“Her” Movie Review

 From the trailer for the movie “Her,” directed and written by Spike Jonze, it seemed like the film was going to be an interesting and quirky piece exploring the meaning of love, especially in taboo situations; but the film went far beyond these expectations.

  However, this movie isn’t for everyone as it received an R rating for language and sexual content.

  Jonze manages to make a story about a man falling in love with an operating system into one of the most authentic love stories to hit theaters in quite some time. Just as Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) begins to see Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) as a real person, the audience does too.

 Just as teenagers feel as they grow into their own person, Samantha is scared, excited, and another emotion that she can’t quite explain, thus making her the character easiest to relate too.

 “Her” received a golden globe for best screenplay. Not only was the story beautiful and heartwarming, it was filmed so incredibly well. Every shot seemed to have a purpose.

  As Samantha is trying to explain this indescribable feeling of coming into being to Theodore, a pot of the tea on the stove begins to whistle as it heats up. As the intensity of the teapot built, I had the realization, “Yeah. That teapot is somehow exactly what it feels like to discover yourself.” And this is obviously not something that any old director could pull off.

  The movie was stupendous in that it existed world away from our own in which a relationship as complicated as this one is more possible. Casey Storm’s costume design helped the movie feel more beleivable, as the fashions were just different enough to set an otherworldly, futuristic aesthetic but were never too far out there that the audience felt a disconnect.her

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Boys Varsity Basketball Wins Against Rockport

On Wednesday, February 12th, the boys Varsity team played Rockport. The game was very close from the start of the game to the finish. Fortunately for MERSD, the team won by a close 8 points, with a final score of 74-66.

 

 

Seniors Seth Cohen and Sean Gutierrez chest bump as Gutierrez takes the court. Gutierrez was a starting player at Wednesday’s game on February 12th. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Seth Cohen and Sean Gutierrez chest bump as Gutierrez takes the court. Gutierrez was a starting player at Wednesday’s game on February 12th.
Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Senior Kevin Carter makes the first free throw of the game. A free throw is taken after a foul. Carter receives support from watching fans when he made the shot. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Kevin Carter makes the first free throw of the game. A free throw is taken after a foul. Carter receives support from watching fans when he made the shot. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Junior Craig Carter intercepts the ball from a Rockport player. Soon after Manchester-Essex made another basket. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Craig Carter intercepts the ball from a Rockport player. Soon after Manchester-Essex made another basket. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Senior Peter Morton and Junior Craig Carter run down the court as Morton dribbles the ball. Morton is the captain of the team and led them to victory.  Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Peter Morton and Junior Craig Carter run down the court as Morton dribbles the ball. Morton is the captain of the team and led them to victory.
Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Head Coach Brian Shields squats next to the team. Coach Shields examines the players as they run down the court. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Head Coach Brian Shields squats next to the team. Coach Shields examines the players as they run down the court. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Head Coach Brian Shields and players on the Manchester-Essex team celebrate at the sight of a 3-pointer made by Senior Peter Morton. The team members on the bench show support for fellow teammates on the court. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Head Coach Brian Shields and players on the Manchester-Essex team celebrate at the sight of a 3-pointer made by Senior Peter Morton. The team members on the bench show support for fellow teammates on the court. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Senior Jeff Durkin shoots a three-pointer during the game. Junior Justin Eichenberger waits to get the rebound of the shot. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Jeff Durkin shoots a three-pointer during the game. Junior Justin Eichenberger waits to get the rebound of the shot. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Both Manchester-Essex and Rockport players congratulate one another after the game. Although Manchester-Essex won, the Rockport players had good sportsmanship in the end. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Both Manchester-Essex and Rockport players congratulate one another after the game. Although Manchester-Essex won, the Rockport players had good sportsmanship in the end. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Head Coach Brian Shields converses with the Rockport Coach at the end of the game. The coaches talk while the players leave the court after a good game. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Head Coach Brian Shields converses with the Rockport Coach at the end of the game. The coaches talk while the players leave the court after a good game. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

The final score of the game was 74 to 66 with Manchester in the lead. Although it was a close game, Manchester ended with victory. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The final score of the game was 74 to 66 with Manchester in the lead. Although it was a close game, Manchester ended with victory. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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7th grade plays beach ball volleyball

Physical education teacher Tom Durfee’s seventh grade gym class continues their volleyball unit. They substituted beach balls for actual volleyballs to have a fun twist on the ordinary game.

