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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.


Have Questions or Concerns About Your School or Grad Pictures?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

For any questions regarding school photos, grad photos, or student ID cards please contact Edge Imaging directly. Our school contact for Edge Imaging is Michelle Moses. Her email address is: mmoses@edgeimaging.ca The website is: edgeimaging.ca The phone number is: 866-707-3343


HWDSB Skills Powered by Women – Girls and Guardians Dinner Registration Still Open

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

HWDSB is holding a Women in Trades Dinner for young women in Grades 11 and 12 and their parents, guardians or caregivers on Thursday, November 30.

This is an opportunity to hear directly from women in industry about how Skilled Trades are viable career paths.

View the Girls and Guardians Flyer for more information. If interested, please register at http://bit.ly/2lUW5c1 


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


Letter to Families re: Suspicious Package

Friday, November 24, 2017

As you may know, on the night of Thursday, Nov. 23 a suspicious package was found outside the doors of Dundas Valley Secondary School.


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.


Gr. 7 & 8 Information Night – November 22nd 6 – 8 pm

Friday, November 17, 2017

Please see the attached flyers for important information about upcoming events to help you with your transition to Dundas Valley Secondary School. Hope to see you on November 22nd! DVSS School Flyer Dundas Valley Secondary School List of Web Information for Open House2017


IB Information Night

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Please come to an information session on December 6th if you are interested in participating in an IB program for Gr. 11 and 12. The information session is open to all Gr. 8, 9 and 10 students and parents/guardians. IB-InformationSession-Dec6-2017


HWDSB Land Acknowledgement and Significance of Wampum Belt

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board acknowledges our presence on ancestral Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Confederacy land as determined by the Dish with One Spoon treaty. The intent of this agreement is for all nations sharing this territory to do so responsibly, respectfully and sustainably in perpetuity. We … Read more about HWDSB Land Acknowledgement and Significance of Wampum Belt


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

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and CaregiversRecently, 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 … Read more about Water Testing for Lead


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 www.hwdsb.on.ca/feedback. 


Boundary Review Advisory Panel

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Please see the attached letter for information about upcoming meetings regarding boundary review for Ancaster and Dundas. 2017-Nov-2 Ancaster High & Dundas Valley_Parent Information Letter


French Immersion Boundary Review

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Please see the attached letter inviting parents to participate in a meeting regarding French Immersion boundary review. 2017-10-17 Boundary Review_ Parent Information Letter_updated


Parent Teacher Interviews – October 26th

Monday, October 16, 2017

We welcome parents to discuss their student’s progress so far this semester on October 26th. Please see the attached instructions to book appointments with your student’s teachers online.Hope to see you there! DVSS Parent Interview Parent Communication Fall 2017


Pathways Information Open House

Thursday, October 12, 2017

HWDSB will hold a Pathways Information Night to help families and students in grades 7 to 12 learn more about the variety of high school options available and plan their high school years.

Students in grades 9 to 12 can also meet partners who can help them earn Community Involvement Hours.

Wednesday, November  1 at LIUNA Station (360 James St. N.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and you can drop in anytime until 9 p.m. 


My Path My Way – November 1st

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Come to LIUNA Station on November 1st from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm to explore a whole host of options following high school. See the attached flyer for more information. Pathways-Flyer-Nov1-20172


Free Math Help for Gr. 9 & 10 Students

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Looking for math homework help? TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (with support from the Ontario government) runs a free program with one to one tutoring 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday. Students can also join their grades tutor room to see what questions … Read more about Free Math Help for Gr. 9 & 10 Students


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.


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).


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.


Empower Reading Program – Semester 1

Friday, September 08, 2017

Dundas Valley Secondary School will be offering the EmpowerTM Reading Program to students during semester 1 of the 2016-17 school year. The program is designed to support struggling readers with the skills necessary to become successful readers. Empower Reading was developed by researchers at the … Read more about Empower Reading Program – Semester 1


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.


