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Payroll and Benefits Services team rewarded with an Employer Service Excellence award

On Thursday, May 20, 2010 Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was selected to receive an award.

Once a year, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan recognizes employers with the best pension reporting results with an Employer Service Excellence Award. This year only five of the 188 employers were awarded.
Due to the great efforts from Arlene Dagenais and her team of Christine Bell, Natasha Reid, Lori Thompson and Christine Uens, HPEDSB received the award.
This is the third time that the HPEDSB has received this award. The first time the award was received was in 2002.

Congratulations to the Payroll and Benefits Services team for winning this award and working hard to ensure there are no pension reporting errors.

Pictured (L to R):Christine Bell, Coordinator Non Teaching Payroll; Arlene Dagenais, Manager; Lori Thompson, Coordinator Contract Teaching Payroll; Christine Uens, Coordinator Benefits; Natasha Reid, Payroll Assistant 

 

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

 

The International Confederation of Principals elected Lisa Vincent to an executive position

Lisa Vincent, Quinte Secondary School Principal has been elected an Executive Position for the International Confederation of Principals for the term January 2010 to December 2011.

The ICP provides Ontario and Canadian principals with an opportunity to learn from school leaders from around the world. A valuable component of membership through this professional organization is the sharing of expertise, research findings and resources. 
 
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the one executive member representing north, south and central Americas and appreciate the support from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the Ontario Principals’ Council and my colleagues. It is an incredible opportunity to expand my learning, to serve my colleagues, and to bring back knowledge to my school and to the HPEDSB,” said Lisa Vincent.
 
Lisa’s main goals are to make connections and increase participation and membership of principals’ organizations in North, South and Central America.
 
As an executive member, Lisa will be involved in meetings with the International executive and with the International Council to further the work of the ICP in serving member organizations from around the world. A key role will be to represent the Americas as an executive member and to increase communication within principal organizations in the region.
 
Lisa has been fortunate to attend International Council meetings and to visit schools in New Zealand, China, Australia, USA, England, Ireland, and Singapore. She has learned about school organization, student involvement and leadership, instructional and assessment practices, facilities enhancements such as the use of technology to enhance instruction, inclusive education, leadership hubs in schools (shared and distributed leadership), and strategic planning to improve student performance.
 
During her term with the ICP, Lisa will be involved with the International Confederation of Principals World Convention which being hosted by the Ontario Principals’ Council from August 15 to 18, 2011 in Toronto. The program strands will align with the five domains of the Leadership Framework which is currently being implemented in HPEDSB and in districts province-wide. The convention expects to attract more than 2000 participants from all regions of the world.
 
“The ICP has provided me, as a school based leader to significantly expand my professional development and knowledge, which I try to bring back to my role as a Principal in HPEDSB and to our board through committee work and professional development,” said Lisa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Lisa Vincent, Principal, Quinte Secondary School.

 

 

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

Girls Retreat event a success at Bayside Secondary School

Motivated by an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of female students, Teacher Librarian, Karen Morrow and Student Success Lead, Jessica Francis organized a Girls Retreat event on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Bayside Secondary School.

“I read an article in Maclean’s called "Lost Girls" and after reading it I felt motivated to hold something here at school for some of our female population. I frequently give out clothing, hygiene products and lunches to students at our school so I was already aware that a certain percentage of our girls are at risk. When I spoke with Jessica about my idea of holding a retreat she told me that she had applied for funding for such an event,” said Karen Morrow, event organizer and Teacher Librarian at Bayside Secondary School.
 
This thoughtful initiative was funded by the Ministry of Education’s Speak Up program and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board’s Student Success. The Girls Retreat had over 80 participants, consisting of grade eight students from the Bayside school group and Bayside Secondary School students.
 
"The retreat was a success because the young women were engaged in what they were learning about empowering themselves and making decisions that are right for them to move forward and have successful lives both academically and personally," said Jessica Francis, event organizer and Student Success Lead at Bayside Secondary School.
 
Throughout the day the students participated in many activities. Students were given an introduction lesson to yoga. Guest speaker from Respect in Action talked about: Speak the Truth: Empowerment for Young Women.  A “Fashion on a Budget” fashion show was prepared by three girls in grade 11 fashion class. There were small group sessions with Career Edge/Youthhab about job opportunities. Christine Lavoie, a Registered Massage Therapist gave an Introduction to Massage. Hair care and style tips were provided by Salon You and manicures were given by Trenton High School Aesthetics students.
 
“Students were touched and motivated by the generosity of the volunteers and the people who donated items to make them feel valued and important,” said Jessica Francis.
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Ontario Association of School Business Officials announced Karen Fox as President

Karen Fox, Human Resources Officer – non-teaching, was recently elected President of the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO).

“I am learning and growing professionally through this experience and have met so many different people. I have acquired a broader perspective of the business of education and hope to contribute in a positive and meaningful way,” said Karen.

Karen has been a member of OASBO for approximately 11 years. She regularly attends Human Resource Committee meetings, and has been on the Board of Directors for the past five years. Karen was Chair of the HR Committee, and then elected to Director for two terms (4 years), then appointed as Vice-President which automatically leads to the one year term as President. Karen was announced President at the Annual General Meeting in May, 2010.

“This is an exciting leadership opportunity. I am working with a very dynamic and capable Board of Directors,” remarked Karen.

The role of President provides leadership to the association and ensures the association operates in compliance with stated objectives. Some of the duties include acting as chair of the board and attending executive meetings, attending various functions and presenting where required, assisting in the development of formal communications, and being an ex-officio of all standing committees of the association.

“I truly appreciate this opportunity and sincerely thank HPEDSB senior administration for their support. It is my intent to represent our district to the best of my professional abilities and establish valuable connections that will serve us into the future,” said Karen.

OASBO is a professional organization that is dedicated to the pursuit and support of quality education for all students. OASBO continues to grow in membership and is a strong and vibrant association with close to 1000 members. The association provides valuable networking forums for collaboration with peers and the sharing of best practice information. There are 15 standing committees representing the various business functions in education. OASBO is regularly approached by other associations and the Ministry of Education to partner on current initiatives and to assist in the resolution of common issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Karen Fox, Human Resources Officer – non-teaching.

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

Volunteer of the Year award presented to Florence Fleming

On Thursday, June 17, 2010 Florence Fleming was presented with a Volunteer of the Year award from Plainfield Community Homes at their AGM. Florence is an Educational Assistant at Breadner Elementary School and has been with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board since October 1998.

At the AGM presentation, Florence said, “I feel honoured that as a volunteer I have been recognized as being a part of the success of the organization.”

Florence received this recognition award because she has been a member of the external Rights Review Committee with Plainfield Community Homes since its inception in 2008. She also volunteers annually with Operation Red Nose as a volunteer driver and is the Team Captain for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

People’s rights are of great interest to Florence, she feels volunteering is important and works hard to assist others in need.

“I think everyone should get involved in the community. It is an opportunity to meet new people and see what is happening outside of work and family life. Most non-profit agencies rely greatly on volunteers to be successful,” said Florence.

Many personal stories were shared at the Plainfield Community Homes AGM and remind Florence why she continues to care about people and what happens in their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured (L to R): Sharon Wright, Manager of Community Development and Volunteer Services; Florence Fleming, Breadner Elementary School.



