Course Selection Handbook 2019 - 2020 Grades 9 12 - Elgin Park Secondary School - Surrey ...

 
Course Selection Handbook 2019 - 2020 Grades 9 12 - Elgin Park Secondary School - Surrey ...
Course Selection
      Handbook
     2019 - 2020
     Grades 9 - 12

Elgin Park Secondary School
Course Selection Handbook 2019 - 2020 Grades 9 12 - Elgin Park Secondary School - Surrey ...
Table of Contents

Principal’s Message ....................................................................... 3

Student Support & Services ........................................................... 3 ‐ 5

Course Descriptions
Business / Computer Educa on..................................................... 7 ‐ 8

Career Educa on ………………………………………………………………………..8 ‐ 9

English ............................................................................................ 10 ‐ 12

Fine Arts ......................................................................................... 12 ‐ 17

Home Economics ........................................................................... 17 ‐ 19

Interna onal Languages ................................................................ 20 ‐ 22

Library ............................................................................................ 22

Mathema cs .................................................................................. 23 ‐ 25

Physical Educa on ......................................................................... 26

Science ........................................................................................... 27 ‐ 29

Social Studies ................................................................................. 29 ‐ 31

Technology Educa on.................................................................... 31 ‐ 33

Special Elec ve Programs .............................................................. 35 ‐ 36
Course Selection Handbook 2019 - 2020 Grades 9 12 - Elgin Park Secondary School - Surrey ...
Principal’s Message                                  Student Support and Services
 Course selection is a process. This booklet outlines         Careers
 the course choices that are offered to students at our
 school and is a tool to help you select your courses.        The goal of the Career Department is to support
                                                              students as they begin to explore employment
 While it is advisable to keep one's options open, it         options and career paths.
 is necessary to narrow the focus at times to ensure a
 manageable load for students. Keep in mind that              The Career Centre is where students can:
 the choices made at the graduation program level                Check out volunteer opportunities
 (Grades 10-12) will impact the path a student can               Get tips on resume writing
 follow after graduation.                                        Access labour market trends
                                                                 Get assistance with career and post secondary
 As a school, we highly encourage our students to                  information
 explore a variety of courses in order to discover               Get information about district and school
 where their interests and talents lie. Cooperation                career programs
 and support between home and school are good
 predictors of student learning. Students are advised                   Ms. Muir (Car eer Facilitator )
 to seek guidance from parents, teachers, and
 counsellors during the course selection process.                  Ms. Spencer (Car eer Centr e Assistant)
 We also encourage students to consult the careers
 department and post-secondary and other websites             Counselling
 such as:
 (www.educationplanner.ca,                                    The Elgin Park Counselling Staff are committed to
 www.myblueprint.com)                                         assisting students in achieving their full potential
                                                              academically,      socially    and     emotionally.
 Factors to consider in making your decisions:                Counsellors can help students and their parents in
 As you think about choosing your courses for next            the following ways:
 year, you should ask yourself:
                                                                 Orientation to the school
  What courses MUST I take for graduation?                     Individual and group counselling for students
  What courses MUST I take to meet post-                       Support and guidance for parents
    secondary and/or apprenticeship entrance                     Guidance in high school graduation and
    requirements?                                                  course selection
  What courses MUST I take to prepare for the                  Liaison between students, teachers and parents
    work place?                                                  Referral to community and professional
  What will be the total time demand of the                      services
    courses I select?
                                                              Counsellors (according to Last Name)
 The course selection process provides an excellent
 opportunity for personal growth and for exercising
 decision-making skills. The staff at Elgin Park look                          Ms. Kim (A-Ha)
 forward to helping you make the best informed                                Ms. Hogan (He-P)
 decisions possible.                                                           Ms. Gill (Q-Z)

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Student Support and Services
ELL Program                                                   Students exiting from the ELL program have met
The English Language Learner program at Elgin                 one of the following criteria:
Park is set up on an immersion basis. ELL students              received 5 years of language instruction in the
are integrated into mainstream classes (academic                   Surrey School District.
and/or electives) for all blocks, with the exception of
their ELL classes. Placement into the program is                  achieved a mark at the Bridging level on the
determined following the results of the District                    Surrey School District annual language
Initial Placement test written either at the Welcome                assessment and has been recommended for exit
Centre, or International Education (or from results                 by his/her academic teachers.
of testing at their previous school) prior to                     approval of the School Based Team, in
registration at the school.                                         consultation with the ELL teacher.
The ELL Levels are:                                           Level 1 - Canadian Culture
1)   Level 1 (Starting)
2)   Level 2 (Emerging)                                       The focus is on writing, reading, listening and
3)   Level 3 (Developing)                                     speaking English for Starting level students.
4)   Level 4 (Expanding)                                      Students will learn about Canadian Culture.
5)   Level 5 (Bridging)
                                                              Level 2 - ELL Beginner 2
Level 1 to Level 3 students will be enrolled in at            The focus is on writing, reading, listening and
least one ELL class per semester (direct support).            speaking English for Emerging level students.
Level 4 and Level 5 students will typically be in             Level 3 - Introduction to Academic Language
mainstream classes (indirect support).                        ELL 10 (4 credits)
Students with either direct and indirect ELL support          This is a bridging course for students at the
have access to LST for extra help in their classes;           Developing level to help prepare them for regular
this does not apply to International students.                English classes. It focuses on writing, but has
                                                              components of speaking, listening, reading, and
The ELL classes are divided into three progressive            visual representation.
levels. The Level 3 courses will count as 4 credits
each.                                                         Level 3—Academic Language ELL 10 (4 credits)
    Level 1 - Starting: Canadian Culture class
    Level 2 - Emerging: Beginner 2 class                    This is a course with three main objectives—
    Level 3 - Developing:                                   reading, writing, and speaking in English. Students
              Introduction to Academic Language              will be exposed to a wide variety of reading genres
                ELL 10                                        including both fiction and non-fiction. The focus
              Academic Language ELL 10                       will be on increasing reading fluency,
                                                              comprehension and speed. Students will learn how
Progress through the levels will be dependent upon            to respond and decipher various text questions.
each student’s rate of language acquisition, which in
turn will be influenced by a number of factors such           ELL English 10 / ELL Socials 10 (4 credits each)
as motivation and the length of time in the target
language. Advancement up the levels will be                   ELL English/Socials 10 is a year-long full credit
determined in part by the results of the annual ELL           English 10 course that has been paired with full
Testing as recommended by both the District and               credit Socials 10 to help develop students’ English
the Ministry of Education. Other factors such as              language acquisition. Pacing of the class will be
academic       class     marks    and/or      teacher         adjusted for English as a Second Language learners.
recommendation will also be used to determine                 For full information on English & Socials 10, refer
placement.                                                    to the English and Socials sections of this booklet.