 

Seventh grade students listen as physical education teacher Tom Durfee explains basic rules of volleyball. There are some additional rules that some may not know because they are playing the game with beach balls. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grade students listen as physical education teacher Tom Durfee explains basic rules of volleyball. There are some additional rules that some may not know because they are playing the game with beach balls. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Jade Cromwell and Andrea Rennie decided for this gym class to wear the same pink shirt and similar leggings. Conveniently, the two friends were on the same team for this class . Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Jade Cromwell and Andrea Rennie decided for this gym class to wear the same pink shirt and similar leggings. Conveniently, the two friends were on the same team for this class . Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Ollie Reinman pays close attention as the other team gets ready to serve the ball. Most students try to stay ont heir toes during the game so they can help their team as much as possible. Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Ollie Reinman pays close attention as the other team gets ready to serve the ball. Most students try to stay ont heir toes during the game so they can help their team as much as possible. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Abby Lantz bumps the beach ball onto the opposing team's side. During the game every team member has to be ready to hit the ball at any time. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Abby Lantz bumps the beach ball onto the opposing team’s side. During the game every team member has to be ready to hit the ball at any time. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh Graders wait as Durfee divides the class into teams. He does this by counting them off by four's in order to make two seperate games with four seperate teams. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh Graders wait as Durfee divides the class into teams. He does this by counting them off by four’s in order to make two seperate games with four seperate teams. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester essex Multimedia Online.
Before the games started, Matt Newton helps the class to set up the volleyball nets. Durfee doesn't require students to do this, but some volunteer. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Before the games started, Matt Newton helps the class to set up the volleyball nets. Durfee doesn’t require students to do this, but some volunteer. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Max Hahn, Casey Fackre, and  Evan Litka cheer on their team after being eliminated from the round. During the last round the rule of elimination was enforced if one dropped the ball. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Max Hahn, Casey Fackre, and
Evan Litka cheer on their team after being eliminated from the round. During the last round the rule of elimination was enforced if one dropped the ball. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
On the other side of the gym, Annie Martin and Abby Lantz converse over topics other than the game. The two made sure to participate when necessary and chat briefly in between games. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
On the other side of the gym, Annie Martin and Abby Lantz converse over topics other than the game. The two made sure to participate when necessary and chat briefly in between games. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Friends Harry Painter and Ben Lantz take the oppurtunity to talk about the game while the other team sets up. Both boys enjoyed playing beach ball volleyball in gym class. Credit: Aisnely McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Friends Harry Painter and Ben Lantz take the oppurtunity to talk about the game while the other team sets up. Both boys enjoyed playing beach ball volleyball in gym class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Ben Lantz takes a break on the side lines. Students are allowed to take brief breaks as long as they continue to cheer for their team. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Ben Lantz takes a break on the side lines. Students are allowed to take brief breaks as long as they continue to cheer for their team. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Alexis Brown listens as Durfee instructs the teams to switch courts. In this game they switch courts after one team reaches a certain amount of points. They then rotate courts in order to face new opponents. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Alexis Brown listens as Durfee instructs the teams to switch courts. In this game they switch courts after one team reaches a certain amount of points. They then rotate courts in order to face new opponents. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Seventh grade students Annie Martin and Will Davis watch as their teammate Atticus Takayesu runs to hit the ball over the net. On the opposing team, Evan Litka and Max HAhn wait for the ball to head over to their side. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grade students Annie Martin and Will Davis watch as their teammate Atticus Takayesu runs to hit the ball over the net. On the opposing team, Evan Litka and Max Hahn wait for the ball to head over to their side. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Essex Elementary hosts Messy Art Night

The Essex Teacher parent Organization hosted their 5th annual Messy Art night. Artists from Cape Ann volunteered to guide students at their stations. Melissa Glorieux and Christine Woodman organized the fundraiser along with many other parent and Manchester Essex Regional High School volunteers.

