Grades 9-12 Health Education is a course that will empower students with the knowledge and skills needed to make responsible decisions and contribute to a healthy and safe society. Students will engage in developmentally appropriate lessons that are aligned with the National Standard for Health Education. Completion of this course is a graduation requirement generally taken by sophomore students.
Students may develop a plan for pursuing an independent study. The Maumee Valley Independent Study Program has evolved from the MVCDS tradition of Winterim Independent Studies. Students may indicate their intention to take an independent study when they sign up for classes. However, students must submit an independent study preliminary form and gain approval prior to the term in which the independent study is to take place. Students who do not earn approval for their independent studies prior to the stated deadlines will need to sign up for a class instead.
Independent studies are typically approved for general, elective credit. Independent studies are appropriate for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a general rule, students should pursue no more than four independent studies in their final three years of high school and no more than two in any given year. All students are encouraged to complete at least one independent study prior to graduation.
Grade 9 This course introduces ninth grade students to the fundamental skills and habits of mind essential to continued study in the sciences. Students will engage in meaningful research with their peers while focusing on different areas of scientific research, such as developing a strong research question and hypothesis, literature review, experiment design, data collection and analysis, and laboratory reporting. An interdisciplinary team of teachers will provide expertise and guidance. Math and humanities teachers will assist science teachers as students build data analysis and writing skills. In coordination with our Student Support Specialist, students will also gain the tools they will need for a successful transition from Middle School. Students will understand who they are as individual learners and practice strategies that support them in the learning process. Students will be well prepared for all future classes in high school, especially in the sciences.
Prerequisites: Globalization and Evolutions in Human Thought. Grades 10-12. The dynamics of international relations change constantly. Pictures of students facing down their own government’s tanks in Tiananmen Square have been replaced by images of counter terrorist operations in the Middle East. What are the historical and political causes of regional instability suggested in these images, and what can they tell us about our changing world order? Is the nation-state still the traditional power center of the international system in a world increasingly affected by globalization and humanitarian crises? How does the transnational flow of people, goods, and ideas shape some of the most pressing issues of today, such as state security and sovereignty? Students address these and other questions as they examine various geopolitical theories and the methodologies scholars use to understand and analyze world events.
This course covers both the theoretical and the real world underpinning of international relations. Students learn how different actors, populations, regions, and global organizations relate to and affect one another. In addition, they examine issues such as culture, religion, environment, and technology alongside history, government, and economics. By exploring the interactions of these variables, students think critically about the complex forces that shape our world. Students will engage in debates, and run simulations to see how they would do as leaders of nations in the world today.
Prerequisite: English III, Grades 11-12 In this course, students will study a variety of journalistic genres, including magazine, newspaper, and broadcast. Students will practice reading different news stories and then work to emulate writing styles and create their own versions. Skills will include effectively conducting interviews, avoiding bias in writing, using photography and video to enhance a story, and editorializing. The emphasis of the course will be creation, and students will work to create their own collaborative versions of a newspaper, a magazine, and a television broadcast. Guest reporters and field trips to WNWO and The Blade will also be part of this course to help students gain an understanding of journalism in action and allow opportunities to learn about journalism as a profession.
Grades 10-12 The student will learn the skills, techniques, and safety procedures for the scene shop. The student will participate in reconfiguring the scene shop by building new tool and storage units for the space. Direct instruction on power and hand tools, fasteners, adhesives, and materials will support the hands-on projects which provide the bulk of the coursework. Students will also be responsible for providing a material and cut list for their small group projects and provide feedback and quality control for their peers.
Prerequisites: This course is open to students that have successfully completed Spanish III AND have departmental approval. Social Issues in Latin America I is NOT a prerequisite. Grades 10-12 By looking at different texts and media, including film, music, sports, and journalistic texts, students will gain a critical awareness of narratives of cultural, political and social issues in contemporary Latin America. We will analyze and historically contextualize a variety of cultural media that deal with how identities are shaped. Students will work with different forms of cultural production in order to draw wide conclusions about the topics covered. By the end of the course, students will have deepened their understanding of important social issues related to different latin american nations such as government corruption, poverty, immigration, race, identity, and gender, and understand how they affect the latin american culture while continuing to develop their linguistic ability.
Grades 10-12 The Stomp intensive is a course designed for students who enjoy making music as part of an ensemble. Students will learn rhythm, drumming and performance techniques using non-traditional instruments. Students will bring items from home that can be transformed into percussion instruments. Like the percussion and drum line intensives, students will learn to read and perform rhythmic exercises to explore various ways of playing together and maintaining tempos. Students will spend class time observing stomp groups in other high schools to analyze various aspects of performance. Additionally the students will have several opportunities to create compositions in small groups to gain experience at organizing musical elements. A performance by the students could be scheduled at the end of the intensive.
Prerequisite: English II, Grades 9-12 This intensive will look at the development of the modern graphic novel from the roots of sequential art in cave paintings and historical artifacts such as the Bayeux Tapestry through the development of comics to its current form. We’ll look at how sequential art tells a story visually and how even the text in a graphic novel has visually communicative elements. We’ll be reading Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, and selections from Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling. The graphic novels we’ll look at include Eisner’s Dropsy Avenue, Maus and Maus II by Art Spiegelman, as well as selections from other graphic novels, and comics from the 40s to present day. The focus will be on understanding how the graphic novel is both like and unlike the prose novel, and how sequential art enhances the telling of the story, but has its own limitations. You will write several short papers including one research based assignment, as well as several creative activities.
Prerequisite: English II, Grades 10-12 In this course, students will discover the elements, conventions, and pleasures of the mystery story. The appeal of these stories comes from the puzzle-like plots, its characters (including memorable detectives and villains), and the strange moods created by mystery writers. We will read short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Jacques Futrelle, Dorothy Sayers, and Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), and we will read two novels by Agatha Christie (A Murder is Announced and The ABC Murders). As students become familiar with, and write about types of mystery stories (such as locked-room capers) and explore elements (such as red herrings and arrogant detectives), they will write their own mystery stories. Hands-on work includes basic forensic science labs (such as blood spatters and fingerprinting), the recreation of crime scenes, board games (such as Clue and Mysterium), and performances of scenes from the play Witness for the Prosecution. Your powers of observation and of close reading and writing, as well as problem solving, will be tested in this class.