Below are descriptions for elective classes available for the 2019-2020 school year. We offer classes that have no prerequisites, and classes that require preapproval via the submission of a completed Electives Application (download here or available in the Carnegie front office). Depending on the class, supplemental documentation may also be required (i.e. teacher letter of recommendation, grades in previous classes, additional form that requires student/parent signature). These class offerings are subject to change based on availability.
In addition to choosing electives, students have the option to request core or honors level classes in English, Science and Social Studies. Please review our Honors Agreement here. The student and parent signatures indicate your commitment for the entire school year. Please have your student return this completed form to their teacher when selecting classes (currently enrolled students), or to Carnegie staff at class selection evening (incoming students).
Course Descriptions ¤ Requirements ¤ Contact Information
Intermediate Art – Open to students in all grades, this full year class is for all students who are passionate about art, but may not have knowledge of the elements of art or principles of design.
Advanced Art – This class is for 7th and 8th grade students with experience in art. Students must be knowledgeable about the elements of art, principles of design, be able to work on projects independently, and participate in art shows throughout the year. Students must submit three copies of current art works and a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Contact: Mrs. Morrison email@example.com
Beginning Band – This class is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are new to playing an instrument and wish to learn.
Intermediate Band – Open to students in all grades, this class is for students who have experience playing their instrument but don’t meet the requirements for Advanced Band (see below).
Advanced Band – This class is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who have band experience. Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun field trips, rallies, and events throughout the year as they are inspired through music. In order for students to be accepted into this class they should have knowledge of a few basic scales (Concert Bb, Concert Eb, Concert F) for woodwind, string, mallet and brass players. Students will need to provide Elementary School Music/Band teacher recommendation OR go through an in-person audition. Contact: Mr. Fedorov firstname.lastname@example.org
Choir – This class, open to students in all grades, is an introduction to singing and performance arts.
Advanced Choir –This class is for 7th and 8th grade students who have choir experience. This is a performing arts class; performances are a requirement and comprise part of the grade. Students will be able to participate in fun field trips to elementary schools, CMEA Honor Choir, San Juan Sings Festival, Golden Empire Choral Festival, Music in the Parks Festival, and performances throughout the year as they are inspired through music. In order for students to be accepted into this class they should have knowledge of basic musicianship and pitch matching, including the beginnings of reading music. Students will need to provide Elementary School Choir teacher recommendation OR go through an in-person audition. Contact: Mrs. Carey email@example.com
Competitive Sports – This NEW class is for 7th and 8th grade students who earned a C or better in Physical Education (PE). This class is unlike a traditional PE class – it’s a fast-paced, sport-focused course for students who love to compete. This class will provide an opportunity for students to play against and alongside other skilled players in a variety of sports including flag football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. Students must submit a letter of recommendation from either a coach or PE teacher and include grades earned in PE for the last two quarters. Contact: Mrs. Pierce firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Science Discovery – This is a NEW class open to 7th and 8th graders. This introductory computer science course is designed for middle school students and emphasizes problem-solving, creation, and collaboration while introducing students to the many ways computer science impacts their lives. Earning a passing grade in this class allows the student to enroll in Computer Science Principles at Bella Vista HS rather than having to take Computer Science Discoveries freshman year. Contact: Mr. Knight email@example.com
Drama/Theater Arts – Designed for 7th and 8th graders, Drama/Theater Arts is ideal for the student looking to either hone their acting skills (including several performances throughout the year that will involve rehearsals after school) or contribute to making art, sets, props, and costumes for the performances put on by this class. Contact: Ms. Estes firstname.lastname@example.org
Engineering Gateway – This class is a precursor to Bella Vista HS’s Engineering Pathway program. In this class, 7th and 8th graders will discover the design and modeling process, learn about programming by blending hardware design and software development, learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics while exploring mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Contact: Mr. Knight email@example.com
Exploration 1 – Open to students in all grades, this class consists of one quarter of each of the following subjects: Art, Computers, Drama and Music. This is a great choice for students who want an introduction to each of the subjects and who enjoy variety.
Exploration 2 – Open to students in all grades, this class consists of one quarter each of the following subjects: Art, AVID Strategies, Computer and Garage Band. This is a great choice for students who want an introduction to each of the subjects and who enjoy variety.
Media – For 7th and 8th graders, Media is an advanced technology class to produce Carnegie’s daily student news broadcast. Students will learn public speaking skills, videography, and digital audio/video editing and production techniques. Students will also learn cooperative skills as a member of a production team that will work together to produce creative and compelling multimedia pieces, promoting the practices and values that make Andrew Carnegie Middle School a community of safety, respect, and responsibility. Contact: Mr. Knight firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Assistant – 8th grade students interested in being an Office Assistant must complete a separate application and attach it to the Electives Application form. As “the face of Carnegie”, Office Assistants work in the front office to greet visitors, deliver passes to classrooms, and assist with administrative tasks as directed by the front office staff. An ideal candidate has solid academic and citizenship grades, consistent attendance, and exhibits exemplary behavior and attitude. Contact: Mrs. Wasiel email@example.com
Student Government – The Student Government class is responsible for activities on campus, overseeing rallies, dances, lunch activities and all kinds of fun stuff on campus. For students who feel they want to contribute to the overall experience of every Scot on campus, this group brings the fun to campus, and is made up of responsible individuals who work well independently and in a group, are willing to devote extra time and work extra hard, but are ready to have extra fun. If you feel you are up to the task, contact Dr. Borton firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Room G1 to pick up a questionnaire.
Teacher Assistant – 8th grade students interested in being a Teacher Assistant must complete a separate application and attach it to the Electives Application form. Teacher Assistants help their teacher with administrative duties and other tasks as needed. Contact: Mr. Brandt email@example.com
Yearbook – Students in 7th and 8th grades will receive an introduction into all parts of journalism, including writing, photography, and design through the creation of our Highlander yearbook. Students have the chance to record all events and memories that happen throughout the year. To apply, please answer the following question on a separate sheet of paper: “Why should you be considered for the Highlander Yearbook class?” Contact: Ms. Goudy firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Graders may choose from Exploration 1, Exploration 2, Intermediate Art, Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Band, Choir and Advanced Band.
7th Graders may choose from all the electives listed above except for Office Assistant and Teacher Assistant.
8th Graders may choose from all the electives listed above.