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Exploratory Summaries Term 2

TERM 2 EXPLORATORIES (2019-2020)

 

It is that time of year when we are getting ready for Term 2 exploratory classes. The information below is provided for parents and students to better understand the course selections. Please note that Grade 6 students will be assigned to different exploratories in order to ensure that they meet the required Fine Arts hours. They will be given a total of six exploratories for the year.  Each student will be enrolled in band, either shop or foods, as well as other fine arts classes throughout the three terms. 

Grades 7-9 are asked to indicate their preferences by Friday, November 22, 2019, on the Google Form that will be opened at 11:07 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The links for Exploratory A and Exploratory B sign up forms will be placed on our website in a separate blog post at this time as well.  Parents if you would like to make this decision with your child at home, please tell them to refrain from filling out the digital form at school on Wednesday or Thursday in their exploratory block with their teacher. You can then do this at home if you prefer.  Please note that all options have to be selected by Friday, November 22, 2019 or your child will be placed.

Students that were in Performance Theatre in Term 1 should sign up again for Performance Theatre in Term 2 as this is a two term class.  As usual, we will try our hardest to make sure that each student gets at least one of their first or second choices sometime in the year. Please take a look at the options below.  Our grade 9 fitness classes for girls and boys will be conducted at SNAP Fitness and there will be a cost of $50.00 for this program. 

 

Exploratory A

Drama 6/7:

Drama is an active, participatory class. Students will be acting and role-playing, creating and performing skits, as well as taking part in improv activities. Students should come with a positive attitude and be ready to express themselves by making use of their intelligence, imagination and communication skills.

Dance 6/7:
This class is for the movers and shakers who like to get up and go!! Students will explore and demonstrate their understanding of the basic elements of dance – body, space, time, energy, and relationships – and will combine them into sequences. Students will improvise, experiment with, and develop these elements over 3 months. We will be line dancing, hip-hopping, two-stepping, square dancing, and modern improv.

Foods 6: 

In Foods, we learn how to work as a team to create authentic and nutritious recipes.  Our focus this year with recipes is on appliance know-how and safety, particular with the blender, microwave and range.   We will also spend a portion of our time learning how to properly clean the kitchen to reduce the transfer of bacteria.  

Wood Shop 6:

The woodshop C.T.S course simulates various aspects of the work environment while maintaining an engaging, fun atmosphere.  Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with many woodworking machines and hand tools while preserving a safe workspace.

Coding 101  Grade 6/7:

The Coding 101 and computer science discoveries course is an introduction to computer science that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving and fun.  Students will be using computers on an almost daily basis in order to get out of their comfort zones, solve problems in a variety of ways and learn to create different products for different audiences. Hopefully, micro-bits will become part of our repertoire if we can get access.

Visual Arts 7-9: 

This will be a great class to enhance your artistic abilities.  There will be all kinds of visual art projects that will allow you to expand your artistic mind.  Be prepared to sculpt, draw and paint!

Band 7-9:

Students will continue to expand their performing and listening skills as they develop skills on their chosen instrument individually and participate as a member of an ensemble. In this option, we will develop self-expression, creativity, and communication through music.  This option is a full year performance-based option.

Badminton Skill Development 7-9:

Would you like to know how to serve better? Know the difference between an offensive clear and a defensive clear and when to use them? How to better cover the court and conserve your energy for the long game? Then this exploratory is for you. You will learn how to refine your skills and strategies so that you can become a better and smarter badminton player and have fun doing it too!! All skill levels are welcome from beginners to advanced. Be prepared for some hard work!

Advanced Law – 8/9 only

This course is the second part of Law; the first being An Introduction to Law. In this course, students learn about the Youth Criminal Justice system and study a criminal trial through the film “To Kill a Mockingbird”. There is also a unit on effective argumentation (debate) and, time permitting, a mock trial.

The culminating aspect of this course is a field trip to the Red Deer Provincial Courthouse to view a morning of docket Court including a question and answer session with a Judge in the Provincial/Youth Court. Students must have parental permission to attend Court.

Create - Grades 7-9

Have a Pinterest board of crafts just waiting to get started? Have a project in mind you just need the push to get it made? Join create to work on that never-ending list of neat projects you’ve always wanted to create.

Fitness and Wellness for Girls - (Grade 9 Only)

Fitness and Wellness is a course designed to introduce you and prepare you for beginner to intermediate level fitness routines. Students will participate in various physical exercises and activities that focus on developing a healthy mind, body and lifestyle. This course will incorporate INTENSE physical activity and cardio, and conventional and calisthenics workouts. This course will be focused on developing weight lifting and bodyweight routines, understanding gym etiquette, introduce them to various wellness practices and truly preparing students to be physically active in the many environments that God has provided us.

