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MMI Preparatory School announces plans for 2020-2021 school year

MMI Preparatory School will begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 25 with in-person instruction while simultaneously offering live-stream and recorded courses in a plan that was approved by the MMI Board of Directors. Faculty will return for the new school year on August 18.

santize webMMI Head of School Justin Kleinheider said, “After careful consideration by the MMI Administration for the return to campus of our students, faculty, and staff, the Board of Directors approved a Pandemic Health and Safety Plan that brings students and teachers back together in the classroom where we believe meaningful connections enhance the academic process and provide social and emotional support to our students. Our plan for reopening maximizes social distance, requires face coverings throughout the day, and incorporates enhanced sanitization procedures, including frequent deep cleaning and increased air filtration. Our plan was developed utilizing guidelines set forth by the CDC, PA Department of Health, and the PA Department of Education.”

The MMI maintenance staff has developed an enhanced cleaning and sanitization process to assist with keeping the school clean and sanitized. In addition to the standard cleaning, common areas such as the rest rooms, The Joseph A. Turri '45 Library and Learning Center, Coxe Commons, cafetorium, and all Old Main classrooms have been assigned an Austin Air Healthmate air purification system that will run daily when school is in session. All HVAC systems have been outfitted with MERV-13 air filters. MMI has purchased a Clorox Total 360 machine, which will be used to sanitize the building. Additionally, MMI's maintenance staff has outfitted larger spaces in the building for use as classrooms and to accommodate for social distancing.
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Kleinheider said that MMI's academic schedule of in-person and online classes includes plans to allow the staff and students to quickly and efficiently pivot depending on current conditions.
“Our plan provides flexibility in the delivery of instruction. Students have the choice to continue their MMI education in person or at home consistent with the needs of their families. Also, if the need arises due to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic or other factors, this flexibility will allow us to pivot seamlessly between MMI online and back to campus depending upon conditions.”

In continued preparation for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, MMI will welcome three new teachers in World Language, English, and Music. MMI will also offer two new courses– Strategic Communication, and Personal Finance and Wealth Management. Additionally, each classroom has been outfitted with webcams and all teachers were required to complete an Online Learning Master Course over the summer break.

During the break, the Maker Space was updated to open it up to the adjacent classroom in the Science Wing, and the school underwent general deep cleaning and painting in the building. Repairs were completed at the baseball field and signage was updated at all of the outdoor athletic fields.

“As we have learned over the last few months, adaptability and nimbleness are paramount to getting through this pandemic together. We will continue to closely monitor and adapt to our changing world and periodically update this plan as circumstances dictate,” Kleinheider said.

Click here to read the Pandemic Health & Safety Plan.

MMI honors Upper School students at virtual 2020 Awards Convocation

MMI honored students in ninth through 12th grades during its annual Upper School Awards Convocation, which was held virtually this year.

MMI Head of School Justin Kleinheider provided welcoming remarks and presented the awards along with MMI Academic Dean Justin Vincent.

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MMI Preparatory School honors the Class of 2020 at 128th commencement ceremony

MMI Preparatory School honored the Class of 2020 during its 128th commencement ceremony on Tuesday, July 7. Seniors received their diplomas from MMI Head of School Justin Kleinheider and Chairman of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors John H. Hersker '76.

The ceremony was held in the MMI Gymnasium and was available via a live stream on MMI’s website for anyone to watch.

This year’s graduating class of 28 seniors were accepted at more than 79 percent of the colleges they applied to and amassed more than $7.6 million in merit scholarships and awards.

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MMI announces 2019-2020 second semester Head of School List

MMI Preparatory School has announced the names of students who achieved Head of School list status during the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year.

Students are as follows:

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MMI announces 2019-2020 Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

MMI Preparatory School has announced the names of students who achieved Honor Roll status during the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.

Students are as follows:

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MMI Blog

Staying Connected while so Disconnected

By Cheryl Bayo
School Counselor

CherylKavinskiBayoHow do we stay connected in a world that requires disconnection?

We are walking into the rest of the school year with our students at home, and are trying to comprehend the uncertainty of when life will return to some semblance of normal.

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Tips for Staying Organized while Online Learning

By Mrs. Lisa Marie Ferry
Dean of Students

Ferry Lisa2018Today, I am going to share some great strategies for staying organized with your online learning while dealing with all the distractions of being at home. 

I have a lot of experience with online learning. I have not only had to teach online classes now and prior to teaching at MMI, but also I was also an online student for a while.  So, from experience on both ends, here are some strategies:

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The Effect of Positivity on Resilience

By Cheryl Bayo
School Counselor

CherylKavinskiBayo“When a child is at their most unlovable is when they need the most love.”

It can be very hard to find the small positives in a world that is hectic for us and our students, especially with the rigorous academic challenges at a school like MMI. The pre-teen and teenage years are full of opportunities for children to express themselves in both positive and negative ways. The impact of a positive relationship between a child and parent (or other adult) has an effect on how they handle the choices they make. Rewarding students, even for the smallest positive, with the greatest reward of all-our time and attention – can have a big impact on how they think and react to many choices and obstacles.

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