Joel Levine Gives Substance Abuse Presentation

On Wednesday March 26th, Joel Levine visited MERSD to give a talk about his former drug and alcohol addiction to students, parents, and faculty. Joel’s sister, MERHS physical education teacher and athletic trainer Jillian Levine, and his father, Herb Levine, accompanied Joel during the presentation in order to give their support and to share their personal experiences with Joel’s addiction.

A crowd made up of students, parents, and teachers attended the presentation. Joel Levine discussed how he now has an allergy to drugs and alcohol called the “Phenomenon of Craving”. Even with withdrawal symptoms sometimes creeping up on him he gets through it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A crowd made up of students, parents, and teachers attended the presentation. Joel Levine discussed how he now has an allergy to drugs and alcohol called the “Phenomenon of Craving”. Even with withdrawal symptoms sometimes creeping up on him he gets through it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

As a part of Joel Levine’s video, his younger sister Jillian was interviewed about what she went through because of her brother’s addiction.  Jillian Levine is an athletic trainer and physical education teacher for MERSD.  Jillian talked about how she knew about her older brother’s problem, yet she was too scared to tell anyone about it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As a part of Joel Levine’s video, his younger sister Jillian was interviewed about what she went through because of her brother’s addiction. Jillian Levine is an athletic trainer and physical education teacher for MERSD. Jillian talked about how she knew about her older brother’s problem, yet she was too scared to tell anyone about it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When Joel Levine first became sober, a doctor helped him and his family create a video telling his story, which was shown to the audience during this presentation.  After his parents found out about his drug problem, Joel had to be frequently drug tested and had to take withdrawal medication.  This medication was given to him by his mother who made sure that he swallowed it after every dose. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When Joel Levine first became sober, a doctor helped him and his family create a video telling his story, which was shown to the audience during this presentation. After his parents found out about his drug problem, Joel had to be frequently drug tested and had to take withdrawal medication. This medication was given to him by his mother who made sure that he swallowed it after every dose. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During Joel Levine’s presentation, his father Herb periodically took the microphone and added in his opinion to Joel’s story.  Herb told about how he and his wife noticed his son’s behavioral and physical changes as Joel became more involved with illegal substances. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During Joel Levine’s presentation, his father Herb periodically took the microphone and added in his opinion to Joel’s story. Herb told about how he and his wife noticed his son’s behavioral and physical changes as Joel became more involved with illegal substances. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine took the stage and further discussed his perspective of his drug addiction. Joel went to Endicott College and had a .71 GPA due to skipping almost all of his classes.  Joel spoke about how he lost countless friends because of his drug and alcohol problem. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine took the stage and further discussed his perspective of his drug addiction. Joel went to Endicott College and had a .71 GPA due to skipping almost all of his classes. Joel spoke about how he lost countless friends because of his drug and alcohol problem. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Police officers from Manchester and Essex listen while Herb Levine presents the different circumstances both him and his family had to overcome while overcoming the drug addiction of Joel Levine. After the assembly when the Levine’s were accepting questions the officer asked, “Could you speak about the transition from marijuana to other drugs? I do believe that marijuana is a gateway drug”. The Levine’s then shared their opinion in which they agreed with the officer. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Police officers from Manchester and Essex listen while Herb Levine presents the different circumstances both him and his family had to overcome while overcoming the drug addiction of Joel Levine. After the assembly when the Levine’s were accepting questions the officer asked, “Could you speak about the transition from marijuana to other drugs? I do believe that marijuana is a gateway drug”. The Levine’s then shared their opinion in which they agreed with the officer. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Father and former superintendent Herb Levine came to the middle high school to discuss his son’s previous addictions to drugs and alcohol. Herb Levine and his family struggled in helping their family member overcome a powerful addiction. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Father and former superintendent Herb Levine came to the middle high school to discuss his son’s previous addictions to drugs and alcohol. Herb Levine and his family struggled in helping their family member overcome a powerful addiction. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Joel Levine stands with his father, Herb, after the presentation.  He discusses how during his addiction to drugs, the amount of drugs and the intensity of the drugs he was taking increased rapidly. Joel quickly became addicted to heroin because the high was inexistent after doing other drugs. Joel says, “Heroin brought me to my knees quicker than anything else could”. He also talked about how he was feeling like he just wanted to die at times and wondered why he “would wake up every morning and be upset that the drugs I took the night before didn’t kill me. I am thankful to be alive”. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine stands with his father, Herb, after the presentation. He discusses how during his addiction to drugs, the amount of drugs and the intensity of the drugs he was taking increased rapidly. Joel quickly became addicted to heroin because the high was inexistent after doing other drugs. Joel says, “Heroin brought me to my knees quicker than anything else could”. He also talked about how he was feeling like he just wanted to die at times and wondered why he “would wake up every morning and be upset that the drugs I took the night before didn’t kill me. I am thankful to be alive”. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students watch Zero Dark Thirty for Terrorism Unit

