Gallery: Assembly celebrates the season

The Manchester Essex middle and high schools came together to celebrate the holiday season in an assembly on the last day of school before break.

 

Juniors Sara Rhuda and Chelsea Rose sang several songs. Next, Essex Police Chief Peter Silva and his band of fellow law enforcement officers, Uncharted Watahs, played several songs. For a few of them, eighth grader Kendall Hershey accompanied on drums. The SoundWaves also sang with band.

 

This season the students of both schools brought in over $2800 in toys to donate to Pathways for Children. Additionally, the Rotary Club donated over $1000 in gift cards to students and their families that are in financial need.

 

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A Cappella Night Supports the Fight Against Ebola

On Friday December 12th, there was an a cappella night that help to support the fight against Ebola and Doctors Without Borders. All the donated money went towards dealing with this epidemic and DWB. Several groups from all over Massachusetts performed such as Witch Pitch from Salem High School; the SoundWaves from MERHS; the Nightingales from Metro Boston; the Treblemakers from Georgetown High School, and many more.

 

 

The program contained important information regarding the show. As people walked in they were suggested to donate $20 per person that would go towards supporting Doctors Without Borders fight Ebola. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The program contained important information regarding the show. As people walked in they were suggested to donate $20 per person that would go towards supporting Doctors Without Borders fight Ebola. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The show began with Dr. Carl A. Soderland, MD/MPH, from Lahey Clinic talking about the Ebola epidemic and Doctors without Borders. One of the facts mentioned was that the Ebola virus originally came from animals. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The show began with Dr. Carl A. Soderland, MD/MPH, from Lahey Clinic talking about the Ebola epidemic and Doctors without Borders. One of the facts mentioned was that the Ebola virus originally came from animals. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The venue for the event took place at the First Church UCC of Ipswich. The event raised over $2000 that would go all to Doctors Without Borders. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The venue for the event took place at the First Church UCC of Ipswich. The event raised over $2000 that would go all to Doctors Without Borders. Photo Courtesy: Donna O’Neill
The SoundWaves were the second group to perform and brought tons of energy during their performance. They sang a selections of several songs including some holiday classics like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year.” Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The SoundWaves were the second group to perform and brought tons of energy during their performance. They sang a selections of several songs including some holiday classics like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year.” Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The a cappella group from Georgetown high school performed as well and sang several songs like “Walking On Sunshine” and “Tonight We are Young.” There were a variety of a cappella group present two professional groups from Boston, two college groups and four high school groups. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The a cappella group from Georgetown high school performed as well and sang several songs like “Walking On Sunshine” and “Tonight We are Young.” There were a variety of a cappella group present two professional groups from Boston, two college groups and four high school groups. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

At the end of the concert, all the groups and audience came together to sing ““Ooh Child, things are going to get easier…” The groups practiced this before the concert and were a part of performance that helped benefit a great cause. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the end of the concert, all the groups and audience came together to sing ““Ooh Child, things are going to get easier…” The groups practiced this before the concert and were a part of performance that helped benefit a great cause. Photo Courtesy: Donna O’Neill

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Students Perform at Winter Concert

On December 18th, members of the High School Chorus, Band, and Sound Waves performed at the annual Winter Concert. Students sang and played pieces they have been practicing throughout the year.

