Pathways

 

Global Education in Melrose (GEM)
Pathway and Certificate Programs

Purpose and Philosophy

The MHS Global Education in Melrose (GEM) Program is designed to foster students’ global awareness, to recognize the accomplishments of students who represent the school around the globe, and to provide graduates with the essential skills for participating in and contributing to an increasingly global society. Students can choose to pursue GEM as a pathway or as a certificate program. GEM is founded on the following principles:

• Think Globally: Students gain an increased knowledge of their relationship to the world; think about issues from a global point of view; and gain an appreciation for other world cultures, viewpoints, and perspectives.

• Communicate Effectively: Students improve their foreign language skills and their ability to communicate with people across cultural and language differences.

• Contribute Responsibly: Students use their global knowledge to interact and build relationships with people from other cultures; actively seek world knowledge to develop their own values and opinions; demonstrate respect, open-mindedness, understanding, and flexibility in behavior and thinking; help others to embrace multiple perspectives.

Global Education in Melrose (GEM) Pathway
1) Global Language Courses: Students must enroll in a Global Language course through Level 4
2) Academic Courses: Students must enroll in at least 4 academic credits with a global focus as indicated below.

Department Course

English Media Literacy
Theater Arts
Peace and Protest: Lit. & Comp.
Public Speaking

Social Studies World History II
Global Leadership
AP European History
Anthropology and Sociology
History through Film
AP Economics
Current Events

Science, Business, and
Environmental Science
Technology AP Environmental Science
Bioethical Issues
Business Law and Management

Wellness Peer Education
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
Global Language Travel and Tourism

Visual and Performing Advanced 2D Art
Arts Advanced 3D Art
Advanced Photography

Global Education in Melrose (GEM) Certificate Program

Students interested in extending their GEM experience past the requirements of the Pathway will complete these additional components:

1. Academic Coursework
Students must receive a grade of C or better in their GEM pathway courses. In addition, students must complete a written document at the conclusion of each course reflecting on how the course content has furthered their global awareness.
(Note: an Independent Project and Synthesis may be used in place of non-global language-related academic course work. Students must select an aspect of a foreign country or a region’s culture, political system, history, geography or economy, and engage in a minimum of three activities that will enable them to explore this area of interest. The Focus Project activities must be completed outside of assigned class work and the GEM travel experience. These activities may include, but are not limited to, reading books that create global awareness, watching films, preparing culinary specialties, and attending cultural events or lectures.)

2. Foreign Travel Component
Approved programs must provide an international experience in which the student challenges him/herself to connect to and interact directly with the culture and the people.

3. Community Service Component
The equivalent of 30 hours of Community Service must be GEM related. The GEM Community Service Hours must expose the student to another world culture and should, ideally, employ his/her foreign language skills. A GEM travel experience that includes at least 30 hours of pre-approved community service also satisfies the GEM community service requirement.

4. Capstone Project
An original student product synthesizing what the student has learned from these experiences will be submitted as part of the GEM Portfolio. Examples of original student products may include, but are not limited to, the following: a double-spaced, 3-4 page essay, an original video, an original work of art, an original podcast, an original photo exposé, an original musical composition or an original musical compilation.

5. GEM Portfolio
Upon completion of the GEM requirements, each student will present their Portfolio to the Committee. Portfolios will be reviewed each spring. Completed portfolios may be emailed to John Buxton, Director of Guidance, at [email protected], or left in the GEM mailbox in the Guidance Office. Students are advised to keep a copy of their completed portfolios for their own records. The portfolio must include the following:

• The completed and approved GEM Travel Experience Form
• The student’s transcript highlighting the foreign language and GEM academic coursework
• The completed and approved GEM course reflection forms OR
• The completed GEM Focus Project Form
• The completed and approved GEM Global Service Form
• The GEM Capstone Project
• A GEM Résumé (see format and sample résumé on GEM website)
• A Summative Essay of 250-500 words, reflecting the student’s GEM experience.
Following the Portfolio review, the student will be informed if s/he has successfully earned a certificate. Students will then present their portfolio to the Melrose community, which could include a live, recorded or printed performance given to the MHS community, the Human Rights Commission, the School Committee or the local print/digital media. Student will be awarded certificates at graduation. Guidance counselors will include information about the MHS GEM Program in the School Profile.

