AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

April 22, 2022

Important Dates

  • April 24-30 - National Volunteer Week
  • April 25, 4:15 p.m. - Ardrossan Music Parents Society (AMPS) Meeting
  • April 25-29 - Student Council: Talent Show
  • May 3 - Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 4 - Hats on for Mental Health
  • May 4, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • May 4, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Join the Herd - AJS Informal Drop-In
  • May 5, 6:30 p.m. - Student Council: Mother's Day Tea and Plants
  • May 6 - Professional Learning Day (no classes)
  • May 9, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • May 12-14 - One Act Drama Provincial Festival
  • May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  • May 20 - School Closure Day
  • May 23 - Victoria Day (Statutory Holiday)
  • May 24 - Junior High Band Concert
  • May 25 - Senior High Band Concert
  • May 25 - Session de préparation #1-DELF-compréhension écrite-orale
  • May 26 - Session de préparation #2- DELF-production écrite
  • May 27 - Session de préparation #3-DELF- production orale
  • May 27 & 28 - a.d.c. Performance presents "The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon"
  • May 31-June 3 - Western Days


Join the Herd - Informal Drop-in

To our future and present Ardrossan students and families,

Welcome to Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High!

AJS is hosting an informal drop-in on Wednesday, May 4 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. for all interested community members and students - present or incoming.

Students and families will be able to visit the school. We will have hotdogs and refreshments for all those that attend.

There will be a new Grade 7 orientation in August before school starts. Stay tuned!

We look forward to seeing you.

#bisonherd #bisonpride

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Student Council: Mother's Day Tea and Plants

Mother's day is just around the corner so to celebrate the Student Council committee is hosting a Mother's Day Tea and Plants day on May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ardrossan for that special maternal figure in your life.

You will able to create a beautiful flower or herb pot while spending quality time together.

Use the QR code to sign up for Student Council's Mother's Day Tea.

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A.M.P.S. Update

As we near the last couple of months of school, the AMPS board is busy supporting Mr. Basaraba and the band activities and planning for next year. There will be an AMPS Meeting on Monday, April 25th at 4:15 pm. It's a hybrid meeting where you can join us in-person in the Band Room, or online through Google Meet. Mr. Basaraba is setting up the Google Meet link for the meeting. We will be discussing upcoming band activities (Festival, Year End Concerts, Ardrossan Parade) and we would love to have band parents join us to share their ideas.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the VIP Foods fundraiser! It was a great success for the band students as they earned personal fundraising credits. Thank you to everyone who helped with order pick up on such a chilly night! A big shout out to our Fundraising Director, Stacy DaSilva, who did a fantastic job of arranging this fundraiser (even when she was terribly sick)! Thank you!

We are starting to do some planning for next year and we are looking for band parents who are interested in sitting on the AMPS Board of Directors. Our AGM and elections aren't held until the Fall but if you are interested in supporting the music programs and organizing activities and fundraisers, we'd love to have you on the Board! A number of board members will be phasing out of the school this year so we need YOU to continue this great work! All positions are open for elections (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Special Events Director, Casino Director, Fundraising Director and Director at Large). If you are interested in any of the positions or you'd like more information, please contact the AMPS President, Celeste Burdinsky, at AMPSpres@gmail.com. We can't do this without you!

Yours in music,

AMPS Board of Directors

Student Forum - Feedback from students

We would like to thank all of the students who attended the EIPS Student Forum on April 12. Below is some feedback from a few students who attended the forum.

"The Student Forum was awesome!! It was a great experience to gather with other students and hear their EIPS journey and how it impacted them on an academic and person level. I enjoyed the discussions and the commitment of the EIPS members to bettering students well-being and overall time in school. It’s encouraging that school division values a fresh perspective on education and what we as young adults really need, not just what they think we need. I’m very grateful for having this opportunity and being able to present my point of view and how we can makes schools a comfortable pace for accomplishment and success!!" ~ Nicole B.

"As a student in grade 12, I felt that my opinion was actually valued and listened to. It was amazing to see EIPS take such an initiative to make school a better place for everyone. The topics covered throughout the day were very important and extremely relevant to the world we live in today. I feel they should implement student feedback forums in every school. Listening to students is the only way to make the education system better. As for the one question I would ask students: What do you think is missing in your education, and what can we do to fix it?" ~ Tayler J.


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!

Become a Mentor or Sign-up for a Study Buddy

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Deadline Extended! 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 May 27.

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

Department News

  • Art 30 student used various shading techniques to create a masterpiece.
  • Fashion 9 class were busy making hoodies and monogram cushions.

