Academics School Profile

Principal:                           Ken Dostaler
Vice Principal:                   Wayne Stewart                      
Superintendent:                 Colleen De Mille
Trustee:                              Lucile Kyle
Director of Education:         Mandy Savery-Whiteway
 
 
School Statistics/Facts
Grades:                        Grades 9 to 12
Hours:                          8:35 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Board:                          Hastings and Prince Edward DSB
  • Enrolment:                500
  • Capacity                    903
  • Year Built:                 1947
North Hastings High School (N.H.H.S.) is committed to success for all students. Together with their community partners, they provide programs that prepare students for their transition to apprenticeship programs, college, university and the workplace. Many NHHS students have earned prestigious scholarships that recognize excellence in academics, extra-curricular and community involvement and we offer unique 4-credit courses that are provincially recognized. Their new Specialist High Skills Major programs in Forestry and Environment allow students to learn the principles of forestry, resource management and environmental studies.  The students acquire the skills, certifications, and knowledge to gain employment in forestry and resource-based careers or to pursue post-secondary programs in these areas.  They also offer numerous Cooperative Education opportunities including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).  Each program promotes valuable hands-on work experiences for all levels of learners.  NHHS has something to offer every student in our community and they invite you to come, see and participate!
 
Co-op Programs:  NHHS has over 200 community partnerships for Cooperative Education placements. Some of these include, auto body shops, local grocery stores, daycare placements, lawyers offices, veterinarian offices, and placements in the forestry sector.
 
Student Success Programs: North Hastings Secondary School is proud of the Student Success Initiatives that have been growing and making a difference for many students over the past few years. NHHS offers credit recovery to both junior and senior students. The school also has an “Alternative to Suspension Program” that is staffed with an Educational assistant and a CYC. This program is also utilized on a daily basis to provide a space for students to receive extra support where necessary. NHHS also runs afterschool Literacy and Numeracy Camps to help students better prepare for EQAO testing. NHHS has been involved in several initiatives to support grade 8-9 transitions, as well as literacy, numeracy and pathways initiatives. They have a unique “Boys, Bacon and Books” group as well as a “She Huskies Girls’” group to help promote literacy within the school. All programs at NHHS work to engage students and enable success for all.   
 
Specialist Programs:Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) are Ministry approved programs that allow students to focus on career paths that match their skills and interests. Each major is a bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field. At North Hastings High School we have been approved for two Specialist High Skills Major programs in Forestry and the Environment. We are one of a select few schools in Ontario offering these programs!
 
The Northern Outdoor Studies (N.O.S.) class is a four credit high school program open to grade eleven and twelve students. The credits received are: Designing Your Future (GWL3O), The Environment and Resource Management (CGR4E), The Environment and Resource Management Co-op (CGR4E), and The Enterprising Person (BDP3O). Since 1997, this program has been preparing students for direct entry into the work force with employers in selected sectors such as: logging, resource and wildlife management, and ecotourism. Students study ecology, resource and forestry management, recreation services, community leadership, and other topics related to employment patterns in the area. The Northern Outdoor Studies Program has worked closely with industry to identify recognized training and certifications that students should achieve while completing their secondary school diploma. Before finishing the program, each student assembles their own portfolio highlighting the certifications, skills, and knowledge they have gained throughout the course. Employers in the community are actively involved in curriculum development, work placement initiatives, and the development of skills profiles for entry level workers.
 
The Northern Environmental Research and Development Studies (N.E.R.D.S.) is a four credit program which is offered to Grade 12 students in the second semester. This program is designed for students who enjoy the outdoors and who may be interested in pursuing a post-secondary college or university career in natural resources, natural sciences or environmental sciences. Canada is the second largest country in the world, with an area of almost 10 million square kilometers.   Although rich in natural resources, we are facing many issues related to the environment, including global warming, species at risk, air and water quality concerns, and resource depletion. Employment in the environment sector has boomed in recent years and existing labour shortages in this sector are only expected to increase as regulations to meet Canada’s goals regarding climate change, endangered species and source water protection among others, come into effect. Students will be involved in a wide variety of projects which will include data collection, analysis, and communication of information as part of on-going monitoring and scientific research. Being part of the NERDS program means having the opportunity to be involved in a Specialist High Skill Major program in the Environment or Forestry (including a number of certifications and useful research training). In addition, there is the possibility of obtaining two credits from Loyalist College’s School of Biosciences, and taking advantage of an articulation agreement with Fleming College’s School of Natural Resources.
 
