GALLERY: At the Prom

The 2014 Junior-Senior Prom was held on Friday May 15 at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

 

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High school art displayed in annual art show

Throughout the year, high school students in all art classes worked on various projects.  The students picked a couple of their pieces to exhibit in the art show.  These include photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and mixed media.

Throughout the year, high school students in all art classes worked on various projects.  The students picked a couple of their pieces to exhibit in the art show.  These include photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and mixed media.
Throughout the year, high school students in all art classes worked on various projects. The students picked a couple of their pieces to exhibit in the art show. These include photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and mixed media.
Students in ceramics teacher Tamera Burns’s class picked some of their work to show.  The display consists of wheel thrown pieces, coil pots, hand built tiles, and sgraffito.  Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in ceramics teacher Tamera Burns’s class picked some of their work to show. The display consists of wheel thrown pieces, coil pots, hand built tiles, and sgraffito. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Ainsley McLaughlin observes the art pieces. Pieces of art work consisting of boxes that reflected something on the inside of them. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Ainsley McLaughlin observes the art pieces. Pieces of art work consisting of boxes that reflected something on the inside of them. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drawing classes display their artwork of skeletons. Drawing classes, as well as graphic design classes, are taught by art teacher Marion Powers. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drawing classes display their artwork of skeletons. Drawing classes, as well as graphic design classes, are taught by art teacher Marion Powers. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Laura Fitzgerald and Phoebe Savje stop in the hall in order to look at the displayed art.  Students are able to see the artwork as they travel in between classes. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Laura Fitzgerald and Phoebe Savje stop in the hall in order to look at the displayed art. Students are able to see the artwork as they travel in between classes. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Drawing classes, taught by art teacher Marion Powers, drew portraits of Malala Yousafzai.  Malala publicly stood up for girls’ education and was shot by the Taliban.  The students used various words in different languages of their choice in order to create the image. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Drawing classes, taught by art teacher Marion Powers, drew portraits of Malala Yousafzai. Malala publicly stood up for girls’ education and was shot by the Taliban. The students used various words in different languages of their choice in order to create the image. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Julia Paccone created a collection of paintings in her AP Studio Art class.  Paccone used spoons as a central subject for all of her paintings in the portfolio. Credit:  Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Julia Paccone created a collection of paintings in her AP Studio Art class. Paccone used spoons as a central subject for all of her paintings in the portfolio. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students who participated in painting and drawing classes, taught by Marion Powers, display their projects on painted book covers.   The drawings correspond to the contents of the book. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students who participated in painting and drawing classes, taught by Marion Powers, display their projects on painted book covers. The drawings correspond to the contents of the book. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On some of the boards, photographs taken by students in Photo I, Photo II, Photo III, and Photo Portfolio are displayed.  There are also artworks made by students in graphic design and mixed media.  Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On some of the boards, photographs taken by students in Photo I, Photo II, Photo III, and Photo Portfolio are displayed. There are also artworks made by students in graphic design and mixed media. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Amber Pare studies senior Julia Paccone’s portrait. Paccone layered different papers together to create a self-portrait. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Amber Pare studies senior Julia Paccone’s portrait. Paccone layered different papers together to create a self-portrait. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Senior portfolio student Sarah Lewiecki created portraits of her and her brother, Senior Ian Lewiecki. Lewiecki did this by painting different colored and sized circles. Credit:  Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior portfolio student Sarah Lewiecki created portraits of her and her brother, Senior Ian Lewiecki. Lewiecki did this by painting different colored and sized circles. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Memorial Day Assembly Honors Fallen Soldiers

On Friday May 23, 2014, the Manchester Essex Middle and High school students gathered in the gymnasium for a Memorial Day assembly