ELL students will continue to be monitored and
tested yearly by the ELL teacher.

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Student Support and Services

Learning Support Team
The Learning Support Team (LST) at Elgin Park
provides instruction to support students’ identified
learning needs and educational goals.

Students are either assigned a period for learning
support in place of an elective course or use the LST
centre on a drop-in basis for extra assistance with
classroom work, independent study, project
completion or test taking.

Our goal is to provide students a supportive, safe,
and welcoming environment where they can become
more efficient and confident with their own learning
styles and learning strategies. LST staff assist
students with their learning needs by teaching them
skills to complete their homework and projects. We
work with teachers to support students’ pedagogical
needs by providing and encouraging a variety of
differentiated instruction techniques. LST staff also
liaise with parents on an ongoing basis in order to
help support their children at home.

Entry into LST is through a teacher and/or parent
referral process. If you believe that your child needs
LST support, please contact your child's counsellor.

Students enrolled in a LST block will be assigned
one of the following courses:

Skills for Success 10, 11, 12
Strategies for Learning 10-12 are designed to
provide instruction in effective self-regulation and
strategic learning for students with learning
difficulties. Instruction focusses on developing skills
and strategies which enable students to become
effective and independent learners. Emphasis is
placed on the transfer of these skills and strategies to
all subject areas.

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Business Education
Business Education 9/Ent & Marketing 10                        Accounting 12        (Open to Grade 11 and 12 students)
                                                               Also known as “Business Mathematics,” this course
This basic business course introduces students to              is designed for math lovers. Students desiring to
senior business courses such as: Marketing,                    become an entrepreneur and own a business will also
Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship (starting              benefit from the knowledge and skills gained in
your own business), and Business Leadership. This              learning about all aspects of accounting. This course
course is highly recommended for all students as a             is excellent for students interested in learning to do
tool to learn about personal finances, budgeting,              their own taxes, and/or methods for saving thousands
investments, and major purchases (cars, homes, and             in taxes for those who decide to start their own
businesses).                                                   business.
                                                               Recommended: A minimum C+ in Math
Marketing & Promotion11/E-Commerce 12
(Open to Grade 11 and 12 students)
                                                               Entrepreneurship 12
Marketing is everywhere, from business groups and              (Open to Grade 11 and 12 students)
events you join on Facebook to the logos on your               Be your own boss! Entrepreneurs are people who start
clothes. This is a project based course focusing on            their own company like billionaire Mark Zuckerberg
Photoshop, graphic design and social media                     who started Facebook. Like the TV show Dragons
marketing. Topics include: creating advertisements             Den, students will present sales pitches for 5 different
such as flyers, commercials, Viral Youtube videos,             virtual start-up businesses. This course looks at
websites, marketing yourself for jobs (interview/              starting your own business through the creation of a
promotions) and to friends. We will be examining the           new or innovative product or service; case studies of
multi-billion dollar advertising industry, researching         successful entrepreneurs vs failures; contracts
current trends in fashion and selling the “going green”        (reading and writing); and developing and improving
movement. Emphasis is placed on the “Art of                    business plans. We will also examine essential skills
Persuasion” in selling customers everything from               for success such as: marketing, accounting,
music to movies.                                               leadership, organization, budgeting, management
E-Commerce 12 is designed to apply the theories of             (people and information) and increasing employee
Marketing 11 and use more advanced and                         performance.
professional marketing strategies.
                                                               Media Design 11/12 (Recommended: Junior
Junior Computers 9/Computer Studies 10                         Computers or Graphic Productions)
This course gives students the opportunity to design           This advanced computer course explores multimedia
and program computer games. Students will be                   and provides many opportunities for hands-on
introduced to various, applied computer software               activities. It is an extension of Junior Computers.
(primary Photoshop and Adobe Flash). No previous               Some basic computer experience is recommended.
computer experience is required and all assignments            This course is recommended for students that have
are completed in-class for this course.                        achieved a “B” level or higher in Junior Computers or
                                                               Graphic Production 11/12.
Graphic Productions 11/12
                                                               The course is divided into three sections: 2D/3D
Use your artistic skills to create documents and               Graphic Design, Flash/3D Animation and Web
graphic images in a hands-on course. Students                  Publishing. Use your artistic skills to create
explore projects of personal interest by learning to use       professional documents and graphic images in a
the following software: Photoshop, Dreamweaver,                hands-on course. This course will primarily use
and Adobe Flash. This course is recommended for                Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Dreamweaver,
students with less computer experience or who need             Adobe Photoshop and Truespace Animation.
to refresh their skills from Junior Computers. Graphic
Production 12 students will be expected to cover               Advanced Media Design 12 students will be expected
more advanced or creative projects as a continuation           to cover more advanced or creative projects as a
of Graphic Production 11.                                      continuation of Media Design 11.

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Business Education                                              Career Education
Computer Programming 11/12                                    The goal of career education is to help students identify
This course is for students with strong computer skills       their interests and skills and to assist with the transition
and an interest in computer programming. Students             from secondary school to the workplace and post-
                                                              secondary.
will learn intermediate skills in problem solving,
programming and game design as well as structured             Career Education 8 & 9
programming using C++ / Java/Adobe Action
Scripting. This course is valuable for students               All students receive credit and a letter grade for Career
interested in pursuing Sciences at post secondary.            Education 8 & 9. Career related guest speakers and
Strong Math skills are also a benefit. This course is         curriculum will     be delivered throughout the year.
open to all Grade 11/12 students whether they have            Completion of follow up assignments and participation in
taken any previous Computer courses or not.                   Take Our Kids to Work Day for Gr. 9 is required.

