in a skilled trade area while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The specialized program is to help prepare students to make a successful transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university or directly into the workforce. The program enables students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge through the complete experience of building a house, and helps them to achieve graduation while pursuing their post-secondary goals. Students also learn team-building and leadership skills which they will utilize well beyond their secondary school experience.

Partners in the Quinte Student Structures program include the following:

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

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

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Queen Victoria School OPEN Monday, September 20, 2010

 

This is an important message about Queen Victoria School. The school will be open Monday, September 20, 2010. The broken sewer main has been repaired. All children should go to school as usual on Monday. Local radio stations have been advised and a telephone message has been left at students’ homes.

The cooperation and understanding by parents/guardians, children and all others involved is appreciated.

EQAO results show steady progress

Students of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board showed improvement on Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) provincial assessments written in the spring.

“As a school system we have provided students with optimal learning environments, effective tools and strategies for learning. These results represent the work of caring and dedicated principals, classroom teachers and support staff who have supported students to achieve gradual, incremental growth,” remarked Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

The following highlights the performance of students in Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics.

Primary (Grade 3) Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Reading Students demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 46% to 51%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%.
Writing Students demonstrated a 3% growth rate, moving from 53% to 56%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 2%.
Mathematics Students demonstrated a 6% growth rate, moving from 53% to 59%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 1%.

 

 
 

  

Junior (Grade 6) Reading, Writing and Mathematics

Reading Students demonstrated a 3% growth rate, moving from 62% to 65%. The provincial growth rate was 3%.
Writing Students demonstrated a 4% growth rate, moving from 52% to 56%. This increase surpassed the provincial growth rate of 3%.
Mathematics Students demonstrated a 3% decrease, moving from 50% to 47%. This decrease mirrors a provincial decrease of 2%.

 

 
 

 

 
Grade 9 Applied and Academic Mathematics

Applied Students demonstrated a 1% decrease, moving from 49% to 48%. The provincial growth rate was 2%. It is important to note that the provincial results are below the HPEDSB results, with 48% of HPEDSB Applied students achieving the provincial standard as compared to 40% provincially.
Academic Students demonstrated a 5% growth rate, moving from 76% to 81%. This increase matched the provincial growth rate of 5%.

  

 

 

 

Results from the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) were released in June 2010 and are posted online at: www.hpedsb.on.ca/newsroom/

“Board members are proud of the students who participated in the EQAO tests. These results show that students are applying higher-order thinking skills across all curriculum areas and within a variety of learning situations,” commented Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

Next steps Board officials have tools in place to conduct deep analysis of student assessments and are developing a Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Plans for Student Achievement in the areas of:

• Literacy
• Numeracy
• Pathways
• Community, Culture and Caring

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 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

Troop support is tops at Bayside SS

Kudos to Bayside Secondary School for showing support, respect and caring for troops who are serving overseas.

On Friday, September 10, 2010, all students and staff were invited to wear red. This student-initiated event was in recognition of and to raise awareness of the 9th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington D.C.

Goup of Bayside Secondary School students and staff wearing redBayside SS students created a banner which was signed by staff and students. It will be delivered to the base in Afghanistan. The school has proud and long-standing family and academic connections to the 8 Wing community in Trenton.

Bayside Secondary School provides a dynamic learning environment to approximately 850 students. The school excels in many different areas, including academics, athletics, arts, technology and student leadership. The school vision statement is "A community promoting excellence in achievement by engaging learners in a relevant challenging curriculum which prepares them for the future." BSS offers French Immersion and other specialty programs, including International Studies, Communications Technology and EcoBound, a unique multi-credit package for senior students, as well as the most extensive Advanced Placement program in the area. These are in addition to many other excellent curricular and extracurricular programs at the school.Signed banner

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

HPEDSB and health unit partner on a free helmet lending program

Thanks to a partnership between the school board and the health unit, more than 100 CSA-approved helmets are available to students.

Health and Physical Education Coordinator Ian Boyd spoke with CKWS-TV reporter Erin Howe about why helmets are so important for children and youth who are involved in activities such as skating.

View the news story (and text only version) online at: www.ckwstv.com/index.cfm

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

Deseronto PS full-day Kindergarten featured on CKWS-TV

Full-day Kindergarten was a feature on CKWS-TV 6:00 p.m. news on Thursday, September 9, 2010.

