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MMI Preparatory School recently purchased two Harkness tables to transform two classrooms into Collaborative Learning Labs to help prepare students for the discussion-based learning courses they will find in college. The purchase was made possible by a donation from Dr. Philip A. McHale ’58 and Ms. Linda Tishko.
The Harkness table-teaching concept was developed by philanthropist Edward Harkness in 1930 and first instituted at the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. Students sit around an oval table and their teacher instructs them in a tutorial or conference method, where each student is encouraged to speak up. Students are given discussion points and lead the instruction, while the teacher acts as a facilitator.
MMI Preparatory School’s team earned second place at the King’s College Math Contest. Thirteen schools and more than 140 students competed in both individual and team competitions. Frederick Mejia took home top honors for the MMI team.
The MMI Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of music instructor Christina Lizbinski, performed at the 26th annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Dec. 5.
Ensemble members played several selections to open the 90-minute show. The free concert featured student musical and choral groups from schools throughout Greater Hazleton.
The concert will be rebroadcast on WYLN-TV 35 on the following dates and times: Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at 12 p.m., Dec. 17 at 11 a.m., Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 25 at 11 a.m.
The MMI Upper School Drama Club will present "An Evening of One Act Comedies IV" this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the MMI Cafeteria. Tickets are $5 in advance through the Main Office and at the door. Mrs. Joanne Oakum is the Upper School Drama Club advisor.
MMI Preparatory School’s team of Frederick Mejia, Alexander Sessock, Zachary Young, and Darren Zheng finished fourth in the Brain Teasers and Quiz Bowl categories in the annual Bloomsburg University Math Contest. Susan Moyer, MMI math instructor and department chair, was the adviser for the competition.
Approximately 200 students representing more than 20 schools competed in the annual event. The competition’s categories, which also include the Game of 24 card challenge, vary in difficulty and work off a foundation of geometry, trigonometry, algebra, logic, and statistics.
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By T.R. LaputkaDirector of Technology
Over spring break, sixteen MMI students, four parents and three faculty members traveled to the British Isles for an incredible educational tour. Coordinated by Education First Tours, the trip took them through Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Edinburgh, London, and many other locales. For most of the students this had been the first time they had traveled to Europe. T.R. Laputka, MMI technology director; Michael Mele, Science Department Chair and Science instructor; Christina Spencer, Chinese Language teacher; and Jaime of Education First Tours led the private group.
By Sydney KarpowichMMI Senior
The Pennsylvania School of Global Entrepreneurship (PSGE) has ignited my entrepreneurial spirit and helped me expand on business ventures I am involved in, as well as sparked creativity to develop other business ideas. I have been working on an idea to develop a free women’s self-defense organization to combat rising abuse rates against local women. Additionally, I am currently working with a team of four girls on an iDeX pitch, featuring an app that allows users to more effectively medically diagnose themselves at home.
For my company project at PSGE, I was on a team with six other students to work for Soltech Solutions. The company produces grow lights that not only allow plants to flourish indoors, but also increases the ambiance of one's space. Our job was to create a new marketing campaign for the company and increase sales to other businesses.
Eleven MMI students, three parents and two faculty members traveled to Italy during spring break 2017 for an educational tour. Arranged by EF Education Tours, the tour took them through Milan, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, and many other towns. For most of the students this had been the first time they had traveled to Europe. T.R. Laputka, MMI technology director, and Michael Mele, Science Department Chair and Science instructor, led the private group.
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