MSMS Connects

MSMS CONNECTS is the official monthly newsletter of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. MSMS is Mississippi's only public, residential high school focused on STEM education and specifically designed to meet the needs of the state's most academically gifted and talented students.

Summer Break Does Not Mean Break from Learning

MSMS will host two summer enrichment camps; one for rising 7th and 8th graders and one for rising 9th and 10th graders. At first thought, spending a summer preparing for the next school year after an intense year of schoolwork might not sound enticing, but there are valuable benefits to these camps. Campers spend a week living on campus digging deeply in to hands-on STEM related courses.

These camps are also a great way to introduce potential students for the rigorous coursework at MSMS. Current MSMS senior, Ezra McWilliams attended camp beginning in the seventh grade. “I heard about MSMS summer enrichment camps through my sixth grade English teacher at Ruleville Middle School, Ms. Asma Ashraf.” She told me that attending the camps was a great way to advance my education in the future.”

For Ezra, camp was a deciding factor for him applying to MSMS. “I wanted that exact experience I had at camp to be replicated, so now every day at MSMS feels like my old camp days,” added Ezra. The camps offer participants the opportunity to network, see what it’s like to live in a dorm room, and build relationships with other campers.

Students attending the camp can choose from nearly a dozen different course offerings. Middle school offerings include photography, engineering, coding, forensic science, and many more. Applicants are asked to select three primary courses and one alternate. Global statistics, cryptography, and chemistry are just a few of the high school offerings.

“A lot of my fond memories as a kid and teenager approaching young adulthood consists mainly of MSMS. MSMS has helped me grow as an individual to be more cooperative, trusting, and empathetic towards my peers and classmates,” said Ezra. Ezra is an MSMS Emissary, the president of the Blu Knights, and the president of the Black Student Alliance.

In his own words, “For potential students who have a strong desire to attend MSMS in their distant or near futures, it is imperative to attend summer camp to familiarize themselves with the teachers and staff and seek good advice from their camp counselors when applying for MSMS their sophomore year.”

The middle school summer enrichment camp is June 9-14, while the high school enrichment camp is June 16-21. The deadline for camp applications is March 31. Tuition is $700 and covers all fees and expenses but financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

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