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We are hiring a Manager of Psychological Services to join a multi-disciplinary Specialized Services team to plan and implement related system, community and provincial Special Education initiatives and services. https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/careers/Manager-of-Psychological-Services-July-2019.pdf
Wishing you a very Happy Canada Day from HWDSB!
Great to see art by HWDSB students featured in a community featured art project along the future LRT route, Transport to the Future: Community, Conversation, Art! Thanks to partners involved and students Delta, Sir John A. Macdonald, Dalewood, Prince of Wales and Cootes Paradise.
Our Chair and Director have issued this Message to the Hamilton Community to stand with our LGBTQI2S+ community, condemn the Pride attacks and reinforce our commitment to equity and inclusion. http://bit.ly/2KGKjNW #hwdsbweallbelong
It’s sunny and hot, a great day to wish our entire community a safe and happy summer ahead. See you in September!
HWDSB Trustees appointed Maria Felix Miller to represent Ward 3 and to fill the vacancy due to the sudden passing of Trustee Chris Parkinson. “The Board of Trustees welcomes Maria Felix Miller to the team and we look forward to working with her,” said Board Chair Alex Johnstone. “We are confident that this appointment respects the recently expressed wishes of the electorate and are happy that Ward 3 has a representative in place.” Miller came in a close second place finish to Parkinson by only 29 votes in October’s municipal election. Trustees made a motion to appoint her to fill the vacancy in Ward 3 at the June 17, 2019 Board meeting. “I was saddened to hear about the passing of Trustee Chris Parkinson and honoured that the Board of Trustees has asked me to continue his work in representing Ward 3,” said Maria Felix Miller. “I am excited to work hard for the residents of our ward and to use my experience as a parent and local leader to ensure our students feel seen and supported. I hope to develop an inclusive and community-driven culture at the new Bernie Custis Secondary School through engagement and cooperation, while also recognizing the wonderful local hubs found at our elementary school level.” Maria Felix Miller will be sworn in at the Board meeting on September 16, 2019.
Want to help shape education at HWDSB? Consider joining our Parent Involvement Committee for the 2019-20 school year. PIC is a team that meets monthly, and is dedicated to school and community involvement. Apply by July 5, 2019. Form is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PIC_Application
Thinking of all those HWDSB secondary students scribbling away today.... all the best on your exams!
Flags at HWDSB are at half-mast today for the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. Thank you for helping to build a more peaceful world.
On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we give thanks to the Original Peoples of this land and our relationships that enhance life and learning for all students.
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Trustees approved to change all remaining secondary school fields from natural grass to artificial turf. Saltfleet and Glendale secondary schools will remain natural fields at this time to honour the commitments in progress. “The strong work of our Facilities Management department, through their Secondary Field Strategy, has provided us the opportunity to move our secondary school fields to artificial turf,” said Alex Johnstone, Chair of the Board. “Our experience with existing artificial turf projects, as well as our financial prudence related to field revitalization, affords us the opportunity to set a new direction for our fields.” There are four secondary schools scheduled for artificial fields – Bernie Custis, Nora Frances Henderson, Sir Winston Churchill and Waterdown. Sir Winston Churchill’s field opened this past September, while work on Waterdown’s field is in progress. Nora Frances Henderson’s field will be constructed with the new school and the Bernie Custis field is planned in partnership with the City of Hamilton.

As Trustees exercise fiscal restraint in challenging times, funds to move fields to artificial turf will be done through existing Capital funds outlined in the Facilities Master Plan. The budget allocation will not exceed the $55 total allocation for secondary facility benchmarks, which includes science labs, learning commons, sports fields and gymnasium floors. The timelines to construct the fields, however, will be extended. Schools with artificial turf fields will also increase the Board’s community use potential. “We have heard from our students and communities that they want and support artificial turf fields,” said Johnstone. “The previous Board decision in 2014 to approve four artificial fields was done in a diligent manner. We have learned a lot about the difference between natural grass and artificial turf and we can move forward in changing our direction with confidence.” Staff will report back to Trustees with an updated Secondary Field Strategy in the fall to outline the school schedule.
Congratulations is extended to the following recipients of Profiling Excellence on June 17, 2019. Excellence is worth celebrating! 
Stephanie Hrynkiw is being honoured as a nominee for the Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit and Sandra Binns for being the recipient of the 2019 Award of Excellence. These two awards are supported through the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. 
Students being honoured are from the DVSS Girls Senior Basketball Team who were Silver Medalist at 2018-19 OFSAA Girls AA Basketball Championship. Congrats to Kaylee Allan, Jenna Button, Taylor Cumming, Ruby Gubekjian, Olivia Mathews, Grace Opsteen, Megan Spenler, Julia Sylvester, Sara Vogel, and Jane Wright. The DVSS coaches of this team were also honoured. Congrats to Nick White, Josh Douglas, Shanien O’Neill, and Jasmina Kucil. 
A Profiling Excellence award was also given to staff who led the successful HWDSB Annual Checker’s Tournament Organization. Congrats to Nick Trikoupis from Ancaster Meadow, Bill Forrester from Ancaster Meadow, and David Del Conte from Cathy Wever.
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