6th grade receives ice cream party for success in the Penny Wars competition

On Friday March 21st, the sixth grade had ice cream to celebrate their win in the Penny Wars competition. Students of grades 6-12 put money into the jugs for their grade. Putting in dollar bills in other teams jugs would subtract their points and putting coins into their own would add points. All of the money was donated to Stop Hunger Now.

Sixth graders raised the most amount of money for the Penny Wars competition and won. In total the whole school raised $1,600 for The Gardner Project and Stop Hunger Now. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth graders raised the most amount of money for the Penny Wars competition and won. In total the whole school raised $1,600 for The Gardner Project and Stop Hunger Now. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Cailey Lafferty volunteered to help serve ice cream at the event. Sixth graders were able to choose 1 of 4 flavors and multiple toppings. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Cailey Lafferty volunteered to help serve ice cream at the event. Sixth graders were able to choose 1 of 4 flavors and multiple toppings. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth grade teachers called their students into math teacher Matthew Schlegel’s classroom by birth month. This system kept the chaos at a minimum and helped the high school students who were volunteering to not feel overwhelmed. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth grade teachers called their students into math teacher Matthew Schlegel’s classroom by birth month. This system kept the chaos at a minimum and helped the high school students who were volunteering to not feel overwhelmed. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Gardner Project, who hosted this event, began in November 2011. Their current project is Stop Hunger Now and their ideal goal is to raise $10,000. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Gardner Project, who hosted this event, began in November 2011. Their current project is Stop Hunger Now and their ideal goal is to raise $10,000. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Finn Kiernan enjoyed his chocolaty vanilla caramel ice cream. Stop Hunger Now has packaged 761,472 this week and 138,412,243 in total so far. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Finn Kiernan enjoyed his chocolaty vanilla caramel ice cream. Stop Hunger Now has packaged 761,472 this week and 138,412,243 in total so far. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Sophia Guerriero and Mia Rodier also volunteered to help scoop ice cream for the sixth graders. The ice cream was provided by Downriver Ice Cream in Essex. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Sophia Guerriero and Mia Rodier also volunteered to help scoop ice cream for the sixth graders. The ice cream was provided by Downriver Ice Cream in Essex. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At Downriver, some of the flavors have unique names. The flavors that were provided included, A River Runs Through It; which is a combination of vanilla and caramel swirl, Kung Fu Grasshopper; this consists of a mint based ice cream with chuncks of peppermint patties, Vanilla Sky and Olivia’s Chocolate Dream; which is your everyday vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At Downriver, some of the flavors have unique names. The flavors that were provided included, A River Runs Through It; which is a combination of vanilla and caramel swirl, Kung Fu Grasshopper; this consists of a mint based ice cream with chuncks of peppermint patties, Vanilla Sky and Olivia’s Chocolate Dream; which is your everyday vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Alex Stasiak and Ian Lewiecki refill the topping bowls for the next round of students. Some toppings available were Oreo pieces, multi-colored sprinkles, gummy bears, and Sour Patch Kids. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Alex Stasiak and Ian Lewiecki refill the topping bowls for the next round of students. Some toppings available were Oreo pieces, multi-colored sprinkles, gummy bears, and Sour Patch Kids. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Julia Kaper makes her final topping selection of KitKats. KitKats were a popular choice among the sixth grade students. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Julia Kaper makes her final topping selection of KitKats. KitKats were a popular choice among the sixth grade students. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ceana McLaughlin and Lelia Heath get ready to enjoy the ice cream they chose. After making their selections sixth graders were either allowed to stay in Schlegel’s room and watch a March Madness basketball game or go out into the pod area and chat with friends. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ceana McLaughlin and Lelia Heath get ready to enjoy the ice cream they chose. After making their selections sixth graders were either allowed to stay in Schlegel’s room and watch a March Madness basketball game or go out into the pod area and chat with friends. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students create DNA models

On Wednesday March 26th, science teacher Amy Dobbins’ 8th grade class participated in a lab activity during which they created small scale model of a strand of DNA. Students used small Lab-Aids kits that consisted of plastic pieces to represent nitrogen bases and nucleotides. These pieces were later twisted to form a double helix, the shape of an actual DNA strand.