Applications for the GEM Program are available in the MHS Guidance Office and on the website at: www.melroseschools.com.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Pathway and Certificate Program
Purpose and Philosophy

The STEM Pathway and Certificate Program is designed to support students considering post-secondary education and careers in mathematics, scientific, engineering and health profession careers. Students will develop content-specific skills and knowledge in the classroom and apply these skills in community service opportunities and in capstone projects or student-initiated internships. Upon graduating, STEM participants meeting all requirements will earn a certificate recognizing their ability to:

• Research, experiment, and analyze to obtain results and draw conclusions
• Communicate efficiently and effectively with the use of technology
• Construct, design, and create innovative processes or structures
• Be active problem solvers and critical thinkers

Required Academic coursework for STEM pathway
Department Course
Foundational Science Coursework Biology
Chemistry
Physics

Foundational Mathematics
Course Work Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus

Advanced Math Course
(Select one)
AP AB Calculus
AP BC Calculus
AP Statistics
Other course with approval
Technology or Visual Art Course Computer Aided Design
Computer Science
Animation
Any visual art class (art, music, etc.)

Advanced Science Course AP Chemistry
(Select one) AP Environmental Science
AP Biology
AP Physics
Anatomy and Physiology
Astronomy
Other course with approval

Elective Choice
(Select one)
An additional math course
An additional technology elective
An additional advanced science course
STEM Certificate Program

Students interested in extending their STEM experience past the requirements of the Pathway will complete these additional components:

1. Academic Coursework
Students must receive a grade of C or better in their STEM pathway courses. In addition, students must select samples of work from each course and reflect on their growth and progress in STEM courses and include these in the Portfolio.

2. STEM Portfolio
Students will develop a cumulative STEM Portfolio that includes representative samples from each STEM course and includes a reflection on their growth and progress in STEM courses. Students will also reflect on their community service experiences. Students will submit this reflective portfolio at the end of each academic year in which they are enrolled in the STEM program in order to receive acknowledgement of their participation and continued progress in the STEM Certificate Program. Seniors must submit their portfolios and a copy of their transcript to the Mathematics or Science, Technology and Business Chairs by the Friday before April vacation. Students are advised to keep a copy of their completed portfolios for their own records. The portfolio for seniors will be reviewed and students will be advised of their successful completion of this portion of the program by May 1st and at that time they will be invited to participate in the Senior Presentation.

3. Community Service Component
The equivalent of 30 hours of Community Service must be STEM related. Examples of STEM related community service includes assisting at math and science nights, judging elementary science fairs, refereeing at robotics event, volunteering at nursing homes or hospitals, etc. Students will be expected to reflect on these experiences and include this reflection in their binders.

4. Capstone Project
The capstone project may include a summer project in a local laboratory, an internship with a STEM professional (City Planner, actuary, engineer), a comprehensive science fair project, or an engineering design project. Students will be expected to present this experience during their Senior Presentation

5. Senior Presentation
Seniors who have successfully completed all other aspects of the program will present their STEM Portfolio and Capstone Project to a group of STEM educators, families, interested community members, and internship partners during the student’s senior year.

Applications for the STEM Program are available at the beginning of the year following an informational meeting.