Mittens painted by students using watercolors hang to dry in the hallway. People were able to walk down the hallway and observe the various creations drying on the tables. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Mittens painted by students using watercolors hang to dry in the hallway. People were able to walk down the hallway and observe the various creations drying on the tables. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Second grader Lily Brigham uses paint to decorate her box. Each station has a volunteer artist from the community who instructs the children on how to use the tools correctly. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Second grader Lily Brigham uses paint to decorate her box. Each station has a volunteer artist from the community who instructs the children on how to use the tools correctly. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students use newspaper to create Paper Mache sculptures. One child constructs with sticks to make his animal more realistic. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students use newspaper to create Paper Mache sculptures. One child constructs with sticks to make his animal more realistic. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bailey Graves assists children paint with texture. One of the textures used was from a starfish. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bailey Graves assists children paint with texture. One of the textures used was from a starfish. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students fill in gumball machines with stickers and color with pastels. Children’s ages for the Mess Art Night ranges from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students fill in gumball machines with stickers and color with pastels. Children’s ages for the Mess Art Night ranges from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sarah Reed completes community service hours by selling food at the door. The profits from the food and the ticket sales go to the Essex Parent Teacher Organization. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sarah Reed completes community service hours by selling food at the door. The profits from the food and the ticket sales go to the Essex Parent Teacher Organization. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students volunteer to help the children layer tissue paper. The students do this by brushing on glue. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students volunteer to help the children layer tissue paper. The students do this by brushing on glue. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Brendan Driscoll and Junior Julia Whitten volunteer to teach students how to shade with pencil. The drawings mainly consist of nautical themed objects. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Brendan Driscoll and Junior Julia Whitten volunteer to teach students how to shade with pencil. The drawings mainly consist of nautical themed objects. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students dissect cow eye in Anatomy class

Students in Maria Burgess’s Human Anatomy class dissect a cow eye to further their learning about the structure of the eye.

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Completed Event – Shave Durfee’s head and Murphy’s beard!

Clips for Class One Six

It’s the raffle you have been waiting for. Enter to win the chance to shave Mr. Durfee’s hair and beard anyway you would like at the assembly on February 28. Give him a Mohawk, shave off half his beard, it’s your call.

Not enough for you, well Mr. Murphy has offer his beard to the chopping block.

Tickets will be on sale from February 24th to the 28th. Tickets are one for $1 or ten for $5.

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Girls’ varsity basketball team prepares for senior night

On February 10, the girls’ varsity basketball team defeated Ipswich in
their last home game of the year. It was also senior night. The lower classmen
had the job of preparing for the night festivities and making it special for
their graduating teammates.

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Global Issues Update

Global Issues Picture  As many students may know thanks to the announcements and flyers around the school, the Global Issues class is working to end world hunger with the organization Stop Hunger Now.

“We have hunger in our country and kind of in our area, so it’s something we can understand and it’s also something you can emphasize with because we can do every single day, and if we didn’t have food or resources, we can easily understand how difficult that would be,” Global Issues teacher James Wallimann said.

“I like the stop hunger now organization because not only can we give money to help these starving people but we can package the meals itself,” senior and Global Issues class-member Molly McCoy said.

In order to raise the desired goal of $10,000, the Global Issues class has planned different events and activities for staff and students to participate in.

Coming to an end February 14 is the Penny Wars, Wallimann said, “Grades six through 12 including the faculty [are] competing together to raise the most amount of money, and that’s for a month long, the winning class gets an ice-cream party.”