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



 

 

School board passes compliant budget for 2010-2011 school year

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) approved a budget for the 2010-2011 school year in the amount of $193,005,362. This budget is compliant with Ministry of Education requirements.

On March 26, 2010 the Ministry of Education released details of the 2010-2011 Grants for Student Needs (GSN), which allocates funding to Ontario school boards. Due to the economic downturn and resulting impact on provincial revenues, the Ministry of Education has introduced a number of restraint measures as a method of reducing government expenditures. Specific program areas impacted by these restraint measures include Special Education, transportation, school operations and board administration.

“We were faced with challenges during the budget planning process due to the continual decline in enrolment and reductions in Ministry of Education funding. We are pleased to have worked through it to come to a compliant budget. We continue to focus on student learning and service to community,” remarked Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

For the past number of years HPEDSB has experienced enrolment decline, first in elementary schools and now in secondary schools. Over the past four years, enrolment has declined by almost 2,000 students, including 640 projected for the 2010-2011 school year.

The combined impact of declining enrolment and government restraint measures impact the budget by approximately $1.8 million.

Included in the budget are expenditure reductions of $1.3 million, including the following:

• $723,000 for a reduction in Special Education staffing, including:

o 1.50 central office coordinators
o 5.66 teachers
o 5.00 educational assistants

• $250,000 for a reduction in 5.00 operations and maintenance positions
• $250,000 for a delay in computer replacements
• $50,000 for Education Centre departmental budgets
• $75,000 representing a 50% reduction in the additional support provided to secondary schools for textbooks

The above-noted adjustments do not completely offset the funding shortfall and leave a projected in year deficit of $508,000. Under new budget compliance guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education, the resulting budget will be in compliance as the in-year deficit of $508,000 is less than 1% of operating revenue ($1.7 million).

During the 2010-2011 school year HPEDSB will undertake a number of large capital projects as a result of school consolidations in North Hastings and West Belleville. These projects compose the bulk of the $13 million capital budget. These capital projects are all funded by the Ministry of Education through various capital funding initiatives.

Many factors .will impact on funding beyond 2010-2011. Enrolment decline will continue. Many of the fiscal restraints (grant adjustments) introduced by the Ministry of Education in the past two years will have either a multi-year or ongoing impact. All operational areas of HPEDSB will be reviewed, both in staffing and non-staffing areas, for possible long-term savings and efficiencies that are permanent in nature.

Areas to be reviewed include the following:

• Staffing
Currently only teacher staffing formulas ensure staffing numbers change as enrolment changes.
Over the coming school year, all support and administrative complements will be reviewed.

• Non-staffing
Discretionary budgets at the Education Centre are currently under review. Other fixed costs, such as repairs, maintenance and renovations, are based on the number of board facilities that are in operation. It will be necessary to pursue additional accommodation reviews. Updated enrolment projections, school utilization rates, and operational costs and revenues for each location will need to be analyzed with the goal to create a long-term capital plan that reflects the board’s needs and culture.

• Revenue generation
All possible sources of revenue generation/maximization will be pursued. While limited somewhat by legislation in possible courses of action, one area that should be analyzed is the use of school space. Under the province’s new Facility Partnership guideline, the use of school space by outside agencies/groups should be on a cost recovery basis.

While some reductions were necessary in order to achieve a compliant budget, the resulting budget retains the integrity of programs and services, and continues to support the AiM—Achievement in Motion for Student Success System Plan.

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

Board Meeting Update #60

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 21, 2010 at the Education Centre.

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

In recognition of National Aboriginal Day

Across Canada, National Aboriginal Day is recognized annually on June 21. It is an occasion for Aboriginal groups to showcase and share their diverse cultural heritage. It is also an opportunity to learn about the traditions and outstanding contributions of Aboriginal peoples across the country.

National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 as an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the Aboriginal cultural heritages of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Collectively, these groups make up the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. The date was selected for several reasons, including the fact that it coincides with the summer solstice and because many Aboriginal groups mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage.

Through numerous community relationships, we know that Aboriginal families reside within the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board boundaries.

Please join in acknowledging and celebrating National Aboriginal Day today, with students, employees and the community.

 

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

Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results improved for 2010

The Grade 10 provincial literacy assessment results improved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) in 2010. Results indicate that 82% of first-time participating students were successful on the provincial Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), as compared to the provincial average of 84%. This represents a 6% increase in district results from last year.

Results varied according to the different pathways:

  • In the Academic stream, HPEDSB students achieved 98%, which is 3% above the provincial average.
  • In the Applied stream, HPEDSB students achieved 67%, which is 7% above the provincial average.
  • In the Locally Developed stream, HPEDSB students achieved 11%, which is 8% below the provincial average.

SCHOOL BOARD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Results for Academic and Applied pathways exceed the provincial average.
  • Results for students with special needs (excluding gifted students) continue to increase and are at 55% as compared to 54% for the province.
  • Success rates for boys increased 6% from 73% to 79%.
  • Success rates for girls increased 7% from 79% to 86%.

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

  • At Bayside Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Applied English improved from 48% in 2009 to 75%, which exceeds the provincial rate of 60%.
  • At Centennial Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Applied English increased by 19% from 2009.
  • At Centre Hastings Secondary School, the success rate for students taking Academic English increased by 6% to match provincial Academic rate of 95%.
  • At Moira Secondary School, the overall success rate improved from 73% to 86%, which exceeds provincial average by 2%.
  • At North Hastings High School, girls improved 5%, from 78% to 83%, which surpasses the 2010 provincial rate for girls.
  • At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 100% of students taking Academic English achieved success.
  • At Quinte Secondary School, the success rate for boys increased from 78% to 82%, which exceeds the rate for boys throughout the province.
  • At Trenton High School, the overall success rate for students increased by 9%.

More detailed information to guide actions will be available as Board officials further examine school-level results.

The purpose of the OSSLT is to determine whether students have achieved the minimum acceptable level of reading and writing skills described in The Ontario Curriculum, across all subjects, to the end of Grade 9.

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

Kudos to Quinte Secondary School, $3,200 for 30-Hour Famine

Quinte Secondary School students participated in the 30-Hour Famine and raised a total of $3,200 for World Vision and Haiti relief efforts.

60 students participated in the 30-Hour Famine, in which students do not eat regular meals for 30 hours to simulate a day in the life of a hungry child. The Famine ran from June 11 to 12, 2010.
Students stayed the night at the school and collected donations for the cause. Donations were also collected through the Entrepreneur Class “Business Fair,” which raised $150 through the sale of student-made products.
Congratulations to all participants and staff volunteers who helped make a difference in the lives of others.
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.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

 

Trenton High School selected to receive “Try Day” funding

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has selected 200 schools to receive funding to initiate a new sport or activity program into their school. Trenton High School is among the selected schools for this “Try Day” project.

Trenton High School decided to introduce and promote the sport Tchoukball, which is a fast paced, non-contact sport. This sport involves two heavy-duty rebound surfaces at opposite ends of the court and the object of the game is to throw the ball off the rebound surface so that after the ricochet, the opposing team can’t catch it. Tchoukball can be played by anyone at his or her respective skill level, regardless of gender, age or physical abilities.

