News & Announcements

A New Home for the Mavericks

The official opening of Janet Metcalfe PS brought together students, staff, families and special guests to celebrate the 121st school in the Waterloo Region District School Board. Janet Metcalfe PS opened its doors to students and staff for the first time in September 2018. The school is home to 550 students from Junior Kindergarten to […]

WRDSB donates $1 million to The Terry Fox Foundation

The Terry Fox Foundation has awarded Waterloo Region District School Board with a $1,000,000 milestone plaque. For the past 28 years, rain or shine, our schools have organized many Terry Fox School Run events, shown their dedication and generosity, and vowed to help put an end to cancer. The plaque is just a small gesture […]

Connecting with Indigenous History Through Art at Sandowne PS ArtsSmarts Program

For six weeks, art teacher Laurie Kraft and French teacher Janet Weber have worked collaboratively to give their students a unique learning experience. Students are working in groups as they finish their latest project, leather medicine pouches.  Some students are punching holes in their small pieces of hide, and others are sewing pieces together. Their […]

You’re Invited to the 2019-2020 Budget Meeting

Join us at our special Committee of the Whole Meeting to discuss the 2019-20 school-year budget. When:    Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Where:   Education Centre, Board Room located at 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener How can you give input? The meeting is open to the public to attend and view. If you wish to provide […]

Classic Car Show Inspires Tech Students at Glenview Park

Revving engines and shining chrome overwhelmed the senses at Glenview Park Secondary School in Cambridge on Friday, May 31, as their almost annual car show got underway. This year’s automotive gathering marks the seventh time this event has taken place at the school as part of an effort to help provide some real-world context, experience […]

Building a Lasting Legacy in Waterloo Region

Thanks to KW Legacy and their scholarship program, eight students received $47,000 in scholarships for their post-secondary education. $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Ben MacLaurin, Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Melody Riad, Bluevale Collegiate Institute $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Kavisha Barran, Huron Heights Secondary School $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Ashita Bidarkar, Grand River […]

Pride Flag Raising Kicks Off Pride Week at WCI

The raising of the Pride Flag signalled the beginning of Pride Week at Waterloo Collegiate Institute on Monday, June 3. The 10°C weather didn’t cool the spirits of the Vikings who turned out en masse to witness the raising of the flag, don some rainbow facepaint or make a custom button.

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UPDATE: Lockdown & Hold and Secure Lifted

UPDATE: The Lockdown at Jacob Hespeler PS is lifted. Students are being dismissed. The Hold and Secure at Centennial PS is lifted. Classes will continue as normal until dismissal time. Classes will continue tomorrow as normal at Jacob Hespeler. Thank you to our partners at Waterloo Regional Police for keeping our school communities safe. Update […]

Female Student Leaders Empower Their Peers at Jean Steckle PS

The energy was palpable at Jean Steckle Public School in Kitchener on the evening of Wednesday, May 15 as 50 female students from grades five through eight from Jean Steckle and Janet Metcalfe Public Schools gathered to take part in a Girls’ Night In. As soon as the doors opened, attendees flowed in, eager to take part in the evening’s festivities, which included a maze, cookie decorating, photo booth, inspirational speaker and more. Participants kicked off the night and got moving thanks to an energetic dance class led by Kim Basler, a group fitness instructor for GoodLife Fitness.

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Ed Centre Staff Gain a New Perspective on Familiar Territory

Staff at the Education Centre gained a new perspective on familiar territory on May 9 as they took part in sighted guide training. About 40 WRDSB staff members joined Alyssa Clelland, a blind student at W Ross Macdonald School on a co-op placement at the Education Centre, and Jeanette Dudley, an orientation and mobility instructor, from Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario, to learn how to act as a guide for a person who is blind.

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