Computer Programming 12 students will cover more Career Life Education 10
advanced or creative projects as a continuation of The aim of Career Life Education 10 is to enable students
Computer Programming 11.                           to develop the skills they need to become self-directed
                                                              individuals who set goals, make thoughtful decisions, and
Graphic Production 11/12 - Yearbook                           take responsibility for pursuing their goals throughout life.
                                                              Career Life Education 10 will also provide opportunities
(+ Study)                                                     for students to develop skills, attitudes, and behaviours that
This course is available only to Grade 11/12 students         will allow them to manage their lives more purposefully
who also qualify for a study block. The schedule for          and effectively, enhance their personal well-being and
Yearbook is as follows: Classes are in session                realize their full potential.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (students will                The course is organized into 4 areas:
have a study block Tuesdays and Thursdays). The                  Personal Development
course will run from September through April.                    Communication
Students will be on a full time study block in May               Community Connections
and June. Students will learn a variety of skills in             Workplace Safety
graphics and commercial design, desktop publishing,
digital media technology, and will market a product           Career Life Connections 12
to the school community.          Students will use
computers and digital cameras to create the                   Career Life Connections is a Ministry Requirement for
Yearbook.                                                     Graduation. It begins in Career Life 10 and culminates
                                                              with a capstone presentation. All BC secondary school
Students with timetabling issues during second                students must demonstrate they have met the following
                                                              requirements for:
semester may be able to take this course and leave at            Personal Development – exploring post-graduation
the end of the semester 1 and get a 2 credit                     goals and plans.
Independent Studies 11/12 credit, but must consult               Connections to Community – participate in at least 30
with counselors and the course instructor for                    hours of work experience and/or community service
permission.                                                      and describe what was learned.
                                                                 Career and Life – complete a “capstone project” to
(This is a limited enrolment class and students will be          present significant accomplishments.
selected based on academic history and teacher
                                                        At Elgin, this course will be offered in different formats: as
recommendation)                                         a stand alone course, through a co-op, or paired with
                                                              another course as a double block option. Paired course
                                                              options are listed below. Refer to the indicated pages for
                                                              more detailed descriptions.
                                                              New Media 11 / CLC 12 –page 11
                                                              Concert Band 11/12 / CLC 12 –page 16
                                                              Environmental Sciences 11 / CLC 12 –page 28
                                                              Physical Geography 12 / CLC 12 –page 30
                                                              Law Studies 12 / CLC 12 -page 31

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Career Education
CO-OP PROGRAMS                                                  Other information:

                                                                1. Students may earn up to 20 credits in the co-op
Elgin’s Co-op Programs offer a choice of studies in
                                                                   semester.
one of two academic focus areas, Humanities or
                                                                2. Students receive a separate grade for each course.
Science. This cohort program of students includes
                                                                3. Students complete two work experiences in the co
set academic courses, two work experiences (without
                                                                   -op semester.
missing instructional time), customer service training,
                                                                4. Students do not miss any instructional time from
completion of Career Life Connections 12 and a
                                                                   classes while on work experience, however, due
variety of field trips related to curriculum and careers.
                                                                   to the fact that students will be absent from the
Instead of the standard 16 credit semester, co-op
                                                                   classroom, and receiving “on the job training”
students receive 20 credits. The application process
                                                                   during the work experience portion of the co-op
begins in grade 10 and is based on academic
                                                                   program, the remaining curricular areas will be
performance, attendance, and teacher references.
                                                                   faster paced during the time the students are in
                                                                   school.
Co-ops provide students with a competitive edge in
                                                                5. Due to the pace of the curricular areas and the
terms of post secondary applications and
                                                                   agreements made with employers, it is crucial that
employment. The work experiences, combined with
                                                                   students maintain an excellent attendance record
the CLC 12 curriculum prepare students for post-
                                                                   during the co-op semester.
secondary and career decisions.
                                                                6. Holidays and/or other absences, other than on
                                                                   prescribed school holidays, are strongly
Humanities Co-op includes Language Arts 11, Law
12, Work Experience 12 A & B and Career Life                       discouraged during the co-op semester.
Connections 12.                                                 7. Students interested in applying for the Co-op
                                                                   Programs must submit an application for
              Humani es Co‐op Timetable                            consideration for admission.
 Semester 1—Co‐op             Semester 2
 Career Life Connec ons 12    Science 11
 Language Arts 11             Math 11
 Law 12                       Elec ve
 WEX 12 A + B                 Elec ve

Science Co-op includes Life Science 11, Chemistry
11, Work Experience 12 A & B and Career Life
Connections 12.
                 Science Co‐op Timetable
 Semester 1                  Semester 2 Co‐op
 Language Arts 11            Chemistry 11
 Social Studies 11/12        Life Science 11
 Math 11                     Career Life Connec ons 12
 Elec ve                     WEX 12 A + B

Note: Students do not miss any instructional time
while on work placement.