Students gather their materials in preparation for the lab to begin. Each pair of partners collected one set of plastic pieces and an informational packet about DNA. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students gather their materials in preparation for the lab to begin. Each pair of partners collected one set of plastic pieces and an informational packet about DNA. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students read and take notes their packet about the background of DNA. DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid, and is the heredity material inside all cells of an organism that designates what kind of proteins must be produced in order for the organism to survive. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students read and take notes their packet about the background of DNA. DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid, and is the heredity material inside all cells of an organism that designates what kind of proteins must be produced in order for the organism to survive. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Grace Porter and Summer Burroughs sort their pieces according to their color. These rectangular-like components represent nitrogen bases; the order in which these occur will determine the genetic code of an organism. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Grace Porter and Summer Burroughs sort their pieces according to their color. These rectangular-like components represent nitrogen bases; the order in which these occur will determine the genetic code of an organism. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Partners begin to assemble their model. Science teacher Amy Dobbins had given them a specific order that they had to arrange the colors on their DNA strand. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Partners begin to assemble their model. Science teacher Amy Dobbins had given them a specific order that they had to arrange the colors on their DNA strand. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Science teacher Amy Dobbins assists student Emery Coggshall with her review questions. Students were required to demonstrate their knowledge of DNA by answering questions about substances in a strand, reproduction, and scientific models. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Science teacher Amy Dobbins assists student Emery Coggshall with her review questions. Students were required to demonstrate their knowledge of DNA by answering questions about substances in a strand, reproduction, and scientific models. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Partners add the final “rungs” onto their DNA “ladder” to represent nucleotides. A nucleotide has 3 parts: a phosphate group, a deoxyribose group, and a nitrogen base. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Partners add the final “rungs” onto their DNA “ladder” to represent nucleotides. A nucleotide has 3 parts: a phosphate group, a deoxyribose group, and a nitrogen base. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Eighth grader Julia Nieberle twists her model to model to form a double helix. Nieberle and her partner were among the first groups to complete this step in the activity. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Eighth grader Julia Nieberle twists her model to model to form a double helix. Nieberle and her partner were among the first groups to complete this step in the activity. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student AJ Rhuda examines the order in which nitrogen bases occur on his and his group’s DNA strand. Each individual organism has a unique order in which these bases occur on its DNA strand. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student AJ Rhuda examines the order in which nitrogen bases occur on his and his group’s DNA strand. Each individual organism has a unique order in which these bases occur on its DNA strand. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Science teacher Amy Dobbins guides the class through answers to the review questions about the lab. Questions ranged from the topics of how DNA is passed down to the purpose of a scientific model. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Science teacher Amy Dobbins guides the class through answers to the review questions about the lab. Questions ranged from the topics of how DNA is passed down to the purpose of a scientific model. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Student Emery Coggshall raises her hand to answer a question about the passing on of DNA through reproduction in organisms. Coggshall expressed how the main goal of an organism is to reproduce so that its DNA may be passed on. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student Emery Coggshall raises her hand to answer a question about the passing on of DNA through reproduction in organisms. Coggshall expressed how the main goal of an organism is to reproduce so that its DNA may be passed on. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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PE class participates in Fun Friday

Seventh grade and high school  PE classes combine on Fun Friday. Students were given the option to either play Circus Ball in the gym or practice yoga in the workout room. Fun Friday allows students to have the opportunity to play a fun activity that is different to their daily curriculum.

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Senior Prank in the Parking Lot

The senior class reached their last full week of school and pulled a senior prank and April Fool’s day joke by parking erratically in the school lot. In the past, doing a senior prank has become a tradition, however not every class is brave enough to do one.

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Girls lacrosse teams discuss upcoming season

On Wednesday March 26, the girls high school lacrosse team held a meeting to kick off the season. Both the varsity and junior varsity coaches spoke about their goals for the season. Parents and players were required to come to the meeting in order to be eligible to play.

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