Our School

We would like to acknowledge that our schools are on unceded Algonquin Territory, and thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

J. H. Putman is a small, personable dual track middle school located at 2051 Bel Air Drive in the west end of Ottawa between Woodroffe and Maitland Avenues offering students a choice of English (with Core French) and Early French-Immersion programs.

J. H. Putman was officially opened on October 19, 1961 by His Excellency, Major-General Georges Vanier, Governor-General of Canada. The school is named after the Chief Inspector of Ottawa Public Schools, the late Dr. J. H. Putman.

Our Students

J.H. Putman has an enrolment of approximately 300 students in grades 6-8. We draw our students mainly from Agincourt and Woodroffe Avenue Public Schools. Our students come from varied ethnic backgrounds. Many speak a third language.

After J.H. Putman, most of our students attend Woodroffe HS, but some of our students attend Glebe Collegiate, Merivale HS, Nepean HS, or Sir Guy Carleton.

We are proud of our success in promoting student learning. We encourage students to strive for academic excellence and develop and demonstrate Respect, Responsibility, Safety and Perseverance in their academic and personal lives. Students display pride for their school through their involvement in a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Our Staff

J.H. Putman has a dedicated staff who work together with students and parents to offer a supportive, positive learning environment for students. The staff includes a full time office administrator, a half-time office assistant, two custodians and two part-time library technicians who staff the library on a half-time basis. The teachers at Putman hold a wide range of academic specialties and are committed to supporting students. Students know their teachers are interested in their development and the teachers are available to provide individual help.

Our Community

J.H. Putman is located in a mature residential area in the west end of Ottawa, between Maitland and Woodroffe Avenues. We maintain open, ongoing communication with parents and members of the school community.

J.H. Putman posts regular updates to our web page. We also communicated via synervoice (email).

The school is used by the community outside of school hours and the school is also used sometimes as a polling station for elections.

Mission Statement

“Excellence in teaching and learning in a safe and caring environment.” As some students have expressed it, “I think the caring and dedicated teachers make this school special.” “I think it’s a great thing to know that if you need help, there’s always a teacher to help you.”

Facilities and Resources

J.H. Putman School is fortunate to have an art room, a library with both English and French materials, a computer lab in the library, a science lab, a gymnasium with a stage, a maker space, and gardening area, a culinary area and an instrumental music room. All classrooms have computers and access to a digital projector and document camera. The school is Wi-Fi equipped, enabling students and staff to use their own technology. The school is wheelchair accessible and there is an elevator to the second floor. The school has a large schoolyard with a soccer field and baseball diamond, picnic tables for outdoor lunches, and two tennis courts.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • Dual-track school – grades 6, 7 & 8
  • Regular English with Core French
  • Early French Immersion
  • Behaviour Intervention Program (BIP)
  • Autism class

The school runs on a 5-day cycle. Students at J. H Putman benefit from a homeroom model and with rotary for Visual Arts, Music, and Physical Education & Health. All students benefit from instrumental music classes and are encouraged, in grades six, seven and eight, to participate in extra-curricular bands.

Classroom Organization

Regular English:

Grade 6/7 1 class

Grade 7/8 1 class

Behaviour Intervention Program 1 class

Autism Class

Early French Immersion:

Grade 6 3 classes

Grade 7 4 classes

Grade 8 4 classes

Special Education and ESL Programs

We follow an inclusionary model, making every effort to support students in the regular classroom. Withdrawal support is provided as needed. Many Putman teachers hold Special Education and ESL qualifications. The Learning Support Teacher (LST) conducts assessments, as well as assists teachers with the writing and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs). English Language Learners (ELL) are integrated in the regular classroom. Our support team includes: special education teachers and 5.5 educational assistants (EAs) who support the work of the teachers.

Clubs and Activities

J. H. Putman is a small school with big spirit, rich in special activities that advance learning such as the many fun and sometimes offbeat activities during Spirit and Literacy Weeks. Staff voluntarily provide many extra-curricular cultural and sports activities.

Club activities include: Students’ Council; Junior, Senior and Jazz bands; Improvisation team, Ski Club, Talent Show; Creative Labs, Putman Slam Poetry Society, Voice of the Pumas Blog, Intramural and interschool sports including cross-country running, soccer, touch football, badminton, volleyball, basketball, track & field, and Hudson Sargeant relays. Special events include school dances and spirit days and opportunities to participate in charitable events such as food drives and the Terry Fox Run.

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