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English
English 9                                                   Spoken Language and Composition 10 suppor ts
                                                            students as they develop their spoken communication
English 9 includes an exploration of a range of texts,      through processes of questioning, exploring, and
including those of First Peoples, and how they express      sampling. The course introduces students to varied
values, beliefs and point of view. Students will            structures, forms, and styles of oral compositions and
develop an awareness of purpose, structure and              provides     opportunities    to    individually   and
differing perspectives in authors’ choices within texts.    collaboratively study, draft, and use language to
Language Arts 10 (English 10)                               create original pieces. This course will also include
                                                            performance, storytelling, and public speaking.
All Grade 10 students take a course that combines           Possible areas of focus in Spoken Language include
Composition 10 and another English 10 course. Read          performance and professional applications.
the selections carefully and choose a course that inter-
ests you.
                                                            Language Arts 11 (English 11)
Composition 10 focuses on developing wr itten
communication and encourages students to think criti-       Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, students will
cally to explore, extend and refine their writing. Stu-     choose to take Composition, Creative Writing,
dents will work individually and collaboratively to         Literary Studies, New Media or Spoken Language.
create and revise purposeful compositions that in-          These new courses will lead into the core English
clude narrative, expository, persuasive and reflective      Studies 12 course, as well as the grade 12 elective
pieces.                                                     English course offerings. Students may take more
                                                            than one English 11 course.
Creative Writing and Composition 10 lets students
flex their imaginative muscles through a wide range         Composition 11
of writing styles. Students will experiment with crea-      This course is designed to support students as they
tivity, push boundaries beyond typical thinking, and        refine, clarify, and adjust their written communication
reflect upon personal and cultural identities. Areas of     for a range of purposes and audiences. Students will
focus may include: contemporary creative forms, fic-        read and study compositions and be exposed to a
tion and non-fiction, poetry and song, and multimodal       variety of styles as models for the development of
texts that combine visual, written and oral representa-     their writing. They will expand their competencies
tion.                                                       through processes of drafting, reflecting, and revising
                                                            to build an authentic body of work. This course may
Literary Studies and Composition 10 explor es spe-          be of particular interest to students who enjoy the
cific themes, time periods, authors and/or areas of the     writing process as well as students who wish to focus
world through literature and a variety of media texts.      on improving their level of written communication.
Canadian, First Peoples, feminist and world literature
may be explored through poetry, short stories, novels,      Creative Writing 11
drama, graphic novels, and children’s literature. Pos-
sible areas of focus in Literary Studies include genre-     Creative Writing 11 is grounded in the exploration
specific, thematic, and author-specific studies.            and application of writing processes, inviting students
                                                            to express themselves creatively as they reflect on,
                                                            adjust and extend their writing skills. The course
New Media and Composition 10 focuses on the in-             provides students with in-depth opportunities to
creasing importance of digital media and literacy in
communicating and exchanging ideas. Students ex-            explore personal and cultural identities, memories and
plore and create digital and interactive media. This        stories in a wide range of genres. Students will
may include film studies, publishing, poetry, song          collaborate and strengthen their skills through writing
lyrics, blogging, writing for the web, social media,        and design processes. This course may appeal to
gaming and pod casting. Possible areas of focus in          students interested in refining their creative self-
New Media include media & film studies, journalism          expression.
& publishing, and digital communication.

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English
Literary Studies 11                                             New Media 11 + Career Life Connections 12
This course allows students to delve deeply into                This course will be a combination of the Career Life
literature. Students can explore specific themes,               Connections and New Media 11 courses which will
periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary        mean a half a day class for one semester. New Media
works (fiction and non-fiction) in a variety of media.          11 is a program designed to reflect the changing role
Giving students the choice of a range of literary topics        of technology in today’s society and the increasing
allows them to follow their passion and at the same             importance of digital media in communicating and
time:                                                           exchanging ideas. Coursework is aimed at providing
     increase their literacy skills through close             students with a set of skills vital for success in an in-
       reading of appropriately challenging texts.              creasingly complex digital world by affording numer-
     enhance their development of the English                 ous opportunities to demonstrate understanding and
       Language Arts curricular competencies, both              communicate increasingly sophisticated ideas
       expressive and receptive.                                through a wide variety of digital and print media.
     develop higher-level thinking and learning               Students will explore their own career path, then will
       skills.                                                  work on an Inquiry project that will lead to their final
                                                                Capstone Project. They will be encouraged to use
New Media 11                                                    new media in the creation of their Capstone (for ex-
                                                                ample creating a movie, vlog, or podcast).
This course reflects the changing role of technology
in today’s society and the increasing importance of             Language Arts 12 (English 12)
digital media in communicating and exchanging
ideas. Students and educators have the flexibility to           Grade 12 students must take English Studies 12.
develop an intensive program of study centered on               They may also take one or more English 12 elective,
students’ interests, needs, and abilities, while at the         choosing from Creative Writing 12, Literary Studies
same time allowing for a range of delivery methods.             12, and Spoken Language 12.
This course recognizes that digital literacy is an              English Studies 12
essential characteristic of the educated citizen.
Coursework helps students develop a set of skills vital         This mandatory course provides opportunities for stu-
for success in an increasingly complex digital world            dents to refine communication, think critically and
by providing opportunities to demonstrate                       creatively about the uses of language, and explore in
understanding and communicate increasingly                      depth texts from a variety of sources. Students will
sophisticated ideas through a wide variety of media             deepen understanding of themselves and others, gain-
forms.                                                          ing insight into the diverse factors that shape identity.
                                                                English Studies 12 contributes to Reconciliation by
Spoken Language 11                                              fostering greater understanding of the knowledge and
This course is designed to support students as they             perspectives of First Peoples, as well as what it
refine,    clarify,   and    adjust     their  spoken           means to be an educated Canadian and global citi-
communication. The course provides opportunities                zens.
for students to study, create, write, and present
original and authentic pieces for a range of purposes           Creative Writing 12
and audiences. They will build a body of work that              Creative Writing 12 allows students to refine and ex-
demonstrates expanding breadth, depth, and evidence             tend their imaginative processes through a wide range
of spoken language genres for a range of situations.            of writing styles and self-expression. Students will
The following are possible areas of focus:                      experiment with creativity, push the boundaries of
    Performance - spoken word/slam poetry, oral               thinking to a more sophisticated and inferential level,
      storytelling, readers’ theatre, radio/podcasts/           and reflect upon personal and cultural identity. Possi-
      video posts.                                              ble areas of focus include: contemporary creative
    Oral tradition - oratory, local story knowledge,          forms, fiction and creative non-fiction, poetry and
      oral history.                                             song, and multi-modal forms that combine visual,
    Professional applications - speech writing/               written and oral expression. This course encourages
      presenting, interviewing, radio/podcasts/video            self-direction and choice in creating works that repre-
      posts, voice - overs.
                                                                sent each student’s individual style.

