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Mohawk College Labour Disruption Ends

Monday, November 20, 2017

As the labour disruption at Mohawk College has ended, HWDSB students in the Turning Point program at the Fennell Campus and the Turning Point Stoney Creek location as well as students in the Dual Credit program can return to their regular scheduled programming at Mohawk College.

Classes for all full-time programs at Mohawk College will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

2017/18 Pilot to Improve School-Based Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is very excited to share with you that Viscount Montgomery Elementary School has been selected as the site in the one-year Ministry of Education and Ministry of Children and Youth Services pilot to improve school-based supports for children and youth with Autismn Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

HWDSB Marks Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2017

bullying guide
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.

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. 

HWDSB teacher receives Governor General’s History Award

flosman in trench
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Waterdown District High School (WDHS) teacher Rob Flosman is being celebrated for his excellence and dedication to teaching history with a national history award.

Indigenous art on loan is a conversation starter at Hamilton school

Student with art
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

In Leah DeFelice’s Grade 4/5 classroom at Ray Lewis Elementary School, among the student artwork and vocabulary displays, 12 original works of art by Indigenous artists are propped up in front of the classroom window.

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. 

HWDSB launches pilot to improve school-based supports for students with ASD

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is a host site for a Ministry pilot to improve school-based supports for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The year-long pilot, announced by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 is part of the province’s ongoing commitment to ensure successful outcomes for all students, including students with ASD.

Depaving Day a Success at Adelaide Hoodless

Monday, October 16, 2017

The sounds of pry bars, sledgehammers and elbow grease filled the play area at Adelaide Hoodless elementary this weekend, as a record-setting crowd of volunteers helped to depave the playground.

More than 80 volunteers helped the central Hamilton school remove 2,250 square feet of asphalt in less than three hours to clear an area for planting.

Director’s Message: World Teachers’ Day

Thursday, October 05, 2017

On World Teachers’ Day, celebrated each year on October 5, we are honoured to recognize the outstanding contributions of educators at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

HWDSB Expands Child Care Programs

co-operative written on stone
Friday, September 29, 2017

Every year, HWDSB prioritizes the expansion and improvement of child care centres. This year, HWDSB has enhanced child care by introducing one-of-a-kind programs at YMCA Chedoke and the Dundas Valley Co-operative Preschool at Yorkview Elementary.

Walk, Wheel and Wear Yellow on October 4

walk wheel wear yellow day
Thursday, September 28, 2017

HWDSB is calling on students, staff and community to search their closets for bright yellow shirts in support of International Walk (Wheel) to School Day on October 4.

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.

Glendale Program of the Arts students’ talents flourish at Stratford Festival

glendale students at stratford
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Glendale’s Audition-Based Program of the Arts (ABPA) encouraged its students to grow their creative passions by providing an affordable trip to the Stratford Festival this month.

School Bus Driver Shortage may affect Local Routes – UPDATED LIST OF SCHOOLS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth Student Transportation Services (HWSTS) has advised Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) that a bus driver shortage may impact local school bus routes. As of Tuesday, Nov. 21 HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 10 routes.

Schools Receive Wampum Belts to Signify Indigenous Reconciliation

principal receives wampum
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Principals representing all 102 schools at HWDSB received symbolic, beaded wampum belts Sept. 13 in a ceremony that highlighted the Board’s commitment to improve relationships with Indigenous people, knowledges and practices.

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.

Adelaide Hoodless, Memorial City to see playgrounds revitalized

Thursday, September 07, 2017

In co-ordination with City of Hamilton Councillor, Matthew Green (Ward 3), Adelaide Hoodless and Memorial City elementary schools will have their playgrounds revitalized for September 2018.

Welcome from HWDSB’s Student Trustees

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 to your #firstdayHWDSB

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome back nearly 50,000 students to schools across HWDSB. Enjoy a collection that captures just some of the great social media posts shared by families, students and staff during #firstdayHWDSB.

Turning a New Page for a New School Year

Manny Figueiredo
Thursday, August 31, 2017

For an educator, New Year’s Day is the day after Labour Day. We make a new start when the new school year begins and students return to our lives.

