Sophomores Observe Onion Roots With Microscope

Sophomore honors biology students recently completed a lab studying the stages of mitosis under the supervision of biology teacher Erica Everett. In the lab, pairs were given fragments of onion root to observe with compound light microscopes. Everett has been teaching students about mitosis with variations with this lab for about twenty years. Everett uses this particular lab because it gives students the ability to visualize and form a greater understanding of what cells look like while they are dividing, and how chromosomes and cells look during mitosis.

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7th graders visit the annual book fair

Every year the school has an annual book fair, by The Book Shop. The Book Shop is located on 40 West Street in Beverly Farms (across from the Beverly Farms MBTA train station). Their hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Books in the book fair are provided by The Book Shop. The prices of books range from $5.99-28.99 depending on the book(s) you chose to purchase.

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Biology students experiment with microscopes

Biology teacher Erica Everett introduced her sophomore students to light microscopes. Students explored the different microscope parts to learn how to see a specimen better.

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Biology class studies spider crab and mussel adaptations

Sophomores in Erica Everett’s honors biology class spent their class period observing spider crabs and mussels from Cape Ann. After observing, Everett had students make inferences based off of their observations. Sophomores then went online to research adaptations and make connections between what they observed and what they found on the Internet.

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Essex Agricultural and Technical high school presents to 8th graders

Guidance Consular Dan Connors from North Shore Technical high school came in for the annual presentation to the 8th graders, in hope to get students from Manchester Essex to attend high school there in the following year North Shore Technical high school had two representatives from their school come to the presentation. Both representatives had attended middle school at MERHS, they told the 8th graders about their experiences, classes they took, likes and dislikes, process of applying, and their opinion on the school.

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MERHS wear rainbow ribbons to support coming out day

The Gay Straight Alliance prepared handmade ribbons to be sold for $1.00 each. The money made from the ribbons will contribute to fund their club, making it possible for them to have more events, allow them to travel to other schools, and go to other fundraisers. They will be having another fundraiser, involving them selling more ribbons again! The upcoming week is ally week, so in honor of ally week GSA will be handing out stickers.

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Year book club meets for the first time this year

The yearbook club is in search of new members looking to join the group, due to their lack of club members. The yearbook club meets weekly throughout the year. The yearbook costs $63.75, if it is pre-ordered, but if not then it costs $75.00.

 

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Gym classes combine to play Circus Ball

The sophomore, freshman, eighth and seventh grade gym classes combined together for a fun Friday. They usually combine every Friday and play an assortment of games together.

 

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Students study seed germination in biology

Sophomores conducted an experiment observing seed germination in Erica Everett’s biology class. The purpose of the lab was
to give students a chance to design their own controlled experiment and answer the question, “what abiotic factors affect the germination of seeds?” After each group chooses and tests and independent variable, students will use their
plants in a variety of other labs, such as transpiration labs and cell labs using the microscope.

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