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Elective Courses

  • 3D Game Worlds

    Are you a gamer?  Do you love getting lost in a game world, losing track of time, collecting achievements, and exploring?  Have you ever wondered how games are designed?

    This course takes a broad design view toward games of all types.  From Chess and Bagh Chal to classic and modern board games to video games (online, mobile, console and PC), we’ll dive deep into the design elements, mechanics, theming, aesthetics and psychology that make games work.  You’ll spend time playing and analyzing board games, card games and video games to see what makes them tick.  With expert guidance from The Art of Game Design by Jesse Schell - a game designer and professor at Carnegie Mellon University - we’ll explore how motivation, player experience, psychology, art, statistics and good balance make games work.  You’ll get the chance to design your own games - even video games - and you’ll be able to develop and build several games during the course.  You will learn how a clear goal and appropriate challenge is psychologically necessary to induce a Flow state in players, how to use statistics to balance randomness vs strategy, and how art and design help to build supporting aesthetics that create the experience for players.  Your final project will demonstrate how all of this works together as a single system that is purposefully, artfully and carefully designed and constructed to produce a game experience.

  • Chinese Music

    This course is mainly designed for non-native Chinese speaking students who are curious or interested in Chinese music, art, and cuisine.  Each week, students will learn two famous Chinese pop songs, art, and cuisine.  For songs, students will learn basic Pinyin (Chinese phonics) to be able to sing songs.  For art, students will learn how to do Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, Chinese knots, etc.  For cuisine, students will have the opportunity to choose what they want to cook and will cook their own lunch every Wednesday and Friday.  In the morning, students will study and do research about that day’s topic.  In the afternoon, students will have the time to do some hands-on activities.  No prior Chinese language or experience of the language is required. Elective credit
  • College Counseling

    Take 3 weeks and vanquish a whole lot of work and worry about the college application process!  Students will interview admissions counselors from different types of colleges, research programs, and learn about how to survive the college admissions process as well as how to survive the first year of college.  They'll get a great start on their college essays, learn how the Common App works, play around with different career paths, and have a chance to network with MV students who have attended colleges in various locations.  Open to juniors and sophomores.
  • Global Leadership

    The Global Leadership Program offers us a way to recognize students who embrace opportunities to learn more about world issues and events, make connections across borders, dedicate themselves to service, and have made a strong commitment to preparing themselves to live in a globalized world.  Students will investigate a different global topic each year, educate each other and the MVCDS community on the topic, and then take action locally and globally.

    1. A student who completes the GLP certificate will be:
    • culturally aware
    • driven to action
    • a leader in a variety of settings
    • empathetic to the needs and injustices faced by other cultures
    • dedicated to serving others
    • passionate in their desire to  understand a variety of cultures
    • conversant with a variety of global issues
    • competent in one or more world language

    2. Students may enroll in the program at any time during their freshman or sophomore year, however, it is strongly suggested that students enroll as early as possible to allow for a greater amount of time and more flexibility in meeting the requirements of the program. Interested juniors should consult with the GLP Co-Directors to plan a viable path toward certification (if certification is desired).

    GLP Certificate Requirements by Graduation:

    1. Academic Requirements: 
    • Three credits of a world language (including intensives)
    • Three and a half credits of social studies (including electives and intensives)
    • One globally relevant intensive  

    Choose two or more of these suggested GLP-relevant classes (several count towards the social studies requirement):
    • International Relations
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • Environmental Science
    • Ecology of the Maumee River Watershed
    • Applied Ethics
    • The Cold War
    • Political Rhetoric
    • Intro to Law

    2.Other Requirements
    • Take a leadership role on a GLP committee or on Issue Day
    • Attendance at speaker series events (at least two per year) 
    • Participate in five hours or more of theme-related community service each year
    • Choose at least one of these suggested GLP relevant activities to get involved with:
      • Involvement in the Dayal House (possible examples: organize an off campus activity for residents, work with students at study tables at least once a week)
      • MUN
      • Foreign Language Club (create one and organize activities)
      • ESL Summer Program
      • Hosting an International Student
      • Dayal House RA 
      • International intensive
      • GLP theme-related book clubs/book talks
      • International exchange year/semester
  • Intercultural Communication