Students of the Global Issues class learn about terrorism tactics and acts by watching Zero Dark Thirty. The movie was based off the real events that took place to kill Osama Bin Laden.

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Olympian presents her hockey success story

On Tuesday, March 25th Women’s Olympic Hockey Player Alex Carpenter spoke to high school students about her experience in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as well as her journey leading up to the games.  Carpenter presented a PowerPoint with photos of her hockey career.

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Sophomores present posters about the Second Great Awakening

History teacher Shannon Alger had her students split up into groups and create posters in class on different movements that took place during the Second Great Awakening. Alger chose to do this to allow the sophomores to receive a deeper understanding about the chapter.

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Engineering Class Makes Scoreboard

On Wednesday March 26, 2014, John Bannister Marx and Dave Veling’s high school engineering class wired together an electrical charge scoreboard. Students in the class were given an assignment to connect pieces to create a scoreboard which will light up when it is all connected correctly. Students had to learn how to read and write Binary Code Sequences that show what light circuit turns on and what like circuit is off.

Richards help out students from the other tables, struggling to finished and light up their score board. Junior Julia Geswell watches intently on how he is  putting the pieces together.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richards help out students from the other tables, struggling to finished and light up their score board. Junior Julia Geswell watches intently on how he is putting the pieces together.
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx and Veling handed out the score board kits to every set of partners in the class. The kits contained: Llight bulb holders, snaps, a speaker, and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx and Veling handed out the score board kits to every set of partners in the class. The kits contained: Llight bulb holders, snaps, a speaker, and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Turning the switch to power the score board, sophomore Josh Richards contemplates the design of this Binary Code Sequence structure. Richards worked by connecting snaps together that will keep the charges closed so the board was able to light up. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Turning the switch to power the score board, sophomore Josh Richards contemplates the design of this Binary Code Sequence structure. Richards worked by connecting snaps together that will keep the charges closed so the board was able to light up. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Trying to connect the pieces to a puzzle, partners Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge work together, holding the pieces down steadily while the one of them connects more snaps. There are snaps that have only one on them and others that go up to having seven snaps on them. All snaps were needed during the process of creating this board. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Trying to connect the pieces to a puzzle, partners Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge work together, holding the pieces down steadily while the one of them connects more snaps. There are snaps that have only one on them and others that go up to having seven snaps on them. All snaps were needed during the process of creating this board. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In a finished scoreboard, everything is connected to something. In order to make the lights turn on. The on/off switch is the open/closed circuit. It is the one thing that determines whether the charge will go through and start up the board’s lights. Credit:  Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In a finished scoreboard, everything is connected to something. In order to make the lights turn on. The on/off switch is the open/closed circuit. It is the one thing that determines whether the charge will go through and start up the board’s lights. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx explains the worksheet and how to code the zero and make it light up. The workbooks contained information on how to code and decode the score boards and how to make them light up without a plug. It all has to do with the connections of the snaps and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bannister-Marx explains the worksheet and how to code the zero and make it light up. The workbooks contained information on how to code and decode the score boards and how to make them light up without a plug. It all has to do with the connections of the snaps and wires. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Julia Geswell puts together the pieces of the scoreboard. Before the class tried to create the scoreboard everyone got handed out a box full of batteries, wires and light bulbs. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Julia Geswell puts together the pieces of the scoreboard. Before the class tried to create the scoreboard everyone got handed out a box full of batteries, wires and light bulbs. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is what the final product looked like. This activity helped showed the student how circuits are used. Its shows what connect to what and to show where the wires go. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is what the final product looked like. This activity helped showed the student how circuits are used. Its shows what connect to what and to show where the wires go. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the student gradually worked through the activity they would take the materials that they need out of this box. By the end of the activity half of the materials would be used. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the student gradually worked through the activity they would take the materials that they need out of this box. By the end of the activity half of the materials would be used. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the activity everyone in the class would do a worksheet. This worksheet helps the students learn what an open and closed circuit looks like. The students would use a one for and open circuit and a zero to show that it is a closed circuit. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the activity everyone in the class would do a worksheet. This worksheet helps the students learn what an open and closed circuit looks like. The students would use a one for and open circuit and a zero to show that it is a closed circuit. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge put the last piece of their scoreboard on the plastic platform and switch the one switch to see if it works. After Grimes and Attridge find that their scoreboard works,  they work on the worksheet in their workbook. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Tim Grimes and Veronica Attridge put the last piece of their scoreboard on the plastic platform and switch the one switch to see if it works. After Grimes and Attridge find that their scoreboard works, they work on the worksheet in their workbook. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Working progressively,  freshmen Aisea Collens focuses on how to connect the snaps in order to light the board. Collens had yet to light the score board but worked through the problems progressively and eventually lighting it and getting all of the numbers. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Working progressively, freshmen Aisea Collens focuses on how to connect the snaps in order to light the board. Collens had yet to light the score board but worked through the problems progressively and eventually lighting it and getting all of the numbers. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Geswell and Ford connecting pieces to the board, ready to set up their scoreboard. Working together they finished and got the scoreboard lit up within their next five minutes working together. They were one of the first to complete the project of the board and continued to help others with their work.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Geswell and Ford connecting pieces to the board, ready to set up their scoreboard. Working together they finished and got the scoreboard lit up within their next five minutes working together. They were one of the first to complete the project of the board and continued to help others with their work.
Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Cyndi Aldrich Hosts Morning Meditation

