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Campus Life

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

This week has been unusual for MSSM. Due to an outbreak of the flu, all of the students have been sent home a week early. However, they are still participating in classes through Google Meet. While this style of classes is unusual, the MSSM students are making the best of it, and it is an interesting experiment in using long-distance education strategies. Classes started back up at 10:30 on Monday, and even band and chorus will hold classes this week. 

Over the weekend the MSSM Rocketry Club launched two rockets, the Space Penguin and the Influenza “the Flew.” The successful launches were watched by two certified members of the National Rocketry Association, Mr. Berz, the Rocketry Club advisor, and a student who had launched earlier this year. The launch took almost three hours on top of about two feet of snow. The Flew went 635 feet high and the Space Penguin about 729 feet. Both rockets had G motors. The Rocketry Club is also preparing for the graduation launch of the Sparrow which has an M motor. 

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

On Wednesday, February 7th, the entire student body will take a test called the American Mathematics Competition (AMC). Freshmen and sophomores in Accelerated Principles of Geometry and Accelerated Advanced Mathematics (Algebra II and trigonometry) take the AMC 10. Juniors, seniors, and sophomores who are in pre-calculus, calculus, and post-calculus classes take the AMC 12. This test is a 25 question, 75 minute long test dedicated to improving and testing problem solving skills. The AMC 10/12 is used as the first round qualifier for the International Mathematical Olympiad. Students who perform well on the test then take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). After a few more qualifying rounds, they are invited to a summer camp, and six people are chosen from that camp to represent America in the IMO. Additionally, some colleges, especially STEM oriented ones, may ask to look at your AMC scores. At MSSM, if you receive the highest score in your math class, or you qualify for the AIME, then you are invited to a dinner with the Math Department at Governor’s. 

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

Over this weekend, the Parents’ Association hosted an event called the Cookie Caper. Every year, parents come up to Limestone in collaboration with the Parents’ Association and bake hundreds of cookies. This year there were around 1200. These cookies are then left in the lower lounge for students to decorate with candy and frosting. There is also a competition in cookie decoration with awards for categories like Best Penguin Cookie and Best Math Themed Cookie. The winners of these will get a $25 Amazon gift card. The student body is very grateful to the Parents’ Association for their efforts!

Mr. Shorty has decided to move on from MSSM, so the search for a new executive director has begun. MSSM students are quite involved in the process of hiring new faculty. Most teachers who are seriously considered for working at the school give a presentation to the student body. The students then fill out a survey about their opinion of the presentation. MSSM students are quite lucky that their opinion is taken into account when making decisions. Another example of this consideration is that the Student Senate president, Scott Gilley, has a position on the Board of Trustees to represent the student body. Additionally, occasionally after dorm meeting there are optional meetings with Mr. Grillo, the Dean of Students, to discuss topics such as mental health. 

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

After three weeks of break and two weeks of J-term, the second semester has started. All the students who were off campus have finally returned, and we are ready to begin classes again. The second semester signifies the start of many new classes. Some examples of the new classes are Introduction to Programming, Game Development, Shakespeare: His Life and Works, Modern Literature, Basic Design, Public Speaking, Complex Analysis, Number Theory, and Daily Life in Medieval England. 

For first year students, second semester brings the opportunity to be removed from structured study (mandatory studying between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM Sunday through Thursday). Freshman and sophomores remain on structured study until two thirds of the way through the spring semester while first-year juniors get off two thirds of the way through the fall semester. Structured study is designed to help new students transition to MSSM and support returning students who are struggling. During this time, first year students (and students who have low grades) have the option to study in their room or the Learning Center. Tutors in various subjects are also available during this time.

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

We are already one week into J-term, and students are beginning to think about their final projects. At some point after the end of the term, students make an exhibit for their J-term to show the rest of school what they have been doing. For example, my J-term, the Science of Harry Potter, is making posters exploring topics about Harry Potter in depth. Other examples of exhibits include short stories, podcasts, slideshows, and videos. 

