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2020 & 2021

WESTMINSTER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

There is somewhere to fit in for everybody. 2

— Ada, Grade 7


TABLE OF CONTENTS BECOME A WARRIOR

Life at Westminster

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Academics

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Arts

Athletics 17 Service

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Our Warrior Culture 21 Westminster School Map 24

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LIFE AT WESTMINSTER WE ARE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Westminster is for students who want dynamic programming — diverse extracurricular activities, options and teaching methods for every type of learner. Our kids have opportunities to be engaged in and outside of the classroom. We stand-out for our exceptional programming, academic excellence, and dedication to giving back to the community. We want every student to know they have the ability to become whomever they want to be. Combining academics, arts, athletics, and service, we look beyond just schooling to educate whole, well-rounded students through a multitude of opportunities and experiences. We have fun. There is an element of delight in all that we do. We provide a safe atmosphere for students to learn and discover their why. Our rich and fulfilling experiences, coupled with academic discipline and community involvement, leaves students feeling challenged, respected, valued, and confident.

WESTMIN’ IS DYNAMIC, FUN, AND A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN. 4


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

We have a good community.

— Henry, Grade 9 5


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

The teachers make it feel like family in the school. You feel safe. 6

— Jayme, Grade 9


DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE • Drumheller Field Trip

• Grade 7 Warrior Orientation

• Read-In Week

• Halloween Tour/Christmas Tour (GRADE 8 & 9 BAND/JAZZ)

• Remembrance Day Ceremony

• EOE Field Trips

• Holiday & Seasonal Themed Activities

• School Dances

• Annual Westminster Awards Ceremony & Celebration (GRADES 7, 8, 9)

• Fernanda Salinas Sanchez 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

• Jasper Glacier Trip

• Festival Of Trees

• Jasper Ski Trip

• Aztecs (GRADE 8)

• Fine Arts Gala

• Band 7 Jumpstart

• Flying Canoe Festival

• Athletic Celebrations

(GRADE 9)

• Animal Club • Annual Talent Show & Edmonton Food Bank Fundraiser

• Band 7 Camp Nakamun • Band 8 Camp Nakamun • Band 9 Banff Music Retreat • City & Provincial Speech & Debate Tournaments • City of Edmonton – Volunteering Opportunities • Coronation, Glenora & Grovenor Buddy Programs

• Elementary Feeder School Activities

• Food Truck Friday (AND OTHER SPECIAL FOOD EVENTS)

• Frank Slide Field Trip (GRADE 7)

• Freezie Fridays • Gamer’s Club • Grade 7 Geodesic Dome Project

(GRADE 8)

(ALL GRADES)

• Jazz Band (ALL GRADES)

• Junior Achievement (GRADES 7, 8, 9)

• MacLab Citadel Theatre Club Musical Theatre/Improv Club

• School Play/Drama Productions • Sing-A-Long Tour Grade 9 Band & Jazz Band • Slam Poet Festival • Student Leadership Activities & Events • Terry Fox Walk/Run Volunteering • Young Writers Summit

(ITALY 2019, FRANCE 2020,

• Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)/Community Project

CROATIA 2022)

• Warrior BBQ

• Overseas Spring Break Trip

• PARTY Program (GRADE 9)

• Warrior Carnival • Warrior Volleyball & Basketball Camp • Warrior Welcome Breakfast

OPEN HOUSE

THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH | 6:00PM - 8:00PM

• Winter Concert 7


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PRINCIPLES OF A

WESTMISTER WARRIOR

RESILIENT & R E S PEC T FU L

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I N C LU S I V E & I N T EG R O U S

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HONEST & JUST

COM M IT T E D & OMPASSIONATE

HOW WE LEARN THROUGH OUR FOUR PILL ARS! There are so many incredible learning opportunities grounded in our Four Pillars. The following pages include all the ways we learn through our Four Pillars using our options, athletic opportunities, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. As a future Westminster Warrior, you have the ability to choose from any of the following and the power to design your three years at Westminster Junior High School just the way you’d like!

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MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME (IBMYP) Preparing students to be successful in school and to be active, lifelong learners. Westminster Junior High School is proud to be one of only two schools in Edmonton Public who offer the IBMYP. We believe that the Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the best opportunity to create well-rounded students who are able to problem solve and view the world through a diverse perspective. The International Baccalaureate (IB) aspires to help schools develop students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity, and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, and unpredictable situations. The IBMYP, for students aged 11 to 16, is designed as an inclusive, whole-school programme by the IB, a not-for-profit organization supporting the education of more than 1 million students every year in over 3,900 schools in 147 countries. At Westminster, we offer our Regular Program and two Special Education Programs within our IBMYP to meet the needs of our students —a Strategies Program and a Behaviour and Learning Assistance Program. To learn more about IBMYP, please visit http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme or come chat with one of the staff at Westminster.

