Ecole J. H. Sissons

Yellowknife Education District No. 1


Phone: (867) 873-3477 Fax: (867) 873-4535

Address: 50 Taylor Road, Yellowknife NT, X1A 3X2

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La semaine prochaine - le 3 au 10 décembre, 2021

Thank you for checking with us for the news of the week. Here is the latest from our school. Ski and Snowshoe Rental...

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La semaine prochaine - le 29 novembre au 3 décembre, 2021

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La semaine prochaine - le 18 au 26 novembre, 2021

Report cards are coming home on Monday, November 22nd at the end of the school day. This term’s report cards will look...

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YK1 Board Bulletin - November 9, 2021

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La semaine prochaine - le 15 au 19 novembre, 2021

We appreciate you taking the time to read our weekly posting and stay up-to-date with the school news. This past week, w...

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Landon Kowalzik named Interim Assistant Superintendent

To all YK1 families: Attached is a letter from Superintendent/ CEO Dr. Cindi Vaselenak regarding the appointment of ...


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About Us

Nestled amongst the trees, rocks, and houses lies the growing school of Sissons. École John Howard Sissons is centrally located in this peaceful, small and community-minded city.  École J.H. Sissons school is privileged to accommodate over 347 students in a French Immersion setting from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. In addition, ÉJHS is a member of a larger family of schools within Yellowknife Education District No. 1, or simply YK1, which is the title of the school district. Our graduating students go to École William McDonald for Grade 6 to continue their French Immersion studies, a small middle school which is in walking distance of our school. École J.H. Sissons est un centre d’immersion française qui se situe dans une communauté paisible et dynamique de la centre-ville de Yellowknife. Notre école accueille présentement 347 élèves de la pré-maternelle à la cinquième année. École ÉJHS fait partie de la grande famille des écoles à YK1. 

HOW ÉCOLE J.H.SISSONS SCHOOL GOT ITS NAME

The École J.H. Sissons School is an elementary school which offers the French immersion program to all students. The school is named for former Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories judge, John Howard Sissons. John Howard Sissons, "Jack," was a lawyer and judge. He was born in Orillia, Ontario July 14, 1892, and he died in Edmonton, Alberta 11 July 1969. As first judge of the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories (est. 1955), he took "justice to every man's door" by aircraft and dog sled. Sissons practiced law in the Peace River country from 1921 and was Liberal MP for that area 1940-45. He was named a district court judge in southern Alberta in 1946 and was chief judge 1950-55. He traveled 64,000 km in a twice-yearly circuit, holding trials in remote communities. Several of his decisions relating to hunting rights and to native marriage and adoption practices became legal landmarks. His views were not always popular with the bureaucracy, but he became a legend to the native people and was called Ekoktoegee, "the one who listens to things," by the Inuit. He retired in 1966 and wrote his memoirs, Judge of the Far North (1968).


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Our Staff

Administrative Assistant & Finance
Reitsma, Laura
Administrators
Arts, Graham - Principal
Sonier, Federick - Assistant Principal
Librarian
Hayotte-Rourke, Sylvie
Teachers
Dowe, Jordan - Junior Kindergarten
Elaco, Savanah - Junior Kindergarten
Beland, Jacqueline - Kindergarten
Rideout, Kayla - Kindergarten
Ambury, Emma - Grade 1
Dykeman, Allison - Grade 1
Hunter, Leigh - Grade 2
Peterson, Victoria - Grade 2
Rioux, Fabien - Grade 2
Rondeau, Stephanie - Grade 3
Marianayagam, Jasmine - Grade 3/4
Souren, Chrystel - Grade 4
Boudreau, Heidi - Grade 4/5
Gilbert, Jessica - Grade 5
Sevigny, Stephane - Physical Education
Sinclair, Matthew - CEPA
Educational Assistants
Depot-Bernier, Danika - Junior Kindergarten
Rosa, Angele - Junior Kindergarten
Cote-Simard, Marie-Eve
Radford, Manon
Student Services
Gourde, Joannie - Program Support Teacher
West-Pratt, Ashley - Program Support Teacher

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