Registration Guide 2019-2020
Westwood Community High School
Junior & Senior High registration Guide 2019-2020
221 Tundra Drive
Fort McMurray, AB
Welcome to Westwood School! Home of the Trojans!
Westwood School has been serving the community of Fort McMurray since 1986. The school shares a facility with the YMCA in the heart of Alberta’s oil sands industry.
At Westwood, we are committed to enhancing opportunities for student success through our programs in the Academic and General Streams, Advanced Placement, Career and Technology Studies, Robotics, Coding, Visual and Performing Arts, First Nation Métis Inuit Programs (FNMI), Athletics, ELL, Second Languages. Students also have access to Individual Program Plans, resource rooms and tutoring. In addition to the traditional classroom settings, Westwood provides students opportunities to be successful through the Independent Learning Center, Off Campus Programs, and classes after school.
Our cross-cultural and extracurricular programs are extensive and expanding. Students have a wide variety of co/extra-curricular activities in which to participate, including sports, performing/visual arts, multicultural clubs, humanitarian clubs, robotics, coding and Skills Canada. Since 2008, Westwood students and staff have fundraised over $195,000.00 to build a school in Kenya, fund national cancer research, support our local food bank and the United Way to name a few charities.
Westwood Staff continues to practice lifelong learning during our professional learning community time. Information and sessions include a variety of professional learning including how to teach students how to be resilient, numeracy, literacy and healthy living and ethical citizenship.
Student Services Counselling for grades 7 through 12
Junior High transition support for Grade 7 and 8 students
High School Transition support for Grade 9 Students
Smartboards, Chromebooks, Wireless Internet
Westwood Parent Council
PowerSchool Parent Portal and myPass support
RCSD Mental Health Counsellor
Registered Psychologist working with students who identify as LGBTQ+
FNMI Support Coach
In-School Settlement Practitioner: Multicultural Association
Alberta Health Services Addictions Counsellor
Adolescent Mentor from Some Other Solutions (SOS)
Partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association and RCMP
IMPORTANT CONTACTS AT WESTWOOD
Principal: ............................................................................................ Ms. Cynthia Shelley
Vice Principal………………………………………………………………….Mrs. Tifanie Book
Vice Principal…………………………………………………………………Mr. Brendan Toner
Administrative Assistants: .................................................................Mrs. Jo-Anne Lorentz
.................................................................Mrs. Sheri Reid
Guidance Counsellors: ................................................................... Mrs. Carla Joseph
................................................ .................. Mrs. Christine Tulk
................................................ ................... Mrs. Heather Terry
Guidance Secretary: .......................................................................... Mrs. Barb St. John
For a listing of all our wonderful teaching and support staff, please visit our Website!
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JUNIOR HIGH OVERVIEW
7TH GRADE OVERVIEW
I’m in junior high! Grade 7 is exciting and challenging. Students in Grade 7 take six required subjects: English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Additional optional subjects are also offered.
8TH GRADE OVERVIEW
What interests me? What am I good at and passionate about? Grade 8 students take six required subjects to learn more about themselves and the world: English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Exciting optional subjects are also available.
9TH GRADE OVERVIEW
Wow! The last year of junior high! To prepare for high school, Grade 9 students are required to take six subjects: English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. They can choose from additional optional subjects to round out their curriculum.
To learn more about our variety of programming, please visit our Website http://westwood.fmpsdschools.ca/
PATHWAY TO AP PROGRAM
WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL IS THE CHOICE ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCHOOL IN FORT MCMURRAY. TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR AP IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE OFFER A “PATHWAY TO AP” FOR OUR JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS WHICH PROVIDES ENRICHMENT IN THE CORE SUBJECTS.
STUDENTS WHO HAVE MAINTAINED HIGH ACADEMICS IN ENGLISH, SOCIAL, SCIENCE, AND MATH IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARE ELIGIBLE TO CHOOSE THE PATHWAY TO AP PROGRAM. A TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM IS REQUIRED.
