News & Announcements

CSLC Schedule for SJAM Students

Here is the KEY INFORMATION for our SJAM students during CSLC!!

  • The conference will affect you Sept. 26, 27, 28, and 29th.
  • We have a half day Tuesday and NO regular classes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • If you are bussed on Tuesday, your bus will take you home at your regular time.
  • You have a choice; stay at home and complete your online lessons OR come to school for supervised study and access to the WRDSB Wifi.
  • You can come to the 1600 or 1700 Pods during the conference for help or supervised study during the conference.
  • You can stay home AND keep your perfect attendance record. Your online attendance will be recorded – you will do a Google form for each period and don’t forget to hit SUBMIT.
  • We recommend you stay on a schedule and do your online classwork during the day every day, but you do not have to do your online lessons at the exact time of your usual class time.  
  • Talk to your teacher if you do not know how to access the lessons they will be posting.
  • You can borrow a Chromebook from the Library for the week!
  • Any unique circumstance to ask us about?  Call your VP and we can help – 519-880-9979 or drop by their office.


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Photo Retake Day – Friday, October 6th

Students who missed BACAY Blitz Photo Day or require retakes – Edge Imaging returns to SJAM on Friday, October 6th for retakes in room 2115 (no appointment necessary – drop by the room to get photo taken).

Grade 9 Parents’ Information Night – Thurs. Sept. 21

Parents of our newest Highlanders are invited to our Grade 9 Information Night on Thursday, September 21st, from 6:45 to 8:00pm.


6:45-7:15 – Welcome and General Introductions

  • Principal’s Welcome
  • Student Activities
  • Chromebook Initiative
  • Library
  • Special Education Supports
  • Guidance
  • Open House Overview

7:15-8:00 – Open House (Tour Grade 9 Subject Areas/Meet Teachers)

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Student/Parent Handbook – Updated for 2017

Want to be more informed about SJAM, including important school policies and procedures?  Check out the revised STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK 2017!

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CSLC Needs YOU – Billet Families for Canadian Student Delegates

CSLC 2017 is fast-approaching and our organizing team needs your help to support this incredible event!  One of the most valuable aspects of this conference is delegate billeting, which allows students from across Canada to connect with Waterloo region students and families.  With more than 850 students attending, the need for community support is huge.

If you’re willing to host a minimum of 2 student delegates from Tuesday, September 26th to Saturday, September 30th, click the link below to visit the CSLC site to get more information.  And good news – Waterloo Region Police Services has donated the cost of police checks for billets, making the process even easier.


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Students: update your password before October 1

All secondary students must update their password before September 30, 2017. If you don’t change your password your current password will expire and you will no longer be able to access WRDSB services including your Chromebook, eLearning and MyWay. For security reasons, WRDSB requires all users to reset their password every 90 days. Over the […]

Friday, September 22, 2017 is a PD Day – no school for students

Friday, September 22, 2017 is a professional development day for Elementary and Secondary school staff. Students will not attend school school, but Extended Day Programs will operate for enrolled students from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The focus for the day across all our schools will be School Improvement Planning in the morning and the completion of Mandatory […]

WRDSB closes gap to province on standardized tests

Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) results in standardized tests for reading, writing and mathematics moved closer to the provincial average in results released by the Education, Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) today. WRDSB now exceeds the provincial average in Grade 9 (Applied) Mathematics and for first-time eligible students for the OSSLT. WRDSB improved results […]

CSLC 2017 billet families needed

Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is proud to host the 33rd annual Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC). From September 26-30, Sir John A MacDonald Secondary School (SJAM) is welcoming more than 1,000 student leaders, from all over Canada, to their school. Over the course of the week, CSLC participants will engage in activities and […]

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