AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

May 13, 2022

Important Dates

  • May 16, 7:00 p.m. - Canadian Parents for French Meeting
  • May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  • May 20 - School Closure Day
  • May 23 - Victoria Day (Statutory Holiday)
  • May 24, 6:00 p.m. - Junior High Band Concert - Band 7
  • May 24, 7:15 p.m. - Junior High Band Concert - Band 8
  • May 24, 8:30 p.m. - Junior High Band Concert - Band 9
  • May 25, 6:30 p.m. - Senior High Band Concert
  • May 25, 7:30 p.m. - Senior Jazz Band
  • May 25 - Session de préparation #1-DELF-compréhension écrite-orale
  • May 26 - Session de préparation #2- DELF-production écrite
  • May 26 - Student Council: Paper Airplane Competition
  • May 27 - Session de préparation #3-DELF-production orale
  • May 27 & 28 - a.d.c. Performance presents "The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon"
  • May 31-June 3 - Western Days
  • June 1 - Art Walk in the Library


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STAR Assessment - Spring 2022

From May 11 to June 8, Ardrossan Junior/Senior students will be completing their third STAR Literacy Benchmark assessment of the 2021-22 school year. The STAR assessment helps provides data that indicates the students’ literacy skill proficiency. By completing the STAR assessment three times in a school year, our teachers can track the growth of each student’s literacy skills and provide targeted supports to ensure students experience one year of literacy skill growth for every year they are in school. Thank you for continuing to encourage your child to show their best.

Deadline Extended! Order Your Yearbook 2021/2023 Today!

Great news! We have extended the deadline to order your copy of the yearbook. Don't miss out! If you haven't already ordered your copy, please do so through the PowerSchool Parent Portal under Fees. Deadline is May 27.
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Ardrossan Drama Company Show!

The Ardrossan Drama Company Presents: "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" by Don Zolidis, MAY 27-28.

Tickets are FREE To reserve online, seating is first come first served, and we will be collecting donations at the door.

Come support our talented cast and crew from grades 7-12! For further details follow the link: https://adc2022.eventbrite.com

One Act Play Review - Ava C.

A Coupla Bimbos Sittin’ Around Talkin’, written by Richard Vetere and directed by Ardrossan’s Calvin Hubscher and Spenser Lemay, explores the ideas of gender stereotypes and expression. Performed on April 21st, actors Kiera K., Megan A., Kira-Rose S. and Alexander V. portrayed their respective parts perfectly, and, as a woman, I found myself relating to their characters.

The play takes place in the 80s, where we get to watch as main characters Nancy, B.B. and Linda gossip about their past relationships and their favourite celebrities. We soon meet Nancy’s cousin Tess, a college student who is the polar opposite of the other girls. Unlike Nancy, B.B. and Linda, Tess goes against the typical idea of femininity, sporting traditional men’s clothing and wearing no makeup. Both Tess and the three girls are quick to make assumptions about one another, and although Nancy’s friends have never met Tess before, they feel as if they know everything about each other. These ideas are quickly proven wrong when Tess allows the girls to give her a makeover and the girls share their extensive knowledge of the world’s history with Tess.

This play is truly the definition of “don’t judge a book by its cover”, and leaves the audience reflecting on their personal experiences. Everything down to the lighting was clearly thought out, and the music really helped to establish the setting. The actors had great comedic timing, and although the audience didn’t always seem to laugh at the right parts, they persevered and performed to the best of their abilities.

I, for one, found myself greatly enjoying this play. Not only did it touch on real world issues, it also emphasizes humor. Audience members see themselves in the characters, which makes the message of A Coupla Bimbos Sittin’ Around Talkin’ so much easier to understand. Overall I found this play to be very well written and performed with a lot of passion. I highly recommend anyone of any gender identity watch this play and I truly hope to be able to watch these young actors again in the future.

Ardrossan Graduation Update - May 9

Grad Ceremony details:

When: Tuesday June 28th 4:30p.m. to 7:30pm

Where: Sherwood Park Alliance Church

1011 Clover Bar Road, Sherwood Park

What: Graduation Commencement Ceremony (facility seats 1000 people)

Ceremony tickets for guests will be $10 each and will be limited to 6 guests per Grad. (Graduates do not need a ticket) Any extra tickets will be made available if possible. Ticket purchases can be made on the Powerschool Parent Portal starting May 6th to May 23rd , 2022.

We will be doing a lottery draw for different seating zones on the floor (1000 seats) the week of May 24th to 27th.

***There will be a formal section of the ceremony where Grads will be able to do a promenade in their formal wear, as well as the promenade of Grads in their Grad gowns***

Grad Fee

The Grad fee in the amount of $95.00 has been added to the Parent Portal. Please pay this fee no later than May 31st. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kim Walsh, Business Manager at kim.walsh@eips.ca.

Grad Ceremony Nominations: (Graduates only)

We need your nominations for Master of Ceremonies, Toast To Parents, Guest Speaker, and Student Performers.