During J-term itself, students work on a variety of different class activities. People in the architecture J-term are working on a model of the dorms for their final project. Prior to that they were working on drawing with perspective. Another example of activity on campus is the students in the Loving Winter in Limestone J-term who built a snow fort outside of the dorms complete with snow penguins. Recently, students working with Dr. Barrans in the J-term about atmospheric sciences took a field trip to a nearby town’s weather station and helped launch a weather balloon. 

J-term is also a period of time with many residential life activities. For example, the Cooking Club hosted an event called the “Cupcake Wars” in which students made cupcakes and were judged by teachers. The students competing made about 90 cupcakes which were shared with the student body. Another big residential event during J-term is the game of Assassins. During this game, students who sign up are given a target to “assassinate” with a pair of socks. Assassins is a quite popular game during this time, and students look forward to it all year.  

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community! 

As we return from winter break, the snowdrift next to the stairs leading up to the Academic Building is now taller than most students. Despite the enormous amount of snow, the students have been rejuvenated by the three week long winter break and are ready to return to school. Prior to the spring semester, students spend two weeks in a short semester known as J-term.

Every year for two weeks in January, students participate in J-term, one class that they find interesting that is not found in a typical curriculum at MSSM. In past years, there have also been international trips to places like the Bahamas and Japan. Students have the opportunity to organize an internship with help from Mrs. Rhodes, one of the math teachers. While typically the students approach potential sponsors, MSSM does have an organized program with the Jackson Laboratory, a world-renowned genetic research facility, based in Bar Harbor, Maine. Focuses of on-campus J-terms include the science fiction movies, organic chemistry, fitness, analyzing Harry Potter, debate, and more. Though J-term had a late start due to some burst pipes, students have eagerly started their first week. This term helps students transition smoothly from winter break to the spring semester, and it allows them to spend more time with their friends during the two week period. 

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

The first real heavy snow of the year has fallen in Limestone. The semester is almost over, and students are anxiously awaiting the beginning of Christmas break. Last Sunday, MSSM took part in Study Day. During this time, students must be on campus between 12:30 and 4:30, preferably preparing for their midterms. Sunday night tutors are also in the Learning Center for two hours during Study Day, and almost all of the teachers have office hours. Some teachers require students to come in for a set amount of time, but others simply offer a quiet place to work. Some teachers even bring in their dogs or food! 

After study day was the Holiday Dinner. During the dinner, both the string ensemble and the MSSM Jazz Band performed for the students and faculty. As their last task for First Year Seminar, all the first year students helped set up for the meal. With a night full of music, food, and conversation, Holiday Dinner is a nice way to bring the community together prior to the week of Midterms. 

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

As we come back from November Break, people are beginning to prepare for midterms always a stressful time of the year. As the days get shorter, the students are studying hard, working for a successful end of the semester. On Saturday, 24 hour quiet hours will begin in the dormitories. Midterms will begin on December 12th and last through the 15th. As midterms approach, it is important to study, but it is also important for students to remember to take care of themselves by sleeping, eating and getting exercise, a balance that can be difficult for some. 

Over the weekend, two of MSSM’s VEX Robotics teams competed at Hall-Dale. This year's competition is called "In the Zone." Teams compete by maneuvering their robot around a 12x12 field and stacking cones. One team, the Adelie Penguins, made it to the finals and lost by only four points. They earned the Sportsmanship Award and are invited to the state championships. The Emperor Penguins earned an Excellence Award and have already qualified for states. Good job VEX!

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

Over the week MSSM hosted the Aroostook Qualifier FIRST® LEGO® League. LEGO League is in its 18th season, and this year’s theme is Hydro Dynamics. Participants came from all over Aroostook County to compete with their robots.  They were judged on a research project, their core values (similar to teamwork), and their robot’s design. Special thanks to volunteers from MSSM and the Limestone Community who helped out during the event and judged the participants. 

Recently, MSSM has been raising awareness for several causes. Last Wednesday was Prematurity Awareness day and students dressed up in purple to honor it, the color for prematurity.  MSSM also participated in Purple Pinkie for Polio, a joint fundraiser with the Presque Isle Rotary Club to raise money for polio vaccines in countries like Afghanistan. In some countries when a child is given a vaccine for polio (costs roughly $1), health workers mark their pinkies with purple dye. Therefore, when people who donate money get their pinkies colored purple, it symbolizes one life saved. 

