AJS Weekly Bison Tracks

November 5, 2021

Important Dates

  • November 8-12 - November Break
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day - Statutory Holiday
  • November 15-19 - National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
  • November 16 - Kindness Day
  • November 17, 3:00 p.m. - RCMP Career Presentation (Virtual)
  • November 20 - National Child Day
  • November 22 - High School Course Withdrawal Deadline
  • November 22, 6:30 p.m. - School Council Meeting (In person and Virtual)
  • November 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Your Future: Post-secondary Career Fair (In-Person)
  • November 24 - Jersey Day
  • November 29 - PJ Day
  • November 30 - Regular Immunizations (Gr. 7, 8 & 9)
  • December 1, 2:14 p.m. - Early Dismissal - Staff Meeting
  • December 22 - January 4 - Christmas Break


New Lunch Location for Grade 11

Starting on Tuesday, November 2, the theatre lobby is now available for Grade 11 students to use to eat lunch. Students will proceed through the outside theatre entrance and follow the sanitization and seating rules in place. The cafeteria is available for Grade 10s and the Learning Commons for the Grade 12s.

Student Council News

AJS Spirit Wear

We will be selling Ardrossan Spirit Wear as well as GRAD 2022 apparel through our website store again this year.

We will post a link on the Ardrossan Jr. Sr. High website when the link becomes available to us.

The store will be open November 15 – December 5.

Items are anticipated to arrive in late January.

Once we have the items, we will sort and distribute them through the office.

Payment must be made at the time of order

Christmas Gift Ideas - AJS Swag!

We have some amazing items for sale that would make great Christmas gift ideas!

Please log into PowerSchool, under Student Fees, to find the form for purchasing AJS SWAG. The form will be available from November 1 to December 8. Once the orders are closed, we will contact you for pick up at the office for the week of December 13. Payment must be made at the time of order. Check under the “paid” tab for confirmation of order and payment.

Please note there are limited quantities available! Order now so you do not miss out!

Time to Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbook

This year's yearbook (2021-2022) is now available to purchase on the PowerSchool Parent Portal under Fees.

PowerSchool Parent Portal


In the last week we welcomed new student teachers to assist in various departments.

  • Student Teacher: Mitchell Galarneau - Mentor: Mr. Schiltroth
  • Student Teacher: Minjeong Park - Mentor: Mrs. Machushyk
  • Student Teacher: Wally Banh - Mentor: Mrs. Gustafson
  • Student Teacher: Dylan Evans - Mentor: Mr. Pretzlaff
  • Student Teacher: Devon Wicks - Mentor: Mrs. Stock
  • Student Teacher: Jonathan Goulet - Mentor: Mr. Ferguson
  • Student Teacher: Miles Peet - Mentor: Mr. Basaraba
  • FI Student Teacher: Mitchell Cooper - Mentor: Mrs. Booij
  • FI Student Teacher: Chamia Bouaita - Mentor: Mrs. Parker-Young

Welcome to the herd!

Department news


  • This week in Chemistry 30 class, students tested voltages of different redox cells.
  • Please visit the website Quest A Plus for a multitude of diploma style questions and answer keys in math and all other academic subjects.
  • Classes continued working on the radicals and powers unit. We used group whiteboards to work collaboratively!
  • The Social 7s just finished writing their first persuasive essays and picked some great topics! We are now discovering the relations in the fur trade between the Metis, First Nations, British, and French.
  • The grade 8s are working toward completing the Renaissance unit and will soon compete to see who the Greatest Renaissance Citizen of all time will be.
  • Social 9 is studying Collective Rights in Canada.
  • Social 20-1 is participating in the No Stone Left Alone ceremony at the Fairmount Cemetery on Friday, November 5th. In class, we are investigating 20th Century Genocides and Crimes against Humanity and creating multimedia presentations to show their learning.
  • Social 30-1 is learning about 20th-century totalitarian governments.


  • Science 9 FI blew into (bromothymol blue) water to test their breath to see if it is acidic, basic or neutral.
  • Chimie 20/Chemistry 20 FI classes participated in a dilution lab.
  • Jr. High Phys Ed - This week we completed our monthly fitness assessment with our Jr High classes as they all partook in our Legere Beep Test Assessment. We have also began our Basketball Unit in each of our classes as we prepare for our school Basketball season.
  • Sr. High Phys Ed - This week has seen us go on lots of field trips across Strathcona County, and after Fall Break some of our classes will be completing our Hockey and Broomball Units. Sr High Personal Fitness classes are hard at work completing assignments and working on their individual fitness plans.
  • CTF Foods got to carve some pumpkins during Halloween week.
  • Art 9 class worked on stippling portraits.

Girls Basketball Skills - Grade 7 and 8

Any girls in grade 7 and 8 please come to the school to work on your basketball skills on Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. The skills we work on will be useful in try outs the week after the break!


Celeste Burdinsky: President

Lee Dempsey: Vice President

Secretary: Santhalakshmi (Santha) Krishnasamy

Treasurer: Heather Bayne

Director of Special Events: Kasia Spiker

Director of Fundraising: Stacey Da Silva

Director of Casino: Wendy Marty

Director At Large: Vacant

Thank you for supporting our students

Your Future: Post Secondary and Career Fair

Thinking about attending post-secondary school after graduation? Exploring career options? Not sure on the career or sector? Plan to attend this year’s hybrid Your Future: Post-Secondary and Career Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021—the event is free and recommended for all students in grades 9 to 12.

The in-person portion of the event brings together a wide variety of colleges, universities, polytechnic and private schools, and sector experts in one place. The in-person event will follow the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program, as well as adhere to Alberta Health Services and local guidelines. As such, guests will need to show proof of vaccination and identification to attend. The virtual component will include additional opportunities to attend sessions from numerous colleges, universities and career sector experts.

Participating students and family members in either the in-person or virtual sessions will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from post-secondary and career vendors, ask questions, talk to experts about various career sectors, learn about future career trends and much more.

Event Details:

Date: Nov. 23, 2021
In-person: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Strathcona County Agora
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park
Virtual: Times and schedule to be confirmed

A detailed list of vendors will be posted on the Division website as soon as it’s finalized.

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.

PowerSchool Student Portal Login Credential Update

After early dismissal on the afternoon of November 3, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is updating the student log in process for the PowerSchool Student Portal. Once updates are complete, students will use their EIPS credentials to login to the PowerSchool Student Portal or the PowerSchool mobile app. Student access to the portal and app may be intermittently unavailable while updates are taking place. Effective November 4, students will use the new EIPS login credentials to access the portal or app. Students who use the mobile app will be required to log out and back in after the updates are complete.

If students are having trouble logging in to PowerSchool after the change, they can contact their teacher or a school office staff member for assistance. This update does not affect the log in process for parents or guardians for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.


You and your family can join our network of supports and resources for youth, parents, and educators such as:

  • Funding support French school events and materials
  • Tutoring Programs
  • Virtual Career Fair
  • Contests
  • FSL Information Sessions
  • Learning French Lessons
  • Webinars
  • FSL Classroom Presentations
  • Conferences
  • and more!

Memberships cost $25.00 year per household or $60.00 for a three year membership.

Ardrossan Chapter is hosting our next virtual meeting on November 15 at 7 p.m. Check the school calendar for the link to attend. Parents and teachers welcome! Go online to get more information, become a member, or renew your membership.


Athletic Dates

  • November 8-16 - Sr. Varsity Volleyball Zone Playoffs (TBD)
  • November 13 - Bison Football Provincials (North Semi-final)
  • November 16, 17 & 18, 7:00-8:30 a.m. - Jr. Sr. Basketball Tryouts (8 & 9 only)
  • November 19, 22 & 23, 7:00-8:30 a.m. - Jr. Jr. Basketball Tryouts (7 & 8 only)
  • November 20 - Bison Football Provincials (North Final)
  • November 25-27 - Sr. Varsity Volleyball Provincials @ R.F. Staples
  • November 27 - Bison Football Provincials (Finals)
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Virtual Career Presentation

The RCMP virtual career presentation offers the chance for students to hear first-hand from RCMP recruiters about the exciting career opportunity that await. Students will gain insight into the details of the recruiting process including the requirements and expectations for applying and how to prepare for each stage. They’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and gain knowledge about the RCMP as a career choice.
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
3 to 4 p.m.
Virtual via Google Meet

To register, email RCMP.KRecruiting-KRecrutement.GRC@rcmp-grc.gc.ca with the following:

  • full name
  • phone number
  • email address
  • date and time of the specific career presentation (Nov. 17, 2021 at 3 p.m.)

Cyberworld: What Happens When Youth Press Send?

In this presentation, we provide parents and caregivers with information on the popular websites, games, and apps that are being used by children and youth. We discuss legal consequences and potential dangers online. We share helpful tips on starting conversations with their children and youth.

Ryan Corbould is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saffron VOC Week Cyberworld

Time: Nov 18, 2021 06:00 PM Edmonton

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Feed Your Future

An event designed to empower, connect and inspire a network of young women in grades 9–12 and post-secondary.

Feed Your Future is an exciting virtual, half-day event presented for no charge by Ag for Life and Farm Credit Canada. The goal is to reach young urban and rural women of all backgrounds with an interest in agriculture and food production as a potential career pathway. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and distinguished professionals, as they explore the topics of networking, leadership, building your personal brand and are introduced to the vast diversity of roles tied to agriculture and food production.

Register for the FREE virtual workshop taking place on Wed. Nov.17, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (MST).


Young Women in Trades and Technology Fall Break Camp

CAREERS is breaking down barriers and paving a path for women in skilled trades and technologies. Edmonton is hosting a free Fall Break Camp Nov. 12 & 15, 2021. Edmonton and area students in grades 9-12 are invited to gain hands-on experience in skilled trades, agriculture and ICT during the upcoming free Fall Break Camp.

Nov. 12 & 15, 2021

CAREERS: the Next Generation, 18256 102 Ave., Edmonton
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Application deadline: October 28


WISEST Set STudent Conference

On Saturday, November 20, WISEST presents the virtual SET Conference for girls and gender diverse students in grades 10-12 who are curious about careers in science, engineering and technology (SET).

Students will:

  • Gain insight into different career paths in science, engineering and technology and related University of Alberta programs.
  • Explore SET through virtual lab tours and activities.
  • Meet undergraduate and graduate-level university students and learn what it’s like to be a student in science, engineering or technology.
  • Meet STEM professionals and speak with inspiring mentors.

All girls and gender diverse students in grades 10-12 are welcome at SET. The registration fee is only $15/student for the full day or $10/student for half the day (either morning OR afternoon). Register early: The conference is limited to only 100 student participants.

Community Events & Services

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In the Spotlight

Remembrance Day Virtual Assembly