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Students from the MMI Preparatory School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at the Region 16 Leadership Conference held at the Woodlands Resort in Wilkes-Barre December 18, 2014. Of the 59 students who competed, nearly half received special honors for their performance in various business-related competitive events.
MMI Preparatory School senior Chiara DeMelfi, daughter of Daniel and Esme DeMelfi, Hazleton, will be competing in the “Poetry Out Loud” Regional Competition. The competition will be held at the WVIA studios in Pittston on February 17 and will be televised in April.
Thomas G. Hood, head of school at MMI Preparatory School, has announced the names of students who have been named to the President’s List during the first semester.
Thomas G. Hood, head of school at MMI Preparatory School, has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the second quarter.
Alexander Sessock, an eighth-grade student at MMI Preparatory School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.
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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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