May 10

Grade 8 Big Cove Information

Grade 8 Big Cove Information

Wednesday, May 11th: Staff chaperones are meeting with students at lunchtime to discuss cabin groups, food allergies, health information, activities, clothing and bedding requirements and any questions and concerns. 

Monday, May 16th: Staff chaperones are meeting with students at lunchtime to discuss our big trip. Students will be informed of the need to bring a packed lunch for the first day, Wednesday 18th May.

Wednesday, May 18th: Set off to Big Cove, 9am sharp!

Friday 20th May: Return back from Big Cove between 2.00pm and 2.45pm, depending on traffic. Please be ready to pick up students from the school at this time.

May 10

Parent and Guardian Community Support Sessions

In the past several weeks the children, families and communities of North End Halifax and North Preston have witnessed and been exposed to traumatic events involving the loss of life of several young Black men in those communities. To support our learners and their families, HRSB has partnered with several Black health care professionals (Clinical Social Workers and Psychologist) skilled in the area of trauma from a culturally relevant lens. They will provide service and supports to help meet the needs of our children and families.

Sessions are open to parents/guardians and other community members affiliated with our families of schools. They are family centered, and will take a race and trauma-informed approach to offering care.


Our first step is to offer support sessions at the following locations:

Wed May 11:     Joseph Howe School                6:30-8:30    Lana MacLean &Robert Wright, MSW, RSW

Mon May 16:     Joseph Howe School                12:00-12:50 Kim Bernard & Clara Coward, MSW, RSW

Tue May 17:       St. Joseph’s A McKay               12:00-12:55 Lana MacLean &Robert Wright, MSW, RSW

Wed May 19:     Nelson Whynder                       6:30-8:30 Lana MacLean, MSW & Dr. Jason Chatman, PhD.



  • Welcome and introductions
  • Setting up safe space/Ongoing Open discussion
  • Recent events and losses
  • What is and how does Trauma impact on us, our parenting and our community?
  • Do you feel like you’re walking on Eggshells? Feeling stuck and overwhelmed? Small steps to change – skills and supports
  • Self-care and parenting
  • Next steps

May 02

Grade 8 Assessments are from May 24th – June 3rd

Families, if you are looking at ways to help your child prepare for the grade 8 Reading, Writing and Math assessment, please visit this site for helpful information such as sample questions and formula sheets.


May 02

Congratulations Highland Park!

Congratulations to our students (and staff) who won a Makerspace for our school.  We won through Mindshare Learning after submitting this video.  Only three schools in Canada received a Mindshare grant! We are so proud!

What does this mean for students and learning? Find out from students and their teachers in this video.

Our school was featured in this months Superintendent’s Report.

Apr 08

Future of North End Schools

We want to encourage as many members of our schools’ communities to attend this meetings. The next meeting of the SOC that is open to the public is on May 19th in our gym from 6:30-9pm.  This meeting is to discuss the 5 schools that are up for possible review.

Nov 25

2014-2015 Community Report

Community Report Highland Park Junior High 2014-2015   Every year the community report is published in the fall for the previous school year.

Oct 26


The MedicAlert® Foundation Canada is a charitable organization which is the leading provider of emergency medical information services linked to customized medical bracelets and necklaces. We are pleased to be able to offer MedicAlert memberships to students (from age 4 to their 14th birthday) through the No Child Without® program in select schools. The financial support of the Government of Canada and Lions Clubs allows students to receive the MedicAlert membership for FREE. Click here for more information

Oct 09

Parents and Guardians, do you need to know what your child has for homework?

HPJH Families, have a look at our homework page to see what your child is responsible to complete at home.  Under the students tab, click on homework then chose the homeroom your child is in and everything is listed there.  Also, don’t forget to get in the habit of checking PowerSchool for attendance, lates, assignments and assessments.  If you need help logging in, please contact the school.

Sep 11

Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education

The 2015-16 school year marks the start of many new and exciting changes in classrooms across the province as a result of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education introduced in January. The Action Plan was based on the feedback of more than 19,000 Nova Scotians, including teachers, students, school support staff, school boards, universities and the business community.

Some highlights this year include:

· a streamlined and innovative curriculum with a stronger focus on teaching math and literacy for primary to grade 3 students,
· new homework standards to support and enhance student learning at every grade level,
· a new school code of conduct that will apply to all schools,
· more hands-on learning activities for students to develop their technology skills, including Brilliant Labs and,
· more math mentors working with teachers to support higher student achievement
· a new career education framework for grades 4-12 students
· core French programs that use interactive and conversational teaching methods
· a new growth and development guide for families with four-year-olds to encourage early learning

For more details on changes coming in 2015-16 visit .Follow the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on twitter @NSEducation.