“The students really enjoy it,” said phys. ed. teacher, Duncan Armstrong. “It takes them a little bit to get the hang of the game, but once they do, it’s a blast. Very few sports work as well in a co-ed class as this one does.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ontario government provides funding for these grants of $800 per school. The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSSA) smooth’s the progress of disbursing these grants to schools. “Try Day” was established to increase activity and expose youth to non-traditional activities in high school.

For further details on this project, please contact:

Mark Dolton, 613-392-1227, [email protected]

For more information, please contact:

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

Commend the 2010 Great Place Award recipients

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

9th Annual Great Place Awards
The Great Place Awards are the highest form of recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding contributions by students, staff, parents and guardians, and community partners.
The 2010 Great Place Award recipients are:
  • Jan Bruce, Volunteer, Madoc Public School
  • Melanie Burton, Student, Moira Secondary School
  • Colleen Drew-Baehre, Teacher, North Hastings High School
  • Jennifer Reid, Teacher, Trenton High School
  • Ronald Sills, Lead Hand Custodian, Stirling Primary School
  • Valerie Wilson, Volunteer, Stirling Primary School
  • Emily Young, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
 “The nominations submitted for the Great Place Awards were all impressive. The winners are representatives of our school community who are all committed to the welfare of our students,” said Mary Hall, trustee representative and Vice-chair of the Board.
Awards presentation
Award recipients will be recognized and presented with their award at a public Board meeting, as follows:
Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville
The Great Place Awards Committee received 24 nominations representing employees, volunteers, parents and guardians, and community partners. The nomination criteria was aligned with the Board’s eight character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.
Congratulations to these individuals who received an Honourable Mention: 

 

  • Janice Rideout, Teacher, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Paula Thompson, Student, Moira Secondary School
  • Tamela Timm, Office Assistant, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton)
  • Anna Henderson, Teacher, Madoc Township Public School
  • Betty Kuhn, In School Resource Teacher, Breadner Elementary School
  • Laurie Dodson, Special Education Department Head, North Hastings High School
  • Michael Godin, Sean Pudlis and Terry Weinert, Teachers, Bayside Secondary School
  • Lyle Johnston, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School
  • Ron Sweet, Volunteer and Community Partner, Quinte West Red Cross
  • Diane Percy, Parent and Volunteer, Coe Hill School
  • Joan Anderson, Volunteer, Harmony Public School
  • Ray Bush and Carl Davis, Custodians, Bayside Secondary School
  • Paul Taylor, Frink Centre Coordinator, H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre
  • Greg Garrett, Vice-principal, Moira Secondary School
  • Christine Burgess, Head Secretary, Foxboro Public School
  • Don Cooper, Volunteer and Occasional Teacher, Queen Elizabeth Public School (Trenton)
  • Richard Long, Math Department Head, Centennial Secondary School

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

  • Karen Chow, Elementary Occasional Teacher Representative
  • Paul Covert, Parent Representative
  • Frank Gielen, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation Representative
  • Mary Hall, Trustee Representative
  • Sue McKeown, Office Supervisor, Centre Hastings Secondary School, Administrative Support Group Representative
  • Karen Morrow, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School and OSSTF Representative
  • Steven Payne, Systems Analyst, CUPE Representative
  • Tonia Shelmerdine, Vice-principal, Stirling Primary School, Ontario Principals’ Council Representative

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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

 

Celebrating Hillcrest School fundraising efforts for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Hillcrest School kicked-off the month of April with organizing Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraising events.

Older students raised funds through Hoops for Heart on April 26, 2010 and students in primary grades participated in Jump Rope for Heart on April 29, 2010. It was a time to celebrate at Hillcrest School when a total of $4156.52 was raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 
Hillcrest School has a caring and energetic group of students. Student population is approximately 100 students so to raise that amount for the Heart and Stroke Foundation is a huge accomplishment.
 

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

Congratulations to PHE Canada Physical Education Award winners

Seven schools in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have received the prestigious Physical and Health Education Canada, Physical Education Award for the 2009-2010 school year. This award is presented to schools that provide students with Quality Daily Physical Education or Quality Physical Education programs.

“It is a pleasure to celebrate healthy active living and the quality of programming in Health and Physical Education that are direct benefits to lifelong physical literacy for students. So much is brought to the school culture and student experiences through the combination of curriculum and intramural activity. It is fantastic to have seven schools receive national recognition,” said Ian Boyd, Health and Physical Education Coordinator.

227 schools applied for the award in Ontario. Seven schools from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board applied for this award and they were accepted. The award program encourages and recognizes excellence in school physical education programs.

The schools are:
 
          ELEMENTARY
Harry J. Clarke Public School
Kente Public School
North Hastings Senior Public School
Tweed-Hungerford Senior Public School
 
SECONDARY
Centennial Secondary School
Moira Secondary School
North Hastings High School
 
“The Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit understands that healthy habits developed in childhood are likely to carry into adulthood. We appreciate schools’ efforts to provide students with the opportunity to learn skills that can last a lifetime and we are so proud of these award winning schools,” said Jennifer Ronan, a Public Health Nurse from the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.
 
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,400 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]

 

Celebration event for the United Nations Association Youth Director

On Monday, June 7, 2010 Kiera Brant, a Moira Secondary School student will be announced as the United Nations Association Youth Director for 2010-2011. 

The United Nations Association in Canada will provide this student with a fantastic opportunity to engage young people in the Quinte community about the programs and activities that the UNA provides.
This opportunity will allow Kiera Brant to work directly with the UNAC, challenging her to develop the tools and skills needed to confront some of the world’s most complex issues.
Family, teachers and students are welcome to attend this celebration. Attendees are encouraged to say a few words on behalf of Moira Secondary School.
The event will be held at the Belleville Public Library from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Students attend the 38th Southern Ontario Model United Nations conference

 

Secondary school students across Ontario are provided with an opportunity to participate in a mock United Nations Forum. Four students represented Centre Hastings Secondary School from April 28 to 30, 2010 at the 38th Annual Southern Ontario Model United Nations (SOMA) conference held at the University of Toronto.

This conference is an annual event and this year students Wednesday Bell, Eric Geen, Haleigh Prevost and Tess Reid attended along with over six hundred students passionate about world affairs.

Students were immersed in three days of intense discussions and engaging debates representing the country of New Zealand. The conference focused on the most serious issues in international relations today and increased students’ awareness of world issues. Students wee introduced to an atmosphere of diplomacy and cooperation; they learned the art of compromise and negotiation.

The Honourable Bob Rae, Member of Parliament, spoke at the conference’s closing ceremonies about global issues and encouraged youth to get involved and be aware of the dangers of apathy. The Centre Hastings Secondary School students were delighted to be able to meet him. Students were positively involved in an enlightening and educational opportunity by attending this conference.

SOMA is an independent, federally reigstered charity that is run for and by high school students and is the largest Model United Nations in North America. Students involved in SOMA put together a motivating and practical Model United Nations assembly. For more information about SOMA, visit www.soma.on.ca

 

 

For more information, please contact:

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

Think Day event a huge success at Moira Secondary School

 

Moira Secondary School arranged Think Day, a successful transitional event for students that happened in May, 2010. A motivational presentation and live band was put on by Absolute Leadership Development (ALD). The presentation and music was well-received by students and staff.

The event began in the afternoon with a BBQ for all Grad 9 and incoming Grade 8 students. After lunch the students enjoyed a one-hour high energy, motivational musical performance by ALD. Moira Secondary School student leaders also lead a workshop focusing on perseverance. The workshop offered Grade 8 students the opportunity to interact with experienced high school students and also discuss the importance of perseverance.

Think Day helps Grade 8 students transition to high school as they have an opportunity to be in the high school environment and meet high school students. Moira Secondary School in collaboration with ALD provided a great experience for these students and a chance to create a stronger student body.

ALD fully sponsored Think Day and provided Moira Secondary School with an opportunity that could cost over $5,000. The presentation provided by the organization had team members that were close to the age of the students, therefore the students could relate when the speakers spoke about issues that they went through. For more information about Absolute Leadership Development and Think Day, visit www.absolute.org

 

For more information, please contact:

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

Centre Hastings Secondary School student receives an honourable mention

 

Congratulations to Kathryn Lupton, a Grade 12 student from Centre Hastings Secondary School for receiving an honourable mention in The Learning Partnership’s Turning Points Essay Contest.

The Learning Partnership received 8,865 essay entries for the Turning Points Essay Contest and Kathryn placed in the top nine of her grade. It is an exceptional achievement to place so high out of so many competitors.

Kathryn, along with her teacher, Ms. Primeau, attended the Student Success Awards Luncheon where Kathryn was awarded her honourable mention on May 26, 2010. Essay finalists and their parents, teachers, principals, trustees, directors of education and judges attended the Student Success Awards Luncheon at The Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto.

The Learning Partnership will be publishing all winning essays as a book, and Kathryn’s essay will be published along with the other winners.

“Cherish the Goldfish” is the name of Kathryn’s essay where she emotionally discusses the impact of losing her mother at the tender age of five. She used strong metaphors and emotional dialogue in her essay and provides a sense of hope in the midst of loss.

The Turning Points Essay Competition is open to all students in Grade 6 to 12 and The Learning Partnership recommends that the essays be marked as part of the Language/English program.

The Learning Partnership is a national not-for-profit organization that creates and runs programs in the public education system to make a difference in the lives of students.

For more information, please contact:

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

Board Meeting Update #59

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Education Centre.

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

Moira SS student awarded $48,500 for Canada’s best science fair project

Congratulations to Justin Whitaker, a Grade 12 student at Moira Secondary School, for being awarded the highest honour at Canada Wide Science Fair. His project, Bio-Binding: A Microbial Precipit-Action, was the top prize at the national event.

Whitaker received $48,500 in awards in the form of scholarships and monetary prizes.

Description of Justin Whitaker’s Bio-Binding: A Microbial Precipit-Action project
An artificially induced particle cementation via microbial induction of soil samples was produced using specific urease positive microbes. In a calcium rich, water prone soil environment these urease positive microbes work effectively under harsh pH conditions and room temperatures to produce a binding particulate matrix in the soil. This system can eliminate liquefaction susceptible soil deposits during cyclic loading produced by earthquakes.

Justin Whitaker biography (from Canada Wide Science Fair submission)
I am a Grade 12 student at Moira Secondary School in Belleville, Ontario. Science is my great passion! The pursuit of higher education is an endeavour that I intend to fully participate in, with marked enthusiasm. The key to realizing this journey, for me, is to focus not only upon scientific achievements, but also to appreciate the vast wealth of community opportunities to discover all new things; in theory and application. I have actively contributed to school events such as the 30 Hour Famine and Moira River Clean-up, which focus on earthly-proactive projects. Through my high school, I am doing a semester rotation through Quinte Health Care, and I am in an outdoor education program; allowing me to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. I love to mentor others. I am currently a senior mathematics and science tutor to fellow students. My passion is rooted in science with an eventual goal to enrich, those in need, as a cardiac surgeon. I have interests in life sciences and engineering. I may, one day, build a robotic heart! The pursuit of scientific knowledge inspires me to explore and expand on innovative science that will enrich our future.

Johnathon Butler, a Stirling Senior Public School student, also participated in the national event. Through his project, Aquifer Recovery, he built a model aquifer and contaminated it with red food dye. Water was then used to flush the contaminate from the aquifer until it came out clear. Various amounts of contaminate were used to find the ratio of water to contaminate.

Johnathon Butler biography (from Canada Wide Science Fair submission)
I am a kid that is involved with everything. Weather it is cross-country, soccer, basketball, swimming, chess, piano or science fair. I used to be on a swim team, but now I regularly participate in triathlons. I am a straight A student and with these marks I am hoping to become an engineer, just like my grandfather was. When I was in grade 6 I came 3rd in a national remembrance day poster contest. That same year I got a visit from my town’s mayor presenting me with our towns redesigned pin. I was the first person to get one.

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

‘Our Schools, Our Voices’ event is sure to be a success!

A year-end celebratory event is planned for 80 secondary school students.

Our Schools, Our Voices has been planned by the Student Voice Committee. This committee is made up of two students from each secondary school, their Student Success teachers and the central Student Success leader. They have met four times since September 2009 to address how to make schools more engaging.

The Student Voice Committee was formed as a result of the Ministry of Education Student Voice initiative introduced in 2008. Through Student Voice, students are challenged to make school more engaging.

This event is supported through a Ministry of Education grant. Students said they want the opportunity to make a difference in their classroom, school and community. The belief is that change happens when people come together to work on a shared idea or goal.

Nine projects were approved for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board:

  • Two at Bayside Secondary School
  • One at College Street Public School
  • Two at Moira Secondary School
  • One at North Hastings High School
  • One at Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School
  • One at Trenton High School
  • The Our Schools, Our Voices event

EVENT DETAILS
WHAT: Year-end celebration for 80 secondary school students. Includes team activities to build trust among students and to strengthen relationships among students and teachers.
DATE: Monday, May 31, 2010
TIME: 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre
WHO: 10 students from each secondary school (80 total)
GUEST SPEAKER: Ryan Porter, whose ‘Make Your Own Lunch’ presentation emphasizes the importance of student responsibility and how humour can resolve conflicts.
HOSTED BY: Student Voice Committee

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

Congratulations to Skills Canada – Ontario competition winners

Congratulations are in order for students from Centennial Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School. They competed in the Skills Canada – Ontario Technological Skills Competition and achieved award-winning status.

  • Edward Tse, Centennial Secondary School, won silver in the Photography category.
  • The team of Jonathan Brohm, Mac Holmes, Ryan Wetherall and Jacob Donavan, Quinte Secondary School, won gold in the Team Home Building category.

This event is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada. It involves the following:

  • 1,800 competitors from elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools
  • 30,000+ spectators
  • 60+ skilled trade contest areas

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

Students raise nearly $10,000 for Local Food Banks and Bayside’s Food for Learning Program

 

Over 130 students at Bayside Secondary School (BSS) went without food for 24 hours on May 14 to 15 to raise as much money and awareness as possible about hunger in the Quinte area through Meal Exchange’s 24 4 Hunger (24 4H) campaign.

