Prerequisites: Biology I; Recommended: Biology II, AP Biology, and/or Anatomy and Physiology
MVCDS is proud to partner with Duke University’s Global Public Service Academy (GPSA) for Health programs to offer this Medical Service Intensive which will provide medical education and healthcare for in-need populations in Guatemala. Students will be trained how to interact with patients and how to perform all required procedures. Spanish language knowledge is not required. GPSA for Health programs is an intensive experience for high school students with a passion for career paths such as medical doctor (MD), nurse (RN, LPN), pharmacist, biomedical engineer (BME), dentistry or other health occupations. Participants are delivering healthcare and health education hands-on every day. They are not watching, shadowing, or observing, and they are not conducting research. They’re making a difference!
This course combines the previous Audio Production and Video Production courses in a single intensive course and will cover a broad range of topics in audio production and video production from microphone use and multitrack audio editing to scripting, shot composition, production management, and video editing. There will be additional emphasis on the technical and practical aspects of audio production in the studio, as well as audio and video production on location. Because any production is content-driven, we will also spend some time developing skills in crafting interview questions and developing effective interviewing techniques, as well as story-development, script-writing, and story editing. Ultimately, students will produce several standalone audio and video projects and may opt to create an audio-video project as a collaborative group - such as a longer narrative film or a series of episodic podcasts.
Prerequisite: Geometry And English II This course is an introduction to logic and formal systems of thought. Students can expect to delve deeply into thinking about thinking. They will consider how the methods by which we express ideas are related, be it through traditional verbal mediums of writing or speaking, symbolic mathematical expressions, or computational logic systems. Students will be introduced to the formal languages of propositional and predicate logic to see how they can be applied to most all fields of study to break down the true meanings of sentences. Underlying what makes a bad argument good, or a good argument great are the theories of logic. Every time we express ourselves, we are engaging in the practice of creating a meaningful statement using logical thought. Can we come to a better understanding of how we do that?
Students will read a number of mathematical and philosophical texts pertaining to the concept of logical thought and expression. Students will grapple with logical puzzles and employ the concepts of logic to solve logical puzzles using foolproof methods. They will also grapple with logical puzzles for which there may not be an exact solution, and will be expected to analyze the puzzle using the ideas they learn in the class. Students will also be expected to produce written work that is logically sound based on the various principles that will be discussed in the course.
Prerequisite Algebra II and a strong interest in math Designed for keen, enthusiastic students who want to know more about the genius developments of math.
In this intensive, students will explore the great ideas of mathematicians and what made these ideas possible. Was it genius? Inspiration? Luck? Divine intervention, or a combination? Did they build upon previous knowledge or have aha moments? How did culture and environment influence the growth of ideas? Why did mathematicians feel the need to prove everything? Students will read about, learn about, and use great mathematical theorems. They will research a new area of math, watch videos, do readings and research, practice math contest problems, possibly listen to guest speakers, and, in general, indulge their passion for mathematics.
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 the following topics: Human Anatomy & Organ Systems, Nutrition & Physical Activity, Substance Use/Abuse Education, Healthy Relationships & Intimacy, and Stress Management. Completion of this course is a graduation requirement generally taken by sophomore students.
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 social studies teachers will assist science teachers as students build an understanding of the cultural context of science and data analysis. 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.
Prerequisite: English II This course will examine European history from the fall of the Roman Empire up to the beginning of the Renaissance. The social, cultural, political, and economic issues facing Europe and the near East after the fall of Rome will be examined. The rise of feudalism in Europe and the role that the church played in the lives of everyone from peasant to king will be studied. We will cover topics from the rise of Christianity and Islam to the Crusades to the Germanic successor states to the Carolingian Empire. The Vikings, the Mongols, the Moors, and more will all feature a role in this course.
The Steel Drum Ensemble course is an opportunity for students to explore the history of the steel drum, and to learn rhythm, drumming, and performance techniques. The students will form a steel drum ensemble which will learn to play music by reading melodies and harmony parts to selected songs. Students will also be given assignments in note-reading and learning songs by rote. Additionally, each student will be tested on short and long research assignments on artists, music, and/or drum history. A performance by the students will be scheduled at the end of the intensive.
Prerequisite: English II 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 two novels by Agatha Christie (A Murder is Announced and The ABC Murders). Students will become familiar with and write about types of mystery stories (such as locked-room capers) and 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, and board games (such as Clue and Werewolf). The students' powers of observation and close reading and writing, as well as problem-solving, will be tested in this class.
Maumee Valley and the University of Toledo are joining forces to create a one-of-a-kind internship program for high school students. Highly qualified high school students will receive hands-on training in computing, simulation gaming, and 3D virtual immersive reality. The program is designed for four to five students per year with strong computing, code writing skills, and interest. Also, students with strong skills in visual design using technology are encouraged to apply.