James W. Hill Public School

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Do you have a child starting school in Fall 2021?

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open at the #HDSB.

Register now: http://bit.ly/KindergartenHDSB

Please be advised that James W Hill PS is currently closed due to the Province of Ontario four-week province-wide shutdown.

School will reopen to in-person learners on Monday, Jan. 25th 2021. We are working remotely and staff can be reached by email.


For information on the Ontario school closure, please visit: https://hdsb.ca/students/Pages/Health%20and%20Well-Being/COVID-19.aspx

If you are new to the Halton District School Board and wish to register your child(ren) for school, please visit: https://hdsb.ca/parents/Pages/Register-My-Child-for-School.aspx

While in-person schools are closed, we encourage families to continue to check for updates from us and the HDSB through email (SchoolMessenger), www.hdsb.ca, and the Board’s social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).


Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Daily Self-Assessment for School Screening:

COVID-19 Symptoms - Guidelines for Parents/Guardians


With cooler weather approaching, we encourage all families to review the HDSB Inclement Weather Reminders. A printable version of this information is also available.

Please note that when schools are closed due to inclement weather, both in-person and virtual schools will be closed.


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Our School is named after James Wesley Hill:

The Underground Railroad secretly transported fugitive slaves from the southern United States across the border to freedom in Canada. From 1820 to 1865, thousands of African-American slaves escaped into Canada. Although Oakville was a small terminus for the Underground Railroad, hundreds of African-Americans came to this area, including Maryland-born James Wesley Hill, also known as 'Canada Jim'. After crossing the border in a packing box,

Hill settled on a farm in Oakville. He helped many slaves who followed by giving them work on his strawberry farm, helping make Oakville the one-time strawberry industry capital of Canada. Hill became an agent for the Underground Railroad, returning to the United States several times over the next few years and leading an estimated 700-800 African Americans back to Oakville. He became known as 'Canada Jim' for his escapades. Hill built a house which still stands today at 457 Maple Grove Dr. Hill's memory is honoured in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Articles on James W. Hill

      1. http://images.oakville.halinet.on.ca/117/Exhibit/9999822

      2. https://www.insidehalton.com/opinion-story/7158005-oakville-beaver-editorial-black-heritage/

      3. https://oakvillenews.org/the-underground-railroad-oakville/

      4. PDF Download: http://www.buildingstories.co/getDocument.php?D=bheritagesup&F=754771229_528b6d16e88648.35112815