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Sydney, Nova Scotia

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Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472

E-Mail:

 sydacademy@gnspes.ca

 

 


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Michael MacNamara

Communication Plan: English 11 (2017-2018) Semester Two

Teacher: Michael MacNamara

Course Description

English 11 builds upon the ideas, concepts and terms discussed and developed in English 10. Students will begin to develop their analytical skills and continue to hone their comprehension skills through the writing and revision of essays, short stories, poetry, and the discussion of assigned literature and media texts. Emphasis will be placed on literary and figurative language terms as well as vocabulary. All assignments and lessons taught in class reflect English 11 outcomes and will be assessed through reading & viewing, speaking & listening, and writing & other ways of representing.

 

The English 11 classroom will always remain respectful of the various learning styles and multiple intelligences of the students registered in the course. Therefore, a variety of assessment and evaluation opportunities will be offered to measure student progress and learning.

 

Semester Two is divided into two terms. A term one interim report will be sent home to give an indication of student progress up to that point.  This is scheduled for mid-April, 2018. The work from term one and two is cumulative. This gives students an opportunity to demonstrate improvements from one term to the next.

 

The English Language Arts program for Grade Eleven is arranged around the following outcome strands:

 

Reading and Viewing (40%)

Students will be expected to:

  • select, read, and view with understanding a range of literature,
 information, media and visual texts.


  • interpret, select and combine information using a variety of strategies,
 resources and technologies. 
            

  • respond personally to a range of texts.       

  • respond critically to a range of texts, applying their understanding of
 language, form and genre.

Writing and Representing (40%)

Students will be expected to:
       

  • use writing and other ways of representing to explore, clarify and reflect on their
 thoughts, experiences and learnings and to use their imagination.
        

  • create texts collaboratively and independently, using a variety of forms
 for a range of audiences and purposes.


  • use a range of strategies to develop effective writing and other ways of representing and to enhance their clarity, precision and effectiveness.

 

Speaking and Listening (20%)

Students will be expected to:
       

  • speak and listen to explore, extend, clarify and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.
       

  • communicate information and ideas effectively and clearly and to respond personally and critically with sensitivity and respect, considering the situation, audience and purpose.

 

Students will achieve the above outcomes through the following units of study:

Reading and Viewing (Understanding, Comprehension and Meaning)

  • Narrative, Expository, Informative, Persuasive, Poetry, Visual, and Multimedia

Writing and Representing (Written and Visual Communication)

  • Mechanics of Writing, Narrative Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Expository, Informative, Persuasive, Poetry, Visual and Multimedia.

Speaking and Listening (Oral and Aural Communication)

  • Formal Speaking, Informal Speaking and Performance Based Learning Experiences.

 

Student Evaluation Breakdown:

Reading and Viewing: 40%

Writing and Representing: 40%

Speaking and Listening: 20%

The evaluation breakdown listed above will constitute 70% of the student's Final Grade for English 11 and will be made up of in-class and at home assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests . The other 30% will come from the Final Exam at the end the term. (June, 2018).


Class Materials:

 

Students will be expected to have the following with them for each class:

  • 3-Ring Binder and Loose-leaf

  • Pens, Pencils and Erasers

  • Highlighters (Green, Yellow and Pink) for Text Annotation.

 

Students must attend regularly to succeed in this course.  It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on any missed work outside of class time.  If a student is absent or misplaces a handout, it is the student’s responsibility to check in with Mr. MacNamara at the very start or end of the class period.  Students are expected to be active participants in their learning.  Please listen and speak respectfully during class discussions and activities.

 

Homework checks will be conducted frequently and at times without notice.  You will receive either a complete or incomplete mark for a homework check.  Be sure to record any homework assignments before you leave class and check our Google Classroom each evening to be aware of homework assignments and important dates. Classroom log-in codes will be distributed during class time and will appear on the Front Board.  It is encouraged that students share this access with their parent(s)/guardian(s).   Be sure to have your binder opened to the most recent homework assignment at the start of class.