                                                                                                                                         The Visual & Performing Arts Pathway
                                                                                                                                                     Purpose and Philosophy
The Visual & Performing Arts Pathway is designed for students who have recognized a great interest and desire to explore the arts. Melrose High School hopes to foster this passion by identifying a pathway of study for students that will prepare them for furthering their education in the arts. Students will have the option to choose and narrow their focus to either Visual Arts or Performing Arts. Any of the following courses may be applied toward the graduation requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.
Visual Arts
The Visual Arts sequence is a series of courses designed for those students who have a strong interest in the subject. The full year courses are as follows, Introduction to Art or Art I (required of ALL students before taking upper level art classes), 2-D Art (1, 2 & 3), and 3-D Art (1, 2 & 3), and Photography (1, 2 & Advanced). Serious students have an opportunity to receive Advance Standing in art by submitting a portfolio to the Art Department in the spring of any year. Another pathway would be to follow through the series of Video Production courses.
Introduction to Art (Prerequisite for the following)
Art 1
Art 2, 2-D
Art 3. 3-D
3-D Art 1, 3-D Art 2, 3-D Art 3
Graphic Design
Photography 1
Photography 2
Advanced Photography
Introduction to Video Basics
Introduction to Video Production
Intermediate Video Production
Advanced Video Production
Animation 1
Animation 2
* CAD courses when applicable as STE requirement
Performing Arts

The Music Department offers courses and activities for the performer in the larger performance organizations. Each student identifies his/her own interests and needs for creative self-expression and is encouraged to freely elect from one or more of the following areas of music: chorus, band, orchestra. Any of the following courses may be applied toward the graduation requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.
Band
Chorus
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Guitar
Introduction to Piano
Music Composition
Music Theory
Orchestra
Public Speaking
Theatre Arts

In addition to successful completion of courses in this pathway of study, students are expected to complete a capstone project. This final capstone project will be individual in nature and will result in a college level portfolio. This Pathway is currently not a Certificate Program.
Business Pathway

Purpose and Philosophy

The Business Pathway is designed to support student exploration of business-related career fields. Students will develop content-specific skills in the area of foundational business courses as well as computer and analytical skills. The Business Pathway will support students who have recognized an interest in furthering their education and/or pursuing a career in business.
Business Pathway

Department Course
Foundational Business Courses Accounting 1
Business Management and Law
Personal Finance
Public Speaking (0.5 Credit)

Foundational Computer Courses Microsoft Office
(Select one) Computer Science

Business Electives Accounting
(Select two credits) Economics
AP Economics
AP Statistics
Marketing (0.5 credit)
Sports Management (0.5 credit)
Student Technology Integration (0.5 or 1 credit)

The Business Pathway will incorporate a Senior Internship project. Students will be expected to intern during the spring of their senior year; students will be responsible for all eligibility criteria included for the senior internship.
In addition to successful completion of courses in this pathway of study, students are expected to complete a capstone project. This final capstone project will be individual in nature and will result in a college level portfolio. This Pathway is currently not a Certificate Program.

Humanities Pathway
Purpose and Philosophy

The Humanities Pathway is a designed path of study for students who have an interest in classical studies; including Latin. Exposure to this pathway will foster student exploration in language, literature, and history. The Humanities Pathway is designed for the student who may be interested in studying the classics in college. Students who choose this pathway should follow the path of study which includes courses in Global Language, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.
Global Language

Students are expected to either take:

4 years of Latin (including AP Latin) and 2 years of an additional Modern Language or
4 years of a Modern Language (including an AP Modern Language) and 2 years of Latin

English Language Arts

English 1, English 2, English 3 (or AP equivalent), and English 4 (or AP equivalent)

Students are expected to take at least 1 of the following:

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Advance Placement English Literature and Composition

Social Studies

World History 2 or AP European History
U.S. History 1
U.S. History 2

Students are expected to take at least one of the following AP Social Studies Courses:

AP U.S. History
AP European History
AP Psychology

2.5 Credits following elective courses:

English Public Speaking
Social Studies Global Leadership
Social Studies Current Events
Social Studies History of Modern Asia
Social Studies World Religions
Social Studies Sports in Society
Social Studies Anthropology/ Sociology
Social Studies Civics and Leadership
Social Studies Psychology

In addition to successful completion of courses in this pathway of study, students are expected to complete a capstone project. This final capstone project will be individual in nature and will result in a college level portfolio. This Pathway is currently not a Certificate Program.