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March 4, 2021

Important Dates

  • March 4 - Scholarship Grad Meeting
  • March 5 - PD Day - No School
  • March 8 - High School Course Withdrawal Deadline
  • March 8, 10:00 am - Parent/Teacher Interview Conference Bookings Open
  • March 8 - International Women's Day
  • March 8, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting (Virtual)
  • March 11, 5:00-8:00 p.m. - Parent/Teacher Interviews via Phone
  • March 14 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 16 - EIPS Summer School Registration Opens
  • March 26 - Day-in-lieu of Parent-Teacher Interviews (school closed)
  • March 29 to April 2 - Spring Break
  • April 5 - Easter Monday (school closed)


Scholarships Grad Meeting

Grade 12 students and parents, please join us tonight from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to learn about the Ardrossan school-based awards application process. Every year Grade 12 students can apply for community and corporate sponsored awards. This session will explain the available awards and the process for submitting the student application. As well, there will be an update on Graduation activities.

We will be using Microsoft Teams for the meeting. Please ensure your internet browser supports Microsoft Teams or you have downloaded the app to your phone.

Click here to join the meeting

Mrs. Richardson and Mr. Hicks


Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High will be hosting our regularly scheduled School Council meeting (Virtual) on Monday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to michelle.hothem-bumbry@eips.ca by no later than Monday, March 8 at noon. A meeting link will be emailed out by 6:00 p.m. on Monday. We hope that you can join us.

Parent/Teacher Interviews - March 11, 2021

Parent/Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. These will be conducted over the phone. We will be using an online booking system, as in the past, to book conferences. Information and the live link to book timeslots will be emailed to parents on March 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

March Madness: A Tournament of Books

Get ready for March Madness in the Library: A Tournament of Books! The top 16 most checked out books at AJS will go head to head every Friday on Instagram where YOU get to vote – the Sweet 16, Elite 8 and the Final 4.

Which book will win the title of AJS’ 2021 Book of the Year!?

EducationUSA SAT Boot Camp and Liberal Arts Showcase

Check out these upcoming, free EducationUSA events!


The EducationUSA SAT Boot Camp is a five-session intensive for Canadian students who are preparing to take the SAT exam (ideally in Grades 10 or 11). These sessions are free of charge.

REGISTER HERE for the March SAT Boot Camp, March 15-19, 2021, 1 pm ET

REGISTER HERE for the April SAT Boot Camp, April 12-16, 2021, 1 pm ET

  • Session 1 (4 hours): Full-length Practice Test - this will be a live, proctored practice test
  • Session 2 (2 hours): The SAT in admissions - general information about the SAT, registration, and time management tips
  • Session 3 (2 hours): Reading Comprehension strategies
  • Session 4 (2 hours): Math and Writing strategies
  • Session 5 (3.5 hours): Full-length Practice Test - another practice test and a chance to practice your new skills!

It is best to attend all sessions, but it is okay to just come to the ones that you can. All sessions will be recorded, in case you are unable to make it. All registered attendees will receive a recording via email after the event.


Interested in learning more about Liberal Arts Colleges?

REGISTER HERE for the Liberal Arts Showcase, March 11, 3-5:15 pm ET

Liberal arts colleges provide a small, undergraduate-focused learning environment. Learn about what the liberal arts are and how you can take advantage of these uniquely American institutions.

This session will begin with a 15-minute presentation on "What are the Liberal Arts?" presented by EducationUSA adviser Jenika Heim. You will then learn about 8 liberal arts colleges and universities. Admissions officers will present on their majors, learning environment, campus, scholarships, admissions procedures, and more!

AGENDA (Times in Eastern)
3:00 - What are the Liberal Arts?, EducationUSA
3:15 - Bennington College (VT)
3:30 - Linfield University (OR)
3:45 - Franklin & Marshall College (PA)
4:00 - Concordia College (MN)
4:15 - Wesleyan College (GA)
4:30 - Oberlin College & Conservatory (OH)
4:45 - Beloit College (WI)
5:00 - Lincoln University (PA)

High School Youth Researcher Summer Program (HYRS)

The University of Alberta invites Grade 11 students to apply for the High school Youth Researcher Program (HYRS). The purpose of the program is to provide students with hands-on experience in biomedical and health-related research. This is a paid summer position and successful applicants, aside from academic achievement, demonstrate scientific curiosity and aptitude for research. Visit Student Services or contact Mrs. Boake at ann.boake@eips.ca for information about how to apply. The deadline is May 1, 2021.

HYRS Info Letter

Next Step Summer School: Registration opens March 16


Registration for EIPS Summer School opens on March 16. 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 10-12, 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 10C, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2
  • Science 10
  • Biology 20 and 30
  • Chemistry 20 and 30
  • Physics 20 and 30
  • Physical Education 10
  • Career and Life Management (CALM 20)
  • Work Experience and RAP
    NOTE: Diploma examinations are optional for the 2020-21 school year.

For summer 2021, all Summer School courses take place online. Feedback from the 2020 virtual program was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to another exciting and successful summer online in 2021.

Learn more about the 2021 summer program


The First Nations, Métis and Inuit education team is offering a parent information and engagement series for EIPS families.

Series #1: Developing Foundational Knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures, histories and contemporary contexts.

This three part series is designed for EIPS parents and families who are curious to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, perspectives and histories. These sessions are designed as entry points to understanding as we work toward learning our collective truth on the path of reconciliation.

Sessions will be held online using Microsoft Teams Meetings, Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting

  • Session 3 (virtual) March 16, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)

    • Language of this land- The importance of highlighting Indigenous languages; deepening understanding of relationship to land through language; what exploration of Indigenous languages can look like in schools

Future sessions will be discussed and decided upon with input from participating parents and families.

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