We are very fortunate in Ontario to have an education system that strives for excellence and equity for all students. This week, May 2-6, is Education Week in Ontario and National Mental Health Awareness Week.
We need to be proud and share the success stories in education as well as engage in important conversations regarding mental health. The success of our education system depends on the positive mental health and well-being of staff, students and our entire community.
Providing students with the support they need to think, feel and act in ways that enhance their ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges they face is critical to their achievement and long-term success.
As HWDSB staff, we all have the power to make a significant difference in creating the core conditions of positive mental health and well-being for our students and staff.
This Education Week, thank you for all that you do to support and promote mental health and well-being within our community in order to support our students achieving excellence.
Director of Education
Monday, May 2, 2016 AT 7:30 PM
Post-secondary Transition Talk
Dr. Nathan Cooper from McMaster Student Wellness will discuss with families and students of all ages how to positively navigate the upcoming challenges of transitioning to post-secondary education. All are welcome.
Address: Westdale secondary, 700 Main Street West. Room: Auditorium
Contact: Timothy Powell-McBride, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-522-1387 ext: 223
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 AT 8:30 AM
Wellness Day at Ancaster Senior Public School (ASPS)
During Mental Health Week, Ancaster Senior is holding its second annual Wellness Day Conference to give students the tools they need to face pressures at this age (anxiety, stress, depression etc.) Students will begin their first session in the gym with a presentation from Live Different on building resiliency, boosting self-esteem and self-confidence. Then, students will break into their second session – either Nutrition (led by dieticians), Mental Health (led by our Psychological Services consultants and Minds Up coaches), Groove dance (led by Michelle Hillier from Groove EDGEucation), Yoga (led by the owner of Huron Yoga), or Art (led by an ASPS art teacher and planned with our arts consultant). The sessions are one hour in length. After lunch, the students will attend two more sessions before the day comes to an end.
Address: 295 Nakoma Road, Ancaster
Contact: Natalie Allan, email@example.com, 905-648-4439
Tuesday May 3, 2016, 10:00 AM
Together We Create Change
As part of Education Week, HWDSB is celebrating and sharing the actions that staff and students are taking to make change within their community from a local and global perspective. Each school is invited to attend with students to share and learn from other schools. Our students have been engaged in a number of different initiatives that range from environmental literacy and activism (Ontario EcoSchools), Run 4 Change, 20/20 Challenge, anti-bullying initiatives, International Day of Pink, LGBTQ /Positive Space groups and much more. We will be fully supporting our commitment to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Bluedot campaign by having a live waste audit on site (Together is a litterless event). Students will also be sharing their messages of commitment through other words or images by creating buttons to affix to our Bluedot (a giant 6’ x 6’ denim circle to be hung on the wall). The day will also see student storefronts, speakers corner, a blogging café, spoken word performances, lots of social media and keynote speaker Spencer West from Me to We.
Address: Carmen’s Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Rd. E. Room: Entire Venue
Contact: Aaron Puley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-531-4894
Tuesday May 3, 2016 AT 7:00 PM
Let’s Talk Well-Being
During Mental Health Week, Let’s Talk Well-Being will discuss with parents and caregivers ways to build resiliency and mental health in our youth. After opening remarks by HWDSB Director Manny Figueiredo, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Bruce Ferguson PhD., C. Psych. There is also an opportunity to speak to community support agencies at storefront displays.
Address: 25 High Street. Room: Auditorium
Contact: Ann Hewitt, email@example.com
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 AT 5:30 PM
Parents as Partners: Shared Vision + Shared Solution = Student Success
Parents as Partners invites you to an evening with Shelley Woon, Superintendent of Leadership & Learning: Specialized Services for a session on Shared Vision + Shared Solutions = Student Success.
Address: 20 Education Court. Room: 180A
Contact: Ann Hewitt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-527-5092
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 At 6:00 PM
Education Week at Balaclava
Balaclava will be holding an Open House for Education Week from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a book fair running all week.
Address: Balaclava School, 280-10th Concession Rd. E., Freelton
Contact: Greg Best, email@example.com, 905-659-3396
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Dr. John Seaton School – Fun Fair for Education Week
Fun Fair will include animals from a local farm, fire truck, BBQ, silent auction, book fair and booths in the gym on educational themes, school activities and resources.
Address: Dr. John Seaton school, 1279 Seaton Rd., Sheffield
Contact: Principal Eddie Grattan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-647-3471
Thursday, May 5, 2016 AT 4:30 PM
Helen Detwiler 25th Anniversary
Helen Detwiler is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! There will be reflections and artifacts from the past, student voice from the present and honouring a 25-year journey of Helen Detwiler.
Address: 320 Brigade Drive. Room: Gymnasium
Contact: Principal Nancy Radojevic, email@example.com, 905-574-2662
Thursday, May 5, 2016 AT 5:00 PM
Holbrook Open House & Family Meal for Education Week
Visit classrooms and share in a multicultural meal, celebrating the unique backgrounds of Holbrook’s students
Address: 450 Sanatorium Road. Room: Gym.
Contact: Cathie Lemmond, firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-385-5369
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Viscount Montgomery Education Week Open House – with Code Club Demonstrations
Viscount Montgomery was the first Hamilton Code Club at HWDSB that was part of a new partnership with the Industry Education Council, to foster coding at HWDSB schools. Sarah Weston’s Grade 7/8 class will be set up in the main lobby to demonstrate the games that student created using the code they have learned – and visiting students and families get to try them too!
Address: 1525 Lucerne Avenue
Contact: Teacher Sarah Weston, email@example.com
Thursday, May 5, 2016 AT 5:30 PM
Education Week Wellness Fair at R.L. Hyslop
Let’s Get Together … and Be Well! Open House in the R.L. Hyslop gymnasium for parents to enjoy an evening where they can approach, discuss and find support for various health and wellness concerns with representatives from school and community wellness services. Also, visitors can see R.L. Hyslop’s new Buddy Bench.
Address: R.L. Hyslop elementary, 20 Lake Ave., Stoney Creek
Contact: Principal Brian Playfair, firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-662-8425
Saturday, May 7, 2016 AT 10:00 AM to Sunday, May 8, 2016 AT 4PM
PHOTO: DOORS OPEN HAMILTON 2016 – Three HWDSB buildings featured at two locations
As part of Doors Open Hamilton, visitors are invited to tour three interesting HWDSB buildings at two locations. These include:
- Mohawk Trail School Museum: A restored 1882 one-room schoolhouse open for the first time since its relocation. Located behind the HWDSB Education Centre, 20 Education Court.
- HWDSB Education Centre: The new administrative building for HWDSB opened in 2014. At 20 Education Court, off Upper Wentworth near Mohawk Road East.
- HWDSB Educational Archives and Heritage Centre: Displays of school memorabilia, yearbooks, photos and more! At 155 Macassa Avenue near Upper Gage.
Contact: Sue Phillips, email@example.com
Saturday, May 7, 2016 AT 7:00 PM
Southmount Secondary Reunion
A meet and greet opportunity to catch up with students and staff who were at Southmount Secondary School from 1964-1970. Find additional information on the website http://www.southmountreunion.ca.
Address: Leander Boat Club, 50 Leander Drive
Contact: Jean Bethune, firstname.lastname@example.org