Options

Grade 7 Option Course Descriptions 2017 - 2018

Students enrolled in both the English and French Immersion combined grade 7-8 class will be taking grade 8 options.  We will then adjust the small changes accordingly, for instance: D.I.G. Deeper is only offered in grade 7, and the swimming option classes need prerequisite classes.  We will look into offering missed options the following year.

 

Band – Ms. Murphy (full year course) - No Course Fee - Instrument required. Can provide your own instrument or monthly rental fee through St. John’s Music. Additional fees for Optional Music Field Trips throughout the year.  Please consult Ms. Murphy’s website for a detailed description of her music program, as well as her promotional video link.

This course is a continuation of the skills learned in grade six beginner band.  Students are building upon their knowledge of technical skills on their instrument as well as the teamwork and cooperation required to play and participate in a band.  Music fundamentals such as melody, tempo, harmony, dynamics, balance, blend, intonation, and rhythm are the focus as the students learn to play a variety of music and a variety of musical styles. The students will also study music theory to enhance the knowledge that is required to effectively play their instrument. As the students progress, creativity and playing more than one instrument is encouraged.

There is a variety of learning opportunities for music students that extends beyond the classroom.  These include but are not limited to: concert band and jazz band, band camp, the Vic Lewis Music Festival, band trips and performances at local schools.

French as a Second Language- (Term)-No Course Fee

French as a second language (FSL) course offers students important cultural, linguistic, career development opportunities and precedes post-secondary language studies.  The FSL program enables students to communicate in French in a variety of school travel, leisure and job-related contexts.  FSL also enables students to better understand francophone cultures in Canada and in other countries of the world.  Students will engage in various language activities, based on the context, the communicative task and the different information and communication technologies available.  

 

Drama 7 – (Term) –No Course Fee

In this level I Drama course, students will begin to work on the development of their whole person – emotional, social, physical, intellectual, imaginative, and aesthetic – through “acting out”.  Students will acquire knowledge of self and others through participation in and reflection on dramatic experience. They will also develop competency in communication skills and an appreciation for drama and theatre

Students will explore speech and acting by participating in an orientation, story telling, toastmaster activities, readers’ theatre and sports theatre.

 

FOOD BASICS 7 – (Term) $25.00

Food Basics 7 is an introductory level CTS Foods course.  In Food Basics 7

Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills related to cooking. Topics covered

Include:  

 

Outdoor Education – (Term) $25.00

Students will experience familiar and new outdoor activities while learning the value and

importance of teamwork. Depending on the season, activities will (or could?) include climbing, biking, tennis, curling, skating, golfing, archery, disc golf, geocaching, broomball, snowshoeing, ultimate Frisbee, kayaking and so on. It is expected that students come to class prepared for the activity of the day.


Construction Technology 7 (Term) $20.00

Box it up! Introduction to Tools and Materials

Grade 7 students will develop basic hand tool processes and learn design theory that will allow them to complete a simple wood box, plastic keychain and pen set. Introduction to the safe operation and use of some woodworking machines will also be done.  If time permits, students will be able to build on their knowledge to work on more advanced pre-approved wood and plastic projects.

 

Art – (Term) $25.00 in this complimentary course, grade 7 students will be encouraged to think of themselves as artists. They will access their imaginations through drawing and painting while exploring the concepts of motion, passage of time, and using found objects to create a 3-dimensional effect in their work.  Students will also be expected to speak about their art—since every piece will be individual and therefore unique, each student will be asked to explain the thoughts, feelings, processes, etc. that went into their finished products.  

Hockey Skills- /Outdoor Education Activities Course Fee-TBA

There will be a peewee/bantam level hockey option involving skating, passing, shooting drills and scrimmaging. Included in the hockey option will be some outdoor education activities.

Red Cross Swim Classes- Town of Canmore- Course Fee TBA

There will be a Red Cross level 7/8 swim option.  Included in the swimming option will be some outdoor education activities.

Golf Skills Course Fee TBA Golf skills option at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club. Golf instruction will be provided by qualified professionals and will be geared to the skill level of the participants. Included in the golf option will be some outdoor education activities.

MultimediaNo Fee:  Students discover the impact of the media and develop fundamental skills to relay a message effectively using various forms of media; e.g., photography, print, Web and audio or video production.

D.I.G. Deeper 7.0

In this option, students will be engaged in interdisciplinary learning by developing hands-on inquiry projects to support student creativity, talents and passion for learning. Grounded in critical thinking, both at the individual and small group levels, students will extend their learning in ways that make learning come alive.

