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WEST ELGIN

SECONDARY SCHOOL

















COURSE CALENDAR

2013
-

2014

GRADES


9
-

12



West Elgin Secondary School

139 Graham Street

West Lorne Ontario

N0L 2P0

Telephone
:
(519)768
-
1350











WELCOME TO WEST ELGIN SECONDARY
SCHOOL


“We learn not for learning but for life.”


School Goals and Philosophy


We believe that all students deserve to experience an educational atmosphere where their individual needs,
aptitudes, abilities, rights, and desires are recognized. At West
Elgin Secondary School we believe that all
students deserve to experience an educational atmosphere where they are treated as young, growing adults, with
respect, dignity, care and support.


Our current school goal is to enhance the literacy, numeracy, and

communications technology skills of our
students through a comprehensive program involving all subject areas and grades and in collaboration with our
feeder schools, to bring students’ reading and writing skills to a higher level. The second component of
our
school goal is to better prepare our students for their post
-
secondary life in the real world and in future
educational pursuits.


General School Description


West Elgin Secondary School is a fully composite secondary school, located in West Lorne. The

area which we
serve is a mixture of rural and urban, with several villages in our attendance area, including Rodney, West
Lorne, Dutton and Wallacetown.

Our area ranges from the Tham
es

River in the north to Lake Erie in the South,
and from the Kent
-
Elgin
County line in the west to Iona Station in the east. Most of our students are bussed to
the school each day. The current WESS building was officially opened on November 12, 1952, and a substantial
addition was constructed in 1970. The school building featu
res a wonderful gymnasium, a modern library and
computer labs which are connected to the Internet, a technical area (auto, construction, manufacturing, and
Computer Assisted Design, a fitness centre and an outdoor track and playing fields. We also have a l
arge
cafetorium where students can purchase their lunch or eat their lunch brought from home. This is also where
our breakfast program is located before school.


The hallways of the school are enhanced by dozens of beautiful paintings and murals designed
by the students
in our visual arts program. WESS has a superb Cooperative Education program which provides our students
with meaningful real
-
world learning experiences in a wide variety of workplaces. We are proud of our music
program whose concert and jaz
z bands have won awards and earned respect across Thames Valley. Our school
teams are known as the Wildcats, and Willy the Wildcat is our teams’ mascot. We pride ourselves on our
students’ success over the years not only while they are students in our sch
ool but also in their post
-
secondary
education and careers.







C
O
-
OPERATIVE EDUCATION AT WEST ELGIN


What it is

Co
-
operative or experiential learning is a unique educational opportunity designed to promote skill
development, allow for career exploration, and develop self
-
awareness by integrating classroom learning with
planned and supervised practical experiences in

a business, industry, government, or organizational setting.


How it works

Students choosing any of the Co
-
op programs spend half days for the full semester (15
-
18 weeks) at a
community work site. Students will meet regularly throughout the semester to r
eflect on their learning and
participate in integration activities and assignments. Upon successful completion of the program, students are
awarded TWO CREDITS toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. All Co
-
op programs must be related
to a specific
in
-
school course. Single credit Co
-
op options are also available.


Who can apply?

Students applying for Co
-
op should be 16 years of age and be entering at least their fourth year of high school
(some third year students are admitted depending on availabili
ty).


How to apply

a)

Students must complete and submit a Co
-
op Program Application Form by the announced deadline.
These forms will be available early in the second semester.

b)

All interested students should register for CO
-
OP on their option sheets to
indicate their intention by
selecting
HIP3ED
.

c)

All applicants will be interviewed. Each student will be notified about their acceptance or rejection into
Co
-
op when the interviews are complete.


Why take Co
-
op?



to “try out” a career while you can still

afford the chance to explore



to gain practical on
-
the
-
job experience which is so vital in a highly competitive job market



to develop good work habits and increase your self
-
confidence



to gain “experience” in specific job skills preparing you for entry
into the marketplace



to test the skills and knowledge learned in school by applying them in the marketplace


Co
-
op Programs

Co
-
op programs are available in Art, Business, Accounting, Marketing, Computer Science, Information
Technology, English, Family Stu
dies, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Technical Education, and Mathematics.




COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

DRAMATIC ARTS

Dramatic Arts, Grade 9, Open (ADA1O)

This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic
forms and techniques, using material from a
wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues
that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyse drama, and then

reflect on the
experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

Prerequisite:
None





Dramatic Arts, Grade 10, Open (ADA20)

This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms, conventi
ons, and techniques.
Students will explore a variety of dramatic sources from various cultures and representing a range of genres.
Students will use the elements of drama in creating and communicating through dramatic works. Students will
assume respons
ibility for decisions made in the creative and collaborative processes and will reflect on their
experiences.

Prerequisite:
None



Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, Open (ADA3O)

This course requires students to engage in dramatic processes and the presentation of d
ramatic works, and
emphasizes the application of drama skills in other contexts and opportunities. Students will interpret and
present works in a variety of dramatic forms, create and script original works, and critically analyse the
processes involved in

producing dramatic works. Students will develop a variety of skills related to
collaboration and the presentation of dramatic works.

Prerequisite:
None


Dramatic Arts, Grade 12, University/College (ADA4M)

This course requires students to experiment indiv
idually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both
drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other
text and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and ac
ting. Students will examine the
significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyse how the knowledge and shills developed in
drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.

Prerequisites:
D
rama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation


MUSIC

Note:
Students may select either a single credit course or they may select the 1 ½ credit course package which
includes the full credit course and the related repertoire ½ credit course.


Music, Grade
9, Open (AMU1O)

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience
and is aimed at developing techniques, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy
skills by using the cre
ative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective
and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and
of safe practices related to music, and will develo
p a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life.
Prerequisite:
None





Music Repertoire
-

Band, Grade 9,

Open (AMR 101)

This ½ credit course utilizes the study of band repertoire, at a junior level, to enrich and expand the experience
of

the students already enrolled in AMU 10. Many different techniques, including recording, public
performance and clinics will be utilized to develop a more thorough appreciation of their chosen method of
musical expression.





Music, Grade 10, Open (AMU2O)

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience.
Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition,
performance, and

a range of
reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of
musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They
will also explore the function of music in society with refer
ence to the self, communities, and cultures.

Prerequisite:
None


Music Repertoire
-

Band, Grade 10, Open (AMR 201)

This ½ credit course utilizes the study of band repertoire, at an intermediate level, to enrich and expand the
experience of the students alr
eady enrolled in AMU 20. Many different techniques, including recording, public
performance and clinics will be utilized to develop a more thorough appreciation of their chosen method of
musical expression


Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
(AMH3M)

Jazz studies for instrumentalists. Students will be involved in the performing of traditional and contemporary
jazz music in an ensemble setting. Jazz theory, history, analysis and listening will be important components of
this course. Students who

have completed Grade 10 music and perform on piano, bass, drums, guitar and any
wind instrument may take this course.

Prerequisite:
Music, Grade 10, Open








Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AMU3M)

This course provides students with op
portunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation,
appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students
will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercise
s and repertoire and will employ
the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances.
Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communitie
s.
They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Prerequisite:
Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open


Music, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMH4M)

Music

-

Stage Band Focus. This course is a continuation of AMH3M1 with

an emphasis on advanced
improvisation, independent study, and small ensemble performance. Use of computer and MIDI technology will
be included.

Prerequisite: (AMU3M or AMH3M)


Music, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMU4M)

This course enables stu
dents to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and
performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with
insight to live and recorded performances. Students will e
nhance their understanding of the function of music
in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse
how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.
Prerequisite:
Music, Grade 1
1,
University/College Preparation



Music Repertoire
-
Band, Grade 12, (AMR 30A)

This ½ credit course utilizes the study of band repertoire, at an intermediate level, to enrich and expand the
experience of the students already enrolled in AMU 3M.. Many diff
erent techniques including recording,
public performance and clinics will be utilized to develop a more thorough appreciation of their chosen method
of musical expression.







Music Repertoire
-
Band, Grade 12, (AMR 30B)

This ½ credit course utilizes the s
tudy of band repertoire, at an advanced level, to enrich and expand the
experience of the students already enrolled in AMU 3M. Many different techniques, including recording,
public performance and clinics and the assumption of a leadership role, will all
ow the students to develop a


more thorough appreciation of the many roles of music and musicians within the Canadian cultural landscape.


