AJS Weekly Bison Tracks
September 8, 2023
Check out the Spotlight Section on AJS Bison, Bailey Anderson and her amazing summer student opportunity this past summer.
- September 18, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting, Learning Commons
- September 19: Off-Campus Education/Dual Credit Information Session
- September 21, Bison Thunder Run (Jr. High Cross Country Run)
- September 22, Bison Thunder Run Rain out day (Jr. High Cross Country Run)
- September 26, 11:37 a.m. - Concordia University Visit
- September 27, 9:00 a.m. - Bus Evacuation
- September 27, 11:37 a.m. - Norquest College Info Booth
- September 29, 9:30 a.m. - Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony
- September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- September 30, Orange Shirt Day
- October 2-6, Read In Week
- October 3, 11:37 a.m. - Augustana Info Booth
- October 3, 11:37 a.m. - Campus Saint-Jean, U of A Info Booth
- October 4, 2:16 p.m. - Early Dismissal
- October 5 - World Teachers’ Day
- October 6 - Professional Learning Day (schools closed to students)
Join us on September 18 at 6:30 p.m., in the Learning Commons for our first School Council meeting of the 2023-2024 school year. Be a part of the exciting happenings at AJS! Come check it out for yourself!
Sync the School Calendar to your calendar
Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own calendar? Simply, visit Ardrossan Junior Senior High Calendar and click on the applicable subscription option:
- Download to iCal
- Add to Google Calendar
- Subscribe to Calendar
NOTE: Options are located above the calendar.
Once you click on the desired subscription option, follow the instructions. Within seconds, your calendar will contain all Ardrossan Junior Senior High’s important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more.
EIPS Annual Education Results Report
Every year, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) publishes an Annual Education Results Report, which outlines the Division’s Four-Year Education Plan, opportunities for growth and how it’s supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes. Read through this year’s EIPS Annual Education Results Report 2021-22 and discover how EIPS fosters learning environments for all students to learn, grow and thrive—and why it matters.
June Spotlight: enhancing public education through effective engagement
· Rules of Engagement: Using a collaborative approach to improve student achievement and success
· Driving change: Strengthening public education through Board advocacy
Download the SchoolMessenger App
Ardrossan Junior Senior High and the Division use the SchoolMessenger platform for communicating with families—through both phone and email. Be sure to add email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe sender list to avoid having important messages funneled into your junk mail folder.
You can directly manage your phone and email subscription preferences through SchoolMessenger. Simply log in to your account—or create one if you don’t already have one—and select the message types you’d like to receive to each phone number and email address on file.
The easiest way to stay connected is to download the SchoolMessenger app. Get the latest updates direct to your mobile device and enable push notifications to never miss a message. Families can also check back on past messages—for up to 30 days—directly in the app rather than searching to find an old message buried in your inbox. Download the SchoolMessenger app from the App Store or Google Play today.
In The Spotlight
Featuring Bison Bailey Anderson -WISEST Summer Research Program
This summer I was extremely fortunate to join 42 other grade 11 students from all across Canada and participate in the WISEST Summer Research Program. The SRP is a 6 week paid internship that aims to provide women and gender diverse students with the opportunity to participate in career fields where they are under-represented. It encourages individuals to explore a future in various science, engineering and technology fields, while also hosting after work social events and strengthening relationships between people with like minded interests.
During the SRP I was placed in a chemistry lab where I worked on finding more cost effective, time efficient and high yield producing methods for nucleoside analogue synthesis.
Nucleoside analogues are a broad class of antiviral and anticancer molecules that are used in drug therapy to target viruses, diseases and cancer.
I performed various experiments, usually under dry system conditions and then altered experimental factors including temperature, concentration, time duration and the mass of starting material used and then calculated which conditions would produce the best yield of product.
Throughout the program I also participated in a ton of professional development sessions and social night activities. WISEST does an amazing job of scheduling after work events like paint nights, movie nights, board games nights and even a semi-formal supper so that everyone in the program can strengthen their relationships with one another. There are also many networking panels and event days so the researchers can connect with various kinds of professionals and ask questions about future career and education paths.
My final project for my research position was developing a research poster and presenting it at the WISEST Celebration Of Research.
If any grade 11 students are looking for a jump start to their STEM careers and participate in an educational, fun and engaging internship I would highly recommend the WISEST Summer Research Program. Applications open in early March so stay posted by following the WISEST Instagram and subscribing to the WISEST news letter.
For additional information regarding the Summer Research Program please visit this website: https://www.ualberta.ca/women-in-scholarship-engineering-science-technology/programs/summer-research-program/index.html
- September 14, 6:00 p.m. - Bison Football vs. St. Albert High Skyhawks (Emerald Hills Fields)
- September 21, 5:00 p.m. - Bison Football vs. McNally Tigers (Clark Stadium)
- September 28, 6:00 p.m. - Bison Football vs. M.E. LaZerte Voyagers (J.P. Bowl)
- October 5, 6:00 p.m. - Bison Football vs. Lillian Osbourne Legends ( J.P. Bowl)
- September 11, 7:00 a.m. - Jr. High Volleyball Tryouts (Gr. 7 & 8 GIRLS)
- September 12, 7:00 a.m. - Jr. High Volleyball Tryouts (Gr. 7 & 8 GIRLS)
- September 14-16 - EIAA Jr. Sr. Volleyball Tournament
- September 15-16 - Sr. Varsity Tri Volley Tournament
- September 21-23 - EIAA Jr. Jr. Volleyball Tournament
- September 21 - Bison Thunder Run
Ardrossan Music Parents Association (AMPS)
Our AMPS Annual General Meeting is being held on September 19, 2023 at 6pm with a short board meeting to follow in the band room. All Parents are encouraged
If you have not filled out a free AMPS membership form yet - please use QR code.
