MERMS holds spring concert

On May 15th, the middle school band and chorus held the spring concert. Chorus teacher Donna O’Neill conducted the 6th, 7th and 8th grade chorus concert. Band director Joseph Sokol conducted the middle school band concert. This is Sokol’s last year teaching and this was his last middle school concert.

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Sixth grade chorus students begin to file onto the risers to begin the MERMS spring concert. Their first song was Gute Nacht, a German folk song. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A middle school student helps Betsy Vicks, the accompanist turn the pages while she plays the piano. Vicks was the accompanist for all the choruses. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The sixth grade middle school chorus performs the song ‘Round the Riverside. The song was arranged by Saundra Musser. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Band students set the stage before the getting their instruments. They began the concert with The Star Spangled Banner. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Band director Joseph Sokol conducts the song March Triumphant. He has been teaching music for 30+ years. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Joseph Sokol announces the next song will be Over the Rainbow. The song is originally from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Advisory strengthens bonds with group activities

On Wednesday, May 6th, high school advisory groups take advantage of the warm weather by spending their 30 minute period outside. Students play football, Frisbee, and other engaging activities to help increase group bonding. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sophomore Noah Smith tosses the Frisbee to fellow classmates. High school advisory’s take place more than 10 times each year. Usually students work with advisors about academic and social issues. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Noah Smith tosses the Frisbee to fellow classmates. High school advisory’s take place more than 10 times each year. Usually students work with advisors about academic and social issues. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Junior Cassandra Gonser plays football with the rest of her advisory class. Other students enjoy the warm weather and soak up the sunshine. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Cassandra Gonser plays football with the rest of her advisory class. Other students enjoy the warm weather and soak up the sunshine. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Freshman girls gather in social circle during the high school advisory. Other students participated in throwing Frisbees and footballs. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman girls gather in social circle during the high school advisory. Other students participated in throwing Frisbees and footballs. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sophomore boys prepare to play Apples to Apples on the football field.Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore boys prepare to play Apples to Apples on the football field.Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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English class begins reading “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

Allison Krause’s  10th grade CP English class begins to read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. This novel raises extreme controversy over its use of the N-word over 200 times throughout the book. Some English classes in America have switched to a modified version of the book were the N-word is replaced with the word slave each time it is used. After reading the book, the class will be required to write a 4 page paper arguing whether the book promotes or condemns racism.

Students review worksheets that will need to be completed for the major paper at the end of the novel. The worksheet will include quotes from the text that either promote racism or condemn it. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.
Students review worksheets that will need to be completed for the major paper at the end of the novel. The worksheet will include quotes from the text that either promote racism or condemn it. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.
English teacher Allison Krause clarifies to the class what will be expected when writing about an extremely controversial book such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The paper will need to be at least 4 pages long and argue that the book either promotes racism or condemns it. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.
English teacher Allison Krause clarifies to the class what will be expected when writing about an extremely controversial book such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The book is set before the Civil War and is about a boy who is traveling with an runaway slave to the free states farther north. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.

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Sophomore Jennifer Beardsley begins to read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The English CP class has begun to read this controversial novel in preparation for a major four page paper. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.
Sophomore Jennifer Beardsley begins to read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The English CP class has begun to read this controversial novel in preparation for a major four page paper. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.
The class reviews the website librovox.com for free audio book recordings on each chapter of Huckleberry Finn. Audio books for Huckleberry Finn are also found on Youtube.com. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.
The class reviews the website librovox.com for free audio book recordings on each chapter of Huckleberry Finn. Audio books for Huckleberry Finn are also found on Youtube.com. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex multimedia online.

 

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Students pick courses for next year.

Students in the sophomore class met with the guidance department to select courses. Students were able to choose and look at the classes they have selected and want to be in for the following year.

Students in Dan Donoto’s F block English class worked with guidance on course selection. Students were choosing electives and looking at the classes they are in for next year. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in Dan Donoto’s F block English class worked with guidance on course selection. Students were choosing electives and looking at the classes they are in for next year. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jenny Beardsley looks over her anticipated courses for next year. Each student has at least seven classes. Classes are offered in either college prep (CP), honors (H), or advanced placement (AP). Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jenny Beardsley looks over her anticipated courses for next year. Each student has at least seven classes. Classes are offered in either college prep (CP), honors (H), or advanced placement (AP). Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Peter Coyne and Charlie Baker share their classes for the following year with each other. During this process students are advised to check their current grades in their classes. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Peter Coyne and Charlie Baker share their classes for the following year with each other. During this process students are advised to check their current grades in their classes. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Ryan Field chooses exploratories for junior year. Guidance counselor Gillian Polk advises Field on which classes would best suit him. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Ryan Field chooses exploratories for junior year. Guidance counselor Gillian Polk advises Field on which classes would best suit him. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Students talk among themselves after they finish choosing their classes. High school classes were able to meet with the guidance department on course selection for their future high school career. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students talk among themselves after they finish choosing their classes. High school classes were able to meet with the guidance department on course selection for their future high school career. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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