Options

Options/Complementary Courses

Option selection forms will be sent via email by April 5th 2019

  • RE: Grade 5 and 6 CTF classes for 2019-2020

    If your child IS NOT in Sport for Life or Performing Arts, he or she will have the opportunity to enroll in Career and Technology Foundation Options.  

    The following Career and Technology Foundations classes are being offered to students in Grades 5 and 6 for the 2019-2020 school year.  These programs are offered on a trimester basis, so students will be rotated through three options throughout the course of the school year.   

 Woodworking $20

Students learn woodworking skills in the construction lab.  The students will be given instruction in the safe operation of hand and power tools, proper project sequencing, finishing techniques and project assembly. Emphasis is placed on safety, however students will be able to take advantage of the full wood shop to build several different projects. 

Foods $25

The Foods 5 course concentrates on nutrition and preparation of simple recipes. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of baked foods. 

The Foods 6 course is a continuation of Foods 5 which continues discussion of nutrition and preparation of simple recipes. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of baked foods.

 

 Art $20

Students will have an opportunity to draw, paint and sculpt in a variety of media.  Guest artists will be invited to instruct and assist students.

 

All grade 5 and 6 students will take Music classes, and all students in the 5/6 English program also take French as a Second Language.

 

Grade 7 and 8 Options 2018-2019

Students not enrolled in our Sport for Life or Performing Arts programs will take two option classes each semester.  Communication regarding options choices for next year will be sent via email by April 5th 2019.

Grades 7 Options 2019-2020

We are pleased to offer exciting options that enhance our student’s education at St. Theresa. Sports-related courses will allow our students to explore a wide range of physical activities, while not limiting them to just one sport. As well, St. Theresa continues to offer a selection of courses in the arts, languages, technology and science. We are proud to offer many interesting choices that appeal to the diverse interests of our 21st century learners, while remaining a faith-centered, Catholic school.   

 Fine Arts Courses-Grade 7

 

Drama

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come one, come all to a class that will have you using your head, your voice, your facial expressions and body movement to convey meaning, entertain the masses and generally have fun. At the grade 7 level students are introduced to drama through six main areas of study: movement, speech, improvisation, acting, theatre studies and technical theatre, as per the Program of Studies. This is a participation based class where students gain self- confidence through various orientation exercises and activities.  This class will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program.

$50

 

Musical Theatre Production

Taken from the General Music - Program of Studies, Musical Theatre allows students to "explore and develop musical skills using a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music". Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing- all at the same time! The course provides students a variety of experiences that develop self-expression, creativity, communication, through music and drama. Students will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program.

$70

 

Art

This course focuses on three major components of visual learning: Drawings (the ways we record visual information and discoveries), Compositions (the ways images are put together to create meaning) and Encounters (where we meet and how we respond to visual imagery). Students will have many opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt in various media. The program is further designed to allow students to be creative, to develop skills and knowledge, and to develop appreciation and respect for the artistic efforts of others.

No Cost

 

Sports-Related Courses-Grade 7

 

Sports Performance

The purpose of the Sports Performance Course is to provide student athletes an opportunity to learn a wide variety of knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the maximization of physical, social, cultural and emotional potential through lifelong, non-traditional sporting endeavors. Students will have exposure to activities such as weight and fitness training, swimming, triathlon, zumba, disc golf, and scuba diving. Through a combination of theory and practical exposure, students enrolled in the course will learn about sport development through the study of:

  1. Current training principles and nutrition
  2. Performance enhancement tools
  3. Sport injuries as they apply to the athlete
  4. Performance evaluation techniques
  5. Personal and group development through leadership skills and Volunteerism

The year end activity is the triathlon at the end of May. Training will be centered around this event.

Cost: $100 (includes cost of admission, use of facilities and transportation to facilities)

 

Introductory Outdoor Education

Field trips may include: Predator-Prey Wilderness Activity, Cross-Country Skiing, Navigation, Wall Climbing, and a concluding three day camping/river trip at Rocky Mountain House.

In-house Activities: Navigation, Snowshoeing, Winter Shelters, Winter Survival , Knot Tying

There are several projects that students will complete also.

The Junior High Outdoor and Environmental Education class is composed of six main course elements:

  1. Commitment to Action – Encourage responsibility for the local and global environment
  2. Outdoor Expeditions – Learn the skills, judgment, confidence and sensitivity in outdoor settings
  3. Environmental Investigations – Investigations regarding the effects of human lifestyles on environments
  4. Outdoor Core – Learn the skills and attitudes necessary for a safe, comfortable outdoor experience in all seasons
  5. Personal and Group Development – understand and respect self and others
  6. Environmental Core – awareness and appreciation for living things and understanding of basic ecological processes

No Cost, with optional field trips at a cost of $100.00 (approximately)

Optional Year End 3 Day Hela Adventure Trip : $375.00

 

Languages – Grade 7

 

French

Students will engage in various language activities, grammar and tasks. Using games, oral-based activities and word associations, students will be able to read, comprehend and speak fluently and spontaneously. The units covered at this level are “School”, “People Around Me”, “Weather”, and four holidays and celebrations.

Each student MUST supply his/her own French/English dictionary (Larousse Pocket Dictionary; printed in France).

No Cost

 

Ukrainian Language and Culture

Students continue their studies in the Ukrainian bilingual program so they will be able to use Ukrainian language confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication and personal satisfaction. They will be actively engaged in a variety of fun and interactive activities and language learning games. Students will learn through themes that appeal to their interests and needs (food/restaurants, pop music, fashion, entertainment/recreation, friendship/self). An understanding and appreciation of Ukrainian culture is emphasized through exploring the areas of art, drama, music, sports, technology and much more through the Ukrainian culture. Taught predominantly in Ukrainian, students will become performers, creators, historians of Ukrainian culture. They will explore what it means to be a Ukrainian in a modern world, while enhancing their Ukrainian language speaking skills.  Students participate in a variety of hands-on projects and attend field trips to enhance their well-rounded Ukrainian language experience. This course is a required course for grades 7 Ukrainian bilingual students.

No Cost

 

 

Science & Technology – Grade 7

 

Design Studies

Based on the CTS modules of “Design, Sketch and Draw,” “The Design Process,” and “3-D Design Fundamentals,” students will have the opportunity to work with a myriad of materials to design and create projects. This intensive hands-on course will challenge all students to build to the best of their ability. Some projects to be completed are: Balsa Wood Bridges, CO2 Race Cars, Balsa Wood Gliders!

Cost: $40.00

 

Robotics

Based on the Electro-Assembly CTS curriculum, students will be delving into the world of robotics through the First Lego-League’s Robotics for Youth. In FIRST LEGO League (FLL), students are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning.

Cost: $30.00

 

Media Arts

Students in Media 7 will learn to use all the different aspects of computers as used in today’s multimedia environment. Emphasis will be placed on: Graphic Arts—Students will work with several graphic arts programs to develop their own computer art and to manipulate existing art to different media designs and functions. Video Making—Students will learn the aspects of video development and creation by developing their own video from beginning to end. Simple Animation—Simple animations will be created using freely available software.

Cost: $40.00



Career and Technology Studies-Grade 7

 

Fashion

Students will gain knowledge about sewing machines, pressing equipment and fabrics/various yarns/textile arts and crafts and their care. They will explore areas such as design, production, merchandising, textiles, and accessories. The course will include the assembly of a simple project using a pattern.

Cost: $40.00; includes all supplies required and the purchase of the final sewing project

 

Foods

This course concentrates on nutrition and preparation of simple recipes and the role of food in physical wellness and fitness. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of foods.

Cost: $40.00

 

Construction

Students learn woodworking skills in the construction lab. The students will be given instruction in the safe operation of hand and power tools, layout and project assembly. Emphasis is placed on safety, however students will be able to take advantage of the full woodshop to build several different projects.

Cost: $40.00

 

Style & Self Care

Students will have the opportunity to learn how caring for their body, minds and selves, leads to an overall, well-rounded life experience. They will learn how to properly fuel their bodies through a balanced diet and exercise, as well as how to deal with stress. Students will participate in field trips, and will have guest speakers to help them learn about how to properly care for their skin, nails and hair.

Cost: $50

 

Leadership

Leadership is an option that students will gain skills in becoming a leader. Students will have the opportunity to explore what leadership means within a school context and gain skills that will set them up for success. An important aspect of being a leader is to help others by displaying empathy for their circumstances and being able to provide support without letting such circumstances impact the helper/leader. This course encourages students to be confident, supportive, and positive in our school. 

No Cost

 

Travel and Culture

This option will focus on developing an appreciation for different countries and cultures around the world. In addition, we will build skills associated with safe, cost effective, informed and responsible travel. Students will be involved in planning sample travel itineraries and sharing their research about countries of their choosing with their peers. We will also focus on learning about the various cultures in our school with an emphasis on language, cuisine, customs and traditions. Some optional off campus field trips to cultural centers will be offered as well.

