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November 15
​Important Dates for the remainder of Semester 1

Good afternoon Jack James Community, 

Please note the important following dates for the remainder of Semester 1:

Nov 22 – Non-Instructional Day – no classes for students

Nov 27 – Grade 9 tours – regular classes for students

Dec 19 – Last day of regular classes / Winter breakfast for all students

Dec 20 – Non-Instructional Day – no classes for students

Dec 21-Jan 5 – Winter Break

Jan 6 –Classes resume – regular classes for students

Jan 20- 30 – completion days, final exams as scheduled – no regular classes for students

Jan 31 – Non-Instructional Day – no classes for students

Feb 3 – First day of Semester 2 – regular classes for students


*Please see the calendar on our website for events, career prep opportunities and athletics information​

October 10
Oct update - School Conferences, Progress Reports & Important dates


Hello Jack James Community,

We have some important upcoming dates I would like to share with you to help support your student(s) at Jack James High School.


Progress Reports - On Friday, October 11 Progress Reports will be shared with students and families – depending on the course this may be communicated through PowerSchool or via a paper copy sent home. This is an opportunity for teachers to communicate home about what is happening in the course, a student’s achievement as assessed to date, and areas of growth continuing into the semester.

*Some programs will not reflect an accurate level of assessment through the online portal and teachers will communicate in their comments how assessment is occurring.


Parent/Guardian & Teacher Interviews - Progress reports are a good opportunity to start a conversation between students, parents/guardians and teachers. We would like to invite you to Jack James in on October 24 from 2:00-7:00pm or October 25 from 8:00-10:00am to meet with your student’s individual teachers. Please book an appointment with the teacher’s you would like to meet with through the link below or call the main office to book.

Please note – there are no classes for students on October 24 and October 25.


To book an appointment to meet with individual teachers, please log into your MyCBE/POWERSCHOOL account https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/

Access to book appointments will be available starting today, October 11.


School Council Meeting - We would also like to invite parents/guardians to our School Council Meeting on October 24 at 6:00pm. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians and community members to make a meaningful difference for students and to share your voice on matters related to the school. Anyone is welcome to attend.


Additional upcoming Important dates:

Oct 22 – Picture retake day. Please ask your student to bring your previous photo proofs if taken in September

Oct 24 – Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences 2:00-7:00 , No classes for students

Oct 24 – School Council meeting – new members welcome 6:00

Oct 25 – Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences  8:00-10:00, Non-Instructional Day, No classes for students

Nov 1 - Non-Instructional Day, No classes for students


Please don’t hesitate to contact the school or see our website for more information.

September 12
Learning Plan Day - Sept 19 & 20

Good morning families of our Jack James Community,

On Thursday, September 19 and Friday September 20 our school timetable has been changed to provide time for teachers and parents/guardians to meet one-on-one to support our students. We call this Learning Plan Day.

Homeroom teachers will be reaching out to our parents/guardians during Jag Time tomorrow, September 13, to book an appointment with you. Parents/Guardians are also welcome to book through this link https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/.

Appointments are 20 minutes in length, and homeroom teachers will review and update Individual Program Plans which will include the following (as relevant) :           

·         Conditions for Success

·         Current Learning

·         Priority Learning Cycles

·         Specialized Assessment – source of the coding

·         Key Understandings

·         Supports and Services


If you are unable to attend an appointment, homeroom teachers will be able to complete this process over the phone with you.

As we are just a few weeks into classes, appointments will individual teachers will not be scheduled. Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences will be on October 24 & 25. Email/phone contact with teachers prior to Interviews is always welcome. Updates on attendance and marks can be found on MyCBE - https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html


Our schedule for September 19 & 20ths will be:

Thursday, September 19       – Period 2, Period 1, classes end at 11:29 (lunch)

-          Learning Plan Appointments 3:00-7:00pm

Friday, September 20             – no scheduled classes for students (Non-Instructional Day)

-          Learning Plan Appointments 8:00-11:00am


We look forward to meeting with you to support our students.


