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Courses Offered

Junior High School subjects fall into two categories:

i) Core: Taken by all students
Religious Education
Language Arts
French Language Arts (for French Immersion students only)
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Physical Education
Health & Personal Life Skills

ii) Complementary: This part of the Junior High program varies at each grade level.

Fine Arts
Art
Drama

Modern Languages
French as a Second Language - Three-year program

Career & Technology Foundations (C.T.F.)
Foods - Grades 7, 8, 9
Environmental and Outdoor Education - Grades 7, 8
Information Processing Grades 7, 8
Information Processing and Communication Technology - Grade 9
Construction Technology Grades 7, 8, 9

Fashion - Grade 7, 8, 9

Senior Options
Information Processing Yearbook - Grade 9
Communication Technology Grades 8, 9
Physical Education Leadership Grade 9

Complementary Courses Description

The primary purpose of complementary courses in Junior High School is to give students an opportunity to expand, explore, and develop individual interests, talents, aptitudes, and skills. Students should choose complementary courses which are of genuine interest to them.

Note: Our objective is to accommodate students with the complementary course choices they request at pre-registration. However, in cases of insufficient enrolment or unusually high enrolments in complimentary courses, placement may be restricted.

:: Fine Arts

Art (Grades 7, 8, 9)
Students enrolling in art will learn the basic composition of art, the use of elements (line, color, value, space, texture and form) to express themselves in their art work, the basic vocabulary and techniques of art criticism, and the application of this knowledge in comparing art works.
Class projects include perspective drawing, contour drawing, pastel drawing, watercolor painting, oil painting, and sculpture.

Drama (Grades 7, 8, 9)
Students enrolling in drama will develop many of the communication skills used in dramatic presentations. Trust and awareness exercises, body control, pantomime, voice control, improvisation, readers' theatre, puppetry and short script work will be used to give students who do not have drama background a feel for dramatic art. Whenever possible, field trips are planned to take in professional or community theatre performances.

:: Modern Language

French As A Second Language (Grades 7, 8, 9)
The French program is divided into four categories:

a) Listening Comprehension
b) Oral French
c) Written French
d) Cultural Understanding

The French program is designed to achieve a certain level of communication skill (reading and writing) in accordance with Alberta Education guidelines. The program exposes students to language, customs and attitudes that are different from their own. Students will learn to appreciate and understand the French culture in Canada and abroad. Students should have the desire to extend or improve their proficiency in the French language in high school, whether for interest, or for post secondary requirements. Students taking French at the grade seven level are encouraged to continue for the three years.

Career & Technology Foundations (C.T.F.)

CTF is an optional program designed for Alberta's secondary school students. As a program of choice, CTF will help students:

  • Investigate career options and make effective career choices
  • Use technology (tools and processes) effectively and efficiently
  • Apply and reinforce learning developed in other subject areas.
  • Develop entry level vocational skills.
  • Prepare for entry into the workplace or further learning.

The Introductory courses offered at St. Cecilia will include a variety of assignments and projects. They do not require any prerequisite courses, and are designed to teach students the basics in a wide selection of electronic tools and software.

Information Processing (Grade 7)
Students will work to attain three major goals during this course. Students will:

  • Learn and demonstrate proper keyboarding (typing) technique in order to type at 20 wpm (words per minute) and numeric entry at 80 kpm (keystrokes per minute).
  • Use the tools in MS Word to produce properly formatted reports, letters and tables.
  • Learn and use publishing tools, found in MS Publisher to produce camera-ready publications, including page make-up tools, (text, cropping, etc.) basic formatting, basic editing and layout principles.

Information Processing (Grade 8)
Students will work to attain four major goals during this course. Students will:

  • Use a digital camera to acquire images as well as download and save images to a directory. Students will use these images in other areas of this course.
  • Apply Hypermedia tools, found in MS PowerPoint, to produce a short presentation including sounds, text, graphics and animation.
  • Design, create and present a webpage using tools found in MS FrontPage. The webpage will include text, graphics, links and anchors.
  • Learn and apply the tools found in MS Excel to manipulate data in spreadsheets to visually present data in chart and graph formats, while selecting data from a spreadsheet to present in graphic format; selecting an appropriate graph to present data; and using appropriate software commands and functions to create visually pleasing detailed graphs.

