Monday, April 27, 2015

MMI News

Dr. Roberta Winters gives Earth Day presentation at MMI

MMI Preparatory School’s eighth grade class recently completed a lesson on shale and had an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with a presentation on the subject from a state expert.

Dr. Roberta Winters, the former Vice President for Issues and Action on the State Board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA), presented a program to MMI eighth, ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade classes on Wednesday at MMI educating students about Marcellus Shale and the extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.”

Her presentation was made possible through the League of Women Voters of Greater Hazleton and partially funded by the PPL Corporation through support the league received from the PPL Foundation.

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MMI students compete at Penn State University German Day 2015

MMI Preparatory School’s trivia team placed first at Penn State University’s German Day 2015 competition, which was held April 16 in State College. 

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Five MMI students advance to FBLA National Leadership Conference

MMI Preparatory School students Syed Qadri, Jessica Smith, Jonathan Smith, Emily Seratch, and Allison McGeehan will represent the school at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, which will be held June 29 to July 2 in Chicago. 

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MMI students win five prizes in Wilkes-Barre Jewish Community Center and Interfaith Holocaust contest

MMI Preparatory School students won five of the six prizes in the 13th annual Wilkes-Barre Jewish Community Center and Interfaith Council Holocaust contest. 

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MMI to hold Springo Fest 2015 this Saturday

The MMI Preparatory School Parent-Faculty Organization will host Springo Fest 2015 on Saturday, April 25 from noon to 5:00 P.M. in the school’s gymnasium, located at 154 Centre Street, Freeland. 

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MMI Blog

Taking Time to See the Road Ahead

By Michael Mele
MMI Science Instructor

Michael Mele

Class begins at 5:45 A.M., so don’t be late! I show up for class long before my students do. Not literally, of course, but my mind is already running in teacher mode from minute one. The first thing I do is check my phone for email messages. You know, every now and then, something strikes a student as urgent at 2:15 A.M. I need to be ever vigilant!

Then I go to the news and my mind is already meshing the events of the morning with my biology, anatomy, and marine science classes. Viruses are, of course, a hot topic and I think of how the morning’s news can be integrated into the classroom. What are students’ concerns? How can I make the world around them make sense to them in relation to what we are doing? In marine biology, it’s “why a horseshoe crab’s blood could save your life” and in anatomy it’s “guzzling milk might boost your risk of breaking bones.” There’s always something to give significance to what we do in class; you’ve just got to have your eyes open.

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Why I'm happy I was the "new student"

By Lauren Toscano
11th Grade Student

Toscano-Lauren-2014-2015I have never been a new student. I went to the same school from kindergarten to eighth grade, and then I started at a high school in ninth grade, just like everyone else. I had new teachers and things like that, but all the other people in my grade did, too, so it wasn't really that scary.

I started MMI in eleventh grade, and I guess I was nervous about the change — I figured it would be a harder school where everyone knew each other, and I would never be able to catch up. However, I was greatly surprised.

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How to Have a Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conference

By Grete DeAngelo
MMI Social Science Instructor

Grete DeAngelo

As a teacher and parent, I've been on both sides of the desk for conferences. Some have been more successful than others, and I've come to the conclusion that it's the preparation beforehand that makes the difference.

I'd like to offer a few tips on how you, as a parent, can get the most helpful information from your child's teachers on parent-teacher conference day.

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Monday, April 27, 2015



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