HWDSB in the News – May 2022

Please check out some recent media reports, featuring HWDSB students, staff, schools and more.


Hamilton Public Schools will offer learning recovery tutoring

Three-phase pandemic action plan to start with after-school programs

By Richard Leitner – May 2, 2022

All Hamilton Public Schools will provide tutoring supports for any student who has fallen behind in their studies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associate Principal Sue Dunlop said a provincially funded $4.4 million learning recovery action plan will be rolled out in three phases, beginning with after-school tutoring that will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the end of the school year.

For elementary grades, occasional teacher-led groups will have a maximum of 15 students and receive three to four hours of tutoring per week.

Sessions will focus on math, literacy and “foundational skills,” including for English language learners, she told trustees during a presentation at their board meeting on Tuesday. April 25.

In high schools, students will be offered one-hour sessions outside of the teaching day three times a week, in person or online, to help them recover credits or complete those they are already studying. . Groups will also have a maximum of 15 students.

Read more in Ancaster News.


The ball is back in Hamilton, and so are the “promos”

Students say proposals are now the ‘standard’ way to ask for a prom date

students with proposal sign

By Kate McCullough – May 10, 2022

There was nothing unusual about cleaning the hall of his family’s newly purchased house on a snowy day in February. At least not until she got a surprise visit from a classmate, who braved the time to pop the question.

“My mum was like, ‘take this box and move it here.’ … I didn’t think about it,” said Kaitlynn Anderson, 17, a Grade 12 student. “I walked over and he was standing there, so I was super shocked.

Her friend, Drew Edgar, held a sign with meticulously drawn, perfectly spaced bubble letters: “Prom 2022 becomes closer thus I’ll go push my luck and say I’d be on a high if you would be the one to go to the ball with me!

“She’s a huge Chainsmokers fan, so I’ve put together a bunch of song names,” he said of the American electronic band. “I just put together four that worked really well and it all started to go well.”

The so-called “proposal” worked. Anderson has agreed to be her date for Ancaster High School’s prom later this month.

Read more in The Hamilton Spectator.


“It means the world”: a pop-up offers formal wear that students can afford

Prom Project is an organization that collects donations so students can wear formal wear for school

By Keena Alwahaidi – May 11, 2022prom project setup with dresses and suits in the gym

The price of formal wear can be daunting, especially for students going to college, university, or working full-time.

This is one of the main reasons Prom Project Hamilton exists.

“To be able to have Prom Project to look and feel good without having to spend hundreds of dollars, I think is awesome,” said Amy Leaming Cote, co-organizer of Prom Project Hamilton and executive director of Hamilton. Foundation for Student Success.

Prom Project, which was started eight years ago by a handful of Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) educators, is a volunteer project that collects donations for formal wear that students can wear to prom or other school events.

Students who require formal attire for these events can walk in and choose an outfit for free. Accessories, shoes and other products are also available to add.

This year’s event took place last Saturday, where 125 volunteers made the Prom project possible.

For more information, visit the CBC Hamilton website.


Eighth Annual Prom Project Helps Hundreds of Students in Hamilton

By Manesa Dhanabalan – May 7, 2022

It was a busy day for hundreds of students in Hamilton. This was the eighth annual prom project, a chance for students to get their full prom outfit for free.

Organizers say it’s not just to save families money, but also to help the environment.

Watch the full segment on the CHCH website.


Prom is back in Hamilton, with ‘unprecedented’ demand

The coming-of-age tradition returns after a two-year hiatus.

By Kate McCullough – May 19, 2022student wearing pink dress at prom project

Teenagers bustle in the high school gym, rummaging through shelves of brightly colored tulle, sequins and floral satin.

It’s a Saturday in May and the students are chatting excitedly as they try on sparkly cocktail dresses, long dresses, strappy heels and pointed suit jackets. Some walk hand in hand with a friend; others brought in sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers for a critical look.

The ball, an annual coming-of-age tradition, is back after a two-year hiatus. With him, a veil of sadness was lifted.

“I feel beautiful,” Darrah Seager, 17, said, turning slightly to show off her dress. “I wanted ‘princess’, but I also wanted it to fit the theme, and it’s both.”

Pale pink satin with a black lace-up bodice, the real feature of the prom dress chosen by the graduate student is the wooded scene at the bottom of the circular knee-length skirt. Delicate leafy branches climb from the lace-trimmed hem, butterflies fluttering above them.

The theme for Bernie Custis High School’s June 2 prom is The Enchanted Forest Meets the Met Gala, complete with red carpet, she said.

The Grade 12 student knew it was “the one” as soon as she saw it.

Read the full story in The Hamilton Spectator.


Hamilton-area Muslim students call for first-ever school Eid al-Fitr celebration to be recognized

Students at Waterdown and Orchard Park High Schools celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Friday and now plan to do so every year

By Bobby Hristova – May 21, 2022

students having fun at eid celebration

Hana Bhat said she has been counting the days for two months.

The Year 9 student from Waterdown District Secondary School was thinking about what she was going to wear and who she might meet during the school’s first-ever Eid al-Fitr celebration.

“I’ve never done anything so important with my school friends,” she told CBC Hamilton on Friday.

She was among more than 60 students from Waterdown High and Orchard Park Secondary School who celebrated together.

Eid al-Fitr officially took place earlier this month, on May 2. It marks the end of the month of Ramadan, which sees Muslims fast daily from sunrise to sunset. Eid al-Fitr is usually observed with prayers, sharing of food and community gatherings.

Farhanna Khan, who teaches food and nutrition at Orchard Park and introductory anthropology, psychology and sociology at Waterdown, coordinated the event. She formed a committee and got the students involved.

“I want to be able to give them something that I didn’t have in school,” Khan said.

For more information, visit the CBC Hamilton website.

Updated on Friday, May 27, 2022.