A new school year is a great time to take stock of our well-being. For many staff and students, summer brings relaxation and a more active lifestyle. School-year routines may be a better gauge of how well we are taking care of ourselves.

At HWDSB, we have made positive culture and well-being a top priority. We want staff and students to be the best version of themselves. We want everyone to know how to recharge, reconnect and refocus.

Camp Power Unites Fun and Learning

camp power
Friday, August 18, 2017

Circle dancing, robot coding and stacks of new books have been just part of the fun for the 210 students at Camp Power this month.

HWDSB is offering the summer program focused on reading, math and fitness to students entering grades 2 or 3, thanks to Ministry of Education funding extended to all Ontario school boards.

The HWDSB-led camp, which is incorporating inquiry-based learning and technology, welcomes volunteers from the Hamilton Boys and Girls Club, as well as expert visitors from Hamilton Public Library and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Just One Wish Kindness Awards

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The third annual Just One Wish Kindness Awards were held on July 1, 2017 in Gage Park during the It’s Your Festival celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday. Organizers honoured 151 children (150 for Canada’s birthday and one for good luck), age 4 to 18, from across HWDSB for their kindness. These children exemplify what is means to be Canadian and what Canada is all about. Congratulations to all!

Glendale Arts Celebrates New HWDSB Program of the Arts With FAME: The Musical!

Glendale Arts
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

What better way to mark the first year of the newest Arts initiative of HWDSB than with a musical that celebrates the talents, struggles and ambitions of a group of students in the celebrated and historic NYC High School of Performing Arts?

Happy Canada Day

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Glendale Secondary’s cast of Fame sing the National Anthem to a slide show revealing the majestic beauty of Canadian landscapes.

Therapy Dogs Make a Difference at Orchard Park

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Orchard Park Secondary School instilled positive strategies and well-being into the minds of students for all of Mental Health Awareness Month. Their most popular activity? Therapy dogs.

Celebrating HWDSB’s Great Grads

Thursday, June 29, 2017

At HWDSB, we believe every high school graduate is a great grad. Graduation is a milestone that matters – and one that we want all students to achieve.

We are celebrating graduation through the eyes of HWDSB students on our #greatgradsHWDSB website at www.hwdsb.on.ca/greatgradsHWDSB and on social media using the hashtag #greatgradsHWDSB.

Enjoy five unique stories about five unique post-secondary pathways, as our great grads begin their next great adventure.

High School Grad at 14

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Andy Medjedovic is the youngest HWDSB graduate ever. At age 14 he has achieved his high school diploma from Westmount and is preparing to attend Waterloo University for Honours Mathematics. (Story sourced from CHCH)

Kids excited for Moms at Grace Haven Graduation

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A photo-show of Grace Haven’s Graduation Ceremony. Six exceptional young ladies received their High School Diplomas and their kids were getting in on the celebration. Grace Haven is a partnership program between HWDSB and the Salvation Army that supports young moms and moms-to-be. The program provides both day school and residential programming where students can continue working toward their diploma while also acquiring parenting skills and having child-minding while in class.

MacNab’s Special Olympics team triumphs at provincial championships

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School’s unified Special Olympics floor hockey team brought a silver medal home from the provincial championships at Brock University on June 12-14.

Hillcrest, Parkdale receive generous grant from Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hillcrest Elementary School will be revamping its library collection thanks to a three-year, $85,000 grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

FOOTBALL:  MacNab tops Ancaster for Division-I junior title; Glendale takes Division-II

Friday, June 09, 2017

HAMILTON (June 8, 2017) – The Sir Allan MacNab Lions and Glendale Bears captured the final Hamilton public secondary school championships of the season locking up the Division-I and Division-II junior football title games on Thursday at Mohawk Sports Park.

Elementary Students Embrace Robotics

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Students from a number of elementary schools who are part of VEX IQ Robotics clubs came together to compete in Teamwork, Robotic Skills and Programming challenges. The whole day affair focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Manufacturing) related areas.