September 03
Welcome back - 2019-2020 School Year

Welcome back to all students and staff.

I anticipate great and exciting happenings for the 2019-2020 school year! 

I hope you had a great summer and that you found time to relax and share some special moments with friends and family. We are excited to start our new school year together. This coming year will be a year full of new relationships, new opportunities and new experiences for you and your children as they explore their learning possibilities at Jack James High School.

We also welcome the opportunity to continue working with Forest Lawn High School as students share both campuses for various programs and activities.

We care deeply about each and every student’s success at Jack James High School.  Students, we look forward to our journey together this year and we admire your perseverance and resilient attitude. Our staff are passionate about the work they do and the success of our students which, when combined with your best efforts creates a winning combination for the Jack James Community. The Jack James School community is dedicated to the belief that all students, provided with a supportive learning environment, will experience success both as learners and citizens. We acknowledge our students must be prepared for the world they live in today and the world they will encounter in their future.


Our support for you is unwavering and we are confident that your attention to the following will result in your success:

·         Regular and punctual attendance

·         Doing your best each day

·         Ask questions when you are unsure or need further understanding

·         A positive attitude towards learning

·         Taking risks to grow

·         Attempt and complete all assigned work and tests

·         Appreciate the talents and gifts you have


We are committed to providing you with “worthwhile" work every day at JJ this year.  We expect your best and we pledge to do our best!


Please check the school website http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/jackjames/Pages/default.aspx often to stay informed as to what is happening at the school.


On the website you can click on “Back to School” to get important school start-up information, and here is where you will find our important dates, school information, and see all of the opportunities for you and the students at Jack James High School.

Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd with grade 10’s attending from 9:00-12:00, ad grade 11/12’s attending 1:00-3:00.

Wednesday, September 4 is a regular day of classes starting at 8:30am.

Again, we welcome you and your family to Jack James High School and I wish to extend our invitation to you to be an active and informed member of our school community.

It is going to be a fantastic year!

Jennifer Gorkoff, Principal​​​​

July 16
Summer message

Hello Jack James community,

I hope this communication finds you enjoying a relaxing and exciting summer. The staff at Jack James is certainly looking forward to meeting you if you are a new student or welcoming you back home if you are returning.  I think 2019-20 is going to be a great one for us all! 

If you are an incoming grade 10 student, don’t be nervous.  We are planning activities to help get you settled in, including connecting you with a Jag Time teacher to help you navigate high school and to build strategies for success.  Our grade 11s and 12s will be there to support you along with the teachers, support staff and administration. 

High school is a time of change and transition; you will meet new people and have opportunities for new experiences.  My advice to all of you is to get involved!  Join a team, be involved in community building, and take advantage of the many off-campus opportunities and/or career exploration opportunities you can.  You will get out of high school what you put into it. 

If you are a returning student, welcome back!  A new year is a fresh start.  Take what you learned last year and build on it.  Take positive risks.  Get more involved in your school.  Push yourself to succeed.  If you are part of the Grad Class of 2020, congratulations!  This will be a year filled with memory making.  I look forward to shaking your hand as you cross the stage in June!

Enjoy your summer and I very much look forward to seeing you in the fall!


Jennifer Gorkoff
Principal, Jack James High School​

May 13
Upcoming Important Dates

Hello JJ community,

We are working towards a successful completion of this school year. Please note the following important dates:

Important Upcoming Dates:


Tues, May 14 – OMA Art Show 6:00 at Clifton Manor

Thurs, May 16 – Wellness Afternoon – sessions at JJ

Fri, May 17 – Non-Instructional Day – no classes for students

Mon, May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

Wed, May 22 – Athletic Banquet 4:00

Thurs, May 23 – School Council Meeting 6:00

Sat, May 25 – Track & Field City Championships

Tues, May 28 – Exploratory Trades Celebration – James Fowler HS 6:00pm

Fri, May 31 – Transition Ceremonies: Pipe Ceremony and Tea Ceremony 9:30am

Tues, June 4 – Indigenous Graduation Ceremony – Central Memorial High School 4:30pm

