Junior High Complementary Courses

St. Isabella School is very pleased to offer our Junior High Students a varied and dynamic selection of complementary courses.

Option A Courses

These courses will be offered to our students as a year-long class. Students will take one of these option courses throughout the year.

Art
Students in the year-long Art option are given a wide variety of activities and projects: painting, drawing, sculpture, and abstract design, in order to develop technical skills and exercise personal creativity. As well, topics such as Art Criticism, Art History and Art in Various Cultures will be discussed throughout the course. Assignments will be teacher-generated, with respect for particular student interests and abilities.

Band
The year-long Instrumental Band option will develop and explore skills in playing a musical instrument through classroom rehearsal and performance. The Junior High Instrumental Music program will offer a high quality and enjoyable music experience for our students as they increase their musical understanding of music theory, sight-reading, listening analysis, and ear training. Students will be offered the opportunity to take part in high school clinics, city and provincial music events and overnight music camps throughout the year. Our student’s talents and understanding of these musical elements will be showcased within the St. Isabella community and the City of Calgary through involvement in feeder school performances, festivals and school concerts.

Drama
The year-long Drama elective encourages students to explore a variety of dramatic roles and develop a range of dramatic skills. In the Junior High Drama program, students learn about drama and theatre through; Movement, Speech, Improvisation/Acting, Theatre Studies and Technical Theatre. These five disciplines are taught through opportunities to explore material such as theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, storytelling, stop motion animation, as well as, sound, lighting, makeup, costumes, sets and props. Dramatic activity involves the whole person and the development of the individual, through experience and expression of the creative self. This elective enables students to further develop creativity and self-expression.

Ethics (Grade 8/9 only)
What do you believe is right? What do you believe is wrong? What are your ethical principles or guidelines for living? How do you make decisions? In this course you will seriously consider your own morals and how you communicate them effectively. You will develop your moral reasoning by engaging in discussions of moral problems and developing an understanding of the ethical values of respect, responsibility, fairness, justice, tolerance, honesty, kindness, forgiveness, commitment to democratic ideals and loyalty. There will be class discussion, film study, reading, a study of messages in the media, an examination of our laws and justice system and a commitment to a charity of our choice in the option class. If you enjoy discussion and debate, learning from your peers, reading, films that make you think, and making a difference in someone else's life, this option class is for you!

Option B Courses

These courses will be offered to our students as trimestered courses. Students will take three of these option courses throughout the year.

Brain and Behaviour
In this course you will explore the human brain. Once students are familiar with the structure and function of the brain, they will have the opportunity to learn about basic theories of psychology that seek to explain human behaviour. They will identify changes that occur throughout the lifespan and examine common disorders, diseases and injuries. Hands-on activities/projects may include: building models of the nervous system, creating short videos about the parts of the brain, participating in experiments using the five senses, and examining case studies as “Junior Psychologists”.

Communication Technology
You will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of hands-on modules that will cover a wide range of topics. Digital drawing and modelling, animation, graphic design, filming and editing video productions, photography, web design, and the programming of robots will all be possible units of study in this course.

Cosmetology and Fashion Studies
Have you ever wanted to learn more about hair, make up, and fashion? In this class, you will go behind the scenes and look at what it takes to produce a fashion show.

Exploration in Films
This course is your gateway into the film industry. You will explore film as a visual media for communication. A look at the history of film and the development of film technology will set the stage for our own film making experiences. With an emphasis on visual literacy, you will learn about performance for camera, directing for film, producing and critiquing film/media. You will become critical viewers of film, and seek to understand the inherent social, cultural and historical forces in films.You will tell your own stories through film production, and will experience the variety of roles involved in film making.

Healthy Cooking
Is your family busy every night of the week? Do you eat fast food or processed foods a lot the time? Learn how to eat your way to a healthier lifestyle. Explore recipes that will boost your immunity, give you energy, meet your dietary needs and boost your vitamin intake. Learn about healthier comfort foods, hidden vegetables, quick meals and why fad diets don't work. If you want to be the next Master Chef, here's your opportunity to get into the kitchen more often.

Musical Theatre
This elective will develop and explore skills that relate to the study and performance of musicals. The Junior High Musical Theatre Program will be comprised of four major areas of study: vocal production, movement, acting and technical theatre. These four elements will be developed through the exploration of vocal technique, choreography, character building and elements of the stage. Each semester students develop and showcase one of these four areas of theatre.

Sports Management and Leadership
This course focuses on all that goes on in the background of sporting events in order for them to take place. It will encompass planning and scheduling involved in season and tournament schedules to maintaining the equipment used for different sports. You will also have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills as you participate and help out in a variety of school sport activities.

Sports Performance
In this option, you will learn about personal fitness and training principles as well as how to put an effective program together for yourself to meet your personal short term and long term goals. It gives the recreational/competitive student athletes a chance to also learn about performance enhancement as well as nutrition and diet to enhance athletic performance.

Unconventional Design Studies
Have you ever said, I can make something better than that or How could I make that out of another resource.
This option provides an opportunity for students to research the design and construction of objects in the world around them that they could recreate using unconventional materials. Students will design and create one-of-a- kind items that they could use as a suitable gift for a special gift-giving occasion.

Woodworking - Introductory Intarsia
Do you want to get into the construction lab more often? This is a student-centered, project-based course that will focus on woodworking safety and basic hand and power tool skills. Intarsia Art is a subject area within construction technology that will allow you to design and create your own project while developing woodworking skills.

