Clubs and activities at MVS ignite students’ curiosity and encourages individual interests and passions. A sampling of featured clubs can be found below, and the regularly updated offerings are on Canvas for current parents.
French National Honor Society
Power of the Pen
Chinese Culture Club
French Honors Society
Spanish Honor Society
Becoming educated, moral, and compassionate global citizens.
The Miami Valley School’s curriculum fosters in students a deep sense of humanity and a commitment to advancing peace in their community and around the globe.
One of the four core values of MVS is kindness. Learning to practice kindness requires empathetic, compassionate engagement with others in our school, our community, and around the world. We provide frequent and on-going opportunities for our students to practice kindness‚ care, both in spirit and action, about the freedom, dignity, and well-being of others. We are not alone in pursuing this ideal. We partner with companies, not-for-profits, and service organizations in Dayton and around the world which give our students unique opportunities to acquire the experience and tools to make meaningful contributions in service to others.
Giving back to the community is an integral part of the MVS culture and experience. Our Community Service program begins as early as three years old with students in the Early Childhood School. In Lower School, community service projects takes place by grade. For Middle School and Upper School, the Community Service program is more specifically incorporated throughout the year.
Serving others is a core part of who we are. Through service, we challenge students to make a change in their community and in themselves.
We cultivate empathy and awareness of others as we explore issues in our community.
We develop the skills and knowledge necessary to address the needs of our world.
We value the relationships, connections, and impact that result from meaningful service.
In middle school, the service curriculum provides context and hands-on experience for students to understand ways in which they can better the Dayton community and make a difference. Students complete service projects both on and off campus throughout the year and study one major theme of social justice.
Sixth, seventh and eighth graders travel off campus twice a year for their major service projects.
Each year, the Upper and Middle School share one cause of social justice to augment students’ understanding of the value and meaning behind serving others. This often translates into meaningful visits from experts in that field.
Off campus, sixth graders spend time at the United Rehabilitation Service and the Five River MetroParks, experiencing first-hand the joy of serving others and helping the environment. At the United Rehabilitation Services, students spend time doing crafts and socializing with adults who have disabilities. At the MetroParks, students engage in a variety of activities, ranging from invasive species removal to see planting.
At 4 Paws for Ability, seventh-grade students play with puppies and socialize young dogs, who will be trained to work with children who have disabilities. Seventh-grade students also provide service to the environment with Five River MetroParks and the Centerville Washington Parks District.
On campus, students engage in project during advisory several times a year. Projects include making “thank you” cards for American soldiers abroad, making cards for children who are sick through Helping Hands, or decorating grocery bags as part of Kroger’s Earth Day Awareness initiative.
The service program in the Upper School is designed to get students out of their comfort zones and off campus, providing context for students to learn about issues of social justice. Students identify issues affecting our area and explore ways to better the Dayton community through service.
The biggest push for service in the Upper School revolves around the Advisory system. There are three full school days throughout the year dedicated to community service. During these days, students go off campus in their advisories (12 students and one faculty) to complete projects in the Dayton community. Projects include socializing future service dogs at 4 Paws for Ability, working with adults who have disabilities at the United Rehabilitation Services, working at the Homefull microfarm downtown, and many more. Through this program, students are exposed to myriad nonprofits in the Dayton community and receive 20 hours of community service at the end of the year after successful completion of the program.
Two major highlights of the service program are Charity Challenge and the social justice theme each year.
Charity Challenge takes place in the afternoon in the spring and is a field day for all students to compete for the charity of their choice. Students are on a team with their advisory, and each advisory votes for one local charity to which they will support. After an afternoon of competitions and races, the winning team is awarded a $500 donation to present to their charity.
The social justice theme is voted on by students each year. The theme allows students to learn in-depth about an issue plaguing today’s society and how they can help mitigate this issue through community service.
There is also a service Immersion offering every year known as Be the Change. Be the Change differs from year to year, and it has included a service trip to Ecuador to rebuild a school, and it has also been a local Immersion involving personalized internships at nonprofits and a deeper exploration of what service means.
Social Emotional Learning
Forming healthy relationships
Youth is a time to find and grow our roots, our sense of self, a foundation upon which to build a happy and healthy approach to life. We do this through Social Emotional Learning (SEL), a program that teaches our students to understand and manage their emotions, build healthy and long-lasting relationships with others, and show empathy for their peers and develop understanding of situations.
We believe in educating the whole child. We believe that academic success isn’t the only variable of student success. And we know that SEL increases academic performance. Because life skills and interpersonal education makes students more aware of their surroundings and better able to focus on their environment so they can problem solve and make better decisions.
SEL begins as early as three years old with students in the Early Childhood school. All the way through twelfth grade, our teachers and advisors create a safe and supportive environment to teach students how to manage their emotions, show empathy for others, develop non-verbal communication skills, appreciate themselves, respect differences, manage conflict, and practice ethical and social responsibility.
At MVS, we grow interpersonal skills and invest in our students’ overall well-being.
Advisory in Middle School and Upper School
The MVS Advisory program is a feature in both the Middle and Upper Schools. During a student’s time in that division, he/she will have the same teacher advisor throughout his/her time in that division. This allows for the advisors and students to develop strong mentoring relationships.
Advisory meetings occur weekly throughout the school year and provide opportunities for team building, community outreach and character education. Community service planning occurs in advisory, and community service projects are carried out by advisories. Academic advising is another core component of our Advisory Program, as advisors guide students and families throughout the course selection process. At MVS, advisors are trusted advocates for their students and families.
Health & Wellness
The health and wellness program at MVS is a resource for the community to become more aware of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Our Health and Wellness team is made up of five individuals: our school counselor, nurse, athletic trainer, upper school health teacher, and another Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certified teacher, who was a former dietician and paramedic. Students have access to at least two of these resources five days/week and can go to them for mental, emotional, and physical well-being issues as well as emergencies.
School Counseling Services at MVS
Our students’ overall well-being is paramount. In addition to our Social Emotional Learning Program in grades EC-12th grade, we have two full-time licensed professional counselors. Ms. Christie Kemper works with middle and upper school students one-on-one, student groups, and families to address a range of concerns, from stress to anxiety to grief and more. Ms. Kara Peterson assists with middle school and is the counselor for early childhood and lower school. Both counselors are trusted resources for students who have a special issue, question or concern that may have a negative impact on their overall well-being and academic experience. All students are welcome to visit their offices throughout the day.