Five students accepted to Northeast Senior District Music Festival

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Five students from MERHS  accepted to the 2015 Northeast Senior District Music Festival this year.  Last Saturday, November 15th nine students from band and chorus auditioned for the Northeast Senior Districts.  Representing MERHS from the Band is Alexi Goldsmith-Solomon who will be first chair snare drum player in the Festival Orchestra.   Chorus members Jenny Duff, Tucker Evans, Sara Rhuda and Joshua Ward will be representing MERHS in the Northeast Districts Festival Chorus. 

 Tucker Evans, Alexi Goldsmith-Solomon and Sara Rhuda also received All-State recommendations and will be auditioning for All-States in January.

 

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ME Boys’ Soccer End Run in State Tournament

On November 19th, the boys varsity soccer team faced Archbishop Williams in the state semi final game. The Hornets gave a valiant effort the entire game, going into a sudden death overtime. Unfortunately, Manchester Essex did not come out with the win. The Hornets had a fantastic run in the state tournament and are the first boys team to go down in school history with making it this far in the tournament.

 

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Chemistry Students Alter Color of Pennies

On Thursday November 13, chemistry teacher Keith Gray’s class completed a penny lab. The process of the lab ended in changing the pennies from a copper color to a gold color.

 At the start of the experiment, junior Sarah Reed lit the Bunsen burner with a flint igniter by squeezing it and rubbing the metal together similar to a match. The students needed to light the Bunsen burner in order to heat up the substance to react with the zinc in the penny and to create the zinc plated penny and therefore the silver color.  Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the start of the experiment, junior Sarah Reed lit the Bunsen burner with a flint igniter by squeezing it and rubbing the metal together similar to a match. The students needed to light the Bunsen burner in order to heat up the substance to react with the zinc in the penny and to create the zinc plated penny and therefore the silver color. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Isabella Hickey picked up the beaker with the beaker tongs after the pennies had a few minutes to react in the substance. After taking the pennies out of the beaker, they had to be thoroughly cleaned off in order to make sure there was no more zinc powder on them. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Isabella Hickey picked up the beaker with the beaker tongs after the pennies had a few minutes to react in the substance. After taking the pennies out of the beaker, they had to be thoroughly cleaned off in order to make sure there was no more zinc powder on them. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the penny was turned silver, the students put it into the flame of the Bunsen burner for a few seconds, which allowed the penny to turn to a gold color. The pennies are brass alloys, which is a substance, composed of two or more metals, in this case copper and zinc. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the penny was turned silver, the students put it into the flame of the Bunsen burner for a few seconds, which allowed the penny to turn to a gold color. The pennies are brass alloys, which is a substance, composed of two or more metals, in this case copper and zinc. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray helped one group of students in the process of their lab. Earlier in the lab, this same group of students had some trouble and the substance in their beaker overflowed, but they did as Gray had told them and took the flame away before there was any large amount of damage. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray helped one group of students in the process of their lab. Earlier in the lab, this same group of students had some trouble and the substance in their beaker overflowed, but they did as Gray had told them and took the flame away before there was any large amount of damage. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The color of the pennies changed from their original copper color at the beginning of the experiment to a gold color at the end of the experiment. The pennies did not actually turn silver or gold; they just looked those colors because of the reactions that they went through in the substance that consisted of sodium hydroxide and zinc powder. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The color of the pennies changed from their original copper color at the beginning of the experiment to a gold color at the end of the experiment. The pennies did not actually turn silver or gold; they just looked those colors because of the reactions that they went through in the substance that consisted of sodium hydroxide and zinc powder. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed the mass of the pennies before and after the experiment took place. The pennies did not change in mass from when they were a copper color to when they were a gold color. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed the mass of the pennies before and after the experiment took place. The pennies did not change in mass from when they were a copper color to when they were a gold color. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

After the lab was completed, Reed began to complete the packet that went along with the experiment. This standard packet consisted of a page to write down all of the experimental measurements found throughout the lab and also a page of reflection questions about what the students learned in this particular lab. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the lab was completed, Reed began to complete the packet that went along with the experiment. This standard packet consisted of a page to write down all of the experimental measurements found throughout the lab and also a page of reflection questions about what the students learned in this particular lab. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Boys’ Soccer Are Division 4 North Champions

