Aug 23
Principal Announcement

Dear Jack James Students, Parents and Guardians,

Welcome, and Welcome Back to Jack James High School! We hope that all of our families have had a wonderful summer shared with family and friends whether you were on adventures within our city or our mountainous backyard. I am excited and honoured to be starting my journey of learning and growing with the Jack James Community this school year. Our new Assistant Principals Ms. Drake and Mr. Murray and I are eager to meet all of our families as we return back to school with such excitement for the opportunities, milestones and successes that we will share as we learn and grow alongside each other this school year.

We invite all parents to join us for our first School Council Meeting on , September 27, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Attending these meetings allows you the opportunity to become actively involved in the discussions surrounding the activities that are planned for our students and our school community.

On behalf of the staff and myself, I look forward to meeting our families at our Meet the Teacher Night that will be taking place on  September 21, 2023 from 4:30pm – 8:00pm. At our Meet the Teacher Night we invite all our parents to come by and meet our staff along side Mr. Murray, Ms. Drake and myself.  I would like to remind everyone that this night is not intended to be a parent teacher conference, but just an opportunity for you to become familiar with your child's teachers and their program.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate in contacting the school at any time, whether you send an email, place a phone call or simply stop in to visit. I get the feeling that we will have much to celebrate here at Jack James and I look forward to the school year ahead of us all.

IMPORTANT DATES:

​Thursday, September 7, 2023 School Pictures

Thursday, September 21, 2023 Meet the Teacher Night

Friday, September 22, 2023 Non-Instructional Day

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 School Council Meeting 5:00 – 6:30

​Friday, September 29, 2023 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Monday, October 9, 2023 Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, October 19, 2023 School Conferences

Friday, October 20, 2023 Non- Instructional Day

 

Take Care,

Darrin Moody

Principal Jack James High School


Jan 20
Principal Announcement

Good afternoon to our Jack James community,

It is with mixed emotions that I share that I am leaving Jack James High School and will be transitioning into a role of System Principal of Inclusive Learning to support students in all schools in the CBE to promote student learning and well being according to each individual student's strengths and abilities, and promotes a sense of belonging for all learners in our CBE schools.

 My time at Jack James has been a wonderful and rewarding experience and I am proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside our students and families. Over the next few weeks I will be working with our Area 3 Education Director Prem Randhawa to ensure a smooth transition and continuity in addressing our school needs and student success at Jack James High School.

 

The Calgary Board of Education welcomes input from parents and guardians regarding the programming and leadership attributes valued in a school principal. A survey will be shared shortly for your input.

Information collected will be used in the Principal selection process. The survey data will also be shared with the new Principal to inform their entry plan into the school.

 

I will miss our students and school community very much, and I wish everyone all the best.

 

Sincerely,
Jen Gorkoff


Sep 01
Welcome to the 2022-2023 JJHS School Year

Good morning parents, guardians and students of our Jack James High School community,

On behalf of the staff at Jack James High School, I would like to welcome all students and their families to the 2022-2023 school year. As a staff, we are incredibly excited to welcome our new students and welcome back our current students, to reconnect with our families, and to offer you many opportunities, both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.

 

Our back to school information is on our website at Jack James High School along with important dates for the school year. Students and families can also follow us on Instagram at @jackjameshs for school start-up information, important dates, and daily school activities.

First Day of Classes-

Our first day of classes is Thursday, September 1, 2022 and the school office is open to students and families on Monday, August 22, 2022.

 

The first day of classes we will have a staggered entry as follows:

Grade 10 - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 - 8:30 – 11:30 AM 
Grade 11, 12 & Returning 12 - Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 - 1:00 – 3:13 PM 

Students will be able to access their course schedule on MyCBE/Powerschool on August 29. 

We look forward to connecting with all our students and parent(s)/guardian(s) in the coming days and weeks as we begin our exciting 2022-2023 school year. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or our Assistant Principals - Warren Ferguson at wbferguson@cbe.ab.ca (for last names A-L) or Rupi Bergamin at jkbergamin@cbe.ab.ca (for last names M-Z) throughout the course of the year.

 

We are also welcoming 2 new Guidance Counselors/Student Services staff to our school as both Ms. Davis-Walker and Ms. Hood have moved on to new opportunities.

 

Ms. Nichol - slnichol@cbe.ab.ca for students with last names A-L.

Ms. Bechert - lybechert@cbe.ab.ca for students with last names M-Z.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Gorkoff

Principal, Jack James High School

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Jan 21
JJHS - End of Semester 1 Update & Important Dates

Good afternoon Jack James students and families,

I wanted to share some information and updates as we finish semester 1 and prepare for semester 2.

Students have been coming into to meet with teachers for course completion these past 2 day. Completion opportunities are available on Monday and Tuesday of next week by appointment only. Please ensure that completion arrangements have been made with individual teachers and staff prior to students arriving at the school.

Semester 1 Report cards will be available on MyCBE on January 31.

Semester 2 begins on Tuesday, February 1. Students can access their timetable on MyCBE and we will be following a TUESDAY schedule for the first day of classes.

Important upcoming dates:

January 27 – Parent Advisory Association and Council Meetings – 5:00 in-person in the JJHS cafeteria or Click here to join the meeting – new members welcome

January 28 – last day of semester 1 classes for PLP & RISE classes

January 31 – Non-Instructional Day

February 1 – Semester 2 starts

February 7-10 – Graduation Photos

February 17 & 18 – Teacher's Convention, no school

February  21 – Family Day – no school​

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Jan 07
January update

 

Good morning to our Jack James parents, guardians and students,

 

We are preparing to welcome our students back to face-to-face classes on Monday, January 10. We will continue our regular class schedule from January 10-19, with January 19 being the last day of regular classes with attendance being taken.  Students in PLP and RISE will continue in their program with their teachers until January 28.

 

Teachers in CORE academic classes will communicate with their students if their course will have an in-class final exam during the week of January 17-19. Final exams will be no jeopardy exams, which will not lower a student mark but give students an opportunity to replace a lower mark on a previous assessment.  With the recent announcement that diploma exams are cancelled, students in ELA 30-2 and Social Studies 30-2 are expected to attend their regular classes on January 11 & 12.

 

January 20 and 21 will be completion time designated for students to work with their teachers to complete any missing assignments or assessments for successful completion in their specific courses. Attendance is not mandatory. Teachers will be available to meet with students during our regular school hours. January 24 and 25 will be completion opportunities by appointment with teachers. Students are encouraged to have discussions a nd arrange with their teachers about meeting during completion time.

 

Teachers and staff will be available by appointment to work with students from January 26-28 for transition support going into semester 2.  January 31 is a Non-instructional Day for CBE students.

 

Semester 2 starts on Tuesday, February 1. Students can access their semester 2 schedule on MyCBE/Powerschool.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.​


Sep 17
Invitations and Upcoming Dates

Good afternoon to our Jack James community,

As we head into the weekend I wanted to share some upcoming important dates and invitations with you.

On Thursday, September 23 we have our High School Orientation evening. This will be held virtually with myself, Jennifer Gorkoff – JJHS Principal, our Assistant Principals Ms. Farrell and Mr. Ferguson, and our Guidance Counsellors Ms. Davis-Walker and Ms. Hood. We will give an overview of our school and programming, share our plans for the school year and answer questions from parents and guardians. Our courses and teachers will have video links posted on our website to share overviews of their programs, what students will be learning, and the high school experience in each program. These videos will be posted on September 23 for parents & guardians to access as part of our orientation evening.

Please join us on September 23 at 6:00pm -  JJHS Orientation Evening Link


School Council Meeting - We would also like to invite parents/guardians to our School Council Meeting on September 23 at 5:00pm online through Microsoft Teams. 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.

