Saturday, April 18, 2015

MMI News

Pair of MMI Preparatory School students win Pennsylvania Science Olympiad medals

Two MMI Preparatory School students placed in the top five at the recent Pennsylvania Science Olympiad, which was held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

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MMI to hold Open House on Sunday

Students at MMI Preparatory School will showcase their projects at the school’s annual Open House on Sunday, April 19, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. 

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MMI students earn PJAS awards

Students at MMI Preparatory School recently earned awards during the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition held at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, with awards presented afterward at a dinner ceremony at the Genetti Best Western Hotel and Conference Center. 

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MMI students place in the top three in Marywood University High School Math Contest

Two MMI Preparatory School students recently placed in the top three in their age division at the 2015 Marywood University High School Math Contest. Sophomore Ani Chowdhury captured first place in the Level 1 division (grades 9-10) and classmate Ali Aijaz finished third. 

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MMI students win Holocaust essay contest

Four MMI Preparatory School students won awards from the 20th Annual Israel T. and Mildred Klapper Memorial Holocaust essay contest. Morgan Long, son of David and Theresa Long, Drums, and Zachary Young, son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland, both tied for first place in the middle school division of the competition and will receive $200. In the high school division, Joshua Narrow, son of Howard and Marie Narrow, Hazleton, won first place and will receive $200, and Luke Yamulla, son of Robert and Ann Yamulla, Sugarloaf, won second place and will receive $100. 

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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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Saturday, April 18, 2015



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