Our School Story

Our Story

History of Jessie Wowk

Jessie Wowk (1894-1993) and her family emigrated from the Ukraine with her parents in 1906. They purchased a farm on Steveston Highway. Jessie was also known as a humanitarian, and during the Depression she gave generously to those standing in the bread lines.  She is only the second woman in Richmond after Kate McNeely to have had a school named after her: Jessie Wowk Elementary School, which opened in 1992.

Who are we?

Welcome to Jessie Wowk.  We are a vibrant community of learners, staff and families striving to inspire curiosity, celebrate learning and promote social responsibility. Together we honour caring for self, others, and this place.  It is within this climate of respect and understanding that our students are motivated to explore, follow their passions, and express their learning in a variety of ways. Our new Library Learning Commons and Outdoor Learning Area both provide redesigned spaces for students to develop ideas and work collaboratively.  As well, these spaces provide students with opportunities to explore the world around them by engaging in a variety of materials and technology and deepens their understanding of what lies beyond the doors of Jessie Wowk.    

We are the Wowk Timberwolves and beginning in September 2017, our motto is Wowk CARES.

  • Caring
  • Accountable
  • Respectful
  • Encouraging
  • Safe

Due to the pandemic that had closed schools in the spring, our return to school in September was tinged with anxiety related to whether we, as a staff, could follow all the required health protocols, maintain a safe and caring learning environment, and provide our students with rich learning experiences.  We were concerned about everyone’s health, our own included.  For this reason, we decided to put our previous focus, “How does noticing, naming and nurturing the core competencies enhance our students’ understanding of their own learning?” on hold for the time being.  We moved on to focus on finding happiness in ourselves and in our learning knowing that we will revisit the previous focus. 

Our focus for the 2020-21 school year is:

Where do you find happiness in yourself and in your learning at school?

This question relates mainly to the Personal and Social Competency especially in the area of Personal Awareness and Responsibility and the Well-Being Facet. 

Personal and Social Competency – Personal and social competency is the set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society. Personal and social competency encompasses the abilities students need to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world.

Personal Awareness & Responsibility

Personal Awareness and Responsibility involves understanding the connections between personal and social behaviour and well-being; it encourages people to make constructive and ethical decisions and act on them.

Well Being

Students who are personally aware and responsible recognize the factors that affect their holistic wellness and take increasing responsibility for caring for themselves. …They recognize their personal responsibility for their happiness and have strategies that help them find peace in challenging situations.