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August 2018

We are eager to greet our new and returning students for the 2018- 2019 school year at John G. Diefenbaker High School (JGD). As a staff, we are honored to be part of your education journey and to continue the Diefenbaker legacy of excellence in education. A special welcome to our new grade 10 students who will graduate in three years during the JGD 50th Anniversary Celebration.

This newsletter provides information to get you started with the school learning and behavior expectations, opening procedures and school calendars. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions. The main office will be open on Wednesday August 22.

At the “Home of the Chiefs”, we encourage all of our students to create a positive and safe school culture that supports excellence in academics, citizenship and the pursuit of personal goals. In order to accomplish this, we invite the student body to get actively involved in all constructive aspects of school life. Students who actively participate in their academics, school activities, clubs, the arts and/or athletics throughout the year will gain an advantage from their high school experience that will benefit them throughout their life. There are over 22 athletic teams, 16 various clubs and numerous other events that you can join and have fun in, make friends and build new skills. Chiefs Be Involved!

At the start of the school year, our staff and student leaders will be hosting various school wide orientation experiences to build community and support you in your new transitions. We want you to get connected and be successful. A key contact will be your teacher advisor, guidance counsellor and assistant principal. They will work to advocate for your programming needs and connect you to the partners and services found in the Diefenbaker “Circle of Success”. Always know you can ask questions and get help from any staff member.

Success in high school requires a desire to learn new things, collaborate and to develop a strong work ethic. This begins with a commitment to attending all classes and being active in learning and building effective study habits. It is important for you to understand how you learn and to set goals. Teachers will be providing course outlines to you that contain curriculum topics, assessment procedures and academic expectations. Students please familiarize yourself with your course outcomes and communicate with teachers if you have questions. It is vital to set aside 1 to 2 hours a day for homework, study, review and/or planning. For your convenience, the Learning Commons (Library) is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday.


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