WELCOME TO ÉCOLE ST. CECILIA STUDENT REGISTRATION HANDBOOK 2021-2022 - ÉCOLE ST CECILIA JUNIOR HIGH A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

 
WELCOME TO ÉCOLE ST. CECILIA STUDENT REGISTRATION HANDBOOK 2021-2022 - ÉCOLE ST CECILIA JUNIOR HIGH A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
WELCOME TO
       ÉCOLE ST. CECILIA
STUDENT REGISTRATION HANDBOOK
            2021-2022

          ÉCOLE ST CECILIA
            JUNIOR HIGH
           8830-132 AVENUE
        EDMONTON, ALBERTA
               T5E 0X8
             780-476-7695

     A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
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Table of Contents
Welcome To École St. Cecilia Junior High! Bienvenue! ................................................................................................2
   École St. Cecilia Experience ........................................................................................................................................2
School Mission & Vision .................................................................................................................................................3
Highlights....................................................................................................................................................................... 4
A Parent’s Guide to the School/Home Partnership ............................................................................................... 6
Programs At École St. Cecilia .........................................................................................................................................7
French Immersion ...................................................................................................................................................... 8
   Why French Immersion at École St. Cecilia Junior High? ....................................................................................... 8
Accelerated Math & Science Program at École St. Cecilia Junior High.............................................................. 9
   Why Accelerated Math and Science at École St. Cecilia Junior High?............................................................ 9
Jean Forest All-Girls Leadership Academy at École St. Cecilia Junior High ............................................................... 10
   Why Choose the Jean Forest All-Girls Leadership Academy? ......................................................................... 10
   Admission Requirements........................................................................................................................................... 11
Courses Offered at École St. Cecilia Junior High .................................................................................................. 12
   PROGRAM OF STUDIES ........................................................................................................................................ 12
   Core INSTRUCTION ............................................................................................................................................... 12
   COMPLEMENTARY COURSES FOR JUNIOR HIGH .......................................................................................... 12
School Activities at École St. Cecilia Junior High ........................................................................................................ 18
Student Services Support............................................................................................................................................. 20
   Braided Journey’s Program ...................................................................................................................................... 20
Procedural Information ............................................................................................................................................... 20
   RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY ....................................................... 23
   STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: .............................................................................................................................. 24
   PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES: ................................................................................................................................. 24
   GENERAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR ........................................................................................................ 25
   CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR ......................................................................................... 25
   STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS ............................................................................................................................ 27
School Fees and School Supplies................................................................................................................................. 28
   Supply Lists .............................................................................................................................................................. 29
School Registration Procedures .................................................................................................................................. 29

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Welcome To École St. Cecilia Junior High! Bienvenue!

 École St. Cecilia Junior High is a Christ-Centered Professional Learning Community. Strong
 leadership, exceptional programs, and outstanding teachers and staff encourage continuous growth
 and improvement for students. We provide programs designed to meet the diverse needs and
 capabilities of individual students:

   ✓ French Immersion Program

   ✓ Outstanding English Program

   ✓ Accelerated Math & Science Program

   ✓ Jean Forest All Girls Leadership Academy

   ✓ Complementary programs to challenge, interest, and develop every student!

ÉCOLE ST. CECILIA EXPERIENCE

PURSUING YOUR DREAMS, ACHIEVING YOUR BEST,
YOU ARE TOMORROW'S LEADERS.
 École St. Cecilia Junior High is a friendly, welcoming school community with a special kind of
 fellowship based on Catholic core values. Our students are given exciting opportunities to experience
 learning in an atmosphere that inspires them to work, play, and pray together. We provide an
 environment in which all students may realize their optimum growth - intellectually, spiritually,
 physically, emotionally, and socially.

 We are blessed with a strong Catholic school community and we welcome you!

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School Mission & Vision
Embracing…

FAITH & LEARNING

To provide a Catholic education which inspires and prepares students to learn, to work, to live fully, and to
serve God in one another.

Inspired by . . .

Love of the Father

Faith in Jesus Christ

Hope from the Holy Spirit

Mandated by . . .

The parents and guardians of our students

The educational mission of the Church and Alberta Education

“Our patron saint, St. Cecilia inspires us to have the strength and
courage to pursue our dreams, strive for excellence and to use our
gifts and talents to make a difference.”

TIGER PRAYER
Loving God, give me:
Faith to follow my dreams, Courage to conquer
my fears,
And strength to stand-up for what is right.

Mon Dieu, donne moi:
La passion de poursuivre mes rêves, Le courage pour conquérir mes
peurs,
Et la fortitude pour faire ce qui est bon et juste.

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École St. Cecilia Junior High
Highlights
 1. We have a highly trained and caring staff, dedicated to helping students learn and grow.
    Students are encouraged to develop a sense of worth, responsibility, self- respect, and
    respect for others. Our student support services include: a social worker who is our Family
    School Liaison Worker and our First Nation Metis Inuit social worker, Emotional Behavioral
    Team, Braided Journeys and access to a Mental Health Therapist through the Regional
    Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD).

 2. Our complementary program has a wide variety of exciting courses designed to enhance
    our students’ experience.

 3. Our school continues to be a leader in technology: We have 2 computer labs, smart board
    technology in every classroom, 7 Chromebook carts for classroom use, and document cameras.
    All teachers have Google classrooms where students can access information 24/7. Students
    have access to an extensive array of research and performance software. Assistive learning
    technology, on-line video resources, and high-speed internet complement our instruction.
    We continue to work with our students on digital citizenship, and awareness of limitations
    and safe online practices.

