Pauline Johnson Junior Public School (Gr JK - 06)
35 Dunmurray Blvd, Scarborough, ON
Emily Pauline Johnson (1861 –1913) was born on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. She was a popular poet, writer and performer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a poet with two traditions, Johnson bridged the gulf between her Native and European backgrounds.
Pauline Johnson Junior Public School, named after the poet and entertainer Emily Pauline Johnson, opened in 1969. We are part of a tri-school campus which includes John Buchan Senior Public School and Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute.
Located in the Birchmount/Sheppard area, we presently serve over 270 students. We offer regular programs from Grade 1 to 6. We also offer the full-day Early Learning Program for junior and senior kindergarten students.
Our students come from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Approximately 35 percent of our students were born outside of Canada and almost 69 percent of our students speak a language other than English at home.Read more
PJ's Excellent Music Programme
Our full-time music teacher works in collaboration with two itinerant music teachers to create wonderful programming. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 have the opportunity to sing, to play Orff Intruments, recorders, and traditional band instruments. We have a Student Showcase Assembly once per month for students to share their talents. This year, Grade 3 students are participating in the "We Are One Jazz Choir". The students will be performing as part of a massed choir at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts on February 12th, 2013.
Model Schools For Inner Cities
In 2009 Pauline Johnson joined the "Model Schools for Inner Cities" program. Through this initiative we have secured extra resources to support five essential components of creating an effective school. They are: Innovative teaching practices; Support services to meet the emotional and physical well being of students; School as the heart of the community; Research, review and evaluation of students and programs; A commitment to share successful practices.
We are examining our teaching practice and providing experiential and culturally responsive learning to raise the bar for our students to set them up for future success.
Proper nutrition is critical to supporting student learning. Every student at Pauline Johnson is offered a morning meal - consisting of three food groups, every day. In addition to provincial and municipal funding, parents are asked to contribute five dollars each month to support this important programme.
At Pauline Johnson our Code of Conduct is based on the four Tribes Agreements: Mutual Respect; Attentative Listening; Participation; Appreciation. We have high expectations of our students to always demonstrate the positive behaviour identified in our Code of Conduct.
PJ Builds Character
In 2008 the TDSB identified 10 character attributes to be infused into the curriculum. At PJ we continually examine our practices to ensure that our children get the most effective instruction. A culminating event each month is the recognition of students from each class who best demonstrate the character focus of the month.
Terry Fox Walk
Every September, Pauline Johnson laces up to walk around our community and honour the legacy of Terry Fox. We set a fundraising goal each year so we have something to contribute to the fight against cancer, but for us the most important part is walking as a unified group in our school community.