École Leduc Junior High School

Grade 8 Complementary Courses

BAND (Half Year)

Enjoy playing a musical instrument and participate in the fun of playing together in a band!  This course is an instrumental (wind) music program offered during the first half of the school year.  Instruments where instruction is offered include:

alto saxophone euphonium/baritone trombone
baritone saxophone french horn trumpet
bass clarinet flute tuba
clarinet tenor saxophone

During the course, there will also be opportunities to learn percussion (snare drum, bass drum, vibraphone, triangle, tambourine, etc.)

Students are required to practice at home or during lunch hours in order to show progress on their instruments.  Evaluation will be based on playing tests, written theory tests, progress, and in-class participation.

Students will be able to rent their own instrument from the school, or through The Bandstand Ltd.  Students are also welcome to use their own instruments.  If renting an instrument, there is an additional cost of $125.00

Highlights of participation in band 8 include the following opportunities:

Band Camp at Camp Nakamun (November)

Christmas Concert (December)

Spring Tour (May)

Year End Concert (June)

ACTIVE LIVING

This program offers students the opportunity to learn and develop skills in several sports, depending on the season.  In addition, students will learn about fitness activities that will help them in a program of “fitness for life”.

CO2 CARS

Science/Math/Social/Design/Construction

In the first challenge students will develop their engineering ability as they design and construct a CO2 powered car which will compete in various categories.

DRAMA

So you want to be the next big triple threat?  The focus for Drama 8 is for students to become active and to “play” through a variety of theatre exercises and games that will teach different aspects of movement and speech for the stage.  An emphasis on character development allows students to explore different ways to present their character to an audience.  Time is also devoted to studying technical theatre and stage-craft in order to show students that the actor is only a portion of the theatre experience.  If there is no one to turn on the stage lights, how will anyone know what the story is?

Evaluations are based upon participation, effort and on improvement of abilities through projects and a culminating in-school one act production.

ELECTRONICS

Science/Math/Design/Construction/Electro-Technologies

Electronics introduces the basics of electricity, soldering, and fabrication techniques in a hands on environment.

FILM STUDIES

This course will focus on the history of film. Students will view films that were cutting edge in their time and discuss the social and technological factors that have influenced transitions in the film industry. Students will be presented with two challenges.

#1 Create a live action movie that shows the progression of film from the silent era to the present day.

#2 Create a presentation that shows the progression of animation.

FOODS 1

Do you like to eat?  Would you like to continue to improve your skills to cook some delicious items in your kitchen at home?  This course could be exactly what you are looking for!

Emphasis will be placed on kitchen safety, kitchen procedures, organization and recipe use.  Students will practice their skills in preparing and tasting numerous recipes.  Foods prepared will include such things as cookies, muffins, yeast breads, pancakes, pretzels, pizza, quiche, and meat.  The course consists of lab work and classroom work.

Evaluation is based on practical lab experiences, team effort and interpersonal interactions during the lab experiences, and a written test.  There is an additional cost of $5.00.

FOODS 2

Do you want to continue eating?  FOODS 8 allows you to spend time in the Foods lab, preparing and eating more delicious and different foods!  Foods 1 is not a prerequisite to taking Foods 2

Emphasis will be placed on kitchen safety, kitchen procedures, organization and recipe use.  Students will practice their skills in preparing and tasting numerous recipes.  Foods prepared will include such things as cupcakes, potatoes, yeast breads, meat, vegetables, pasta, and Christmas baking.  The course consists of lab work and classroom work.

Evaluation is based on practical lab experiences, team effort and interpersonal interactions during the lab experiences, and a written test.  There is an additional cost of $5.00.

GRAFFITI MURALS

Make a statement! Learn about colour and paint techniques to complete an eight foot mural that sends a message to the school.

LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP 8 is a group of grade 8 students who will play a leadership and mentorship role in our school and community.

Students are responsible for developing positive peer relationships with all École Leduc Junior High School students, as well as mentoring our local elementary school students. Students will be required to take an online mentoring course.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their public communication skills. Grade 8 leadership students will take a leadership role in our school fundraising projects, reporting to the school newsletter, the school district newsletter and the Leduc Representative.

Students will be responsible for the promotion and recording of all of the leadership activities in the school. Students will be responsible for various dress-up days, clothing and food drives and other healthy school initiatives.   Students will be expected to volunteer in their school community a minimum of 10 hours.

This teacher-selected group will be reliable, responsible, creative, and dedicated to the promotion of school and community wellness.  Students chosen for this option will be students who can work independently or collaboratively within a group, and they will show initiative and commitment to the different initiatives throughout the year.  However, if the student is not achieving success in these areas, they may be asked to choose an alternate option.

NEXT LEVEL TRAINING

This exciting opportunity is available to all students, but geared toward the athlete who wants to get to the “next level”.  The program will be comprised of activities that will address the components of fitness (aerobic/anaerobic training, strength and speed training, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition), introductory anatomy/physiology concepts, sports nutrition, goal-setting, sports psychology, program design, and beginner level Athletic First Aid (such as treating sprains/strains, taping, and strapping).

