AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

November 19, 2021

Important Dates

  • November 20 - National Child Day
  • November 22 - High School Course Withdrawal Deadline
  • November 22, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting (In-person or Google Meet)
  • November 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Your Future: Post-secondary Career Fair (In-Person and Virtual)
  • November 24 - Jersey Day
  • November 29 - PJ Day
  • November 30 - Regular Immunizations (Gr. 7, 8 & 9)
  • December 1, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting
  • December 6, 7:00 p.m. - Canadian Parents for French Meeting (Virtual)
  • December 22 - January 4 - Christmas Break
  • January 5, Day 1 - Classes Resume
  • January 5, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting


AJS School Council Meeting

Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High will be hosting our regularly scheduled School Council meeting on Monday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. There will be 2 formats that you can access. Either in-person(following COVID protocols ie. Masking, hand sanitizing and physical distancing in our Library) or virtually using Google Meets.

Please RSVP to michelle.hothem-bumbry@eips.ca by no later than Monday, November 22 at noon and indicate if you are attending in person or via Google Meet with your e-mail address.

A Google meeting link will be emailed out by 6:00 p.m. on Monday to those that RSVP. Please find the agenda and minutes from our previous meeting below. We hope that you can join us.

AJS School Council Meeting Minutes – September 13, 2021

AJS School Council Agenda – November 22, 2021

Student Council Events

AJS Spirit/Grad Wear

The online store for the Ardrossan Spirit Wear as well as GRAD 2022 apparel is now live. Below is the link. It is also posted on our website. Please note, payment must be made at the time of order.

The store will be open November 15 – December 5, 2021. Items are anticipated to arrive in late January. Once we have the items, we will sort and distribute them through the office.

Spirit/Grad Wear Website

Christmas Gift Ideas - AJS Swag!

We have some amazing items for sale that would make great Christmas gift ideas!

Please log into PowerSchool, under Student Fees, to find the form for purchasing AJS SWAG. The form will be available from November 1 to December 8. Once the orders are closed, we will contact you for pick up at the office for the week of December 13. Payment must be made at the time of order. Check under the “paid” tab for confirmation of order and payment.

Please note there are limited quantities available! Order now so you do not miss out!

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

EIPS: Waiver of Fees

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your child's fees, you can apply to have certain fees waived using the:

If parents/independent students are not eligible to have fees waived, payment options may be made with the school’s administration and/or the Director of Student Transportation.

A completed application form with supporting documents, marked CONFIDENTIAL, can be sent by:

  1. Scan and email PDF files to fees@eips.ca;
  2. Deliver to any EIPS school office in a sealed envelope addressed to the Secretary-Treasurer; or
  3. Mail to Elk Island Public Schools
    Attention: Secretary-Treasurer
    683 Wye Road
    Sherwood Park, AB T8B 1N2

Phone: 780-417-8200 for questions relating to your application.

Allow three weeks to process your application. The final 2021-22 fee waiver application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021. Or, if new to EIPS, the latter of Dec. 15, 2021 or 45 days after registration. No applications will be accepted after this time.

Department news


  • In Social 7, we're finalizing our study of the fur trade.

  • Mr. Clark’s Social 8 class is writing a persuasive essay and getting ready for their chapter 3 exam next week.

  • In Social 9, we're learning how to verify the reliability of online sources. We're preparing a guide that will help others to do the same.


  • Science 8 FI class created 3D depiction of a cell.
  • Études sociales 8 - Monsieur Laliberte's class is working on a research project about Renaissance characters. Students will eventually become these characters.

November 2021 Career Pathways News

Should families have questions related to any of the material contained in the November News, please have them connect via email: careerpathways@eips.ca

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. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work and/or post-secondary training.

EIPS Priority #1: Promote Growth and Success for All Students

EIPS GOAL 2: Success for Every Student

Outcome 4: More students are supported and prepared for life beyond high school

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, Nov. 23, 2021—the event is free and recommended for all students in grades 9 to 12.

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 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. The virtual component will include additional opportunities to attend sessions from numerous colleges, universities and career sector experts.

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

Event Details:

Date: Nov. 23, 2021
In-person: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Strathcona County Agora
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
Virtual: Times and schedule to be confirmed

A detailed list of vendors will be posted on the Division website as soon as it’s finalized.

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.

CAREER Spotlight Agriculture - Plant Systems

Virtual on November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Free

Join us to learn more about careers in agriculture, specifically those related to plants. Hear from industry professionals about their personal career journey and what they love most about their work!

The agriculture industry is one of the biggest in Alberta and includes a variety of different areas related to plants. Some examples include horticulture and greenhouse operations, vertical and urban farming, aquaponics and hydroponics, crop research and development, agronomy and so much more. Learn about a variety of exciting careers and have all your questions answered ­ and potentially win some prizes.

Young Women in Trades & Technologies – Mentorship Series: Industrial Trades

Join CAREERS: The Next Generation 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 path stories and help you to navigate the career options that suit you best.

Examples of industrial trades include welding, gas fitter, steam fitter-pipefitter, industrial mechanic (millwright), ironworker, sheet metal worker and more!
Tuesday, November 30

5 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Learn more | Register

SHAD 2022

Shad Canada is a STEAM and entrepreneurship program for students in grades 10 and 11. The program attracts students with high aptitudes for risk taking, curiosity, excellence and resilience, and prepares them to take on social and economic challenges. The month-long, summer program includes a real-world design challenge that asks students to work on issues such as food security, water management and waste. SHAD2022 will take place in person July 3-29, 2022. The application deadline is Dec. 6, 2021. There is a cost to register, but bursaries are available.

Apply | Learn more

Métis Memories Virtual Art Mural

Please take a moment and see the Rupertsland Institute’s Virtual Art Unveiling ofMétis Memories of Residential Schools, A Testament to the Strength of the Métis” Mural. A powerful time of honouring Métis residential school survivors and their families.

You can access the Métis Memories Virtual Art Mural online mural at this link: https://www.muralmosaic.com/metis-memories/

At this link, you will also have access to:

  • The complete digital PDF of Métis Memories of Residential Schools, A Testament to the Strength of the Métis
  • The complete digital PDF of Métis History and Experience and Residential Schools in Canada
  • Dedications, Educational Questions, Additional Resource Links, and more that go along with each story shared
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Athletic Dates

  • November 20 - Bison Football Provincials (North Final)
  • November 22, 7 am - Jr. Jr. Basketball Tryouts - Gr. 7 & 8 only
  • November 23, 7 am - Jr. Jr. Basketball Tryouts - Gr. 7 & 8 only
  • November 25-27 - Sr. Varsity Volleyball Provincials @ R.F. Staples
  • November 25-27 - Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball EIPS Tournament @ ABJ
  • November 25-27 - Jr. Sr. Girls Basketball EIPS Tournament @ Ardrossan
  • November 27 - Bison Football Provincials (Finals)
  • December 2-4 - Jr. Jr. Basketball EIPS Tournament
  • December 3 & 4 - Jr. Varsity Basketball Stampede Classic Tournament
  • December 10 & 11 - Sr. Varsity Basketball Tournament - Sturgeon
  • December 16-18 - Sr. Varsity Basketball Tournament - Bert Church
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