SPIRIT WEEK 2014

·      MONDAY 9/29 – Decade Day
o  Seniors – 1920s
o  Juniors – 1990s
o  Sophomores – 1960s
o  Freshmen – 1980s
 
·      TUESDAY 9/30 – Twin Day
 
·      WEDNESDAY 10/1 – Music Genre Day
o  Seniors – Heavy Metal
o  Juniors – Rap/Hip Hop
o  Sophomores – Country
o  Freshmen – Reggae
 
·      THURSDAY 10/2 – Color Day
o  Seniors – Blue
o  Juniors – Black
o  Sophomores – Red
o  Freshmen – Pink
 
·      FRIDAY 10/3 – Spirit Day!
o  Wear Your Best Hornets Swag

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UPCOMING EVENT: DECA holds annual Calendar Raffle

MERHS DECA minions are out and about with this year’s DECA Raffle Calendar.

 

DECA will draw one winner for each of the 31 days in October who wins everything listed on that date.

 

T. G. I. F. Fridays are of special interest with one of them coming in at $449.00

 

Sales break down in to three levels:

$10.00 = two entries

$15.00 = five entries

$20.00 = ten entries

 

The total value of prizes is about $3000.00 including a scenic flight for two over Cape Ann, 40% of an original painting (the artist has paintings selling at over $2000.00), oil changes, dinner, massages, yoga, Dunkin Donuts, LL Bean, antiques stores and there are many others.

 

Your names stays in the raffle for all 31 days and you can win more than once.

 

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Parents learn about classes at the high school

Parents follow their children’s schedules to go over the syllabi of each class with teachers.  Parent Night is an annual event held each September, and is a way for parents to meet teachers.
Seniors Lila Etter, Bailey Graves, and Louisa Spofford hand out schedules to parents that show them where they should go to meet their children’s teachers.  The parents visited their children’s teachers for ten minutes each to go over what the students will be doing in the class this year.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Lila Etter, Bailey Graves, and Louisa Spofford hand out schedules to parents that show them where they should go to meet their children’s teachers. The parents visited their children’s teachers for ten minutes each to go over what the students will be doing in the class this year. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Joshua Ward represents the SoundWaves, an A Cappella group run by chorus teacher Donna O’Neill.  The SoundWaves perform at every major Manchester Essex Regional High School concert.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Joshua Ward represents the SoundWaves, an A Cappella group run by chorus teacher Donna O’Neill. The SoundWaves perform at every major Manchester Essex Regional High School concert. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior William Kannengieser and senior Charles Brennan provide information to parents about the high school’s DECA program.  DECA is a business and marketing program, and they participate in regional and national competitions.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior William Kannengieser and senior Charles Brennan provide information to parents about the high school’s DECA program. DECA is a business and marketing program, and they participate in regional and national competitions. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Tucker Evans and Junior Sara Rhuda play piano in the auditorium for the parents as they walk in.  Evans and Rhuda are both members of the high school chorus and the SoundWaves, so they perform at occasions similar to parent night as well.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Tucker Evans and Junior Sara Rhuda play piano in the auditorium for the parents as they walk in. Evans and Rhuda are both members of the high school chorus and the SoundWaves, so they perform at occasions similar to parent night as well. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
History teacher Jennifer Coleman displays her website to parents.  Coleman explains that she puts not only homework assignments on her website, but also resources to further help students understand historical events.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
History teacher Jennifer Coleman displays her website to parents. Coleman explains that she puts not only homework assignments on her website, but also resources to further help students understand historical events. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Foreign Language teacher Erin Fortunato goes over the plan for her French III Honors class to the parents of her students.  Fortunato describes the course topics as well as the expectations that she has of her students’ work.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Foreign Language teacher Erin Fortunato goes over the plan for her French III Honors class to the parents of her students. Fortunato describes the course topics as well as the expectations that she has of her students’ work. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause gives a description of her class to parents.  Krause has taught at Manchester Essex Regional High School for nine years, and she went to Manchester High School as a student.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause gives a description of her class to parents. Krause has taught at Manchester Essex Regional High School for nine years, and she went to Manchester High School as a student. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Liz Edgerton explains her plans for one of her classes to parents.  Along with being an English teacher, Edgerton is also the head of the high school drama club. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Liz Edgerton explains her plans for one of her classes to parents. Along with being an English teacher, Edgerton is also the head of the high school drama club. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Maria Burgess meets the parents of some of her biology students.  Burgess teaches not only biology, but also anatomy and physiology and Authentic Science Research.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Maria Burgess meets the parents of some of her biology students. Burgess teaches not only biology, but also anatomy and physiology and Authentic Science Research. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

