AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

May 19, 2022

Important Dates

  • May 20 - School Closure Day
  • May 23 - Victoria Day (Statutory Holiday)
  • May 24, 6:00 p.m. - Junior High Band Concert - Band 7
  • May 24, 7:15 p.m. - Junior High Band Concert - Band 8
  • May 24, 8:30 p.m. - Junior High Band Concert - Band 9
  • May 25, 6:30 p.m. - Senior High Band Concert
  • May 25, 7:30 p.m. - Senior Jazz Band
  • May 25 - Session de préparation #1-DELF-compréhension écrite-orale
  • May 26 - Session de préparation #2- DELF-production écrite
  • May 26 - Student Council: Paper Airplane Competition
  • May 27 - Session de préparation #3-DELF-production orale
  • May 27 & 28 - a.d.c. Performance presents "The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon"
  • May 31-June 3 - Student Council: Western Days
  • June 1, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal
  • June 1 - Art Walk in the Library
  • June 6-8, 10:00 a.m. - DELF Sitting and Orale
  • June 6-10 - Craft Week
  • June 10 - Grade 9 Celebration
  • June 15 - Drama 10/20/30 presents "Murder on the 518"
  • June 16 - Last Day of Classes (High School Only)
  • June 17 - Performance 9 presents "BOX"
  • June 18 - 75th Annual Ardrossan Picnic and Parade
  • June 21 - National Indigenous People's Day
  • June 28 - Last Instructional Day
  • June 28 - Graduation Commencement Ceremony
  • June 29 - Last Operational Day


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This not goodbye but a 'see you soon'...

I just wanted to announce that I will be the new Assistant Principal at Bev Facey Composite High School next school year. In the last few days there has been many a moment of reflection on the last 25 years as a football coach and 20 years as a staff member at Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High School. There are no words to express my gratitude and appreciation for the students, staff and community of AJS. The impact you have all had on my life and career is something I will never forget. If I can leave any kind of advice it is this, “Always give back more than you take.” That is what this school and community has always done, and is what makes it ours. Stay in touch.

Mr. Paul Schwartz

Assistant Principal

School Education Plan 2022/2023

These are the goals that staff have created for the 2022/2023 school year. If you have any questions or have additional feedback i.e. strategies or measures that you would like to share, please email Miss MJ Nam at mj.nam@eips.ca.

Goal 1: Student Engagement at AJS

Student academic, social and emotional engagement at AJS will increase by leveraging student-centered practices in all subject areas.

Goal 2: High Quality Teaching and Learning Environment at AJS

By developing and leveraging teacher capacity to provide differentiated instruction, students will experience growth in knowledge, skills and attitudes to become confident and competent learners as indicated by formative and summative assessment data collected throughout the school year.

Goal 3: Students develop positive and effective citizenship skills and behaviours at AJS

By assessing students’ interests in curricular and extra-curricular learning activities and implementing those that facilitate pride in themselves and their school, AJS students will feel safe, respected, treated fairly at school and well prepared for life.

Deadline Extended! Order Your Yearbook 2021/2023 Today!

Great news! We have extended the deadline to order your copy of the yearbook. Don't miss out! If you haven't already ordered your copy, please do so through the PowerSchool Parent Portal under Fees. Deadline is May 27.

Ardrossan Drama Company Show!

The Ardrossan Drama Company Presents: "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" by Don Zolidis, MAY 27-28.

Tickets are FREE To reserve online, seating is first come first served, and we will be collecting donations at the door.

Come support our talented cast and crew from grades 7-12! For further details follow the link: https://adc2022.eventbrite.com

AJS Drama presents...

The Drama 10/20/30 and Performance 9 classes will be performing two plays that classes will be able to attend.

JUNE 15th / BLOCK 4 / SHOW TIME: 2:00pm / RUNTIME: ~60 mins

DRAMA 10/20/30 presents: "MURDER ON THE 518" by Michelle Giles

SYNOPSIS: Travelers on the westbound 518 are in a for a surprise when first one passenger, and then another, mysteriously drop dead right before their eyes -- and just as the train is halted by a rock slide in an isolated canyon. Because the pair appears to have been poisoned, anyone and everyone in the train dining car is suspect! Unable to call for help, the eccentric passengers -- including two newlyweds, an astronomy professor, a sports recruiter, a CEO, a movie star, an aspiring musician, and others -- try to work together with the waitstaff to find the murderer before they reach their destination and the killer escapes for good! This family-friendly mystery is sure to keep the audience guessing right up until the train pulls into the station!

NOTE: This play is suitable for ALL audiences.

JUNE 17th / BLOCK 1 / SHOW TIME: 9:30am / RUNTIME: ~30 mins

PERFORMANCE 9 presents: "BOX" by Lindsay Price

Synopsis: Box is a vignette play made up of short scenes on a theme. Each scene explores a different aspect of the metaphorical “boxes” that represent how we present our identity to the world and how the world decides who we are. Who is in control of our identity? Sometimes we choose the way the world sees us. Sometimes our box is defined by others — our parents, our friends, or our enemies through gossip, drama, and rumours. If we are defined by others, does that identity remain? Can we change our identity? Is our box an expression of individuality, a safe space, or a trap? NOTE: This play is most suitable for Jr High audiences.

Send Us Your Grad Yearbook Write-Ups

Hey grads! Time to submit your yearbook write-ups. Deadline for write-ups is May 27. Link to the form is below.

