Cougar Tracks

Thursday, May 5, 2022

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Stay-at-Home Guide for Families

When do I keep my child home? Use this guide to determine when to keep your child home from school and when it’s safe to return—refer to the Alberta Health Daily Checklist for students 18 and older. * Last updated on March 3, 2022

Upcoming Dates and Events

May 5: Grade 9 Farewell Parent Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

May 6: Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

May 6: Future of Masculinity Summit

May 16: Grade 9 PAT - English Language Arts Part A

May 18: Grade 9 PAT - Français/French Language Arts Partie A

May 20: School Closure Day - No school for Staff and Students

May 23: Victoria Day - No school for Staff and Students

May 24: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

May 25: Grade 7 Final Exam - English Language Arts Part A

May 25: Grade 8 Final Exam - Français/French Language Arts Partie A

May 26: EIPS Track Meet

May 27: Grade 7 Final Exam - Français/French Language Arts Partie A

May 27: Band 7-8-9 Final Concert at Salisbury Composite High School at 6:00 p.m.

May 27: Grade 8 Final Exam - English Language Arts Part A

COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

Please remember to complete this form verbally with your child every day. Doing so helps keep schools safer for everyone and, will hopefully, keep temporary online learning to a minimum.

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Upcoming Performing Arts Shows and Ticket Information

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Performing Arts 8 - Bottle of Joy

This delightful children’s play takes place in the far off land of the Kingdom of Happy where... well, everybody’s happy! Everybody, that is, except the evil Count Cringe and his equally evil assistant Purvis. What brings such happiness to the lucky residents of this kingdom? Waldo the Wizard’s magic bottle of joy! King Har Har keeps the main supply of this magic potion in a large corked bottle, and the town’s inhabitants each refill their own little bottles once a year. Loaded with puns and plenty of witty verbal banter to entertain all ages, you will cringe when Count Cringe attempts to destroy the bottle of joy with his sad ray!
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Performing Arts 9 - Goldilocks on Trial

Amanda Marie Locks, known as Goldilocks or even “Goldie,” is on trial for breaking and entering and destruction of private property. Fairytale characters serve as witnesses for the prosecuting and defense attorneys. To hear the Bare family tell it, Goldie should be found guilty. But an unscrupulous judge and a slew of unreliable witnesses — including a blind witch, a forgetful old woman who lives in a shoe, a dwarf with a nasty disposition, a skittish tuffet-tester, and a country boy so dumb he’d trade beans for a cow — make it hard to build a case against the gal with the golden hair. With so much conflicting testimony, no wonder the results are courtroom chaos!

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Tickets can be purchased through the Parent Portal on PowerSchool under the ‘Fees’ section. There will be 4 different show options. Either Bottle of Joy or Goldilocks on Trial and the showtimes. Each play has 2 showtimes at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The night of the show you will tell us your name and how many tickets you purchased! There will not be any physical tickets exchanged.

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Earth Steward Teaching Awards - win up to $2,000 in prizes!

Our Earth Steward Teaching Awards recognize an elementary and a secondary teacher for their outstanding contributions to sustainability education in Ontario and Alberta. We are searching for educators in Alberta and Ontario who inspire passion for a more sustainable future. Do you know someone who builds students’ sustainability knowledge, skills, values and perspectives? Do they motivate their students to take action, and help them become responsible local and global citizens?

They could win $1,000 in personal prize money as well as a $1,000 Action Project grant for their school!

  • Nominate an educator that you believe is making an exemplary contribution to sustainability education! Nominations close May 27.

EIPS Summer School 2022

Registration for EIPS Summer School opens April 19. The Summer School program offers a number of senior high courses that allow students to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads for the year ahead or finish pre-requisite courses. Registration is open to all current EIPS students, or those registered to attend an EIPS school in 2022-23, who are entering grades 10-12 in 2022-23 or currently in Grade 12.

Summer School returns to in-person learning this year. Classes will take place in Sherwood Park. Courses include:

  • 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
  • Competencies in Math 15
  • Science 10
  • Biology 20 and 30
  • Chemistry 20 and 30
  • Physics 20 and 30
  • Physical Education 10
  • Career and Life Management (CALM) 20
  • Extreme CTS: Film Production
  • Work Experience 15, 25 and 35 and Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
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Career Pathways Newsletter

Published May 2022

The latest edition of the Career Pathways News is now available: May 2022 Career Pathways News.

Career Pathways is designed to develop skills students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved enable students to make relevant connections with work or post-secondary training. Our mission: To provide authentic, relevant and engaging career opportunities and foster growth and readiness for life after school.

Each month, EIPS Career Pathways distributes relevant planning material, presentation sessions, occupational spotlights and other helpful information meant to support students and families. The hope: For junior high students to begin to understand opportunities available to them and explore and reflect on a variety of experiences to help them plan their next steps; and for senior high students to continue to set goals and further develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that increase their readiness to successfully transition beyond high school.

If you have any questions, contact EIPS Career Pathways at

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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 registration process are now registered. Families registered will received tentative route schedules and invoices by the end of the month—fees are due June 30, 2022.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrolment process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit

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

Kudos for a SWH Staff Member

On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.

The Future of Masculinity Summit 2.0 is the second annual summit hosted by Next Gen Men and community partnership organizations. In this full-day virtual conference hosted on Discord, we’ll delve into where boys fit within the #MeToo social movement. Participants will explore why gender equality matters to them, what they’ve been told about how they should act within social justice movements, what they actually believe and how they can use these powerful insights to create change.

May 6, 2022
11:30 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. local time)

The world can be a very polarizing place these days—it can be very difficult to know where we fit within varying, strongly-felt opinions. We’re told if we don’t believe in x, that makes us y, and if we act any differently than how we’re supposed to, we may be subject to scrutiny. While all this is happening, society has forgotten about our boys—those who want to do the right thing but are afraid of being reprimanded, who feel dismissed and invalidated because of all the rigid narratives they hear.

Participants in this summit will experience a safe space to explore those narratives, the feelings associated with them, how they can find their own voice to speak their truth and what they can do to become change-makers in their own lives, relationships, and communities.

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EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on March 7, 2022

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New Online Cougar Wear Store

We are excited to be able to offer a year-round online store!

Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands that you can then customize with the approved logos and graphics found on the site. Display your pride in fantastic apparel customized entirely by you. Our site lets students, parents, fans, & staff choose from approved merchandise to fit their needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities. All orders are shipped directly to your own home!

2021-2022 Online Cougar Wear Store

Division Calendar 2022-23

The EIPS 2022-23 Division calendar is now available and includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, including school-closure dates; holidays; dates for the November, Christmas, spring and summer breaks; PD days; & early dismissal dates.