AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

January 21, 2022

Important Dates

  • January 24, 6:30 p.m. - EIPS High School Virtual Information Night (Gr 8 & 9 Students and Parents)
  • January 26 - Bell Let's Talk Day
  • January 26 - Course Change Request Google Form Closes at Noon
  • January 27 - Family Literacy Day
  • January 28 - Last day of Semester 1
  • January 31 - Professional Learning Day (no classes)
  • January 31, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting (Virtual) - Rescheduled
  • February 1 - Second semester begins
  • February 1 - Returning student registration opens for 2022-23
  • February 2, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • February 3, 6:00 p.m. - FUTURE Fair 2022
  • February 10 & 11 - North Central Teachers' Convention (No Classes)
  • February 21 - Family Day (Statutory Holiday - School Closed)

High School Virtual Information Night

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is hosting a virtual High School Information session on January 24, 2022 at 6:30pm. All students in grades 8 and 9 and their families are invited to attend to learn more about EIPS and its senior high program.

Make sure to attend on-line to:

  • learn about the senior high course offerings, instruction, programming and extracurricular opportunities;
  • find out about diploma requirements and various career paths;

Microsoft Teams live event link EIPS High School Info Night.


Junior High Honours Program

Are you interested in the Junior High Honours Program for next school year?

For the 2022-23 school year, there’s an opportunity for students to register in the grades 8 and 9 Junior High Honours Program at Ardrossan Junior Senior High, but the school will only be able to offer the program if eligible student interest meets minimum enrolment numbers.

Students must have a minimum mark of 80 per cent in each of the four core subjects to be eligible to apply to the Junior High Honours program. Conditional acceptance will be confirmed in early-March based on a student’s marks in the four core subject areas, as of February 28. Students must maintain their honours standing on the year-end report card in June to receive final acceptance in the Honours program for the upcoming year.

The Junior High Honours program is designed for students in grades 8 and 9 with high achievement in their core courses and who enjoy a challenging academic environment. Students in the program will follow the Alberta Education Programs of Study. Learn more about the Junior High Honours program.

If you’re interested in registering your child in the Junior High Honours program, a separate form will be sent to all AJS grade 7 and 8 families early in the month of February. The information gathered will help determine if there’s enough interest with the Ardrossan Junior Senior High school community to offer the Junior High Honours program at the school for the 2022-23 school year.

AJS School Council Meeting

Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High will be hosting our regularly scheduled School Council meeting via Google Meets on Monday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. Please note, this has been rescheduled from January 23.

Please RSVP to michelle.hothem-bumbry@eips.ca by no later than Friday, January 28 at noon. 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 Agenda - January 31, 2022
AJS School Council Meeting Minutes - November 22, 2021


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!

Graduation Portrait Information

Grad portraits are scheduled for February 14-24, 2022. It is time for you to reserve your appointment. The booking will happen online so please make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.


  • Go to www.iconexp.com and click the “Book Now” button
  • First Select an event Ardrossan Jr-Sr Grad Portraits (Taken @ Ardrossan in the Theatre Lobby)
  • Select your Service Grad Portraits (At School-$30 Due at Portraits)
  • Select your appointment from the available times and dates and complete all required information

At www.iconexp.com you can click the Grad Portraits button for information on our portrait program as well as the How to order Grad portraits for detailed instructions on how to order

You will receive a confirmation shortly after booking your appointment as well as a reminder the day prior to your appointment. Please contact Icon if you have any questions.

In order to ensure your safety and that of our staff we have made a few adjustments to our operations:

  1. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to Covid-19, as outlined by Alberta Health Services, please do not come to your appointment, we will be happy to reschedule you at a later date.
  2. At this time we will not be including pets, friends or family members in portrait sittings.
  3. We will only be accepting debit and credit for payment of sitting fees.
  4. The use of props provided by ICON is voluntary; we have implemented safety protocols for sanitizing props or will provide one time use props for each sitting. Graduates may bring appropriate props to be included in their sitting.
  5. We suggest males wear a SHIRT AND TIE for formal photos and females wear V-NECK or SCOOP NECK top for formal photos. We will not have shirts and ties for graduates to use.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Are you interested in sponsoring an award for a well-deserving Ardrossan High School student? This opportunity will help a student to pursue their post-secondary goals. If you have questions or require more information, please contact MJ Nam at mj.nam@eips.ca or call 780-922-2228. We appreciate your support.