Principal Bill Launderville and Senior Kindergarten Teacher Denise Lewis talked about the benefits of full-day learning and how, by being at school all day, the children have time to develop social skills and learn school routines. Three Senior Kindergarten children shared their thoughts about their first day at school, as well. Superintendent Trish FitzGibbon ended the story by explaining why the before- and after-school program is not running this year.

View the news story online at: www.ckwstv.com/index.cfm
 

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

$1,000 grant for a peace trail at Breadner Elementary School

Creation of a peace trail at Breadner Elementary School will become a reality courtesy of a $1,000 grant from S’Cool Life Fund.

The peace trail will be located on the school yard. It will be a walking path that leads to an area with picnic tables where students and staff can go to reflect and have some quiet time.

Former Breadner Elementary students who are now at Trenton High School were involved in constructing the picnic tables and a former College Street/Bayside Public School/Bayside Secondary School student burned Growing with Character words, board and school crests onto them.

It is anticipated that students, parents and staff will be involved in the total construction of the paths and gardens.

A cheque presentation is scheduled; media representatives and school community members are invited to attend.

DATE: Monday, September 13, 2010
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Breadner Elementary School, 31 Gimli Road, Trenton

Breadner Elementary School, located in a residential neighbourhood at Canadian Forces Base, Trenton, serves approximately 210 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school has a well-equipped computer lab, a large gymnasium with a stage, three classrooms for multi-purpose use and small meeting rooms for reading intervention and counseling. The grounds include soccer and baseball fields, basketball courts and playground equipment. Breadner hosts regional programs for Special Education. Celebrations of learning include learning buddy programs, Student Council activities, assemblies, winter carnivals, with parent/guardian and community involvement.

S’Cool Life Fund is a dynamic non-profit organization that provides much-needed funding to support the exciting and engaging extracurricular programs that enhance the lives of elementary students in Canada. Since 2005, S’Cool Life Fund has travelled across the country every September to present public elementary schools with grants that now total almost $1.8 million! From sports equipment to dance classes to musical instruments, S’Cool Life Fund supplies the support needed to help students fulfill their DREAMS – Drama, Recreation, Extracurricular, Arts, Music and Sports.

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

Public school board welcomes students and staff back to school!

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) is ready to welcome students and staff to the new school year.

New for this year: full-day Kindergarten
Seven schools will offer full-day Kindergarten as part of the provincial government’s focus on full-day learning for 4- and 5-year-olds. These schools include the following:

• College Street Public School, Trenton, 2 classes
• Deseronto Public School, Deseronto, 2 classes
• Earl Prentice Public School, Marmora, 2 classes
• Madoc Township Public School, Madoc, 1 class
• North Trenton Public School, Trenton, 1 class
• Queen Elizabeth Public School, Trenton, 1 class
• Queen Victoria School, Belleville, 2 classes

“It’s an exciting time for children and their families. A full day of learning early will provide a solid base for developing skills in reading, writing and math. It will also help children to become 21st Century learners, creative thinkers and problem-solvers in an environment that supports Growing with Character."

During the summer, principals, teachers and early childhood educators from the full-day Kindergarten schools participated in training focused on easing the transition to school.

Topics included:

  • Incorporating play-based learning into the classroom
  • Organizing the flow of the Full-Day, Early Learning Kindergarten Program
  • Learning about self-regulation and how it applies to children (to help them engage in mindful, intentional and thoughtful behaviour)
  • Understanding the complimentary roles of teachers and early childhood educators within the classroom

Chair of the Board Carl Pitman praised the new full-day Kindergarten program.

“For 4- and 5-year olds full-day Kindergarten is about learning, growing and playing. They’ll experience play-based learning throughout the day. Our teachers, early childhood educators and other school staff are well-prepared and really looking forward to welcoming these students into our schools,” he said.

