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					Rideau Park School
Junior High Complementary Program Guide 2009 - 2010

Accelerated English

Alberta Learning Course Code: Accelerated English 7, 8,9 (37 hrs) (LDCJ7103/8103/9103) Prerequisite: Students should have basic communication skills as measured through their mastery of Level 2 ESL descriptors. Fees: None
The Accelerated English course provides explicit language instruction targeting specific elements of the English language. Students will be instructed in language function, syntax and vocabulary. The course is intended for students who wish to improve their academic literacy.

Art
Alberta Learning Course Code: Art 7, 8, 9 (37 hr) (FNAJ7401/8401/9401) Prerequisite: None Fees: None
This course is designed for students with various abilities who wish to explore their creative ideas in drawing, painting and sculpting life forms and landscapes. The course will begin with a study of basic drawing techniques required to draw, paint and sculpt, using a variety of artists as inspiration. Students will be asked to display their work in the school, on the Rideau Park website and/or within the community.

Band (Full Year)

Alberta Learning Course Code: Music 7, 8, 9 (75 hr) (FNAJ7424/8424/9424) Prerequisite: None Fees: $15.00 supplementary resource fee $65 CBE rental fee for the school year (students may choose to rent privately)
This course is intended for students who have an interest in music. The program allows students to develop mental and aural skills, the ability to play music on a specific instrument, and to be more aesthetically aware and sensitive to various styles of music. Although not required, previous experience with playing an instrument and/or reading music is beneficial. As part of the program, students are required to attend all class and lunchtime rehearsals as well as performance opportunities as scheduled. Black pants or a skirt with white dress shirt will be required for all public performances. A crested school vest will be provided to each student for the duration of the course. All students are expected to pay a $15.00 supplementary resource fee. Students may rent an instrument from Rideau Park School for $65.00/school year or may choose to rent privately. Please see Mrs. Ryll to discuss rental and/or purchasing opportunities.

Construction Technology
Alberta Learning Course Code: Construction 7, 8, 9 (CONJ7011/8011/9011) Prerequisites: Level I – None Level II – Students must have completed Level I Fees: None CTS Level I
Students will work with a variety of mediums to construct small projects, including wood and metal. Other mediums may be explored time permitting. Students will also be exposed to imperial measurement, lettering and wood finishing as part of the program. There will be a strong emphasis on safety practices in the CTS lab. Students will be required to pass shop equipment safety exams and demonstrate that they can safely operate all equipment prior to their use during project construction.

CTS Level II
Students enrolling in CTS Level II will build upon the skills and projects introduced in Level I.

Cosmetology Studies
Alberta Learning Course Code: Human Care 8, 9 (KAEJ8589/9589) Prerequisite: None Fees: None Cosmetology Studies Level I
This course will allow students to develop an appreciation for the significance of personal care and hygiene in hands-on projects and various life situations. This course will allow students to present fashions and trends from past decades, practice a proper facial care routine and experience various make-up techniques. We will also learn about fashion trends and customs followed in other countries. Students must take this course first before enrolling in the Level Two course.

Cosmetology Studies Level II
The Level Two courses will build upon what the students have learned in Level One and increase their knowledge in more specific areas such as hair care and styling (such as braids, hot rollers, and styling) as well as more make-up techniques (including stage makeup). We will learn to transform the average student into anything from a tiger to a butterfly! Students must have taken Cosmetology Level One before enrolling in Level Two.

Debate

Alberta Learning Course Code: Communication Technology 7, 8, 9 (COMJ7021/8021/9021) Prerequisite: None Fees: None
This course is designed for students who would like to improve their public speaking ability and debating skills. Students will also develop their interpersonal and organizational abilities, assertiveness and personal confidence. We will be debating current events including federal, provincial and local issues. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills to the school on occasion during the lunch hour.

Fashion
Alberta Learning Course Code: Fashion 7, 8, 9 (FASJ7031/8031/9031) Prerequisites: Level I – None Level II – Students must have completed Level I Fees: None Fashion - Level I
In Level I students will learn the basics of sewing. These skills are invaluable for the rest of your life! No previous experience is required. Equipment safety will be practiced and emphasized. Students will learn about pattern cutout, cutting basic sewing techniques on the machine, and will also complete a hand-sewing project. The course is project based with two or three being completed during the term. Making wise shopping choices and getting good value for money will be discussed and a research project on fashion will be completed.

Fashion - Level II
Students enrolling in Level II will build upon the basic skills of sewing that were introduced in Level I.

Fitness Conditioning
Alberta Learning Course Code: Training for Excellence in Sports 7, 8, 9 (LDCJ7750/8750/9750) Prerequisites: None Fees: None
This fitness course is the sports-inspired workout for building skill, strength and stamina. Fitness conditioning will include both sport skill development and high energy interval training to strengthen your cardio, core, mobility and balance. Personal and group challenges motivate everyone – from the recreational athlete to the hard-core competitor – toward their fitness goals. Warning – those who participate are sure to leave feeling thoroughly invigorated and FIZZING with energy.

