Maxine Mimms Academies
MMA Guidepost
Tech Notes December 2005
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Hello and Happy Holidays! I hope this holiday season finds you and family members well. We all have a great deal to be thankful for as parents, teachers and leaders in our community.

As you know, technology is both a passion and an occupation for me. It’s what I do. What you may not know is that I also work as Director of Technology for the Maxine Mimms Academy - a team of educators, ministers, parents and professionals committed to the education of students that have been suspended or expelled from public middle schools.

Dr. Maxine Mimms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Maxine Mimms Academy. Three (3) locations are currently operating in Tacoma (2) and Seattle (1) with plans to expand to other school districts along the Interstate – 5 corridor. Each site is equipped with state-of-the-art computers, Internet service, and staff that include certified teachers, counselors, interns from local colleges and universities, corporate professionals and community leaders.

The mission of the Maxine Mimms Academies is to reach and teach suspended and expelled students - throwaway children, and those requiring special education. The academies are an extension of the school; another room in the school house with a collaboratorium of resources to develop, nurture and enhance the educational experience of the student.

The Maxine Mimms Academy curriculum is a proven model for academic achievement and educational success for middle-school students that emphasizes:

(1) Wellness,
(2) Reducing Isolation,
(3) Critical thinking,
(4) Creative thinking and doing,
(5) Project-based learning,
(6) Development of self-efficacy,
(7) Entrepreneurship, and
(8) Advocacy

During 2004, a total of 36 students attended the Maxine Mimms Academies from various middle schools in the Tacoma and Seattle Public School Districts. The total number of students for 2005 is on pace to exceed 2004 and the numbers are expected to increase thru 2008 as WASL requirements are instituted.

Contributions from corporations, state agencies and private citizens make it possible for the Maxine Mimms Academy to continue to be responsive to student needs. Your donation is needed to continue the work that we do on behalf of students and families in our community. As a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization all donations received are tax deductible. We need your support at the following levels:

$500
$1,000
$2,500
$5,000

I hope you’ll take the time to visit our website – take a look at what we have to offer in greater detail – and follow up with your contribution to this important school initiative by donating online or contacting our administrative offices direct at 253-627-5506 to make other payment arrangements.

Thank you,

Michael E. Twiggs
Director of Technology
Maxine Mimms Academies

Accompanying photo, clockwise, Michael Twiggs, Rev. Robert Penton, Minister Isa Nichols, Dr. Maxine Mimms.

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