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 27 septembre au 1er octobre, 2021

We would like to start by thanking our families for their ongoing support of our students’ learning as we continue wit...

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2021 Trustee Election: Voting Options & Locations

The next Trustee election for Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) and Yellowknife Catholic Schools (YCS) is sched...

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YK1 Board Bulletin - September 14, 2021

Please take a moment to view the bilingual board bulletin for the regular board meeting held on Tuesday, September 14...

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Joint Communique: Extension of Public Health Orders

To all YK1 families: Attached is a joint communique from Yellowknife Education District No. 1, Yellowknife Catholic S...

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Public Survey: Naming YK1's New School

To all YK1 families: Click here to read a press release from Graham Arts, principal of École J.H. Sissons and chair...

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2021 YK1 & YCS Trustee Elections: List of Nominees

Notice is hereby given that the following persons have been nominated for the election of Trustees to Yellowknife Educat...


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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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