Foods
Alberta Learning Course Code: Foods 7, 8, 9 (FODJ7041/8041/9041) Prerequisites: Level I – None Level II – Students must have completed Level I Fees: None Foods – Level I
Foods I is an introduction to understanding foods basics. Students do not require previous experience. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn will ensure success. In short, students will learn survival in cooking for living at home and away from home on their own. Students will taste culinary delights prepared by themselves whilst learning the basics of successful cooking along with the benefits of healthy food choices. By course end students will have baked and cooked cakes, cookies, snacks and appetizers.

Foods – Level II
Foods II will be an extension of Foods I, but will also include meal planning and preparation. Safety, hygiene, and management in food preparation will be discussed and practiced in this course. Making wise choices for healthy eating and getting the best value for your money will also be discussed.

French (Grades 8/9)
Alberta Learning Course Code: Second Language 8, 9 (M7-120SL/M8-120SL/M9120SL) Prerequisites: None Fees: None
The French as a Second Language program of studies is centered around four components: communication, linguistics, the culture shared by Francophone peoples and language learning strategies. As one of Canada’s two official languages, French is spoken by more than 250 million people in 33 countries around the world. This course will allow students to better communicate in another language as well as understand and appreciate the history and evolution of French-speaking cultures. This course is suitable for both beginning and intermediate French language learners.

Mind & Body Fitness
Alberta Education Course Code: Training for Excellence in Sports 7, 8, 9 (LDCJ7750/8750/9750) Prerequisite: None Fees: None
This low-impact fitness based course will include instruction in Yoga, Pilates, stretching, meditation, dance, Tai Chi and relaxation techniques. The focus of the class will include reducing stress, improving body tone and flexibility as well as improving mental health. No previous experience is required.

Outdoor Education
OUTDOOR EDUCATION Level I (Grade 7)
This introductory course will serve as the foundation for future outdoor education programs. It will expose Grade 7 students to the theory and practice of safe and responsible outdoor travel. Students will spend class time playing team-building games, learning fundamental outdoor skills, and preparing for off-campus trips. Winter and spring activities that may be offered to students are dayhiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, and river canoeing. A Red Cross Emergency Level First Aid certification course is also included in this class. Some extracurricular commitment may be required to ensure that students are safely prepared for their excursions. A fee of $80 will be required for the first aid course and additional fees will be required for most out-trips.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION Level II (Grade 8)
Building on the material covered in the foundation course, Grade 8 students will fine tune their outdoor living skills and put theories discussed in-class into action. Students will spend class time playing teambuilding games, learning intermediate outdoor skills, and preparing for off-campus trips. Fall and winter activities that may be offered to students are day-hiking and overnight camping (two nights), orienteering, high ropes adventure courses, skiing/snowboarding, and avalanche awareness. A noncertification basic Athletic First Aid course is also included in this class. Considerable extracurricular commitment is required to ensure that students are safely prepared for their excursions. A fee of $80 will be required for the first aid course and additional fees will be required for most out-trips.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION Level III (Grade 9)
Building on the material covered earlier courses, Grade 9 students in this culminating course will explore the concepts of outdoor leadership and risk-management. Students will spend class time playing teambuilding games, learning advanced outdoor skills, and preparing for off-campus trips. Winter and spring activities that may be offered to students are skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, and outdoor leadership. A non-certification Wilderness First Aid course is also included in this class as well as participation in the Duke of Edinburgh awards program is included in this course . Considerable extracurricular commitment is required for completion of this course. A fee of $80 will be required to cover the cost of first aid supplies and course materials. Additional fees will be required for most outtrips.

Spanish
Alberta Education Course Code: Second Language 7, 8, 9 (M7-120SL/M8-120SL/M9-120SL) Prerequisites: None Fees: None
This course is designed to acquaint students with the Spanish language and culture. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and the value of learning this language is enormous as it permits insight into many rich and varied cultures. The aim of the program of studies is to develop communicative competence in a variety of situations. This course is suitable for both beginning and intermediate Spanish language learners.

Study Hall
Alberta Education Course Codes: Health 7, 8, 9 (7350-610/8350-610/9350-610) Prerequisite: None Fees: None
Study Hall is designed for those students whose formal extra-curricular commitments compete with after-school opportunities to review for examinations and complete course assignments. Students will be expected to have work to do with them for each class. The supervising teacher will be able to supply support for students who require assistance with organization, study skills and work habits, or are experiencing difficulty with their course content.

Technology
Alberta Education Course Code: Information Processing 7, 8, 9 (INFJ7091/8091/9091) Prerequisite: None Fees: None
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to further develop their understanding of technology and skills in using a variety of software programs. Students will have the opportunity to improve their keyboarding skills, work with manipulating graphic images, develop graphs and charts, design a personal website, create animations, and work with Windows Movie Maker. For those students experienced with technology, there will be an opportunity to develop a project based on their own interests. A USB (memory stick) would be helpful for this course.


				
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