Cougar Tracks

Friday, February 25, 2022

Dear Sherwood Heights families,


Just a reminder as we head into the weekend if you have not done so already, please take the time to complete the Returning Student Registration on PowerSchool using the Parent Portal prior to this Monday, February 28.


All students planning to attend a school within Elk Island Public Schools for the 2022-2023 school year need to complete the registration information.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Complete the Returning Student Registration: February 1 to 28, 2022

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Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) returning student registration process is now open. All returning students must complete the online Returning Student Registration Form to confirm their child’s enrolment in a school for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. 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. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by February 28, 2022.


To access the Returning Student Registration Form, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.


If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you do need to set one up. For help see: Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account


For more information contact the school directly at 780-467-5930.


RELATED INFORMATION:


Returning Student Registration Process
Frequently Asked Questions
EIPS School Boundary Maps
Closed boundaries 2022-23
Find my designated school
Applying to a non-designated school

Stay-at-Home Guide for Families

When do I keep my child home? Use this guide to determine when to keep your child home from school and when it’s safe to return—refer to the Alberta Health Daily Checklist for students 18 and older. * Last updated on February 7, 2022

COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

Please remember to complete this form verbally with your child every day. Doing so helps keep schools safer for everyone and, will hopefully, keep temporary online learning to a minimum.

Families whose children will transition to temporary online learning are notified by the school and sent detailed information outlining duration, scheduling, important links and resources.


To view the number of classes or grade groups that have or currently transitioned to temporary online learning, visit:


Classes Shifted to Temporary Online Learning

EIPS updates the information at the end of each school day

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.

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New Online Cougar Wear Store

We are excited to be able to offer a year-round online store!


Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands that you can then customize with the approved logos and graphics found on the site. Display your pride in fantastic apparel customized entirely by you. Our site lets students, parents, fans, & staff choose from approved merchandise to fit their needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities. All orders are shipped directly to your own home!


2021-2022 Online Cougar Wear Store

Replace Sherwood Heights Junior High School

We are a group of concerned parents and citizens who want to create a sense of awareness and garner community support to replace Sherwood Heights Junior High School.

Spectators Update

The following changes regarding spectators at school events are currently in effect.


  • Spectators are permitted at indoor practices, games and performance events.
  • All spectators, except EIPS students and children 12 and younger, must wear a mask and physically distance, whenever possible.
  • EIPS recommends spectators are limited to family only, at this time.
  • EIPS reviews its protocols for spectators on an ongoing basis throughout the year.


Please visit the EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22 for a more detailed look at the most recent changes.

Literacy at Home

In honour of Black History Month, here are some junior high book recommendations that speak to past, present and future of powerful, young black lives. All of these books have been written in the last three years and some have Canadian content.


1. Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi - This inspiring memoir, chronicles Top Chef star Kwame Onwuachi's incredible and odds-defying fame in the food world after a tough childhood in the Bronx and Nigeria.


2. Punching the Air by Ibi Aanu Zoboi - Written in poetry, Zoboi and Salaam hold no punches when detailing the dehumanizing experience of an unfair trial and prison sentence for wrongly convicted 16 year old Amal.


3. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed - Affluent Ashley Bennett struggles with her identity, her family, and figuring out where she belongs in this compelling novel set in 1992 during the immediate aftermath of the Rodney King trial.


4. Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe - To fulfill his dream of attending Columbia University, Henri creates a dog-walking business for the New York City elite in this clever fiction that explores moral ambiguity alongside racial and class struggles.


5. A Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe - A fish-out-of-water story about Norris Kaplan, a Black French Canadian teen suddenly navigating high school in the suburbs of Austin, Texas – a story that’s intelligent, hilarious, and surprising.


Also, here are some recent articles about the history of Black people in and around Alberta.


  1. Black Albertans You Should Know
  2. Alberta’s Black Pioneer Heritage
  3. Black on the Prairies


Tips for Reading Narrative Text


The reading tips below are helpful for students who are reading narrative texts. These skills are useful to practice at home when students are completing activities.
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Watch for Thin Ice

Remember, be aware of thin ice this time of year. Depending on changing temperatures, ice can form and melt to varying degrees on outdoor bodies of water. Try to remind your child about the dangers of thin ice, obey all posted signs, take proper care, and remain a safe distance from the ice.


For more information about ice safety, visit the Canadian Red Cross.


Did you know?


The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength. Clear blue ice is the strongest. White opaque is h alf as strong as blue ice. And grey ice is unsafe—greyness indicates the presence of water.

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The annual Alberta Champions student contest is now underway. Students can submit an entry about any past Albertan (posthumous) of their choice whose lifetime accomplishments are an inspiration to the student.


The full contest rules and judging rubric for grades 4-6 and grades 7-9 are available online, as well as the full list of prizes available to be won. With ties to English Language Arts and Social Studies—stories, histories, peoples of Alberta and citizenship—the contest is suitable for teachers to use as a whole-class activity or as enrichment for specific students. The entry deadline is April 11.

Career Pathways February 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.

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on February 15, 2022

Young Women in Trades and Technologies - In Person Camp

March 29-April 1, 2022 (During Spring Break)


Are you ready to discover your passion! A free in-person camp for female identifying youth in grades 9-12.


During the camp, students will have the opportunity to explore several careers in the skilled trades, gain hands-on experience, talk with female mentors who are working in the field, and connect with other young women with similar interests. This year we will be accepting 12 participants for our 4-day camp.


Click Here to Register

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Update

EIPS First Nations, Métis, and Inuit team invite you to join their upcoming virtual gatherings. It is a great way to make connections, create a supportive environment for dialogue, share hopes and ideas, and learn what’s happening around the Division. We’re grateful to Elder Wilson Bearhead for attending the virtual gatherings last school year and agreeing to open each gathering again this year.


Gathering 3: March 15, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

  • words from Elder Wilson
  • topics to be determined based on wishes, hopes and interests expressed in previous gatherings


Sessions will take place online using Microsoft Teams Meetings. For more information visit our Division website or reach out to the school at 780-467-5930

Measuring Success: Complete this year’s Alberta Education Assurance Survey

Once again, Alberta Education is surveying teachers, students, and families through its annual Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey. The survey acts as an annual check-up on the province’s education system. Every year, Alberta Education conducts the survey to gather information about the quality of education provided by Alberta schools and school authorities. The survey looks at various measures such as education quality, citizenship, family involvement, engagement levels, school climate and student wellness.


Throughout March, Grade 7 to 9 students and teachers at Sherwood Heights Junior High are completing the survey online at the school. Student participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. Students are assigned a random username and password to ensure survey responses aren’t linked to any individual student. The survey doesn’t take long to complete and is done within the school day during regular class time.


Additionally, parents and guardians of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 are also asked to take a survey, either online or by mail. Alberta Education will send families information about the survey directly. As with the student and teacher survey, it’s anonymous and asks questions about your school experiences. If you have a child in grades 4, 7 or 10, we encourage you to participate. The survey deadline is March 25, 2022.


Results from the AEA Survey are provided to Elk Island Public Schools each spring. The Division then uses the data to inform its four-year education plan, school education plans and strategies for continuous improvement. Each fall, the results are also shared with EIPS families and school communities in the Division’s Annual Education Results Report.


RELATED INFORMATION
AEA Survey: Parent letter

AEA Survey: Methodology for rate calculation

Assurance and Accountability: Alberta’s K-12 education system

2022 EIPS Parent Survey

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you. Make sure to complete the 2022 EIPS Parent Survey—open from March 14-27.


Annually, EIPS conducts a parent survey to gauge its progress toward meeting the goals and priorities outlined in its Four-Year Education Plan. Families are asked a series of questions about their experiences with EIPS and the school their child attends, the overall performance of the Division, the quality of education being provided to students and areas for improvement. The survey feedback helps the Division develop new strategies to better serve students and the wider community.


VISIT EIPS.CA TO TAKE THE SURVEY: March 14-27


NOTE: The survey is anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you want to share the experience of more than one child attending an EIPS school, simply complete the survey again.

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Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Exploring career options? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend the hybrid spring session of Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair—taking place on March 10, 2022.


The in-person portion of the event brings together a variety of colleges, universities, polytechnic, private schools, and sector experts in one place. Meanwhile, the virtual component includes additional opportunities to attend sessions from several colleges, universities, and sector experts. Both events are free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12.


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


Event Details:


Date: March 10, 2022
In-person: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Strathcona County Agora
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park

Virtual: Times and schedule to be confirmed


Visit www.eips.ca/students/your-future for the list of vendors.

Upcoming Dates and Events

February 28: Returning Student Registration closes

March 2: Early Dismissal @ 2:00 p.m.

March 4: Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

March 8: International Women's Day

March 10: Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair – Spring Session - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

March 14: Pi Day

March 14 to 18: Week of Inspirational Math

March 18: Term 2 Report Cards Available Online

March 21: World Poetry Day

March 25: Day-in-Lieu of Parent-Teacher Interviews - No School

March 28 to April 1: Spring Break - No School

Division Calendar 2022-23

The EIPS 2022-23 Division calendar is now available and includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, including school-closure dates; holidays; dates for the November, Christmas, spring and summer breaks; PD days; & early dismissal dates.