 4. Tiger Pride is at the heart of our school spirit. Students and staff come together to celebrate
    through a variety of special events, sports and religious activities.

 5. The Learning C o m m o n s /Library is a fabulous location that encourages students to
    select from a wide variety of reading resources. Students can choose from either English or
    French resources and can also access this center at lunch.

 6. Students have access to a well-equipped fitness center that is supervised by teachers during
    physical education classes.

 7. We have an excellent interschool sports program: volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer,
    cross-country running, slo-pitch, curling, and track and field for both boys and girls. We
    offer a junior and a senior team in volleyball and basketball.

 8. Our lunch hour intramural program is outstanding. Students are given the opportunity
    to participate in a wide variety of sport activities.

 9. We are blessed with a caring community that actively supports school policies, programs,
    and activities, and a School Council, which provides a valuable liaison between the school
    and our parent community.

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FAITH-FILLED TEACHING
École St. Cecilia Junior High places a very strong emphasis on faith
development and social justice. This Christ-centered learning
environment instills Catholic traditions and values where students
are Inspired to Learn! and to serve others. Meaningful celebrations,
daily prayer, as well as positive relationships with our parish
community, teachers, and peers enhance personal development and
inspire students to live the teachings of Christ.

We are committed to forming strong bonds between home, school,
and parish to Inspire and educate our students in such a way that they will realize their full potential:
intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

A WELL-ROUNDED PROGRAM
We believe junior high school students should be given a quality academic foundation plus a wide offering of
options so they can make well-informed decisions for the future. We celebrate each student’s own unique gifts
and talents. Students are encouraged to develop their interests, creativity, and physical skills in our excellent
options: Art, Drama,Music. Communication Technology, Environmental Stewardship, Construction, Foods,
Fashion Studies, Design Studies, and Recreation Leadership.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
École St. Cecilia Junior High is known for a tradition of excellence in our
students in the areas of academics, athletics, attitude, and behavior. This
excellence is part of our school culture. Students are expected to:

•      Embody Christian attitudes and behaviors.

•      Attend school regularly and punctually.

•      Participate cooperatively in all school activities and ventures.

•      Show respect for staff, fellow students, and property.

•      Follow our strong value system based on deep commitment to the Catholic faith.

•      Strive for a high level of personal achievement.

•      Be good ambassadors in the larger community .

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A Parent’s Guide to the School/Home Partnership
The following are guidelines to help parents work in partnership with the school to guide the students
toward a more active, accountable, and responsible role in their own learning.

   •   It is imperative to sign up for PowerSchool; an online source that informs you of your son/daughter’s
       attendance, assignments, and marks.
   •   Support your child in their quest for personal excellence in all school activities.
   •   Inform the school of any health or learning problems your child may have.
   •   Send your child to school well rested and fed to help your child achieve their learning potential.
   •   Read the course outlines and evaluation information posted on PowerSchool for each class.
   •   Read the school newsletter that is on our website or a hard copy can be provided. Newsletters
       will also be emailed out to all parents.
   •   Review your child’s notebooks, assignments, and tests regularly.
   •   Ensure that your child has an assigned study time and space. One hour per day of study and review
       is recommended.
   •   Check PowerSchool on a regular basis. https://powerschool.ecsd.net
   •   Notify the school if your child is going to be absent. Students are expected to contact their
       homework buddy on each day of absence.
   •   Attend Celebration of Learning.
   •   The School Advisory Council meets on a regular basis; all parents are welcome to attend.
   •   Volunteer your services, expertise, and assistance.

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Programs At École St. Cecilia
  1. Outstanding English Language Program

     The academic program follows the requirements set by Alberta Education for grades 7-9 and is taught in
     the English language. We offer a variety of complementary courses that enhance students’ learning as
     well as provide students with practical knowledge and skills that will assist them in their daily lives and
     help prepare them for High School.

  2. French Immersion Program

     Entry into this program is at the primary school level. École St. Cecilia Junior High is a continuation of
     the elementary program. This program is designed to teach French to Anglophones where functional
     bilingualism is the desired goal. In Immersion programs the student "lives" a significant part of the
     school experience in the second language. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the program is taught in the
     French language.

  3. Division Accelerated Math and Science Focus Program

     Entry into this program is at the junior high school level. The Accelerated Program is specifically
     designed for students who are academically capable of completing grade seven, eight and nine
     Mathematics and/or Science in two years rather than the traditional three years. It provides students
     with the opportunity to pursue Math 10 Common and/or Science 10 in their Grade 9 Junior High school
     year and earn high school credits. Course requirements are rigorous, and students are commonly
     required to spend more time working outside of class than those students in the regular program.

  4. Jean Forest All-Girls Leadership Academy

     The Jean Forest All Girls Leadership Academy is an innovative, single gender Catholic school program for
     junior high girls in Edmonton Catholic Schools. Entry into this program is at the junior high school level.
     This program emphasizes faith, tradition, leadership, and academic excellence. Girls registered in this
     program will be empowered, globally minded inquirers who will develop principles of learning to sustain
     their personal growth.

