Blueberry School
(K–9)

Complementary Courses

Blueberry School has a wide variety of complementary courses, from animal health to programming and web design. Whether you're into sports or sciences, arts or leadership, there's something for you!

Registration

To register for your choice of complementary courses offered in Term 2, please complete our Term 2 Complementary Course Sign Up Form.

Course Descriptions

Animal Health - Mrs. Maycher

If you love animals, then this course is for you! Students in this course will increase their understanding of how to care and manage animals. Learning the physiology of the cat, dog and horse is just the beginning of learning how to care for animals. Getting to know local veterinarians, community members involved in agriculture and grooming are a few highlights that students can look forward to.

Course Fee: Approximately $10 (for extended field trips)

Advanced Art (Gr. 8/9) - Ms. Abbas-Nejad

Prerequisite: Art 7

Materials: 1 sketchbook 12” x 18”, appropriate school supplies, 3 art pencils HB–8B. The sketchbook is a vital component of the course. All sketches, designs and notes are recorded in this book. It will be marked to assess progress.

Assessment: Based on effort and artistic ability.

Art is a highly valuable subject in today’s changing world as it confronts students with problem solving. The program is very flexible and allows students to diverge into many different areas. All projects will be highly visible and displayed.

Course Fee: $10-$25

Claymation - Ms. Lasuik / Mrs. Sawchuk

Do you have an interest in stop-motion movie making? If so, Claymation is for you! You will write a short storyboard, create your clay figures and make a stop motion video. No artistic ability necessary, but come with the willingness to learn, creativity to design and a lot of patience to fine tune your clay objects. Students will need to either purchase their own clay or pay $10 for the clay through the school.

Course Fee: $7

Digital Design (Multimedia) - Mrs. Maycher

This course has two purposes. It will survey existing technologies (audio, graphics, animation, scanning, digital cameras and internet) that can be used to design and create multimedia material. Secondly, it will require the student to design a project which uses the computer program, PowerPoint, to focus on a core curriculum topic.

Students will explore the following topics which will be used to enhance their final media products. Students are required to purchase a USB memory key to enable them to transfer and save files. 

Course Fee: Approximately $10

Digital Imagery - Mrs. Maycher

The world of technology is changing. This class is broken in two sessions and each will be six weeks in length. First, students will be exploring the web, and learning different Web 2.0 programs with the intention that students may use them to enhance classroom assignments. Second, students will learn ‘Animoto’ and possibly other similar types of programs.

There will be a project to the learning ‘Animoto’ where students will create a scene that will teach the viewer something about dealing with a social situation.

Course Fee: $10

Drama (Advanced Theatre) - Ms. Abbas-Nejad / Ms. Bauer 

Drama is a creative and motivational course for students who are interested in learning how to perform cooperatively and individually in front of an audience. Characterization, stage movement, improvisational theatre, Readers’ Theatre, and the use of voice are just some of the highlights of these two programs.

Drama provides useful skills teaching students to be more comfortable in making presentations or performance situations. 100% participation is expected as well as the expectation of performing to elementary and junior high audiences. Advanced Theatre will be involved in the spring performance and involves after school commitments. 

Course Fee: $30  
Audition Required

Fit 4 Life - Ms. Lasuik / Mrs. Sawchuk

Understanding the importance of life-long health and wellness is an important aspect of adolescent growth and development. This option will aid in recognizing the benefit of living a healthy, active lifestyle that includes regular exercise and improved eating habits. Students will have the opportunity to explore and create a fitness regimen of their choice to present to their classmates as a “challenge”, possibly tweaking those who may be interested in pursuing future careers in the health and wellness field such as Personal or Athletic Trainer.

Foodies Unite - Mrs. Lillywhite

Hungry? We will be exploring and creating some easy to prepare meals that leave PB&J sandwiches in the cupboard. You will learn about meal nutrition and finding a balance between good food and good taste. As a chef, you will share in the production of meals, and also in the responsibility of proper and timely clean up. Sound yummy? Sign up.

Course Fee: Approximately $30

Hammers & Nails - Mrs. Maycher

If you are interested in introductory carpentry, this is the course for you! In this class you will build bird houses, jewelry boxes, and learn basic carpentry safety skills.

Course Fee: Approximately $30

Outdoor Education - Mr. Ewasiuk

Outdoor education is proving to be a popular program for Blueberry students. Students who enjoy challenges, physical activity and outdoor sports should sign up. Students will be expected to be properly changed and participating to the best of their ability.

Activities being planned may include the following components:

  • Cross-country running
  • Archery
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking trip to Jasper

Course Fee: Approximately $50

Programming - Mr. Weinhandl

Have you ever wondered how the computer games you play make it onto the screen? Have you wondered how your calculator always knows the right answer? How does facebook know which friends you want to follow? The answer, my friends is PROGRAMMING! Every computer you've ever used is a box that contains a language for telling that computer what to do. In this course you will be introduced to various introductory online programming languages.

Ready, Set, Go! - Mr. Ewasiuk

What is the best way I can develop and use my skills within a physical activity based program to foster similar abilities in others, such as Floor Hockey, Volleyball, or Badminton?

Does measuring myself and my peers against co-created criteria help improve skills in a physical activity based program such as floor hockey, volleyball or badminton?

In this course, you will focus on a specific sport or athletic activity to improve your personal skills and develop healthy habits. You will also get the opportunity to work within a group to foster group skills within that sport or athletic activity. You will also have the opportunity to teach your skills to a younger group of students.
 
You will be co-creating criteria to improve the following areas in a physical activity based program:

  1. cooperation skills
  2. communication skills

Using video and direct observations you will be giving yourself and peers feedback on the above two areas on a daily basis with intent to see if the deliberate ongoing feedback is improving skill development.