No Cost, with optional field trips for an additional cost

 

 

 Grade 8 Options 2019-2020

We are pleased to offer exciting options that enhance our student’s education at St. Theresa. Sports-related courses will allow our students to explore a wide range of physical activities, while not limiting them to just one sport. As well, St. Theresa continues to offer a selection of courses in the arts, languages, technology and science. We are proud to offer many interesting choices that appeal to the diverse interests of our 21st century learners, while remaining a faith-centered, Catholic school.   

Fine Arts Courses-Grade 8

 

Drama

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come one, come all to a class that will have you using your head, your voice, your facial expressions and body movement to convey meaning, entertain the masses and generally have fun. At the grade 7 level students are introduced to drama through six main areas of study: movement, speech, improvisation, acting, theatre studies and technical theatre, as per the Program of Studies. This is a participation based class where students gain self- confidence through various orientation exercises and activities.  This class will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program.

$50

 

 Musical Theatre Production

Taken from the General Music - Program of Studies, Musical Theatre allows students to "explore and develop musical skills using a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music". Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing- all at the same time! The course provides students a variety of experiences that develop self-expression, creativity, communication, through music and drama. Students will participate in some workshops and field trips with the Performing Arts program and will be part of the ensemble in the Performing Arts production.

$70

 

Art

This course focuses on three major components of visual learning: Drawings (the ways we record visual information and discoveries), Compositions (the ways images are put together to create meaning) and Encounters (where we meet and how we respond to visual imagery). Students will have many opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt in various media. The program is further designed to allow students to be creative, to develop skills and knowledge, and to develop appreciation and respect for the artistic efforts of others.

No Cost

 

Sports-Related Courses-Grade 8

Sports Performance

The purpose of the Sports Performance Course is to provide student athletes an opportunity to learn a wide variety of knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the maximization of physical, social, cultural and emotional potential through lifelong, non-traditional sporting endeavors. Students will have exposure to activities such as weight and fitness training, swimming, triathlon, zumba, disc golf, and scuba diving. Through a combination of theory and practical exposure, students enrolled in the course will learn about sport development through the study of:

  1. Current training principles and nutrition
  2. Performance enhancement tools
  3. Sport injuries as they apply to the athlete
  4. Performance evaluation techniques
  5. Personal and group development through leadership skills and Volunteerism

The year end activity is the triathlon at the end of May. Training will be centered around this event.

Cost: $100 (includes cost of admission, use of facilities and transportation to facilities)

 

Advanced Outdoor Education

Field trips include: Fire Building, Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing, Team Building, Navigation, Wall Climbing and a concluding three day camping/river trip at Rocky Mountain House.

The Junior High Outdoor and Environmental Education class is composed of six main course elements:

  1. Commitment to Action – Encourage responsibility for the local and global environment
  2. Outdoor Expeditions – Learn the skills, judgement, confidence and sensitivity in outdoor settings
  3. Environmental Investigations – Investigations regarding the effects of human lifestyles on environments
  4. Outdoor Core – Learn the skills and attitudes necessary for a safe, comfortable outdoor experience in all seasons
  5. Personal and Group Development – understand and respect self and others

Environmental Core – awareness and appreciation for living things and understanding of basic ecological processes

No Cost, with optional field trips at a cost of $100.00 (approximately)

Optional Year End 3 Day Hela Adventure Trip : $375.00

 

Languages – Grade 8

French

French 8 is a continuation of the grade 7 program. A more in-depth presentation of grammar is made. Increased effort is made on being able to read, comprehend and speak fluently as well as spontaneously. Themes in the grade 8 program include: animals, clothing, food and the holidays and celebrations.

Alberta Education identifies the following benefits to learning another language:

  • Improved listening skills and increased cognitive abilities
  • Creating a more flexible thinker
  • Greater ease at learning a 3rd or 4th language
  • Ability to communicate with more people
  • Increased understanding of other cultures
  • Competitive edge in the job market
  • More opportunities to enjoy literature, art, music, theatre, sports and travel.

