Welcome to ÉCOLE DUCHESS PARK SECONDARY ! This guide introduces grade 7 incoming students and their parents or guardians to our grade 8 program. We also provide a snapshot of information about the courses students require in order to graduate in grade 12.
Duchess Park Secondary School values the support of parents and guardians:
We publish a monthly newsletter to keep you informed about upcoming events/ deadlines.
We look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher night, which we host twice a year.
Check out the Duchess Park Website for helpful information, including a sample of our rotating time table, upcoming events, test dates, and much more.
We encourage parents and/or guardians to maintain an e-mail connection with teachers and counsellors: All DPSS staff e-mail addresses are listed on the Duchess Park Website.
Many teachers post their course outlines, assignments, due dates and marks on line.
Duchess Park also encourages parent involvement in: school events PAC or SPC tournaments coaching a team
To help students be successful at high school, we ask them to:
Talk to parents/guardians about what they are doing in school.
Use a planner to keep on top of deadlines: Turn work in on time.
Ask for your help in selecting a good time and central place for homework:
20 minutes per night per core subject in grade 8,
45 minutes per night per core subject in grades 9 & 10
1 hour per night per core subject in grades 11 & 12
Stay organized Do corrections Study for tests Seek out help if needed
Get enough sleep – Know when to turn off “screens” (it takes an hour for the brain to shut down after using a computer, video game, or cell phone for social networking before they can actually sleep).
Turn off cell phones during class.
Turn off cell phones and other screens while doing homework.
We recommend grade 8 students stay “on campus” during lunch: Most students bring a lunch and eat in our “central canyon”. We do not have a full concession. Most Wednesdays, however, restaurant food may be offered for sale. Pizza is sometimes offered for sale during student fund raisers. A “meal plan” is available for those who need it.
We encourage students to regularly check school monitors for opportunities such as inter-murals or other school events.
Please feel free to contact Duchess Park Secondary at (250) 563-7124 if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.
DUCHESS PARK PROGRAMS Duchess Park proudly offers a diverse Educational Program to meet the needs of our students.
Duchess Park offers three academic streams: English, French Immersion and Francophone.
French Immersion and Francophone Programs Duchess Park continues the French Immersion programs of Lac Des Bois, College Heights Elementary and Heather Park Middle School. This program provides opportunities for students to achieve functional competency in the oral and written use of the French language and familiarizes them with the culture of the Francophone community in Canada and throughout the world.
French Immersion students must take the following core academic courses in French: Sciences Humaines in grades 8 to 11, Sciences in grades 8 to 10 and Français Langue Seconde in grades 8 to 12. Students who successfully meet all French Immersion criteria will graduate with both a French Immersion Graduation diploma and a regular B.C. Dogwood Graduation Diploma.
Our Programme Francophone continues the Programme Francophone offered by L’Ecole Franco Nord. Core academic courses taught in French are: Sciences Humaines in grades 8 to 11, Sciences in grades 8 to 10 and Français Langue Premiere in grades 8 through grade 12. A student who graduates from Programme Francophone will receive the Diplome de fin d'etudes secondaires en Colombie-Britannique (French Dogwood Diploma). If the student successfully completes English Language Arts 10, 11 and 12, he or she will also receive the regular BC Dogwood Graduation Diploma.
SUPPORT PROGRAMS Students are identified for Skills Upgrading, Learning Assistance, or Special Needs Support through a combination of consultations with grade 7 teachers, learning assistance teachers and parents, report card marks, the standardized Canadian Achievement Test 4, and other assessments.
SKILLS UPGRADING PROGRAM:
Grade 8, 9 or 10 Skills Coursesmay be recommended for students who are not working at grade level to give them the opportunity to upgrade their skills.
Skills English 8 is designed for students who have not demonstrated sufficient Language
Arts skill development in grade 7.
Skills Math 8 is designed for students who have not demonstrated sufficient Grade 7 Math skills.