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

In the past week, the Residential-Life staff showed The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is particularly special to the MSSM student body because many students will dress up as the characters. Additionally, the students provide commentary and bring props to use during the movie (for example, everyone throws rice during the wedding scene). The event has high attendance and is greatly enjoyed by many members of the student body. 

Over this weekend, the MSSM Key Club held an event where people could make blankets for children in the hospital. The event was open to the entire student body. The blankets were made by cutting strips and tying them together. In total, the student body made twelve blankets. The blankets will go to Project Linus, an organization dedicated to providing blankets for children in hospitals. The blankets will be donated to local hospitals possibly in Presque Isle or Caribou. 

This week, fifteen representatives from MSSM’s Youth in Government will be traveling to Augusta with Mr. Melega, the MSSM US History teacher. Youth in Government is an organization dedicated to giving  high-schoolers hands on experiences in model government. 50% of the MSSM representatives have been elected for leadership roles during this event. We wish them luck in passing bills and assuming leadership!

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

-Jialan Deal ‘20

Jialan Deal

Hello MSSM Community!

This weekend at MSSM, the student senate held a Halloween Dance. Before the dance, the students paraded through the Lower Lounge for a costume contest. Highlights of the costume parade included Struck by Lightning (lightning and the person struck by lightning), Cosmo and Wanda from the The Fairly Oddparents, and the Kool Aid Man. 
Another notable event was the launch of two rockets by the MSSM Rocketry Club. Two members were trying for their National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Level 1 Certifications. The chosen names were  the Berbinator and the Space Penguin Supreme. Both rockets launched successfully, to the excitement of both the rocketry club and spectators. 
This Wednesday, 62 students (over one-third of the school), will be participating in the first away math meet in Caribou. Since Caribou high school has limited space, only the top four teams will go to Caribou while the other three teams will stay at MSSM to compete. In previous years the MSSM math team has done extremely well. Last year, MSSM Ivory took first place in the Maine State math meet. Hopefully this year MSSM will do just as well!

That’s all for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”

Jialan Deal ‘20

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello MSSM community!

As promised, I have interviewed one of MSSM’s third-year seniors, Stephenie Bragg. Stephenie lives in Perham, Maine, a short drive from Limestone!

Question: What made you come to MSSM?
Answer: I was looking for more academic opportunities. I lived in the area so I had known about MSSM for awhile. I was really excited when I finally applied and got my acceptance letter!
Question: What has been your favorite class at MSSM?
Answer: My favorite class has been Early British Literature with Mr. McCartney. So far, we have done all kinds of things from reading Anglo-Saxon texts to drinking mead (an Anglo-Saxon delicacy).
Question: Which extracurricular activities do you participate in?
Answer: Photography club, Key club, and Spanish club.
Question: What have you learned most in your three years at MSSM?
Answer: Hard work pays off! And having a strong bond with your roommate is one of the best feelings in the world.
Question: Do you have any advice for prospective MSSM students?
Answer: Do not hesitate to apply. This could be one of the greatest decisions you have made. Also, don’t be nervous, just let yourself shine in your application.
Question: Any final comments?
Answer: IT’S TIME! :-)

That’s a wrap for this edition of “So This Happened at MSSM!”

Sarah Kuptchik, ‘18
 

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello, MSSM community!

After a long and restful Summer, it’s finally time for everyone to return to Limestone! With many new faces, including students AND faculty, we can confidently predict a successful academic year. Here at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, new students are getting into the groove of their new environment. Returning students are doing a great job helping them adjust to life at MSSM (it has always amazed me that our community is so genuinely caring)! 

On another note, MSSM has recently accomplished something that is very important; for the first time, the student body at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics has a female majority! Kudos to our school for breaking the gender stereotypes and contributing to female representation in STEM fields.

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of “So This Happened at MSSM”.... We will be interviewing a third-year senior regarding her positive experience at MSSM. Get ready for some special inside information!

Sarah Kuptchik, ‘18
 

Sarah Kuptchik

This Summer, I participated in two STEM related programs. In early July, I attended a program at the University of Maine called Consider Engineering. Students in the program were given the opportunity to tackle real engineering problems and work on projects with professors and graduate students. The focus of the project that I worked on was researching Gold Nanoparticles to treat cancer.

