Cougar Tracks

Friday, November 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Many thanks to our Student Support team for putting together a wonderful week of learning around Bullying Awareness. We received great feedback from staff and students about the great activities that were run in our health classes. Each day students were challenged to show a different type of kindness, it was so great to see our students actively engaging in these challenges! We hope to continue this positive momentum as we move forward.

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on November 15, 2021

Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to all who have brought in a filled Operation Christmas Child shoe box. We were able to collect 22 boxes this year! Way to GO!
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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

Please join us for our final School Council meeting of 2021 on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. We will be talking about student mental health (a standing item on our agenda), the Assurance Review (our top success and challenges) as well as next steps in our community engagement for a replacement school.

You can find a copy of the agenda here.

Paws-ative Referrals Corner

The next BIG draw for Paws-ative Referrals will be on Friday, December 3. The winner will receive a LARGE amount of gift cards from all kinds of places.

We would like to give a BIG thank you to Lindsay Buhler from HQ Salon for the generous donation of hair and body glitter aas well as nail polish and Lesley Bowman from Max and Maud for the generous donation of many bags of delish candy!

These prizes inspire the kiddos to make great choices and they are very excited about the entire program.

Keep up that Paws-ativity everybody!!

PowerSchool Student Portal Login Credential Update

After early dismissal on the afternoon of November 3, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) updated the student log in process for the PowerSchool Student Portal. Now that the updates are complete, students will use their EIPS credentials to login to the PowerSchool Student Portal or the PowerSchool mobile app. Student access to the portal and app may be intermittently unavailable while updates are taking place. Effective November 4, students will use the new EIPS login credentials to access the portal or app. Students who use the mobile app will be required to log out and back in after the updates are complete.

If students are having trouble logging in to PowerSchool after the change, they can contact their teacher or a school office staff member for assistance. This update does not affect the log in process for parents or guardians for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

D.A.R.E Grade 7

Starting in December the D.A.R.E program will begin in our Grade 7 Health classes. This is a ten-week program which helps to teach our grade 7 students to resist pressures which may influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. They will also be introduced to the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that will assist them in problem solving, being a good citizen and help them make wise decisions.

Barbara Hoffman has been running this program in SWH for the past five years and we are welcoming her back to continue her good work!

Mask Reminders

EIPS requires that all individuals in all schools wear a mask, unless medically exempt. Students are required to bring their own masks every single day. The school has a small number of disposable masks available for emergency purposes only.

Students that are relying on the school for their mask supply will be considered unprepared for school and will be given a consequence. Make sure your child has spare masks, reusable or disposable, with them at school every day.

Updated COVID Health Checklist

The government has updated the daily health checklist. Please review the new checklist and print a copy for yourself to keep at home.

The main change relates to household contacts of COVID-19 cases.

If you are not fully immunized and are a household contact of a COVID-19 case, you should stay home for 14 days from the last day of exposure and monitor for symptoms.

A household contact is a person who lives in the same residence as the case OR who has been in frequent, long-duration, close-range interaction with a case of COVID-19. For example, someone who is a caregiver or an intimate or sexual partner of a COVID-19 case. For children, it also includes siblings, someone who slept over, or someone who provided direct physical care to the child.

If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of sense of taste or smell you are required to isolate for 10 days as per the current CMOH Order OR receive a negative COVID-19 test and feel better before returning to work or activities.

No Child Without: Free MedicAlert for students

In our ongoing effort to provide safe and caring schools for students, Sherwood Heights Junior High is registered in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation’s No Child Without program. The program is a national initiative that provides no-cost MedicAlert services to children—between the ages of four and 14 years—who have chronic health conditions. The goal is twofold: to help children with severe allergies, medical conditions or special needs and to assist schools with medical-emergency plans for students.

Once a child is registered, the school is provided with advice on a medical-emergency plan for that student and given a list of medications, allergies and medical conditions the student has. If your child has a serious medical condition or allergy and could benefit from MedicAlert services, contact the school office at 780-467-5930. To learn more about the No Child Without program, visit

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Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Exploring career options? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend this year’s hybrid Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is excited to once again be partnering with the Educational Liaison Association of Alberta for the event.

The in-person portion of the event brings together a wide variety of colleges, universities, polytechnic and private schools, and sector experts in one place. The event is free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12. The event will follow the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program, as well as adhere to Alberta Health Services and local guidelines.

The virtual component will include additional opportunities to attend sessions from numerous colleges, universities and sector experts. Participation is free and open to all grades 9 through 12 students.

Participating students and family members in either the in-person or virtual sessions will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each attending post-secondary institutions, ask questions, talk to experts about various career sectors, learn about future career trends and much more.

Visit for a detailed list of exhibitors.

In-person event details:

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Strathcona County Community Centre, Agora
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

The in-person event will follow the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program, as well as adhere to Alberta Health Services and local guidelines. As such, guests will need to show proof of vaccination and identification to attend. Masks are required for all in-person attendees.

Virtual event details:

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To supplement the in-person event, virtual presentations will also be available from a variety of post-secondary and career organization representatives throughout the evening. Links to join each session are embedded directly in the schedule available at

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Parent to Parent – Finding Digital Balance, Cyberworld: What Happens when youth press send? – For Parents and caregivers for youth grades 6 and up.

Want to know more about how to support your youth with their time online? Come out as a family to learn from others and end the afternoon together at the CanTeen Youth Hub to enjoy some pizza and bonding time!

When: Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more info, please click here.

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Young Women in Trades & Technologies Mentorship Series - INDUSTRIAL TRADES

Tuesday, November 30 at 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Presentation for Grades 9-12

Cost: Free

Join us to learn about pursuing a career in the skilled trades, connect with other young women who share similar interests, and receive important information on how you can land an awesome paid internship. Meet tradeswomen who are currently leading the way in the industry, as they share their career paths stories and help you to navigate the career options that suit you best.

Examples of Industrial Trades: Welding, Gas fitter, Steam Fitter-Pipefitter, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Ironworker, Sheet Metal Worker and more!

Visitors in Schools

All visitors, couriers, and contractors must sign in at the front main doors and check-in at the office, complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, and be wearing a mask properly.

If any of the answers to the questions are “YES,” DO NOT enter the school or workplace.

Similarly, if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, aches, pink-eye, nausea —DO NOT enter an EIPS-operated school or workplace.

Career Pathways 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.

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