The High School Chorus, directed by Donna O’Neil, sang first at the Winter Concert. They were accompanied by pianist Betsey Vicksell. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The High School Chorus, directed by Donna O’Neil, sang first at the Winter Concert. They were accompanied by pianist Betsey Vicksell. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The 31 member chorus performed from a selection of 4 songs. They sang Ose Shalom, Candlelight Carol, Carol of the Bells, and Dashing Through the Snow. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The 31 member chorus performed from a selection of 4 songs. They sang Ose Shalom, Candlelight Carol, Carol of the Bells, and Dashing Through the Snow. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The a cappella group SoundWaves performed five songs for the audience. They began with No Rain by Blind Melon, followed by That Lonesome Road by James Taylor. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The a cappella group SoundWaves performed five songs for the audience. They began with No Rain by Blind Melon, followed by That Lonesome Road by James Taylor. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The SoundWaves performed upbeat holiday music including The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The group consists of sixteen members from all grades. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The SoundWaves performed upbeat holiday music including The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The group consists of sixteen members from all grades. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Two members of the SoundWaves, Sara Rhuda and Tucker Evans, have been accepted to this year’s Northeast Senior Districts Music Festival. Both members also received recommendations to audition in January at the All-State Music Festival. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Two members of the SoundWaves, Sara Rhuda and Tucker Evans, have been accepted to this year’s Northeast Senior Districts Music Festival. Both members also received recommendations to audition in January at the All-State Music Festival. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Joshua Ward sings his solo in the SoundWaves performance Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. The song is by Mel Torme and Bob Wells. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Joshua Ward sings his solo in the SoundWaves performance Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. The song is by Mel Torme and Bob Wells. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band Director Joseph Sokol introduces the High School Band for his final Winter Concert. He will be retiring at the end of the year. He started the night off conducting The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band Director Joseph Sokol introduces the High School Band for his final Winter Concert. He will be retiring at the end of the year. He started the night off conducting The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band performs their second song Christmas Carol March by Nicholas Forte. Students have been practicing these songs since the beginning of November. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band performs their second song Christmas Carol March by Nicholas Forte. Students have been practicing these songs since the beginning of November. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Junior Molly Lynch plays along to Theme From New York, New York arranged by John Edmondson. Lynch is one of the 5 members who play the Alto Saxophone I. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Molly Lynch plays along to Theme From New York, New York arranged by John Edmondson. Lynch is one of the 5 members who play the Alto Saxophone I. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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UPCOMING EVENT: NHS offers BABYSITTING NIGHT on 12/19

The National Honor Society Presents
Holiday MOVIE & BABYSITTING NIGHT
December 19TH from 5 PM to 9 PM
at the MANCHESTER COMMUNITY CENTER
Get Your Holiday Shopping Done!
We will have a gift wrapping table as well!
ADMIT ONE FOR $35 
FAMILIES OF 2+ FOR $50
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED BABYSITTERS
+
ADULT CHAPERONES PRESENT
Have Children Eat Dinner Before Coming. 

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YMCA and MERMS Presents “Legally Blonde Jr. the Musical”

During the weekend of Friday December 12th, the middle school presented “Legally Blonde Jr. the musical.” The students have been working hard since September and were excited to show off their talents. Director Nicole Leotsakos from the North Shore YMCA Theatre has worked with twenty two of the most talented and expressive students to put on an amazing production. This year, the play consisted of a female cast, so the male parts were all played by girls. This stretched the actresses’ limits and got them thinking outside of the box in order to transform into male characters. Leotsakos had the help of Sara Jaffe and Carissa Gerber as assistant directors and managers, as well as sophomore Robert Carter as house manager and a few other students as stage crew.

The story of Legally Blonde follows Elle Woods, a sorority girl from Malibu, in her journey to find true meaning of herself outside of her looks. Her heart takes her to Harvard Law School to win back the guy she loves, but she soon learns that she is a hardworking, independent woman that enjoys helping people through practicing law.

The Cast:

AnaCarpri Burke

Sylvie Oldeman

Aoife Dalton

Courtney Dellicker

Grayson Lockwood

Julia Kaper

Savannah Reilly

Greta Dickson

Lila Whitman

Madeline Lai

Sasa Willems

Lydia Shaw

Emily Johnson

Abby Thomas

Heather Adams

Bonnie Gerhardt

Bradlee Brooks

Anna Whitten

Morgan Phippen

Charlotte Ward

Lilly Coote

Lily Phipps

 

Drums by eighth grader Kendall Hersey

 

 

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Students Perform for Seniors at holiday Luncheon

On Saturday, December 14th, the High School Band, Chorus, and Sound Waves performed for nearly 70 local senior citizens. The annual Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon was coordinated by MERHS in conjunction with the Council of Aging from Manchester and Essex. Members of Student Council served butternut squash soup and a turkey dinner to the seniors accompanied by apple cider. The Band performed various songs including the Christmas Carol March and Sounds of the Season. Meanwhile, the Sound Waves sang Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells while the senior citizens ate their meals.

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STEM/Industrial Design Students Create Websites with Code

Students in Caroline Epp’s STEM/Industrial Design class learn how to create HTML sites by writing code. The students looked into front end development, which is the component of a website that customers see and interact with. This is the first time Epp has taught the coding unit in her STEM/Industrial Design class.