On November 16th, the boys’ varsity soccer team played in the Division 4 North championship game. The Hornets (7-5-6) faced St. Mary’s (15-1-2). Manchester Essex battled till the end of the game, ending in a 2-2 tie. The goals for the Hornets were scored by senior Lucas Firme and Parker Edington. The tie led to the two teams going into double overtime, each being ten minutes long and sudden death. The Hornets were still tied by the end of the second overtime, causing the teams to go into a penalty kick shoot-out. Penalty kicks for the hornets were taken by juniors George Lantz and Liam Crossen; seniors Parker Edington, Lucas Firme and Winston Feuerbach.

Sophomore goalie Marco Kaper defended the net outstandingly during the game and the shoot-out contributing significantly to his team’s victory.

In the end, the Hornets came out on top, winning 3-2 in penalty kicks. This is the first year that the boys’ soccer program has been division 4 champions. Go Hornets!

 

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Bio students study microscopes

Erica Everett’s honors biology students receive two different types of microscopes and learn the parts and functions of them.

Biology teacher Erica Everett describes the main differences between the dissecting microscope and the compound microscope.  While dissecting microscopes can be used with relatively thick specimen, the compound microscope has to be used with thin slides so that light can pass through.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Erica Everett describes the main differences between the dissecting microscope and the compound microscope. While dissecting microscopes can be used with relatively thick specimen, the compound microscope has to be used with thin slides so that light can pass through. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Everett displays a dissecting microscope to the class.  Everett stresses the importance of carrying microscopes while supporting the base with one hand in case the base is not properly attached.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Everett displays a dissecting microscope to the class. Everett stresses the importance of carrying microscopes while supporting the base with one hand in case the base is not properly attached. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Everett displays a compound microscope, also known as a light microscope because of its reliance on visible light.  With the light microscope, one can view living things and their processes.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Everett displays a compound microscope, also known as a light microscope because of its reliance on visible light. With the light microscope, one can view living things and their processes. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Santana Tosi and Hannah Soucy become familiar with a dissecting microscope.  The students were told to research the parts of the microscope while they observed them to gain a further understanding.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Santana Tosi and Hannah Soucy become familiar with a dissecting microscope. The students were told to research the parts of the microscope while they observed them to gain a further understanding. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Connor Kapp observes the functions of a light microscope.  Light microscopes have three objectives, which are high magnification, medium magnification, and low magnification, and they rotate so the observer can use the level of magnification necessary to view the specimen.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Connor Kapp observes the functions of a light microscope. Light microscopes have three objectives, which are high magnification, medium magnification, and low magnification, and they rotate so the observer can use the level of magnification necessary to view the specimen. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Julia Prziek researches the light microscope.  The light microscope has a light source below the platform to put specimen on-commonly known as a stage-and this light goes through a hole in the platform called a diaphragm.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Julia Prziek researches the light microscope. The light microscope has a light source below the platform to put specimen on-commonly known as a stage-and this light goes through a hole in the platform called a diaphragm. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Jake Brugger and Spencer Feuerbach study the focusing controls on their compound microscope.  There are two knobs: the coarse focus, which moves the lenses closer and further from the specimen, and the fine focus, which makes more intricate focus adjustments.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Jake Brugger and Spencer Feuerbach study the focusing controls on their compound microscope. There are two knobs: the coarse focus, which moves the lenses closer and further from the specimen, and the fine focus, which makes more intricate focus adjustments. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Hannah Soucy draws a diagram of the parts of a dissecting microscope.  Dissecting microscopes have one main focus knob which brings the objectives closer to the stage.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Hannah Soucy draws a diagram of the parts of a dissecting microscope. Dissecting microscopes have one main focus knob which brings the objectives closer to the stage. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Faculty Competes in Volleyball Tournament

On November 13th, the faculty and staff for the Manchester-Essex School District came together to compete in several volleyball matches. This is the second year that this team bonding activity has been held.

 

Art teacher Tamera Burns volleys the ball to team Holly’s Got It. The team, Holly’s Got It, was announced to have best team name at the end of the night since they had actual t-shirts made for the event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Art teacher Tamera Burns volleys the ball to team Holly’s Got It. The team, Holly’s Got It, was announced to have best team name at the end of the night since they had actual t-shirts made for the event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Teams warm up before the tournament begins by volleying the ball over the net. Over fifty staff members signed up to compete in this event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Team, That’s What She Set, stretches before the volleyball matches begin. Many teams wanted to achieve victory at the 2nd annual volleyball match after being defeated last year. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Green Team Director Eric Magers slams the ball across the net to Team 2. At the end of the night, no team was crowned the winner because nobody was keeping score. This way, each team had their own bragging rights. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Green Team Director Eric Magers slams the ball across the net to Team 2. At the end of the night, no team was crowned the winner because nobody was keeping score. This way, each team had their own bragging rights. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team who won the best name, Holly’s Got It, came together in a group to discuss a game plan. Teams had such a fun time at the volleyball tournament that curriculum director Scott Morrison plans on creating a floor hockey tournament as well. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team who won the best name, Holly’s Got It, came together in a group to discuss a game plan. Teams had such a fun time at the volleyball tournament that curriculum director Scott Morrison plans on creating a floor hockey tournament as well. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Scott Morrison organized the volleyball event for the faculty. He reads off the list of seven teams competing against one another for the night. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Scott Morrison organized the volleyball event for the faculty. He reads off the list of seven teams competing against one another for the night. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Memorial school head custodian Mike Mullarkey talks with Eric Magers before the beginning of the first match. Mullarkey’s team pulled through with best team spirit at the end of the night for their comical use for their arms, legs, and feet when returning volleys. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Memorial school head custodian Mike Mullarkey talks with Eric Magers before the beginning of the first match. Mullarkey’s team pulled through with best team spirit at the end of the night for their comical use for their arms, legs, and feet when returning volleys. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the hour and a half long tournament, all teams left a winner. Morrison plans on directing more faculty associated events in the future after this successful 2014 volleyball match. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the hour and a half long tournament, all teams left a winner. Morrison plans on directing more faculty associated events in the future after this successful 2014 volleyball match. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Teams warm up before the tournament begins by volleying the ball over the net. Over fifty staff members signed up to compete in this event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Local Veteran Speaks at Veteran’s Day Assembly

On Monday November 10th, the school held the annual Veteran’s Day assembly in the gym. Both schools attended the ceremony to honor local veterans, some of whom were present. Three Navy veterans and one Air Force veteran were invited to hear performances by the band, chorus, and the a Capella group as well as some presentations from students.

