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Science Electives At Thomson


Grade 11 Environmental Sciences, Workplace Preparation  (SVN3E1)

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9 (any level) OR Science, Grade 10 (any level)


  This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in work and life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the impact of human activities on the environment; human health and the environment; energy conservation; resource science and management; and safety and environmental responsibility in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on relevant, practical applications and current topics in environmental science, with attention to the refinement of students’ literacy and mathematical literacy skills as well as the development of their scientific and environmental literacy.





Grade 11 Environmental Science students performed field tests and collected species at Highland Creek and Brickworks Pond.





Grade 11 Environmental Sciences, University/College Preparation  (SVN3M1)

Prerequisite:  Grade 10 Science, Academic (SNC2D1/3/8)  OR  Grade 10 Science, Applied (SNC2P1).  Mark of 70% or above AND strong interest in environmental issues are strongly recommended.

  This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.

Grade 11 Environmental Science and Environment & Outdoors Club students explored nature at Point Pelee National Park, Ontario.


Grade 12 Health Sciences  (SNC4M1)

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic with a mark of 70% or above strongly recommended  OR  Grade 11 Science (any subject; University, College, or Mixed Level).

  For students in the SHSM-Health and Wellness program, enrollment in this course is strong recommended as it covers many criteria required in the program.

  This course enables students, including those who do not intend to pursue science-related programs at the post-secondary level, to further develop their understanding of science and its technological applications. Students will explore a range of topics, including organic products in everyday life; pathogens and disease; energy alternatives and their impact globally; communications systems; and science and contemporary societal issues. Emphasis will be placed on relating these topics to global issues as well as to daily life, and on developing skills in the areas of experimentation, research, critical thinking, and analysis.

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Grade 12 Health Sciences students toured the Emergency and Trauma Centre at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.



Specialist High Skills Major - Health and Wellness

  After manufacturing and retail, health care is the third largest employment sector in Canada.  There will be a great need for health care, fitness, child care, and family services professionals in the near future.  If you enjoy learning about health issues and applying your understanding to taking care of individuals, the SHSM-Health and Wellness program may be a good fit for you!


Benefits as a Specialist High Skills Major in Health and Wellness

  While completing your OSSD requirements and as a SHSM-Health and Wellness student, you prepare yourself for a career in Health and Wellness, whether the pathway be Workplace, Apprenticeship, College, or University; by the following ways:

  • Explore, identify, and refine career goals to make informed decisions about next-steps after high school.
  • Select courses that teach you valuable knowledge and skills to prepare you in the Health and Wellness sector.
  • Earn certifications (e.g. CPR, First Aid, WHMIS, and others) recognized by the Health and Wellness sector and post-secondary institutions, giving you an advantage when entering the workforce.
  • Take part in "Reach Ahead" learning experiences (e.g. job-shadowing, attending a workshop by the Health and Wellness sector, or apprecticeship training) that build confidence in their ability to be successful, refine skills, and work habits.
  • Identify and develop transferrable skills and work habits recognized by the Health and Wellness sector.
  • Access resources and equipment awhile training on the job with actual employers like hospitals and clinics.


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Thomson SHSM-Health and Wellness students training in roles of lab technician, pharmacy technician, radiology technician, and dental hygienist.

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Criteria for Distinguished SHSM Red Seal on Ontario Secondary School Diploma

  To earn your SHSM Red Seal, complete the following in addition to the requirements for your high school diploma:

  • 9 academic credits with 6 Certifications - CPR, First Aid, Infection Control, WHMIS, and two other electives.
    • 5 Majors - 1 Science (Gr. 11) plus four from any combination of Science, Phys-Ed, Family Studies, and/or Dual Credit (1 Co-op OSSD credit + 1 bonus credit from a post-secondary College)
      • For each Major credit:  Completion of a health issues-related Contextualized Learning Activity (CLA) that's a specialized unit (about six lessons)
    • 2 Co-Op
    • 1 Math (Gr. 11/12)
    • 1 English (Gr. 12)
  • "Reach Ahead" Learning Experiences
  • Experiential Learning Activities
  • Ontario Skills Passport - Used to match your strength and interests, identify skills, plan further skills development; plan your appropriate pathway accordingly


For more information, please speak with Ms. Takas in Guidance.



What is Science?



   A child, a school teacher, and a scientist were travelling by train through Scotland when they saw a brown cow through the window of the train:


  "Aha", said the child, "I see that Scottish sheep are brown".

  "Hmm,", said the school teacher, "you mean that some Scottish sheep are brown".

  "Not quite", said the scientist, "all we know is that there is at least one sheep in Scotland, and that at least one side of that sheep is brown".


  Science is a deep and useful path of understanding our world.  Before we can really understand science, we first need to understand how it works.  Science is a process where one is seeking an expectation or a truth.  The following were truths generally-accepted until somebody challenged them using the process of Science:

  • Landscapes and all life on Earth are immutable; they have not changed since the beginning of time.
  • Everything is made of one of four elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water.
  • The Earth is flat and one can fall off its edge.
  • The Earth is positioned at the center of the Universe.


  The examples above were proved incorrect.  New truths about changing landscapes and lifeforms, the makeup of all matter, the shape of the Earth, and the Earth's place in the universe were revealed.  Over time to this day, different people around the world have been work together by sharing their scientific processes, being skeptical of results, learning from each other's mistakes, and trying different investigations to become closer to truths.  As a result, we are more closer to truths than before.



Benefits of Studying More Science


  You don't have to investigate photosynthesis inside leafs, nuclear reactions, or the brightness of new stars.  Anytime that you think about the world around you and wonder how things are, you are engaged in science: Have you wondered how and why water forms outside a cold cup on a hot day?  Is the water from the drink within the cup?  Will water still form on the cup with a closed lid?  You are practicing science!

