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Open House

J.J. Bowlen's Virtual Open House took place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday February 3, 2022. A recording of it is below:

JJ Bowlen Catholic School Open House - YouTube

Please note that as discussed during the PowerPoint portion of our Open House, parents of students who are currently attending an Edmonton Catholic School and who wish to have their child attend JJ Bowlen in the 2022-23 School Year, must use the Intention Icon/Screen in their PowerSchool account to indicate this. The Icon/Screen was originally planned to be activated on Feb 3 but that has been changed by our School Division to Feb 28. Parents of students who do not attend an Edmonton Catholic School but who want their child to attend JJ Bowlen this fall, must register online. Here is the link to do that:

JJ Bowlen Registration Booklet

Registration Handbook for the 2022-23 School Year.pdf

At J.J. Bowlen School, academics are our NUMBER ONE priority! We are blessed with excellent teachers and our PAT and other educational results over the years have been strong. However, as with all educators and parents, we are concerned about the impact of the last two Covid-19 years on student learning, especially in the areas of literacy and numeracy. That is why we adjusted our 2021-22 Student Timetable to add an extra block of both Language Arts and Mathematics. Further, given our strong belief in the many benefits of physical activity, including improved mental health, an extra block of Phys Ed was also added. Religion minutes were increased as well to allow us to more fully explore the wonders of our Catholic Faith.

These changes were only possible because we re-imagined our Thursdays to make them part of our regular schedule. For the past number of years, this half-day at J.J. Bowlen (all our Catholic Schools have half-day Thursdays) was devoted to FLEX time which gave our students the opportunity to engage in both traditional and non-traditional learning activities. We value what FLEX has to offer but after giving the matter a great deal of thought, we decided that the best way forward for our students was to transition FLEX from a weekly occurrence to a monthly one. By doing so, we increased our instructional time in key areas thereby promoting the full development of mind, body, and spirit. Our monthly Flex offerings will be scheduled in the mornings or afternoons of Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  

As we all know, Junior High is more than academics. With our wide range of Options (including Art, Band, Construction, Environmental Stewardship, Film, and Foods, and French), our Leadership & Social Justice initiatives, and our high-achieving Athletic Teams, your child will have ample opportunity to meet new friends and to explore their potential!  

This is now my third year as the Principal of J.J. Bowlen and it is the seventh site I have worked at with Edmonton Catholic Schools. I can assure you without a doubt that this is a wonderful Junior High, well above average! Our staff is focused on providing your child with an educational experience that is both enjoyable now and that prepares them for a successful life ahead. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require more information (our phone number is 780-475-3730). In the meantime, check out our YouTube Channel 

Kevin McGoey, Principal,

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