Cougar Tracks

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Changes to School-Based Public Health Measures

The following message was set to all EIPS families this morning regarding changes to school-based public health measures from Central Office:

Dear EIPS families:

As you’re likely aware, on Tuesday, February 9, Premier Jason Kenney announced several pandemic-related public-health measures would change in the days ahead, including some that directly impact schools. Although we’re still awaiting detailed guidance from Alberta Education and Alberta Health, we have the following information to share:

  • Effective Monday, February 14, students will not be required to wear masks in school or on school buses.
  • The exception: Students who test positive for COVID-19, and who must isolate for five days if fully vaccinated or symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. They still need to wear a mask at all times until 10 days pass from the onset of symptoms.
  • Masking is still required for adults, including teachers, administrators, school staff and bus operators.
  • Volunteers, contractors and visitors more than 12 years of age must also wear masks when entering EIPS schools and buildings. Vaccination requirements for staff, volunteers and contractors will remain in place for now.
  • Students who choose to continue wearing masks will be supported in that decision.
  • School divisions no longer have the authority to implement division-specific or school-specific student mask mandates.
  • Public health measures, such as cohorting, and enhanced cleaning and sanitization, remain in schools for the time being.
  • Students must still stay home when sick and adhere to legal isolation requirements based on their vaccination status.

We understand you likely have many other questions. Once we receive additional information from the Government of Alberta, we will revise the EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22 and advise you of the specifics.

EIPS thanks all school families for their continued patience and understanding as we adapt to the evolving situation.


Elk Island Public Schools

Stay-at-Home Guide for Families

When do I keep my child home? Use this guide to determine when to keep your child home from school and when it’s safe to return—refer to the Alberta Health Daily Checklist for students 18 and older. * Last updated on February 4, 2022

Tracking Shifts to Temporary Online Learning

Families whose children will transition to temporary online learning are notified by the school and sent detailed information outlining duration, scheduling, important links and resources.

To view the number of classes or grade groups that have or currently transitioned to temporary online learning, visit:

Classes Shifted to Temporary Online Learning

EIPS updates the information at the end of each school day

COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

Please remember to complete this form verbally with your child every day. Doing so helps keep schools safer for everyone and, will hopefully, keep temporary online learning to a minimum.

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Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is once again conducting 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 February 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 do need to set one up. For help see: Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

For more information, contact the school office at 780-467-5930.

Returning Student Registration Process
Frequently Asked Questions
EIPS School Boundary Maps
Closed boundaries 2022-23
Find my designated school
Applying to a non-designated school

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Honours Program for the 2022-23 School Year

For the 2022-23 school year, the Junior High Honours program will be offered in grades 8 and 9 at Sherwood Heights Junior High and F.R. Haythorne Junior High, with one class in each grade at each school.

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 follow the Alberta Education Programs of Study.

Students must have a minimum 80 per cent average 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 subjects, 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.

Learn more about the Junior High Honours program

If you’re interested in registering your child in the Junior High Honours program, you must:

  1. Indicate this interest by emailing by noon on Friday, February 25. Be sure to include the following information in your email:
  • Student name; first and last
  • Current grade of student
  • Current school of student
  • Parent/guardian email address

Division staff will followup on your request with additional information required to complete your Junior High Honours program application.

  1. Complete the returning student registration form for your child by February 28. The responses collected on the form provide the Division with the information required should your child not be accepted in the Junior High Honours program.

Kudos for a SWH Staff Member

On behalf of the Sherwood Heights School Council, thank you for helping us recognize our amazing staff for the wonderful work they do.

Grade 9 Families - High School Registration Information

Each EIPS senior high school is hosting an open house in February. The open houses provide opportunities for Grade 9 students and families to meet staff, tour the school, learn about the curriculum, gain insight about specific programming available and so much more. Decisions about whether each event will take place virtually or in-person will be made closer to each date. Refer to the event calendar on each school website for details in the coming weeks.

Additional information about planning for senior high is available at

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New Online Cougar Wear Store

We are excited to be able to offer a year-round online store!

Enjoy browsing a wide selection of products from a variety of brands that you can then customize with the approved logos and graphics found on the site. Display your pride in fantastic apparel customized entirely by you. Our site lets students, parents, fans, & staff choose from approved merchandise to fit their needs 24/7 with no minimum order quantities. All orders are shipped directly to your own home!

2021-2022 Online Cougar Wear Store

Replace Sherwood Heights Junior High School

We are a group of concerned parents and citizens who want to create a sense of awareness and garner community support to replace Sherwood Heights Junior High School.

Literacy at Home

In honour of Black History Month, here are some junior high book recommendations that speak to past, present and future of powerful, young black lives. All of these books have been written in the last three years and some have Canadian content.

1. Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi - This inspiring memoir, chronicles Top Chef star Kwame Onwuachi's incredible and odds-defying fame in the food world after a tough childhood in the Bronx and Nigeria.

2. Punching the Air by Ibi Aanu Zoboi - Written in poetry, Zoboi and Salaam hold no punches when detailing the dehumanizing experience of an unfair trial and prison sentence for wrongly convicted 16 year old Amal.

3. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed - Affluent Ashley Bennett struggles with her identity, her family, and figuring out where she belongs in this compelling novel set in 1992 during the immediate aftermath of the Rodney King trial.

4. Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe - To fulfill his dream of attending Columbia University, Henri creates a dog-walking business for the New York City elite in this clever fiction that explores moral ambiguity alongside racial and class struggles.

5. A Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe - A fish-out-of-water story about Norris Kaplan, a Black French Canadian teen suddenly navigating high school in the suburbs of Austin, Texas – a story that’s intelligent, hilarious, and surprising.

Also, here are some recent articles about the history of Black people in and around Alberta.

  1. Black Albertans You Should Know
  2. Alberta’s Black Pioneer Heritage
  3. Black on the Prairies

Tips for Reading Informational Text

The reading tips below are helpful for students who are reading informational texts, such as a textbook. These skills are useful to practice at home when students are studying or completing activities.
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Career Pathways February Newsletter

Career Pathways is designed to develop skills that students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities.

Ingenious+ Applications Now Open

Aimed at youth aged 14 to 18, Ingenious+ is an innovation challenge with a goal to give youth the opportunity to innovate for good, and to share their strategies to address problems at home, across Canada and around the world.

Winners will be selected at the regional and national levels and will receive up to $10,000 and customized mentorship from leading Canadian innovators. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022.

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Virtual Showcase: Forestry

With forests covering over half of Alberta, sustainable management of this valuable resource is vital to the future of our province making the forest industry an essential part of the workforce of today and tomorrow. Do you love spending time outdoors? Intrigued by the idea of researching and developing new forest management practices to help ensure the security of future forests? Thrilled by the exciting opportunity to protect this valuable resource by helping to prevent, detect and extinguish forest fires? Or perhaps your interests lean more toward technology?

No matter your interest, you can find your dream job within the wide variety of careers available in the forestry sector. Check out the upcoming free Virtual Showcase: Forestry from CAREERS: The Next Generation to learn about how you can get your boot in the door toward your future forestry career today! Featured topics will include the Junior Forest Ranger Program, Government of Alberta; traditional forestry career opportunities, Work Wild; non-traditional forestry career opportunities, Inside Education; and presentation from a forest industry representative.

Wednesday, February 16
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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YWITT Mentorship Series: ICT and Forestry

Join the upcoming virtual mentorship session to learn more about careers in information and communication technology (ICT)—including social media and communications, IT maintenance, junior programming, quality control testing, hardware engineering and software developer—and forestry.

Thursday, February 24
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Learn more | Register

Young Women in Trades and Technologies (YWITT) is a program designed to break barriers and give young women the opportunity and confidence to explore different career options in non-traditional skilled trades and technologies. Registration is open to female-identifying students currently in grades 9 to 12.

Next Gen Leadership Team

As Strathcona County moves ahead with the draft Strategy for Strathcona County’s Next Gen, they’re currently looking for youth and young adults who’re interested in joining the project as a member of the Next Gen Leadership Team.

Being part of the Next Gen Leadership Team is a unique opportunity to play a key role in developing a sense of community and belonging among Next Gen in Strathcona County. As part of the Next Gen Leadership Team, you’ll help plan events and initiatives, lead and have a voice, take action and mobilize change.

Join by visiting the Next Gen website, texting LEADERSHIP to 780-239-4366 or emailing

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Upcoming Dates and Events

February 10-11: Teachers' Convention (No School)

February 15: National Flag Day

February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21: Family Day (No School)

February 23: Pink Shirt Day

February 23: Community Connections Parent Night: "Foundations of Connection" - 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

February 28: Returning Student Registration closes

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on February 4, 2022

Division Calendar 2022-23

The EIPS 2022-23 Division calendar is now available and includes important dates during the 2022-23 school year, including school-closure dates; holidays; dates for the November, Christmas, spring and summer breaks; PD days; & early dismissal dates.