Halton District School Board ready for an exciting year of learning

More than 60,000 students poised to attend first day of school Sept. 2, 2014

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The Halton District School Board is excited to welcome students to the first day of school on~Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The Board’s 4,017 teachers, 1,943 non-teaching and support staff, and 216 Principals and Vice-principals are preparing lesson plans, outfitting classrooms, cleaning facilities, stocking supplies and ensuring our 103 elementary and secondary schools are equipped to welcome students back the first day.~

Director of Education David Euale is eager for students and parents to begin a year he’s confident will be fulfilling.

“We are excited to begin another year of learning with our more than 60,000 students, including approximately 7,500 junior and senior kindergarten students who are enrolled in our Full Day Every Day Kindergarten program,” he said. “We are confident the enthusiasm for learning in our youngest students will be nurtured and sustained by our dedicated staff as they progress through each grade level.”~~

This year, the Board is completing the rolling out of its Full Day Every Day Kindergarten program.  A total of 18 additional schools will offer the program, meaning 74 elementary schools now offer the program. The new schools offering FDK in 2014-15 are: Alexander’s PS, Alton Village PS, Bruce Trail PS, Charles R. Beaudoin PS, Emily Carr PS, Glen Williams PS, Hawthorne Village PS, John William Boich PS, Joshua Creek PS, Limehouse PS, Orchard Park PS, Pauline Johnson PS, Pineland PS, Pineview PS, Tiger Jeet Singh PS, West Oak PS, Irma Coulson PS and Anne J. MacArthur PS.

The Board continues to accommodate a growing student population by completing expansions at 11 facilities and adding 55 portables to school sites. This year’s $664 million operating budget accounts for 3.2 per cent growth in student enrolment.

As students enter this school year, they will be made more familiar with advanced 21st century learning techniques including the Halton Cloud. This is a suite of web-based messaging and applications Google hosts on their own servers. It provides tools and storage for students and staff members including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing and forms. Each student and staff member has

The use of portable devices like tablets and Chromebooks (of which 4,000 alone were purchased in 2013-14) will become another strong learning resource for students as they explore new and exciting ways to learn as responsible digital citizens.

The encouragement to use these kinds of devices for instructional purposes is a key part of the Board’s Bring I.T. initiative. There are now 18,000 workstations (which include Windows and MacIntosh desktops, laptops and netbooks) and 5,000 iPads, for student and staff usage, augmenting the Boards’ exploration of 21st century learning. Of these, 4,000 are assigned to students as assistive technology devices.

The Board welcomes new members to its senior administrative staff including Stuart Miller as the Associate Director of Education and Superintendents Scott PodrebaracChristina Salmini and Julie Hunt Gibbons, strengthening the core team of administrators providing educational excellence to students.

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