Scenes from the VEX IQ Robotics Elementary Robotics Challenge

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The first-ever HWDSB elementary robotics challenge brought VEX IQ Robotics clubs from 17 schools to the Education Centre today for the VEX IQ Crossover Challenge. Enjoy some of the scenes from the competitions that focused on teamwork, robotic skills and programming related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Manufacturing). Photos by Gary Yokoyama of the Hamilton Spectator.

SHAE Students Connect Through Food and Filmmaking

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

HWDSB students in the Strengthening Hamilton’s Aboriginal Education (SHAE) program had a unique experience this spring, as they participated in the nine-week video project with Factory Media Centre entitled Traditional Recipes: Food & Filmmaking.

HWDSB revved up for Bike to School Week

kids on bikes
Thursday, June 01, 2017

HWDSB is powering its pedals for Bike to School Week. Bike to School Week is an annual campaign organized through Smart Commute, an initiative that helps individuals explore smart travel options. The 2017 campaign is spanning the week of May 29 as part of Bike Month, and motivates schools, students and families in the GTHA to bike to school.

Students mark graduation with Medical Ministry International Canada project to Peru

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cousins Ava van Heerden and Jordan Robinson will celebrate their high school graduations with a two-week vision care mission in Peru.

HWDSB Science Fair Projects Gather More Accolades

Anika and Neha
Monday, May 29, 2017

Some of HWDSB’s brightest were rewarded for their innovative science research projects this past week at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF).

Ancaster Accommodation Review Nearing Conclusion

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Ancaster Accommodation Review is nearing its conclusion, with an interim final staff report submitted to Trustees, a delegation night held and the upcoming final proposal by Trustees to the Ministry of Education expected on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Cram-a-Cruiser Sets New Local Record

cram a cruiser
Friday, May 19, 2017

HWDSB students and staff helped set a record for local donations to the Cram-a-Cruiser initiative, in which the community tries to pack Hamilton Police Service vehicles bound for Hamilton Food Share.

HWDSB Schools Ready to Cram-A-Cruiser

Three people accepting a donation cheque
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The generous donations of food and money collected by HWDSB schools are about to be crammed into police cruisers on their way to help our neighbours at Hamilton Food Share.

Keeping Traditions Alive at Indigenous Wellness Symposium

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hundreds of students from across grades and HWDSB schools packed Westdale’s auditorium on May 12 to hear keynote speaker Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas “The One Who Wins”) share stories of First Nations beliefs, goodwill and tradition. It represented the opening of the first annual Indigenous Wellness Symposium hosted by Westdale secondary.

HWDSB Students and Staff Celebrated at Yes I Can Awards

Staff at Yes I Can Awards
Monday, May 15, 2017

More than 100 HWDSB students and staff were recognized May 11 as the Council For Exceptional Children (CEC) hosted its annual Yes I Can Awards Ceremony.

How Does Society Impact You?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Billy Green student Ada Sedekowski’s thought provoking presentation on The Social Impact of Society earned her a first place finish at the 2017 Intermediate HWDSB Oral Communications Festival. Subscribe to HWDSBtv on YouTube to see all of the impressive young orators from the festival.

Orchard Park Robotics Team Part of Alliance that Finishes Third in Worlds

First Robotics 2017 Ontario Championship
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The outstanding Orchard Park robotics squad Team 2056 competed with 406 teams from around the world in St. Louis last month, finishing third and just out of the finals.

A Match Made in #HamOnt

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NagaMani Turaga’s kidney was successfully transplanted into her husband, Bhargav Turaga, during a live-streaming of the surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, which reached more than 121,000 Facebook users. This is the first time St. Joe’s has live-streamed a surgery and is believed to be a first for live-streaming a kidney transplant in Canada.

All Star Day in 60 Seconds

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Students learned about event planning, charity fund raising and community engagement while getting fit and having fun at Ancaster Meadow All Star Day 2017. The event raised over $2000.00 for Ronald McDonald House and Reach Out For Kids.

Ontario Budget supports HWDSB-Offord Centre Knowledge Network

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

HWDSB has a key role in the Ontario government’s plan to spend $49 million over three years to improve student well-being. This new funding was announced in the recent 2017 Ontario budget.

