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Enrichment and Exploration Opportunities for Middle & High School
  • Eight-week courses
  • Registration available from June 1 – July 8
  • Three courses for $999 

Chart Your Path Forward

With MVP, the Summer of 2020 is an opportunity to explore your personal interests at your own pace.  The Montgomery Virtual Program has created the following career path explorations to allow our students access to a tremendous amount of content and teacher support.  Each bundle includes 3 eight-week courses and a teacher to support the learning throughout each course.

HIGH SCHOOL

Your High School Pathway Bundle Includes:

CAREER PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

Introducing high school students to the working world, this course provides the knowledge and insight necessary to compete in today’s challenging job market. This relevant and timely course helps students investigate careers as they apply to personal interests and abilities, develop the skills and job search documents needed to enter the workforce, explore the rights of workers and traits of effective employees, and address the importance of professionalism and responsibility as careers change and evolve. This one-semester course includes lessons in which students create a self-assessment profile, a cover letter, and a résumé that can be used in their educational or career portfolio

Plus one of the following HS Career Pathways:

HS Business, Economics, and Entrepreneurship

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 

In this two‐semester introductory course, students learn the principles of business using real‐world examples—learning what it takes to plan and launch a product or service in today’s fast-paced business environment. This course covers an introduction to economics, costs and profit, and different business types. Students are introduced to techniques for managing money, personally and as a business, and taxes and credit; the basics of financing a business; how a business relates to society both locally and globally; how to identify a business opportunity; and techniques for planning, executing, and marketing a business to respond to that opportunity.

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 

From geography to culture Global Business is an exciting topic in the business community today. This course is designed to help students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace. It takes a global view on business, investigating why and how companies go international and are more interconnected. The course further provides students a conceptual tool by which to understand how economic, social, cultural, political and legal factors influence both domestic and cross-border business. Business structures, global entrepreneurship, business management, marketing, and the challenges of managing international organizations will all be explored in this course. Students will cultivate a mindfulness of how history, geography, language, cultural studies, research skills, and continuing education are important in both business activities and the 21st century.

 

HS Coding and Technology

INTRODUCTION TO CODING 

Intro to Coding covers a basic introduction to the principles of programming, including algorithms and logic. Students engage in hands-on programming tasks in the Python programming language as they write and test their own code using the approaches real programmers use in the field. Students will program with variables, functions and arguments, and lists and loops, providing a solid foundation for more advanced study as well as practical skills they can use immediately.

 

INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

This course introduces students to the essential technical and professional skills required in the field of Information Technology (IT). Through hands-on projects and written assignments, students gain an understanding of the operation of computers, computer networks, Internet fundamentals, programming, and computer support. Students also learn about the social impact of technological change and the ethical issues related to technology. Throughout the course, instructional activities emphasize safety, professionalism, accountability, and efficiency for workers within the field of IT.

 

HS Medical and Health Careers

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE 

This high school course introduces students to a variety of healthcare careers, as they develop the basic skills required in all health and medical sciences. In addition to learning the key elements of the U.S. healthcare system, students learn terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathologies, diagnostic and clinical procedures, therapeutic interventions, and the fundamentals of medical emergency care. Throughout the course, instructional activities emphasize safety, professionalism, accountability, and efficiency for workers within the health care field.

 

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 

This semester-long course introduces students to the structure of medical terms, plus medical abbreviations and acronyms. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to health care settings, medical procedures, pharmacology, human anatomy and physiology, and pathology. The knowledge and skills gained in this course provide students entering the health care field with a deeper understanding of the application of the language of health and medicine. Students are introduced to these skills through direct instruction, interactive tasks, practice assignments, and unit-level assessments.

 

HS Digital Arts and Photography

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I

Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to take photographs and wondered why they didn’t seem to capture that moment that you saw with your eyes? The Digital Photography I course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students will use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-up, and action photographs. 

Required materials: ƒ 

  • Manual camera or digital camera with manual settings (the camera needs to allow for the mode, shutter speed, and aperture to be adjusted) 
  • A Smartphone may be used for most required tasks, however, appropriate applications will need to be installed to allow the student to make the necessary adjustments to the camera mode, shutter speed, and aperture. 
  • Tripod (or necessary item(s) to create a stable foundation ƒ 
  • Reflector (white paper, poster board, sheets, or a wall) ƒ 
  • Image editing software ƒ 
  • Access to a slideshow application, such as PowerPoint

DIGITAL ART & ANIMATION

This course focuses on building animation skills including realistic movement and lighting. Students learn the Blender® software workspace and tools; location and rotation properties; scripts; IP curves; vector handles; rendering and baking animations and simulations; and particle systems and emitters. Activities and projects promote key 3D animation concepts including frames and keyframes, squash and stretch, action strips, walk cycles and poses, and trajectories. Students develop the skills needed to design and create animations with an understanding of the skills needed to succeed as professional animators.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Your Middle School Pathway Bundle Includes:

CAREER EXPLORATIONS

This course prepares middle school students to make informed decisions about their future academic and occupational goals. Through direct instruction, interactive skill demonstrations, and practice assignments, students learn how to assess their own skills and interests, explore industry clusters and pathways, and develop plans for career and academic development. This course is designed to provide flexibility for students; any number of units can be selected to comprise a course that meets the specific needs of students.

