Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I and either Zoology or AP Biology. Grades 11 - 12. Marine Science builds on the physical science and life science concepts learned in previous science courses and applies that knowledge to the exploration of the living and nonliving environments of coastal and ocean systems. While much of the course will focus on the complex interactions of the marine food web, we will also explore the chemical and geologic aspects of oceanography. The first part of the course will focus on giving students the background they need through laboratory experiments, discussions, field trips, projects, and independent research. The second half will be a travel experience so that they can see these systems first-hand and participate in authentic research opportunities. Ethical and social issues related to the marine environment and anthropogenic-induced climate change will be addressed throughout.
Grades 10 - 12 This course allows students the opportunity to attend Maumee Valley’s sister school, Comunidad Educativa Internacional Steiner in Guayaquil, Ecuador for a period of three weeks. Students will live with host families and engage in community service and social events. The goal of the program is to improve students’ conversational skills. The program incorporates a range of assignments to improve language competency, not limited to essays, blogs, and vocabulary quizzes. Students will have the opportunity to travel with teachers to another part of the country to learn more about the history, geography and culture of Ecuador. Past excursions have included visits to the Galápagos Islands and Cuenca, a World Heritage Site.
Grades 10 - 12 Using films, short documentaries, and other online resources, students will learn about different Latin American dances and the countries of origin. We will discuss the elements of dance, learn about different genres associated with Latin dances, analyze dance as a way of creating meaning and incorporate cultural and historical aspects into each dance variety. Assessments will include oral presentations, short papers, tests, and a final demonstration of a choreographed dance under the guidance of dance teacher, Mr. Michael Lang. Students will heightened their understanding of movement elements and skills in performing dance, demonstrate self-direction and technical growth when bringing a work of dance to a point of completion, understand the ways in which dance is a meaningful expression of culture in past and present societies, examine the traditions, techniques and cultural contexts of various dance styles, and create and perform a dance that demonstrates a variety of complex movement sequences and the ability to collaborate with an ensemble. Students can pursue general credit, Spanish credit (contingent to department approval) or Fine Arts credit (contingent to department approval).
Grades 10-12, Prerequisite: English II What should we do and how should we live? These questions form the heart of moral philosophy. In this course we will explore these questions. We will start by comparing competing theories of what makes actions right or wrong: utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. By examining arguments for and against these views, students will develop a framework for writing and reasoning about moral problems and evaluating judgments of right and wrong. Weeks 2 and 3 of the intensive will be devoted to particular issues: abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, genetic enhancement, animal welfare, and criminal justice and punishment. With the help of guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on research, students will apply the study of moral reasoning to these problems by developing and defending moral arguments about the issues of their choice. Through this process, students will learn to ask questions, identify their own moral assumptions, raise and respond to challenges to their own points of view, and write and revise a paper that presents and defends a stance on a moral issue. At the end of the intensive students will have the opportunity to present their arguments and field questions from the wider community. English or Social Studies credit.
Readings include short stories and excerpts from literary texts by LeGuin, Twain, Dickens, Jackson, and Voltaire; excerpts from work in moral philosophy by Plato, Kant, Mill, Parfit, O’Neill, and Singer; and numerous articles by contemporary authors on particular problems in bioethics, law, and justice.
Grades 11-12. Prerequisite: successful completion of the fall rotation of AB Calculus. This course is designed for students who have either completed AB Calculus but have not taken BC Calculus, or are currently taking AB Calculus, and wish to take the BC Calculus exam in May. In this winter intensive we will discuss BC Calculus topics that are included in the BC exam but are not in the AB Calculus syllabus. Topics will include a review of polar and parametric graphs, sequences and series, convergence of series, Taylor and MacLaurin series and error estimates. Upon completion of this course, students will need to take the spring rotation of AB Calculus, as well as some supplementary work with arc length, improper integrals, integration by parts, partial fraction decomposition, and differential equations in order to take the BC exam. Students will be assessed on homework, quizzes, and tests. There will be homework given on most days.
Grades 10 - 12 Have you ever wondered what lawyers do? While some lawyers spend time in court, many lawyers practice their entire careers without ever setting foot in a courtroom. This intensive will explore the wide variety of legal careers including lawyers who are famous, infamous and otherwise, through mixed media, observations and meetings with lawyers and judges. Have you ever wondered who prosecutes the most hardened criminals? Or who works to keep convicted murderers off death row? Or how judges preside over those cases? Or have you wondered who is responsible for protecting Coke’s secret formula? Or how Michael Jackson’s assets were distributed after his death? Did you know that Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were lawyers? Who drafts prenups for people like Beyoncé and JayZ? What’s a prenup? These questions and more will be answered, and the intensive will be an opportunity to observe and critique advocacy skills, learn, about the Court System, and study the way the law shapes our lives. This course is helpful for students who wish to participate in mock trial competition, but participation is not necessary.
