Grades 7-9

Jr High Schedule - Available Here (October 5)

School Start-Up

Start of School: September 1

The first day of the 2021-2022 school year for all students is September 1, 2021.  The first three days for students (September 1, 2 & 3) will be reserved for one-on-one meetings, student orientations, and ensuring every student has access to their courses. 

Start of Classes: September 7

On Tuesday, September 7, regular classes will begin, including any scheduled synchronized sessions. The synchronous schedule is posted on our website.

CBe-learn offers a full complement of junior high school courses for full-time online learners. Students have the opportunity to experience a different learning structure, with subject-area specialists teaching each of the core curricular areas.

Homeroom

Each student is assigned to a homeroom class. These classes are mixed grades of students in grades 7, 8 and 9. Their homeroom teacher may or may not be one of their regular academic teachers.

Teachers will meet online with their Homeroom students at the beginning of every week: generally on a Monday, unless that Monday is a day off for students.


Questions

We have compiled a list of the Frequently Asked Questions that are important for each family to review. This was previously sent out in June, but we wanted to share it with you once more.

CBe-learn Jr High - Welcome & Information Session (FAQ)   (this attachment is a PDF)

For additional questions not answered here, please send an email to the Assistant Principal of Jr High: Monti Tanner (mrtanner@cbe.ab.ca)

Technical Help (logging in & passwords)

We encourage all students to try logging into Brightspace, just to ensure their accounts are active. Students should go to d2l.cbe.ab.ca to log in. If your student has any technical problems logging in, please contact:

Getting Started

We have a "things you need to know" document  that contains many helpful tips and resources students and families new to online learning have utilized heavily as they prepared for a year of learning with CBe-learn.  It is recommended all students in grades 7-12 take some time to review the tips enclosed in this document.


CBe-learn Jr High Program

Students receive instruction and support in learning across the full Alberta Education Programs of Study:  

  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Life Skills
  • Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) components

While all courses are hosted inside the Brightspace by D2L learning management system, our teachers also use Google Suite in a variety of capacities, including Google Meet for live sessions.

Parents, Teachers and Student: the Online Learning Team

The key members of the student’s Online Learning Team are the Student, Parent and Teacher.

Increased independence is an important element of the junior high developmental stage. Our experience has shown that students are most successful when independence is built gradually through consistent work habits, mutually supported in both the home and school environment. 

Characteristics of a Successful Junior High CBe-learn Student

  • Creates and follows their own learning plan with teacher and parent support
  • Participates regularly each week by logging in daily, participating in scheduled synchronous learning opportunities, actively engaging with course content
  • Demonstrates learning by completing assigned tasks
  • Keeps an organized work space and consistent routine
  • Communicates with teachers regularly

Parent / Guardian Responsibilities

  • Ensure your child has the technical tools necessary.
  • Help your child plan and maintain their schedule, adjusting where necessary
  • Provide a quiet space for your child to focus on their school work each day
  • Regularly review your child’s progress, using many available tools within D2L such as Grades, Assignment feedback, and Discussions
  • Communicate regularly with the teacher

Teacher Responsibilities

  • Create dynamic, meaningful course content and design engaging learning tasks
  • Support student learning in a variety of ways
  • Communicate with students regularly, using both synchronous and asynchronous tools
  • Provide timely formative and summative assessment for various learning tasks
  • Host regular synchronous classroom sessions
  • Communicate regularly with parents

A Typical Week

Similar to an in-person school, CBe-learn students at the junior high level can expect to dedicate a minimum of 20-25 hours per week to learning across all subjects. This will be distributed between both synchronous (live) and asynchronous learning activities. In addition to this, students may be assigned up to one hour of homework in the evening. There is a set schedule where students are expected to be online, learning in real time with their teacher.

Live Google Meet Schedule 

Google Meet is an online shared environment where students can communicate with teachers and share information in a visual and auditory way.

  • There is a shared whiteboard space where files, drawings or presentations can be uploaded and shared.
  • It uses voice technology, so with a headset or microphone, students are able to talk and listen directly to teachers or classmates.
  • It can be used with the full class, small groups, or as a one-on-one communication tool when needed.
  • It takes place in real-time, and can be much more dynamic than text-based communication methods.

There is a set schedule for when students are expected to be online for real-time learning and interaction, during the school day.

Jr High Schedule - Available Here


Courses

See below for additional details on some of the junior high courses offered.

Career and Technology Foundations (CTF)

Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) components are incorporated into other junior high core courses. Students plan, create, appraise, and communicate to explore interests and passions as they learn about various career possibilities and occupational areas. 

The CTF program of studies was launched by Alberta Education to replace the previous complimentary course program of studies. At CBe-learn, junior high students take part in multidisciplinary project-based learning. The semester-long projects give students an exposure to many of the five occupational clusters:

  • Business
  • Human Services
  • Communication
  • Resources, and
  • Technology 

Within these five clusters, there are a wide wage of disciplines, such as foods, computing science, design studies, environmental stewardship, and construction, just to name a few. 

Because the four central CTF processes (plan, create, appraise, and communicate) can be adapted to any topic of study, students are emphasizing universal skills and processes, which makes learning more meaningful and connected than ever. Hands-on, relevant, and purposeful learning is very important to the middle school learners.


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