 Please join us on September 23 at 5:00pm  September 23 School Council Meeting Link


Important dates:

September 23 – School Council Meeting 5:00pm via Microsoft Teams

September 23 – School Orientation – 6:00pm via Microsoft Teams

September 24 – Non-Instructional Day – no classes

September 30 - Non-operational day to commemorate Truth and Reconciliation across the CBE - no classes and schools will be closed for the day. Regular Friday schedule classes on Friday, Oct 1.

October 8 - Non-Instructional Day – no classes

October 11 – Thanksgiving Day – no classes

October 15 – IPPs to be sent home via email or hardcopy with students

October 18 - Non-Instructional Day – no classes

October 21 – School Council meeting – new members welcome 5:00

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

November 5 – Report Cards available on MyCBE/Powerschool

November 10 – Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences  4:00-7:30 (telephone or video conferences) -  Regular classes for students

            Email/phone contact with teachers prior to Interviews is always welcome. Updates on attendance and marks can be found on MyCBE/Powerschool  


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


Have a wonderful weekend!​


Aug 18
Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

On behalf of the staff at Jack James High School, I would like to welcome all students and their families to the 2021-2022 school year. As a staff, we are incredibly excited to welcome our new students and welcome back our current students, to reconnect with our families, and to offer you many opportunities, both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, to grow, to find new passions and to get excited about school again.

Our back to school information is on our website at Jack James High School along with important dates for the school year. Students and families can also follow us on Instagram at @jackjameshs for school start-up, important dates, and daily school activities.

First Day of Classes-

Our first day of classes is Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and the school office is open to parents on Monday, August 23, 2021.

The first day of classes we will have a staggered entry as follows:

Grade 10 - Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 - 8:30 – 11:30 AM 
Grade 11, 12 & Returning 12 - Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 - 1:00 – 3:13 PM 
Students will be able to access their course schedule on MyCBE/Powerschool on August 27. 

​I want to help to alleviate any stress that you might be experiencing and to let you know that we, the staff at Jack James, are so very excited to welcome you to the new school year.  I understand that you may be anxious about your school experiences over the past 18 months but please know we are aware of what you have gone through. As a school community we have emerged from this period much stronger and closer than ever, and we look forward to welcoming our new Grade 10’s into this culture of caring and respect. What we hope for is a year filled with exciting learning opportunities, skill development, athletics, clubs, and (fingers crossed), face to face learning each and every day!

​Moving forward into the 2021-2022 school year, we will continue to be vigilant and flexible, putting student and staff safety and wellbeing at the forefront of our daily routines. We will continue to enact all necessary health and safety protocols that are provided to us through our partners at Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary. It is important that families stay connected to the school during the summer by email and social media for the latest information. Please provide our front office updated contact information so as not to miss important information.

Our staff is committed to keeping you safe, to providing you multiple opportunities to grow and learn, to knowing you as both a learner and a person, and to making this school year fun and engaging.

We look forward to connecting with all our students and parent(s)/guardian(s) in the coming days and weeks as we begin our exciting 2021-2022 school year. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Assistant Principals Warren Ferguson (last names A-L) or Nancy Farrell (last names M-Z) throughout the course of the year.


Sincerely,

Jennifer Gorkoff​
Principal, Jack James High School


May 31
June Updates

Good afternoon to our Jack James community,

We are very happy to see our students back in the building this week and returning to some sense of normalcy as we near the end of this school year. As a whole, our students have been respectful of following safety protocols in the building, wearing masks, and working hard to fill any gaps in their courses they may have missed while in online learning.

