Gulf Coast at Night (August2014), photo by NASA, used under a Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license

Lights out for Earth Hour

Are you turning off lights for Earth Hour? Upper Grand schools are celebrating the dark on Friday. Lessons outside, dark screens and tablets, lights off, morning announcements and climate change are some of the many Earth Hour activities planned. You can save energy too – turn your lights off for at least an hour beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

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News

Nominations open for Everyday Hero Awards

There was the family who built a school yard ice rink used by the whole community. Students who needed winter toques or running shoes? The Office Coordinator and parent volunteers at one school made sure they got them.

These were some of the Everyday Heroes in the Upper Grand District School Board last year. Award nominations are now open for the current year, and the question is – who will be winners?

Boundary review will finalize attendance area for new elementary school in East Guelph

The initiation of a boundary review to establish the full JK-8 French Immersion (FI) boundary of a new school on Couling Crescent in East Guelph was approved by trustees at the Business Operations Committee on March 10, 2015. The vote must be ratified at the regular meeting of the board on March 31.

Are you a parent of a student who has special needs?

DWSNS logoThis is an exciting time in Ontario as four government Ministries are working together to develop a new system of services and supports for children and youth with special needs and their families. The Dufferin-Wellington Special Needs Strategy planning table would like to hear from you! Focus groups will be held from March 2-10, 2015. If you can’t attend a focus group, complete our survey March 6-22, 2015. Please visit the Dufferin-Wellington Special Needs Strategy website to learn how to participate.

Trustees vote to keep Kenilworth Public School open

It’s official. Kenilworth Public School will remain open, and facility upgrades, including a renovation for Full Day Kindergarten, have a green light.

Highlights from the February 2015 Board Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The following are highlights from the meeting.

Quebec trip immerses students in French culture and language

Students on the slopes at St DonatForty-eight students and four teachers from the Upper Grand District School Board were fully immersed in French Canadian culture and language during a four day trip to St Donat, Quebec, February 11-14, 2015.

Spotlight on schools

Edward Johnson PS class teams up with Japanese students

Students at Edward Johnson working on the muralGrade 6 students in Mme Caudarella’s class at École Edward Johnson participated in a Global Project called Art Miles Japan this year. It is coordinated through the International Education and Resource Network and is a fabulous way for students to have a global learning experience.

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Upcoming Events

  • March 30Parent Involvement Committee
    06:45 PM - 09:00 PM
  • March 31Board Meeting
    07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • April 02CDDHS Art Show - Closing Reception
    06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
  • April 02What's to Worry About? Week Three - Tools and Fuel for Success
    06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  • April 16A Gazillion is not a Number
    05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  • April 20Open House and Official Opening - Spencer Avenue E.S.
    05:45 PM - 08:00 PM