AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

March 3, 2023

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ADC presents - Radium Girls

Tickets are FREE to reserve online, and DONATIONS will be gracefully accepted at the door. A suggested donation of $5 or more will go directly to our AJS Drama Department and future productions. Follow the link here: ADC2023.EVENTBRITE.COM You won't want to miss this show! Get your tickets now! Please contact Mrs. Pater (carmelita.pater@eips.ca) if you have any further questions. This is for 12 and up. Run time is 120 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

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Important Dates

  • March 7 , 4:15 p.m. - AMPS Band Meeting
  • March 9 - 11, 7 p.m. - a.d.c Production - Radium Girls
  • March 13 - Concrete Theatre - CTRL-ALT-DEL presentation for Junior High
  • March 13, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • March 15, 7:00 p.m. - Ardrossan Amateur Football Parents Association Annual General Meeting
  • March 16, 1:52 p.m. - Mois de la francophonie, French Immersion Students acvtivites
  • March 17 - Jazz Band Night
  • March 20 - 24 - Francophonie week/semaine de la francophonie
  • March 21 & 22 - Jostens Grad Rings/Jewelry
  • March 21 & 22 - Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
  • March 22 - la semaine de la francophonie: Circo Balanzo (French Immersion Presentation)
  • March 24 - 31 - Spring Break
  • April 3 - Classes Resume
  • April 3 -5 - Grad Portrait Retakes - Icon
  • April 5, 2:16 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • April 7 - Good Friday (school closed)
  • April 10 - Easter Monday (school closed)
  • April 12 - EIPS RAP info night- AJS Theatre
  • April 14 - High School Class Drop Deadline
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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.

Starting on February 21, Grade 7 and 10 students at Ardrossan Junior Senior High School 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 these grades 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 these grades, we encourage you to participate. The survey deadline is March 17, 2023.

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.

AEA Survey: Parent letter

AEA Survey: Methodology for rate calculation

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

In the Spotlight

Twin Day brought to you by School Council

Reset Room

This semester has introduced the Reset Room for Junior High students. This room is designed to help students who need a moment to regulate to have the designated space and tools to help them acquire these skills.

We are looking for donations to furnish this room for students. If you are able to help with any donations, take a look at our wish list on Sign Up Genius .

Thank you to Toonies for Tummies

Thank you to Toonies for Tummies for the generous donation of $775 in Sobeys gift cards to our school, Ardrossan Junior Senior High. These funds will be used towards healthy snacks in both the school and the Reset Room. Helping students have full bellies increases their ability to learn and concentrate on their learning. This donation greatly helps us to help our students in their learning environment. Thank you!

Ardrossan Drama Players

Junior High Drama Club meets on Thursdays at lunchtime. The "Ardrossan Drama Players" will be led by grade 12 students.

Check out the AJS Drama department website for more details and rehearsal schedules. Updates and announcements about the junior high and senior high shows will be found here.


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2022 - 2023 Yearbooks

You can't stay in junior or senior high forever - but you can relive those memories over again.

Order your 2022 - 2023 yearbook today!

$43 on the Parent Portal

Grad Meeting

Missed the grad meeting on February 8? Not to worry! You can check out the slideshow from the meeting here.


There has been some inquiries from a few of you with regards to delivery of our grad wear order. Ms. Stefiuk contacted the company and at the time our store closed in mid December there was a back order on a few of the items/sizes ordered. This in turn caused a delay for our order to the printers. We were to be expecting delivery within 8 weeks of the store closing, meaning our original delivery date would have been sometime next week. This delay, however, has put us back by approximately 2 weeks. We have been advised that we are looking to have delivery at the end of February. Apologies for this delay.


Grad portraits retakes have been scheduled for April 3-5, 2023 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

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.

At the completion of your sitting, you will receive a receipt of your visit and some information detailing how to access your proofs. 5-7 business days after your sitting you will receive an email giving you access to view your proofs online. Shortly after that, you will receive a complete set of proofs in the mail. You can place your order either online or through the mail.

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. Graduates may bring appropriate props to be included in their sitting.
  5. We suggest males wear a formal attire for the cap and gown photos – something you are comfortable in. The casual photos can be in any outfit you choose.
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School council

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 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 2022-2023

Sometimes school can be tough... now is the chance to show your appreciation for the people that make the journey brighter along the way!

AJS Lunch time Intramurals

Junior High Intramurals (grade 7 & 8 only)

Starting March 8 and running for the month - Grade 7 and 8's will be participating in a Tic Tac Toe Tournament for Intramurals.

High School Intramurals (grade 9 to 12)

Floor hockey playoffs will be begin Monday. We will have the team lists and schedule posted Thursday at noon. Playoffs will continue until March 15. Then Basketball will follow until the end of the month.

Athletic Dates

Good luck to our Archery team as we host an Archery tournament this weekend - March 3-4.

  • March 11 - Castor Raiders Archery Tournament

  • March 14 - Jr. Jr. Basketball Quarter Finals
  • March 14 - Jr. Sr. Basketball Quarter Finals

  • March 16- Jr. Jr. Basketball Semi Finals
  • March 16 - Jr. Sr. Basketball Semi Finals
  • March 21 - Jr. Jr. Basketball Final
  • March 21 - Jr. Sr. Basketball Playoffs
  • March 22 - Jr. Sr. Basketball Final

Go Bisons!

Annual General Meeting - Ardrossan Amateur Football Parents Association (AAFPA)

Come join the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm in the theatre lobby. There are many board and volunteer opportunities available and we will be discussing plans for the upcoming season. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Student Council News

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Ardrossan Music Parents Association (AMPS)

Band Jazz Concert - Mar 17th at AJS! Come for the music and the free treats. By donation! Our jazz musicians will have an amazing line up for you – maybe a singer? Come find out….

