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Many of our classes at MHS include service-learning projects as part of the curriculum.  These projects help students to be active in the classroom and create meaningful learning experiences.  

 

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Advisory classes

Freshman Advisory classes offer the opportunity for students to research and develop service-learning projects.  The unique nature of the Advisory curriculum provides a more broad spectrum of projects in which students can participate.  These projects can involve the local community, or be far-reaching!  Students are encouraged to think big about real issues in our world today. 

Examples:
Advisory - Reuse a Shoe Project: Students researched the Reuse a Shoe project and sent out letters to all elementary and middle principals them about the project. Reuse a Shoe takes any type of athletic tennis shoe and then breaks up the shoe into 3 parts and uses the pieces to create new outdoor play structures such as basketball or tennis courts.  These courts are created for lower income areas so that kids can get outside and exercise. MHS students created banners and flyers and they decorated huge bins that were delivered to each middle and elementary school to collect shoes. Students also set up an account with Reuse a Shoe and followed up with each assigned school by collecting and sorting the shoes.  Students became more we conscious of "reusing/recycling" to help the environment and this was a way to promote this concept.  Reuse a Shoe needs at least 500 pair of shoes to be counted as a project.  The Middleton-Cross Plains community doubled this quota!

Advisory - St. Jude's Hospital:  Students wanting connect their local community to the outside world decided to help St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The hospital opened in 1962 and helps sick children, even those who don’t have the money or insurance to pay for their care.  Some students researched information about childhood cancer. Other students edited the letters sent to Standard Imaging, asking for an Exradin A19 Ion Chamber to be donated to the hospital.  Students learned so much: collaboration skills, real-world business application of their classroom learning, writing skills, and the importance of giving time and talent to those around us.

 

Core and Elective Classes

Though more focused, core and elective classes provide a learning base from which service-learning projects can evolve.  Projects are embedded into the classroom structure and help to further students' learning while also serving a community need.  

Below is a list of classes at MHS which offer service-learning projects.  

Examples:
Brunch for your Brain: Students in the Medical Occupations classes at MHS had the opportunity to go the the Middleton Senior Center and participate with the Senior's 'Brunch for Your Brain' activities.  Students learned about the importance for Seniors to excersize their brains.  Students also participated in discussions about health and how cranberries can be part of a healthy diet, about the great state of Wisconsin, and about math problems.  Students and Seniors worked together to excersize their brains!

Book Sort:  Students in Strategic Reading classes at MHS spent some time at the Middleton Public Library participating in a Book Sort.  Students learned about different types of books, about the role that book sales play at the Middleton Public Library, and then assisted the Library by sorting books into appropriate categories. 

Environmental Science: After learning about Environmental Sciences and studying their local environment, students in Environmental Science participated in a variety of projects. Some chose to attend the workdays at the Conservancy where they helped to remove invasive plants like buck thorn, honeysuckle, and sumac. Others chose to help with the Growing for Sustainability (school gardening program) where they helped landscape the areas and weed the prairie and rain gardens.

Family & Consumer Sciences - Serve, Lead, & Learn: Students in Serve, Lead, Learn identify issues in the community which effect teenagers today.  Students research and address these issues by creating presentations, speaking to elementary schools, making public service announcements, speaking to their peers, or helping organizations which also address their issues.  Recent examples include focusing on issues such as smoking, body image, bully prevention, and raising supplies for military overseas.  As this is a student-led investigation, the options are endless!

Family & Consumer Sciences - Culinary Arts:  Students in Culinary Arts classes at MHS learn about nutrition and culinary skills and participate in school service-learning activities such as  providing dinner for MHS teachers during parent-teacher conferences.  These students also investigate different cultures and cuisines and educate MHS by preparing and offering the foods about which they've learned.

Family & Consumer Sciences - Assistant Child Care Teacher (ACCT):  Students in ACCT research and study childcare philosophy and techniques.  Afterwards, service-learning projects include planning lessons and activities for children in the community while providing services to parents such as cost-free childcare to do holiday shopping or to have meetings which may not otherwise be able to happen.  Students also plan and organize activities for elementary school carnivals and local YMCAs.  

 

MHS courses offering Service-Learning 2013-2014

Note:  this list may change throughout the course of the year as more projects arise!
Department
Course
# of Service- Learning Hours Offered
Art
Advanced Art II & III
0-8
Art
Advanced Computer Art I, II, & III
0-8
Art
Art Portfolio I & II
0-8
Art
Yearbook 1-4
0-5
Business, Marketing & Information Technology
Advertising and Sales
0-2
Business, Marketing & Information Technology
Digital Media Design & Productions
0-5
Business, Marketing & Information Technology
Visual Presentations & Technology and Advanced Visual Presentations & Technology
10-15
Engineering
Civil Engineering & Architecture
0-10
Engineering
Digital Electronics
0-10
Engineering
Introduction to Engineering Design
0-10
Engineering
Principles of Engineering
0-10
Family and Consumer Sciences
Assistant Child Care Teacher (ACCT)
0-15
Family and Consumer Sciences
Cardinal Café
0-15
Family and Consumer Sciences
Child Development
0-15
Family and Consumer Sciences
Consumer Financial Literacy
0-10
Family and Consumer Sciences
Culinary Arts I & II
0-10
Family and Consumer Sciences
Global Foods
0-10
Family and Consumer Sciences
Infant/Toddler Certification
0-10
Family and Consumer Sciences
Serve, Lead, & Learn
0-15
Foreign Language
Mandarin Chinese
0-8
Health
Health & Wellness
0-2
Library Media Center
Independent Study
10
Math
Geometry
0-2
Music
AP Music
0-2
Music
Cardinal Band
4-16
Music
Concert Band
4-20
Music
Cardinal Orchestra
5-10
Music
History of Pop Music: Etc
0-2
Music
History of Pop Music: R&R
0-2
Music
Philomusica (co-curricular)
5-10
Music
Symphony Orchestra
5-15
Music
Wind Ensemble
4-20
Physical Education
Fit for Life
0-2
Physical Education
Functional Fitness I & Functional Fitness II
0-2
Physical Education
Ropes
0-2
Physical Education
Water Safety Instruction
0-5
Science
AP Environmental Science
7-9
Science
Biomedical Innovations
0-10
Science
Environmental Studies:  Climate Science & Policy
3-10
Science
Environmental Studies:  Water Use & Pollution
3-10
Science
Human Body Systems
0-10
Science
Medical Interventions
0-10
Science
Principles of Biomedical Science
0-10
Social Studies
AP Comparative Government
0-5
Social Studies
AP European History
0-5
Social Studies
AP Psychology
0-5
Social Studies
Diversity in the Human Experience
2-5
Social Studies
Environmental Studies: Water Use and Pollution
3-10
Social Studies
Environmental Studies: Climate, Science, and Policy
3-10
Social Studies
International Relations
0-5
Social Studies
Issues in Global Development
0-5
Social Studies
U.S. Government & Politics
0-5
 

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