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Program

Junior High Courses

Language Arts 7, 8 and 9

·         Several reading programs; various methodologies are used

·         A multi-sensory approach is used to introduce and reinforce skills taught

Math 7, 8 and 9

·         Students are assessed and placed into math groups according to their ability

Human Relations/Social Studies 7, 8 and 9

·         Students learn co-operation and teamwork skills

·         The units of study include decision-making, social skills and relationships

·         Human Sexuality is taught as a component of Health classes

Physical Education

We believe that every student can be successful in Physical Education, regardless of varying abilities. We focus on participation, cooperation, sportsmanship and skill development. All students in Junior High receive Physical Education classes three times a week all year long, and the curriculum is similar to any other Junior High in the city. Junior High students also receive supplementary activity in the fitness room through their rotation classes. 

High School students can take Phys. Ed. 10 for 3 credits. The focus of this course is game theory and leadership skills. Students will referee and score keep during intramural activities.

Rotation Classes Years 7 and 8

All students complete an eight week rotation in the following subjects for approximately half of the instructional day which include:

·         Art

·         Computers

·         Science

·         Social Studies

·         Foods

·         Animal Science

·         Health

·         Fitness

·         Woods

·         Sewing

·         Music

·         Thinking Before Acting and Walk the Talk (decision making classes)
 

Rotation Classes Year 9

Year 9 rotation classes are offered for eight to ten weeks of the year for approximately half of the instructional day. Courses may include the following:

·         Art and Design: students are introduced to a variety of educational and recreational activities such as ceramics, lapidary, photography, weaving, graphic arts, jewellery and leatherwork.

·         Outdoor Pursuits and Safety Skills: an activity based program intended to promote student interest in healthy and responsible outdoor activities, improve their awareness and respect for personal abilities and limitations, to introduce and develop applicable outdoor skills, develop student confidence, encourage cooperative effort within small groups and promote and enhance safe and responsible enjoyment of outdoor recreational activities. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to tents, improvised shelters, stoves and lanterns, bush craft and survival skills, fires and fire safety, camp tools, food and water, wild plants and animals, map skills and navigation, weather, first aid, sports and games, day hikes and accessing public transit.

·         Foods and Health: students continue to develop skills in food preparation, knife skills and cleaning. Students prepare dishes such as pasta, apple pies and soup along with many other baking and multicultural dishes. Nutrition through Canada’s Food Guide is studies.

In Health, the focus is on relationships and making good choices.  We learn about healthy boundaries, how our body systems work, birth control, and sexually transmitted infections.

·         Wood and Science: students are introduced to the safe, proper use of hand and power tools. Students complete individual projects applying skills learned.

In the Science portion, selected Junior High Science objectives are covered, often in conjunction with Woods projects.

·         Social Studies and Fitness: students study the Year 9 topic of the United States with an emphasis on mapping, geography and research skills.  In fitness, students are given the opportunity to do weight training and cardiovascular exercise.

Grade 7 Orientation

On the first day of school, new students are:

·         Met at the door and guided to their new classrooms

·         Assigned lockers in the vicinity of their classrooms

·         Assigned a class with students of similar reading ability

·         Given a tour of the school

In the first two weeks, developing accurate and successful programming is achieved by assessing and evaluating students in order to confirm their reading and math levels. (NOTE: although students are placed in classes the first day, all classroom placements are tentative.) Once reading levels are established, final class placements are confirmed.