Seventh grade ends MCAS with a quiz bowl

The seventh grade students of MERSD celebrated the end of MCAS by having a quiz bowl in the “Pod” (the 7th grades meeting place in the middle of their classrooms).

Quiz bowls are game-show-like get together where 7th grade teachers ask the students questions based on what they have been studying all year and pop-culture. They are used as an educational celebration before a school vacation or after a lot of tests. Teachers applied for a grant in order to purchase the buzzers. Forty kids can play a time, with 8 teams of 5 kids.                                                                                 

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Holocaust survivor speaks to middle school

Edgar Krasa, a 91 year old man who survived the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia, spoke to the middle school about his experiences.

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MS shows their musical side with Spring Concert

On a  Thursday night in late May, the middle school performed in the annual Spring Concert. The concert featured the entire middle school chorus, the middle school a capella group, and the middle school band as well. The students in these groups put in hard work both during and after school, and had extra rehersals the week prior to the concert, and it showed in their performances.

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Class of 2011 graduates on Hyland Field

On Friday June 3rd beginning at 5:30 pm the seniors had their graduation ceremony.  They began over at the bridge at the Memorial elementary school and walked over the bridge to the Hyland Field led by the faculty. 

Seniors Danny Oliver Munn, Nick Bauer, Tatiana Lynne, Piper Browne, and Connor Hoff began the ceremony by singing the National Anthem. 

Senior and Class President Piper Browne gave the Class Address.  Senior Will Curatolo gave the Salutatorian Address. Senior Christine Walder gave the Valedictorian Address. High school math teacher Richard Brown gave the Commencement Address.

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Junior class rewarded for winning Spirit Week

After winning two consecutive school spirit weeks, the junior class was rewarded with a pizza luncheon on May 19. Every year the high school holds two spirit weeks. Every day of spirit week is a different theme ranging from twin day, where students dress alike to be twins, to school colors day, where students dress in as many school colors as possible. Each class competes by having as many students as possible dressed up for whatever the theme of the day is. This year, the junior class won both spirit weeks giving them the prize of a pizza luncheon.

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XXII Night of Jazz

 On Tuesday, May 23, the Manchester Essex Middle and High School Jazz bands had their 22nd annual “Night of Jazz.”

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Former Boston mayor gives Memorial Day speech to MS/HS

Both the middle and high school gathered together on Friday, May 27, before the three day weekend including Memorial Day. The assembly was in the gym and included performances from the high school band, chorus, and Sound Waves. The Memorial Day address was a special appearance from the former mayor of Boston, Ray Flynn.

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Hornets Varsity softball vs. Wilmington

Varsity Softball played against Wilmington on May 10th 2011. This was about 10 games into the season and the team had been practicing for weeks. The game was played at Sweeney Park in Manchester, Massachusetts. Many parents and students attended the game to support the team but in the end Manchester Essex lost.

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Senior Trip Gallery

The senior class celebrated the end of their high school careers with a whitewater rafting trip to The Forks in Maine and a visit to Six Flags New England as well.

The Six Flags trip fell on the same day as the devestating tornados in western Massachusetts, however the seniors were able to make it back to Manchester and Essex before the bad weather hit the area.

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Sophomore biology dissects a fetal pig

While a 10th grade biology class studies the integumentary system, students gather around to watch science teacher Maria Burgess explore the different kinds of muscles, such as calf muscles, within a pig.  

Warning: graphic images included in slideshow

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