Summer renovation projects
Many schools had renovations, construction or painting done over the summer. Some of the projects included the following:

  • A new septic system was installed at Massassaga-Rednersville Public School.
  • New washrooms were installed at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.
  • Main office changes were made at Bayside Secondary School.
  • The computer lab at Centennial Secondary School was upgraded.
  • Exterior cladding was installed at Coe Hill School.
  • The open area at Susanna Moodie Elementary School was closed in.
  • Roof replacements were done at Centennial Secondary School, Moira Secondary School and Susanna Moodie Elementary School.
  • New asphalt was laid at Deseronto Public School, Madoc Public School, Stirling Junior Public School and Tyendinaga Public School.
  • A new gym floor was installed at Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School.

Summer training programs
The summer months also provided time for students and staff alike to participate in additional learning activities.

  • The Summer Literacy program was a collaborative venture between Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Board for children entering Grade 1 and 2. It was a two-week literacy program in July with approximately 15 students per class. Sites included Harry J. Clarke Public School and Sir Winston annex, Madoc Public School, Queen Elizabeth School in Picton, Bancroft Public School and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Trenton.
  • A Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat Summer Professional Learning Program was facilitated by the HPEDSB Curriculum Services team and was well-attended by teachers, in-school resource teachers, long-term occasional teachers, literacy partners and school administrators. 
  • Summer School was a great success with 198 of 202 students earning secondary school credits in July.

Technology upgrades at schools
Computer hardware upgrades, in the form of memory upgrades, were made at elementary schools and hard drive upgrades were made at secondary schools. Seven elementary schools now have operational interior cameras and exterior cameras will be installed in the fall. By the first day of school, four secondary schools will have operational interior and exterior cameras. It is expected that the four remaining secondary schools will be fully operational by the end of October.

Welcome international students
HPEDSB is also pleased to welcome 140 international students, the highest number ever! This year will see 90 new students and 50 returning for another year of learning and cultural experiences. Earlier this summer 60 Korean students attended and English-as-a-Second Language summer camp. The Grade 4 to 8 students attended ESL instruction each morning and took part in cultural activities in the afternoon. Community members opened their homes and hearts to welcome the children to Canada.

“We know that we have dynamic, focused leaders. We know that we have dedicated teachers and support staff. We know that we have facilities and technology that exceed the provincial norm. And we know that we have communities and community groups who are open and willing to collaborate with us,” remarked Soule.

“We’re ready to make this school year one of the best ever for students, parents/guardians and employees!” she added.

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 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

 

Announcing the Len & Olive Black Memorial Fund

An article about Leonard Wilson Black was featured in the spring edition of Chalk Talk, the newsletter of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation (The HPELF). Mr. Black is The HPELF’s first estate donor. The article was written by retired Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board school administrator Glenn Richardson, Mr. Black’s nephew.

In his article Richardson wrote, “The gifts to the North York Board of Education and to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation were motivated by the great value both Uncle Len and Aunt Olive placed on education…gifts were made to a number of charitable institutions and these are explained in my mind, as I recall an individual who was naturally disposed to sympathy for people in need, and who saw a great deal of that need around him in the course of the Great Depression.”

Leonard Black’s appreciation of the education system and his desire to assist those in need align closely with the purpose of The HPELF’s Student Emergency Fund. Last year, 155 emergency support requests were granted through the fund, totaling $32,500 in immediate financial aid to students facing crisis situations and hardship.

In discussing how best to use Mr. Black’s very generous gift, it was decided that the donation would be endowed, and the annual interest from the gift would form the Len and Olive Black Memorial Fund.

The Len & Olive Black Memorial Fund will support students facing financial hardship, and who:

  1. Require assistance with purchasing materials and items to allow them to fully participate in courses, levelling the playing field for all students(i.e. specialized welding glasses for technical courses, character shoes for music theatre courses, suitable shorts and shoes for gym classes, art kits for art classes, etc); and
  2. Would like to pursue post-secondary education and need assistance with the application fee.

The Len & Olive Black Memorial Fund will be a separate and distinct category within the Student Emergency Fund.

For more information please contact:
Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 26704350, extension 2205, [email protected]

JK, SK, 1 to 12 registration information 2010 – 2011

HPEDSB back-to-school radio commercials and newspaper ad

  • Radio commercials on MIX-97, ROCK 107, Classic Hits 95.5, Cool 100, MOOSE-FM
    • Anna, elementary school student
    • Micaila, secondary school student
    • William, elementary school student 

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Register your child with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to ensure success in school!

