AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

September 3, 2021

Important Dates

  • September 6 - Labour Day (STAT)
  • September 7 - Picture Day
  • September 8, 2:14 pm - Early Dismissal
  • September 13-17 - Welcome Week
  • September 13, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • September 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m. - Meet the Teacher
  • September 17 - Student Vote - Federal Election
  • September 20, Gym A - Federal Election Day
  • September 29 - Terry Fox Run Day
  • September 30 - Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


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Welcome and welcome back to all of our families to Ardrossan Junior Senior High School.

It has been a great start to the 2021-2022 school year and we are re-connecting with each other and getting into the routines and learning.

As our school population continues to grow, we are fortunate to have received two modulars over the summer. Our school population continues to grow as our community grows. We also underwent an extensive re-cabling project over the summer and appreciate the up-dating of our infrastructure. The usual upgrading and maintenance also continued.

Thank you for your continuing to complete with your child the COVID questionnaire before coming to the school or school bus. We appreciate the email notification to General.ajs@eips.ca to report an absence, lates or early pick up.

The Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High staff are looking forward to the learning and continued partnership with our families this year.

Bring your best smile on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 for Picture Day!

*IMPORTANT* Mandatory Masks

Effective September 3, 2021, all staff, students and visitors will be required to wear a mask while at our school. Please see the following information from EIPS.

Elk Island Public Schools Board of Trustees Changes Masking Requirement

2021/2022 Ardrossan Jr/Sr High FAQ Sheet

Please take a moment and review the "back to school' FAQ document for Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High.

Student Forms

There are several forms on the PowerSchool Parent Portal that must be completed for your student. These are:

  • the Student Health and Safety Contract - new students and all grade 7 and 10 students, and
  • the Students Responsible Technology Use Agreement - for grades 7-12 completed yearly.

To review the list of forms available for each child in your family, click on the Forms tab in the left-hand menu in the Parent Portal. You can review and submit the form for each applicable student by clicking through the student name tabs at the top of your screen.

Note: Forms in PowerSchool often do not display properly in Internet Explorer. Please use a different browser to review and complete the forms for your family.

Thank you for completing these.

Update Your PowerSchool Information

The "Correction and Verification Form" is now available online through your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Families can use the form to access and update their child’s information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and any medical information. Reviewing the form and submitting updates ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child.

If you’ve recently moved, now is the time to ensure the Division has your updated address information. In particular, please also pay close attention to all phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information. The Division will undoubtedly continue to have important information to communicate with families throughout this school year, and we want to ensure you receive this information. If you haven't already done so, we ask all Ardrossan Jr Sr High School families to review their child’s PowerSchool information by Sept. 22, 2021.

For more information about the PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form, contact us at 780-922-2228,

Sync the School Calendar to Your Calendar

Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own calendar? You can. Simply, visit https://www.ardrossan.ca/calendar and click on the applicable subscription option:

  • Download to iCal
  • Add to Google Calendar
  • Subscribe to Calendar

NOTE: Options are located above the calendar.

Once you click on the desired subscription option, follow the instructions. Within seconds, your calendar will contain all Ardrossan Jr Sr High’s important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more.

NOTE: You can filter dates by category. Click on the 'Filter by Tag' and select a category.

Video surveillance on Buses

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? Video surveillance and equipment helps:

  • ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
  • discourage destructive acts.

On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.

Enhancing literacy and numeracy

As part of Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) ongoing efforts to enhance the literacy and numeracy of students in all grade levels, the Division is once again administering the Star Early Literacy/Star Reading and Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI) assessment tools in the 2021-22 school year. The tools focus on literacy and numeracy, are digitally based and offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning. The goal: To provide timely information to teachers, help enhance classroom instruction and ensure student learning needs are identified.

Three times a year—in September, January/February and May/June—EIPS students in Grade 1 complete the Star Early Literacy assessment and students in grades 2-12 complete the Star Reading assessment. The assessments take approximately 20 minutes and are administered on a digital device. Also, in September, students in grades 2 through 10 will complete the MIPI assessment, which is a mathematic screening tool used to inform teachers about a student’s math skills—students enrolled in math for Semester 2 will complete the MIPI assessment in February. For students in grades 7 through 10, the MIPI takes approximately 50 minutes, and for students in grades 2 through 6 it takes approximately 20 minutes. The results offer the teacher a clearer picture of a student’s learning needs and help determine if subsequent instructional planning is required.

The scores of the assessments aren’t used toward a student’s grade, and there is no need to study ahead of time. The tools simply provide the teacher with information to better understand where each student is in terms of reading comprehension and mathematic ability. If, after analyzing the results, it’s determined a student can benefit from extra support, the teacher will contact the family to discuss possible support strategies.

For more information about the Division’s Star and MIPI assessment tools, contact EIPS Supports for Students at 780-464-3477.

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Athletic Dates

  • September 3, 7 & 8 - Jr Jr Boy's Volleyball Tryouts
  • September 3, 7 & 8 - Jr Sr Boy's Volleyball Tryouts
  • September 3, 7 & 8 - Jr Sr Girl's Volleyball Tryouts
  • September 9, 10 & 13 - Jr Jr Girl's Volleyball Tryouts
  • September 9, 5:00 p.m. - Bison Football (vs Fort High Sting) @ Home
  • September 16 & 17 - Jr Sr EIPS Volleyball Tournament
  • September 16, 5:30 p.m. - Bison Football (vs Sturgeon Spirts) @ Emerald Hills
  • September 17 & 18 - Sr Varsity Volleyball Tri Volley Tournament
  • September 21 - Bison Thunder Run Jr High
  • September 23, 24 & 25 - Jr Jr EIPS Volleyball Tournament
  • September 23, 5:00 p.m. - Bison Football (vs McNally Tigers) @ Fort Saskatchewan
  • September 28 - Cross Country EIPS

Community News

Caregiver Education Sessions

Alberta Health Services hosts a variety of virtual caregiver information sessions throughout the year focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. Session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, communication, resiliency and more.

Visit Caregiver Education to see the monthly caregiver sessions.

In the Spotlight

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Shout out to Ashton F. for this amazing masterpiece that was done on Ms. Stefiuk's white board before summer break. Spectacular!