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Elizabeth Pelkey

May 4, 2020

Sunday marked the culmination of our weeklong, photo scavenger hunt!  Students were challenged to get creative, involve their families, and compete to win one of six prizes donated by the Residential Life Team.  Some of the scavenger hunt "items" included: build a blanket fort, clean the bathroom, play a game with your household members, take a shelfie, something created during COVID-19 Stay At Home, paint with Bob Ross, and write a snail mail letter.  As a "Golden Egg" Mr. Grillo agreed to go swimming in an ice filled pond if 51% of the student body participated---BRRR!!!  Our winners were:
6. Amy
5. Madi
4. Lydian
3. Brooke
2. CJ
1. Sadie

Not quite 51% participated, but Mr. Grillo was a good sport and went swimming anyways and these photos are some of our favorite entries!


Matt Bartlett, Courtney Farber
MSSM Students enjoying ice cream party

February 13, 2020

A few days before break, students and staff enjoyed an ice cream party! A "Sweet Frog" style set up was used for students to choose from a variety of flavors and toppings. The lower lounge was filled with laughter, card games, and conversation. A big thank you to one of our families for making this event possible!

Senora Carson and Courtney Farber

February 7, 2020

The wonderful ladies of B Wing enjoyed a Burrito Bar for Wing Night on Friday. The Chipotle-style event was a great success! After everyone had a bite to eat, the activities continued, first with a game of team Hide-and-Seek through designated areas of the dorm. Participants found extremely creative places to hide, including in empty trashcans and between piles of cardboard boxes! The second game played was the Bus Game, a team Pictionary-style game played in rows. The evening concluded with Valentine's and General Trivia!

Courtney Farber
On Saturday evening, a group of students took a trip to the Francis Malcolm Science Center

February 8, 2020

On Saturday evening, a group of students took a trip to the Francis Malcolm Science Center for a spectacular astronomy show hosted by Mr. Berz! Following the presentation, everyone headed out to the trails to view the stars from a snowshoe expedition. Fun was had by all! 

Courtney Farber
Students joined Miss Farber for a series of Minute to Win It games, where the competed against one another to see who could c

February 1, 2020

Students joined Miss Farber for a series of Minute to Win It games, where the competed against one another to see who could complete the tasks the fastest! Events included shaking ping pong balls from a Klenex box attached to their waist, transferring cotton balls from one bowl to another without using their hands, catching ping pong balls in a leaning tower of cups, and using an uncooked piece of spaghetti to pick up uncooked penne pasta. 

Courtney Farber
January 10, 2020

Students enjoyed the first trip of the year to the UMPI rock climbing wall during J-Term!

Courtney Farber
On Wednesday evening, a group of students joined Miss Farber to learn how to play Euchre.

January 15, 2020

On Wednesday evening, a group of students joined Miss Farber to learn how to play Euchre. Students enjoyed learning the strategy and skill to win a round, and look forward to having a tournament in the future!" 

Courtney Farber
Students gathered in the gym and formed teams to play different dodgeball games.

January 25, 2020

Students gathered in the gym and formed teams to play different dodgeball games. Participants enjoyed playing Jail Break, Regulation Dodgeball, and Free for All!

Elizabeth Pelkey
Mrs. Stackhouse last day working for MSSM

January 27,2020

This week our beloved Mrs. Stackhouse, our Director of Transportation, Student Activities, and Athletics is leaving us for a grand new adventure. She's worn many hats over her nearly 9 years at MSSM and has been a dear friend, advocate, mentor, and overall pretty awesome penguin to us all. The Residential Life department's smooth(ish) functioning owes a lot of thanks to her. We're happy for her new job, but sad to see her go. Mr. Grillo (who has shared an office with her for years) planned a surprise balloon goodbye for her and, with the help of the Residential Life staff and many of the students, had her office filled with 140 balloons covered in memories, well wishes, and good-byes for a surprise on Monday Morning. Goodbye and good luck Mrs. Stackhouse!"

