Track and field team competes in Division Five Relay Meet

Every year the peak of the indoor track and field season is marked by the state relay meets hosted at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Before the 2013-2014 indoor track and field season, a division five was created, and the size of Manchester Essex places them in this division. Student athletes on the track and field team competed in this meet on Friday, January 10.

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Art students convene for first NAHS meeting

On January 9, high school art students met with art teacher Marion Powers for the first meeting of the National Art Honors Society. After taking a high school art course, students can be nominated to apply to be a member of NAHS by their art teachers based on their passion and commitment to the arts.

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Students attend in-school concert before break

Every year the high school band and chorus perform a winter concert for friends and family at night, but this year they were scheduled to perform for the high school the day before winter break. Although the band was not able to perform, the chorus and SoundWaves replicated their winter performance. Two students also performed songs to celebrate the holiday season.

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Senior citizens attend annual luncheon

Every year, the high school hosts a luncheon for senior citizens to come and enjoy holiday music. Student council members served food to the guests, while the SoundWaves and high school band performed.

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Chemistry class practices lab procedures

Science teacher Keith Gray conducts labs in his chemistry classes on a regular basis. Before each lab, students must complete a pre-lab in order to gain a full understanding of what they will be testing before they do it in class. Students are split off into partnerships of two people, and they work together for each lab. The purpose of the lab was to test how well the students measured their original materials and check their margin of error.

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CEO of Ocean Alliance speaks to students

The CEO of the Ocean Alliance, Dr. Iain Kerr came to speak to the students about the Ocean Alliance. Kerr is known to develop innovative research techniques that can engage scientists and conservationists, a graduate of the University of London, and has lead international teams on research and conservation efforts all around the world. Kerr was also one of five international winners of the Chevron Conservation Award in 2006 for his contributions to marine mammal and ocean life.

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District teachers join for collegiate volleyball

Teachers from the entire district came together for a night of collegiate volleyball. It helped to build a sense of community between the teachers.

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Middle school card-making club meets

Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler hosts greeting card-making club in her classroom on Thursdays. No experience is required for the club, and all supplies are provided for participants.

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Master Bing poses for art class

After a presentation to the entire middle school, Master Bing presented to individual classes. One of these classes was Tamera Burn’s seventh grade art class. The students watched and drew Master Bing as he performed various Wudang Tai Chi and kungfu poses.

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GALLERY: Freshman and sophomores meet for advisory

The advisory program is reformed for the school year, and a new concept called turbo advisory was introduced this Wednesday. For two hours at the end of a Wednesday with shortened periods, advisory groups met for the fourth time this school year.

Students first met in their individual advisory groups and played games, such as two truths and a lie and catch charades. They also had an opportunity to make posters with a team name representing their group values. After they completed these activities, freshman and sophomores moved to the gym for the second hour of turbo advisory.

The first activity in the new location was a relay race in which each person walked from one side of the gym and back again, balancing a tennis ball on the end of an expo marker. When they got back to the original spot, students handed off the items to the next person in line and took a seat to wait for their entire team to finish.

Next, students played scattergories, competing against all the other advisory groups. Advisors tallied the scores in the center of the gym while students worked on the next round. There was a specific time allotted for each round with a different letter and list each time.

The third activity was a straw challenge, and advisory groups received eighty straws, a pair of scissors, and a rubber band to build the tallest freestanding tower possible. Many different designs were tested out between the various groups.

The purpose of advisory is to give students a safe environment to discuss topics amongst themselves with the guidance of a teacher. For turbo advisories, the goal is to work on team building and challenge students within each advisory group.

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