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    ELECTIVES DESCRIPTION RESOURCE - for 2020-2021 School Year

    The 6, 7 and 8 following the class names indicate which grades may request the course.    

    All students are placed in one elective class, though during the course selection process, 6th graders will submit (2) elective choices, and 7th and 8th graders will submit (3) elective choices, ranked in order of preference.  Applying for an elective does not guarantee placement in the class. 

    Course descriptions containing content in red require that students email the teacher additional information before the student is considered for placement the class.

    Students must submit required additional information, if applicable, for EACH elective selected in order to be considered for that class, including their #2 and #3 choices.

    Course descriptions without highlighted content have no prerequisites and may be requested without additional information submitted.

     

    Required additional information must be received by teachers by Friday, May 8, 2020

     

    Art (6, 7, 8): This class is for students who are passionate about art, but may not have knowledge of the elements of art or principles of design. Contact Mrs. Morrison at erin.morrison@sanjuan.edu

    Art – Advanced (7, 8): Advanced Art is for students with prior experience in art. Students must be knowledgeable of the elements of art, principles of design, be able to work on projects independently, and will 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 at erin.morrison@sanjuan.edu

    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) (7): AVID is a national program designed to support and assist selected students with a college preparatory curriculum focused on analytical writing, note-taking, study skills, organization, and teamwork. With the disruption of traditional schooling at the end of this year, building AVID skills will help students get caught up and focused on high school preparation. Additionally, AVID focuses on FUN, positive, team-building activities as well as providing academic support. Students must complete an online application by clicking here, and have a record of positive behavior on campus. View this video for more information, and contact Mrs. Estes at amy.estes@sanjuan.edu

    Band - Beginning (6, 7, 8): Designed for all students wanting to learn how to play an instrument, this is a performing arts class and required performances are a part of the student’s grade. You will have the opportunity to participate in fun field trips, rallies, and events throughout the year as we continue to inspire through. Contact Mr. Fedorov at igor.fedorov@sanjuan.edu    

    Band - Intermediate (6, 7, 8): Intended for students who have at least one year of experience playing their instrument but don’t have the required skills for Advanced Band, this is a performing arts class and required performances are a part of the student’s grade. You will have the opportunity to participate in fun field trips, rallies, and events throughout the year as we continue to inspire through music. Contact Mr. Fedorov at igor.fedorov@sanjuan.edu

    Band - Advanced (6, 7, 8): Structured for students who have previous band experience, this is a performing arts class and required performances are a part of the student’s grade. You will have the opportunity to participate in fun field trips, rallies, and events throughout the year as we continue to inspire 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, Concert Ab, Chromatic Scale) for woodwind, string, mallet and brass players. Students will need to provide an Elementary School Music/Band teacher recommendation OR go through a virtual audition.  Contact Mr. Fedorov at igor.fedorov@sanjuan.edu

    Choir (6, 7, 8): Choir is for all students interested in singing.  It is a performing arts class and required performances are a part of the student’s 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 we continue to inspire through music. Contact Mrs. Carey at wcarey@sanjuan.edu

    Choir - Advanced (6, 7, 8):  Advanced Choir is a performing arts class and required performances are a part of the student’s 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 we continue to inspire 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 an Elementary School Choir teacher recommendation OR go through a virtual audition.  Contact Mrs. Carey at wcarey@sanjuan.edu

    Computer Science Discoveries (7, 8): This class is an introductory computer science course, emphasizing problem-solving, creation, and collaboration, while introducing students to the many ways computer science impacts their lives. Taking this class allows you to take Computer Science Principles at Bella Vista without having to take their Computer Science Discoveries class. Contact Mr. Knight at erik.knight@sanjuan.edu

    Engineering Gateway CTE (7, 8): Engineering Gateway CTE is a program that feeds into Bella Vista’s Engineering Pathway program. In this class you will discover the design and modeling process, learn about programming by blending hardware design and software development, while exploring mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Contact Mr. Knight at erik.knight@sanjuan.edu

    Exploration 1 (6, 7, 8): This elective “wheel” gives students the opportunity to take four elective classes throughout the year on a quarterly rotation. Some classes might include Introduction to Art, Garage Band, Computers, or Performing Arts. Contact Mrs. Morrison at erin.morrison@sanjuan.edu

    Media (7, 8): Media is an advanced technology class to produce our daily student news broadcast. Students will learn public speaking skills, videography, digital audio/video editing and production techniques as well as cooperative skills as a member of a production team working together to produce creative and compelling multimedia pieces. The class promotes the practices and values that make Andrew Carnegie Middle School a community of safety, respect, and responsibility. To apply, please answer the following question and submit via email: “Why should you be considered for the Carnegie Media class?” Contact Mr. Knight at erik.knight@sanjuan.edu

    Office Assistant (8): Selected students are “the face of Carnegie”, greeting visitors and assisting staff, parents and students in the front office.  Students will gain customer service skills and must have a solid academic record, a history of excellent citizenship and consistent attendance.  To apply, please answer the following question and submit via email: “Why should you be considered for the position of Office Assistant?”  Contact Mrs. Johnson at marcy.johnson@sanjuan.edu (This elective may not be ranked as your first choice).

    Student Assistant (8): Also referred to as TAs (Teacher Assistants), selected students will support teachers with various administrative and other types of tasks. Students must be responsible, display excellent citizenship and have consistent attendance. To apply, please email the teacher you wish to be a TA for and obtain their approval.  Staff email addresses are listed at this link on our website.  (This elective may not be ranked as your first choice).

    Student Leadership (7, 8): Student Leadership is responsible for activities on campus, including rallies, dances, lunch activities and all kinds of fun stuff on campus. This class is for students who feel they want to contribute to the overall experience of every Scot on campus. We bring the fun to campus, but we are made up of responsible students who are willing to work extra time and extra hard, but are ready to have extra fun. If you feel you are up to the task, contact Dr. Borton at curtis.borton@sanjuan.edu to schedule an interview.

    Yearbook (8): Students will receive an introduction to all parts of journalism, including writing, photography, and design through the creation of our Highlander yearbook. Students have the chance to capture and preserve all events and memories that happen throughout the year. To apply, please answer the following question and submit via email: “Why should you be considered for the Highlander yearbook class?” Contact Ms. Goudy at jill.goudy@sanjuan.edu