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We're back from February break and that means we've just completed the longest, coldest stretch at MSSM––what some people call "the dark ages". Now, though, things are looking up. With only three weeks to go before the next break, students are busy but in good spirits. Progress reports release tomorrow, and many students have tests or projects due next week that they can be seen completing and preparing for. Next weekend is Parents Weekend, and many students are looking forward to that. The weekend also includes an SAT test date, an MSSM Board of Trustees meeting, and the yearly meeting of the MSSM Parent's Association. There's lots to do, and students are ready to do it!

J-Term has left us and the spring semester is already underway. However, J-Term didn't leave without a proper send off. The last weekend of J-Term was filled with events and activities for students to participate in, including reduced admission to the LCS basketball games, a student run soccer tournament, and a Mario Kart tournament with prizes from the RIs. Students also played board games, walked to Mike's Market, and generally enjoyed themselves before buckling down for the spring semester. Now that the spring semester is here though, students are handling it well. All of the students who were off campus for J-Term returned, and the community feels complete with everyone together again. Although I will miss J-Term, the spring semester so far has been great, and I wish everyone the best of luck in the next semester.

We're halfway through J-Term and the dorms are bright and bustling. J-Term on campus is the most relaxed part of a students schedule, since most classes do not assign homework or require much, if any, out of class study. This means that when students are done with classes, they have plenty of free time to catch up with friends, play board games in the lower lounge, or just kick back and relax. RIs are offering plenty of activities and trips that students can participate in during their newfound free-time. Activities include ice skating, trips to Caribou and Presque Isle, Nerf Wars, and Assassins. J-Term is my favorite time of the year, because although there's snow on the ground and the air is cold, the student body is happy and friendly. MSSM never feels more like home than when I see everyone enjoying each others company in the lower lounge, without being hunched over homework and furiously scribbling. Of course, J-Term is also a great opportunity for students to participate in an internship or join one of the off campus J-Terms in the Bahamas, Japan, or Maine's own Jackson Labs. I'm looking forward to the rest of J-Term, and I'm a little sad that this will be my last one.

MSSM Blog Archive

2016

News

We're back from February break and that means we've just completed the longest, coldest stretch at MSSM––what some people call "the dark ages". Now, though, things are looking up. With only three weeks to go before the next break, students are busy but in good spirits. Progress reports release tomorrow, and many students have tests or projects due next week that they can be seen completing and preparing for. Next weekend is Parents Weekend, and many students are looking forward to that. The weekend also includes an SAT test date, an MSSM Board of Trustees meeting, and the yearly meeting of the MSSM Parent's Association. There's lots to do, and students are ready to do it!

J-Term has left us and the spring semester is already underway. However, J-Term didn't leave without a proper send off. The last weekend of J-Term was filled with events and activities for students to participate in, including reduced admission to the LCS basketball games, a student run soccer tournament, and a Mario Kart tournament with prizes from the RIs. Students also played board games, walked to Mike's Market, and generally enjoyed themselves before buckling down for the spring semester. Now that the spring semester is here though, students are handling it well. All of the students who were off campus for J-Term returned, and the community feels complete with everyone together again. Although I will miss J-Term, the spring semester so far has been great, and I wish everyone the best of luck in the next semester.

We're halfway through J-Term and the dorms are bright and bustling. J-Term on campus is the most relaxed part of a students schedule, since most classes do not assign homework or require much, if any, out of class study. This means that when students are done with classes, they have plenty of free time to catch up with friends, play board games in the lower lounge, or just kick back and relax. RIs are offering plenty of activities and trips that students can participate in during their newfound free-time. Activities include ice skating, trips to Caribou and Presque Isle, Nerf Wars, and Assassins. J-Term is my favorite time of the year, because although there's snow on the ground and the air is cold, the student body is happy and friendly. MSSM never feels more like home than when I see everyone enjoying each others company in the lower lounge, without being hunched over homework and furiously scribbling. Of course, J-Term is also a great opportunity for students to participate in an internship or join one of the off campus J-Terms in the Bahamas, Japan, or Maine's own Jackson Labs. I'm looking forward to the rest of J-Term, and I'm a little sad that this will be my last one.

Oodles of Noodles - The Recipe Revealed!

Hello everyone! Here is my recipe and step-by-step instructions for some great microwave ramen noodles. With just this one recipe, you can have an excellent meal ready to go for the low low cost of 20¢. This recipe has been perfected for years by my own experimentation, and now you too can make some top-shelf ramen.

Step 1: What you'll need.

Before we begin, you'll need the following items: A bowl/mug, a fork, and a instant ramen noodle package. I prefer Maruchan's Creamy Chicken flavor for the best combination of flavor and high-quality noodles. I also have a weird mug-bowl hybrid, which works surprisingly well.

Step 2: Preparation.

Unwrap the brick from the package and separate the flavor packet. Put flavor packet aside and put brick in bowl, breaking to fit as necessary.

Step 3: Water.

Water is the tricky part of making microwave ramen. You'll want to fill your bowl up to a level that means it's unlikely to spill, while still having enough water to cook the ramen. If some ramen is sticking up out of the water, don't worry.

Step 4: Microwave.

Now comes the fun part. Put your ramen in the microwave for anywhere from 4-7 minutes, depending on microwave and amount of water. Your goal here is to bring the water to boil, but to keep it from boiling over. Additionally, if you have some of the brick sticking out, make sure to mix it in after the water softens the other noodles. Your first time, I highly recommend watching the ramen as it sits in the microwave. It's kind of boring, but you'll get a feel for when it's about to boil.

