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Message regarding Toronto tragic event

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is deeply saddened by the tragic incident in Toronto involving a van and pedestrians on April 23. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected.

City Letter Regarding Lyme Disease

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Hamilton Medical Officer of Health has identified an estimated Lyme disease risk area in the City of Hamilton. Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi.
This bacteria is passed onto to people and pets through the bite of a blacklegged tick (also called a deer tick) that can also carry the bacteria. Please see the letter below with more details about Lyme disease.

Tonights School Council Cancelled

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The April 17th School Council Meeting has been cancelled.

Summer Co-op Programs

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Communicty and Continuing Education’s (CCE) Summer Co-op program gives current Secondary School and Adult students the opportunity to gain one or two Co-op credits in the summer. Placements can be pre-arranged with an employer or arranged through CCE.

We will be hosting a mandatory meeting for prospective Summer Co-op students on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will take place at the HWDSB Education Centre, located at 20 Education Court, Hamilton, Ontario.

We are now accepting registrations for the summer of 2018, please find the forms and important program information at Summer Co-op.

Summer Programs and Camps – Non-Credit

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Community and Continuing Education (CCE) is pleased to offer a variety of summer programs for students in grades 6 to 10.

Please open this message to see the summer programs and learn more.

Upcoming Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test- April 10th, 2018

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

On Tuesday, April 10th 2018, Grade 10 students across the province will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The OSSLT will also be written by students who have not yet written the test or who were unsuccessful on their first attempt.

OSSLT results do not count toward students’ grades, but successful completion of the test is a requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. There are supports for students who do not pass, including an opportunity to rewrite the test or to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course.

For more information on the Ontario Secondary Literacy Test, to see what new supports are available for students, and for preparation resources, please visit www.hwdsb.on.ca/secondary/eqao/

Model City Hall

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Model City Hall will be coming to Hamilton and will help make municipal politics accessible to secondary students. Please see the following for more detail: MCHH Poster.pdf

Student Trustee Elections – Apply Now

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is committed to hearing the voices of the student population through the elected student trustees on an annual basis and appreciates that the student perspective is considered in the decisions of the members of the Board of Trustees, and provides our students with valuable learning opportunities and experiences.

A Student Trustee is a member of the Board of Trustees and as such is part of the deliberations and decision-making of all matters brought before the Board. Some critical responsibilities of the Student Trustee are to represent the interests of students during deliberations of the Board of Trustees and to communicate Board decisions to system students.

HWDSB Trustees Looking for Help Determining Ward Distribution

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is undertaking a review of trustee electoral areas prior to the 2018 municipal elections. Current Trustees are seeking input from the public to help determine ward distribution. Members of the community are invited to attend a public meeting to offer feedback on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Education Centre (20 Education Court). Confidential feedback is also being accepted through HWDSB’s website at www.hwdsb.on.ca/feedback until 4 p.m. on March 31, 2018.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Westmount students look at Canada in 2070

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Twenty-two students at Westmount high school have posted a series of research papers they hope will help make Canada a better country in the years to come.

OSSLT Information

Monday, March 05, 2018

For information about the upcoming OSSLT evaluation, please consult the following helpful document: OSSLT #1.pdf

Director’s Message After Florida Attack

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The news of the deadly attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is leaving many of us at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board saddened. We reflect on this tragic loss of life and condemn this deplorable attack on young people.

Westmount unveils new Andrea Robertson Learning Commons

Former Principal cuts the ribbon.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Westmount Secondary School officially unveiled its newly renovated Learning Commons on Friday, Feb. 9, naming the improves space in honour of past principal Andrea Robertson.

HWDSB Seeks Feedback on Two Draft Policies

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is gathering public feedback on its Draft Student Registration and Admissions Policy and the Draft Parent Engagement Policy.

The Draft Student Registration and Admissions Policy recognizes that every student has the right to attend a school where they are a qualified resident pupil as defined in the Education Act.

The Draft Parent Engagement Policy speaks to contributing to student achievement and well-being by fostering high levels of parent participation, involvement and engagement, as well as engaging in collaboration between the home and the school. This policy also addresses how HWDSB works with parents who are separated or divorced. 

Please open this post and click on the links to fill out the survey before the deadline of March 19, 2018 at 4 p.m.

HWDSB Needs Community Help to Name New North Secondary School

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) wants to hear from the community about selecting a name for the new North Secondary School being built at 1055 King Street East (former Scott Park Secondary School site).
Submissions for a name are being accepted through an online survey or by visiting www.hwdsb.on.ca/feedback. 

The survey closes at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

HWDSB Summer Experience Showcase

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

In support of communicating with parents/caregivers and partners, the HWDSB Parent Involvement Committee is hosting a Summer Experiences Showcase on February 13 at the HWDSB Education Centre. This event will follow a showcase/storefront format with HWDSB departments and community partners sharing summer opportunities for students (low-cost/free programs, volunteering, employment) during July and August.

Semester 2-First Day Schedule

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Semester 2 begins FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2ND. SEM2 First Day Schedule February 2018

Please Provide your Feedback on the Draft 2018/2019 School Year Calendar

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Every year, school boards across Ontario must submit school year calendars to the Ministry of Education. According to Regulation 304, school boards must develop a school year calendar for elementary and secondary schools that includes 194 school days (including seven Professional Activity Days) between September 1 and June 30 with up to 10 days designated as examination days for secondary schools.

We are seeking public input regarding the DRAFT calendars (Elementary and Secondary) until 4 p.m. on March 2 and would appreciate your participation through an on-line survey. It should take about five minutes to complete.

HWDSB Seeks Feedback on its 2018-2019 Budget Priorities

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is looking to hear from the community about how it should align its budget priorities for next year.

Individuals have a chance to weigh in on the budget priorities through an online survey. The survey is open until March 1, 2018 at 4 p.m. The results will help trustees focus HWDSB’s budget for the 2018/2019 school year.

HWDSB Launches Parent Voice Survey to Gather Input for Improvement

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) invites parents, guardians and caregivers to participate in a Parent Voice Survey to share what you think HWDSB is doing well, and how
might HWDSB improve its education services. Thank you for taking the time for this survey and helping HWDSB with your feedback.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Canada 2070 Initiative Press Conference

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ideas of Tomorrow; Student Led Canada 2070 Initiative To Unveil Vision Of Canada’s Future HAMILTON – A student led think tank has envisioned a bold future for Canada. The recommendations are the subjects of a website that will be unveiled at a press conference on … Read more about Canada 2070 Initiative Press Conference

Option Sheet Information Night Jan 18, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Option Sheet Information Nights are welcoming and practical sessions that help Grade 8 students and their parents select courses for the 2018-19 school year.More information can be found here: Jan 18 2018 Option Information Evening