 

If the student is absent on the day a project and/or assignment is due and that absence has been excused, then the project/assignment must still be sent to the school on the due date; if not, it will be considered late and the appropriate points will be deducted.  Projects / Assignments may be dropped off by a parent, by a student or sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Screenshots of the completed assignment can also be forwarded to Mr. MacNamara’s e-mail account with the hard copy submitted the very next day. Each day an assignment is late, 20% will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment.  In the case of serious or prolonged illness, alternate arrangements can be made with the teacher.   At least one week’s notice for tests will be provided. If the student’s absence is excused on a scheduled test day, please be aware that he/she may be tested immediately upon return to class, or at the teacher’s earliest convenience. If the absence is not excused, the mark will remain zero.

Please familiarize yourself with the following policies that have been placed on the Sydney Academy Website: www.sacademy.cbv.ns.ca:


Provincial School Network Access and Use Policy
Provincial School Code of Conduct Policy

Provincial School Attendance and Engagement Policy

Sydney Academy Exam Exemption Policy

 

Please know to take advantage of the five minute period between classes for water and washroom breaks.  Bottled water is permitted in the classroom; however, no food or other drink is permitted.  Cell phones, electronics and earbuds are also not permitted in the classroom, as per Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board Policy.

 

Communication Methods:

 

Communication with parents/guardians will be made through the use of the Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal, formal Report Cards and scheduled Parent/Teacher meetings. Semester Two Parent-Teacher Sessions are tentatively scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2018.  Parents/Guardians may initiate contact through Sydney Academy's Main Office at 902-562-5464 or via e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Individual meetings can also be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Where required, contact with home will be made through phone calls, e-mails or letters.  

 

Communication Plan: Learning Strategies 11 / Learning Strategies 12   

Teacher: Michael MacNamara (2017-2018) Semester Two

Course Description:

Learning Strategies 11 and Learning Strategies 12 provides students with specific strategy instruction based on their own individual strengths and challenges. Students will work towards becoming more effective and independent learners. They will gain career and life skills transferable to the workplace and community. This will be accomplished across five areas: Awareness of Self and Others, Organization Skills, Transition Skills, Literacy, and Numeracy.

Course Objectives:

  • To encourage students to take personal responsibility for their own learning.

  • To develop positive attitudes toward learning.

  • To encourage the development of appropriate educational goals.

  • To develop individual learning strategies that will promote success.

Learning Strategies 11/12 does not have a textbook.  The course will focus on: reading strategies; note taking and writing skills; use of technology to support projects and assignments; test taking strategies; study skills; and getting prepared for postsecondary employment and education.  Students will be provided with handout sheets and other reference sources to supplement course objectives.  Other materials and supplies may be needed for specific tasks and topic areas.  Students will be given ample notice to ensure that they have these supplies.

Semester Two is divided into two terms. A term one interim report will be sent home to give an indication of student progress up to that point.  This is scheduled for mid-April, 2018. The work from term one and two is cumulative. This gives students an opportunity to demonstrate improvements from one term to the next.

Class Materials:

Students will be expected to have the following with them for each class:

  • 3-Ring Binder and Loose-leaf

  • Pens, Pencils, and an Eraser

  • Highlighters (Green, Yellow and Pink preferably) for Text Annotation.

Assessment and Evaluation (Cumulative Throughout the Semester)

Student progress will be assessed via the Learning Strategies Rubric on an ongoing basis.  Weekly In-Class Activities and Skill Building Assignments will be evaluated through the following focus areas: Participation and Engagement; Self Advocacy; Work Completion; Organization Skills; Work Efficiency; Punctuality; and Work Log.  L.S. will be distributed on Day One and Weekly Summative Assessment will be posted at the end of each week.

 

Students must attend regularly to succeed in this course.  If a student is absent or misplaces a handout, it is the student’s responsibility to check in with Mr. MacNamara at the very start or end of the class period.  Students are expected to be active participants in their learning.  Please listen and speak respectfully during class discussions and activities.  Homework checks will be conducted frequently and at times without notice.  You will receive either a complete or incomplete mark for a homework check.  Be sure to record any homework assignments before you leave class and check our Google Classroom each evening to be aware of homework assignments and important dates. Classroom log-in codes will be distributed during class time and will appear on the Front Board.  It is encouraged that students share this access with their parent(s)/guardian(s).   

