Oct 01
Jack James Athletics update - Fall Season

Dear Students and Families of  Jack James High School,

RE:  High School Athletics – Fall Season

Members of the Calgary Senior High School Athletics Association (CSHSAA) have agreed that schools may consider the opportunity to develop practice cohorts for fall sports. This could include tryouts, practices and training but no inter-school competitions are to take place at this time.  The opportunity for schools to consider gradually starting up fall sport practice cohorts allows the health and safety needs of teachers and students to be a focus while recognizing there are different implications for each school with respect to how we are responding to COVID-19.

I, in conjunction with our staff and school district, have determined what is best for our given context. The staff at Jack James has taken into consideration and responded to the following variables that affect our ability to either offer and/or maintain practice cohorts in specific sports.

    1. Impact of required quarantine for staff and/or students
    2. Community transmission rates
    3. Ability to implement a rapid response plan in the event of a positive case, including effective contact tracing
    4. Ability to clean and sanitize equipment and the school facility
    5. Ability to comply with the guidelines set forth by the Government of Alberta, as outlined in the document Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation-Stage 2
    6. Ability to comply with the processes and procedures outlined in the CBE's 2020-21 School Re-Entry guidelines  CBE's 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan
    7. Availability of staff
    8. Ability to offer inclusive opportunities for students given the cap on cohort size


After careful consideration of these variables, we have decided we are unable to develop full school team practice cohorts. We will allow for small group volleyball cohorts to sign in to use the gym at lunch or after school, and keep record of who is in attendance each day. Students participating in small group volleyball play will be given an athletic form to be signed by parents/guardians. Our goal is to sufficiently minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and not compromise our central purpose, which is continuity of learning. 


Communication regarding upcoming winter sports will be shared in early November after receiving guidance from the CSHSAA.


Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.  If you have questions regarding this decision, please contact Tony Allen, Athletic Director @ tjallen@cbe.ab.ca or myself at jlgorkoff@cbe.ab.ca

Sep 23
Sept 24/25 update

To our Jack James community, 

I would like to send out the reminder that tomorrow, Thursday Sept 24, is Friday schedule of classes. Classes will be ending at 1:16pm.  

There are no classes for students on Friday.

We will be Communicating with families in for our IPP conversations tomorrow afternoon/evening and Friday.


I would also like to invite any parent or guardian who is interested in joining our Parent Advisory Council to our first meeting tomorrow at 5:00 PM via Skype. If you’re interested in attending this online meeting please reply to this email and the invitation will be extended to you.


 Thank you for your continued support,​

Sep 17
Learn Plan Day/IPP Review update

Good afternoon to our Jack James community,

Starting tomorrow, September 18,  homeroom teachers will be connecting with parents/guardians regarding our upcoming Learn Plan Day/IPP review.

If your student has an Individualized Program Plan (IPP), homeroom teachers will have designated meeting times on Thursday, September 24 between 3:00-7:00pm and Friday, September 25 between 8:00-11:30am to discuss supports and strategies for your student to complete their IPP. Appointment blocks will be 20 minutes in length.

Please note, on Thurs Sept 24 we will be running a Friday schedule and classes will end at 1:16pm.

If your student is not on an IPP, you do not have to make an appointment with the homeroom teacher during this time. 

IPP appointment times can be booked through the MyCBE/Powerschool under My Conferences. Students will receive a hard copy of their IPP to bring home on Wednesday, Sept 23, and teachers will also be able to email a digital copy of your student's IPP if we have received consent. Administration is following up with families who have not given consent to email digital copies of IPPs.

IPP Conferences will take place via telephone or Skype video chat. There will be no in-person conferences at this time.

As we have limited phone lines in our schools, some teachers may use their own phone which may show up as an unknown/blocked caller during your interview time.

When making the appointment , please indicate if you would like a video conference in place of a telephone call. For families who request a video meeting, a Skype video invitation will be emailed by homeroom teachers on Wednesday, Sept 23.

*HUB students – Ms. Drake/Mr. Carron will be connecting to discuss IPP supports with families.

Opportunities to connect with classroom teachers to discuss your student's in class progress may take place at any time via email, and on October 28 & 29 during Parent/Guardian/Student/Teacher Conferences. Classroom teachers will not be able to have discussions with families on Sept 24/25 about student progress in classes as this time is focussed on student IPPs with homeroom teachers. Staff email addresses can be found on our website: About us -->  Contact Us --> Our Staff

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email the main office. Thank you for all your continued support.

Sep 11
Sept 11 Jack James update

Hello to our Jack James community,

I want to send a thank you to our student and family community as we finish our second week of classes. Although some of the changes in our building are new to us all, our students continue to be patient, kind and respectful as we go through the day following safety and social distancing protocols. Sanitization as students enter the building and classrooms has become our routine, and it is rare that we have to remind a student to put their mask on. We are having individual conversations with students and families who may need extra support following the CBE mask guidelines.