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English                                 Fine Arts: Visual and Media Arts
Literary Studies 12                                         MEDIA ARTS - Digital Photography
Literary Studies 12 explores specific themes, time          and Film Making
periods, authors and/or areas of the world through
literature and a variety of media texts. Literature such    Media Arts 9/10 (4 credits Fine Arts)
as world, feminist, Canadian or First People’s may be       In this course students will:
explored through poetry, short stories, novels, drama,          be introduced to digital photography and will
graphic novels and children’s literature. Possible are-            create several series of photographs
as of focus in Literary Studies include genre-specific          use digital still camera
studies, Canadian literature, First Peoples texts, the-         use image manipulation software (Photoshop)
matic studies, and specific author studies.                     be introduced to Film Production and will
                                                                   create several short-form narrative films
Spoken Language 12                                              use digital film camera
Spoken Language 12 develops spoken communica-                   use film editing software (Premiere Pro )
tion through processes of questioning, exploring, and           make a short animation (Claymation, drawings,
sampling. The course introduces students to varied                 cut-outs, armatures)
structures, forms, and styles of oral compositions and          write a short screenplay (3 – 5 pages) and create
provides opportunities to study, draft, and use lan-               a storyboard
guage to create original pieces. There will be oppor-           use green-screen
tunities for performance, storytelling, and public
speaking. Possible areas of focus in Spoken Lan-            Students will explore the various means of capturing
guage include performance and professional applica-         both photographic and cinematic imagery. Media Arts
tions.                                                      10 is a good prerequisite for the advanced Media Arts
                                                            courses in Grade 11 and 12.
Humanities Co-op
                                                            Media Arts 11 (4 credits Fine Arts)
The Humanities Co-op allows students the flexibility        In this course students will:
in their timetable to participate in work experience            determine area or areas of focus from among
opportunities outside the school. During the semes-                the following:
ter of the Humanities Co-op students enrol in the fol-                      digital photography
                                                                            film making
lowing courses:
                                                                use digital still camera
    Language Arts 11                                          use image manipulation software (Photoshop)
    Law 12                                                    display photographs in a pleasing and effective
    Work Experience 12                                           way
    Career Life Connections 12                                use lighting for film and photography
                                                                use a digital film camera
A description of the Humanities Co-op appears in the            use film editing software (Premiere Pro)
Career Education section of this booklet.                       make high quality long-form narrative films
                                                                view, discuss and respond to a variety of films,
                                                                   digital imagery and photographs
                                                                screen or show produced work to an audience
                                                                create a digital portfolio with examples of
                                                                   excellent project work

                                                            The primary focus of this course is on the production
                                                            of imagery, both Photographic and Cinematic.
                                                            Although there will be opportunities to be in front of
                                                            the camera, as either an actor or model, it is not a
                                                            requirement for the students success.

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Fine Arts: Visual and Media Arts
Media Arts 12(4 credits Fine Arts) (Recommended Studio Arts 2D 11/12
Pre-requisite: Media Arts 11)                                  These are advanced coursed designed to further
In this course students will:                                  develop student interest and skill in 2D media. It is
     use and advance skills learned in Media Arts 11         a continuation of media introduced in Visual Art 10,
     determine area or areas of focus from among the         with an emphasis on more advanced techniques in
       following:                                              drawing and painting. Students can expect to
                                                               explore a variety of materials to create their 2D
                 digital photography
                                                               artworks including: pastel, watercolour, acrylic
                 film making                                 paint, ink, charcoal etc. This course will provide
     view, discuss and respond to a variety of films,        students with both directed and self-directed
       digital imagery and photographs                         projects. Students will explore creative strategies to
     create a digital portfolio with examples of             make artwork that is both technically and
       excellent project work                                  conceptually engaging. There will be opportunities
     screen or show produced work to an audience             for students to exhibit their work publicly, attend
     investigate post-secondary opportunities in areas       field trips to exhibitions, and prepare for post-
       of interest                                             secondary Art study if that is their goal.
This is a course for students who have experienced a
broad variety of multimedia projects and who have an           Studio Arts 3D (Ceramics) 10, 11, 12
interest in deepening his/her skills in a concentrated
area of interest. It is a course that will be helpful for      (4 credits Fine Arts)
students who are interested in multimedia as a part of         Ceramics and Sculpture is a course for students in
a life-long interest or want to try something new.             grades 10-12 which focuses on the fundamentals
                                                               of 3D forms using a variety of materials including
VISUAL ARTS                                                    clay, plaster, paper- mache, wire, and other
                                                               materials. This is a hands-on course that will
Visual Arts 9/Art Studio 10 (4 credits Fine                    explore basic 3D sculpture building skills and
Arts)                                                          vocabulary.
This course is an introduction to various materials            Beginners learn hand-building techniques for clay,
and methods of art-making including: painting, draw-           and will have the opportunity to create several
ing, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and fibre arts.          finished ceramic pieces- both functional and
The emphasis in this course is on students gaining             sculptural.
artistic skills and confidence. Students will also be-         Advanced students will use be introduced to
come familiar with the Creative Process and the Ele-           throwing on the pottery wheel and will be able to
ments and Principles of Art & Design. Students will            create a body of self-directed artworks. This course
have the opportunity to express and develop their              will explore aesthetics and forms of analysis for 3D
unique creativity and artistic style through a variety         art, as well as examining the cultural and historical
of interesting and engaging projects.                          styles and uses of various forms of sculpture.

Art Studio 11/12 Beginner and                                  Advanced Placement Art 11/12
Intermediate (4 credits Fine Arts)
                                                               This course is for students who are dedicated to
Art Foundations 11/12 is designed for students who             developing their art portfolio for post-secondary
are looking to develop their creativity and gain better        studies in Studio Art and Design programs.
art making skills and techniques. The class will offer
a variety of art making opportunities such as:                 Students signing up for the Advanced Placement
drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, print-making           programs must be prepared for the rigorous amount
and mixed-media. Students will explore the Creative            of time and effort required both in and out of class
Process and Image Development strategies while                 needed to develop their art portfolio.
creating both 2D and 3D artworks. The course will              If you want to take Pre-Advance Placement Art
explore historical and contemporary artists and will           you should sign up for PKG--11--8.
include field trips to galleries to engage with what is
happening in the Art World today.                              If you want to take Advance Placement Art 12
                                                               should sign up for PKG--12--6.

