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So This Happened at MSSM!

Hello, MSSM Community!

At MSSM, time is flying at a rapid pace, as we are already almost a month into the Spring Semester. In about a week, students will depart for February break. Before we leave, however, there is a lot of work to be done! On Tuesday, February 7, all MSSM students participated in the American Mathematics Competition. Freshmen and sophomores in Accelerated Principles of Geometry and Accelerated Advanced Mathematics were administered the AMC 10, while all students in before calculus, calculus, and post-calculus classes were administered the AMC 12. In the past few years, MSSM has seen some of its highest scores; several of our students had qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). In preparation for AMCs, most students were given group projects with difficult practice problems in order to prepare for the exam.

Stay tuned:

In next week's blog post, you will learn about the J-Term off-campus and internship exhibition!

That's a wrap for this week's edition of "So This Happened at MSSM!"

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Hello, MSSM community!

Up in Limestone, J-Term has officially ended, marking the commencement of the Spring Semester. For many, the new semester will bring lots of fun and new experiences. After becoming comfortable with MSSM during the first semester, first-year students are given the opportunity to finally enroll in elective classes; most returning students add on elective classes, as well. A popular elective this semester was Programming and Algorithms with Dr. Hamlin. According to many students, it is a very fun class! In addition to Programming and Algorithms, some electives that students were given the opportunity to enroll in are Number Theory, Astronomy II, Winter Ecology, App Development, and Watercolors.

Hopefully this semester will be successful for all!

That's a wrap for this week's edition of "So This Happened at MSSM!"

Sarah Kuptchik '18


Hello, MSSM community!

After two great weeks of fun-filled learning experiences, J-Term is coming to a close. On Friday, January 20th, students will prepare presentations for the J-Term exhibition. Although the end of J-Term marks the commencement of the Spring Semester and new beginnings, it is definitely bittersweet to put this term behind us. Many students would agree that J-Term is one of the best MSSM experiences!

For the 2016-2017 school year, I decided to enroll in the Organic Chemistry J-Term course... to put it simply, the experience was amazing! After taking a semester of Honors Chemistry, I had set my mind on taking the O-Chem J-Term; finding out that I was given a spot in the course was an extremely exciting moment! As it is a challenging course, Organic Chemistry has been filled with both fun and at times, frustration. What does the combination of those two feelings equate to? Learning! We have learned so much in Organic Chemistry. The skills that we have obtained in this two-week course will carry into Honors Chemistry and any other upper-level chemistry class. Here is a brief list of some labs that have been completed in O-Chem:

Melting Point Determination, Structure and Reactivity in Nucleophilic Substitutions, Synthesis of Esters, Extraction, Isolation of Natural Products: Caffeine and Eugenol, and Martius Yellow.

That's a wrap for this week's edition of "So This Happened at MSSM!"

Sarah Kuptchik '18


Greetings, MSSM community!

After a much-needed break, students have recharged and are ready to learn! Before the Spring Semester, J-Term takes place. In J-Term, students are given the opportunity to take a wide array of classes, participate in an internship, or travel and partake in educational trips. Some of the on-campus offerings this year were Enumerative Combinatorics, Conspiracy Theories, Organic Chemistry, and the Fitness Challenge... believe it or not, this does not cover all of the class offerings! The three trips that have been offered this year include conducting marine research in the Bahamas, visiting MSSM's sister school in Japan, and conducting genetic research at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. As of today, we are one week into J-Term and students are already filled with knowledge regarding new concepts. J-Term is an incredible opportunity for students as two full weeks are spent learning about one specific subject and it is very hands-on. Students are also able to transition into the Spring Semester in a more relaxed fashion.

In next week's article, I will be speaking about the J-Term that I am currently participating in: Organic Chemistry! Stay tuned....

That's a wrap for this week's edition of "So This Happened at MSSM!"

Sarah Kuptchik '18


Greetings MSSM Community!

As the semester is coming to a close and winter is settling in, midterm exams are rapidly approaching for MSSM students. In less than two weeks, students will be hopping on buses and going home for holiday break. Although time goes by very quickly at MSSM, the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always the longest for students. In these next few days, students will be preparing for their major exams, hoping to end the semester on a good note. Teachers are offering many office hours in order for students to get assistance in classes. On December 10, quiet hours will commence in the dormitory. Exams are being taken on December 14, 15, and 16. As this can be a stressful time, it is important for students to take time to relax... playing in the snow is a great de-stresser! Remember to be happy and study hard.

That's a wrap for this week's edition of "So This Happened at MSSM!"

Sarah Kuptchik '18


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