All schools to close on December 4 in the event of one-day OSSTF strike

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced that on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, their members will engage in a full withdrawal of services (strike action) in public schools where OSSTF is represented across the province unless an agreement is reached at the central bargaining table. In the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB), […]

SJAM Spirit Wear Sale – Open Until Dec. 6th

SJAM ONLINE SPIRIT WEAR STORE OPEN NOW (CLOSES DEC. 6TH)

All orders placed before December 6th will be delivered to SJAM before the holiday break!  Click the graphic above to visit the store!

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OSSTF Announces Full Withdrawal of Services on Wednesday, December 4

Full Withdrawal of Services Announced for Wednesday, December 4 by Waterloo secondary teachers, occasional teachers, Custodial and Maintenance staff, Educational Support Staff, Professional Student Services Personnel and Supervision Monitors and Cafeteria Assistants: The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Association (OSSTF) has announced that next Wednesday, December 4, all of its members across the province of Ontario […]

Grade 8 Info Night @ SJAM – Wed. Dec. 11th

Future Highlanders are invited to join us for our Grade 8 Info Night on Wednesday, December 11th!  The evening features general info sessions, an awesome grade 9 electives tour with our student leaders and opportunities to learn about our Pre-AP and Fast Forward programs.  Check out details below and plan to arrive early as this event is always extremely well attended!  Parking is available in the large lot behind the school.

OPTIONAL SESSIONS – 5:15-5:45PM
PRE-AP COURSES/HIGHLANDER INNOVATION LAB (SJAM Aud)
FAST FORWARD PROGRAM (SJAM Library, 2nd floor)

ELECTIVES TOUR/INFO SESSIONS – 6:00-8:20PM
Note – due to historically high attendance, families will be assigned specific tour start locations throughout the school when you arrive.  A general info session will run as part of the electives tour in the SJAM cafeteria

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Update on OSSTF work-to-rule

Start of job action by Waterloo secondary teachers, occasional teachers, Custodial and Maintenance staff, Educational Support Staff, Professional Student Services Personnel and Supervision Monitors and Cafeteria Assistants: The Ontario Secondary Teachers ‘ Federation (OSSTF) will begin labour action in public schools across Ontario on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. We know that as parents and caregivers, […]

OSSTF work-to-rule beginning November 26

Last week, the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF) announced that it will begin work-to-rule strike action on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. At this time, we do not have any details on what the work-to-rule will look like in the Waterloo Region District School Board. OSSTF announced that its actions will target Ministry of Education […]

Principal’s Message Regarding Administration Change at SJAM

It is with regret that I am notifying the SJAM community that I will be departing the school effective January 1, 2020.  I have been appointed as a System Administrator for Student Achievement and Well Being effective on this same date.

While my new role will offer challenges and opportunities that I am excited to embrace, I will deeply miss the Highlander community.  The students, parents, and staff serving this community are truly exceptional. The SJAM community is innovative, supportive and deeply committed to the well-being of our students.

In the accompanying picture I am standing with your new Principal – Ms. Vida Collis!

Vida Collis will be taking over from me as of January 1st.  She is an exemplary school leader. Here is an introductory message she has provided us with:

“The role of the Principal in a school community is to guide, support, and champion success for all of its members, with students being the first and foremost priority.

This is my 18th year with the Waterloo Region District School Board.  After working 10 years in the fields of social services with high-risk youth and for the YMCA, I began my teaching career at Forest Heights Collegiate in the History Department before moving into Student Success.  Previous to being appointed Principal at Southwood Secondary School for September 2016, I served as a Vice-Principal at three sites within WRDSB: SJAM for 3 years; Eastwood for 4 years and 2 years at Southwood. 

I am very grateful to be able to return to the school in which I began my path in Administration to support students, their families and SJAM’s staff.  Student achievement and well-being is our shared goal and it is an honour to lend my experience to the attainment of those objectives. With equity and inclusivity issues close to my heart, I am committed to ensuring that our schools are accepting, welcoming and safe for all.”

Thank you for all the joy you all have provided me with over the last 3 years, I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as the Principal of this amazing school.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Shortreed
Current Principal, SJAMSS

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