As part of the event, students were involved in activities such as basketball and Dance-Dance Revolution. The school’s cafeteria turned into a "tent city" as students slept overnight at the school. Almost $10,000 was raised from pledges gathered by students, a silent auction and a separate fundraiser held on May 16 at Boston Pizza.

"The passion of Bayside’s students for this cause does not surprise me, as we have demonstrated commitment and caring to the local community time after time," said Emily Young, Teacher and Staff Advisor for 24 4H.

Dave Kranenburg, Executive Director for Meal Exchange said that "Bayside Secondary School is the first high school in Canada to organize the 24 4H campaign and we hope that their efforts will inspire many others."

What sets this event apart from other similar events is that 100 percent of the money raised will be used to support both local food banks as well as the Food for Learning Program at Bayside.

Jillian Macklin and Maggie Balsdon, the BSS students who organized the 24 4H campaign, started working with 16 other students in November of 2009. Jillian and Maggie first heard of 24 4H through Jordan Thompson, a BSS graduate who founded the campaign while coordinating Meal Exchange at the University of Guelph and who received the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Achievement in Voluntarism for his efforts.

"We wanted the students who rely on our Food for Learning Program and the people in our community who use food banks regularly to understand that Bayside is behind them one hundred percent in the fight against hunger," said Jillian and Maggie.

The 24 4H event owes its great success to the 53 local businesses who provided financial support, donated items to the silent auction or who donated food for the "feast" which occurred immediately following the 24-hour fast. The opening ceremonies featured Mayor Neil Ellis, Suzanne Quinlan; Gleaners Food Bank, Kellie Brace; Director of Food for Learning at the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Dave Kranenburg; Director of Meal Exchange.

Meal Exchange (MX) is a national student-founded, student-driven, registered charity that helps young Canadians realize their potential to improve the future of communities, through meaningful opportunities to reduce local hunger. MX offers students in universities, colleges and secondary schools fun and creative programs that blend student energy and passion with their strengths and capacities as youth leaders. For more information, visit www.mealexchange.com

 

 

 

For information, please contact:

Emily Young, Teacher, Bayside Secondary School, 613-966-2922 or [email protected]

Quinte SS students raised $4,000 for cancer

Quinte Secondary School students and staff care about their community. They recently raised $4,000 through a Cuts for Cancer event.

A total of 12 students and staff fundraised to have their heads shaved and ponytails chopped off! In addition, money was raised spontaneously throughout the event for eager audience members to wax various body parts of some willing students and staff!

Pictured above: Quinte Secondary School Cuts for Cancer Committee,


(back row L-R): Kelsey Mortimore, Rachal Renwick, Shelby Lisk, Krystina Brown, Melissa Wright; (front row L-R): Natalie Smith, Vanessa Soaft, Jessie Ward.



 

Pictured above: Event participants, back row L-R: Joanne Robinson (teacher), Ryan McMillan, Matt Dings, Cory McMurter, Devon Robertson, Kole Trenholme, Frank Candeloro (teacher); front row L-R: Luke Stoyanoff, Jason Wu, Cody Travers, Jesse Howard, Natalie Smith, Kelsey Mortimore.

 

2010 Voices from the Forest event

 

The event "Voices from the Forest" was created to encourage, support and celebrate student readers in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) secondary schools.

In 2009, HPEDSB held a local event at the Education Centre. At the event authors conducted readings and spoke with approximately 55 students from six HPEDSB secondary schools.

This year, Bayside Secondary School student, Kathleen Butler, created a title for the day, "Voices from the Forest." Almost 70 students from seven secondary schools spent Tuesday, May 13 at the Education Centre with four 2010 White Pine Authors.

Students who were interested in writing spent two hours in a workshop with Pam Bustin, playwright, and author. The other students attended readings and discussions with Lesley Livingston, Toronto actress and writer; Courtney Summers, author; and Susan Juby, author and television series creator. Each of the writers that presented at this year’s Voices from the Forst event had different reasons for writing, but all shared their passion for writing.

Voices from the Forest provided an opportunity for passionate readers in each HPEDSB secondary schools to meet each other, share ideas, learn about writing, and meet published authors who did their best to show students that writing is an achievable and exciting possible career for those willing to take the risk.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

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

Music festivals and school performances are in full swing!

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

Spring 2010 Arts Events and Performances – list of events and performances throughout April, May and June.

Spring 2010 Music Festivals – list of music festivals throughout April and May.

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

Florence VanderMeer honoured with Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence!

Congratulations to Florence VanderMeer, Educational Assistant, North Hastings High School. VanderMeer is a proud recipient of a Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

VanderMeer was chosen as an award recipient in the Excellent Support Staff category from numerous nominations submitted to the Ministry of Education.

"I am still coming to terms with it," remarked VanderMeer when asked how she felt about being selected. "It’s an honour that I will cherish for a long, long time."

VanderMeer’s nomination included reference to the Resource Room which is “the heart of the school” and where VanderMeer spends her days. In her room, students are provided with the educational, social and emotional help they need to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Nominators commented on VanderMeer’s implementation of assistive technology software to support students with disabilities. They also praised her by stating it is not unusual to find her consulting with teachers, working one-on-one with students or co-preparing learning activities during lunch or after school. VanderMeer is also involved with many committees and groups in her school and community.

VanderMeer was honoured at a provincial recognition ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTS
Florence VanderMeer has worked as the North Hastings High School’s Resource Room Educational Assistant for the past 10 years. She has developed the expertise required to effectively use technology to support students with disabilities and she assists staff in incorporating the use of this specialized technology in their instruction. The goal is always to remove obstacles and to introduce accommodations that will allow students to work to their full potential. She also has developed strategies to encourage and support students who are at risk of dropping out of school.

VanderMeer collaborates with teachers and administration to determine specific supports that are required. It is not unusual to find her consulting with teachers, working one-on-one with students or co-preparing learning activities during lunch or after school. The Resource Room is an inclusive environment where students, both exceptional and non-exceptional, are provided with the educational, social and emotional help they need to overcome obstacles, achieve success and gain hope for the future. The Resource Room is seen by students as “the heart of the school.”

VanderMeer is involved with many committees and groups in her school and community, such as the school climate committee and healthy snack program. She has also served as the representative for educational assistants in the North Hastings Area for 10 years.

Recognized as an expert in her field, Florence VanderMeer has been invited to present to teachers enrolled in the University of Ottawa’s Special Education courses offered in Bancroft.
 

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

 

 

 

 

Musician James Hill visits Madoc Township Public School

 

On Wednesday May 5, 2010, the students at Madoc Township Public School had the privilege and thrill of seeing and working with James Hill, one of Canada’s most talented musicians.

James gave introductory ukulele workshops to all the students in grades 4 to 6. He also played a concert for the entire school, including parents and community members. Students had the opportunity to explore the instrument and learn a few basics in a workshop format on instruments provided by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). The workshops and concert were the kickoff for the Madoc Township Public School ukulele program.

"The students were clearly excited about learning music with the ukulele," said James. "I strongly feel that a ukulele program would benefit the school; it’s an inexpensive way of providing students with a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to music."

Teacher Deb Chatreau, saw James at the Blue Skies Festival last summer and was impressed not only with his virtuosity but also with his wealth of knowledge and obvious ability as a teacher. Deb thought he had a relaxed and gentle style that would work well with the students. She couldn’t think of a better way to teach musical literacy and was excited James visited the school.

