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Holiday Lunch at Hess

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Students and staff enjoyed a wonderful hot lunch of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy this week. With the generous support of the Hamilton Spectator, and the culinary skills of the students from St. Charles Continuing Education Centre, the entire Hess St. School community … Read more about Holiday Lunch at Hess

Family Numeracy Night

Thursday, December 07, 2017

We were thrilled to see so many families come to participate in our family numeracy night! We had hoped to share a variety of ways for families to integrate mathematics into their everyday lives. Families came and enjoyed estimation games, logic puzzles, card games, coding … Read more about Family Numeracy Night

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.

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.

Grade 7 & 8 Information Nights Begin Next Week

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Secondary school is around the corner and we’re excited to tell you about some of the great things coming up. 

View the Grade 7 & 8 Information Night Flyer to see when your high school is hosting their information night.

Attending is a fantastic way to learn more about the transition to high school.

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. 

Screenagers, Presented by Ryerson School Council, Hamilton, ON

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Date:Thurs Nov 23rd, 2017Time:7 – 8:30 pmLocation: Ryerson Middle School gym – 222 Robinson Street.If interested – pls remember to register: https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-ryerson-school-council-5858 Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with … Read more about Screenagers, Presented by Ryerson School Council, Hamilton, ON

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. 

Potential School Community Hub Consultation

Friday, October 27, 2017

As part of the Potential School Community Hub consultation, Hess Street students considered elements that they felt would be important in a new school. Then, based on their ideas, they created various representations to share. You can see from their creations that the students want … Read more about Potential School Community Hub Consultation

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. 

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.

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

Annual Terry Fox Run

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On Thursday September 21st, Hess Street Schools annual Terry Fox Run took place at Central Park. Students ran or walked laps around the park to raise money for cancer research. The weather was beautiful and students completed up to 30 laps during the run. Mrs. … Read more about Annual Terry Fox Run

Have Your Say About The Proposed Community Hub at the Sir John A. Macdonald Site

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here’s your chance to have your say about the potential programs and services at the proposed community hub on the Sir John A. Macdonald site.

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).

Media Release

Monday, September 11, 2017

Media Release_Final Call for Partners in HWDSB’s Bold Renewal of Downtown School into a Community Hub

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.

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.

Trustees Chart Bold Future with Revitalized Downtown Development

Monday, June 05, 2017

HWDSB Trustees transformed a final decision on downtown schools into a bold push for a community hub anchored by a new elementary school on the soon-to-be-vacant Sir John A. Macdonald school site.

The Board of Trustees met Monday, June 5 to conclude the West Hamilton Accommodation Review looking at Bennetto, Cathy Wever, Central, Dr. Davey, Earl Kitchener, Hess Street, Queen Victoria, Ryerson and Strathcona elementary schools.

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.

Hess Town Local Community

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The community “Hesstown” that Mrs. Moase’s Grade 1s built for the “Local Community” unit in Social Studies.

Spring Open House & Cafe

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pictures from our Spring Open House and cafe. We hope everyone enjoyed seeing all the learning by our students, the cafe, and our mindful art activity. Thank you for being involved andmaking our community great!

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.

West Hamilton City Accommodation Review Nearing Conclusion

Friday, May 12, 2017

The West Hamilton City Accommodation Review is nearing its conclusion, with a final interim staff report submitted to Trustees, a delegation night held and the upcoming final proposal by Trustees to the Ministry of Education expected on June 5, 2017.Trustees have made no final decisions.The … Read more about West Hamilton City Accommodation Review Nearing Conclusion

Hamilton Community Prayer Breakfast

Friday, May 05, 2017

Hess St. students joined hundreds of other students and community members at the 42nd annual Hamilton Community Prayer Breakfast

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.

Annual Talent Show

Monday, April 24, 2017

On April 13th, Hess Street School held its annual talent show at SJAM. Students entertained their peers and teachers with singing, dancing and acting. After 19 years, it is still one of the highlights of the school year.Thanks to SJAM for always accommodating us…that big … Read more about Annual Talent Show

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.

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

Reach Ahead Courses for Students Entering Grade 9

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If your child will be starting Grade 9 in September 2017 and is interested in taking a credit course this summer, our Reach Ahead summer programs are an excellent option.

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.

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.

Remember to report your child’s vaccines to Public Health

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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

Accommodation Review Meeting – March 8th, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Beautiful Puppets Created by Students From Mrs. Fleming’s Grade 3/4 Class

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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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.

Family Literacy Day

Monday, January 23, 2017

In the photo, from left to rightEstella Jones, Principal, Mrs. Fleming, Teacher, Police Chief EricGirt, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Dan Milovanovic, (a former Hess Street student), Courtney Stephen, ( #22 for the Ti-Cats), School Trustee Christine Bingham, Mike Daly, (#35 for the Ti-Cats), and Councillor … Read more about Family Literacy Day

Holiday Assembly Pictures

Monday, January 23, 2017
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Hess Street School Community Meeting – West Hamilton Accommodation Review

Monday, January 16, 2017

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Hess Street School Community Meeting – West Hamilton Accommodation Review

Friday, January 13, 2017

Families can help school boards create great schools for the future.
At HWDSB, we want better programs, buildings and partnerships.
We know you have questions about the West Hamilton City Accommodation Review.
Join us to ask questions and learn more at a Hess Street school community meeting.