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What's New in the Upper Canada District School Board

Read about what's been happening across the Upper Canada District School Board this month. Be sure to check our Archived News section for past good news stories!

Media advisories on COVID-19 cases in UCDSB schools have been moved to the COVID-19 Public Advisories page.

UCDSB Technology Access Survey
Technology Survey for Families with In-Person Learners
04/15/2021
As students and families prepare for the provincially-mandated period of remote learning, which starts the week of April 19, we want to once again assess the technology needs of our students who were enrolled in-person learning at their local school as of April 9, 2021.
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Affaan Ali
St. Lawrence Secondary School Student Earns Prestigious Science Scholarship
04/15/2021
Affaan Ali, a dedicated Grade 12 student at St. Lawrence Secondary School (SLSS), is a top student, active in his community, and his commitment to his studies and personal endevours are getting noticed.
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UCDSB Funding Announcement
UCDSB Receives $10M in Federal and Provincial Funding for School Enhancements and Upgrades
04/14/2021
The Upper Canada District School Board is happy to announce that our school board will be receiving $10.2 million from the federal and provincial governments, as part of the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This funding was announced this morning.
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Return to Learning Update for April 19
Return to Learning Update for April 19
04/13/2021
As you are likely aware, the provincial government announced yesterday that schools will not re-open to in-person learning after the April 2021 Spring Break. We understand that you may have questions related to what this means for your child(ren). Please know that we are working through the details and we will keep you informed.
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UCDSB Board of Trustees
Highlights from the April 7 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
04/09/2021
Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met virtually on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.
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Weekly Round Up
UCDSB Weekly Round Up April 5-9
04/09/2021
Lots of fun spirit days, special activities and classroom learning happened this week at UCDSB schools:
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April Break Letter
April Break Parent/Guardian Letter
04/09/2021
Dear UCDSB Parents and Guardians, Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept our schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom.
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Naismith PS Food Trucks
Food trucks, business and burgers: Naismith Memorial Public School Students explore entrepreneurship
04/09/2021
When it comes to crafting creative architectural designs, writing business plans, and developing marketing strategies, the Grade 4/5 students at Naismith Memorial Public School in Almonte are now well-versed in all these areas.
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UCDSB Quadmester Results
Public High School Students Make Academic Gains Despite Pandemic
03/31/2021
Even in light of the ongoing pandemic, students within the Upper Canada District School Board are making significant positive gains within the classroom. UCDSB student success data shows that credit completion amongst high school students is on the upswing, even when compared to pre-pandemic numbers.
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Trustees
Highlights from the March 24 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
03/29/2021
Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met virtually on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.
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Weekly Round Up
UCDSB Weekly Roundup March 22-26
03/26/2021
Lots of fun spirit days, special activities and classroom learning happened this week at UCDSB schools.
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Casting Call for Students K-12
03/20/2021
he Upper Canada District School Board’s Strategic Plan focuses on why we’re all here: because of our students. As we update our Strategic Plan and the branded poster designs that are displayed in our schools, we want to ensure our students are represented in those images.
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Weekly Round Up
UCDSB Weekly Roundup March 15-19
03/19/2021
Lots of fun spirit days, special activities and classroom learning happened this week at UCDSB schools
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UCDSB Honours International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
03/19/2021
The Upper Canada District School Board recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which takes place on Sunday, March 21, 2021. This day symbolizes the recognition that every individual is born free and equal in dignity and rights.
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Eliza Batchelor
North Grenville DHS Student Brings Hidden Issue to Light
03/18/2021
Eliza Batchelor, a Grade 10 student at North Grenville District High School, is spreading awareness of the presence of human trafficking happening within the Leeds and Grenville area.
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UCDSB Board of Trustees
Highlights from the March 10 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
03/15/2021
Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.
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This Is Us: Hearing from Our Secondary Students
03/12/2021
The Upper Canada District School Board continues to connect with our secondary school students to get their perspective on their learning experiences during the pandemic. We recently connected with both Rideau District High School and Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute.
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Christine Sloan SGDHS
Shifting Art Lessons During the Pandemic: A UCDSB Teacher Perspective
03/09/2021
When it comes to the pandemic and remote learning experiences, there’s one word that’s often used – pivot. That was especially the case for Christine Sloan – an art and French teacher at South Grenville District High School (SGDHS) in Prescott.
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UCDSB Update: Revised Calendar, Staffing Shortages, Asymptomatic Testing
03/08/2021
There has been a lot happening within our school district over the last month and we want to take this opportunity to let you know of some of the most recent developments.
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International Women's Day 2021
Celebrating Women on International Women's Day
03/08/2021
Today, on International Women's Day, we're honouring all females within our school board, including our leaders.
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Chimo Elementary School Student Initiative
Chimo Elementary School Student Wellness Initiative Gains Momentum in Schools and National Attention
03/07/2021
When the Grade 7 students from Chimo Elementary School in Smiths Falls first decided to take on and later create a wellness challenge in January, they had no idea it would garner attention from a best-selling author and inspire the entire school board.
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Pineview PS Spirit Day
UCDSB Weekly Roundup
03/05/2021
Check out the awesome classroom activities and special events that happened this week in #UCDSB schools.
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Student Trustees Ward & Ali
UCDSB Student Senate Elects Two New Student Trustees
03/01/2021
On Friday, February 26, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Student Senators met for their third quarterly meeting and elected two new Student Trustees for the 2021-2022 school year.
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Highlights from the February 24 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
02/26/2021
Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.
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UCDSB Purchasing Department
Director's Award of Merit Fall 2020 Recipient - UCDSB Purchasing Department
02/23/2021
The UCDSB Purchasing Department demonstrated immense dedication and work ethic in order to make UCDSB schools a safer place for staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking on the monumental effort of ensuring the school district’s personal protective equipment (PPE) was in place in time to welcome back students to in-person learning.
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Letter to Families from Local Public Health Unit
New Public Health Screening and Isolation Guidelines
02/19/2021
Our public health partners have asked us to share the following information related to changes that have recently been made to the provincial COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.
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Russell PS Paper Quilt
UCDSB Promotes Awareness and Inclusion During Black History Month
02/18/2021
February is Black History Month and Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) schools have taken this opportunity to focus on lessons and activities that spread awareness and educate students of black history and culture.
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Roxanne Harrington
Director's Award of Merit Fall 2020 Recipient - Roxanne Harrington
02/17/2021
Roxanne Harrington is a Registered Early Childhood Educator at South Branch Elementary School who consistently goes above and beyond for her students and families.
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March Break 2021
Ministry of Education Confirms Rescheduling of March Break
02/11/2021
The Ministry of Education announced today that March Break 2021 will be rescheduled to April 12-16, 2021. This decision changes the school year calendar for our school district. More information about what this means for UCDSB students and staff will be shared over the coming week.
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Cambridge Public School
UCDSB receives Ministry of Education Approval to Proceed with Cambridge Public School Child Care Project
02/10/2021
The Upper Canada District School Board is excited to announce it has received Ministry of Education approval to move forward with the Cambridge Public School child care project.
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Director's Award of Merit Fall 2020 Recipient - Jennifer Douwes
02/10/2021
Jennifer Douwes is a caring teacher who works hard to ensure each student feels supported. As a secondary school teacher at Perth and District Collegiate Institute, Jennifer is known for her creativity, organization and classroom management style that emphasizes structure, kindness, compassion, and confidence-building through meaningful academic tasks.
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UCDSB receives Ministry of Education Approval to Proceed with Winchester Public School Child Care Project
02/09/2021
The Upper Canada District School Board is proud to share that it has received Ministry of Education approval to proceed with the Winchester Public School child care project.
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Mandatory Daily COVID-19 Screening for Grades 9-12
02/08/2021
As of Wednesday, February 10, the Ministry of Education requires that all secondary students complete a daily COVID-19 screening before or on arrival at school, as well as provide confirmation to the school they have completed this screening with results indicating they are permitted to attend school.
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Connie Boros
Director's Award of Merit Fall 2020 Recipient - Connie Boros
02/04/2021
Connie Boros works with students, teachers and the TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education in her role as the UCDSB’s Technology Enabled Learning & Teaching Contact (TeLTC). Her technical skills, determination and personal characteristics make Connie a very valuable team player.
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Directors Award of Merit Dominique Bertrand
Director's Award of Merit Fall 2020 Recipient - Dominique Bertrand
01/25/2021
Dominique Bertrand exemplifies leadership, dedication and maintains important connections with her school’s families in her role as principal of Cambridge Public School.
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Kyle Baird
Director's Award of Merit Fall 2020 Recipient - Kyle Baird
01/20/2021
Kyle Baird is a teacher at Rockland District High School, and he has been​a supportive and encouraging colleague and teacher throughout the COVID-19 pandemic period.
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Tips to Maintain Positive Mental Health
Tips to Maintain Positive Mental Health
01/19/2021
Families and individuals may feel stressed about factors related to the global pandemic, including following public health guidelines, work situations, child care and their children’s remote learning experiences. As well, you may be concerned about your child’s mental health and well-being. Their new reality of staying home and learning from home is likely a shift from what they are used to.
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Register for Kindergarten
Register Your Child for Full-day Kindergarten with the UCDSB!
01/11/2021
The Upper Canada District School Board is so excited to welcome your child to Kindergarten this September. Not only will your child learn literacy and math –they’ll also gain independence as well as problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to the world around them.
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North Grenville District High School
This is Us: Connecting with Students, Staff and Parents
12/10/2020
Leading up to the 2020-2021 school year, the UCDSB produced a video that demonstrated some of the new practices and routines that would be in place this year when children returned to school. Now, we’re connecting with students to showcase the student experiences at the secondary level in this phase of “pandemic learning”.
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UCDSB Director’s Annual Report Highlights School District Success and Progress for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
12/02/2020
Showcasing staff commitment, student learning experiences and strategic plan initiatives, the Upper Canada District School Board’s Annual Director’s Report has been released.
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Level 1 Commercial Vehicle and Equipment Apprenticeship Program Registration Launches
After months of planning and preparing for its launch, the Upper Canada District School Board is thrilled to officially open registration for the Level 1 Commercial Vehicle and Equipment Apprenticeship Program.
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