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French Immersion
WHY FRENCH IMMERSION AT ÉCOLE ST. CECILIA JUNIOR HIGH?
Our French immersion students are involved in many activities throughout
the school year. Some activities are designed to enhance their appreciation for
the French Language. A few examples are:

   •   Quebec Cultural Trip
   •   Celebration of Winter Carnaval
   •   Celebration of Learning
   •   Fieldtrips to Cultural Destinations

POURQUOI LA VISITE AU QUÉBEC? WHY DO OUR STUDENTS VISIT QUÉBEC?
French Cultural trip to ‘’la belle province de Québec’’ for Grade 8-9 students is a fantastic experience where
students are immersed in French culture through dance, drama, film, academic studies, athletic activities, and
spiritual dimensions.

Highlights of the trip include attending a cabane à sucre (sugar shack), visiting Montréal, touring historical sites
of Quebec City, activities with friends, a visit to the majestic Montmorency Falls and participating in Carnaval.
During their stay, students stay in hotels that are near points of interests. École St. Cecilia students gain
exceptional education and cultural experiences for lifelong memories while enriching their confidence in speaking
French.

Notre carnaval d'hiver à École St. Cecilia - Our Annual Winter Carnaval

           •   Our annual winter Carnaval is a fun way for students and staff to enjoy winter activities.
           •   The activities included are our own sugar shack where we pour maple syrup on snow, snowshoe
               races, tug of war, learning to make music with wooden spoons, folk dance and cultural songs just
               to name a few.

Science Olympiques – L’expo de science

Do you like experimenting and inventing things? A team of students participated in the APEGA Science
Olympics facing challenges as a team. During the day they successfully complete challenges such as building a
prosthetic leg from limited materials. The science expo is just one of many ways that students can celebrate and
extend their learning in a French immersion environment.

Fieldtrips to Cultural Destinations

Part of the French Immersion programming is to connect students to the greater French community within
Edmonton and Alberta. Over the years, students have visited French cultural destinations such as the Facultè St.
Jean, La Citè Francophone, as well attending concerts, and local restaurants such as La Creperie. These fieldtrips
are great opportunities for students to extend their knowledge of French Language and Culture as well as a way
for students to apply and use their language skills within authentic environments. The field trips allow students to
further develop their language skills to become more confident to pursue future career opportunities, studies and
travel.

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Accelerated Math & Science Program at École St. Cecilia Junior High
WHY ACCELERATED MATH AND SCIENCE AT ÉCOLE ST. CECILIA JUNIOR HIGH?
Entry into this program is at the junior high school level. The Accelerated Program is specifically designed for
students who are academically capable of completing grade seven, eight and nine Mathematics and/or Science in
two years rather than the traditional three years. It provides students with the opportunity to pursue Math 10
Common and/or Science 10 in their Grade 9 Junior High school year and earn high school credits. Course
requirements are rigorous, and students are commonly required to spend more time working outside of class
than those students in the regular program.

ADMISSION CRITERIA
1. Prospective students must achieve an excellent* score on the Entrance Exam(s) based on the Grade 6 Learner
   outcomes and those outcomes extending into the Grade 7 Math and/or Science curriculum learner outcomes.
2. The student will have demonstrated overall “Exemplary” achievement in Math and/or Science in
   grade six according to the most recent report card.
3. The student’s past report cards will indicate not only academic ability, but also strong organization
   and work habits.
4. Potential students require a mature, positive attitude, exemplary classroom behavior and the ability to work
   independently

The Learning Team Coordinators, Accelerated Math/Science teachers and the school administration will review
each student’s application. Based on the ADMISSION CRITERIA, the top students will be chosen for the program.
The primary determining factor is the Entrance Exam.

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM(S)
Student performance and program recommendations will be reviewed and made at each reporting period. To
ensure a student meets the Program of Studies learning requirements, any decision to have a student discontinue
in the program will be made at the end of the school year.

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Jean Forest All-Girls Leadership Academy at École St. Cecilia
Junior High

JEAN FOREST ALL-GIRLS LEDERSHIP ACCADEMY PHILOSOPHY

The faculty at Jean Forest Junior High Leadership Academy is committed to
educating each child intellectually, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically
by providing a variety of experiences as a foundation for learning. Parents are invited
to share this commitment by providing mutual support in encouraging and assisting
their daughters in meeting their needs.

Our faculty endeavors to provide a safe, happy, caring environment where
everyone can grow to their fullest potential. Jean Forest Leadership Academy,
cooperatively with the home and parish, strives to instill in each child the
knowledge, skills, habits, understandings, Catholic spiritual values, and character traits essential for rich personal
living, for satisfying human relationships and for becoming a responsible, contributing member of our society.

WHY CHOOSE THE JEAN FOREST ALL-GIRLS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY?
  ✓ We are pleased to offer an all-girl Junior High Program at École St. Cecilia. Formerly housed out of
     St. Basil School, this program of excellence has been part of Edmonton Catholic Schools since 2005.
     All subjects are taught in an all-girls setting and we are proud to have been awarded by
     Today’s Parent Magazine the honor of “Top 25 Schools in Canada.

    ✓ Full Academic program in a girls only setting with 21st century learning opportunities such as flex
      time, Health days and a Leadership program with curriculum designed to develop leadership in
      young women grounded in Catholic social teaching that includes service in the community. Young
      women focus on an area of service or HOUSES & cross grade groups work collaboratively.

