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New Learning to Begin Next Week

Our PDHS teachers and support staff are in the process of developing learning plans for their students. Some teachers already have online learning platforms setup such as Google Classrooms, while others are determining their preferred platform. Teachers are also developing low-tech/no-tech methods of delivering their programs.  Teachers have been advised that new learning will begin byThursday, April 9. Students are encouraged to continue to check their accounts for communication from their teachers. Some teachers may provide review material, however the official new learning will be introduced byThursday. We thank you for your patience and understanding as our staff collaborates and puts thoughtful work into how continued learning will look for their students.

If you have any questions or concerns of the general nature, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Brunt at  If you have specific questions related to particular courses, please reach out to your child's teachers. Teacher emails can be found in the Public Portal and under the "Our School'' tab of this website.


Nova Scotia's Learning Continuing Plan for Students

Public Schools across Nova Scotia will remain closed until at least May 1. 

Today the Nova Scotia's Learning Continuing Plan for Students was released.  This week, our teachers will continue to check-in with their students either through email or phone and begin rolling out the provincial plan. Over the coming days, more information will be shared about the next steps in student learning.  The plan is attached and provides more detailed information as well as supports for your children, our students.

Stay up-to-date by monitoring official government sites ( as our situation continues to evolve.Please continue to monitor the CCRCE website for updates.  Also, like us on Facebook page - Pugwash District High School, follow us on Twitter.

Please take care of yourself and your family. Stay safe.



Cafeteria Prices Going Up After March Break

Due to the increase in minimum wage effective April 1st, 2020 and the increase in food prices from our suppliers, it is impossible to maintain our current pricing. Therefore, we have to bring in a price increase effective Monday, March 23rd, 2020.  More information can be found in the attached letter as well as the new price list.

PDHS Introduces eReport Cards

All parents/guardians and students have access to an electronic report card refered to as "eReport Cards".  eReport Cards are available for all grade 9 - 12 students this school year.  eReport Cards can be accessed through the Student-Parent Portal at Paper report cards will continue to be distributed to those who wish to continue to receive them.  If you would like access to eReport Cards, please follow the instructions within the attached document.


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EA Information Session

Are you interested in becoming an Educational Assistant in Cumberland County?  There will be an information Session Thursday, January 30 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the Chignecto Family of Schools Office - 84 Church Street, Springhill.

Look at the attached poster for more information.

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Water at PDHS - Alternate Sources in 2020

CCRCE has a drinking water quality monitoring and testing program in place that includes regular bacterial and chemical analysis testing. In 2019, Health Canada published new health-based guidelines for lead and copper in drinking water. We always put student and staff safety first and comply with regulations and standards. In addition to our regular testing, there is now a new water testing protocol for lead and copper outlined by Department of Environment for Nova Scotia schools.   On December 19, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced that public schools across the province that have not been tested yet will be provided with alternate drinking water. This will be available at our school starting in January 2020.

For more information, please open the attached letter.

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Exam Exemptions - Discontinued

After much consultation and while considering input from those impacted, a regional decision has been made to discontinue the practice of allowing high school students to exempt examinations in any course. This decision is effective immediately.

For more information, please open the document attached.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome to all of our new Panthers from far and wide!  It was great to have all of our Panthers back in school today.


In the coming months, there will be changes to how we record gender in schools across Nova Scotia.
These changes are the result of amendments to the Vital Statistics Act in the province. The following
questions and answers will help explain what is changing, and how these changes will impact
children/youth, families and schools.


The document outlining these changes is attached below.

Cafeteria Prices Increased - First Time in Three Years

The Cumberland Schools Catering Society is a not for profit organization. All moneys made by the society go directly back into the schools we serve to help support students. Our Society consists of Pugwash District High School, Cyrus Eaton, Oxford Regional Education Center, Parrsboro Elem/Jr./Sr. High School, Springhill Jr./Sr.High School, Cumberland North Academy, Spring Street Academy, Amherst Regional High School, West Highlands, and E.B. Chandler Jr. High School. Our goal is to provide nutritious home cooked food at an affordable price. 

Minimum wage is increasing effective April 1st, 2019 and the increase in food prices from our suppliers has been increasing.  These increases make it is impossible to maintain our current pricing. I am sure that all of you notice this when you are grocery shopping for home. Therefore, we have to apply a slight price increase effective March 25th, 2019. We have attached a price list for your convenience, which can also be found with the monthly menu under the "Our School" tab. We look forward to serving you and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of our students.


Yours truly,

Jennifer Mapplebeck

Food Services Manager

Cumberland Schools Catering Society


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