New Physical Education Teacher Instructs a Seventh Grade Class

On Wednesday, January 14, the new middle school physical education teacher, Kathleen Pizzello, guided seventh grade students in playing volleyball. Pizzello first began teaching at MERSD on December 8.

As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzella instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzello instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzella had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzella came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzello had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzello came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzella played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzello played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzella asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class.  Pizzella is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class. Pizzello is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

During the game Pizzella helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzella helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During the game Pizzello helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzello helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Chemistry Class Compares the Ratios of Moles of Iron to Copper

On Tuesday December 16 and Wednesday December 17, chemistry students completed a lab finding the mole measurements of iron and copper sulfate. The lab taught the students how to accurately measure substances in order to receive the best results.

Juniors Hannah White and Alexei Goldsmith-Solomon set up the apparatus for the experiment.  The experiment consisted of reacting copper sulfate crystals and iron filings in water. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Hannah White and Alexei Goldsmith-Solomon set up the apparatus for the experiment. The experiment consisted of reacting copper sulfate crystals and iron filings in water. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Molly Lynch stirred the heated substance during the lab. It is important to continuously stir and to make sure that the substance does not boil in order to find the best results in this experiment. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Molly Lynch stirred the heated substance during the lab. It is important to continuously stir and to make sure that the substance does not boil in order to find the best results in this experiment. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in the lab had to stir the copper sulfate and iron mixture while it was heating for ten minutes with a Bunsen burner. During this time, the reaction made the substance turn red and the water turn green. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in the lab had to stir the copper sulfate and iron mixture while it was heating for ten minutes with a Bunsen burner. During this time, the reaction made the substance turn red and the water turn green. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After letting the copper sulfate dry overnight, the students weighed its mass on a balance. Chemistry labs usually take only one day but the class completed this lab in two days. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After letting the copper sulfate dry overnight, the students weighed its mass on a balance. Chemistry labs usually take only one day but the class completed this lab in two days. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

After finding all of the data, the students in the class completed all of the calculations in their lab packets. Junior Caisi Calandra asked Chemistry teacher Keith Gray a question about how to find the ratio of moles of iron to the ratio of moles of copper.   Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After finding all of the data, the students in the class completed all of the calculations in their lab packets. Junior Caisi Calandra asked Chemistry teacher Keith Gray a question about how to find the ratio of moles of iron to the ratio of moles of copper. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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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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Art Class Creates Still-Life Drawings

For the past few weeks, art teacher Marion Powers’ art classes have been learning to draw a still-life. Powers created this in order to let her students learn to draw a small portion of the immensely colorful artwork.xgillian_0174

Last week art teacher Marion Powers put up a still-life in her room and she wants to add more to it. Powers explained that when she decided to create it, she focused on the colors, textures, and the forms of the objects. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Last week art teacher Marion Powers put up a still-life in her room and she wants to add more to it. Powers explained that when she decided to create it, she focused on the colors, textures, and the forms of the objects. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Caisi Calandra worked on her drawing of the white portion of the still-life. The class focused on the values of the still-life while drawing and chose one color to draw so not to become confused between colors.  Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Caisi Calandra worked on her drawing of the white portion of the still-life. The class focused on the values of the still-life while drawing and chose one color to draw so not to become confused between colors. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Jared Zaval and Coleman Komishane worked on their observational drawings. The students sit together in groups and are able to collaborate with each other on their artwork. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Jared Zaval and Coleman Komishane worked on their observational drawings. The students sit together in groups and are able to collaborate with each other on their artwork. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A few of the students in Powers’ art class, including freshman Nell Mckeon, have already completed their drawings. Throughout the process, the students focused mainly on value in the drawing, which is the lightness or darkness of the piece. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A few of the students in Powers’ art class, including freshman Nell Mckeon, have already completed their drawings. Throughout the process, the students focused mainly on value in the drawing, which is the lightness or darkness of the piece. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Kayley Wright and Madonna McGuire both worked diligently on their artwork throughout the class time. The art class learned observational drawing through this project, which is learning not only just to draw but also to see and the best way to learn this is with a still-life. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Kayley Wright and Madonna McGuire both worked diligently on their artwork throughout the class time. The art class learned observational drawing through this project, which is learning not only just to draw but also to see and the best way to learn this is with a still-life. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Randall Doane has already finished her drawing of the red portion of the still-life. The drawings have an interesting angle because they are above on shelves and the students drew them from the perspective of looking up. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Randall Doane has already finished her drawing of the red portion of the still-life. The drawings have an interesting angle because they are above on shelves and the students drew them from the perspective of looking up. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Chemistry Class Completes Soda Lab

On Friday October 24, 2014, a sophomore and junior chemistry class performed a lab on the sugar content in different types of sodas. Chemistry teacher Keith Gray gave the total sugar amounts in 8 ounces of each soda and the students had to figure out the correct amount of sugar in 10-mL of the sodas.