This opportunity was funded to a great extent by an organization called Blue Skies in the Community, an outreach program of the Blue Skies Music Festival, whose mandate is to provided musical opportunities in rural schools. HPEDSB, in addition to providing the instruments, also assisted in paying the artist’s fees.

James mentioned that at Madoc Township Public School "there’s a healthy level of support among staff members for a ukulele program."

James Hill who has appeared frequently at festivals across Canada and around the world shared his knowledge and skill both as a performer and a music educator to Madoc Township Public School. For more information about James Hill, visit www.ukulelejames.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:

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

Trenton High School students hard at work saving the environment

 

The Outer Limits class of 32 students from Trenton High School endured the weather changes in April to plant trees in various locations. A partnership with the Hastings Stewardship Council and the students and staff at Trenton High School has made this project a success for the past 14 years.

Student Corey, said that “It’s a great course and although it is a lot of work, it is worth it.”

On a Monday in April, the students planted white spruce and red pine in Eldorado; Tuesday they planted in Thomasburg; Wednesday in Stocco and Thursday in Wooler. The survival rate of the plantings is extreamely good. For example, a planting of 4000 trees behind Loyalist resulted in only a 5% loss when replanting was done in 2009.

Grade 11 student, Cameron said he liked “helping the environment,” he also stated that it was great to “get off their bikes and help others.”

The class was busy this year. The goal according to teacher and EarthCARE representative Jeff McDougal was to spend 95% of the class time out of doors. The students were involved in cycling, winter camping, First Aid Training, working on the Mayhew Creek rehabilitation in Trenton, leaf raking in a local cemetery as well as other projects.

According to Raven, a student at Trenton High School, said she learned “a lot of new things; not text book stuff.”

Jordan, another Grade 11 student, said the class was “a lot of fun, good for the environment,” and that the teacher was great.

The environment benefits greatly from the hard work and dedication from the Outer Limits students at Trenton High School and teacher Jeff McDougal.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

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

 

Over 5,000 students gathered for Celebration of Dance

 

Students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) gathered at the Belleville Fairgrounds on a beautiful sunny and windy day for the 20th Celebration of Dance. The annual spring tradition brought out over 5,000 students from almost 40 HPEDSB schools and other area schools on the morning of Wednesday, April 28.

Celebration of Dance is a fun event for children to get active and has been recognized by Ontario Physical & Health Education Association as a fun way to promote physical activity. This event supports physical education as well as drama and dance curriculum.

“Celebration of Dance is a great way for students to have fun demonstrating their learning, is an incredible opportunity for inclusion and to feel a part of something, while benefiting students health,” said event organizer Ian Boyd, Health and Physical Education Coordinator.

This year for the 20th anniversary of Celebration of Dance there were guest presenters from FUN FAST AND FIT, Lorrie Busch and Cathy Stone, as well as student presenters from HPEDSB and Quinte Ballet. 20 songs were played and danced to, to represent the 20th anniversary of the event.

“The Belleville Fairgrounds is a wonderful venue. This year there was perfect weather for the students to showcase physical literacy. It was a great feeling to be on stage looking out at the 5,000 participants smiling and in Healthy Active Motion,” remarked Ian Boyd.

Water stations were donated by Culligan and green grocery bags full of bananas, apples, and oranges were donated by METRO grocery store and provided to each school. The sound of the music was great and was provided by the same crew that has assisted with Celebration of Dance for almost 20 years.

Celebration of Dance is a tradition usually held during Education Week and serves to remind us of the value of a fun and safe way to positively promote an activity that can promote a lifestyle that is healthy and active. Practicing and performing the dances also falls in line with the Ministry of Education mandate of Daily Physical Activity. It links well with the curriculum and may readily be supported by the strands within Physical Education as well as the curriculum and reporting for Dance and Drama. Throughout the process of preparing and performing, there is such a great opportunity to positively portray the eight district character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

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

Teacher Sheryl Parker named Educator of the Year!

The saying, Life is an adventure, is true most days for Sheryl Parker. The Adventure Class teacher at Queen Victoria School has been chosen as Educator of the Year for 2010!

A teacher for 25 years, Parker has spent the past 15 years developing and teaching the Adventure Class. This unique program is an alternative approach to education, utilizing parent/guardian involvement in the classroom. The Adventure Class maintains the philosophy of nurturing the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of the whole child, within an open-minded, family-based learning community.

Parker and the Adventure Class have been compared to Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus television cartoon. Although there is no ‘magic bus’ involved, Parker takes her students on an endless stream of field trips to gain knowledge and experience fresh perspectives through hands-on learning. Parker has integrated the belief It takes a community to raise a child into her daily classroom activities by implementing an open-door policy for parents to participate in their child’s education.

AWARD PRESENTATION
Parker will be honoured and presented with the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award for Educator of the Year at an afternoon reception. All are welcome to attend the event.

DATE: Thursday, May 6
TIME:
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Highway 2, Belleville.

Across Ontario, Education Week will be celebrated from May 3 to 7, 2010. Education Week is an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools. It is a time for students, teachers and parents/guardians to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement. This year’s theme is Preparing Our Students for Future Success.

The Educator of the Year Award, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award, has existed for 44 years in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Nominations are accepted for for any person who has rendered meritorious service to education in the two counties. The nominee must be active in education during the current year.

Sir Mackenzie Bowell, who died in 1917, was prominently known for being Canada’s fifth prime minister, serving from 1894-1896. He was an advocate for education in Hastings County. Prior to serving in parliament, he was elected and served as the chairperson for the Belleville Board of Education from 1856 to 1867.

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

EVENT: Inclusive Education Symposium, Wed., May 5

The Inclusive Education Symposium is for school and community members. Symposium events will provide participants with ideas and strategies to support students who are from various backgrounds to feel comfortable, accepted and respected in school and the community.

  • Discover innovative ways to create inclusive communities.
  • Network and exchange ideas about how to enhance learning environments for students to live, achieve and learn.

DATE: Wednesday, May 5, 2010
TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (light supper)
LOCATION: Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

There is no charge for this event.

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Opening remarks – Kathy Soule, Director of Education, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • Inclusive education strategies – Martin Smit, System Principal, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  • “Reflections of Erin, The Importance of Belonging, Relationships, and Learning with Each Other” – Barbara McKenzie, Author and Inclusive Education Consultant/Presenter
  • “The Ambition of an Aspie” – Jay Serdula, on the topic of his quest to swim across Lake Ontario for Asperger Research
  • Presentation by international students from Centennial Secondary School
  • Inclusive education drama presentation by Moira Secondary School students

Thank you to the following organizations for providing support for this event:

  • Community Living, Picton
  • Plainfield Community Homes
  • Quinte Immigrant Services

Space is limited. All are welcome to attend.

Register online by Thursday, April 29 at: sweb.hpedsb.on.ca:8005/registration/index.cfm

Contact:

  • Colleen DeMille, System Principal, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2414, [email protected]
  • Barbara Huizenga, Administrative Assistant, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2204, [email protected]

Board Meeting Update #58

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 26, 2010 at the Education Centre.

Parent/teen event: Parents as Partners

Parents/guardians and teens are invited to evening of learning and sharing at Stirling Senior Public School.

