Style in the Halls: Teacher Edition

Teachers at Manchester Essex Regional High School have been sporting their amazing style for the spring season. Each teacher has their own unique twist on everyday outfits.



Manchester Essex Regional School District hosts a Night of Jazz

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Middle and High School held their annual night of Jazz. This night was special because the students dedicated it to One Fund Boston by wearing Boston Strong shirts and putting out a donation box. In addition to the music by the Middle and High School bands, Junior Alex Valenti sang a few selections.


Junior Math Class incorporates art

 Math teacher Rick Brown had his class use mathematical principles to create art.



SoundWaves performs at the Council on Aging

Students in the SoundWaves visited the Council on Aging on May 11 to perform some of their a cappella songs. 


Middle school performs in annual concert

The middle school spring concert was on May 16. This concert featured the band, the chorus, and the a cappella singers.


Juniors go to showing of The Great Gatsby at a local movie theater

After reading the novel, the Junior class took a field trip to Hollywood Hits in Danvers to watch The Great Gatsby.


Students direct plays for S.C.O.R.E.

A couple students involved in the drama program at Manchester Essex Regional High School are directing three skits for this year’s spring play.


Style in the Halls: Printed Denim

Printed denim is all the rage at Manchester Essex Regional High School. Different designed denim has dominated the halls ways as a great fashion statement.


Irish sailing team visits Manchester Essex Regional High School

On Monday, May 13th, a group of six Irish students and their coach toured Manchester Essex Regional High School. They also shadowed some students for the day. The group was traveling around the coast of New England participating in sailing competitions. The group lives in West Cork, which is in Southern Ireland.

The students are part of the Schull Community College Sailing Team (College is the equivalent of High School in Ireland). Their names are Fionn, Darragh, Mark, Liam, Gleb and Tomas and they are between the ages of 17 and 18. The team won the Irish Schools Sailing Association (ISSA) National Championship in April. They hosted the 2011 ISAF Team Racing World Championship and placed 2nd in the youth division representing Ireland. They came to the U.S. for a week to race Manchester Essex Regional High School, Duxbury HS, Tabor Academy, the Hotchkiss School, and Portsmouth Abbey.

Different members of their team visited two years ago to prepare for the world championships by racing against the top teams in New England. This year, the teams they raced were in the top 6 of over 70 teams in New England. They stayed at senior Jacob Martz’s house as he is a member of the MERHS sailing team. They raced against MERHS on Monday afternoon and MERHS beat the Irish team 4 races to 3. Afterwards,  they had a big team cookout at the Martz’s house. Tuesday morning they left for Duxbury and then to the rest of the schools. They returned to Ireland on Sunday morning.


Biology class explores interactive learning

  As the year progresses, science teacher Maria Burgess’s biology classroom grows more into being its own ecosystem.

  According to Burgess, the biology classroom’s ecosystem, as she calls it, was started when she obtained two anole lizards for the class two years ago.

  “I thought they would be a nice little addition to the classroom, and they would help my biology classes once we started talking about biomes,” she said.

  The lizards, Burgess said, require a tropical rainforest habitat.  To create this within the classroom, there are heaters, lights, humidifiers, water-retaining bedding that allows organisms to decompose, and live tropical plants.  The students are also responsible for spraying the tank with water each day.

  Sophomore Molly Crehan said, “We get to learn about the lives of animals instead of just learning from reading or lecturing, which I like.”

  Burgess also adopted two gecko lizards from a friend, which allowed the classroom to acquire a new biome because the geckos live in the desert. 

  The geckos, according to Burgess, recently laid an egg, which is waiting to hatch.  The female died last year despite the class’s attempt to research and cure her illness, but Burgess obtained another mate for the remaining male.

  “Geckos don’t always take to each other, and they fight, but these two really took to each other right away,” she said.

  Next, Burgess purchased a tarantula named Francisco, because the students thought a spider was an animal they would never think of studying, and “everyone is a little arachnophobia, including me,” she said.

  Another way Burgess connects the curriculum with the animals is by having the students research them and collect information on the animals themselves as well as their habits and habitats.

  “Dr. Burgess always mentions the animals if they relate to what we are learning, and it would be cool for them to play an even bigger role in our class,” Crehan said.

  The animals in the room eat crickets and worms, so this year the biology classes decided to breed crickets to feed to them.  They researched the exact conditions that would allow crickets to be bred and set up a tank for the crickets.

  “We have also just started to make our own cricket food.  We use ground-up cat food and dried milk, so we can feed the crickets nutrients the animals need for when they eventually eat them,” Burgess said.

  Another job of the biology class, according to Burgess, is working what they call a plant hospital.  People within the school bring in their sick plants, and each student is assigned a plant to try and cure.  Burgess said they successfully resurrected math teacher Richard Brown’s orchid.

  Some of the plants are air cleansing plants, and they absorb fumes in the room that come from the preserved animals used by the anatomy class.

  Finally, Burgess said she wants to “find a way to make dechlorinated water” because the water in the room is non-potable.  To do this naturally, a student in the class found out that if they have a fish tank, the waste in the water of the fish tank would provide fertilizer for the plants.  Also, an aerator in the tank would create dechlorinated water.