Graduates Only please use this link: Click Here

Other Grad Information:

Grad Song: “We are Young” – by Fun

Grad Theme: “We can burn brighter than the sun”

Photos for the Grad slide show. Please utilize the google folder or email directly to Nadine.stefiuk@eips.ca

We still need the following from many of you, deadlines are fast approaching.

  • Yearbook Quote Submission Deadline is May 27th at 4pm
    Please click on this link HERE

Grad Brightspace (For Scholarship information: You will see it on your student Brightspace page)

Send Us Your Grad Yearbook Write-Ups

Hey grads! Time to submit your yearbook write-ups. Deadline for write-ups is May 27. Link to the form is below.

Grad Yearbook Write-Up

Ardrossan Music Parents Society Update

AMPS has not been able to fundraise much the last couple of years due to COVID restrictions. As this school year is drawing to a close, the AMPS board wanted to host a quick and easy fundraiser to benefit the music programs for next year. The Ardrossan Music Parents' Society (AMPS) is hosting an ONLINE 50/50 CASH RAFFLE through Rafflebox from now until Saturday, June 18th, 2022. Here is the link to the webpage: https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/amps.

Funds raised from this raffle will support the school's music programs (Jr. Band, Sr. Band, Jazz Bands, Marching Band, Guitar Program) through purchasing new instruments, equipment and music, and supplementing costs for festivals, band camps, performance trips, and scholarships.

All you need to do is click on the link above, and you will be directed straight to the AMPS Online 50/50 Fundraiser page. You pay online for tickets and all ticket numbers will be emailed to the ticket purchaser by the registered Electronic Raffle Supplier with Rafflebox. Ticket prices are:

100 for $100

20 for $50

4 for $20

1 for $10

The winning ticket will be drawn at 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 18th, using an AGLC registered electronic random number generator. The winner will receive half of the jackpot! AMPS will receive the other half. The winner will be contacted to claim their prize.

Please share the Rafflebox link with friends, family and coworkers! The more people that purchase tickets to support our music programs, the bigger the jackpot will be! If you have any questions, please contact AMPS President, Celeste Burdinsky, at AMPSpres@gmail.com.

Thanks for supporting the Ardrossan Bands and music program! Good Luck!

EIPS Chatterhigh Draw Prizes

Chatterhigh has been awarding draw prizes to students who complete the daily quiz. This week's winner is:

May 6: Zakry P has won Elk Island - $25 Tim Hortons e-Gift Card
School: Ardrossan Junior Senior High School
Grade: 9


Student Council Event

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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!

Student Council: Mother's Day Tea and Plants Day a Success

Student Council held a Mother's Day Tea and Plants event on May 5 for students and staff to participate in. The event was a complete success and everyone enjoyed their time together. Thank you to Student Council for such a wonderful and thoughtful idea. Stay tuned for an event for Father's Day.

Department News

  • Social 7 worked on creating confederation with other colonies of the classroom.
  • Foods 20 class mastered sushi.
  • The Esthetics class practiced theatrical make-up and henna tattoos.

Athletic Dates

May 16, 4:15 p.m. - Senior High Slo-Pitch vs. McNally

May 16, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Women's Soccer vs. St. Albert

May 17, 8:30 a.m. - Senior High Track & Field - Grey Divisional Meet

May 17 - AJS Junior High Track and Field Day (Rain out day)

May 17, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Men's Soccer vs. Bellerose

May 18, 4:15 p.m. - Senior High Slo-Pitch vs. Salisbury

May 18, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Women's Soccer vs. Memorial

May 19 - Ardrossan Bisons Football 7 on 7 Event

May 24, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 24, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Men's Soccer vs. St. Oscar Romero

May 25, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 25, 4:15 p.m. - Senior High Slo-Pitch vs. M.E. LaZerte

May 25, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Men's Soccer vs. St. Albert

May 26, 8:45 a.m. - Senior High Track & Field - City Championship

May 26, 4:00 p.m. - Ardrossan Bisons Football 7 on 7 Event

May 27, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

Supporting Students Transitioning to Junior High or Senior High

Are you looking to support your students with transitioning from elementary to junior high or from junior high to senior high? Sign up for a free, interactive, virtual session that will address the topics on your students’ minds. Transitions to Junior High will focus on friendships, lockers, class changes and fitting in, along with how to cope with the stress of something new and how to reach out for support. Transitions to Senior High will cover maintaining balance, healthy relationships in high school, coping with change and accessing supports. We’ll focus on mental health awareness and utilizing a growth mindset through this transition. Book your session today, and someone from the Mental Health Capacity Building team will be in contact with you.
June 2, 3, 9 or 10, 2022

Favourite Family Feast Contest

EIPS is looking for junior high and senior high students who love cooking and want to share that passion with the world. Enter EIPS’ Favourite Family Feast Contest and you could win one of two awesome culinary arts prize packs—and better yet, be named Top Junior or Top Senior Chef for 2022.

