J. H. Putman Public School
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|J. H. Putman Middle School|
2051 Bel Air Drive
|School type||Public Middle School|
|Founded||October 19, 1961|
|School board||Ottawa-Carleton District School Board|
|Superintendent||Cathy Nevins Source|
|Area trustee||Pam Fitzgerald (ZONE 5) Source|
|Enrollment||350 (September, 2018)|
|Language||English, French Immersion|
|Colour(s)||White, Silver, Black|
This school offers students a choice of English (with Core French) and French immersion programs as well as specialized instrumental music, visual arts and sports. The school offers Special Education and English Language Support, and houses a system Behaviour Intervention Program (BIP) formerly SSU classroom.
J. H. Putman was officially opened on October 19, 1961 by 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, whose recommendations led to the introduction of intermediate schools in Ottawa in 1929. J.H Putman was the first school in Ottawa to be built as a middle school with facilities for students in grades 7 and 8 (Lockers, a Science Lab, a Music room, A Maker room, etc.). It wasn't the first Middle school in Ottawa since there have already been certain elementary schools that have been converted into middle schools, one of these schools that both still exists and is still a middle school is Glashan Intermediate School.
J.H. Putman has an enrollment of approximately 350 students in grades 6-8, drawing students mainly from Agincourt and Woodroffe Avenue Public Schools, sometimes Pinecrest Public School. Students come from varied ethnic backgrounds and many speak a third language.
Graduating grade 8 students attend a number of high schools including Woodroffe High School and Nepean High School. Students can also attend: Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School (For the adaptive program) and Canterbury High School (For the Arts program).
The building itself is small for a middle school (It only has a capacity for 341 students when the average middle school capacity in ottawa out of the 8 middle schools is 519, J.H.Putman is Ottawa's smallest middle school), but the yard is large. It has a soccer field, two tennis courts, a basketball court, baseball diamond and a multiuse field. The soccer field is for multiple purposes, such as Frisbee, track and field and football. The building a two-story school with three main corridors. The school has a Cafeteria, a Science Lab, a Music room, an Art room, a Maker room, a gym with a stage, and an additional 16 extra classrooms. The gymnasium is small but still holds around 350 people.
Awards and achievements
Putman dedicates students for their success in sports, academics, French, art or perseverance.
- Citizenship Award- Given to a student who shows dignity, caring, and leadership.
- Perseverance Award- Given to a student who has had a difficult time in school, never gave up and succeeded.
- The Edward King Award- Created in 2006, when graduated Edward King, who has Autism overcame his challenges during his stint at Putman. The award is given out when a grade 8 student has overcome his or her challenges.
- Athlete of the Year Award- Given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding athletic qualities.