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Open House

J.J. Bowlen's Virtual Open House begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday February 4, 2021!

Our Open House for the upcoming 2021-22 School Year took place on Thursday February 4 at 6:30 p.m. Due to the pandemic, this was a virtual event. Our Open House began with a short discussion about our school and what it has to offer. This was followed by a video that highlights the great things happening here and why this may be the right choice for your child. We also had a twenty minute question & answer session at the conclusion of the event. Here is the recording of our Open House:




At J.J. Bowlen School, academics are of course our NUMBER ONE priority! We are blessed with excellent teachers and our PAT and other educational results over the years have been very strong. However, as with all educators and parents, we are very 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 are adjusting our 2021-22 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 will be added next year. We will also be increasing our Religion minutes to explore the Catholic Faith more fully.

These additions are only possible because we are re-imagining our Thursdays to make them part of our regular schedule. For the past number of years, this half-day at J.J. (all Edmonton's 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 believe the best way forward for our students is to transition FLEX from a weekly occurrence to a monthly one. By doing so, we will increase our instructional time in key areas thereby promoting the full development of mind, body, and spirit. Our Thursdays next year will still be half-days but with regular programming. Our monthly Flex offerings will be scheduled in the morning or afternoon on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.  

As we all know, Junior High is more than academics. With our wide range of Options (including Art, Band, Construction, Environmental Stewardship, Film, 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 achieve their potential!  

This is my second 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 beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is an outstanding school! Our staff are totally focused on providing your child with an educational experience that is both enjoyable now and that will prepare them fully 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, Kevin.McGoey@ecsd.net

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