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                                          Pre AP and AP Art Courses
                       Grade 11 Courses                                          Grade 12 Courses

PKG—11—08 Pre-AP Studio Art Advanced                         PKG—12—06 AP Advanced Placement Art
MVAD 11 and MVAGA 11 (8 credits Fine Arts)                   MVAD12 and ASAD 12 (8 credits Fine Arts)
This is a two semester program for students who are          This yearlong course is designed for students who are
serious about pursuing AP Art in Grade 12. Students          interested in completing an Advanced Placement Drawing
will have this year to develop technical skills and art-     Portfolio thr ough the College Board. This course focus-
works to include in their AP Drawing portfolio in Grade      es on Drawing Issues which can be explored through a
12.                                                          variety of 2-D mediums. Students will complete a total of
                                                             24 artworks throughout the school year (12 Breadth
Some students may wish to complete their portfolio in
                                                             pieces plus 12 Concentration pieces) cultivating their
Grade 11 and may do so if they have demonstrated tech-
                                                             artistic skill-set and style. AP Art students will complete
nical and conceptual competency.
                                                             their portfolios by the end of April when they will digitally
See course component descriptions below.                     submit 24 completed artworks, as well as sending in 5 of
                                                             their best pieces to be graded. Students who receive top
                                                             marks on their portfolio are able to earn 1st year university
                                                             level credit through the College Board.

MVAD11 (Pre-AP) (4 credits Fine Arts)                        MVAD 12 (4 credits Fine Arts)
Studio Arts 2D 11                                            Studio Arts 2D 12
Students will learn about the Elements& Principles of        This is an advanced course and a continuation of the
Art, successful composition strategies and will develop      Grade 11 course. This would be an appropriate course for
their technical abilities through a variety of projects.     those students who have a more serious interest in Art,
Students will be introduced to several Drawing Issues        and who have taken prior art classes.
which are the focus of the AP Drawing Portfolio that is
submitted to the College Board.                              AP students will continue working on their portfolio and
                                                             expanding their art skills. AP students will also begin
                                                             developing their Concentration for their AP portfolio.

MVAGA 11 (Pre-AP) (4 credits Fine Arts)                      ASAD 12 (4 credits Fine A rts)
Graphic Arts 11                                              Advanced Placement Art 12 (Drawing Portfolio)
This course is an extension of the Pre-AP Art program        During this course students complete their Concentration
for students who want to continue working on their AP        artworks (a body of 12 artworks exploring one theme).
Drawing Portfolio after completing MVAD 11.                  Students will also complete artist statements and an essay
This course will provide opportunity for students to ex-     describing their artwork and process. Students can expect
pand their experience with new & varied 2D Drawing,          to engage in regular class critiques throughout this course
Painting , and Print Media. Assignments completed in         as they develop and work to completing their complete
this course will be added to the AP Drawing Portfolio (in    AP Portfolio.
the Breadth section).

*Pre-AP can be taken as one OR two semesters. All
students wanting to take AP 12 must have at least
one semester of Pre-AP 11.

*Pre-AP Art Course Options:
     MVAD 11 (1 Semester)
     MVAG 11 (1 Semester)
     Or PKG—11—08 (Yearlong)

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Fine Arts: Performing Arts
BAND                                                          Jazz Band 12            (Prerequisite: Jazz Band 11 + Interview
                                                              required) (4 credits Fine Arts)
Jazz Band 9
                                                              This course is a continuation of Jazz Band 11. The
This course focuses on an intermediate level of jazz
                                                              course material will be demanding and high in
band performance. Various styles of jazz will be
                                                              quality. Students will be expected to prepare their
studied (Swing, Latin, Funk and Rock) through                 pieces to a high performance level. Enrolment is
ensembles and solo works. Improvisation and solo              limited to standard big band instruments (Saxes,
work will include intermediate techniques based on            trumpets, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drums).
scales and chords. Enrollment is limited to the
                                                              Other instruments by director’s permission.
following standard big band instruments: saxes,
                                                              Evaluation will be based on progress, attitude,
trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar and drums.
                                                              participation in music department activities and self-
Other instruments will be by director’s permission.           reflection. Jazz Band 12 is offered in the timetable
Students must be able to demonstrate a high enough            and alternates with Concert Band 12.
level of musical competency to move towards the jazz
idiom. The students will have an opportunity to               General Music 10
perform and compete locally, as well as at the
national and international level. Evaluation will be   This course is designed as an alternative to Jazz Band
based on progress, attitude, participation in music    10 and is offered alternating with Concert Band.
activities and self-reflection. Jazz Band 9 will be    Students if they wish, can continue to develop their
offered outside of the regular timetable.              musicianship on their main instrument, or use this as
                                                       an opportunity to branch out and explore something
Jazz Band 10 (Prerequisite: Interview required)        new. The students will have a chance to perform
(4 credits Fine Arts)                                  locally. Evaluation will be based on musical progress,
This course focuses on an intermediate level of jazz attitude, participation in musical department activities,
band performance. Various styles of jazz will be and self-reflection. General Music 10 is a year-long
studied (Swing, Latin, Funk, Rock) through course.
ensembles and solo works. Improvisation and solo
work will include intermediate techniques based on Concert Band 9
scales and chords. Enrolment is limited to the This course is designed for students who have reached
following standard big band instruments: saxes, an advanced intermediate level of proficiency on a
trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar and drums. band instrument. Students must demonstrate a high
Other instruments will be by director’s permission. enough level of competency to grasp advanced
The students will perform and compete locally as well musical concepts. Daily preparation of materials at
as at the national and international level. Evaluation home is essential.      The students will have an
will be based on progress, attitude, participation in opportunity to perform and compete locally as well as
music department activities and self-reflection. This at the national and international level. Evaluation will
course is offered in the timetable alternating with be based on progress, attitude, participation in music
Concert Band.                                          department activities. and self-reflection. Concert
                                                       Band 9 is a year long course.
Jazz Band 11            (Prerequisite: Interview required)
(4 credits Fine Arts)
This course is a continuation of playing jazz in a big
band setting. Students will practice the skills
necessary to move towards a professional level of
performance. They will continue work on jazz
articulations and jazz improvisation.
Enrolment is limited to standard big band instruments
(Saxes, trumpets, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and
drums). Other instruments will be by director’s
permission. Evaluation will be based on progress,
attitude, participation in music department activities
and self-reflection. Jazz Band 11 is offered in the
timetable and alternates with Concert Band 11.

