AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

May 27, 2022

Important Dates

  • May 27 & 28, 7:00 p.m. - a.d.c. Performance presents "The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon"
  • May 31-June 3 - Student Council: Western Days
  • June 1, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • June 1 - Art Walk in the Library
  • June 6-8, 10:00 a.m. - DELF Sitting - Spoken Communication Session
  • June 6-9 - Grad Week
  • June 6-10 - Craft Week
  • June 10 - Grade 9 Celebration
  • June 14, 6:30 p.m. - Grade 8 FI Québec Information Meeting
  • June 15 - Drama 10/20/30 presents "Murder on the 518"
  • June 16 - Last Day of Classes (High School Only)
  • June 17 - Performance 9 presents "BOX"
  • June 18 - 75th Annual Ardrossan Picnic and Parade
  • June 21 - National Indigenous People's Day
  • June 28 - Last Instructional Day
  • June 28, 4:30 p.m. - Graduation Commencement Ceremony
  • June 29 - Last Operational Day


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AJS welcomes Mrs. Trudi Williamson

I am excited to be joining Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High School as an assistant principal next year, and I wanted to send you a bit of an introduction so we could start to get to know each other. After growing up in northern Alberta, I began my teaching career in Fort St. John, BC. I came to Elk Island Public Schools in 1999, teaching Communications Technology at Salisbury Composite High School and then working as an assistant principal at Fort Saskatchewan High School and Bev Facey Community High School. I am a student-centered educator, and I have found the greatest joy in my career from the relationships I have built with students, their families, and my colleagues. I look forward to getting to know everyone in the Ardrossan Jr. Sr. community. Please feel free to reach out to me at trudi.williamson@eips.ca if you have any questions or just to say hello.

Trudi Williamson, M. Ed.

Programming for Next Year

Thank you to our Grade 7 families about Grade 8 for next year. Data from the surveys to staff and families support the move to semestered programming for our Grade 8s.

As educators, we will continue to monitor the data around achievement this upcoming year.

Also all of our Grade 8 classes will have a Humanities and a STEM each semester.

Our teachers have been busy working on and planning our programming for Grade 9 next year.

We are the proud school that will have Ardrossan Excellence Program (AEP) which would promote not only academic excellence but community, school responsibility and involvement.

  • Average of 80% across the 4 core subjects (as of June 30)
  • No grade lower than 75%
  • Teacher recommended

Letters will be in the mail over the summer.

Deadline is Today! Order Your Yearbook 2021/2023 Today!

Great news! We have extended the deadline to order your copy of the yearbook. Don't miss out! If you haven't already ordered your copy, please do so through the PowerSchool Parent Portal under Fees. Deadline is tonight. There will be no late orders.

DEADLINE TODAY! Send Us Your Grad Yearbook Write-Ups

Hey grads! Time to submit your yearbook write-ups. Deadline for write-ups is May 27. Link to the form is below.

Grad Yearbook Write-Up

Ardrossan Drama Company Show!

The Ardrossan Drama Company Presents: "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" by Don Zolidis, MAY 27-28.

Tickets are FREE To reserve online, seating is first come first served, and we will be collecting donations at the door.

Come support our talented cast and crew from grades 7-12! For further details follow the link: https://adc2022.eventbrite.com

AJS Drama presents...

The Drama 10/20/30 and Performance 9 classes will be performing two plays that classes will be able to attend.

JUNE 15th / BLOCK 4 / SHOW TIME: 2:00pm / RUNTIME: ~60 mins

DRAMA 10/20/30 presents: "MURDER ON THE 518" by Michelle Giles

SYNOPSIS: Travelers on the westbound 518 are in a for a surprise when first one passenger, and then another, mysteriously drop dead right before their eyes -- and just as the train is halted by a rock slide in an isolated canyon. Because the pair appears to have been poisoned, anyone and everyone in the train dining car is suspect! Unable to call for help, the eccentric passengers -- including two newlyweds, an astronomy professor, a sports recruiter, a CEO, a movie star, an aspiring musician, and others -- try to work together with the waitstaff to find the murderer before they reach their destination and the killer escapes for good! This family-friendly mystery is sure to keep the audience guessing right up until the train pulls into the station!