Do you love someone enough to give them your kidney?

Monday, May 08, 2017

On May 10th, a husband and wife will share their kidney transplant story as donor and recipient to educate Saltfleet District High School students (and all HWDSB students) about kidney health. Students will get the opportunity to learn about kidney care and the importance of organ donation by participating in the first live kidney transplant in the nation.

Humans of Lawfield promotes Positive School Culture and Well-being

Abby, Grade 2
Friday, May 05, 2017

Inspired by the sensational book Humans of New York, Humans of Lawfield has used photos and text to share mini biographies while building empathy, compassion and writing skills.

Chase the Future: 2041

Thursday, May 04, 2017

This was the culminating event for HWDSB’s Chase the Future: 2041 initiative, a year-long project that saw students dive deep into the new City of Hamilton strategic priorities and ask: How might you make Hamilton a better place to live? Students presented their diverse ideas. #ChasetheFuture2041

Dundas Valley STAT team providing technical support

Thursday, May 04, 2017

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

HWDSB honours Mental Health Awareness Week

We all belong
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

National Mental Health Awareness Week is in full-force at HWDSB. HWDSB participates in National Mental Health Awareness week as part of its overall task to raise awareness of mental health and wellness by implementing sessions and activities at both board and school-levels.

HWDSB rewarded for energy saving

alectra award
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

HWDSB has been inducted into Alectra Utilities One Million Kilowatt Hour Club.

It’s a club reserved for Alectra Utilities customers that have saved at least one million kilowatt hours (kWh) since measuring began in 2005. HWDSB saved more than one million kilowatt hours in just one year.

School board and city chasing the future together

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.

That’s why Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and the City of Hamilton invited thousands of students to share their visions of Hamilton’s best future.

Orchard Park Goes the Distance for Families Facing Cancer

OP 2017 Inside Ride
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

On Friday April 21, Orchard Park secondary’s staff and students organized and participated in a two-hour cycling event to support families facing childhood cancer.

#HWDSBArtExhibit 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

Enjoy some of the amazing submissions to the HWDSB-wide exhibition of postcard-size works of art by Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, around the theme: We All Belong. Follow the #HWDSBArtExhibit Twitter hashtag for updates. Official opening 4:30 p.m. May 9.

Churchill teacher wins Holocaust education award

puley award
Monday, May 01, 2017

Aaron Puley, department head of Canada and World Studies at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, has been given the Sharon Enkin Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education for engaging students in learning about the Holocaust through a digital lens.

Prom Project events help ensure all students can attend formal events in style

Friday, April 28, 2017

Prom Project Hamilton is gearing up for free formal wear shopping opportunities at Sir Allan MacNab secondary tomorrow (April 29) and Delta secondary on May 6.

HWDSB Celebrates School Volunteers

PVE 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017

On Tuesday, April 25, HWDSB and its Parent Involvement Committee welcomed school volunteers to an open house celebration of those who give their time and energy so that our students succeed. Profiling Volunteer Excellence is an annual event held with the understanding that many schools also honour volunteers with their own appreciation events.

Enjoy some photos from the event taken by Emilee Kuzler and Sarah Zonta, two Saltfleet students studying Communications Technology.

HWDSB Young Women at the Totally Awesome Young Women’s Breakfast

Delta young women
Thursday, April 27, 2017

An outstanding team of young women from HWDSB high schools attended LIUNA Station as YWCA Hamilton hosted their annual Totally Awesome Young Women’s Breakfast on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Westmount Student Wins Vimy Award

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Westmount Secondary student, Brendan Armstrong, was selected as one of 17 students (out of 300+ applicants from across the country) to win the Vimy Pilgrimage Award. This year European students were also chosen to accompany the Canadian students.

Bennetto embraces We All Belong

bennetto banner
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bennetto Elementary School staff and students have been working conscientiously to help the school reflect its diverse population, including recent newcomers.

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

Senior Girls champs: Waterdown
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.

