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Complementary Courses

The purpose of complementary subjects at the junior high level is to provide an exploration of various interest areas. 

Grade 7 (Trimester)

Materials 7
Materials 7 will offer students a chance to learn the skills needed for bead-based projects, leatherwork, and basketry.  This course will offer students the opportunity to learn hand sewing, learn to work and design projects with leather, and learn the basics of basketry weaving with a variety of materials, including cloth, pine needles and grasses subject to the availability of those materials.

Game Strategy
Students will develop their critical thinking, collaboration, analyzing, and problem-solving skills as they play games, socialize, and have fun. These games will include card games, board games, and interactive games. Once students have become expert strategizers, they will have the opportunity to create a game of their own to challenge their classmates and friends.

Grade 8 (Trimester)

Game, Inquiry, Strategy, and Practice
Students will focus on wellness, collaboration and strategy in this option. Using a variety of cooperative and competitive games, students will utilize comprehension and analysis skills and foster discovery through inquiry, reflection, exploration and resourcefulness. Assessment will be on participation and the opportunity to inquire about creating a complete board game for fellow students to experience.

Students will complete projects that focus on developing a variety of fundamental computer skills. Students will create an internet safety video, learn how to calculate formulas and build graphs in Google Sheets and develop their programming skills. 

Grade 9 (Trimester)

Students will investigate employment opportunities in the tourism industries and describe various motivating factors for travel.  Students will create and evaluate an Alberta, Canada and/or an international travel package, including itinerary, tour and attractions information, and traveller information. Assessment will be based on completion of the project as well as a self-evaluation of their skills and teacher input.

Film Exploration
Students will be provided with an opportunity to explore their interest in film while developing visual literacy and critical thinking skills learned through visual media.  Students will focus on responding to and reflecting on selected, age-appropriate visual media. 

Visual Composition (Photography)
In CTF courses, students develop communication, collaboration, critical thinking, time management and problem-solving skills through hands-on learning experiences.  Visual Communication deals with photography and design, incorporating both technical skill-building, and creating artistic compositions. 

Grade 7, 8 and 9 (Trimester)

Construction and Technology (CTF) - Trimester
Construction and Technology is a CTF (Career and Technology Foundations)option that allows the student to gain experience in one of eight different modules from the following strands: Construction, Fabrication, and Communication. 

Foods & Fashion - Trimester
Foods & Fashions is a program designed to help students develop skills they can apply in daily living, make effective career choices, and prepare for entry into the workplace of further learning opportunities. The curriculum is organized into the Foods & Fashion strands and modules of study.

Art - Trimester
Students will explore art through a variety of media and techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpting. Students will learn to apply skills in a way that develops their ability to create realistic pieces and to look at art as a form of personal expression.

Drama - Trimester
Students will explore their creative side through a variety of different topics in Drama.  Some topics covered will include speech, movement, theatre games, scene study, improvisation, technical theatre and film study.

Learning to Lead - Trimester
Many facets of leadership impact students in junior high school, especially as they gain an increasing awareness of the immense impact of local and global leaders. The Learning to Lead courses series provides opportunities for students to better understand the concept of leadership in preparation for their future career and life roles.

Instrumental Music (Full year)  
*Note: A fee of up to $75 is collected to cover the costs of instrument rental. If the student owns their own instrument; the fee may be waived.
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