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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 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 recognizes student athletes during 2020 Athletic Awards virtual ceremony

MMI Preparatory School recently held a virtual 2020 Athletic Awards ceremony to honor student athletes and their achievements during the 2019-2020 school year.

MMI Head of School Justin Kleinheider opened the program with welcoming remarks and announced the award winners. During the ceremony, athletes received awards in the MVP, Most Improved, and Coach's Award categories and varsity letter recipients were recognized. Although the boys' varsity tennis, varsity baseball and varsity softball seasons were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kleinheider recognized all those athletes and their coaches for their outstanding work in the preseason and congratulated senior Alexander Jordan, who will continue his baseball career in college.

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MMI team places third in Pennsylvania Foundation for Free Enterprise Stock Market Game

A team of five MMI Preparatory School eighth grade students placed third in the Foundation for Free Enterprise's statewide Stock Market Game.

Robert Orbin, Nathaniel Neidlinger, Ethan Lloyd, Leo Zvonik, and Corrigan Nolasco finished third in Pennsylvania and first in the east region with a relative return of 23.11 percent above the performance of the S&P 500 index, which measures the stock performance of 500 large companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States.

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MMI students are continuing their education with online classes and capstone assessments

When it was announced that all Pennsylvania schools must close, MMI Preparatory School quickly adapted to an online learning schedule that focused on keeping its students engaged and connected to a sense of normalcy despite the uncertain times.

MMI Head of School Justin Kleinheider noted that students are continuing their fourth quarter studies with online course work in core subjects and capstone assessments.

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MMI Preparatory School to honor Class of 2020 and support medical professionals

MMI Preparatory School will be participating in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) statewide program to light up stadiums and campuses in honor of the Class of 2020 and all first responders to COVID-19.

As part of the effort, MMI will light up its soccer field scoreboard and the lights in the courtyard tomorrow evening, Friday, April 17, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to honor all Class of 2020 students as well as all doctors, nurses and first responders on the front line of COVID-19. The scoreboard will read 20-20 in honor of the graduating class.

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Rachael Betz uses 2019-2020 Science National Honor Society grant to fund award-winning research project on respiratory distress caused by vaping

MMI Preparatory School sophomore Rachael Betz earned a First Award and perfect score and was recognized with an Excellence Award in Microbiology at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Regional Competition at Wilkes University on Feb. 29 after receiving MMI’s 2019-2020 Science National Honor Society grant that she used to fund her research project on the respiratory distress caused by vaping.

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Three MMI seniors receive Scholastic Writing Awards

Three MMI Preparatory School seniors received recognition in the Scholastic Writing Awards.

Adam Tron won a Gold Key in the Personal Essay & Memoir category for “The Dichotomy of Masculinity and Femininity” and will advance to the national awards competition. Gold Keys are awarded to the very best works submitted to Region-at-Large programs and are automatically considered for national-level recognition.

Paige Machulsky received an Honorable Mention in Poetry for “A Tourist’s Sehnsucht” and Maya Rizkalla was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Critical Essay category for “Police Brutality.”

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MMI announces Geography Bee winner

Eighth grade student Caylee Herseim won first place in MMI’s school competition of the National Geographic GeoBee and will move on to compete for the chance to represent MMI in the Pennsylvania State GeoBee. Fellow eighth grader Nathaniel Neidlinger was the runner-up in the contest.

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MMI announces “Best of the Best” winner for the first semester

Senior Benjamin Putnam captured first place in MMI Preparatory School’s “Best of the Best” competition for the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. As part of the biannual competition, 10th and 12th grade students delivered presentations during an all-school assembly. Ninth and 11th grade students will make their presentations in the second semester.

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MMI announces winners of sixth grade science fair

Bryce Radzwich captured first place in MMI Preparatory School’s sixth grade science fair for his project “Protect Your Melon.”

David Yamulla captured second for his presentation entitled “Making Graphite Glow” and Frederick Blaine finished third for his demonstration of “What Kind of Potato Conducts Electricity Best?”

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Parents can explore all the benefits of an MMI education for their children at Visitation Day January 11 and register for the January 25 Entrance Exam

Parents who are looking for smaller class sizes, personal attention, and co-curricular and extra-curricular options in athletics, the arts, and academics, as well as a well-rounded, college preparatory liberal arts education, for their students in grades 6 through 12 can explore all the benefits MMI Preparatory School offers during Visitation Day this Saturday, January 11. The event begins at 10 a.m. on MMI’s campus at 154 Centre Street in Freeland. Registration is open for MMI’s Entrance Exam, which will be given on Saturday, January 25 beginning at 9 a.m.

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MMI holds annual Founder’s Day ceremony

Students at MMI Preparatory School honored their school’s founder, Eckley Brinton Coxe, and his wife, Sophia Georgianna Coxe, during an assembly at the school and graveside service on Wednesday, giving thanks for the Coxes’ contributions to the school and the area.

An all-school assembly was held in the MMI cafeteria, where senior class officers presented information about MMI's history. At the conclusion of the assembly, the senior class traveled to the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church in Drifton, where they held a wreath-laying ceremony at the gravesites of Mr. and Mrs. Coxe, more than 120 years after Eckley Coxe’s death.

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MMI students finish third in King’s College Math Contest

A team of MMI Preparatory School students placed third in the King's College Math Contest. Benjamin Putnam, pictured second from the left, was the top scorer for MMI and earned a book and $500 scholarship. Also pictured are, from left: team members Darren Zheng and Louis DeAngelo, and advisor Susan Moyer.  

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  2. MMI honors 2019 Harvest Dance king and queen
  3. MMI announces Students of the Quarter for first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year
  4. MMI senior Benjamin Putnam advances to Poetry Out Loud regional competition
  5. Parents and students can explore all the benefits of an MMI education at Visitation Night on November 13
  6. MMI students complete community service projects on third annual Athena Ford ’01 Day of Service
  7. MMI Parents Association to host annual Harvest Bingo on Sunday, October 20
  8. Eleven MMI students selected to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week
  9. MMI offering 17 fun-filled summer camps for all area students starting June 24
  10. MMI announces 2018-2019 second semester Head of School List
  11. MMI announces 2018-2019 fourth quarter Honor Roll
  12. Thirty-four MMI Preparatory School students compete in Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition
  13. MMI selects “Best of the Best” winner for the spring term
  14. MMI Preparatory School honors the Class of 2019 at 127th commencement ceremony
  15. MMI volleyball standout Summer Evancho signs with Marywood University
  16. MMI basketball standout Matthew Marchetti signs with Misericordia University
  17. MMI Preparatory School announces dedication of softball field as Warner Field
  18. MMI Preparatory School wins regional Envirothon competition and teams featuring 45 students place in top 26
  19. Andrew Straw ’75 will deliver speech at MMI Preparatory School’s 2019 commencement ceremony
  20. Justin S. Kleinheider chosen as new Head of School at MMI Preparatory School
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