Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why – Guidance for Parents

Netflix recently released the series 13 Reasons Why based on the popular young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The series depicts the story of a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette recordings that share the events that she perceives led to her death. Series like this one can lead to misconceptions and misinformation about suicide, and possibly to the glorification of suicide.

For these reasons, mental health professionals, including the Waterloo Region District School Board’s mental health team, feel it is necessary to make you aware of this series. The WRDSB is providing the following tips, distributed by School Mental Health (SMH) ASSIST and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), to help with conversations you may have with your child:

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WRPS Policing Co-op Info Session – Tues. May 30th

The Waterloo Region Police Services offers half-day information sessions about careers in policing, with a focus on providing information for students interested in pursuing a co-operative education placement with the WRPS.

Information sessions for students who have already registered for co-op in the 2017-2018 school year are being held on Tuesday, May 30th (separate am/pm sessions available) and will take place at WRPS Headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge.

Students, staff, and parents are invited to attend ONE session (9-11 am OR 12-2 pm) to learn about potential careers in policing, co-op placements with the police, and the application process for those placements.

NOTE: As this is voluntary, and not a required school trip, there is no transportation available for students to attend this event. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING TRANSPORTATION FOR PARTICIPANTS AND VALIDATING STUDENT ABSENCES.

Registration closes at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 19th.
Registration Link:

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SJAM’s DECA Advisor Receives International Award

A big congratulations goes out to SJAM’s Business Department Head/DECA Advisor, Andy Flanagan, who was awarded an Association Chapter Advisor of the Year Award at this years’ DECA Internationals in Anaheim, California.

DECA Internation includes over 215,000 high school students, 3,500 chapters and 5,500 advisors. From this vast number of participants, there were only 5 given this prestigious award – a HUGE honour for our own Mr. Flanagan!

The nomination was created by DECA Ontario, SJAM Business Teachers and a multitude of DECA students past and present who have been impacted by Andy’s contribution to DECA at the school, regional and provincial levels.

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Friday, May 5, is a PD Day for all students

Friday, May 5, 2017, is a Professional Development Day for all elementary and secondary schools, which means students do not need to be in school. Below you will find a summary of how teachers and staff will spend their day. Teachers Elementary and secondary teachers will attend full-day professional development activities with their union groups. […]

2017 Yearbook – Grad Quote & Superlatives Surveys

Your SJAM Yearbook editing team is looking for our grads’ input for this year’s awesome publication! Check out the links below!



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SJAM Community Seminar Series – May 2017

SJAM’s History Department is pleased to host our community seminar series once again this May. All are welcome to attend!

This Year’s Focus – A Look at the Rescued, the Rescuers and the Results (including an evening with Hidden Child, Anita Ekstein)

NOTE – All sessions are 6:30-8:30pm in the SJAM Auditorium

Seminar 1 – Tuesday, May 16
Hidden Child Anita Ekstein will share her personal testimony of loss, the sacrifice of those who hid her during the Holocaust and of the importance of “the power of one”.

Seminar 2 – Tuesday, May 23
Dr. Carson Phillips, Managing Director of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, will join us to bring further understanding to the characteristics of the Righteous and to introduce us to the stories of those who risked much to rescue during the Holocaust. This evening will be both informative and inspiring.

Seminar 3 – Tuesday, May 30
Join us as we continue to learn about the impact of the rescuers and liberators through the lens of documentaries followed by discussion.

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Volunteer Opportunity at Elizabeth Ziegler PS – April 22

Great opportunity to earn volunteer hours while helping the environment! Elizabeth Ziegler Public School needs student volunteers to assist with their Earth Day E-Waste Recycling event! Saturday, April 22nd @ Elizabeth Ziegler PS 8am to noon If you’d like to sign up or get more info, please contact Carrie Stevenson @ (Elizabeth Ziegler Parent […]

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