    ✓ Christ Centered programming that helps young women develop in spirit, self-discovery, and service.
      The program aims to encourage young women develop to an understanding of societal and global
      issues and their impact on women and career choices.

    ✓ Uniformed Academy (easy ordering online) that removes the pressures of appearance and
      competition among young women and fosters a sense of pride, self-respect, and dignity.
    ✓ Complimentary courses designed to explore areas of interest and balance academic programming.

    ✓   High quality extracurricular athletics program: intramurals, soccer, volleyball, basketball, slow
        pitch, badminton and intramurals

    ✓ Academic Supports- homework support at lunch, core support option, access to a Success Coach,
      Multi-Disciplinary Team, Braided Journey’s Program, First Nations, Métis and Inuit supports, Family
      School Liaison Worker

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✓ Excellent Community partnerships The JFLA program has several well-established community
    partnerships designed to not only involve students in the greater community, but to also provide
    authentic opportunities for our students to develop stewardship, social justice, and leadership.
    Partnerships include: The University of Alberta, our own chapter of the CGL-Catholic Girls League, Junior
    Achievement, Norwood Extended Care.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  •   Students who are interested in registering for the Jean Forest Leadership Academy must fill out a
      registration form as well as complete leadership reflection stating their interest in the program. For more
      information, please visit the school website: www.stcecilia.ecsd.net

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Courses Offered at École St. Cecilia Junior High

PROGRAM OF STUDIES
Students follow the Alberta Education Program of Studies in all grades and subject areas.

CORE INSTRUCTION
   •   English Language Arts
   •   Mathematics
   •   Sc i e n c e
   •   Religious Education
   •   Social Studies
   •   Physical Education
   •   French Language Arts (for French Immersion students only)

CURRICULUM HANDBOOKS AND SUMMARIES
   Curriculum summaries, which include information about content taught
   in each grade and subject area, are available on the Alberta Education
   website:

   http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/index.html

COMPLEMENTARY COURSES FOR JUNIOR HIGH
   Students in junior high school enjoy having some choice in terms of the complementary courses they take.
   Complementary courses offered at École St. Cecilia School include courses in Fine and Performing arts and
   Career and Technology Foundations (CTF).

   At École St. Cecilia, instrumental music is a full year program. All other complementary courses are offered in
   semesters that correspond with the reporting periods. This provides students with a choice in their elective
   courses.

   Descriptions of complementary courses that could be offered in the next school year are listed below.
   Courses are offered based on demand, so only those courses in high demand will be offered in a given year.
   For example, if a significant number of students requested art as a complementary course, it would be
   offered, and we might even add additional classes in order to meet the demand. Conversely, if very few
   students wanted to take a particular course, we would not offer it in a given year.

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Complementary Course Offerings
Fine & Performing Arts

                 Music Program
                 We are proud to honor St. Cecilia who is the patron saint of music through our diverse and
                 innovative music program. We believe that studying music at the junior high level can open
                 doors to the world for our students, unites students of all backgrounds, and provides a sense of
                 community. The St. Cecilia music program allows students to positively express themselves in a
                 safe learning environment while contributing and serving the greater good of the community.

                 The music program at École St. Cecilia is a three year program based on three strands of music
                 education:

   •   Instrumental music
   •   Choral music
   •   Guitar Program

   Students will discover music through any three of the music options listed.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Instrumental Music is a three-year program. It is not necessary to have an extensive musical background to
register in music. The classes consist of instruction in instrument playing, theory, and history of music.
Extracurricular opportunities such as ensembles, composing, and computer-assisted music and choir are also
available. Regular practice at home is expected, as this will enhance proficiency. Music students are charged for
instrument rentals and the purchase of a mouthpiece. Certain instruments may require accessories (reeds, etc.)
that are necessary for its performance.

CHORAL MUSIC
In choral music, students develop vocal, aural, theoretical, interpretive and synthesis skills for musical
performances. Choral music is open to all students who want to explore their singing voice. This class focuses on
breath support, singing in harmony, singing in tune, and expanding the vocal range. Students rehearse and
perform various musical selections within various contexts: school celebrations, concerts, and community
events. This class is offered for one semester.

GENERAL MUSIC (GUITAR PROGRAM FOCUS)
Students develop competencies in playing a variety of traditional and contemporary music by applying these
skills through guitar. In addition, the guitar program focus is a one-semester course covering the basics of the
instrument and an application of essential music fundamentals. Students will learn the basics of playing guitar
at a beginning level through studying music notation, chord symbols, and peer modeling. A brief history of the
guitar along with a study of its respective musical styles will also be covered in this course.

DRAMA
The primary objectives for dramatic studies are to enhance student confidence and imagination through active
expression. Students explore various forms of drama through simple games and exercises and are introduced to
elements such as improvisational theater, stage plays, characterization, comedy-theater, and staging. Whenever
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possible, fieldtrips and performance opportunities are planning so that students have exposure to community
theatre performances.

ART
Students will learn the basic composition of art and use the elements and principles of art (line, color, value,
space, shape, texture, form, pattern, unity, variety, emphasis, proportion, rhythm and movement and balance) to
express themselves in their artwork. Appreciation of various art forms and techniques of art criticism will also be
studied. Class projects include: Perspective drawing, contour drawing, and working in various media such as
pastel, watercolor, and acrylic.

CAREER & TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATIONS (CTF)
As a part of our complementary program, career and technology foundations
provides students with opportunities to acquire competencies that can be
applied now and in the future as they make the transition into adult roles in
the family, community, workplace, and/or further education.

