Welcome to Grade 8! SouthPointe School is a K-9 school that follows a six-day, six-period timetable. All junior high students will take a combination of core and elective courses. Core courses are courses that all students must take as mandated by Alberta Education. They are English Language Arts, Health, Math, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies. They will have Physical Education daily.
Elective courses are the courses that students choose based on areas of interest. Students at SouthPointe take 4 elective courses throughout the year. The elective courses are split into 2 semesters; students will take 2 option courses during Semester 1 (September - January) and 2 options courses in Semester 2 (February - June). Currently, all students must register for Construction 8 and must register for either a Baking 8 or Foods 8 course.
All fees charged for elective courses are cost-recovery. The course fee covers supplies that are consumed during the course.
Below is the list of elective courses offered to grade 8 students at SouthPointe School. The list includes a variety of courses representing a diverse range of interest areas. In some cases, due to lack of student interest, courses in the list may not be offered as courses require a minimum number of students to move ahead.
GRADE 8 ELECTIVE COURSES
CTF: Baking 8
Release your inner cake-boss or cupcake addiction with our hands-on dessert elective. In this course, students will continue to develop baking basics, proper measurement and use of kitchen tools and understanding recipes. If you want to create quality baked goods, this is the class for you!
CTF: Computer Science 8
Students will be exposed to some of the different aspects of using technology in today’s world. There will be opportunities to work with coding/Scratch, LEGO Minestorms robot kits, Dash robots as well as using the Padcaster for creating videos. Through their participation, students work through technology challenges to develop valuable life skills.
CTF: Construction 8 (Mandatory)
Students will continue to develop woodworking techniques and plan and create projects using hard and softwoods. Students will learn how to safely use machines, power tools and hand tools. The students will be able to take advantage of the full Construction lab to build different projects.
CTF: Design Studies 8 (previously Art)
Students will explore art materials, the processes, and ideas around creating and appreciating art. Mediums such as pastels, paint, charcoal, or clay will be explored. Students will study art from different cultures around the world and gain the basic subject vocabulary.
CTF: Digital Design 8
Do you have a passion for creating? Do you look around and think to yourself “that would be so much better if ___ was added”? Then this is the course for you. You will start off by learning some techniques to help you get your ideas from your head to a page. Next you will choose a project that lets you further explore an area of interest to you. This project could have you redesigning your backyard or transforming your basement. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in 3D printing, vinyl printing and button making. There are limitless possibilities of which direction this CTF option will go.
CTF: Foods 8
If you want to build on your food preparation skills, this the course for you. It is a course focusing on food safety, as well as fundamental cooking and food preparation skills. You will learn important life skills such as basic nutrition, measurement, kitchen tools and equipment, understanding recipes and cooking terms. If you are a budding chef, this is the course for you!
CTF: Leadership 8
This course is designed to develop student leadership abilities and foster good citizenship and school pride. Students will be given the opportunity to learn ways to become model leaders in the school and community. Students plan events such as theme days, fundraisers and other school wide events.
CTF: Outdoor Education 8
This outdoor education course will focus on developing skills and attitudes necessary for safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences in all seasons. This course will be primarily activity based. Seasonally appropriate activities such as geo-caching, orienteering, outdoor cooking, biking, etc. The course will include field trips, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as classroom projects.
CTF: Personal Fitness 8
This course focuses on the development of a healthy active lifestyle through the introduction of lifelong fitness activities in a non-competitive classroom environment. Through the development of skills and practice in yoga, aerobics, and a variety of athletic training methods, students will explore personal fitness goal-setting and lifelong physical well-being.
CTF: Photography 8
Are you interested in what it takes to create beautiful photos? This course offers students a look at different types of photography such as portraiture, action and landscape. Students will learn about the technical aspects of photography, including lighting, framing, editing and special effects. Students will apply these skills in various photography assignments.