VISUAL ARTS

Visual Arts, Grade 9, Open (AVI1O)

This course is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual
arts as a foundation for further study.
Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various
materials by using a range of media, process, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative
and critical
analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

Prerequisite:
None


Visual Arts, Grade 10, Open (AVI2O)

This course enables students to develop their skills in producing and presenting art by
introducing them to new
ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. Students will apply the elements
and principles of design when exploring the creative process. Students will use the critical analysis process to
reflec
t on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

Prerequisite:
None


Visual Arts, Grade 11, Open (AVI3M)

This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the
creat
ive process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting,
sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging
technologies. Students will use the critical
analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of
others. The course may be delivered as a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular
art form (e.g., photography, video, computer graphics,

and

i
nformation

design).

Prerequisite:
Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open


Visual Arts, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AVI4M)

This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting
two
-
and three
-
dimensional art wo
rks using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies.
Students will use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and
society. The studio program enables students to explore a range of ma
terials, processes, and techniques that can
be applied to their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in
personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts.

Prerequisite:
Visual Arts, Grade 11, Univers
ity/College Preparation



BUSINESS STUDIES

Information and Communication Technology in Business, Grade 9, Open (BTT1O)

This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and
builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students
will develop word processing, sprea
dsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website
design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and
communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of inf
ormation and communication technology.

Prerequisite:
None


Introduction to Business, Grade 10, Open (BBI2O)

This course introduces students to the world of business. Students will develop an understanding of the
functions of business, including accounti
ng, marketing, information technology, human resources, and
production, and of the importance of ethics and social responsibility. This course builds a foundation for further
studies in business and helps students develop the business knowledge and skills
they will need in their
everyday lives.

Prerequisite:
None




Financial Accounting Fundamentals, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (BAF3M)

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting. Students will
develop financial analysis and decision
-
making skills that will assist them in future studies and/or career
opportunities in business. Students will acquire an understanding of accounting for a service and a
merchandising business, computerized accounting,

financial analysis, and current issues and ethics in
accounting.

Prerequisite:

None


Entrepreneurship: The Enterprising Person, Grade 11, Open (BDP3O)
(E)

This course examines the importance of enterprising employees in today’s changing business environme
nt.
Students will learn about the skills and attributes of enterprising employees, the distinguishing features of their
work environments, and the challenges and rewards of becoming an enterprising person. Students will also have
an opportunity to demonstr
ate and develop enterprising skills by planning and organizing a school or
community event.

Prerequisite:

None

Note: This course will run in
EVEN

years and will alternate with BMI 3C


Marketing: Goods, Services, Events, Grade 11, College Preparation (B
MI3C)
(O)

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of product marketing, which includes the marketing of goods,
services, and events. Students will examine how trends, issues, global economic changes, and information
technology influence consumer buy
ing habits. Students will engage in marketing research, develop marketing
strategies, and produce a marketing plan for a product of their choice.

Prerequisite:

None

Note: This course will run in
ODD

years and will alternate with BDP3O


Information and Com
munication Technology: The Digital Environment, Grade 11, Open (BTA30)
This
course prepares students for the digital environment. Using a hands
-
on approach, students will further develop
information and communication technology skills through the use of co
mmon business software applications.
The concept and operation of e
-
business will be explored, and students will design and create an e
-
business
website. The skills developed in this course will prepare students for success in the workplace and/or post
-
sec
ondary studies.

Prerequisite:

None


International Business Fundamentals, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (BBB4M)
(O)

This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy
and explores the fact
ors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques
and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This
course prepares students for postsecondary programs
in business, including international business, marketing,
and management.

Prerequisite:
Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in business studies, English, or
Canadian and world studies

Note: This course will run in
ODD

years.


Business Leadership: Management Fundamentals, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (BOH4M)

This course focuses on the development of leadership skills used in managing a successful business. Students
will analyse the role of a leader in business, with

a focus on decision making, management of group dynamics,
workplace stress and conflict, motivation of employees, and planning. Effective business communication skills,
ethics, and social responsibility

are also emphasized.

Prerequisite:
Any university, u
niversity/college, or college preparation course in Business Studies or Canadian
and World Studies.

Note: This course will run in
ODD

years and will alternate with CIA 4U






Computer Studies

Introduction to Computer Programming, Grade 11, College
Preparation (ICS3C)

This course introduces students to computer programming concepts and practices. Students will write and test
computer programs, using various problem
-
solving strategies. They will learn the fundamentals of program
design and apply a s
oftware development life
-
cycle model to a software development project. Students will
also learn about computer environments and systems, explore environmental issues related to computers, safe
computing practices, emerging technologies, and postsecondary

opportunities in computer
-
related fields.

Prerequisite:
None


Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation (ICS3U)

This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of
a team
, using industry
-
standard programming tools and applying the software development life
-
cycle model.
They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions
for various types of problems as their understan
ding of the computing environment grows. They will also
explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends
in computer
-
related fields.

Prerequisite:
None


Computer Programming, Grade 12, College Prep
aration (ICS4C)

This course further develops students’ computer programming skills. Students will learn object
-
oriented
programming concepts, create object
-
oriented software solutions, and design graphical user interfaces. Student
teams will plan and car
ry out a software development project using industry
-
standard programming tools and
proper project management techniques. Students will also investigate ethical issues in computing, and expand
their understanding of environmental issues, emerging technolo
gies, and computer
-
related careers.

Prerequisite:
Introduction to Computer Programming, Grade 11, College Preparation


Computer Science, Grade 12, University Preparation (ICS4U)

This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in
computer science. Students will use
modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards.
Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review.
Student
s will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and
further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers
in the field.

Prerequisite:
Introduction

to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation


CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES

Civics, Grade 10, Open (CHV2O)

This course explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students
will learn about the elements o
f democracy and the meaning of democratic citizenship in local, national, and
global contexts. In addition, students will learn about social change, examine decision
-
making processes in
Canada, explore their own and others’ beliefs and perspectives on civi
cs questions, and learn how to think and
act critically and creatively about public issues.

Prerequisite:
None


Analysing Current Economic Issues, Grade 12, University Preparation (CIA4U)

This course explores the choices that individuals and societies make

about the use of resources

in a competitive
global economy. Students will use economic concepts and models, as well as

methods of economic inquiry, to
analyse current economic issues and make informed economic

choices based on their analysis.

Prerequisite
:
Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English,
or social sciences and humanities.

Note: This course will run in
EVEN

years and will alternate with BOH4M




ENGLISH

English, Grade 9, Academic (ENG1D)

This co
urse is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that
students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will
analyse literary texts from contemporary and
historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and
create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies
that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepar
e students for the Grade 10
academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.

Prerequisite:
None




English, Grade 9, Applied (ENG1P)

This course is designed to develop the key oral communication,
reading, writing, and media literacy skills
students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will read, interpret, and create a variety of
informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on identifying and using

appropriate
strategies and processes to improve students’ comprehension of texts and to help them communicate clearly and
effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 applied English

course, which leads to
college
or workplace
preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.

Prerequisite:
None


English, Grade 9, Locally Developed (ENG 1L)

This course provides foundation literacy and communication skills to prepare students for success in their daily
lives, in the workplace, and in the G
rade 11 Workplace Preparation (ENG3E) course. This course is organized
by strands that develop listening and talking skills, reading and viewing skills, and writing skills. In all strands,
the focus is on developing foundational literacy skills and in usin
g language clearly and accurately in a variety
of authentic contexts. Students develop strategies and put into practice the processes involved in talking,
listening, reading, viewing, writing, and thinking, and reflect regularly upon their growth in these
areas.

Prerequisite:
None.
This course is selected in consultation with Guidance and LST.


English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D)

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills
that students need

for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students
will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and
graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media te
xts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the
selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare
students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.

Prerequis
ite:

English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied


English, Grade 10, Applied (ENG2P)

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills
that students need for success in secondary school and daily life.

Students will study and create a variety of
informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and
processes that help students interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is
intended to
prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course.

Prerequisite:

English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied


English, Grade 10, Locally Developed (ENG2L)

In this course, students focus on extending their literacy a
nd communication skills to prepare for success in their
daily lives, in the workplace, in the English Grade 11 Workplace Preparation course. The course is organized by
strands that extend listening and talking skills, reading and viewing skills, and writin
g skills. In all strands, the
focus is on refining foundational literacy skills and in using language clearly and accurately in a variety of
authentic contexts. Students build on their strategies and engage in the
processes

involved in talking, listening,


reading, viewing, writing and thinking, and reflect regularly upon their growth in these areas.

Prerequisite:

A Grade 9 English credit.
Course is selected in consultation with Guidance and LST.


English, Grade 11, University Preparation (ENG3U)

This course

emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills
necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various
periods, countries, and cultures; as well as a

range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written,
and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity
and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The cours
e is intended to prepare students for
the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course.

