Cougar Tracks

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Performing Arts 9 – Semester 1

Big shout out to all of the students in Performing Arts 9 (Semester 1) who were able to come together and finish our production! We faced lots of adversity with rehearsal cancellations, absences and a time crunch. Thank you to our students and their can-do attitude. Enjoy your next semester! ~ Ms. Dallyn

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 January 26, 2022

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.

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2022-23 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. 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 2022-23 returning student registration takes place February 1-28, 2022.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before February 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-5930.

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.

School Council Corner

Thank you to everyone who attended the School Council meeting this week. We had a great presentation on Career Pathways by Mr. Spady who shared some of the opportunities students have as they prepare for the world beyond high school (apprenticeship, certification, dual credit and so much more). His presentation is on the School Council page of the website if you were not able to attend.

We had a rich discussion about the mental health challenges many of our students are facing. We also heard that the school has been help feed students who may be hungry for whatever reason and as a School Council, we talked about how we as a parent community can support the school with this project. Lesley and I plan to meet with Mr. Mali to flesh out a plan!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted Save On Foods receipts. We’ve received $2800 so far (with more receipts ready to be submitted). The phenomenal response to this program has been nothing short of amazing (and the program is so easy – just send receipts from Save On Foods on Wye Road to the office and Lesley Bowman compiles and submits them to Save On who then writes us a cheque for 5% of the value of the receipts!) Right now there is significant pressure for options at the grade nine level and the school is short 5 Lego Robotics kits and so we decided to split the cost of purchasing these kits. We are going to price out new picnic tables and basketball backboards (and look at other things that will benefit our students) and will be discussing this at future School Council meetings.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has submitted Kudos for a SWH staff. We’ve been sharing them with the staff who really appreciate the acknowledgement. The link to submit is in all of these newsletters, but you can find it at

Jacquie Surgenor


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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

Replace Sherwood Heights Junior High School

We are a group of concerned parents and citizens who want to create a sense of awareness and garner community support to replace Sherwood Heights Junior High School.

Career Pathways January Newsletter

Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities.

Literacy at Home

Periodically we will share a thought provoking image, reading or writing tip, multimodal texts, or book recommendations. This month it’s a set of reading tips for students who are reading informational texts, such as a textbook.
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Next Gen Leadership Team

As Strathcona County moves ahead with the draft Strategy for Strathcona County’s Next Gen, they’re currently looking for youth and young adults who’re interested in joining the project as a member of the Next Gen Leadership Team.

Being part of the Next Gen Leadership Team is a unique opportunity to play a key role in developing a sense of community and belonging among Next Gen in Strathcona County. As part of the Next Gen Leadership Team, you’ll help plan events and initiatives, lead and have a voice, take action and mobilize change.

Join by visiting the Next Gen website, texting LEADERSHIP to 780-239-4366 or emailing

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Ingenious+ Applications Now Open

Aimed at youth aged 14 to 18, Ingenious+ is an innovation challenge with a goal to give youth the opportunity to innovate for good, and to share their strategies to address problems at home, across Canada and around the world.

Winners will be selected at the regional and national levels and will receive up to $10,000 and customized mentorship from leading Canadian innovators. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022.

EIPS Alternative Program Information Virtual Sessions

Senior high school students at EIPS have access to a variety of programs and courses aimed at helping them find the right path for success in high school and beyond. From core, academic programs to careers and technology studies and fine arts courses to athletics students develop the skills and interests needed to find and pursue their passion.

A number of alternative programs are available in senior high. Information sessions for these programs are being held virtually this year. More information is available on the individual school websites or by contacting the schools directly.

Secondary French Immersion (AJS) on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Advanced Placement (BFH) on Thursday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m.

International Baccalaureate Programme (SAL) on Thursday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m.

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Grade 9 Families - High School Registration Information

High School Information Session
All EIPS students in grades 8 and 9 and their families are invited to attend to learn more about the senior high program. The session will provide information about senior high courses, instruction, programming and extracurricular opportunities throughout the Division, as well as details about diploma requirements and various career path options.

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

Each EIPS senior high school is hosting an open house in February. The open houses provide opportunities for Grade 9 students and families to meet staff, tour the school, learn about the curriculum, gain insight about specific programming available and so much more. Decisions about whether each event will take place virtually or in-person will be made closer to each date. Refer to the event calendar on each school website for details in the coming weeks.

Additional information about planning for senior high is available at

International Baccalaureate Programme Information Session
EIPS offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Salisbury Composite High. Founded on the IB mission, the program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Courses are challenging and include an international education focus and rigorous assessments. In addition, students have the flexibility to choose to enrol in the full IB programme or from a selection of IB courses.

Students in Grade 9 and their families interested in the IB Programme are invited to join the information session to learn more about the program, how it works and what’s needed to qualify. After the session, participants will break into smaller virtual meets to asks questions and discuss programming. Learn more

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

Advanced Placement Program Information Session
EIPS offers an Advanced Placement (AP) program at Bev Facey Community High. The courses provide academic rigour and prepare students for post-secondary education. Flexibility is one of the program’s key tenets allowing students to take a full Advanced Placement course load or individual courses based on student interests and strengths.

Students in Grade 9 and their families interested in the AP Program are invited to join the information session to learn more about the program, how it works and how to succeed in Advanced Placement. After the session, participants will break into smaller virtual meets to asks questions and discuss programming. Learn more

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

Upcoming Dates and Events

January 31: Professional Learning Day (No School)

February 1: Grades 1-12 New Student Registration opens for 2022 - 23

February 1: Returning Student Registration opens for 2022-23

February 1: Second Semester Begins

February 2: Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

February 3: Future Fair

February 3: International Baccalaureate Information Session

February 10-11: Teachers' Convention (No School)

February 15: National Flag Day

February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21: Family Day (No School)

February 23: Pink Shirt Day

February 28: Returning Student Registration closes

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on January 10, 2022

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.