In biology teacher Erica Everett’s 10th grade honors class, students created DNA molecules using plastic K’Nex pieces. After learning about the make-up of the molecules, the sophomores construct the structures with colored pieces that correspond to their respective molecular parts.
For the Interscholastics, each school sends eight of their best racers of each gender to compete. Racers compete in slalom and giant slalom courses with their combined time of both as their total score for the race.
On Tuesday February 11th, the Middle School Student Council met with advisor Joanne Maino to discuss their upcoming plans for Project Pink. The acronym “Pink” stands for “Paying in Kindness”. The goal of Project Pink is to make the Manchester Essex community, both inside and outside of the school, a better place through simple acts of kindness and community service. At the meeting, the group planned a student-led assembly to be presented to the Middle School. Maino clarified the layout of the upcoming presentation about Project Pink to members. Maino stated that students will work on elements of the presentation both individually and in groups over the next few weeks at Student Council meetings.
Students listen to 6th Grader Madeleine Coco as she voices her ideas about how to get the middle school community involved in Project Pink. Members discussed surveying the student body about what their definitions of community, service, paying, and kindness are. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
On Wednesday February 12, science teacher Amy Dobbins taught her class about the organelles in cells. Dobbins handed student microscopes to view inside cells. Students saw the nucleus the cell brain, the cell membrane, which separates the interior of a cell from the exterior and more.
Every day the Green Team interns work through out the building helping not only the schools environment, but also the environment in general. Their jobs can consist of working in the back room of the library sorting chip bags, mixing compost water for watering plants, and supervising the lunch recycling system in the dining hall.
Members of the National Honors Society tutor after school every Monday and Thursday. The members tutor middle and high school students in order to receive the community service hours that are needed to participate in NHS.
On Valentine’s Day, the National Honors Society hosted a babysitting service at the Manchester Community center. The service provided an opportunity for parents to get away and have a romantic evening, while raising money for NHS.
For two weeks, a few students from the Global Issues class sold carnations that would be handed out on Valentine’s Day. The event made a total of $150 dollars which is equivalent to 600 meal packages at this year’s chosen NGO, Stop Hunger Now.
Turn It In is a program recently purchased for the high school’s history and english departments. The interface allows students to turn in papers online and teachers to grade them quickly and thoroughly.
According to Principal Patricia Puglisi, school administrators had looked into this program in the past, but this was the first year that they were able to find extra money in the budget to afford the startup costs for Turn It In.
The program allows students to check their own work for any errors in plagiarism or citations prior to submission. It also reduces the risk of losing a paper or forgetting it in a printer at home. Students can also see their grades immediately after the teacher has corrected their paper online.
“The goal of this program is not to catch more mistakes and call students out on them; it is to provide as much feedback as possible to aid in student learning and development,” Puglisi said.
Teachers, on the other hand, are able to grade papers anywhere that they have access to the Internet, avoid missing errors with help from a grammar checking option, and leave in-depth comments without space restrictions directly onto the papers.
“I really thought that I would miss having the papers actually in my hands as I graded them, but the convenience of being able to grade anywhere outweighs it,” English teacher Gloria Tanner said.
It is not mandatory for teachers to use Turn It In, but every teacher from the english and history departments received preliminary training online in December to help them use the website efficiently.
Students in Tanner’s class have turned in two essays so far on Turn It In and are generally optimistic about the future of the website.
“It is weird to turn in our essays online at first, but I think that Turn It In will eventually make students and teachers more accountable for their work and help us improve our writing,” junior Ariana Jackson said.