Grad Yearbook Write-Up

EIPS Chatterhigh Draw Prizes

Chatterhigh has been awarding draw prizes to students who complete the daily quiz. This week's winner is:

May 16: Jessika E has won the Elk Island - $25 Tim Hortons e-Gift Card

School: Ardrossan Junior Senior High School
Grade: 9


Student Council Events

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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!

Department News

  • Science 8 French Immersion studied hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Very cool mixed media pieces from Art 20 students Jadyn M. and Leah H.
  • Foods 30 fellas with their canapés and garnish.

  • The grade 9s and grade 10s played a competitive game of floor hockey during the lunch hour. The grade 10s won in over time 4-3. Great job bisons!

Athletic Dates

May 24, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 24, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Men's Soccer vs. St. Oscar Romero

May 25, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 25, 4:15 p.m. - Senior High Slo-Pitch vs. M.E. LaZerte

May 25, 4:15 p.m. - Senior Men's Soccer vs. St. Albert

May 26, 8:45 a.m. - Senior High Track & Field - City Championship

May 26, 4:00 p.m. - Ardrossan Bisons Football 7 on 7 Event

May 27, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 30, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

May 30, 4:15 p.m. - Senior High Slo-Pitch vs. Holy Trinity

May 31, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 1, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 2, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 3 & 4, 8:00 a.m. - Senior High Track & Field Provincial Championship

Alberta Cup Prospect Cup Champions!

Two of our very own bison students, Harry M. and Reegan B., recently played at an Elite Hockey tournament called Prospect Cup and they won the championship. Way to go! #bisonpride #bisonherd.
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Supporting Students Transitioning to Junior High or Senior High

Are you looking to support your students with transitioning from elementary to junior high or from junior high to senior high? Sign up for a free, interactive, virtual session that will address the topics on your students’ minds. Transitions to Junior High will focus on friendships, lockers, class changes and fitting in, along with how to cope with the stress of something new and how to reach out for support. Transitions to Senior High will cover maintaining balance, healthy relationships in high school, coping with change and accessing supports. We’ll focus on mental health awareness and utilizing a growth mindset through this transition. Book your session today, and someone from the Mental Health Capacity Building team will be in contact with you.
June 2, 3, 9 or 10, 2022

Walk-Run Competition

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This! is Canada: Virtual Gallery

Experiences Canada’s This! Is Canada: Virtual Gallery provides a space for youth to express themselves through art and share their talents with the rest of the country. The gallery highlights the incredible talent, resilience, leadership and diversity of our country’s young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We’re excited to announce a new online gallery. This year’s theme is “Feels Like Home” where we invite youth to submit art—in any medium: painting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, photography, beading, poetry and more—that represents what makes them feel like home. Whether it be friendships, family, culture or a specific place or community that makes you feel at home, we want to see it. Gallery submissions are open to youth ages 12-25 and will be accepted until June 12, 2022.

Gallery awards will be awarded to three youth—one winner and two runners up—in each age group: 12-15 years, 16-19 years and 20-25 years. A team of volunteer judges will assist Experiences Canada in reviewing all submissions over the last two weeks of June. The final selection will be determined based on three factors:

  • The quality of the submission
  • The artist’s personal bio and their representation of the theme ‘Feels like home’
  • Ensuring a representative balance of Canada’s geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity

Alberta’s Legislative Assembly Page Program

Pages are high school students who work in the Chamber during Session and assist Members of the Legislative Assembly as they debate in the House. Pages also work to support other branches of the Legislative Assembly Office by participating in ceremonies and assisting with administrative tasks. The Page Program is open to all applicants entering grades 10, 11, and 12 who will be 15 years old by September 1st, 2022. Application deadline is May 31, 2022. Check out the Page Program (assembly.ab.ca) for details about applying.

Makami College - Open Houses

Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship

Are you a graduating Grade 12 student looking for a bit of help to finance your post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or culinary arts? If so, apply for one of 32 scholarships, each valued at $3,000, offered by Bayer Crop Science. The application deadline is June 8, 2022.

The Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program is available to graduating Grade 12 students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or a culinary program at a Canadian university or college of their choice in the fall of 2022. The program has added two scholarships specifically for students who identify as Indigenous and want to explore agriculture and food education. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership in their community and their vision for how they will contribute to Canadian agriculture in the future.

Refer to the scholarship details to review the program guidelines, connect to Scholarship Partners Canada—a division of Universities Canada who serve as the independent administrator for the Bayer Crop Science Opportunity Scholarship program—and apply.

ATCO Indigenous Education Awards

The ATCO Indigenous Education Awards Program recognizes Indigenous students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their school and communities.

There are three different awards available:

  • Merit awards ($500) – for students completing grades 10-12, including upgrading.
  • Bursaries ($1,000) – for students enrolled in trade, diploma or certificate programs.
  • Scholarships ($1,500) – for students enrolled in degree or graduate programs.

The application deadline is Aug. 15, 2022.

Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program

Canadian Imperial College, in collaboration with non-profit Canadian Imperial Advantage, is offering the Youth Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program (YEMP) this summer. YEMP is a 12-week long empowerment program for youth and budding entrepreneurs ages 15-35 years who’re interested in starting a business or learning the basics of entrepreneurship. At completion, youth will gain basic knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs. Participants will be paired with mentors for guidance, to move forward in their business or career, and develop their networks in the community. The program runs every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 16, 2022.
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Storwell Bursary for Foster Children

Storwell Self Storage has re-launched its Foster Children Bursary. Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to support foster children as they pursue their post-secondary education and to help them as they progress into a new and exciting stage of their lives. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2022.

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