Welcome Back - 1st Day of School

The staff at A.Y. Jackson would like to welcome all students and their families to the 2014-2015 school year.  Our first day of class will be on Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014.  Students will find their period one class posted on a list by the Pit, the library and upstairs by the Pit.  Students who have a period one spare will also be listed and we ask that they meet in the library at 9:00.  Students will receive their timetable, student planner etc. during their period one class.  Students are asked to bring their student fees ($65 which includes a yearbook) to their period one class.  Tuesday will be a regular day one with periods one and two being in the morning (75 minutes each) and periods three and four being in the afternoon.

The schedule for September 2nd is as follows:

9:00 a.m. – Grade nine orientation in the gym with J-Crew leaders (all morning)

9:00 a.m.-10:23 a.m. – Period one (All grade ten students will be called at 9:45 to attend the VP assembly)

10:23 a.m.-11:38 a.m. – Period two (All grade eleven students will be called at 11:00 to attend the VP assembly)

11:38 a.m.-12:40 p.m. – Lunch – Barbeque for staff and students

12:40 p.m.-1:50 p.m. – Period three (All grade twelve students will be called down at 1:20 p.m. to attend the VP assembly)

1:58 p.m.-3:08 p.m. – Period four (All grade nine students will be called down at 2:35 p.m. to attend the VP assembly)

Students will get a chance to meet each of their semester one teachers, learn about the course expectations, and any necessary materials (i.e. graphing calculators etc.) that students will be required to provide.

Our incoming class of grade nines will have a special orientation session in the morning with their J-Crew leaders and we ask all grade nine students to meet in the gym at 9:00 a.m.  Students are encouraged to bring a combination lock for their locker.

Parents who are uncertain about whether their son or daughter qualifies for transportation (yellow school bus) can access this information by visiting the following website www.ottawaschoolbus.ca.  Select the icon called "Stop Finder" and enter A.Y. Jackson, the number of your address and your phone number.  All eligible candidates must live more than 3.2 kilometers away.  Registration inquiries can be directed towards Shirley Griffioen at (613) 836-2527.

We hope that everyone had a great summer and we look forward to supporting all our students in reaching their goals for 2014-2015.
Transportation 2014-2015
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has implemented a number of changes for transportation for the 2014-2015 school year. Students who live more than 3.2 kilometers from the school will be eligible for a yellow school bus. Most of the school pick-ups will be between 8:20 a.m. and 8:40. Buses will leave A.Y. Jackson at the end of the day around 3:20 p.m. Families can access whether or not they are eligible by accessing the websitewww.ottawaschoolbus.ca and clicking on the icon entitled “Stop Finder”. Enter the name of the school, the number of your residence and your phone number and you will get the closest bus stop (if you are eligible). Some students were given subsidized bus passes in the past; however this practice will not be continued this year. If your son or daughter is close to the 3.2 kilometer criteria but does not quite meet the standard, you can apply for access to an empty seat on the bus by completing an application (available in the main office or on the www.ottawaschoolbus.ca website under the tab “ polices and procedures”). The school will not be able to assign these seats until mid-September when the school population has settled. Last year there were three special O.C. Transpo buses assigned to help transport students from the Bridlewood community to A.Y Jackson. This year there will be only one. Families can access the schedule for Route 161 on the OC Transpo website www.octranspo1.com. The OC Transpo Special for A.Y. Jackson will be designated 161D. If people have additional questions relating to transportation for the 2014-2015 school year please contact the school at (613) 836-2527.   Click here for the AYJ 3.2KM WALK ZONE MAP.
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AY Wear

AY Wear (click here for more info).

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Exchanges & Trips Plan 2014-2018

china_dragonAYJ is a school that travels.  We offer our students multiple opportunities to see the world and experience new cultures.  We have a long tradition of student exchanges with schools in both Spain and China.  As well, we offer city trips to the USA, inter-Canadian exchanges as well as international tours such as the Canadian Battlefields trip, Peru and Italy.   

Become part of an AYJ tradition and join one or more of our exchanges and trips during your four years at AYJ. 

macchu_picchuAYJ is one of only a select few high schools in Ottawa that offer the OCDSB International Certificate Program.  By participating in an international exchange or trip, you will have already completed some of the requirements for this certificate. 

Attached is our plan for the next four years.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 15:20
Report Cards, Diplomas & Office Hours

Report cards and diplomas are not mailed home. For pickup, visit the Main Office. Office hours this summer:         

July 3 –25          8am – 2pm

August 14–15         9am – 1pm

August 18–22         8am – 2pm

The office is closed from July 28 – August 13 inclusive.

Regular office hours resume Monday, August 25th (8am – 4pm)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:48
AYJ Wins at the Cappies (again)

riddifordCongratulations to Brett Riddiford on his win as Best Actor at the recent Cappies Gala.  Congratulations also to the rest of the cast and crew of 12 Angry Jurors on our four nominations, with the most sought after being the much coveted Critics Favourite Play.  AYJ has been nominated for favourite play or musical 6 out of 7 years, and has won twice for Play and Musical, the only school in North America ever to do so. Well done to everyone involved.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 13:26
Valedictorian 2014

Justin_HThe term Valedictorian comes from the Latin “to say farewell.”  Each year, AYJ’s graduating class chooses a representative to say goodbye and sum up their graduating year’s high school experience in a speech at the graduation ceremony.  Congratulations to Justin Huynh, AYJ's Valedictorian for 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 13:36
International Certificate Program

flags-of-the-world-300x300AYJ was one of only six schools in Ottawa to pilot the the OCDSB International Certificate last year. Students who want to have an international focus during their high school career and are interested in traveling and volunteering both outside of Canada and within their communities should consider becoming part of AYJ's International Certificate Program.  Graduate with this unique distinction.  Everyone is welcome.  See Mr. Barter in the Social Sciences Office (room 111) for more information.  The application form is attached below.


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Drama Students at Stratford Festival

StratfordAYJ’s annual drama class trip to the Stratford Play Festival.  32 of our drama students from grades 9 - 12 enjoyed 2 days, and three shows; "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Man of La Mancha", and "Alice through the looking Glass" in beautiful Stratford, Ontario.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 13:20
Gold Medals in French Public Speaking

Congratulations to Vinith Suriyakumar  (Senior Core French) and Anna McAllister (Junior French gold_medalsImmersion) who both won first place in the OCDSB French Public Speaking Competition. AYJ sent two students to compete and both won gold!  Both students will be competing at the Provincial level next month. Wish them good luck if you see them.

AYJ KIVA Team #1 in Ontario, Top 8 Globally

KIVA is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people in developed countries through lending to alleviate poverty in developing countries. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works. kiva_logo

AYJ’s KIVA team is a global leader in the schools category.  Since 2010 we have lent over $65,000 to entrepreneurs in over 100 countries worldwide.  We are the number one team in Ontario and are in 8th place globally out of over 1400 schools.  We are very proud of our accomplishments so far, but there is still much to do. We encourage new members to join AYJ’s KIVA Team.  Everyone is welcome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:47
ZIPTHRU Card for Cafeteria

This September Chartwells introduced a NEW and CONVENIENT way to purchase food at the school cafeteria with our Zipthru DINE WITH US Reloadable Card.  Just like any gift card, a balance is loaded on a card and declines as purchases are made.  The online function of this program provides convenience for the parent to purchase, reload and monitor balance and spending as well as set up an account to protect the balance on the card.

See attached instructions for ordering the Zipthru Card.

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