Presentation on theme: "SEAQUAM SECONDARY Course Planning for Grade 7’s to 8’s"— Presentation transcript:
1 SEAQUAM SECONDARY Course Planning for Grade 7’s to 8’s 2014-2015 (note: this presentation will be posted on Seaquam.ca – For parents – Parent Connect)
2 Info. For Parents . . .Grade 8 Parent night – April 10 6:30 p.m. SeaquamGrade 8 counsellor 2014/2015: Monique CostinWhere to access Parent Connect: your elementary school website
3 HOW MANY COURSES DO I NEED IN GRADE 8 HOW MANY COURSES DO I NEED IN GRADE 8? (in highschool, a ‘subject’ is now called a ‘course’) YOU HAVE 8 CLASSES TOTAL
4 6 (out of 8) Needed Courses for Next Year English (language arts) 8 (En 200)Social Studies 8 (SS 200)Science 8 (SC 200)Math 8 (MA 200) or Math 8 Challenge (MA 200E) or Math 8 Core (MA 220 Essentials is usually recommended by your gr. 7 teacher))Physical Education 8 (PE 200) CO-EDA Second Language French 8(LA 200) or Japanese 9 If you have been recommended for a support block it will usually replace the second language
5 A note about 2nd languages: Want to try something new? You can start with Japanese 9 in grade 8! You then take Japanese 10, 11 (and sometimes 12)OrFrench You then take French 9, 10, 11 (and sometimes 12)Keep your options open! Some UNIVERSITIES require a language at the grade 11 level (SFU, UBC) but colleges do not
6 But what about the ‘OTHER stuff’ – the ‘fun’ stuff! Courses that are not required and at this level, are not ‘academic’ are called ‘electives’You get 2 elective blocks (out of your 8 blocks)
7 Electives contElectives are offered as either a subject area that runs ALL year course (band or choir) in the same ‘block’oras a ‘bundle’ called ‘EXPLORATIONS’- 4 different areas that rotate through the year within the same elective ‘block’ (ie graphics, wood, computers, textiles)
8 Electives . . . What might my 2 elective blocks look like? one of the blocks and the other block Band + Explorations Bundle or Choir + Exploration Bundle Exploration Bundle + another Exploration Bundle Or Sports Academy + Exploration Bundle
9 Specialty Courses ESL Support: English Language Development (SP260B) Levels 1 & 2ELL Literature Study (SP 260I) Levels 2 & 3ELL Composition (SP260W) must be level 3ELL Skills (English Language Learner) – academic support/study skillsLearning Assistance SupportStrategies for learning 8 (LD) (SP210)Strategies for learning 8 (LAC) (SP211)STUDENTS NEED TO BE RECOMMENDED FOR THESE COURSES – when we visit your teacher later in the spring they will let us know if you need these courses and we will adjust your schedule accordingly after discussing it with your parent/guardian
10 OTHER ACADEMY OPTIONS Soccer Drama Dance Film Baseball (boys) Hockey (south delta secondary)Lacrosse (delta secondary)Cadets (seaquam – new!)
11 Specialty Courses within the needed Courses PE 8 Girls (Softball Academy) (PE220s)If interested you need to apply through Seaquam Secondary by the end of May (sooner the better!)Two blocks are used within your timetable (ONE block replaces PE, and this the other replaces ONE of your elective choices)More info and application forms can be found at
12 What is a Exploration ‘bundle’? Please note that the bundle configurations have not yet been finalized and thus are subject to change – when you go to register you need to read those choices carefully on the Parent Connect form prior to selection.Bundle choiceDrama, Metal, Drafting, ArtGraphics, WoodICT (computers)Textiles (sewing)Bundle choiceFoods, Music(shortened)Film, Graphicsnote: These courses run all year and students rotate through each topic area in the bundle in week sections
13 Bundle area: applied skills Woodwork 8:Woodwork will help you explore, plan, use tools, and build interesting projects; you can make a wooden pen plaque, key rack, or even create a puzzle.Metalwork 8:Learn how to use hand tools, power tools, and machines to drill, cut, weld, file, and bend metal into works of art. You can create a sheet metal tool box, a custom piece of pewter jewellery, and a metal sculpture of your own design. Students who are motivated may also have time to create a unique piece of chainmaille jewellery.
14 Bundle area: applied skills Graphics 8:Learn the basics of communicating through images andtype. Graphics teaches you how to design and producebusiness cards, and even make your own mouse pad, totebag or t-shirt.Computers(Info Tech) 8:Welcome to the world of Web 2.0. In ICT 8 students willexplore several web based applications and experimentwith iPad applications. Students will create digital storieswith Social Media, Blogs, Digital Timelines as well asexplore their creative sides with iPad photography andvideo. Students will learn the skills that they will needto be good digital citizens and the boundaries of sharingonline.