Assistant Principal Paul Murphy spoke at the beginning of the assembly to introduce the veterans. The Veterans that were attending were, Al Secker, Brian Sullivan, June Sullivan, George Nickless, Jack Buckley, and Bruce Hersey. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy spoke at the beginning of the assembly to introduce the veterans. The Veterans that were attending were, Al Secker, Brian Sullivan, June Sullivan, George Nickless, Jack Buckley, and Bruce Hersey. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Veteran Brian Sullivan, a retired commander of the U.S. Navy Reserve, spoke to the crowd about his experiences while being a serviceman. Sullivan explained the lyrics of “Taps” during his speech, which is sounded during different ceremonies such as funerals and military gatherings.  Sullivan discussed how that if the chance came about, to buy a poppy flower in recognition of the fallen soldiers. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Veteran Brian Sullivan, a retired commander of the U.S. Navy Reserve, spoke to the crowd about his experiences while being a serviceman. Sullivan explained the lyrics of “Taps” during his speech, which is sounded during different ceremonies such as funerals and military gatherings. Sullivan discussed how that if the chance came about, to buy a poppy flower in recognition of the fallen soldiers. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Preston Lee plays the percussion during the song the Anchors Away performance by the high school band. Lee along with the other drummers and percussionists have a large roll in this song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Preston Lee plays the percussion during the song the Anchors Away performance by the high school band. Lee along with the other drummers and percussionists have a large roll in this song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the Assembly, Principal Patricia Puglisi, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy, and Middle School Principal Steve Guditus posed for a picture with the veterans. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the Assembly, Principal Patricia Puglisi, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy, and Middle School Principal Steve Guditus posed for a picture with the veterans. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the assembly, the high school band played the Star Spangled Banner. During the song, the student body along, with the faculty and Veterans, acknowledged those being remembered on Memorial Day. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the assembly, the high school band played the Star Spangled Banner. During the song, the student body along, with the faculty and Veterans, acknowledged those being remembered on Memorial Day. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band leader Joe Sokol conducts the band in their March Set. The March Set includes four different songs; Anchors Away, Cassin’s, Marines Hymn, and the Air Force Song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band leader Joe Sokol conducts the band in their March Set. The March Set includes four different songs; Anchors Away, Cassin’s, Marines Hymn, and the Air Force Song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band members perform The Navy Hymn; it is a variety of the horns for the men and women in the Navy for seafaring men. Eighth grader Philip Sicala plays the trombone along with the high school students. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band members perform The Navy Hymn; it is a variety of the horns for the men and women in the Navy for seafaring men. Eighth grader Philip Sicala plays the trombone along with the high school students. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school Acapella group The Sound Waves performed America The beautiful in five different parts. Some parts of the song was remixed by high school Acapella teacher Donna O’Neil. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school Acapella group The Sound Waves performed America The beautiful in five different parts. Some parts of the song was remixed by high school Acapella teacher Donna O’Neil. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The high school chorus sang a variety of songs. Chorus teacher Donna O’Neil conducted the students while singing songs for the unsung heroes, and the Battle Hymn of The Republic. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school chorus sang a variety of songs. Chorus teacher Donna O’Neil conducted the students while singing songs for the unsung heroes, and the Battle Hymn of The Republic. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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7th grade learns the dangers of cyber scamming

Janda Ricci-Munn’s seventh grade health class continued their unit on cyber scamming. Students were created a fake website as an example of what scammers deceive people into doing.

Ricci-Munn brought his seventh grade class into a computer lab for the lesson. The students worked in groups of two to create one finished website. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ricci-Munn brought his seventh grade class into a computer lab for the lesson. The students worked in groups of two to create one finished website. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Savannah Reilly works with her partner to put the finishing touches on their fake website. The class was instructed to create a website by also incorporating teamwork with their classmate. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Savannah Reilly works with her partner to put the finishing touches on their fake website. The class was instructed to create a website by also incorporating teamwork with their classmate. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One group worked on constructing a mock ad displaying tickets to win a new boat. Seventh graders put their own imagination into the projects by coming up with original ideas. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One group worked on constructing a mock ad displaying tickets to win a new boat. Seventh graders put their own imagination into the projects by coming up with original ideas. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dylan Wilson put final touches on the graphics of his fake Amazon login. The students were given the knowledge that cyber scammers can gain access to any of your passwords, usernames, credit card information, etc. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dylan Wilson put final touches on the graphics of his fake Amazon login. The students were given the knowledge that cyber scammers can gain access to any of your passwords, usernames, credit card information, etc. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ricci-Munn assists seventh graders Alison Reed and Jia Li Mulvey on how to adjust the design of their website. Making the website appeal to the eye was an important key to this project. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ricci-Munn assists seventh graders Alison Reed and Jia Li Mulvey on how to adjust the design of their website. Making the website appeal to the eye was an important key to this project. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Thespina Parianos and her partner worked to complete their assignment. Ricci-Munn taught his class about how to be careful with what one puts on the internet and what one gives to websites because anyone could be taking your identity. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Thespina Parianos and her partner worked to complete their assignment. Ricci-Munn taught his class about how to be careful with what one puts on the internet and what one gives to websites because anyone could be taking your identity. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Belle Graves and Lillian Phipps conducted a fake Club Penguin website that takes your email and password. The girls put a lot of effort into making their website as creative as possible. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Belle Graves and Lillian Phipps conducted a fake Club Penguin website that takes your email and password. The girls put a lot of effort into making their website as creative as possible. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Salve Regina A Cappella Group visits high school

Pitches with attitude, Salve Regina’s female A cappella group, came to visit Manchester Essex Regional High School and performed for music classes. 2012 ME graduate Savannah Repucci is a member of the group and came back to visit her high school.

