Animal rights club formed at HS

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the new club, SHTA, held its first meeting. The SHTA stands for the Students for the Humane Treatment of Animals. It is paired up with many shelters, such as the Cape Ann Animal Shelter, to help out animals in need.

 

Junior Erin Carlson led the first SHTA club meeting. Carlson created this club during her sophomore year in order to help animals in shelters that are in need of love and care. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Erin Carlson led the first SHTA club meeting. Carlson created this club during her sophomore year in order to help animals in shelters that are in need of love and care. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the meeting, Carlson wrote on the white board the topics  she planned to talk about during the meeting. Some important parts of the club are updating websites, making bracelets to sell in order to raise money, and physically going to shelters to volunteer. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the meeting, Carlson wrote on the white board the topics she planned to talk about during the meeting. Some important parts of the club are updating websites, making bracelets to sell in order to raise money, and physically going to shelters to volunteer. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students who attended the meeting listened as Carlson talked about what would be expected in the coming year for the SHTA club. The meeting lasted about fifteen minutes and allowed the attendents to learn more about helping the animals in need. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students who attended the meeting listened as Carlson talked about what would be expected in the coming year for the SHTA club. The meeting lasted about fifteen minutes and allowed the attendents to learn more about helping the animals in need. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause and History teacher Shannon Alger listened as Carlson talked about the club. Krause and Alger are both supervisors of the SHTA along with math teacher David Alger and chemistry teacher Keith Gray. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause and History teacher Shannon Alger listened as Carlson talked about the club. Krause and Alger are both supervisors of the SHTA along with math teacher David Alger and chemistry teacher Keith Gray. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Mara Franklin wrote down her e-mail address and two of the projects that were mentioned during the meeting that she thinks would be the most interesting and helpful. Everyone who attended the meeting was asked to do this in order to contribute to the club. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Mara Franklin wrote down her e-mail address and two of the projects that were mentioned during the meeting that she thinks would be the most interesting and helpful. Everyone who attended the meeting was asked to do this in order to contribute to the club. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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GALLERY: Spirit Week Monday – Decade Day

Students started off Spirit Week 2014 by dressing up in outfits from different decades. Each first block teacher tallied how many students dressed up, and at the end of the week, the grade with the most spirit will be rewarded.

MONDAY 9/29 – Decade Day
Seniors – 1920s
Juniors – 1990s
Sophomores – 1960s
Freshmen – 1980s
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Varsity Soccer Faces Rockport

On Friday September 12th, the boys’ varsity soccer team faced their rivals the Rockport Vikings. The team played a solid game until the final whistle, walking away with a 0-0 tie. The team so far has had a tremendous start to the 2014 season.

Before the start of the game, the referees call captains to center field to determine the sides each team will take for the first half. The Rockport team has been the rival of the hornets for several seasons now. Credits: Phebe Biggar Multimedia Online
Before the start of the game, the referees call captains to center field to determine the sides each team will take for the first half. The Rockport team has been the rival of the hornets for several seasons now. Credits: Phebe Biggar Multimedia Online
Manchester Essex players’ line up at midfield as each player is announced. This year the team has 20 players all who contribute to success of the team. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester Essex players’ line up at midfield as each player is announced. This year the team has 20 players all who contribute to success of the team. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the starting players on both teams had been announced, each stand at midfield for the playing of the national anthem. The national anthem was sung by a current student of Rockport High School. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the starting players on both teams had been announced, each stand at midfield for the playing of the national anthem. The national anthem was sung by a current student of Rockport High School. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the half the teams huddle and regroup after playing a physical first half. The hornets held the score to 0-0 till the final whistle, even though there were several attempts at putting the ball in the net. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the half the teams huddle and regroup after playing a physical first half. The hornets held the score to 0-0 till the final whistle, even though there were several attempts at putting the ball in the net. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Numerous fans from both teams line the sidelines in support of their team and while its halftime many people visit the concessions purchasing warm beverages as well as snack. The night Rockport games have always been extremely popular with packed sidelines; this year the entire bleacher section was filled with Manchester Essex high school students. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Multimedia Online.
Numerous fans from both teams line the sidelines in support of their team and while its halftime many people visit the concessions purchasing warm beverages as well as snack. The night Rockport games have always been extremely popular with packed sidelines; this year the entire bleacher section was filled with Manchester Essex high school students. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Multimedia Online.

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Callbacks for the MS production of Legally Blonde

On Thursday September 18th, the YMCA hosted their callbacks for the fall musical “Legally Blonde Junior.” Callbacks are very important for the director to narrow down the choices for the lead roles. The performances will be December 12 through the 14th.

