Monday, December 22, 2014

MMI News

Coke, Bowser, and Doctor Who top MMI Piñata contest

MMI Preparatory School recently held its annual Spanish 2 Piñata contest. The contest continues the Spanish tradition of constructing papier-mâché figures for children's celebrations, birthdays, holidays and traditional festivals.

MMI receives grant for science equipment

MMI Preparatory School has received a grant that it will use toward new equipment for the school's science department.

MMI to present comedy December 12 and 13

The MMI Upper School Drama Club will present “Harvey, A Comedy in Three Acts” by Mary Chase on December 12 and 13 at 7:00 P.M.

MMI students perform at CAN DO Community Christmas

The MMI Chamber Ensemble, directed by Tina Lizbinski, was one of the groups performing at the 22nd annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday evening.

MMI Mock Trial competitors win awards

Four students from the MMI Preparatory School Mock Trial team won individual awards and trophies in the Monroe County Invitational Mock Trial Tournament held recently.

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.

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.

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.

MMI Preparatory School

Monday, December 22, 2014


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