Academic Programming - Grade K to 9

Advanced Academic Programming Grades K - 9

Our SAA Learning Framework provides our staff with clear direction, pathways and a shared purpose to achieve our goal of providing students with multiple opportunities for Deep Learning. This will foster and allow students to be more creative, critical thinkers, communicators and collaborators. Our SAA Learning Framework provides the pathway for a more competency based, student as inquirer and creator model of education. By encouraging cross curricular and multimodal opportunities (print, visual, digital) we are confident that we will engage students in higher-level thinking and more rigorous authentic learning opportunities. We will also provide students with engaging opportunities in dynamic and complimentary option choices. 

Grade 4-6

At the grade 4-6 level teaching staff will implement Inquiry and Project Based Learning as one of the primary methods to engage students in the Alberta Program of Studies.  This will provide multiple opportunities for differentiation so that students have opportunities to enrich and extend their learning through real world projects and cross-curricular activities. Our programming will challenge students to engage in higher level learning and provide them with more choice and voice in their learning.

Students will have diverse Career and Technology Foundation (CTF) choices and other option choices through Dynamic options.

Students in grade 4 - 6 will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of courses that will take advantage of a woods construction lab, foods and fashion lab, design lab, art room, music room and vibrant learning commons with state of the art technologies. Students will select one Dynamic option that will be offered twice a week for a term lasting about 1/3 of the school year. (3 Dynamic Options throughout the year). Options are dependant upon enrolment and human and budget resources.

Tentative 2020/21 Dynamic Options

Our Gr. 4-6 DYNAMIC OPTION MENU All students will receive music and art as part of their core instruction. This is a tentative list and the availability of these options is based upon enrolment and human resources which will be confirmed in September. STUDENTS will select 5, we will make every attempt to provide them with 2 of their 5 choices. Students in Grade 4-6 receive one option in each of three terms.

1. Introduction to Woodworking - In this course you will learn how to use basic hand tools safely. Students will have the opportunity to choose and complete fun and interesting projects. ***

2. Design Challenge - In this course you will be challenged to design a product. Students will have the opportunity to work through a design cycle including sketches and/or molds of products with a final version of their product being produced via 3D printing. ***

3. Coding/Robotics - Students will be introduced to some basic coding through programming language such as Scratch and/or Tynker. Students will be challenged to create some simple games and animations and use the coding language to program a number of robotics devices such as an OSBot or Finch.

4. Fit Sport - In this course you will improve your overall level of fitness through refining your skills in sports such as basketball, volleyball and racquet sports. Students will discuss elements such as nutrition, rest, activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

5. Introduction to Food Preparation - Are you interested in learning how to create some fabulous meals? In this course you will learn how to safely prepare healthy and nutritious foods for yourself, friends and family.

6. Introduction to Fashion Design - Students will have an opportunity to create some very basic clothing items by selecting fabric, working from designs and learning basic skills in sewing and/or knitting. ***

7. Science Challenge - In this class students will be challenged to create and solve challenges related to the world of science. Participation in Science Olympics is a possibility. ***

8. Green Challenge/Service - In this class you will work with others to serve your school mates to make our school environment healthy and environmentally friendly.

9. Genius Hour - Choose a project that you are passionate about ie. learn guitar, baking, build a website, start a podcast or Youtube channel, learn a language. The course will be structured with an exploration stage, proposal and pitch stage, working and progress review stage, Project share and celebration to wrap.***

10. Music Theatre - D0 you like singing, dancing and acting?  Students will learn a beginner level choreographed dance piece with the intention of performing it in front of parents and/or school community. No dance or acting experience is necessary and students do not have to sing.***

*** - indicates there may be a fee applied depending on projects selected

 

Students have the opportunity to participate in Recreation Academy program.(enrollment is limited and requires extra fees)

Grade 7 - 9

Building upon programming and pedagogy at the 4 - 6 level programming at the grade 7 - 9 level will prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) in high school. AP students typically know how they learn best, have excellent self-discipline, can work effectively with others, and are motivated by the challenge of academic rigor. Our school will offer Enhanced Academic Programming(EAP). 

EAP is a Division alternative program, intended to expand educational choices for students in grades 7-9 in Sister Alphonse Academy, and has been approved by the Board as per Alternative Programs Policy 16. EAP involves students in the Alberta Programs of Study at a deeper, enriched level; it is not a separate program.

Tiered and extension activities that will challenge some students will be offered to compliment some areas of the Alberta Program of Studies in language arts (7,8,9) and mathematics (8,9) in the second and third term of each grade level. Students who apply for the EAP program must provide documentation from previous grades that would support high academic achievement.

Students will have diverse Career and Technology Foundation (CTF) choices and other option choices through Complimentary options.

Students in grade 7 -9 will have a larger menu of offerings that will take advantage of our facilities and provide options at an advanced level from the courses taken at the grade 4 - 6 level. Students will select two Complimentary options that will be offered twice a week for a term lasting about 1/3 of the school year. (6 options throughout the year). Options are dependant upon enrolment and human and budget resources.

Tentative 7-9 2020/21 Complimentary Options

Students will select six options. We will do our best to ensure that students receive at least 4 of their 7 choices. Please understand that this list is tentative and is contingent upon enrolment and resources and could be changed pending enrolment in our Junior High Program. Ensure that your child's name and grade level are entered in the appropriate field.


1. Woodworking/Construction - In this course you will learn how to use basic hand and power equipment safely. Students will have the opportunity to choose and complete more advanced fun and interesting projects. ***

2. Design Challenge - In this course you will be challenged to design a product. Students will have the opportunity to work through a design cycle including sketches and/or molds of products with a final version of their product being produced via 3D printing. Your next task will be to market your product***

3. Robotics - Students will review some basic coding through programming language such as Scratch and/or Tynker. Students will then be challenged to build and program their own robotics devices using the Hummingbird Kits.

4. Drama - Everything from movement activities, drama games, theatre sports then building and performing skits. It's your chance to perform for your class mates and the school community. Perhaps perform or provide lights and sound in the Christmas or Spring Concert.

5. Food Preparation - Continue developing your culinary skills. Working as a group and individually you will examine nutrition and meal planning to create tasty and inspiring food dishes. Perhaps participate in a Top Chef competition at SAA! ***

6. Fashion Design - Students will have an opportunity to create some very basic clothing items by selecting fabric, working from designs and learning basic and more advanced skills in sewing and/or knitting. ***

7. Sports Medicine - Investigate and explore human anatomy and careers related to sports medicine and the medical fields. Care and prevention of common injuries will also be explored. ***

8. Video Pro/Animation - Learn how to do some basic video editing primarily in WeVideo, then be challenged to put together your own video project. Lights, Camera -Action!

9. SAA News Broadcast - Students create a professional news broadcast. This would require students taking on different roles. Video recording, editing, reporting, graphic design, scriptwriting, production.

10. Art - Students will have an opportunity to work with a variety of materials to develop their style in: paints, pen & ink, chalks and pastels. Students develop their skills through a variety of projects. ***

*** - indicates there may be a fee applied depending on projects selected

 

Students have the opportunity to participate in Recreation Academy program.(enrolment is limited and requires extra fees)