    Through the internet, we are able to meet people internationally without traveling overseas.  As a global citizen, being able to deal with cultural differences respectfully and peacefully is becoming a must-have communication skill to survive in a global world.  The main goal of the intercultural-communication intensive is to help students to understand cultural differences and how we can be offensive in our cultural bias.  During this three-week course, students will talk about the cultural iceberg, learn about the different communication styles, verbal and non-verbal codes, and body gestures among cultures.  We will also compare the differences and commonalities across cultures.  We will use the book "Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach" as the basis of the classroom study and understand cultural bias.  During the 3 weeks, we will read the book and discuss perspectives given in the book with a daily blog. We will discuss the unusual experiences of International travel. We will invite foreign nationals and let them share their experiences coming to America and how it was unusual for them. At the end of the 3 weeks, we will perform a skit showing some of the more unusual differences.
  • Mock Trial

    Prerequisites: None
    This intensive will offer an opportunity to work on public speaking skills, team work, and critical thinking through a concentrated focus on the American judicial system. Students will  learn the structure of the court systems, the differences between the process of law involved in civil and criminal trials, the phases of a trial, and the methods for the formation and presentation of convincing legal arguments. Playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses for either the plaintiff/prosecution and defense, students will engage in a mock trial of a fictional civil or criminal case. They will learn the techniques used to conduct trials, including opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, closing arguments, and objections. Students will have the opportunity to visit a courthouse for a first hand look at the American justice system at work and to engage with professionals in the field. This course is open to all students.
  • Networking

    Maumee Valley has a long-standing relationship with 18 other schools that range from small to large, public to private, and rural to urban all across the United States and Puerto Rico. Students who choose “networking” will live with a host family and attend another school during an intensive. Exposure to another part of the country, another type of school, and a potential new set of friends offers an opportunity to travel, to explore, and to learn. Maumee Valley typically hosts a few students each year from networking schools for brief periods of two to three weeks. Networking is considered an independent study, so students should follow the deadlines for independent study proposals. Students are limited to one network experience during high school. However, students should submit a network application form, which is available on the US Resource Board in MyMV, to the Network coordinator, Tara Reineck.

    The Global Leadership Program sponsors a student-planned foreign trip each year to a different country, in keeping with the Global Leadership theme for the year. Details of this trip to be posted by June, 2019. Students will have the option of obtaining social studies credit. Estimated cost: $4,000.
  • O-Robot vs. Robot

    This intensive is modeled around the formula of the BEST-robotics competition.
    Two teams will utilize a VEX robotics kit to be driven remotely in a timed/themed competition. Participants will learn the design and engineering processes needed to fabricate a functioning robot. An engineering notebook will serve to record the engineering processes involved. 
    Week 1: Competition Rules, safety training and robot design
    Week 2: Fabrication/prototyping 
    Week 3: Finalized designs and time trials. 
    Competition will take place during the Intensive fair.
  • O-Spain Trip

    This course allows students the opportunity to travel mainly throughout the Andalusian region of Spain and to immerse themselves in the culture of the country by visiting historical and cultural sites and staying with host families. The length of the trip is approximately 14 days. Students will visit various cities and cultural centers, including Madrid, Toledo, Granada, and Sevilla among others. The course is recommended, but not limited to Spanish students. The goal of the intensive is twofold; improve students’ conversational skills by immersing them in the Spanish language and broaden student’s awareness of different cultural influences in Spain. Each day of the itinerary will be highlighted by people, places, and themes.  Students will learn of unique stories about important ecological, social, cultural, and economic issues, all told in context, allowing students to make meaningful connections to reach deeper levels of understanding. WL or Elective Credit.  Estimated cost: $4,200
  • Personal Finance

    This course will give students the tools and resources needed to make wise financial decisions.  Students will analyze their personal financial decisions, evaluate the costs and benefits of their decisions, recognize their rights and responsibilities as consumers, and apply the knowledge learned to financial situations encountered later in life. The students will answer a variety of questions that arise in everyday financial dealings both personal and business. Through various simulations, this course will focus on applications of the following concepts:  understanding different types of interest (simple interest, discount interest, compound interest), annuities, investing in stocks and bonds, Gross Income, Net Pay, Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, Cash Purchases and Earning Potential, Credit (Credit Cards and Loans), Transportation, Housing, Record Keeping, valuation of bonds, filing taxes, and return on investments. Students will learn the basics of various types of businesses and what it takes to start and be a part of a business.
  • Programming Language Java

