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This year, the greenhouse and gardens of MVS’ Zorniger Environmental Laboratory have been feeding Dayton through the school’s partnership with South Community Behavioral Healthcare. As part of South Community’s “Shaping Up” program, South Community clients have been receiving monthly meal boxes containing nutritious, locally grown produce from MVS and other community partners. Past meal box recipes include Simply Roasted Vegetables, Keto Peach Cobbler, and Italian Sausage Bowls with Swiss Chard. Through preparing these healthy and organic meals, South Community’s “Shaping Up” participants practice basic kitchen skills, gain independence, and get an emotional boost. South Community social worker Kimberly Conley writes of the most recent meal kit: “These boxes not only provided a nourishing meal, they also lifted the spirits of some who have not been able to leave their home in months!” MVS is proud to partner with this remarkable community organization!
MVS student Olivia Marshall ‘22 participated in a selective BFA portfolio prep program at the Art Academy of Cincinnati this summer with the help of MVS art teacher and mentor Emily Trick. Olivia specializes in mixed media works that incorporate meticulously cut paper. View more of Olivia’s art on Instagram at @delightful_dove!
In order to make our in-person learning as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, MVS has partnered with Aerobiotix, an air treatment company headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, to install small and large-room UV light air disinfection units throughout the MVS campus. These devices, which are shown to mitigate COVID-19, will help clean the air in MVS classrooms and hallways. Every MVS classroom has an Aerobiotix machine, with 10 additional large units being placed in common spaces. Aerobiotix air disinfection units are also used at the Cleveland Clinic, NYU, Miami Valley Hospital, and other local surgical facilities. Dr. David Kirschman, the founder and CEO of Aerobiotix, is the father of two MVS students.
Read more about MVS’ partnership with Aerobiotix in the Dayton Business Journal.
On August 14, Georgia Sosebee and Geovany Cardona-Jones, two MVS students with a passion for making a difference, hosted a virtual learning event called “Finding Our Voices: Black History, Racism, and Diversity.” The event was presented in partnership with Tonic Dayton.
Georgia is a seventh grader at MVS who loves soccer and basketball. This summer, she launched her own small business, Georgia’s Cakes and Bakes. Georgia is passionate about antiracist awareness and education, saying, “This history is my history, and I want kids to learn more about it too.” She is the daughter of Mike Sosebee ‘98 and Jessica Sosebee.
Geovany is a fourth grader at MVS and is also the CEO of 1Love LLC, a community nonprofit that he manages with his family. Geo, the son of an immigrant father and Black mother, says he has witnessed racism firsthand and thinks kids should be able to talk and learn about this topic in more depth. He is the son of Alan Cardona and Myla Cardona-Jones.
We’re proud that these MVS students are working to be the change they want to see in the world!
One of the hallmarks of an MVS education is the close mentorship students have with our faculty. These relationships are evident during the academic awards, a year-end celebration where teachers recognize upper school students who have gone above and beyond in academics, athletics, community service, citizenship and other categories. On Wednesday, May 20, we awarded these distinguished honors to over 40 students.
What a year it has been for our seniors! Despite all of the major changes this spring has brought, our 44 seniors have persevered and exemplified our four core values: integrity, celebration, grit, and kindness. They have cheered each other on, lifted each other up, and have accomplished amazing things, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Dr. Blair Munhofen, Director of Upper School, reflects on this year’s senior class: “Think about all that you have done in high school: you’ve traveled the world, conducted a number of originally- designed research studies, and you’ve presented countless times. Indeed, ALL of you are interesting people. You are so ready for this next adventure. Your next academic homes will benefit greatly from your wealth of experiences and spirited engagement in the life of your colleges. Be confident knowing you bring so much, and be bold in sharing your talents with your new community. And, don’t forget to tell us about all of your new experiences!”
We celebrate you, MVS Class of 2020. Wherever life takes you, we know that you will do great things!
Every year, seniors embark on a year-long, in-depth research project that is the capstone of their academic career at MVS. At this year’s Aries Colloquium, named after the MVS ram mascot, students who had dived deeply into topics that were important to them presented their research to their classmates and teachers. Although the colloquium was conducted over Zoom instead of in-person, students enthusiastically demonstrated their research with professionalism and courage.
All Aries topics and presentation videos can be found in the link below:
Thank you to all of our parents, students, faculty, and staff who participated in Living Room Live! We are proud to celebrate our talented community, which includes singers, actors, dancers, poets, and even a ventriloquist!
The culminating performing arts project of the year, You Can’t Stop the Beat, features performing arts students representing all divisions and members of the MVS faculty and staff. Nothing celebrates the accomplishments we have made this year better than this lively music video full of enthusiasm, creativity, and talent. Congratulations to Jacob McGlaun, Performing Arts Chair, for a spectacular production!
Congratulations to 5th grader Avi Soin, who recently won four out of six awards at the Montgomery County Science Day and Engineering Fair. This annual event routinely draws over 300 bright, young, and eager participants from 23+ local schools.
More than 120 professionals in various disciplines from Dayton and surrounding areas were on hand at the University of Dayton to judge projects in 13 scientific areas, ranging from behavioral science to zoology.
Avi discovered a way to rapidly produce plant and animal food sources that self-renew, and for his research he won a superior rating. His father, Dr. Amol Soin, recalls, “[Avi] has been playing around and tinkering with this kind of stuff since third grade in our basement. This last year it materialized into a full science fair project with data. He theorized that an invention like this could be used to colonize Mars or the moon or allow for extended space travel. In his virtual science fair he discussed how his invention was able to feed his family during COVID-19 lockdown. The best thing about it is his food is completely organic and pesticide free.”
Avi qualified for the state competition and was the only 5th grader to win a college scholarship among the other scholarship awardees, all of whom are in high school.
Avi, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to see you progress in the science field throughout your years at MVS!
Mrs. Hallinan’s 8th grade Makerspace students have been involved in an impactful immersive experience that could make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of people in the region.
As a part of the greater Dayton submission to the Macarthur Foundation OpenIDO 2050 Food Systems Vision prize, which consists of a plan to address food insecurity in the Dayton area, students have created a visual story of a day in the life of a character who lives in a food desert called 1.5ers Day in the Life 2050. Says Hallinan, “Students have taken a very raw story, refined it, improved it, and turned it into a Zoom play. The play will be included as a major piece of the submission.”
The Dayton submission was one of 1,300 worldwide. It was one of 79 selected for the semi-final round.
“I am very excited about what they are creating,” says Hallinan. “The impact on the students learning about food deserts, health inequities, regenerative agriculture, and future casting is significant. My students have taught me that middle school students are capable of learning through immersive, community impactful experiences – even online. I will now include scholarly creation as an outcome of the experiences in which I engage my students.”
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