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Math problems?

I am a grade 10 student and was just wondering that if you take Math 10 AP and you get a 4 on it and you get credits for it in university but if you take a science major such as biology then, will the credits for that Math 10 AP count? Also, If you take Math 10 AP, then do you still need to take Math 20 in grade 11 or can you take Math 20 in summer school and take Math 30 in grade 11 so that you can take Math 31 or advanced classes in grade 12. Thank you so much!

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Hello there,

I’ll just answer these as best I can in order.

  1. Generally the rule is that if you take a course you  earn the credits for that course granted you pass, those credits cannot be revoked for as far as I know. The credits system is designed to help you, and taking different courses will not in any way hurt your credits. taking Math10AP and Bio in high school will add to your credits and will help you in the long term if you apply for something in uni that requires you to have those 2 subjects under your belt. In short; all the credits you earn regardless of subject will count towards whatever you apply in uni, every credit counts.
  2. If you take Math 10AP, and pass, you’re clear for 20-1 for the following year, or you may chose to complete it in summer school. Now if you do complete 20-1 in summer school and wish to take 30-1, you will have to provide proof to Ms Geran and Ms Singh of your completion of 20-1 in summer school. However, keep in mind that it is not an absolute guarantee that you will get your way in this matter because Math 30-1 works differently than most courses in the high school. Unlike other 30-1 level subjects, math 30-1 is a prerequisite subject for math 31 (calculus) and generally the students who’ve applied for math 31 take it second semester and are required take math 30-1 in their first semester of grade 12. In your case if you are planning on taking math 31 in grade 11 I do not think it will be possible because you’d have two 30 level subjects on your grade 11 year, you would have only have a few spots left on schedule left for everything else that’s mandatory like leadership and ELA, alongside with what you want to apply with uni with. At the point it becomes a mess of a schedule. One more thing is that Ms Geran and Ms Singh have to approve of your choices, because they’re the ones who make the ultimate decision, and usually will know what’s best for you.

My Advice?

its great you’re looking forward but don’t get too ambitious, because 20 level subjects are meant to be taken by grade 11 students, and 30 level subjects are meant to be taken by grade 12 students. If its room on your schedule you’re worried about, you’ll have room for all three sciences, English, Social, Math, and Calculus in your grade 12 year if that’s what you choose of course.

if you seek more help or guidance on your issue or if my answer isn’t the full extent to which you’d like, there are slips in the office that you can book appointments with Ms Geran and Ms Singh with and they’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and direct you in the right way.

Thanks for asking,

~Nilave

Regarding AP courses

Question: Hi! I just wanted to ask that if you are coming to FFCA for the first time and you are a 10th grader and never had experience in FFCA before grade 10, and want to see if AP suits you or not, then can you take AP classes in the second semester of your 10th grade in order to see if AP would be best for you in future. Thanks!


Hello and thank you for contacting Let’s Talk, FFCA!

A quick note about AP classes, these classes cover everything that is covered in the regular course curriculum, with some additional information. For example, Science 10AP will complete the entire Science 10 course, with extra time devoted to some Grade 11 concepts. It is seriously important to note that any AP course is a huge time and effort commitment, one that can easily pull your grades down if you are not studying regularly and staying on top of course material. Take my word for it and do not take AP courses just because someone thinks it is better for you, only if you are genuinely interested in learning about a topic at a faster rate.

To address your question, I would like to provide you some information about AP in grade ten. To begin, AP Science is arguably the easiest of the AP courses to take in Grade 10, and provides some very helpful information about all of the 20 level sciences. AP Math is decidedly a bit more difficult, but contains concepts that are vital to Math 20 and beyond. AP English is a huge jump from regular English 10 (However, It is only offered in the first semester), and has proven to be arguably the most difficult AP course to be in. Contained in it is lots of reading, lots of work, but a huge knowledge payoff.

All the AP courses available in FFCA are Science 10AP, Math 10AP, English 10,20,30AP. Physics 20 and 30 AP, along with Chemistry 20 and 30 AP are offered depending on how many people sign up for them.

