Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
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|Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science|
|Columbus, Mississippi, 39701
|Type||Residential public high school|
|NCES District ID||2801194|
|NCES School ID||280119401201|
|Executive Director||Germain McConnell, Ph.D.|
|Number of students||220 (approx.)|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) is a public residential high school for academically gifted students located in Columbus, Mississippi on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. A member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST), it is a state-wide public magnet school.
Tenth-grade students are selected to attend through a competitive application process that includes standardized test scores, a written application, and an interview. The school enrolls students in the last two years of high school graduating over 100 students each year. The class of 2013 produced 12 National Merit Semifinalists. While the main academic focus of MSMS is mathematics and science, humanities, particularly history, literature, and art are also emphasized.
As a public, residential high school, drawing students from all over the state, MSMS has occasionally struggled for existence. The property tax has been the sole form of finance for most schools in Mississippi.  However, MSMS which draws students from all over the state, cannot levy a millage tax as a source of funding. It relies on grants as well as state, student, and alumni contributions.
Starting in 2008, the Mississippi Legislature required MSMS and its sister school, the Mississippi School of the Arts, to charge students $500 per semester for room and board costs, making them the only public schools in the state that charge students to attend.
Currently, MSMS offers more than 130 advanced classes in mathematics, science and the humanities. Designed with the highest standards of academic rigor, all classes taught at MSMS are at the AP level or higher. Class schedules are constantly in flux due to student demand, and new classes are often added to the school's curriculum. Listed below are all the classes from the 2009–2010 MSMS Course Catalogue.
Computer Science classes
Foreign Language Classes
Social Sciences Classes
Fine And Performing Arts
Clubs and organizations
Student Life at MSMS involves many different clubs in which students can get involved. Students are also offered the opportunity, if enough interest is shown, to organize their own club.
Mu Alpha Theta (MAΘ) is the school's math club and chapter of the national math honors society of the same name. The members of this club do ACT practice, participate in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM), and compete in the statewide Mu Alpha Theta State Convention. MSMS has placed in the MAΘ Convention at least the past five years, earning 1st place in 2004 and 2005, 2nd place in 2006 and 2007, and 1st place again in 2008.
National Honor Society is an honor society that recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. It's one of the largest clubs at MSMS.
Beta Club is an academic honors society encouraging leadership, service, and academic excellence. Beta Club has also competed at the state convention in the past.
Science Bowl is a competition-based club at MSMS with two teams of five competing and practicing for the state and national science bowl each year. The club has held a long tradition of winning first place at the state competition every year and competing well at the national level.
Science Fair is another organization MSMS sponsors in conjunction with its research program at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women where students have a chance to work with professors and graduate students on cutting-edge research and present their findings at the annual science fair. Students compete and place in the regional, state, and even the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Model United Nations is an active organization that competes at the annual Mississippi Model Security Council each year. Members are assigned as delegates to different nations in the Security Council and draft and debate resolutions concerning political and social issues on a global scale. MSMS has won numerous Outstanding Delegation, Best Resolution, and Most Improved every year.
Science Olympiad is a club dedicated toward engaging in hands-on and creative approaches to science and engineering. Beginning in 2010, a team is selected to prepare and compete at the state convention in activities ranging from Optics, Forensics, and Human Anatomy and Physiology to Chemistry Lab, Remote Sensing, and Ornithology. Some of the activities involve on-site written tests while others involve building contraptions beforehand such as bridges and mousetrap vehicles. MSMS placed 2nd in 2010 and 2012, and 3rd in 2011 at the state competitions. In 2013 MSMS won the state competition.
Fellowship of Christian Anybodies (FCA) is a Christian based organization. Taken from the nationally known Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the name has been changed to include anyone at MSMS because of the low number of athletes and to support the general spirit of not being exclusive.
The Chess Club is a group of the best chess players in the school. It competes annually in many competitions. In 2008 the chess club played the Columbus High School team, beating them 43-0.
Quiz Bowl is an academic team that participates in tournaments in the region. It is sponsored by Dr. Nancy MacNeill.