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Seventh grade music students sit in a circle before the A cappella group enters. The A cappella group was on tour visiting many of the singers’ past high schools. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Salve Regina A cappella group members clap at the beginning of their first song. Pitches with Attitude performed for three classes, as well as many faculty members who stopped by to watch the performance. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The Salve Regina A cappella leader introduces the group to the chorus class. Each of the members gave their name, school year, and major when introducing themselves. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A seventh grade chorus class watches as the A cappella group sings one of their songs. Pitches with Attitude sang six songs for each of their performances. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The group leader sets up for the next song by giving the members their notes needed to start the song. The group’s last concert on their tour was at Rockport High School. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Pitches with Attitude sing the song “Brave” during their show. When a solo occurs in a song, the members singing separately from the rest of the group will stand in front of the other singers. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Pitches with Attitude sing the song “Ironic.” After their concert, the girls held a question and answer session for the audience. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A Manchester Essex Regional High School alumni Savannah Rapucci sings a solo. Rapucci is sophomore at Salve Regina and is a Music Education major. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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A Pitches with Attitude member sets up the next song for her solo. The group has toured throughout, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Middle school students shine in “Wizard of Oz”

The YMCA of the North Shore directed a middle school production of the “Wizard of Oz.”  Middle school students acted and helped with music, lights, and backstage responsibly.  The play was performed on May 23rd, 24th, 25th.

Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader Charlotte Hoff performs as the character Dorothy Gale with her dog Toto played by Liz Staid. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader Charlotte Hoff performs as the character Dorothy Gale with her dog Toto played by Liz Staid. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Mia Cromwell and seventh grader Kendall Hersey play Dorothy’s guardians, Aunty Em and Uncle Henry.  Eighth grader Heather Holley portrays Miss Gulch.  Holley also plays the Wicked Witch of the West. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Mia Cromwell and seventh grader Kendall Hersey play Dorothy’s guardians, Aunty Em and Uncle Henry. Eighth grader Heather Holley portrays Miss Gulch. Holley also plays the Wicked Witch of the West. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Glinda, played by sixth grader Paige Mandia, greets Dorothy for the first time as they are surrounded by Munchkins who are played by various middle school students. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Glinda, played by sixth grader Paige Mandia, greets Dorothy for the first time as they are surrounded by Munchkins who are played by various middle school students. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sixth grader Whitney Johnson plays the scarecrow, as well as the character Hunk on the farm in Kansas. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Whitney Johnson plays the scarecrow, as well as the character Hunk on the farm in Kansas. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Julia Kaper portrays the Tin Man as well as Hickory, one of the farmers. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Julia Kaper portrays the Tin Man as well as Hickory, one of the farmers. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Holley, playing the Wicked Witch of the West, threatens the Tin Man as they are surrounded by apple-throwing trees. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Holley, playing the Wicked Witch of the West, threatens the Tin Man as they are surrounded by apple-throwing trees. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, and Tin Man meet the Cowardly Lion who is played by seventh grader Jake D’Ambrosio.  D’Ambrosio also plays a man on Dorothy’s family farm named Zeke. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, and Tin Man meet the Cowardly Lion who is played by seventh grader Jake D’Ambrosio. D’Ambrosio also plays a man on Dorothy’s family farm named Zeke. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Wicked Witch of the West cast a spell that gave the poppy flowers the power to put all of the characters to sleep. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Wicked Witch of the West cast a spell that gave the poppy flowers the power to put all of the characters to sleep. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before seeing the Wizard of Oz, the people of Oz help to make over the Tin Man, Dorothy, and the Cowardly Lion. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before seeing the Wizard of Oz, the people of Oz help to make over the Tin Man, Dorothy, and the Cowardly Lion. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
D’Ambrosio gives a speech as the Cowardly Lion about how important courage is. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
D’Ambrosio gives a speech as the Cowardly Lion about how important courage is. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students held umbrellas, lights, foam tubes, and foam hands in order to create the image of the Great and Powerful Oz. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students held umbrellas, lights, foam tubes, and foam hands in order to create the image of the Great and Powerful Oz. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dorothy tells Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow that she must go home to Kansas. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dorothy tells Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow that she must go home to Kansas. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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New Science and History Electives offered this year

The following courses will be offered at the high school next year.

The new Stem Design Lab course is an art/science hybrid and the two new anthropology classes count as science electives. Robotics Engineering Design and Computer Aided Drafting are also being offered next year as science electives.  History is offering two new semester length courses, Sociology and Facing History.

 

Videos about the new anthropology and STEM Design class can be found here:

new anthro classes: http://screenr.com/FBMN

new stem lab classes: http://screenr.com/PNMN

Beginning next week, and continuing over the next several weeks, student schedules will be distributed beginning with the rising seniors.  Once they receive their schedule they may schedule an appointment with guidance if they would like to enroll in any of the new programs.  Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 30 credits each school year. These courses offer an opportunity to fill out their schedule.

Rising Junior, Sophomore and Freshman schedules will be distributed in subsequent weeks.  The staggered distribution will allow juniors and seniors first preference in the addition of electives.

 

 

STEM Design Lab
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
This project based course combines various areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with art. Initial units of Industrial Design, Architecture, Front End Web Development (basics of HTML5, CSS, Javascript Programming), UX (User Experience Design), Data Visualization/Infographics, and additional design problems will be taught. Students will engage in research, writing, sketching, labs, activities, and projects. Then students will work in groups in a design area of their choosing to complete final projects. All process and work will be documented in online portfolios. Additionally, to mirror the methodology used currently in much of the technology sector, students will be working with a modified Agile and Scrum project management development to improve productivity and collaboration skills.

 

Biological and Medical Anthropology
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
Biological Anthropology is the study of human biological diversity over time and space. Students will start with basic primatology and go on to study hominid evolution based on the fossil record and evidence of tool making. Additional topics include Heredity and Genetics, Mechanisms of Evolution, Human Variation and Adaptation, and Anatomy and Culture. Student will then move on to an examination of the intersection of genetics, disease, and culture in the study of Medical Anthropology. Factors which influence health and well-being, the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, and the cultural importance and use of various medical systems will be explored. Honors and College Prep levels are taught simultaneously.

 

Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
Anthropology is the scientific study of humans, society, culture, and biology. Students will learn about cultures past and present in a holistic and comparative way. Cultural Anthropology is the subfield that describes, analyzes, interprets, and explains social and cultural similarities and differences. Some aspects of society that will be covered are Subsistence Methods and Social Stratification, Marriage and Kinship, Ethnicity and Race, Economics and Politics, and Language and Communication. Archaeology is the examination of past human behavior and cultural patterns though the evidence of material remains. Students will analyze the rise and fall of civilizations over time. Honors and College Prep levels are taught simultaneously.

 

ROBOTICS DESIGN & ENGINEERING
Grade 9-12
555 Semester Honors  2.5 Credits
554 Semester CP 2.5 Credits  
This hands-on, rich and exciting multidisciplinary course will immerse you in the exciting and popular science of robotics.  Working in small teams, students will explore topics that include: engineering, applied physics, electronics and control theory and technology.  The interest in robotic devices and systems has exploded over the last few years, as advances in robotic technologies have proven useful in many human and government scientific endeavors.  This course introduces students to the exciting field of robotics, while providing unique opportunities to design, engineer, manufacture, test, program, and control robots while putting them through a series of real-world design challenges.  This course will require students to read in the content area, think critically, and work with other to solve challenging problems.  Lab work, research, troubleshooting, instrumentation and building/manufacturing will be an important part of the course.

 

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (3D Solid Modeling with Pro/Engineer)
626 Semester Honors Grades 9-12
624 Semester CP 2.5 Credits
This class is a hands-on, exercise-intensive approach to all of the important parametric (geometric definitions of a design)  3D Modeling techniques and concepts. The goal of this course is to introduce and develop Parametric Modeling techniques and concepts for the CAD novice. Students will begin with constructing basic shapes and progress towards building intelligent solid 3D models that rotate with multiple views. This is accomplished through a series of ten tutorial style lessons. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson, creating a solid foundation of Computer Aided Engineering skills.

 

SOCIOLOGY
GRADES 11-12
253 – Semester CP 2.5 Credits
254 – Semester Honors 2.5 Credits 
Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of the way that societies work—or don’t work. By using methods, information, and observations of the social sciences, sociologists seek to make meaning out of the relationships and institutions within communities. Sociology combines analysis, empathy, and inquiry to build on theory and frame a deeper understanding of social constructs, perceptions, and realities. Possible topics include: social interaction, family and community, wealth and poverty, social constructs, deviance, social control, and social change.