Be sure to have your binder opened to the most recent homework assignment at the start of class.  If the student is absent on the day a project and/or assignment is due and that absence has been excused, then the project/assignment must still be sent to the school on the due date; if not, it will be considered late and the appropriate points will be deducted.  Projects / Assignments may be dropped off by a parent, by a student or sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Screenshots of the completed assignment can also be forwarded to Mr. MacNamara’s e-mail account with the hard copy submitted the very next day. Each day an assignment is late, 20% will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment.  In the case of serious or prolonged illness, alternate arrangements can be made with the teacher.  

Please familiarize yourself with the following policies that have been placed on the Sydney Academy Website: www.sacademy.cbv.ns.ca:

Provincial School Network Access and Use Policy
Provincial School Code of Conduct Policy

Provincial School Attendance and Engagement Policy

Sydney Academy Exam Exemption Policy

Please know to take advantage of the five minute period between classes for water and washroom breaks.  Bottled water is permitted in the classroom; however, no food or other drink is permitted.  Cell phones, electronics and earbuds are also not permitted in the classroom, as per Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board Policy.

Communication Methods:

Communication with parents/guardians will be made through the use of the Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal, formal Report Cards and scheduled Parent/Teacher meetings. Semester Two Parent-Teacher Sessions are tentatively scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2018.  Parents/Guardians may initiate contact through Sydney Academy's Main Office at 902-562-5464 or via e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Individual meetings can also be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Where required, contact with home will be made through phone calls, e-mails or letters.  

 

Communication Plan: Food Studies and Hospitality 12 (2017-18)

Teacher: Michael MacNamara (Semester Two)

Course Description

Food Studies and Hospitality 12 is an introductory curriculum designed to explore food studies through a hospitality perspective. Students will have the opportunity to learn about basic food preparation skills both for personal development and for entry level employment possibilities. Professional food preparation and service are also explored. There is a laboratory component to this course. Units of study include: Food/Kitchen Safety, Kitchen Literacy and Numeracy, Professional Kitchen Organization, Food and Beverage Service, Basic Cooking Principles, Menu Planning, Food for Thought and Life/Work Experience.

Semester Two is divided into two terms. A term one interim report will be sent home to give an indication of student progress up to that point.  This is scheduled for mid-April, 2018. The work from term one and two is cumulative. This gives students an opportunity to demonstrate improvements from one term to the next.

Class Materials:

Students will be expected to have the following with them for each class:

  • 3-Ring Binder and Loose-leaf

  • Pens, Pencils, Eraser and Highlighter

Assessment Tools:

Students will be assessed using the following methods: In-class assignments; Labs; Projects;  Homework Assignments; Class Participation; Conversations and Observations; Tests/Quizzes; and Group Work Contribution.

Evaluation Procedure:

Quizzes and Tests: 30%

Projects/ Assignments/ Participation: 50%

Final Assessment: 20%

 

Students must attend regularly to succeed in this course.  There will be times in which students will be required to attend formal training sessions in our Library for certification (ie: Food Handlers; First Aid / CPR; and WHMIS).  This is a mandatory requirement in Unit One: Food & Kitchen Safety).  As a result, missed class time will be marked as a School Based Activity (ACT) and will not count as an absence.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify their teachers in advance and to get caught up on any classwork missed during certification training.   If a student is absent or misplaces a handout, it is the student’s responsibility to check in with Mr. MacNamara at the very start or end of the class period.  Students are expected to be active participants in their learning.  Please listen and speak respectfully during class discussions and activities.

Homework checks will be conducted frequently and at times without notice.  You will receive either a complete or incomplete mark for a homework check.  Be sure to record any homework assignments before you leave class and check our Google Classroom each evening to be aware of homework assignments and important dates. Classroom log-in codes will be distributed during class time and will appear on the Front Board.  It is encouraged that students share this access with their parent(s)/guardian(s).   Be sure to have your binder opened to the most recent homework assignment at the start of class.