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Concert Band 10           (Recommended: successful comple-             Guitar 9/10
tion of Concert Band 9 + director’s permission) (4 credits             This course covers a range of basic/medium instru-
Fine Arts)                                                             ment skills and an application of essential music fun-
This course is designed for students who have reached an               damentals. Students will learn basic/medium guitar
advanced intermediate level of proficiency on a band                   playing techniques by studying music notation, chord
instrument. Students must demonstrate a high enough                    symbols, and peer modeling. They will perform mu-
level of competency to grasp advanced musical concepts.                sic in a variety of situations both as a solo performer
Daily preparation of materials at home is essential. The               and as part of an ensemble. Additionally, a focus on
students will have an opportunity to perform and com-                  enquiry, self-reflection and peer assessment will
pete locally as well as at the national and international              form an important part of the course. Students will
level. Evaluation will be based on progress, attitude, par-
ticipation in music department activities and self-                    be assessed according to their own personal develop-
reflection. In Addition, the students will be able to                  ment, technical progress, attitude, work habits, and
“Complete Career Life Education” which is a Ministry                   improvement from performance to performance.
Requirement for all students in Grade 10.
                                                                       Guitar 11/12
Concert Band 11/12               (Prerequisite: Band 10. Inter-
view required) (4 credits Fine Arts)                                   This course covers a range of advanced instrument
                                                                       and performance skills. Students will learn advanced
Students will develop increasing levels of musical                     guitar playing techniques by studying scales,
proficiency through the widest possible range of                       advanced chords, and improvisation. They will
repertoire, The goal of lifelong music enjoyment                       perform music in a variety of situations both as a so-
will be explored along with post secondary educa-                      lo performer and as part of an ensemble. Additional-
tion preparation and careers in music. Performance                     ly, a focus on enquiry, self-reflection and peer as-
opportunities may include festivals, concerts, work-                   sessment will form an important part of the course.
shops all designed to enhance the student’s experi-                    Students will be assessed according to their own per-
ence. Evaluation will be based on progress, attitude,                  sonal development, technical progress, attitude, work
participation in music department activities and self                  habits, and improvement from performance to perfor-
reflection. In addition, the students will be able to                  mance.
complete the Career Life Connections 12 course
which is a Ministry graduation requirement. Concert
Band 11/12 is a year long course that alternates with
                                                                       Composition & Production 11/12
Jazz band/CLC and a study.                                             This course is intended for experienced and self-
                                                                       motivated musicians. Students will study the various
Concert Band 11/12 + Career Life Con-                                  elements of song writing and will learn to express
nections 12                                                            perspectives, personal voice, story and cultural iden-
                                                                       tity by writing their own original music. Using soft-
This program allows students the opportunity to                        ware and audio technology, they will also record,
continue their exploration of self, the community,                     produce and manipulate their compositions. Students
career and life while pursuing their passion for mu-                   will also analyze, interpret and reflect on musical
sic. Students will be asked to reflect & present upon                  compositions, and share personal insights on the
their own experiences, as well as interact with the                    song writing process.
professional music community, establishing musical
reference points with respect to their own learn-
ing. Whether students are pursuing music as a ca-
reer or as a passion, this program builds skills and
provides the foundation for pursuing individual life
goals.

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THEATRE and DRAMA                                             Directors will also develop skills in script and
                                                              character analysis and may also choose to create their
Drama 9                                                       own original scripts.
This course is largely based on participation, attitude
and teamwork.        Students will work on their              Theatre Production 11                 (4 credits Fine Arts)
improvisation skills through Theatre Sports games             Students will learn all aspects of backstage
and creating their own characters and scripts.                production and front of house management. Students
Physical acting and mime will also be a large part of         with a particular interest in costuming will also be
the course. They will learn rehearsal techniques and          welcome in this course. In all cases, students will
gain experience preparing performances of their own           gain practical experience and develop skills in
creation.                                                     organization, teamwork and professionalism.
                                                              Students must be capable of working independently.
Drama 10 (4 credits Fine Arts)                                All students will be given a survey of the following
While attitude and participation are still important,         topics, then asked to choose a subject to focus on for
this course has a larger focus on performance and             further experience (possibly extending to extra-
written work than in Drama 9. Students are given              curricular productions):
more freedom to work independently and begin                    Stagecraft
working with scripts of greater depth than in                   Prop construction
previous years. Students will also be introduced to             Stage management
Shakespearean performances and monologues and                   Lighting and sound
will be expected to develop performance skills in               Wardrobe supervision
comedic and dramatic acting.                                    Front of House management
                                                                Producing and publicity
Drama 11       (4 credits Fine Arts)
                                                              Theatre Production 12             (Recommended Prerequisite:
As senior acting students, Grade 11’s are expected to         Theatre Production 11) (4 credits Fine Arts)
work as leaders in the theatre company. They are
                                                              This course is a continuation of skills developed in
given more instruction on character study and
                                                              Theatre Production 11. Topics include: sound,
development, high-level improvisation sessions and
                                                              lighting, painting, stage management, and set
will be expected to show more written output
associated with their scene studies.        Work in           construction. Production work is required outside of
Shakespearean scenes continues, as does work with
monologues.

