Cougar Tracks

Friday, January 21, 2022

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 January 18, 2022

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.

Returning Student Registration for 2022-23

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) will once again conduct 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 need to set one up before February 1, 2022.

Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account

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

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.

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.

Career Pathways January 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.

Literacy at Home

Periodically we will share a thought provoking image, reading or writing tip, multimodal texts, or book recommendations. This month it’s a set of reading tips for students who are reading informational texts, such as a textbook.
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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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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.

EIPS Alternative Program Information Virtual Sessions

Senior high school students at EIPS have access to a variety of programs and courses aimed at helping them find the right path for success in high school and beyond. From core, academic programs to careers and technology studies and fine arts courses to athletics students develop the skills and interests needed to find and pursue their passion.

A number of alternative programs are available in senior high. Information sessions for these programs are being held virtually this year. More information is available on the individual school websites or by contacting the schools directly.

Secondary French Immersion (AJS) on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Advanced Placement (BFH) on Thursday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m.

International Baccalaureate Programme (SAL) on Thursday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m.

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Grade 9 Families - High School Registration Information

High School Information Session
All EIPS students in grades 8 and 9 and their families are invited to attend to learn more about the senior high program. The session will provide information about senior high courses, instruction, programming and extracurricular opportunities throughout the Division, as well as details about diploma requirements and various career path options.

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

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

International Baccalaureate Programme Information Session
EIPS offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Salisbury Composite High. Founded on the IB mission, the program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Courses are challenging and include an international education focus and rigorous assessments. In addition, students have the flexibility to choose to enrol in the full IB programme or from a selection of IB courses.

Students in Grade 9 and their families interested in the IB Programme are invited to join the information session to learn more about the program, how it works and what’s needed to qualify. After the session, participants will break into smaller virtual meets to asks questions and discuss programming. Learn more

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

Advanced Placement Program Information Session
EIPS offers an Advanced Placement (AP) program at Bev Facey Community High. The courses provide academic rigour and prepare students for post-secondary education. Flexibility is one of the program’s key tenets allowing students to take a full Advanced Placement course load or individual courses based on student interests and strengths.

Students in Grade 9 and their families interested in the AP Program are invited to join the information session to learn more about the program, how it works and how to succeed in Advanced Placement. After the session, participants will break into smaller virtual meets to asks questions and discuss programming. Learn more

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Join the session – hosted on Microsoft Teams

Upcoming Dates and Events

January 25: School Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

January 26: Bell Let's Talk Day

January 27: Family Literacy Day

January 27: Advanced Placement Information Session

January 31: Professional Learning Day (schools closed to students)

February 1: Grades 1-12 New Student Registration opens for 2022 - 23

February 1: Returning Student Registration opens for 2022-23

February 1: Second Semester Begins

February 2: Early Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

February 3: Future Fair

February 3: International Baccalaureate Information Session

EIPS Operations Guidelines 2021-22

Last updated on January 10, 2022