Cougar Tracks

Friday, June 17, 2022

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Grade 7 & 8 Final Exam Schedule

June 17: Grade 7 Final Exam - Mathematics Part(ie) A

June 17: Grade 8 Final Exam - Mathematics Part(ie) A

June 22: Grade 7 Final Exam - Français/French Language Arts Partie B

June 22: Grade 8 Final Exam - Français/French Language Arts Partie B

June 23: Grade 7 Final Exam - Science

June 23: Grade 8 Final Exam - Mathematics Part(ie) B

June 24: Grade 7 Final Exam - Social Studies

June 24: Grade 8 Final Exam - Science

June 27: Grade 7 Final Exam - Mathematics Part(ie) B

June 27: Grade 8 Final Exam - English Language Arts Part B

June 28: Grade 7 Final Exam - English Language Arts Part B

June 28: Grade 8 Final Exam - Social Studies

Grade 9 PAT Exam Schedule

June 14: Grade 9 PAT - Mathematics Part(ie) A

June 17: Grade 9 PAT - Français/French Language Arts Partie B

June 20: Grade 9 PAT - Mathematics Part(ie) B

June 22: Grade 9 PAT - Science

June 23: Grade 9 PAT - Social Studies

June 24: Grade 9 PAT - English Language Arts Part B

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School Council Corner

Thank you to everyone who attended school councils this year, read our updates or minutes, answered a survey, attended a performance, concert or game or otherwise engaged in your child’s education. You are all a part of school council, regardless of whether you attend a meeting and we truly appreciate the unique way each caregiver supports education. We are lucky to have a very engaged population and tons of opportunities to be involved.

School Council is required to submit an annual report to the Superintendent and I just wanted to share the 2021-22 annual report, which you will find attached below!

Have a wonderful summer. For those who have students returning in the fall, I hope to see you in September. For those who are moving on, I wish you the best of luck in the future.

Jacquie Surgenor

Chair, School Council

2021-22 SWH School Council Annual Report

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2021-22 Yearbooks

Last call to order the 2021-22 yearbook. $36 gets you a full color custom yearbook to see some of your best (and funniest) moments. Please see Mrs. Lyles in the office to place your order!

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Athletics Corner

Any parents or guardians interested in coaching or assistant coaching any sports in the 2022-2023 year please contact Kristin Davies at

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Upcoming Dates and Events

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28: Last Instructional Day

June 29: Last Day for Staff

June 30: School Closed for Summer

Career Pathways Newsletter

Published June 2022

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Accessing User Accounts: Students Leaving EIPS

Is your child graduating from or leaving EIPS at the end of the school year? If so, they must ensure any information they want to retain from their school cloud accounts is downloaded onto a personal device before leaving.

· Google account – Students must download any wanted content before August 1—download files either individually or in bulk using Google Takeout.

· Microsoft account – Students must download any wanted content from their OneDrive account before August 1.

After August 1, 2022, EIPS will deactivate the account and delete all remaining files.

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

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REMINDER: 2021-22 School Fees

School fees for the 2021-22 school year are posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks.

To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly before the summer break.

NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2021-22 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before August 31, 2022.

Indigenous News

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Virtual Family Gatherings

Many thanks to the families who joined us for our virtual gatherings this winter. It was a pleasure to reconnect with those who were part of the gatherings last year and to welcome new families to our virtual circle. We’re grateful for the conversation, the ideas shared and the feedback on work that’s happening throughout the Division. We look forward to seeing you all again next school year—hopefully in person at some point!

If there’s anything stemming from the gatherings you wish to discuss, please reach out to the lead teacher at your child’s school or someone from the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education team directly:

Grand Opening of Indigenous Outdoor Learning Space, Central Services

On June 21, 2022, EIPS will officially open the Indigenous Outdoor Learning Space at Central Services. The space was created with the wisdom and guidance of Elder Wilson Bearhead and is a space for all people to sit with and learn from the land. All EIPS staff are encouraged to visit the space individually and with their students. School and Central Services staff are invited to join the event by watching along with the livestream on the Division YouTube channel.

