AJS Weekly Bison Tracks
May 5, 2023
Ardrossan Junior Senior High Drama Students Set to Perform at Provincial Festival
Sherwood Park, AB. - Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) students from Ardrossan Junior Senior High are set to perform at the One Act Play Festival, a provincial showcase of high school theatre. Organized by the Alberta High School Drama Association, this year's showcase will take place in Red Deer from May 4 to 6.
- May 4-6 - One-Act Festival
- May 5 - Professional Learning Day (schools closed to students)
- May 7-9 - Grade 9 Environmental/Outdoor Education field trip to Alford Lake
- May 8 - Biology 20 River Watch Field Study
- May 8 - School Council Meeting
- May 9 - Science 8 Field Trip - Reynolds Museum
- May 10 - Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering
- May 10 - Holocaust Symposium Presentation - Grade 11 & 12
- May 15 - English Language Arts 9 PAT - Part A
- May 15 - Science 7 Field Trip - Jurassic Forrest
- May 15 - AJSH Band 9 - ABA Festival of Bands
- May 16 - AJSH Sr. Band - ABA Festival of Bands
- May 17 - French Language Arts 9 PAT - Part A
- May 17 - AJSH Band 8 - ABA Festival of Bands
- May 18 - Grade 9 Telus World of Science Field Trip
- May 18 - 24 - Grade 9 FI Quebec Trip
- May 19: School Closure Day (schools closed to students and staff)
- May 22: Victoria Day (schools closed to students and staff; Central Services closed)
- May 23 - Grade 8 Social FI - Japanese Cultural Center Fieldtrip
- May 26 - Shoebox Theatre
- May 29- 31 - DELF - Preparation Session
- May 30 - Jr. High Band Concert
- May 31 - Sr. High Band Concert
- May 31 - Art Walk
- May 31 - Science 9 AEP Fieldtrip
June Final Sitting Information
Please keep checking ardrossan.ca to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information. Students are expected to write their exams as scheduled. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent your student from writing an exam as shown on the exam schedule, please contact your grade level administrator to discuss.
NOTE: PAT exams and division common exams cannot be written earlier than the scheduled date. Diploma exams must be written as scheduled or deferred to the scheduled writing date in August.
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.
May Spotlight: cultivating high-quality learning environments and experiences
· Power of Kindness: Creates welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and safe learning environments in schools
· Building Blocks: How effective planning, management and infrastructure is supporting learning
· Raising the bar: Evidence-based practices that are enhancing teaching and learning in EIPS
EIPS Four-Year Education Plan: 2022-26
EIPS Three-Year Capital Plan: 2024-27
Diploma Exam Prep Sessions
Courses are designed for preparing students to write their Grade 12 diploma exams. The material presented is based on a 12-hour schedule over a weekend. Courses will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a half hour break for lunch. Course will be offered at Salisbury Composite High School (20 Festival Way) in Sherwood Park. Students can only register for one review course each weekend. Cost is $125 per course. Spaces are limited for each course, register early to avoid missing out.
Do more this summer! EIPS Summer School: Register now
Registration for EIPS Summer School is open now. Organized through Next Step, the Summer School program offers more than 25 senior high courses that allow students to earn credits, upgrade marks, lighten workloads or finish pre-requisite courses.
Courses include: Open to EIPS students entering grades 10 to 12 next fall, and students in their Grade 12 year.
· English Language Arts 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
· Social Studies 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
· Mathematics 10-3, 10C, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
· Science 10 and 30
· Biology 20 and 30
· Chemistry 20 and 30
· Physics 20 and 30
· Physical Education 10
· Personal Fitness 10, 20 and 30
· Career and Life Management (CALM 20)
· Foundations in Industry Workplace Safety
· Work Experience and RAP
For summer 2023, all Summer School courses are in-person. Classes take place at schools in Sherwood Park. Learn more about the 2023 summer program
Recreation and Culture Strategy Community Check-in Survey
Strathcona County is inviting youth in Grades 7-12 to share their feedback to help plan for the next four years of recreation and culture opportunities in the community, by completing an online survey between May 1 to May 22. Youth completing the survey can enter to win 1 of 10, $50 Recreation, Parks and Culture gift cards!
In the Spotlight
Ardrossan Junior High Drama Production
Salsa Cup Winners
Spanish class held a salsa making competition, and it was delicous. The class and some special guests voted on their favourite salsa. Grade 12 students, Sienna and Ashvyn, were the chefs of the winning salsa. Congratulations!
Hats on for Mental Health
One Act Plays Heading to Provincials
Red Dress Day
Today students at AJS honoured the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by wearing red. Red ribbons were given out to students at lunch for them to wear. The trees in front of the school also had a red ribbon placed around them to draw awareness to this day. Thank you to those that participated.
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 .
AJS School Council is excited to have 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 Lunchtime Intramurals
Junior High Intramurals (grade 7 & 8 only)
Intramural Bag Activities! What are Intramural Bag Activities, you ask? Students will have access to volleyballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls and tennis/pickleball equipment.
If the weather does not permit for outdoor activities then students will head back inside to the gyms for volleyball and basketball.