A reminder that we have asked students not to come to the building before 8:00am. The front doors will be unlocked and school will be open just before 8:00am Mon-Fri. Thank you for your understanding.

We continue to appreciate your patience as we work through some logistics that we've not dealt with before, most of which are connected to pandemic-related challenges.  With this in mind, please be advised that we will be implementing some teacher timetable changes for Monday, September 14. Some of our students will be welcomed into the classroom by a different teacher  than who they've started with, as we have had some staff temporarily reassigned for Hub online learning. Our current teachers will communicate any changes with their classes on Friday, September 11 and work with their classes on Monday to ease this transition for our students.  While class changes aren't ideal once the semester starts, please understand that we are reacting to an evolving situation, and we are working to support our student community during these changes. If you have questions around this, please don't hesitate to reach out.  We will answer as best we can.

Information on our upcoming Learn Plan Day (IPP conversation with parent/guardian/student & homeroom teacher) onThursday, September 24 (Friday bell schedule) and Friday, September 25 (no classes for students) will be shared home with families next week.

We will also be hosting our first School Council Meeting, via Skype, on Thursday September 24 at 5:00pm. If you are interested in joining our Parent Advisory Council, please reply and we will send an video link invitation.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend,​

Ms Gorkoff

Aug 28
Jack James Re-Entry Plan

Dear Jack James High School Families, 

On behalf of the Jack James High School staff, we are looking forward to welcoming our students to the up-coming 2020-21 school year.  As a school community, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety for all our students, parents, and staff as we move forward into a new school year.    

 As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under scenario one – in-school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.  

 CBE's Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education's K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry scenario 1. We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance. 

 Please visit our BACK TO SCHOOL informtion under the REGISTRATION tab on our school website for important information regarding our school specific re-entry plan.  If you have any further questions, please contact our helpful office staff at 403-248-4054.   


Aug 28
​Extra-Curricular Activities and Athletics

The Calgary Board of Education, in collaboration Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services, the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association and the Calgary High School Sport League, continue to explore the possibilities of athletic activities within the context of the current health measures.  For now, the decision has been made to postpone the start of the fall athletic season until October 1st.  This decision provides schools with time to establish all AHS health protocols as outlined under Scenario 1.  This decision will be reviewed by the third week of September, after which we will look to communicate further information.   


Some of our clubs will continue to be offered. An update regarding fitness centre use will be shared the week of September 8. At this time, the fitness centre is closed to student and staff use.


 More information will be provided to families in the weeks to come regarding extra-curricular, clubs, athletics and their start dates. 

Aug 25
Aug 25 communcation home re school re-entry

Good morning to our Jack James community,

Thank you for your patience as we prepare for the return to classes for students. A detailed re-entry plan will be sent home on Friday, August 28, however I wanted to reach out today to share start-up dates and times to you.


Homeroom teachers will be making phone calls home on Friday, Aug 28 to introduce themselves and confirm the re-entry email was received.

Students are encouraged to go to MyCBE/Powerschool to print/take a picture of their timetable prior to September 1. We will no be printing paper copies of timetables unless requested by students/families.


We will be doing a staggered entry for students on Tuesday, September 1.

Grade 10 students – 8:30-11:30am

Grade 11 & 12 students - 1:00-3:13

Students will be directed to our back courtyard and will be met with their homeroom teacher. Students will then be brought into the building using a staggered entry process.   


On Wednesday, September 2 we will run a full day of classes, starting with homeroom. A detailed schedule will be included in the August 28 communication home.


Masks: Masks are mandated from kindergarten to grade 12. 

This includes classrooms and public spaces such as hallways, learning commons, bathrooms, etc. Mask guidelines, will be reviewed with students on the first day of their staggered entry.   Students who are unable to wear a medical mask due to illness or other needs are asked to contact their Assistant Principal prior to the start of the school year.


Please keep an eye out for the detailed re-entry communication on August 28. I will update our school website with the re-entry information, as well as post on our school Instagram page @jackjameshs on August 28.


Jun 29
Jack James Year-End Message for Families

Hello Jack James community,

I hope this communication finds you well as we end June. We did not get the chance to do a proper farewell into summer, however we will work to make up for it when students are back at school!

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. 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 – your strengths, areas of growth and goals.  Take positive risks.  Get more involved in your school.  Push yourself to succeed.  If you are part of the Grad Class of 2021, congratulations!  This will be a year filled with memory making.

Please keep an eye on your email and the CBE/Jack James websites for important return to school information. We continue to work on preparing for the return to classes, and are hopeful to see our students in our building on September 1, however are also preparing for other teaching and learning scenarios as the need arises. I will email parents/guardians and update our Instagram @jackjameshs as information is received.

As of today, a September 1 return to school date is planned so that grade 10 students attend from 8:30-12:00pm and Grade 11/12 students attend 1:00-3:13pm.

