Welcome to Our School


What to Expect at the Swamp 2018/2019




Welcome to Lorne Akins Jr. High School. Below is some information as to what can be expected here while your child is at Lorne Akins.



First Day


Students can bring pen/pencil and paper September 4 (all supplies are not necessary) and should arrive to school at 8:10 a.m.


TA (Homeroom) lists will be posted in the Gym, which is located to the left when you walk into the school at the front doors. All Grade 7s and new students will go to the gym once they arrive for an assembly. From there members of student’s TA will come and collect them. Returning students will report to their TA classes.


A Signature Page along with other important information is given to students to take home. It is very important that the form is filled out and returned as soon as possible as we must have the appropriate permissions in order participate in computer activities, make use of lockers, awareness of FOIP needs and so on.  


Students will receive two copies of our school handbook, the hole-punched copy is for students to keep at school and the second copy is to go home to parents. The handbook includes operational information and calendar events to review as needed.




Classes and Options


We typically do not disclose what classes or options your student is in for the 2018-2019 school year as there are still changes to be made before the first day of classes. Class schedules are handed out to students on September 4th. Students will have a chance to go and meet with most teachers on the first day.






We like to help build our sense of community within the school and one of the ways we are able to do so is by helping to support school programs by fundraising. Some of the important fundraising activities we have are as follows:


  • Throughout the entire year the office will collect any Boston Pizza receipts for a 5% rebate;
  • We also partner up with Cobs Bread so anytime you purchase anything just mention Lorne Akins and 5% of the total spent will be donated back to the school;
  • Purdy’s Chocolate. Order requests are sent out before Christmas and Easter to arrive in time for the holidays;
  • Friday September 14, 2018 we will be partnering up with Papa Johns Pizza for a “Pizza Night” where 15% of the funds spent from the evening will be donated back to the school.
  • This year is our casino night is hosted at the local casino, during the school year. Dates and more information will be sent out prior to the event, help is so appreciates and funds raised go to technology.




Power School


We host a meeting on September 10th at 7:00 pm to explain the ins and outs of PowerSchool for both parents and student to learn how to make use of this as a communication/feedback tool for the Junior High Years.




Our meeting on September 10th at 7:00 pm will also have counsellors providing resources and tools to help families prepare for Junior High and will also reference school and community resources for families to be aware of. Meet the teacher will take place on September 13th at 7:00 pm also.




Staff & Parent Meetings


We will have a staff meeting every Tuesday morning (this will not affect the school day) and the first Wednesday of every month (half days). There will be a School-Parent Council Meeting on the third Tuesday of every month.




We will use the following as methods of communication.


✓    School Messenger


✓    Email


✓    Newsletter


✓    Website




Please note that email is the best way to get in touch with staff should you have any questions or concerns. All staff emails can be found on our website under the “Staff” tab. Please allow two business days for a reply.






Order Your Gator Gear Now!



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 use promo code WPU for free shipping.


Products are available for order until July 31, 2018. 

Orders are delivered  to the school.



There are a variety of courses offered in the Paul Kane Summer School 2018 program beginning July 3.  Registration is available online at pkhs.spschools.org. Contact Ms. Bowles, by email at Shirley.bowles@spschools.org or by telephone (780-459-4405) for further information.   Register early to make sure you get into the course you want!



For students entering Grade 10 in the fall, why not experience our popular “Camp HeLa Program” and earn 11 credits before starting high school?  This program is an enjoyable, meaningful outdoor experience combining Phys. Ed. And CALM, two compulsory high school courses, in a two week time frame.  Spend the first week at Paul Kane meeting new people, learning life skills and participating in a variety of physical and experiential learning activities.  The second week is spent at HeLa Adventures, a retreat west of Rocky Mountain House. Enjoy a week of climbing, white water canoeing, biking, swimming, hiking and making new friends!  There is still limited space available but sessions fill quickly (Session #1 is full). Registration is available online at pkhs.spschools.org Please contact Shirley Bowles at 780-459-4405 or email her at Shirley.bowles@spschools.org for further information.  

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What is the FundScrip fundraising program?
FundScrip is a program that earns cash rebates for our school based on everyday purchases you make like groceries, gas, and other household items. . The cards are ordered online and sent directly to your door!
For full details please visit www.fundscrip.com
Invitation Code:   VW4X4J

Dough Raiser
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Lorne Akins will be taking part in Cobs Bread Dough Raiser Program!
All you have to do is say that you are raising dough for Lorne Akins Junior High School and 5% of the funds will be donated back to the school.
For more details call Cobs Bread at 780-458-9133 or pay them a visit at 212 2 Hebert Road, St Albert, AB T8N 5T8.
Boston Pizza
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Lorne Akins will also be taking part in Boston Pizza's Operation Education Fundraiser.
All you have to do is eat at your local Boston Pizza, keep your receipt, then submit the receipt to the office and we will get 5% of the amount on the receipt.
Last year's yearbooks can still be purchased for $35. Come to the office to get a copy while supplies last!