News & Announcements

Grade 8 Information Updates


A huge thank you to all the families who joined us for our annual Grade 8 Info Night on December 13th.  As a follow-up and to provide information to any future Highlanders who may have missed our event, please check out our all-new Grade 8 Student Info page!  This includes material shared during grade 8 night and further details regarding academic pathways, course selections and more.

NOTE – the page will be updated shortly with the new 2018 grade 9 course calendar and pre-advanced placement application links.






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SJAM Vaping & Smoking Policy

An important reminder for SJAM students regarding our school smoking and vaping policy (from the 2017-2018 Student Information and Code of Conduct Handbook):

Smoking and Vaping
No smoking on school property; it’s the law. This also includes any school buses and/or school related events.

Failure to adhere to this rule may result in a suspension and/or a fine issued by the Waterloo Region By- Law Officer. This includes the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers (inhalation devices).






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Semester 1 Exams and Double Days

Our semester 1 exam schedule is now available!  Please review both the double-day and exam schedule.  If you have an exam conflict (2 in same block), please speak to your classroom teacher and/or VP as soon as possible.

Students are parents are also strongly recommended to review our exam policies/instructions provided below.






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Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools (SCIS) @ SJAM

SJAM students, parents and staff are invited to attend our Safe Caring Inclusive School (SCIS) meetings at 11:05 in room 2501 – see dates below for semester 2. Please bring your lunch.
During the meetings, we will share information about the current school climate, school goals and upcoming initiatives for the 2017-2018. It will be an opportunity to give input, share ideas and get involved.
Parents who would like to attend: please sign in at the main office when you arrive and you will be given directions to the classroom.
Future Safe Caring Inclusive School Meetings:
  • Wednesday February 7th (new date)

  • Wednesday March 7

  • Wednesday May 16






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Trustees form a committee to consider full-year schooling

On Monday evening, trustees voted in favour of establishing a committee to look into the option of full-year schooling. Full-year schooling means students would get the same number of days in school but with more frequent, shorter breaks in the year. The committee will review research, look at examples of boards currently running full-year programs […]

Summer Job Opportunity for Ontario Students

Looking to gain some valuable work experience this summer?  Ontario Public Service has opportunities in a variety of areas for high school students!  Check out the details and deadlines HERE!

There are six different application closing dates between January and March 2018!  To apply for jobs, please visit the ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICE CAREERS page.






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Some Grade 9 students prepare to take the EQAO math assessment

Our Grade 9 students who took math in their first semester will be writing the EQAO math assessment in the coming days. The Grade 9 assessment of mathematics tests the skills students will have learned by the end of their Grade 9 math journey. Different versions of the test are administered in the academic and […]

Talking to your child about opioids

Dear Parents and Caregivers, Once again, we are sending families important information about opioid-related drug overdoses and urging you to speak with your children about staying safe. On December 2, 2017, Waterloo Regional Police Services reported that 65 people in our region died as a result of a suspected overdose. This is a 71 per […]

Gr 8 Students – Pre-AP Application Site Now Open!

Students in SJAM’s catchment area planning to apply for our exciting pre-advanced placement program – the application site is NOW OPEN!  Click the link below to visit our application site (for both WRDSB and non-WRDSB students).

Deadline to apply is January 15th, 2018.  SJAM will send confirmations to students who apply before this deadline and decisions will be made before the end of January.






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Congratulations to the HeForShe writing contest winners

This fall, 97 secondary school students entered the HeForShe writing contest hosted in collaboration with the University of Waterloo. Participants were asked to consider how gender equity fits into a larger equity story, and explore where there are overlaps and connections between gender and race, ethnicity, age, ability, class, faith and/or sexuality. Through poetry, fiction […]

Grads – Check Out Updated Scholarship Info Page

Graduating this year?  Applied to university or college?  If so, make sure you check out the updated SJAM Scholarship Info Page.  There is new info regarding the Western National Scholarship Program, the all-new STEAM Horizons Award and Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

Over the coming weeks/months, we’ll also be adding information about the local Legacy Scholarship program, SJAM commencement awards and more!






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