Elizabeth Pelkey
On Saturday, Mr. Mitchell Bartlett and I were joined by David, Michael, Ryan, Chaeeun, Minjin, Violet, Harry, James, Martin,

January 25,2020

On Saturday, Mr. Mitchell Bartlett and I were joined by David, Michael, Ryan, Chaeeun, Minjin, Violet, Harry, James, Martin, Greyson, Alex, and Tadd for a perfect afternoon at Big Rock Ski Area. Even though the skies were overcast, the low wind, warm temps, and perfectly groomed conditions made the day a treat for all in attendance. Groups of students skied a myriad of trails together making each run unique and fun. Big Rock offers some nice vertical and a lot of route options keeping the day interesting and flying by. This Saturday had a great mix of skill levels; some students have skied and boarded for years, several skied for the first time in years, and one tackled skiing for the first time and made pretty incredible progress throughout the afternoon with some persistence a great attitude and a little guidance from others. We're looking forward to another trip soon! **Please note, the above helmet strap was buckled when we got off the lift! :)"

Courtney Farber
Last Saturday, students joined Miss Farber for Disney Singo Night - a musical themed game of bingo!

January 18, 2020

Last Saturday, students joined Miss Farber for Disney Singo Night - a musical themed game of bingo! Students enjoyed singing along to Disney classics while filling in their boards. 

Elizabeth Pelkey
We have upgraded to a card-based laundry system that has eliminated the hoarding and scrambling for quarters by our student b

January 16, 2020

This week our student laundry room received a big overhaul. We have upgraded to a card-based laundry system that has eliminated the hoarding and scrambling for quarters by our student body.  Doing laundry is a much faster task with the new machines and has cut down the time needed per load nearly in half.  We received 7 brand new front-load washers along with 7 brand new dryers. Thank you MSSM maintenance staff for ensuring everything is in working order!"


Mitchell Bartlett
MSSM students bowling in Caribou

January 11, 2020

On the 11th of January, a group of students went to the Caribou Bowling Alley for a fun evening of candlepin bowling.  Although no one was able to get a strike, there were plenty of spares, gutterballs and laughs to go around.  After bowling, everyone enjoyed a bite to eat at McDonald's before heading back to the dormitory. The students really enjoyed themselves and are already talking about the next trip

Matt Bartlett
MSSM Students at the Land Speed trials at former Loring AFB

August 31, 2019

This weekend a van full of students watched the Land Speed Races at Loring Air Force Base.  A fun time was had by all.  We saw many impressive vehicles.  We even got the privilege of seeing the Big Red Camaro (, all the way from Las Angeles.  The crew gave our students free merchandise and even took a picture with us. There was an artist who traveled all the way from New Jersey just to see the Big Red Camaro and paint it. To learn more about the Big Red Camaro check out their website or go to YouTube and see some of their awesome videos!


Mitchell Bartlett
MSSM students sit on top of Haystack Mountain

August 25, 2019

On Sunday, August 25, six students went to Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill.  For those who have never been, Haystack is a slightly challenging, but enjoyable hike.  While climbing, a few students took pictures with their personal cameras, while others explored the sites on the way to the top. One such site included a little known stone building just off the path.  Once we reached the summit the students enjoyed an incredible view of Aroostook County. We even checked out an app that told us what planes were flying above us at that time.  After the hike, we all went to Tim Hortons for smoothies to help cool us down.  Next weekend we will be hiking at Aroostook State Park!


Mariah Havens
MSSM Open Swim

August 24, 2019

Students enjoyed the first open swim of the year this Saturday. Open swim gives students an opportunity to complete independent fitness time, swim laps, or just have some fun in the pool. Open swim is held on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm. to 1:00 pm. At the request of students, a morning lap swim has just been added to the schedule. If your a morning person join us Thursdays, from 6:45 am to 7:45 am.

Matt Bartlett
MSSM student and staff Doughboy Party.

May 5, 2019

Sunday May 5th was a beautiful day in Limestone, Maine.  Dave, Tammy, and Braydon Martin came up with their grill to make doughboys with RI, Matt Bartlett.  A great time was had by all. There were probably over 200 doughboys made and enjoyed!

Elizabeth Pelkey
MSSM celebrated with a evening trip up to Tasty Food in Van Buren

May 2, 2019

Today's balmy weather was whispering that summer is coming so some students and I celebrated with a evening trip up to Tasty Food in Van Buren for supper.  On our beautiful drive up the border, we spotted a cow moose and her yearling calf alongside the road.  The gangly legs and shaggy spring coats were pretty exciting to see for everyone in the van.  We also found a yard sale with some great deals on our way to dinner.  We all ate our weight in take out burgers, fries, cole slaw, and plenty of ice cream and milkshakes, while we enjoyed the swinging tables and soaked up some much needed vitamin D.  In the photo, students are showing off their newfound home along with some of their yard sale treasures.

Matt Bartlett
MSSM School trip to a maple syrup farm in Maine

March 30, 2019

Saturday a group of our students made an afternoon trip to Woodland, Maine to Maple Ridge Farm. We were greeted by Phil and Jackie Doak. They were fantastic hosts and we learned a lot from them. Phil taught us about the process of making maple syrup. Jackie made sure there were lots of cookies and maple syrup for the students to sample. We all got to look through the farm store and buy items like syrup, jellies, soaps, cookbooks, etc. The highlight of the trip was getting to see and pet all of the sheep at the farm. Thank you again to Maple Ridge Farm. We will be back!

Elizabeth Pelkey
Micmac Festival Market & Trout Farm Tour

March 9, 2019

On Saturday, six of our students visited the Festival Market hosted by Micmac Farms in conjunction with the City of Caribou and the Presque Isle Farmers Market.  Students enjoyed meeting local entrepreneurs and farmers while sampling a variety of locally produced wares.  Our arms were heavy laden by the end of our visit with blueberry pie, homemade garlic pepper potato chips, handknit mittens, a variety of pickles, maple caramel corn and brittle, ethically raised pork, unique teas, smoked trout, fresh trout, and trout chowder.  After we'd made our selections, Dave, the manager of the Trout Farm onsite gave us a tour of their state of the art land based trout farm.  The whole operation is sustainable and focuses on raising healthy food options for Maine residents--both the trout and their waste byproduct which is used as fertilizer for the traditional farming operation.  We all had a wonderful time and hope to attend again in April!

Andrew Parker
MSSM Students Midnight Breakfast Surprise

March 6, 2019

The Residential Life staff, along with our maintenance crew Tammy and Dave, put on a surprise midnight breakfast for the student body this evening.  Dough boys, cereal, monkey bread, eggs and fruit/veggie platters were spread throughout the dormitory for students to enjoy.  The dough boys, made by Mr. Matt Bartlett, Tammy Martin and Dave Martin, were the most popular item on tonight's menu.  The midnight breakfasts are always a good stress reliever and community builder.  Along with getting lots of delicious foods, the student body got to stay out of wing an additional hour to socialize and have fun

Mary Perez
MSSM Murder Mystery event

January 14, 2019

Snacks, drinks, and MURDER! What could be more fun? We had an evening of excitement as the group of students and our guest, Mr. McCartney, acted out their roles with excellent and ridiculous accents. Scandals arose, false identities were revealed, and yet no one was able to guess the true murderer. In the end it turns out it was done for the love of family, such bonds are strong indeed.

Mariah Havens
MSSM cup cake decorating

January 19, 2019

This afternoon students had the chance to come decorate their own cupcake.  There was chocolate, golden yellow, and gluten free funfetti cupcakes. They could choose from chocolate or vanilla frosting. The best part was the toppings,  nerds, gummy bears, mini m&ms, chocolate chips, toffee bits, and sprinkles.

Elizabeth Pelkey
MSSM Field skiing field trip.