Required Components for the SHSM
 
 

 

FORESTRY
ENVIRONMENT
4 major forestry-related courses
4 major environment-related courses
3 other required courses that include some forestry-related expectations
3 other required courses that include some environment-related expectations
2 co-operative education credits related to forestry
2 co-operative education credits related to environment
7 sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (NOS and NERDS provide more than 7)
experiential learning activities within the appropriate sector
“reach ahead” experiences connected with the student’s post secondary pathway
development of Essential Skills and work habits required within the appropriate sector, and use of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) for purposes of documentation

 
 
Other Highlights:North Hastings High School has a very unique HOUSE system- comprised of four Houses: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. This system promotes “participation” in all capacities of school life; Athletics, Academics, Leadership and the Arts. Students earn points for every act of participation and have healthy competition that doubles as school spirit.   This system has become recognized locally, provincially and nationally, with presentations being shared at municipal meetings, board forums and provincial conferences. As a result, the school has networked with several other teachers and administrators to help them get a similar program started in their schools. Attached to this house system is NHHS’ unique Peer to Peer (P2P) Program- wherein every grade 9 student is matched with a senior student who is their mentor. These students work together in the annual Grade 9 Activity Day, as well as various other activities throughout the school year. This program is unique in providing mentorship for students as they enter and transition to high school.
 
N.H.H.S. House Symbols;
   
 
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Parent Involvement:NHHS has a very active School Council committee that meets throughout the school year to discuss, share and make recommendations about school initiatives and progress. NHHS also has parents who volunteer regularly to support extra-curricular activities, and support teams as assistant coaches, cheer leaders and often provide transportation to out of town events. NHHS is proud of the commitment of parents and their support of our high school community.
 
Community Use of Schools:NHHS’s building is used regularly for community events and activities after school and on weekends. Some of these events/activities include: Driver’s Education, Community Volleyball, Community Badminton and Basketball, Municipal and/or town meetings, All Candidate’s meetings, Gymnastics for Youth…etc. The school has also provided space and computer labs for Loyalist College. 
 
Safe School & Bullying Prevention Strategies: NHHS has a very active School Climate Committee with representation from a Child and Youth Councilor (CYC), along with teaching, secretarial, custodial and administrative staff. This committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss, plan and implement strategies that work to improve school climate. The committee has promoted the Safe School Survey (related to bullying) and has also adopted a progressive discipline process that targets improved student attendance, behavior and achievement. 
Posters with positive messages related to safe schools have also been developed by staff and students.
Good Places to Learn:  Over the past several years, NHHS has undergone several facelifts to improve its aesthetics. The parking lot has been paved, science labs and washrooms have been renovated and many improvements have been made to the front lobby so that staff, students and visitors are greeted by a vibrant, welcoming environment. Locker doors continue to be replaced yearly, computer lab upgrades are also ongoing, and the library and food’s room renovations have recently been completed. NHHS is looking forward to wireless internet technology that will be installed in the school by 2011.
 
 
EQAO ASSESSMENT RESULTS
 

 

Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
Percentage of all students at or above the provincial standard
(Levels 3 and 4) over time
 
Province
Board
School
 
Applied
Academic
Applied
Academic
Applied
Academic
2005-06
35
71
55
76
66
60
2006-07
35
71
48
75
49
59
2007-08
34
75
41
76
32
83
2008-09
38
77
49
76
30
77
2009-10
40
82
48
81
42
86
 
 
FIRST-TIME eligible STUDENT OSSLT RESULTS
 
 

 

Grade 10 Literacy Test
 
Province
Board
School
 
Participation
Achievement
Participation
Achievement
Participation
Achievement
successful
successful
successful
March 2006
94
84
89
86
88
86
Mach 2007
94
84
89
81
91
77
March 2008
93
84
89
81
92
82
April 2009
93
85
88
76
95
79
April 2010
93
84
84
82
90
75


 

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