    Java is a well-established and versatile programming language that will run cross-platform.  It’s used primarily in client-server web applications, but has a lot of other uses as well - Android apps, and various embedded technologies use Java, and chances are, you’ve encountered it recently and weren’t even aware.  This course will cover the basics of Object-oriented programming. Before we dive into the language and syntax, you’ll learn about libraries and classes, data types, and loops.. You’ll spend time looking at established Java code, seeing how it works, then making changes to see how they affect the way the program functions.  You’ll learn to troubleshoot code and trap errors and even write your own programs from scratch. As a single-semester course, we will just get to scratch the surface, but you’ll walk away with a solid understanding of how object-oriented programming works and how to write basic programs in Java.
  • Self Discovery

    Prerequisites: None
    This course is designed to have students take a deeper look into themselves and understand why they have the views or beliefs that they have. After we discover this about ourselves, how do we go forward and have respectful conversations with others who may have opposing views? How do we stay open minded and continue to grow as we age? How do we take what we learn and put it back into society to make the world a better place?
  • Shark Tank

    Prerequisite: None
    Local Sharks are looking for the best products and businesses Maumee Valley student entrepreneurs have to offer. In this course, students will learn and apply concepts of business/product development, market research, factors of demand, factors of production, and pricing that will support them in creating a business plan.  In the final presentation, student entrepreneurs will come to the Shark Tank with a prototype, advertisements and presentation materials that will be used to pitch their product, convincing the Sharks to invest in their businesses.
  • UT Computer Science

    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.

    Entrance into the program is a selective process that includes an application and an interview. Once accepted into the program, students may be assigned preliminary work or study to make sure they are ready to begin. A student’s initial experience will occur during an intensive period when the student will spend the term at the University of Toledo’s R-1 Simulation Game Studio. Students will be assigned to project teams based on their readiness and aptitudes. Project teams consist of upper level undergraduates, graduate students, and professors who work on real projects for real clients. Work includes software development for on-campus, academically focused projects; grant funded national-level projects; and the design of programs for private clients.

    Students will receive individualized training based on what they need to know to successfully complete project assignments. After the initial intensive term, students may continue to be a part of the program depending on the student’s interests and availability. For instance, students may continue to work on projects on their own time during a rotation. Students may combine on site work at UT with virtual work. Students may also return to the simulation center for multiple intensives if students’ schedules allow. And finally, students will have opportunities to continue to work on projects during the summer. And once students have graduated from high school, they may have the option to combine summer courses at UT with paid internships in the simulation studio regardless of where they matriculate to college.

    During the intensive term at UT, each student will be assigned a mentor. All project teams in the simulation studio have a Faculty Mentor who oversees the team leaders. Our students will have one person assigned as mentor, evaluator, and liaison back to MVCDS.

    To apply to the program, students should indicate their intention to take the UT/MV internship when they pre-register for classes. They should also complete the application form available on the US resource board on MyMV and submit that with their course registration form. A screening interview will be scheduled with a representative from the University of Toledo. Students will be accepted into the program before parent conferences at the end of April. If students are turned down, they will be given advice about how to gain the skills and experience they will need to be stronger candidates in the future.
  • Virtual China

    Prerequisites: None
    In this intensive, students will use three weeks to create a virtual tour of China.  In the first week, students will work with their partners and create a seven(7) day itinerary.  In the second and the third week, students will start their virtual tour with their partners and blog/journal their daily trip by using multimedia elements (narration, text, videos, photos, music, etc.) and along with some souvenirs such as postcards, photos, or special items.  No prior Chinese language or experience of the language is required.
  • Volleyball

    The goal of this course is to gain knowledge of the sport of volleyball. We will learn the rules and objectives of the game. We will build the skills used to play volleyball by learning the fundamentals, strengthening core muscles, and studying the movement used throughout the game. Communication in this sport is key, and these skills can be utilized in other areas of life. Through all of this, students will learn how to be a team player. Successful completion of this course will lead to 0.5 graduation credits towards PE.
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