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.
- 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]