January 16, 2019

On Wednesday afternoon we quickly and cheerfully loaded into the van, dressed for a night of skiing.  After an enjoyable ride with good laughs, a beautiful sunset, and plenty of classic rock, we arrived to find the mountain unexpectedly dark and the parking lot empty.  Unbeknownst to us, they had made a schedule change since the previous week.  All hope was not lost and we decided to head back via Presque Isle to do some bargain hunting at Marden's, some grocery shopping at Grave's, and some refueling at Subway and KFC/Taco Bell.  While it was unanimous that we did not have as much fun as a night of flying down the slopes, we had plenty of laughs, smiles, and good times.

Mitchell Bartlett
On the 11th of January, a group of students went to the Northern Lanes Bowling Alley in Presque Isle.

January 11, 2019

On the 11th of January, a group of students went to the Northern Lanes Bowling Alley in Presque Isle. Instead of traditional 10-pin bowling, Northern Lanes Bowling Alley offers candlepin bowling. For some of the students this was their first time candlepin bowling. As the candlepin balls are much smaller with no finger holes it took some time for them to find their groove. The students adjusted quickly and they soon started to have an exciting time. Although there were no strikes, there were quite a few spares! All in all, the kids had a good time. Everyone enjoyed a quike bite to eat at Taco Bell before heading back to campus.

Matt Bartlett
MSSM indoor soccer night Sunday Jan. 13

January 13, 2019

Sunday night there was a good turnout for Mr. Bartlett's Indoor Soccer Game. Everyone had a great time and no one got hurt!

Elizabeth Pelkey
Board of J-Term activities.

Here at MSSM, J Term has begun and, per usual, beyond the unique academic offerings there is also a boatload of activities and and events planned for our students.  So many, in fact, we've run out of bulletin board space to advertise them!  Some of the offerings over the next couple of weeks include several off campus trips, cooking and baking lessons (and eating opportunities), lots of intramural sports opportunities, and a murder mystery party.  Additionally, many clubs and student organizations are planning even more opportunities for students to be involved in community service and plenty of just for fun events.  There are plenty things to try, lots of ways to relax, and everything is fun!

Mariah Havens
Christmas Tree

December 1,2018

On Saturday, December 1st a number of students attended the 5th Annual Festival of Trees at the Northern Maine Community College. This event consisted of approximately 70 wonderfully decorated trees with gifts that are raffled off to the community. The consensus among the group was that the Harry Potter themed display was our favorite. I believe we all put tickets in for that tree! The proceeds from the tickets will provide dental services for the youth of Aroostook County, at St. Apollonia Dental Clinic. When we were finished at the trees festival we headed over to town to get some lunch before heading back to campus. The winners were drawn on Sunday afternoon and although none of us won a tree there were some winners in the MSSM community. Congratulations Grillo and Adams families!

Matt Bartlett
MSSM Hot Chocolate Night

November 27, 2018

Tuesday night was a busy night on campus full of fun activities. Students were busy playing floor hockey, outside playing in the snow, socializing, and also enjoying a nice warm cup of Hot Chocolate. We all would like to send out a huge thank you to the Parents Association for the Hot Chocolate supplies and all of the other donations that were sent up after Thanksgiving break. We really appreciate all of the support!

Mitchell Bartlett
MSSM Students watching V for Vendetta.

November 9,2018

On November 9th the movie V for Vendetta was shown in the lower lounge.  This movie has become a yearly tradition, normally watched on November 5th due to the fact that that date is important to the plot of the movie.  However, even though we showed the movie four days late, we still had a great turnout! 26 students showed up for the whole movie and a few others stopped by and watched for a few minutes.  All in all, the students seemed to have a great time.

Andrew Parker
Screen shot of Family Feud game night at MSSM

November 9,2018

This evening we hosted the game show "Family Feud" in the lower lounge. 12 students attended to compete for bragging rights. Some of the surveys that were in tonight's game included "Name a famous wizard", "Name a country with a name that starts with the letter A" and "How long does the typical New Years resolution last?". The students had a good time as well as the staff that attended.

Mitchell Bartlett
MSSM Ice Skating at the Presque Isle Forum.

November 4,2018

On November 4th, six students and I went to the Forum in Presque Isle to go ice skating.  Ice skating has always been a popular trip and fills up pretty quickly. All the students had fun skating despite the fact a few of them took a couple falls. The fries at the snack bar seemed to be pretty popular with this group. When asked if they’d like to do it again, they enthusiastically said yes and asked when the next trip would be.