Athletic Dates

April 23 - Jr. Jr. Badminton Buffalo Cup

April 23 - Rudolph Hennig Jr. Sr. Badminton Tournament

April 25, 5:45 p.m. - Sr. Men's Handball vs. ABJ

April 25, 6:45 p.m. - Sr. Men's Handball vs. Leduc

April 26 - EIPS Badminton Championship - Division 1

May 3 - EIPS Championship Evening

May 4, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Women's Soccer vs. Holy Trinity

May 5, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Men's Soccer vs. J. Percy Page

May 9, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Women's Soccer vs. St. Oscar Romero

May 11, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Women's Soccer vs. Strathcona Christian

May 12, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Men's Soccer vs. Maurice Lavallee

May 13 - AJS Junior High Track and Field Day

Summer School Registration

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)

Learn more about Summer School 2022

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A big THANK YOU to EIPS Volunteers

National Volunteer Week takes place April 24-30. On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all EIPS volunteers and school families for your support over the last 24 months. Collectively, we've had to react, shift and adapt throughout the various COVID-19 waves and changing public-health restrictions.

Despite that, EIPS volunteers showed tremendous flexibility, commitment and creativity to ensure schools continue providing exceptional education and opportunities for all students.

So, thank you for your time, efforts and support. It's inspiring and making a difference in the lives of students. I encourage everyone to join in this year's National Volunteer Week by celebrating the hundreds of volunteers within EIPS and reflecting on the role of volunteers in our future.

Trina Boymook
Chair, EIPS Board of Trustees

Love the Outdoors?

Looking for Property Maintenance Assistant for 10 Acre Recreational Acreage / Hobby Farm – property located East of Sherwood Park.

Seeking continued maintenance help on an annual basis for approximately 6 – 7 months (April to October). Guaranteed: 16 hours per week minimum; hours flexible. Maintenance duties to include but not limited to: mowing including trimming and weed control, fertilizing, weeding, picking dead brush from forested area, pruning, gas supply, and other duties as requested. Skill Sets/Qualifications: operating tractor/operating mower/operating chain saw/operating skid steer. Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to understand and carry out verbal instructions. Tractors/Tools/Equipment Provided.

$20 per hour

Interested? Please contact Tamia Richardson, Student Counsellor, for more information.

Canadian Road Builders Inc. - 2022 Recruitment & Open House

The Canadian Road Builders Inc. (CRBI) will be holding an Open House event on April 23, 2022 hosted by SONIC 102.9. This will give students the chance to speak to our operations staff, check out the equipment our divisions use, and ask questions about what cna be expected on the job. The event will have free foods by Fat Frankie and games for the whole family.

Students can scan the QR code for the location of they Open House on Google Maps. They can also get ahead of the pack by sending their resumes to hiring@crbi.ca.

Did you know the average salary of a Power Engineer in Alberta is $78,000?

Women Building Futures (WBF) is proud to partner with Inter Pipeline and Pembina Pipelines to offer a Power Engineer Career Accelerator Program (PECA) to encourage more women to enter a career that has traditionally been under-represented.

The Career Accelerator is a 2-week sponsored program to prepare students to begin a 2-year program at NAIT or Lakeland College. While completing the NAIT or Lakeland College program, students will have the opportunity to attend paid co-op placements with Inter Pipeline or Pembina Pipelines. Students will be required to pay for their tuition to NAIT or Lakeland but upon completion of the program, they will be given the opportunity to apply for full-time roles with Inter Pipeline and Pembina Pipelines.

We’d love your help in spreading awareness about this unique program and to help position power engineering as a fulfilling career opportunity for young women.

If you have students who are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please share the links below to attend an upcoming information session:

DATE April 27, 2022

TIME 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

LINK Click here to join the meeting

[case sensitive] https://bit.ly/3kaEDf7

DATE April 27, 2022

TIME 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

LINK Click here to join the meeting

[case sensitive] https://bit.ly/3Omgxvy

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect. Leah Holler <LHoller@womenbuildingfutures.com>

CAREERS Summer Job Hiring Event with Greentree Outdoor Living – Edmonton

CAREERS Summer Job Hiring Event with Greentree Outdoor Living – Edmonton

Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Greentree Landscaping Showroom

How are you spending your summer?

In need of a great summer job? Like being outside?

Ready to make MONEY, earn CREDITS, and gain work EXPERIENCE?

Register below to join us for free breakfast, live demonstrations, and the chance to talk to industry experts about what your summer might look like in landscaping.


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.

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