Classes will take place in the classroom, fitness room, fields, and gymnasium.  These elements will center on sport and the application of sport into life both inside and outside of the school.  Those interested in performing at an advanced level in weight training, wrestling, rugby and/or football are strongly encouraged to choose this option.  The course material will review topics and issues not traditionally present in the regular physical education program.  This co-ed learning context will aid in promoting self-awareness, team building and lifelong wellness skills.  A focus on continued improvement and strong work ethic are central to success.  If you like to have fun while pushing the limit, this is the course for you!

OUTDOOR EDUCATION I & II

Students get to experience the fun of outdoor activities.  They will develop skills in activities such as underwater hockey, orienteering, wall climbing, canoeing/kayaking, fire starting, knot tying, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hypothermia/ice safety, shelter building and hiking.  Students must be ready to go outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and have a reasonable fitness level.  In all activities, emphasis will be placed on safety, knowledge of equipment, skill development and, above all, the ability to follow directions. Evaluation is based on written assignments, skill development, participation level and effort. (There is an additional cost of $40.00).

PASTELS IN THE WILD

Learn how to use pastel in a variety of manners. We will be creating artwork that reflects things found in nature. Think landscapes, open skies, northern lights, gardens, animals, bugs…

PHOTOSHOP MAGIC

Learn how to use various tools and techniques in Photoshop such as the Clone Stamp, Layer Mask, Adjustment Layers, Transformations, and the Lasso.  Use these tools and techniques to complete various challenges and create images that may seem real to the observer, but are actually just your creations. Students may also help out with preparing school wide presentations.

ROBOTICS

Science/Math/Design/Construction/Electro-Technologies

The robotics challenge involves learning about mechanical systems, sensors, automation, and provides an introduction to basic programming.

SEWING

This is a program that will expose students to the world of sewing.  It will be comprised of activities that will introduce students to hand sewing as well as machine sewing, including a serger.  No experience is necessary but if students have taken a sewing option in grade seven they will be able to build on previously learned skills.  Students will learn basic hand sewing skills, how to safely use a sewing machine and how to decipher a commercial pattern for project construction.

A couple of projects will be constructed; choices for projects vary from year to year.

There is a cost to the students, depending on what type of project is chosen.  (Additional cost is approximately $38.00-$50.00)

SKETCHING WITH PENCIL AND CHARCOAL

Learn how to draw and create mood using differing values of pencil and charcoal. Projects will vary in size and subject. This is a course for students who enjoy drawing and getting messy!

SOCCER SKILLS

The Soccer Skills 8 program provides students with hands-on opportunities to develop more specific outdoor and indoor (boarded) soccer skills, fitness and strength while working in a team environment.  Excellence in effort, drive for personal improvement and sportsmanship are core values to achieve success.  Every lesson focuses on a concept; breaking down the required motor and mental skills, allowing time for practical improvement as well as game applications.  Many, if not all of these concepts, are transferable to other sports and activities.

Soccer 8 is suitable for intermediate or experienced athletes as the lessons include individual development, ability based goals as well as team and tactical development.  Soccer 8 builds on the skills and concepts learned in soccer 7 and together, create the foundation for future team endeavors such as high level competition, coaching, officiating and directing community recreational events.  Soccer 8 is not necessarily a prerequisite for soccer 9, but should be considered, along with Phys-Ed, to be a good indicator of success in soccer 9.  It is strongly suggested for students who have a passion for soccer or other team sports, have an athletic background or have an interest in leadership.  As this is a full semester course, we travel to the Leduc Recreation Centre to use the turf field during the winter months.  This results in an extra cost of approximately $40 to cover the field and bus cost and is subject to change based on the LRC rental rates.  The permission forms are sent home on the first day.

SPANISH

Hola! ¿Cómo estás? Did you know that there are 21 Spanish speaking countries in the world?  Take your Spanish to the next level in grade 8 where you will further your learning of the basics of the Spanish language. This course is geared towards graduates of the grade 7 Spanish program. However, new students are also welcome to join.

STAINED GLASS PROJECT

Create a beautiful faux stained glass window. Windows will be made using cut glass and epoxy. Learn about the history of glass and light and create your own treasure to keep for years to come! There will be a cost $40.00 for this project.

Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) courses will allow students to explore their interests, and apply knowledge from multiple subject areas in a challenge based setting. Students must design, create, appraise, and communicate a solution in a collaborative environment. Skills developed can apply to daily living and create personal connections to career possibilities.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN

Learn about the important aspects of designing a video game such as story, art, gameplay, and coding.  Throughout the class you will plan, develop, create, and publish your very own video game.  Students may also help out with preparing school wide presentations.

WOODWORKING (Science/Math/Social/Design/Construction)

Science/Math/Social/Design/Construction

In this woodworking focused challenge, students will explore woodworking techniques as they build a very practical folding stool.