 

If the student is absent on the day a project and/or assignment is due and that absence has been excused, then the project/assignment must still be sent to the school on the due date; if not, it will be considered late and the appropriate points will be deducted.  Projects / Assignments may be dropped off by a parent, by a student or sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Screenshots of the completed assignment can also be forwarded to Mr. MacNamara’s e-mail account with the hard copy submitted the very next day. Each day an assignment is late, 20% will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment.  In the case of serious or prolonged illness, alternate arrangements can be made with the teacher.   At least one week’s notice for tests will be provided. If the student’s absence is excused on a scheduled test day, please be aware that he/she may be tested immediately upon return to class, or at the teacher’s earliest convenience. If the absence is not excused, the mark will remain zero.

Please familiarize yourself with the following policies that have been placed on the Sydney Academy Website: www.sacademy.cbv.ns.ca
             Provincial School Network Access and Use Policy
Provincial School Code of Conduct Policy

Provincial School Attendance and Engagement Policy

Sydney Academy Exam Exemption Policy

Please know to take advantage of the five minute period between classes for water and washroom breaks.  Bottled water is permitted in the classroom; however, no food or other drink is permitted.  Cell phones, electronics and earbuds are also not permitted in the classroom, as per Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board Policy.

Communication Methods:

Communication with parents/guardians will be made through the use of the Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal, formal Report Cards and scheduled Parent/Teacher meetings. Semester Two Parent-Teacher Sessions are tentatively scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2018.  Parents/Guardians may initiate contact through Sydney Academy's Main Office at 902-562-5464 or via e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Individual meetings can also be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Where required, contact with home will be made through phone calls, e-mails or letters.  

 

 

Communication Plan: English 11 (2017-2018)

Teacher: Michael MacNamara

 

Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/NzM0NTg4NzQ2Mlpa

 

If any parent(s)/guardian(s) would like to access our Google Classroom, please feel free to e-mail Mike MacNamara for a Log-In credential.  My e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Course Description

 

English 11 builds upon the ideas, concepts and terms discussed and developed in English 10. Students will begin to develop their analytical skills and continue to hone their comprehension skills through the writing and revision of essays, short stories, poetry, and the discussion of assigned literature and media texts. Emphasis will be placed on literary and figurative language terms as well as vocabulary. All assignments and lessons taught in class reflect grade 11 outcomes and will be assessed through reading & viewing, speaking & listening, and writing & other ways of representing.

 

The English 11 classroom will always remain respectful of the various learning styles and multiple intelligences of the students registered in the course. Therefore, a variety of assessment and evaluation opportunities will be offered to measure student progress and learning.

 

Semester One is divided into two terms. A term one interim report will be sent home to give an indication of student progress up to that point.  This is scheduled for mid-November, 2017. The work from term one and two is cumulative. This gives students an opportunity to demonstrate improvements from one term to the next.

 

The English Language Arts program for Grade Eleven is arranged around the following outcome strands:

 

Reading and Viewing (40%)

 

Students will be expected to:

  • select, read, and view with understanding a range of literature,
 information, media and visual texts.


  • interpret, select and combine information using a variety of strategies,
 resources and technologies. 
            

  • respond personally to a range of texts.       

  • respond critically to a range of texts, applying their understanding of
 language, form and genre.

     

Writing and Representing (40%)

Students will be expected to:
       

  • use writing and other ways of representing to explore, clarify and reflect on their
 thoughts, experiences and learnings and to use their imagination.
        

  • create texts collaboratively and independently, using a variety of forms
 for a range of audiences and purposes.


  • use a range of strategies to develop effective writing and other ways of representing and to enhance their clarity, precision and effectiveness.

     

Speaking and Listening (20%)

Students will be expected to:
       

  • speak and listen to explore, extend, clarify and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.
       

  • communicate information and ideas effectively and clearly and to respond personally and critically with sensitivity and respect, considering the situation, audience and purpose.

 

Students will achieve the above outcomes through the following units of study:

Reading and Viewing (Understanding, Comprehension and Meaning)

  • Narrative, Expository, Informative, Persuasive, Poetry, Visual, and Multimedia

Writing and Representing (Written and Visual Communication)

  • Mechanics of Writing, Narrative Fiction, Narrative Non-Fiction, Expository, Informative, Persuasive, Poetry, Visual and Multimedia.

Speaking and Listening (Oral and Aural Communication)

  • Formal Speaking, Informal Speaking and Performance Based Learning Experiences.

