AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

October 22, 2021

Important Dates

  • October 22 - Pink Out Friday (Wear Pink & Support Breast Cancer)
  • October 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Norquest College Virtual Open House
  • October 25-29 - Halloween Week (Ghoulish Activities)
  • October 26, 6:00 p.m. - Grad Meeting - Grade 12 (virtual - link to be provided)
  • October 27, 9 a.m. - Bus Evacuation Drill
  • October 28, Lunch Time - The Spookiest Halloween Kahoot (Jr High)
  • October 29 - Monster Mash Costume Competition
  • October 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - NAIT Virtual Open House
  • November 3, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • November 5 - Remembrance Day Presentation (in-class)
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - Stat.
  • November 8-12 - November Break
  • November 22 - High School Course Withdrawal Deadline
  • November 22, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • November 23 - Our Future Career Fair
  • December 1, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting
  • December 22 - January 4 - Christmas Break


AJS Halloween Celebration

Halloween celebrations are just around the corner and we have many students with wonderful, creative ideas about what costumes to wear. What’s important to remember, though, is costumes that portray stereotypes about a specific group, culture or race can be hurtful. While we’re confident our students wouldn’t intentionally try to offend their classmates or teachers, we need to be sensitive to the fact that having one’s background or identity depicted as a costume can be viewed as disrespectful.

Elk Island Public Schools is committed to providing welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning and working environments. It is important that celebrations being held at our schools can be enjoyed by everyone—please help us ensure Halloween is fun for all of our students!

Students are reminded that costumes must be “school-community” appropriate, and cannot include weapons, or facsimiles of weapons. Also, if masks are worn they cannot impede the student’s vision and are only to be worn during the contest.

If you have any questions please contact your grade administrator in the office.

Thank-you and…Happy Halloween.

Department News


Many parents and students ask how they can improve reading comprehension and recognizing that texts can be written, visual, or aural is the first step. All these types of texts can be "read." Whether the text is a novel, comic, film, concert, or game, discussion is key to comprehension:

  • Ask questions like, “What do you think this story will be about?” before reading/viewing, questions like “What do you think will happen next?” during reading/viewing, and “Why do you think the writer/director ended the story the way he did?” after reading/viewing.
  • Encourage adolescents to write down questions they may have as they "read" the text such as, “I wonder why the two characters saw the same situation so differently?”
  • Talk about high interest topics (career exploration, job applications, driver’s exam, job interviews, etc.) with your adolescent, help them find texts that address these topics, and show them the types of writing they will need to do in the future.
  • Read the same book as your adolescent and discuss what happened after each chapter.
  • Connect reading and writing at home to topics that are being addressed at school.
  • Take time to discuss texts that adolescents find interesting or important.


The grade 7’s are currently exploring the early European colonies in New France and working on analyzing census data form 1665-1666. The grade 8's are engaging in the Renaissance and the ideas of humanism and will soon be competing in a competition to see who the greatest Renaissance citizen is! Fred Curatolo is coming in on Friday (virtually) in our grade 9 classes. Students are learning about Editorial Cartoons which will help them interpret and analyze. Jeremy Albert with EIPS' First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Centre is coming into Mrs. Purdy’s grade 9 classes on Tuesday to talk about the Indian Act and Treaty Rights. The grade 9's have been participating in virtual classes with the Newseum in Washington DC where they are learning about Fake News, Media Bias and Ethics, and Freedom of Speech Laws. The Social 30’s will be meeting with Senator Paula Simons (date TBA).


This week in Chemistry 30, we performed a redox titration experiment. Next week, student's will have the opportunity to put their 'rockets' to the test that they created in Physics.


Our French language monitor, Remy LeClerq, has created a weekly contest that students can enter by correctly answering a French question via google form. All students are welcome to try and they don’t have to be in French Immersion. Students can scan a QR code in the 300 wing across from room 304 to participate.

Senior High students participated at the RAssemblement JEunesse (RAJE). What a wonderful opportunity! The students were able to meet virtually, play games and communicate with other French students across Alberta. They also listened to new up and coming Franco-Albertan artists. It was a sight to behold - students laughing and making new friends in French. Can’t wait for next year!


