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.
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 this September. As of Monday, September 18, HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 23 routes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
Glendale Secondary’s cast of Fame sing the National Anthem to a slide show revealing the majestic beauty of Canadian landscapes.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 Elementary School will be revamping its library collection thanks to a three-year, $85,000 grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Cousins Ava van Heerden and Jordan Robinson will celebrate their high school graduations with a two-week vision care mission in Peru.
Some of HWDSB’s brightest were rewarded for their innovative science research projects this past week at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Secondary School is nurturing its very own Apple genius.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hamilton is gearing up for free formal wear shopping opportunities at Sir Allan MacNab secondary tomorrow (April 29) and Delta secondary on May 6.
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.
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 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 Elementary School staff and students have been working conscientiously to help the school reflect its diverse population, including recent newcomers.
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.
The Waterdown Warriors edged the Westdale Warriors 3-2 to claim the school’s first ever senior girls water polo championship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in grades 10 to 12 recently came together to compete in round one of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) Programming Contest.
Drama students from Glendale secondary are part of an exciting theatre and music performance Saturday inside the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 Luca Simpson’s passion for dogs and photography fueled the inspiration for the book Dogs of Hamilton.
The Hamilton Spectator’s Hamilton Professionals feature profiled an HWDSB teacher The Hamilton Spectator, Kelly McLaughlin, from Ancaster Meadow elementary.
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.
The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton recognized Sir John A. Macdonald secondary for demonstrating community spirit through leadership, fundraising and community involvement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
At the Board meeting Feb. 27, HWDSB was proud to recognize the following students and staff with Profiling Excellence Awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HWDSB is fortunate to have so many HWDSB staff members who support extra-curricular activities that enhance our students’ educational experience.
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.
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.
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.