Drama 12         (Recommended Prerequisite: Drama 11) (4                           Home Economics
credits Fine Arts)
Grade 12 acting students will be evaluated with a                 Foods Studies 9/10 (This course is for students in
large focus on performance and written work. They                 Grade 9 or 10. This course alternates every year so that stu-
are expected to lead the theatre company by example               dents are able to take it in both Grade 9 and 10 without duplica-
and show greater focus on improving their art.                    tion. . When taken in grade 10 students will receive an Applied
Students will study professional theatre and film and             Skills credit towards graduation. No prerequisites required.)
strive to hone their own skills in characterization,              This course builds on the basic skills and information
improvisation and physical acting.                                students acquired in Lifeskills 8. Students will learn
                                                                  about food safety, sanitation, measurement and prac-
Directing and Script Development 12                               tice a wide array of cooking methods. Skills in plan-
(Recommended Prerequisite: Drama 11) (4 credits Fine Arts)        ning, preparing and presenting nutritious foods will
The student directors will act as aides to the teacher.           be emphasized and developed throughout the semes-
By developing leadership skills and directing                     ter. Students will broaden their knowledge on nutri-
techniques, the student director will help to guide the           tion by using Canada’s Food Guide to make healthier
acting students towards more effecting performance                food choices.
choices. The director acts as a class leader, helping
to maintain a positive and creative working
environment within the class.
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Home Economics
Foods Studies 11/12              (This course is for students in    Interpersonal & Family Relationships 11
Grade 11 or 12. This course alternates every year so that           (No prerequisites required)
students are able to take it in both Grade 11 and 12 without
duplication. No prerequisites required.)                            This course involves discussion based learning on
This course builds on the basic skills and information              the role of family in both local and global settings.
students acquired in Foods and Nutrition 9-10.                      The transition from adolescence to adulthood will be
Students will go beyond the basics of food safety,                  examined with an emphasis on family growth and
sanitation and measurement to explore how fitness,                  development, social, emotional and cognitive
diet, culture and consumerism influence overall                     changes. Students will explore the study of self as
health. Students will become confident at selecting                 well as relationships. Skills learned may be applied
and interpreting recipes and creating a wide selection              to careers in counselling, social work, health care
of menu items. They will also explore various careers               and teaching.
in the food industry.
Pastry Arts and Baking 12 (This course is for                       Child Development & Caregiving 12
students in Grade 11 or 12. This course alternates every year so (No prerequisites required)
that students are able to take it in both Grade 11 and 12 without This course involves discussion based learning on
duplication. (Prerequisite: Foods and Nutrition 8 recommended) the role of child development and caregiving. The

Pastry Arts and Baking is a course that focuses on                  transition of child development from infant to
more advanced skills and techniques in baking. This                 adolescents will be examined with an emphasis on
course will be valuable for any student considering a               how to care for children at each stage. Student will
career as a pastry chef, employment in a bakery,                    even have the opportunity to have their own “baby”
restaurant, catering service, or opening a business of              where they will be responsible for caring for a
their own. The skills learned in this course are                    computerized doll!
transferable from the classroom to the competitive
service industry.                                                   Psychology 11      (No prerequisites required.)
                                                                    This course will be designed with your questions and
Textiles 9-12 Courses in textiles are open to students in           queries about human psychology at its core. We will
Grades 9 through 12. No prerequisites required. Students will       study the human brain, behaviour and relationships
supply own fabric, patterns and notions. There are 3 streams of
study available:                                                    between yourself and others. You will be introduced
                                                                    to the social sciences such as motivation and emotion
Sewing: Students will r efr esh their knowledge of                  and positive psychology such as the science of
the sewing machine operation and be introduced to                   happiness, passion and their link to brain health.
the serger. They will complete various sample                       Furthermore, you will gain a general understanding
projects to develop and practice new skills. This                   of the origin of major theories and thinkers of this
course offers students the flexibility of working on                vast field. We will also study the science of
personal projects with a focus on independent study                 addiction, focusing on tech, food and drug addiction
and interest.                                                       through; our text (Psychology in Action 10th ed),
Arts and Design: This cour se is for students who                   expert media via the Net, small and large group
like DIY crafts but do not necessarily wish to                      discussions, student presentations and many expert
construct garments using a sewing machine. Projects                 speakers. One of the most important skills you will
may include soft sculptures, upcycled projects,                     be asked to hone is your ability to think critically and
holiday crafts, knitting and crocheting, jewelry                    open your mind to new and different ideas.
making and home décor items. Students will identify                 Psychology, in essence, is the science of “why we do
various principles and elements of design from other                what we do”.
cultures and learn about textile fundamentals.
Patterning and Costumes: Expr ess your cr eativity
through pattern drafting and garment construction.
Students will cover topics such as figure shape
analysis, colour and design, wardrobe planning,
clothing alterations, natural and synthetic fibres as
well as fashion history and trends.

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Broad Topics:
   Introduction to Psychology/Theories/
     Perspectives/Branches of Psychology/Research
     Methods
   States of Consciousness- levels of conscious-
     ness, dreams and theories, sleep, hypnosis and
     meditation. (during our SAM talks)
   Neuroscience & Addiction – Understanding the
     brain and its connection to addiction
   Clinical Psychology- Focus on understanding
     the prevalence of certain mental illnesses i.e.
     Anxiety & Depression and possible treatments
     (during our SAM talks)
   Cognitive Psychology-Focus on our mind, such
     as motivation, memory, intelligence, sensation
     and perception (during our SAM talks)

Psychology 12 (Recommended Prerequisite
Psychology 11)
This course is the follow up to Psychology 11. In this
course we will focus on the study of Stress and Health
Psychology. We will also look further into the field of
developmental psychology understanding better how
we develop and grow and how our personality is de-
veloped. Finally we will study the fascinating field of
social psychology – such themes as prejudice, dis-
crimination, aggression, love and attraction. This vast
field will be explored through; our text (Psychology
in Action 10th ed), expert media via the Net, small and
large group discussions, student presentations and
many expert speakers. One of the most important
skills you will be asked to hone is your ability to think
critically and open your mind to new and different
ideas. Psychology, in essence, is the science of “why
we do what we do”.

Broad Topics:
   Stress & Health Psychology– sources/effects &
     management
   Developmental Psychology - Lifespan Develop-
     ment I,II,III
   Personality-Various theories from Bio/Psycho/
     Social Perspectives
   Social Psychology – Understanding Prejudice,
     aggression, love and attraction.
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