Heritage Heights School - Junior High Options
We at Heritage Heights have developed a long list of exploratory options based on Alberta Educations Career and Technology Foundations framework. Some of our offerings are as follows. Please be thoughtful in your selections and return your signed form to the office as soon as possible!
Art: At its simplest, art is an expression of the heart, mind and hand. In this course, we will endeavor to explore and express our thoughts, ideas and feelings about a variety of topics by drawing, painting and sculpting. We can learn from the work of other artists to enhance our own ideas and products, and can employ the elements of design (line, colour, texture, shape, size, value and space) to develop and improve our artistic skills. Part of this process will involve learning to critique various works of art to measure the success of an artist in conveying a message through a particular piece. Come explore your more creative side in art class!
Band: Band is the class for students wishing to continue building music technique and performance skills on concert band instruments. In each rehearsal the ensemble will focus on technique, pieces, music appreciation and work together towards performances for the school, community, band camps and festivals. Throughout the year time will also be dedicated to exploring different avenues for writing and performing music (percussion ensembles and basic guitar skills). Band is a class where you will be not only be learning music but be an extremely valuable part of our team, have the chance to build your leadership skills and push yourself musically – you will be surprised what will be accomplished!
Corporate Canada: There may be no greater influence on the lives of everyday Canadians than economics. In this class, students will learn the intricacies of running a small business, as well as examining how the market works as a whole. Students will also learn the basics of personal finance, how to keep track of their money, and how to use their earnings in order to achieve personal goals.
Discover Music - Digital Audio: Sound has always been a significant part of human experience. It shapes and transforms our everyday world. Sounds and music are embedded in almost every aspect of daily life, from communication and artistic expression to commerce, politics, and our social and cultural identities.
This course will provide an overview of the fundamental principles of sound and the factors that determine our audio perception. It will explore techniques of recording, mixing, processing, synthesis, sampling, analysis, and editing of digital audio using freely distributed audio production software such as Garage Band and iMovie. Students will also learn an array of sound design and editing techniques for use in film and web-based media, art installations, soundscape creations, or live and internet music performances.
Drama: Drama is a movement and performance based class that focuses on physical, verbal and non-verbal expression. Students will participate in theatre sports and improvisation games. In depth studies may include: pantomime, tableau, puppetry, character studies, radio plays and performance.
Foods: Explore your inner creativity with food! Students in our Grade 7, 8 and 9 Foods class will have the opportunity to apply cooking techniques learned in class to make a variety of tasty appetizers, entrées, side dishes, and desserts. Based on the popular program “Master Chef” and “Chopped”, students will be required to apply the skills learned in class to create tasty dishes in sixty minutes or less. The focus is on healthy and nutritious food, combined with being creative to create tasty and good-looking food.
Leadership: Students will build on their foundation of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by extending their skill set through collaborative work within the school, our community and through global citizenship. We synergize to plan and initiate projects and activities as a team that include school spirit events, charity work, school service, and recognition of others. In leadership, we learn about what it takes to be a leader inside and out.
Outdoor Education: Outdoor Education class will expose students to a variety of learning environments. Our students are so fortunate to live in a location that has a vast variety of leisure activities located in a beautiful outdoor playground (Canadian Rockies & Foothills). It is our vision to provide students with a toolbox of skills so they are more knowledgeable and prepared in the outdoors. Students will learn a variety of skills on-campus and will be able to apply these skills in the outdoors during our off-campus trips. Navigation, First-Aid, Ropes and Lashings, Knot Tying, Fire Craft, Animal & Plant Identification, Hiking, Backpacking, and Sailing are just a few of the units that will be covered.
Photography: Photography is a course the focused on developing student confidence in utilizing a variety of camera types as they develop their understanding of exposure, composition and digital processing. In depth studies may include: Exposure, Digital Processing, Landscape, Portraiture, Journalistic and Forced Perspective Photography.
Robotics: Come and explore the world of robotic animation. By first learning how to Lego Mindstorms can be used to build a workable robot, students then begin to explore modules that present an ever increasing challenge to them to make the robot complete a variety of tasks. Students learn the NXT programming language to allow the robot to create tasks autonomously. They learn to program not only movement, but also program the light, sound, and tactile sensor of the robot. This option will not be a repeat for Grade 8 and 9 students who have taken robotics. They will pick up where they left off with challenges designed to have them think in a creative manner and complete the challenge accordingly.
Spanish: Students will receive an introductory course to Spanish that focuses on basic conversation, numbers, simple sentence structure and Spanish culture. By the end of this class students should feel more confident using basic Spanish when travelling to a Spanish-speaking country or area.
HuskyFIT is a core strength, conditioning and nutrition program. We have designed the program to elicit as broad range of movements and exercises. HuskyFIT is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of some of the recognized fitness domains. These are Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, and Balance. As such HuskyFIT is a general physical preparation program. This option contains learning and practicing skills days as well as a day to challenge yourself with these skills. This course also enables you to critically examine many of the popular myths about nutrition and gain a foundation for making wise nutritional choices. Learn about dietary nutrients and the role of nutrition in optimal health.
Husky Ice: Heritage Heights School is excited to be able to offer a Hockey Skills exploratory class for our grade 7-9 students. The Husky Ice class is open to any Heritage Heights student that is interested in developing their on-ice skills, skating skills, teamwork skills, or just enjoy being on the ice. This class is also designed to enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Through hockey and on ice skills, students will learn life lessons and problem solving techniques that they will be able to use in the future.
Husky Skate: The Husky Skate class will use the new Scott Seaman Sports Rink for on ice use. Students will be exposed to a variety of skills that involve: coordination, balance, agility, edges, speed, team building, leadership, and more. Students will be on the ice every class. This class is a multi-focus class that will develop student’s skills in skating and a variety of different on-ice skills. Figure skaters, ringette players, free-style skaters, experienced skaters, beginner skaters, pick-up hockey players and more will enjoy a chance to get on the ice and improve their skills.
Tech Comm: Utilizing the full Adobe suite of software, students will work in self-directed modules to explore and develop their skills in the world of communications technology. Students will pick the strand that they wish to explore from animation (Adobe Flash and other online animators) to graphic arts (Adobe Illustrator to create artwork and logos), to creating usable products such as brochures (Adobe In-Design), and to creating digital photographic masterpieces using Adobe Photoshop. Students may also take a module that allows them to explore the world of “coding”. Starting with “The Hour Of Code” and working their way through learning about programming through simple to use products like Scratch, students who take this option for three years may eventually find themselves creating simple applications that can be used on the IPad. The possibilities are endless!
Musical Theatre: Musical Theatre is offered in the second and third semesters and will focus on both the artistic and technical elements of musical theatre production. Students will develop a greater understanding of lighting, sound and set design as well as blocking, characterization, costume design and vocalization. In depth studies will include: technical theatre, monologues, script writing and performance. Students will participate in the Spring Musical as either a cast or crew member: There is a fee of $80 for this course that will cover the cost for the cast and crew hoodie, script and final DVD. Band students will sign up for one semester and all other interested students will be enrolled for two semesters.