At the beginning of class, art teacher Caroline Epp reviewed new information about HTML coding to her STEM/Industrial Design students before they broke off to edit their websites.  HTML, one of the main components of web pages, is the content on webpages that is made up of open and closed tags. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of class, art teacher Caroline Epp reviewed new information about HTML coding to her STEM/Industrial Design students before they broke off to edit their websites. HTML, one of the main components of web pages, is the content on webpages that is made up of open and closed tags. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Santana Tosi reads over her wire frame for her website before making changes to the Sublime Text. Subline text is what the students used to write their codes for each part of their website. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Santana Tosi reads over her wire frame for her website before making changes to the Sublime Text. Subline text is what the students used to write their codes for each part of their website. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Epp helps freshman Jared Zaval make the correct edits to his Sublime Text before seeing the final results on the website. In each Sublime Text, there are tags written between angle brackets and the content shows up on the website as words to the viewer. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Epp helps freshman Jared Zaval make the correct edits to his Sublime Text before seeing the final results on the website. In each Sublime Text, there are tags written between angle brackets and the content shows up on the website as words to the viewer. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter types in new tags to her source code view to make changes to the actual website. The tags can change the color and size of the text or the color of the background using specific codes.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter types in new tags to her source code view to make changes to the actual website. The tags can change the color and size of the text or the color of the background using specific codes. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Alex Beckmann makes some changes to his written plan before executing it in the source code. Epp asked each student to draw out what they want their website to look like before actually creating their own website with code. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Alex Beckmann makes some changes to his written plan before executing it in the source code. Epp asked each student to draw out what they want their website to look like before actually creating their own website with code. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, used a wire frame to plan out his webpage. He included the box model that uses divisions in HTML to layout the page. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, used a wire frame to plan out his webpage. He included the box model that uses divisions in HTML to layout the page. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Sublime Text of junior Nathaniel Rautio includes many different tags for each section of his webpage. Epp and the students also looked into the salaries for college interns that work in the coding industry and are making over seven thousand dollars a month. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Sublime Text of junior Nathaniel Rautio includes many different tags for each section of his webpage. Epp and the students also looked into the salaries for college interns that work in the coding industry and are making over seven thousand dollars a month. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Along with HTML and CSS coding, the school also has been teaching other computer languages. The math department teaches another computer programming language, Java to its students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Along with HTML and CSS coding, the school also has been teaching other computer languages. The math department teaches another computer programming language, Java to its students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Briant Bradley shows off his personalized web page that includes some of his favorite funny pictures. Each student was able to personalize their made up webpage with anything they wanted to and even learned how to add pictures in the Sublime Text. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Briant Bradley shows off his personalized web page that includes some of his favorite funny pictures. Each student was able to personalize their made up webpage with anything they wanted to and even learned how to add pictures in the Sublime Text. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Chris Brosch, James Riordan, and Ames Sheriff worked together to help each other fix and update their websites. To put text on a webpage, the tags must be put around the words in the Sublime Text that they want to include in the actual webpage.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Chris Brosch, James Riordan, and Ames Sheriff worked together to help each other fix and update their websites. To put text on a webpage, the tags must be put around the words in the Sublime Text that they want to include in the actual webpage. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Epp gave each student a packet to reference throughout the whole process that included all the information they’ve learned. Last year, Epp took part in a web design course in Boston where she learned about HTML and CSS coding. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Epp gave each student a packet to reference throughout the whole process that included all the information they’ve learned. Last year, Epp took part in a web design course in Boston where she learned about HTML and CSS coding. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students Take Academic Integrity Survey

To conclude the half-day on November 26th, advisors gave students an Academic Integrity Survey. The survey asked students questions regarding the prevalence of cheating in the school system.

 

 

2.Janda Ricci-Munn, middle school teacher for physical education and health, directs three advisories in the gym due to Kelly Porcarro and Thomas Durfee’s absence. He tells students not to write their names on the test sheets because it should remain anonymous. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
2. Janda Ricci-Munn, middle school teacher for physical education and health, directs three advisories in the gym due to Kelly Porcarro and Thomas Durfee’s absence. He tells students not to write their names on the test sheets because it should remain anonymous. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
1.During advisory, the students took an Academic Integrity Survey. 51 questions were asked to students in regards to cheating and how great of a problem it is in school. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
1. During advisory, the students took an Academic Integrity Survey. 51 questions were asked to students in regards to cheating and how great of a problem it is in school. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
4.The test asked specific questions about cheating and its role in the school community. Advisors collected the scantrons at the conclusion of the period and plan on looking at the students’ results. This will help the faculty and staff realize what changes should be made to classrooms. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
4. The test asked specific questions about cheating and its role in the school community. Advisors collected the scantrons at the conclusion of the period and plan on looking at the students’ results. This will help the faculty and staff realize what changes should be made to classrooms. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school math teacher and advisory group leader Kara Brown explained to her group about the academic integrity test. The students took the test for the entire advisory group block in order for the teachers and faculty to learn more about the students’ views on cheating. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school math teacher and advisory group leader Kara Brown explained to her group about the academic integrity test. The students took the test for the entire advisory group block in order for the teachers and faculty to learn more about the students’ views on cheating. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brown passed out the scantron sheets for the academic integrity test to the students in her group. Distributing and taking the test on academic integrity was the primary goal for this advisory block. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brown passed out the scantron sheets for the academic integrity test to the students in her group. Distributing and taking the test on academic integrity was the primary goal for this advisory block. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Juniors Jenny Cochand and Steven Remsen took the test during their advisory class. They made sure to answer all of the multiple-choice questions honestly as the test was anonymous. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Jenny Cochand and Steven Remsen took the test during their advisory class. They made sure to answer all of the multiple-choice questions honestly as the test was anonymous. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Athletes Attend Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting

On Thursday December 4th, all winter sport athletes came to the mandatory winter sports meeting. This meeting happens each season, to explain MIAA rules and regulations about certain topics.

 

 

As athletes and their parents entered the school, they checked this sign to see where their specific sport was located for their meeting. The meeting lasts about a half an hour to forty-five minutes, explaining important rules, and the consequences for breaking any of the rules.  Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As athletes and their parents entered the school, they checked this sign to see where their specific sport was located for their meeting. The meeting lasts about a half an hour to forty-five minutes, explaining important rules, and the consequences for breaking any of the rules. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During each team meeting, athletes are given this sheet of paper to sign, proving that they attended the meeting with a parent. Students who do not attend the meeting become ineligible to practice or play the next day.  Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During each team meeting, athletes are given this sheet of paper to sign, proving that they attended the meeting with a parent. Students who do not attend the meeting become ineligible to practice or play the next day. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter and Junior Kara Hersey sign the sheet that confirms that they and a parent were present at the meeting. One MIAA rule is one caught use of a substance causes the athlete to miss 25% of their season. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter and Junior Kara Hersey sign the sheet that confirms that they and a parent were present at the meeting. One MIAA rule is one caught use of a substance causes the athlete to miss 25% of their season. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Each member of the Girls Basketball program received a schedule for the month of December containing practice times and game days. Occasionally coaches will give schedules ahead of time allowing their athletes to be able to plan around practice time. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each member of the Girls Basketball program received a schedule for the month of December containing practice times and game days. Occasionally coaches will give schedules ahead of time allowing their athletes to be able to plan around practice time. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sophomores Introduced to College Planning

Director of Guidance Beverly Low and guidance counselor Gillian Polk visit a sophomore history class to discuss college resumes and planning for the future.

Director of Guidance Beverly Low encourages students to think about how their choices of courses for junior year relate to college.  Low states that she prefers to introduce students to the college process in sophomore year so that the students can ease into the process, rather than dealing with it all at once.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low encourages students to think about how their choices of courses for junior year relate to college. Low states that she prefers to introduce students to the college process in sophomore year so that the students can ease into the process, rather than dealing with it all at once. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Low passes out notecards and asks students to specify what they see themselves doing in ten years.  Low explains that predictions on this notecard will be shown to the students in senior year, and that it will be compared to their updated predictions for their life in 2024.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Low passes out notecards and asks students to specify what they see themselves doing in ten years. Low explains that predictions on this notecard will be shown to the students in senior year, and that it will be compared to their updated predictions for their life in 2024. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Nellie Boling writes her prediction for her life in 2024.  The students were asked to describe their predicted occupations, lifestyles, and where think they will live.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Nellie Boling writes her prediction for her life in 2024. The students were asked to describe their predicted occupations, lifestyles, and where think they will live. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk describes a website called Naviance, which is a platform to go through the college selection and application processes.  The website also helps students decide college majors and potential career choices.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk describes a website called Naviance, which is a platform to go through the college selection and application processes. The website also helps students decide college majors and potential career choices. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The students are given a sheet of paper that helps provide an explanation of the Naviance website.  The students were asked to complete a career interest profiler and to start their resume for college.  The resumes are meant to contain extra-curricular activities that the students partake in throughout high school to show to colleges.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students are given a sheet of paper that helps provide an explanation of the Naviance website. The students were asked to complete a career interest profiler and to start their resume for college. The resumes are meant to contain extra-curricular activities that the students partake in throughout high school to show to colleges. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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