HWDSB Hosts Educators from India, Celebrates Empower™ Partnership

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recently, HWDSB hosted educators from India implementing Empower™ at the Dr. Anjali Morris Education and Health Foundation (AMF) in Pune, India. The resource centre assesses and assists with remedial education students with learning disorders, as well as training teachers to identify and modify instruction for students with learning disorders.

Glendale students join Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

HPO Midsummer 2017 Glendale-54
Thursday, April 13, 2017

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, a hard-working team of Glendale arts students performed onstage at First Ontario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest artists the Hamilton Children’s Choir.

Ancaster Meadow students naïve on water no more

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The project began small — prompted by questions Grade 3 students had after their teacher, Rhonda Urfey, collected more than 40 empty water bottles littering Ancaster Meadow Elementary School’s grounds one day back in October.

Scenes of Day of Pink 2017

day of pink
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, staff and students across HWDSB joined millions worldwide to wear pink for International Day of Pink. We are proud to oppose bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia and transmisogyny. Here are some scenes from the day.

HWDSB Students at Vimy Ridge

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dozens of HWDSB students are visit Europe for an experience they will likely remember forever – the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.About 130 students in grades 10 to 12 Canadian and World Studies courses will represent Glendale, Orchard Park, Sherwood, Sir Allan MacNab, Sir Winston Churchill and Westdale secondary schools.

Great results at BASEF for HWDSB

Friday, April 07, 2017

HWDSB students had a great showing at the 57th annual Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony sponsored by ArcelorMittal Dofasco held Tuesday night at Mohawk College.

Two HWDSB students placed among the five high school projects selected to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles: Margaret Williams from Ancaster High School and Camila Moran-Hidalgo from Westdale secondary.

HOCKEY: Westmount secures girls hockey title with overtime victory

Thursday, April 06, 2017

HAMILTON (April 6, 2017) – The Westmount Wildcats claimed girls division-II hockey crown on Wednesday (April 5) edging Sherwood 2-1 in overtime at Chedoke Twin Pad Arena.

Big trees, indigenous pride help build relationships on visit to Nuu-Chal-Nuulth

BC trip
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Giant trees, mountains and proud indigenous communities are making a great impression on students from Westdale and Westmount visiting the wild west coast of Vancouver Island to spend time with Nuu-Chal-Nuulth elders and community members.

Students gather for coding contest

coding activities
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Students in grades 10 to 12 recently came together to compete in round one of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) Programming Contest.

Glendale Students Team with HPO for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

midsummer night
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Drama students from Glendale secondary are part of an exciting theatre and music performance Saturday inside the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place).

HWDSB teacher’s book Safety Stars chronicles pro hockey’s safety pioneers

safety stars
Monday, April 03, 2017

HWDSB itinerant teacher Sue Irwin’s new book shines a light on hockey safety, highlighting past and present players, and what they have done to enhance the game. Safety Stars: Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer delves deep into real life experiences of the pros and the danger of the game.

BASEF: Grade 9 student looks for Parkinson’s cure in roundworm Science fair wows experts: better batteries, wind power, among projects

Science fair
Monday, April 03, 2017

The title of Anika Gupta’s research project wouldn’t have seemed out of place in the pages of the New England Journal of Medicine or The Lancet: A Novel Approach to Treating Parkinson’s Disease Using a Neurotrophic Factor and a Synthetic Peptide.

Basketball season concludes with boys all-star game

allstar team 2
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.

Behind the Scenes at Skills Competition 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Check out some of the behind the scenes sights and sounds from HWDSB Skills Competition 2017. Secondary school students compete in a variety of competitions including Hairstyling, TV production, Auto Mechanics, Construction and many more.

Chase the Future: Dalewood students pursuing “smart-school” technology

dalewood chase
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Students at Dalewood Elementary School are making Hamilton a better place to live with Chase the Future 2041. Chase the Future 2041 is a year-long project partnership between Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the City of Hamilton that encourages students to answer the question, ‘How might we make Hamilton a better place to live?’ The initiative motivates students to think about what they would like to change by the year 2041.