15 Bundle Area: applied skills CADD 8Computer assisted design and drafting – a great way to introduce yourself to the areas of architecture, industrial design and engineering. With the computer as your tool, you will learn to create accurate plans and learn the basics of model-making
16 Bundle Area: applied skills Home Economics 8: TextilesThis course is an introduction to the creativity and skills of sewing. Students learn to use sewing machines and sergers as they make personalized projects.Home Economics 8: FoodsAn introduction to exploring foods and nutrition. Students will learn the skills needed to prepare snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner.TextilesCulinary
17 Bundle area: fine arts Drama 8: This introduction aims to develop in students: self confidence, teamwork skills, basic presentation skills and creative thinking skills. Assignments involve working in small groups on short-term projects to be presented for the class only. Students usually create their own scenes based upon guidelines set by the teacher.
18 Bundle area: fine arts Visual Art 8: This course provides students with the basic foundation for understanding how art has shaped (and continues to shape) our world. While there is some focus on skill building, the Art 8 program’s main purpose is to provide students with a space to develop their creativity as they explore new materials and techniques.
19 Bundle area: fine arts Film and Video: Film and Video 8 explores the basic skills necessary to tell stories through moving visual images. Students will begin by learning the basics of camera/tripod operation and computer editing. The final project will involve students working in groups to storyboard, film, and edit a short narrative
20 Non-Bundle Electives: fine arts MUSIC 8 options for full year courses:Concert Band – runs ALL yearThis course is for students in grades 8. 9 and 10 who have already taken a beginning band course. Prerequisite: One year of elementary band (min)Concert Choir – runs ALL yearThis course is for all students interested in choral singing. No musical experience is necessary. Students will learn choral singing technique – vocal production, lyric diction, basic music theory and sigh singing.
21 So, an average timetable could look like…. English 8Science 8Socials 8Math 8French 8PE 8Band 8 (non-bundle course)Bundle : Graphics, wood, ICT, Textiles
22 What is an alternate?While we try to offer you what you ask for, sometimes it is not possible (usually in elective areas)If you don’t get your first choice, we need to know what else you might want to take. By picking an alternate, the computer knows what else to try and fit in your timetable! (electives only)Yes – there is always a possibility an alternate will be in your timetable so pick WISELY! If you pick it, you will required to stay in it.
23 How to pick your courses? *Online*Online*Online* You need to pick your courses online through our system known as Student /Parent Connect on a program called CIMSThe System opens April 14 and stays open until April 22Go to https://cimsweb.deltasd.bc.ca/ or your school website which should have a link.If you do not have a password you need to contact the elementary school office to get one.
24 Resources Your Teacher Mrs. Costin (firstname.lastname@example.org) Seaquam Website – This presentation will be posted on the website under for parents - parent connect - course planningThe Course Selection Booklet is under for students – course catelogue
25 What is a course catalogue? This is an online resource available at Seaquam.ca - you can find it under ‘For Parents‘ then ‘Course Planning’The course selection guide will tell a little bit about each course so that you can make careful choices
26 Some special programs for down the road . . . IB THE SEAQUAM INTERNATIONAL BACHELAUREATE PROGRAM! In grade 11 and 12 , if you are looking for a challenging program that is based on an international model, Seaquam can offer you the International Bache laureate Diploma Program! Competitive and enriching, with room for creativity, individualization and diversity! This program offers you opportunities for advanced university credit as well as early university admission status! SEE Seaquamib.ca for more . . .
27 Delta Academy Programs – visit www.sd37.com Attend Seaquam ANDAn Academy at another school!BaseballSoftball (Seaquam)DanceFilm (acting/productionGolf (Seaquam)HockeyLacrosseSoccerCadets ((Seaquam)
28 Career Programs: Accelerated Credit Enrollment Industry Training (ACE IT) see – Programs (career)Programs Located At Seaquam :Automotive Service Technician 1Gr. 11 or 12Advanced post sec. creditProfessional Cook 1Gr. 11 or 12Advanced post sec. Credit
29 What else happens at Seaquam besides schoolwork?
38 Student Council . . . Plans dances Plans ‘buddy day’ Special fundraisersFun days – pajama day – tacky tourist day – Halloween costume days etc.Valentines – carnation daySpirit DaysYES! Grade 8’s can get involved!!
39 Clubs . . . To name a few ! Kendo Photo Badminton Chess Environmental SkiHumanitarianGET INVOLVED!!Want a club but it doesn’t exist???START ONE!!
40 BLACKCOMB RIDE TRIBE – We Want YOU!! Become a Ski Club Member!! Sign up in NOVEMBER – 4 Saturday trips per year - Dec – Feb (bus, supervision, rental, instruction, FUN - all included!)First Come First Serve – Don’t miss the NOV. Sign Up Meeting!!
49 Large school so we can offer varied course options Competitive sports programChallenging acadmic program options (IB Program)Strong emphasis on humanitarian and environmental issuesLanguage options (French, Spanish, Japanese) and advanced language courses (IB program)Well developed music and theatre programsStrong emphasis on community involvementStrong emphasis on and work exp. And career development
52 Want More. Watch Videos. ON YOUTUBE Want More? Watch Videos! ON YOUTUBE . . .Check it out (using the following search words)Fine ArtsApplied SkillsSeaquam theatreSeaquam artSeaquam graphicsSesquam bandSeaquam woodworkSeaquam metalSeaquam culinarySeaquam textiles