Information Processing and Communication Technology (Grade 9)
Students taking this course should be familiar with MS PowerPoint or other Hypermedia Tools. Students will work to attain two major goals during this course. Students will:

  • Plan, produce and edit a multimedia presentation, including text, video and audio, using the tools found in MS PowerPoint.
  • Acquire basic production skills using simple audio/video equipment and techniques. Students will plan and create a three to five minute video assignment.

Fashion Studies
Fashion Studies (Grade 7, 8, 9) Students learn how to safely use and care for sewing and pressing equipment, and how to apply these skills in the assembly of a project.

:: Foods

Introductory Foods Program (Grade 7, 8)
Food Basics
Students learn how to make wise food choices and to understand recipes, equipment, care in handling food, and the importance of safe and efficient work habits.

Intermediate Foods Program (Grade 9)
Food Basics
Students learn how to apply the importance of snacking to the way we eat by making nutritious, as well as delicious snacks and appetizers.

Construction Technology (Grade 7, 8, 9)
This course is designed to introduce students to lab safety, design, and construction techniques. The safety unit includes general lab safety and safety with hand tools and machines. The design unit covers basic drafting, measurement, and planning skills. In the construction unit, students build a variety of fun and challenging projects. Projects include clocks, CO2 cars, CD rack, wooden bowl, plastic bowl, sandblasted mirror, and ceramics. The emphasis in this course is hands-on participation.

Environmental and Outdoor Education (Grades 7, 8)
Objectives:

1. To develop an appreciation of our living natural resources.
2. To develop a lifelong desire to continue observing, exploring, and learning from one's environment.
3. To develop a respect and responsibility for our wildlife and natural environment.
4. To develop a spirit of cooperation and camaraderie that comes from a survival situation.

Built into the course are numerous out-of-school experiences which support the academic learning and skill development that takes place within the classroom setting. The course cost is supported by a user pay basis and since these out-of-school experiences apply the learning in school, they are compulsory to the evaluation of the student.

All facilities must be booked in advance and a deposit placed. To ensure these experiences, a course fee of $50.00 for grades 7 and 8. This fee will help cover the costs of such activities as:

- rock climbing
- cross-country skiing
- cycling
- snow shoeing
- camping
- hiking

St. Cecilia's Senior Options

PHYSICAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP (Grade 9)
The purpose of this course is to provide leadership opportunities for grade nine students. The class will be responsible for officiating and coordinating the Intramural Program and providing minor officials for extra-curricular activities. Students taking this option will have an opportunity to experience various sports and activities that students would not otherwise participate in such as curling, cycling, bowling, etc. Approval by the instructor is required to take this course.

CTF
The Intermediate level courses at St. Cecilia are designed to offer a greater challenge. These courses focus primarily on skill acquisition, leading to the creation of a substantial electronic project. Students enrolling in this class should have a good understanding of computers in general.

Communication Technology (Grade 8)
Students will work to attain two major goals during this course. Students will:

  • Acquire digital images from a digital camera and one or more other sources. Using those images, students will edit, composite and manipulate pictures using the tools found in Adobe Photoshop
  • Learn a variety of animation techniques and produce short animation assignments using the tools found in Adobe Imageready

    Information Processing Yearbook (Grade 9)
    Students will learn about electronic publishing while working together to create the school yearbook.

    Students will

    • Integrate text composing, editing, typesetting, graphics, digital photography and page layout functions

    Communication Technology (Grade 9)
    Students will work to attain two major goals during this course. Students will:

    • Study different types of media in order to use photographic, print and audio/video equipment to communicate ideas. Students will prepare and deliver a presentation

    May include

    • Hypermedia presentation (I.e. make a presentation for open house or year end or something)
    • Photography
    • Media design and analysis (I.e. study the effects of media and ways it can be used for example women's body image)

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