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Grade 8 Information Night

All grade 8 students are invited to Jacob Hespeler Grade 8 Night on Wednesday, December 2nd.  There will be a FAST FORWARD information session at 6:00 pm in the library (second floor);  all grade 8s and their parents are invited to the cafeteria (second floor) at 7:00 pm for information and tours. See you then!

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Update Regarding Community Use of Schools & Rentals

ESS/OSSTF and CAMA/OSSTF are currently in ongoing province-wide labour negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA). As a result, members of ESS/OSSTF and CAMA/OSSTF are taking part in a legal job sanctions. During these job sanctions, we have encountered situations where our usual service levels have been limited. […]

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Parents/Guardians sign up for email, let us communicate with you!

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) continues to be compliant with Canada’s anti-spam legislation, which prohibits the sending of unsolicited email messages without consent. We would like to have the option of communicating with you through email, so please sign up at You will need to know your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN). […]

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OSSTF District 24 Ratify Local Agreement

We are pleased to announce that the Waterloo Region District School Board and OSSTF District 24 have ratified their local tentative agreement. The agreement will expire August 31, 2017. “The ratification of a local agreement with OSSTF is a demonstration of the hard work and dedication of all involved. Steady and respectful discussion on both […]

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Become Familiar with our Severe Weather Procedure

As the cold weather approaches, it’s important for everyone to be familiar with our Severe Weather Conditions procedure. There are some changes to the procedure for the 2015-16 school year: Frigid Temperatures: Schools will NOT automatically be closed when temperatures reach -35C or colder with wind-chill. While buses will not operate, the decision to close schools […]

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About Jacob Hespeler’s Fast Forward Program

Fast Forward is a unique diploma granting program (OSSD) focussing on preparing students for the workplace. The program is designed to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills in addition to their learning and employability skills necessary to be successful in a work environment.  Students’ preparation for employment includes a variety of opportunities for work-related learning […]

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Winter is coming….

WRDSB_Inclement_Weather_Poster_PRINT Check on these links during severe weather to find out if JHSS buses are running or if the school is closed.    

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Community Service Hours

One of the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is the completion of 40 hours of Community Service. Please come into the Guidance Office and check our community board for volunteer opportunities in and around our area.

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University and College Information

University Application Deadline: January 13, 2016 Link to the Ontario University Application Centre: Link to ‘eINFO’, a great resource for Ontario university programs and requirements: PIN numbers will be available in your homeroom class Tuesday October 27, 2015 College Application Deadline: February 1, 2016 Link to Ontario College Application System: Your Student […]

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Student Accident Insurance

It is important for parents and guardians to be aware that the Waterloo Region District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Accidents can and do happen. Some injuries incur medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health […]

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