 

Students will be asked to:

Plan: To follow a process that identifies problems, generates ideas and encourages empathy and evaluation when designing a solution to a task or a challenge.

Create: To make a product, performance or service by using one’s own thought or imagination.

Appraise: To use ongoing assessment to guide decision-making and learning.

Communicate: To share or receive information in order to express ideas and gain understanding.

 

NOTE:  Some complementary courses may be cancelled due to staffing 

 

Grade 7 Option Form 2017-2018

GRADE 7 COMPLEMENTARY COURSE INFORMATION

2017-18 GRADE 7 OPTION REGISTRATION – The following has the possibility of being offered if
Enrolment is sufficient. (Please hand in this page ONLY to your Grade 6 homeroom teacher by May 29, 2017.)  There are 3 option terms in the school year; students have 2 options per term.

CATEGORY A CHOICE – Full Year (counts as 3 options)

Music

CATEGORY B CHOICES – Term (12 weeks)

Art

Construction

Foods

Outdoor ED

Drama

French as a Second Language

Red Cross Swimming/OED Activities

Hockey Skills/OED Activities

Golf Skills/OED Activities

Multimedia

D.I.G. Deeper 7.0


STEP 1 - Students must choose one of the following combinations – please
Circle combination:
1. CATEGORY A (year long Band) + 3 CATEGORY B CHOICES

OR

2. Six CATEGORY B choices

 

STEP 2- Below, list your selection in order of preference that you have chosen from the List above in Step 1.  We will endeavor to give students their first choices, but class size limitations and course conflicts do exist in some cases.

1._____________________________________
 

2.___________________________________
 

3._____________________________________
 

4._____________________________________
 

5. _____________________________________
 

6._____________________________________

 

STUDENT NAME (Please print) ___________________________________HOMEROOM_____

 

 

PARENT SIGNATURE: ___________________________________________

 

 

Grade 8 Option Course Descriptions 2017 - 2018

Band – Ms. Murphy (Full year course) - No Course Fee - Instrument required. Can provide your own instrument or monthly rental fee through St. John’s Music. Additional fees for Optional Music Field Trips throughout the year.  Please consult Ms. Murphy’s website for a detailed description of her music program, as well as her promotional video link.

This course is a continuation of the skills learned in grade seven band.  Students are building upon their knowledge of technical skills on their instrument as well as the teamwork and cooperation required to play and participate in a band.  Music fundamentals such as melody, tempo, harmony, dynamics, balance, blend, intonation, and rhythm are the focus as the students learn to play a variety of music and a variety of musical styles. The students will also study music theory to enhance the knowledge that is required to effectively play their instrument. As the students progress, creativity and playing more than one instrument is encouraged.

There is a variety of learning opportunities for music students that extends beyond the classroom.  These include but are not limited to concert band and jazz band, band camp, the Vic Lewis Music Festival, band trips and performances at local schools.

Term Courses

French as a Second Language- (Term) No Course Fee

French as a second language (FSL) course offers students important cultural, linguistic, career development opportunities and precedes post-secondary language studies.  The FSL program enables students to communicate in French in a variety of school travel, leisure and job-related contexts.  FSL also enables students to better understand francophone cultures in Canada and in other countries of the world.  Students will engage in various language activities, based on the context, the communicative task and the different information and communication technologies available.  

Foods: Baking Basics, Snacks and Appetizers- $25.00 Course Fee

 Students will develop an understanding of how to follow a recipe, how to safely handle tools and equipment, the importance of nutrition and how to keep their kitchen organized and clean. We explore a variety of different recipes, such as fruit crepes, muffins, cookies, quesadillas, potato pancakes, Thai Spring rolls, baked spaghetti and more… To end off the term, students learn how to professionally decorate cupcakes using special equipment provided by our very own Joanne Wilson. In the fall, students also use fresh vegetables from our school garden to make delicious soups and appetizers!

MultimediaNo Fee:  Students discover the impact of the media and develop fundamental skills to relay a message effectively using various forms of media; e.g., photography, print, Web and audio or video production.

Construction Technology 8 - $20.00 Course Fee

Grade 8 students will begin the term by reviewing safety and procedures within the CTS shop.

Students will select from a wide variety of pre-approved wood and plastic craft projects including coin banks, small shelves, stools, and toys.  Students will learn to safely use a variety of hand tools and power tools in the production of these projects.   ALL PROJECTS WILL BE SELECTED FROM AVAILABLE PLANS.  Grade 8 students new to the CTS shop, will complete the introductory grade 7 projects – the small box, plastic keychain and pen set.  Once complete, students will be able to select from other, more advanced projects at the instructor’s discretion.

