Unit 1: Physics
Dive into the world of engineering as you explore how to help the town of Heritage Valley as they need a different green energy source! God created our world, full of resources for us to use. You will create tools to test three different sources of power and come to a conclusion of which one you feel is suitable for their needs. You’ll have to take into consideration how electricity works, the pros and cons to the different sources of energy and overall cost of the building project! Hurry now, the town needs your help!
Unit 2: Chemistry
God has designed each and every element, pure substance and compound right down to the atom. So, we have elements, pure substances and compounds, but what’s the difference? And what is this so called ‘Periodic Table of Elements’? Students will get the opportunity to see detailed Element Highlights through each lesson and build their own highlight reel for the element of their choosing. On top of that, they will design their own lab from start to finish involving the creation of compounds and testing different hypotheses!
Unit 3: Biology
Become a naturalist and board the HMS Beagle for a tour of the Galapagos Islands! As you embark you will learn how to prepare for such a journey, and then begin your tour of the incredible islands. While there you’ll learn scientific art and become one with the birds, discover how they’ve adapted to their surroundings and why these adaptations have occurred. Then you’ll take your knowledge and apply it to the creation of your own island with different plants and species.
*We understand the varying opinions about this topic within our community and have included a Letter to the Parents where we have provided some rationale and ways to engage with the material to firmly input your family’s Biblical worldview as your student goes on their virtual learning journey!
Unit 4: Earth Science
Climate change – a controversial topic and one that affects everyone. But does it affect everyone the same? What are the injustices that present themselves in the discussion around the topic of environmental change? How has God designed our world to deal with climate change? Students will engage with the topics and decide for themselves which side of the fence they represent and do so by creating a collection of political artwork along with other activities throughout the module.
Ready to consider joining the course? We are offering two options this year:
Asynchronous: This is the traditional Online model of “any time, any pace, any place”. The student works on the course independently. The teacher is available on Zoom to help with questions and clarifications.
Synchronous: Students meet with their teacher in a virtual class on Zoom. Cameras are on as our purpose is to build community. The teacher will introduce the lesson(s) and assignment(s) for the week, give instructions, lead discussion, and prepare the students for the week’s work. Students commit to keeping pace with the class and to attending the weekly meeting which will last approximately 30 minutes. To view a class schedule visit https://hcos.ca/syncschedule.
This course is based on approximately three 45-60 minute lessons every week for 30 weeks.
Students are required to download and complete or print assignments, scan (either by taking pictures or physically scanning) and upload their assignments within Moodle.
Synchronous students will use Zoom for class meetings.
All students will use Zoom or email to ask questions, get help from the teacher.
Your child is...
An enrolled HCOS student
If your child is already an enrolled HCOS student, you can add a new online course in your parent Encom account. Here are the steps to do this:
- Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
What if I don't remember my login info?
A username and password was emailed to you when you originally enrolled with HCOS. If you do not know your username and password, click on the Lost your password? link on the Encom login page.
- In Encom, click on the Course Selection button.
- This will show you all of the courses that are available. If you do not see a specific course that you were looking for, please contact your individual teacher (grades 5-9) or regional grad advisor (grades 10-12).
- Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
A new student wishing to enroll with HCOS
To enroll your child with HCOS, go to onlineschool.ca/enrollment-options/enroll-or-register-now/. Read the information and requirements, then click the Proceed with DL Enrollment button, and complete the enrollment form.
Once you have completed this process, you will receive an email with your username and password for Encom. Then follow the steps for an enrolled HCOS student to add new courses.
Attending another school, but wishes to take an HCOS course
If you attend another school but wish to take just one, or a few courses with HCOS, please go to bconlineschool.ca for more information about how to cross-enroll. Click the Sign Up! button, near the top right corner, to get started: