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Last updated on Thursday, December 03, 2015.

Bell Times

8:40 AM - 3:00 PM

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Principal

Holly Shanlin - 905.627.3521 | Email Holly Shanlin

Superintendent

Michael Prendergast - 905.527.5092 x 2626 | E-mail Michael Prendergast

Trustee

Greg Van Geffen - 289.339.6328 | E-mail Greg Van Geffen

School Council Chair

Michelle Chin

Administrative Office Staff

  • Sharon Ryckman
  • Laurene Glenn .5

Our School

Dundas Central is a 150+ year old building that has been renovated to support our increase in student population, which currently stands at 485 students from JK to Grade 8. Our school operates a Balanced Day program, with two nutrition breaks dividing the day into three distinct parts.

 A large gymnasium and library have been added in the last 50 years. The older part of the building is protected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. The tin ceilings in the upper hall classrooms are a wonderful example of the architectural features of the school. Much of the once-paved playground has been converted to a grassed area, more suited to the school’s heritage.

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

  • Adult volunteers
  • Book Fairs
  • Big Brothers and Sisters Mentoring Program
  • Parkside Co-op Programs and Volunteer Hours support
  • Brock University Internship for Associate Teachers
  • HWDSB Math Facilitators
  • Varsity Players to Complement Coaching of Sports

Program Highlights

  • Implementation of the Prime Math Program in P/J
  • Balanced Day
  • Supporting the Arts in Education (Music, Phys Ed., Drama, Visual Arts)
  • Equity Initiatives – equal access to day trips through Home and School Funding, ESL teacher support, reading materials
  • DPA (Daily Physical Activity)
  • Active Social Skills/Character Education Programs
  • Primary/Junior Intermediate Learning Resource Program
  • Grade 3 Boys Reading Club

Clubs

  • Junior and intermediate Student Councils
  • Yearbook
  • Computer Club
  • Chess Club
  • Junior and intermediate School Play
  • Intermediate Band
  • Choir
  • Library
  • Silver Birch, Red Maple, Blue Spruce Reading Programs
  • Concours Oratoire
  • Intramurals

Before/After School Program or Activities

  • Umbrella Family and Child Centres of Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field
  • Indoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Silver Birch, Blue Spruce and Red Maple programs for literacy
  • Trips; camping; Quebec City; skiing at St. Donat
  • Science Centre
  • Wildwater Works
  • Band/Choir
  • Play and Dance practices
  • Grade Six Writing Club

Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

  • Improve the percentage of students scoring at levels 3 and 4 on EQAO reading assessments by 2% annually from Gr. 3 to Gr. 6
  • Improve the percentage of students scoring at levels 3 and 4 on EQAO mathematics assessments by 2% annually from Gr. 3 to Gr. 6

This will be achieved by:

  • Building staff capacity to collect and analyze data, and provide direction to improve efforts and ensure success.
  • Supporting the development of professional learning teams focused on literacy and numeracy improvement.
  • Literacy blocks of 120 minutes a day in Primary and 80 minutes a day in Junior
  • Employing a Literacy Facilitator in Primary/Junior
  • Using DRA twice yearly to measure student growth
  • Using Math Makes Sense textbooks
  • Utilizing manipulatives
  • Employing the CASI Reading Program for grades 3-8

Environment Focus

  • Lockdown Procedure in place.
  • Three reward programs (“Cool Cougars” for JK to Grade 5,“Cougar Challenge” for middle school, and WINITS for Intermediates). These programs are designed to encourage the development of social skills.
  • Social Skills assemblies and celebrations. There is a monthly focus on topics drawn from Choices into Action and Character Education.
  • Roots of Empathy program for Grade 3 students, delivered through HWDSB staff.
  • Involving more new parents in volunteer and activity days.
  • Support Home and School initiatives; identify school needs with School Council
  • Extracurricular activities and programs for students

Parent & Community Involvement

Community

  • Community volunteers used extensively in classrooms.
  • Parental support is strong at assemblies, games, special events.
  • Community Partnerships with the Hamilton Wentworth including Community Policing Office, The Rotary Club and numerous charities, such as Terry Fox and the Cancer Society.
  • Our timetable respects the community’s interest in the Arts, providing 2 hours of physical activity weekly, music that incorporates vocal, Orff programming and instruments, art and drama.
  • Veteran visit and talks for Remembrance Day

 

  • An active and involved School Council that establishes yearly goals
  • Parent volunteers in the office and classrooms.
  • Ongoing communication through the use of the agenda
  • Input into the review of the Discipline Code
  • Input for school on an ad hoc basis
  • Linking with Home and School for school priorities as outlined in the School plan
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