“The Halton District School Board is committed to every student.” I have lived this vision for eight years and have worked with staff, students, parents and communities to make it the culture in our schools. The Halton District School Board’s mission, vision and values were set out in a Strategic Plan in 2007, reiterated in 2011, and are the foundation of the HDSB Multi-Year Plan 2012-2016. The last four years have seen almost innumerable improvements in the culture of education in Halton. These changes have been necessary and made more challenging by four years of austerity in Ontario. They have been made possible by excellent staff and supportive communities.

The following letter to the editor written by Burlington Trustee Dianna Bower expresses the frustration felt by all trustees in Halton and across the province who have worked seven days a week for four years to create safe, healthy, inclusive and engaging places to learn, to provide opportunities for challenge and choice, and to prepare students for success. All stakeholders in public education should voice their objections to the behaviours of political lobbies and opportunists who through innuendo or lies create a crisis where there has in fact been incredible success.

Letter to the Editor

Re: “Halton Trustee Candidates Sign Pledge to Put Student’s First”

As the current Halton District School Board Trustee for Burlington Wards 1 & 3, I was surprised with the above-noted article in the Toronto Star, Burlington Post & Oakville Beaver. While some Toronto trustees were recently in the news regarding their expenditures, there have been no reports of anything even remotely similar elsewhere in Ontario. To tar the Halton District School Board with the same brush is only political opportunism. Continue Reading »

The following are Multifaith/Equity Days of Significance for October 2014.  Please refer to the HDSB web Calendar to view these dates and future dates.
  • Wednesday, October 1 – Islamic History Month
  • Thursday, October 2 – Int. Day of Non-Violence
  • Saturday, October 4 – Monday, October 6 – Eid-Ul-Adha * subject to moon sighting
  • Saturday, October 4 – Sunday, October 5 – Yom Kippur* begins sundown previous day
  • Saturday, October 5 – Dasera
  • Sunday, October 6 – World Teachers Day
  • Thursday October 9 – Wednesday October 15 – Sukkot *begins sundown previous day
  • Friday, October 10 – World Mental Health Day
  • Tuesday, October 14 – World Sight Day
  • Thursday, October 16 – World Food Day
  • Friday, October 17 – Int. Day for the Elimination of Poverty
  • Friday, October 17 – Simchat Torah *beings sundown previous day
  • Monday, October 20 – Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib
  • Monday, October 20 – Birth of the Bab
  • Thursday, October 23 – Lord Mahavir Nirvan
  • Thursday, October 23 – Jain New Year
  • Thursday, October 23 – Diwali
  • Friday, October 31 – Samhain

HDSB Faith Accommodation Guidelines can be found at www.hdsb.ca-Policy-FaithAccomodationProcedure2012.pdf

This information is provided by Suzanne Muir, the HDSB’s Equity and Inclusive Education Coordinator in the school board’s Community Engagement Department.

“When will a school be built in Lakeshore Woods?” and its corollary, “Will my school close if a new school is built?” are two perennial questions in Wards 1&2 Oakville. Since 1999, the Halton District School Board’s annual long-term accommodation plans have included (with one exception) a school for 550 to 700 students at the south end of Nautical Blvd next to Shell Park. Continue Reading »

Share the Road’s “Greg’s Ride”
Two Upcoming Events:

Family Fun Ride:

  • When: Sat Sep 20th registration opens 2pm, ride starts at 2:45pm
  • Where: Burlington Mall parking lot off Prospect St. behind The Bay, 777 Guelph Line
  • Cost: Free for families with participating children aged 12 and under. Please bring a completed Participation Waiver

9th Annual Greg’s Ride:

  • When: Sun Sep 21st Register here.
  • Where: Kelso Conservation Area, 5234 Kelso Road, Milton
  • Why: to gather together as a community of cyclists to remember those we’ve lost, to celebrate our achievements and to work together towards our common goal of ensuring that our roads become safer places for all those that use them.

“In 2006, OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart was killed while on a training ride on Tremaine Road in Milton. After Greg’s death, Greg’s wife Eleanor McMahon founded the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in his memory to advocate for safer roads for all Ontarians.  Since that time, Share the Road has grown considerably, and has achieved some tremendous successes. We have worked with all parties at the provincial legislature to pass laws that increase the penalties for driving without a licence. We have worked with the government to put the toughest penalties in the country for distracted driving and dooring a cyclist on the legislative agenda. We have worked tirelessly with municipalities and non-government partners to emphasize the tremendous value that cycling and active transportation can have, and together we have truly changed the conversation around cycling. No longer are communities asking why they should invest in cycling – they’re now asking how.”

The Parent Involvement Committee is pleased to host our 7th Annual PIC Conference for Parents. See the PIC Conference Flyer 2014 for workshop thumbnails.

Keynote Speakers:
Mary Jean Gallagher and George Couros

This is a FREE conference.

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Venue: White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Dr., Oakville, ON  L6H 1Z5

Register online at http://www.hdsb.ca/Community/PIC/Pages/welcome.aspx or at your child’s school.

For inquiries, please contact: Joanne Basta at 905-335-3663 ext. 3294 or basta@hdsb.ca.


  • Community awareness displays
  • Interpreters will be provided upon request – American Sign Language
  • We offer FREE child minding, upon request, at White Oaks Secondary School
  • A light breakfast and lunch will be provided (FREE)


  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:45 am – 8:55 am Welcome & Introductions
  • 8:55 am – 9:55 am Mary Jean Gallagher Keynote Speaker
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am George Couros Keynote Speaker
  • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm “A” Session Workshops
  • 12:15 am – 1:30 pm Nutrition Break & CommunityDisplays
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm “B” Session Workshops

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“If you can read this thank a teacher.
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Thanks to IU1VA7XY_reasonably_smallThe Groovy Teacher @JoeAFloyd

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Kerr Village is where you want to be Saturday! Something for everyone including the Cowboy Junkies


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