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