Studies in CTF help students to:
           •   Develop skills that can be applied in their daily lives, now and in
               the future
           •   Refine career-planning skills
           •   Develop technology-related skills
           •   Enhance employability skills
           •   Apply and reinforce learning developed in other subject areas.
The introductory courses offered at École St. Cecilia will include a variety of assignments and projects. They do
not require any prerequisite courses and are designed to teach students the basics in a wide selection of
electronic tools and software

Career & Technology Foundations Course Offerings
   •   Communication Technology: Media Design & Digital Maker Space
   •   Construction
   •   Foods
   •   Fashion Studies
   •   Environmental Stewardship
   •   Recreation Leadership (Grade 9)
   •   Recreation Leadership (Sports Performance Focus)
   •   Computer Science
   •   Design Studies (Science and Technology Focus)

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: MEDIA DESIGN & DIGITAL MAKER SPACE
Students discover and develop skills for relaying information effectively using various forms of media, including
animation, print, photography, audio/visual, and technology including robotics.

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ROBOTICS
Students apply the fundamentals of robotics systems and basic robotics functions.

MEDIA DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION ARTS
The MDC cluster of courses is designed to provide students with the flexibility to adapt to various situations
relating to design and communication.

Modules that could be offered:

VISUAL COMPOSITION
Students learn to employ fundamental elements and principles of design for various media and gain foundational
knowledge as well as a multidisciplinary experience in preparation for other Communication Technology
courses.

AUDIO/VIDEO
Students acquire basic production skills, including planning, recording and editing, through the production of
simple audio and/or video project using basic equipment and techniques.

ANIMATION
Students are introduced to a variety of animation techniques and produce a simple animation; the focus is on
basic skills, including planning, key-framing, stage set-up, and production used to create a moving picture.

CONSTRUCTION
Within the construction course, students develop skills in the use of tools and materials used in construction
processes, and safely transform common wood materials into useful
products as well as learn various skills within the trade.

Modules that could be offered include:

BASIC TOOLS AND MATERIALS
Students develop basic hand tool and production skills to transform,
safely, common building materials into useful products.
SOLID STOCK CONSTRUCTION
Students develop basic hand and power tool skills to build a product made from solid wood.
FABRICATION TOOLS & MATERIALS
Students develop knowledge and skills in the use of basic hand tools and materials used in fabrication processes,
and safely transform common metals into useful products.

FOODS
The foods program allows students to examine the role of food, nutrition and following the Canadian food guide,
meal planning, economics, food preparation and safety which help students understand the various skills in the
culinary arts trade. The foods program is designed to provide students with foundational skills in the kitchen

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that progress to more difficult tasks and challenges such as executing main courses, planning meals, and
designing menus.

Food modules that could be offered:
FOOD BASICS (Prerequisite for all Foods modules)
Students learn to make wise food choices and to understand recipes, equipment, care in handling food, and the
importance of safe and efficient work habits.
FOOD & NUTRITION BASICS
Students learn which foods are crucial to wellness, how such foods affect current performance and future health,
and discover how to choose and prepare nutritious, tasty foods.
CANADIAN HERITAGE FOODS
Students become aware of how food in Canada today reflects the country’s history and origins by examining food
patterns and customs, and by analyzing and preparing ethnic foods.
CONTEMPORARY BAKING
Students develop and demonstrate an understanding of traditional and
contemporary baking focusing on basic measuring techniques, preparation
methods, role of ingredients and the proper use of equipment for baked goods.
SNACKS & APPETIZERS
Students apply the importance of snacking to the way we eat by making nutritious, as well as delicious, snacks
and appetizers.

FASHION STUDIES
In this course, students design, manufacture and market clothing/textile products as well as study the history,
sociology, and economics of clothing and textile arts. Students learn how to complete basic hand sewn projects,
basic stitches, sewing safety, effectively using a sewing machine, following patterns, and planning designs and
projects.

ENVIRONMENT STEWARDSHIP
In this course, students examine the management and conservation of the environment and propose actions that
foster the stainable development and use of resources. Students learn about plants and animals and how they
exist within our ecosystem as well as the human connection to the land and animals. Possible themes and
projects may include:

                          • Recycling and Waste management within the school
                          • Solar Power and alternative sustainable energy
                          • Using nature for sustainable living: fire building, shelters,
                          • Horticulture
                          • Climate Change
                          • Reducing paper initiatives at school
                          • Care for Creation
   •   Understanding the cause and effect of endangered and extinct animal species.
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RECREATION LEADERSHIP (GRADE 9 FOCUS)
The recreation leadership course is focused on providing students with opportunities to develop skills of
coaching, fitness leadership, sport performance, athletic therapy, and leading recreational activities. The
recreation leadership course at the grade 9 level focuses on the leadership aspect of the course. Possible projects
and themes within the course may include:

   •   Plan, organize, and implement the school intramural program.
   •   Plan, organize, and implement school events such as open house, and school theme days.
   •   Healthy Eating & Nutrition Planning
   •   Fitness programs and planning fitness goals and routines.
   •   Exposure to alternative physical activities such as wall climbing, yoga, and skiing.