Walk-Run Competition

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Welding Tours at NAIT

Interested students are invited to come and explore the labs for the Advanced Welding Technology program and learn how NAIT can help them be future-ready in the trades. Tours last 30 minutes and begin at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Space is limited for each tour, so register early to secure your spot. Meeting location and parking details will be emailed to registrants 24-48 hours in advance of the event.

Saturday, May 14
1-1:30 p.m. or 1:45-2:15 p.m.
NAIT South Campus, 7110 Gateway Blvd., Edmonton

If you have any questions regarding the Advanced Welding Technology Diploma Program or would like to schedule an alternate time to tour the labs, contact Michael Smith.

Career Pathways News: May 2022

The May 2022 Career Pathways News is now available. Career Pathways is designed to develop skills students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry in to the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work or post-secondary training. Our mission: To provide authentic, relevant and engaging career opportunities and foster growth and readiness for life after school.

Each month, Career Pathways distributes relevant planning material, presentation sessions, occupational spotlights and other helpful information meant to support students and families. The hope: for junior high students to begin to understand opportunities available to them and explore and reflect on a variety of experiences to help them plan their next steps; and for senior high students to continue to set goals and further develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that increase their readiness to successfully transition beyond high school.

This! is Canada: Virtual Gallery

Experiences Canada’s This! Is Canada: Virtual Gallery provides a space for youth to express themselves through art and share their talents with the rest of the country. The gallery highlights the incredible talent, resilience, leadership and diversity of our country’s young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We’re excited to announce a new online gallery. This year’s theme is “Feels Like Home” where we invite youth to submit art—in any medium: painting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, photography, beading, poetry and more—that represents what makes them feel like home. Whether it be friendships, family, culture or a specific place or community that makes you feel at home, we want to see it. Gallery submissions are open to youth ages 12-25 and will be accepted until June 12, 2022.

Gallery awards will be awarded to three youth—one winner and two runners up—in each age group: 12-15 years, 16-19 years and 20-25 years. A team of volunteer judges will assist Experiences Canada in reviewing all submissions over the last two weeks of June. The final selection will be determined based on three factors:

  • The quality of the submission
  • The artist’s personal bio and their representation of the theme ‘Feels like home’
  • Ensuring a representative balance of Canada’s geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity

Off-Campus Education Information Sessions

EIPS is offering an off-campus education virtual information session for interested grades 9-12 students. The session will provide a brief overview of what to expect and how to enrol in the Green Certificate program, the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) or work experience as part of your high school journey.
Monday, May 16
6 to 6:30 p.m.
Join the session

VCAD Virtual Open House - May 18th

The Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) is hosting an open house on Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. Discover all the exciting programs VCAD has to offer. You can chat with instructors and staff about their art and design programs. Whether you're in Calgary, Vancouver, or anywhere else in Canada, you will receive the top education in Art and Design. RSVP here.

Alberta’s Legislative Assembly Page Program

Pages are high school students who work in the Chamber during Session and assist Members of the Legislative Assembly as they debate in the House. Pages also work to support other branches of the Legislative Assembly Office by participating in ceremonies and assisting with administrative tasks. The Page Program is open to all applicants entering grades 10, 11, and 12 who will be 15 years old by September 1st, 2022. Application deadline is May 31, 2022. Check out the Page Program (assembly.ab.ca) for details about applying.

Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship

Are you a graduating Grade 12 student looking for a bit of help to finance your post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or culinary arts? If so, apply for one of 32 scholarships, each valued at $3,000, offered by Bayer Crop Science. The application deadline is June 8, 2022.

The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program is available to graduating Grade 12 students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or a culinary program at a Canadian university or college of their choice in the fall of 2022. The program has added two scholarships specifically for students who identify as Indigenous and want to explore agriculture and food education. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership in their community and their vision for how they will contribute to Canadian agriculture in the future.

Refer to the scholarship details to review the program guidelines, connect to Scholarship Partners Canada—a division of Universities Canada who serve as the independent administrator for the Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program—and apply.

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards

The ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program recognizes Indigenous students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their school and communities.

There are three different awards available:

  • Merit awards ($500) – for students completing grades 10-12, including upgrading.
  • Bursaries ($1,000) – for students enrolled in trade, diploma or certificate programs.
  • Scholarships ($1,500) – for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs.

The application deadline is Aug. 15, 2022.

Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program

Canadian Imperial College, in collaboration with non-profit Canadian Imperial Advantage, is offering the Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program (YEMP) this summer. YEMP is a 12-week long empowerment program for youth and budding entrepreneurs ages 15-35 years who’re interested in starting a business or learning the basics of entrepreneurship. At completion, youth will gain basic knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs. Participants will be paired with mentors for guidance, to move forward in their business or career, and develop their networks in the community. The program runs every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 16, 2022.
Letter of introduction | Register

Storwell Bursary for Foster Children

Storwell Self Storage has re-launched its Foster Children Bursary. Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to support foster children as they pursue their post-secondary education and to help them as they progress into a new and exciting stage of their lives. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2022.

Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition: May newsletter

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