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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    Jackson Heights School, as an advocate of lifelong learning, supports students to be independent thinkers and responsible citizens in a positive, challenging and diverse learning environment. We believe that this goal is realized by emphasizing teaching excellence through development of individual expertise and team collaboration; successful learning where students are challenged to become engaged learners as expressed in a variety of ways; citizenship and healthy living. We strive to create a positive learning environment where students, as responsible global citizens, feel accepted and safe. We feel that a strong sense of community is developed through school-wide events, classes working together, and celebrating our diversity. We recognize that strong literacy, numeracy and technology skills are essential for students to become life-long learners who ask questions, think critically, and problem solve in our knowledge-based society.

     

     

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  • Volunteering

    Volunteering

    Parent and community volunteers contribute many hours of their time, energy, and talent for the benefit of students and the school.  There are a variety of opportunities to become involved. Requests for volunteers are shared in school and classroom newsletters as needs arise. Volunteers who are able to commit 15 minutes twice a week are especially valued as Reading Mentors for individual students.  Regular assistance in the library is greatly appreciated. Whether at school or at home, any time given to support students in their learning experiences is valuable. Preschool siblings cannot be accommodated in classrooms during learning time.

    All volunteers are asked to check-in at the office on each visit. In the event of an emergency situation, office staff must be aware of and account for all individuals in the school. Volunteers are asked to wear a school volunteer badge to identify themselves to students and staff.

     

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Principal Message

At Jackson Heights School, students experience the mandated Alberta curriculum by engaging in learning through a Universal Design for Learning approach. This approach to learning celebrates that all students learn in different ways. At Jackson Heights, we honour that diversity and provide students a variety of ways to demonstrate their learning. Our approach is to provide our students with choice and make cross-curricular connections. We strive to provide our students with cognitive challenge, through social learning, that enhances our students' sense of self and well-being. This allows our students to develop strong problem solving skills and social skills necessary for 21st Century Learning. Fitness, wellness, and overall good health are promoted at Jackson Heights. We believe that everyone is smart in different ways and we embrace and celebrate this diversity at our school!

In 2017 – 2018, we are pleased to provide the following programming:

  • Grades K – 6 programming which follows the Alberta provincial curriculum
  • Interactions Program(special program designed for children with autism)
  • Balanced literacy programming that includes guided reading, and literacy centres
  • Leveled Literacy Intervention program 
  • French as a Second Language, Grades 4 – 6
  • Daily physical activity
  • An excellent music program
  • Modern technology – SMART boards in classes, Chrome Books, Makerspace and iPads
  • Follow the “Leader in Me” Principles
  • A variety of extracurricular activities, including running club, Reading Rock Stars, board game club, dance club, floor hockey
  • Student Leadership opportunities: AMA safety patrols, Junior ATB branch,  library helpers, office helpers, and buddy reading
  • Daily lunch supervision available for children who need to stay for lunch (monthly fee applies)

“It takes a village to raise a child.” We are very fortunate to have a strong village that values teaching and learning in the classroom, positive social interactions, and daily physical activity. We utilize ongoing assessments that demonstrate students learning and understanding. We value communication between home and school.      

Thank you for testing the new SchoolZone!

This school year, our staff, students and parents had the opportunity to try out the new SchoolZone and share feedback about the design. Thank you for participating! Your thoughts helped us create a selection of quick links for parents, modernize some of the tool’s visual elements and find and fix technical issues throughout the pilot. For the remainder of the year, our school will continue to use this version of SchoolZone which will be shared with the rest of the District in 2018-19.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the school office at 780 465-9797 or by email Jackson Heights@epsb.ca.

Sincerely,

Chet Gosavi

Principal