Art –Term $25.00- Course Fee

In this complimentary course, grade 8 students will be encouraged to think of themselves as artists. They will access their imaginations through drawing and painting while exploring the concepts of motion, passage of time, and using found objects to create a 3-dimensional effect in their work.  Students will also be expected to speak about their art—since every piece will be individual and therefore unique, each student will be asked to explain the thoughts, feelings, processes, etc. that went into their finished products.  

Drama 8 – (Term)-$10.00- Course Fee

In this level I Drama course, students will begin to work on the development of their whole person – emotional, social, physical, intellectual, imaginative, and aesthetic – through “acting out”.  Students will acquire knowledge of self and others through participation in and reflection on dramatic experience. They will also develop competency in communication skills and an appreciation for drama and theatre

Outdoor Education $25.00- Course Fee

Students will experience familiar and new outdoor activities while learning the value and importance of teamwork. Activities will include climbing, biking, tennis, curling, skating, golfing, canoeing, archery, disc golf, ultimate Frisbee and kayaking- depending on the season.

Advanced Mountain Biking- Course Fee-TBA

Students must have their own mountain bike helmet and mountain bike.  More advanced skills and technical trails will be explored in this course.  Students must be physically fit enough to ride to the Canmore Nordic Center and back to the school in a double period.

Climbing/Kayaking- Course Fee - TBA

This course can accommodate both beginner and advanced climbers/Kayakers.  Climbing instruction will take place at Elevation Place and various outdoor locations in Canmore. Games and activities will introduce you to the art of white water kayaking.  Wet exits, paddling strokes and rolling will be taught.  Comfort in deep water essential.

 

Bronze Medallion-Course Fee- (TBD by Elevation Place)

Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education- judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn both tow and carries, and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk.  Lifesavers learn to respond to increasingly complex situations involving conscious and unconscious victims.  Lifesavers will develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.  Bronze Medallion is the pre requisite for the Bronze Cross award.  Must have swimming ability and be 13 years old.

Bronze Cross Course Fee- (TBD by Elevation Place)

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.  Bronze Cross teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures and teamwork.  Lifesavers learn how to rescue a spinal injured victim and a pulseless victim.  Bronze Cross is the prerequisite award for all advanced training programs in lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership.  Prerequisite:  Bronze Medallion.

Student Voice- No Course Fee

Student voice is a course designed to encourage the future leaders of tomorrow.  Students will collaborate and work together to address the needs of the student body as well as brainstorm ideas for new projects that support the school.  This is an outcome project based class that encourages students to take ownership of their ideas, design projects and then implement them.  Student voice is a hands on practical course that incorporates a variety of life skills and leadership activities that students can apply to daily life.  This option really connects well with the new Alberta Ministerial Order, in which students are encouraged to be ethical citizens and see beyond themselves to meet the needs of our school community.  They will also be showing entrepreneurial spirit by being resourceful and perseverant in working hard to achieve their set goals.

NOTE:  Some complementary course options may be cancelled due to staffing and or enrolment numbers.

 

Grade 8 Option Form 2017-2018

2017-18 GRADE 8 OPTION REGISTRATION – The following has the possibility of being offered if
Enrolment is sufficient. (Please hand in this page ONLY to your Grade 7 homeroom teacher by Friday, May 29, 2017.) There are 3 option terms in the school year; students have 2 options per term.

CATEGORY A CHOICE– Full Year (counts as 3 options)

Band
CATEGORY B CHOICES – Term (12 weeks)

Art

Multimedia

Construction

Foods

Outdoor ED

Drama

French as a Second Language

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Cross

Mountain Biking

Kayak/Climbing

Student Voice

 

STEP 1 - Students must choose one of the following combinations – please
Circle combination:
1. CATEGORY A (BAND-full year) + 3 CATEGORY B

OR
2. Six CATEGORY B Choices

 

STEP 2 –Below, list your selection in order of preference that you have chosen from the
List above in Step 1.  We will endeavor to give students their first choices, but class size limitations and course conflicts do exist in some cases.
1._____________________________________
 

2.___________________________________
 

3._____________________________________
 

4._____________________________________
 

5. _____________________________________
 

6._____________________________________
 

STUDENT NAME (Please print) ___________________________________HOMEROOM________

 

PARENTSIGNATURE: ______________________________________________________