 

Director Nicole Leotsakos brings together all twelve middle school students who were called back for the upcoming production of Legally Blonde Jr.  The callbacks lasted two hours and the kids did an assortment of songs from the show as well as a read through. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director Nicole Leotsakos brings together all twelve middle school students who were called back for the upcoming production of Legally Blonde Jr. The callbacks lasted two hours and the kids did an assortment of songs from the show as well as a read through. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The actors follow the lead of Leotsakos during the warm ups. The importance of body and face warm ups before rehearsal helps loosen posture and prepare performers for rehearsal, just as a singing warm up would. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The actors follow the lead of Leotsakos during the warm ups. The importance of body and face warm ups before rehearsal helps loosen posture and prepare performers for rehearsal, just as a singing warm up would. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Since the YMCA is sponsoring this production of Legally Blonde Jr. they have provided each actor with a script. This show is based off of the movie Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon that came out in 2001. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Since the YMCA is sponsoring this production of Legally Blonde Jr. they have provided each actor with a script. This show is based off of the movie Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon that came out in 2001. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students Lilly Phipps, Aoife Dalton, Julia Kaper, and Sylvie Oldeman participate in the vocal warmups lead by musical director Carissa Gerber. For the warm up the kids did a variety of singing exercises including a siren which coming from the highest note in your head voice to the lowest note in your chest voice. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students Lilly Phipps, Aoife Dalton, Julia Kaper, and Sylvie Oldeman participate in the vocal warmups lead by musical director Carissa Gerber. For the warm up the kids did a variety of singing exercises including a siren which coming from the highest note in your head voice to the lowest note in your chest voice. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gerber helps sixth grader Sylvie Oldeman learn the song “So Much Better” before she performs it alone for the director. Each actor had a chance to practice in groups and then by themselves before singing for the chance to play one of the main characters, Elle Woods. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gerber helps sixth grader Sylvie Oldeman learn the song “So Much Better” before she performs it alone for the director. Each actor had a chance to practice in groups and then by themselves before singing for the chance to play one of the main characters, Elle Woods. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After completing the first signing portion of the callback, sixth grader Greta Dickson and eight graders Lilly Phipps and Savannah Reilly present the lines they were given for the cold reading. A cold reading is where the director gives the actors a few lines from the show that they have never seen before and have to act like the character they were given. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After completing the first signing portion of the callback, sixth grader Greta Dickson and eight graders Lilly Phipps and Savannah Reilly present the lines they were given for the cold reading. A cold reading is where the director gives the actors a few lines from the show that they have never seen before and have to act like the character they were given. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Gerber leads the group in learning the second song “Chip On My Shoulder” which is going to be sung by one of the main male characters. No middle school boys have signed up for the show and there are many boy parts, so Leotsakos asked everyone at the callbacks to try out for a male part.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gerber leads the group in learning the second song “Chip On My Shoulder” which is going to be sung by one of the main male characters. No middle school boys have signed up for the show and there are many boy parts, so Leotsakos asked everyone at the callbacks to try out for a male part. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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7th Grade Class Studies mass

Science teacher Paul Pennoyer’s 7th grade class was learning how to calculate the density of water. Pennoyer taught his class how to use a triple-beam balance and how to use a scale.

Seventh grader Sophia Pallazola discuss the formula for density. The students in the 7th grade science  class were learning how to measure and calculate density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Sophia Pallazola discuss the formula for density. The students in the 7th grade science class were learning how to measure and calculate density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student George Lockwood double checks his calculations. The students were leaning how to calculate the formula for density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student George Lockwood double checks his calculations. The students were leaning how to calculate the formula for density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students weighed how much the cylinder was in grams before filling it with water. The students followed directions given by their teacher. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students weighed how much the cylinder was in grams before filling it with water. The students followed directions given by their teacher. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students recorded how much the water was in grams and how much water they put in milliliters. Then they divided each calculation to get the density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students recorded how much the water was in grams and how much water they put in milliliters. Then they divided each calculation to get the density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A student was figuring out how to calculate the problem with a calculator. Each student was allowed to use a calculator to find the density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A student was figuring out how to calculate the problem with a calculator. Each student was allowed to use a calculator to find the density. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in Pennoyer’s class used a triple-beam balance to measure the mass of the beaker and water. Pennoyer taught the class before starting the lab how to use a triple-beam balance. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in Pennoyer’s class used a triple-beam balance to measure the mass of the beaker and water. Pennoyer taught the class before starting the lab how to use a triple-beam balance. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students learned how to measure the weight of a cylinder filled water by using a scale. Every student would place their cylinder filled with water and then measure the weight of the cylinder. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students learned how to measure the weight of a cylinder filled water by using a scale. Every student would place their cylinder filled with water and then measure the weight of the cylinder. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Seventh grader Izzy Eliassen carefully uses a dropper filled with water and drops the water into the beaker. Eliassen and her partner work together to find the density of the water. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Izzy Eliassen carefully uses a dropper filled with water and drops the water into the beaker. Eliassen and her partner work together to find the density of the water. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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AWARDS: 2 National Merit Finalists and 11 Commended Scholars

MERHS had two National Merit Finalist, Tucker Evans and Ben Bichet.  MERHS had eleven Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Commended Students are:  Delaney Byrne, Patrick Byrne, Sam Creighton, Lila Etter, Katie Furber, Jack Hay, Ariana Jackson, Will Kiley (absent), Devon Musgrave-Johnson, Hannah Riordan and Natasha Statz-Geary About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2013 PSAT.  Evans and Bichet will continue on in the competition.