DECA teacher Dean Martino explains the values and work ethic that he expects in his DECA students.  DECA has won various business and marketing competitions regionally and nationally.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
DECA teacher Dean Martino explains the values and work ethic that he expects in his DECA students. DECA has won various business and marketing competitions regionally and nationally. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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UPCOMING EVENTS: Important Guidance Dates

MERMHS Guidance & College Counseling Office

 

Calendar Highlights and Important Updates (PSATs, Social Media, College Planning, College Reps, College Fairs)

 

 

PSAT Registration

October 1 – 10

We highly recommend that juniors planning on applying to four-year colleges/universities take the PSAT at MERHS on Saturday, October 18. Also, sophomores who successfully completed Geometry and are currently enrolled in Algebra II and/or English 10 Honors are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT. The test is administered only once per year, on the national test date determined by The College Board..

 

Registration forms may be downloaded from the Guidance & College Counseling Web Page or picked up in the Guidance & College Counseling (GCC) office. Registration forms will also be sent home with sophomores and juniors. A check in the amount of $26, payable to Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD), is required to ensure registration. Forms and registration payments may be delivered to the GCC office before and after school, and during lunch periods.

 

A late fee of $10 will be added to registrations received after October 10 and before October 14. We are unable to accept late PSAT registrations after Tuesday, October 14.

 

As always, please contact the GCC office if you have particular questions and/or

 

 (Note:  Grade 9 students should not take the PSAT this year. The College Board will be launching a redesigned SAT in the spring of 2016.)

 

 

Social Media Update

The Guidance & College Counseling Office is now on Twitter!

Follow us @MEGuidance for updates on college admission rep visits, quick tips, good reads, and timely announcements  related to postsecondary planning.

 

 

College Planning Programs

September 23 (Tuesday).

The GCC team will offer a workshop for parents/guardians on the overall college application process from 6 – 7pm in the MERHS Auditorium. This session is designed mainly for families of current juniors and seniors, but all are welcomed.

 

 

 

 

College Planning Programs (continued)

October 1 (Wednesday).

The Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department is hosting a “Seminar on College Funding Resources” at their recreation center at 16 Union Street in Hamilton – it is free and open to the public. You may click here to register. The session is scheduled from 7 – 9pm.

 

 

College & University Representatives Visiting MERHS

We have a full and roster of college/university admission representatives visiting MERHS this fall – please view the complete listing in Naviance (in the colleges section), or click on the general calendar via the Guidance & College Counseling (GCC) web page. To ensure clear communication for everyone involved, students are asked to follow three important steps for meeting with a representative:

  1. Sign up in advance via Naviance.
  2. Pick up a green “college rep visit” slip from the GCC office.
  3. Bring the green “college rep visit” slip to the teacher(s) of the course(s) you will miss at least two days in advance and have a brief conversation about your plans.

 

 

Upcoming College Fairs

 

October 2 (Thursday)

Berkshire Community College, 9 – 11am.

New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).

Paterson Field House, Pittsfield, MA

 

October 5 (Sunday)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2 – 4pm

New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).

Sports & Recreation Center, Worcester, MA

 

October 9 (Thursday)

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 6:30 – 8:30pm.

This is a large, local fair with over 130 representatives from colleges/universities, business schools, nursing schools, vocational/technical programs, banking institutions, and the US Armed Forces.

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Clubs Hold Information Fair

On September 11th, various clubs set up tables in the dining hall to share information about their organizations. Students take part in signing up for the many available clubs and activities the school community provides. Club meetings will be happening continuously throughout the year.