NOTE: This play is suitable for ALL audiences.

JUNE 17th / BLOCK 1 / SHOW TIME: 9:30am / RUNTIME: ~30 mins

PERFORMANCE 9 presents: "BOX" by Lindsay Price

Synopsis: Box is a vignette play made up of short scenes on a theme. Each scene explores a different aspect of the metaphorical “boxes” that represent how we present our identity to the world and how the world decides who we are. Who is in control of our identity? Sometimes we choose the way the world sees us. Sometimes our box is defined by others — our parents, our friends, or our enemies through gossip, drama, and rumours. If we are defined by others, does that identity remain? Can we change our identity? Is our box an expression of individuality, a safe space, or a trap? NOTE: This play is most suitable for Jr High audiences.

Grad Week - June 6-9

June 6-9 is Grad Week for our Class of 2022 graduates.
  • Monday, June 6- Anything But A Backpack Day
  • Tuesday, June 7-Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher Day
  • Wednesday, June 8-Beach Day
  • Thursday, June 9-Dress Up Like Any Decade Day
  • Thursday, June 9-Grad Superlative Awards at lunch in the Theater

Graduation Update - May 27

  1. Grad Commencement Ceremony Ticket Sales ($10/ticket) has been extended to June 6th, 2022. Each guest will need a ticket to attend the ceremony. Grads tickets are included in Grad Fee.

    After June 1st we will open up any extra tickets for purchase for those that require more than 6 tickets for guests. We will communicate how many will be available.

    To access your Grad tickets, log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to "student fees". There will see the Grad icon. Click on the icon and add your tickets (Please note that tickets are limited to 6 tickets per family at this time).

    Once you have added your tickets to the online form, you need to go to your cart and check out. Tickets must be paid at this time in order for the tickets to be processed.

  2. We will be hosting a Grad BBQ for all Graduates on Thursday June 16th (Last day of classes) from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. At that time we will be handing out to Graduates their Grad Lawn Sign, Grad Lanyard, and Grad Yearbook signing insert page.

    We are looking for any parents/guardians to volunteer to BBQ and assist in coordinating. Please email me if you can lend a hand starting at 3:00pm. Paul.schwartz@eips.ca

  3. Grad Fees ($95) can be paid on powerschool. The fee covers all the costs of the Grad Commencement Ceremony, Grad gown and cap, Certificate folder, lanyard, Yearbook insert page, Grad BBQ, Grad Week activities and much more. Any questions please email Kim Walsh, Business Manager at kim.walsh@eips.ca

  4. Grad Gowns/caps will be organized, prepared and ready for Grads at the venue. They are yours to keep after Grad. We are looking for any volunteers with garment steamers to be available to lend us a hand on Monday June 28th from 4pm to 7pm at the Alliance Church to prepare gowns. Email me if you are available paul.schwartz@eips.ca

Grad Ceremony details:

When: Tuesday June 28th 4:30p.m. to 7:30pm

Where: Sherwood Park Alliance Church

1011 Clover Bar Road, Sherwood Park

As always please email Mr. Schwartz at paul.schwartz@eips.ca with any questions.

Student Council Events


AJS School Council is excited to begin a weekly staff recognition initiative! The staff at AJS go above and beyond to care for our kids every single day. What better way to say "thank you" than with a staff kudos!

Parents and students are welcome to fill out the Google form below, offering meaningful recognition to ANY member of the AJS staff. Your positive message will then be shared with the intended recipient.

Ardrossan Jr/Sr High Staff Recognition 2021-2022

Sometimes school can be tough... now is the chance to show your appreciation for the people that make the journey brighter along the way!

2021-22 EIPS Parent Survey: Results now available

The 2021-22 EIPS Parent Survey results are now available. In March, the Division conducted the annual survey, which helps EIPS gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families were asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement.

