Bill boards in Toronto promoting climate protest.
Climate change protest posters. Photo by Sean Hurley.

Students step up as climate change leaders

Following a U.N. Climate Summit in New York City last September, Hamilton students have picked up the gauntlet. At a Youth Eco-Summit at Mohawk College this past October, the message was clear: we must all take an active role in the fight against climate change. Fifteen years ago, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) …

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Can Delta be saved?

PSA: Delta, INSE Intro There were two things that drove me to put my name forward for School Board Trustee back in January of 2014: special needs children and saving local schools that uniquely naturally served students within this demographic and two, to stop the closing and sale of local community schools and invaluable public …

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School to be a showpiece of architectural art

Judging from design sketches of the new St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School, presented to trustees earlier this month, the new school building will be not only a welcome addition to the downtown community, but a showpiece of architectural art. The school’s contemporary design is the work of Tony Svedas from Svedas Architects Inc., the firm …

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A new momentum for a new year

With the new school year underway, I am excited to support staff and students across our five Ward 3 schools. I toured the new Bernie Custis Secondary School earlier this summer and was so happy to see how committed staff is to ensuring that the school culture is one of inclusivity and positivity. During these …

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Summer Learning Program gives students a running start to new school year

It’s called the summer slide and despite our best attempts to prevent it, it happens, especially in reluctant readers. Summer slide is the learning loss that occurs from the time students leave school in June until they return in September. For some children, the learning loss could mean a drop of several reading benchmark levels, …

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Working together to make our schools the best places to learn

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Students are back from March Break, and spring is days away. This has been a long winter, with many snow days. I sympathize with parents who have had to adjust schedules, find alternative child care, and who have been inconvenienced when schools have closed for student and staff safety. We will be re-examining our inclement …

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Celebrating 50 years of Each Belongs

This year the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board celebrates the 50th anniversary of Each Belongs, a model of inclusive education that supports the full integration of students with special education needs into mainstream neighbourhood schools. While many people today wouldn’t remember schools before Each Belongs the decision to move to an inclusionary model of education was …

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