GOAL: Develop academic skills in a challenging learning environment
Improved ability to handle rigorous and advanced coursework
Improved work and study skills
Familiarity working at an accelerated pace
PROGRAM DELIVERY: Regular program of studies for Math 7-9, Social 7-9, English 7-9, and Science 7-9 with enrichment and an in-depth study of advanced concepts
JUNIOR OPTION COURSES
Students will have an opportunity to learn or improve their art skills and techniques through this engaging program. This course helps you gain insight and solve art-related challenges. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of art activities and related compositions, including sketching, doodling, printing, drawing, painting, pen and ink, wire sculpture, clay sculpture, 3D sculpture and many other media to create works of art.
The junior high instrumental music program gives students the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge by learning an instrument. To enrich their musical experience, students in private or group lessons (for example, piano or violin) are encouraged to participate. These students will be a valuable asset to the program. The school band performs at school concerts, local festivals, and school presentations. In addition, students can attend music camps and festival trips. What instrument will you play? There are many to choose from!
Sing @ Westwood! Westwood’s Choral Music program fosters the voices of our students and values creativity, positivity, diversity and inclusivity. Students participate in choral music after school once per week.
Westwood’s Computer Science program is award winning and unmatched in our city. The world of Computer Science expands at Westwood as students are introduced to Virtual Reality, Coding, 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, and creating Phone Applications.
Students will advertise and discover how to use social media, photography, print, music and digital tools to promote a common school message. In this option, students will be advertising JH events and will be promoting Westwood activities. Students discover the impact of the media and develop skills to relay a message effectively using various forms of media.
Students will explore speech and debate activities, and will work in developing confidence in the areas of critical thinking, research, analytical thought, public speaking, teamwork, leadership and creativity.
Drama is not only for those who are talented at acting. Drama is an important, performance-based course for everyone. It helps build greater appreciation for the fine arts. As students learn ways to use their voice, expression and body language, they’ll strengthen their personal confidence and presentation skills. Drama students will experience: theatrical games, concentration and relaxation exercises, mime, vocal exercises, script work and scene studies, monologues, radio and video broadcast techniques, audition techniques, creativity and improvisation. If you enjoy working in group situations or would like to develop leadership skills, then drama is for you. Develop your creativity and imagination!
Energy and Environmental Science
Students in grades 7, 8, and 9 have the opportunity to learn directly about energy and the environment. This very hands-on course will take place in Westwood’s greenhouses, indoors and in nearby natural spaces like Fort McMurray's Birchwood Trails. Students will better understand the environmental changes taking place on Earth by growing plants, using high tech sensors, investigating climate change, simulating land erosion, building wind turbines, and many, many other activities.
In Esthetics Class, students participate in intermediate studies in skin care, facial treatments, cosmetic makeup service, hair removal, manicures, pedicures, nail art and gel nails.
Exploration in Music
The Junior High Music Performance class gives students the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge by learning about world music, musical styles, music technology, instrument design, and music throughout history. What instrument will you play? There are many to choose from, including flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, mallets, saxophone, French horn, and tuba.
Students will learn how to use the sewing machine and basic tools to complete different assignments and projects.
In Grade 7, students focus on hand-sewing techniques including threading a needle, tying a knot and sewing a button. These skills are then applied to a pincushion.
In Grade 8, students will learn how to use a serger. Their skills are then applied to various student choice projects that may include cross-stitching, a quillow, sling bag, cushions, or stuffed toys.
In Grade 9, students also learn basic sewing pattern terms and pattern layout. These skills are then applied to various student choice projects that may include a patch pillow, pajama pants, boxers, blankets, cushions, or stuffed toys.
Film and Media Studies
Film studies provides a general introduction to the art and history of the cinema. The course will include the viewing of numerous films, which will include selections from a wide range of classics, foreign films, and the mainstream.
French as a Second Language
Students will discuss and write about familiar topics, such as school subjects and activities, the weather, and friends. They will compare different Francophone cultures. Your child will also decide how to correctly address people and when to use formal or informal language, and they will correctly write addresses and telephone numbers in French.
