Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MMI News

MMI students attain recognition in 2015 National Spanish Examinations

Several MMI Preparatory School world language students attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.

MMI students earned a total of six silver and five bronze medals along with 11 honorable mentions from Spanish 1 through Spanish 4.

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MMI student wins first place in SPCA poster contest

MMI Preparatory School sixth-grade student Millie Symbula captured first place in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Luzerne County’s “Be Kind to Animals Week” poster contest.

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MMI finishes third overall at Luzerne County Envirothon

MMI Preparatory School finished third overall at the 2015 Luzerne County Envirothon.

The Envirothon is an annual environmental competition for high school students.  The Luzerne Conservation District coordinates and sponsors the Luzerne County Envirothon each spring.  The event is for Luzerne County high school students in grades 9-12. It tests their knowledge of the environment with five 100-point tests: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Issue, which changes each year. This year’s current issue was Urban Forestry.

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Anthropology class takes field trip to 36LU169

Students in Lisa Ferry’s Anthropology class took a field trip on April 26 to the Conrail Site (officially referred to as 36LU169) to join The Frances Dorrance Chapter (Chapter 11) of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology for an archeological dig.

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MMI inducts students into National Junior and National Junior Latin honor societies

Eighth-grade students from MMI Preparatory School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and the National Latin Honor Society (NLHS) at a ceremony at the school.

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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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Tuesday, May 5, 2015



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