Grade ten is the best time to see what AP courses fit you the best. I am not entirely sure how new arrivals into FFCA make their course selections, but I would certainly recommend contacting our guidance councillor Ms. Geran. (shelly.geran@ffca-calgary.com), in order to get your AP classes in the second semester, if that is what you wish. This is not guaranteed, however – you may have to end up taking some AP courses in either semester.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

Thanks for reading, and I really hope you enjoy being at FFCA!

~Areeb

Exam Bank

Question: What is the school login info for exam bank?


Exam bank is an online site that has study materials and practice tests that can be used to help prepare for exams.

The username is: ffcahs 

The password is: desks

Best of luck on exams,

Sydney 

Grade Averages

Question: I’m a grade 9 student and I have 90s in all my core subjects as well as my options and second language classes. I have a low grade in phys ed, will that affect anything?


The biggest thing to remember here is that having one low grade – as devastating as that can be – is not the end of the world, and in fact may affect you very little.

If the rest of your marks are high and if you only have one of two classes that you do poorly in, it won’t greatly affect your average because your abundant good marks will keep you flying high. The worst that can happen with having a low grade in Phys Ed (which I relate to!) or any other course for that matter is that your report card average might suffer a couple percents.

But that’s it. There are no scary consequences for having one bad grade. It can be tough when you’re trying to do everything perfectly, but we all have to remember that our little mistakes or shortcomings aren’t going to haunt us for years to come.

When it comes to applying for awards or scholarships, as far as I know, you’re often able to select which courses and which grades you apply with. So if you don’t want this gym mark to be seen, it doesn’t have to be – not to mention that you’ll never have to submit your Grade 9 report card.

It’s really in 10, 11, and 12 where grades begin to matter more – especially in Grade 11 and in the first semester of Grade 12 – because those are the marks you’ll be applying to universities with. Don’t stress too much about this for Grade 9 – though it’s great to cement a solid work ethic

Don’t stress too much about all of this for Grade 9 – though it’s great to cement a solid work ethic now, because it will serve you well in the next few years.

In summary, your one bad grade won’t have any lasting effects on your record. Hope this helped!

Best wishes,

Ziyana K.

Option of Full Year ELA

Question: What happens if someone is in dash 2 LA? Do they have to take summer school or do an extra year in high school? Thanks


If you are taking -2 ELA, individuals are not required to do another year of high school, nor are they required to do summer school. At FFCA, you have the ability to take full year ELA (so ELA -2 in Semester 1, and then ELA -1 in Semester 2), as it can be beneficial for your learning.

I do acknowledge that there can be a stigma around the -2 stream, but by basing it off of what YOU feel is best, it will have the ability to provide some big rewards. The reason why individuals consider taking full year ELA is because it provides a continuity and consistency in your ELA skills, which is important to build upon to prepare for higher grades. The one drawback to having full year ELA is that you will lose an elective option the following year.

If you are considering taking ELA -2, I recommend starting a conversation with Ms.Geran, just so you are aware of what ELA -2 entails, and how it will affect your scheduling or timetable. And because course selection is coming within the next month or two, being as well educated and informed of your options can help you make the best decision.

Ultimately, your choices are:
1) Do ELA -2 in summer school
2) Do full year ELA during school (but lose an elective spot)
3) Do ELA -1, and don’t take -2 (but please consult with Ms.Geran on your options)

Kind regards,
Aaron

Higher Level Courses in University 

Question: Hello! I’m interested in pursuing my BSc at the University of Calgary. They recommend me to take Physics 30 and/or Math 31. I want to take Physics 30, but I’m scared they’ll automatically put me in a higher level course in my first year. What should I do?


Daniel:
Hello and thank you so much for your question!

Since we don’t have any first-hand experience with post-secondary education, we have contacted Ashley, one of our alumni-founders/creators of this site! She says to not worry about being placed in a higher level class because everyone in first year sciences follows the same structure of introductory coursess. Also, you get to choose and build your schedule. However, if you would like to pursue a specific course, you are more than welcome to, but it isn’t really necessary.