Prerequisite:
English, Grade 10, Academic


English, Grade 11, College Preparation (ENG3C)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communicat
ion, and critical and creative thinking skills
necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of
informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from Canada and other countries, an
d create oral,
written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be
on using language with precision and clarity. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory
Grade 12 college prepa
ration course.

Prerequisite:

English, Grade 10, Applied


English, Grade 11,

Workplace Preparation (ENG3E)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills
necessary for success in the workplace
and in daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a
variety of contemporary informational, graphic, and literary texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a
variety of forms for practical purposes. An important focus will be
on using language clearly and accurately in a
variety of formal and informal contexts. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12
workplace preparation course.

Prerequisite:
English, Grade 10, Applied, Grade 10 Locally Developed
.


English, Grade 12, University Preparation (ENG4U)

This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking
skills necessary for success in academic and daily life.. Students will analyse a range of chal
lenging literary
texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and
create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic
language coherently
and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular
purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for
university, college, or the workplace.

Prerequi
site:

English, Grade 11 University Preparation


English, Grade 12, College Preparation (ENG4C)

This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills
necessary for success in academic and daily life.
Students will analyse a variety of informational and graphic
texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, and create oral, written, and media texts in a
variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will
be on using language with
precision and clarity and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for
college or the workplace.

Prerequisite:

English, Grade 11, College Preparation


English, Grade 12,

Workplace Preparat
ion (ENG4E)

This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills
necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. Students will analyse informational, graphic, and
literary texts and create oral, writt
en, and media texts in a variety of forms for workplace related and practical
purposes. An important focus will be on using language accurately and organizing ideas and information


coherently. The course is intended to prepare students for the workplace an
d active citizenship.

Prerequisite:

English, Grade 11,

Workplace Preparation


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course, Grade 12, Open (OLC4O)

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross
-
curricular literacy skills that are
ev
aluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Students who complete the course successfully will
meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative,
and graphic texts and will produc
e a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs,
opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a literacy portfolio containing a
record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.

Elig
ibil
ity:
Students who have been eligible to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) at
least twice, and have been unsuccessful at least once, are eligible to take this course to achieve both a Grade 12
credit and their literacy credential

for graduation.


OPTIONAL COURSES IN ENGLISH


English, Grade 11 Media, Open Level (EMS30)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in
the twenty
-
first century and to use media effectively and
responsibly. Through analysing the forms and
messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media
works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical

judgement
, and skills in vie
wing,
representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite:
English, Grade 10 Applied or Academic

Note: This course is offered in ODD years only.


Writer’s Craft, Grade 12 University Preparation

(EWC4U)

This course emphasizes knowledge
and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will investigate models of
effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a variety of works; and make considered decisions for
improving the quality of their writing. They will also complete a cr
eative or analytical independent study
project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.

Prerequisite:
English, Grade 11, University Preparation


CORE FRENCH


Core French, Grade 9, Academic (FSF1D)

This course emphasizes the f
urther development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills. Students
will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships,
social trends, and careers. Thematic readings, which include a sel
ection of short stories, articles, and poems,
will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities.

Prerequisite:
Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent


Core French, Grade 9, Applied (FSF1P)

This course emphasizes the concurrent

development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills, using a
broad
-
based theme such as the media. Students will enhance their ability to understand and speak French
through conversations, discussions, and presentations. They will also read shor
t stories, articles, poems, and
songs, and write brief descriptions, letters, dialogues, and invitations.

Prerequisite:
Minimum of 600 hours of French instruction, or equivalent


Core French, Grade 10, Academic (FSF2D)

This course enables students to incre
ase their knowledge of the French language, further develop their language
skills, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of francophone culture around the world. Exploring a
variety of themes, students will develop and apply critical thinking ski
lls in discussion, in their analysis and
interpretation of texts, and in their own writing.



Prerequisite:
Core French, Grade 9, Academic or Applied


Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation (FSF3U)

This course draws on a variety of themes to promote e
xtensive development of reading and writing skills and to
reinforce oral communication skills. Students will gain a greater understanding of French
-
speaking cultures in
Canada and around the world through their reading of a variety of materials, including
a short novel or a play.
Students will produce various written assignments, including a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and
appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite:

Core French, Grade 10, Academic


Core French, Grade 12, University Preparation (FSF4U)

This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of French
-
language skills. Students
will consolidate their oral skills as they discuss literatu
re, culture, and current issues. They will read a variety of
texts and will write a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both
spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite:

Core

French, Grade 11, University Preparation


GEOGRAPHY

Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic (CGC1D)

This course draws on a variety of frameworks, such as the

ecozone

framework, and principles of physical,
human, and economic geography, to explore Canada’s distinct and evolving character. Students will investigate
the interconnections among the landforms, climate, soils, plants, animals, and human activities in Canadia
n
ecozones to develop geographic knowledge and skills that contribute to an understanding of Canada’s diversity
and its role in the world.

Prerequisite:

None


Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Applied (CGC1P)

This course draws upon students’ everyday
experiences and uses a variety of frameworks, including the
ecozone framework, to help students learn about the geography of Canada and the country’s place in the global
community. Students will investigate the interconnections among the country’s land for
ms, climates, soils,
plants, animals, and human activities in order to understand Canada’s character and diversity.

Prerequisite:
None


Physical Geography: Patterns, Processes, and Interactions, Grade 11, University/College(CGF3M)

This course examines the
main elements of the physical environment (climate, soils, landforms, oceans,
vegetation), the processes that shape them, and the relationship between the environment and human beings.
Students will apply a wide range of geographic tools through a series o
f outdoor labs and hands
-
on activities.
They will use methods to explore the distribution and ongoing evolution of the elements of the physical
environment on a variety of scales, from local to global.

Prerequisite:

Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic o
r Applied









Regional Geography: Travel and Tourism, (CGG3O) Grade 11, Open

This course focuses on travel and tourism to examine the unique characteristics of selected world regions from a
geographic perspective. Students will develop an understanding

and appreciation of the ways in which the
natural environments, economies, cultures, and other aspects of world regions interact.

Prerequisite:
Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic or Applied


The Environment and Resource Management, Grade 12,
University/College Preparation (CGR4M)

This course investigates the complexity and fragility of ecosystems and the effects of human activities on them.
Students will study the principles of sustainability and resource management and evaluate various appro
aches to
achieving a more sustainable relationship between the environment, society, and the economy.

Prerequisite:

Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Canadian and world studies,
English, or social sciences and humanities.










Environmental Program
-

Two
-
Credit Package, Grade 12, University Preparation (CGR4M)

The Environmental Program offered at West Elgin Secondary School is a 2 credit program integrating
s
enior
level Environment and Resource Management (Geography) and

Co
-
Operative Education.

Environment and Resource Management (Geography) is a grade 12 university preparation course with emphasis
placed on Biology and Environmental Geography (Resource Management). The course will integrate senior
level disciplines with
a focus on the ecological principles governing the functioning of natural ecosystems.
Topics of study include Aquatic Ecology, Soil Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, Fish and Wildlife Conservation
and Principles and Practices in Forestry.

Environmental Educa
tion provides instruction both in the classroom and in the field. Studies and activities are
designed to increase environmental stewardship, participation and outdoor recreation. First Aid/CPR, trip
planning, wilderness survival, orienteering and other r
elated topics will help prepare students for the outdoors.
Introducing students to these new activities and experiences not only leads to a healthier environment but also a
healthier lifestyle.





GUIDANCE

Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Se
condary School, Grade 9, Open (GLS1O/GLE1O/GLE2O)

This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students
will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills,
and interpersonal
and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community.
The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary
school and beyond.

Prere
quisite:

For GLS1O


None
-

Recommendation of principal



For GLE1O and GLE2O


Recommendation of principal


Career Studies, Grade 10, Open (GLC2O)

This course teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and
commu
nity involvement. Students will assess their interests, skills, and characteristics and investigate current
economic and workplace trends, work opportunities, and ways to search for work. The course explores post
-
secondary learning and career options, prep
ares students for managing work and life transitions, and helps
students focus on their goals through the development of a career plan.

Prerequisite:

None



Designing Your Future, Grade 11, Open (GWL3O)

This course prepares students to make successful tra
nsitions to post
-
secondary destinations as they investigate
specific post
-
secondary options based on their skills, interests, and personal characteristics. Students will
explore the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affe
ct success, while refining
their job search and employability skills. Students will expand their portfolios with a focus on their targeted
destination and develop an action plan for future success.

