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March 12, 2021

Important Dates

  • March 14 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 16 - EIPS Summer School Registration Opens
  • March 16, 7:00-7:30 p.m. - First Nations, Métis and Inuit - Parent and Engagement Series
  • March 15 to 19 - Semaine de la Francophonie
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 20 - La journée de la francophonie
  • March 22 - Submission Deadline of Healthcare Workers Write-Up and Image
  • March 22 - 24 - Grad Photo Re-takes
  • March 26 - Day-in-lieu of Parent-Teacher Interviews (school closed)
  • March 29 to April 2 - Spring Break
  • April 5 - Easter Monday (school closed)
  • April 7, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • April 20 - End of Quarter 3
  • April 21 - Start of Quarter 4


Rendez-vous de la francophonie

What a great start to the beginning of the “Rendez-vous de la francophonie” at Ardrossan Junior Senior High. The grade 11 students in FLA 20 made buttons with slogans that promote the French language in the school. The buttons will be distributed to students in the weeks to come. We also had guest speaker, Sympa César, for the grade 10 and 11 FLA. Sympa César is a young Franco-Albertan folk / rock Franco-Albertan musician born and raised in the Franco-Albertan community of Edmonton. He grew up being exposed to French music everywhere. Can’t wait to see what else is coming up!

Journée de la Francophonie

Joignez-vous à nous et porter du bleu et du blanc le vendredi 19 mars pour célébrer la journée de la Francophonie. Le drapeau franco-albertain, créé en 1982 par jeunes albertains francophones, est bleu et blanc avec la rose sauvage de l’Alberta. Pour plus d’informations, visitez z https://www.alberta.ca/francophone-heritage.aspx.

Please join us in wearing blue and white on Friday, March 19 to celebrate "la journée de francophonie". The Franco-Albertan flag, created in 1982 by French-speaking Alberta youth, is blue and white with the Alberta wild rose. For more information, visit https://www.alberta.ca/francophone-heritage.aspx

Do you know a Healthcare Worker?

Student Council want to recognize the Healthcare Workers in our community. If you know someone who works in healthcare, send a small write up and photo to ajsstudentcouncil@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is March 22, 2021.

Try Commercial Foods Next Quarter!

High School Students! If you have a spare, or would like a change in the morning of Quarter 4, there is currently space available in Commercial Foods.

Drop into Student Services to sign up!

March Madness: A Tournament of Books

March Madness Tournament of Books – you voted and the results are in…

Our Sweet 16 (Part 1) winners are:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Outsider by Stephen King
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Stayed tuned for Part 2 on Instagram to see who moves onto the next round: The Elite 8!

Visit the library for updates and to checkout any of our competing books to help crown AJS 2021 Book of the Year!

Reminder to Grads!!

Grad Photo Retakes

Grad photo retakes will take place from March 22 to 24. To book an appointment, go to http://www.iconexp.com/ and click on the BOOK NOW link. Click on “Select Event” and choose either Ardrossan Jr-Sr Grad Portraits (taken at the school), or, Icon Studio Portraits. If you choose Icon Studio Portraits, click on “Select Service” and click on Ardrossan Jr/Sr High Studio Portraits (30 Min.). Follow the steps to pick your calendar date/time.

There will be no sitting fee if you return your original sample sheets; however, if you choose to keep them then a $30 fee will be due to ICON at the time of your appointment. ICON will have debit/credit machines available.

Grad Write-Ups and Baby Pictures

Calling all GRADS! Please submit your baby picture and grad write-ups before the deadline of April 9. You can download a copy of the grad-write up form and submit your baby picture through the links below.

Grad Write-Up Form (Word Doc)

Submit Your Baby Picture

EducationUSA SAT Boot Camp and Liberal Arts Showcase

Check out these upcoming, free EducationUSA events!


The EducationUSA SAT Boot Camp is a five-session intensive for Canadian students who are preparing to take the SAT exam (ideally in Grades 10 or 11). These sessions are free of charge.

REGISTER HERE for the March SAT Boot Camp, March 15-19, 2021, 1 pm ET

REGISTER HERE for the April SAT Boot Camp, April 12-16, 2021, 1 pm ET

  • Session 1 (4 hours): Full-length Practice Test - this will be a live, proctored practice test
  • Session 2 (2 hours): The SAT in admissions - general information about the SAT, registration, and time management tips
  • Session 3 (2 hours): Reading Comprehension strategies
  • Session 4 (2 hours): Math and Writing strategies
  • Session 5 (3.5 hours): Full-length Practice Test - another practice test and a chance to practice your new skills!

It is best to attend all sessions, but it is okay to just come to the ones that you can. All sessions will be recorded, in case you are unable to make it. All registered attendees will receive a recording via email after the event.


Interested in learning more about Liberal Arts Colleges?

REGISTER HERE for the Liberal Arts Showcase, March 11, 3-5:15 pm ET

Liberal arts colleges provide a small, undergraduate-focused learning environment. Learn about what the liberal arts are and how you can take advantage of these uniquely American institutions.

This session will begin with a 15-minute presentation on "What are the Liberal Arts?" presented by EducationUSA adviser Jenika Heim. You will then learn about 8 liberal arts colleges and universities. Admissions officers will present on their majors, learning environment, campus, scholarships, admissions procedures, and more!

AGENDA (Times in Eastern)
3:00 - What are the Liberal Arts?, EducationUSA
3:15 - Bennington College (VT)
3:30 - Linfield University (OR)
3:45 - Franklin & Marshall College (PA)
4:00 - Concordia College (MN)
4:15 - Wesleyan College (GA)
4:30 - Oberlin College & Conservatory (OH)
4:45 - Beloit College (WI)
5:00 - Lincoln University (PA)

High School Youth Researcher Summer Program (HYRS)

The University of Alberta invites Grade 11 students to apply for the High school Youth Researcher Program (HYRS). The purpose of the program is to provide students with hands-on experience in biomedical and health-related research. This is a paid summer position and successful applicants, aside from academic achievement, demonstrate scientific curiosity and aptitude for research. Visit Student Services or contact Mrs. Boake at ann.boake@eips.ca for information about how to apply. The deadline is May 1, 2021.

HYRS Info Letter

Next Step Summer School: Registration opens March 16


Registration for EIPS Summer School opens on March 16. Organized through Next Step, the Summer School program offers more than 25 senior high courses that allow students to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads or finish pre-requisite courses.

Courses include:
Open to EIPS students entering grades 10-12, and students in their Grade 12 year.

  • English Language Arts 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
  • Social Studies 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
  • Mathematics 10C, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
  • Science 10
  • Biology 20 and 30
  • Chemistry 20 and 30
  • Physics 20 and 30
  • Physical Education 10
  • Career and Life Management (CALM 20)
  • Work Experience and RAP
    NOTE: Diploma examinations are optional for the 2020-21 school year.

For summer 2021, all Summer School courses take place online. Feedback from the 2020 virtual program was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to another exciting and successful summer online in 2021.

Learn more about the 2021 summer program

Register at https://www.eipscontinuinged.ca/


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 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.
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