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MMI Preparatory School in Freeland recently received a $40,000 contribution from the United Way of Wyoming Valley, presented by Nina C. Dei Tos ’01 MPA, Vice President of Resource Development. These funds will be used for scholarship support for MMI students who reside in the Wyoming Valley and meet the criteria for an Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Scholarship.
MMI Preparatory School will offer its Entrance Examination on Saturday, January 31, beginning at 9:00 A.M. The exam is for students who will enter grades six through 11 next year and are considering attending MMI Preparatory School.
Five students from MMI Preparatory School have been chosen to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 9 orchestra and band festivals.
On January 15, visitors came to MMI Preparatory School to explore the difficult and dangerous lives of miners, breaker boys, dumpers, blacksmiths, slaters, and other various mining occupations during a free presentation.
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.
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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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