AMPS is a society and only 'members' can be involved. Membership is free and a great way to ensure you have all the information needed to help build your child’s band account!
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out at any time to AMPSPres@gmail.com or Mr.B.
Look for us at “Ardrossan Music Parent Association” on Facebook and on Instagram!
Acting President of AMPS
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
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.
Tools for School
Ardrossan Junior Senior High has once again partnered with the United Way for the 2023-24 Tools for School campaign. Annually, Tools for School provides backpacks and school supplies to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. If you’re a parent or know a parent who needs access to the program, contact the school directly. Staff will discretely provide the backpack to the child at the beginning of the 2023-24 school year.
Alternatively, if you’d like to donate to the program, you can pick up a few extra supplies when you’re out shopping for back to school in August. Drop-off boxes are located at the EIPS Central Services office, all Staples locations and various businesses in the community. Any supplies donated within the community are invested back into the region.
For more information about Tools for School, contact at (780) 922-2228 or call EIPS Central Services at 780-464-3477.
Student Transportation: Bus Apps
Download these bus apps for a successful ride!
Have a child taking the bus this school year? Download the following apps to stay up to date with all the busing information you’ll need throughout the year.
A new version of the Bus Status app is available: Bus Status 4. The app provides the same features and functionality as before, but faster and more reliable for users. Families who previously used the Bus Status 3 app will need to download the new version from the App Store or Google Play. You won’t be able to update directly from one version to the next. New users can download Bus Status 4 directly now.
Through the Bus Status app, families can access information about buses that are running late or cancelled throughout the year. Simply save your child’s bus routes as favourites and turn on push notifications to stay up to date.
Refer to the Bus Status: Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the update, and plan to download the new version now.
The Traversa Ride 360 website and app enable parents and students to access their own secure data for bus stop location, route and pickup time. With Division buses equipped with GPS hardware, Ride 360 uses GPS geolocation to let users know when to expect their bus each day. Parents and students log in with their own information to access their specific routing information and details.
Ride 360 will be updated in the coming year. Families are encouraged to download the current Ride 360 app from the App Store or Google Play for the start of the school year and set up their account. When the update takes place, login information will seamlessly roll over to the updated app.
Refer to additional instructions and the tutorial video on the Division website for more details about setting up your Ride 360 profile.
For more information about transportation services, refer to the Student Transportation section of the EIPS website.
Video surveillance on buses
Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance?
Video surveillance and equipment help:
· ensure the safety of all students, drivers and property; and
· discourage destructive acts.
On a regular basis, EIPS Student Transportation reviews the video recordings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.
EIPS buses are also equipped with Tyler Drive tablets. The goal: To enhance safety, improve communication, increase efficiency and provide oversight. These tablets allow bus drivers to stay on time with turn-by-turn route directions and show student pictures and information when bus drivers get to stop locations. To ensure students get where they need to go, there are now two distinct audible tones when students scan their bus pass boarding or leaving the bus. One tone indicates they’re getting on the correct bus or at the correct stop, and the other tone indicates they’re on the incorrect bus or leaving at the incorrect stop. By using live information, Tyler Drive tablets provide more accuracy than paper schedules.
For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Co-ordinator at 780-464-3477.
Off-Campus/Dual Credit Information Session
Are you interested in learning more about the Registered Apprenticeship Program, Green Certificate, or Work Experience program? Do you have questions about Dual Credit courses? Join EIPS Career Pathways for an informational evening. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 19
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Next in Trades Event
NAIT is excited to be hosting a Next in Trades Event on September 25, 2023, open to any high school students in grades 10-12.
Join us for a day of discovery at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) on September 25, 2023, as we open the doors to exciting career opportunities. The Next in Trades: Apprenticeship Day event is designed to introduce high school students to a world of possibilities in the trades, creating pathways to highly rewarding careers.
This event will feature hands-on workshops, opportunities to meet industry experts, and insights into apprenticeship programs that can lead to fulfilling and prosperous futures. Don't miss this chance for your students to chart their course towards success in the trades! For more information visit www.nait.ca/nextintrades
ELAA Post-secondary Fair
The Educational Liaison Association of Alberta (ELAA) is hosting a post-secondary fair at Ardrossan Junior Senior High School on November 17, 2023. Students will have the chance to learn more about post-secondary opportunities available in Alberta, exploring a variety of career options, programs and course offerings.
For more information about the school’s ELAA Post-secondary Fair, contact the school office at 780-922-2228.
Please scan the QR code to fill in the online form to receive your parking pass. Passes will be available during lunch in Grad Hall the first 2 weeks of school.
• Traffic flow is one way entering and exiting the new student parking lot.
• Grade 12's can park in any of the parking stalls available. This will be enforced.
Grade 10/11 students may park in any of the areas highlighted in orange.
Alberta Health Services offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include understanding anxiety and parenting teens in the 21st century. The list of September 2023 sessions is now available.
Ardrossan Junior Senior High
Location: Ardrossan Junior Senior High School, Range Road 222, Ardrossan, AB, Canada