Prerequisite:

Career Studies, Grade 10, Open

Note: This
course is selected in consultation with Guidance and the Learning Support Teacher


Leadership and Peer Support, Grade 11, Open (GPP3O)

This course prepares students to act in leadership and peer support roles. They will design and implement a plan
for cont
ributing to their school and/or community; develop skills in communication, interpersonal relations,
teamwork, and conflict management; and apply those skills in leadership and/or peer support roles


for
example, as a student council member or a peer tuto
r. Students will examine group dynamics and learn the
value of diversity within groups and communities.

Prerequisite:
Career Studies, Grade 10, Open







HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 9, Open (PPL1OF/PPL 10M)

This
course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong
healthy active living. Students will learn movement skills and principles, ways to improve personal fitness and
physical competence, and safety and
injury prevention. They will investigate issues related to healthy sexuality
and the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and will participate in activities designed to develop
goal
-
setting, communication, and social skills.

Prerequisite:
No
ne


Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 10, Open (PPL2OF/PPL 20M)

This course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong
healthy active living. Student learning will include the application of mo
vement principles to refine skills;
participation in a variety of activities that enhance personal competence, fitness, and health; examination of
issues related to healthy sexuality, healthy eating, substance use and abuse; and the use of informed decisio
n
-
making, conflict resolution, and social skills in making personal choices.

Prerequisite:
None


Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 11, Open (PPL3OF/PPL30M)

This course focuses on the development of a healthy lifestyle and participation in a variety of

enjoyable
physical activities that have the potential to engage students’ interest throughout their lives. Students will be
encouraged to develop personal competence in a variety of movement skills and will be given opportunities to
practice goal
-
setting,

decision
-
making, social, and interpersonal skills. Students will also study the components
of healthy relationships, reproductive health, mental health, and personal safety.

Prerequisite:

None


Health for Life, Grade 11, Open (PPZ3O1/PPZ30M)

This course h
elps students develop a personalized approach to healthy living. Students will examine the factors
that affect their own health and the health of individuals as members of the community. They will learn about
the components of the Vitality approach to heal
thy living
--
an initiative that promotes healthy eating, an active
lifestyle, and a positive self
-
image. Throughout this course, students will develop the skills necessary to take
charge of and improve their own health, as well as to encourage others to lea
d healthy lives.

Prerequisite:

None


Healthy Active Living, West Elgin Hockey Academy(WEHA), Grade 12, Open(PAL4OC)(O)

This co
-
ed course focuses on individual skill development in Canada’s national winter sport, Ice Hockey.
Students of all skill levels of abilities in Grades 10 to 12 are welcome. Lessons will be held at West Elgin Arena
for approximately 45 hours through
the semester to work on developing each student’s hockey skills. Off the
ice, WEHA will focus on dry
-
land training as well as academic excellence in literacy and numeracy. The goal
of the program is to help students to reach their individual potential bo
th in the classroom and on the ice. There
could be a fee involved.

Note
: This course will run in
ODD

years and alternate with PSE4U.

Prerequisite:

None



Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 12, Open (PPL4O)

This course focuses on the development of a

personalized approach to healthy active living through
participation in a variety of sports and recreational activities that have the potential to engage students’ interest
throughout their lives. Students will develop and implement personal physical fitn
ess plans. In addition, they
will be given opportunities to refine their decision
-
making, conflict
-
resolution, and interpersonal skills, with a
view to enhancing their mental health and their relationships with others.

Prerequisite:
None


Exercise Science,

Grade 12, University Preparation (PSE4U)
(E)

This course focuses on the study of human movement and of systems, factors, and
principles

involved in human


development. Students will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, the

evolution
of physical activity and sports, and the factors that influence an individual’s participation in physical activity.
The course prepares students for university programs in physical education, kinesiology, recreation, and sports
administration.

P
rerequisite:

Any Grade 11 university or university/college preparation course in science, or any Grade 11 or
12 open course in health and physical education.

Note
: This course will run in
EVEN

years and alternate with PAL4OC.


HISTORY

Canadian History in

the Twentieth Century, Grade 10, Academic (CHC2D)

This course explores Canadian participation in global events and traces our development as a country through
changes in population, economy, and technology. Students will analyse the elements that constitu
te Canadian
identity, learn the stories of both individuals and communities, and study the evolution of political and social
structures. Students will learn about differing interpretations of the past, and will come to understand the
importance in historic
al studies of chronology and cause
-
and
-
effect relationships. They will also learn to
develop and support a thesis, conduct research and analysis, and effectively communicate the results of their
inquiries.

Prerequisite:

None


Canadian History in the Twenti
eth Century, Grade 10, Applied (CHC2P)

This course traces Canadian history from Wilfrid Laurier’s pronouncement that the twentieth century belongs to
Canada to the United Nations’ recognition of Canada as one of the best countries in which to live. Student
s will
learn about various expressions of Canadian identity, the stories of individuals and communities, and changes in
political and social structures. Students will discover the importance in historical studies of chronology and
cause
-
and
-
effect relation
ships. As well, they will be given opportunities to formulate appropriate questions,
develop informed opinions, and present information in a variety of ways.

Prerequisite:
None





World History to the Sixteenth Century, Grade 11, University/College Prepar
ation (CHW3M)


This course investigates the history of humanity from earliest times to the sixteenth century. Students will
analyse diverse societies from around the world, with particular regard to the political, cultural, and economic
structures and hist
orical forces that form the foundation of the modern world. They will examine the influence
of selected individuals and groups, as well as of particular innovations, and will develop skills of historical
inquiry, organization, analysis, and communication.

Prerequisite:

Canadian History in the Twentieth Century, Grade 10, Academic or Applied


American History, Grade 11 University Preparation (CHA3U)

This course examines the development of American social, political, and economic structures from colonial
time
s to the present. Students will analyse the chronology of events and evaluate the roles played by specific
individuals and groups throughout American history. Students will conduct research and analysis, and
communicate, in a variety of ways, their knowled
ge and understanding of the country that is Canada’s closest
neighbour and most important cultural influence and economic partner.

Pre
re
quisite:
None

Note: This course will run in
ODD
years and alternate with CHH3C


Canadian History and Politics Since

1945, Grade 11, College Preparation (CHH3C)

This course examines aspects of Canadian history since 1945, focusing on issues that are of particular relevance
to Canadians today. Students will analyse the history of Canadian social, political, and economic

issues,
including technological change, globalization, labour relations, equity, and multiculturalism. As well, students
will be given the opportunity to develop their communication skills and their knowledge of pertinent topics so
that they can discuss
current Canadian issues effectively.


Prerequisite:
Canadian History in the Twentieth Century, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

Note: This course will run in
EVEN

years and alternate with CHA3U



World History: The West and the World, Grade 12 University Prepa
ration (CHY4U)

This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the sixteenth century to
the present. Students will learn about the interaction between the emerging West and other regions of the world
and about the d
evelopment of modern social, political, and economic systems. The skills and knowledge
developed in this course will enable students to understand and appreciate both the character of historical
change and the historical roots of contemporary issues.

Prere
quisite:
Any university of university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English,
or social sciences and humanities.


Canadian and International Law, Grade 12, University Preparation (CLN4U)

This course explores elements of Canadian
law and the role of law in social, political, and global contexts.
Students will learn about the connections between the historical and philosophical sources of law and issues in
contemporary society. They will also learn to analyse legal issues, conduct i
ndependent research, and
communicate the results of their inquiries in a variety of ways.

Prerequisite:

Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world

studies, English,
or social sciences and humanities


INTERDISCIPLINARY
STUDIES

Agriculture, Grade 12, University Preparation (IDC4U)

This course examines the many aspects of the agricultural sector, including farming, agriculture, horticulture,
agri
-
business, earth sciences, animal husbandry and livestock operations, woodlot management, turf
management and farm safety. Students will lea
rn various aspects of the world of agriculture in this course which
blends units of Science, Geography, Business, Horticulture, and Mathematics. Students will also develop
effective communication and teamwork skills when developing solutions to agricultura
l issues; investigate the
educational requirements for career opportunities in the agricultural sector; and analyse the impact of
agricultural and woodlot management technology on society and the environment.

Prerequisite:
None


MATHEMATICS

Principles of

Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic (MPM1D)

This course enables students to develop generalizations of mathematical ideas and methods through the
exploration of applications, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate
re
lationships to develop equations of straight lines in analytic geometry, explore relationships between volume
and surface area of objects in measurement, and apply extended algebraic skills in problem solving. Students
will engage in abstract extensions of

core learning that will deepen their mathematical knowledge and enrich
their understanding.

