Seniors Look Deeper into the Skin

On Wednesday October 8th, Dr.Burgess’s senior honors anatomy class during E block performs a skin lab. The class had been learning about the skin and the different layers that make up the skin for the past week. The lab had several activities for the students to complete, each involving a different task.

Before the lab, each student was given a manual to help them complete each activity that the lab had them perform. This senior anatomy class section is a small class of ten students, making it a very hands on learning environment. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Before the lab, each student was given a manual to help them complete each activity that the lab had them perform. This senior anatomy class section is a small class of ten students, making it a very hands on learning environment. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Senior Eliza Logue begins the first steps for the activity that involved activating sweat glands. Students put iodine solution on the palm of their hand and the front of their forearm then placed a small square of bond paper over those areas. They then waited twenty minutes and would remove the paper slips, which displayed the sweat produced in that period of time. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Eliza Logue begins the first steps for the activity that involved activating sweat glands. Students put iodine solution on the palm of their hand and the front of their forearm then placed a small square of bond paper over those areas. They then waited twenty minutes and would remove the paper slips, which displayed the sweat produced in that period of time. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Molly McKeon keeps track of her group’s questions that follow each activity once it is completed. Each group of two was responsible for passing in a sheet of paper with their answers at the end of the lab. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Molly McKeon keeps track of her group’s questions that follow each activity once it is completed. Each group of two was responsible for passing in a sheet of paper with their answers at the end of the lab. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Fraley Morton and Dominic Cirone perform the activity of pressing down a glass plate on the skin making it appear white. The reason the skin turns white is because the blood is pushed away from the area that has pressure on it. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Fraley Morton and Dominic Cirone perform the activity of pressing down a glass plate on the skin making it appear white. The reason the skin turns white is because the blood is pushed away from the area that has pressure on it. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Seniors Louisa Benke and Abbey Martin complete the activity that exhibited the adaptation of touch receptors, using coins to test the how quickly the touch receptors adjust to change. The group had to keep track of how long the touch receptors sensed the coin. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Louisa Benke and Abbey Martin complete the activity that exhibited the adaptation of touch receptors, using coins to test the how quickly the touch receptors adjust to change. The group had to keep track of how long the touch receptors sensed the coin. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Seniors measure hang time

During the week of October 6th, Deb Nolan’s honors physics classes participated in a vertical jump lab to test force over time. Each class split up into groups to use the force plate and record their results.

Senior physics teacher Deb Nolan has set up a force plate for her honors physics students to complete the standing vertical jump lab. The force plate is connected to Nolan’s computer, which transfers the data from the jump to a graph on the screen. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior physics teacher Deb Nolan has set up a force plate for her honors physics students to complete the standing vertical jump lab. The force plate is connected to Nolan’s computer, which transfers the data from the jump to a graph on the screen. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Steven Ascolillo demonstrates the lab by jumping from standing position on the force plate after getting the go signal from senior volunteer Will Burgess at the computer. On the computer, Burgess is able to see the amount of force that is put on the plate by Ascolillo over the time of his jump. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Steven Ascolillo demonstrates the lab by jumping from standing position on the force plate after getting the go signal from senior volunteer Will Burgess at the computer. On the computer, Burgess is able to see the amount of force that is put on the plate by Ascolillo over the time of his jump. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The graph that is presented on the projector shows what the force plate felt before, during, and after the jump. The large drop in the center of the graph shows the hang time of Ascolillo’s jump when he was not touching the plate at all. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The graph that is presented on the projector shows what the force plate felt before, during, and after the jump. The large drop in the center of the graph shows the hang time of Ascolillo’s jump when he was not touching the plate at all. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Nolan asks Ascolillo to plot the starting point of the jump to the ending point of the jump on the board to see his hang time. The hang time is judged by the amount of time that there is no force on the plate at all. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Nolan asks Ascolillo to plot the starting point of the jump to the ending point of the jump on the board to see his hang time. The hang time is judged by the amount of time that there is no force on the plate at all. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Guidance runs junior parent night

Director of Guidance Beverly Low and guidance counselor Karen D’Amour run a planning night for parents of juniors.  This is the secondary presentation about juniors beginning to choose and apply to colleges.