Register for School Cash Online

Monday, September 04, 2017

For safety and efficiency reasons, HWDSB would like to reduce the amount of cash and checks received by our schools. Please join the thousands of parents who have already registered and are enjoying the convenience of paying online. It takes less than five minutes to … Read more about Register for School Cash Online


Welcome to Superintendent Prendergast

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Please join us in welcoming our Superintendent of Student Achievement, Mr. Michael Prendergast, to our school community. We welcome the opportunity to work with and learn with Mr. Prendergast as he supports our journey to live our school vision and to continually improve opportunities for … Read more about Welcome to Superintendent Prendergast


Welcome Back Gryphons

Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome to all new Gryphons and to our existing students and staff! Another great year will begin on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:25 am. Please see the attached letter for important details to help you get off to a fabulous start at DVSS!! STUDENTS Summer Letter 2017 FINAL


Gr. 9 SMART Day and Campus Tours – Wednesday, August 30th

Monday, August 28, 2017

GRADE 9 SMART START DAY AND CAMPUS TOURSDVSS is excited to offer a Smart Start program for all GRADE 9 STUDENTS on Wednesday, August 30th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Grade 9 students will have the opportunity to meet new peers and connect with … Read more about Gr. 9 SMART Day and Campus Tours – Wednesday, August 30th


Student Timetables for 2017-2018

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Timetables for the 2017-2018 school year can be picked up in the Main Office from Monday, August 28th to Friday, September 1st between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm daily.


Grads – Final Transcripts

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Final transcripts for graduating students will be available for pick up with your report cards July 10 – 14 in the Main Office from 8 am – 1 pm.


Final Report Cards

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Final report cards will be available for pick up in the Main Office July 10 – 14 from 8 am – 1 pm. Literacy test results for Gr. 10s will also be available.


Gr. 9 iPad Collection

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hey Gr. 9 Students:HWDSB iPads collection will begin on Wednesday, June 14th. All students must back up the HWDSB iPad in preparation for collection. Please ensure you bring the iPad, all pieces of the case, charging cube and cord for submission. All devices will be … Read more about Gr. 9 iPad Collection


Heat Events

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The City of Hamilton Public Health Department monitors weather forecasts closely and notifies the media and community partners of a heat event. A heat event occurs when the forecast calls for one or more days with a 40 or higher humidex reading. Once HWDSB has … Read more about Heat Events


Changes to Non-Credit Summer Programs for Students in Grades 7 to 10

Monday, May 29, 2017

Community and Continuing Education is pleased to offer a variety of Non-Credit Summer Programs for students in Grades 7 to 10.
Some of the programs have been cancelled, but for those that are still running, the deadline to register has been extended to midnight on Friday, June 9.
Visit the Non-Credit Summer Programs page to see what programs are being offered.


Exam Schedule – June 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grade 12 course Exams are scheduled to begin at DVSS on Friday June 16th at 12:00 noon and will run daily in the afternoons until Wednesday June 21st. Grade 12 Course Exams will follow a reverse order :Period 4, period 3, period 2, period 1. … Read more about Exam Schedule – June 2017


Positive School Climate Survey

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Your student will be invited to participate in an online survey to seek their feedback and voice to ensure HWDSB continues to support learning in safe and inclusive environments. Please find attached a letter outlining the purpose. Positive School Climate Letter to Parents May 2017


Graduation Tickets – Important Information

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Calling All Grads!Please see the important attached letter for information about tickets for the graduation ceremony. Can’t wait to see all of you earn your diplomas! Graduation Letter June 2017


HWDSB 2017-18 Secondary 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 secondary school year calendar. IMPORTANT DATES: First Day of Instruction Semester 1 Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Winter Holiday Break December 25, 2017, to January 5, 2018, inclusive Last Day of … Read more about HWDSB 2017-18 Secondary School Year Calendar Approved


Dundas Valley STAT team providing technical support

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Dundas Valley Secondary School is nurturing its very own Apple genius.