For all students, HPEDSB offers:

  • Full range of programming
  • Strong focus on character development
  • Partnerships with parents/guardians and the community
  • Safe, respectful and inclusive learning environments

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board offers alternate day, half-day or full-day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten.

How to register children for JK and SK

How to register children for Grades 1 to 12

 

 

 

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients!

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

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

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

Geoventure students meet with award winning author

Geoventure students from Moira Secondary School met with Franke James, an award winning author, artist and speaker. Students created artwork that expressed their environmental concerns and shared their art with Franke at a seminar in May.

Franke captivated the students and shared her knowledge about how people can make big changes and positively impact the environment. She believes that changing light bulbs is not enough and that society needs to do something more to impact the environment.

Geoventure teacher, Gayle Miller, invited Franke to attend the seminar after meeting her at a Going Green Workshop that was sponsored by the Ontario Teacher’s Federation. Franke presented at the workshop and inspired Gayle to hold a seminar and have Franke run a workshop for the Geoventure students.

During the workshop, students spent hours researching environmental issues and listening to Franke explain how they can inspire others to be environmentally conscious. The students expressed their ideas on environmental issues by making collages and posters with recycled magazine clippings and various art materials.

The artwork that the students created will be displayed at the Quinte Mall on June 17 and 18. The display at the mall will highlight the Geoventure program and student accomplishments.

For more information, please contact:

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

Centennial Secondary School student received an international award and tuition scholarship

 

Congratulations to Ian Wright, a Centennial Secondary School student who was chosen to perform as part of the Yamaha Allstar Jazz Ensemble at the MusicFest Canada National Festival in Ottawa.

The 38th annual MusicFest Canada was hosted by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from May 17 to 22, 2010. During the week-long event full of music, learning and fun, MusicFest inspired thousands of young musicians from across Canada.

The Yamaha All-Star Band celebrated its 18th anniversary and featured 20 exceptional young jazz players. The national honour band consisted of successful candidates who gathered for a week of music education and festivity under the direction of Terry Promane from the University of Toronto. Students expanded their musical talent, technique and skill while attending workshops and master classes with top performers. The band performed a full evening concert on Saturday, May 22 at the National Arts Centre.

Ian was one of 29 students to be awarded a Humber College tuition scholarship at the festival. Humber College provides a wide range of tuition scholarships annually to remarkable performers that collaborate at the festival.

Ian was also the 2010 award recipient for the Zildjian Outstanding Drum-set Player Award. Zildjian annually provides several awards to outstanding percussionists totalling over $3,500 in cash and product. Ian was presented with a four-piece set of A Custom cymbals and a box of drumsticks.

MusicFest Canada is an annual national event that brings together over 10,000 of Canada’s finest young musicians. Musicians range from 12 to 25 years of age and are drawn from the elementary, high school, college and university levels. The festival is held each year in may, in a major Canadian city.

MusicFest Canada annually engages the participation of over 450,000 youth in 45 associated festivals nationwide for an opportunity to perform at the national festival. MusicFest provides an opportunity for students and educators to get together and share their musical achievements and ingenuity.

For more information, please contact:

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

Full-day kindergarten coming to two more schools in 2011

Two more Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) elementary schools will begin full-day kindergarten for the first time in September 2011.

“We are taking a responsible and measured approach to implementing full-day kindergarten. By expanding this program up to 50,000 children in 2011-12, we are giving more children and their families the opportunity for a seamless day of learning and play,” said Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education and MPP for Prince Edward – Hastings.

The selection of 2011 full-day kindergarten schools is the next step toward the full implementation of the program by 2015-16. There are already four local schools selected for the first year of full-day kindergarten that starts this September. In total, seven HPEDSB schools will offer the program in 2011:

College Street Public School

Deseronto Public School

Earl Prentice Public School

Madoc Township Public School

North Trenton Public School

Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)

Queen Victoria School

“We’re looking forward to implementing full-day kindergarten in more of our elementary schools. This program will enhance opportunities for children to develop literacy skills on which to build their future success,” said Kathy Soule, Director of Education, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

The Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program is an important part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan. The program will provide children with a strong base for future learning and the combination of optional before- and after-school programs will also help parents save time and money.