Grades 10 - 12. The modern Civil Rights narrative is traditionally connected to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his nonviolent strategy. This narrative often excludes many key leaders, activist and strategies. This course will present the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of Critical Race Theory, providing students with a historically accurate depiction of the movement that is inclusive of a variety of historical actors, tactics, and goals. This course is designed for students of all grade levels wishing to challenge the traditional narrative of Civil Rights movement. The course will include critical reflections of film, narratives, and a variety of scholarly articles. Students should be prepared to read the text, Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody.
Grades 10-12 In this course, students will read and write about important works from the Middle Ages, and they will also construct small-scale medieval weapons. Beowulf, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Canterbury Tales, and Tales of King Arthur will be the focus of the reading part of this course. These works incorporate character types, themes, and values that are typical of the heroes and villains, as well as the aristocrats and the commoners found in the Middle Ages. Students will have regular in-class and at-home writing assignments, including a research paper. The other part of the course involves students working on a variety of small-scale tabletop weapons seen in the Middle Ages. The materials may be popsicle sticks, clothespins, rubber bands, duct tape, and glue, but you can still get quite a bit of power out of these small catapults, trebuchets, ballistae, bows and arrows, and other weapons. Students will explore the physics of each project to try to get maximum oomph with minimal materials.
Grades 9-12 This course will allow students the opportunity to experiment and combine artistic mediums to enhance their abilities to develop a personal visual language. This course will use traditional and nontraditional materials for artistic projects. Collage, photography techniques, printmaking, encaustic, assemblage and sculpture will be explored. Students will be encouraged to use their unique talents and interest to explore the boundaries between drawing, painting, and sculpture. This course will also address contemporary and conceptual artists for inspiration and to guide their art making practices.
Grades 9-12 This course is a study of Chinese music and culture through song. The purpose of this course is to provide learning opportunities that foster both the appreciation of musical composition and the appreciation of the Chinese language. Students will develop individual musical literacy and language skills. This course also presents students with activities to learn about selected composers, listen to various styles of music, and to develop skills in ukulele playing. Students will perform in various ensemble groups and then offer a public performance at the end of the semester. There is no prerequisite required for this course.
Grades 10-12 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.
Grade 9, required As a city, Toledo has served as a microcosm for major social and historical trends in U.S. history. Current trends, including increased automation of industry and the outsourcing of traditional manufacturing jobs, have posed threats to the health and well-being of our city. In The Sustainable City, students will take a transdisciplinary look at forces that have shaped current conditions in Toledo, as well as plans to shape the future of Toledo. Students will learn methods of qualitative analysis and study various metrics for happiness as well as urban design philosophy. They will examine processes for civic action, and meet with members of Toledo’s Department of Development to learn about plans for the betterment of our city. Finally, students will use their newly acquired skills and knowledge to make a proposal for urban renewal in the city of Toledo.
Grades 9-12. Prerequisites: Concurrently taking Geometry with department approval, or Algebra II. This class will take an in depth look at different aspects and types of graphs that are either not covered in depth or not covered at all in the normal math curriculum. We will spend a lot of time modeling the graphs physically. These will be as simple as basic one variable equations and as complicated as equations with 4 variables. Concepts of interest will be rates of change, curvature, intersection points, transformations, sets, and modeling using graphs. The traditional cartesian coordinate system will be investigated as well as the polar, hyperbolic, and three dimensional planes. The four dimensional plane will also be considered. As a way of visualizing the various graphs, we will often make 3 dimensional models of graphs in both two and three dimensions. Students will develop critical thinking skills in graph analysis and set theory. Real life applications considered will be typical bar and line graphs, altitude maps, heat maps, and tessellations. Students should expect daily homework, either reading and reflection, watching a video or traditional math homework, as well as quizzes and a final project.
Grades 10 - 12 In this intensive, students will be able to let their creative juices run free as they learn about designing and putting together a yearbook. They will learn about page and layout design, using software from the Jostens Yearbook Company and will design templates and pages for the upcoming yearbook. They will take, collect, and edit photographs which they will use on yearbook pages. They will chronicle the year’s events through pictures and text. Students who take this intensive should be willing to work part time on the yearbook until its completion by the end of the school year. No prerequisites apart from a strong work ethic, ability to meet deadlines, a creative flair, and an advisor’s approval, attesting to the student’s probable success in this intensive.