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Academic News

Deborah F. McGann

Community Members,

This past week concluded J-Term, two unique weeks of the MSSM school year. We look forward to J-Term Exhibition where students have the opportunity to see what their peers have been learning. Whether students have interned, visited research institutes, or participated in all day immersive classes here at MSSM, these two weeks have no doubt been memorable, if not life changing.

Many of the offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Because it is a holiday, it ordinarily is a great opportunity for families to visit MSSM without having to take time away from school or work. However, due to the winter storm, the Open House has been postponed to February 1st. An early version of our school calendar had a late start to classes on Monday; but, weather permitting, the Spring Semester will officially begin on Monday morning at 8:30 am. Students are encouraged to check their schedules in Infinite Campus and contact their advisors should they wish to make any changes.

On Tuesday we will have a candidate visit as the search continues for a substitute AP Psychology Instructor. Meanwhile, please join me in wishing Mr. O’Keefe a speedy recovery and a quick return from medical leave.

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of physics students will be participating in the Physics Olympiad, a competition for high school students to determine who will represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. This two-hour qualifier is sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Good luck!

Also on Wednesday from 11:00 am -4:00 pm, there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive at the Methodist Church here in Limestone.  I encourage those who can to give the gift of life. Visit the Red Cross Website for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Please note that Thursday’s Schedule begins to detour from our norm at 11:00 am when 10:30 classes will be dismissed and 11:30 classes will commence. This compressed schedule will allow us to dedicate the afternoon to J-Term Exhibition. Attendance at all exhibition events is mandatory.

On Friday, two MSSM teams will travel to Bangor for Saturday’s VEX Robotics Qualifier at John Bapst High School. Good luck Penguins.

Friday is also the last day to submit forms to the Registrar for UMPI Credit for Spring Semester.

Mr. Grillo, in his role as Dean of Students, has reviewed assignments to Focused Study, Structured Study and/or the Learning Center and has been in contact with advisors, then students regarding each student’s support status. Once again, for some students, the supports will be dialed back. First year students who achieved the Polymath/Renaissance Scholar distinction will be removed from Focused Study. Those with grades that didn't achieve this distinction will remain in Focused Study for spring semester. This should be reflected on their spring schedules. Other students may be released from structured study or moved from Learning Center assignment to structured study where they will remain for one complete grading period before consideration of the removal of all academic supports. For others, academic supports will be intensified.

The Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support a limited number of summer research internships for highly motivated Maine high school Juniors for the summer of 2019. The MERITS (Maine Research Internships for Teachers and Students) Program provides summer research opportunities for highly motivated high school students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers to experience ‘real-time’ applications of STEM in a research-focused work world at host institutions conducting research and technology development. By doing so, MSGC seeks to expose students to career opportunities in Maine and to provide a direct way by which Maine businesses and research communities can attract young people with high potential for possible future employment. Applications are due January 31, 2019. For more information on this program, and to download the application materials visit our website or contact Jana Hall at

Below is a summary of the next two weeks:

Monday, January 21

  • Martin Luther King Day (Offices Closed)
  • Classes start at 8:30 am

Wednesday, January 23

  • Physics Olympiad competition 1:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Red Cross Blood Drive - 11:00 - 4:00 Limestone Methodist Church

Thursday, January 24

  • Compressed Class Schedule 
  • J-Term Exhibition  :30-4:30 pm

Friday, January 25    

  • MSSM Foundation Grant Deadline (proposed)
  • Last Day to submit forms for UMPI Credit for 2019 Spring Semester

Saturday, January 26    

  • VEX Robotics Competition at John Bapst High School

Wednesday, January 30

  • Maine Association of Math Leagues (MAML)/Aroostook Math Meet #4, at Mars Hill.  Lv. MSSM 2:30 pm, return at 6:30 pm
  • Last Day to Add a Class

Friday, February 1

  • Admission Open House
  • Application Deadline for New Enrollments for 2018-2019 School Year

Saturday, February 2

  • VEX Robotics Competition at Leavitt Area High School, in Turner, Maine

Best, Deborah F. McGann | Dean of Faculty

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