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Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate: 2013 Semester 2 Courses

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (WVC) is now in its fourth year, and is offering nine courses this semester. Enroll now for 2013 Semester 2 Courses!

At WVC, students take high school courses entirely over the Internet in a fully interactive virtual classroom format, with the daily presence of an online teacher. Classes are held during a specific time of the school day and use media such as video conferencing, webinars and text chat live. All participants arrive at the appointed time for the lesson, and students begin by logging into their “virtual learning environment”. Here they have the ability to speak or text live with the teacher and peers in their online room. Teachers and students can write on the shared interactive whiteboard or raise their hand when they wish to speak with the teacher.
WVC teachers are provincially certified teachers and trained to conduct the online classes. Courses are designed for 70 minutes of instruction per day (Monday-Friday), following a traditional semester system.

WVC was created to help First Nation students in Manitoba access new sources of education and find new learning opportunities. The Collegiate gives students a wider range of academic options for courses that may not be offered where they live or do not fit within their current class schedule. Courses can be taken for credit recovery or course enrichment and do not require prior online course experience to participate.
WVC is accepting registrations for the February start date.

Grade 9 Mathematics (10F) is a foundation course to prepare students for multiple possible pathways in Grades 10 to 12. The course builds on the understandings from Kindergarten to Grade 8 Mathematics. The learning outcomes are divided into four strands of Number; Patterns and Relations; Shape and Space; Statistics and Probability. For instructional purposes, the outcomes are arranged into eight units: Number Sense, Polynomials, Powers, Linear Relations, Statistics and Probability, Symmetry, Geometry and Circle Geometry. There are no prerequisites.

Grade 9 English Language Arts (10F) English Language Arts enable each student to understand and appreciate language. Language proficiency generates confidence and competence in communicating in a variety of situations, as well as facilitating personal satisfaction and learning. Students become confident and competent users of all six language arts through many opportunities to listen, speak, read, write, view and represent in a variety of combinations and relevant contexts using a variety of texts. Grade 9 ELA 10F is a required foundations course.

Grade 9 Social Studies (10F) Grade 9 students will focus on the opportunities and challenges at the core of Canada’s contemporary plurality. They begin with an overview of Canada today, including its demographics, geography, and political organization. They examine the evolving stories of interaction among the people of Canada, and the influence of the land on the development of Canada. They explore the historical and contemporary complexities of citizenship and identity, considering the challenges and opportunities that emerge when groups with differing identities and perspectives interact with one another. Contemporary Canadian questions and issues are examined within the global context. Students are given opportunities to explore how they may become involved in Canadian issues. Through this inquiry, they are enabled to become informed decision makers actively involved in their local, national, and global communities.

Grade 9 Science (10F) This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and electricity, and to relate science to technology, society and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to reproduction and heredity; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.” There are no prerequisites.

Grade 10 Introduction to Applied & Precalculus Mathematics (20S) is intended for students considering post-secondary studies that require a math pre-requisite. The topics studied form the foundation for topics to be studied in both Grade 11 Applied Mathematics and Grade 11 Pre-Calculus Mathematics. Components of the curriculum are both context driven and algebraic in nature. The learning outcomes are divided into three topics of Measurement, Algebra and Number and Relations and Functions. For instructional purposes, the outcomes are arranged into nine units of study: Graphs and Relations; Number Sense; Linear Measurement; Trigonometry; Relations and Functions; Polynomials; Coordinate Geometry; Surface Area and Volume and Systems of Equations. Grade 9 Mathematics 10F is a prerequisite.

English Language Arts (20F) The English Language Arts enable each student to understand and appreciate language. Language proficiency generates confidence and competence in communicating in a variety of situations, as well as facilitating personal satisfaction and learning. Students become confident and competent users of all six language arts through many opportunities to listen, speak, read, write, view and represent in a variety of combinations and relevant contexts using a variety of texts. Grade 10 ELA 20F is a required foundations course.

Social Studies (20F) In Geographic Issues of the 21st Century, students focus on a variety of issues and challenges of the contemporary world. They explore the nature of geography and develop skills related to geographical thinking. Students use the methods and tools of geography, including geographic information systems (GIS) to examine issues and problems and to propose solutions. They study concepts related to ownership and development of natural resources, production and distribution of food, development of industry and trade, and increasing urbanization. Students consider these issues in the context of Canada, North America and the world. Through their study, students become aware of the importance of the environment, stewardship, and sustainable development, as well as the social, political and economic implications of their personal choices.

Grade 10 Science (20F) is the final compulsory course for students in the Senior Years. Grade 10 Science consists of four thematic clusters: Dynamics of Ecosystems; Chemistry in Action; In Motion; Weather Dynamics. There is also a Skills and Attitude cluster. Further credit courses in science for Grade 11 and 12 students become optional and focus on specific science disciplines of Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Prerequisite: Grade 9 Science 10F.

Grade 11 Precalculus Mathematics (30S) is designed for students who intend to study calculus and related mathematics as part of post-secondary education. It builds on the topics studied in Grade 10 Introduction to Applied and Pre-calculus Mathematics and provides background knowledge and skills for Grade 12 Pre-calculus Mathematics. The learning outcomes are divided into three topics: Algebra and Number; Trigonometry; Relations and Functions. For instructional purposes, the outcomes are arranged into eight units of study: Quadratic Equations, Radicals, Quadratic Functions, Sequences, Rationals, Trigonometry, Systems and Inequalities. Prerequisite: Grade 10 Introduction to Applied and Pre-Calculus Mathematics.

Grade 11 Physics (30S) is an optional course for students in the Senior Years. Grade 11 Physics is divided into eight units: Kinematics; Dynamics; Momentum and Energy; Waves; Force, Motion, Work, and Energy; Electrical, Gravitational, and Magnetic Fields; Waves and Modern Physics; and Nuclear Physics. Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science 20F.

Web Design (35S) This course is to teach students the skills and knowledge to design, develop, and publish a simple website.

Interactive Websites (35S) The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to design, develop and publish a website to display and gather information. Students should have the skills described in the learning outcomes for Web Design 35S prior to starting this course.

Contact your school administrator or guidance counselor and start the enrollment process today.

For more information about Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate, visit our website at www.wapaskwa.ca or contact the principal, Allison McDonald at 204-594-1290 ext. 2013 or allisonm@mfnerc.com.