Singer speaks of successes

American Idol Finalist, Ayla Brown, performed during the MERMHS Humanities Week to both schools. Brown spoke about her experiences as a singer, a middle school football player, and a basketball player at Boston College. She also spoke to DECA teacher Dean Martino’s class about the fiscal responsibility that goes along with being a performer, such as working with a business manager.


Author speaks about survival to students

Mike Tougas author of “Overboard”, “Fatal Forecast” & “10 Hours Till Dawn” talked about survival in his presentation to MERHS during Humanities Week.


Navy rocks the school

“Rhode Island Sound”, the Navy Rock band, visited MERMHS for Humanities Week. They played a variety of current songs such as “Club Can’t Even Handle Me Right Now” by Flo-Rida and “Lisztomania” by Phoenix. They also played classics such as “Beat It” by Michael Jackson.


Green Team, Magers receive MassRecycle awards for environmentally friendly efforts

The awards are recognition for their efforts to create an environmentally friendly school.

By Nabila Mahmud


  Receiving recognition for their efforts to create an environmentally friendly school by actively being eco-friendly, Eric Magers and the Green Team will be receiving two different awards from Massachusetts Recycling Department of Environmental Protection for Magers’ leadership and the Green Team’s efforts on Nov. 17.

   The Green Team will be receiving the School Recycling Award while Magers will receive the MassRecycle 2010 leadership award.

   Magers said the support of students, faculty, and community members has helped the Green Team’s success.

 It will be receiving the award due to its “significant and outstanding contributions,” according to The Massachusetts Recycling Coalition.

   The Massachusetts Recycling Coalition also noted the Green Team’s “major initiatives” such as their reducing “of cafeteria waste by 95 percent through the introduction of a food waste composing program and the creation of an innovative recycling and composting station called the ‘Lucidomatic.’”

  Senior Isolde Decker-Lucke is pleased to see the Green Team is receiving an award for its efforts.

  “I’ve been a part of the Green Team since it started up, so I’m glad to see that all of our hard work is getting the recognition it deserves,” she said.

  Along with the Green Team being recognized for their efforts as a whole, Magers will be honored individually   for his leadership.

  “I am completely honored to be awarded such a prestigious award,” Magers said.

  Magers worked towards initiatives to encourage students to practice a “greener” lifestyle by promoting an eco-friendly building, implementing numerous different ways to recycle, and having an active Green Team.

  “All I really want is for everyone to know that I shouldn’t be the only one receiving the award. The only reason this movement is successful is because of all the support I have. Everyone is so active and excited,” Magers said.

  Students such as junior Simon McIntosh said they have noticed Magers’ “dedication, and passion to the project.”

   “His ambition far exceeds the Green Team’s capacity, which is why we excel,” McIntosh said.

  Curriculum and Green Team Director Scott Morrison pointed out that Magers’ efforts are in line with President Obama’s focus on sustainability.

  Obama had recently delivered a speech regarding sustainability and its importance with the student generation.

  “The speech proves that Magers has positioned us well for the future. We are ahead of the game because his leadership and passion,” he said.


Cell phone use should be allowed during free periods

Cell phones, unlike iPods and computers, are banned during free-periods, despite being just as much of a distraction to students.

By Ellen Burgess


  Cell phones, unlike iPods and computers, are banned during free-periods, despite being just as much of a distraction to students.

  According to Principal James Lee, the use of cell phones is prohibited from the morning bell to the afternoon bell.

  Rather than just silenced, cell phones should by shut off entirely. If students are caught with them, phones are to be confiscated and handed to the administrative office. On a first or second offense, phones will be returned to the students at the end of the day; however, in an ongoing occurrence, the students’ parents will be called.

  If a student needs to contact a parent, he or she is encouraged to go to the main office and use one of the phones located there, Lee said.

  While talking on a cell phone is distracting, cell phones can also be used quietly for various activities including texting, games, listening to music, checking e-mail, and going on the Internet.

  Students should be allowed to use their cell phones quietly during their free-periods throughout the day. This includes in between bells, at lunches, and during study halls.

  Lee says during study halls, students are supposed to be studying; however, listening to music on an iPod or checking e-mail on a computer during study hall is no less distracting than performing the same jobs on a cell phone.

  Students usually are using their iPods and computers during study hall to do various other tasks that do not actually involve studying.

  Lee said cell phones now have new technologies that create more distractions. He also said that the use of cell phones has led to academic dishonesty, and in order to prevent that, cell phones must be off during the day.

  During lunches and in between bells, students are not expected to be studying; therefore, the phones cannot create distractions. Students should be allowed to use their cell phones during these free times.


Library provides multitude of resources

Checking out books is just one of the many things you can do in the library.

By Caroline Wood


  Checking out books is just one of the many things you can do in the library.

  According to library teacher Sue Krause, the library has transformed in the past 10 years.

  “When I arrived ten years ago, the average publication date of the books was 1971,” she said.

  Kids were using books that were copyrighted in 1961, containing out-of-date information for their research, Krause said.

  “I even found books that said man hadn’t even reached the moon yet,” she said.

  According to Krause, since that time, the book collection of the school library has been carefully looked through and the books that did not belong have been removed.

  However, books are not the only resource in the library. Online databases and new eBooks make research more accessible.

  “With the correct key words, everything is at the students’ fingertips,” Krause said.

  The library has changed into a learning center with valuable resources in order to enhance educational experiences, she said. New technology, such as Playaways, makes it possible for students to listen to an audio book on a hand held device.

  As for library traffic, hundreds of students go to the library during the day and before and after school, according to Krause. “The minute I open the library, kids are printing out or working on homework,” she said.

  “It’s a good place to go because if you don’t have access to a printer or computer at home, you can go to the library before or after school to do whatever you need to do,” junior Savannah Repucci said.

  According to senior Connor Hoff, the library is a good place to go because it has a quiet environment to get your work done effectively.

  Besides monitoring students, Krause also plans Humanities Week and adds books to the growing collection, she also collaborates with teachers to help students apply certain techniques and skills to their school work.

  “I work with the students to build literary and research skills and I’m knowledgeable about the curriculum so I can help students learn,” Krause said.

  Because the school does not have a dedicated tech teacher, most of the instruction is done by the library teachers, according to Krause. On professional development days they work with teachers to demonstrate the use of resources, such as the online databases.

  “The library serves around eight hundred students and ninety plus faculty members,” Krause said.


Memorial school staff wears shirts in memory of teacher’s son

Gabriel Pacione, the son of Sharon Pacione, a teacher at Manchester Elementary school, passed away in late 2008. Gabe was a well known student and athlete at the Hamilton-Wenham High School.

Photos by Kaitlin McDonagh and Maggie Cellucci

Gabriel Pacione, the son of  Sharon Pacione, a teacher at Manchester Elementary school, passed away in late 2008. Gabe was a well known student and athlete at the Hamilton-Wenham High School.

A fundraising event, Gabe’s Run, is held on the day after Thanksgiving to raise money for the Gabriel Pacione Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Fund is awarded to two accomplished students at the Hamilton-Wenham High School.  This event is now a tradition in honor of Gabe and aspiring athletes like him.

In memory and support of their colleague and her son, the entire staff at the Manchester Memorial School wore brightly colored shirts, as Gabe was known for loving bold colors.

More information on the Fund can be found at


Middle School reaches out to those in need

Photos by Rachel Jones