Administrative Review Update
At the January 10, 2018 Board Meeting, a matrix was shared of potential next steps in response to the recommendations found in the independent review received by the Board on January 10, 2018. The matrix includes direct excerpts from the report, potential next steps and timelines. The matrix is available
As outlined in the report, it was determined that these recommendations had no material effect on the deliberations of the Program and Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) or the decisions of the Board of Trustees. The procedural recommendations continue to be fully endorsed by the HDSB.
Lester B. Pearson and M.M. Robinson Student Voice Subcommittee
On March 7, 2018, students from Lester B. Pearson High School and M.M. Robinson High School provided an update at the Board Meeting. The students spoke to the work of the subcommittee, how they are working with student voice and some of the ways they are working together to build a new community for September 2018 at M.M. Robinson. A video of their presentation is available
Transitions for Students with Special Education Needs
|Staff from Lester B. Pearson and M.M. Robinson continue to work together to support transitions for all students. The Board has added a Transition Lead to M.M. Robinson’s staffing for the 2018-2019 school year to further support student transitions in the first year of integration. Joel Zinn, a current Department Head at Lester B. Pearson, will assume this important role.
Save the dates (June 1 and 2)! - Lester B. Pearson Celebrations
The Celebrations subcommittee has been working to plan a two day event filled with opportunities for current students, staff and their families, alumni and community members.
Friday June 1, 2018 (5:00 pm)
- Generation tournaments
- Pep Rally
- Food and Entertainment
Saturday June 2, 2018 (2:00 pm)
- Open House - decade showcase
- Closing Ceremony
For further details and information, check out
This event is still evolving. Please take a moment to complete this
indicating your interest in events and providing further information to the subcommittee. You can also sign up to participate in the alumni band or choir.
Lester B. Pearson Artifacts and Memorabilia Subcommittee Update
This subcommittee has been working many hours to catalogue artifacts and memorabilia housed at Lester B. Pearson.
In determining the items for display at M.M. Robinson High School, they have asked, “What are the most important pieces to select to represent the history of Lester B. Pearson High School?”
In response to this question, the subcommittee has developed the following criteria for selection:
- Value: Tells the viewer the most information about an event/person(s)/idea in the school’s history
- Relevance: Artifact has a direct connection to the school’s history/community
- Rarity: Captures a unique/elite/singular/powerful achievement in the school’s history
- Evokes a connection: Evokes a feeling of pride/ satisfaction/joy about the school
The subcommittee will also be publishing a webpage in April to provide opportunities for students, staff, alumni and community members who may want a momento from the school from the remaining catalogued items.
On March 7, 2018, the Board of Trustees approved the I-STEM program at Aldershot High School. A presentation was made to the Board of Trustees on February 21, 2018. This included an overview of the process used to develop the recommendation and an opportunity for the Board of Trustees to ask questions. This is available via
and the full report is available
The program will be offered to grade 9 students in September, 2019.
The next steps will include further staff/community/post secondary engagement opportunities, professional development for staff and program design.
As part of the PAR Implementation Communication Strategy, the HDSB is committed to providing updates and opportunities. To review previous communication, please see below:
Board Meeting Presentation #1 - Video of this presentation is
Board Meeting Presentation #2 - Video of this presentation is
Board Meeting Presentation #3 - Video of this presentation is
Board Meeting Presentation #4 - Video of this presentation is
Additionally, the Special Education Advisory Committee has included opportunities for updates and input as part of their monthly meetings. Updates and opportunities for input at these meetings are available by video:
SEAC Update #1 (Sept. 2017)
, SEAC Update #2 (Dec. 2017)