Olympian Brian Price visited Deseronto PS

Deseronto Public School students were inspired to dream an Olympic dream when Brian Price visited the school on Friday, February 12, 2010.

Price, a Belleville, Ontario native, competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and won gold with the Men’s Eight rowing team. He spoke with students and staff about his Olympic story. The message was that dreams are achievable, even for someone from a small town like him. Determination, teamwork, perseverance, practice and being healthy/active were specific themes he touched on.

Students were thrilled to meet Price and also see and touch his 2008 Olympic Gold Medal. The presentation was followed by a school-wide non-fiction writing task that asked students to share the messages that were learned. The event was also the first of a number of Olympic activities that the school will be doing over the next few weeks.

For the Deseronto Public School community this was an opportunity to enhance the school character education focus and also to celebrate the Canadian Olympic spirit that began the same day.

Deseronto Public School is located 37 km east of Belleville in the community of Deseronto. The school was built in 1956 to replace an older building dating back to 1870. The student body of 170 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 is from the local community. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007.A large playground with abundant equipment, a gymnasium complete with phantom sound, a computer lab and a library with a SMART Board enrich the school to support student success and continuous improvement for all. The school council funding support for the school library and a community partnership with the public library ensures the availability of resources and provides positive support for the students of Deseronto Public School.

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


Quinte SS to be honoured at provincial symposium

Congratulations to Quinte Secondary School which will be presented with a provincial award this evening. QSS is one of six Ontario schools to receive a Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement. The award was established in April 2009 by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) as a tribute to Dr. Stephenson’s lifelong commitment and contribution to education.

Quinte Secondary School is being honoured for efforts over many years and use of EQAO results to improve student learning through the following:

  • use of provincial assessment results as evidence contributing to school improvement planning;
  • support for student achievement;
  • leadership, proactive initiatives, positive attitudes and sincere efforts to help each child succeed;
  • an action plan based on the unique school circumstances; and
  • work toward improved student outcomes.

Superintendent of Education Jan Montgomery, Principal Lisa Vincent and a team of teachers will attend the awards presentation on behalf of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the school.

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

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




Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools

Parents/guardians and Grade 8 students are invited to Open Houses at local public secondary schools. HPEDSB secondary schools offer innovative programming to prepare students for apprenticeships, college, university or work.

Find out more at upcoming Grade 8 Open Houses at secondary schools. Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited.

Open Houses at Secondary Schools
Date and time
Telephone number
Bayside Secondary School Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. 613-966-2922
Centennial Secondary School Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. 613-962-9233
Centre Hastings Secondary School Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m., 613-473-4251
Moira Secondary School Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-8668
North Hastings High School Tuesday, February 9 at 6:45 p.m. 613-332-1220
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m 613-476-2196
Quinte Secondary School Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. 613-962-9295
Trenton High School Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. 613-392-1227



Family Day at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre

The Adventure Class invites all families to Family Day at the Frink Centre on Family Day, Monday, February 15. Bring the whole family for a free day of outdoor education and family fun from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Activities for all ages include:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Shelter building
  • Survival games
  • Indoor yoga classes
  • Native crafts
  • Campfire
  • Free homemade soup and bread for lunch

For information please contact:
Susie Sewell-Charles, Junior Adventure Class, Queen Victoria Elementary School, 613.968-4547

Getting into the Olympic spirit at Prince Charles PS (Trenton)

Students and staff at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton are showing their national pride by getting into the Olympic spirit through a variety of literacy, healthy active living and character education/spirit building activities as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics approach. Numerous school based events will be held throughout the week of February 16 to 19, 2010.

On Thursday, February 18 in the evening, a school-wide Olympic themed event is planned, involving literacy and healthy active living activities. Students and parents/guardians are invited to the school from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to participate in 10 custom developed Olympic learning stations.

Special guests include:

  • Jack Miller, MIX-97 radio broadcaster and Olympic torch relay participant
  • Bevin Stephenson, parent and Olympic torch relay participant
  • Members of the Trenton Golden Hawks team
  • Personal trainers from the Family Fitness Centre

Families that attend can put their name in a draw to win sports and literacy related door prizes.

This event is a terrific example of how student learning is celebrated at Prince Charles Public School – Trenton!

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

New venue and sponsor for regional science fair

Organizers of the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair are pleased to announce two major new partners for the 2010 event: Loyalist College and Belleville Kiwanis Club. Loyalist College will host the QRSTF in March 2010.

Loyalist College provides a venue that has outstanding facilities, allowing students to showcase their efforts in a most appropriate fashion. Students will be provided with tables and chairs, with the awards ceremony to be hosted in Alumni Hall. The organizing committee is enthused about the opportunities provided by the new location.

Over time the QRSTF has been hosted in various venues. When it started 50 years ago it was held in the Armories at the corner of Station and Pinnacle streets in Belleville. In recent years, the fair has been hosted at the Quinte Mall in Belleville. The mall personnel and businesses were gracious hosts and for over 35 years, providing free floor space and judges’ headquarters.Their support has been greatly appreciated.

Funding the event includes sending the winning team to compete at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors the organizers have been able to send a full complement of five students, as well as two chaperone/delegates each year. Maintaining this level of funding has been a challenge especially with the economic downturn. The Belleville Kiwanis Club has provided $5,000 to the QRSTF, a welcome donation after the loss of two major sponsors. The funds will be targeted to sending a student to the Canada Wide Science Fair and to supporting a science promoter/entertainer Alan Nursall, former director of Science North, the Science Centre in Sudbury Ontario. In addition, discussions are already underway on how Kiwanis members can further promote project-based science in schools.

Solving such problems as global warming, defeating cancer and predicting earthquakes are only a few areas where advances are necessary if humans are to continue to prosper. And it all starts with curious minds being given the opportunities to explore their world. The Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair is truly grateful for the funding it has received that permits us to continue to support our youth’s scientific and technological development.

For further information please contact Christopher Spencer, M.Sc., Co-Chair QRSTF [email protected] 613-962-4283

Open House at Quinte SS for parents/guardians

Parents/guardians of Grade 8 students who will go to Quinte Secondary School in September are invited to an Open House this week. Following on the heels of the student orientation event earlier in the day, the evening session is a time for parents to see first-hand what ‘Life at Quinte’ is like.

Activities include:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Rotation through classrooms and with different teachers to inform parents of the subjects students will take in Grade 9
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Curriculum and club displays

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville, 613-962-9295

Other secondary schools will be hosting similar events in February. Details will be posted to this website.




Upcoming info sessions: Destinations and French Immersion

Destinations Programme for Grade 7 and 8 students
Parents, are you looking for an enriched program for your child? Destinations is for students going into Grade 7 and 8.

Destinations is for motivated, curious students who have good work habits and want to be involved in a challenging, enriched environment.

Learn more at an information night, Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at Moira Secondary School.


French Immersion
French Immersion offers students the opportunity to become bilingual in a second language. It starts in Grade 4 and continues through secondary school. The best French Immersion success comes from students . . .

Bonjour mon nom est Mathew and je veux te dire pourquoi je suis en immersion française. Hi my name is Mathew and I want to tell you why I’m in French Immersion . . . it’s because learning to speak French will open so many doors in the future! Speaking French can help to get a good job or be accepted into college or university. And, learning a second language is a lot of fun!

Salut, je m’appelle Angelique et je suis dans la cinquième annee de l’immersion de francais. Hi, my name is Angelique, and here’s why I enjoy French Immersion. When I started in Grade 4, I met a lot of new friends who also enjoy learning to speak, read and write in another language. We do fun learning activities, games and songs to help us learn. We even travel to French speaking areas of Canada for school trips to help to improve our French. I really enjoy French Immersion and know that you will, too.

French Immersion is begins in Grade 4 at Bayside Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School.

Learn more at information nights, Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at Harry J. Clarke and 7:30 p.m. at Bayside. Or, call 613.966.1170 for more information.

Grade 8s to get a sneak peak of high school on January 28, 2010

Grade 8 students are looking forward to visiting secondary schools later this week. The annual Grade 8 Orientation Day is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2010 with the following day planned as the ‘snow date.’

Some of the activities include:

  • Sessions with teachers in different subject areas to introduce Grade 8 students to the different program/subject choices
  • School and facility tours
  • Fashion shows of dress code
  • Music performances
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Interaction between boys and girls from feeder schools

All agree that orientation is fun and worthwhile for the younger students while also being a way for the high school students to demonstrate school spirit, caring, cooperation and respect for their guests.

For more information, please contact your local school, or: 

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.


Schools get ready to celebrate Family Literacy Week

District schools are celebrating reading, writing and comprehension during Family Literacy Week, January 25 to 29, 2010. Events are planned at many schools.

Improvement in literacy is a major focus in all HPEDSB schools. One of the ways this is being done is through the emphasis on the intentional instruction of high-level thinking skills that assist students to better understand information they are reading.

“We know that literacy is about far more than just reading words. It is about understanding the meaning of language that is found in many places – such as books, in magazines, on websites, in manuals, on signs, in newspapers, magazines and in advertisements,” remarked Colleen DeMille, System Principal.

This means being able to making meaningful connections to the author’s message and the important information in the text, identifying key messages, and point of view.

“As adults we take these skills for granted but we know through the research and our experience that these are learned skills that need to be explicitly taught. Children do not all naturally develop these skills without guidance and support from home and school,” DeMille added.

It is also about assisting students to become critical literate learners by providing them with opportunities to identify and analyze underlying messages in print and media, and encouraging them to express their thoughts and opinions, question and challenge the ideas and beliefs that lie beneath the surface.

“Character development goes hand-in-hand with literacy instruction,” explained DeMille. “Whenever possible, we try to focus on the use of stories that portray our Growing with Character attributes: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. We find that using fiction and non-fiction stories with these character development themes are very useful for assisting students to identify and reflect upon key life lessons and to discuss issues of great personal significance that they can identify with in their daily lives.”

Students are learning to independently produce writing for an intended purpose and audience in various subject areas.

An area of emphasis at every elementary school this year is the implementation of strategies to increase parent/ community involvement and engagement in literacy. Staff are working in partnership with local libraries and the Ontario Early Years Centre to provide communications to parents to inform about upcoming events and enriching literacy family activities. Each month literacy articles are collated at the system level and distributed to schools for inclusion monthly school newsletters.

Other strategies being used include the following:

  • Family literacy nights that give parents an opportunity to experience the many strategies being used to teach their children how to read and respond to their reading
  • Literacy hall displays in school entrances and outside classes
  • Information sent home by teachers to help inform parents about the literacy activities happening in the classroom
As well, the district has literacy partners in each school. These teachers support students and other classroom teachers in a multitude of ways, such as by assisting in implementing research-based strategies, addressing the differentiation of student needs, and promoting the literacy connection between home and school.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school to witness first-hand the multitude of ways students are learning to read and reading to learn!

Family Literacy Day was started by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and Honda Canada in 1999 to promote the importance of reading and learning together as a family all year round.

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For more information, please contact:

Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.

Potential labour disruption affecting Boldrick buses

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services and its member school boards, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), are issuing the following advisory as it pertains to the busing of some of its students.

Boldrick Bus Service Ltd., under contract with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, is involved in a collective bargaining process with drivers represented by Local 91 of the Teamsters Union. Boldrick Bus Service Ltd. is one of 70 service providers under contract with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services.

Contract negotiations are ongoing. Bus drivers could be in a legal strike position as early as Sunday, January 24, 2010. At this time there is no indication that there will be a withdrawal of bus service. This news release is being issued strictly as a precaution to advise parents, guardians and students about a potential interruption of service.

Boldrick Bus Service Ltd. serves students of both Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. Approximately 2,700 students would be impacted with approximately 1,900 being HPEDSB students and 800 ALCDSB students.

This is a matter between Boldrick Bus Service Ltd. and their employees, however, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services and area school boards recognize that any withdrawal of services will have a direct impact on students and their families.

If a strike occurs, and bus cancellations are therefore required, this information will be shared with parents and the public through local radio stations and the Tri-Board website.

Additional information will be provided as the situation develops.

For more information, please contact:
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354 – Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services Inc.
613-354-1981 or 1 866 569-6638, ext. 324, Steve Wowk, CEO, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services

Destinations Programme Information Night, Tues., January 26

Parents, are you looking for an enriched program for your child? Destinations is for students going into Grade 7 and 8.

Destinations is for motivated, curious students who have good work habits and want to be involved in a challenging, enriched environment.

Learn more at an information night, Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at Moira Secondary School.

For more information, call 613.969.0140.

50+ students perform in ‘The Music Man’

Elementary and secondary school students have teamed up to perform Meredith Wilson’s version of The Music Man.

In this timeless on-stage classic, con man Professor Harold Hill goes to River City, Iowa in 1912 looking to make money by selling music instruments to the young boys in the town. His plan goes awry when he falls for the town’s stern librarian, Marian Paroo.

The show is filled with well-known musical scores, 76 trombones and features live performances by the Belleville-area barbershop quartet The Trentones.

The cast has over 50 elementary and secondary students and features the outstanding talent of the Centennial Secondary School Music Theatre class.

You won’t want to miss this high-energy, classic tale.


  • Friday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. MATINEE
  • Friday, January 22, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 24, 2:00 p.m. MATINEE

Tickets can be purchased at Centennial Secondary School, Red Ball Radio in Belleville or at the door. 

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

Seven schools to offer full-day learning in September 2010

Full-day learning for four- and five-year olds will be available at seven district schools beginning in September 2010. The sites selected are 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

This represents Phase 1 of Ontario’s new full-day learning program, which is part of the province’s plan to build a stronger school system and a well-educated workforce. The goal is to make early learning available to all Junior/Senior Kindergarten students within five years. The 11 classes represent 286 pupil spaces. Class size guidelines require an average of 26 students per class.

“We know that families and children in Hastings and Prince Edward need and want full-day learning. I’m excited that we’re taking the important first step towards giving four- and five-year olds a firmer foundation for learning and for life!” remarked Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board.

In full-day learning classrooms, teachers and registered early childhood educators will work together to help children learn and develop emotional, social and academic skills that are crucial for healthy development. Schools will also offer before- and after-school programs led by early childhood educators. Parents can enroll their child in these integrated programs for a reasonable fee, giving children even more opportunities to learn, play and grow.

In late November 2009, school boards submitted the names of schools to be considered for Phase 1 implementation to the Ministry of Education. Criteria for selecting schools included the following:

  • All Junior Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten students at the school must be provided with all-day learning.
  • Availability of space without requiring new capital construction or renovations.
  • The school must remain open over the next five years.
  • A portion of ELP spaces should serve low-income neighbourhoods.
  • Minimal impact on existing child care and early years programs.
  • Consideration of schools where students would benefit significantly from the increased learning opportunities offered by the ELP.

“Right now there are more questions than answers. We are thrilled that the provincial government approved the seven schools that were submitted following our consultation with community partners. We are already in the process of planning for September implementation,” stated Kathy Soule, Director of Education.

Now that the sites have been announced, planning for staffing, fee structures and program integration will begin. Registration information will be available by the end of this month.

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, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

Adventure Class Open House, Wed., January 20

Enrol your child in the adventure of a lifetime! The Adventure Class is an innovative multi-grade program that emphasizes hands-on learning, real-life discovery, co-operation and parent involvement. This unique, family-based program has older students helping younger students while parents share their skills. Children learn through outings and real-life discovery.

Learn more about the Adventure Class, Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 6:00 p.m., Queen Victoria School.

For more information, call 613.968.4547.

Finish your Grade 12 through Adult Education

Are you out of work and need to finish your Grade 12 diploma? Or, do you want to continue your education but can’t afford to quit your job? Quinte Adult Education can help.

If you’re working or volunteering, you can earn co-op credits through the Learn While You Earn program. Quinte Adult Education also offers night school for computers, English and Math starting the week of February 8th, and over 100 online and correspondence courses that you can do at home.

Call Bev, Rhonda or Julie at Quinte Adult Education . . . and they will help you make 2010 the year to finish what you started!

For more information, call Quinte Adult Education at 613.962.3133.

‘Faces and Voices’ of Prince of Wales Public School

Student artwork from Prince of Wales Public School will be featured in an art show at Belleville’s Gallery 121. The self-portraits, part of visual arts project called Faces and Voices, were created under direction of Maya Jagger, a local visual artist, and funded through a grant from Quinte Arts Council.

Jagger spent three days with Prince of Wales students from Grades 3 to 8, including students with special cognitive and physical needs. She focused on teaching elements of the Arts curriculum and tapped into the astonishing creative processes of children.

Beginning with discussion about the meaning of art and the value of self-portraits as unique personal expression, students were shown a variety of techniques that could be used to make images in oil pastel, and then invited to create their own. The individual portraits were then included in a “wall quilt." The quilt is vivid, expressive, inclusive, and demonstrates the school’s commitment to be a community that cares for everyone. No two pieces are alike. The students took risks and ultimately produced authentic pieces of art that reflect something about themselves. This project demonstrates the value of the arts in promoting higher order thinking skills, reflecting values and building community.

Student self-portraits art show at Gallery 121
On display from Tuesday, January 5 to Friday, February 26, 2010
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
48 Bridge Street, Belleville, 613.966.4609

Located in Belleville’s north end, Prince of Wales Public School serves approximately 350 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Student success in all areas of education—academics, character development, citizenship, the arts and athletics—is the goal for every student. Prince of Wales offers YMCA Before- and After-School and Breakfast Club programs. The school also offers system specialized classes for students with both cognitive and physical needs and hosts a number of system classes to serve students with special needs. Prince of Wales offers both a Primary and Junior/Intermediate program for students with autism in addition to the system class for Primary students with developmental disabilities.

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

Susanna Moodie Primary Choir sings Lawrence Gowan song

Hats off to Educational Assistant Carol Andrews, Susanna Moodie Elementary School, who was featured on MIX-97 radio on Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

Andrews was interviews about the Primary Choir recording of Canadian singer/songwriter Lawrence Gowan’s Christmas song Ring the Bells For Christmas. Andrews is also editor of The Gowan Gamut Newsletter. Mr. Gowan kindly reworked the song in different keys for the children’s primary voices and provided his own keyboard accompaniment.

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


Teamwork remains the focus of re-elected chair and vice-chair

Board members continue to focus on student achievement and safe schools

Congratulations to Carl Pitman and Mary Hall who were re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively, at the annual meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this evening.

Pitman has been a school board trustee for Centre Hastings for 12 years. He has been school board chair for the past three years, making this his fourth term. Pitman has also served as vice-chair and has been an active member of the Program and Human Resources, Executive, and Suspension Appeals committees.

In his acceptance remarks, Pitman referred to HPEDSB as a school board of character and stated, "Our schools continue to provide safe and supportive learning and working environments. Academic and support staff are dedicated to ensuring that students receive the best education possible."

He added, “Thank you for placing trust in me as Board chair. I look forward to leading this team for the next year. On behalf of myself and my colleagues I want to express gratitude to all staff members who work tirelessly for the benefit of students."

Belleville/Thurlow trustee Mary Hall was re-elected as vice-chair. Hall has been a trustee with HPEDSB for 15 years. During that time she has been an active member of the Special Education Advisory, Program and Human Resources, Suspension Appeals, and SALEP (Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils) committees, has served as the Board’s representative on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association since 2000, and has acted as Student Senate advisor.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue working with my fellow trustees, administration, other board staff and parents/guardians to enable our students to achieve success and reach their goals,” remarked Hall.

Elections for chair and vice-chair take place each year at the annual meeting. At the same meeting, trustee membership on various committees for the upcoming year is approved. Standing and legislated committees are: Operations and Finance, Program and Human Resources, Executive, Special Education Advisory, Student Discipline Committee, Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils, and representation on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,300 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, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

Board Meeting Update #54

This update provides a summary of the annual meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 7, 2009 at the Education Centre.


North Hastings student artwork at Art Gallery of Bancroft

Students in North Hastings are thrilled that their artwork will be on display at Art Gallery of Bancroft. The Your Kid Did Do This show is the first of its kind in the area to feature exhibits from children up to age 10.

All area elementary schools are represented: Bancroft Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School and Maynooth Public School. Artwork was created at home or school.

An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 following the Bancroft Santa Claus parade. All students who have submitted work are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian. Another children’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 19 at 3:00 p.m. All children who have submitted a piece of art are eligible for draw prizes of art supplies.

The gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and  Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Throughout December, craftspersons and artists will be at the gallery on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to create art with children who come to view the exhibit.

A large mural, I was at the art gallery, is also on display at the gallery for children to draw on.

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

Two Green Apple School Program grants for North Hastings HS

Congratulations to North Hastings High School, recipient of two Green Apple School Program grants of $1,000 each! Applications were submitted by teachers Colleen Drew-Baehre and Carl Ziebarth, for a brook trout stream survey and a sustainable forest management project. Both will be completed by students in the Northern Environmental Research and Development Studies during second semester.

Brook trout stream survey

This study will assist with fisheries management in the Bancroft area.

Through this project, students will:

  • learn about cold stream ecology, and threats to fish habitat and biodiversity by examining remedial measures that can be taken to restore dwindling habitats and populations;
  • be trained to identify key features of natural brook trout streams;
  • inventory cold water streams thought to contain natural brook trout, examine species diversity, indicators of stream health, and the presence or absence of brook trout, using a provincially-recognized protocol; and
  • prepare a report for local the Ministry of Natural Resources branch which will be added to provincial base of information and used to determine future stocking and egg collection.

Sustainable forest management project
North Hastings High School is in an area that is largely forested by mixed hardwoods. Many of our students live on forested properties or will be forest landowners someday.

Through this project, students will:

  • learn about sustainable forest management by completing a detailed inventory and analysis of a central Ontario woodlot;
  • use research to develop a forest management plan for this tract of land, which takes into account biodiversity, endangered species, and sustainable use of forest resources;
  • mark, using provincial tree marking guidelines, a tract of land which will be managed and harvested sustainably;
  • practice tree, forest plant and animal identification, to become competent in this field;
  • complete a forest ecosystem inventory;
  • prepare a forest management plan for a central Ontario woodlot using A Guide to Stewardship Planning for Natural Areas (Ontario Ministry Natural Resources, 2006) as the primary outline;
  • use provincial tree marking guidelines to mark trees for harvest
  • prepare a  timber cruise report and a 20-year forest management plan will be produced.

North Hastings High School offers two Specialist High Skills Majors, one in Forestry and one in Environment, where students learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies. The students acquire the skills, certifications and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas. NHHS also offers numerous Cooperative Education opportunities including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.

The Green Apple School Program, sponsored by Metro Inc., provides grants to schools which actively participate in environmental stewardship.

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


Olympic Torch Relay community celebration in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County was chosen by the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee to host a community celebration as part of the Olympic Torch Relay across Canada. The celebration will be held in mid-December and will involve district students and school communities.

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Prince Edward County Fairgrounds, Picton.

A community celebration will take place prior to the torch arrival, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The one hour presentation will focus on Prince Edward County culture and heritage with flag bearers, music, dancers and video montages showcasing local talent. The Olympic organization committee will host the formal ceremonies beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. with the arrival of the torch bearer.

All schools in Prince Edward County will participate in the event, with over 2,000 students, teachers and volunteers attending. Designated areas will be allotted for each school, with volunteers assigned to direct student traffic and ensure student safety.

A skills completion will be held at the Picton arena beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Prince Edward Collegiate Institute entrepreneur class, led by teacher Rob Garden, will host that event. Ten students from Grades 6-8 have been selected from each school to participate. 

Olympic theme activities are taking place at schools, as well. Classes are working on school banners and student artwork to showcase at the celebration and a food drive initiative to support the local food banks is underway.

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



Award-winning author, Eric Walters, to visit district schools

Award-winning Canadian author, Eric Walters, is scheduled to visit several elementary schools on Friday, December 4, 2009. He will spend time reading with students to celebrate his love of reading and children’s learning.

Walters’ children’s novels include We All Fall Down, Safe as Houses, Bully Boys, and Alexandria of Africa. Students are anxiously awaiting the arrival of his latest book about the Asian tsunami called The Wave.

Host schools Friday, December 4, 2009
MORNING – hosted by Susanna Moodie Elementary School
9:30 a.m. students from Sir Mackenzie Bowell Public School
10:30 a.m. students from Susanna Moodie Elementary School

2:00 p.m. students from Stirling Senior Public School

According to his website, Eric’s novels have won more than 80 awards including eleven separate children’s choice awards. He is the only three time winner of both the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and Red Maple Awards – in which over 125,000 students participate and vote for the winners.

For more information, please contact:

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

Event: Behaviour expert Ron Morrish to present at College St. PS

Parents/guardians and community members in the Quinte West area are invited to an evening with behaviour expert Ron Morrish. You won’t want to miss this humorous and engaging talk about effective child discipline. The event is free of charge so calling to reserve a space is suggested.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. refreshments, 6:30 p.m. presentation begins
Location: College Street Public School, 20 South Street, Trenton
This event is for adults only, no children

Ron Morrish has been an educator and behavior specialist since 1972. He was a teacher with the District School Board of Niagara in St. Catharines, Ontario for 26 years. In addition to presenting at conferences, Morrish provides professional development programs for teachers, and speaks to parent groups and child care providers, internationally. Morrish has written three books about child discipline: Secrets of Discipline, which presents 12 strategies for raising responsible children without deal-making, arguments, and confrontations; With All Due Respect, which focuses on elements for improving teacher personal discipline skills and building effective school discipline as a team; and Flip Tips, a mini-book of discipline tips and helpful hints.

In 2007 Morrish presented to all district employees. Since that presentation, his ideas and strategies have been applied across the district and he has been invited to several schools, many which use his book With All Due Respect, as a basis for creating positive and respectful school communities.

If you wish to attend, please call the school at 613.392.4524 no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2009 to reserve your space.

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

‘Grandfriends’ coming to Madoc Public School

Madoc Public School students continue to demonstrate Growing with Character through their actions! They are involved in a variety of projects or events that see children and community working together.

All are looking forward to the start of the Grandfriends program in the new year. It involves cross-generational sharing between children and older-aged volunteers who visit one to two classrooms to share their knowledge of knitting, painting or other crafts. Through these interactions, the younger and older generations learn from one another and begin to understand and respect one another.

A recent project involved students painting decorations for the festive tree at the Madoc Kiwanis Centre. Earlier this year students painted wooden fish for the school Stream of Dreams.

Madoc Public School is proud to have many partnerships with the municipality and community organizations!

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

Holiday shopping? Check out a unique sale at Moira SS

For the past seven years Moira Secondary School students have hosted the annual Ten Thousand Villages Sale and this year is no different! Moira students are proud to support fair trade practices. An added bonus this year is a variety show event, Avenue M, presented by Arts students.

Dates and times:
Friday, November 27, 2009 from 2:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 29, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Moira Secondary School, Farley Avenue, Belleville

Fabulous goods from around the world will be on sale. Purchasers can feel good knowing that the global artisans are fairly compensated for their creativity and hard work through the Ten Thousand Villages organization. All proceeds go to supporting people in developing countries.

While at the Ten Thousand Villages sale, why not drop by Avenue M, a yearly variety show hosted by Moira’s Arts department? The efforts and abilities of Moira’s performers and artists will lift your spirit as we approach the holiday season!

For more information, please contact Moira Secondary School at 613.962.8668.

‘Hockey Night in Trenton’ at V.P. Carswell Elementary School

It was ‘Hockey Night in Trenton’ when V.P. Carswell Elementary School students and staff hosted a literacy night for the school community. It was based on the book The Hockey Tree by David Ward. Special guests were hockey players from the Trenton Golden Hawks who read with children, demonstrated hockey skills and autographed pucks. In preparation for the event, students made their own personal trading cards to share with their parents. It was a fitting way to illustrate their understanding of non-fiction writing.

Prince Charles and Susanna Moodie students to perform at community event

Elementary school children from Prince Charles School (Belleville) and Susanna Moodie Elementary School are proud to participate in a community celebration. The Imagine the Night event is a fundraiser for United Way of Quinte. Student involvement in this event is a demonstration caring and cooperation, which are district Growing with Character traits. Prince Charles students will participate in the parade. Susanna Moodie choir students will perform through song.

Date/time: 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 28, 2009
Centennial Secondary School
: $5, available by calling 613.969.7277 or emailing [email protected]

Event features

  • Imagine The Night Parade with participation from Prince Charles School students
  • Susanna Moodie Elementary school Children’s Choir
  • Where are you Christmas, sung by Kiera Brant
  • A Corker of a Christmas comedy presented by the cast of Quinte Stage Productions, including a special vocal presentation Grown up Christmas List sung by Tasha Mullins
  • Excerpt from Kristmas Kats, the Jellico Kats Song and Dance presented by the dance troupe from Quinte Stage Productions
  • Memories, from Kats, special appearances by Kidz Upstage from QLC – Bridging the Gap Trenton
  • Susanna Moodie Children’s Choir
  • Narnia The Battle, and The Coronation, presented by Kidz Upstage from QLC – Bridging the Gap Belleville
  • The Little Match Girl, performance by students of Angela Maracle School of Dance, Front Street, Belleville
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Media advisory: Youth Forum inspires action

Students eager to commit to make changes to enhance their communities – and beyond

Secondary school students in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are preparing to be inspired at a dynamic event on Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

The Student Senate will be hosting the annual Youth Forum, which features a roster of student speakers, teachers and school administrators, plus two special guest speakers. The theme this year is to motivate participants to make the changes they want to see in themselves, in their schools, in their communities and around the globe.

Student presentations will feature four themes: personal change, school change, community change and global change.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Place: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario
Break-out sessions: Student-hosted presentations by the following secondary school students: Nikita Babailov, Molly Short, Emily Tetzlaff, Adam Paul, Tess Reid, Madison Ford, Resi Walt and Gabe Platt
Guest speakers: John Draper and Lisa Glithero (see immediately below for descriptions)

Motivational speaker, human rights activist and journalist John Draper is a well-known advocate for accessibility and inclusion. He has received a number of awards for his work, including the Glen Crombie Memorial Award from the Ontario College Committee on Disability Issues. His Together We Rock presentation, which has already inspired over 10,000 people, will explore strategies and ideas designed to promote greater accessibility in schools, businesses and the community at large.

Keynote speaker and environmental educator Lisa Glithero has travelled the globe to educate people about the need for environmental action and sustainability. In 2006 she was one of 24 international recipients of the Women of the Earth Award for her dedication to environmental education. In 2008 she was named one of Chatelaine’s “Amazing Canadian Women to Watch.” Her speech, Inspiring a New Generation, was created around Gandhi’s famous line, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The Youth Forum is sponsored by Ameresco Canada, the district’s longtime partner in the Better Schools™ school-renewal and energy-management program. The comprehensive endeavour has upgraded school infrastructure, trimming operating costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while improving the learning and working environments and enhancing academic success. A key part of this program is the Better Schools-funded environmental curriculum, EarthCARE™, An Environmental Education Partnership (EC). EC will be used as the starting point for a number of student initiatives to be launched following the Youth Forum.

For more event details and information about this event, please contact:

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

Marie Cresswell, Ameresco Canada Inc., 905.334.1167, or [email protected]

Event: An evening with David Bouchard, Métis author & educator

The district is hosting two evening presentations with David Bouchard, Métis author and educator. Through these presentations, Mr. Bouchard will share the most valuable gift we can give our youth: the gift of reading. In his inimitable style, he will also incorporate Aboriginal related issues, challenges and successes.

Two Dates and Locations to Choose From

Monday, November 23, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Centennial Secondary School
160 Palmer Road, Belleville
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
North Hastings High School
14 Monck Street, Bancroft
For more information
Jennifer Maracle, Aboriginal Education Coordinator, [email protected]
613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2101

This event is intended for adult audiences and is open to all school board employees, educators, parents/guardians and community members.

Academics and character recognized at Bayside Secondary School

Bayside Secondary School is proud of its students and recently celebrated their achievements. The school hosted the fall Bayside Recognition Awards and opened its doors to over 350 friends and family.

In the spotlight were students who achieved the top mark  in each course, the top five highest averages in each grade, as well as students who were recognized for Bayside Pride Awards. Students were welcomed and commended by Kathy Soule, Director of Education, for their hard work and demonstrated character. They also enjoyed the presentation of certificates and medals followed by a reception that celebrated student success and achievement.

The first annual Bayside Pride Awards were presented to students who demonstrated the district Growing with Character traits: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. These awards are designed to recognize students who make contributions to the school community that go above and beyond the daily expectations of school life. Ten students received Bayside Pride Awards through nominations by staff for demonstrating a combination of the eight traits.

Congratulations to Bayside Pride Award recipients:

  • Brandon Bachellier
  • Margaret Balsdon
  • Alex Gilbeau
  • Michael Kelly
  • Kaitlynn Mc Rae
  • Danielle Myhill
  • Emily Nitschke
  • Stephan Shier
  • Sarah Sly
  • Jordan Wells

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


Board Meeting Update #53

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 16, 2009 at the Education Centre.


Kellogg’s donates $15,000 to school board learning foundation

Food for Learning student nutrition programs received a welcome $15,000 donation from Kellogg’s.

Representatives from Kellogg’s in Belleville presented the cheque at Prince of Wales Public School, site of a Food for Learning (FFL) nutrition program. An internal review committee of Kellogg’s employees prioritized all donation requests and selected FFL as a recipient again this year.

The visit to Prince of Wales Public School showed Kellogg’s staff how their donation will be used. Representatives toured the school prior to making the presentation.

Food for Learning programs can be either a breakfast, snack or lunch program, offered during the school day to provide food to students who arrive at school without the adequate nutrition required to sustain them through the school day. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has provided nutrition guidelines for student nutrition programs throughout Ontario, which ensures that the food students receive is healthy and will have a positive impact on their ability to learn.

Presently 154 student nutrition programs are in place throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties. This year alone, it is estimated that Food for Learning programs will provide approximately 630,000 meals and snacks to over 10,000 students.

As a program of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, Food for Learning is a community partnership that is committed to enhancing classroom learning by supporting school nutrition programs. Food for Learning strives to ensure that all children in Hastings & Prince Edward counties are attending school well nourished and ready to learn.

For more information please contact:
Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation
(613) 966-1170, ext. 2205


Character, accomplishments and athletics celebrated at Trenton High School

Recognizing student achievement is a tradition at Trenton High School. Recently the Fall Academic Recognition and Tiger Way Awards Evening was celebrated as one of the school’s premier events. Over 350 attendants gathered to honour and celebrate Tiger Excellence in academics as well as outstanding character. Over 100 students were recognized for achieving the top marks in courses from Grades 9 through 11. As well, the school honoured students achieving a position on the Honour Roll in Grades 9 through 11. Honour Roll represents an outstanding accomplishment of achieving an 80% or higher average over two semesters. The evening concluded with the prestigious Tiger Way Awards being presented to eight Tigers who were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating outstanding character as outlined in the Tiger Way and the district Growing With Character traits. This year, Trenton High School is proud to present those awards to Rebecca Belliveau, Troy Broe, Ashley Davy, Joshua Edwards, Paige Jackman, Ben Potts, Raven Roe, and Amy Sadler. Congratulations are also in order for the Trenton High Tigers football team that won this year’s Bay of Quinte title. It is the first time since 1974 that the team won this honour! The entire team showed true Tiger spirit and athleticism and all are proud of them! Special thanks to coaching staff Dunc Armstrong, Jeff McDougall, Roger Ramsay and community coach Mr. Draker.

The spirit of giving is strong at HPEDSB

On a regular basis, school communities and administrative offices demonstrate their caring and compassion for others through numerous fundraising activities. This year is no different! Congratulations to students, parents/guardians and staff for their continual support for local charities.

Contributions to United Way of Quinte

  • Activities for United Way have included food drives, bike-a-thons, pajama day, chew gum in class day, hat day, silent auctions and Chili Fest, just to name a few.
  • United Way of Quinte is a volunteer led non-profit organization that works in partnership with community agencies and organizations to develop innovative and collaborative social services, health, and community programs.

Contributions to The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation

  • Activities for The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation have included donations of knitted hats, scarves and mittens, volunteers who prepare meals for children and caring citizens who donate funds.
  • “An alarming number of students do not have access to proper nutrition and other basic necessities at home, something that many of us take for granted. The Learning Foundation is able to assist local schools with providing nutritious meals to those students who need them. An emergency fund has been created to provide necessities to students in need.” – Tony Guerrera, Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.


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






Making progress to reduce carbon footprints one step at a time

Year-end report indicates $208,200 in annual electricity savings for 2008-2009 school year

Respecting the environment is a major focus at all Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools and offices. The district is proud to partner with EarthCARE, an action-oriented, curriculum-aligned program focusing on energy conservation, waste reduction and water conservation. It is the delivery strategies that make the program distinct and ensure its success in energy reduction and environmental action.

Involvement of students, school staff and senior staff is facilitated through a partnership model that focuses efforts and generates returns. Students drive the initiatives, their ideas and enthusiasm are embraced. Teachers and support staff from each school take on the responsibility as EarthCARE team leaders. Building operators are trained to operate their buildings more efficiently and are active, important members of each school’s EarthCARE team. Support is provided to manage the project implementation and provide the training. The return on the investment is as much as three times the cost and these gains can be shared with the participating schools for their use.

Read about district environmental successes in the 2008-2009 EarthCARE Year-End Report. Highlights include the following:

  • Hosting EarthStock and Voltathon events at Moira Secondary School.
  • Campaigning to encourage students to walk to school to save fossil emissions at Park Dale School.
  • Creating a Stream of Dreams at Queen Victoria School to enhance community awareness of cleaner rivers, streams, and creeks.
  • Adding 3,252 One Million Acts of Green by Quinte Secondary School students to the growing international list of accomplishments.
  • Presenting at the Ministry of Education Environmental Education in Ontario – Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow conference in Toronto.

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

Trenton High wins North American football contest

State Farm Insurance has awarded Trenton High School $2,500 as the winning entry State Farm’s National "Friday Night Feats" contest.

The video earning the first place prize highlighted a 15-yard touchdown run by student Dylan Dufour in a September 17, 2009 football game against the Pinecrest Panthers. The overpowering run occurred with only 40 seconds remaining in the game with the Tigers trailing 14-11.The Tigers won the season-opening game 18-14.

The contest, which is open across the nation from Sept. 18 until Nov. 29, asked fans to submit videos of their favorite high school plays from the 2009 football season to the YouTube™ site www.youtube.com/fridaynightfeats.The clips could be viewed and favorites voted on at the site.There were more than 20,000 views of the submitted plays in the past four weeks and 111 entries.

Coach Duncan Armstrong submitted the winning entry for Trenton High School.

"Our intent was to provide a national contest to find bold moves and best plays from this year’s high school football season,” said Dan Brooks, Vice President–Agency for State Farm. “State Farm has a long tradition of supporting high school sports and education programs, and we were very pleased with the response to this effort to emphasize one of the positive aspects of youth activities and high school programs.”

Local State Farm agent and THS alumnus, Peter Webb, applauded THS on competing successfully with schools of all sizes across the nation.

The video was produced by students in Armstrong’s Digital Photography class. Mollie Conrad, Patience Lair, Leah Chudzik and Nicole Norman were responsible for the production of the prize winning entry.

The contest continues for a second round and Armstrong and crew are in the process of producing another entry which they hope will result in another win.


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



Bayside SS students help battle hunger

Students at Bayside Secondary School say they’re hoping Bayside area residents will help ‘shell out’ this Halloween to help battle hunger.

What: Halloween for Hunger Campaign
When: Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bayside community
Who: Bayside Secondary School students

The Halloween for Hunger Campaign will hit the streets Saturday, October 31, 2009 in the area surrounding the high school. The Grade 11 leadership class has organized this event and students will be going door-to-door Halloween night to collect food for families throughout the Quinte area. It is the first time Bayside has participated in the campaign.

From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., student volunteers will go door-to-door to collect non-perishable food items for Gleaners Food Bank. Students will have identification to show they are participating in the event.

Families throughout the school community will receive a flyer with more information about the event a week before Halloween.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Young at 613-966-2922 or e-mail at [email protected]

Kudos to Bayside Secondary School students! A team of 60 students collected 1,833 non-perishable food items weighing 1,300 kg for Gleaners Food Bank, Stirling Community Cupboard and Trenton Food Bank.

Education is the focus of Model United Nations event

Educating secondary school students about world issues and giving them an opportunity to voice their opinions are at the heart of the 13th Annual Quinte Model United Nations (UN) Conference. The Quinte Model UN is a simulation of a real UN debate.

For the Quinte Model UN event, student delegates are assigned the role of a representative from an international state (country) and are required to research the state position, both on the specific topics that will be discussed and as a general overview of that state’s policies. At the conference, each delegate will role play to debate issues on the agenda for discussion, draft and discuss resolutions, caucus with other delegates, and work to solve problems facing the world.

The topic for this year’s event is education. Student delegates will come prepared to debate the following worldwide education issues as outlined in the preparation booklet: For many of the wealthier, developed countries in the world, education issues often centre around preparing children and adults for a changing workplace and a changing world. For many of the poorest of the developing countries, raising literacy rates, making school accessible to all and reduction of school fees are dominant issues and concerns. Reforms and changes in education thus are truly global and are critical to the success in tackling many of the other big global issues.

Students from all eight Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board secondary schools are participating, as well as representatives from Albert College, Nicholson Catholic College and Quinte Christian School.

Dates: Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30, 2009
Location: Moira Secondary School, Farley Avenue, Belleville
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day

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

Board Meeting Update #52

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 26, 2009 at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.


October Board meeting at Prince Edward CI

The October public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be held at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute rather than at the Education Centre.

Date: Monday, October 26, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton, Ontario


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

“Underground Railroad” blues concert, Tues., Oct. 27, 2009

Internationally acclaimed recording artists Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley bring the proud history of the underground railroad and early Canadian black settlers to life through blues performances. They will be in Belleville for three daytime performances at elementary schools and will also perform an evening concert for the public. The show includes a tribute Dr. Alexander Milton Ross, a daring underground railroad worker from Belleville.

Daytime performances are scheduled for Frankford Public School, Harmony Public School and Harry J. Clarke Public School on October 27 and 28, 2009. Children respond well to learning history through music. Songs tell the story in an interesting way and keep it moving along. The performances also introduce many to different musical instruments.

Public Underground Railroad concert
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
Tickets: Adults $15, students, teachers and seniors $10. Children 12 and under are free. Buy 10 tickets, get one free. Online orders at www.loyalblues.ca

Proceeds from this concert will be used to support blues events in schools.


Community celebration welcomes international students

Welcoming international students to Belleville and area is a priority of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. To celebrate diversity and culture, a second annual community event will take place this evening at Loyalist College. International students and their homestay families are invited.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Location: Loyalist College, Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville

Time: 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:00 p.m. program begins

This celebration, planned by the school board Equity & Diversity Committee and partner community agencies, is to welcome international students to the community. It is also recognition of how the Quinte Region is becoming a global community through the presence of international youth.

Partners include the following:

  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  • Loyalist College
  • Intercultural/Interfaith Action Committee of the United Church of Canada
  • United Nations Association in Canada – Quinte Branch


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

Trillium Foundation awards grant to Arts program

Young Imaginations has received funding to bring The Canada Project,  an intense Arts/History/Social Studies experience, to selected classes in seven district schools this year. Leona Dombrosky, M.P.P Prince Edward-Hastings, Leo Finnigan, Prince Edward County Mayor and Kay Manderville from the Trillium Foundation recently celebrated the presentation of $26,800 to Evva Massey-Henry, Managing Director of Young Imaginations for this project. Arts Co-ordinator, Susan Davies has worked with Evva on many drama projects over the past nine years in elementary schools and is thrilled that this exciting and creative experience will become available to  teachers and their classes.

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

Board Meeting Update #51

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 28, 2009 at the Education Centre.

Bayside PS students/staff demonstrate caring for others

Students and staff at Bayside Public School know how to care for others! They recently held events to raise money for cancer and donate hair for wigs.

On Monday, September 14, 2009, 16 people shed their locks for Angel Hair for Kids. “Angel Hair for Kids” is an organization that makes wigs for children, age 19 and under, who have lost their hair due to cancer or other diseases. According to the organization’s website, it is estimated that at least 10,000 children will lose their hair this year because of illnesses.

After the hair cutting, the school community watched a short presentation about Terry Fox to help motivate students to bring in coins for the school’s annual Terry Fox Foundation fundraiser. Over the past four years, Bayside Public School has raised over $8,800! During the week they collected pennies one day, nickels next, dimes next, then quarters and loonies and toonies. All were hoping to break last year’s record of $1,203.

To further show support for cancer patients, students, staff and parents/guardians and family friends volunteered to have a pink hair extension added to their hair.

Besides being a fun week of fundraising, these events demonstrated the Bayside Public School commitment to caring for others!

EQAO scores improve in some areas, slip in others

Board stays the course, believes in students’ ability to achieve

EQAO scores in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board improved in Junior (Grade 6) reading and math, with writing remaining stable. Grade 9 Applied level math scores increased by 8%, with stable Academic level scores. Results for Primary (Grade 3) writing increased, while reading and math decreased. The assessments were written in the winter (Grade 9) and spring (Grade 3 and 6) of 2009.

“We will continue our intense focus on improving literacy and numeracy skills,” says Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “However, we know that it takes time to improve student performance. We’re not interested in short-term gain—our goal is to truly transform the literacy and numeracy achievement of our students, and it goes beyond EQAO scores.”

Overall, this is how Grade 3 students scored for Levels 3 and 4:

(last year)

Overall, this is how Grade 6 students scored for Levels 3 and 4:

(last year)

Overall, this is how Grade 9 students scored for Levels 3 and 4:

(last year)
Applied Math
Academic Math


  • Grade 3 and 6 scores are mixed. In Grade 3 reading there was a 4% decrease as compared to no change in provincial results. Grade 3 writing showed a 2% increase, mirroring the province. There was also a 2% decrease in Grade 3 math as compared to a 2% provincial increase.
  • There are concerns about the lack of progress in Grade 3 reading. Intensive supports have been in place in recent years and will continue for this school year. Even so, it is important for parents/guardians and the public to understand that improving achievement levels takes time.
  • Grade 6 reading showed a 5% increase, surpassing the provincial growth. It is important to note that Grade 6 cohort, meaning that the students who wrote EQAO in May 2009 were the same students who were in Grade 3 in 2005-2006, demonstrated an 8% increase in reading. Grade 6 writing remained the same as last year, mirroring the province. Grade 6 math indicated a 3% increase as compared to a 2% provincial increase.
  • Grade 9 math results continue to indicate gains. At the Applied Level, results increased by 8%, outperforming the province by 11%. Academic Level results remained unchanged at 76%. The five-year trend for Grade 9 math showed significant increases in the Applied stream where the percentage of students achieving the provincial standard went from 37% in 2004-2005 to 49% in 2008-2009.

“We’re not going to be deterred. We know we’re on the right track and we’re going to stay the course,” remarks Carl Pitman, Chair of the Board. “We believe in our students and their ability to achieve.”

Next steps
Board officials have tools in place to conduct deep analysis of student assessments. The data provides information—information which is then turned into knowledge. That knowledge defines the strategies that will best meet each student’s needs to ensure that they learn and achieve their full potential.

Three focus areas for the 2009-2010 school year include the following:

  1. READING – Students will independently use higher-order thinking skills to improve reading comprehension.
  2. WRITING — Enhance learning and performance for non-fiction writing, such as writing letters, reports, menus and age-appropriate technical procedures (i.e. how to build a snowman for Primary students) for an intended purpose and audience.
  3. MATH – Students will independently solve problems using a variety of strategies in number sense and numeration.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,200 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.

Information about Education Quality and Accountability Office


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




Bayside SS students show support for Canadian troops

Bayside Secondary School students are tops when it comes to showing they care. On Friday, September 11, 2009, students organized a school-wide event to show support for Canadian troops.

Students made red ribbons for the school community to wear in support of wearing red on Fridays. They also wrote and read announcements to raise awareness and describe the significance of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

This student-led activity is a wonderful demonstration of the Bayside Secondary School commitment to Growing with Character!


Last updated: February 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm
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