Nurse Cyndi Aldrich instructs a meditation session every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Throughout the program, participators close their eyes and relax as Aldrich plays music and reads from a meditation guide. Aldrich’s ultimate goal in doing the Morning Meditation sessions is to provide a way of relieving any anxiety and stress students and faculty may develop throughout the school week.

Flyers describing the meditation program are hanging at different places around the school.  Nurse Cyndi Aldrich began this program in order to allow students to become relaxed and calm before the school day.  Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Flyers describing the meditation program are hanging at different places around the school. Nurse Cyndi Aldrich began this program in order to allow students to become relaxed and calm before the school day. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Aldrich sets up the music that she uses to create a feeling of relaxation during the meditation.  She usually uses solely instrumental music, but she occasionally uses tracks that include chanting monks. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Aldrich sets up the music that she uses to create a feeling of relaxation during the meditation. She usually uses solely instrumental music, but she occasionally uses tracks that include chanting monks. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle School principal Steve Guditus as well as middle school students participate in the meditation process. The meditation program begins at 7:15 every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle School principal Steve Guditus as well as middle school students participate in the meditation process. The meditation program begins at 7:15 every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Nurse Cyndi Aldrich leads the meditation process by reading from a relaxation book.  Aldrich made sure to keep her voice monotone and calm in order to set the relaxing tone. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Nurse Cyndi Aldrich leads the meditation process by reading from a relaxation book. Aldrich made sure to keep her voice monotone and calm in order to set the relaxing tone. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students visualize themselves as crystals as a method of relaxation. Both faculty and students participated in the Morning Meditation program.   Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex
Middle school students visualize themselves as crystals as a method of relaxation. Both faculty and students participated in the Morning Meditation program. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex

Aldrich rings the bell to signify the end of the meditation session.  This is a new addition to the morning program that she uses to begin and end the period. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Aldrich rings the bell to signify the end of the meditation session. This is a new addition to the morning program that she uses to begin and end the period. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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AP Environmental Science students venture on fieldtrip

On March 20, the students of Erica Everett’s AP
Environmental Science class went on a field trip that consisted of visiting
several places including Endicott College and the Gloucester sewage treatment
plant.

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Students produce anhydrates

On March 24th, sophomores and juniors in Keith Gray’s chemistry class participated in a lab in which they produced anhydrates. The students began with the hydrate copper sulfate, which contained water, and then heated the material in order to eliminate the water and produce anhydrate. The purpose of this lab was to calculate the molar ratio of water to anhydrous salt.

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Anatomy class draws blood for lab

Students of Maria Burgess’s human anatomy class prick each other’s fingers to collect a small tube of blood so they can see the components of their blood.

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8th Graders learn about student’s recent trip to France

Sophomore Nathan Evans gave a PowerPoint presentation to the 8th grade French class about his trip to France. Evans lived in France for over a year and he taught foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler’s French class about the culture in modern day France.

 

 

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