Step 5: Remove.

You're not done yet. The next step is to remove the noodles from the microwave and let them sit in the hot water, stirring occasionally if needed. This will finish cooking the noodles and make them nice and soft. If your bowl is too hot to touch, one tried and true trick is putting socks on your hands to use as oven mitts of sorts.

Step 6: Drain.

All you need to do now is drain the water out of the bowl. This will leave you with a much better noodle:broth ratio, so that you're eating noodles and not soup. The amount of water you leave is personal preference, but I prefer almost none.

Step 7: Mix in flavor packet.

Just tear, pour, and stir.

Step 8: Enjoy!

Congratulations! You've completed your bowl of high-quality ramen. Sit down, enjoy your noodles, and be sure to tell everyone else how good they are.

Unfortunately the blog only allows us to post one photo. The rest of the photos will be shared on Google Drive

There's snow on the ground and that means midterm exams are almost upon the MSSM students. Although this is one of the shortest stretches in the school year, students are staying busy and preparing for their exams. You can feel the energy in the air, the mix of excitement that the semester is almost over and the dread of the midterms (although they're honestly not that bad). Plenty of fun activities have been planned to help students de-stress in the week before midterms. The C-wings are planning a joint Christmas party, with a secret santa organized by yours truly. Student Senate is writing a "practice final" that will be filled with "quirky" questions to lighten the mood before Study Day on Sunday. On Study Day, all students will be required to be on campus from 12:30-4:30 and some will be required to be in the Learning Center for a focused study environment. After Study Day, students will participate in a traditionally excellent holiday dinner and will work hard preparing for the three days of midterms to come (it's like the twelve days of Christmas but with tests instead of presents). Here's to hoping I and everyone else will do well on their midterms!

Next up: Nathaniel Ferguson (writer and blog enthusiast) reveals his secret recipe for dorm ramen. Critics have called the ramen "excellent", "truly superior", "unparalleled", and "edible".

2015

News

We're back from February break and that means we've just completed the longest, coldest stretch at MSSM––what some people call "the dark ages". Now, though, things are looking up. With only three weeks to go before the next break, students are busy but in good spirits. Progress reports release tomorrow, and many students have tests or projects due next week that they can be seen completing and preparing for. Next weekend is Parents Weekend, and many students are looking forward to that. The weekend also includes an SAT test date, an MSSM Board of Trustees meeting, and the yearly meeting of the MSSM Parent's Association. There's lots to do, and students are ready to do it!

J-Term has left us and the spring semester is already underway. However, J-Term didn't leave without a proper send off. The last weekend of J-Term was filled with events and activities for students to participate in, including reduced admission to the LCS basketball games, a student run soccer tournament, and a Mario Kart tournament with prizes from the RIs. Students also played board games, walked to Mike's Market, and generally enjoyed themselves before buckling down for the spring semester. Now that the spring semester is here though, students are handling it well. All of the students who were off campus for J-Term returned, and the community feels complete with everyone together again. Although I will miss J-Term, the spring semester so far has been great, and I wish everyone the best of luck in the next semester.

2014

Out of the Dark Ages

We're back from February break and that means we've just completed the longest, coldest stretch at MSSM––what some people call "the dark ages". Now, though, things are looking up. With only three weeks to go before the next break, students are busy but in good spirits. Progress reports release tomorrow, and many students have tests or projects due next week that they can be seen completing and preparing for. Next weekend is Parents Weekend, and many students are looking forward to that. The weekend also includes an SAT test date, an MSSM Board of Trustees meeting, and the yearly meeting of the MSSM Parent's Association. There's lots to do, and students are ready to do it!

So Long J-Term Hello Spring Semester

J-Term has left us and the spring semester is already underway. However, J-Term didn't leave without a proper send off. The last weekend of J-Term was filled with events and activities for students to participate in, including reduced admission to the LCS basketball games, a student run soccer tournament, and a Mario Kart tournament with prizes from the RIs. Students also played board games, walked to Mike's Market, and generally enjoyed themselves before buckling down for the spring semester. Now that the spring semester is here though, students are handling it well. All of the students who were off campus for J-Term returned, and the community feels complete with everyone together again. Although I will miss J-Term, the spring semester so far has been great, and I wish everyone the best of luck in the next semester.

2013

We're back from February break and that means we've just completed the longest, coldest stretch at MSSM––what some people call "the dark ages". Now, though, things are looking up. With only three weeks to go before the next break, students are busy but in good spirits. Progress reports release tomorrow, and many students have tests or projects due next week that they can be seen completing and preparing for. Next weekend is Parents Weekend, and many students are looking forward to that. The weekend also includes an SAT test date, an MSSM Board of Trustees meeting, and the yearly meeting of the MSSM Parent's Association. There's lots to do, and students are ready to do it!

J-Term has left us and the spring semester is already underway. However, J-Term didn't leave without a proper send off. The last weekend of J-Term was filled with events and activities for students to participate in, including reduced admission to the LCS basketball games, a student run soccer tournament, and a Mario Kart tournament with prizes from the RIs. Students also played board games, walked to Mike's Market, and generally enjoyed themselves before buckling down for the spring semester. Now that the spring semester is here though, students are handling it well. All of the students who were off campus for J-Term returned, and the community feels complete with everyone together again. Although I will miss J-Term, the spring semester so far has been great, and I wish everyone the best of luck in the next semester.

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