Stony Plain
Central School (K–9)

Options

Stony Plain Central School has a wide variety of options courses. Whether you're into acting, coding or cooking, there's something for you!

Note: Some options have a fee associated with them; please refer to this year's selections below for costs.

2017-2018 Options Courses

Performing Arts

Please note: This is a two-term course.

Students in Performing Arts will be mounting a large-scale musical at Horizon Stage in March 2018. Last year’s production was enjoyed by over 1400 audience members!

In this production, students will create wacky characters, dazzling costuming, choreography, singing and special effects. Students will experience wild drama games, fierce collaboration and special field trips, and create lasting memories.

There is something for everyone in this option, including backstage management, theatre lighting and design, prop building and much more! Whether you want to be on stage or behind stage, we want YOU to join our family!  

Course Fee: $100 for both terms

One Acts / Improvaganza

In this option, students will be learning the elements of creating a one-act play. By acting, designing and directing, students will get it all! Our school will be competing in the Zone II West Drama Festival with sixty schools around the province.

Students will also take part in the annual IMPROVAGANZA. This special festival will involve over 100 Junior High students playing games and eating pizza!   

Course Fee: $25 (Qualifying students in One-Acts will have additional fees for competition)

Speak-ology

Have you ever watched a TED talk and thought, "I could do that!", or even, "I wish I could do that!"? Well, you can!

Speak-ology will give you the opportunity to develop public speaking skills in a creative environment. Students will write, practice and present on topics of their choice. They will also produce a video of their speech and will have the opportunity to present Spoken Word Poetry at a local venue for the public.

Course Fee: $10

Art: Drawing

Please note: There are beginner and advanced courses for each art discipline offered.

Have so much fun that you won't know you’re learning! This course fosters an appreciation of art for students who are beginning to develop their love of fine art.

Students will be introduced to the concepts of drawing. They will learn about perspective, value and two- and three-dimensional shapes. This course emphasizes exploration, and students are guided in a fun, relaxed environment where they can express their creativity and gain self-confidence in their abilities.

Course Fee: $30 for supplies

Art: Painting

Please note: There are beginner and advanced courses for each art discipline offered.

Have so much fun that you won't know you’re learning! This course fosters an appreciation of art for students who are beginning to develop their love of fine art.

Students will be introduced to the concepts of painting. They will learn about the differences between acrylic and watercolor and experiment with color, line and composition. This course emphasizes exploration, and students are guided in a fun, relaxed environment where they can express their creativity and gain self-confidence in their abilities. 

Course Fee: $30 for supplies

Pop Culture 

This option is for students who are interested in comics, board games, movies and all things related to pop culture. This class will explore the history of pop culture and how its influence has changed and grown over time.

Students will work with a variety of different mediums and will have the opportunity to create a variety of projects focusing on comics, artwork and board games.

Course Fee: $10

Newscast

Interested in being on TV? Aspiring to become the face of your community that people look to for accurate, informative and entertaining news? This class may be for you!

You will be a part of a team that will develop broadcasts (which will be viewed throughout SPC) of all the happenings in our school, community and the world. Newscast will help students develop communication, technology and collaboration skills.

Ebert and Roper

Move over Ebert & Roper - SPC film reviewers are taking over! In the challenge, students will explore the elements of effective filmmaking and gain an understanding of editorial writing techniques through viewing a variety of films and writing movie reviews.

Titles selected will cover a variety of genres and periods, and students will have the freedom to express their inner voice and preferences. Students will also uncover what makes a film and review “good.”

Travel and Culture

Students will be involved in planning sample travel itineraries and researching language, cuisine, customs and traditions of their chosen countries.

Course Fee: $20 for food supplies

American Sign Language (ASL) 

Challenge yourself to learn the fundamentals of sign language and how to begin communicating with the deaf community. You will learn the most important signs to get you started: fingerspelling, grammar, theory, and more. We will try to invite guests from the deaf community so that you can practice having a conversation in ASL.

Course Fee: $10

Typing and Part-Time Job Prep 

Improve your typing skills writing and master the grammar basics by working at your own level through an online interactive program. With the help of a teacher, create your own resume and participate in mock job interviews to help prepare you for a part-time or summer job.