Command and Conquer Grades 7-9:

Command and Conquer is a course designed to learn, discuss, and consider different strategies, as well as learn new tactics to defeat your enemies. Together, we will explore and learn both new and classic strategy-based board games. Through these different games, we will think critically to outmaneuver our opponents, use teamwork and alliances to overpower them and we will develop a deeper appreciation for the “Art of Gaming.” It is only... logical. Come join us, command your forces, creating alliances, invest your wealth and conquer your enemies! 

Bookclub Grades 7-9

Calling all READERS...ever wanted some peace and quiet so that you can disappear into your novel?  Then this is the exploratory for you. We are going to run a “ Bookclub” style reading group where we discuss character, plot, and settings by connecting them to real-world stories.  

Yearbook Design 7-9:

This is a unique opportunity for those students who love photography or graphic design to be part of an integral team.  The focus will be on creating Mother Teresa’s very first year book. It may require some work to happen after hours (photography).  As part of this team, you will also have an opportunity to learn about logo design and rebranding.  





Exploratory B 

Visual Arts 6:

Come join the world of visual arts.  This fine art will allow you to explore your creativity to the fullest by covering a number of disciplines.  From drawing, painting and sculpting, and much more, you will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of mediums.

Literacy Alive 6:

Students will engage in activities such as reader's theater, choral reading, tableaux, and book illustration to enhance comprehension skills and build confidence. These activities combine reading practice, art, and performing. 

Band 6:

Students will expand their performing and listening skills as they develop skills on their chosen instrument individually and participate as a member of an ensemble. In this option, we will develop self-expression, creativity and communication through music.

Performance Theater 7-9: (Students in Term 1 will be automatically enrolled in this exploratory)

Performance Theater is open only to grade 8 and 9 students and is a two-term commitment. The play is a typically a Disney Jr. Musical and all participants are expected to act and/or sing and/or participate in simple dance routines. Students must audition for individual parts including singing if the part calls for it. Students are also responsible for learning their lines, the songs and making their costumes. There is a one-time $10.00 fee per student to cover the cost of an authentic script, a CD of the songs as well as a DVD of the performance at the end of Term 2.

Construction 7-9:

The C.T.S course simulates various aspects of the work environment in the construction type industries.  Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with many woodworking machines while maintaining a safe, fun environment.

Fitness and Wellness for Guys - (Grade 9 Only)

Fitness and Wellness is a course designed to introduce you and prepare you for beginner to intermediate level fitness routines. Students will participate in various physical exercises and activities that focus on developing a healthy mind, body and lifestyle. This course will incorporate INTENSE physical activity and cardio, and conventional and calisthenics workouts. This course will be focused on developing weight lifting and bodyweight routines, understanding gym etiquette, introduce them to various wellness practices and truly preparing students to be physically active in the many environments that God has provided us.

Foods 7-9

In Foods, we learn how to work as a team to create authentic and nutritious recipes.  Our focus this year with recipes is on appliance know-how and safety, particular with the blender, microwave and range.   We will also spend a portion of our time learning how to properly clean the kitchen to reduce the transfer of bacteria.   

PE 2.0 Grades 7-9

Students will be competing for the Crusader Cup through physical challenges, teamwork, and a variety of games. To be successful, students must be ready to get active, be involved, have a positive attitude, and be ready to learn new games and skills.

Coding 101 8-9:

The Coding 101 and computer science discoveries course is an introduction to computer science that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving and fun.  Students will be using computers on an almost daily basis in order to get out of their comfort zones, solve problems in a variety of ways and learn to create different products for different audiences. Hopefully, micro-bits will become part of our repertoire if we can get access.

Board Games - Grades 7-9

In this exploratory, students will have the opportunity to refine their strategy skills by learning, playing, developing, and teaching fun, competitive card, dice, and board games. Students will be critiquing games based on winning strategies and enjoyment of the games. Students will be creating their own board games as well. 

Intro to Sports Performance 7-9

Students will learn an introductory level of what it takes to be an elite level athlete. Topics covered will be basic human anatomy, nutrition, the importance of warm-ups, history of exceptional athletes, injury management, and other areas of interest! This exploratory will be held in the classroom so come prepared to learn! 

French as a Second Language Grades 7-9

Have you ever travelled to a place where you wished you could speak and understand the language of the locals? Maybe you’d like to visit Quebec, France, Switzerland, Belgium or any other of the 25 other countries that speak French… but you’d like to know how to speak the language? In the class, you will learn the basic vocabulary of travel. You’ll learn how to read directions, ask relevant questions, know how to order food in restaurants, etc. This is French as a Second Language: Travel Edition. If you would like to participate in the next Quebec Trip (May 2021), this course is for you.

Priority will be given to students who sign-up for this class. French Immersion students need not apply.

 

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