GALLERY: Freshman and sophomores meet for advisory

The advisory program is reformed for the school year, and a new concept called turbo advisory was introduced this Wednesday. For two hours at the end of a Wednesday with shortened periods, advisory groups met for the fourth time this school year.

Students first met in their individual advisory groups and played games, such as two truths and a lie and catch charades. They also had an opportunity to make posters with a team name representing their group values. After they completed these activities, freshman and sophomores moved to the gym for the second hour of turbo advisory.

The first activity in the new location was a relay race in which each person walked from one side of the gym and back again, balancing a tennis ball on the end of an expo marker. When they got back to the original spot, students handed off the items to the next person in line and took a seat to wait for their entire team to finish.

Next, students played scattergories, competing against all the other advisory groups. Advisors tallied the scores in the center of the gym while students worked on the next round. There was a specific time allotted for each round with a different letter and list each time.

The third activity was a straw challenge, and advisory groups received eighty straws, a pair of scissors, and a rubber band to build the tallest freestanding tower possible. Many different designs were tested out between the various groups.

The purpose of advisory is to give students a safe environment to discuss topics amongst themselves with the guidance of a teacher. For turbo advisories, the goal is to work on team building and challenge students within each advisory group.


Upperclassmen participate in advisory activities

Members of the junior and senior class go up against each other in a variety of games while in advisory. The purpose of the games was to build a team spirit in each advisory group.


Sixth graders build on their scientific knowledge

Sixth grade students work on building their own molecules using a kit provided by science teacher Pat Locke. They created five different molecules with their partners.


Sixth grade science class builds atoms

Sixth graders in Pat Locke’s science class learn about atoms by doing an arts and crafts project. Students use Styrofoam and
cotton balls to represent the different parts of the atoms, like the protons, neutrons, and electrons. By doing this activity sixth graders learned all about that atoms parts and structure.



National Honor Society members tutor HS and MS students

Members of the National Honors Society held tutoring sessions in biology teacher Maria Burgess’s classroom every Monday and
Thursday after school. Students from the middle and high school came to enjoy snacks and receive peer tutoring for various subjects. Members of NHS tutor students in order to fulfill their charter of community service.


Master bagpiper Elliott Smith visits music class

Master bagpiper Elliott Smith visits sixth and seventh grade music classes to play. He taught them history regarding bagpipes and played for them.


Manchester Essex hosts annual debate tournament

Every year the high school holds a debate tournament called the Tim Averill Invitational. Debaters from around the country come to compete in hopes of winning a bid to the Tournament of Champions later in the season. Although they do not typically compete, students from Manchester Essex help out in various ways running the tournament.


Middle schoolers design cards in after school card-making club

Every Thursday after school, eighth grade Spanish teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler holds a card-making club for all middle school students that wish to attend. The idea for this club began nine years ago when the principal asked the eighth grade staff for new club ideas. Since Vosseler had all the materials and already knew different techniques, she thought it would be a fun way to share her interest with others.


Biology class studies spider crab and mussel adaptations

Sophomores in Erica Everett’s honors biology class spent their class period observing spider crabs and mussels from Cape Ann. After observing, Everett had students make inferences based off of their observations. Sophomores then went online to research adaptations and make connections between what they observed and what they found on the Internet.


Math Instructer Uses Alternate Way to Teach

Math teacher Matt Schlegel, approaches teaching long division in a new and involved way. He does this by having students solve math problems that take them on a road trip across the United Sates.