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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.

2017 Summer Programs for Students in Grades 7 to 10

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Community and Continuing Education is pleased to offer a variety of non-credit summer programs for students in grades 7 to 10.

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.

Families invited to attend Fresh Air Kids Celebration

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) invites families to a free, engaging and interactive event to learn more about the link between air quality and children’s health – and what we can all do to reduce air pollution.

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Night

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Students in Grades 8, 9 and 10 and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about IB at our upcoming International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Information Night

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.

Please Provide your Feedback on the Draft 2017/2018 School Year Calendar

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

HWDSB is currently involved in the process of developing its school year calendars (Elementary and Secondary) for the 2017-2018 school year.
We are seeking public input regarding the DRAFT calendars (Elementary and Secondary) until 4 p.m. on March 3 and would appreciate your participation through an on-line survey. It should take about five minutes to complete.

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.