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School Review Decisions

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will make its decisions on the school review recommendations at a special meeting of the Board on April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Bluefield High School.

Following public consultations in November 2016, 31 recommendations were made to address overcrowding and under-utilization of Island schools. Another 60-day consultation was held from January 11 to March 11 to allow the public to respond to the Board on the recommendations.

The Board of Directors has considered the input and will make its decisions at the April 3rd meeting. Based on the Public Schools Branch school change policy, the Board will respond to the recommendations by resolution at a public meeting.

The Board has the authority to make decisions regarding school attendance zones and the grades in a school. Decisions on school closures require final approval by Cabinet.

The Public Schools Branch is required to review schools every five years to ensure that students have equitable opportunities to learn and resources are being used in the most effective way.

An in-depth review was undertaken in six families of schools: Charlottetown Rural, Morell, Colonel Gray, Kinkora, Westisle, and Montague families of schools.

Data shows that some schools are under-utilized, others are overcrowded and some may not have the capacity to accommodate increased enrollment over the next five years.

The recommendations of the review include ways to balance the distribution of students and provide more consistent access to programming, teachers, specialized education resources, transportation and physical space.

Islanders were very engaged in the review. During the 60-day period for public input on the recommendations, the Board received 511 online submissions and 356 written submissions. There were close to 100 presentations made to the Board during this period.

Media contact:
Jean Doherty
Education, Early Learning and Culture
902 314 5702

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Canada’s Outstanding Principal

The Learning Partnership has just announced the names of 40 exceptional educators from across the country as Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2017. We want to extend congratulations to Prince Street Elementary School Principal, Erin Johnston, for her inclusion to this group. We are so pleased that Ms. Johnston has been recognized for the unique and vital contributions she has made to her school community, and the Public Schools Branch. She has all the qualities required to be one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. Principal Johnston is extremely dedicated, hardworking, and very well respected by students, staff, and parents. She is tireless in her efforts to meet the needs of her students.

The 40 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues, and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities. They will be awarded for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on February 28 in Toronto. The winners also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at one of Canada’s top business schools, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

“We are delighted to be celebrating these exceptional principals for their contributions to their schools and communities,” says Rod Thompson, Director of Executive Leadership Programs at The Learning Partnership. “Their dedication to building and leading teams of great teachers plays a vital role in positively impacting student achievement and success and we are elated to recognize these dynamic leaders in the Canadian public education system.”

Congratulations, Principal Johnston!  She is most deserving of this honour for the work she does now at Prince Street and everything she has accomplished and done for others during her career. The Public Schools Branch is fortunate to have Principal Johnston as a COP recipient, as she represents so well what we all try to do.


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Public Presentation: How Families, Schools and Communities Make Young Children Resilient

Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities.

All are welcome to attend a free public presentation by Dr. Ungar on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Delta Charlottetown (Henry Johnson room) on the topic: How Families, Schools and Communities make Young Children Resilient. The information will be interesting for parents, teachers, and other interested members of our school communities.

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Voting Begins for PSB Logo

The 5 logo finalist entries for the PSB Logo Contest have been reworked are now posted on our website until October 21.  Please visit here to vote for your favorite logo.  The finalist logos include Mark Ferrish – Kensington Intermediate/Senior High School, Julie Goodwin – East Wiltshire Intermediate School, Calista Lewis – Stonepark Intermediate School, Seth McAvinn – Kinkora Regional High School, and Ethan Michelin – Central Queens Elementary School.

Later in October, after the votes are tabulated, the student with the winning entry will be awarded a bike from Canadian Tire; and that entry will be recognized as our Public Schools Branch logo.


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Logo Contest – Deadline is September 21

There are just a few days left for PSB students to submit their entries in the Public Schools Branch Logo Contest. The Logo Contest will be open to any PSB student with entries being accepted until 4 p.m. on September 21.   Student logo entries can be submitted by email to or mailed to one of the following addresses:

Logo Contest Committee
Public Schools Branch
PO Box 8600
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 8V7
Logo Contest Committee
Public Schools Branch
250 Water Street – Suite 201
Summerside, PE  C1N 1B6

Our Logo Contest Committee will select 5 finalists who will be awarded a pizza party for their homeroom class, sponsored by Domino’s Pizza.   The selected 5 designs will be reworked to ensure consistency in presentation and will be displayed on the Public Schools Branch website. Students and staff will be invited to vote for their top choice for the Public Schools Branch logo. Voting will take place electronically on the Public Schools Branch website from October 10 to 21. The winning artist will win a bike, sponsored by Canadian Tire, Charlottetown.

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