Prerequisite:

None


Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 9, Applied (MFM1P)

This course enables students to develop mathematical ideas and methods through the explora
tion of
applications, the effective use of technology, and extended experiences with hands
-
on activities. Students will
investigate relationships of straight lines in analytic geometry, solve problems involving the measurement of 3
-
dimensional objects and
2
-
dimensional figures, and apply key numeric and algebraic skills in problem solving.
Students will also have opportunities to consolidate core skills and deepen their understanding of key
mathematical concepts.

Prerequisite:
None


Mathematics, Grade 9, Lo
cally Developed (MAT1L)

This course emphasizes further development of mathematical knowledge and skills to prepare students for
success in their everyday lives, in the workplace, in the Grade 10 LDCC course (MAT 2L), and in the
Mathematics Workplace Prepar
ations courses in Grades 11 and 12 (MEL 3E1 and MEL 4E1). The course is
organized by three strands related to money sense, measurement, and proportional reasoning. In all strands, the
focus is on developing and consolidating key foundational mathematical c
oncepts and skills to solving


authentic, everyday problems. Students have opportunities to further their mathematical literacy and problem
-
solving skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and
pr
actical math activities.

Prerequisite:

None.
This course is selected in consultation with Guidance and LST.


Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic (MPM2D)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relations, extend their skills

in multi
-
step
problem solving, and continue to develop their abilities in abstract reasoning. Students will pursue
investigations of quadratic functions and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; solve multi
-
step
problems in analytic geometry

to verify properties of geometric figures; investigate the trigonometry of right
and acute triangles; and develop supporting algebraic skills.

Prerequisite:

Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic or Applied


Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied (MFM2P)

T
his course enables students to consolidate their understanding of key mathematical concepts through hands
-
on
activities and to extend their problem
-
solving experiences in a variety of applications. Students will solve
problems involving proportional reason
ing and the trigonometry of right triangles; investigate applications of
piecewise linear functions; solve and apply systems of linear equations; and solve problems involving quadratic
functions. The effective use of technology in learning and in solving p
roblems will be a focus of the course.

Prerequisite:

Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic or Applied


Mathematics, Grade 10, Locally Developed (MAT2L)

This course emphasizes the extension of mathematical knowledge and skills to prepare students for success in
th
eir everyday lives, in the workplace, and in the Mathematics Grade 11 and Grade 12 Workplace Preparation
Course. The course is organized by three strands related to money sense, measurement, and proportional
reasoning. In all strands, the focus is on stren
gthening and extending the foundational mathematical concepts
and skills by solving authentic, everyday problems. Students have opportunities to extend their mathematical
literacy and problem
-
solving skills and to continue developing their skills in readin
g, writing, and oral language
through relevant and practical math activities.

Prerequisite:

Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic, Applied, or Locally Developed.
This course is selected in
consultation with Guidance and Learning Support Teacher (LST).


Functions,

Grade 11, University Preparation (MCR3U)

This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear
and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, inc
luding
trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve
problems involving applications of functions; and develop facility in simplifying polynomial and rational
expressions. Students will reas
on mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi
-
step
problems.

Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic


Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (MCF3M)

This course introduces basic feat
ures of the function by extending students’ experiences with quadratic
relations. It focuses on quadratic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and their use in modelling real
-
world
situations. Students will represent functions numerically, graphically
, and algebraically; simplify expressions;
solve equations; and solve problems relating to financial and trigonometric applications. Students will reason
mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi
-
step problems.

Prerequisite:

Princip
les of
Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic, or Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied


Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 11, College Preparation (MBF3C)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as a problem
-
sol
ving tool in the real
world. Students will extend their understanding of quadratic relations, as well as of measurement and geometry;
investigate situations involving exponential growth; solve problems involving compound interest; solve
financial problems
connected with vehicle ownership; and develop their ability to reason by collecting,


analysing, and evaluating data involving one and two variables. Students will consolidate their mathematical
skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite:

Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied


Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (MEL3E)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as it is applied in the workplace and
daily life. Students will solve problems associated with earning money, paying taxes, and making purchases;
apply calculations of simple and compound interest in saving, investing, and borrowing; and calculate the costs
of transportation and travel in a va
riety of situations. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they
solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite:

Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic, or Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 9,
Applied, or Grade 10 Locally

Developed.

Note: This course is selected in consultation with Guidance and Learning Support Teacher


Calculus and Vectors, Grade 12 University Preparation (MCV4U)

This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing und
erstanding of rates
of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors, and
representations of lines and planes in three
-
dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to
include the deri
vatives of polynomial, rational, exponential, and sinusoidal functions; and apply these concepts
and skills to the modeling of real
-
world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical
processes necessary for success in senior mathe
matics. This course is intended for students who plan to study
mathematics in university and who may choose to pursue careers in fields such as physics and engineering.

Note:

The new Advanced Functions can be taken concurrently with or can precede Calculus

and Vectors.

Prerequisite
: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation


Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University Preparation (MHF4U)

This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial,
rational,

logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop
facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes
necessary for success in senior mathema
tics. This course is intended both for students who plan to study
mathematics in university and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before
proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

Prerequisite:

Functions, G
rade 11, University Preparation, or Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12,
College Preparation


Mathematics of Data Management, Grade 12, University Preparation (MDM4U)

This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to
managing data. Students will apply
methods for organizing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and
carry out a culminating project that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine thei
r use of
the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university
programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

Prerequisite:
Functions and A
pplications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation, or Functions, Grade 11,
University Preparation.

Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 12, College Preparation (MAP4C)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of real
-
world appl
ications of mathematics.
Students will analyse data using statistical methods; solve problems involving applications of geometry and
trigonometry; simplify expressions; and solve equations. Students will reason mathematically and communicate
their thinkin
g as they solve multi
-
step problems. This course prepares students for college programs in areas
such as business, health sciences, and human services, and for certain skilled trades.

Prerequisite:

Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 11, College Pre
paration.


Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation (MCT4C)



This course enables students to extend their knowledge of functions. Students will investigate and apply
properties of polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions
; continue to represent functions numerically,
graphically, and algebraically; develop facility in simplifying expressions and solving equations; and solve
problems that address applications of algebra, trigonometry, vectors, and geometry. Students will re
ason
mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi
-
step problems. This course prepares
students for a variety of college technology programs.

Prerequisite:

Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation


Mathemati
cs for Work and Everyday Life, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation (MEL4E)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as it is applied in the workplace and
daily life. Students will investigate questions involving the use of st
atistics; apply the concept of probability to
solve problems involving familiar situations; investigate accommodation costs and create household budgets;
use proportional reasoning; estimate and measure; and apply geometric concepts to create designs. Stud
ents will
consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite:

Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation


SCIENCE

Science, Grade 9, Academic (SNC1D)

This course enables
students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and
space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the
course, students will develop their skills in the proce
sses of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an
understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and
molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the uni
verse and its properties
and components; and the principles of electricity.

Prerequisite:

None


Science, Grade 9, Applied (SNC1P)

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and
space science,
and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given
opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct
investigations into practical problems and issues

related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the
structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and
static and current electricity.

Prerequisite:
None

Science, Grade 9, Locally Developed

(SNC1L)

This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science
-
related knowledge and skills, including scientific
inquiry, critical thinking and the relationship between science, society, and the environment, to prepare students
for success in every
day life, in the workplace and in the Grade 11 Science Workplace Preparation course (SNC
3E1). Students explore a range of topics including science in daily life, properties of common materials, life
-
sustaining processes in simple and complex organisms, an
d electrical circuits. Students have the opportunity to
extend mathematical and scientific process skills and to continue to develop their skills in reading, writing, and
oral language through relevant and practical science activities.

Prerequisite:

None


Science, Grade 10, Academic (SNC2D)

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space
science, and physics; and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment
.
Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan


and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections
between cells and systems in a
nimals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid
-
base
reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

Prerequisite:

Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

Science, Grade 10, Applied (
SNC2P)

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and
space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real
-
world situations. Students are given
opportunities to develop further pr
actical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct
investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions;
factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matt
er.

Prerequisite:

Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

Science, Grade 10, Locally Developed (SNC2L)

This course emphasizes reinforcing and strengthening science
-
related knowledge and skills, including scientific
inquiry, critical thinking, and the enviro
nmental impact of science and technology, to prepare students for
success in everyday life, in the workplace, and in the Grade 11 Science Workplace Preparation course. Students
explore a range of topics, including science in media, interactions of common m
aterials, interdependence of
organisms in communities, and using electrical energy.

Students have the opportunity to extend mathematical
and scientific process skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language
through re
levant and practical science activities.

Prerequisite:

Science, Grade 9, Academic, Applied, or Locally Developed

Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation (SBI3U)

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological system
s. Students will
study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure
and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps
students refine sk
ills related to scientific investigation.

