Annual Jingle Bell Walk puts a smile on kids’ faces

The annual Jingle bell walk was held last Saturday, the third, at Masconomo Park and the community center.  At the Jingle Bell Walk, Santa drives into Manchester Harbor on a fishing boat and disembarks at one of the docks at Masconomo Park.  Then Santa gets onto a trailer (later used for hay rides) and rides up to Singing Beach followed by the enthusiastic crowd.  Activities, music, and refreshments were offered at the community center shortly after the walk.

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Swim team kicks off their season with first practice of the year

The Manchester Essex/ Rockport combined swim team began their 2011-2012 season Monday November 28. The swimmers practice at the Gordon College athletic center where they meet both early before school, and late in the afternoon.

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MERSD holds successful toy drive for HAWC

From December 1st to December 9th, Manchester Essex Middle and High School held a toy drive for the organization HAWC.  Helping Abused Women and Children (HAWC) is an organization that takes abused women and children into safety and cares for them as they go through tough times.  The school holds this event every year, hoping to give many toys to the children who really need them.

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Middle School Spanish class read stories to second grade students

On December 1st, the seventh grade of Manchester-Essex Middle School went to the elementary school to present their Spanish stories to the second grade.

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AP Physics class uses Newton’s Second Law to figure out a mystery mass

The C block AP Physics class, taught by Kyle Linehan, used special Vernier tracks and cars to measure the force of the cars slamming into the end of the track.  Using this and Newton’s second law (Force = Mass X Acceleration), they can determine the mass of a mystery object.

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MERSD Ski Team practices on turf field for preseason

The Manchester-Essex Varsity Ski Team begins their preseason flat dry land practice. Practice started this week in preparation for practice and races at Bradford Mountain in Haverhill MA.

 

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Thanksgiving Day Victory for MERHS

The Thanksgiving football game was held at Georgetown High School on Thursday, November 23. 

Each year the two rivals, Manchester-Essex and Georgetown face each other at the traditional Thanksgiving Day game.  For this season, Manchester-Essex moved up to the Northeastern Conference/ Cape Ann League (Massachusetts Division four).  Collectively over the years that the two teams have competed, Manchester- Essex has had more wins, 27-24.

Being in the same division, each team has had their ups and downs this season. The close game was another victory for the Hornets as well as the last game for the seniors. None of the seniors plan to continue their football careers in college (fall 2012).

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Biology class observes oxidation of apples

On November 9th biology teacher Maria Burgess’ sophomore biology class performed a lab that helped them better understand enzymes. The students submerged apple slices in different liquids to see which ones can possibly slow down the chemical reaction that causes the fruit slices to brown. The class has done labs before and plans to do more labs as the year goes on.

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MERHS Drama goes back in time to “1776”

Manchester Essex Regional High School puts on the play 1776. 1776 is a musical based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It focuses on John Adams trying to persuade his colleagues to vote for the independence of America from England.

 

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Buckeye International and custodians refurbish MERHS gym floor (video included)

Over Thanksgiving break the gym floor was recoated. The Buckeye Cleaning Center in Boston sent supplies and a representative to help with the school’s custodians with the process. The timelapse video below was taken from the security camera footage.

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