Child care subsidy will be provided for the before- and after-school programs, based on existing eligibility criteria. Parents can choose to register their child for a reasonable fee. HPEDSB will soon begin registering four- and five-year-olds for the 2010-2011 school year – as well as the before- and after-school program.

“The Full-Day Early Learning Program will support children in the social and emotional development, as well with greater exposure to reading, writing and math. We are looking forward to implementing full-day kindergarten in more of our elementary schools,” said Carl Pitman, chair of the Board, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

$705,318 in capital funding will be given to HPEDSB to build, enlarge and equip classrooms in schools that will begin to offer full-day kindergarten in 2011-12.

Fore more information, please contact:

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

 

Minister of Education visits with Geoventure students at Quinte Mall

On June 18, 2010 the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education, visited students at the Quinte Mall in Belleville.

Geoventure students from Moira Secondary School were ecstatic to show their final Civics culminating projects to Hon. Leona Dombrowsky at the Quinte Mall. Hon. Leona Dombrowsky visited with the students, asking questions about their culminating projects, their semester and their Geoventure field studies.

 
Pictured (L to R): Gayle Miller, Geoventure Teacher; Erica Brant, student; Robyn Lloyd-Phillips, student; Minister of Education, Leona Dombrowsky.
 
 

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

Bus Patroller Appreciation Day at the National Air Force Museum of Canada

On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 the National Air Force Museum of Canada hosted 328 students and support staff during the Tri-Board Student Transportation Service, Bus Patroller Appreciation Day.

At the beginning of each school year, students in Grades 6 to 8 are selected as bus patrollers, from Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic School Board, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and Limestone District School Board. Selected students are trained to provide monitoring, safety, and driver assistance on most of the boards’ fleet of buses.
At the Bus Patroller Appreciation Day, students and support staff were rewarded for a job well done with a barbeque lunch, and an interactive tour of the museum and airpark. There were eight different information stations that students rotated through, four in the museum and four in the airpark.
“Although challenging, the visit of over 300 students from Eastern Ontario was an excellent opportunity to bring the museum to the attention of the Tri-Board educators and other personnel,” said Curator Dr. Georgiana Stanciu.
“I personally enjoyed preparing this event and very highly appreciate the support from staff and volunteers. This event couldn’t have happened without the wonderful time and effort provided by our amazing group of volunteers,” Museum Executive Director Chris Colton concurred.
Although the museum regularly provides tours to groups both large and small, this event was the first of its kind held at the National Air Force Museum of Canada.
“It just shows that this museum is an excellent educational venue for both elementary and high-school students. We appreciate that Tri-Board selected us for their celebratory day,” said Chris Colton.
 

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

Congratulations to Tinneke Wilson, recipient of the Kids Fit Mentor of the Year award

Tinneke Wilson is the 2010 winner of the Kids Kit Mentor of the Year award. She is a teacher and coach at Park Dale School.

“As a teacher and coach, I realized I had the opportunity to really influence students and have been working for that goal ever since,” remarked Tinneke.

Tinneke is involved in many health and fitness programs and activities. She has been involved with the Healthy Active Schools Executive Committee for the past eight years, supporting schools as they develop a comprehensive approach to school health. She has taken on a leadership role at Park Dale School to lead their Healthy Active Schools Committee.

Tinneke has partnered with the community in various ways. She worked with Parks and Recreation to develop an after school activity program and the Go Girls program to build activity and healthy decision making in girls. With the Health Unit, she worked with the school team and the dietitian to improve the quality of school lunch options and increase the number of students actively walking to school in the Walk to School program. 

She developed and implemented a school wide Run Across Canada program to promote and motivate students to accumulate school wide and personal kilometres to run across the country. She has coached for the Belleville Youth Soccer Club in both house league and rep divisions. Personally, she tries to stay very active with a variety of activities such as jogging, bike riding, kayaking, strength training, and she recently learned to play hockey.

“I like to be an example to others around me so that when I say something to encourage someone else to get active, it carries some weight,” said Tinneke.

Tinneke does not accomplish these activities alone, she has a team of strong leadership students who help her called the Fitness Fanatics who run many events such as the Winter Fashion Shows to promote dressing warm to walk to school, intramural activities, skipping clubs and many other activities.