Thank you to all families who took the time to share their feedback with the Division. Overall, the survey received 3,450 responses from parents and guardians across EIPS. EIPS, and schools, will now review the feedback in detail and use it to develop new strategies to serve students and the wider community better.

The full results are available online:

2021-22 Parent Survey results: EIPS

2021-22 Parent Survey results: Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High

Department News

  • Félicitations à nos élèves aux Jeux de la Francophonie pendant la longue fin de semaine.

    L’equipe franc-jeu et les medailles aussi! Congrats to our students at the Francophonie Games this last long weekend. The most sportsmanlike team and also medals too!
  • After learning about the history of the North West Mounted Police, the grade 7 French Immersion class learned about the modern role RCMP officers have in Canada.

  • Foods 10 class got the opportunity to prepare their own meal creations.
  • Tori W. created a beautiful painting in Art 20.
  • The junior high, senior high and jazz bands performed this week and had their award's ceremony.

Accessing User Accounts: Students Leaving EIPS

Is your child graduating from or leaving EIPS at the end of the school year? If so, they must ensure any information they want to retain from their school cloud accounts is downloaded onto a personal device before leaving.

  • Google account – Students must download any wanted content before August 1—download files either individually or in bulk using Google Takeout.
  • Microsoft account – Students must download any wanted content from their OneDrive account before August 1.

After Aug. 1, 2022, EIPS will deactivate the account and delete all remaining files.

For more information, contact the school at 780-922-2228.

Student Transportation: 2022-23 registration

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2022-23 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student or new student registration processes are now registered. Those families have also received tentative route schedules and invoices—fees are due June 30, 2022.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation services during the registration process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email st@eips.ca.

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation, visit www.eips.ca/transportation.

NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To pay in-person, contact Student Transportation to make an appointment.

Updating Your Contact Information

Have you recently moved or has your contact information changed throughout the past year? Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages families to review their information the Division has on file to ensure it’s up to date. Using the Correction and Verification Form available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, families can review their information on file for each student—including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts, medical details and other related information—and submit any updates needed.

Reviewing and updating the form ensures the Division has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. Your review is especially important in case there’s any communication the Division or school needs to send out over the summer months related to classes next year. All EIPS families are asked to review their child’s Correction and Verification Form by June 13 at noon. After this time, EIPS will turn the form off for the remainder of the school year—available again at the start of the 2022-23 school year.

NOTE: Only submit updates for the changes that have already taken place. If you’re moving this summer, you’ll submit the necessary updates to your address through the Correction and Verification Form at the start of next school year after you’ve moved.

If you have questions about the form or the PowerSchool Parent Portal, contact the us at 780-922-2228.

REMINDER: 2021-22 school fees

School fees for the 2021-22 school year are posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks.

To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit eips.ca/schools/fees. And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly before the summer break.

NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2021-22 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before Aug. 31, 2022.

Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High is closed. We will reopen on August 22 at 8:30 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact EIPS Central Services—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2022-23 school year. Students return to school on August 30.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 29 to August 19

Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone 780-464-3477

Address 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays

Closed July 1 Canada Day

Closed August 1 Heritage Day

NOTE: Student Transportation also remains open during the summer months—operating the same hours as EIPS Central Services.

Athletic Dates

May 27, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 30, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 30, 4:15 p.m. - Senior High Slo-Pitch vs. Holy Trinity

May 31, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 1, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 2, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 2 - Junior High Track and Field Zones

June 3 & 4, 8:00 a.m. - Senior High Track & Field Provincial Championship

June 6, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 7, 5:00 p.m. - Bisons Football vs. St. Paul

EIPS Junior High Track and Field Day

Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada Youth Employment Strategy designed help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and keep quality jobs. More than 6,500 Alberta jobs open to youth ages 15 to 30 are currently posted on the online job bank—hundreds in the local EIPS area.

STudents for Hire

The Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for members to post summer jobs for students ages 13 and older. Students interested in job opportunities for the summer months can review the list of jobs. Available jobs may be a few hours, days or months in length.

