Monday, September 7, 2015

Welcome Back!

Hello everyone and welcome back! It's time to sharpen those pencils and to get ready for the 2015-2016 school year. Please remember that today (September 8th) classes at G.P. Vanier begin for all students and are 30 minutes long with an early dismissal. I look forward to working with you all in the first semester and I'll see you at school bright and early today. Today's schedule is AG-C-D-A-B

Advisory Group - Welcome back advisory family. Today in AG we'll get our timetables, figure out where we're going for today's classes, collect student fees if you've got them and then discuss a few things for today's start up.

C Block Criminology 12 -  Welcome to Criminology 12. Today we will go through the course outline package and see what crimes we have in store for the next two months. In this course we look at crime theories and crime typology. The first three weeks of the course sees us look at a general history of crime, big ideas about why people commit crime and thoughts on why people become victims of crime. The main portion of the class then focuses on crime typologies: violent crimes; property crimes; white collar/enterprise/business crimes; organized/gang crimes; and crimes of a social nature (gambling, drug use, sex trade). Each week we spend Monday in the library working on an on-line crime blog while each Friday we'll watch an episode of CSI, Law & Order, Cold Case Files, Millennium, Criminal Minds, or Forensic Files (but there's always a question about what you watch).

D Block Geography 12 - Welcome to Geography 12...the most important class you'll ever take in your life. Today we will go through the course outline package and become familiar with the routines and structures of room 611. We will take the class to orient ourselves to the curriculum and get ready to look at observing as a geographer would. Tomorrow, we'll head outside for some observational and analytical skill development. Be prepared to look beyond simple observations and try to see a larger picture with connections to the wider world. We'll practice an analysis of a photo in class and you'll start working on your first assignment for the course.

A Block Socials 10 - Welcome to Social Studies 10. Today we will go through the course outline package and talk about the upcoming semester. Social Studies 10 first reorients you with basic mapping and geography skills from grades 8 and 9. Next, you’ll apply these skills in an investigation of Canada’s physiographic regions. With some insight into the different physical and environmental challenges of our varied landscape, you’ll examine the growth and expansion of Canada from a British colony to a nation approaching the twentieth century. Lastly the economies of BC and Canada will be studied with emphasis on the challenges facing our major industries. 

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