2-Dimensional Art and Design
Instructor: Doug Smith

This semester course will be based on art history and incorporate various drawing and design techniques such as perspective and figure drawing. Students will be exploring media, which include watercolor and tempera painting, printmaking and collage motifs.


3-Dimensional Art
Instructor: Doug Smith

This course is based on real and abstract themes incorporating visual art basics such as movement, texture, balance, and direction. Various multicultural projects will be taught using media such as cardboard, foam board, found objects, and paper Mache. (Note: This class is not 3D Printing, see 3D Design and Printing description below).


3D Design and Printing
Instructor: Jordan Byrd

The addition of the 3D printer to today’s technological toolbox is immense. In addition to a potential impact in global supply chain processes, the 3D printer has opened up doors for DIY enthusiasts. This course examines the impacts of the 3D printer on international platforms as well as learning how to utilize the 3D printer to fuel your own personal, technological needs. Using CAD based software, students will bring their own creations to additive technology, the 3D printer. Welcome to the world of making it yourself! Inquiry required, WOW factor guaranteed.


Advanced Coding
Instuctor: Jason Linton

Students in Advanced Coding will take on modern, real-world problems in the world of code. Each student will design solutions in a variety of programming languages (including, but not limited to, Python, Java, Javascript, C++/C#/C, and Ruby). The class will also troubleshoot, peer review, and debug a variety of code related issues.


Advanced Vocabulary
Instructor: Grace Rivenbark

In this elective, we will focus on building our English vocabulary in order to better prepare ourselves for the SAT, ACT, and college. We will study essential Greek, Latin, Old English, and Shakespearean words and their relationships to many our own English words, not only building vocabulary but also learning how to become better readers and more able to figure out “mystery” words. This class is essential for students who want to prepare for the vocabulary parts of the SAT and ACT, as well as college English classes and later work in law or medicine. This class will also help students in their foreign language classes and make them better writers.


Band II or Band III
Instructor: Kyle von Neumann

This course is designed to give students a collaborative and enriching ensemble music experience through the medium of the wind band. As a performance based class, students will have several opportunities over the course of the year to perform for the MIS community and put their learning and growth on display. The concert band performs in a variety of styles of music ranging from classical to folk songs to pop and rock.


Culinary Arts Foundations II (pre-requisite Culinary Arts Foundations I)
Instructor: Chef Tish

Culinary Arts Foundations II takes everything learned in Foundations I to the next level of culinary discovery. Students will learn and execute designated dishes ranging from plated desserts to entrees and appetizers.


Documentary Filmmaking

What is a documentary? How does it relate to “truth?” Students in Documentary Filmmaking will turn their cameras onto themselves, their families, and their communities to make films about the realties of the world around them! We will learn about the history of documentaries, watch some documentaries, discuss documentaries, and MAKE documentaries.


Introduction to Business
Instructor: Thomas Patrick

The Introduction to Business course will offer lessons on management, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, forecasting, resume-writing, career development, and intraoffice collaboration. Students will leverage their learning to manage the MIS school store, allowing an opportunity to use business acumen in real time.


Media and Society
Instructor: Dr. Munib Rezaie

Media is everywhere. For many of us, going a single day without interacting with or consuming some form of media is a rarity. Listening to music, the radio, or podcasts; watching TV shows, web shows, or movies; playing games on a video game console or mobile device; reading a book, comic book, or graphic novel; interacting with people around the world through social media and other internet platforms; being bombarded by advertisements everywhere we go; these are just a few of the many ways media becomes a part of our everyday life. We encounter media so often and in so many different ways that we barely have the time to stop and really think about the messages they try to convey.


Molecular Biology
Instructor: Lisa Hammett

Students will investigate cell structure and function of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, basic chemistry and biochemistry as they relate to metabolism of the cell, characteristics and properties of DNA and RNA including replication, transcription, translation, genetic engineering and cloning. Students will also learn lab techniques used in molecular biology labs such as plasmid and DNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, PCR, DNA sequencing, and genetic manipulation of bacteria through DNA recombination and transformation.


Instructor: Dr. Munib Rezaie

We’ve all been to the movies. We have favorite actors and actresses, favorite genres, maybe even favorite writers and directors. Maybe we’ve even made our own movies, written stories and screenplays. We can’t get enough of them! But what goes into the making of a movie,really? The movies themselves often encourage us to forget all about how it was actually made, making it seem deceptively simple. But stick around through the credits, and it’s clear that hundreds (even thousands) of people put countless hours, days, months, even years, into making something you get to enjoy for about 2 hours out of your day. But before the creditsroll, before the movie is edited, before a single scene is shot, and before any actors are cast, somewhere, a writer needs to write a screenplay. In most cases, if you don’t have a screenplay,you simply don’t have a movie. What is a screenplay? What does it look like? How do you write one? What are the rules for writing one? How do you write a story? What is a story? How do you decide what kind of story to write? How do you make sure the characters in your story are unique and engaging? Are there patterns that repeat across a number of stories and movies?
These are just a few of the questions students will tackle on their way to writing a screenplayfor a short film in Moviemaking 1.


Instructor: Grace Rivenbark

In this introductory and elective course, students will have the opportunity to study some of the essentials of classical mythology. Students will study the gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and adventures that populate the worlds of Greek and Roman mythology and in doing so, learn about the importance of culture and its various beliefs and value systems. The goal of the course will be to introduce students to the fundamentals of classical mythology and hone their critical thinking and writing skills while also helping them study how mythology plays a role in every culture and informs our own contemporary society. In order to achieve this goal, this class will be interdisciplinary, looking at mythology through literature, film, history, andanthropology.


National History Day
Instructor: Laura Szymanski

Each year more than half a million students participate in National History Day. Students will choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. Students will research in libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After they have analyzed and interpreted their sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of their topic, they will then be able to present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website. Students will dive into a topic of their choice in the area of mathematics, science, social science, language arts, or the arts and complete an in-depth research project. They will learn to utilize research within their writing, while distinguishing between primary and secondary sources. Students will understand the importance of citing research and use this skill in writing across disciplines.


Instructor: Sara Keith

Through this Photography elective, students will learn how to operate a digital camera, Adobe software, and critical problem solving through wide range of projects. The projects include different techniques such as exploring light and motion, collage, image manipulation in Photoshop and much more.


Instructor: Tone Lane

Students will engage in theatrical stage and television projects designed to gain experience, and build self-confidence. Students will obtain a greater perspective of what it means to collaborate, negotiate, and become a part of something greater than themselves. My goal is for students to experience a learning process that enhances the school community and develops personal skill sets that can be applied in school and beyond.


Strength Training
Instructor: Ben Szymanski

Strength training offers many benefits to young athletes and will put students on a lifetime path to better health and fitness. The emphasis in this course is on muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, and safety. Students will learn weight room safety, warm-up/cool down procedures, lifting techniques and safety for all lifts, major muscle identification, and individual goal setting techniques. In addition, students will learn to monitor their fitness levels and improvements made throughout the year. Strength training is not bodybuilding or powerlifting, these activities are largely driven by competition, with participants trying to lift heavier weights or build bigger muscles than those of other athletes. This is not the goal of the class. For students, light resistance and controlled movements are best, with a special emphasis on proper technique and safety. Students will complete training exercises with his or her own body weight or resistance tubing. They will also learn to use free weights, machine weights, pull-up bars, rings, and ropes.