AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

June 3, 2022

Important Dates

  • June 6-8, 10:00 a.m. - DELF Sitting - Spoken Communication Sessions
  • June 6-9 - Grad Week
  • June 6-10 - Student Council: Craft Week
  • June 10, 6:00 p.m. - Grade 9 Celebration Certificate Presentation
  • June 10, 7:00 p.m. - Grade 9 Celebration Dance
  • June 14, 6:30 p.m. - Grade 8 FI Québec Information Meeting
  • 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, 4:30 p.m. - Graduation Commencement Ceremony
  • June 29 - Last Operational Day


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Grad Week - June 6-9

June 6-9 is Grad Week for our Class of 2022 graduates.
  • Monday, June 6- Anything But A Backpack Day
  • Tuesday, June 7-Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher Day
  • Wednesday, June 8-Beach Day
  • Thursday, June 9-Dress Up Like Any Decade Day
  • Thursday, June 9-Grad Superlative Awards at lunch in the Theater
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Order Your Athletic Wear Today!

Order your gear now for the 2022-2023 season. All team wear will only be available through the online store so click the link or scan the code to access the store and select the gear you want to purchase.

If you are thinking of playing Volleyball, Cross Country, or Football please order now so that you have it for the season.


Student Council Events

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A.M.P.S. Update

The Band Year End Concerts were held on May 30th and 31st in the school's theatre. It was wonderful to celebrate the year with awards and fabulous music! Congratulations to the music students on their amazing performances! A HUGE Thank You to parents, family and friends who generously donated to the band programs at the concerts. Over $500 was raised for next year's programs.

Don't forget our Online 50/50 Cash Raffle! If you haven't already bought your tickets, please click on this link: https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/amps. The total is already almost $1,800! Tickets are on sale until Saturday, June 18th. The winning ticket will be drawn at 6:00 pm on June 18th. Don't miss out! Get your tickets TODAY! All funds will go towards next year's programs.

Our Marching Band will also be participating in this year's Ardrossan Parade and Picnic on Saturday, June 18th. It's the 75th Anniversary of the Parade and Picnic and the parade starts at 10 am, with all kinds of food and activities in the park by the Ardrossan Hall in the afternoon. Our Senior Jazz Band may be playing on the main stage in the afternoon as well. That will be the last day to purchase the raffle tickets. Come on out and support the band students in their final performance of the year! Hope to see you all there!


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


  • Chem 30 class enjoyed the great outdoors and spring weather.

  • The Chem 30 French Immersion class performed a titration lab this week.

  • Science 8 French Immersion were building marshmallow launchers using simple machines.

  • Math 10 C French Immersion participated in a mathematics data science workshop organized by Callysto and presented in French.


  • On May 27, students enrolled in Aboriginal Studies 10 and 30, along with a few of our Indigenous grade 12 students took part in a field trip to Fort Edmonton and the Indigenous Peoples’ Experience Pavilion. This award-winning heritage center allowed us to explore the diversity of First Nations’ and Métis peoples’ histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives local to Indigenous life in the Beaver Hills or Edmonton region. It was a much enjoyed event that we look forward to repeating next year.


  • Health 8 had a pizza party thanks to Chatterhigh.
  • Makayla L. created a fauvism portrait in Art 30. Love the colours!
  • Mr. Reimer's art class held their annual Art Walk on June 1 in the library this year.

Accessing User Accounts: Students Leaving EIPS

Is your child graduating from or leaving EIPS at the end of the school year? If so, they must ensure any information they want to retain from their school cloud accounts is downloaded onto a personal device before leaving.

  • Google account – Students must download any wanted content before August 1—download files either individually or in bulk using Google Takeout.
  • Microsoft account – Students must download any wanted content from their OneDrive account before August 1.

After Aug. 1, 2022, EIPS will deactivate the account and delete all remaining files.

For more information, contact the school at 780-922-2228.

Student Transportation: 2022-23 registration

Planning to use Student Transportation in the 2022-23 school year? If so, make sure your child is registered so Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) can plan routes and send your child a bus pass before the first day of school.

All students who indicated needing transportation services through the returning student or new student registration processes are now registered. Those families have also received tentative route schedules and invoices—fees are due June 30, 2022.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation services during the registration process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email st@eips.ca.

For more information about EIPS Student Transportation, visit www.eips.ca/transportation.

NOTE: Families can pay fees online using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To pay in-person, contact Student Transportation to make an appointment.

Updating Your Contact Information

Have you recently moved or has your contact information changed throughout the past year? Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages families to review their information the Division has on file to ensure it’s up to date. Using the Correction and Verification Form available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, families can review their information on file for each student—including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts, medical details and other related information—and submit any updates needed.

Reviewing and updating the form ensures the Division has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. Your review is especially important in case there’s any communication the Division or school needs to send out over the summer months related to classes next year. All EIPS families are asked to review their child’s Correction and Verification Form by June 13 at noon. After this time, EIPS will turn the form off for the remainder of the school year—available again at the start of the 2022-23 school year.

NOTE: Only submit updates for the changes that have already taken place. If you’re moving this summer, you’ll submit the necessary updates to your address through the Correction and Verification Form at the start of next school year after you’ve moved.

If you have questions about the form or the PowerSchool Parent Portal, contact the us at 780-922-2228.

REMINDER: 2021-22 school fees

School fees for the 2021-22 school year are posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. Throughout the year, fees are often added to cover the costs for various activities, such as field trips, extracurricular activities, and late, damaged or lost textbooks.

To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view fees and pay them online using a credit card. Make sure to monitor your child’s account on an ongoing basis.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit eips.ca/schools/fees. And, if you have questions, think there is an error or need help creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, contact your child’s school directly before the summer break.

NOTE: Pursuant to Board Policy 23: School Fees and Administrative Procedure 505: School and Administrative Fees, EIPS will forward any unpaid 2021-22 fee amounts to a collection agency. To prevent this from happening, remember to pay your fees before Aug. 31, 2022.

Summer Hours at Elk Island Public Schools

Throughout the summer break, Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High is closed. We will reopen on August 22 at 8:30 a.m. If you have any school-related questions or concerns while the school is closed, contact EIPS Central Services—the office is open all summer to complete year-end activities and prepare for the 2022-23 school year. Students return to school on August 30.

EIPS Central Office Summer Hours: June 29 to August 19

Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone 780-464-3477

Address 683 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park

Statutory Holidays

Closed July 1 Canada Day

Closed August 1 Heritage Day

NOTE: Student Transportation also remains open during the summer months—operating the same hours as EIPS Central Services.

Athletic Dates

June 6 - Junior High Track & Field (Mundare)

June 6, 4:00 p.m. - Bisons Football Spring Camp

June 6, 4:15 p.m. - Slo-Pitch Playoffs vs. St. Albert

June 7, 5:00 p.m. - Bisons Football vs. St. Paul

June 8, 11:36 a.m. - Senior High Athletic Awards

June 9, 3:30 p.m. - Bison's Volleyball - Open Gym

June 13, 11:36 a.m. - Junior High Athletic Awards

June 14, 3:30 p.m. - Bison's Volleyball - Open Gym

June 16, 3:30 p.m. - Bison's Volleyball - Open Gym

Bison Alumni - Jordan Gustafson

One of our very own Bison alumni, Jordan Gustafson, plays for the Seattle Thunderbird and his team is taking on the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL championship beginning on Friday, June 3 and Sunday, June 5. Should be a good match up.
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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

Career Pathways News: June edition

The June 2022 Career Pathways News is now available. Career Pathways is designed to develop skills students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry in to the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Competencies achieved will allow students to make relevant connections with work or post-secondary training. Our mission: To provide authentic, relevant and engaging career opportunities and foster growth and readiness for life after school.

Each month, Career Pathways distributes relevant planning material, presentation sessions, occupational spotlights and other helpful information meant to support students and families. The hope: for junior high students to begin to understand opportunities available to them and explore and reflect on a variety of experiences to help them plan their next steps; and for senior high students to continue to set goals and further develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that increase their readiness to successfully transition beyond high school.

Caregiver Series: June Sessions

Alberta Health Services, in collaboration with The Mental Health Foundation, offers free online programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth. Sessions are offered through Zoom. Upcoming topics include understanding anxiety, mindfulness, sleep, substance use, understanding autism and preparing for junior high. The list of June 2022 sessions is now available.

AHS: Addiction and Mental Health News

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Do you love camping? Do you want an opportunity to provide your French immersion children an opportunity to practice and use their French outside of school? Would you like to do both? Why not join CPF Alberta for a weekend in Cypress Hills that includes French programming for your children?

Camping en Français will be taking place at the Whispering Pines Camp in Elkwater (Cypress Hiils Interprovincial Park) from June 30th to July 3rd. Join us for traditional summer camp activities – including climbing wall, archery, pellet guns, RC cars and Splat Ball – as well as a trip to Fort Walsh National Historic Site.

Well, come join us at Canada’s first Dark Sky Reserve located on the highest point in Canada between Labrador and the Rocky Mountains.

For more information and to register, please visit:

https://ab.cpf.ca/en/event/cpf-ab-camping-en-francais-elkwater-ab/ .

We look forward to seeing you there!

Exploring the Arts

This webinar is for all the talented and creative youth that are interested in a career in the arts. In this dynamic talk, we’ll explore the wide world of art, including performance art, film, music, writing, and design. With the help of Canadian artists, youth will explore different pathways to securing a career in the arts, including post-secondary education and apprenticeships.

Select the date and time below to register on zoom:
Tues June 7, 1pm EST – Live
Thurs June 9, 2022, 7pm EST


WordsWorth is a week-long sleepover creative writing residency for young writers who believe in the power of words. Writers will be completely immersed in the creative and diverse world of writing. Guided by established and respected artist-instructors, writers will experience writing through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, spoken word, music and more. But the experiences don’t begin and end with the classes; WordsWorth is a place where young writers come together to celebrate writing through friendship, campfires, concerts, open mic sessions, hikes, haiku and semi-competitive games outside of class.
Week 1 (ages 11-14): July 10-15
Week 2 (ages 15-19): July 17-22
Location: Red Deer Polytechnic
Cost: $570 (bursaries available)

Experiences Canada Career Choices

As youth prepare for life after high school, it can be overwhelming to search for career information and navigate between the many resources that are available to support youth. Our Career choices program aims to create online resources to support youth in planning for post-secondary – whether that is continuing in school, or venturing out to the workplace. The virtual series will cover a broad range of possibilities, both traditional and non-traditional, reflecting the diversity of opportunities in the marketplace. The goal of this program is to help high school students navigate the many possibilities that are available to them after high school, help them sort through online resources, and to build youth’s awareness and confidence in the skills that they already possess.


Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada Youth Employment Strategy designed help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and keep quality jobs. More than 6,500 Alberta jobs open to youth ages 15 to 30 are currently posted on the online job bank—hundreds in the local EIPS area.

STudents for Hire

The Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for members to post summer jobs for students ages 13 and older. Students interested in job opportunities for the summer months can review the list of jobs. Available jobs may be a few hours, days or months in length.

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

Makami College - Open Houses

Interested in learning more about the programs offered at MaKami College—including massage therapy, health care aide, business administration, security and more? Plan to attend the upcoming open house to tour the campus, meet the instructors, learn about available programs and enjoy a free barbecue.

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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