Connect to Respect
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) would like to thank all of our parents, students, and families for the role you play in ensuring our schools are safe and respectful working and learning environments. EIPS is proud to have a policy in place, Board Policy 19, Respectful Working and Learning Environments, that prohibits harassment and discrimination of any kind in our division. We all play a part in creating a safe, caring, and violence-free environment that fosters and maintains respectful and responsible behaviours.
One such example of this work in action is the recent Pink Shirt Day that took place in late February. We know a number of our schools were involved in Pink Shirt Day activities, and we thank you for being involved and taking a stand against bullying.
If you would like more information about the policies in place within EIPS, please review Policy 19, Respectful Working and Learning Environments on our division website at http://www.eips.ca/policies/535.
Boundary Exemption Request Process
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) reminds families that the boundary exemption request process will take place February 17 to March 13, 2015 for students who want to attend a non-designated school in the 2015-2016 school year. During this time, interested families must fill out and submit the Boundary Exemption Request Form to the requested school.
More information about the boundary exemption request process, key dates, a list of schools with closed boundaries, and frequently asked questions are available on the division website (www.eips.ca/boundary-exemptions).
Sherwood Heights will not be accepting any boundary exemption requests for our Grade 9 Regular program for the 2015-2016 school year.
Optimal Enrolment Limits and Closed Boundaries
A school with a closed boundary is one that does not have sufficient space and resources to register any new out-of-boundary students, and therefore will not accept any new boundary exemption requests from resident or non-resident students. Sherwood Heights has closed its boundaries for Grade 9 Regular program only. All other grades and programs are not affected.
Invest in the Future - Accountability Pillar Survey
As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success.
The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.
From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.
All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.
Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly.
Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2015, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.
Education Act Regulatory Review
Alberta’s new Education Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. In order to meet legislative requirements, 16 regulations have been developed that align with and support the Act.
- Alberta School Foundation Fund
- Board Procedures
- Charter Schools
- Disposition of Property
- Early Childhood Services
- Establishment of School Districts
- Home Education
- Petitions and Public Notices
- Private Schools
- School Councils
- School Fees
- Special School Tax Levy
- Student Records
- Student Transportation
The regulations are posted on the Alberta Education website at http://education.alberta.ca/department/policy/education-act.aspx for interested Albertans – education stakeholders, parents, educators, and the general public – to review and provide comments on. The opportunity to provide comments on the new regulations is open until January 31, 2015.
Power School Parent Portal
As of November 17, Students' cumulative marks will no longer be available on Powerschool. Parents are encouraged to continue to access Powerschool and the valuable information contained in each subject areas Gradebook. To access the information for your child's formative and summative class assessment please click on the blue hyphen for each subject. Elk Island Public Schools believes by allowing parents access to this valuable information parents have access to the most up to date communication about how their child(ren) are doing in their subjects. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's class assessment please contact the teacher.
For parents new to our school, a letter outlining how to set up your Parent Portal Single Sign was sent home mid-September. PowerSchool allows you access to academic and attendance information for all students in one family in junior high and high school. For more information click on the PowerSchool Parent Portal Information document.
To Log on to PowerSchool click on the following link POWERSCHOOL. If you have forgotten your PowerSchool Login or Password, the link on the Portal now is available to have the information emailed to you. On the Portal, just click on "Having trouble signing in?" To assist you in logging into the Parent Portal you may visit http://www.eips.ca/content.php?page=309 for an instructional video.
Once signed into the parent portal, everything you see in BLUE is a link to another page. For example, if you see a dash beside a course name when you click on it, it will send you to another page with all the assignments and marks.
Grade 9 Immunizations
Information and Consent:
- Your child will be given an immunization package containing a consent form and information for each of the diseases and vaccines, as appropriate, for the parent/guardian to read. The consents must be signed and returned as per the instructions on the consent form by Tuesday, November 4, 2014 to the school office.
- Your child will only be immunized with your consent.
If you have any questions, please call:
- Health Link Alberta at 780-408-LINK (5465) or 1-866-408-LINK (5465).
Please see the attachment below for more information regarding what the immunization covers.
Thank you to all EIPS’ families for a great first year using the ACORN Online Quick Pay system via the Parent Portal to pay school and transportation fees.
All 2014-2015 school fee information will be available in the system at the beginning of September. Login to your Parent Portal account (https://powerschool.eips.ca/public/home.html) to access the ACORN online payment system, and visit www.eips.ca/fees for more information and a complete list of key dates.
PLEASE NOTE: Junior high and senior high fees may change as courses are added and deleted. . Option change forms will be available at the office beginning Friday, September 5, 2014 at lunch time. Course changes will close on Tuesday, September 9th at 3:30 pm. This deadline is for both semester 1 and semester 2 options.
Please also be aware that during the school year fees may be added to your child’s account(e.g., field trip fees, athletic team fees. Etc.). Be sure to check your account often throughout the year in case new fees are added.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s fees, or if you are new to the school and need assistance, please contact Ms. Dana Gusse at 780-467-5930.
Student transportation is provided at no cost to all students living 2.4 km or greater from Sherwood Heights. Find out if you qualify using the Versatrans e-Link tool available on the division website. Families accessing Payride or school-of-choice busing pay a fee for transportation services. General information, applicable fees, and FAQs about busing are available on the Student Transportation page of the EIPS' division website.
Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) Board of Trustees has approved student transportation fees for the 2014-2015 school year, and families are now able to pay Student Transportation fees through ACORN, which is the same process that has been used this year for school fees. ACORN is accessible through the Parent Portal of PowerSchool or Student Quick Pay. This system replaces the online transportation fee payment process previously housed on the division website. This is great news for parents as you will now be able to pay all school-related fees in one centralized area.
In May, Student Transportation sent out invoices to all applicable families regarding 2014-2015 transportation fees. This communication included information on how to access the ACORN system and pay your transportation fees online. The deadline for paying transportation fees is June 30, 2014. Transportation fees will increase after this date. Save time by paying your fees online through the ACORN system.
More information (including links to the Parent Portal and Student Quick Pay, additional instructions, and examples about reviewing and paying your 2014-2015 transportation fees online) is available on the division website at www.eips.ca/transportation-payments.
If you have any questions about the invoice you received or about paying your fees online, please contact EIPS’ Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or by using the online contact form at www.eips.ca/contact.
Video Monitoring on School Buses
In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP Act), Section 33 and in conjunction with the enforcement of Student Transportation bus rules, video monitoring equipment is in place on all Elk Island Public Schools' (EIPS) buses. Video/audio recordings of individuals on buses are for the safety and security of all passengers, drivers, and property, and may be used as evidence in a disciplinary matter.
If you have any questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, please contact EIPS’ FOIP Coordinator, 683 Wye Road, Sherwood Park, AB T8B 1N2 780-417-8204.
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At Sherwood Heights we encourage our students to "Reach for the Heights" and to cheer on their athletes, musicians, and fellow classmates by showing their "Cougar Pride"!
The vision of Sherwood Heights Junior High School is to have all students, families and staff be of good character, focus on academics, be respectful of each other and engage in all aspects of school life.
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