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  • Welcome:

    Welcome:

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    Our Mission

    We work with families and community partners to provide safe, caring, healthy, diverse, inclusive and equitable learning experiences that engage students to achieve their full potential in an increasingly interdependent world.

    Our Vision

    All students will learn to their full potential and develop the ability, passion and imagination to pursue their dreams and contribute to their community.

    District Priorities 2011-2014

    1. Provide supports and programs that will enable all students to complete high school.

    2. Deepen students' understanding of equity and empathy as key citizenship traits.

    3. Ensure all students and their families are welcomed, respected, accepted and supported in every school.

    4. Promote health and wellness for all students and staff.

    5. Listen to staff, honour their contributions, and support their opportunities for collaboration, growth and professional development.

    Our Philosophy

    Our diverse programs of study support our mission statement by giving parents and students different paths to achieve academic and personal success. Choice is the foundation of our district's approach to education. Edmonton Public Schools is recognized internationally for offering the curriculum in ways that complement the unique backgrounds and talents of our students. Alternative programs are developed based on feedback from parents and the community. We will continue to expand our spectrum of programs wherever it will support and foster student achievement.

    We believe that the "one size fits all" model of education is no longer appropriate in today's rapidly evolving society. Children have different learning styles and some achieve better in certain environments. Edmonton Public Schools is making a strong statement about our ability to address and meet the changing needs of students.

    Implemented more than two decades ago, Edmonton Public Schools created its revolutionary open boundary system. This allows parents and students to pursue educational programming study in a learning environment of their choice.

    At D.S. MacKenzie our school focus is "Meeting the Needs of Every Learner."  We accomplish this by implementing best practices in all subject areas.  All students receive timely intervention/enrichment as part of their weekly schedule.  Visitors to our school often comment on the "family-like atmosphere" that exists in our school. 

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  • A History Lesson

    A History Lesson

    Duncan Stewart MacKenzie was born in Ontario on February 21, 1868, the year following Confederation.  One of nine children who grew up on the farm of his Scottish Canadian parents, D.S. MacKenzie came west in 1891 to teach in McGregor, Manitoba.  The following year he returned to Ontario and taught in schools there for three years.

    D.S. MacKenzie, at the urging of his brother Kenneth, came to Edmonton in 1895.  In 1896 he was appointed principal of Niblock School, a four-room brick school on the site where Old Scona now stands. D.S. MacKenzie was the first high school teacher in South Edmonton (Strathcona).  His annual salary for the first year was $660.00.  By 1901 D.S. MacKenzie was also the principal of Grandin Street School, on the site where King Edward School now stands. In September 1905 D.S. MacKenzie became the Deputy Minister of Education for Alberta.

    D.S. MacKenzie died on April 26, 1935, at the age of 67 years.  His wife Mary, whom he married in 1904, died in 1962.  They had three children, two sons and a daughter.

    Mr. MacKenzie exemplified the solid, hard working qualities that we value in the responsible citizens who helped develop western Canada.  His contribution to education and to good citizenship will always be a model of personal excellence that students and staff at this school strive to emulate.

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Welcome

D. S. MacKenzie Junior High School is located in the Duggan neighborhood in South Edmonton.

We pride ourselves on our pursuit of academic excellence, our concern for the needs of the individual student, and our endeavor to instill in our students the values and skills that will equip them to cope with the demands of senior high school and beyond.

Besides offering the academic program of studies, we offer a large gymnasium, four well-equipped science rooms, an art room, an instrumental music room, a drama room, Industrial Education lab, two Foods and Fashions labs, an exercise room, a library media centre with a collection of books and computer resources, several carts of netbooks and Chrome books as well as two computer labs. Click here to see further information.

D.S. MacKenzie is also a forerunner in hosting student teachers from the University of Alberta. The picture below is of three current students from D.S. MacKenzie who were interviewed by a former student teacher regarding their experience with the student teacher. This article primarily discusses the student teacher’s excellent experience at D.S. MacKenzie. Click here to see the entire article.