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photo of wards 6 and 9 trustee kathy archerKathy Archer – Spring 2024 Update

Hello Ward 6 & 9, 

I hope you and your families are enjoying the first months of spring. This season brings many joyful moments between our schools and families, and I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with you all. 

It’s been an exciting year at HWDSB.  In January, we celebrated the launch of HWDSB’s 2023-2028 Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP). With your input, we created a 5-year plan for HWDSB with a powerful mission: To ensure that every student experiences a sense of belonging and engages in dynamic learning to reach their potential and build their own future. Our mission is underpinned by HWDSB’s new guiding values – Compassion, Dignity, Trust and Joy 

Grounded in our commitment to a culture of improvement, the Board Improvement Plan (previously called the Board Annual Plan) will be reviewed and updated annually with new indicators. Improvements in literacy, numeracy, preparedness, well-being and engagement are the foundation of this plan, and we look forward to sharing progress in the coming months. 

I would also like to thank all the families who participated in the Gatestone/Shannen Koostachin Boundary Review this year. We had some great conversations about how best to serve our students and ensure that our school boundaries reflect the changing nature of our vibrant neighbourhoods. The next step in the process is our Transition Committe, which will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to voice their thoughts and ensure that the changes are as smooth as possible for students and the community alike. You can find out more about the transition committee here.  

This spring, I had the great privilege of volunteering at the annual Prom Project Event – a “pop-up shop” style event that provides students from across Hamilton the opportunity to pick out formal wear for proms, graduations, banquets, and other special events, free of charge. It was a fantastic day celebrating the style of HWDSB students – and a fantastic way to ensure that students attend their milestone event feeling confident, stylish, and proud!   

Schools across our Ward were thrilled to welcome families to Kindergarten Orientation events this month! Starting a new school is an important milestone, and staff were eager to share a glimpse of what September has in store. We are excited to officially welcome you to HWDSB! 

As the school year draws to a close, many students and families will be celebrating commencement. This is an opportunity to celebrate students’ incredible achievements, dedication, and perseverance, and to take stock of how far each one of you has come since your first day of school.  

I would like to offer a sincere congratulations to students finishing Grade 8 or Grade 12, as well as to the parents and caregivers who helped along the way. It is my hope that the knowledge and experience you have gained at HWDSB will stay with you always, wherever your chosen path may lead. 

As we approach sunnier weather, I hope you all take time out of your days to do things you enjoy and pat yourselves on the back for your hard work and accomplishments. I look forward to hearing about the exciting activities and initiatives taking place in Wards 6 & 9 throughout the summer and beyond!



Upcoming HWDSB Dates  

Click here to view the full school year calendars for this school year and 2024-25. 

  • Friday, June 7 – PA Day (Elementary School) 
  • Wednesday, June 19 – Last Day of Classes (Secondary) 
  • Thursday, June 20 – Exam Period Begins (Secondary) 
  • Wednesday, June 27 – Last Day of Classes (Elementary) 
  • Thursday, June 28 – PA Day (Elementary School) 
  • Tuesday, September 3 – First Day of School 

Summer Resources 

Explore opportunities through the links below or click here to learn more about summer programs on the City of Hamilton website. 

  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres: EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free, high-quality programs for families and children from prenatal to 6 years old. You can learn and play with your child, meet people and get advice from early childhood professionals.
  • Hamilton Public Library Summer Reading Club: Participate in activities, events and giveaways, and read, watch and listen. Pick up an activity tracker, complete fun activities, and win stickers and prizes along the way.
  • The Centre: The City of Hamilton’s online hub for youth (Ages 12-17) outlining drop-in programs, summer recreation courses, and more.
  • Pool Listings: Hours, locations, and features for the city’s wading and outdoor pools.
  • Beach Water Quality Results: Double-check the water quality at the city’s beaches.
  • Supies: This free program offers supervised drop-in activities for children at parks around the city.
  • Fitness in the Park: Free fitness programs are offered throughout the summer at City of Hamilton parks. Programs are led by Recreation fitness staff and are open to all abilities and ages and include Family Yoga and Family Cardio Dance.

For more information about summer programming at HWDSB, including summer school and adult programs, click here to visit the Continuing Education website

Updated on Friday, May 24, 2024.
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