In February, the Global Issues will also be selling carnation flowers during the week of Valentine’s Day.

“We also have the teacher talent show coming up March 14, which last year raised almost $4,000,” Wallimann said. “An event I’m really excited for is the teacher talent. It’s really funny to watch your teachers be silly,” McCoy said.

A restaurant night is coming up also, sometime in February with Cape Ann Pizza

There will also be a packaging day in April where students will be able to package the meals themselves for the Stop Hunger Now organization.

“Right now we have $2,000, so we still have $8,000 to go, our goal is $10,000,” Wallimann said, “I feel with the Penny Wars, the teacher talent show, and a couple other things we will be able to reach our goal.”

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Math Team

“Math team is fun. The meets are low pressure. You don’t have to be a math nerd to be on the team but just willing to try some unusual application problems,” math team member Madelin Dahlin said.

The Math Team has two goals this year, to “have fun and enjoy the challenge of some tough problems,” math team adviser Dan Lundergan said.

The math team meets every Thursday afternoon for practice, and on the first Thursday of every month they go to a meets, which take place at different schools around the North Shore.

To practice for the meets, “We’ll just review sort of general concepts and review some of the key formulas in those categories,” Lundergan said.

The math team practices number theory, algebra 1, geometry, trigonometry, and a variety of concepts within those categories, the highest levels being pre-calculus and trigonometry.

For each tournament about 15 Manchester students always go who Lundergan said are the “regulars.” As well, “We can have no more than eight combined juniors and seniors, so there have to be at least two freshman and sophomores,” he said.

When going to the tournaments, Manchester Essex usually competes against Pingree, Ipswich and Masco, which Manchester usually finishes behind; the team typically comes out ahead of Rockport, Pantucket and Hamilton Wenham.

There is also a state tournament for which students can qualify if they score above a minimum threshold. The tournament is usually held in April.

Students who go to the competitions get extra credit for their math classes.Math Team 2

“If you get three problems right, each right answer is 1 point, and we give you a point for showing up at the meet.  You get four extra credit points that your math teacher can decide how to apply,” Lundergan said.

If a student would like to join the math team, “A lot of it is word of mouth, but their teachers encourage them at the beginning of the year to sign up for the math team,” Lundergan said.

According to Lundergan, the math team also has a pretty open policy for sports and other activities that come into conflict with meets.

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Small School Dilemma

Small schools, they have their perks, but they also have their drawbacks. A blessing or a curse, small schools can, at times, take away from what one might have received in a larger school.

In schools such as Manchester Essex there aren’t as many extracurricular as in a large school. With a small school comes fewer teachers, and with fewer teachers there are fewer opportunities.

Instead of being able to take just Spanish and French, larger schools may have Italian and Chinese as other options. In larger schools, students could learn to play the cello or violin in its school orchestra alongside the band in school assemblies. A possible Home Economics class where students could bake a pot pie or learn to carve and how to pay the bills, these opportunities come with having a bigger school.

A school with more students means more classes to fill which in turn means more opportunities.

In small schools students can also be blinded by the harsh reality of the real world. It’s easy to be the best at something when your only competition is five other kids.

In a small school students may not realize that there are a thousand other kids who like to make movies in their free time or break computer codes. It’s not as hard to become the smartest kid or the most theatrical when you are only going against five or six other kids in your grade. Granted, maybe you are one of the best, but it is hard to know for sure until you’ve gotten out into the world a little and experienced everything for yourself

In a small school your personal life can easily become everyone’s favorite topic for gossip. Whatever you’re trying to keep under cover can quickly become hit news around the school. One person tells another person, and soon a whole grade knows, and then, if it’s juicy enough, a good portion of the high school may learn about it.

In small schools word gets around whether it is someone going to the principal’s office or what you did last Saturday night. Your private life can sometimes be hard to keep private in smaller school communities.

Small schools definitely have their faults, whether we should look past them is the question. For better or for worse one can argue that a larger school is better.

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