Posted January 10, 2020
To assist students with semester 1 exam preparation, SJAM is running a special tutorial day schedule on Thursday, Jan. 23rd. See details below. Please note – school buses will run at regular time on tutorial day and during all exam days.
PERIOD A: 8:30-9:05
PERIOD B: 9:10-9:45
PERIOD D: 9:50-10:25
PERIOD E: 10:30-11:05
TUTORIAL TIME: 12:05-2:40
Students – please check with your teachers for tutorial locations/availability during the afternoon.
Posted January 8, 2020
Today the Minister of Education published an announcement regarding the January Grade 9 EQAO Mathematics Assessment. As a result of this announcement, students in semester 1 math courses will not participate in the January Grade 9 EQAO Mathematics Assessment at this time. As you may be aware, a student’s final grade includes a portion of […]
Posted January 7, 2020
SJAM was opened in 2004, and has offered the AP program as a grade 9 to 12 pathway since 2013. In 2015 we became one of the first schools in the WRDSB to pilot the 1:1 Chromebook initiative and have most recently in 2019 we have developed our Highlander Innovation Lab program which students apply to at Grades 11 and 12. We hope to remain at the leading edge of educational opportunities in the WRDSB.
During the 2019-2020 school year we are actively engaged in a vision process as a school. Our school culture is one of high expectations for all learners, and we value inclusive and innovative education opportunities for all students.
As a part of our process we are reviewing our AP programs in Math, English and Science. We have very few students (less than a dozen a year) who complete the ultimate goal of the AP program, which is the standardized exam at the end of the grade 12 year. We also struggle to maintain full classes of AP students in our grade 11 and 12 program, depending on course, which means other sections must have more than 30 students to compensate. Some AP classes have had to be cancelled for low numbers in the last few years. Additionally, the AP curriculum focus is provided for us , thus allowing for little content creativity from its teachers and a very traditional evaluation method.
We do know that there are many positive aspects of the AP program that our staff, students, and parent community value. Any school specialized programs SJAM offers should support the type of education our community wants but also meet the needs of all learners. We are considering whether or not our school specialized program opportunity should be AP in all 3 current subject areas or in all grades.
This survey will help us understand the opinions of the school community as we consider our future school program options. The survey will stay open until January 17th, 2020 and the results will be shared with the community on our website. We are grateful for your feedback and we thank you for your participation in this important consultation process.
SJAM School Improvement Planning Team
Posted January 6, 2020
Semester 1 final exams are scheduled for January 24th to 30th, 2020.
TUTORIAL DAY – Thursday, Jan. 23rd
TUTORIAL TIME: 12:05-2:40
Friday, Jan. 24th – Period A Exams
Monday, Jan. 27th – Period B Exams
Tuesday, Jan. 28th – Period D Exams
Wednesday, Jan. 29th – Period E Exams
All exams are scheduled to begin at 9:00am
For details and exam policies/information, click the link below.
Posted January 3, 2020
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced that its members (teachers and education workers) will participate in another one-day full withdrawal of services (strike-action) at a number of school boards across the province, on January 8, 2020. This one-day strike action does not impact WRDSB schools. Our schools will be open to students […]
Posted December 30, 2019
On January 2, members of Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) will be taking part in a training session onsite at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Waterloo. Throughout the year, we partner with WRPS to engage in training opportunities. This means there will be no access to the school on January 2nd for any […]
Posted December 20, 2019
Grade 10 students and their families are invited to register for the U of Waterloo Grade 10 Family Night – February 20th, 2020 at the Hagey Hub & Humanities Theatre.
Academic and student services booths – 6 to 7 p.m.
Presentations and questions – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Questions? Please contact us at 519-888-4567, ext. 47569 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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