Attention Grads!

grad_capAll potential graduates are asked to complete a cue card so that we know what to say about you when you cross the stage at Commencement.  If you have not yet done so, please go to: AYJ Grads 2015 Cue Cards


If you have difficulty with this, please come in to the school on Monday to meet with Mr. Martinson before noon.

Caps, gown and tickets will be available for pickup on Wednesday and Thursday in the main office.  You will receive the number of tickets that you requested up to a maximum of four tickets per graduate.  If we have any extra tickets at the last minute, we will have a random draw for up to one extra ticket per family.  We appreciate your understanding in this regard, as there is a limited number of seats available in the auditorium.

Commencement tickets and Cap and Gowns can be picked up in the main office on Wednesday, June 24th and Thursday, June 25th.  Please note that the office will be closed on Wednesday, June 24th from 11am-2pm.

Finally, commencement will be held on Friday June 26th at 11:00 am at Cedarview Alliance Church, 2784 Cedarview Road, Nepean.  Grads are asked to be there at 10:00 am.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 14:13
 
2015 International Certificate Program Graduates
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Congratulations to AYJ's 2015 International Certificate Program graduates.  Alena McFaul Freeman, Megan Holzhuter, Kenny Situ, Gabriela Alvarado, Ellory Vincent, Michelle Lam and Lisa Lam.
ellory_speech_icpA ceremony for all graduating ICP students in the OCDSB was held June 18 .  AYJ had more grads than any school in the city, something we, as a smaller high school, are very proud of.  Ellory Vincent was chosen to present her excellent final ICP project on the benefits of global awareness.
AYJ is a founding member of the OCDSB International Certificate Program.  We are very proud of our ICP graduates and look forward to many more ceremonies like this in the coming years.
Click here for more information about the International Certificate Program. New applicants are always welcome.  See Mr. Barter, the ICP advisor at AYJ for more information.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 14:40
 
Valedictorian 2015

val_meganThe 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.  The Valedictorian is a student who has been highly committed to both academics and extra-curricular activities during their time at AYJ.

Congratulations to Megan Holzhuter, AYJ’s Valedictorian for 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:24
 
AYJ's The Addams Family Wins Big at the Cappies
cappies_addams_familyCongratulations to the cast, band and crew of "The Addams Family" on their well-deserved win at the Cappies Gala at the NAC on Sunday, 7th June.  A. Y. was nominated for an unprecedented 15 awards, and won four; Jake Taylor for Best Featured Actor, Josh Alcantara for best Male Dancer, Brett Riddiford for Best Male Vocalist, and, for the 2nd time, the much coveted Best Musical award.  A. Y. Jackson remains the only school in Canada to have won best Play and Best Musical (twice), and we are all extremely proud of everyone involved.  Well done A. Y.!!! cappies_addams_family_2

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 11:38
 
Ryan Hooper Wins OCDSB Student Recognition Award
ryan_hooper_awardAYJ Grade 12 student Ryan Hooper was presented with the OCDSB Student Recognition Award last Thursday night.  He is with our Trustee Christine Boothby and our OCDSB Director Dr. Jennifer Adams.
 
Exchanges & Trips Plan 2015-2019
AYJ 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.
AYJ was one of first high schools in Ottawa to 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.
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AYJ 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.
AYJ was one of first high schools in Ottawa to 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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 13:38
 
Character Building at AYJ
Congratulations to our most recent recipients of our character recognition awards. Students were recognized for their various acts of great character by both staff and their peers and received a certificate and a character shirt. This month students looked at the trait of resiliency. Through posters and JTV videos, AY discussed what being resilient looks like. Here is a link to a Take 20 video students watched and discussed in their classes.

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AYJ visits Korean Embassy

korean_embassy_spring_2015_foodAYJ's International Certificate Program students visited the Korean Embassy in May.  We had the opportunity to learn about the many connections between our countries and were provided with a full Korean buffet lunch.  The ambassador met with all the students and invited us to come visit Korea in the future.

The International Certificate Program is available to all students at AYJ.  Click here for more information. If you would like to join the program, see Mr. Barter in room 111 for an application.

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Kayvon Mihan - OCDSB Student Trustee

KayvonKayvon Mihan (second from left), a grade 10 student, was elected as one of two Student Trustees at the election event held at Brookfield High School on April 28. Kayvon did a terrific job representing AY as he participated in a group scenario and made a speech to the audience of his six other candidates, Students' Council presidents from around the board, teacher advisors and school board officials.

Student Trustees represent the voice of all of the students of the OCDSB at the board level. Student Trustees are also responsible for linking the Board to its students: communicating events in the Board to the student body and gathering student input on issues the Board is facing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:06
 
China Exchange 2016
china_2016Next year AYJ students have the opportunity to be a member of our biannual China Exchange.  This trip will run over Easter in 2016.  This is an excellent opportunity to explore a new part of the world.  Destinations include the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou.  If you are interested in traveling to China see Mr. Thickett in the Math office for more info.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 11:47
 
​Relay for Life 2015 - Another Resounding Success

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Thank you so much to all the participants, committee organizers, teachers and volunteers involved with AYJ's 2015 Relay for Life on March 27-28. This was our 4th Relay for Life at our school. Students made teams of 8-12 people, dressed up, walked the track​  and stayed up all night in a fun and emotional fundraiser for cancer research! Thanks to everyone's hard work, together we raised over $14 000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.!!!

relay_for_life_2015_2Many thanks to the following generous sponsors of our event: Farm Boy (Hazeldean), Laura’s Your Independent Grocer, Mr. Shawarma, Starbucks (Eagleson), Starbucks (Hazeldean), Superstore (Kanata), Superstore (Westboro), Tim Hortons (Eagleson), Tim Hortons (Hazeldean), Willy's Pizza

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 20:28
 
24/7 Crisis Line

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We’ve all had a crisis. Whether you’re stressed, depressed, or just can’t take it anymore—you are not alone. The Youth Services Bureau’s 24/7 Crisis Line is here for you. Whatever the problem, you can talk to someone who understands and who wants to help you. No one should ever suffer alone, which is why we’ve made it easy for you to get in touch with us. We’re just one call away.  Click here for more info.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:03
 
Peru Trip 2016 - Waiting List Info

peru_2016AYJ is going to Peru over Easter 2016. The trip is now full but there is a waiting list.  If you would like to go on this trip please contact EF Tours at 1-800-263-2806, as soon possible, and have your name put on the waiting list.  If we have enough students on the waiting list, another bus will be added to the trip.  Click here for the tour itinerary. Please see Mr. Barter for more information.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 11:54
 
AYJ Senior Band Awarded Gold Standard
Congratulations to the AYJ Sr. Band who was awarded the Gold Standard at the recent Capital Region MusicFest on Feb. 28.  The band put on an exceptional performance despite having their performance time changed to 8:30am. due to a small fire that closed the host school Woodroffe on Thursday Feb. 26.   Special thanks to the parents and guardians of the AYJ community who rallied to ensure band members would be present for this performance.
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The band played three pieces.  The first was Marche Diabolique, an unusual march that features dissonant harmonies and an eerie melody.  Sierra Ward-Bond and Isobel Aubin were featured on the flute in this piece.  The second piece was Petty Harbour Bait Skiff, a beautiful Newfoundland folk song that featured Kenny Situ on the baritone and Donovan Bosnich on the trumpet.  The third piece was Ruckus which is just as its' title implies.  This piece features our multi-talented percussion section.
This marks the first time in the history of the school that an AYJ band has been awarded the Gold standard at Capital Region MusicFest.  Click here to listen to the AYJ Senior Concert Band's Gold Standard performance.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 12:50
 
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