Signature Strengths of MSSM Students
Mission Appropriate Student
You may be an MSSMer if you are...
An Enthusiastic Learner:
You love to learn. Whether in the classroom, on your own or with a group of friends, you possess a passion for the pursuit of knowledge, a deeper understanding of the world around you, and, by virtue of this, a more intimate understanding and knowledge of yourself.
Honest and Respectful:
You fervently believe in the value of honesty in everything you say and do, while recognizing and appreciating the existence of other perspectives. You respect the ideas of others, and you actively support a safe environment that fosters the open exchange of competing beliefs.
Independent yet Community-Minded:
You are confident in your own thoughts, but you accept your peers as they are and see them as individual contributors, each in their own way, to your shared community. You eagerly engage in team activities that strengthen interpersonal relationships and that contribute to a culture of mutual support and respect among your peers.
How MSSM Students think of themselves.....
Students at MSSM frequently quip, when asked about their peers, that “these are my people.” Put another way, MSSMers share a dogged loyalty to each other, whereby they jealously guard each other's ability to be unique and independent. They are individual contributors to an extended-school family who share in community events, like wing nights, ski trips, game shows, trips with Residential Staff, etc., and projects, including problem sets and presentations, and, at their core, share the same underlying goal: the pursuit of truth and knowledge.
Relationships, which are essential to the academic and social pursuit at MSSM, between students, teachers and staff create gateways for new opportunities in student-driven research. Students go out of their way to advance their knowledge through research courses, individual tutorials, grant funding applications and experiential and inquiry-based learning, not out of obligation, but the love of education and the thrill that comes from learning something new.
This definition was established in a community-wide process in the Spring of 2020, involving the active engagement of the students, alumni, faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.
Portrait of a Graduate
MSSM’s mission is to create educated citizen-leaders who will benefit their communities in the state of Maine and beyond. At MSSM, you will share many experiences with your classmates, building strong personal bonds that will last long after your graduation. This Portrait describes the values that the school holds dear and that we as a community hope that you will learn to appreciate and respect as you engage in the MSSM experience. By your graduation, you will:
This definition was established in a community-wide process in the Spring of 2020, involving the active engagement of the students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.
The Michael P. Fabio Exploration Fund is an endowed fund held by the MSSM Foundation dedicated to support the pursuit of knowledge through hands-on learning, innovation, and exploratory experience.
Equity & Diversity
We, the Faculty, Staff and Board of Trustees, of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, wish to affirm with you our dedication to providing an equitable, safe, dynamic community for our current students.
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