AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

February 19, 2021

Important Dates

  • February 22, 3:45-4:15 p.m. - Meet the Teacher (Virtual)
  • February 22-26 - Grad Portraits
  • February 23 - FNMI Parent Engagement Session 2 (Virtual)
  • February 24 - Pink Shirt Day
  • February 28 - Returning Student Registration Closes
  • March 3, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • March 5 - PD Day - No School
  • March 8, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting (Virtual)
  • March 14 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 14 - Pi Day

WHAT'S HAPPENING

AJS Final Sitting - 3rd Quarter

Here is the AJS Final Sitting - 3rd Quarter for April not including diploma exams. Please note that there is no exam break. Quarter 4 starts April 21.


Note: 30-level students who do not write the Alberta Education Diploma Exam, will participate in the AJS Final Sitting.


Download the schedule.

AJS Diploma Exam Sitting - 3rd Quarter

For students in 30-level classes, here is the "optional" Alberta Education diploma exam schedule. Classes will proceed for all students until Tuesday, April 20. Download the schedule.

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Pink Shirt Day

February 24, 2021 is Pink Shirt Day! We encourage everyone to reflect on how they are being kind to others and wear a pink clothing item to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. The morning class wearing the highest percentage of pink will win a prize for their whole class! This week we are also celebrating acts of kindness in our school. Each day this week you can nominate a friend, classmate, or teacher for their act of kindness in the grad hall. They will be entered to win a sweet self-care gift-basket!


History of Pink Shirt day: Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying after a younger student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. They organized for over 100 students to wear pink the next day to school. Pink Shirt Day is now an annual event to address bullying and spread kindness in schools.

Meet the Teacher

We invite you to join us for our AJS virtual Meet the Teacher on Monday, February 22 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. This brief meet will give you the opportunity to meet with teachers face-to-face and to give you an overview of what the course will look like.


Your student's teacher(s) will email you the meeting links. Please enter the meeting using the links provided five minutes before the start time and mute your microphone. We will use the chat feature during the Meet to answer any questions you may have of your student's new teachers this quarter/semester.

RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 2021-22 - NOW OPEN

Returning student online registration is now open! Families of all returning students must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2021-22 school year. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. The 2021-22 returning student registration takes place between Feb. 1-28, 2021.


Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don't have an account, please click on the link below to create one.


Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account


For more information contact the school directly.

YOUR OPINION MATTERS-SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON OUR FEE SURVEY

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our virtual School Council Meeting on Monday. We value the open discussions and feedback that you provide us to ensure that we do our best to meet the needs of our #Bisonherd. This meeting was important in helping us to understand your perspective on school fees.


If you were unable to attend, we would still like to hear from you! We are collecting feedback on our proposed fee schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Please click here to learn more about fees and to fill out the survey. We will summarize your feedback and share the results at our next School Council meeting in March.

Information for Grade 12 Grads

Mrs. Richardson will be reviewing students’ eligibility to graduate and will be meeting with students of concern over the next few weeks. Grad letters will be emailed before March break to all Grade 12 students and parents.

Counsellor's Corner

Funding Your Education: Check out Alberta Scholarships, national scholarships and information on Student Aid.


Career Planning: CAREERinsite is your one-stop guide to career planning. Everything you need to plan your work and learning is there. Take online surveys to get to know yourself, explore and compare your career options and make a plan. https://alis.alberta.ca


Still not sure what career path would be best for you? Check out Find Your Future Quiz on the NAIT website. Answer a few questions in this fun quiz to begin thinking about what programs would be a good choice for you.


Planning for Post-Secondary Education: Check out these grade level checklists to help with your post-secondary planning throughout high school.


Scholarship Sources

Government: Check out Alberta Scholarships and information on Student Aid.

Post-Secondary Institutions: Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions Scholarships - students are encouraged to check with the Student Awards/Financial Aid office of the Post-Secondary school of choice/interest.

Bison Football 2021 Recruitment Form

Are you interested in playing Bison Football for one of the top teams in the province? We would love to connect with you to get you more information and will be sharing it with our volunteer outside head coach Mr. Mckenzie Enger. He will follow up with families. Looking forward to a start up when it is safe to do so.


Fill Out Form

University of Alberta - Deadline to apply is March 1.

University of Alberta Advising Sessions

Do you have questions about your current application, your program, or other matters about Fall admission? Drop in with your questions and chat with an advisor. February 24th, April 28th, July 21st. 5-7 pm. Sign up.

Grade 9-11 Students

Interested in the University of Alberta? Check out the UofA 101 session to find out more.

Careers Virtual Showcase

Upcoming virtual events will showcase program areas:

  • March 13 – Welder
  • March 23 – Agriculture
  • April 27 – ICT

Full schedule and registration can be found here: VIRTUAL SHOWCASES | careersnextgen


Not to worry if you missed a virtual showcase. The entire library of past events can be found online here: CAREERS: The Next Generation (vimeo.com)

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2021 AJS Grad Wear

Attention Grads! We are happy to report that we have had good response and many purchases from our 2021 AJS Kahunaverse Grad Wear store. Please remember, the store closes Sunday night, February 21.


Unfortunately, a shipment of Champion sweat pants that was scheduled to be delivered to Champion Canada next week has been delayed by eight weeks. All items except for the sweat pants are on track to arrive before Spring Break. The sweat pants will not arrive before May long weekend. If you have any questions or concerns, please email lonnie.hicks@eips.ca.

FIRST NATIONS, MÉTIS AND INUIT - PARENT ENGAGEMENT SERIES

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team is offering a parent information and engagement series for EIPS families.


Series #1: Developing Foundational Knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures, histories and contemporary contexts.


This three part series is designed for EIPS parents and families who are curious to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, perspectives and histories. These sessions are designed as entry points to understanding as we work toward learning our collective truth on the path of reconciliation.


Sessions will be held online using Microsoft Teams Meetings, Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting

  • Session 2 (virtual) February 23, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)

    • Addressing common roadblocks to understanding and relationship

    • Terminology; bridging the gap between what language parents may be used to hearing and what children are learning in schools

  • Session 3 (virtual) March 16, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)

    • Language of this land- The importance of highlighting Indigenous languages; deepening understanding of relationship to land through language; what exploration of Indigenous languages can look like in schools


Future sessions will be discussed and decided upon with input from participating parents and families.

Black Canadians to Know and Celebrate

As we celebrate Black History Month it is important to acknowledge the many achievements of Black Canadians in history and at present. Here are just a few to share and recognize (featuring some Albertans!)

Sources:
www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month/about.html;
https://humanrights.ca/story/canadian-civil-rights-trailblazers;
www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/02/10286036/black-history-month-canadian-women#slide-11

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