Tinneke received the award at the Health and Fitness Expo in May at The Tenth Ox in downtown Belleville. The Kids Fit Mentor of the Year award comes with a $500 prize that can be used to purchase equipment for Park Dale School. Tinneke and the Fitness Fanatics have decided on either an outdoor volleyball system or an Omniken Ball kit to promote intramural events and alternative games at the school.

Heather Rutherford, the principal at Park Dale School nominated Tinneke for this award. Tinneke is passionate about teaching students’ health and fitness and she was thrilled to receive the award.   

 

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

 

Lesley McGuire selected as one of Canada’s 10 Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches

Lesley McGuire was selected by Skate Canada to participate in Canada’s 10 Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches Program. Lesley is a teacher at Quinte Secondary School and a member of the Stirling Figure Skating Club.

“I was very excited to be selected by Skate Canada for this opportunity. It was a lot of work to put together a submission outlining my accomplishments, personal philosophy and the programs. I had to include a DVD in the final top 20 round. It is not easy to be recognized so it was a huge accomplishment for me and one of the best experiences of my life,” remarked Lesley.

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s only national learn-to-skate program. This program recognizes, rewards and trains CanSkate coaches who have demonstrated their ability to organize and implement a high-quality CanSkate program.

Lesley was among nine other coaches selected to attend and receive instruction in fundamental areas of the CanSkate program. Lesley received her award at the 2010 Annual Convention & General Meeting and National Coaches Conference, May 26 to 28, 2010 in Toronto.

“It was great to hobb-knob with the elite coaches and athletes of the sport. I was able to meet Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir the Olympic Gold Ice Dance medalists from the 2010 Vancouver Games. I was even personally congratulated by Manon Perron, the coach of Olympic Bronze Medalist Joannie Rochette,” said Lesley.

The Stirling Figure Skating Club nominated Lesley for this prestigious award because of her long-time dedication to coaching, and for her development of a new program.  

Lesley has been teaching for 15 years and is successfully involved in various aspects of coaching from CanSkate to Competitive Skate. She was the creator of the Quinte Secondary School Skate and Dance Program. Among her many accomplishments she was a team coach for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

“I think that to truly realize one’s fullest potential you have to be a lifelong learner. Most importantly you need to take the time to reflect and this is when you learn the most about yourself,” said Lesley.

Lesley says that teaching has taught her to “think outside the box,” coaching has taught her to “have a good bag of tricks” and surviving cancer has taught her to “never give up.”

Lesley loves to coach, loves the kids, and loves the cold. Lesley is devoted to developing athletes. She has a reputation in the skating community for developing quality athletes and has even taken a young skater that she found on a public skating session at an elementary school from CanSkate to Junior Nationals.

“Whether it is a waltz jump or a double axel, the excitement I get to see for the first time when the skater accomplishes something it is a very rewarding experience,” said Lesley.

“I try to bring this side of my teaching style into the classroom. I take the time to get to know my learners and make a connection with them. Then I push them with lots of encouragement to set higher standards for themselves, while getting them to think it was their idea! I really like this style of teaching it has worked for me time and time again,” remarked Lesley.

 

Lesley’s future goals are to continue to pursue her passion for skating where ever it takes her, enjoy her family, and bring skating into the classroom.

 

 

Pictured: Lesley McGuire, Quinte Secondary School.

 

 

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

Bill Lundy recognized as an exemplary educator

Bill Lundy earned the designation of SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE). Bill is a teacher by trade and currently works in the Information and Technology Services Department at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Bill is an expert on how to use SMART Boards and implement this technology in classrooms and with children. He also supports mathematical literacy through technology.

The SEE program recognizes educators around the world who are using SMART products to transform teaching and learning.

“I decided to apply for the SEE program because I have a friend and colleague in the Toronto area that got the designation,” said Bill.

To become a SEE, one must use SMART products in inventive ways to improve learning results, complete an application that highlights commitment to developing effective educational practices and sharing them with other educators, submit a video of them self presenting part of a SMART Notebook lesson activity that they created, and provide a letter of reference from a school administrator.

A professional educator since 1971 and since 2008 he has worked with SMART Boards. In his spare time he has also served as a teacher of vessel navigation, land navigation, first aid, leadership, other computer technologies and computer skills tutoring.

