AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

November 18, 2022

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Important Dates

  • November 20 - National Child Day
  • November 21, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting
  • November 21 - Last day to withdraw from high school courses
  • November 22, 1:30 p.m. - ELAA Post-Secondary Event
  • November 23, 11:30 a.m. - Presentation for RAP, Work Experience
  • December 1 - Grade 9 Immunizations
  • December 2 - University of Calgary visit
  • December 6 - Christmas Band Concert
  • December 7, 2:16 p.m. - Early dismissal
  • December 9, 11 a.m. - NAIT One-on-one Sessions
  • December 21- January 3 - Christmas Break
  • January 4 - Classes resume
  • January 4, 2:16 p.m. - Early dismissal

In the Spotlight


Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

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Saffron presents to 7, 8, 9 Health Class

As part of Bullying Awareness Week, Saffron Centre presented to our 7, 8 and 9 Health class and discussed consent boundaries and what it means to be in a healthy relationship. Please have these important conversations with your children.

Student Council News


Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High will be hosting our regularly scheduled School Council meeting on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in our Learning Commons.

Many learning opportunities and our results review information will be shared. Hope to see you there.

Please find below the previous minutes and the agenda.

Book Fair

AJS will be hosting a Spark Book Fair November 24 through December 8th. Books are excess inventory from various publishers and can be discounted up to 90%! “Bargain books” may have small amounts of wear on the cover, or have a red dot at the bottom of the book. Additionally, books listed at a higher price point are not excess inventory and will arrive in perfect condition. 30% of profits will be going directly to the AJS library. Scan the QR codes on the posters in the library or click here to view our site and make a list of books you’d like to purchase. Happy reading!”

ELAA Fair coming to Ardrossan

Nineteen post-secondary options will be visiting Ardrossan Junior Senior High on Tuesday afternoon, November 22.

Gr. 9 – 12 students will have a chance to browse through the fair, learning about post-secondary options including universities, poly-techs, colleges, military and RCMP. Representatives from these organizations will be on hand to answer questions and help students make important choices about their future.

Ardrossan Music Parents Association (AMPS)

Hello Ardrossan Band Parents!

Did you know we have social media? Find us at “Ardrossan Music Parent Association” on Facebook, or “AJS Band” on Instagram!

Our next AMPS meeting is Tuesday, November 22nd at 4:15 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will be discussing upcoming band activities (Christmas concert, upcoming fundraisers, future band trips) and we would love to have band parents join us to share their ideas.

Don't forget to complete the AMPS Membership Form and either email it back to AMPSPres@gmail.com or send it to Mr. B! AMPS is a society and only 'members' can be involved.

We look forward to your support! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. B or the AMPS President (AMPSpres@gmail.com).

Yours in Music,

Lee Dempsey

AMPS President

Personal Technology

USE OF PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES POLICY 245 ADMINISTRATION PROCEDURE 121 - The ownership and use of personal communication devices have grown exponentially over the past decade. While personal devices offer potential opportunities for communication, information access and enhanced opportunities for instruction, regulated use of personal communication devices in schools and the Division is required to ensure the promotion of caring and respectful learning and working environments. Appropriate use of personal communication devices will contribute to the safety and security of students and staff, help minimize risk to personal wellbeing and disruption to instruction and protect personal privacy and academic integrity.

Students may not access a PCD unless given permission by the teacher for a specific educational task or purpose. PCDs shall not be on the student unless the use is for: a diagnosed medical condition; or an identified inclusive educational need. PCDs will be stored during instructional time (locker/classroom pouches). Students shall have access to a PCD during break periods only (for example, class breaks and lunch breaks).

PCDs are not to be taken into test or examination settings unless students have been given permission to do so.

PCDs are not to be used in change rooms, washrooms, private counselling rooms or any setting that has the potential to violate a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy. PCDs

are valuable electronic devices. Students bring PCDs to school at their own risk.

The classroom teacher will inform students when students might be able to use their personal devices in class and for what purpose. Cell phones must be turned off or placed in “silent” mode in the school. A student not displaying responsible digital citizenship in relation to their phone will have their phone turned in to the office. After the third occurrence parents/ guardians will be contacted and asked to pick up the phone. Within the building, students may use their phone prior to morning classes, during breaks between classes, at the lunch break and after school.

Definitions: Personal communication device (PCD): personal digital devices that connect to the internet through Wi-Fi, cellular network, or other mobile devices.

Where to Find the Information You Need

Elk Island Public Schools and Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High use a handful of key systems to share information with students and families. Depending on the information you’re looking for, it’s important to know where to look.

PowerSchool is the primary student information system within the Division. There is an associated app, but the functionality is limited, and families don’t need to download it. From the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can:

  • Access student grades and report cards;
  • Review student absences;
  • Pay school and transportation fees; and
  • Submit official updates to student or family information.

The PowerSchool Student Portal provides similar access to grades and absence information for students directly.

Brightspace provides more of a day-to-day look what’s happening with your child’s learning communicated directly from your child’s teacher. From Brightspace Parent & Guardian, you can see your child’s:

  • classroom activity feed,
  • grade items and grade feedback from instructors,
  • upcoming assignments,
  • portfolio evidence, and
  • quizzes,

depending on which of the program functions are specifically used by your child’s teacher.

Brightspace for Students is where teachers share updates, calendar reminders and learning materials with students. Compatible with Google, it also allows students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, and see grades and teacher feedback. The Pulse app for students is associated with Brightspace for Students.

SchoolMessenger is the system the Division and schools use to send email and phone communication to families. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is populated from PowerSchool. Through SchoolMessenger, families can:

  • receive general, emergency and attendance messages by phone, email or both; and
  • manage their subscription preferences for these types of messages.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season almost here, we want to remind families to dress children appropriately for the weather when getting ready for school or the bus. The weather often changes unexpectedly throughout the day, so please select suitable outerwear and ensure your child is prepared for changing conditions.

If inclement weather conditions occur, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) advises families of any bus cancellations using various communications tools—automated-telephone messages, alerts posted on www.eips.ca and school websites, Twitter, Facebook, local radio stations, and notification through both the Bus Status and the Ride 360 apps. Morning bus cancellations are posted on www.eips.ca by 6:30 a.m.

Decisions regarding bus cancellations are guided by EIPS administrative procedures that state, “school bus service may be suspended…when there is a forecast or current temperature of -40 C, including wind chill factor, in one or more regions.” Other reasons for suspending or delaying school bus services include adverse weather and poor road conditions. When school bus services are suspended, schools remain open to students. EIPS believes families have the right and responsibility to make choices for their children based on their beliefs and perceptions of safety during times of inclement weather.

For more information, contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

EIPS 2023-24 Division Calendar: Now Available!

The official 2023-24 EIPS calendar is now available.

The calendar includes important dates during the 2023-24 school year, such as school-closure days, breaks, the first and last day of classes, professional learning days, early dismissal days, plus more.

Highlights from the 2023-24 EIPS calendar include:

  • first day of school – Aug. 31, 2023
  • November break – November 6-10
  • Christmas break – December 25 to January 5
  • second semester starts – February 1
  • Teachers’ Convention – February 8-9
  • spring break – March 25-29
  • last day of classes – June 26, 2024

To view the 2023-24 calendar, visit eips.ca.

Did you know you can sync the Division calendar to your personal calendar? You can. Simply, visit www.eips.ca/calendar and click “subscribe to calendar.” It’s that easy.

Spread the Word: EIPS is Hiring Substitute Educational Assistants and CTS/CTF Teachers

Do you know someone who may be interested in part-time, flexible work as a substitute educational assistant (EA) or substitute teacher specializing in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and Career and Technology Foundations (CTF)? Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is hiring—spread the word!

EAs are integral to the school team, assisting teachers with instructional and non-instructional tasks in the classroom and other school activities. Whether it’s working one-on-one with individual students or with a small group of students in a class or special program, EAs provide support and assistance to help students achieve success.

Substitute teachers are needed every day across the Division, and vacancies in CTF and CTS classrooms require a specific skillset. Applicants must have or be eligible for an Alberta Teaching Certificate and have related CTS/CTF training or experience.

Substitutes are needed to fill positions at all school locations until the end of the school year. The application deadline is November 18. If you know someone who’d be great in one of these roles, encourage them to apply today.

January Diploma Prep Sessions

Diploma Prep Sessions

Courses are designed for preparing students to write their Grade 12 diploma exams. The material presented in the classroom over 125 hours will be condensed and highlighted in this focused, 12-hour review course over a weekend. Courses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a half hour break for lunch. Course will be offered at Salisbury Composite High School (20 Festival Way) in Sherwood Park.

  • January 7 & 8 - English 30-1, 30-2 and Social Studies 30-1, 30-2
  • January 14 & 15 - Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and Physics 30

Registration will open on Monday, October 17. https://www.eipscontinuinged.ca/

Registration will close on January 4 for English and Social Studies sessions, and on January 11 for Math and Sciences sessions.

Student refunds will not be given after registration closes.

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RBC Future Launch Scholarship

Are you stuck right now, but have a plan to achieve your dreams? The RBC Future Launch Scholarship can help! Up to 500 scholarships worth $1,500 each will be awarded to those who show a clear vision for their future. The deadline to apply is November 30.

RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth

Are you an Indigenous youth in Canada looking to pursue post-secondary education? The RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth could help you achieve your post-secondary goals. There are 20 scholarships valued up to $10,000 each per year (up to four years) for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada who demonstrate strong academic performance and community involvement. The deadline to apply is December 1.

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Cafeteria Menu

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Athletic Dates

  • November 19 @ 12:00 p.m.- Bisons Football Provincial Semifinal vs. St. Paul Lions @ Emerald Hills
  • November 21 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Jr Boys Volleyball vs Rudolph Hennig @ Rudolph Hennig
  • November 21 @ 3:30 p.m. - Jr Jr Girls Volleyball vs Rudolph Hennig @ Rudolph Hennig
  • November 22, 24 & 29 - Jr Sr Boys and Girls Volleyball Playoffs
  • November 23, 24 & 29 - Jr Jr Boys and Girls Volleyball Playoffs
  • November 25 - Bisons Football Provincial Final
  • December 1 - EIPS Jr Sr Volleyball Championship Evening
  • December 2 & 3 - Jr. Varsity Basketball Stampede Classic Tournament
  • December 9 @ 6:30 p.m. - Bison Football Banquet

Bisons Provincial Semi-Final Football Game

Come cheer on the Bisons in the Provincial Semi Finals on Saturday, November 19 @ 12 p.m. at Emerald Hills field. #gobisons
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Community News

National CHild Day

November 20 is National Child Day! This year’s theme is the right to participate. Leading up to the day, the Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition will highlight community resources, programs and activities that children and youth can take part in. They’re also hosting a free recreational skate at the Ardrossan Recreation Complex on National Child Day.
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