Spirit Week Gallery – Wednesday Music Genres

On Wednesday, to celebrate Spirit Week, students dressed in different musical genres. Seniors dressed as hard/classic/punk rock, juniors as hip hop and rap, sophomores as reggae, and the freshman dressed in country music clothing.

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Third graders work on addition and subtraction

At Memorial Elementary, teacher Heather Blachette’s third grade class gather to the center of the room for their daily morning meeting and practice their subtraction and addition.

Photos by Stephanie Baker

At Memorial Elementary, teacher Heather Blachette’s third grade class gather to the center of the room for their daily morning meeting and practice their subtraction and addition. They played an interactive game during their morning meeting. Back at their desks, they worked on their math problems, writing the answers on small white boards. They also lifted their boards to show the teacher the completed answers.

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Spirit Week Gallery – Tuesday Twins

Spirit Week at Manchester Essex Regional High School continued on Tuesday with Twin Day.

Photos by Kaitlin McDonagh, Maggie Cellucci, and Caroline Epp. Additional photos courtesy of Ellie Mortillaro.

Spirit Week at Manchester Essex Regional High School continued on Tuesday with Twin Day.

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Special education department acquires inclusion specialist

Cohen enjoys her first public school experience in English, history classes

 Jackie Cohen was hired as the special education inclusion specialist, a newly opened position as of mid-September.

  Cohen lives in Concord with her daughter. She has previously taught high school students at a prep school, where the student body is very similar to the student body in the school, she said. She has spent the past four years working at a nursery school.

  “I really needed a change,” Cohen said.

  Although she really enjoyed working with young children, Cohen missed working with high school students and wanted to work with teenagers again.

  “This is my first public school experience,” she said. Cohen admits she is still learning because she has only been in the district for a few weeks.

  In her new position, Cohen will be co-teaching two classes: English 9 with Dan Koughan and history with James Wallimann. Sophomore English teacher Mary Buckley-Harmon has been mentoring her.

  Cohen has been working in the special education department with mostly freshmen in small groups.

   The students and faculty have been so warm and welcoming, she said.

  “I love it. I’m having a blast every day,” she said.

By Ellen Burgess

INDEPENDENT STAFF 

Cohen is a music junkie, enjoying all kinds. “My iPod is loaded,” she said. She also enjoys theater, including opera and plays, but not musicals.

  Food is another one of her passions; she considers herself a “foodie.” Cohen is a strict vegetarian, not eating milk, eggs, fish, poultry, or red meat, as health preference, she said. Two of her favorite restaurants are Oleana in Cambridge and La Campania in Waltham.

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A capella group opens show at Stoneham Theater

Perfect Harmony, now playing at the Stoneham Theater, is about competing vocal groups, and was the inspiration for “Glee.”
On Sept. 16, the a cappella group the Sound Waves opened for the show.

By Laurel Edington

INDEPENDET EDITOR

  Perfect Harmony, now playing at the Stoneham Theater, is about competing vocal groups, and was the inspiration for “Glee.”

  On Sept. 16, the a cappella group the Sound Waves opened for the show.

  According to a cappella director Donna O’Neill, Perfect Harmony “decided to open these shows every night with an a cappella group from the Boston area.”

  O’Neill heard about the opportunity from Cape Ann Radio Station. When they contacted her, she sent the group’s CD from last year.

  The members who were in the group last year performed songs from the CD, such as “Fix You” (Coldplay) and “In My Life” (The Beatles).

  “I think we performed really well. A couple of our members were under the weather, but we were able to work together as a team and push through,” junior Katerina Eichenberger said.

  Opening the show was a new experience for the group.

  O’Neill said the group gave a professional performance, adding that it was “fun to be on such a reputable stage with a whole different audience.”

  “It was an awesome experience for all of us. The fact that we got to be the opening act for such a great play was pretty thrilling,” senior Danny Oliver-Munn said.

  Because the group performed before the show started, the audience wandered into the theater throughout the Sound Waves’ performance. Towards the end, a little over 200 people were seated; more people usually go to the shows on the weekends.

  “Sadly, not everyone was in their seats, so I do wish that more people were able to watch us perform,” Eichenberger said.

  “It was a great experience, and hopefully we’ll have more chances to show people our talent,” Oliver-Munn said.

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Student council arranges more events to ‘give back to students’

Members organize blood drive, raffle, new mascot, free lunches in order to make school ‘more homey’

By Laurel Edington

INDEPENDENT EDITOR

  Members of the Student Council are already planning multiple events for this school year.

  The group is organizing two different blood drives, two or three Spirit Weeks, and a community service day to help increase school spirit.

  According to club adviser Sarah DeLuca, “We are hoping to do more events this year” than last year.

  Senior president Olivia Peterson said, “We’re hoping to make our school feel more ‘homey,’ like the old school did.  We’re trying to run events in a more traditional way.”

  The group’s dynamic is also going to be different than last year.

  “It’s going to be more independent and student-run. We’re offering a lot more, and we’re giving a lot more back to students this year,” Peterson said. “Ms. Deluca is stepping back, and as president, I will be running the meetings with the help of the student representatives of each class.”

  Among other projects, members are trying to get more rights for seniors.

  Senior vice president Darcey Babikian said one of her goals is to “hopefully add more senior privileges.”

  The Student Council, with help from the senior class, is purchasing a mascot outfit for the school.

  Peterson said, “We are working with the senior class to get a new, official mascot for the school. We’re having a lot of fun picking it out.”

  The group has already scheduled multiple events for the upcoming weeks.

  According to DeLuca, Student Council was in charge of the club fair a couple of weeks ago, the raffle, and a blood drive, which will be held on Oct. 8.

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HS, MS assembles to wish golf team luck as it heads to state tournament

After winning the Cape Ann League Small tournament, the varsity golf team advanced through the state tournament and headed to the finals Oct. 25.

Photos by Kaitlin McDonagh, Caroline Epp, and Aryanna Tiberii

After winning the Cape Ann League Small tournament, the varsity golf team advanced through the state tournament and headed to the finals Oct. 25. There are seven players on the team: seniors Connor Howlett, Corey Barstis, Alex Porter, and Jason Stasiak; sophomore Josh Christopher; freshman Miles Wood; and eighth-grader Ben Bichet.

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Wild Things in first grade

In 1st grade at Manchester Memorial Elementary, teacher Ann Heslop taught students about a mythical creature called the Wild Thing.

Photos by Ashley Amero and Jamie Grimes

In 1st grade at Manchester Memorial Elementary, teacher Ann Heslop taught students about a mythical creature called the Wild Thing. The students gathered at the front of the room, where Heslop explained where the Wild Thing lives and what he does in his spare time. After they took turns sharing their thoughts of the Wild Thing , they each went and worked either independently or in pairs to create their own Wild Things with construction paper, markers, and glue. In addition, to add a literacy and writing component, they wrote stories about the Wild Things that they created.

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