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WS ACADEMICS FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE 7, 8, 9 (FULL-YEAR)

SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE 7, 8, 9 (FULL-YEAR)

STUDY SKILLS & LEARNING STRATEGIES 8 & 9 (HALF-YEAR)

French As A Second Language is designed for students who have taken French in grades 4, 5, and 6. This course enables students to further develop communication skills, cultural understanding, and second language learning strategies in French. Students will learn the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to communicate in a variety of school, travel, leisure, and job-related contexts. In French, students live the language in Grade 7 by celebrating MĂŠtis traditions of fiddling, playing the spoons, and dancing the jig at the Flying Canoe Festival. In Grade 8, students experience tastes of French Cuisine and are introduced to drumming and in Grade 9, both Spanish and French culture collide for a day of dancing at our Westminster Mardi Gras celebration.

Focuses on using the Spanish language to communicate in specific contexts and to gain an understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Here at Westminster students not only learn Spanish, but also live the culture throughout the various activities offered at each grade level. In Grade 7, students participate in Day of the Dead festivities, while Grade 8 students enjoy a taste of Latin American cuisine. Grade 9 students put on their dancing shoes for a fun day of Salsa dance lessons.

This learning strategies course offers targeted support and intervention to help students to maximize their achievement. Skill development includes gaining an understanding of themselves as learners, applying literacy and numeracy strategies, utilizing assistive technology as needed, increasing organizational skills, managing resources, planning short and long term goals, and managing time to demonstrate success in independent learning.

We are community-centered. Inside and outside of Westminster, we focus on building a better world. 11


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

There are a lot of extra events and you get to learn leadership skills. 12

— Raffi, Grade 7


WS ARTS ART 7, 8, 9 (FULL-YEAR)

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 7, 8, 9 (FULL-YEAR)

COMPUTER STUDIES 7, 8, 9 (HALF-YEAR)

Focuses on three major components of visual learning: Drawings (the ways we record visual information and discoveries), Compositions (the ways images are put together to create meaning) and Encounters (where we meet and how we respond to visual imagery). Students will have many opportunities to draw, paint and sculpt in various media. Creativity is fostered through the development of skills and knowledge, along with an appreciation and respect for the artistic efforts of others.

Instrumental Music is based on performance and class participation. All students have the choice of playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. The musicians will play in at least two evening performances and activities such as band camp, instrument clinics, teacher tutorials, jazz band, music festivals, and performances for elementary students. In Grade 7, the students will learn the basics of technique, breathing, music notation, ensemble playing, tone quality, and music theory. In Grade 8 and 9, students will continue to develop the skills learned in the previous grade, but at a more challenging level of music in rock and roll, swing, blues, and classical styles.

Students learn computer operations, keyboarding, word processing, graphic tools, databases, hypermedia tools, programming, Lego robotics, and coding using Scratch, Raspberry Pi, Game Maker, and Python. Applet writing can be an extension for highly advanced students. The course will be heavily project-driven to develop these skills. Digital citizenship, while using internet, will be emphasized.

DRAMA 7, 8, 9 (FULL-YEAR) Includes orientation to the drama program in the areas of: movement, speech, improvisation/acting, theatre studies and technical theatre. The overall goal is to foster a positive self-concept in students by encouraging imaginative exploration. While individual creativity and ability are valued, cooperation and commitment to the group process are also essential attitudes.

We want every student to know they have the ability to become whomever they want to be. 13


CONSTRUCTION 7, 8, 9 (HALF-YEAR)

FOOD STUDIES 7, 8, 9 (HALF-YEAR)

MECHANICAL STUDIES 8 & 9 (HALF-YEAR)

This is a hands-on course where students will learn to safely use several tools and machines such as a coping saw, band saw, hand drill, drill press, buffer, and strip heater. Students will spend most of their time completing projects in Grade 7 that include a whizzer, tic-tac-toe game, I.Q. game, catapult, basketball game, duck bank, frog bank, guitar bank, climbing bear, acrylic pencil holder, acrylic soap dish, and acrylic candle holder; in Grade 8, a marble maze, crib board, skateboard deck, Baltic birch longboard, lip box, yo-yo, back massager, personalized key chain and gum ball machine; and in Grade 9 a strip glued longboard, a concave longboard, bandsaw box, wooden pen, metal ring, wastepaper basketball game, wooden clock, mosaic mirror, bongo board, laminated bowl, Corian bowl, and beach chair.