RECREATION LEADERSHIP (SPORT PERFORMANCE FOCUS 7-8-9)
This recreation leadership course allows students to delve deeper into developing recreation leadership skills
through a focus in sport performance. Students will learn about promoting physical and mental well being
through sport. Students will be exposed to a wholistic approach to athletic development which includes:

   •   Training
   •   Recovery
   •   Rules of Sport and Sports Conduct
   •   Skill development
   •   Nutrition
   •   Teamwork
   •   Planning and executing game strategies

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Students explore hardware, software and processes to write and create structured algorithms and programs that
input, process and output data. Students will learn how to use a variety of computer technology and software,
create simple games using scratch coding, as well as learn about website development.

DESIGN STUDIES (SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FOCUS)
This unique course allows students to learn about the creative process from the conception through to
development in architecture, industrial design, engineering, and landscaping. Projects are geared towards a
deeper application and analysis of science, technology, engineering, & mathematics (STEM) as it relates to
designing and building structures.

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School Activities at École St. Cecilia Junior High
WHOLE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
École St. Cecilia is a vibrant and diverse school. We come together as a school community to celebrate our
unique programs and we regularly plan activities and events that extend learning and build community.

RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS
                       As a Catholic school, we mark important events in the school and liturgical calendar in
                       celebration. Students at our school attend a number of different parishes, including St.
                       Matthew, Santa Maria Goretti, St. Edmund, and St. Charles. We have a wonderful
                       relationship with St. Matthew Parish and we celebrate mass at the church whenever
                       possible. We also invite our parish priests, division Chaplains, and Bishops to concelebrate
                       masses in school.

                       MEET THE STAFF/CURRICULUM EVENING
                       Each September, we invite families to our annual Meet the Staff Evening. This is an
                       opportunity for families to meet their children’s teachers and learn a little bit about what
                       students will be learning over the course of the year.

                       SPIRIT DAYS/TIGER DAYS
The school leadership team organizes many theme days where students take part in organized events and/or dress-
up days. Spirit days are lots of fun for everyone and include:
    • Tiger Days
    • Social Justice Initiatives
    • Principal for a Day
    • Shrove Tuesday
    • Terry Fox Run
    • Tiger’s Got Talent
    • Carnaval
    • Father Mireau Day
    • Celebration of the Arts

SEASONAL EVENTS
We hold many events for the entire school that are specific to a particular time of year, such as Halloween activities,
Christmas activities, Valentine’s activities, and many others.

SCHOOL CLUBS
École St. Cecilia is home to variety of school clubs that aim to promote healthy social interactions amongst our
students as well as to extend learning and knowledge in a variety of disciplines. St. Cecilia students can
participate in any one of the follow groups and clubs:

   •   Student Leadership team: This is a group of dedicated grade 8 and 9 students who focus on addressing
       the social needs of the Tiger community. The team is responsible for social functions, centered activities,
       and numerous fundraising initiatives throughout the school year. Students interested in participating in
       the leadership team are interviewed for selection in June for the following year.
   •   Robotics/Gaming Club: The robotics club at École St. Cecilia Junior High is made up of students who
       are interested in technology and hands-on experiences. Students in the club use Lego eV3 Robots to
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complete challenges. Students in this club will learn how to build robots and program them to complete
       a task.
   •   Yearbook Club: A dedicated group of students who enjoy photography and photo editing come be a part
       of the yearbook club. Meetings occur during the lunch hour.
   •   Boys and Girls Clubs: Students have the opportunity to participate in focused activities and
       conversations that provide students with healthy peer social interactions as well as discussing themes
       relevant to adolescents. Students involved in either the boys club or girls club are able to make
       connections within their own peer group, and gain confidence in socializing with others.
   •   Drama Production: Every year École St. Cecilia Junior High organizes a musical production including
       acting, singing, dancing, set and design and stage managing. Students have the opportunity to create a
       play from start to finish from every aspect of production and put on 2-3 live shows. Past productions
       include: Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, The Grinch, Frozen, Annie and Grease.
   •   Broadcast Club/Tiger TV: A group of dedicated students plan and produce our Tiger Tv- live daily
       televised news broadcast that features all of the up to date information about École St. Cecilia, daily
       prayer, videos, and broadcasting school celebrations. This club provides students with exposure to media
       design, computer editing, and audio.
   •   Band Concert: The music program at École St. Cecilia organizes concert and performance opportunities
       for students throughout the year.

TIGER ATHLETIC PROGRAM
The athletic legacy and the “Home of the Tigers” is alive and well at École St. Cecilia! We are a member of the
inter-school athletic program. Our school teams play a number of games with other junior high schools in the
Edmonton Catholic School District. Our teams include: boys and girls volleyball, basketball, soccer , track
and field, curling, badminton, slo-pitch, and cross country running.

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Student Services Support
The École St. Cecilia student services team aims to provide quality specialized support for students that meet the
needs of our diverse and inclusive student population. Our team includes:

   ✓   Learning Coach and English Language Designate
   ✓   School Chaplain
   ✓   First Nation’s Metis and Inuit School Designate
   ✓   Family School Liaison Worker
   ✓   Emotional Behavior Specialist
   ✓   Therapeutic Assistants
   ✓   Educational Assistants

Together with the St. Cecilia administration team, the student services team works to support students
academically, socially-emotionally, and behaviorally to ensure that students achieve their best and feel successful
at school. This comprehensive team also provides families with connections to outside social agencies, support
with Individualized Program Plans, and medical referrals.

