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Each year, schools across Grand Erie demonstrate admirable commitment and dedication towards environmental stewardship as they work to gain certification as an EcoSchool, and help make the planet a whole lot better in the process.
A French language educator and the manager of Transportation Services for Grand Erie District School Board are this year's recipients of the Patti McCleister Memorial Award.
Grand Erie District School Board approved balanced operating and capital budgets for the 2024-25 school year during the Regular Board meeting on Monday, June 24.
Some of the youngest residents of West Brant sunk shovels into the ground on June 24 to officially kick off construction on a joint-use project between Grand Erie District School Board, the City of Brantford and the Brantford Public Library.
Every two years, students across the region have the opportunity to submit an original short story to be considered to win the prize, which awards funds to the top six writers and a merchandise prize for the top 10. Seven Grand Erie students have been recognized in the 2024 Laurier Stedman Prize competition.
On May 16, the dancefloor was aglow with more than 250 students celebrating inclusion and belonging at the Rainbow Ball. This year's Space Glow themed dance was hosted by Dunnville Secondary School, drawing in students from across Grand Erie for a night of music, dancing, games, food and fun.
Last month, the leadership initiative of Damien Morrison, a Grade 10 student at Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School, took him to the Western Ontario Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation (HOBY) conference, where he was one of 100 student leaders from secondary schools across the region there to develop skills, network and hear from other inspiring leaders. Next, it will take him to an international conference to do the same thing on a larger scale. 
As the school year winds down, Wanda Contant, Lead Hand for Facility Services, is reflecting on a remarkable milestone – 40 years of service ensuring schools are safe, well maintained spaces, and her co-workers are supported in carrying out this collective goal. 
The United Indigenous Student Council (UISC) held its final event of the year on Friday, May 17, with an all-day celebration at Hagersville Secondary School that included drumming, dancing, hands-on activities and crafts, special guest performances and community connections. 
On the evening of May 9, more than 100 families joined forces to compete in the Amazing Race: Cobblestone Edition. With their eyes set on a family prize pack offering treats and attractions in Paris, Ontario, students, siblings, caregivers and friends traveled from country to country to solve math challenges and collect stamps to fill up their passports. 
Students at Paris District High School recently took part in a meaningful art project coinciding with Red Dress Day, meant to start and continue conversations around an important issue, honouring survivors and those affected by violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people across the country. 
Grand Erie is hosting a free viewing of The Rules of Lacrosse – and the Men Who Break Them featuring Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation local, Gaylord Powless. Hear from some of the greatest names in the sport and Brantford legend, Wayne Gretzky.
Grand Erie learners dug their shovels into the ground Monday to mark the official start of construction on a joint-use building that will serve as the future home of a public and Catholic elementary school to meet the needs of the growing community in Caledonia. 
An additional 283 laptops have arrived at Caledonia Centennial Public School, Cayuga Secondary School and Lakewood Elementary School. The new computers, also known as HP ProBooks, are helping educators extend learning possibilities, streamline day-to-day operations and help students adapt to the ever-changing demands of today's digital world. 
Shopping for graduation attire can be expensive, so for the sixth year, King George School is partnering with Brantford Police Services to provide an opportunity for Grade 8 students to find a special outfit, without the price tags. 
Students from Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School had a unique opportunity recently to take part in learning around the importance of sustainable water management and stewardship, and hear from Autumn Peltier, Chief Water Commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation and activist on the international stage advocating for people's rights to clean, safe and reliable drinking water. 
Last spring, Jeff Allison was recognized for his support and guidance in developing eLearning programming at the 2023 eLearning Consortium. Since then, he's stepped into a new role as principal of Hagersville Secondary School, all while continuing to develop and refine a large-scale online education program to support personalized learning in Grand Erie.
Grand Erie secondary schools are hosting the final Student Learning Support Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 16. Student Learning Support Days are an opportunity for any student to get caught up on work or redo assignments to improve marks. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on these days.
Grand Erie was well represented at the recent Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF), and four students have returned with awards honouring projects that showcased curiosity, innovation and creative problem-solving, with practical applications in the world. 
Grand Erie District School Board is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Elementary Federation of Teachers of Ontario (ETFO) Grand Erie Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs). The agreement was ratified by the Board on March 25, 2024 and is effective through to 2026.
For students involved in the dramatic arts, the month of March is the culminating point of a year’s worth of planning, building, rehearsing and refining their shows. March is not only the time for school drama clubs' initial public shows, but the month ends with an ultimate performance at the annual NTS District Festival.
You Belong Here features Grand Erie leaders who were once Grand Erie learners. It’s a then-and-now look at the lessons in learning, well-being and belonging that shaped their school experiences and continue to inspire them today. Jeff Benner is the Principal Leader for Secondary, the former principal at Hagersville Secondary School and a Cayuga Secondary School grad. 
