Cougar Tracks

Friday, October 8, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Sherwood Heights Families!

We are so excited to share that this week was our first meeting of Student Voice. We had an excellent turn out and the students who joined us shared a lot of great thoughts. The next meeting will be at the end of end of October. Stay tuned for the exact date.

On Friday morning, we had our annual bus evacuation drill. Thank you to all the students and staff who helped ensure everything went smoothly!

Big thank you to Mr. Koning for running a wonderful Read-In Week! Be sure to ask your student about the events and presenters that they were able to enjoy!

Reminder that there is no school on Monday. Enjoy your long weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Paws-Ative Referrals

Something new and exciting this year at Heights is Paws-Ative Referral bucks! Students can earn these for making positive choices, being kind, safe and responsible. They can then cash their bucks in at the school office where Mrs. Lyles has a bin full of fun and exciting treats for them to choose from.

Mrs. Lyles keeps each cashed in paws-ative referral, and will do draws for something special throughout the year. This month, our draw will be for 4 tickets to the October 29th Oil Kings game versus the Winnipeg Ice at 7:00 p.m. Seating will be at the LOGE table, and parking is included! The draw will take place next Friday (October 15th) at lunch time!

A BIG thank you to all the kind and supportive parents and businesses that have donated these wonderful prizes for our students to enjoy.

Pay School Fees Online

School fee information for the 2021-22 school year has been posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.

Don’t forget to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of certain school activities such as field trips, class projects, athletic-team fees and more. Additionally, junior high and senior high fees can change as courses are added and deleted.

If circumstances exist where you’re unable to pay your school fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The application deadline is December 15, 2021.

For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines visit Alternatively, contact Mrs. Candace Lyles at Sherwood Heights Junior High at 780-467-5930 ext. 6504.

Video Surveillance on Buses

Did you know each EIPS bus is equipped with video surveillance? Video surveillance and equipment helps:

  • 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 Act (FOIP Act). The recordings assist the department with monitoring student and driver conduct and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.

For more information about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, contact the EIPS FOIP Coordinator at 780-464-3477.

Mask Reminders

EIPS requires that all individuals in all schools wear a mask, unless medically exempt. Students are required to bring their own masks every single day. The school has a small number of disposable masks available for emergency purposes only.

Students that are relying on the school for their mask supply will be considered unprepared for school and will be given a consequence. Make sure your child has spare masks, reusable or disposable, with them at school every day.

Parent to Parent – Finding Digital Balance, Cyberworld: What Happens when youth press send? – For Parents and caregivers for youth grades 6 and up.

Want to know more about how to support your youth with their time online? Come out as a family to learn from others and end the afternoon together at the CanTeen Youth Hub to enjoy some pizza and bonding time!

For more info, please click here.

Visitors in Schools

All visitors, couriers, and contractors must sign in at the front main doors and check-in at the office, complete the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist, and be wearing a mask properly.

If any of the answers to the questions are “YES,” DO NOT enter the school or workplace.

Similarly, if feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms—fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, aches, pink-eye, nausea —DO NOT enter an EIPS-operated school or workplace.

Save Your Newspapers!

Science 7 is asking all SWH families to hold on to their Sherwood Park Newspapers until November. We will be holding a competition to see who can build the strongest stool out of newspapers!

How to Report an Absence and/or Late

Should your child be unable to attend school, please call or email the school office to report the absence or late arrival.

If your child is absent or late, and you have not called or emailed the school office, you will receive an automated phone and email message after attendance is taken in the morning, as well as in the afternoon after lunch.

Email Absence Reporting

From our school website (, please click on the "Quick Links" tab on the right hand side, and then on "Report an Absence".

You will then be directed to a drop-down box under "Send to", and then you will click the first one that says: "Student Absences - Mrs. Johanna Ryan", and then fill out the rest of the fields.

Please submit your absence email prior to 8:30 AM on the day of the absence.

Please include the following information in the email:

  • Your child’s full name
  • When your child will be absent or late
  • When your child is expected to return to school

Telephone Absence Reporting - Call 780-467-5930 to report an absence.

Please include the following information in the phone call:

  • Your child’s full name
  • When your child will be absent or late
  • When your child is expected to return to school

Homework - If your child missed school due to an excused absence, please contact their teachers directly via email to make arrangements to receive their missed work. You can find their direct email(s) on the "Quick Links" tab on the right hand side, and then under the "Contact Us" tab.

Sync the School Calendar to Your Calendar

Did you know you can sync the school calendar to your own calendar? You can! Simply, visit 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 Sherwood Height Junior High’s important dates including holidays, school-closures days, planned activities, events and more.

Upcoming Dates and Events

October 11 - Thanksgiving Monday - No School

October 18 - PD Day - No School

October 21 - School Photo Retake Day

October 26 - School Council Meeting via Microsoft Teams at 6:30 p.m.

October 28 - Parent / Student / Teacher Interviews (Virtual) 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

October 31 - Halloween

November 2 - Parent / Student / Teacher Interviews (Virtual) 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

November 3 - Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

November 6 to 14 - November Break - No School