Students will work with the teacher to co-create criteria that creates powerful performance in the areas of cooperation, communication, and skill development. 

Robotics - Mr. Weinhandl

From traffic lights to car manufacturers to satellites orbiting the earth, robots are everywhere. Students will use LEGO Mindstorms robotic equipment to enter the fascinating world of robotics and learn about the modern information technology that equips robots to perform a wide variety of jobs.

The students will design, build, program and test their creations. The machines constructed will attempt to simulate real-life robots and robotics systems. Each group member will assume a role and work with others to solve a variety of challenging assignments. They will learn how a team’s success depends on the team members’ ability to cooperate.

Course Fee: $20

Science Extension - Mr. Weinhandl

Do you like hands-on, inquiry and activity based science? Do you have a strong desire to learn? Are you a keen, self-motivated learner with good independent work habits? If so, then this course may be for you. Science extension is an enrichment program for students of all ability levels. The program will be designed to allow the opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge.

Some of the topics the class has explored and may explore again include:

  • Blood and Guts (Animal Systems & Organs)
  • Extreme Earth Events
  • How Stuff Works
  • Your Gross and Cool Body
  • Careers in Science
  • Microorganisms
  • Famous Scientists
  • Science Olympics
  • Oceanography
  • Paleontology
  • Raptors (Birds of Prey)
  • Microscope Works
  • Model Rocketry

There is no course fee for this course. However, if you would like to take your display home, there will be a charge of approximately $10.

Sign Language - Ms. Lasuik / Mrs. Sawchuk

Sign Language class will introduce basic Signed English as a visual communication tool. Be ready to learn a variety of signs you would use in everyday life in a variety of ways. You don't need to have any experience in signing, all you'll need is a willingness to practice and a new way to communicate with your hands!

Course Fee: Approximately $10

Souptacular - Mrs. Maycher

Cooking made simple. No oven required. If you like soup or would like to try easy recipes, this is a class for you. Prepare basic soups that you can prepare at home. Students will use basic ingredients and recipes that do not require an oven.

Course Fee: Approximately $30

Sports Leadership - Ms. Lasuik / Mrs. Sawchuk

Sports Leadership will help students gain an understanding of the basic skills in Badminton and Basketball. Through skills training, practice and mini game sessions, students will build their confidence to take on an intramural program at Blueberry School. Students will be expected to be changed and ready to participate in all classes and will commit to running the intramural program with Junior High students during one lunch recess a week.

S.W.A.T. / Leadership - Mrs. Owen

The Student Wellness Action Team (S.W.A.T.) and Leadership group will focus on student wellness and learn effective leadership skills that aid in becoming a responsible citizen. Students will be engaged in activities that help to develop a positive whole school community.

Activities may include:

  • Participating in leadership and cooperative games
  • Planning spirit days
  • Mentoring younger grades
  • Reading daily announcements
  • Organizing and leading school wide activities (friendship club, intramurals, jump into gym etc).
  • Organizing healthy initiatives (healthy eating awareness, hats off for mental health etc.)
  • Recycling program

In the past, Leadership has been heavily involved in various school events like the Monster Mash and Talent Show. These activities may continue, change or be added to based on student interest and initiative.

Tinkerlab Leadership - Mrs. Kleparchuk

Tinkerlab is a place where students are encouraged to follow their curiosities, test how their inventions work, experiment using different materials, and ultimately combine ideas together in new and innovative ways. Tinker Leaders will be responsible for supporting a small group of younger students through the design process, encouraging creativity and innovation along the way, as well as working closely with our different robots and coding programs.

Wipeout Wabamun - Mr. Ewasiuk

Explore the environmental impact of oil spills on the environment, specifically at Wabamun Lake. The oil spill at Wabamun impacts our community. Are you ready to explore some creative solutions to the problems this spill has created?

In this course, you will study the wildlife and fish of Wabamun Lake impacted by the oil spill through research, fishing and water sampling. You will explore solutions to the problem and have the opportunity to present you findings to others.

The spill at Wabamun has had a direct impact on the community and is therefore relevant to the students at Blueberry. Students will have the opportunity to go to Wabamun to work directly with water and wildlife samples. Students will have the opportunity to share their findings and solutions with the community by sharing a report of their results.

I hope you are up to the challenge and are ready for some exciting analysis and investigating! 

“Bite of Blueberry” - Grade 7 Mini-Complementaries 

Grade seven students have a unique opportunity to get a "taste" of what our complementary courses have to offer at Blueberry. Each of the four courses listed below will be offered in six week (half-term) time slots. Enjoy!

Music 7

Students will take music to the next level as they perform rock and pop music in this half-term course. Playing acoustic guitar along with other rock band instruments, singing, and acting in mini-musicals are some of the skills that students will develop in this class. Students work as a team to give a performance showcase at the end of the term.

Art 7

Art will be an introduction to drawing and the "artist’s eye”.

Course Fee: $5

Drama 7

This class serves as an introduction to the dramatic arts. Students will develop skills in acting, improvisation, movement and speaking. There will also be some instruction around stage construction, sound, lighting, makeup, costumes and props.

Foodies 7

We will be exploring and creating some easy to prepare meals that leave PB and J sandwiches in the cupboard. You will learn about meal nutrition and finding a balance between good food and good taste. As a chef, you will share in the production of meals, and also in the responsibility of proper and timely clean up.

Course Fee: Approximately $30
 

For more information contact:
Blueberry School
Phone: 780-963-3625
Email: Blueberry@psd70.ab.ca