Cougar Tracks

Monday, January 17, 2022

Medical Masks and Rapid Test Kit Distribution

The government provided Medical Face Masks and Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits arrived, and we distributed them to all of our students who were present the afternoon of Friday, January 14th. Students received a Ziplock baggie with 20 face masks in it. The government’s intention was to provide a two-week supply of masks – 2 masks to be used each school day for 10 school days.

While these medical-grade masks are the recommended minimum level of protection for students, it is also acceptable if your child has another type of mask that they prefer to wear instead. Students also received a box containing 5 Covid-19 rapid tests – if you would like you could test your student 2 times a week (72 hours apart) for 2 weeks and 1 time on the third week. Again, this is a recommendation and not an expectation.

Thank you to our staff who helped ensure students brought home these government supplied items. If your student was absent on Friday, they can pick up their supplies in the office this week.

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.

Math Christmas Challenge

Congratulations to the many students (and parents) who participated in the Math Christmas Challenge. The puzzles were some of the hardest since the annual event began! Four students correctly solved all twelve puzzles so a draw was made to determine the order of the prize winners.

Fourth Place – Ethan Vertypora (Grade 7)

Third Place – Max Carignan (Grade 9)

Second Place – Caleb Buechler (Grade 7)

First Place – Katie Magennis (Grade 8)

In the staff division, two staff members earned a score of 100%. Congratulations to Mrs. Badger who was the prize winner.

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.

Athletics Corner

Athletics Schedule for the week of January 17 to 21, 2022

We are moving forward with starting up EIPS Junior High Athletics this week (January 17-21) as student and staff attendance has been fairly stable. As you know though, this can change rapidly and we will continue to monitor this.

Practices will begin today, Monday, January 17. Officials are not available this week. The week of practice will also ensure we have enough players to dress a team.

It is imperative that all families and student-athletes follow the Alberta Health Questionnaire and stay home if any symptoms and/or positive results occur in order to keep this extra-curricular activity going.

Also strict masking, when not playing (on the bench, travelling in and out of gymnasium, travelling on bus etc.) must be adhered to. We will monitor the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes and coaching staff and going forward day to day decisions may be made.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Survey: Year in Review

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to hear from you to gain a deeper understanding of your confidence in the Division and its strategic direction. As such, it’s launched a new annual survey entitled, EIPS Year in Review: Stakeholder Confidence Survey—open January 6 to 18, 2022.

The survey covers a range of topics, including student growth and achievement, learning supports, teaching and leading, governance, and resource allocations. The information gathered will help EIPS:

· assess stakeholder confidence—families, staff, Grade 12 students and community members;

· gather input to guide future decision-making;

· gather feedback to enhance its Four-Year Education Plan; and

· provide a platform for families, students, staff and community members to have a voice in ensuring high-quality, student-centred learning environments in EIPS schools.

EIPS will share the results in the Annual Education Results Report 2021-22.

Survey closes January 18, 2022

NOTE: EIPS encourages everyone to respond honestly. Your identity and answers are confidential and cannot be linked in any way to you or your child’s school. Grade 12 students will have an opportunity to complete the survey at school. Families who do not want their child to complete the survey simply need to advise their child’s school.

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.

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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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.

Elk Island Regional Honour Choir Auditions

The Elk Island Regional Honour Choir Association offers three auditioned choirs for students residing in and around Strathcona County from ages 5 to 19. The association’s goals are to enrich the musical experiences of gifted amateur singers, grow a connection to the community in our youth and allow students to let their passions blossom.

The Elk Island Regional Honour Choir is currently holding virtual auditions to join the choir! Auditions close January 16, 2022. Weekly in-person rehearsals resumed on January 10. Contact the choir manager or visit the Honour Choir website for more information.

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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.

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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Upcoming Dates and Events

January 18: Secondary French Immersion Information Session

January 18: EIPS Survey: Year in Review Due

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

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