BRAIDED JOURNEY’S PROGRAM
Braided Journeys Student Support Program at École St. Cecilia is
committed to assisting student success by cultivating a caring,
welcoming, and positive place where Indigenous students see
themselves, their contributions and their culture represented,
respected, and celebrated. Our program offers support,
encouragement and guidance throughout a student’s educational
journey. A dedicated transition support coach organizes cultural
activities as well as supports students academically, culturally, as
well as works as a family-school liaison to ensure that students can
transition to the school as well as beyond the school to High
School.

Procedural Information
HOMEROOM
Each student is assigned to a homeroom teacher. Students begin the morning in their homeroom where
attendance is taken and recorded and students listen to daily announcements as well as prayer. The homeroom
teacher takes a special interest in his or her students and helps to build a feeling of community and
understanding within the class.

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HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday                                 Thursdays

Call In:     8:12am                                       Call In:     8:12am
Announcements: 8:20am-8:23am                              Announcements: 8:20am-8:23am
Block 1:     8:25am-9:11am                                Block 1:     8:25am-9:17am
Block 2:     9:13am-9:59am                                Block 2:     9:19am-10:11am
Locker Break 9:59am-10:04am                               Locker Break 10:11am-10:14am
Block 3:     10:04am-10:50am                              Block 3:     10:14am-11:06am
Block 4:     10:52am-11:38am                              Block 4:     11:08am-12:00pm
Lunch:       11:38am-12:18pm                              Dismissal:   12:00pm
Call In:     12:18pm
Block 5:     12:23pm-1:09pm
Block 6:     1:11pm-1:58pm
Block 7:     2:00pm-2:47pm
Dismissal:   2:47pm
School Office Hours: 8am-3:330pm daily

COMMUNICATION
LATES AND ABSENCES – PHONE HOME PROGRAM

Consistent and regular attendance is essential to being a successful student and for getting the most out of each
student’s education. Parents/Guardians are asked to phone the school whenever a student is going to be absent.
Messages may be left on the answering machine through the night or early morning. Our automated phone
system will telephone the student’s home or parent’s place of employment if we do not hear from the parent.
Students who must leave the school prior to the end of the normal school day must sign out at the office prior to
leaving the school. Parents are asked to telephone the school to let us know when students will be leaving school
early. Students reporting late for school must register in the office before proceeding to class.

NEWSLETTERS & CORRESPONDENCE

The school newsletter is posted to our school website on the first day of every month and a notice is sent to
parents via email. We communicate information to parents as it becomes available, via email. Generally,
additional communication is sent on Fridays throughout the school year.

POWERSCHOOL

We believe it is imperative that parents be well informed as to their child’s academic progress. PowerSchool is
available for parents of students in ECSD. Parents of junior high students may login to the Power School portal to
view their child's class assignments, grading information, report cards, attendance and scheduling information.
Parents of elementary students may view their child’s attendance and report card information. This program
allows parents to easily communicate with teachers via e-mail or receive automatic notification of unexcused
absences, missing assignments, or failing grades. PowerSchool also allows parents to pay fees online. Once we
have registration documents, including email addresses, we will provide parents who are new to ECSD with a
username and password to access the system.

SCHOOL SECURITY
The school takes the following measures to ensure that the students and staff are safe:

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✓   All school doors are locked during school hours
   ✓   Regular fire alarm and lockdown procedures
   ✓   Up-to-date first aid equipment and staff certification
   ✓   Diligent supervision throughout the school day
   ✓   Surveillance System

NOON HOUR PROCEUDRES

CLOSED CAMPUS

Students are not allowed to leave school property during the lunch break. All students must remain in
the school to eat their lunch in their designated area. Students may go on the school grounds for the
remainder of the lunch hour, however, under no circumstances are they allowed off school property.
The only exception to this is for students who live within easy walking distance of the school and have
their parent's written permission to go home for lunch on file in the office.

LUNCH DROP OFFS
Occasionally, parents drop off or order lunches from delivery services for students. We do not disturb classes for
lunch deliveries and we do not have staff available to ensure that lunches are delivered to students. All lunches
delivered to the school for students must be clearly marked with the student’s name and placed in the student
lunch bin in the office. Students may pick up their lunch from the office once the noon hour bell has gone.
Parents are asked to ensure that students are aware that a lunch will be waiting for them in the office.

LUNCH FACILITIES
Students are assigned designated areas where they are able to eat their lunch in a safe and supervised
environment. These areas include designated classrooms, the small gym, and room 112. A nutritious snack
program is provided to students on a bi-weekly basis, as well hot water and microwaves are available for
students.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

LOCKERS
Each student is assigned a locker. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the locker clean at all times. Students
are also provided with 1 rental lock at no cost. Students are advised to store their personal belongings in their
lockers and to keep their lockers locked and closed at all times. To avoid possible theft, students are requested to
keep combination numbers private and leave items of value at home. Please note that school issued locks must
be used and that the school reserves the right to search any student’s locker if the administration considers a
search necessary to maintain the integrity and safety of the school community.

TEXTBOOKS
Students are assigned textbooks in the CORE subject areas. Students are responsible for the care of their
textbooks and replacements costs or fines will be levied for loss or damage of school textbooks.

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TRANSPORTATION
École St. Cecilia is situated within a hub of several local schools in our community and as such, students have
access to many different Edmonton Transit Bus Routes and school special routes that conveniently stop outside
of our school grounds. ETS bus passes are available from the school’s business office.

PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Electronic devices including personal laptop computers, chromebooks, and cellphones are permitted on school
property, but they must be on silent mode. Students may access their laptops or chromebooks for academic
purposes however, students are not to use their cellular devices during instruction time. Students are allowed to
use their electronic devices for personal use in the school before 8:12 am and after 2:45 pm provided the use is
appropriate and does not infringe on the rights or privacy of other students or staff and adheres to the Edmonton
Catholic School District Student Responsible Use Agreement. Parents who need to contact students can call
the office any time. Consequences will result for those students who cannot follow school policy.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
At École St. Cecilia Junior High, we aim to create a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment
that honors our call to work together in faith, love, and hope. We celebrate our accomplishments, and we believe
that each person brings gifts, talents and interests to our community to develop and share.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
We affirm that the rights set out in the Alberta Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms are afforded to all students and staff members within École St. Cecilia Junior High School. We affirm
that pursuant to the Alberta Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, students and
staff members are protected from discrimination. More specifically, discrimination refers to any conduct that
serves to deny or discriminate against any person or class of persons regarding any goods, services,
accommodation, or facilities that are customarily available to the public, and the denial or discrimination is
based on race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, ancestry, place of origin,
marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation.

The Student Conduct Policy is reviewed on an annual basis by parents, students and school staff and is revised as
necessary in response to feedback from the parties listed above. Expectations of students and school policies are
outlined at the beginning of the school year and are regularly reviewed with students. The Student Conduct
Policy is printed in student handbooks and is posted on the school website.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
All members of our school community - students, parents, and staff - are expected to model and promote
behavior that contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects
diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. Parents and school staff have the responsibility to help students meet
their responsibilities.

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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
     (a) be diligent in pursuing the student’s studies;
     (b) attend school regularly and punctually;
     (c) co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other
        services;
     (d) comply with the rules of the school;
     (e) account to the student’s teachers for the student’s conduct;
     (f) respect the rights of others;
     (g) ensure that the student’s conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning
        environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging;
     (h) refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or bullying behavior directed toward others in the
        school, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic
        means;
     (i) positively contribute to the student’s school and community.
                                                                                       -Alberta School Act, Section 12

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
     (a) to take an active role in the student’s educational success, including assisting the student in
        complying with section 12,
     (b) to ensure that the parent’s conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning
        environment,
     (c) to co-operate and collaborate with school staff to support the delivery of specialized supports and
        services to the student,
     (d) to encourage, foster and advance collaborative, positive and respectful relationships with teachers,
        principals, other school staff and professionals providing supports and services in the school, and
     (e) to engage in the student’s school community.
                                                                                    -Alberta School Act, Section 16.2

STUDENTS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CREATING A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT BY:
     •   smiling at peers and adults in our school
     •   speaking to their friends about their behavior (in a nice way) when they are not contributing to a
         welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environment.
     •   greeting visitors to their classroom or school
     •   being friendly and helpful towards students that are new to the school and others.
     •   sitting with someone who is alone at lunch, inviting someone to join games or sit with their group
         outside, or working together to complete a project.
     •   keeping our school and school grounds clean and tidy
     •   coming to school/class on time and as prepared as possible.

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•    treating everyone with respect even if they don’t agree with their beliefs and/or values
         •    having empathy for others
         •    following classroom and school expectations so everyone is able to learn
         •    not engaging in behavior such as put downs or snickers when questions are asked in class – no one
              should feel afraid or nervous about coming to school.
     -       Excerpted from The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities, Series on Alberta’s Education
                                                                                              Act, November 2014

PARENTS CAN HELP STUDENTS MEET THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES BY:
     • modelling kindness
         •    paying attention to how they talk about other children and the school in front of their children
         •    taking responsibility for their mistakes
         •    reporting any problems at school to the teacher as soon as they can. The best place to start is with
              their child’s teacher. If parents are not satisfied with the results of this conversation, the next step
              would be to make an appointment to speak with their child’s principal.
         •    modelling peaceful problem solving when you have a conflict.
                                      -    Excerpted from The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities,
                                                               - Series on Alberta’s Education Act, November 2014

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR
At École St. Cecilia we are dedicated to learning in a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning
environment. We are focused on learning in a positive and caring environment. Anything that interferes with
teaching or learning is not allowed. This includes inappropriate dress, gum-chewing, head gear, sunglasses,
inappropriate use of electronic devices or games, behavior that conflicts with our district responsible use
agreement, and physical contact between students. School-wide expectations are communicated to our students
by teachers in classroom discussions, by school administration in assemblies, during morning announcements,
through the school newsletter and through our school website. We have set behavioral guidelines for the school
as a whole and have asked each teacher to set programs and procedures designed to maximize student learning
and responsibility. Since each teacher has a different style, specific expectations and procedures will vary from
class to class.

CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
We concentrate on positive behavior and attitudes; however, there are times when a student has difficulty
recognizing their responsibility as a student. In such cases, we have outlined several possible consequences for
behavior, whether the behavior occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means.
When a student behaves inappropriately, they can expect that the staff member present (teacher, administrator,
teacher assistant, support or custodial staff) will take the most appropriate action. One or more of the following
can be expected to occur:
         ▪    Verbal reprimand
         ▪    Restriction of privileges and activities
         ▪    Noon hour detention of student
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