Bill said, “I view teaching as something that is part of my fabric.”

His greatest enjoyment comes when he sees teachers for whom he has started the ball rolling turn around and uses their expanded skills with other professionals.

Bill considers this a particularly rare and valuable honour from SMART, as it provides recognition for his efforts in the fields of both content creation and peer education. Bill has shared his knowledge and expertise both provincially and internationally. He has created a presence on the web with the SMART Exchange as well as a recent Webinar co-hosted with Dr. Marian Small.

Considering there are a million SMART Boards out there in classrooms around the world, SEE’s appear to be a rare breed.

“I know that when I was at the recent SMART 3C conference two weeks ago, out of the 200 people present, I was the only one who identified himself as a SEE, including their presenters,” said Bill.

In addition to becoming a SEE, Bill entered the Smart Exchange Content Challenge and placed ninth in the top twenty from Canada. Bill submitted a SMART Notebook mathematics lesson and as a contest finalist, his lesson is available for download on the SMART website.

 

Pictured: Bill Lundy, ITS department.

 

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

Moira Secondary School students win first place at the 2010 Roboticon Competition

Moira Secondary School sent a team of three students to compete in the University of Guelph’s Roboticon Competition on March 20, 2010 and won first place.

The competition was hosted by the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology at the University of Guelph and open to all secondary schools across Ontario. Teams were required to build and program a robot from a Lego Mindstorms Robot kit to complete two challenges. The first challenge was unveiled three months before the competition date to allow preparation; the second challenge was revealed at the competition.
The nature of the challenges required the team to build a robot that would navigate through a maze to look for hidden items, as well as a robot that was capable following a predetermined path to capture and bring back a prize to its starting point.
The Trojan Robotics team captured first overall out of 22 teams in the competition. The team placed second in challenge one, and first place in challenge two. The winning members from the Trojans Robotics team are Josh Zhang, Ben Sutton and Stephen Sutton.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured (L to R): Moira Secondary School students Josh Zhang, Ben Sutton, and Stephen Sutton.

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

Wheelchair experiment a success

Students at Centre Hastings Secondary School in Mr. Ripley’s Managing Personal and Family Resources class learned about time management and tolerance in a unique way.

Each student in the class was challenged to spend one full school day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in a wheelchair. The students were not allowed to leave the wheelchair at any point during the day, except for washroom breaks.
By learning about the time conflicts that special needs can create in a person’s schedule, the object was for the students to discover that they take time for granted, to learn that they should appreciate the time that they have, and manage it more effectively. In addition, the students experienced challenges that some people face every day and learned to become more tolerant of the differences of others.
On a grander scale, not only did this experiment affect those enrolled in the course, but it is also affected students throughout the school. It helped build character development by encouraging Centurions to give consideration to the thoughts and actions of others; treating others as we would want to be treated ourselves.
The wheelchair experiment was a success and may be tested with future students in the Managing Personal and Family Resources class at Centre Hastings Secondary School.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured (L to R): Centre Hastings Secondary School student; Kyle Ripley, teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School.

 

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

Welcome the 2010-2011 student trustees

Two student trustees are elected each year by the Student Senate. The newly elected student trustees for the 2010-2011 school year are Carmen Meyette, a student at Quinte Secondary School and Emily Tetzlaff, a student from Trenton High School.

The term for the student trustees will begin in September 2010 and run to June 2011. They will serve the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) along with the Board of Trustees. Student trustees are responsible for representing the student voice from all schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.
Carmen wanted to be a student trustee for a few reasons, mainly her hopes of becoming a teacher in the future. She is eager to be involved with the education system and to be able to learn about the processes and people. Carmen feels privileged to be working with the Board of Trustees and she thinks it is a great idea to have student positions on the board.
“I hope to come away from this experience with a sense of having learned in greater detail what the driving force behind the education system is, and to understand better for myself what it is that attracts me to the field of education,” said Carmen.
Carmen feels that as much as the board finds value in hearing what the students need to say, she will greatly enjoy hearing the board conversations and debates. Education strikes Carmen as a pivotal element in our society and she feels that education is an art of passing the current generation’s knowledge and discoveries on to the next generation. 
Emily is thrilled to be a student trustee because she wants to make a difference within the school board. As a member of the THS student council and the board student senate, Emily has been able to make change within her own school and school board, helping with the Youth Forum and other topics of discussion.
“I hope to gain knowledge of how to work in a professional environment and conduct myself around eminent issues and others’ opinions. I hope to increase my confidence in speaking and conveying the thoughts of my fellow students and individual opinions,” said Emily.  
Emily believes that education is important because if you are not learning, you are not growing. She feels that education gives us the knowledge of everything around us, helps us become productive contributors to our society, and affords us the opportunities to build character and personal values, which will shape our lives.
The newly elected student trustees are excited to begin their term and are grateful for the opportunity to work with HPEDSB. They hope to come away from this experience with new skills and valuable knowledge of the education system.
 