13 Reasons Why – Suggestions for Families

Monday, April 24, 2017

We want to make you aware of a book and Netflix series causing concern in the educational community. Netflix has released a new series, 13 Reasons Why, that may harm students who struggle with mental health challenges.


WATERPOLO: Waterdown makes history with championship victory over Westdale

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Waterdown Warriors edged the Westdale Warriors 3-2 to claim the school’s first ever senior girls water polo championship.


Volunteer Fair

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking for opportunities to volunteer and give back to our community? Check out a volunteer fair on April 25th and meet with a range of community members to find a way of giving back….and earning community involvement hours needed to earn your diploma. ML My Time to Give Student Flyer 2017


Calling All Parents – Raising Resilient Young People – April 25th 6 – 8 pm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Please join our School Council for an evening with Dr. Deanna Behnke-Cook as she shares strategies about building resiliency for our students.. Admission is FREE and all information is found in the poster. All parents/guardians are welcome! Hope to see you there! Dr D Poster


Focus on Youth – Summer Job Opportunities

Sunday, April 09, 2017

FOY-Poster-2017 Lookingfor something to do this summer maybe even your first job? Apply for a position with HWDSBs Focus on Youth program and you could be working with a day camp or as a caretaker! Visit HWDSBs website at www.hwdsb.on.ca/focusonyouth and submit your resume and application … Read more about Focus on Youth – Summer Job Opportunities


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.


Basketball season concludes with boys all-star game

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The 2016-17 basketball season came to a conclusion on Wednesday night as the Hamilton public school board showcased the top 48 junior and senior boys basketball players at its annual HWDSB All-Star game hosted by Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School.


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.


Parent-Teacher Interviews – March 30th 6 pm – 8 pm

Friday, March 10, 2017

The online booking system will be open to book appointments from March 20 – 29. See the attached document for instructions to book your appointments.Parent-Teacher Interviews are on March 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm. Hope to see you there! DVSS parentInterview Parent Communication Spring 2017


Bomb Threat Awareness

Monday, March 06, 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.


Volleyball: Waterdown, Dundas Valley outlast opponents to claim girls volleyball titles

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Waterdown Warriors and Dundas Valley Gryphons walked away as city champions on Wednesday claiming the senior and junior titles respectively at the 2016-17 Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board girls championship hosted at Waterdown District High School.


Graduation Portrait Retakes

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hey Gryphon Grads – did you miss you graduation portrait booking or need your pictures retaken? Edge Imaging Studio in Burlington will be open over March Break. Don’t hesitate to book your appointment now.Date: March 13 – 17, 2017Location:Edge Imaging Studio940 Gateway DriveBurlington, OntarioL7L 5K7Graduates … Read more about Graduation Portrait Retakes


Fire Alarm

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

At approximately 12:15 p.m. staff detected smoke in the boys washroom in the circle. As a precaution, the fire alarm was pulled and students evacuated to Sir William Osler elementary. Hamilton Fire Department responded. The hazardous materials team investigated and determined the building was safe … Read more about Fire Alarm


2017-2018 Student Trustee Elections

Monday, February 20, 2017

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Random Acts of Kindness Week – February 12th – 18th

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness Week was formally recognized in 1995. This annual seven-day celebration is an opportunity to unite through kindness, and demonstrates that kindness is contagious.Lets Turn the World Kind at HWDSB!It all starts with one act one smile, one coffee for a stranger, … Read more about Random Acts of Kindness Week – February 12th – 18th


Reminder to report your child’s vaccines to Public Health

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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


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.


Earn Certificates in Skills Employers Want

Monday, January 16, 2017

A great opportunity for students to earn certificates in skills employers value and want. Employment Hamilton is offering free workshops. Check out the flyer for more information! Employment Hamilton Certificates for Youth 2017


Parents as Partners Invitation

Monday, January 16, 2017

All parents are welcome to participate in an evening event to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Please see the attached flyer for more information. ParentsasPartners-Feb15-2017


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