agenda Welcome And Opening Remarks Mr. Kennelly, Principal Course Guides And Course Selection Guidance Counsellor Student Government Arts Council Athletic Council Closing Remarks
Welcome and Opening Remarks Mr. Kennelly, Principal
GUIDANCE – COURSE SELECTION Mrs. Burns, Head of Guidance
What Courses Do You Need to Graduate? The 18 compulsory credits include: 4 credits English (1 credit per Grade) 1 credit French as a second language 3 credits Mathematics 2 credits Science 1 credit Canadian history 1 credit Canadian geography 1 credit Arts 1 credit Health and Physical education .50 credit Career education .50 credit Civics AND
Grade 9 Program 6 Compulsory Subjects + 2 Elective Subjects = 8 Courses
Decoding a Course Code The first letter in the course code denotes the course’s department area. For example: A = Arts (AVI1O1) B = Business (BTT1O1) E = English (ENG1P1) T = Technology (TFJ1O1)
Grade 9 Compulsory Courses Pink handout
Making Your Choices:Academic, Locally Developed or Applied? Academic Academic courses focus on the essential concepts of the discipline PLUS additional related concepts. While course work exposes students to both theories and practical applications, there is a greater emphasis on THEORY as a basis for future learning and problem solving.
Making Your Choices:Academic, Applied or locally developed? Applied Applied courses focus on the essential concepts of the discipline. While course work exposes students to both theories and practical applications, there is a greater emphasis on PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS.
Making Your Choices:Academic, Applied, or locally developed? Locally Developed Locally Developed courses focus on the most essential concepts of a discipline. These courses are offered in Math, Science and English in Grade 9. These courses will provide support for students making the transition to high school by enhancing their skills to allow them to be successful in High School.
Academic and Applied courses differ in the balance between essential concepts and additional material and in the balance between theory and application.
Math example Grade 8 – Volume of a Cube
Math example Grade 9 – Academic Students develop the formula for finding the Volume of a Cone and use it to solve problems.
Math example Grade 9 – Applied Teacher supplies the formulafor volume of a cone and students use it to solve problems.
Math example Grade 9 –Locally Developed No volume of a cone. Practice numeracy skills – fractions, integers, decimals, BEDMAS, etc.
Can I change levels in Grade 10? Yes! Students are able to move from APPLIED courses in Grade 9 to ACADEMIC courses in Grade 10. Students are able to move from ACADEMICcourses in Grade 9 to APPLIED courses in Grade 10. Math requires a Transfer course at summer school.
Do all the courses that a student selects have to be at the same level? No! Students are encouraged to take the type of course that best suits their interests, goals and learning styles. Students may select a variety of course types.
Can a student take more than one course in the subject area? Yes! For example: Semester #1: MAT1L1 (Locally Developed Math) Semester #2: MFM1P1 (Applied Math)
Grade 9 Elective Courses*students select*all elective courses are offered at the “open level” .
What is an Open Course? Open courses have one set of expectations for each subject and are appropriate for ALL students.
Grade 9 Elective Courses THE ARTS It is STRONGLY recommended that students complete an art credit in Grade 9
Grade 9 Elective Courses BUSINESS • Software application • Word • Power point • Excel
Grade 9 Elective Courses SOCIAL SCIENCE • Learn: • to get along better with friends and family • to eat healthy • to improve communication skills • to spend money wisely • to deal with peer pressure
Grade 9 Elective Courses NATIVE STUDIES • Counts as an ART credit • Examines Aboriginal Cultures through: • Painting • Sculpture • Storytelling • Dance • Music
Grade 9 Elective Courses HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION • Variety of dance forms including: • Ballet • Jazz • Tap • Hip hop • Cultural and folk • Creative
Grade 9 Elective Courses TECHNOLOGY • TFJ1O1 • Food preparation • Food handling • Event planning • Local tourism • Origins of foods • TIJ1O1 • Communication Technology • Design – 3D printer • TIJ1O3 • Small Engines • Carpentry, Plumbing, etc.
course SELECTION You will select your courses online using the Career Cruising website.
STEP #1: Log In to Career Cruising Access Career Cruising: • 1. Richardson website at http://richardson.ddsbschools.ca/ or • 2. www.careercruising.com/login/ddsb
Course Guide • A listing of all courses available in 2014-2015. • It has been organized by departments to help you make your course selections. • Grade 9 courses may be searched by 9th Grade Compulsory, 9th Grade Electives or by Subject Area ( i.e. Arts, Business, etc.)
STEP #5: Select your 6 Mandatory Courses Courses in “taupe”