Course Fee: $10

Classroom Assistant

Teachers in the school need your help! Do you enjoy volunteering around the school and working with younger children? If you accept this challenge, you will experience the joy of helping others and be given the opportunity to share your talents and passions, while becoming a role model for younger students.

Be the Change

This class will focus on making positive and meaningful connections in the community. Our activities will be student-directed, and we will reach out to individuals, families, and organizations in need. Our aim is to foster active citizenship and increase empathy, tolerance and understanding in our students.

Course Fee: $20

Sport Leadership

Students will plan, organize and implement a variety of school athletic programs. They will learn basic skills that will help promote a sense of leadership, mentorship and wellness throughout the K-9 environment. Creating a sense of community through physical activity and sport will be a key component within this option.  

Nutrition / Wellness 

Students will explore tools and skills for mental wellness and nutrition education. Stress and time management skills will be built, along with study strategies.

Course Fee: $30 for food supplies

Fit for Life

Let’s get moving and fit for life. In this challenge, you will go on a power walk each class (similar to the distance used for the Terry Fox Run) and begin your own fitness journey. You will also design, implement, and log your own fitness plan. You will research a healthy lifestyle that works for you. As a final activity, you will design a mini-lesson which you will teach to a small group of younger students in our school.

Life on the Diamond  

Do you have an interest in baseball and softball? Are you a beginner who wants to learn how to play the game? Are you an experienced ball player who wants to practice your skills and learn more about the components of the game off the field?  

In this option, students will learn about the many components of the game of baseball both on and off the field. They will also explore some of the career paths available that are related to the game. Students will learn the rules of the game and how to keep score, as well as practice skills such as throwing, fielding and hitting. We will put our skills to work on the diamond by forming teams and playing several games of softball.

If students are able to bring their own gloves they are encouraged to do so, but it is not mandatory.

SPC Culinary Arts 

Do you LOVE to be in the kitchen? Then this is the place for you! You will learn how to prepare quick and easy snacks safely, baking treats and simple meals that you will be able to recreate at home.

Fees for this class will go towards cost of food, ever-greening of equipment, and supplies.

Course Fee: $30

Cosmetology

Let’s get dolled up! Through research, hands-on experience, and guest speakers, students in this option will learn about hair care, make-up application, nail care, skin science, safety and sanitation.  

We will also explore areas of salon management such as basic operational skills, communication, organization and leadership.

Course Fee: $30 for supplies

Let’s Code (Beginner)

Please note: The skills developed in this course are a stepping stone for the intermediate/advanced Let's Code course offered in Term 3.

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when creating a video game, app or website? In this course, students will practice skills such as problem-solving, design thinking, sequential thinking, testing and experimentation.  

We will be using resources such as https://hourofcode.com/ca and https://scratch.mit.edu/, which are websites designed to teach students the basics of programming and coding. We will also be spending some time in our TinkerLab putting our coding skills to use. 

Students do not need any previous experience and technology will be provided for them if they do not have their own device.  

Let’s Code (Intermediate/Advanced)

Building on the skills developed in Let’s Code for Beginners, students will further develop their skills in coding and programming.

In this course, students will challenge themselves with higher level practice and more complex projects. Students will be provided with the opportunity to explore their personal areas of interest.

Structure Engineering Challenge 

Do you enjoy building with your hands? This course will present several types of building challenges and projects with a variety of materials.

Students will also explore career paths and education opportunities related to the fields of science and engineering. Perseverance and teamwork skills are a must!

Course Fee: $10 for supplies

Robotics 

Have you ever wanted to build your own robot? Are you ready for a challenge?  

Using a Lego Mindstorms robotics kit and software program, students will learn the basics of how to build and program. They will also explore career paths and post-secondary education opportunities related to the field of robotics and design.

Once students have completed a basic robot, they will be presented with a challenge where their own unique design must meet specific criteria. Perseverance and teamwork skills are a must!

Forensic Science 

Using the study of forensic science techniques, students will be given the opportunity to explore and further their understanding of how basic science concepts apply specifically to the solving of crimes.

Course Fee: $50 for crime scene supplies