After Consider Engineering, I worked as a biological research intern at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (another MSSM!) in New York City. I was given the opportunity to research programmed cell death, cancer, and In Vitro Fertilization. 

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello MSSM Community!

After a long and successful year at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, it is finally time to rest. We wish the best of luck to all of the graduated seniors and will miss seeing their faces! The MSSM class of 2017 graduates will be attending a wide variety of universities this Fall. A few of these universities (out of many!) are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Maine, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Colby College. Over the Summer, many rising seniors will be entering college mode; Common Application essays will be written, SATs will be taken, colleges will be visited... our seniors are prepared! We are so excited to start a new year of learning and meet all of the first year students. Have a great, restful Summer and we will see you this Fall! That's a wrap for this week's edition of "So This Happened at MSSM"

Sarah Kuptchik, '18

Editor's Note: We have appreciated Sarah's unique and engaging blog throughout the past year as well as her presence every week as the Admission Office Work Assignment representative. Mrs. Scott and I wish you a very restful summer and thank you for all of your work.

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello MSSM Community!

Recently, things at MSSM have been quite busy! With Advanced Placement exams, students have definitely been kept occupied. Students are in full test-taking mode, as AP exams are very important in this academic environment. (Fun fact: MSSM students' AP scores have reflected that our college readiness index is 100%... great job, MSSM!) Thanks to the year-round support of our incredible teachers, college counselor, and many others, MSSM students have the tools to succeed. In addition, hours and hours of hard work are put into exam preparation by the students. Best of luck to those who are testing in the next few weeks!

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

Sarah Kuptchik, '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello MSSM Community!

On Tuesday April 4th, the state math meet was held in Augusta. MSSM's Ivory team drove a long but worthwhile four hours to the competition. The fun-filled day of math ended in very pleasant results: MSSM Ivory finished in first place with a score of 801 points (a whole 140 points ahead of the second place team). In addition, Brett Foster tied for first place, scoring a perfect meet of 72 points! James Hawkes, Peter Nielsen, and Tobyn Blatt tied for sixth place with 67 points. We are extremely proud of our classmates and the efforts that they have made this MAML season.

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

Sarah Kuptchik, '18

Sarah Kuptchik

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

Sarah Kuptchik

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

Sarah Kuptchik

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

Sarah Kuptchik

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

Sarah Kuptchik

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

Sarah Kuptchik

Greetings, MSSM community!

After a much-needed break, students have recharged and are ready to learn! Before the Spring Semester, J-Term takes place. In J-Term, students are given the opportunity to take a wide array of classes, participate in an internship, or travel and partake in educational trips. Some of the on-campus offerings this year were Enumerative Combinatorics, Conspiracy Theories, Organic Chemistry, and the Fitness Challenge... believe it or not, this does not cover all of the class offerings! The three trips that have been offered this year include conducting marine research in the Bahamas, visiting MSSM's sister school in Japan, and conducting genetic research at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. As of today, we are one week into J-Term and students are already filled with knowledge regarding new concepts. J-Term is an incredible opportunity for students as two full weeks are spent learning about one specific subject and it is very hands-on. Students are also able to transition into the Spring Semester in a more relaxed fashion.

In next week's article, I will be speaking about the J-Term that I am currently participating in: Organic Chemistry! Stay tuned....

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Greetings MSSM Community!

As the semester is coming to a close and winter is settling in, midterm exams are rapidly approaching for MSSM students. In less than two weeks, students will be hopping on buses and going home for holiday break. Although time goes by very quickly at MSSM, the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always the longest for students. In these next few days, students will be preparing for their major exams, hoping to end the semester on a good note. Teachers are offering many office hours in order for students to get assistance in classes. On December 10, quiet hours will commence in the dormitory. Exams are being taken on December 14, 15, and 16. As this can be a stressful time, it is important for students to take time to relax... playing in the snow is a great de-stresser! Remember to be happy and study hard.

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello MSSM Community!

