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Kid’s Grief and Bereavement Information

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Please check out the link below to help you support your child in dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one. Kids Grief And Bereavement

Bulldog Townhall Meeting – Thursday December 7th at 6:00 pm

Monday, December 04, 2017

Got Questions? They have the Answers! Join Marco Barzetti, SWC’s principal, and his team for an informative and entertaining evening where all your questions about Sir Winston Churchill and your child’s transition to secondary school will be answered. All are welcome to attend. Join the … Read more about Bulldog Townhall Meeting – Thursday December 7th at 6:00 pm

How HWDSB Handles Inclement Weather

Friday, December 01, 2017

As winter approaches, we want to remind all HWDSB families about how we make the decision to cancel school and board operations. This is often a difficult call to make, and is made with the safety and security of our students and staff in mind.

November Award Recipients

Friday, December 01, 2017

Check out the link to see our November award recipients. Congratulations to all of those who received an award this month. November Winners (1)

Secondary School Graduation Requirements

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Check out the information in the link to see what credits your child will need to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This information will be helpful as our Grade 8 students begin to think about transitioning to Secondary School and completing option sheets in … Read more about Secondary School Graduation Requirements

Winter Fair Letter

Friday, November 24, 2017

Viscount Montgomery is hosting a winter fair which will be held on December 8th during school hours.There will be raffle baskets, games and pizza as it will be held on a pizza day. We are asking that eachgrade put together a basket. This will require … Read more about Winter Fair Letter

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

Sunday, November 19, 2017

To mark Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, HWDSB is working to make schools safer with its new bullying resource and continuing support for the board-wide use of the innovative anti-bullying TipOff service.

French Immersion Applications Ends Soon

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) French Immersion registration ends on Thursday, November 30, 2017, for parents looking to enrol their child in Grade 1.

HWDSB has introduced a new system-wide application process for entry into French Immersion, which starts in Grade 1. The application is available to all students within Hamilton and offers a guaranteed placement in the program, but not necessarily at their French Immersion in-catchment school.

Orchard Park Robotics Invite – Gifted Gr. 8 students only

Friday, November 17, 2017

Check out the link below inviting Grade 8 Gifted students to an upcoming robotics competition. If you are interested please contact Mr. Kellner. Orchard Park Invite

Westmount School Parent Information Night

Friday, November 17, 2017

Check out the link below to find information about Westmount School parent information night. Westmount School Flyer (1)

Mental Health and Wellness in the Classroom

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Click on the link below to find information on an upcoming presentation about mental health and wellness in the classroom. Mental Health and Wellness in the Classroom

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. 

French Immersion Boundary Review Advisory Panel Meeting #2

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

On October 26, 2017, HWDSB staff held a public consultation meeting to provide community input regarding the recommendations for French Immersion boundaries and school locations for Lower Stoney Creek and East Hamilton.
To support ongoing community input, we are meeting with the Advisory Panel to review data from the public meeting and collaboratively identify key information to help Trustees to make an informed decision on December 18, 2017.
Date: Thursday November 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Glen Brae Middle School

November Newsletter and Calendar

Monday, November 06, 2017

Our November 2017 Newsletter and Calendar have been posted. Check out our newsletter and calendars page for more details.

Buddy Bench

Monday, November 06, 2017

When our students are by themselves and want a friend, they sit on the Buddy Bench. Now, thanks to retired teacher, Mrs. Reid as well as the HWDSB Foundation everyone will be able to find a friend during outside times.Photo courtesy of Ms. O’Neill.

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 

East Hamilton & Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion Boundary Review Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

As the French Immersion program is moving from Glen Echo and Glen Brae, let us know where you feel the program should be moved to in East Hamilton and Lower Stoney Creek.

Please consider joining us at an upcoming French Immersion Boundary Review public meeting on Thursday, October 26 at Glendale Secondary School.

Click on the title of this post to learn more.

Pathways Information Open House

Thursday, October 12, 2017

HWDSB will hold a Pathways Information Night to help families and students in grades 7 to 12 learn more about the variety of high school options available and plan their high school years.

Students in grades 9 to 12 can also meet partners who can help them earn Community Involvement Hours.

Wednesday, November  1 at LIUNA Station (360 James St. N.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and you can drop in anytime until 9 p.m. 

Meet The Staff Night

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Our Annual Meet The Teacher Night will be held on Thursday, October 12th from 4:30 to 6:00. Visit your childs teachers in the classroom between 4:30 to 5:00. Join the staff outside on the back playground from 5:00 to 6:00. Enjoy a hot dog for … Read more about Meet The Staff Night

Understanding Your Child’s IEP

Sunday, October 08, 2017

A presentation for parents, caregivers and guardians of a student with special needs is available. See Understanding IEPs Invitation for more information.

Changes to Kindergarten Communication of Learning

Friday, October 06, 2017

At HWDSB, we know that parent engagement fosters student success. We want to be as clear as possible about changes to how schools report on learning in Kindergarten.

