• American History 20G
  • Band 20S
  • Choir 20S
  • Digital Pictures 25S and Digital Film 25S
  • Food & Nutrition 20G
  • French 20G
  • Visual Arts 20S
  • Woodworking 20G
  • Graphic Communications Technology 10G
  • Family Studies 20G
  • Textile Arts & Design 20G
  • ANY GRADE 9 ELECTIVE

As Canada’s closest neighbour and the most powerful nation in the world, events in the United States have had a major impact on our country. The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the history of the United States from the earliest settlements to the present.

Major events and themes to be studied include: the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWI & WWII, the Great Depression, Segregation, and the Cold War. Students will also learn about the lives of the many great leaders who helped develop the United States into the nation it is today.  

This course will meet daily for 35 minutes, and involves rehearsing and performing a wide variety of band music, providing a basis for growth in basic playing techniques:  good posture, breath control, phrasing and articulation.  You will be required to participate in all Concert Performances, including Christmas Concerts, School Assemblies, local Music Festivals, and possibly an end of year Concert Tour, as planned by the music department.  Much of your mark will be determined by the perception of your in-class performance, as well as solo performance tests.  Prerequisite:  Band 10G

This course involves singing choral music in many styles – from Bach to gospel to new and current music. Music theory is taught, aural skills are worked on and some small assignments are given, but most of the time is spent singing. Interest is of prime importance. Participation and individual musical growth are emphasized. The year’s activities include several concerts, and participation in the Fall concert, Christmas concert, Spring Concert and local festivals. Attendance is vital in this course as concerts are outside of the timetable. Concerts must be attended and participated in as part of the curriculum.

The purpose of Digital Pictures is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to convey a message through an original digital image. Digital Filmmaking will provide students with the skills and knowledge to tell stories by combining sound, still images, moving images, text, graphics, and animation into a video product. Students will plan, develop, and produce a video project.

Level 1 is a full credit course which expands on your cooking knowledge and will delve deeper into food and nutrition topics. Topics will include foods that help or hinder health, global issues regarding food, trends in health and wellness. Be prepared to try new and different foods from around the world from main course meals, desserts, to a variety of fruits and vegetables.

French 20G is designed to enhance students’ written and oral skills in French as a second language. Emphasis is placed on usage of the past and future verb tenses. Students will be introduced to French culture through literature, music, food, etc. Participation in learning activities is a must, and the use of French is encouraged as much as possible.

Prerequisite: French 10G

Art 20S is designed to further develop ideas of art as they apply to the Principles of Design. The course provides a basis for growth in artistic expression, art appreciation, and art production as well as the opportunity to experience art as a personal journey. The main areas of study are balance, contrast, proportion, pattern, rhythm, emphasis, unity, and variety. Students will begin to express themselves in more individual projects. They will be expected to develop a final piece that represents their learning. Personal reflection through writing will also be key components in the class.

Grade 10 woodworking focuses on the basics of building construction and introduction to electrical. We start the course with framing and electrical terminology and some small hands on practice assignments as well as some basics of plumbing and drywall. The course’s main focus is the framing and building of a small garden shed. Students will have 20% time for a project of their own design.

This course is limited to 15 participants with preference given to students who took Woodworking Tech in grade nine.

Grade 9 Graphic Communications Technology gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of digital technology including graphic design, 2D animation, 3D animation, short films and collaborative design projects.

 

Family Studies helps students be prepared to make informed choices with respect to caring for themselves and others. Students will learn about developmental needs, health and wellness, effective care, and relationships which will enhance their well-being now as adolescents and in the future as parents and caregivers. This course emphasizes maternal health, pregnancy, birth, and the early years.

In Textile Arts & Design you’ll learn the knowledge and skills needed to design and create (sew) textile products. The impact, influence, and sustainability of fashion on the environment and consumers will be explored in depth. The course will focus on student citizenship and product sustainability through knowledge, action, and projects. You will have opportunities to create items* that you actually want to make/wear/use (*additional fees may apply).