Our next fundraiser is around the corner – and we will need your help. Watch our social media for details.

SCHOLARSHIPS!! AMPS supports our musicians in their post secondary endeavours? We offer scholarships to students accepted into a post-secondary music program (Major OR Minor). For more information, please reach out to the AMPS President (Lee Dempsey) for more information and requirements. ¯¯

Did you know we have social media? Find us at “Ardrossan Music Parent Association” on Facebook and on Instagram!

Our next AMPS meeting is Tuesday, March 7th at 4:15 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome to attend. Don't forget to complete the AMPS Membership Form and either email it back to AMPSPres@gmail.com or send it to Mr. B! AMPS is a society and only 'members' can be involved.

Yours in Music,

Lee Dempsey

AMPS President

Where to Find the Information You Need

Elk Island Public Schools and Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High use a handful of key systems to share information with students and families. Depending on the information you’re looking for, it’s important to know where to look.

PowerSchool is the primary student information system within the Division. There is an associated app, but the functionality is limited, and families don’t need to download it. From the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can:

  • Access student grades and report cards;
  • Review student absences;
  • Pay school and transportation fees; and
  • Submit official updates to student or family information.

The PowerSchool Student Portal provides similar access to grades and absence information for students directly.

Brightspace provides more of a day-to-day look what’s happening with your child’s learning communicated directly from your child’s teacher. From Brightspace Parent & Guardian, you can see your child’s:

  • classroom activity feed,
  • grade items and grade feedback from instructors,
  • upcoming assignments,
  • portfolio evidence, and
  • quizzes,

depending on which of the program functions are specifically used by your child’s teacher.

Brightspace for Students is where teachers share updates, calendar reminders and learning materials with students. Compatible with Google, it also allows students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, and see grades and teacher feedback. The Pulse app for students is associated with Brightspace for Students.

SchoolMessenger is the system the Division and schools use to send email and phone communication to families. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is populated from PowerSchool. Through SchoolMessenger, families can:

  • receive general, emergency and attendance messages by phone, email or both; and
  • manage their subscription preferences for these types of messages.

In-House Scholarships for 2023

Graduates, Ardrossan Junior Senior High offers many in-house scholarships. Last year, there were few applicants, so in order to make the process easier this year, check out the link to see if you a candidate for the available scholarships. If you have any questions please go to Student Services.

Deadline to submit your name is March 3, 2023

Grade 12 In House Scholarships

In House Scholarship Information

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Info Night - Discover CUE

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

See the opportunities that await! Create a big future at our small campus. This event will be in person on campus as well as live-streamed.


  • Grade 11 students can apply now for Fall 2024 through our Jump Start program.
  • Grade 12 students who have already applied.
  • Grade 12 students who are undecided; applications are open for Fall 2023 until June 30, Winter 2024 applications now open.
  • Family, supporters, counsellors, and anyone interested in finding out more about CUE!


  • Application fee will be waived – Admission Advisors will be on hand to assist with the online application (fee waived for domestic students only)
  • Registration Advisors will also be on hand to assist Fall 2023 admitted students with registration in courses.
  • Faculty presentations from the Deans and in-person booth fair; live stream link will be emailed ahead of time and available on our event webpage https://concordia.ab.ca/infonight
  • Campus tour!
  • Prizes!
Students who sign up will receive an application code by email to apply for free!
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CHHA Scholarship Program

Are you a student with a hearing loss and entering full-time studies in September 2023? Take advantage of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s (CHHA) Scholarship Program. The online application format saves you time and effort: only one application needs to be filled out to apply for any of the six scholarships CHHA has to offer, including two new scholarships added in 2022.

Scholarships are open to anyone with a hearing loss who will be enrolled in a full-time program in a post-secondary institution next September. For more information, contact scholarship@chha.ca or visit the CHHA National Website. The deadline to apply is April 20. Application form

Cafeteria Menu

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Community News

Minister’s Youth Council 2023-24

If you had a direct line to the minister, what would you say? Are you interested in sharing your ideas to help shape Alberta’s education system? Applications for the 2023-24 Minister’s Youth Council are open now. Approximately 40 junior and senior high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from across Alberta will be selected for the council.

The deadline to apply is March 24.

Kickstand Connect - Virtual Mental Health Clinic

Kickstand Connect offers a virtual walk-in clinic with trained professionals and a safe space for group sessions, exclusively for young Albertans aged 12-25 and their parents or caregivers. It is a free online portal and mobile app where young people can virtually ‘walk in’ or pre-book appointments (up to a week in advance) with a mental health professional, peer support worker, employment specialist or participate in group activities and workshops. Based on a single session model, Kickstand Connect offers various walk-in and pre-booked services, none of which require a healthcare card, referral, or any form of payment.

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Caregiver Series: February Sessions

Alberta Health Services offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include parenting strategies for positive mental health and understanding self-injury. T

Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter

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New AHS Respiratory Assessment Tool

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched an enhanced respiratory assessment tool to provide Albertans with guidance to manage a wide range of respiratory illnesses, provide advice on caring for symptoms at home and when to seek additional care. The tool will help guide schools and individuals to the best care options for symptoms, including self-care at home, or seeking care through a walk-in clinic, family physician, or pharmacy for mild to moderate symptoms.

Newcomer Meetings

Join in a morning of fun and learning at Newcomer Mornings! Held every Thursday, Newcomer Mornings feature two events:

  • Conversation Circle: Practice your English for free through conversation with others. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Newcomer Connector: Connect with other newcomers and learn about community resources. From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact FamilyResourceNetwork@strathcona.ca or visit strathcona.ca/families.