Supporting Students Transitioning to Junior High or Senior High

Are you looking to support your students with transitioning from elementary to junior high or from junior high to senior high? Sign up for a free, interactive, virtual session that will address the topics on your students’ minds. Transitions to Junior High will focus on friendships, lockers, class changes and fitting in, along with how to cope with the stress of something new and how to reach out for support. Transitions to Senior High will cover maintaining balance, healthy relationships in high school, coping with change and accessing supports. We’ll focus on mental health awareness and utilizing a growth mindset through this transition. Book your session today, and someone from the Mental Health Capacity Building team will be in contact with you.
June 2, 3, 9 or 10, 2022

This! is Canada: Virtual Gallery

Experiences Canada’s This! Is Canada: Virtual Gallery provides a space for youth to express themselves through art and share their talents with the rest of the country. The gallery highlights the incredible talent, resilience, leadership and diversity of our country’s young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We’re excited to announce a new online gallery. This year’s theme is “Feels Like Home” where we invite youth to submit art—in any medium: painting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, photography, beading, poetry and more—that represents what makes them feel like home. Whether it be friendships, family, culture or a specific place or community that makes you feel at home, we want to see it. Gallery submissions are open to youth ages 12-25 and will be accepted until June 12, 2022.

Gallery awards will be awarded to three youth—one winner and two runners up—in each age group: 12-15 years, 16-19 years and 20-25 years. A team of volunteer judges will assist Experiences Canada in reviewing all submissions over the last two weeks of June. The final selection will be determined based on three factors:

  • The quality of the submission
  • The artist’s personal bio and their representation of the theme ‘Feels like home’
  • Ensuring a representative balance of Canada’s geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity

Alberta’s Legislative Assembly Page Program

Pages are high school students who work in the Chamber during Session and assist Members of the Legislative Assembly as they debate in the House. Pages also work to support other branches of the Legislative Assembly Office by participating in ceremonies and assisting with administrative tasks. The Page Program is open to all applicants entering grades 10, 11, and 12 who will be 15 years old by September 1st, 2022. Application deadline is May 31, 2022. Check out the Page Program (assembly.ab.ca) for details about applying.

Makami College - Open Houses

Interested in learning more about the programs offered at MaKami College—including massage therapy, health care aide, business administration, security and more? Plan to attend the upcoming open house to tour the campus, meet the instructors, learn about available programs and enjoy a free barbecue.

Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship

Are you a graduating Grade 12 student looking for a bit of help to finance your post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or culinary arts? If so, apply for one of 32 scholarships, each valued at $3,000, offered by Bayer Crop Science. The application deadline is June 8, 2022.

The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program is available to graduating Grade 12 students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or a culinary program at a Canadian university or college of their choice in the fall of 2022. The program has added two scholarships specifically for students who identify as Indigenous and want to explore agriculture and food education. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership in their community and their vision for how they will contribute to Canadian agriculture in the future.

Refer to the scholarship details to review the program guidelines, connect to Scholarship Partners Canada—a division of Universities Canada who serve as the independent administrator for the Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program—and apply.

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards

The ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program recognizes Indigenous students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their school and communities.

There are three different awards available:

  • Merit awards ($500) – for students completing grades 10-12, including upgrading.
  • Bursaries ($1,000) – for students enrolled in trade, diploma or certificate programs.
  • Scholarships ($1,500) – for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs.

The application deadline is Aug. 15, 2022.

Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program

Canadian Imperial College, in collaboration with non-profit Canadian Imperial Advantage, is offering the Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program (YEMP) this summer. YEMP is a 12-week long empowerment program for youth and budding entrepreneurs ages 15-35 years who’re interested in starting a business or learning the basics of entrepreneurship. At completion, youth will gain basic knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs. Participants will be paired with mentors for guidance, to move forward in their business or career, and develop their networks in the community. The program runs every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 16, 2022.
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Storwell Bursary for Foster Children

Storwell Self Storage has re-launched its Foster Children Bursary. Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to support foster children as they pursue their post-secondary education and to help them as they progress into a new and exciting stage of their lives. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2022.

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