 

Junior Chelsea Rose represents the DECA Team in the club fair. She encourages students to sign up for the program and explains the clubs importance to the community. DECA, run by Dean Martino, is a marketing organization that has opportunities for students to compete in national competitions .Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Chelsea Rose represents the DECA Team in the club fair. She encourages students to sign up for the program and explains the clubs importance to the community. DECA, run by Dean Martino, is a marketing organization that has opportunities for students to compete in national competitions .Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students actively sign up for school clubs during first, second, and third lunches. Interest has been drawn to many of the available extracurricular activities for students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students actively sign up for school clubs during first, second, and third lunches. Interest has been drawn to many of the available extracurricular activities for students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
With permission from the administration, junior Erin Carlson decided to start her own club dedicated to the human treatment of animals. The club fair raised the clubs popularity as many students took the opportunity to sign up. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
With permission from the administration, junior Erin Carlson decided to start her own club dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. The club fair raised the clubs popularity as many students took the opportunity to sign up. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

On the way to lunch, students get a chance to see what Robotics-by-the-Sea has worked on last year. Senior Julia Whitten and junior Brendan Driscoll encourage students to take part in the club. In 2012, the robotics club came in as finalists the FRC 2012 Boston regional competition. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the way to lunch, students get a chance to see what Robotics-by-the-Sea has worked on last year. Senior Julia Whitten and junior Brendan Driscoll encourage students to take part in the club. In 2012, the robotics club came in as finalists the FRC 2012 Boston regional competition. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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UPCOMING EVENT: Rachel’s Challenge comes to MERMHS Sept 22

 

On Monday, September 22, Manchester-Essex Regional Middle and High Schools will participate in the Rachel’s Challenge program. This nationally-renowned organization works with elementary, middle and high schools across the country to promote their anti-bullying mission: Building a chain of kindness.

Middle School students will have an all-school assembly at 8am; High School students will have an all-school assembly at 9:30am.

In the afternoon, student leaders will work with the organization to be trained in sustaining a chain of kindness. Ultimately,
there will be a follow up H Block on Wednesday, 9/24 to continue our work in this area.

 

Please note: there is a parent/guardian workshop planned for Monday, 9/22 at 7:00pm in the
MERMHS Auditorium. It is free of charge and open to the public.
A huge thank you goes out to Spaulding Education Fund and our PTO, Parents of Manchester- Essex Middle School for their funding of this important program. Without their support, we would not have been able to bring this program to MERMHS

 

 

 

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Students dissect owl pellets

Students in science teacher Erica Everett’s CP biology class dissected owl pellets to find bits of skeletons from the owl’s prey. Mice, voles, and bird skeletons were extracted in bits and pieces. The students will reconstruct the skeletons. They will also use this lab to learn about food webs and transfer of energy in ecosystems.

 

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Photos courtesy of Erica Everett

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Senior Class Elections

The senior class of 2015 held class elections in the auditorium. Senior year is especially important; it’s the last year for the class to raise money that goes towards their prom and activities during senior week. The final results are Presidents Andy Creighton, Meghan Conway and Devon Musgrave-Johnson, co-Vice Presidents Lauren Coogan and Jackson Haskell, and Treasurer Olivia Lantz.

Assistant Principal Paul Murphy speaks with the senior class before elections begin. Senior class elections are very important not only because it is the last elections the class will participate in, but also that this is the chance to raise the most money to go towards senior week and prom. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy speaks with the senior class before elections begin. Senior class elections are very important not only because it is the last elections the class will participate in, but also that this is the chance to raise the most money to go towards senior week and prom. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Class Advisors Mary Lumsden and Eric Magers announces the candidates running for class office this year. They also remind the senior class that it is important to elect someone who will help raise the maximum amount of money so the class can have a fantastic senior week. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Class Advisors Mary Lumsden and Eric Magers announces the candidates running for class office this year. They also remind the senior class that it is important to elect someone who will help raise the maximum amount of money so the class can have a fantastic senior week. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students of the senior class listen as each candidate running presents a speech of why they should be chosen. This year there were two candidates for President as well as one candidate for Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students of the senior class listen as each candidate running presents a speech of why they should be chosen. This year there were two candidates for President as well as one candidate for Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Samuel Koufman ran for class president and senior Lauren Coogan, ran for vice president presented their speeches together, which included what they will do to help the class be the most successful during the final year. Koufman was not the only one running for president but the trio Seniors Meghan Conway, Andy Creighton and Devon Musgrave-Johnson who were in office last year. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Samuel Koufman ran for class President and senior Lauren Coogan, ran for Vice President presented their speeches together, which included what they will do to help the class be the most successful during the final year. Koufman was not the only one running for President but the trio Seniors Meghan Conway, Andy Creighton and Devon Musgrave-Johnson who were in office last year. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Senior Jackson Haskell gives his speech, running for secretary this year. There were no other candidates who ran for secretary, but senior Olivia Lantz ran for treasurer. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Jackson Haskell gives his speech, running for secretary this year. There were no other candidates who ran for Secretary, but senior Olivia Lantz ran for Treasurer. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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