If you would like additional information that is more specific to your own aspirations and inquiries, I recommend seeing Ms. Geran!

I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming exams and pursuit of post-secondary education!

Deconstructing the Stress Behind Writer’s Block During an Essay/Personal Narrative Writing Assessment

Question: When writing a timed essay/narrative, how do you stay calm under pressure and come up with ideas quickly without taking up too much time to plan? Also how do you deal with writers block? Lastly, what happens if you aren’t able to finish writing the piece in time?


Hey! Thank you for your question. I understand how difficult it is to stay calm under pressure but the best thing you could possibly do is take 30 seconds to just breathe, once you’re able to control your breath you can better focus on the task at hand.

Furthermore, you have asked about how to come up with ideas on the spot, personally I would offer that you should seek out inspiration the night before a personal narrative- read some blogs or watch some innovative ted talks- soak in ideas and find something that interests you that is open-ended and you can play with. If this still doesn’t work for you, think about the prompt in relevance to your life and how can you now write from your own experience?

In terms of a critical essay, my best advice is to really understand your plot and the evolution of the protagonists in your novel to be able to write about them. Look at some exam prompts and jot some notes down about each as to how you would answer them in relation to your selected novel. The more do this, the more you are better able to understand your novel and apply your knowledge to questions of matter. Basically, what I am trying to get at is with writing an essay or a narrative it should not be an “on the spot affair” if you actually put work into preparing and understanding your novel, you will easily be able to manipulate any prompt to work in your favour.

However, if you are still extremely stumped in the moment, think about what you’ve already written in class and try to see if there is a way to use that prompt to answer the question you are currently given. For an example, let’s say your current prompt is: “How does an individual deal with adversity?” and maybe you’ve already written an essay in class on the prompt, “How does one’s ambition impact an individual?” A good exam tip is to connect them both if you’re prepared as a writer to do so. So perhaps if I was writing about Macbeth I could talk about how his ambition blinded him from reacting rationally towards adversity. This is definitely a stretch and I’d only really offer this to you if you’re prepared to attempt something new and challenging. If you are not, that is also okay, start by jotting down notes about the prompt and then find points that interconnect with the plot/characters of the novel you have studied. Once you get your pen on the page you will be good to go, the more you sit pondering, the more time you waste.

Okay so moving on to writer’s block, honestly the best way to move past it is to seek out inspiration. Don’t wait till you are in the exam room to move past it. Like I said earlier read some blogs, listen to some spoken word poetry, watch some Ted Talks- allow yourself to delve into some thought-provoking art and reflect upon it. It’s not enough to just read a few blogs or watch a few videos, put effort into journaling and responding to what you’re experiencing. Once you do that, I assure you the writer’s block will disappear on its own. But also, relate all of this back to you, ask yourself: how and why does this affect me? When you begin to ask questions, you’re already stimulating thought.

Lastly, if you don’t finish your essay or narrative on time it will still be taken in and will be graded. Whatever you’ve written including your planning will be taken into consideration. You will not get a zero for not finishing, the quality of work you produce is what you’ll be graded on. That being said, it is important for you to strive to meet the exam expectations- it only makes you a better writer and critical thinker.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask them or come and talk to me if you see me around in the hallways. I’d be happy to offer any help or support that I can.

Sincerely,
Malika

The Three Sciences

Question: Is taking all 3 sciences hard?


Spencer: Taking all 3 sciences isn’t too difficult, though having extra core courses may take some extra organization to do well in all 3. I found that juggling all 3 wasn’t too difficult, and I enjoyed what the three courses offered, though it can be a bit overwhelming towards the end with the later exams, but if you work around those times in your schedule, it isn’t too bad.

Sports, Sports, and More Sports

Question: What’s it like being on a sports team?