If you have attended an Open House, you may remember the wandering student who were wearing grey vests... these are the MSSM Admissions Ambassadors! Admissions Ambassadors serve as a liaison between prospective and current MSSM students. By giving tours, volunteering at Open Houses, and chatting with new students, the Admissions Ambassadors help prospective students see what our school is all about. Our 20 ambassadors meet every Monday afternoon in order to discuss the previous and upcoming Open Houses. The Admissions Ambassador program is a great extracurricular that allows students to give back to MSSM... don't be afraid to submit an application to the admissions team in order to participate! If you ever find yourself at an Open House, come say hello to these students and feel free to ask any questions!

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hi MSSM community!

We are officially on Thanksgiving break and students are up to many different things. After the long bus ride back home, many students immediately headed down to Boston to attend MIT Splash. MIT Splash is a weekend event held in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the MIT campus. Students are given the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes ranging from STEM to humanities. This was a wonderful opportunity for MSSM students to explore and experience college classes! Another event that occurred this weekend was a VEX robotics competition in Cape Elizabeth. Two of our four VEX teams attended the competition and did very well; Penguins B placed in fourteenth and Penguins D placed in nineteenth. Overall, this weekend was a very exciting start to Thanksgiving break.

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello, MSSM community!

On Friday, November 11, MSSM hosted an Open House. As it was Veteran's Day, many prospective students did not have school, making it the perfect time to attend an Open House! Although MSSM classes were still in session, students had a great time meeting some of their future peers as they attended classes. This Open House was very successful, with seventeen prospective students attending! Students and their families arrived bright and early in the morning in order to get started on their eventful day. From attending classes, to interviews, to community panels, the prospective students were very busy. The day ended on a very nice note with a concert featuring many of MSSM's performing arts groups. Although it was chilly outside, our close-knit and spirited community warmed the day up.

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hi MSSM Community!

At the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, we are rapidly approaching the second semester. Before we know it, finals week will have arrived and MSSM students will have very different schedules. This is a sample of the current schedule for some first-year junior students.

Monday

  • 8:00-8:30 – Breakfast.
  • 8:30-9:30 – Accelerated Advanced Mathematics BC. with Mr. Pedersen.
  • 9:30-10:30 – AP U.S. History with Mr. Tasker.
  • 10:30-11:30 – Focused Study in the Learning Center.
  • 11:30-12:30 – Free period, typically used to attend office hours with teachers.
  • 12:30-1:30 – Lunch and club meetings (The clubs vary by day)!
  • 1:30-2:30 – Honors Chemistry with Mr. Dougan.
  • 2:30-4:30 – Free period (more office hours, lots of studying).
  • 4:30-5:30 – Math Team.
  • 5:30-6:00 – Dinner.
  • 6:00-8:00 - Composition and Literature with Mr. Scott.
  • 8:00-8:30 – Structured Study.

Note that Structured Study, mandatory study hours, happens from 6:30-8:30, however, some night classes do occur. Regularly missed structured study hours are scheduled to be made up during the day. It is also to be noted that schedules vary from day to day. For instance, Composition and Literature does not meet on Tuesdays; at this time, UMPI Chinese 1 will meet. One can state that most time at MSSM is spent either in class or preparing for class! The academic environment is very structured and students are extremely motivated.

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Greetings, MSSM community!

As most of the world is aware, the (arguably scandalous!) presidential election is approaching in the United States. At many schools, mock elections are hosted in order for the state to get a sense of this generation's political views. On October 25, a mock election occurred thanks to the efforts of Mr. Mark Tasker, U.S. History instructor, and the MSSM Key Club. Several members of the Key Club took turns handing out and collecting ballots to the student body during lunch. After lunch, students gathered in Mr. Tasker's room to count ballots, determining the results of the election. With only four students who did not vote, there was an excellent turnout! The results are as followed:

For President:

Hillary Clinton: 68

Donald Trump: 26

Dr. Mark Rhodes (write in): 17

Gary Johnson: 9

Jill Stein: 6

(Six other write-in candidates garnered 12 votes total.)

 

For Representative to Congress (2nd District)

Emily Cain: 85

Bruce Poliquin: 43

(Four other write-in candidates garnered 8 votes total.)