Student Evaluation Breakdown:

 

Reading and Viewing: 40%

Writing and Representing: 40%

Speaking and Listening: 20%

 

The evaluation breakdown listed above will constitute 70% of the student's final grade for English 11and will be made up of in-class and at home assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests . The other 30% will come from an exam at the end of each term (January, 2018).



Final Mark: The final mark for English 11 will be based on two separate calculations. Seventy percent of the final mark will be based on term work determined by the English 11 Strands. The final examination is worth thirty percent of the final mark.

 

Class Materials:

 

Students will be expected to have the following with them for each class:

  • 3-Ring Binder and Loose-leaf

  • Duotang Short Story Portfolio (Provided)

  • Pens, Pencils and Erasers

Students must attend regularly to succeed in this course.  It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on any missed work outside of class time.  If a student is absent or misplaces a handout, all materials provided in class are also available at the end of the day on Mr. MacNamara’s Google Site (link above).  Students are expected to be active participants in their learning.  Please listen and speak respectfully during class discussions and activities.

 

Homework checks will be conducted frequently and at times without notice.  You will receive either a complete or incomplete mark for a homework check.  Be sure to record any homework assignments before you leave class and check the course website each evening to make sure you are always prepared for class.  Be sure to have your binder opened to the most recent homework assignment at the start of class.

 

If the student is absent on the day a project and/or assignment is due and that absence has been excused, then the project/assignment must still be sent to the school on the due date; if not, it will be considered late and the appropriate points will be deducted.  Projects / Assignments may be dropped off by a parent, by a student or sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Screenshots of the completed assignment can also be forwarded to my e-mail account with the hard copy submitted the very next day. Each day an assignment is late, 20% will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment.  In the case of serious or prolonged illness, alternate arrangements can be made with the teacher.   At least one week’s notice for tests will be provided. If the student’s absence is excused on a scheduled test day, please be aware that he/she may be tested immediately upon return to class, or at the teacher’s earliest convenience. If the absence is not excused, the mark will remain zero.

Communication Methods:

Communication with parents/guardians will be made through the use of the Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal, formal Report Cards and scheduled Parent/Teacher meetings. The first Parent-Teacher Sessions are tentatively scheduled for November 16-17, 2017.  Parents/guardians may initiate contact through Sydney Academy's Main Office at 902-562-5464 or via e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Individual meetings can also be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Where required, contact with home will be made through phone calls, e-mails or letters.  Daily lesson recap and homework for the course will be posted at the end of each day on the course website: https://sites.google.com/gnspes.ca/mikemacnamara/home

 

Communication Plan: Geography 10 (2017-2018)

Teacher: Michael MacNamara

Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/NzgyNTQ2MjAyOFpa 


If any parent(s)/guardian(s) would like to access our Google Classroom, please feel free to e-mail Mike MacNamara for a Log-In credential.  My e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Course Description

The Grade 10 Geography course deals with physical geography.  The course is divided into two sections: The Graphic Environment, and the Physical Environment.

Throughout Part A, “The Graphic Environment, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of, and practical experience in, constructing, using, and interpreting some of the images, maps and graphing skills commonly used by geographers to analyze the surrounding environment.

Part B, “The Physical Environment”, deals with the various land, ocean, and atmospheric processes that are at work sculpting the face of the Earth, as well as illustrating that Earth’s ecosystems are in a delicate balance and require careful global stewardship.

Part A: The Graphic Environment


Unit One: Data Collection

Unit Two: Data Processing and Representation

Unit Three: Data Interpretation and Utilization


Part B: The Physical Environment

 

Unit Four: Geographic Perspective

Unit Five: Land Environment
Unit Six: Ocean Environment
Unit Seven: Atmospheric Environment
Unit Eight: Spaceship Earth.

 

The Grade 10 Physical Geography Course is a foundation for the senior high Geography program.  The skills, techniques, and content provided through this course will, as background, best prepare students to complete effectively the Grade 11 Canadian Thematic and Regional Geography course and the Grade 12 Global Geography course.  

