About D.S. MacKenzie Junior High School
D.S. MacKenzie Junior High School is located in the Duggan neighbourhood in South Edmonton.
We pride ourselves on our pursuit of academic excellence, our concern for the needs of the individual student, and our endeavour 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, a library media centre with a collection of books and computer resources and two computer labs.
The staff, parents and students together, work hard to make D.S. MacKenzie a positive, enriching educational environment. D.S. MacKenzie strives to keep abreast of new innovations and incorporates those academic or social programs that will help our students excel. We are planning for the future, confident that D.S. MacKenzie will have a continuing and significant role to play in the Edmonton Public School System.
Statement of Beliefs
Staff at D.S. MacKenzie have reaffirmed that student learning is enhanced when we...
provide an educational setting which helps students to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes for independent learning
expect students to consistently demonstrate responsible citizenship
program to meet the individual needs and interests of students
provide safe and caring learning environments
challenge students to strive for personal excellence
The instructional focus at D. S. MacKenzie is a school-wide effort to improve students' reading and writing literacy and therefore student achievement in all subjects. Teachers identify "best practices" and implement them in all classes. Remedial work is carried out with selected students in reading, writing and mathematics. Results are measured through large-scale testing (Canadian Achievement Test scores, High Level Achievement Test, and Alberta Provincial Achievement tests) and in-school measures (skill checks and teacher awarded marks).
D.S. MacKenzie Junior High School, named in honour of Alberta's first Deputy Minister of Education, was officially opened on March 7, 1969.
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.
To continually celebrate his contributions, we have implemented a "Citizen of the Month" award. Students are nominated by their homeroom teacher for their demonstration of courtesy, respect, and co-operation.