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Programs

  • 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

EAP Program Info Presentation 2019.pdf

Curriculum at a Glance

Kindergarten.pdfGrade 5.pdf
Grade 1.pdfGrade 6.pdf
Grade 2.pdfGrade 7.pdf
Grade 3.pdfGrade 8.pdf
Grade 4.pdfGrade_9.pdf

Extracurricular Activities

  • 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
  • Yearbook
  • Intramurals
  • Glee Club
  • Improv Team

Option Class Descriptions

ART

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.

BUSINESS

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.

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.

FOODS and FASHION 7

This course is intended to give an overview of two CTF (Career and Technology Foundation) paths, Foods and Fashion. The program is presented in a trimester format to our grade 7 students and offers them the opportunity to develop life-long skills in areas indispensable to everyday life.  The Foods component covers safety and sanitation rules for the kitchen, basic kitchen equipment use, fundamental techniques through a series of labs, reading and following recipes.  In Fashion, basic hand stitches, iron safety, machine sewing and safety techniques, and conclude with a final culminating project.

FOODS 8 and 9

The Foods 8 and 9 program is presented as a yearlong option with entry at any grade. This option includes the development and preparation of a variety of foods inclusive of the CTF (Career and Technology Foundation) component.  The course begins with Food Safety with a focus on processing, preparing, handling and serving food safely.  Students will complete a variety of recipes/projects through group collaboration to develop competencies in techniques and tools when cooking.  They will examine food choices in relation to Canada‚Äôs Food Guide to Healthy Eating and other reliable and appropriate guidelines.

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.

RECREATION ADMINISTRATION

Students will develop skills to enable them to become independent, positive leaders, participation in various activities which promote leadership skills and independence and growth of interpersonal skills.  They will learn how to successfully plan, organize and implement an intramural program and a variety of special events within our school community.  Involvement in school event planning to promote a healthier, active school setting is an important goal.  Students will also participate in a fitness component that is outside of the regular physical education curriculum and can include such topics as eating right, making a fitness goal and creating a plan to meet those goals, mindfulness, promotion of living a healthier life.

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.

BUSINESS

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.

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.

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.

RECREATION ADMINISTRATION

Students will develop skills to enable them to become independent, positive leaders, participation in various activities which promote leadership skills and independence and growth of interpersonal skills.  They will learn how to successfully plan, organize and implement an intramural program and a variety of special events within our school community.  Involvement in school event planning to promote a healthier, active school setting is an important goal.  Students will also participate in a fitness component that is outside of the regular physical education curriculum and can include such topics as eating right, making a fitness goal and creating a plan to meet those goals, mindfulness, promotion of living a healthier life.