 

Student Evaluation Breakdown:

 

Labs/Assignments: (40%):  Students will be expected to complete a number of tasks in this area including computer labs, geolabs, written reports, presentations, reflections, at home and in-class assignments, etc.  Most of the work for this type of evaluation will be completed during class time, if used effectively.  What is not completed in class must be completed at home.  Please refer to the course website if you miss a class.

Tests/Quizzes: (30%):  Students will be expected to complete quizzes and/or tests (summative assessment) at the end of each unit of study.  At least one week’s notice will be provided.   Please check the course website regularly to keep up to date on deadlines and test dates

Cumulative Final Exam: (30%): The Final Exam for Geography 10 will take place on the final week of January, 2018.  This evaluation constitutes 30% of the Semester Grade.

 

Class Materials:

Students will be expected to have the following with them for each class:

  • 3-Ring Binder and Loose-leaf

  • Pens, Pencils and Erasers

  • Ruler

  • Coloring Pencils

  • Calculator

Students must attend regularly to succeed in this course.  It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on any missed work outside of class time.  If a student is absent or misplaces a handout, all materials provided in class are also available at the end of the day on Mr. MacNamara’s Google Site (link above).  Students are expected to be active participants in their learning.  Please listen and speak respectfully during class discussions and activities.

Homework checks will be conducted frequently and at times without notice.  You will receive either a complete or incomplete mark for a homework check.  Be sure to record any homework assignments before you leave class and check the course website each evening to make sure you are always prepared for class.  Be sure to have your binder opened to the most recent homework assignment at the start of class.

 

If the student is absent on the day a project and/or assignment is due and that absence has been excused, then the project/assignment must still be sent to the school on the due date; if not, it will be considered late and the appropriate points will be deducted.  Projects / Assignments may be dropped off by a parent, by a student or sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Screenshots of the completed assignment can also be forwarded to my e-mail account with the hard copy submitted the very next day. Each day an assignment is late, 20% will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment.  In the case of serious or prolonged illness, alternate arrangements can be made with the teacher.   At least one week’s notice for tests will be provided. If the student’s absence is excused on a scheduled test day, please be aware that he/she may be tested immediately upon return to class, or at the teacher’s earliest convenience. If the absence is not excused, the mark will remain zero.

Communication Methods:

Communication with parents/guardians will be made through the use of the Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal, formal Report Cards and scheduled Parent/Teacher meetings. The first Parent-Teacher Sessions are tentatively scheduled for November 16-17, 2017.  Parents/guardians may initiate contact through Sydney Academy's Main Office at 902-562-5464 or via e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Individual meetings can also be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Where required, contact with home will be made through phone calls, e-mails or letters.  Daily lesson recap and homework for the course will be posted at the end of each day on the course website: https://sites.google.com/gnspes.ca/mikemacnamara/home

 

  

Communication Plan: Health and Human Services 12 (2017-2018)

Teacher: Michael MacNamara

 

Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/NzgyNTY1OTQ2M1pa

If any parent(s)/guardian(s) would like to access our Google Classroom, please feel free to e-mail Mike MacNamara for a Log-In credential.  My e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Course Description

 

Health and Human Services 12 is of interest to students who might be considering post-secondary education/employment in health fields or human services including psychology/social work, continuing care, nursing, addictions counselling, youth and child studies, correctional services, educational support, gerontology, recreation & leisure, education. Health and Human Services 12 provides students with skills and knowledge in human development, ethics, the helping process, interpersonal and personal development, wellness, written and verbal communications and computer applications.

 

Students will explore skills and knowledge specific to defined occupations. Group work, case studies, community projects and agency interaction are some of the learning strategies used to ensure practical application of the theory studied. Community Based Education is a component of Health and Human Services 12.

 

Students will be expected to:

1. Identify the personal traits relevant to the helping careers associated with the health and human services field

2. Identify the role of volunteers in the health and human services field

3. Demonstrate an awareness of the social and health care systems and how to access the services they provide

4. Identify career opportunities in the health and human services field

5. Understand the need for caregivers to maintain personal and professional skills

 

Module 1: Overview of the Helping Field

  • Students will be expected to identify the personal traits relevant to the helping careers associated with the Health and Human Services field.

  • Students will be expected to identify the relationship between personal wellness and the determinants of community health.