Sam here and I’ll be answering your question about sports! So generally, in my opinion, all the sports teams aren’t usually very hard to try out for. Usually when one makes the team, that’s when the vigorous training starts. Some sports, like wrestling and cross country, don’t require you to try out as those teams are more with the idea of,”the more the merrier.” Track is also similar to ,”the more the merrier” system, however, the coaches will pick the athlete who trained the hardest for that specific event, or is best suited. There are many sports teams in FFCA, however the ones I will talk about are the teams that I were on for the last two years: cross country, track, badminton, and about a half a season of wrestling.

 

Personally, cross country was not very difficult. Practice for cross country takes place Monday-Wednesday. Then the race day would follow on Thursday. Since cross country is really just running, the coaches would have us run to different places throughout the three days. Tuesdays would usually be hill runs, while Monday and Wednesday were just regular routine running. However, since cross country is a long-distance running sport, we would usually run more than we have to. For example, junior girls only had to run 3km this year, but we would usually run 5-6km during practice, sometimes 7 depending on where we are going. Cross country is a team where anyone can honestly join, whether you the fastest runner, or the slowest. It’s also a great team to be in as you make new friends and are able to build any stamina that you might need.

 

Track, depending on what events you are trying out for, can really vary from easy to difficult training. Regardless if you’re trying out for running or not, the team runs either 2 laps in the north field, or 1 Terry Fox lap around the school. Of course all three types of events (throwing, jumping, running) have different type of training so you are able to improve on the specific event that you are trying out for. Also depending on which coach is coaching that event, they may give you different advice that will help. Track practice usually varies; this year it was Tuesday and Thursday after school, and then Tuesday-Thursday during lunch. You don’t have to show up to all of the practices, as they are quite lenient on it, however, it is recommended that you show up to as many as possible so that you are able to improve before the actual tournament day.

 

Badminton is an amazing sport that encourages you to develop teamwork and communication skills between your teammates and coaches. Depending on if you’re on the junior or senior team, the practices usually varies. Junior badminton practices are generally during lunch and after school, while senior practices are only after school, generally for one and a half hours. For the senior team, some practices would start right after school, while sometimes it would start at 5 and go all the way until 6:30. The junior badminton training wasn’t really all training; it was where you are able to have fun and learn new techniques from other peers. The senior team, however, is generally more focused on the training aspect. During training, we focus on the techniques of clearing, smashing, drop shots, foot movement, etc. from all our coaches and using those techniques, the entire team is able to improve tremendously over a short period of time.

 

The last one I will talk about is wrestling. Although I can’t give as much insight on wrestling as I can on the other sports, the training we go through can be hard when you first start is, but as the season goes by, you understand that it’s to help you become better at wrestling, get stronger, and to help ensure that you don’t get injuries. Wrestling practices generally take place after school, as we have actual wrestling mats that we use during practice. During practice, the team goes through a series of wrestling techniques and strategies that help enable you to become better at wrestling. We tend to learn these strategies because our coach last year talked about the idea of how strength might not always be advantageous, but techniques are too.

 

Hope this has helped on your inputs on sports!

Behind the Scenes

Question: If i don’t want to act in one act, but i still want to be involved in some way, what can i do?


Nilave:

If you don’t feel like acting, there’s always Tech. Technical theater is a course that basically makes the performing arts community so dazzling, and there are a multitude of roles involved in tech so brace yourself. If you’re involved in lighting you’re in charge of brightening and dimming, and changing the colours of the lights on cue, for sound its more or less the same, just with music and sound effects. Other roles like Running crew are in charge of the actual set movement during the performance, its more of a physically demanding role because you generally have to lift and move sets before, during, and after the performance. Set designers are the crew of artists who actually get to make the sets for the production.

Stage managing and Directing are also options, but the one-acts are only directed by the grade 12s who’ve taken drama 30. Stage managers are usually chosen by Ms. Orchard, Mr. Halas, Mr. Belcourt and the director of the one-act play.


Claire:

Tech also builds a wonderful sense of community. The friends and family you create will stick with you throughout all of high school, and often beyond that. As well, it is incredible to watch a show go from bare-bones rehearsal to full show. It is a perfect choice for someone who doesn’t want the stage, yet still wants to be involved.