Food Studies is a hands-on course that teaches students real life cooking skills. After an introduction to kitchen and food safety, students work in teams in our newly renovated Foods Lab to make tasty and healthy recipes. In each grade, the goal is to complete 15 recipes. Popular recipes include hummus, bruschetta, French toast, muffins, cookies, crazy bread, cinnamon rolls, pizza, spaghetti, tacos, and stir fry. Students use the IBMYP Design Cycle to create original recipes when completing a variety of different “food challenges.� No crumbs are left behind!

Students will learn about concept vehicle design, construction, rocketry, and possible career paths. They will go through the entire process of designing, prototyping, revising, constructing, and testing of a concept vehicle. A subsequent process will be to create their own vehicle using an alternate propulsion system. In Grade 9, students will learn about automotive maintenance, automotive systems, four cycle engines, automotive history, and model building in an interactive shop environment.

COURAGE, ABOVE ALL THINGS, IS THE FIRST QUALITY OF A WARRIOR. 14


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

Everyone is friends with each other and supports each other.

— Damilare, Grade 8 15


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

There are a lot of after school sports and activities. You can make a lot of new friends that way. — Eadie, Grade 7 16


WS ATHLETICS Intramurals at Westminster

ENVIRONMENTAL OUTDOOR EDUCATION 8 & 9 (HALF-YEAR)

RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP (SPORTS PERFORMANCE) 8 & 9 (HALF-YEAR)

Whether they choose to join our athletic teams, students are encouraged to embrace health and wellness in a variety of other places, including our Intramural Sports offerings, available to all students regardless of athletic ability or experience, and our Wellness Studio, which provides a healthy and inclusive approach to our youths’ development.

This is an activity-based course which provides students with opportunities to study and experience many outdoor pursuits such as orienteering, outdoor adventure games, survival skills, first aid, rock climbing, swimming, snowboarding and skiing, mountain biking, and GPS (Geo-caching). Students must be willing to participate in field trips in EOE 8 and 9.

Recreational Leadership allows students to further their physical and tactical abilities in all area of sport through multifunctional training. This course combines classroom theory and practical application in the areas of personal health, wellness, and performance. This course is for anyone looking to become a better athlete or just wanting to improve their general fitness.

YOGA 9 (HALF-YEAR) This course is designed to introduce basic postures, breathing techniques, and the relaxation methods of yoga. Yoga is practiced and explored as an art, science and philosophy, not as a religion. In Yoga, students will explore the health benefits of Yoga and develop their well-being and personal management skills.

SPORTS TEAMS • Boys & Girls Junior and Senior Volleyball • Boys & Girls Junior and Senior Basketball • Boys & Girls Junior and Senior Badminton • Boys & Girls Cross-Country Running/Indoor Games • Boys & Girls Flag Football • Boys & Girls Soccer • Co-ed Softball • Boys & Girls Track & Field

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WS SERVICE At Westminster we are big believers in giving back. Not only is service a part of who we are, it’s part of the core building blocks of the IBMYP. Every year, our students collectively commit to over 5,500 hours of volunteering. We wholeheartedly believe service helps develop well-rounded students, and establishes a fundamental principle of giving to those who are in need. There are endless opportunities for students to get involved in service throughout the school year, and we encourage our students to also give back to their communities outside of school hours.

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LITTLE WARRIORS & WESTMINSTER During the 2019/2020 school year, Westminster was chosen as one of four schools in the Edmonton Area to compete in the Hockey Helps Kids challenge, hosted by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. Our Westminster Warriors chose to support Little Warriors, a local charity focused on the awareness, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse. As a result of this opportunity, Westminster has developed a strong relationship with Little Warriors and going forward we will continue to have Warriors supporting Warriors with Little Warriors as our school’s charity of choice.

HEALTH AND LIFE SKILLS 7 (HALF-YEAR) This mandatory half-year course involves learning about the habits, behaviours, interactions, and decisions related to healthy daily living and planning for the future. Three general outcomes serve as the foundation for this program: Wellness Choices, Relationship Choices, and Life Learning Choices. LEADERSHIP 8 & 9 (HALF-YEAR) Be a part of a team of students and staff that create, coordinate, motivate, and inspire fellow Westminster Warriors to get involved in our school and community. There are so many different ways to develop your interpersonal, project management, problem solving, and leadership skills at Westminster. This service option allows students to learn about leadership through the application of fun school spirit and school culture-building initiatives.