Students who successfully upgrade their English or Mathematics skills to grade level will be placed in regular English 8 and/or Mathematics 8 classes in the following semester or year. Students may be offered a Learning Assistance Block to support their transition to a regular program.
Students who need further upgrading will be placed in Skills 9.
Students who have been unable to transition into a regular program by grade 11 may be transferred into the Pre-employment Program.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (Grades 11 & 12)
The Pre-employment Program is for students unable to cope with regular course work.
Students will focus on individualized academic programs, life skills, and work experience.
Work experience consists of preparatory work and job experience.
Pre-employment students will leave high school with a Leaving Certificate rather than a Graduation Diploma.
LEARNING ASSISTANCE is a support program offered to students requiring assistance in core subjects.
Students must be recommended for LA support through School Based Team (S.B.T.)
“L.A.” offers study skills support, testing, and assistance for students with learning differences.
SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS SUPPORT: Students already in a special needs program in elementary school will transition into Duchess Park’s Special Learning Resources Program.
ALTERNATE EDUCATION allows students to complete academic courses in a small group setting according to their Individualized Educational Plan or Student Services Plan (that may also have a behavioural or socio-emotional component). Students are expected to complete the same course work as in the regular program and graduate with a Dogwood Certificate.
HONOURS PROGRAM: There is no Honours Program in grade 8. Honours programs are offered in English from grades 9 to 11. Students are selected on the basis of teacher recommendations and grades obtained in the previous level course. Students must therefore work hard and put in their best efforts. If a student declines or is unable to take advantage of the opportunity, the seat will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.
Advanced Placement English and Mathematics courses are available to students at the grade 12 level.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: GRADE 8 CORE ACADEMIC COURSES GRADE 8 CORE ACADEMIC COURSESlead to the grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 foundation courses required to meet BC Ministry of Education graduation requirements. Core Academics may be taken in English or French, depending upon whether the student is enrolled in the English, French Immersion or Francophone program. Successful completion of any of these regular programs leads to a B.C. Graduation Diploma. MATH 8 or (MATHEMATIQUES 8)
Intended to reinforce and extend basic math skills including problem solving, number operations,
patterns & relations, space & shape, statistics & probability.
Students require a grade 11 Math in order to graduate.
Some students “elect” to take a grade 12 Math course in preparation for a post-secondary program.
MATH PATHWAYS THAT MEET GRAD PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 9 Mathematics 9
Foundations & Pre-Calculus 10 Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10
Pre-Calculus 11 Foundations 11 Apprenticeship &
Workplace Math 11
Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 12 Foundations 12
APPRENTICESHIP & WORKPLACE MATHEMATICS PATHWAY
Emphasis on basic skills, fundamental concepts and problem solving.
Enables students to become discriminating consumers.
Suitable for some trades programs and for admission into the work force.
NOT SUITABLE for careers requiring advanced math.
Students who struggled with Math 8 may take Apprentice-ship & Workplace Math 9.
Students requiring more advanced math must pass “regular” Math 9.
FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS
Emphasis on both a practical and theoretical focus, which prepares students for post-secondary studies in the arts and social sciences.
For students who may pursue post-secondary programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences (e.g. psychology and social work).
Emphasis on a more theoretical focus which prepares students to study calculus at post-secondary.
For students who may pursue post-secondary programs requiring mathematics (e.g. science, math, engineering).
ENGLISH 8 English or Communications is a Ministry requirement through to grade 12.
English 8 integrates language skills in reading, writing, listening & speaking.
Visual communication is also studied.
SCIENCE 8 or SCIENCES 8 Science is a Ministry requirement through to grade 11.
Science 8 focusses on the exploration and discovery of the Scientific World.
Students work in science labs to investigate:
cells and systems.
fluids and dynamics.
water systems on Earth.
SOCIAL STUDIES 8 or SCIENCES HUMAINES 8 Social Studies is a Ministry requirement through to grade 11.
Social Studies delves into past civilizations to examine their impact on current society and cultures.
Social Studies 8:
focusses on society and culture from about 500 to 1600 A.D.
investigates characteristics of civilizations around the world.
explores reasons for their rise and fall.
explores geographical concepts.