Plus one of the following MS Career Pathways:

MS Coding and Technology

MIDDLE SCHOOL CODING 

In this course, students will learn all about the technology they use in their day-to-day life as well as explore how the internet functions. The course includes an introduction to the basics of computer science as students discover how to create and build websites using HTML and CSS. They will also become familiar with programming languages like JavaScript and Python. Students will leave the course with a portfolio of work that will showcase their skills. 

 

ONLINE LEARNING AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP 

This one-semester course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to online learning, including how to work independently, stay safe, and develop effective study habits in virtual learning environments. Featuring direct-instruction videos, interactive tasks, authentic projects, and rigorous assessments, the course prepares students for high school by providing in-depth instruction and practice in important study skills such as time management, effective note-taking, test preparation, and collaborating effectively online. By the end of the course, students will understand what it takes to be successful online learners and responsible digital citizens.

 

MS Digital Arts and Photography

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN 

Digital art and design involves everything from advertising to animation to photography and more. In this course, you’ll learn about the evolution of art; the basic principles of art and design; the role of art in politics and society; and how to create digital art and make it come alive. Required Materials: ƒ 

  • Unit 2: Digital camera or cell phone with a camera feature (requires uploading digital photographs taken by student) ƒ 
  • Unit 3: Drawing paper and colored pencils or markers or drawing software (requires creating a logo) ƒ 
  • Unit 5: Drawing paper and colored pencils or markers or drawing software or animations software (requires creating a character that could be animated) ƒ 
  • Unit 6: A computer or phone with a recording feature/app (will need to record a “radio” commercial)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY: DRAWING WITH LIGHT 

Students see photographs every day on television, on the Internet, and in magazines and newspapers. What makes a great photograph? How did the artist capture a story? What makes a great picture? What are careers in photography? In this course, students learn and apply fundamental skills to use a camera and take photographs of animals, people, and landscapes. Students gain an understanding of how photography can be a means of documentation or high art. Students examine photographic careers and explore self-reflection to progress their creative growth as they develop a photographic portfolio. This course helps students select subjects, take a photograph, and print and display memories! 

Required Materials: ƒ 

  • Digital camera: “point and shoot” or above ƒ 
    • A Smartphone may be used for most required tasks, however, appropriate applications will need to be installed to allow the student to make the necessary adjustments to the camera mode, shutter speed, and aperture. ƒ 
  • Paper and Pen/Pencil for note-taking ƒ 
  • Camera cord to transfer images to the computer ƒ 
  • Image Editing Software ƒ 
  • Lighting tools for side, front, and backlighting

Shore Up

The Spring term of the 2019-2020 school year was severely impacted by the COVID-19 virus.  MVP wants to ensure students are ready to advance into the next grade level in the fall of 2020.  Each Shore-Up bundle includes 3 eight-week courses, one learning strategies course combined with two core content courses of your choosing.  The core courses focus on content from the 4th quarter of PA core-aligned curriculum.  This is to ensure students can enter the 20-21 school year confident that their previous grade level was fully completed.  Every course includes a certified teacher to support student learning.

HIGH SCHOOL

Your High School Bundle Includes:

STRATEGIES FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Offering a comprehensive analysis of different types of motivation, study habits, and learning styles, this one-semester course encourages high school and middle school students to take control of their learning by exploring varying strategies for success. Providing engaging lessons that will help students identify what works best for them individually, this one-semester course covers important study skills, such as strategies for taking high-quality notes, memorization techniques, test-taking strategies, benefits of visual aids, and reading techniques.

Plus Your Choice of 2 Core Courses

*Selections should match your 2019-2020 school year enrollment

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS: 9 | 10 | 11

MATH: Algebra I | Geometry | Algebra II | Pre-Calculus

SCIENCE: HS Earth & Space Science | Physical Science | Biology | Chemistry | Physics

SOCIAL STUDIES: Economics | Geography | U.S. Government | U.S. History | World History 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Your Middle School Bundle Includes:

ONLINE LEARNING AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

This one-semester course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to online learning, including how to work independently, stay safe, and develop effective study habits in virtual learning environments. Featuring direct-instruction videos, interactive tasks, authentic projects, and rigorous assessments, the course prepares students for high school by providing in-depth instruction and practice in important study skills such as time management, effective note-taking, test preparation, and collaborating effectively online. By the end of the course, students will understand what it takes to be successful online learners and responsible digital citizens.

Plus Your Choice of 2 Core Courses

*Selections should match your 2019-2020 school year enrollment

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS: 6 | 7 | 8 

MATH: 6 | 7 | 8

SCIENCE: 6 | 7 | 8

SOCIAL STUDIES: 6 (Geography) | 7 (U.S. History) | 8 (World History) 

 

Interested in Summer Enrichment for your 1st – 8th Grade Student?  Check out Dream It, Design It Virtual Camp.

Dream It, Design It started as a one-day design challenge competition for students in grades 4 and 5.  This year we are expanding Dream It, Design It to be a week-long design thinking camp.  Young people across the U.S. entering grades 1-8 will participate in week-long activities with the help of their peers and counselors.

Have questions?

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