At the beginning of the ceremony, eighth graders Dan Rodier and Faithe Shatford read essays that they had previously written about Veterans Day meant to them and how they choose to view and to honor the brave veterans of our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the ceremony, eighth graders Dan Rodier and Faithe Shatford read essays that they had previously written about Veterans Day meant to them and how they choose to view and to honor the brave veterans of our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill aided the chorus in their song selections. The chorus sang two songs during the ceremony, one of which was God Bless the USA. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill aided the chorus in their song selections. The chorus sang two songs during the ceremony, one of which was God Bless the USA. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Attending veteran William Davidson gave a speech during the ceremony. He spoke about how people in other countries do not have the freedoms that we do in the United States because of our veterans and he mentioned that we should thank all of our veterans for all that they have done for our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Attending veteran William Davidson gave a speech during the ceremony. He spoke about how people in other countries do not have the freedoms that we do in the United States because of our veterans and he mentioned that we should thank all of our veterans for all that they have done for our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Ramsey King and Stephen Ascolillo played Taps on their trumpets during the ceremony. King played the song once and then Ascolillo played the echo from the hallway. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Ramsey King and Stephen Ascolillo played Taps on their trumpets during the ceremony. King played the song once and then Ascolillo played the echo from the hallway. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Four former war veterans attended the school’s ceremony on Monday morning. Their names are William Davidson, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Four former war veterans attended the school’s ceremony on Monday morning. Their names are William Davidson, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the percussion section not only played the drums but they also played the bells. Most military songs and anthems are percussion based because soldiers have always marched to military drummers using what is called war drums. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the percussion section not only played the drums but they also played the bells. Most military songs and anthems are percussion based because soldiers have always marched to military drummers using what is called war drums. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Soundwaves preformed “Thank You Soldiers” to honor the veterans present at the assembly. The chorus, which includes all the Soundwaves members, also sang a few songs during the ceremony. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Soundwaves preformed “Thank You Soldiers” to honor the veterans present at the assembly. The chorus, which includes all the Soundwaves members, also sang a few songs during the ceremony. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy thanks all of the students and faculty for coming to support our local veterans. Murphy had the honor of introducing the speaker, William Davidson as well as the other veterans, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy thanks all of the students and faculty for coming to support our local veterans. Murphy had the honor of introducing the speaker, William Davidson as well as the other veterans, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The three Navy veterans, William Davidson, Jack Buckley and George Nickless stand during the bands performance of the Navy section of the cadence. The Navy’s song is titled “Anchors Aweigh” which was written in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmerman. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The three Navy veterans, William Davidson, Jack Buckley and George Nickless stand during the bands performance of the Navy section of the cadence. The Navy’s song is titled “Anchors Aweigh” which was written in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmerman. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Billy Bell, an Air Force veteran, stands during the Air Force’s part of the cadence. The song of the Air Force is  "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" which was written by a crop of Army Air Corps wives in the late 1930’s. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Billy Bell, an Air Force veteran, stands during the Air Force’s part of the cadence. The song of the Air Force is “Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder” which was written by a crop of Army Air Corps wives in the late 1930’s. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The whole student body and all of the faulty stands to cheer for band director Joe Sokol in the completion of his last Veterans day assembly. In addition to the assemblies and ceremonies, Sokol has also been teaching band and leading his students during football games. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The whole student body and all of the faulty stands to cheer for band director Joe Sokol in the completion of his last Veterans day assembly. In addition to the assemblies and ceremonies, Sokol has also been teaching band and leading his students during football games. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Speaker William Davidson shakes the hands of his fellow Veteran George Nickless after the ceremony was finished. All of the veterans took time out to thank each other and they also received handshakes and gratitude from many of the students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Speaker William Davidson shakes the hands of his fellow Veteran George Nickless after the ceremony was finished. All of the veterans took time out to thank each other and they also received handshakes and gratitude from many of the students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill shakes the hand of Nickless to thank him for his years of service in the Navy. The US Navy was formed in 1775 by George Washington in order to intercept British supply ships coming towards Massachusetts. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill shakes the hand of Nickless to thank him for his years of service in the Navy. The US Navy was formed in 1775 by George Washington in order to intercept British supply ships coming towards Massachusetts. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the strudents were filing into the gym, the veterans had a chance to chat with middle school principal Steve Guditus. Along with it being Guditus’ second year as principal, it is also high school principal Patricia Puglisi’s second year as principle. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the strudents were filing into the gym, the veterans had a chance to chat with middle school principal Steve Guditus. Along with it being Guditus’ second year as principal, it is also high school principal Patricia Puglisi’s second year as principle. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band played the national anthem as all four veterans saluted the flag. The military salute is always done with the right hand unless the right hand cannot be used. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band played the national anthem as all four veterans saluted the flag. The military salute is always done with the right hand unless the right hand cannot be used. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade students Paige Mandia and Jenna Cirella sang “God Bless America” together towards the beginning of the assembly. This American patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin in 1918, but he revised it about twenty years later. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade students Paige Mandia and Jenna Cirella sang “God Bless America” together towards the beginning of the assembly. This American patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin in 1918, but he revised it about twenty years later. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol leads the high school band in their patriotic songs to honor the veterans present at the ceremony.  This is Sokol’s final Veterans’ Day ceremony at MERHS after over thirty years of teaching band.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol leads the high school band in their patriotic songs to honor the veterans present at the ceremony. This is Sokol’s final Veterans’ Day ceremony at MERHS after over thirty years of teaching band. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school chorus performs a selection entitled “America!” under the direction of Donna O’Neill.  The high school A Cappella group performed afterwards. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school chorus performs a selection entitled “America!” under the direction of Donna O’Neill. The high school A Cappella group performed afterwards. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol conducts the high school band.  The band played four songs, including a cadence, which contained songs for each of the four branches of the military.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol conducts the high school band. The band played four songs, including a cadence, which contained songs for each of the four branches of the military. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Davidson provides a speech for the high school and middle school.  The speech contained a call to action for students, challenging them to appreciate and thank veterans on Veterans’ Day.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Davidson provides a speech for the high school and middle school. The speech contained a call to action for students, challenging them to appreciate and thank veterans on Veterans’ Day. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band performs “This Is My Country.”  This was the only selection that did not include the percussion section.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band performs “This Is My Country.” This was the only selection that did not include the percussion section. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Anatomy Students Dissect Chicken Wings

On November 5th, the honors anatomy class looked to further their learning of the different joints that are found in the human body. The class was put into groups and each given a chicken wing to dissect. By breaking down the chicken wing the students examine the different joints within the wing.

Each student was given a lab manual that had the instructions for each activity the students performed. The lab manual also gives an overview of the information the students read about previously in the textbook. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each student was given a lab manual that had the instructions for each activity the students performed. The lab manual also gives an overview of the information the students read about previously in the textbook. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class was put into groups of two or three and each were given a large chicken wing to take a closer look at the different. The students were given a set of tools to help them cut into the chicken wing, such as a scapula, a pair of scissors and some tweezers. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class was put into groups of two or three and each were given a large chicken wing to take a closer look at the different. The students were given a set of tools to help them cut into the chicken wing, such as a scapula, a pair of scissors and some tweezers. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students begin to dissect the chicken wing by first removing the skin, which eliminate a barrier, making it easier to get to the joints they will be identifying.  All of the labs the students have done have been very hands on, which has allowed the students to further understand the topic they are learning about. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students begin to dissect the chicken wing by first removing the skin, which eliminate a barrier, making it easier to get to the joints they will be identifying. All of the labs the students have done have been very hands on, which has allowed the students to further understand the topic they are learning about. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In one of the chicken wings, the students were able to find and identify a tendon, the white portion, attached to a muscle, the beige portion. Tendons in the human body connect muscles to bones while ligaments connect bone to bones at joints. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In one of the chicken wings, the students were able to find and identify a tendon, the white portion, attached to a muscle, the beige portion. Tendons in the human body connect muscles to bones while ligaments connect bone to bones at joints. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Louisa Beneke listens as anatomy teacher Maria Burgess shows the group where the elbow joint is located on the chicken wing. The elbow is a hinge joint, which is a type of synovial joint, where two bones come together and are separated by a joint cavity. A hinge joint acts like a one way door in which the elbow, knee and ankle joints only move along one axis, either flexing or extending. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Louisa Beneke listens as anatomy teacher Maria Burgess shows the group where the elbow joint is located on the chicken wing. The elbow is a hinge joint, which is a type of synovial joint, where two bones come together and are separated by a joint cavity. A hinge joint acts like a one way door in which the elbow, knee and ankle joints only move along one axis, either flexing or extending. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Anatomy teacher Maria Burgess holds up and moves the shoulder joint so students can examine the movement of a ball and socket joint. The ball and socket joint is a joint where the rounded spherical head of one bone fits into the socket of another bone. The shoulder and hip joints are the only ball and socket joints in the human body. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Anatomy teacher Maria Burgess holds up and moves the shoulder joint so students can examine the movement of a ball and socket joint. The ball and socket joint is a joint where the rounded spherical head of one bone fits into the socket of another bone. The shoulder and hip joints are the only ball and socket joints in the human body. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Students cut the bone in the chicken wing to examine the marrow in the marrow (medullary) cavity. In the human body, adult’s marrow cavities contain essential fat whereas in children, blood is found in the marrow cavities. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students cut the bone in the chicken wing to examine the marrow in the marrow (medullary) cavity. In the human body, adult’s marrow cavities contain essential fat whereas in children, blood is found in the marrow cavities. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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AP Bio gives pillbugs a choice

Science teacher Erica Everett’s E block AP Biology class is investigating kinesis behavior in pillbugs. Students designed experiments to see whether pillbugs preferred moist or dry environments, using petri dishes that are connected with a passageway “choice chambers”.
 
Students decided that the ‘ultimate’ cause for this behavior is natural selection favoring those pillbugs that move towards moist environments. They are land dwelling crustaceans, and depend on their gills to be moist in order to function properly.
 
Ap Bio combines their lunch with class on day 6 so that they can have longer times for lab, and these become “Lunch Labs.”
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