Whether you’re unemployed, underemployed, working part-time or simply looking for a change, CareerLink gives you what you need to get working. Located in the heart of Brantford, CareerLink offers a host of employment services like resume and cover letter assistance, help with job searches and applications, mock interviews, training opportunities, placement support, referrals, workshops and more.
The hallways of Hagersville Secondary School were filled with the air of democracy recently, as student representatives from secondary schools across Grand Erie converged to select next year's student trustees.
Grand Erie District School Board is pleased to announce that it has reached agreements with two local ETFO labour unions, concluding all of Grand Erie’s educator union agreements. These agreements were ratified by the Board on February 26, 2024, and the term of the agreements span 2022 through to 2026.
Grand Erie District School Board and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB) have received Ministry of Education approval to proceed to tender, as well as additional funding in the amount of $12,622,948 to support the construction of a new joint-use elementary school.
International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the globe. On March 8 each year, we commemorate the hard work of women who fought for equality, rights, and suffrage.
Grand Erie District School Board is pleased to announce that it has reached tentative agreements with three local labour unions representing a significant number of educators in the district. All these agreements were ratified by the Board on February 26, 2024, and the term of the agreements span 2022 through to 2026.
You Belong Here features Grand Erie leaders who were once Grand Erie learners. It’s a then-and-now look at the lessons in learning, well-being and belonging that shaped their school experiences and continue to inspire them today. Kristy Johnson's educational journey began in Haldimand County, and has taken her across Grand Erie as an educator and administrator.
When Richard Ernst discovered an old car’s frame abandoned in a Waterloo field, he saw an opportunity. Following the success of last year’s classic car restoration, Transportation Technology teacher Mr. Ernst disassembled and hauled a 1956 Volkswagen Beetle out from the fence row and into his auto classroom at Simcoe Composite School, where students are transforming the vehicle into something sparkling and new. 
Trustee Carol Ann Sloat has posted regrettable and misleading public statements on social media about the Board, Board staff, and her role as Trustee.
Please be advised that the PA Day previously scheduled for April 19, 2024 will be changed to April 8, 2024. 
You Belong Here features Grand Erie leaders who were once Grand Erie learners. It’s a then-and-now look at the lessons in learning, well-being and belonging that shaped their school experiences and continue to inspire them today. Matt Malcolm has deep roots in Norfolk County. He’s vice-principal at Simcoe Composite School and attended Delhi District Secondary School as a student.
Students and staff at Tollgate Technological Skills Centre are taking part in the Push-Up Challenge, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) this month. The 23-day challenge aims to increase physical activity and well-being together, while increasing knowledge around mental health. 
Learners across Grand Erie will cast ballots on February 15 in the Student Trustee election to select their representatives for the 2024-25 school year. Three student leaders will be elected, representing the north and south regions of the board, and Indigenous students across the district.
In Meet the Leader, Grand Erie’s newest principals and vice-principals share their story and leadership philosophy. In this edition, meet Heidi Schleifer, James Medway, Anh Hoang, Thomas Ro, Jamie Snell and Andrea Jenkins.
Last summer, Lisa Taylor, a Grade 5 teacher at Major Ballachey Public School in Brantford, noticed a social media post that ignited inspiration for the school year ahead. It was a post by Ripley’s Aquarium, promoting a contest open to educators, inviting them to submit applications to win a free class trip to Toronto to take in the underwater learning experience. The aim was to remove barriers and provide a unique opportunity for learners who might not otherwise have the chance. 
You Belong Here features Grand Erie leaders who were once Grand Erie learners. It’s a then-and-now look at the lessons in learning, well-being and belonging that shaped their school experiences and continue to inspire them today. Griffin Cobb is principal at Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School in Brantford, and attended Simcoe Composite School in Norfolk County as a student. 
Some of the youngest learners at St. George-German Public School recently had a chance to experience the benefits of yoga, connecting mindfulness, movement and breathwork to build a strong foundation of calm in the classroom. 
You Belong Here features Grand Erie leaders who were once Grand Erie learners. It’s a then-and-now look at the lessons in learning, well-being and belonging that shaped their school experiences and continue to inspire them today. Alison High is principal at Valley Heights Secondary School in Norfolk County, and also attended Valley as a student. 
As we get ready to say goodbye to 2023 and greet the new year, I want to share my best wishes with our students and families across this beautiful region.
In November, McKinnon Park Secondary students took on the Distributive Education Clubs of America’s (DECA) business competition at Brock University. The program introduces high school students to a variety of concepts in marketing, finance, hospitality and management building the foundation for post-secondary studies and a future business career.
This year, Bloomsburg Public School’s Festive Dinner returned once again. Students, teachers, bus drivers and many others in our community were invited to join us for a turkey lunch here at Bloomsburg on Friday, December 15th.
View the latest agenda for Secondary Professional Activity Days at Grand Erie District School Board - updated Sept. 29, 2023.
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