An MVCDS Education

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The Middle School academic program recognizes the importance of exposing students to a variety of learning experiences, in addition to a rigorous core course of study. The elective program is one that offers a personalized education through choice, pursuit of passion, and exploring various interests. Students select and are enrolled in two electives which are implemented during an extended time block over the course of three weeks.

  • The Creative Cure

    Are you a storyteller? A mapmaker? An artist? Ignite your imagination while exploring the therapeutic benefits of the creative process. In this course, we will explore a variety of expressive arts, and their power to help us heal and grow.
  • Love Where You Live

    Have you ever heard people talk about how there’s nothing to do in Toledo and how boring it is? We will explore the greater Toledo area as tourists and learn that having fun is a mindset. We will explore the Arts, History, Outdoor Activities, Foodie Scene, Development opportunities, Service opportunities, etc.  Most of this class will be off-campus and outside. Our final project will be media to attract people to the area.
  • Boat Regatta

    All aboard for the Cardboard Boat Regatta! Have you ever dreamt of building and sailing away on the boat of your dreams? Build and test new products out of paper and get ready to race your cardboard boat using the engineering and design process. Your creativity knows no bounds!
  • Escape Room - MV Style

    5,4,3,2,1...OMG! Mr. Green is trapped outside and the wild turkeys have gone rabid! He has only 15 minutes to get into his room before he is devoured by angry birds who are seeking to avenge their brethren’s ghastly deaths over Thanksgiving. Do you have what it takes to save him? What clues are available that will free him from his hideous fate? If you love making and solving riddles, this intensive is for you! If you love creating fictional scenarios, this intensive is for you! If you love interior decorating, this intensive is for you! Come one, come all in order to create an epic experience that will live forever in Middle School lore.
  • The Kitchen of the World

    Have you ever wondered why cuisine around the world varies so drastically? Why is rice such a huge part of the traditional dishes in some cultures, while pasta takes the number one spot in others? Why is seafood so popular in some areas, while in others beef or pork take the lead? How intertwined are culture and food? Let’s explore these things together as we learn about different cultures and recreate popular dishes from around the world.
  • Chinese Culture and Language

    This course is designed for MS students who are curious or interested in Chinese Language and Culture. Students will be able to explore the Chinese language, culture, history, holidays, tea ceremony, arts, calligraphy, sports, and cuisine during this 3-week intensive course.  No prior Chinese language and experience of the language are required.
  • Leadership Academy

    Through the leadership academy, students will work together to explore who they are as leaders among the Maumee Valley community. This includes learning about their specific personality traits, personal strengths and challenges, and how they can become strong leaders among their peers. Students will also learn about the qualities, habits, and practices of other successful leaders, along with completing activities such as personality assessments and reflection exercises that revolve around the Leadership Academy’s five pillars: character, commitment, competence, strength, and adaptability. Through the application of these pillars, students will work together to resolve real-life conflicts relevant to the student experience with the goal of promoting positive change.
  • Uncover the Real History

    Uncover the real history that is deleted out of history books. Do our teachers lie about the history of the United States? Read with me the young adult award-winning book by James W. Loewen, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong. We will think like historians, analyze primary and secondary sources while learning about the past to understand the issues of the present and to think intelligently about the future. We will take a closer look at a few possible topics such as Columbus, Thanksgiving, President Lincoln, and The Vietnam War as we write and design new textbook chapters to improve the accuracy of the history taught.
  • CSI: Maumee Valley

    A most terrible crime has taken place in the halls of our beloved school, and it is up to you to help put the clues together!

    Have you ever been interested in what goes on behind the scenes when solving a crime? It's all about forensic science, and in this intensive, you get to explore the math and science behind 'who dun it.' If you have ever wondered how the evidence gets authenticated, this course is for you. We will combine the sciences of biology, physics, chemistry, and psychology with math, observation skills, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning to nab the culprit.
    Sign up to explore topics like fingerprinting, witness interviews, DNA evidence, handwriting analysis, and much more!
  • Coding

    Explore the world of coding and programming with Ms. E! Featuring a variety of unplugged and plugged activities, we will navigate the different elements of coding. Whether you are a beginner or have already worked with code, this is a great course to learn more skills and put them to the test!
  • Musical Bootcamp

    This intensive will teach students the basics of acting, dancing, and singing.  Students will be working with Michael Lang, the Resident Director, and Choreographer at the Toledo Ballet.  This intensive will culminate with a performance at our Intensive Fair.
Maumee Valley Country Day School is the only age 3 - 12th grade accredited, co-educational, independent school in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.