FRENCH 8 The BC Ministry of Education deems it compulsory for students to take a second language from Grade 5 through Grade 8. French is the compulsory second language course offered in Grade 8 at Duchess Park.
Français8 is required through to grade 12 in the French Immersion and Francophone programs.
integrates language skills in reading, writing, listening & speaking by using a variety of literature and media.
increases vocabulary and knowledge of the Francophone world.
note: A second language to grade 11 may be required for entry into specific Humanities based university programs.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 8 P.E. is a Ministry requirement through to grade 10.
P.E. involves participation in a wide range of activities to develop personal well being
and provides a basis for lifelong healthy living.
Activities may be selected from among games, dance, gymnastics and other activities.
HEALTH AND CAREER EDUCATION 8(all students are required to take this course)
Helps students understand the relevance of their studies in goal setting and managing their lives.
Provides students with study and time management techniques.
Incorporates discussions about topics relevant to teens including bullying, drugs, social networking, gaming, peer pressure, and social interactions.
Helps students make informed decisions related to their health, education, and future careers.
Guides students toward becoming informed participants, who take responsibility for their own lives.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: GRADE 8 ELECTIVES
Grade 8 students take a variety of elective (exploratory) courses to expose them to areas of special interest that may lead to more detailed study in later grades.
Grade 8 courses may be a prerequisite for some courses such as French 9 and Band 9.
A fee may apply in some project-based courses, depending upon project choice & materials selected.
Pre-requisite: Students taking Band 8 must be able to read music. They must, therefore, have prior music experience or have successfully completed Introductory Band 8.
(Offered as a grade 8 elective within the regular timetable)
Students perform on their instrument. Tests have a performance component to them.
Students will be led through carefully sequenced activities of increasing difficulty that prepare them for band in grades 9-12.
Students are expected to practice an average of 20 minutes per day (5 days per week).
INTRODUCTORY BAND 8
Students who wish to join Band 8 must have prior music experience or have successfully completed Introductory Band 8. (Offered as a grade 8 elective within the regular timetable).
Students without prior music experience are welcome.
Students learn to read music and play a wind or percussion instrument.
Students are expected to practice an average of 20 minutes per day (5 days per week).
Tests will have a performance component.
Introduction to creative drama: theatre games, mime, story-telling and short performances.
Practice the basics of acting (voice, gesture, posture, facial expression) and how to create characters
and communicate their emotions to an audience.
This course introduces students to guitar playing and reading music. Students are expected to perform on the guitar and may be asked to compose simple songs.
Music reading is stressed. Both regular notation and TAB are taught in class.
Guitars are provided for instruction.
HOME ECONOMICS 8
These are introductory courses of basic study in three strands:
Home Ec. Foods 8
Home Ec. Textiles 8
Home Ec. Textiles Arts and Crafts 8
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 8
Computer Technology Applications
SOCCER 8(offered outside the regular timetable)
This course is an X-block (early morning) elective. Soccer 8 will provide a formal training program within the academic setting of the school with a commitment to excellence in soccer and academic achievement. Students will receive outstanding instruction, allowing them to improve their skill and fitness through a variety of physical activities associated with soccer development.
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION 8 4 different courses provide hands-on introduction to various “shop” /trade skills:
VISUAL ART 8 Provides basic knowledge, skills and techniques.
Emphasis on imagery and individual production using a variety of media.
COUNSELLING SUPPORT Three counsellors are available to provide students with programming assistance and academic, social, emotional and other support. Once transitioned to high school, we recommend that students keep in touch with their counsellors to discuss questions regarding their selected program of study.
ABORIGINAL SUPPORT Emotional, social, and academic support for Aboriginal students will be supplied by our Counsellors, Aboriginal Social Worker, Aboriginal Education Workers, Youth Care Workers and Education Assistants.
DUCHESS PARK SECONDARY CONTACT INFORMATION
See the Duchess Park website for a list of e-mail addresses for all staff members