The Parents as Partners workshop will address topics relevant to parents of teens and pre-teens:

FOR PARENTS

  • Living in a Wired World, presented by William Lundy and Erna Sorensen
  • Triple P Parenting – Teens, presented by Julie Pohlman-Brogee and Wendy Sutherland

Each session will be approximately 45-minutes with a question period at the end.

FOR TEENS

  • Cyber-safety and social networking, presented by Constable Scott Burke and Heather Yearwood

DATE: Thursday, April 22, 2010
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (light snacks provided)
LOCATION: Stirling Senior Public School, 107 James Street, Stirling

ALSO BEING SHOWCASED
That night the school will also celebrate the opening of the new parent lending library. Parenting resources, including  books and DVDs, will be on display and parents will be informed on how the items can be accessed. Displays from community agencies will also be available for viewing.

The event and creation of the parent lending library are made possible through a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant from the Ministry of Education. The grant is intended to enhance parent involvement, highlight the school as an important resource for parents in the community and provide skill-building opportunities for parents.

Thank you to Stirling Senior Public School School Council for organizing this event.

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

 

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

 

Trenton High, Apple Canada partner for literacy with iPods

It is not uncommon to see students listening to iPods in high schools. But what is different in this situation is what is on their iPods.

Students at Trenton High School had an opportunity to take part in an pilot project with Apple Canada. Apple loaned the school a MacBook and a pair of iPod Touches to experiment with delivering course content and other materials in a dynamic and engaging manner.

The timing of the project was ideal since students were in the process of preparing for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. The literacy team at the school decided to repackage their support materials, which previously had only been available in print format, as video podcasts. The podcasts included a slideshow packaged with an audio track. The podcasts were posted on the school website where students could download them to their computers, iPods or other portable video devices.

During practice session for the literacy test students were encouraged to view, pause and replay the videos to ensure that their work met all of the requirements.

Students who were involved endorsed the use of digital technology in the classroom.

Grade 10 student, Tamara Johnson, said, "Learning with iPods made things more interesting."

The literacy team would like to thank Matt Norton, (Senior Information and Technology Services Officer, and and Gary Shillington, Computer Network Technologist, for making this project possible.

Trenton High School (THS) is a community school where students can achieve success in a positive, character-based, safe, and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents/guardians and community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways. The diversity of programs and facilities offers all students many opportunities to learn and prepare for their future. THS has programs in Catering, Music Theatre, Aesthetics, Outer Limits, Advanced Placement,  Business of Hockey, specialized Communications Technology and eLearning. It also has an off-site alternative campus. 

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

Flags at half-mast to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day

Flags at schools and administrative buildings will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday, April 9, 2010 to commemorate Vimy Ridge Day.

According to Veterans Affairs Canada, in 2003, the Government of Canada declared April 9 as Vimy Ridge Day, to honour and remember the battle that took place at Vimy Ridge, France, in 1917, during the First World War.

On April 9, 1917, Canadian soldiers did what other allied forces had so far failed to do—they took Vimy Ridge. At Vimy, regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity. After Vimy, Canadian corps never looked back, and its success raised our international stature and earned us a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war.

Today, on land granted to Canada for all time by a grateful France, the Vimy Memorial rises above the now-quiet countryside. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle and paid such a price to help ensure the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

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

Regional art show showcases student and teachers talents

Variations 2010, the 22nd annual regional art show for all secondary students in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, is now on at the John M. Parrott Gallery at Belleville Public Library.

A new feature this year is the addition of work by Visual Arts teachers. Their work is displayed in Gallery Two on the west wall. One of the pieces, titled Still Life, by Centennial Secondary School teacher Christine Christos, was exhibited in the 6th International Graphic Triennial at the National Institute and Museum in Bitola, Macedonia.

One student work featured is titled The Undeserving by Lizz McKenna of Centennial Secondary School. This work was submitted to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards on the theme of “Suppress Excess, Living Within our Means.”

The art work for this year’s promotional material was produced by Trenton High School Visual Art student Sabrina McCulloch. Her teachers are Annie McDonald and Sue Tripp. The original work was a numbered print.

The following schools have each submitted five pieces:

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

Schools from area Catholic and Christian schools have also submitted artwork.

The show runs from April 8-28, 2010 at the John M. Parrot Gallery, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street

Gallery hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

or

Susan Davies,Curriculum Coordinator for the Arts and Social Sciences, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2209, [email protected]

North Hastings HS receive Junior Conservation Award

Congratulations to students from the Northern Outdoor Studies class at North Hastings High School in Bancroft received the Ministry of Natural Resources Junior Conservation Award.

The Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources, presented the students with the award while she was on-hand to speak to the more than 400 attendees at the 82nd Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Annual General Meeting and Fish & Wildlife Conference held recently in Mississauga. The students and their teachers were invited to the event.

The outdoor studies class, led by teachers Glen Pomeroy and Barb Gillis, prepares students for entry into the workforce with employers in sectors such as resource and wildlife management. The school’s Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program has received the award in previous years.

According to an OFAH news release, OFAH Executive Director Mike Reader said, “Young people, like the Northern Outdoor Studies students from North Hastings High School, are making an important contribution to our environment. They are showing the kind of conservation leadership that will help ensure a healthy future for our fish and wildlife.”

North Hastings High School is committed to success for all students. Together with community partners, NHHS provides programs that prepare students for the 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 recognized provincially as school-to-work transition programs. The Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) program, for example, allows students to learn principles of resource management and environmental studies. The students acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in resource-based careers.The  Forestry, Industry, Skills Related Training (FIRST) program-another 4-credit course, is designed to provide students with skills needed to be participants in our local forest industry. 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. NHHS has something to offer every student in the community!

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

 

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly visited Susanna Moodie Elementary

Students at Susanna Moodie Elementary School were quiet as mice today, Wednesday, April 7, 2010, as they learned about how the Ontario government works.

Special guest Leona Dombrowsky, M.P.P. Prince Edward-Hastings, greeted the Grade 4s and 5s, then introduced the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, The Honourable Steve Peters. Mr. Peters spoke to the children about the Speaker’s role, the parliamentary process, and the Legislative Page Program, which is a chance for students to learn first hand about how government works and how a bill becomes a law. Following the 45-minute presentation, the children asked a variety of questions such as, Do pages get paid and if so, how much? How long is the page program? What does a page do? and Can you take the day off if you are sick?

The Speaker explained that Grade 7 and 8 students are eligible to be pages. Dombrowsky encouraged students to apply at the end of their Grade 6 year, and to not get discouraged if the first application is not accepted. Students can reapply until the December of their Grade 8 year. Approximately 20 to 22 pages are accepted at a time, for a 4-week work period.

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

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

Dangers of street racing researched at Moira SS

Prepping the carThe effects of street and stunt racing provided a hands-on learning experience for a Grade 11 Employment Destinations class at Moira Secondary School. They demonstrated creativity to showcase what they learned by painting anti-street racing slogans on a car and then prepared it as an entry in a demolition derby.

Teacher Stacey McErlean will drive the modified car in a derby this spring to raise awareness about street and stunt racing, and to educate others on the dangers that accompany those types of illegal activities. It will be quite a sight, displaying slogans such as “Take it to the ring, not the street.” “Speed kills.” and “Ride to die.”