In the past at HWDSB, family members could attend “observation visits” in Kindergarten. For the 2017-18 school year, we will be using the new, written Kindergarten report provided by the Ministry of Education.

It’s October Already!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The October Newsletter and Calendar have been posted in the Newsletter and Calendar section of our website.


Tuesday, October 03, 2017

GO ENG Girl is an exciting event for young women in Grades 7 to 10. Check out Go ENG Girl 2017 Letter to schools_parents.

Senior Kindergarten Families are invited to learn more about French Immersion

Monday, October 02, 2017

Because every student is unique in their learning, HWDSB staff strive to provide programs that help all students reach their full potential. French Immersion is one such program.
The program is open to all students in Hamilton-Wentworth starting in Grade 1.
Visit one of our Information Sessions to learn more

Cool Little Kids Program

Monday, October 02, 2017

The Cool Little Kids Program is an anxiety protection program that involves working with primary caregivers to support young children. See the CLK Info Night Fall 2017 page or the CLK Brochure for more details.

Grade 8 Transition Information

Monday, October 02, 2017

Please note the following dates in which your Grade 8 child will be participating in Sir Winston Churchill transition events. We are looking forward to many exciting events this year which will help in easing the transition to secondary school. October 11th – 1/2 day … Read more about Grade 8 Transition Information

Families Worrying Less Together Information

Monday, October 02, 2017

Families Worrying Less Together is a support group offered through the Social Work Department and is offered to students from Grades 3 to 6. Check out FWLT Info Night Fall 2017 and the FWLT brochure .

School Council Members invited to School Council Start-up 2017-18

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Members of School Councils and school administrators across HWDSB are invited to attend the orientation session, School Council Start-up 2017-18.

There are two dates – Oct. 19 and 26 – so please choose the one that fits your schedule.

HWDSB Shows Improvement Towards Achievement

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the 2016-17 assessment results in the areas of Primary and Junior Reading, Writing and Mathematics, as well as the results of the Grade 9 Mathematics assessment and the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

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, Dec. 5, HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 10 routes.

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. 14, HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 11 routes.

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 Wednesday, October 25 HWSTS estimates that delays could impact 14 routes.

Help Shape French Instruction at HWDSB

Friday, September 08, 2017

HWDSB’s French as a Second Language (FASL) Advisory Committee is seeking members to advise Trustees on elementary and secondary French programming as well as Ministry of Education and community learning supports. Applications are due by Monday, September 25, 2017.

Welcome from HWDSB’s Student Trustees

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

HWDSB’s new Student Trustees Ruby Hye and Morghen Jael would love to share the following letter and video with our school communities, encouraging everyone to make student voice a priority in the year ahead.

Changes to Non-Credit Summer Programs for Students in Grades 7 to 10

Monday, May 29, 2017

Community and Continuing Education is pleased to offer a variety of Non-Credit Summer Programs for students in Grades 7 to 10.
Some of the programs have been cancelled, but for those that are still running, the deadline to register has been extended to midnight on Friday, June 9.
Visit the Non-Credit Summer Programs page to see what programs are being offered.

HWDSB 2017-18 Elementary School Year Calendar Approved

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has received approval from the Ministry of Education on its 2017-2018 elementary school year calendar.

Bomb Threat Awareness

Friday, April 28, 2017

At HWDSB, we believe all students and staff have the right to learn and work in a safe environment. To do that, it is important that everyone is aware of our Safe Schools policy and procedures to help reduce the risk of harm to students, staff, visitors and facility users in the event of a violent or serious incident.

13 Reasons Why – Suggestions for Families

Monday, April 24, 2017

We want to make you aware of a book and Netflix series causing concern in the educational community. Netflix has released a new series, 13 Reasons Why, that may harm students who struggle with mental health challenges.

Helmet safety tips for the Spring!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring time means outdoor time for using tricycles, bicycles, skateboards, scooters and in-line skates

Reach Ahead Courses for Students Entering Grade 9

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

Hamilton Tax Help

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

New programs like the Canada Child Benefit may mean hundreds of dollars a month in additional income for families in Hamilton. But to receive these benefits, families must file taxes every year Hamilton Tax Help is offering free income tax clinics if your income level is below: Single … Read more about Hamilton Tax Help

Remember to report your child’s vaccines to Public Health

Saturday, April 01, 2017

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

Prevent mumps: ensure your vaccines are up to date

Friday, March 31, 2017

Due to increased mumps activity in Hamilton and Ontario, City of Hamilton Public Health reminds parents of children attending school to ensure their child’s vaccine records are up to date.

HWDSB and PIC are celebrating school volunteers

Monday, March 27, 2017

HWDSB and its Parent Involvement Committee invite all school volunteers to attend an open house celebration of those who give their time and energy so that students succeed.

Profiling Volunteer Excellence 2017 will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6 to 8 p.m. Please register before noon on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Find complete details in the Profiling Volunteer Excellence 2017 – Invitation.

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.