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

Because the teachers are so comfortable to talk to and deeply care about their pupils, and everyone collaborates well together. — Lisha, Grade 9 19


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

People here are open-minded and don’t judge. 20

— Daniella, Grade 7


WESTMIN’ WARRIOR CULTURE OUR VISION

OUR MISSION

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Building Character

Equitable Experiences

At Westminster, we envision a holistic approach to education. Combining academics, arts, athletics, and real life experiences, we seek to create equal opportunities for all of our students. Every student has a voice. Every student has a unique story to tell.

We foster a safe, equitable atmosphere for students to learn, grow, and discover more about themselves. We strive to ensure students graduate from Westminster with an excellent education, but also as wellrounded, compassionate, and communityfocused humans.

We develop internationally-minded young people, addressing the holistic needs of our learners in a studentcentered environment. We provide opportunities for students to contribute to their communities. Students understand themselves as learners and develop learning skills they will need for the rest of their lives to contribute to society and create a better world.

Students graduate with the tools to enter high school and succeed. We have a reputation of high standards and worldly teaching, but down-to-earth, caring students. 21


IB LEARNER PROFILE

Everyday we work with our students to build a culture which is communityfocused, safe, fun, caring, studious, and challenging. We are proud to offer something for everyone. We take pride in our exceptional programming, academic excellence, and dedication to giving back to our community.

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AT THE CORE OF WESTMINSTER’S PHILOSOPHY IS THE IB LEARNER PROFILE. Regardless of our students’ strengths and challenges, we believe the IB Learner Profile is applicable to ALL of our students. Every student is worthy of an IB education. We adjust the delivery to meet student needs, so our school’s focus, option courses, and activities vary from other junior high schools. All of our programs, using an IB perspective, develop internationally-minded young people who help create a better and more peaceful world.   We facilitate an environment where each and every student can be: • • • • • • • • • •

Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open-Minded Caring Risk-Takers Balanced Reflective


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

We are an IB school so we are more prepared for high school.

— Jasmine, Grade 9 23


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URPOSE SECOND FLOOR

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SAMPLE TIMETABLE

(2020/2021 PROPOSED BELL SCHEDULE)

ENTRY BELL

MONDAY

TUESDAY

PERIOD 1

Math

Language Arts

PERIOD 2

Phys. Ed.

Math

PERIOD 3

Second Language

Option 1

WEDNESDAY Second Language French or Spanish

Option 1

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Social Studies

Social Studies

Option 1

(1 full-year, or 2 half-year)

(1 full-year, or 2 half-year)

Language Arts

Science

Language Arts Option 2

French or Spanish

(1 full-year, or 2 half-year)

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

PERIOD 4

Science

Social Studies

Social Studies

Math

Math

PERIOD 5

Language Arts

Phys. Ed.

Language Arts

Science

PERIOD 6

Option 2

(1 full-year, or 2 half-year)

Science

Option 2

(1 full-year, or 2 half-year)

Math

(1 full-year, or 2 half-year)

Second Language

(French or Spanish)

Phys. Ed.

PRE-ENROLLMENT Pre-enrol in SchoolZone Sign in to SchoolZone between March 9th and April 15th, 2020 to select Westminster as your child’s preferred school for next year. We ask all families to pre-enrol, even if your child is continuing at the same school or same program. Knowing how many students to expect helps us prepare for September. 26

Moved? Update your address at your child’s current school before pre-enrolling in SchoolZone. New to the District? Before April 15th, contact your preferred school to learn how to register as a new Edmonton Public Schools student. Learn more at epsb.ca/schools/register.

OPEN HOUSE

THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH | 6:00PM - 8:00PM


ONE OF THE TOP TEN REASONS TO GO TO WESTMIN’

I like how there are so many band opportunities. Different instruments and festivals. — Guilee, Grade 8 27


FIND YOURSELF AT WESTMIN’

GET IN TOUCH

WHERE TO FIND US

Our goal is to challenge our students academically and socially. The Westminster experience is built on high standards of student work, behaviour, community involvement, and school spirit, with time to embrace life’s lighter moments. We are a dynamic place to learn, grow, and have fun.

13712 –104 Avenue NW Edmonton Alberta T5N 0W4 westminster@epsb.ca 780-452-4343 @WestminsterJH @westminsterwarriorsjh

Credits: Photos used in the 2020/2021 Westmister Viewbook are by Studio 9 Photographics and Mr. Jeske’s Yearbook Team

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