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Middle School

Course Descriptions:

Flexible Learning Program

The Flexible Learning Program encourages students to be active participants in the learning process.  Students take an active role in creating inter-curricular themes, activities, projects and explorations with the goal of a high level of engagement in the topics being covered.  Through this role our students are able to feel empowered and in control of where their learning will take them.  

Central to the philosophy of the program is “learning and thinking for life”.  The teacher’s role is to facilitate exploration, skill building, thinking and collaboration in an active, respectful learning community.  Learning is resource-based and students are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials.  The ultimate goal is for students to become masters of their own learning.  Student-led projects, goal setting and conferencing are a large part of the program. Students, therefore, need some skills in being able to work independently and with classmates.

Parents are encouraged to support their child and the program in a variety of ways.  Examples of such participation include responding to student writing, assistance in and out of the classroom, supporting regular attendance and providing adequate school supplies.

Middle Years Courses

English Language Arts
The English Language Arts Program emphasizes the development of language into six areas; reading, writing (with emphasis on the writing process), listening, speaking, viewing and representing.  The focus is to develop the student’s own writing style through many different genres.  Some students are timetabled into the Computer Lab to learn how computer technology can be integrated into their language assignments.  Math and Language Arts common June exams set by School Division (20%).
The Math Power textbook is the core of our Math Program.  Other materials are used to compliment the Program.  Problem solving is emphasized in all stages of the development of concepts and skills.  Grade 7 & 8 Math is divided into four strands.  They are:  Patterns and Relations, Statistics and Probability, Shape and Space and Number.
The focus of this course is on communication.  Students develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in French through activities and exercises done individually and in groups.  The thematic, communicative approach continues in Grade 8 French, but with a focus on the appreciation of French culture.  Cooperative learning is an important part of both programs.
Students will develop an appreciation of the power of scientific explanation as a way of understanding our world and to empower students to critically examine issues and questions from a societal and environmental perspective.  
The Grade 7 program includes:  Interactions within Ecosystems, Particle Theory, Forces and Structures and The Earth’s Crust.
This year students will continue to build on the three basic goals of the curriculum: Knowledge, Skills and the Ability to Relate Science to Technology and Society.  The Grade 8 students will be studying four units this year:  Cells and Biological Systems, Optics and Light, Fluids and Water Systems on Earth.
Students are also expected to participate in the school’s Science Fair in which they will be designing, performing and analyzing their own experimental data.  Although this is an independent project for the student, parents are encouraged to give any assistance required.
Social Studies
This course begins geographic in orientation, and is designed to gain a better understanding of the highly independent and interconnected world in which we live.  It focuses on why people live where they do and on how their lifestyles develop through interaction with their physical environment and with each other.  In Grade 8, the course changes focus to help students explore the ways in which people lived within certain societies of the past, and to realize that life today is closely related to developments that have occurred through the ages.  Such questions as the following should be emphasized: “How did people live?”, “How does that way of life compare with ours?”, “What developments in previous societies are still evident in present day societies?”  Students are made aware that all societies have not developed or changed at the same rate or to the same degree.
Physical Education
In Middle Years, a variety of sports are explored in Physical Education.  Skills, techniques, rules and game situations are part of each unit.  It is our hope that students will adopt at least one of the sports in their pursuit of lifelong fitness and health.  Between classroom activities, intramurals and school teams, there is sure to be “something for everyone”.  The Health curriculum is integrated into Physical Education and accounts for 25% of the yearly assessment.
Practical Arts
Students rotate through four areas.  The following courses make up the areas of rotation:
Middle Years Graphics is an introductory level course that focuses on the graphic design field with a “hands on” approach.  The topics covered in the first year are the design process, photography, screen printing, computer graphics and problem solving in a variety of those areas.  The second year of Graphics involves the study of photography, air brushing, screen printing, computer graphics and once again problem solving in various areas with emphasis on design.
An introduction to the safety, products and processes used in modern metal fabrication with the emphasis on a hands-on approach.  Students will build up to five small projects during this portion of the Technology Education rotation.  The second year of Art Metal offers a greater degree of difficulty and skills.
Human Ecology
Programs offered in Home Economics include Food and Nutrition and Clothing and Textile Labs.  Through Food and Nutrition students will be introduced to the basic nutritional needs of individuals, plan, prepare and serve nutritious foods and apply the basic principles of cooking.  In Clothing and Textiles students will learn safety expectations, identify basic pattern symbols, operate a sewing machine and follow written instructions to construct a simple garment.
An introduction to woodworking with emphasis placed on personal safety, shop safety, woodworking hand tools, some power machines and wood processes.  Through the use of hand and power tools, two or three projects are completed in the term.  Students have the opportunity to work independently in an industrial setting that is fun, positive and productive.
Visual and Performing Arts
Students select Band or a rotation through three areas (Art, Drama and Music.)  The following courses make up the areas of rotation:
A beginning band course is available on any one of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet or trombone.  The first year of the program requires no previous experience.  The Grade 8 band program has a first year band prerequisite or permission may be granted by the band instructor.  (See Mr. Uruski)
NOTE: The Winnipeg School Division loans instruments free of charge.  However, there is a $20.00 participation fee for supplies.
The Visual Arts program offers students the opportunity to express their creativity by exploring various art media, tools and processes.  They will also learn about the elements and principles of design, and develop an awareness of a variety of art forms, styles, and traditions.
The Middle Years Drama Program acts as an arena for students to explore various aspects of performing such as improvisation, tableau, and mime.  The year begins with team-building activities in which the entire class relies on each other for success.  Students work on a variety of projects, both individually and in groups including such activities as script writing, filming and performing an original script.
This course focuses mainly on music appreciation and rhythm.  Students are exposed to different styles of music through recordings, videos and research projects.  Canadian musicians are emphasized.  Students also learn and develop the concepts of rhythm, beat, and music notation through various musical activities.











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