Matt Bartlett
MSSM Students enjoying Caramel Apple Night.

October 29, 2018

Caramel Apple Night

Thanks to the MSSM Parents Association, the students at MSSM were able to enjoy some caramel apples on Sunday night!  Thank you Parents!

World Series Game

On Sunday night we had a decent group of MSSM students watch game 5 of the World Series in the Lower Lounge.  10 students decided to stay up until the end and witness the Boston Redsox become 2018 Champions!  A fun time was had by all!

Mariah Havens
MSSM Students participating in Wing Night.

October 26, 2018 

Upper C had their wing night. We played donut bobbing and it looked like a lot of fun.  For snacks we had pumpkin pie, apple pie, and made caramel  We had a couple ladies stay up  to watch the original Ghostbusters. We had some ladies who needed to leave wing night early to get a good nights sleep before their State Cross-Country race the next day.

Mitchell Bartlett

October 27,2018

On October 27th, some of the students got the chance to go into Caribou to go thrift shopping.  The students love trips like these because they get the chance to find items not normally found in the local Walmart and Mall, at a great price!  The students also found this trip to be very convenient because on the same day was the Halloween dance and they needed to find last minute costumes and/or items to go along with their costumes.  One student was able to find a sash for their pirate costume.  Other students found dresses, a pie maker and other knickknacks.  Some of the thrift stores that we visited were Catholic Charities, The Cubby and Affordable Finds.

On the same trip, the students and I had a good laugh because on the backside of one of the buildings it said Dollar Store and when we went in it turned out to be a Sears combined with a dollar store, so the kids went around joking about how they could get refrigerators and other furniture for a dollar.

Mary Perez
Three students dressed up for the Haunted Woods Walk.

October 6, 2018

For the past three years we have been taking students out to the Nordic Heritage Center to volunteer at the Haunted Woods Walk held by UMPI for the enjoyment of the community. As summer ends and fall approaches the students who participated the year before share how much fun it is with their classmates, and every year our volunteering group grows. This year we had 35 students participate as either guides or spooky additions to the walk. Next year our goal is to create a creepy scene of our own with an MSSM twist.

Matt Bartlett
Group photo of students at the corn maze.

October 6, 2018

This was an event filled Saturday for MSSM students! Many students took the opportunity to sign up for one or more of the off campus trips. Some of the options to choose from were Mall Trip, Haunted Woods Walk, and The Corn Maze! 24 Students decided that they wanted to go to the Corn Maze. Gaughan's Farm in Caribou was a very popular place to be today. We were at the farm for 2 1/2 hours and almost all of our students could have spent another couple of hours there easily.  Our students did the corn maze challenge, played mini golf, ate homemade ice cream,  and bought pumpkins, gourds, and dilly beans! The weather was great and a fantastic time was had by all.

Andrew Parker
Friday night viewing of Solo movie

September 8,2018

Friday nights at MSSM are at time for students and staff to relax and have some fun. Some nights the res life staff will host game shows, cooking activities, trips to Caribou and Presque Isle and sometimes, like tonight's activity, we host movies in the Veteran's Gymnasium. We set up the projection screen and sound system and had a variety of snacks for purchase courtesy of the key club.Tonight's feature movie was the newly released "Solo: A Star Wars Story". The movie was well attended with around 30 students taking part in the movie along with a few faculty and staff. Our movie nights are a great way to relax and unwind from a long week. Movies that we will be showing in the coming weeks and months include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Mariah Havens
Congratulations to Rothery for winning the 80's Costume contest

September 28, 2018

On Sept 21-23 the Res Life Team hosted an 80's Weekend. We had many great events such as movies in RI apartments, Costume Contest, Dance, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, Jeopardy, Atari Games, Rubik's Cube solving competition, playing popular board games of the 80's, Cereal Bar, and many more activities. Congratulations to Rothery for winning the 80's Costume contest.