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Three MMI Preparatory School students finished among the top five in their respective levels during regional competition for the National Spanish Examination.
Senior Claire Sheen was second in Spanish 4, sophomore Daniel Tron placed fourth in the Spanish 2 bilingual category, and freshman Angel Alday finished fourth in Spanish 1 among students from all Spanish classrooms in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
MMI Preparatory School Head of School Thomas G. Hood announced that Dr. Joleen Beltrami has accepted his invitation to deliver the Founder’s Day Address during MMI’s 123rd commencement ceremonies, which will be held on Thursday, May 21 at the school.
Beltrami, a 1982 MMI graduate, joined the faculty of the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, Texas in 2009 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. She was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2014.
MMI Preparatory School sophomore Anirban Chowdhury recently recorded the region’s highest score on the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society’s annual chemistry exam.
MMI’s team of Jay Solgama, Joshua Kalada-Kania, William Bower, Samuel Sessock, and Sarah Moyer received the highest score in the Aquatics component and were third overall out of 34 teams at the 2015 Luzerne County Envirothon.
Aquatics deals with species identification, water quality, ecosystems and ecology, watershed management, and invasive organisms.
MMI recognized 5 students in the seventh, ninth and eleventh grades as “Best of the Best” during a recent assembly.
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By Michael MeleMMI Science Instructor
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.
By Lauren Toscano11th Grade Student
I 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.
By Grete DeAngeloMMI Social Science Instructor
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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