Numerous other clubs have come and gone, and it is a generally accepted tradition amongst students to found new clubs each year. In the past, such clubs have included fans of fencing, Anime, and writing/poetry.
Southern Voices is a literary magazine and contest orchestrated by the members of the Creative Writing class. All students at MSMS are invited to submit works of poetry, short story, essay, and all types of visual art. The commonly accepted works of art have a slant on the culture of the
The Vision is the school newspaper and the Innovator is the school yearbook.
Due to the constantly changing student body and more rigorous academic life, sports do not have the emphasis that is generally placed at a high school. However, many students still participate in sports and enjoy them. The following are a few of the organized sports teams: Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Judo, Cheerleading, and Dance Team. Of the sports, tennis is the most successful. The tennis team has a long tradition of excellence, and won its division title in 2008. MSMS's singles player placed #2 in the state, and the #1 doubles team won the state championship. The team is currently winless in division play for 2009. Ultimate Frisbee has had a long tradition of greatness at MSMS. Some of the greatest players in Mississippi come to play for the school.
SLAMMT is an annual sports competition between other Math and Science Schools. The acronym, SLAMMT, represents the various schools participating in the competition, including the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA), Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing (MASMC), and the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS). The tournament generally includes matches of ultimate frisbee, basketball, soccer, tennis, table tennis, billiards, volleyball, golf, chess, and a duathlon.
One of MSMS's main goals is to provide educational opportunities to communities throughout Mississippi. Students, staff, and faculty at MSMS work together each year with MSMS's Partners in Progress to provide a number of resources for students and teachers throughout the state. These programs include an annual science carnival, teaching Spanish to elementary students throughout the state, and the CHAMPS Project.
Throughout the years, several prestigious awards have arisen from MSMS in memory of notable administrators, teachers, and students that have worked to cultivate education and equality throughout the world. Some of these very selective honors include: the MSMS Spirit Award, the Vel Anthony Award, the Chris Read Award for Fiction, the Shellie McKnight Memorial Music Award, the Abernethy Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, the Jack and Harweda Johnson Scholarship, the H. Butler Memorial History Award, the Carl H. Butler Community Service Award, and the Joseph A. Portera Leadership Award.
MSMS has two residence halls. Boys reside in Frazier Hall and Girls in Goen Hall. Each suite houses four people in two rooms. A bathroom connects these two rooms and is shared by all four roommates in the suite. Students can select from a variety of eating options. The Nancy Hogarth Dining Center has several options including vegetarian. Students may also eat at a Subway (restaurant) on-campus.
MSMS has unique events that take place every year. They include:
The Ceremony of Lights is an induction for new juniors of MSMS in which a pledge is signed. This ritual is repeated at class reunions. This ceremony is one of the most serious for MSMS students and faculty, and requires "Sunday" dress.
Winter Formal is the annual winter dance, taking place sometime in December. A queen and king are crowned.
Tales from the Crypt is a multi-genre history project done by the Junior US History class of the same name. In the first half of the year, members of the class select a person buried in local historic Friendship Cemetery, built by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and research that person using primary document sources from the archives at Columbus-Lowndes County Library in Historic Downtown Columbus. In January, students write three- to five-minute monologues based on their research and audition in front of a panel of judges who, in the past, have been their classmates. Sixteen to eighteen people are selected to perform individually during the Tales event during Columbus's Spring Pilgrimage, and the other students work as guides, escorting audiences through the cemetery. Each year features a performance by "The Four Decoration Day Ladies", four women who gained fame by decorating the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. This action would later be known as Memorial Day. The project was originated by the late Mr. Carl Butler, and the class is taught by Mr. Chuck Yarborough. Each class chooses a public service in which to invest the proceeds from admission. . The program was honored with the 2005 (MS) Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts - School Division and a national finalist for The History Channel's "Save Our History" Award.
Prom, in April is held in typical Prom fashion. A Prom King, Queen, Prince, and Princess are crowned.
- MSMS homepage
- MSMS Employment Opportunities
- MSMS CHAMPS Project
- MSMS Alumni Association
- MSMS Informational Video
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- Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Course Catalog 2011–2012
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