 

Question 1: Yes 102; No 39

Question 2: Yes 96; No 45

Question 3: Yes 120; No 20

Question 4: Yes 64; No 77

Question 5: Yes 118; No 22

Question 6: Yes 95; No 43

 

It's great to see that our students are so politically involved!

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello, MSSM community!

As the first semester of the school year is progressing, students are diving into the college search and application process. On October 19th, MSSM juniors and seniors spent the morning either taking the PSAT or composing college essays. All juniors, along with some freshmen and sophomores, took the PSAT/NMSQT in order to prepare for the SAT and enter the National Merit Scholarship competition. Every year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects the 50,000 high school juniors with the highest scores and notifies them that they are in the race to earn a significant scholarship. At MSSM, many students were found utilizing their practice booklets in the weeks leading up to the exam. According to many students, the test went very well and MSSM curriculum has done a wonderful job preparing students for College Board exams. In addition to this, students are prepared for all aspects of the college application process through the mandatory junior and senior seminar classes. Evidently, college is taken quite seriously here and our students shoot for the moon!

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hi, MSSM community!

From the beginning of the school year, MSSM has been preparing for the first math meet. On Monday and Wednesday nights, students select the room of a math teacher to work in and complete practice problems for one hour. This Wednesday, a placement test was administered to determine the teams that MSSM math leaguers will compete on. Students were found in the lower lounge collaborating and practicing for the runoffs, ensuring that they would do the very best they could! For the 2016-2017 season, MSSM has an impressive five teams! The teams are determined by the scores of the runoff test in order to ensure the correct placement. At MSSM, math team is an important aspect, as students are able to display their skills. Although the rest of Aroostook county has already had their first math meet, MSSM did not attend; we had our first math meet on October 5th and only MSSM students attended. The MSSM math teams will attend math meets in various locations in the Aroostook county.

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Welcome, MSSM community!

For most high schools, classes are not in session due to Columbus Day, however, we like to do things differently at MSSM... there is a method to our madness! What better time for an open house? On October 9 and 10, MSSM hosted its second open house. As many people would agree, open houses are the most exciting part of the application process. For the MSSM staff, a lot of preparation goes into this event; clearly, everyone does a great job! Although the last open house was an all-day event on a Friday, this open house occurs over the span of two days. The prospective students and their families arrived on Sunday and joined us for dinner, followed by a campus tour. The night was ended with a breathtaking sunset, sending our guests off to prepare for Monday's festivities. Prospective students are given the opportunity to meet current MSSM students, attend classes, and experience the MSSM spirit.

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Greetings, MSSM community!

As it is now officially autumn, MSSM students have just returned from break to the chilly Limestone air. Although the temperatures are dropping outside, students are still keeping themselves very busy with activities and have spent some more free time in the academic building.

An extracurricular activity that is very popular with MSSM students is VEX Robotics. In VEX Robotics competitions, students are asked to build and program robots to play against other teams. This helps students simultaneously learn about STEM and the importance of teamwork. In the past, MSSM has been very successful at these competitions. With the increasing number of interested students, MSSM now has four active VEX teams! They can be found collaborating in the makerspace every weekend. Although there are separate teams, the more experienced students are always willing to lend a helping hand to the younger teams; that's the MSSM spirit!

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

Sarah Kuptchik '18

Sarah Kuptchik

Hello MSSM community, welcome to the 2016-2017 school year of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. As some of you may have noticed, this blog is new to the MSSM website! We will be covering all things from the academic standpoint such as happenings in our wide array of classes, labs, and even in our hallways! As of this week, we are jumping into the third week of classes at MSSM. Starting on August 22, 2016, MSSM classes have been in session. For the duration of the first week of classes, the first year students have begun adjusting to their new academic atmosphere. In our extremely close-knit MSSM community, the returning students have been quite helpful with this process, constantly offering their academic support. It is evident that this year will be very strong academically! Along with the great pool of new students that have joined MSSM, we have also hired three new teachers: Ms. Sunny Hong, Spanish instructor; Mr. Mark Tasker, American history instructor; and Ms. Tracy Meyer, chemistry instructor. We are so excited to welcome these wonderful people to the MSSM community.

That's a wrap for the first edition of "So This Happened at MSSM!"

Sarah Kuptchik '18

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