Students will study kitchen safety, the names and use of kitchen tools, how to follow a recipe, and lessons on a variety of food areas. Students can expect to take part in food labs and individual and group work assignments, gaining life skills that can be replicated at home. In Grade 7, learning areas may include basic nutrition, cookies, puffed wheat squares, cheese biscuits, smoothies, and stir-fry.
In Grade 8, learning areas may include fruit crisp, healthy snacks, cookies, pizza breadsticks, taco pasta, banana muffins and grilled cheese.
In Grade 9, learning areas may include a supermarket trip, healthy lunches & dinners, cake & cupcake decorating, homemade soup, brownies and fried rice.
Learning to play an instrument is of great benefit to an individual. The art of learning to play the chords and read sheet music opens up new neural pathways. Essentially, a guitarist does rewire their brain in a positive way which leads to all kinds of cognitive benefits. No experience necessary! Students will learn basic strumming patterns, how to read tablature notation (TAB), and introductory chords. Students will be provided with a school guitar, a tuner, and a capo until the end of semester. Students are also encouraged to bring in their own acoustic guitar for the course. Students will be allowed to choose their own songs to play, as well as pick their own groups to perform their songs with. Performances and evaluations take place several times throughout the semester including a year-end “Pit” performance.
Industrial Arts (Construction and Mechanics)
Students have an opportunity to learn about construction and mechanics, combining both shop safety and hands on skills-it is important to have a sound grasp of the theory that underlies any profession or industry and there are some skills that can only be learned through hands on practice.
Westwood’s Robotics program includes both Skill Robotics and VEX Robotics.
Skills: “Due to the increasing use of robotics, companies are in growing need of professionals who can apply these emerging technologies in design and manufacturing of products. Professionals in the Robotics industry are often referred to as Robotics Engineers, and are responsible for designing, building, maintaining, and operating robotic technologies.”
VEX: “The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”
Westwood’s Sports Performance Program aims to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to understand the factors related to sports performance. This will be accomplished through a combination of theory and practical exposure to various areas of sport and training, including sports leadership, nutrition, sports psychology, and strength and conditioning. Students will be expected to demonstrate outcomes as they relate to the study of current training principles, performance enhancement and evaluation, sports injuries, sports studies, and personal development through active participation. Sports performance allows athletes to further their physical and tactical abilities.
HIGH SCHOOL OVERVIEW
Understanding Grades 10 - 12 Alberta Education Regulations
The Credit System:
Students must earn a minimum of 100 credits to receive an Alberta High School Diploma. Each high school credit represents 25 hours of instructional time.
Credits are earned in a high school course by obtaining a mark of 50% or higher in the course. Most classes will earn students 5 credits.
The Course Numbering System:
Grade 10 courses are designated -10, 10C, 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 10-4, 14, and 15
Grade 11 courses - 20, 20-1, 20-2, 20-4, 24, and 25
Grade 12 courses - 30, 30-1, 30-2, 30-4, 31, and 35
You do not need to select all your courses from the same sequence. For example, depending on your strengths, needs, interests and goals, you could choose English 10-2 and Math 10-3. Please see charts on page 7 and 8 for course sequence and patterns.
Courses are arranged in sequences such as Social 10 -1, 20-1, 30-1. A student must achieve a minimum mark of 50% or higher in order to meet the prerequisite for the next course. However, a 50% passing grade does not always indicate success will be had in the next course in that sequence. The recommended mark for a student to be successful in the next course is 65%.
Students who achieve a final mark between 40-49% in an academic course may take the alternate route if available at the next grade level and if they are successful they will receive credit for that course and the prerequisite course.
Alberta Education Diploma Examinations are mandatory at the Grade 12 level and are worth 30% of the student’s final mark. These exams are written in English 30-1 or 30-2, Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2, Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Science 30 and FLA 30/Français 30.
Below are links to help students prepare for their diploma exams.
username: fmp username: LA19
password: office password: 1193
If students are rewriting a diploma exam, there is a rewrite fee of $26.25 for each exam that is being rewritten. Students must register and pay fees online through myPass.alberta.ca
If you are writing a diploma exam for the first time and are enrolled in a class at Westwood, the school will register you for your diploma exams.
