AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

January 14, 2022

Important Dates


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EIPS Secondary French Immersion Info Night

Elk Island Public Schools is proud to present Secondary French Immersion Information Presentation. Join us to learn more about the how and where the French Immersion program is delivered and what the benefits are to our students. You will also be able to meet the teachers.

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 6 p.m. using the Microsoft Team Link below. The meet will be open at 5:50 p.m. to join.

Click here to join the meeting


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!


A friendly reminder when dropping off or picking up students, please do not use the front of the school between the hours of 8:20 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. which is designated for buses only. We will have a new Bus Monitor starting on Monday, January 10 who will only allow buses through during the designated times. You are welcome to drive to the back of the school for pick-ups and drop-offs.

As well, when driving to the back of the school, there is no stopping at the entrance. Traffic must flow. Please pull off to the side if you need to stop.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Are you interested in sponsoring an award for a well-deserving Ardrossan High School student? This opportunity will help a student to pursue their post-secondary goals. If you have questions or require more information, please contact MJ Nam at mj.nam@eips.ca or call 780-922-2228. We appreciate your support.

Mentor/Study Buddy

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CPF Tutoring Program

Join Our Virtual Tutoring Program Waitlist!

The next session begins January 24, 2022!

Are you a CPF member looking for help with your child's French as a second language (FSL) studies? Look no further! The popular CPF Virtual Tutoring Program for children ages 5 to 14 is coming back this winter!

Registration opens January 5, 2022.

You can now JOIN THE WAITLIST to stay updated regarding the next sessions.

For more information, click here.

Department News

  • Grade 7 social played a Gimkit game to review for their Chapter 6 exam. There was a lot of focus today!
  • Physics 20 Students were finding out the spring constant (stretchiness) of different springs.


  • Attention Students! For High School Math classes you are required to have a TI- 84 calculator. If you are purchasing a new one please bring your UPC code Proof of Purchase from the back of the package to Mrs. Gustafson in room 108. She is collecting them to exchange with Texas Instruments for classroom resources.

  • Science 8 FI - Completed an hour of code in Minecraft Education Edition.
  • Science 9 FI - Before winter break, students worked on their astrolab assignment. They determined coordinates of the stars by using former AJS grad portraits as their guide.
  • Chimie 20 - Students came back to two titrations. The first they had to determine the concentration of a solution. The second day they used that knowledge to determine the amount of acid in an aspirin tablet.

  • Before winter break, Foods 10-20-30 students prepared charcuterie platters.
  • Construction 9 completed their charcuterie boards.
  • Communication Technology 8 worked on designing graphic templates.

  • Spanish 10-20-30 - Students participated in a Salsa Cup competition.


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 Feb. 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 Feb. 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

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

Plan to Attend Future Fair

Do you have a child with extra support needs? Not sure what to do after senior high? Discover opportunities and supports beyond high school for teens and adults with disabilities—plan to attend this year’s Future Fair.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Strathcona County Community Centre
401 Festival Ln., Sherwood Park
(free underground parking available)

Hosted by Elk Island Public Schools, Elk Island Catholic Schools and Strathcona County, the 2022 Future Fair showcases the many supportive agencies and transition opportunities available to individuals with complex needs after high school. Future Fair is a free event open to teens and adults with disabilities, their families and teachers who want to learn more about transition resources, funding opportunities, employment programs, post-secondary education, residential choices and more.

Prior to the event, learn more about the participating vendors and access additional planning resources available on the Future Fair website.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season well underway, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will advise families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools, including automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations and on the Ride 360 and Bus Status apps.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS’ Administrative Procedure 131: Inclement Weather, which states: “school bus service may be suspended … when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C including wind chill, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions.

When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on they feel is safest during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

Have your say, EIPS wants to hear from you!

Have your say, EIPS wants to hear from you!

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you to gain a deeper understanding of your confidence in the Division and its strategic direction. As such, it’s launched a new annual survey entitled, EIPS Year in Review: Stakeholder Confidence Survey—open January 6-18.

The survey covers a range of topics, including student growth and achievement, learning supports, teaching and leading, governance, and resource allocations. The information gathered will help EIPS:

  • assess stakeholder confidence—families, staff, Grade 12 students and community members;
  • gather input to guide future decision-making;
  • gather feedback to enhance its Four-Year Education Plan; and
  • provide a platform for families, students, staff and community members to have a voice in ensuring high-quality, student-centred learning environments in EIPS schools.

EIPS will share the results in the Annual Education Results Report 2021-22.

Survey closes Jan. 18, 2022

NOTE: EIPS encourages everyone to respond honestly. Your identity and answers are confidential and cannot be linked in any way to you or your child’s school. Grade 12 students will have an opportunity to complete the survey at school. Families who do not want their child to complete the survey simply need to advise their child’s school.

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Applications for the Discover University of Alberta Award and the Turtle Spirit Pathway Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students are now open until February 15, 2022. The awards are available to incoming students to the University of Alberta. Students who have demonstrated financial challenges and barriers to attending university will be considered for up to $8,000 per year in award funding. Funding for the awards will be renewable for four to five years.
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Athletic Dates


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