  • We are wrapping up our Fall Units as we approach the end of November. Our Jr. High classes are all partaking in Capture the Flag, Ultimate Rugby, Football, Tennis, Pickleball, Kanjam, and Spikeball.
  • Our Sr. High classes are also progressing through their units, and will be transitioning to indoor activities shortly.
  • Personal Fitness had a guest speaker from Cross Conditioning this week. The owner, Justin Cross, came in to lead the kids through a sprinting and power movement presentation.

Time to Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbook

This year's yearbook (2021-2022) is now available to purchase on the PowerSchool Parent Portal under Fees.

PowerSchool Parent Portal


You and your family can join our network of supports and resources for youth, parents, and educators such as:

  • Funding support French school events and materials
  • Tutoring Programs
  • Virtual Career Fair
  • Contests
  • FSL Information Sessions
  • Learning French Lessons
  • Webinars
  • FSL Classroom Presentations
  • Conferences
  • and more!

Memberships cost $25.00 year per household or $60.00 for a three year membership.

Ardrossan Chapter is hosting our next virtual meeting on November 15 at 7 p.m. Check the school calendar for the link to attend. Parents and teachers welcome! Go online to get more information, become a member, or renew your membership.


October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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Feed Your Future

An event designed to empower, connect and inspire a network of young women in grades 9–12 and post-secondary.

Feed Your Future is an exciting virtual, half-day event presented for no charge by Ag for Life and Farm Credit Canada. The goal is to reach young urban and rural women of all backgrounds with an interest in agriculture and food production as a potential career pathway. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and distinguished professionals, as they explore the topics of networking, leadership, building your personal brand and are introduced to the vast diversity of roles tied to agriculture and food production.

Register for the FREE virtual workshop taking place on Wed. Nov.17, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (MST).


Fem+ Program 2021-22

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Norquest College Virtual Open House

Explore all that NorQuest College has to offer from the comfort of your office, couch, car or favourite coffee shop. Discover more than 30 program in health, business, community studies, environment and technology, English language training, academic upgrading and more!

Saturday, October 23

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Rural Outreach and Mentorship Initiative (ROMI)

The Rural Outreach and Mentorship Initiative (ROMI) is run through The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and aims to promote mentorship to rural high school students about transitioning to post-secondary and careers within medicine. Any students who join the program will be paired with a current Canadian medical student to provide individual mentorship (minimum requirement of 1 mentorship meeting per month) as well as the opportunity to attend group and panel events hosted by ROMI.

Sign-up link:


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Young Women in Trades and Technology Fall Break Camp

CAREERS is breaking down barriers and paving a path for women in skilled trades and technologies. Edmonton is hosting a free Fall Break Camp Nov. 12 & 15, 2021. Edmonton and area students in grades 9-12 are invited to gain hands-on experience in skilled trades, agriculture and ICT during the upcoming free Fall Break Camp.

Nov. 12 & 15, 2021

CAREERS: the Next Generation, 18256 102 Ave., Edmonton
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Application deadline: October 28


WISEST Set STudent Conference

On Saturday, November 20, WISEST presents the virtual SET Conference for girls and gender diverse students in grades 10-12 who are curious about careers in science, engineering and technology (SET).

Students will:

  • Gain insight into different career paths in science, engineering and technology and related University of Alberta programs.
  • Explore SET through virtual lab tours and activities.
  • Meet undergraduate and graduate-level university students and learn what it’s like to be a student in science, engineering or technology.
  • Meet STEM professionals and speak with inspiring mentors.

All girls and gender diverse students in grades 10-12 are welcome at SET. The registration fee is only $15/student for the full day or $10/student for half the day (either morning OR afternoon). Register early: The conference is limited to only 100 student participants.

Community Events & Services

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Athletic Dates

  • October 22, 5:00 p.m. - Bison Football vs M.E. Lazerte @ Millwoods Turf Field #2
  • October 25, 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Volleyball vs Archbishop Jordan @ Ardrossan
  • October 25, 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Volleyball vs M.E. LaZerte @ Ardrossan
  • October 26, 5:00 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Women's Volleyball vs M.E. LaZerte @ M.E. LaZerte
  • October 28, 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Women's Volleyball vs Austin O'Brien @ Austin O'Brien
  • October 29 & 30 - Jr. Varsity Volleyball Tri Volley Tournament
  • October 29 & 30 - Sr. Varsity Women's Volleyball Tournament - Veg Comp

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