Friday, April 29, 2016

MMI News

Two MMI juniors accepted to prestigious PA Governor’s School for the Sciences

MMI Preparatory School juniors Ali Aijaz and Anirban Chowdhury were recently accepted into the summer 2016 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences.

The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS), which is hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, was established in order to provide a summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for talented Pennsylvania high school students and to encourage them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research.

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MMI students take 10-day educational European tour

Thirteen MMI Preparatory School students and two faculty members recently completed a 10-day educational European tour of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The group learned about the culture, history, geography and people of each region and sampled traditional European meals.

Seniors William Bower, Samanta Cottone, Brian Galbiati and Sarah Moyer; juniors Ali Aijaz, Niklas Byriel, Garrett Kost, Anna Olivieri, Keenan Overa, Dylan Slusser and Jacob Weiksner and sophomores Nicolo Cottone and Joseph Taylor attended the trip. T.R. Laputka, MMI IT Director, and Gabriela Moustardas, MMI world language department chair and German instructor, were the faculty advisers. The trip was planned in conjunction with educational tour company EF Education Tours.

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MMI students capture first place in annual Holocaust essay contest

MMI Preparatory School students Allison McGeehan and Abigail Walters captured first place in their respective divisions in the 21st annual Israel T. and Mildred Klapper Memorial Holocaust Essay Contest, which is sponsored jointly by the Hazleton Jewish Community Council and the Greater Hazleton Ministerial Association.

Allison McGeehan, a junior and the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan of Drums, was first in the high school division. Abigail Walters, an eighth grade student and the daughter of Teisha and Christopher Hardy of White Haven, finished first in the middle school division. Both students will read their winning entries and receive their awards prizes at the Hazleton Holocaust Community Service on May 4 at Beth Israel Temple in Hazleton. MMI English instructor Jennifer Novotney was the faculty adviser for the competition.

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MMI athletes announce college selections

MMI Preparatory School seniors Desiree Dinko and Edward Herbener recently announced they will continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level in the fall of 2016.

Desiree Dinko will continue her academic and athletic careers at Immaculata University, where she will be a pitcher on the softball team.

Edward Herbener will continue his academic and athletic careers at Bloomsburg University, where he will be a pitcher on the baseball team.

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Ten students place in the top three among MMI participants on mathematics exam

Ten MMI Preparatory School students placed in the top three within the school’s competition on the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition 8 (AMC 8). The annual AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

In the eighth grade competition, Grant Warren placed first, Philip Byriel and Marcus Kassick were second and Kai Mele, Adam Tron and Abigail Walters finished third. In the seventh grade competition, MMI’s overall school winner Charles Dick placed first, Hannah Falatko and Kevin McNulty were second and Hunter Blasko came in third.

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MMI Blog

More than Just a School

By Taylor Peluso
2016 Class President

PelusoTaylor2015 2016
When I started at MMI in the 7th grade, graduation seemed like a far off milestone. Today, it’s just 6 short months away! Hard to believe that the college application process is complete and next year at this time, I’ll be wrapping up my first semester in college.

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The Connected Classroom

By Justin Vincent
Computer Science Instructor

vincent2009Technology has drastically changed our society in the last 20 years. The ease with which we can now access and distribute information is unprecedented and it has fundamentally impacted the way we live our lives and, more specifically, educate our children. The online resources available for students and teachers are astounding and the speed with which we can communicate is amazing. From learning management systems, to video tutorials and lessons, to online assessments, to virtual field trips, technology has given us the ability to engage students in new and exciting ways every day.

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Study Habits

By Madison Below
School Counselor

Madison BelowLearning good study habits in middle school assists students well into their high school years and beyond. By understanding how to manage time, information, and materials, students gain the skills they need to be organized, efficient learners who have a toolkit of strategies for completing their homework on a nightly basis. This leads to them being better equipped to tackle assessments in the classroom and can reduce test anxiety while increasing confidence and competence.

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