Thurs, June 6 – Jack James Graduation Ceremony and Banquet – 1:00pm & 6:00pm

Fri, June 7 – Non-Instructional Day – no classes for students

June 10 – 14 – Regular schedule classes and final exams

June 17-20 – Completion/Assessment week and final exams

June 24 – Completion/Assessment day and final exams

June 25 – rewrites

June 26 – Last day of classes for PLP & mark appeals

June 28 – Non-Instructional Day – no school​

March 14
March Update

Hello Jack James Community

We would like to share important dates for March:

Friday March 1 - Non Instructional Day, No Classes for students

Monday March 4 - All Course Registration Forms to be returned if not already done so - Meeting with Guidance to register for next year courses will take place Tuesday - Thursday

Wednesday March 13 - Graduation Information for Grade 12's - Period 3 & 4

Friday March 15 - Updated Progress Reports available in MyCBE/PowerSchool 


Friday March 15​- Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences Online Booking Opens

Wednesday March 20 - Talent Show in the afternoon

Thursday March 21 - Early dismissal 11:29, Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences and LPD 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday March 21 - Parent Council Meeting 6:00 pm - New Members Welcome!

Friday March 22 - Non Instructional Day, No Classes for students

March 25 - 29 - Spring Break

Monday April 1 - Classes Resume

Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to seeing you on March 21 at Parent Teacher Conferences.

February 11
Semester 2 Update

We are a week in to Semester 2 and have had a smooth start-up aside from the chilly weather. Students schedules and teacher's names are on the MyCBE/PowerSchool site, and teacher email addresses are on our website.

Upcoming important dates:

Feb 11- 13 - Grad Photos

Feb 14 & 15 - Teacher's Convention -  NO SCHOOL

Feb 18 - Family Day - NO SCHOOL

March 1 - Non-Instructional Day - NO SCHOOL

March 13 - Graduation Information afternoon - Grade 12s​

March 15 - Marks up-to-date / progress report in MyCBE/PowerSchool

March 21 - Early dismissal 11:29 / Learn Plan Day and scheduled Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00-7:00  

March 22 - Non-Instructional Day - NO CLASSES

March 25-29 - Spring Break

April 1 - Classes resume

Ms. Gorkoff met with all Jack James students on Monday, February 4 to remind them of expectations around attendance and behaviour at school. Many students have been taking extended breaks during and between classes, and staff is working to change those habits so that students are in class and engaged in learning. Grade 12 students' participation in graduation could be impacted if they have extended unexcused absences this semester. We have encouraged all our students to be in classes on time.

Thank you for your support,

January 18
Completion Week and Final Exams

Good afternoon families of our Jack James community,

We are wrapping up our last day of regular timetabled classes and will be starting our completion week and final exams on Monday.

From January 21-25 students will be invited in by their teachers to complete any missing assignments or assessments during morning sessions. We also have scheduled final exams for some core courses.

Today students met with their homeroom teacher to review their learning profile in IRIS and review their second semester schedule in MyCBE https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html

Students must meet with their guidance counselor prior to the start of semester 2 on February 4 if they are wanting to make a change to their timetable.

Report cards for semester 1 will be available on January 28 through MyCBE https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html​

Have a wonderful weekend,

January 07
Welcome Back & Happy New Year

​We hope that everyone had a restful and rejuvenating​ winter break. We are back to school today and have the month of January to finish off semester 1 strong. Students will be working to complete any missing assignments, wrap up their learning in the courses, prepare for final exams and complete their final assessments for their courses.

An exam schedule will be shared with students and posted on our website soon. Student have regular classes from January 7-18. During this time, some courses may be administering their final assessments/exams.

January 21-30 students will have opportunities to meet with their teachers to complete any missing assignments, as well final exams and diploma exams are scheduled for some Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies courses.

Semseter 2 will start on Monday, February 4.

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