 

Module 2: Volunteer Experience

  • Students will be expected to understand the value of volunteers and volunteerism in our communities.

NOTE:  Students are required to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours in an approved setting as a requirement of the course!

 

Module 3: Health and Human Systems: A Systems Approach

  • Students will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of the social and health care systems and how to access the services they provide.

 

Module 4: Career Connections and Pathways

  • Students will be expected to identify career opportunities in the health and human services field.

 

Module 5: Personal and Professional Skills

  • Students will be expected to understand the need for caregivers to maintain personal and professional skills.

 

Student Evaluation Breakdown:


Modules 1 and 2: 25%
Module 3: 20%

Module 4: 15%
Module 5: 25%
Volunteer Project: 15%
Remember: The volunteer service and reflection is mandatory and required for Health and Human Services 12 course credit!

 

Health & Human Services Assessment Strategies for 2017-2018

 

Academic Journal

An Academic Journal will be maintained throughout the course. The student will be expected to complete reflective entries on class events and presentations. Students will also be asked to reflect on their learning related to various assessments.  The Academic Journal may also be organized to store course materials such as notes, assignments, research, and community contact information.

 

Projects - Class presentations & Posters

Students will be expected to share research and information with the class and possibly with the school community. Presentations may take various formats and may be done individually or in small groups.

 

Assignments

Homework and class assignments may be submitted for assessment as requested by the teacher.

 

Participation in a Community event(s)

Health and Human Services 12 at Sydney Academy will help plan and organize a community event related to volunteerism. Participation is assessed using a rubric based on teacher expectations.

 

Volunteer Project & Journal Reflection

All students will be expected to complete a minimum 15 hours of volunteer service within the school and/or community. This will be assessed via student journal entries and reports from the recipient of the service or a supervisor. Students may participate in a variety of placements either organized privately or through an agency.  Mr. MacNamara will also be providing volunteer opportunities within the school for those students who are unable to complete out of school volunteer placements.  It should be noted that students must follow all school board guidelines with regard to transportation, police record, and child abuse registry checks, when required.

 

Class Materials:

 

Students will be expected to have the following with them for each class:

  • 3-Ring Binder and Loose-leaf

  • Pens, Pencils and Erasers

  • Academic Journal (Scribbler, Scrapbook or Diary)

 

Students must attend regularly to succeed in this course.  It is the student’s responsibility to catch up on any missed work outside of class time.  If a student is absent or misplaces a handout, all materials provided in class are also available at the end of the day on Mr. MacNamara’s Google Site (link above).  Students are expected to be active participants in their learning.  Please listen and speak respectfully during class discussions and activities.

 

Homework checks will be conducted frequently and at times without notice.  You will receive either a complete or incomplete mark for a homework check.  Be sure to record any homework assignments before you leave class and check the course website each evening to make sure you are always prepared for class.  Be sure to have your binder opened to the most recent homework assignment at the start of class.

 

If the student is absent on the day a project and/or assignment is due and that absence has been excused, then the project/assignment must still be sent to the school on the due date; if not, it will be considered late and the appropriate points will be deducted.  Projects / Assignments may be dropped off by a parent, by a student or sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Screenshots of the completed assignment can also be forwarded to my e-mail account with the hard copy submitted the very next day. Each day an assignment is late, 20% will be deducted from the final grade of the assignment.  In the case of serious or prolonged illness, alternate arrangements can be made with the teacher.   At least one week’s notice for tests will be provided. If the student’s absence is excused on a scheduled test day, please be aware that he/she may be tested immediately upon return to class, or at the teacher’s earliest convenience. If the absence is not excused, the mark will remain zero.

Communication Methods:

Communication with parents/guardians will be made through the use of the Student/Parent PowerSchool Portal, formal Report Cards and scheduled Parent/Teacher meetings. The first Parent-Teacher Sessions are tentatively scheduled for November 16-17, 2017.  Parents/guardians may initiate contact through Sydney Academy's Main Office at 902-562-5464 or via e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Individual meetings can also be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Where required, contact with home will be made through phone calls, e-mails or letters.  Daily lesson recap and homework for the course will be posted at the end of each day on the course website: https://sites.google.com/gnspes.ca/mikemacnamara/home