Middle Years Program
Welcome to Don Ross Middle School. We are excited that you are going to be continuing your education here at Don Ross.
The purpose of a “Middle Years Program” is to provide a school setting that takes into consideration the period from childhood to adolescence. In looking at the characteristics of younger teenaged students, we realize that they are undergoing many intellectual, physical, social and emotional changes at this time. Don Ross Middle School offers a program of instruction designed to build and upgrade communication skills, as well as provide a range of exploratory opportunities in a variety of subject areas.
Grade 7 and 8 Overview:
All students participate in: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Career Education, Physical Education, and French As A Second Language. In keeping with the BC Provincial curriculum, all students in Grade 7 and Grade 8 also take exploratory classes in Arts Education and Applied Design, Skills and Technologies. Some of our exploratory classes may include: Home Economics (Foods/Textiles), Information Technology (coding, robotics, computers), First Nations Language and Culture, Art/Drama/Music and our Trades Technology (Wood/Metal).
Grade 9 Overview:
Grade 9 students take classes in Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Career Education and Physical Education and they take one or more modules consisting of exploratory classes in various areas which may include: Applied Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Outdoor Education etc… Our grade 9 students are also offered a variety of other elective courses that are designed to broaden their middle school experience and perhaps enable them to delve into a passion. These courses vary from year to year and may include: Trades Technology (Wood/Metal), Home Economics (Foods/Textiles), Information Technology (coding, robotics, computers), Leadership, Year Book, Outdoor Education and Peer Tutoring. Our peer tutors are students who can effectively lead small groups of younger students with enthusiasm and confidence.
SOCCER ACADEMY – Open to Grade 8 and Grade 9 students:
The objective of the Academy is to provide additional training for soccer players, any gender, beginners or advanced, competitive or recreational, who wish to improve their soccer skills. The Soccer Academy provides specialized coaching and instruction related to the physical skills and tactical aspects of the game. The Academy comprises a double block of activity within the students’ timetables to address the regular Physical Education and Health curriculum, on-field practice and soccer-related classroom instruction. Participation is limited and online registration is required. Please go online to register at: https://www.vancouverfutsal.com/drms/
HOCKEY ACADEMY- Open to Grade 8 and Grade 9 students:
The objective of the Academy is to provide additional training for hockey players, any gender, beginners or advanced, competitive or recreational, who wish to improve their ice hockey skills. The Hockey Academy provides specialized on-ice coaching and instruction related to the physical skills and tactical aspects of the game. Students enrolled in the Academy have a double block of activity within their timetable that comprises: regularly scheduled on-ice times, dry land training sessions and the requirements of the regular Physical Education and Health curriculum. Participation is limited and online registration is required. You must register at: https://www.rpmhockey.com/academies/getAcademy/21d0678b/
Please note that academies are programs of choice and, as such, are fee based. Fees include those charged by the academy but may also include staffing and transportation offset fees (charged by the school).
BAND – Open to Grade 8 and Grade 9 students
The purpose of our Band classes is to play music in a group, learn the musical language, perform an audience, and above all, to enjoy making music. A wide variety of music is explored to provide exposure to old and new, familiar and unfamiliar musical repertoires. The Band classes emphasize developing good performance techniques, intonation, tone quality and the ability to read music independently. Members of the band classes participate in at least two performances throughout the year and often perform at school functions and assemblies. To enroll in the Band classes, please contact Mr. Thomson, our school counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
FRENCH (Second Language Learning) – Grade 9
French Language Study still remains a requirement for direct entry into some universities in Canada. Students considering university entrance after grade 12 are highly recommended to choose French 9 and French 10, and then French 11, to avoid disappointment at not being eligible to attend the university of their choice. If you have questions about foreign language requirements for post-secondary education please contact Mr. Thomson, our school counselor, at email@example.com .
French 9 builds on skills learned previously in French 9. Generally, students who have achieved at least a ’C’ standing in French 8 and are motivated, succeed in French 9. Throughout the year, students develop both oral and written skills through grammar study, conversations, interviews and presentations. Students are prepared for French 10 which is similar to French 9 but with a stronger emphasis on creative writing and oral presentations.
FRENCH IMMERSION – Grade 7, 8 and 9
Registration for our middle years French Immersion program at Don Ross follows a student’s successful completion of French Immersion Grade 6 in School District #48. Entry into French Immersion for any other students, at any other grade level will be on the basis of:
a) Available space and
b) Previous experience with the French language
IMMERSION – Grade 7 –Our French Immersion grade 7 students follow their academic program of study in the French language and may also take Art, Drama and/or Physical Education in French.
IMMERSION – Grade 8/9 – Our Grade 8 and 9 French Immersion Program is comprised of three courses: Français Langue, Sciences Humaines, Beaux-Arts and Apprentisage par Projets.
FRANÇAIS LANGUE – Grade 8/9
This course combines the communicative approach and more traditional study of grammar and literature. Students study various modern and traditional literary, dramatic and journalistic forms, enriching their understanding of French culture, and appreciation of the written French language. Oral presentations, group discussions and the development of listening and speaking skills are also emphasized.
SCIENCES HUMAINES – Grade 8/9
Science Humaines is similar to the Social Studies regular curriculum with additional French language components to help students master the concepts. Big ideas are explored through authentic and competency driven learning experiences that examine key content and concepts related to various time periods. Power structures, ideology and revolution, the impact of the physical environment on economic, political and social change, and dynamic construct of identity frames essential learning experiences to help students become competent critical thinkers and active citizens.
BEAUX-ARTS and APPRENTISAGE PAR PROJECTS – Grade 8/9
Students in French Immersion 8/9 study the Fine Arts and undertake projects within the Applied Design, Skills and Technology curriculum en français.