 

Our guidance team has been working hard to finalize our timetable and students courses for next year. There will be limited flexibility to change options in September, and we are asking students to connect with Ms. Davis-Walker or Ms. Hood in Guidance if they are wanting to make a change. We are posting some options on our Instagram page @jackjameshs to introduce students to options that they may have not considered taking – Aboriginal Studies (connecting to the land and exploring ways of knowing), Electrical & Plumbing (valuable skills to know & job opportunities) , Construction (students build the main floor of a house in Gr 11 & 12), Horticulture (job opportunities & many transferable skills), and Outdoor Education (survival skills & field trips) – just to name a few. Students will be able to view their next year schedule prior to summer break but are encouraged to talk with Guidance if there is a course they now want that they know was not on their original request. Check out our Youtube for all our options - JJHS Complementary Courses/Options 2021

 

With June right around the corner, I wanted to share some important dates and information with you:

 

June 15 – last day of regular classes – regular bell schedule with homeroom at the end of day

June 16 & 17 – completion days – students attend to complete any outstanding assignments and assessments

June 18 – Non-Instructional Day – no classes / IPPs will be emailed home to families or paper copies available for students

June 21-25 – completion opportunities only by appointment with teacher

June 28 – report cards available on MyCBE

June 29 – Graduation – an email update will be shared with graduates and families soon

June 30 – Non-Instructional Day


We are not planning traditional final exams, however teachers will be assessing learning until June 15. Students will have the opportunity to complete missing work or assessment over our completion days on June 16 & 17.  We will be sharing information later in June regarding achievement awards, more detail on graduation, and returning to school in September for the 2021-22 school year.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

 

Jen Gorkoff​


Jan 25
End of Semester 1 update

 

Good morning to our Jack James students and families,

 

Friday, January 22, was the final day for students to hand in assignments and assessments for semester 1. It was great to see the focus of our students this week as they worked to complete the various outcomes for their courses. Students used their time effectively and were respectful of our request to only be in their classes and be at school for learning only, not to socialize.

Report Cards for semester 1 will be available on MyCBE on February 3. MyCBE / PowerSchool link

Semester 2 student timetables can be accessed on MyCBE and students are encouraged to log on to check what courses they are enrolled in.

Any grade 11 and 12 student who has not yet spoken with their guidance counselor to verify semester 2 courses are asked to please send them an email.

 

Jan Davis-Walker                                      Heather Hood

Last Names A – L                                      Last Names M – Z

jedaviswalke@cbe.ab.ca                         hehood@cbe.ab.ca

403-248-4054 ext 2408                           403-248-4054 ext 2409

 

There are no scheduled classes the week of January 25-29. Students that are requesting to meet/work with a teacher or staff member are asked to make an appointment prior to coming to the school.

Semester 2 will begin on Monday, February 1 with a brief homeroom block at 8:30am.

The main office will continue to be open it's regular hours next week.

Please check our school Jack James Website calendar rfor important dates in Semester 2.

 

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Jan 18
In-school learning January 18-22 - completion week

​In an attempt to reduce the possibility of Covid-19 exposures in our school community, we will be shifting to supporting students in course completion, credit recovery and wrapping up any final assessments in student's classes. Teachers will be communicating with their students once they have completed their courses. This means that when students are finished their work, they would not be required to be in the school until semester 2 starts on February 1.

We will run our regular bell schedule Monday, Jan 18—Friday Jan 22, but only students that need to attend to complete/meet outcomes for their courses should be attending. Friday, January 22 will be the last day for students to hand in work to be assessed for semester 1 courses. This is not a shift to online learning for this week.

 ts can access an update on current marks on MyCBE and classes will resume during the week for students who need to complete work during class time to meet outcomes prior to the end of the semester on January 22. Report Cards for semester 1 will be available on MyCBE on February 3. MyCBE / PowerSchool link

Semester 2 student timetables can be accessed on MyCBE and students are encouraged to log on to check what courses they are enrolled in.

Any grade 11 and 12 student who have not recently spoken with their guidance counselor to verify semester 2 courses are asked to please send them an email.

 

Jan Davis-Walker                                 Heather Hood

Last Names A – L                                 Last Names M – Z

jedaviswalke@cbe.ab.ca                     hehood@cbe.ab.ca

403-248-4054 ext 2408                        403-248-4054 ext 2409

There are no scheduled classes the week of January 25-29. Students that are requesting to work with a teacher or staff member are asked to make an appointment prior to coming to the school.

Semester 2 will begin on Monday, February 1 with a brief homeroom block at 8:30am.

 

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

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