According to McErlean, “All too often we read or hear about the tragic results of street racing and stunt driving. I believe this is an opportunity to provide insight in to the problem from a positive standpoint. My class demonstrated great leadership and commitment in attempting to influence its peer group to behave responsibly in a manner to which other teens can relate.”

The students’ goal was to find alternatives to street and stunt racing. They wanted to promote regulated car events—stock-car racing, demolition derbies, mud racing and track racing—as alternatives. The class applied for a Project Enhancement Grant through The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, the charitable arm of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Thanks to the $1,000 donation, they were able to purchase a car, gut it, and prepare it for a demolition derby.

Ready for the demolition derbyAt Moira Secondary School, amazing students, exemplary programs and outstanding staff all contribute to Trojan Pride and character development in the areas of arts, academics, technology and athletics. The school on excellence extends into many aspects 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.

Board Meeting Update #57

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, March 29, 2010 at the Education Centre.

Aquifer recover and bio-binding projects win at regional Science Fair

How does aquifer recovery work? What is bio-binding? Johnathon Butler, Stirling Senior Public School, and Justin Whitaker, Moira Secondary School, know the answers. They are the creators of two award-winning projects at the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair.

The 51st Annual Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair (QRSTF) took place at Loyalist College in Belleville, Saturday, March 27, 2010. Approximately 200 colourful, well researched projects were on display from Grade 4 to 12 students from schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Students competed for awards in several categories as they made presentations to 90 volunteer judges. The judges spoke with students to learn about the project prior to coming up with an evaluation. As part of the judging process every student received a written list of comments on how to improve future projects.

Numerous  other volunteers helped out behind the scenes Patron and Major sponsors provided funds to help send five finalists to the Canada Wide Science Fair, www.cwsf2010.ca, while other sponsors supplied prizes in the form of cash, trophies and, new for this year, a telescope.

The most endearing part of the QRSTF is the enthusiasm of the students. As soon as they are asked about their projects they enthusiastically explain their theories, results and every step along the way.

Pat Findlay, QRSTF Chief Judge said, “As always, I am impressed by the calibre of the projects and the technical excellence shown. The students this year maintained and often exceeded the past levels. It is the sheer brilliance of the work and the chance to meet so many wonderful students that keeps me coming back. Amazing work by all!”

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

Allan Nursall of the Discovery Channel put on an excellent presentation on various science concepts and later was the master of ceremonies at the awards ceremony.

For Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the best in grade winners this year were:

  • Kurtis Wright, Grade 6, Bayside Public School, for his project Go Wash Your Hands
  • Jonathon Butler, Grade 8, Stirling Senior Public School, for his project Aquifer Recovery
  • Justin Whitaker, Grade 9 – 12, Moira Secondary School, for his project Bio-Binding: A Microbial Precipit-Action

Congratulations to Jonathon Butler and Justin Whitaker who were selected as finalists to compete in the Canada Wide Science Fair scheduled for May, 2010 in Peterborough, Ontario. Their expenses will be paid for the 8-day event, a value of approximately $1,600.

For more information about the QRSTF or Canada Wide Science Fair, contact:

Earth Hour celebrated in schools and administrative offices

Students and staff demonstrated their commitment to the environment today by participating in Earth Hour.

The Ministry of Education and World Wildlife Fund partnered to encourage Ontario-wide participation. Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

At schools and administrative offices, non-emergency lights were turned off for one hour on Friday, March 26, 2010. 

This year Earth Hour will be celebrated internationally  on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is expected that millions of people around the world will switch lights off.

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

 

 

$1,100 for cancer from Breadner Elementary

Getting a haircut took on new meaning for some students and staff at Breadner Elementary School. The brave bunch willingly had their heads shaved for Cuts for Cancer. Congratulations to all participants who raised $1,100.

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

Students use Skype technology to interact with authors

Interaction between students and award-winning authors will blaze a new trail over the Internet. By using Skype, the children will talk to and see the authors although both parties will be in separate locations. The children will remain in their schools while the authors will be in different parts of the world. Skype is a software application that allows users to talk over the Internet.

“Students at Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School and Stirling Senior Public School are pumped about this,” remarked Heather Yearwood, Teacher Librarian Resource Teacher. “It will be a fantastic learning experience in literacy and technology.”

Children have already read books by the three authors who will be contacted:
1. Rene Schmidt, who wrote Leaving Fletchville
2. Carol Matas, who wrote Cloning Miranda
3. Alma Fullerton, who wrote Libertad

This project was made possible due funding through a Project Enhancement Fund grant from The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

For specific dates and details, please contact: Heather Yearwood, 613.966.1170, extension 2134, or [email protected]

Do you know an outstanding educator?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Educator of the Year. This award, also known as the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award, is presented to a person who has demonstrated meritorious service to education in Hastings County or Prince Edward County. The nominee must be active in education during the current year.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Sir Mackenzie Bowell Reception
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Hwy#2, Belleville

This year’s event marks the 45th anniversary of the Sir Mackenzie Bowell Award. The award recognizes outstanding educators in Hastings County and Prince Edward County.

Submissions must be submitted no later than Monday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. in care of: Albert College, Attention: Education Week Committee, 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario K8P 1A6.

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

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

 

JK & SK registration information for September 2010

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their families. Although September seems like a long way off, it is important to register children now.

HPEDSB schools offer alternate day or half day programs for Junior and Senior Kindergarten. Seven schools will also be offering full-day learning with before- and after-school programs, starting in September 2010.

How to register children for JK and SK

 

V.P. Carswell Elementary celebrates the Olympics!

Students and their families are invited to join in the celebration of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.  Guests will be invited to participate in activities that demonstrate literacy, numeracy, visual arts, computer technology and physical education in action based on the book "Tacky and the Winter Games" by Helen Lester.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: V.P. Carswell Elementary School, 4 Seneca Road, Trenton

 

School communities host Olympic celebrations

School communities throughout the district are celebrating Canada and sport now that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics are happening.

NORTH HASTINGS
In North Hastings, all six elementary schools (Bancroft Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School, Maynooth Public School and North Hastings Senior Elementary School) with close to 800 students, will participate in outdoor winter activities at two locations: Dungannon Recreation Centre and Millennium Park from February 16 to 20, 2010. Activities will include skating, broomball, yoga, speedskating, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and other outdoor games. The goal is for children to have fun and to spark interested in lifelong fitness. Funding was provided by the Ministry of Health Promotion and a partnership between the Town of Bancroft and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Students and staff at Athol Central Public School and South Marysburgh Central School celebrated with an Olympic assembly on Friday, February 12, 2010. A local torch-bearer was a special guest who carried the Canadian flag into the school.

BELLEVILLE
At Susanna Moodie Elementary School, students are celebrating ‘gold medal’ learning. Children are involved in celebrating two weeks of literacy, arts and physical activities from February 16 to 26, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to – 10:10 a.m. each morning. The school will focus on the fun and spirit of the Olympic games that promotes a love of sport and Olympic excellence, both tied to character education. School staff and students thank The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation for helping to make their Winter Olympic games dreams come true and also to Susanna Moodie School Council for their volunteering and support.

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

Last updated: June 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm