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How HWDSB Handles Inclement Weather

Friday, December 01, 2017

As winter approaches, we want to remind all HWDSB families about how we make the decision to cancel school and board operations. This is often a difficult call to make, and is made with the safety and security of our students and staff in mind.

Ancaster High / Dundas Valley Secondary School Boundary Review

Monday, November 27, 2017

At the October 30, 2017, Board meeting, Trustees approved starting a boundary review to align the secondary school boundaries with the already approved elementary boundaries for the 2018/2019 school year.

A Public Meeting is being held for Ancaster High, Dundas Valley Secondary School and associated elementary schools whose students are in English classes, on:

Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Dundas Valley Secondary School
310 Governor’s Road, Dundas

HWDSB Marks Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

To mark Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, HWDSB is working to make schools safer with its new bullying resource and continuing support for the board-wide use of the innovative anti-bullying TipOff service.

French Immersion Applications Ends Soon

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) French Immersion registration ends on Thursday, November 30, 2017, for parents looking to enrol their child in Grade 1.

HWDSB has introduced a new system-wide application process for entry into French Immersion, which starts in Grade 1. The application is available to all students within Hamilton and offers a guaranteed placement in the program, but not necessarily at their French Immersion in-catchment school.

Beverly Central spirit wear!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Order forms have been sent home for Beverly Central spirit wear. You can also make orders online using the school cash online service . Online orders are due by November 24th and orders made using the paper order form are due by December 1st. Orders will be available on time for the holidays! 😁There … Read more about Beverly Central spirit wear!

Community and Continuing Education Open House November 22

Monday, November 13, 2017

Community and Continuing Education has moved and is now open at the new HILL PARK LEARNING CENTRE, located at 465 East 16th Street (formerly Hill Park Secondary School).

The open house is taking place on 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017,
6 to 8 p.m. 

Water Testing for Lead Results

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers

Recently, our school underwent water testing for lead, in accordance with the provincial regulations (O.Reg 243/07). As a result of this testing, concerns were identified within the school. Preventative actions have been taken, which includes temporarily removing the drinking water fixture from service.

Please read the attached Water Testing for Lead and FAQ’s for more information. 

HWDSB Seeks Feedback on its Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy

Monday, November 06, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is gathering public feedback on the Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy.

The Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy shows HWDSB’s commitment to protecting its assets and maintaining public trust through a system of internal controls designed to prevent, detect, investigate, and report instances of fraud.

To view the Draft Fraud Prevention and Management Policy and to provide comments, please visit HWDSB’s website at 

Letter to clarify media report

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Please see the letter below to clarify a recent media report.

Changes to Kindergarten Communication of Learning

Friday, October 06, 2017

At HWDSB, we know that parent engagement fosters student success. We want to be as clear as possible about changes to how schools report on learning in Kindergarten.

In the past at HWDSB, family members could attend “observation visits” in Kindergarten. For the 2017-18 school year, we will be using the new, written Kindergarten report provided by the Ministry of Education.

Dental screening at Beverly Central

Thursday, October 05, 2017
Learn more about Dental screening at Beverly Central

Senior Kindergarten Families are invited to learn more about French Immersion

Monday, October 02, 2017

Because every student is unique in their learning, HWDSB staff strive to provide programs that help all students reach their full potential. French Immersion is one such program.
The program is open to all students in Hamilton-Wentworth starting in Grade 1.
Visit one of our Information Sessions to learn more

Terry Fox run postponed until Thursday

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Due to the extreme heat, the Terry Fun run has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 28th at 2pm.

School Council Members invited to School Council Start-up 2017-18

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Members of School Councils and school administrators across HWDSB are invited to attend the orientation session, School Council Start-up 2017-18.

There are two dates – Oct. 19 and 26 – so please choose the one that fits your schedule.

New Beverly Central School – Construction Update

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,As you know, in June 2014, HWDSB Trustees approved the closure of Beverly Central and Dr. John Seaton and the construction of a new school on the Beverly Community Centre site. This was done to ensure efficient use of space and … Read more about New Beverly Central School – Construction Update

2056 ways to inspire conference

Monday, September 25, 2017

Information for the 2056 ways to inspire has been released and is below. You can register here .

Time change for parent council meeting

Thursday, September 21, 2017

There has been a change in the start time for tonights parent council meeting. The meeting will start at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there. 😊

HWDSB Shows Improvement Towards Achievement

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the 2016-17 assessment results in the areas of Primary and Junior Reading, Writing and Mathematics, as well as the results of the Grade 9 Mathematics assessment and the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

Welcome newsletter from Mrs. McVittie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Help Shape French Instruction at HWDSB

Friday, September 08, 2017

HWDSB’s French as a Second Language (FASL) Advisory Committee is seeking members to advise Trustees on elementary and secondary French programming as well as Ministry of Education and community learning supports. Applications are due by Monday, September 25, 2017.

Photo Day @ Beverly September 29, 2017 😄

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Picture day has been scheduled for Friday, September 29. We look forward to seeing all of those lovely smiles! 😄

Welcome from HWDSB’s Student Trustees

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

HWDSB’s new Student Trustees Ruby Hye and Morghen Jael would love to share the following letter and video with our school communities, encouraging everyone to make student voice a priority in the year ahead.

