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Address: 5700 51A Ave Yellowknife NT X1A 1G7

What's Happening

What's new at YK1 - Your Sneak Peek!

Welcome back students and staff! If the weather is any indication, fall is just around the corner, and that means sch...

JHS - School Day Start Time Has Changed

Parents and guardians of children at  École J.H. Sissons School: The school day start time has changed for all stud...

Prepackaged school supply kits now available to order for JH Sissons students!

  Regular Supply Lists for J.H.S JHS SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS (K-8)     Prepackaged school supply kits now...

2015/2016 - Please note changes

Staff and parents: There has been a change to next year's calendar. The P.D. day scheduled for Oct. 30 has been chang...

CANCELLED! - French Immersion BBQ Today

The 35 Anniversary of French Immersion BBQ scheduled for today has been cancelled due to poor weather. Please stay...

YK1 Staffing Announcements

YK1 is proud to announce the following staffing changes for 2015/2016: Katey Simmons, principal at Mildred Hall Schoo...

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 260 students in a French Immersion setting from pre-school to Grade Five. 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. The district office unites many community schools.  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 260 élèves de la pré-maternelle à la cinquième année. École ÉJHS fait partie de la grande famille des écoles à YK1. 


The École J.H. Sissons School is an elementary school who 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 at Orillia, Ontario July 14, 1892, and he died at 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).


Extracurricular Activities

Storytime at JHS

CPF is hosting a Storytime for Pre-K-Grade 2 students this weekend. Date:  Saturday, November 30, 2013 Location:...



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Our Staff

Educational Assistants
Clark, Cynthia
Mallette, Chantal
Pelletier, Lucy
Therrien, Annick
Special Education
Benoit, Cynthia - Program Support Teacher
Gesmundo, Roselon
Huber, Veronica

Yellowknife Education District No.1

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