Jr. High Complementary Courses
Expand your creative potential and take your art skills to the next level! In this class, students will build skills while exploring a range of important artists throughout history. Students will work with art fundamentals including line, shape, space, texture, color and value. The grades 7 to 9 art programs are a unified, sequential course, in which students create a variety of projects, such as an acrylic painting, watercolor painting, sculpture, drawing, a mixed media piece and more. Projects will change in style and level of difficulty from year to year so that students can build on their skills.
Prerequisite required- Research has shown that playing an instrument has many benefits, namely that it speeds the development of speech and reading skills, it trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods, and it helps children gain a sense of empathy for others and enhance overall coordination. Hone and develop the individual skill of learning an instrument while also being part of a team, all while playing music from different genres, cultures, and time periods. Our bands have several performances, ranging from band festivals to out-of-town camps and clinics.
Communication and Technology
Communication and Technologies is a module based course that is student interest directed. Students are able to develop their problem-solving skills through a variety of modules relating to programming, information processing, robotics, stop-motion animation and video game creation. Students will also have an opportunity to take their idea and turn it into a prototype. This course will provide students with the flexibility to adapt to various situations that can be useful in future careers. The modules available to students will depend on their grades and previous knowledge in a particular area.
The focus in Construction is developing skills and knowledge using some of the basic hand tools that are related to construction by safely transforming common wood materials into useful products. This will be completed by making hand projects like an oven squirrel, small projects like air dragsters and bandsaw boxes, to large projects like a cabriole leg stool or a carrying tray. Students will also have the opportunity to use an auto Computer Aided Design (CAD) by taking a 2-dimensional drawing and putting it into a 3-dimensional program to be printed.
Design Studies is a module based course that is student interest directed. Students are able to develop their problem-solving skills through a variety of modules relating to careers in journalism, interior design, photography, digital art and print design. Students will develop fundamental skills, and discover the impact that design has on relaying messages through the use of technologies in these areas. This course will provide students with the flexibility to adapt to various situations, and to construct and relay messages with the purpose of connecting, informing, or entertaining, that can be useful in future careers. Students will also work with basic layout and design techniques as well as various print reproduction processes.
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. Elements of the following units will be studied: Orientation, Speech, Theatre, Movement and Improvisation/Acting. Drama is a fun way to enhance your creative side to become characters and dive into various adventures!
Fashion Studies is the study of all things textile. Students will explore different textiles and experiment with creative ways to redesign, recycle or restore a project by repairing, customizing, or embellishing it. Students will learn different textile design techniques, how to safely use and care for sewing and pressing equipment, and apply these skills during project assembly. Projects available to students will depend on their grades and previous knowledge in a particular area.
Foods Studies provides a unique learning opportunity where students are constantly engaged in problem solving activities that taste great! The class is structured to allow students to develop food preparation and cooking skills while encouraging them to look at food items in new ways. Students will focus on basic cooking and baking techniques and work their way up to a full meal plan.
Prerequisite required- Learning French can open many doors to many jobs in the future! It's the official language of 28 countries, and is widely spoken in parts of Western and Central Africa, on several Caribbean islands, and even on the South American mainland. So, if you hope to travel the world one day, sign up for French! You'll learn how to have conversations with people, how to order food or go shopping - you'll even gain social awareness, and so much more. Plus, who doesn't want to sample some delicious French foods or listen to some rocking French music?!
The goal of recreational leadership is for students to create fitness activities and develop basic individual fitness plans. Students will achieve goals for health-related and performance-related components. Students will also learn prevention, assessment and management techniques related to injuries that may occur during recreation and sporting events and activities. This course will also explore the role of the athletic therapist, first-aid and the identification of first-aid supplies, common injuries, and apply basic taping and wrapping techniques to common sports related injuries.
According to the 2016 census, Tagalog was the second-most common mother tongue of people living in Edmonton, following English. As a way to learn or improve your language skills, you will be immersed in this beautiful and rich culture through the sounds of music, the excitement of street games, and the smells and tastes of this culture.