No Cost

 

Ukrainian Language and Culture

Students continue their studies in the Ukrainian bilingual program so they will be able to use Ukrainian language confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication and personal satisfaction. They will be actively engaged in a variety of fun and interactive activities and language learning games. Students will learn through themes that appeal to their interests and needs (food/restaurants, pop music, fashion, entertainment/recreation, friendship/self). An understanding and appreciation of Ukrainian culture is emphasized through exploration of the many different areas of art, drama, music, sports, technology and much more through the Ukrainian culture. Taught predominantly in Ukrainian, students will become performers, creators, historians of Ukrainian culture. Traditional activities such as caroling, writing pysanky (Easter eggs), cooking Ukrainian foods will be a part of this full year course. Students will also explore what it means to be a Ukrainian in a modern world, while enhancing their Ukrainian language speaking skills. They will participate in a variety of hands-on projects and attend field trips to enhance their well-rounded Ukrainian language experience.

No Cost

 

Science & Technology – Grade 8

 

Design Studies

Based on the CTS modules of “Design, Sketch and Draw,” “The Design Process,” and “3-D Design Fundamentals,” students will have the opportunity to work with a myriad of materials to design and create projects. This intensive hands-on course will challenge all students to build to the best of their ability. Some projects to be completed are: Popsicle Stick Bridges, Earthquake Resistant Towers, Packing Design, Build your own Airplane and Launch your own Rocket!

Cost: $40.00

 

Robotics

Based on the Electro-Assembly CTS curriculum, students will be delving into the world of robotics through the First Lego-League’s Robotics for Youth. In FIRST LEGO League (FLL), students are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning.

Cost: $30.00

 

Media Arts

Students in Media Arts will learn to use all the different aspects of computers as used in today’s multimedia environment. Emphasis will be placed on: Graphic Arts—Students will work with several graphic arts programs to develop their own computer art and to manipulate existing art to different media designs and functions. Video Making—Students will learn the aspects of video development and creation by developing their own video from beginning to end. Simple Animation—Simple animations will be created using freely available software.

Cost: $40.00


Career and Technology Studies-Grade 8

Performance Broadcasting

Students will be given the opportunity to work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes of a school broadcast.  Students will develop strength in communication, performance, research and writing skills as the course progresses.  Additionally, students will develop skills to shoot, direct and edit broadcasts as well as utilize broadcasting equipment.  This class is recommended for students with a passion for the performing arts, TV/Radio broadcasting, creative writing and problem solving.

Cost:  $25

 

Fashion

Students will gain knowledge about sewing machines, pressing equipment and fabrics/various yarns/textile arts and crafts and their care. They will explore areas such as design, production, merchandising, textiles, and accessories. The course will include the assembly of a simple project using a pattern.

Cost: $40.00; includes all supplies required and the purchase of the final sewing project

 

Foods

This course concentrates on nutrition and preparation of simple recipes and the role of food in physical wellness and fitness. Students have the opportunity to develop skills regarding selection, safe handling, preparation, and service of a variety of foods.

Cost: $40.00

 

Construction

Students learn woodworking skills in the construction lab. The students will be given instruction in the safe operation of hand and power tools, layout and project assembly. Emphasis is placed on safety, however students will be able to take advantage of the full woodshop to build several different projects.

Cost: $40.00

 

Style & Self Care

Students will have the opportunity to learn how caring for their body, minds and selves, leads to an overall, well-rounded life experience. They will learn how to properly fuel their bodies through a balanced diet and exercise, as well as how to deal with stress. Students will participate in field trips, and will have guest speakers to help them learn about how to properly care for their skin, nails and hair.

Cost: $50

 

Leadership

Leadership is an option that students will gain skills in becoming a leader. Students will have the opportunity to explore what leadership means within a school context and gain skills that will set them up for success. An important aspect of being a leader is to help others by displaying empathy for their circumstances and being able to provide support without letting such circumstances impact the helper/leader. This course encourages students to be confident, supportive, and positive in our school. 

No Cost

 

Travel and Culture

This option will focus on developing an appreciation for different countries and cultures around the world. In addition, we will build skills associated with safe, cost effective, informed and responsible travel. Students will be involved in planning sample travel itineraries and sharing their research about countries of their choosing with their peers. We will also focus on learning about the various cultures in our school with an emphasis on language, cuisine, customs and traditions. Some optional off campus field trips to cultural centers will be offered as well.

No Cost, with optional field trips at an additional cost

 

Journalism/Photography/Yearbook

In this option students will have the opportunity to showcase their school in a variety of ways.  Through highlighting key activities during the year with photos and articles students will be able to develop basic photography and journalism skills.  Students will also focus on current world events with a journalistic point of view.  A key component of this course will be the production of the school yearbook to be available for purchase to all students in the school.  

No Cost