Course Options

Junior High Complementary Courses

St. Isabella School is very pleased to offer our Junior High Students a varied and dynamic selection of complementary courses.

Option A Courses

These courses will be offered to our students as a year-long class. Students will take one of these option courses throughout the year.

Art
Students in the year-long Art option are given a wide variety of activities and projects: painting, drawing, sculpture, and abstract design, in order to develop technical skills and exercise personal creativity. As well, topics such as Art Criticism, Art History and Art in Various Cultures will be discussed throughout the course. Assignments will be teacher-generated, with respect for particular student interests and abilities.

Band
The year-long Instrumental Band option will develop and explore skills in playing a musical instrument through classroom rehearsal and performance. The Junior High Instrumental Music program will offer a high quality and enjoyable music experience for our students as they increase their musical understanding of music theory, sight-reading, listening analysis, and ear training. Students will be offered the opportunity to take part in high school clinics, city and provincial music events and overnight music camps throughout the year. Our student’s talents and understanding of these musical elements will be showcased within the St. Isabella community and the City of Calgary through involvement in feeder school performances, festivals and school concerts.

Drama
The year-long Drama elective encourages students to explore a variety of dramatic roles and develop a range of dramatic skills. In the Junior High Drama program, students learn about drama and theatre through; Movement, Speech, Improvisation/Acting, Theatre Studies and Technical Theatre. These five disciplines are taught through opportunities to explore material such as theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, storytelling, stop motion animation, as well as, sound, lighting, makeup, costumes, sets and props. Dramatic activity involves the whole person and the development of the individual, through experience and expression of the creative self. This elective enables students to further develop creativity and self-expression.

Ethics (Grade 8/9 only)
What do you believe is right? What do you believe is wrong? What are your ethical principles or guidelines for living? How do you make decisions? In this course you will seriously consider your own morals and how you communicate them effectively. You will develop your moral reasoning by engaging in discussions of moral problems and developing an understanding of the ethical values of respect, responsibility, fairness, justice, tolerance, honesty, kindness, forgiveness, commitment to democratic ideals and loyalty. There will be class discussion, film study, reading, a study of messages in the media, an examination of our laws and justice system and a commitment to a charity of our choice in the option class. If you enjoy discussion and debate, learning from your peers, reading, films that make you think, and making a difference in someone else's life, this option class is for you!

Option B Courses

These courses will be offered to our students as trimestered courses. Students will take three of these option courses throughout the year.

Brain and Behaviour
In this course you will explore the human brain. Once students are familiar with the structure and function of the brain, they will have the opportunity to learn about basic theories of psychology that seek to explain human behaviour. They will identify changes that occur throughout the lifespan and examine common disorders, diseases and injuries. Hands-on activities/projects may include: building models of the nervous system, creating short videos about the parts of the brain, participating in experiments using the five senses, and examining case studies as “Junior Psychologists”.

Communication Technology
You will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of hands-on modules that will cover a wide range of topics. Digital drawing and modelling, animation, graphic design, filming and editing video productions, photography, web design, and the programming of robots will all be possible units of study in this course.

Cosmetology and Fashion Studies
Have you ever wanted to learn more about hair, make up, and fashion? In this class, you will go behind the scenes and look at what it takes to produce a fashion show.

Exploration in Films
This course is your gateway into the film industry. You will explore film as a visual media for communication. A look at the history of film and the development of film technology will set the stage for our own film making experiences. With an emphasis on visual literacy, you will learn about performance for camera, directing for film, producing and critiquing film/media. You will become critical viewers of film, and seek to understand the inherent social, cultural and historical forces in films.You will tell your own stories through film production, and will experience the variety of roles involved in film making.

Healthy Cooking
Is your family busy every night of the week? Do you eat fast food or processed foods a lot the time? Learn how to eat your way to a healthier lifestyle. Explore recipes that will boost your immunity, give you energy, meet your dietary needs and boost your vitamin intake. Learn about healthier comfort foods, hidden vegetables, quick meals and why fad diets don't work. If you want to be the next Master Chef, here's your opportunity to get into the kitchen more often.

Musical Theatre
This elective will develop and explore skills that relate to the study and performance of musicals. The Junior High Musical Theatre Program will be comprised of four major areas of study: vocal production, movement, acting and technical theatre. These four elements will be developed through the exploration of vocal technique, choreography, character building and elements of the stage. Each semester students develop and showcase one of these four areas of theatre.

Sports Management and Leadership
This course focuses on all that goes on in the background of sporting events in order for them to take place. It will encompass planning and scheduling involved in season and tournament schedules to maintaining the equipment used for different sports. You will also have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills as you participate and help out in a variety of school sport activities.

Sports Performance
In this option, you will learn about personal fitness and training principles as well as how to put an effective program together for yourself to meet your personal short term and long term goals. It gives the recreational/competitive student athletes a chance to also learn about performance enhancement as well as nutrition and diet to enhance athletic performance.

Unconventional Design Studies
Have you ever said, I can make something better than that or How could I make that out of another resource.
This option provides an opportunity for students to research the design and construction of objects in the world around them that they could recreate using unconventional materials. Students will design and create one-of-a- kind items that they could use as a suitable gift for a special gift-giving occasion.

Woodworking - Introductory Intarsia
Do you want to get into the construction lab more often? This is a student-centered, project-based course that will focus on woodworking safety and basic hand and power tool skills. Intarsia Art is a subject area within construction technology that will allow you to design and create your own project while developing woodworking skills.