Parents receive sheets with the recommended college planning calendar.  Juniors were advised to meet with college representatives to decide which colleges they were interested in exploring.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents receive sheets with the recommended college planning calendar. Juniors were advised to meet with college representatives to decide which colleges they were interested in exploring. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low explains to parents what guidance has been working on with juniors.  Counselors have been visiting 11th grade English classes and discussing the upcoming PSAT, standardized tests, and college exploration.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low explains to parents what guidance has been working on with juniors. Counselors have been visiting 11th grade English classes and discussing the upcoming PSAT, standardized tests, and college exploration. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen while Low describes the first steps of the college process.  Counselors encourage juniors to research and visit colleges to decide what size or location of school they would prefer to attend.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen while Low describes the first steps of the college process. Counselors encourage juniors to research and visit colleges to decide what size or location of school they would prefer to attend. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour goes over research methods for juniors trying to get more information about colleges that they might potentially attend.  Guidance is particularly reliant on Naviance, a website which helps organize parts of the college application process.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour goes over research methods for juniors trying to get more information about colleges that they might potentially attend. Guidance is particularly reliant on Naviance, a website which helps organize parts of the college application process. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour discusses with parents the importance of junior year for students applying to colleges.  D’Amour explains that counselors are always available to help students with their applications, and are willing to answer any question that students may have.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour discusses with parents the importance of junior year for students applying to colleges. D’Amour explains that counselors are always available to help students with their applications, and are willing to answer any question that students may have. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Coleman shows colonial clothing

US History teacher Jennifer Coleman teaches her class about her summer job: a park ranger who discusses the American Revolution to people who attend her park’s demonstrations.  Coleman shows her classes the full colonial dress that she wears as a park ranger.

Coleman holds the piece of clothing that she wears underneath her outfit.  Colonial women generally wore homespun linen because they did not have access to cotton from India.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman holds the piece of clothing that she wears underneath her outfit. Colonial women generally wore homespun linen because they did not have access to cotton from India. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sasha Ball helps Coleman tie up her stay.  A stay is like a corset, but it encourages good posture more than it tightens the waist.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sasha Ball helps Coleman tie up her stay. A stay is like a corset, but it encourages good posture more than it tightens the waist. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman ties the pockets of her outfit onto the sides of the mannequin.  Since colonial dresses did not have pockets, these were how colonial women carried their possessions.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman ties the pockets of her outfit onto the sides of the mannequin. Since colonial dresses did not have pockets, these were how colonial women carried their possessions. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman puts on the long skirt of the outfit.  During her American Revolution presentation at the park, Coleman talks about the minutemen, then performs a musket shooting demonstration.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman puts on the long skirt of the outfit. During her American Revolution presentation at the park, Coleman talks about the minutemen, then performs a musket shooting demonstration. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman pins on the front of the dress.  Since it was difficult for colonial women to get pins, they would have their husbands get them when they went to trade.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman pins on the front of the dress. Since it was difficult for colonial women to get pins, they would have their husbands get them when they went to trade. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman shows the class her shoes that she wears with her colonial outfit.  Because the colonists walked on uneven and rough roads, their shoes had no treads; treads are necessary for smooth floors, which were generally not implemented.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman shows the class her shoes that she wears with her colonial outfit. Because the colonists walked on uneven and rough roads, their shoes had no treads; treads are necessary for smooth floors, which were generally not implemented. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman informs the class about alternative methods for wearing clothing.  For example, there was no elastic in socks in the colonies, so they had to hold their socks up with garters.   Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman informs the class about alternative methods for wearing clothing. For example, there was no elastic in socks in the colonies, so they had to hold their socks up with garters. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Coleman finishes dressing the mannequin and puts it off to the side.  It takes Coleman a minimum of twelve minutes to put on her entire outfit.   Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coleman finishes dressing the mannequin and puts it off to the side. It takes Coleman a minimum of twelve minutes to put on her entire outfit. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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GALLERY: PEP Rally and Quidditch Match 2014

Last block on Friday October 3rd, the entire middle and high schools met in the gym for the annual fall Pep Rally. Athletic teams and student council representatives were recognized. The traditional student team captains versus faculty scooter race resulted in the faulty winning for the 14th year in a row. Finally, the school watched the first ever Quidditch match in which the seniors played against the underclassmen.

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GALLERY: SPIRIT WEEK WEDNESDAY– MUSIC DAY

Spirit week continued with students dressing up as different genres of music. Each class is competing against the others for the most school spirit.

Seniors – Heavy Metal
Juniors – Rap/Hip Hop
Sophomores – Country
Freshmen – Reggae

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Guidance office holds a parent night

Director of Guidance Beverly Low and guidance counselors Gillian Polk and Karen D’Amour discuss the details of the college application process.

Parents gather in the auditorium for a presentation from guidance.  The guidance counselors educated the parents about the specific details about their children’s application process for college.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents gather in the auditorium for a presentation from guidance. The guidance counselors educated the parents about the specific details about their children’s application process for college. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen as the high school guidance counselors go through deadlines and tips for sending in their children’s essays for college.  The information was aimed at parents of juniors and seniors, who are in the process or are about to be in the process of applying to their colleges.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen as the high school guidance counselors go through deadlines and tips for sending in their children’s essays for college. The information was aimed at parents of juniors and seniors, who are in the process or are about to be in the process of applying to their colleges. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents are given sheets of paper with the main points from the lecture, as well as important information that they will need for helping their children with their college applications.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents are given sheets of paper with the main points from the lecture, as well as important information that they will need for helping their children with their college applications. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk explains how each parent can contribute to their child’s application.  The MERHS application process is organized into five main components, which are forms and papers that for each student to fill out.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk explains how each parent can contribute to their child’s application. The MERHS application process is organized into five main components, which are forms and papers that for each student to fill out.
Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low describes the process of sending test scores to colleges.  MERHS sends each student’s transcript, teacher recommendations and counselor recommendation to colleges.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low describes the process of sending test scores to colleges. MERHS sends each student’s transcript, teacher recommendations and counselor recommendation to colleges. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Guidance Counselor Karen D’Amour answers parents’ questions about the information shared during the presentation.  Parents ask details about the deadlines, teacher recommendations, and format of the college application.   Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance Counselor Karen D’Amour answers parents’ questions about the information shared during the presentation. Parents ask details about the deadlines, teacher recommendations, and format of the college application.
Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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GALLERY: SPIRIT WEEK TUESDAY– TWIN DAY

Spirit week continued on Tuesday, with students dressing as twins. Each pair checked in at the library to earn credit for their class towards winning Spirit Week 2014.

 

 

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Rachel’s Challenge Presented to Entire School

Presenter Didi shines light on the popular organization called Rachel’s Challenge to both the M and HS students. The purpose of the presentation was to initiate a chain reaction of kindness to strengthen the Manchester-Essex community.

During lunches, students of the High School and Middle School write their names down in recognition of the five challenges given during the Rachel’s Challenge presentation. Didi tells students that this is the start to a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools and communities. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During lunches, students of the High School and Middle School write their names down in recognition of the five challenges given during the Rachel’s Challenge presentation. Didi tells students that this is the start to a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that transforms schools and communities. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Didi tells students of Rachel Scott’s personal journal where she wrote down her dreams and aspirations. Didi encourages High School students to keep a journal where goals and ambitions can be written down. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Didi tells students of Rachel Scott’s personal journal where she wrote down her dreams and aspirations. Didi encourages High School students to keep a journal where goals and ambitions can be written down. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students listen to the five goals that Didi presents to the student body. She highlights the importance of dreaming big, looking for the best in others, choosing positive influence, speaking with kindness, and starting your own chain reaction. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students listen to the five goals that Didi presents to the student body. She highlights the importance of dreaming big, looking for the best in others, choosing positive influence, speaking with kindness, and starting your own chain reaction. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rachel Scott was a victim of the Columbine school community. One of the many purposes of the presentation was to create a safe, connected school environment where learning and teaching is a priority. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rachel Scott was a victim of the Columbine school community. One of the many purposes of the presentation was to create a safe, connected school environment where learning and teaching is a priority. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

High school students get seated in the auditorium to hear the Rachel’s Challenge presentation given by Didi. Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit organization that travels to school communities across the country. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students get seated in the auditorium to hear the Rachel’s Challenge presentation given by Didi. Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit organization that travels to school communities across the country. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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