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Foreign language holds meeting about spring Spain trip

On Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 pm there was a meeting for the high school trip to Spain in the sixth grade wing. The details were explained to parents and students who wish to attend the trip.  Information can be found at this web site

 

 

 

Spanish teacher Robert Bilsbury welcomes parents and students to the meeting for the trip to Spain. Only students currently enrolled in Spanish are eligible to attend the trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Spanish teacher Robert Bilsbury welcomes parents and students to the meeting for the trip to Spain. Only students currently enrolled in Spanish are eligible to attend the trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury explains the itinerary of the trip to those attending the meeting. The trip will take place for ten days over April vacation this school year. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury explains the itinerary of the trip to those attending the meeting. The trip will take place for ten days over April vacation this school year. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A slide show was presented with many pictures from the previous Spain trip. This trip is available for high school students every two years. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A slide show was presented with many pictures from the previous Spain trip. This trip is available for high school students every two years. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury shows the cities students will be attending with a map diagram. Some cities that students will see are Toledo, Cordoba, and the capital: Madrid. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury shows the cities students will be attending with a map diagram. Some cities that students will see are Toledo, Cordoba, and the capital: Madrid. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There are two options for the Spain trip this year: students may choose to go to Northern Spain or to Southern Spain. Bilsbury and the students both agreed that Southern Spain would be a more enriching trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There are two options for the Spain trip this year: students may choose to go to Northern Spain or to Southern Spain. Bilsbury and the students both agreed that Southern Spain would be a more enriching trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There was a great turnout of both parents and students on Wednesday night. Bilsbury is hoping to have a group close to forty-one students, which is the maximum number of slots available. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There was a great turnout of both parents and students on Wednesday night. Bilsbury is hoping to have a group close to forty-one students, which is the maximum number of slots available. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Towards the end of the informational meeting, Bilsbury answers questions from parents. Frequently asked questions asked were about the cost of the trip and rooming in hotels. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Towards the end of the informational meeting, Bilsbury answers questions from parents. Frequently asked questions asked were about the cost of the trip and rooming in hotels. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Advisory group discusses Rachel’s Challenge

After attending an assembly that displayed five challenges that were created by Rachel, a young victim of the Columbine shooting, students gathered in their advisory groups to discuss what they took away from the experience.

Students get together into their advisory groups to talk about Rachel’s Challenge and what the assembly about it meant to them.  Rachel’s Challenge is divided into five goals that explain how one can be more positive and kinder towards others.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students get together into their advisory groups to talk about Rachel’s Challenge and what the assembly about it meant to them. Rachel’s Challenge is divided into five goals that explain how one can be more positive and kinder towards others. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores receive a paper to prompt a discussion about their opinions on the goals of Rachel’s Challenge.  The students stated what they learned from the goals and what their understandings of the message were.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores receive a paper to prompt a discussion about their opinions on the goals of Rachel’s Challenge. The students stated what they learned from the goals and what their understandings of the message were. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Maria Burgess describes the main ideas of the assembly and asks the sophomores in her advisory group about their interpretations of the presentation.  The students watched videos and listened to a guest speaker to understand the effects of bullying and that a little kindness goes a long way.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Maria Burgess describes the main ideas of the assembly and asks the sophomores in her advisory group about their interpretations of the presentation. The students watched videos and listened to a guest speaker to understand the effects of bullying and that a little kindness goes a long way. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Margaret Driscoll asks students about how they were affected by the assembly and what they can do in the future to follow some of the guidelines of the challenges.  The students were encourages to write some of their ideas on the sheet that was given to them with various questions about the topic.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Margaret Driscoll asks students about how they were affected by the assembly and what they can do in the future to follow some of the guidelines of the challenges. The students were encouraged to write some of their ideas on the sheet that was given to them with various questions about the topic. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridget Kiernan shares her opinion of the challenges and the description of the story from the assembly.  Each student had a chance to share his/her ideas and respond to other students’ interpretations during the group discussion.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridgett Kiernan shares her opinion of the challenges and the description of the story from the assembly. Each student had a chance to share his/her ideas and respond to other students’ interpretations during the group discussion. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each advisor was given a sheet of questions to address, which centered the group’s discussion. The sheet contained a variety of questions, one of them having the groups choose which goals of the challenge they thought were most important. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each advisor was given a sheet of questions to address, which centered the group’s discussion. The sheet contained a variety of questions, one of them having the groups choose which goals of the challenge they thought were most important. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Meghan Conway, acted as the scribe for the group, writing down the thoughts of the group as each question was addressed. The senior advisory group came to the consensus that the most impactful goals were look for the best in others and speak with kindness. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Meghan Conway, acted as the scribe for the group, writing down the thoughts of the group as each question was addressed. The senior advisory group came to the consensus that the most impactful goals were look for the best in others and speak with kindness. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Advisory leader Connie Bergh leads the group in discussion about the Rachel’s challenge assembly, allowing the students to give feedback on what they thought of the presentation. The group as a whole said the presentation displayed a good overall message. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Connie Bergh leads the group in discussion about the Rachel’s challenge assembly, allowing the students to give feedback on what they thought of the presentation. The group as a whole said the presentation displayed a good overall message. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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