Wednesday, September 2 will be a regular school day for all students with an 8:30am start. This is subject to change, please watch for an update from the CBE and Jack James High School in August. New information will also be posted on our website and Instagram.

Please keep us updated if your contact information changes over the summer. The main office will be checking email and phone messages periodically over the break, and will officially reopen on August 17.

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


Jennifer Gorkoff
Principal, Jack James High School​​

Jun 08
June Important Dates

Dear Jack James students and families, 


We are nearing the end of ongoing learning for this semester. I understand that this has been a shift for many families, and we appreciate the effort, energy and communication so many students and families have had with us about their experiences. Our staff at Jack James has also experienced quite the learning curve with the transition to online teaching over the past few months, however are using this opportunity to create meaningful and engaging videos and lessons online that can enhance their programs moving forward.


We have no information to share yet about the return to school or September start-up. I will send communication home at the end of June, as well as in Aug, with the most current information we have. Decisions regarding the return to classes will be communicated after the CBE receives direction from Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Government.


We would share with you the following upcoming dates and updates for our Jack James students: 


June 12th – This is the last day of “classes” for ongoing learning. No new assignments will be given for assessment. Students are requested to hand any outstanding work to be assessed for their final report card mark. 


Item drop-off & pick-up : Our office hours are Mon-Thurs 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, & Fri 9:00-1:00. 


June 16-25th 

Return of borrowed CBE laptops & chargers. If you prefer to return the laptops earlier than June 16, please contact wbferguson@cbe.ab.ca to arrange a time.    


Pickup of personal items during office hours:

  • Locker items – bagged for pick up in main office
  • Students nominated for course award recognition will be given a certificate – an email will be sent home to award recipients in early June
  • Graduation folder and commemorative gift for Grade 12 graduates 


Distribution of IPPs. IPPs will be available for pick-up at the Main Office. 


June 22nd - Official report cards are available for viewing at MyCBE/Powerschool - https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html

If you would like a printed copy, please contact the Main Office. 


June 26th - This is the last day of classes for PLP. 


June 29th – This is for Mark Appeals - all teachers are available from 8:00 a.m. to    noon via email, telephone or Skype for discussion regarding your student’s final mark in a course. 


*yearbook delivery has been delayed due to Covid-19 and will be available for pick-up and additional orders in September.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

May 04
​May 4 - Update re: Ongoing Learning Assessment

Hello Jack James students and families,

Term 3 marks have been updated on MyCBE / PowerSchool -  https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html that reflects student marks prior to March 15. Teachers have been reaching out to students and families to encourage any outstanding assignments prior to March 15 be completed and submitted to help improve student's marks, when necessary.  Any student who did not have a course mark above 50% prior to March 15, and who has not engaged in ongoing learning or submitted assessments to improve their mark, will maintain the mark as published in MyCBE/PowerSchool for Term 3.

During the period of ongoing learning, students will be offered multiple opportunities to improve their learning and improve their grades. As students demonstrate a stronger understanding of essential outcomes (or outcomes addressed prior to class cancellation), their grades will be adjusted.

For students that continue engaging in their courses past the March 15 date of class cancellation, final percentage grades will not drop below interim percentage grades, but may increase, based on demonstrations of further learning. 
you were previously a legal guardian (e.g., parent of a student under the age of 18) of a now independent student and the independent student has identified on the Releasing Independent Student Information from the Calgary Board of Education to Others (completed with school personnel and on file at the school) that you may have access;

As of today, May 4, we will turning off publication of final grades so that students will not see the fluctuation, over-inflation, or ongoing adjustments of grades during the time of ongoing learning. This will be done because student's marks fluctuate as they are entered, and we do not want students or families to see a mark that is not truly representative of the final mark. Knowing that a student's final mark can not go below the March 15 course mark, by turning off the publication of the final mark we hope to avoid confusion as marks fluctuate.

Students are encouraged to contact teachers regarding their mark now that they have engaged in ongoing learning. This system will allow for conversation, be it via email, phone call, or Google Meet, between the teacher and the student that will be a clearer discussion of the student's achievement than the student simply looking in PowerTeacher and not understanding where that mark was derived from.

On June 1st, we will turn on the publication of course marks for students to see. This date has been selected because it gives students 2 weeks to coordinate with their teachers and complete any work that may have been missed, or perhaps needs editing or re-submissionto help them achieve a grade that they are hoping for.
June 1st will not the end of ongoing learning and instruction. Teachers will be using this time to continue to engage their students in tasks that allow them to continue to demonstrate the outcomes to best prepare them for the next level or instruction or to complete the essential outcomes for a course.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Students can email their teachers or connect through D2L. For students/families who are not using technology as part of ongoing learning, please call the school and the main office can connect you with the teacher you are looking to speak with.

Ongoing Learning | Grades 10 to 12 Guidelines for Assessment and Reporting Ongoing Learning Alberta Education has provided guidelines for ongoing learning during the COVD-19

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