Prerequisite:
Science, Grade 10, Academic


Biology, Grade 11, College Preparation (SBI3C)

This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories
as they con
duct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of
mammals, and the structure of plants and their role in the natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on the
practical application of concepts, and on the skills

needed for further study in various branches of the life
sciences and related fields.

Prerequisite:
Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

Biology, Grade 12, University Preparation (SBI4U)

This course provides students with the opportunity for in
-
depth st
udy of the concepts and processes that occur
in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry,
metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed o
n the
achievement of detailed knowledge and refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the
life sciences and related fields.

Prerequisite:

Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation


Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation (SCH
3U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of
chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions
and solubility; and atmospheric

chemistry and the behavior of gases. Students will further develop their
analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of
some common chemical reactions on society and the environment..

Prer
equisite:
Science, Grade 10, Academic


Chemistry, Grade 12, University Preparation (SCH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry,


the structure and properties of matter, energy
changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems,
and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem
-
solving and investigation skills as they
investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientif
ic information. Emphasis
will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology
on the environment.

Prerequisite:
Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation


Chemistry, Grade 12, College Preparation

(SCH4C)

This course enables students to develop an understanding of chemistry through the study of matter and
qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical calculations, and chemistry as it relates to
the quality of the environment.
Students will use a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data
collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology.
Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and the ef
fects of technological applications and
processes on society and the environment.

Prerequisite:

Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied


Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation (SPH3U)

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts o
f physics. Students will explore kinematics,
with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of
mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation

skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and
technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Prerequisite:

Science, Grade 10, Academic


Physics, Grade 12, University Preparation (SPH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will
continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces t
hat affect motion, and will investigate
electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave
nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientifi
c
investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data relating to a
variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications
of physics on society and t
he environment.

Prerequisite:

Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation


Physics, Grade 12, College Preparation (SPH4C)

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these
concepts with respect to moti
on; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and
pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific
investigation skills as they test laws of physics and solve both

assigned problems and those emerging from their
investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the
environment..

Prerequisite:
Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied





SOCIAL STUDIES

The
Course codes, descriptions and pathways reflect the current Ministry expectations for Family Studies up to
the date of publication of the course calendar. Please be advised that these codes and descriptions may be
subject to change pending the anticipated
release of the new curriculum for Family Studies by the Ministry.


Food and Nutrition, Grade 9, Open (HFN1O)

This course explores the factors that affect attitudes and decisions about food, examines current issues of body
image and food marketing, and is g
rounded in the scientific study of nutrition. Students will learn how to make
informed food choices and how to prepare foods, and will investigate our Canadian food heritage and food
industries, as well as global food issues. The course also introduces stu
dents to research skills related to food
and nutrition.



Prerequisite:
None


Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Grade 11 University/College (HSP3M1)

This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns

of anthropology,
psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the
topics they study and the research methods they employ. Students will be given opportunities to explore
theories from a variety of

perspectives and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues that
have captured the interest of classical and contemporary social scientists in the three disciplines.

Prerequisite:
None


Parenting, Grade 11, Open (HPC3O)

This course focu
ses on the skills and knowledge needed to promote the positive and healthy nurturing of
children, with particular emphasis on the critical importance of the early years to human development. Students
will learn how to meet the developmental needs of young
children, communicate and discipline effectively, and
guide early behaviour. They will have practical experiences with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and will
learn skills in researching and investigating questions relating to parenting.

Prerequisite
:
None

Note: This course will run in
ODD

years


Food and Nutrition Sciences, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (HFA4M)

This course examines various nutritional, psychological, social, cultural, and global factors that influence
people’s food choices

and customs. Students will learn about current Canadian and worldwide issues related to
food, frameworks for making appropriate dietary choices, and food
-
preparation techniques. This course also
refines students’ skills used in researching and investigati
ng issues related to food and nutrition.

Prerequisite:

Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in social sciences and

humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

Note: This course will run in
ODD

years and will alternate wi
th HHS4M


Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (HHS4M)

This course applies current theories and research from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and
sociology to the study of individual developme
nt, family behaviour, intimate and parent

child relationships, and
the ways in which families interact within the diverse Canadian society. Students will learn the interpersonal
skills required to contribute to the well
-
being of families, and the investiga
tive skills required to conduct and
evaluate research about individuals and families.

Prerequisite:

Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in social sciences

and
humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

Note: This cour
se will run in
EVEN

years will alternate with HFA 4M.






TECHNOLOGY

Part A: Broad
-
Based Technology

Exploring Technologies, Grade 9, Open (TIJ10)

This course enables students to further explore and develop technological knowledge and skills introduced in
the elementary science and technology program. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create
products and/or provide services related

to the various technological areas or industries, working with a variety
of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. Students will develop an awareness of
environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and postseco
ndary education and
training pathways leading to careers in technology
-
related fields.

Prerequisite:

None




Communications Technology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (TGJ3M)

This course examines communications technology from a media perspective.

Students will develop knowledge
and skills as they design and produce media projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications.
These areas may include TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic
communi
cations; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will
also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues and explore college and university
programs and career opportunities in the various

communications technology fields.

Prerequisite:

None


Communications Technology, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (TGJ4M)

This course enables students to further develop media knowledge and skills while designing and producing
projects in the are
as of live, recorded, and graphic communications. Students may work in the areas of TV,
video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography;
digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media
. Students will also expand their awareness of
environmental and societal issues related to communications technology and will investigate career
opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing technological environment.

Prerequisite:
Communications Te
chnology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation


Construction Technology, Grade 10, Open (TCJ2O)

This course introduces students to building materials and processes through opportunities to design and build
various construction projects. Students will l
earn to create and read working drawings; become familiar with
common construction materials, components, and processes; and perform a variety of fabrication, assembly, and
finishing operations. They will use a variety of hand and power tools and apply kno
wledge of imperial and
metric systems of measurement, as appropriate. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and
societal issues related to construction technology, and will explore secondary and postsecondary pathways
leading to careers in th
e industry.

Prerequisite:

None


Construction Engineering Technology, Grade 11, College Preparation (TCJ3C)

This course focuses on the development and knowledge and skills related to residential construction. Students
will gain hands on experience using a variety of construction materials, processes, tools, and equipment; learn
about building design and planning

construction projects; create and interpret working drawings and sections;
and learn how the Ontario Building Code and other regulations and standards apply to construction projects.
Students will also develop an awareness of environmental and societal is
sues related to construction technology,
and explore career opportunities in the field.

Prerequisite:

None


Construction Engineering Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation (TCJ4C)

This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills rel
ated to residential construction and to
explore light commercial construction. Students will gain hands on experience using a variety of materials,
processes, tools, and equipment and will learn more about building design and project planning. They will
co
ntinue to create and interpret construction drawings and will extend their knowledge of construction
terminology and of relevant building codes and regulations, as well as health and safety standards and practices.
Students will also focus on environmental

and societal issues related to construction engineering technology,
and explore career opportunities in the field

Prerequisite:
Construction Engineering Technology, Grade 11, College Preparation


Green Industries, Grade 10, Open (THJ20)

This course intro
duces the students to the various sectors of the green industries

agriculture, forestry,
horticulture, floristry, and landscaping. Using materials, processes, and techniques commonly employed in
these industries, students will participate in a number of ha
nds
-
on projects that may include plant or animal
propagation; production, maintenance, and harvesting activities; the development of floral or landscaping
designs; and/or related construction activities. Students will also develop an awareness of environme
ntal and
societal issues related to green industry activities, learn about safe and healthy working practices, and explore


secondary and postsecondary education and training pathways and career opportunities in the various industry
sectors.

Prerequisite:
None


Green Industries, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (THJ3E)

This course enables students to develop knowledge and skills related to agriculture, floristry, forestry,
horticulture, and landscaping. Students will learn to identify a broad range of plant

and animal species;
examine factors that affect the growth of plants and animals and the quality of products derived from them; and
develop process, design, and maintenance skills required in the green industries. Students will also learn about
safe and
healthy working practices, develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to green
industry activities, and learn about apprenticeships and other postsecondary education and training
opportunities, as well as employment opportunities tha
t may be pursued directly after graduation.


Prerequisite:
None


Green Industries, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation (THJ4E)

This course enables students to gain further experience with a variety of industry procedures and operations and
to acquire additiona
l industry
-
specific skills. Students will study more complex processes, develop more
advanced design and maintenance skills, and explore ways of enhancing environmental sustainability. They
will also examine social and economic issues related to the gree
n industries, learn about safe and healthy
working practices, study industry standards and codes, and explore career opportunities in the various
industries. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course will prepare students for the workplace and
appr
enticeship training.

Prerequisite:

Green Industries, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation


Manufacturing Technology, Grade 10, Open (TMJ2O)

This course introduces students to the manufacturing industry by giving them an opportunity to design and
fabricate produ
cts using a variety of processes, tools, and equipment. Students will learn about technical

drawing, properties and preparation of materials, and manufacturing techniques. Student projects may include a
robotic challenge, a design challenge, or a fabricati
on project involving processes such as machining, welding,
vacuum forming, or injection moulding. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal
issues related to manufacturing and will learn about secondary and postsecondary pathways lea
ding to careers
in the industry.
Prerequisite:

None


Manufacturing Technology, Grade 11, College Preparation (TMJ3C)

This course enables students to develop knowledge and skills through hands
-
on, project
-
based learning.
Students will acquire design,
fabrication, and problem
-
solving skills while using tools and equipment such as
lathes, mills, welders, computer
-
aided machines, robots, and control systems. Students may have opportunities
to obtain industry
-
standard certification and training. Students w
ill develop an awareness of environmental and
societal issues related to manufacturing and will learn about pathways leading to careers in the industry.

Prerequisite:

None



Manufacturing Technology, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (TMJ3E)

This hands
-
on,
project
-
based course is designed for students planning to enter an occupation or apprenticeship
in manufacturing directly after graduation. Students will work on a variety of manufacturing projects,
developing knowledge and skills in design, fabrication,
and problem solving and using tools and equipment
such as engine lathes, milling machines, and welding machines. In addition, students may have the opportunity
to acquire industry
-
standard certification and training. Students will develop and awareness o
f environmental
and societal issues related to manufacturing and will learn about secondary school pathways that lead to careers
in the industry.

Prerequisite:

None


Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation (TMJ4C)

This course en
ables students to further develop knowledge and skills related to machining, welding, print


reading, computer numerical control (CNC), robotics, and design. Students will develop proficiency in using
mechanical, pneumatic, electronic, and computer control
systems in a project
-
based learning environment and
may have opportunities to obtain industry
-
standard training and certification. Students will expand their
awareness of environmental and societal issues and career opportunities in the manufacturing indus
try.

Prerequisite:
Manufacturing Technology, Grade 11, College Preparation


Technological Design, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (TDJ3M)

This course examines how technological design is influenced by human, environmental, financial, and material
requirements and resources. Students will research, design, build, and assess solutions that meet specific human
needs, using working drawings and other communication methods to present their design ideas. They will
develop an awareness of environmental, s
ocietal, and cultural issues related to technological design, and will
explore career opportunities in the field, as well as the college and/or university program requirements for
them..

Prerequisite:

None


Technological Design, Grade 12, University/Colleg
e Preparation (TDJ4M)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of design advocacy and marketing while building on their
design skills and their knowledge of professional design practices. Students will apply a systematic design
process to resear
ch, design, build, and assess solutions that meet specific human needs, using illustrations,
presentation drawings, and other communication methods to present their designs. Students will enhance their
problem
-
solving and communication skills, and explore
career opportunities and the postsecondary education
and training requirements for them.

Prerequisite:

Technological Design, Grade 11, University/College Preparation




Transportation Technology, Grade 10, Open (TTJ2O)

This course introduces students to t
he service and maintenance of vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft. Students
will develop knowledge and skills related to the construction and operation of vehicle/craft systems and learn
maintenance and repair techniques. Student projects may include the

construction of a self
-
propelled vehicle or
craft, engine service, tire/wheel service, electrical/battery service, and proper body care. Students will develop
an awareness of related environmental and societal issues and will explore secondary and postsec
ondary
pathways leading to careers in the transportation industry.

Prerequisite:
None


Transportation Technology, Grade 11, College Preparation (TTJ3C)

This course enables students to develop technical knowledge and skills as they study, test, service, and

repair
engine, electrical, suspension, brake, and steering systems on vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft. Students will
develop communication and teamwork skills through practical tasks, using a variety of tools and equipment.
Students will develop an
awareness of environmental and societal issues related to transportation and will learn
about apprenticeship and college programs leading to careers in the transportation industry.

Prerequisite:
None



Transportation Technology, Grade 11, College
Preparation (TTJ3CA)

This course examines the infrastructure required for the operation of agricultural machinery, both large and
small. Students will design, construct, repair and modify vehicles, and apply safe work practices and procedures
using current

technology. They will also develop effective communication and teamwork skills when
developing solutions to managing vehicle support systems; investigate the educational requirements for career
opportunities in the transportation sector; and analyse the i
mpact of transportation technology on society and the
environment.

Prerequisite:
None


Transportation Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation (TTJ4C)

This course enables students to further develop technical knowledge and skills as they study, test, serv
ice, and
repair engine management systems; power trains; steering/control, suspension, brake, and body systems on


vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft; and/or small
-
engine products. Students will refine communication and
teamwork skills through practical
tasks using a variety of tools and equipment.

Students will expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues related to transportation and their
knowledge of apprenticeship and college programs leading to careers in the transportation industry.

Prerequisite:
Transportation Technology, Grade 11, College Preparation




STUDENT SERVICES

Guidance

Students are not formally assigned to a Guidance Counselor but are encouraged to work with whichever
counselor they wish. Students should consult a counselor regarding course selection, career research, post
-
secondary information, individual counseling for

personal concerns, academic concerns, graduation
requirements and eligibility, employment readiness and for referral to out
-
of
-
school assistance. Parents are
invited to contact guidance for assistance in academic counseling, psychological testing, family
counseling and
other social services. Our work is to help students.

Peer Mentoring Programs (Senior Buddies)

Grade 9 students are paired up with a Grade 11 Peer Leadership student during Semester 1. This peer mentor is
a senior student and is to act as an
additional contact for the Grade 9 student.

How to Make an Appointment

Appointment slips are available in the Guidance office. The slip will serve as your demit and admit to class.
Please feel free to drop in, especially if the issue is urgent. The Guidan
ce Office is open to students before and
after school as well as during lunch.

Adding and Dropping Classes

The second Friday of each semester is last date to drop a class and add a new class. No new classes for the
respective semester may be added after th
is deadline.


FOOD SERVICES

The cafeteria at West Elgin Secondary School will be operated by Chartwells.


THE LIBRARY


WESS Library has a number of different resources to offer students. We have a large collection of reference,
non
-
fiction and fiction books (current total 7,000). Our young adult fiction collection is expanding every year
with popular and award
-
winning nove
ls. Our large comfy chairs provide a good place to curl up and read books,
local newspapers, and a wide variety of magazines. We have a good collection of videos relating to the
curriculum including the CBC News in Review series that is useful in all subje
ct areas. Our online databases,
both Bigchalk and SIRS, contain hundreds of thousands of indexed articles, maps, photos and audio
-
visual
resources that support all subjects. The library is open most periods and half of lunch, and provides a place to do
hom
ework, research for projects, read a good book, or surf the internet. At exam time, a strict no
-
talking rule is
in effect for quiet study.


COMPUTER LABS


WESS has five fully equipped computer labs and over 100 computers and 15 printers available to stude
nts for
research and classroom work. Selected labs are open during lunch hours and available before and after school.
















WEST ELGIN SECONDARY SCHOOL

AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR (SHSM)


The Agriculture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program is designed to provide students with sector
recognized learning and skills that are advantageous for success in the workplace and post secondary education
destinations. The SHSM will be an effecti
ve enabler

and support for strengthening student engagement and
success in secondary school through to graduation and in post secondary transition. It will result in students
earning and Agriculture SHSM with their OSSD if they complete the five required c
omponents:


1.

A bundle of credits identified in the sector specific guide in one of the four pathway destinations:
apprenticeship, work, college, and university;

2.

Sector recognized certifications and tr
ai
ning;

3.

Experiential learning opportunities;

4.

Use of the Ontario Skills Passport;

5.

Reach ahead experiences.


Benefits to students:




an increase in student engagement




building on strengths and interests




helping students plan for the future




make a successful post secondary transition




increase

co
-
operative educational placements




safe workplace experiences




meet and work with agricultural partners




make informed career decisions


Requirements of the SHSM:

$


8
-
10 required credits as identified by the Ministry of Education

$


“Major” credits in

the SHSM sector area which provide sector specific knowledge, technical kill, and
training

$


Other required credits in English and Mathematics delivered in the context of this SHSM sector

$


Earn recognized safety awareness and sector specific certificatio
ns

$


Engage in experiential learning through job shadowing, work experience, and Co
-
operative education

a
minimum of 2 credits directly linked to the SHSM

$


Use of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) to document demonstration of essential skills and work ha
bits

$


Engage in reach
-
a
-
head experiences which can range from a few hours to a few weeks experience at
farm show, colleges, and in other settings.







