- Enhanced Academic Program (Junior High)
- English as a Second Language
- Early Childhood Program
- Resource Program for assisted learning and organization
- Enhanced Phys-Ed Program (fitness breaks, swimming, skating, skiing)
- Primary reading intervention
- Inclusive enrichment programs
Curriculum at a Glance
- Elementary and Junior High Ski Trips
- Elementary Running Club
- Junior High Band Concerts
- Evening of Fine Arts (Gr. 6,7,8)
- Student Leadership Team
- Social Justice programs
- Glee Club
- Improv Team
Option Class Descriptions
The Visual Arts is about creative expression and solving visual problems. This option gives students a chance to develop their skills in drawing, painting and making 3-dimensional sculptures. At the Grade 7 level, students are introduced to the basic skills and understandings needed for painting, drawing and sculpting, with a variety of different art materials. They make a small acrylic painting on canvas, a wire sculpture, plus many other smaller projects. Grade 8 students make cardboard sculptures, larger acrylic painting on canvas, and they do printmaking and many other smaller activities. Grade 8 all receive a sketchbook, which they use regularly. Most classes are in the art room but in the spring and fall, students can expect to work outside on some projects. As well the Grade 8 classes may make gallery visits during the year. Many of our art students exhibit their work at the Teachers Convention, at the Edmonton Catholic School District's "Celebration of the Arts" and around the school. Students keep their art work unless they choose to sell it in a school auction or to the school for a permanent collection.
BAND (All grade 7 students are enrolled in band)
The Band program provides opportunities for junior high students to develop their skills and abilities in music. Students develop and improve aural, technical, theoretical, interpretive, and synthesis skills. They also learn to play with good tone and intonation as well as to interpret the repertoire studied. In Grade 7, band students learn about the instrument of their choice, how to play, listen, and how to make a critical judgment on music. They also learn to interpret rhythm, melody, harmony, and form. Grade 8 students develop aspects of these skills but at an advanced and appropriate level for the student's ability. Grades 7 and 8 band students are also encouraged to express themselves creatively through improvisation and interpretation of music. In addition, social and historical aspects of repertoire are discussed to encourage growth in the value of appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of music.
Throughout this course, students will be challenged to identify potential venture and business opportunities in their local environment. They will apply a decision making model for potential entrepreneurialism. This will culminate in a venture plan where they will identify various means of entering the business world. Throughout this process they will describe potential risks and propose strategies for assessing risks related to business ventures. Some of these risks could be physical, financial and at the human resource level. At the grade 8 level students will be challenged to develop a supporting marketing campaign to accompany their business venture. Throughout both grade levels students will constantly reflect upon and assess their venture and look to make adjustments where needed.
Students explore computer hardware, software and processes. This includes an introduction to programming languages such as Scratch and Python and the role of programming as a tool for implementing computer logic. Students are introduced to a general programming environment in which they write simple structured programs that input, process and output data, use some of the more basic operators and data types, and follow a sequential flow of control. Products of this course may be simple games and basic computer applications.
CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN
Construction and Design is a module of Career and Technology Studies (CTS) at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil School. Students learn basic woodworking skills, develop safe work place practices, learn safe operation of machinery, and learn practical solutions to solving problems when building projects. Some of the projects that students make in CTS Grades 7 and 8 are bridge construction, CO2 cars, furniture, turning pens or bowls and drafting. Successful completion of modules in this strand is intended to provide students with a broad base of relevant theory and practice that builds daily living and career-specific skills.
DIGITAL MEDIA AND DESIGN
Students will be challenged to move beyond simple multimedia videos and develop higher level film production. Extensive use of the Adobe CS6 master collection will be used to complete products. Specific software titles are Adobe Premiere CS6 for video editing (grade 7) and Adobe After Effects CS6 for creating more dynamic video production (grade 8). Throughout the two levels students will focus on the concepts of storyboarding, design, effects, camera work, copyright, media upload and download, and production.
The Dramatic Arts option at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in the four major disciplines of Drama: Movement, Speech, Acting/Improvisation and Technical Theatre. Students are first introduced to these concepts in Grade 7, through games, activities and small projects. In Grade 8, Drama becomes a full year option. Students progressively build on skills that they have developed in the previous grade, with several exciting projects and assignments. Highlights for Grade 8 include monologues, creating a puppet show for the elementary students and an Improv Tournament. Positive attitude, respect and cooperation are a must in this fun, and challenging option!
FOODS & FASHION
Career Technology Studies at Archbishop Joseph MacNeil offers a combined strand of Foods and Fashion to students in Grades 7 and 8. The study of "fashion" begins with instruction in learning to safely operate a sewing machine and a serger. The students develop an understanding of the techniques used when sewing with woven and knit fabrics. They complete garments in both types of fabric. The "foods" portion of this option focuses on eating healthy using Canada's Food Guide as a reference. The students develop an understanding of basic baking ingredients by combining them in a variety of ways in the lab to make cookies, muffins, pretzels and much more. This option is for dynamic and creative students who have an interest in design and a love of food.
FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE / SPANISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (All grade 7 students must take one second language)
Through the study of French or Spanish language and culture, students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be effective global citizens. In their exploration of the cultures of the French or Spanish-speaking world, they also gain respect and appreciation for all cultures. During class, students use French or Spanish in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes and they acquire many strategies to maximize the effectiveness of learning and communication. Students also study many thematic topics throughout junior high and complete a very enjoyable final task for each of these units as they demonstrate their new understandings. The development of language competence varies amongst students and because success is based on repetition, all students are encouraged to read simple French or Spanish text and/or to watch French or Spanish film or television outside of school. Mother Margaret Mary will offer continuation of the languages offered at AJM.
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