The World In One Gym

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Westdale fit the whole world into one gym during the World at Westdale Fair. Traditional costume, cuisine and dance allowed students to share the traditions of their homeland with each other during Westdale’s Diversity week.

Experiential Learning through Indigenous Arts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

HWDSB welcomed 5 indigenous artists who specialize in dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts/film to work with our students. They explored theme of the Next 150 Years in support of Reconciliation Through the Arts connected to Canada’s 150th. Take a look at this incredible day of experiential learning.

Rick Mercer visits R.A. Riddell Elementary

Rick Mercer
Monday, March 27, 2017

Rick Mercer was in Hamilton on Wednesday (March 22) to visit R.A. Riddell elementary school, whose students raised more than $16,355 for the Spread the Net Student Challenge to help end preventable malaria deaths in Africa.

HWDSB and PIC are celebrating school volunteers

PVE Invite 2017
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.

Westmount student rallies against homophobic slurs

rainbow shirt
Friday, March 24, 2017

Westmount Secondary School is painted all of the colours of the rainbow today. Grade 10 student Jared McCarthy has inspired people worldwide with a rainbow shirt rally in support of the LGBTQ community.

Westdale student’s book profiles Dogs of Hamilton

ace the dog
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Westdale student Luca Simpson’s passion for dogs and photography fueled the inspiration for the book Dogs of Hamilton.


Kelly McLaughlin
Monday, March 13, 2017

The Hamilton Spectator’s Hamilton Professionals feature profiled an HWDSB teacher The Hamilton Spectator, Kelly McLaughlin, from Ancaster Meadow elementary.

Westdale teacher Diana Panton among Hamilton Women of Distinction celebrated

Diana Panton
Friday, March 10, 2017

The YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards were given out Thursday, March 9 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. This is the 41st year of the annual awards. The 2017 winner in the Arts, Culture, Design category was Westdale Secondary School art and drama teacher Diana Panton. Panton is a Juno Award-winning singer and recording artist and a drama and visual arts teacher who lends her voice to support numerous local events and worthy causes. She performs all over the world and was recently named one of Canada’s top five female jazz singers by CBC Radio.

SJAM Wins United Way School Spirit Award

SJAM at United Way gala
Thursday, March 09, 2017

The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton recognized Sir John A. Macdonald secondary for demonstrating community spirit through leadership, fundraising and community involvement.

Class Soup Fest Exceeds Expectations

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Ms. Kondo’s class at Adelaide Hoodless organized a Soup Fest event to raise funds to help a special needs classmate. The $2300 raised will allow their friend Lawson to attend a summer camp without his parents for the first time.

HWDSB Staff Partner with Food4Kids on Student Nutrition

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

One cold winter morning in 2011, Food4Kids founder Lena Bassford encountered a 10-year-old student outside of his elementary school’s breakfast program, an hour before it opened. He said he didn’t have any food over the weekend. That’s when Bassford realized the need for a nutrition program even outside of school hours.

Chase the Future: Pauline Johnson Students Honour the Past for an Inclusive Future

class design
Monday, March 06, 2017

A whole-school Chase the Future project at Pauline Johnson Elementary School is using an indoor mural and a First Nations inspired garden to evoke the indigenous history of the school site and the woman the school is named after.

HOCKEY: Cinderella Saltfleet shocks Sherwood to capture division-I boys hockey title

saltfleet hockey
Thursday, March 02, 2017

The No. 4 ranked Saltfleet Storm earned a 4-1 win over the Sherwood Saints to claim the 2016-17 Hamilton public school boys division-I hockey championship on Wednesday, March 2 at Mountain Arena.

Grade 9 Tech students get a shop of their own at WDHS

Thursday, March 02, 2017

When Waterdown District High School underwent a major expansion in 2014, the tech staff had a vision for their section inside the new wing: it would include a shop dedicated to the Grade 9 tech program.