Welcome back!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Hi all,My name is Paul Clemens, and I am looking forward to being the new Principal at Dr. Seaton and Beverly Central Schools this year. I come to you with a lot of experience having served as a teacher, Vice Principal and Principal in both … Read more about Welcome back!

Board of Trustees Approve Boundary Changes

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

On Monday, June 19, 2017, Trustees reviewed the recommended boundaries based on the feedback received from the Advisory Panel and the Boundary Review public meeting and approved boundary changes that may affect your child.

Boundary Review Announcement

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

At the May 29, 2017, Board meeting, Trustees approved a recommendation for the Ancaster Accommodation Review to rebuild C.H. Bray and Rousseau Elementary Schools on their existing sites, build an addition at Ancaster Senior Elementary School and close Fessenden and Queen’s Rangers Elementary Schools once the new schools and the addition are constructed.

This approval also requires a boundary review to determine the boundaries of the new schools at the Beverly Community Centre site and C.H. Bray. The schools involved in the boundary review include the new school at Greensville (Greensville and Spencer Valley), the new school at Beverly Community Centre Site (Beverly Central and Dr. John Seaton), Queen’s Rangers, C.H. Bray and Sir William Osler.

HWDSB 2017-18 Elementary School Year Calendar Approved

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has received approval from the Ministry of Education on its 2017-2018 elementary school year calendar.

Bomb Threat Awareness

Friday, April 28, 2017

At HWDSB, we believe all students and staff have the right to learn and work in a safe environment. To do that, it is important that everyone is aware of our Safe Schools policy and procedures to help reduce the risk of harm to students, staff, visitors and facility users in the event of a violent or serious incident.

Helmet safety tips for the Spring!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring time means outdoor time for using tricycles, bicycles, skateboards, scooters and in-line skates

Turkey Skate Potos Available

Thursday, April 06, 2017

It was another great year for the Beverly Central Turkey Skate celebration. Being the 40th year anniversary of this special tradition made the day even sweeter!A big thanks to Sue McMaster for all of her hard work in organizing this special day. Photos of our … Read more about Turkey Skate Potos Available

Hamilton Tax Help

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

New programs like the Canada Child Benefit may mean hundreds of dollars a month in additional income for families in Hamilton. But to receive these benefits, families must file taxes every year Hamilton Tax Help is offering free income tax clinics if your income level is below: Single … Read more about Hamilton Tax Help

Prevent mumps: ensure your vaccines are up to date

Friday, March 31, 2017

Due to increased mumps activity in Hamilton and Ontario, City of Hamilton Public Health reminds parents of children attending school to ensure their child’s vaccine records are up to date.

Water Issues at Beverly Central

Monday, March 27, 2017

Today, we had a problem with the water supply at Beverly Central. The water pumps were not working, and the school had no water.

Once we became aware that the repairs were going to take the better part of the day, we made a decision for health and safety reasons to have a controlled evacuation and move all the students from Beverly Central to Dr. Seaton Elementary School.

Please read the following letter for more information.

HWDSB and PIC are celebrating school volunteers

Monday, March 27, 2017

HWDSB and its Parent Involvement Committee invite all school volunteers to attend an open house celebration of those who give their time and energy so that students succeed.

Profiling Volunteer Excellence 2017 will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6 to 8 p.m. Please register before noon on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Find complete details in the Profiling Volunteer Excellence 2017 – Invitation.

Letter to School Communities

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dear Beverly Central and Dr. John Seaton school communities,Last night, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board accepted the February 8, 2017, Finance and Facilities report. The report recommended that Beverley Central and Dr. John Seaton remain open until the new school is built on the Beverly Community … Read more about Letter to School Communities

Site and Floor Plan for new Elementary School

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Please view the latest site and floor plans for the new elementary school.

Letter to School Communities

Friday, February 10, 2017

Once again, thank you for taking part in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s (HWDSB) consultation on a proposal to temporarily accommodate Beverly Central and Dr. John Seaton students at Dr. John Seaton Elementary School.

Director’s Letter to Families and Tip Sheet re: Quebec City

Monday, January 30, 2017

The news of the deadly attack on a mosque in Ste-Foy, Quebec is leaving many of us at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board saddened and disturbed. As a country, we mourn the tragic loss of life and condemn this deplorable terrorist attack that targeted Muslims, our fellow Canadians, in a peaceful place of worship.

Follow Up Meeting: Proposed Beverly Central and Dr. Seaton Temporary Accommodation

Friday, January 27, 2017

Families are invited to attend a follow-up meeting to respond to community input on the temporary accommodation proposal involving Beverly Central and Dr. J. Seaton.Please see the details below:Meeting to Respond to Community InputWednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 7 p.m.Beverly Central Elementary School(1346 4th Concession … Read more about Follow Up Meeting: Proposed Beverly Central and Dr. Seaton Temporary Accommodation

Remember to report your child’s vaccines to Public Health

Monday, January 23, 2017

This is a reminder for parents and guardians to review their child’s vaccines with their doctor.