WEST ELGIN SECONDARY SCHOOL

AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST HIGH SKILLS MAJOR (SHSM)

Careers in the Agriculture
Industry

The Agriculture Technology program is intended to prepare students for employment and “jump start” to a career. Through
Destination Pathways, students have the opportunity to develop employability and industry
-
specific skills. The Agriculture
Technology program will include both in
-
school and work
-
based experiences.


Essential Skills

Compulsory Skills

Grade 11

Year 3

Grade 12

Year 4

Exit

$

Computer Use

$

Continuous Learning


Safety Skills

Compulsory ©

Elective

Credit Total

Compulsory©

Elective

Credit

5
th

Year

Secondary School

$

Reading Text

$

Oral Communication


$

First Aid

$

WHMIS


English ©

ENG 3E/3C/3U

English©

ENG4E/4C/4U

Apprenticeship

College

$

Thinking Skills


$

Numerical
problem
-
solving skills


Mathematics©

MEL3E/MBF3C

/MCF3M

Mathematics (Elective)

MAP4C/MHF4U

/MCV47

University

$

Hand
-
eye
coordination

$

Working with others


$

Knowledge of
tools and their
use


Science (Elective)

SBI3C/SPH3U

Technology (Elective)

TTJ4C/TTJ3CA/

TMJ4C

TDJ4M THJ4E

(2 credits)


5
th

Year


Secondary


School

Learning Skills and Work Habits

Technical Skills Knowledge Skills

Not previously taken

©Arts or

©Group 1, 2, or 3

$

Mechanical aptitude
including
Agriculture basic
Hydraulic and
Electrical

$

Work independently

$

Teamwork

$

Work Habits


$

Understanding
Imperial and
metric
measurement
and
conversions

$

Project planning
and time
management


Technology


TTJ 3C or TTJ3CA

TMJ3C or TDJ3M

TMJ3E

Links to community


Apprenticeship

Cooperative Education

Agriculture Based


Compulsory

(2
credits)









Employment

$

Initiative

$

Working safely


$

Estimates,
calculates and
lay out
projects



$

Writing

$

Document use

$

Organization



Cooperative Education

(Elective)

(2 credits)

Cooperative Education



Partnerships with local
Ag. and Golf
courses

Links to Community
College

OSP: Ontario
Skills Passport

Experiential Learning

Guest speakers, Job shadowing, Job twinning, Reach Ahead Activ
i
ties, Certifications, Work Experience,

Cooperative Education




WEST ELGIN SECONDARY SCHOOL

STUDENT
COURSE PLANNING SHEET



YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

YEAR 5

ENG 1 _ 1


ENG 2 _ 1

ENG 3 _ 1

ENG 4 _ 1


M _ M 1 _ 1


M _ M 2 _ 1

M _ _ 3 _ 1



SNC 1 _ 1


SNC 2 _ 1




FSF 1 _ 1


GLC 20H (0.5)




CGC 1 _ 1


CHV 20H (0.5




PPL 10 _


CHC 2 _ 1




A _ _ 1

01
























7 Compulsory
Credits


5 Compulsory
Credits

2 Compulsory
Credits

1 Compulsory
Credit




REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION:

18 COMPULSORY CREDITS**








12 ELECTIVE CREDITS








Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test








40
Hours of Community Involvement


**

See OSS Diploma Requirements for 3 additional compulsory credits







COURSE OFFERINGS AT WESS

(E) denotes a course that is offered on EVEN years.



(O) denotes a course that is offered on ODD years.
GRADE
9

GRADE 10

GRADE 11

GRADE 12

ARTS

ADA 101

AMU101

AMR 101(Band)




AVI 101

ARTS

ADA 201

AMU 201

AMR 201 (Band)

AVI 201


ARTS

ADA 3M1

AMH3M1

AMU 3M1

AMR 30A (Band Grade 11)

AMR 30B(Band Grade 12)

AVI 3M1

ARTS

ADA 4M1

AMH4M1

AMU 4M1

AVI 4M1

BUSINESS

BTT 101

BUSINESS

BBI 201


BUSINESS

BAF 3M1

BTA 301

BDP 301(E)

BMI 3C1(O)

ICS 3C1

ICS 3U1

BUSINESS

BBB 4M1(O)

BOH 4M1(O)

ICS 4C1

ICS 4U1

CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES

CHV 205


CIA 4U1(E)







Co
-
Op

HIP 3ED

Co
-
Op

HIP 3ED
-
2 credits

ENGLISH

ENG 1P1

ENG 1D1

ENG 1L1

ENGLISH

ENG

2P1

ENG 2D1

ENG 2L1

ENGLISH

ENG 3C1

ENG 3U1

ENG 3E1

EMS 301(0)

ENGLISH

ENG 4C1

ENG 4U1

ENG 4E1

EWC 4U1

OLC 4O1

FRENCH

FSF 1P1

FSF 1D1

FRENCH

FSF 2D

FRENCH

FSF 3U1

FRENCH

FSF 4U1

GEOGRAPHY

CGC 1P1

CGC 1D1


GEOGRAPHY

CGG 301

CGF 3M1

GEOGRAPHY

CGR4M1
-
2
credits

GUIDANCE


GUIDANCE

GLC 205

GUIDANCE

GPP 301

GWL 301


HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PPL 10F

PPL 10M

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PPL 20F

PPL 20M

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PPL 30F

PPL 30M

PPZ 301

PPZ 30M


HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PAL4OC(O)

PPL
40C

PSE 4U1(E)



HISTORY

CHC 2P1

CHC 2D1

HISTORY

CHW 3M1

CHA 3U1 (O)

CHH 3C1(E)

HISTORY

CHY 4U1

CLN 4U1

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES



IDC 4U1

MATHEMATICS

MFM 1P1

MPM 1D1

MAT 1L1

MATHEMATICS

MFM 2P1

MPM 2D1

MAT 2L1

MATHEMATICS

MBF 3C1

MCF 3M1

MCR 3U1

MEL
3E1

MATHEMATICS

MAP 4C1

MCT 4C1

MCV 4U1

MDM 4U1

MHF 4U1

MEL 4E1

SCIENCE

SNC 1P1

SNC 1D1

SNC 1L1

SCIENCE

SNC 2P1

SNC 2D1

SNC 2L1

SCIENCE

SBI 3C1

SBI 3U1

SPH 3U1

SCH 3U1

SCIENCE

SCH 4C1

SPH 4C1

SBI 4U1

SCH 4U1

SPH 4U1

SOCIAL STUDIES


HFN 101


SOCIAL
STUDIES

HPC 301(0)

HSP 3M1

SOCIAL STUDIES

HFA 4M1(0)

HHS 4M1(E)

TECHNOLOGY

TIJ 101

TECHOLOGY

TTJ 201

TMJ 201

TCJ 201

THJ2O1

TECHNOLOGY

TTJ 3C1

TTJ 3CA

TCJ 3C1

TMJ 3C1

TMJ 3E1

TDJ 3M1

TGJ 3M1

THJ 3E1

TECHNOLOGY

TTJ 4C1

TCJ 4C1

TMJ 4C1

TDJ 4M1

TGJ 4M1

THJ
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DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS (OSSD)


To obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students
must:


Earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory and 12 optional credits


Complete 49 hours of community involvement activities


Successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy requirement


The 18 compulsory credits are:


4 credits in
English (1 per grade)


3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)


2 credits in Science


1 credit in French as a Second Language


1 credit in Canadian Geography (Grade 9)


1 credit in Canadian History (Grade 10)


1 credit in Arts


1 credit in
Health and Physical Education


.5 credit in civics


.5 credit in Career Studies


1 additional credit in English. Or French as a second language, or a Native language, or a classical or an
international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Cana
dian and world studies, or
guidance and career education, or cooperative education**


1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or cooperative
education**


1 additional credit in science, or technological educati
on, or cooperative education**


** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as
COMPULSORY

credits.



The 12 optional credits are selected from those available in the school as listed in the calendar.


ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
(O.S.S.C.)




The Ontario Secondary School Certificate (O.S.S.C.) will be granted upon request to qualifying students
who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


To qualify, students must earn a minimum of 14 credits, distributed

as follows:

Compulsory Credits (Total of 7)



Optional Credits (Total of 7)

2 English






7 selected by the student from courses offered at their 1
Canadian geography OR Canadian history


school

1 Mathematics

1 Science

1 Health and Physical Education

1
Arts OR Technological Education