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Discovering, inspiring and developing the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics. Summer 2012

Fall Registration Is Happening Now! Registration for first year students in the final session can be made through Friday, August 3rd. Late registrations for the after-school program are accepted through the August 13th annual parent meeting. Please register online at, or scan the QR code on page four of this newsletter to access the webpage. Payments may be made using a debit or credit card via PayPal, or a check may be mailed. Payment plans are available if needed. If you have questions, need help with registering or don’t have easy computer access, please speak with Mrs. Upchurch at the office. Contact information is listed on page three of this newsletter.

Important Dates Don’t forget.

Quotables: Summer Feedback.


Individual Sponsors We are grateful for your support. Financial Aid Kudos to our Alumni You rock! Page 2

Board and Staff Information

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Annual Parent Meeting, Saint Louis Science Center Each year before the start of our after-school program, Project MEGSSS parents, teachers and students gather for our annual meeting. We are pleased to announce that the Saint Louis Science Center, at 5050 Oakland Avenue, will again be the site of our meeting on Monday, August 13th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Room AB on the lower level. Parking is free. Do not park at the Planetarium. This year during the parent meeting, our students and siblings ages 10 and up will have access to a special “after-hours” opportunity to visit the Saint Louis Science Center’s Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and participate in an Amazing Science Demonstration at CenterStage. There is no charge, but we ask that you reserve your student’s spot at Students should be at least 10 years old to register. The annual meeting is an opportunity for families to receive more information about the after-school program and to ask questions about the upcoming school year. Late registrations and tuition payments will also be accepted at this time. In accordance with our bylaws, two new board members will be elected at this meeting. All currently registered families will receive a ballot. We know that as school starts schedules get busy, but we hope that you will take an evening, bring your student and learn more about what’s happening this year with Project MEGSSS.

Important Dates


• Fall enrollment is ongoing for returning students. First year summer students may enroll upon successful completion of the summer course.

If you have a student or child who exhibits mathematical talent, we would like to show you our program. Designed for middle school students, we accept • Late enrollment: a $15 fee applies nominations of 5th and 6th graders to all enrollments not (and a few 4th graders) from postmarked by Monday, July 30, parents and educators in the St. 2012 (August 3rd for first years Louis region. Our nomination in session 3). season begins in December and includes parent information • Financial aid applications are meetings, followed by a three hour due; see article below. “above level” qualifying test done • Annual parent meeting and last in spring. Introductory classes are day to register for fall: Monday, held in the summer. To nominate a August 13, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., student, see our web page at St. Louis Science Center., or contact the • Fall term begins August 21-23, Executive Director at 2012. "All great experiences that engage us have an element of uncertainty at their core." Aaron Dignan

Did you know that 40% of MEGSSS nominations come through sources other than a student’s school? Tell your friends about Project MEGSSS.

MEGSSS Financial Aid Requests for financial aid increased dramatically in the past several years. We expect the need to continue and want to encourage those who could use financial assistance to apply. If you are able to afford the tuition, but need a payment plan, please contact our office as well. We encourage you to review our financial assistance policy at and complete the online financial aid form. There is a separate form for the fall after-school program. If applying for afterschool assistance, you will also need to provide copies of your tax return for the past year. The deadline for applications was Friday, July 20th, but applications are taken on an on-going basis, so please apply anytime if you feel the need for assistance.

WWW .MEGSSS. ORG At, you will find a quick link in the upper right-hand corner to online.megsss. This private, password-protected student website, while a work-in-progress, is a very important tool for our students. One of the benefits of online.megsss is that students will find class notes, assignments, answer keys, hints and other resources to help them succeed in their MEGSSS classes. They will also find occasional quizzes to be done online that will help them check their understanding of the subject matter. Forums within each course are used to reinforce the class assignments and any special instructions for the week, and allow students to communicate with both teachers and other students through the week. Please check these regularly and ask questions as needed.

Parents, please make sure that your child has access to this site and checks it regularly for class communications!

Kudos 2010 MEGSSS alumna Lilly Webster scored a 36 on her first attempt at the ACT--congratulations, Lilly! 2010 alumnus Austin Flick earned a spot at Carnegie Mellon’s Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science, receiving the William Elliot Scholarship. He competed against both U.S. and international students of his age cohort for a spot in this 8 week program. Wow!

Quotables: Summer Feedback [S--] has been LOVING the MEGSSS summer classes. !


S.B., Parent

My child was challenged in math for the first time in his life. This also caused some problems because my son wanted to quit as soon as the material got hard (class 5). He stuck it out and by the last class ( final exam) he felt more comfortable with book 0.! ! ! ! ! Anonymous Parent [My son] commented that it was "boring" at first but then he came back with more enthusiasm because there were "new things [he] actually learned." He resisted going to the classes the first week but now he is eager to go even earlier. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Anonymous Parent This was a challenge for him, but a good one! He needs to 'learn to struggle' and work thru problems and difficulty with schoolwork as usually he breezes thru. While he would report there were portions he didn't like, we feel as parents, it was not immediately understanding something that he didn't like. This program was excellent for his needs...! Anonymous Parent megsss rocks!!!!!!! it’s so cool.!





K.T., Student

This program lifted my confidence in math!! !



Anonymous Student

Individual Sponsors

Thanks to...

Project MEGSSS gratefully acknowledges the following donor:!

The alumni, parents, educators and funders who participated in our recent focus groups (you know who you are!). You are the best! The Board continues to work towards a strategic plan that will guide our future decisions about the program. Stay tuned.

Pythagorus “I Can Prove It” Award ($500+) Seeser Family Fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

Board Of Directors


George Love, President & Director

Dorothy Upchurch, Executive Secretary: Shelley Nelson Propst, Academic Director: Accountant: Cynthia Hoffman, Executive Director:

Kristina Stierholz, Vice President & Director Mike Berry, Secretary & Director Mila Samsonov, Treasurer & Director Julie Schumacher, Director Cynthia Hoffman, Executive Director Chris Flick, Arthur Graves & Debbie Zeiss, ! ! Directors at Large

Project MEGSSS

Spring 2012 Project MEGSSS’ services are provided to all qualified students regardless of race, color, gender, creed, or national origin.

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Archimedes “No Problem” Club ($26-$150)! Einstein “Get Serious” Club ($151+)!

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___________________________________ The students of Project MEGSSS thank you.

Project MEGSSS Summer 2012 Newsletter  
Project MEGSSS Summer 2012 Newsletter