 

 

FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES
GRADES 11-12
255 – Semester CP 2.5 Credits
256 – Semester H 2.5 Credits 
In order to promote greater awareness of the societal issues students will face in today’s world, this course will examine bias, racism, and prejudice in a historical context. Through the study of intolerance, genocide, and the Holocaust, students will be able to make the fundamental correlation between history and the moral and ethical choices they are forced to make on a daily basis in their own lives. While students will learn facts and background surrounding specific events in history, they will also be asked to examine the psychological motivations of the individual and of the group and the ethical implications of their actions.

 

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Green Team Builds Outdoor Classroom

Green Team members created an outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is made for teachers who can sign up to teach a class outside. It opened on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

Green Team members created an outdoor classroom. Students in the Green Team worked on the outdoor classroom on the weekends. Non-members of the Green Team came and helped out with the outdoor classroom to get community service hours. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Green Team members created an outdoor classroom. Students in the Green Team worked on the outdoor classroom on the weekends. Non-members of the Green Team came and helped out with the outdoor classroom to get community service hours. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo and sophomore Ben Shlegel clean up the outdoor classroom to make it look nice. The outdoor classroom is for teachers at the high school who can sign up for a day to have class outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Teddy Economo and sophomore Ben Shlegel clean up the outdoor classroom to make it look nice. The outdoor classroom is for teachers at the high school who can sign up for a day to have class outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students have made a lot of progress in the building of the outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is located outside the high school wing next the student parking lot. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students have made a lot of progress in the building of the outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is located outside the high school wing next the student parking lot. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Members of the Green Team dug up it and put the dirt into a pile to reuse. When teachers sign up to use the outdoor classroom, 30 chairs will be provided under the stairwell. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Members of the Green Team dug up it and put the dirt into a pile to reuse. When teachers sign up to use the outdoor classroom, 30 chairs will be provided under the stairwell. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the stone ground was built, there was left over stone which members of the Green Team decided to use a pathway going down the right side of the classroom. The rules of the classroom are: don’t disturb class, clean dirt off chair legs, stack chairs neatly and keep classroom clean. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the stone ground was built, there was left over stone which members of the Green Team decided to use a pathway going down the right side of the classroom. The rules of the classroom are: don’t disturb class, clean dirt off chair legs, stack chairs neatly and keep classroom clean. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Economo and Shlegel work on the outdoor classroom during their Green Team class. They work together by keeping weeds coming up through the stone of the classroom. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Economo and Shlegel work on the outdoor classroom during their Green Team class. They work together by keeping weeds coming up through the stone of the classroom. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Over the weekend, Eric Magers put the finishing touches on the outdoor classroom by adding a brand new whiteboard. Teachers are given access to this tool while teaching their students outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Over the weekend, Eric Magers put the finishing touches on the outdoor classroom by adding a brand new whiteboard. Teachers are given access to this tool while teaching their students outside. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The grass will soon be grown fully and there will be chairs placed around the stone ground. The classroom will soon be available for teachers to begin bringing their students outside to learn.  Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The grass will soon be grown fully and there will be chairs placed around the stone ground. The classroom will soon be available for teachers to begin bringing their students outside to learn. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Girls varsity lacrosse celebrates senior night

On Monday, May 19th, the girls varsity lacrosse team hosted Bishop Fenwick for the last regular season game. The team celebrated the four seniors in their last regular season game ever. The team beat Bishop Fenwick 18-9.

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Juniors discuss daily life problems in advisory

On Wednesday May 21st, junior class members discussed situational problems and came up with solutions. Advisory allows for an opportunity for students to talk about problems that arise in high school.

 

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Junior students converse before coming together to start the activity. Advisory groups are divided up by grade so that the groups can remain the same until graduation. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Reading specialist Bernadette Ruth reads the scenario to the students. The students were required to provide a solution to the problem and explain why the solution proposed was appropriate. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Advisory group members share their opinions and discuss the positives and negatives about solutions proposed. Students shared personal experiences and discussed long term and short term effects of decisions. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Students raise their hands to share their ideas about what was read by Ruth. The small advisory groups allow each student a chance to share and participate in conversations. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Erica Corwin draws in her free time during advisory. Advisory is a way for students to relax in between classes and seek personal help from teachers. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Juniors Ben Alger, Eric Fossa, and Michael Fuca converse in a small group and brainstorm before sharing with the group. A problem proposed to the students was about a man choosing to graduate school over spending time with his children. The students then had to decide what they thought was best. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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