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So This Happened at MSSM!

Hello, MSSM community!

As many people know, MSSM offers a myriad of STEM related extracurriculars. One of the activities that we have been offering for a while is competing in the Science Bowl. Once a year, the U.S. Department of Energy hosts a National Science Bowl for young scientists to participate in. Teams participate in several matches to determine the rankings. Each match consists of two teams in a division and approximately 20 questions are asked. Students are challenged with questions ranging from topics in physics, biology, astronomy, and many other branches of science. Last weekend, MSSM sent two teams of five to the Maine Regional High School Science Bowl. After a long day of matches, MSSM Team A was completely undefeated in Division X and MSSM Team B had only two losses in Division Y. In order to determine which teams went to the finals and which went to the semifinals, the two MSSM teams competed head-on! The two teams definitely put up a great fight, giving each other some friendly competition. In the end MSSM team A went on to the finals and team B went on to the semifinals. Team B finished in 4th place after competing with Greely and MSSM team A finished second to Cape Elizabeth. MSSM did excellent as a school, being the only school with both its teams making it to the semi-finals. Great job, MSSM Science Bowl!

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18


Hello, MSSM community!

After a week of rest and relaxation, MSSM students have returned from February break. Before we left, J-Term off-campus exhibition occurred. During J-Term at MSSM, many students take the opportunity to participate in an exciting internship. Internships ranged from working in a prosthetics clinic, to law offices, to software engineering firms. Internships are a great opportunity for students to get a taste of the career they may be interested in. Other off-campus J-Term opportunities were trips to the Bahamas, Japan, or Jackson Labs. Students in the Bahamas and Jackson Labs had a concentration in biology, while students in Japan visited our sister school Hikone-Higashi. Students greatly enjoyed watching the presentations and hearing about the great time that our fellow Penguins had!

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18


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


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