 

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

Trustees elected to Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

The election results are in for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). The OPSBA 2010 elections were held as part of the 22nd Annual General Meeting which took place from June 3 to 6 at Caesar’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Windsor. 

Carl Pitman, Mary Hall and Michael Brant from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board were elected to serve with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) for a one-year term.
Chair Carl Pitman was elected as the Eastern Region Vice-chair for OPSBA. Vice-chair Mary Hall was elected as a work group member of the Education Program. This work group provides recommendations to the Board of Directors and the Executive Council on various educational issues. Trustee Michael Brant was elected as a First Nations Council Policy Group representative. OPSBA First Nations Council elects one member to represent their interests on the OPSBA Board of Directors.
The OPSBA represents over 1.3 million elementary and secondary students from public school authorities and public district school boards across Ontario. OPSBA supports the best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario.
 

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

Centennial Secondary School student received an International Student Award

The 51st Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair and Awards Ceremony were held at Loyalist College on Saturday, March 27, 2010. 

A special International Student Award was presented to Miyuki Kaneko a student from Centennial Secondary School for her science fair poster that was completed in 2D Animation. The award was presented by Nayoung Choi, the director of Toronto International Academy.
The Toronto International Academy sponsored the International Student Award at the Quinte Regional Science Fair because of their ongoing commitment to encourage and assist international students, such as Miyuki Kaneko.
The Toronto International Academy offers high school credit courses in supportive environments with additional services such as tutoring and English (ESL) classes.
 

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

Highest number of Adult Education graduates in recent history

On Monday, June 21, 2010 students at Quinte Secondary School (QSS) graduated and received their Ontario secondary school diplomas. There were 111 graduates which is the highest number of graduates from QSS in recent history. Graduates ranged from ages 18 to 65.

In previous years there were on average 50 or 60 QSS graduates. Last year there were 107 graduates and now this year the number climbed even higher. Numbers of students are inclining due to the adult education program and individuals being laid off work and having to go back to school.  
Among the 111 graduates was Aileen Card, an adult learner who returned to school after four decades to obtain her Ontario secondary school diploma. Not only did Aileen take home her diploma but she also received a certificate of achievement and academic excellence.
The adult education program is available to adults 18 years of age and older. The main office is located at QSS and there are other branch offices in Bancroft, Madoc, and Trenton. Students can earn their Grade 12 diploma, a college/university prerequisite, or simply upgrade their skills. All of the courses offered are high school credits. The adult education program offers several ways for students to obtain these credits. Students can earn mature/prior learning assessment recognition credits, complete correspondence courses, on-line courses, night school courses, and apprenticeship (OYAP) credits.
 

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

Foods class gives back to the community

Students at Quinte Secondary School in the Employment Destinations Program participated in preparing sandwiches for the Salvation Army, Family Services’ Hot Lunch Program.

The students in Ms. Robinson’s Foods class made and packaged a variety of sandwiches, and later delivered them to the Family Services program. The Family Services program provides lunch for over 90 people in the community who appreciate a hot meal on a regular basis.
Ms. Robinson took the students to the Salvation Army so they could learn about this important community organization and see where the food they prepared was actually going.
The Salvation Army needs regular assistance and the help received from Ms. Robinson’s class was greatly appreciated. Quinte Secondary School anticipated providing this support to the Hot Lunch Program, every Wednesday, for the rest of the school year.

Students in the Employment Destinations Program at Quinte Secondary School will receive an Employment Destinations Certificate once they have completed the program.

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

Last updated: November 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm