Options Course Descriptions
All option courses are based on the assumption of having individuals on staff with the knowledge and abilities necessary to teach them.
Option Course Descriptions
The junior high art program for Grades 7–9 is a unified sequential course which focuses on three major components of visual learning:
DRAWINGS or delineations – all the ways we record visual information and discoveries.
COMPOSITIONS or structures – all the ways images are put together to create meaning.
ENCOUNTERS with art – where we meet and how we respond to visual imagery.
Students are taught basic art principles through various drawing techniques, colour theory, composition and value studies. Units of study include: 3-dimensional drawing, cartooning, portraiture, still life, figure drawing, sculpture, and water colour painting.
Digital Photography is an option that focuses on the history and techniques of photography as well as the study of how to create stunning images with the digital medium. Students will learn to take, develop and download pictures; and modify images, will complete a variety of projects/activities to investigate the nature and applications of photographic technologies, and will create a personal portfolio to which they will add samples, photographs and other evidence of their progress throughout the semester. General outcomes include:
- develop academic competencies to enhance knowledge and skills when working with photography
- develop basic competencies through individual effort and interpersonal interaction while completing a variety of photography-based tasks
- develop occupational competencies through the combination of knowledge, skills and work effort needed to perform tasks related to photography.
The overall goal of drama is to foster a positive self-concept in students by encouraging them to explore life by the assumption of roles and by the acquisition of dramatic skills. The imaginative exploration involves setting up a dramatic situation, “acting out” that situation, communicating within that situation and reflecting on the consequences. It is this reflection that provides the knowledge for self-development. As students progress through the dramatic forms of expression at the junior high level, greater emphasis is placed upon the development of the individual as a creator, performer, historian, critic and patron. Here, the self-development and socialization processes of the student are extended by developing an appreciation of theatre as a traditional art form.This course emphasizes creative drama and offers a large variety of improvisational situations. Students work mainly in large and small group situations exploring movement and voice. There is a special emphasis on personal growth and the development of a positive working attitude. General outcomes include:
- acquiring knowledge of self and others through participation in and reflection on dramatic experience.
- developing competency in communication skills through participation in and exploration of various dramatic disciplines.
- developing an appreciation for drama and theatre as a process and art form.
Engineering and Robotics
This course introduces junior high students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic task/challenge-based surface. Robotics students, guided by their imaginations and the course instructor, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. In this option, the students will gain an understanding of how to use the Lego Robotics and how it relates to future career paths in engineering. Students will not only create the robots and program them to complete tasks, they will also learn about their use in modern day engineering endeavors. General outcomes include:
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Research challenges facing today’s scientists and engineers
- Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
Fabrics and Fashion Studies
This course will provide an overview of the Fashion modules offered at the introductory and intermediate levels. The topics covered will include basic sewing techniques and terminology, as well as an introduction to Fashion illustration and trends. Students will complete a variety of projects/activities to develop competencies in safety, selecting fabrics, sewing by hand and machine, working with patterns, and maintaining and repairing clothing and fabrics. Student will learn how to design, manufacture and market clothing and other textile products as well as study the history, sociology and economics of clothing and textile arts.
Students learn safe and sanitary food handling procedures, equipment care, comprehension of recipes and the importance of efficient work habits. Students will complete a variety of projects/activities to develop competencies in cooking safety, the use of techniques and tools when cooking for one or many, nutritional information and meal planning. This course covers the topics of food and kitchen safety, cooking methods and techniques; and health an nutrition. Recipes are chosen to give students a broad range of cooking experience. (Vegetarian options offered when appropriate). General outcomes include:
- develop academic competencies to enhance knowledge and skills when working with food
- develop basic competencies through individual effort and interpersonal interaction while completing a variety of foods-related projects/activities
- develop occupational competencies through the combination of knowledge, skills and work effort needed to perform tasks related to the operation of cooking equipment.
Film studies provides a general introduction to the art and history of the cinema. The course will include the viewing of numerous films, which will include selections from a wide range of classics, foreign films, and the mainstream. There will be several written assignments ranging from personal response to critiques, as well as a major project involving the creation of a short film. As students progress through the course the objective is to foster development of the student as a creator, performer, historian, critic, and patron.
In this option, students will be introduced to the concept and practice of Woodworking and be offered experiences in creating a wide variety of projects. A mandatory safety module is done in this course as well that ensures students are ready to work in the shop environment. Students will complete a variety of projects/activities to investigate the nature and applications of tools, equipment, materials and safety when working with wood. General outcomes include:
- develop academic competencies to enhance knowledge and skills when working with wood and woodworking tools
- develop basic competencies through individual effort and interpersonal interaction while completing a variety of woodworking-related projects/activities
- develop occupational competencies through the combination of knowledge, skills and work effort needed to perform tasks related to working with wood and wood products.
Information Processing (Computers )
This course builds on the students’ current knowledge base and works to extend their basic knowledge. Major projects will include preparation of posters, research on future careers in technology, digital photo editing, a PowerPoint presentation, podcasting, and the interrelations between computers and mobile devices. Students will also be shown ways that programs can help and aid their lives and those around them. Areas of study will include the essential skills of Microsoft Word, the basics of Excel spreadsheets, and introduction to graphic design using Photoshop, creating PowerPoint presentations, and general computer operations within a network environment.
This course will offer the students a chance to see how movies are made and the details surrounding the process. Work with cameras will be done and students will be required to shoot, write, direct and create their own small movie. Studies of past movies and their styles will also be covered.
News Casting and TV Camera Work
This course allows students a chance to learn about proper camera work techniques in broadcasting. Students will use current technology and be in charge of the daily behind the scenes work of the school news studio. A chance to be on air will be available to students in this course at the teacher’s discretion.
French as a Second Language
Learning French as a second language can be an exciting and productive experience for students keen to learn new communication skills, explore other cultures, and generally expand their horizons. The intent of the course is to increase use of the oral and written French language through incorporating the five strands of learning: reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking. in addition to this, the overarching goal of the junior high FSL program is to develop students’ ability to function competently in French outside the confines of the classroom. General outcomes include:
- Students will use their knowledge of French to understand and/or to express a message effectively in various situations for a variety of purposes.
- Students will use, with accuracy, knowledge of linguistic elements of the French language to fulfill their communicative intents.
- Students will use their knowledge of different Francophone cultures and their own culture to interact within these cultures.
- Students will use their knowledge of strategies to enhance learning and to communicate in French.
Glee/Choral Music is a course that concentrates on developing vocal technique and learning music from all historical periods and styles of music. A unique blend of music choices will aid in the students development in all areas of singing.
Band (Instrumental Music)
This course is designed for those students who wish to continue their study of instrumental music or are just starting their journey in music. Emphasis will be placed upon increasing musical competence through instruction in technique and the study of quality literature written for the concert band. Out of school rehearsals and performances will be required. Students will learn to play their instruments, read musical notation and develop their aural skills. Different styles of music will be explored and performances in a variety of band settings will be available.
This course will further develop the students knowledge of Volleyball. They will learn more about the rules, score keeping, line judging, and more. They will also spend the majority of the time developing their skills in the sport and learning which drills help with each skill. This is an active option that requires students to change and participate at a high level.
If you have a love of basketball, this is the option for you. When offered, this course will not only develop a students basketball abilities, but also knowledge of the game. Students will learn about rules, score keeping, refereeing and more. This is an active option that requires students to change and participate at a high level.