Diploma exam results are no longer mailed out and must be accessed through myPass. This is an Alberta Education secure self-service website for high school students. If you are not yet signed into myPass please come into Student Services and we will get you set up.
When choosing complementary courses, students are asked to rank five courses in order of preference in the event that not all first choices are available. Choices are considered on a first-come basis, so registering as soon as possible increases the possibility of having a place in courses of choice. Please see Westwood’s Course Viewbook on our website for all course descriptions.
In order to meet the minimum graduation requirements in Alberta you must complete the following courses:
15 credits in English including English 30-1 or 30-2,
15 credits in Social including Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
10 more credits at a 30 level (this can be core subjects, options or work experience)
10 credits in any combination of CTS, Fine Arts, PE, LDC
10 credits in Math at a minimum 20 level
10 credits in Science at a minimum 20 level
Physical Education 10 (3 or 5 credits)
CALM – Career and Life Management (3 or 5 credits)
You must earn a minimum of 100 credits to earn your high school diploma.
Students can only use maximum of 15 out of 30 possible Work Experience credits towards meeting their required 100 credits.
Please note: These are the basic requirements for obtaining your high school diploma. The requirements for entry into Post-Secondary Institutions, Registered Apprenticeship Programs, and workplaces have additional and/or specific courses.
You can visit https://alis.alberta.ca/, which provides information for career planning, post-secondary education and training, educational funding, work search, labour market trends and workplace issues.
Language Arts 9
Social Studies 9
Learning as Unique as Every Student
Advanced Placement at Westwood
Westwood is Fort McMurray’s AP school of choice
572 Canadian Schools currently offer the AP Program
17,510 AP students in Canada
2780 AP students in Alberta writing 4212 AP exams
80.4% of exams at Westwood had a grade of 3 or higher
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
RAP students are both full-time students and registered apprentices, dividing their time between an approved work site and their high school studies. They take regular courses such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math in order to earn their Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement.
The time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be quite flexible. The student, school and employer jointly agree on a suitable schedule. The student might work as a RAP apprentice for a semester, or during summers, holidays and weekends.
The RAP apprenticeship ends when the RAP apprentice finishes high school. The RAP apprentice is then automatically registered as a regular apprentice and the credit earned while in the RAP program is applied to his or her apprenticeship through the apprenticeship program.
Other Dual Enrollment with College Options:
Waste and Water Operator
See Career Café for more programs and information
Knowledge and Employability (K&E) Program
Knowledge and Employability courses (also referred to as K&E or - 4) are inclusive classes that provide students with an opportunity to experience success in high school and become prepared for employment, further studies, engaged citizenship, and lifelong learning.
Students in K&E programming may struggle in one or more classes in the mainstream high school curriculum and require extra support.
The goal at Westwood is for all students to complete the courses that are required for an Alberta High School Diploma.
• Have a history of low achievement, e.g., have a grade level achievement 2–3 years below their peers, in core academic subject areas as evidenced in such records as anecdotal reports, teacher observations and documentation, analysis of student work, rating scales, checklists, earlier Individual Program Plans and achievement test results
• Have basic literacy levels, especially in reading, writing and mathematics as documented from standardized testing results but fall well below those of their age peers but not below a Grade 4 level
• Have a recent individual psychological assessment that indicates a low average I.Q.
Arts at Westwood
We have a thriving Arts program, including Art, Improv, Guitar, Instrumental Music, Glee, Rock n’ Pop, and Drama with productions in our in-house Theatre with our Cheepiyak Theatre Company each year.
Athletics at Westwood
A healthy lifestyle and the development of the whole person are important cornerstones of our Westwood philosophy. GO TROJANS!
Computer Science at Westwood
Westwood is on the cutting edge of Computer Science. We have a fully equipped Computer Science Wing, and offer advanced levels of coding and robotics.
3D Graphing and Games
2D Animation & Web Design
Pre-AP Computer Science A 10
AP Computer Science A 20
AP Computer Science A 30
Digital Skills Pilot School for Google
3D Modeling and Printing
Phone Application & Web
Virtual Reality 101
“The roof is the sky, the only limit is your imagination. Be creative.” –Mr. Said