The chemistry class accomplished a lab that determined the sugar content in four sodas. These sodas were cola, ginger ale, orange soda, and grape soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The chemistry class accomplished a lab that determined the sugar content in four sodas. These sodas were cola, ginger ale, orange soda, and grape soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray explained the sugar content lab to junior Caisi Calandra. The students in the class had to find the density and the percent of sugar in 10-mL of each soda type. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray explained the sugar content lab to junior Caisi Calandra. The students in the class had to find the density and the percent of sugar in 10-mL of each soda type. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Kara Hersey and Sarah Reed filled up their 10-mL graduated cylinder with the purple soda. For safety precautions, students must always wear their safety glasses during lab procedures. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Kara Hersey and Sarah Reed filled up their 10-mL graduated cylinder with the purple soda. For safety precautions, students must always wear their safety glasses during lab procedures. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed their graduated cylinders that contained the soda in order to figure out the mass and the density of the sodas. They then used these measurements to calculate the percent of the sugar in 10-mL of the soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed their graduated cylinders that contained the soda in order to figure out the mass and the density of the sodas. They then used these measurements to calculate the percent of the sugar in 10-mL of the soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Calandra measured 10-mL of cola in her graduated cylinder during the experiment. It is important to always have accurate measurements in order to correctly complete the lab with a low percent error. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Calandra measured 10-mL of cola in her graduated cylinder during the experiment. It is important to always have accurate measurements in order to correctly complete the lab with a low percent error. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Hornets Football Puts Up Valiant Effort

On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex varsity football team had a home game against Hamilton-Wenham. The final score was 0-28, in the General’s favor. The next week, ME football won 21-14 against Ipswich.

On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex Hornets played against Hamilton Wenham. Although some players were injured from previous games, the Hornets played a good game. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex Hornets played against Hamilton Wenham. Although some players were injured from previous games, the Hornets played a good game. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joe Sokol led the high school pep band as they played during the first half of the Friday night game. The band has played every home game this season. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joe Sokol led the high school pep band as they played during the first half of the Friday night game. The band has played every home game this season. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
People filled the stands in order to watch the football game. Parents, high school students, and middle-school students are all invited to attend the games on Fridays. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
People filled the stands in order to watch the football game. Parents, high school students, and middle-school students are all invited to attend the games on Fridays. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The two teams huddled together to decide the play they were going to do next. They played a great game but lost by 0-28. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The two teams huddled together to decide the play they were going to do next. They played a great game but lost by 0-28. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

In between playing the songs, the band members were able to watch the game. The band played patriotic and spirited songs such as the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game and We Will Rock You in order to encourage the crowd to support the Hornets.  Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In between playing the songs, the band members were able to watch the game. The band played patriotic and spirited songs such as the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game and We Will Rock You in order to encourage the crowd to support the Hornets. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Animal rights club formed at HS

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the new club, SHTA, held its first meeting. The SHTA stands for the Students for the Humane Treatment of Animals. It is paired up with many shelters, such as the Cape Ann Animal Shelter, to help out animals in need.

 

Junior Erin Carlson led the first SHTA club meeting. Carlson created this club during her sophomore year in order to help animals in shelters that are in need of love and care. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Erin Carlson led the first SHTA club meeting. Carlson created this club during her sophomore year in order to help animals in shelters that are in need of love and care. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the meeting, Carlson wrote on the white board the topics  she planned to talk about during the meeting. Some important parts of the club are updating websites, making bracelets to sell in order to raise money, and physically going to shelters to volunteer. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the meeting, Carlson wrote on the white board the topics she planned to talk about during the meeting. Some important parts of the club are updating websites, making bracelets to sell in order to raise money, and physically going to shelters to volunteer. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students who attended the meeting listened as Carlson talked about what would be expected in the coming year for the SHTA club. The meeting lasted about fifteen minutes and allowed the attendents to learn more about helping the animals in need. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students who attended the meeting listened as Carlson talked about what would be expected in the coming year for the SHTA club. The meeting lasted about fifteen minutes and allowed the attendents to learn more about helping the animals in need. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause and History teacher Shannon Alger listened as Carlson talked about the club. Krause and Alger are both supervisors of the SHTA along with math teacher David Alger and chemistry teacher Keith Gray. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause and History teacher Shannon Alger listened as Carlson talked about the club. Krause and Alger are both supervisors of the SHTA along with math teacher David Alger and chemistry teacher Keith Gray. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Mara Franklin wrote down her e-mail address and two of the projects that were mentioned during the meeting that she thinks would be the most interesting and helpful. Everyone who attended the meeting was asked to do this in order to contribute to the club. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Mara Franklin wrote down her e-mail address and two of the projects that were mentioned during the meeting that she thinks would be the most interesting and helpful. Everyone who attended the meeting was asked to do this in order to contribute to the club. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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