- May 5 - Sr. Varsity Men's Handball Finals
- May 5 & 6 - Sr. Varsity Badminton Provincials @ Holy Rosary
- May 10, 4:15 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women Soccer Game (home)
- May 12 - Jr. High Track and Field
- May 12 & 13 - Sr. Varsity Men's Handball Provincials (Lacombe)
- May 15, 4:00 p.m. - Bison Football Spring Camp
- May 15, 4:15 p.m. - Sr. Varsity Women Soccer Game (Home)
Student Council News
Ardrossan Music Parents Association (AMPS)
Hello Band Family!
AMPS Car Show & Shine!!! – YES! You heard it right! AMPS, in partnership with Mr. Basaraba & Mr. Bell, are hosting a Car Show & Shine on June 10th, 2023 at the high school! All are welcome to enter their vehicles - $10 for advanced entry, $15 on June 10th. Register your ride early as we can only guarantee 100 spots! There will be trophies, prizes, concessions and raffles available. It will be a fantastic day to come out, listen to some great music, have some treats and appreciate everyone’s vehicles!
For more info, visit https://www.ardrossan.ca/fine-arts/band/ardrossan-show-and-shine. There will be a concession, music, and, of course, all the cars you can drool over. Can’t wait to see you there!
Did you know we have social media? Find us at “Ardrossan Music Parent Association” on Facebook and on Instagram!
Our next AMPS meeting is this Tuesday, May 23rd 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.
If you have any questions or comments always feel free to email: email@example.com
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.
Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship
Opportunity Scholarship $3,000 value
The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship is available to Canadian high school students who are enrolled in their final year of high school as of June 8, 2023 and eligible to graduate from high school in 2023. Those eligible for a scholarship must be planning to enroll at a Canadian post secondary institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture, food science or culinary program.
Up to 32 successful applicants will each be awarded a scholarship valued at $3,000, based on demonstrated academic standards and leadership in the community. Selection will be made by an independent panel.
Preference will be given to two (2) applicants of Canadian indigenous heritage.
If you have applied for entry into a college or university, but have not yet been accepted, you can still apply for the Opportunity Scholarship. However, if you are awarded a scholarship, you must provide an acceptance letter from your educational institution.
MCSnet, Alberta’s largest rural internet provider, is accepting applications for their High School Scholarship Program. Each year, they offer four $1,000 local scholarships to graduating Grade 12 students. To be eligible, students must be pursuing post-secondary education in computer science or related studies and must reside in the MCSnet service area. The deadline to apply is August 31. The application package can be completed online or downloaded and sent by email or physical mail.
Delta Kappa Gamma Society Grant
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International seeks to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. As such, the Eta Chapter in Sherwood Park annually offers a $500 grant to one graduating student from either Elk Island Public Schools or Elk Island Catholic Schools who’s planning to enter the field of teacher education. One grant will be awarded for applicants attending post-secondary in September 2023. The deadline to apply is June 15. Application package
RCMP Youth Camp
From July 24-28, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Youth Camp takes place at the RCMP “K” Division Headquarters in Edmonton. The camp runs Sunday to Friday and is open to any individual between the ages of 16 to 19 who is a resident of Alberta. The camp offers young adults a chance to find out what it’s like to be a police officer in training. These activities may include drill, fitness, police defensive tactics, forensics, Major Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team and much more! To request an application package, contact the RCMP Youth Camps team.
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.
Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Newsletter
Vegreville Pysanka Festival: Folk Art Competitions
On July 7-9, come celebrate the 50th annual Vegreville Pysanka Festival! From delicious food and beautiful folk art to musical performances and fun activities, the festival has something for everyone. The celebration exhibits and preserves some of the finest aspects of Ukrainian cultural heritage in Alberta, allowing the younger generation of Ukrainians to learn more about their rich culture, and promotes an understanding of each other's ethnic values through music, song and dance.
Want to show off your creativity? Submit your Ukrainian folk art piece to one of the festival’s Ukrainian Folk Art Competitions. The competitions are open to children and teenagers in grades 1-12, in addition to adults. Competition categories include pysanka decoration, embroidery, poetry, drawing and wood burning. The deadline to submit items is June 30.
New AHS Respiratory Assessment Tool
The growing opioid crisis has brought to light devastating effects on individuals, families and communities across Canada. Since 2016, there has been more than 9,000 opioid-related deaths. In 2017, approximately 11 lives were lost each day because of opioid poisoning. In 2022, there were 1,346 opioid-related fatalities in Alberta. Many others have been hospitalized because of opioid poisoning—and 94 per cent of opioid-related deaths happen by accident.
Young Canadians aged 15-24 are the fastest growing population requiring hospital care from opioid poisoning. Schools can all play a part in raising awareness about the stigma and reducing barriers to treatment and social services for people who use prescription or illicit drugs. A free online First Aid for Opioid Emergencies Course is available to individuals 16 years of age and older who want to learn first aid skills and knowledge to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid poisoning emergency. Learn more
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.
Ardrossan Junior Senior High
Location: Ardrossan Junior Senior High School, Range Road 222, Ardrossan, AB, Canada