Career & Technology Foundations
Foods 8: Students in the grade 8 foods program will learn kitchen safety and etiquette, develop basic culinary skills and explore nutrition and some of the various careers in the food industry. After completing a kitchen safety orientation in the first week, the students will start off their food journey with creating snacks from simple recipes. From there they will venture into working with more complex main and dessert recipes. They then progress to a hands on group project where they will demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge with classmates as they lead the class in a recipe of their choosing. Following the project, nutrition and careers will be researched and discussed.
Natural Resources 8: Natural Resource students will learn about the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Students will develop motivation and commitment to work towards the conservation and responsible use of air, energy, forests, land, water, and wildlife through experiential learning.
Outdoor Leadership 8: Students will develop an understanding of the importance of risk analysis and planning in outdoor environments to better facilitate environmental education and leading groups in different outdoor environments. Students will participate in experiential learning and be responsible for planning and organizing outdoor excursions and school events.
Design Studies 8 (Computer /Technology Studies): This course encourages students to learn elements of inquiry learning and design thinking to learn a piece of technology of their choice. If you are interested in learning to build robots, design websites, build an app, create video games... this is the course for you!
Art 8: In this course, students expand their technical proficiency in the visual arts by demonstrating their skills in contour rendering, texture application as well as including lights and darks in their work. The grade 8 and 9 courses differ in their project delivery and depth and breadth of concept exploration. Students will demonstrate thoughtful decision making by creating compositions that include a background, middle ground, and foreground in addition to including overlapped and underlapped imagery in their work. Projects will be more advanced and skills will be more specific between the grades. Students will learn how to properly “frame” an image of their choice in order to draw or re-create the visual information in an attempt to plan their own artwork. Students will also apply paint and color from various water based mediums in steps or multiple layers as they explore contrast, values, and detail. The ceramics or “craft” component to the course includes hand- building skills in clay such as attaching pieces properly, carving techniques, removing weight and weight distribution, meaningful uses for the work as well as glazing and firing processes. With respect to the design component of the course, students utilize the design tools to create their own templates and motifs as well as learn how to balance, create space, differentiate between geometric and organic imagery as well as apply accurate measurements to their design work.
Applied Tech 8 Machines and Robotics: This course is designed for students who with their hands, like to build wood projects of their own design and are you interested in how technology can be used to help make their ideas come to life. Students create, learn new and important skills and collaborate with their peers.
Drama 8: Drama is to expand and deepen the students’ skills as actors. This course is for those highly interested in the learning and performing of roles on stage. Students will learn about creating well-rounded characters by using voice projection, physical traits and character background. In this semester students explore the ideas of “objective,” “tactics,” and “status” to build believable characters for the stage. Memorizing and performing of scenes in front of others is an expectation for this course. Grade 8 drama marks will be considered as a prerequisite for Grade 9 advanced yearlong drama.
Technical Design/Theatre 8 (Semester 1): In semester 1 students will learn about lights, sound, makeup and set design. As well, script analysis through the lens of building set and props for a play. Students will learn about stage properties and scenic flats as additional building blocks of design. Students have the choice to enroll in Semester 2 and apply their knowledge and skills to designing and building the set for the school's Main Stage production and demonstrate their design knowledge and creativity. Students wanting to take this course must work collaboratively and be highly committed. Some after school work may be required.
Technical Theatre 8 (Semester 2): Students will then apply their knowledge of these building blocks of design to create and build a high concept design for the Gathering Space for the school’s main stage show. Students wanting to take this CTF course must be highly committed to working in collaborative team situations, self-motivated and highly responsible. Some work for this class may require after school time. Semester 1 & 2 may be taken separately or combined for a yearlong course. Grade 8 technical theatre design is a prerequisite for Grade 9 Technical Theatre.
French 8: Students learn to understand and respond to oral and written language in French. Each class, students will learn and practice skills associated with speaking and writing in French, including understanding the grammar, pronunciation, and culture associated with the language. Major areas of focus in Grade 8 include vocabulary associated with Animals, Food, Clothing, and Holidays/Celebrations.
Instrumental Music (Band) 8: Students will play either a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument throughout the year while exploring and improving skills and knowledge related to theoretical, historical, and technical aspects of music.