Waterdown and Westmount Emerge as Hockey Champions

waterdowndiv1girls hockey
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Waterdown and Westmount Emerge as Hockey Champions

HWDSB Honour Band Performance

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HWDSB Secondary School Honour Band has been formed from students from most of our HWDSB Secondary Schools. Each school nominated up to 5 students to participate. They have been rehearsing over the past few weeks with support from the HPO as sectional leaders and under Special Guest Conductor Colin Clarke. This is a portion of their performance at Redeemer College during the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival. Check out HWDSBtv on YouTube to see more from these talented musicians.

Congrats to our Profiling Excellence Winners

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

At the Board meeting Feb. 27, HWDSB was proud to recognize the following students and staff with Profiling Excellence Awards.

Holland award winners ‘aren’t going to be voiceless’

Award winners
Monday, February 27, 2017

The best and brightest of Hamilton’s black community were honoured Saturday evening (Feb. 25) at LIUNA Station as part of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards.

Basketball: Sir Allan MacNab edges Saltfleet 44-43 in thriller for senior boys’ title

Senior boys bball champs
Friday, February 24, 2017

The Sir Allan MacNab Lions captured their second straight HWIAC senior boys division-I basketball championship knocking off the Saltfleet Storm with a 44-43 victory at McMaster University on Feb. 23.

Photo Gallery: Experiential Learning Day in the Arts

Students play music in Experiential Learning Day in the Arts.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Enjoy some photos from this hands-on learning day for grades 7 and 8 students interested in the arts. At the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, students worked with professional artists to explore the Hamilton Children’s Charter of Rights using four art forms (dance, drama, music and visual arts). This is part of a series of outings that connect elementary students to schools with Specialist High Skills Majors in Arts and Culture. Elementary schools involved at this session were Lake Avenue, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and W.H. Ballard.

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

waterdown volleyball
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.

Elementary Students Experience a Learning Day in the Arts

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Grades 7 and 8 students from Lake Avenue, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and W.H. Ballard visited the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts to do hands-on arts workshops with professional artists. Their inspiration was the Hamilton Children’s Charter of Rights, and they used four art forms (dance, drama, music and visual arts). The outing connected elementary students interested in the arts with schools offering a Specialist High Skills Majors in Arts and Culture.

Nurse practitioner program in high schools secures new funding

spec nurse
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hundreds of Hamilton’s most vulnerable teens have visited a nurse practitioner right in their high school. The program at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School and Cathedral High School has been quiet about its success for the last four years because it was always in danger of shutting down.

Westdale Muslim Students Organize Ring of Peace

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hundreds of students and staff members joined hands to surround Westdale Secondary School in a “ring of peace” Feb. 13 organized by the school’s Muslim Student’s Association (MSA) to pay respect to victims of the Quebec mosque shootings.

Piano Prodigy – a CHCH Story

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

A 13 year old Hamilton boy is a piano prodigy and he’s only been playing the instrument for about a year.

He can’t read music and doesn’t own a piano, but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his gift with others.

Just One Wish Celebrates Kindness

wishing tree
Monday, February 06, 2017

Prince of Wales teacher Vandana Verma is preparing to celebrate 150 students at the Just One Wish Kindness Awards that will be held at It’s Your Festival in Gage Park on July 1.

Congrats to staff winners of Profiling Excellence Awards!

sarah martin
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

HWDSB is fortunate to have so many HWDSB staff members who support extra-curricular activities that enhance our students’ educational experience.

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.

Faces of Hamilton Health Sciences: Ivan Quach, Elementary School Room Teacher

Friday, January 27, 2017

Ivan Quach is the Elementary School Room teacher at McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH). The Elementary School Program is a partnership between the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and MCH. Ivan has worked for HWDSB for 4 years, and started working at the Elementary School Room at the beginning of the school year, in September.

Orchard Park wins first senior boys waterpolo title, Westdale claims junior

op waterpolo
Monday, January 23, 2017

The Orchard Park Patriots captured their first ever Hamilton-Wentworth public high school senior boys’ water polo championship on Thursday while Westdale Westdale picked up another junior title.

Tiffany Hills – First Impressions

Monday, January 09, 2017

The new year begins with a new school for the Tiffany Hills community. Three students share their first impressions of the first day at Tiffany Hills.