Tuesday, June 21
9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
EIPS YouTube channel

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Thank you to everyone who was able to join Superintendent Mark Liguori and EIPS administration for the meeting on Monday, June 13. The Division is now compiling survey responses received at the event. It also wants to include input from those who wish to submit their feedback online:

EIPS wants to hear from you: Logos Christian Program feedback survey

EIPS will review all feedback received and create a What We Heard document, which it will send to families next week. To ensure EIPS has a complete understanding of families’ priorities and suggestions, please complete the survey by Monday, June 20. Again, it’s the Division’s goal to share the summary with you next week, ahead of the next Logos program meeting.

Next Public Engagement Meeting: Logos Christian Program

  • WHEN: Monday, June 27
  • TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Salisbury Composite High, theatre (20 Festival Way, Sherwood Park)

Additional information about the Logos Christian Program review is available at EIPS will also continue to keep Logos Christian Program families updated as the process progresses.

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Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Sherwood Heights Junior High school is closed. It reopens on August 22 at 8:00 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact EIPS Central Services—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2022-23 school year. Students return to school on August 30.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 29 to August 19, 2022

Open: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 780-464-3477

Address: 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays

Closed - July 1 (Canada Day)

Closed - August 1 (Heritage Day)

NOTE: Student Transportation also remains open during the summer months—operating the same hours as EIPS Central Services.

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Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2022-23 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student registration process are now registered. Families registered will received tentative route schedules and invoices by the end of the month—fees are due June 30, 2022.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the pre-enrolment process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit

NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To pay in-person contact Student Transportation to make an appointment.

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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Experiences Canada Career Choices

As youth prepare for life after high school, it can be overwhelming to search for career information and navigate between the many resources that are available to support youth. Our Career choices program aims to create online resources to support youth in planning for post-secondary – whether that is continuing in school, or venturing out to the workplace. The virtual series will cover a broad range of possibilities, both traditional and non-traditional, reflecting the diversity of opportunities in the marketplace. The goal of this program is to help high school students navigate the many possibilities that are available to them after high school, help them sort through online resources, and to build youth’s awareness and confidence in the skills that they already possess.

Experiences Canada Career Choices

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on March 7, 2022

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Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge

Students ages 7 to 14 are invited to write a short, illustrated story about a person, place or event in Canadian history. Stories should be 500-1,200 words and include one to three illustrations or archival photographs—comic format is also accepted. The deadline to enter is June 30. Two winners, one in English and one in French, will each receive an RESP worth $1,000.

Learn more | Enter

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Strathcona County Library: Summer Games 2022

Young readers in Strathcona County can earn badges and win prizes for reading and completing activity challenges over the summer through the Strathcona County Library: Summer Games, June 29 to August 28! The challenge is open to residents of Strathcona County only. Non-residents may participate but are not eligible to win prizes.
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Resources for Families

Caregivers Series

SEEDS Registration (

Caregiver Series Registration (

Lunch & Learn Registration (

Community Supports

Family and Community Service

(FCS) call-in hours 780-464-4044

Monday, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

The Distress Line 780-482-4357

Together all

Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Provincial COVID-19 Mandatory Isolation Requirement Update

The Government of Alberta announced that effective Wednesday, June 15, mandatory isolation for individuals who have tested positive with COVID-19 is no longer required. Instead, isolation remains recommended for those with symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.

As per EIPS’ standard practice, students who exhibit symptoms of any illness while at school will be kept in the infirmary, and their parents or guardians asked to pick them up. If your child feels unwell or is exhibiting symptoms, EIPS strongly recommends you keep them at home until symptoms resolve—to avoid spreading illness to students and staff.

Hand sanitizer remains available in all EIPS schools, and the Division continues to encourage good hand hygiene practices.

Thank you for your ongoing consideration in this regard.

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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

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.