  Science affects your life in so many ways; thus, science plays a very important role in society.  Our understanding of science comes from people of different cultures and time periods around the world.  Today, communication between different people around the world makes sharing scientific knowledge easier and faster than ever before.  Technologies have been helping humans live easier lives.  As new technologies and technological products are used with the aim to benefit humans, problems that can harm humans arise.  The focus of many scientists today is finding solutions to world-wide problems like the negative effect of pollution on human health and the environment.

  The more that you practice in the process of science, the more better that you can understand the world around you.  Soon, you may find your role in the world and how to contribute to it.

Studying Science for Students' Success In Life?

  Above all, you gain confidence, knowledge, and skills in finding answers to your own questions about the world and your own needs in life.

  By using the scientific method in science investigations, you can improve your skills in following a set of procedures carefully.  You can improve your skill in making observations in detail and patiently.  You can improve your skills in self-reflection after analyzing your results.

  By working with other students in designing, investigating, peer-reviewing, and presenting, you can improve your skills at team-work and leadership.

  By presenting your understanding of science and/or a scientific investigation, you can improve your skills in communicating effectively, orally and in writing, for an audience who may not have your Science knowledge and/or experience.  Essentially, you can improve your skills at teaching.

  By a scientific investigation, you can practice your skills in studying something objectively.  You can learn that scientifically-determined truths are different from personal claims of faith and opinions.  Furthermore, you can learn that scientists, like anybody else, can make claims of faith and have opinions.

  You can learn to value achievements of people from different backgrounds and cultures.  You can learn to consider many points of view -- cultural, social, and politicial -- of an issue for a debate and/or before making an important decision.

  You can learn to make sense of the world:  Comparing new computer technologies like laptops and tablet computers; viewing TV advertisements for weight-loss with skepticism; deciding to accept the "truthful word" of professionals like doctors and politicians; making critical choices about foods to buy and eat; exposing yourself to wireless technologies; combating global warming; constructing nuclear power stations  and wind turbines near home; combating diseases with genetic engineering, stem cell research, and/or naturopathy.

  If you study only Grades 9 and 10 Science, your choices for choosing careers involving Science may be limited.  Studying more Science can help increase your opportunities for finding a job.


  However, the time to get serious about your marks and thinking about your future is now.  Your academic success in Grade 11 is going to be more important than ever!  Our goal as DMT teachers is to help you plan your goals for successes both in your courses this year and afterwards, plus work towards achieve them successfully.

You must complete a third Science credit (OR  one Technology credit) to earn your High School Diploma.  To ensure that you can be successful, it is just as important to enroll in the Grade 11 and/or 12 Science course best suited to meet your interests and goals for your future.


  The Science Department is always looking for new ways to make our courses both challenging and interesting. Our courses offer students the opportunity to learn through practical experiments, problem solving, and use of computers. Homework is seen as an essential part of students learning.

  The time to get serious about your marks and thinking about your future is now.  Your academic success in Grades 11 and 12 are going to be more important than ever!  Many Canadian universities are considering Grade 11 marks for early admissions. Our goal as DMT teachers is to help you plan your goals for successes both in your courses this year and afterwards, plus work towards achieve them successfully.

  To ensure that you can be successful, it is just as important to enroll in the biology course best suited to meet your interests and goals for your future.


What To Do If You Are Failing Senior Sciences

  Express your concern to your teacher.  Ask if you any what that you can still pass.  Many of the assessments (some quizzes or assignments) in the course are considered "assessments for" (diagnostic and formative) and "assessment as" (formative).  The purpose of these assessments is to act as a "self-check" to see that you are learning newly-taught material.  You are expected to make mistakes as it is evidence that you can learn.  These assessments do not count toward your final mark.  Ask you teacher again if the quizzes and/or assignments that you failed are such assessments.

  Your teacher respects an honest effort, even if you started late.  Continue to come to class and on-time because it makes a big difference.  Continue to take notes from your teacher and write down notes from the board because what s/he says and writes are important.  Continue to seek notes from a classmate and see if your note-taking skills can improve: Perhaps your classmate wrote down notes that you felt were not important or you notes can be made neater.  Continue to start your homework and try to complete it.  Continue to complete as many problem-solving questions as you can because you will become more comfortable with the concepts to try others.


What To Do If You Feel Like Withdrawing From Senior Sciences?

  Give yourself credit if you have been doing your very best.  If you have tried everything but can not produce the results that you want, give yourself a break.  Be assured that nobody has ever been perfect and every successful person in history has failed at something.  It is a part of life; however, how you handle this can affect your academic future.  Please discuss this feeling with your teacher.  S/he can offer some advice or suggestions that you did not think of before.

  Consider your options carefully.  Do not regret your actions or words later.

  If you have not put forth the effort to study, complete your homework and/or hand in assignments, for whatever reason, it is worth considering the option to withdraw.  If you are going to withdraw, be sure to do so before the Full Disclosure Date one week after Midterms.  Your failing mark will not be recorded on your Ontario Student Transcript.


  If you withdraw from the course after the Full Disclosure Date, your failing mark will be recorded on your Ontario Student Transcript.  This poor mark will lower your academic average, harming your chances of meeting admission targets for university or college.


  After withdrawing from the course, you can discuss remaining in the class as an auditor.  When auditing a course, the student attends lessons but is not awarded the course credit.  However, it is worth considering because information learned may "stick with you" and you can be more prepared if you choose to repeat the course in the future.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 20:30
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