Mentor/Study Buddy

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CPF Tutoring Program

Join Our Virtual Tutoring Program Waitlist!

The next session begins January 24, 2022!

Are you a CPF member looking for help with your child's French as a second language (FSL) studies? Look no further! The popular CPF Virtual Tutoring Program for children ages 5 to 14 is coming back this winter!

Registration opens January 5, 2022.

You can now JOIN THE WAITLIST to stay updated regarding the next sessions.

For more information, click here.

Department News

  • Students got the opportunity to put their heads together to #wordle in ELA 8.
  • Foods 30 got to recreate restaurant favourites such as Junior Chicken, Papa Burger and Fish and Chips. Nice work fellas.


Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct an online returning student registration process to confirm student registrations for the 2022-23 school year. Families of all current students—with the exception of graduating Grade 12 students—must complete the process to confirm the school their child plans to attend in the 2022-23 school year or advise the Division of their plans not to return to EIPS. 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. The 2022-23 returning student registration takes place Feb. 1-28, 2022.

Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up before Feb. 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-922-2228.

Plan to Attend Future Fair

Do you have a child with extra support needs? Not sure what to do after senior high? Discover opportunities and supports beyond high school for teens and adults with disabilities—plan to attend this year’s Future Fair.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Strathcona County Community Centre
401 Festival Ln., Sherwood Park
(free underground parking available)

Hosted by Elk Island Public Schools, Elk Island Catholic Schools and Strathcona County, the 2022 Future Fair showcases the many supportive agencies and transition opportunities available to individuals with complex needs after high school. Future Fair is a free event open to teens and adults with disabilities, their families and teachers who want to learn more about transition resources, funding opportunities, employment programs, post-secondary education, residential choices and more.

Prior to the event, learn more about the participating vendors and access additional planning resources available on the Future Fair website.

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Nominations for the Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards 2022 Are Now Open

Award Parameters- Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards are presented annually to students selected by the Awards Committee. The Committee considers First Nations, Métis or Inuit students who have been nominated by members of their education community based on their exemplary leadership, honour, courage and commitment to their own education path.

Eligibility- Nominees are First Nations, Métis or Inuit students enrolled in, and regularly attending, a school that is operated by an ASBA member school board or First Nations Education Authority.

Categories - Award categories are divided into three regions: North, Central and South. In each region, awards are divided into the following grade categories:
Kindergarten to Grade 3;
Grades 4 to 6;
Grades 7 to 9;
And, Grades 10 to 12.
In total, 12 awards are distributed each year.

Nominations- Students may be nominated by other students, teachers, principals, superintendents, education directors, trustees, school staff, Elders or a member of the education community. The Nomination Package is available in English and French at https://www.asba.ab.ca/about/awards/


Applications for the Discover University of Alberta Award and the Turtle Spirit Pathway Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students are now open until February 15, 2022. The awards are available to incoming students to the University of Alberta. Students who have demonstrated financial challenges and barriers to attending university will be considered for up to $8,000 per year in award funding. Funding for the awards will be renewable for four to five years.
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Athletic Dates

January 27, 4:00 p.m. - Jr. Jr. Boy's Basketball vs Sherwood Heights

January 27, 5:15 p.m. - Jr. Jr. Girl's Basketball vs Sherwood Heights

February 1, 4:00 p.m. - Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs Clover Bar

February 1, 5:15 p.m. - Jr. Sr. Boys Basketball vs. Clover Bar

February 1, 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs Fort Saskatchewan

February 1, 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Women's Basketball vs. WP Wagner

February 2, 5:00 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Men's Basketball vs. Beaumont

February 2, 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women's Basketball vs. Queen Elizabeth

February 3, 4:00 p.m. - Jr. Jr. Girls Basketball vs. Rudolph Hennig

February 3, 5:15 p.m. - Jr. Jr. Boys Basketball vs. Rudolph Hennig

February 3, 5:30 p.m. - Jr. Varsity Women's Basketball vs. Holy Trinity

Cafeteria Menu

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