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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Advisory Students Participate in School Wide Art Project

Shannon. Alger’s 9th grade advisory class participated in a school wide art project. The school’s task was to find words on a page of a book to then create a visual to go with their words

Pages created by Juliette Kelley, Nina Prince, and Shannon Adam’s final product is shown. All three students corresponded their visuals with their selecting word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pages created by Juliette Kelley, Nina Prince, and Shannon Adam’s final product is shown. All three students corresponded their visuals with their selecting word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Connor Coale, Sam Stubbs, and Nina Prince display their artwork. Students said  they enjoyed this activity, and many said they would do it again. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Connor Coale, Sam Stubbs, and Nina Prince display their artwork. Students said they enjoyed this activity, and many said they would do it again. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Joey Cirone holds up his visual for the word ‘fox’. Cirone preferred to go for the more simplistic view for his picture. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Joey Cirone holds up his visual for the word ‘fox’. Cirone preferred to go for the more simplistic view for his picture. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juliette Kelley finishes her page by adding more colors. Kelley’s  word was ‘discover’ and vibrant colors were used to show this word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juliette Kelley finishes her page by adding more colors. Kelley’s word was ‘discover’ and vibrant colors were used to show this word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Nina Prince draws the word chew with interesting colors. Prince’s page expressed her artistic ability through her ideas as well as the quality of her visual. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Nina Prince draws the word chew with interesting colors. Prince’s page expressed her artistic ability through her ideas as well as the quality of her visual. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In this advisory, Connor Coale carefully plans his design. Many students matched their selected color to go with the concept of the page’s word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In this advisory, Connor Coale carefully plans his design. Many students matched their selected color to go with the concept of the page’s word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Sam Stubbs begins to draw around his word. Students were told to find abstract nouns or verbs and adjectives for their selected word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Sam Stubbs begins to draw around his word. Students were told to find abstract nouns or verbs and adjectives for their selected word. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman grader Nina Prince collects utensils to begin drawing on her page. Nina eventually found and drew the word ‘chew’ on her page.  Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman grader Nina Prince collects utensils to begin drawing on her page. Nina eventually found and drew the word ‘chew’ on her page.
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Freshman Juliette Kelley and Nina Prince contemplate which word to choose out of their assigned page. Students decided on the words, “discover” and “chew”. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Juliette Kelley and Nina Prince contemplate which word to choose out of their assigned page. Students decided on the words, “discover” and “chew”. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Freshmen and Sophomores Play Advisory Games

Wednesday March 18th high school students had a turbo advisory day. Students were instructed to color on a piece of paper specifically to resemble a word chosen on the page. After students finished their drawings junior and seniors were sent to the gym and freshmen and sophomores were sent to the cafeteria for games and competitions.

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Sophomore Advisory Talks about Social Media

On Wednesday, March 4th the high school had a mini advisory block. Students in every class had different topics to talk about as a group. Students solved problems together and worked out tough situations that could come in their futures. Foreign language teacher Erin Fortunato spoke to her sophomore advisory class about privacy, and dangers of social media.

Students in Erin Fortunato’s advisory class are instructed to write and read through their journals that they were given as freshmen. Sophomore Ciara Lyne reads and flips through her book to her past entries. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in Erin Fortunato’s advisory class are instructed to write and read through their journals that they were given as freshmen. Sophomore Ciara Lyne reads and flips through her book to her past entries. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Listening intently to Fortunato, speak about a recent uprising on “Twitter” with baseball player Curt Schillings daughter. Students asked questions and read passages on the dangers of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Listening intently to Fortunato, speak about a recent uprising on “Twitter” with baseball player Curt Schillings daughter. Students asked questions and read passages on the dangers of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class discussed the topic of social media for their advisory group. Students talked about the struggles of keeping a safe and friendly page on any type of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class discussed the topic of social media for their advisory group. Students talked about the struggles of keeping a safe and friendly page on any type of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fortunate showed a variety of different social media sites. Students were asked to write down their opinion on what the person wrote. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fortunate showed a variety of different social media sites. Students were asked to write down their opinion on what the person wrote. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Zoe Brown writes her opinion and feelings down toward the out bursts on social media. Brown asked about the privacy of social media, and who and what can find your page. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Zoe Brown writes her opinion and feelings down toward the out bursts on social media. Brown asked about the privacy of social media, and who and what can find your page. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A blast from the past! Students are directed to read and see if they can still connect to their past entries. Entries are connected to school, life, friends, and even social media. Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin  reflection  to her old entry on school and how she felt as a freshmen to how she feels now as a sophomore.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A blast from the past! Students are directed to read and see if they can still connect to their past entries. Entries are connected to school, life, friends, and even social media. Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin reflection to her old entry on school and how she felt as a freshmen to how she feels now as a sophomore. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Personal connections towards social media were made during Fortuato’s advisory class. Students wrote down things they have seen, or heard of. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Personal connections towards social media were made during Fortuato’s advisory class. Students wrote down things they have seen, or heard of. Credit: Jenny Beardsley 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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Advisory Groups Create Hand Turkeys

To finish the half day before Thanksgiving, four sophomore advisory groups gathered in art teacher Caroline Epp’s room to make Thanksgiving-inspired artwork.

Art teacher Caroline Epp instructs sophomores how to make hand turkeys.  Epp states that art has therapeutic value, and after a stressful fall, the students had a deserved opportunity to have fun and bond with each other.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Art teacher Caroline Epp instructs sophomores how to make hand turkeys. Epp states that art has therapeutic value, and after a stressful fall, the students had a deserved opportunity to have fun and bond with each other. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores gather materials to make their turkeys.  The students used a variety of methods and materials to make their own unique creations.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores gather materials to make their turkeys. The students used a variety of methods and materials to make their own unique creations. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Emily Parker, Amber Paré, Jenny Duff, and Julia Potter trace their hands in preparation for cutting out the shape.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Emily Parker, Amber Paré, Jenny Duff, and Julia Potter trace their hands in preparation for cutting out the shape. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Marco Kaper outlines his hand with marker for his turkey.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Marco Kaper outlines his hand with marker for his turkey. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Axel Fougere cuts out his hand tracing.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Axel Fougere cuts out his hand tracing. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Niamh Dalton, Eden Silag-Stearns, and Gillian Winn cut out their turkeys.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Niamh Dalton, Eden Silag-Stearns, and Gillian Winn cut out their turkeys. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bridgett Kiernan’s turkey.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bridgett Kiernan’s turkey. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Santana Tosi’s and Axel Fougere’s turkeys.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Santana Tosi’s and Axel Fougere’s turkeys. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Jenny Duff and Julia Potter’s turkey.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Jenny Duff and Julia Potter’s turkey. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Emily Parker’s and Amber Paré’s turkeys.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Emily Parker’s and Amber Paré’s turkeys. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Advisory group discusses Rachel’s Challenge

After attending an assembly that displayed five challenges that were created by Rachel, a young victim of the Columbine shooting, students gathered in their advisory groups to discuss what they took away from the experience.

Students get together into their advisory groups to talk about Rachel’s Challenge and what the assembly about it meant to them.  Rachel’s Challenge is divided into five goals that explain how one can be more positive and kinder towards others.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students get together into their advisory groups to talk about Rachel’s Challenge and what the assembly about it meant to them. Rachel’s Challenge is divided into five goals that explain how one can be more positive and kinder towards others. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores receive a paper to prompt a discussion about their opinions on the goals of Rachel’s Challenge.  The students stated what they learned from the goals and what their understandings of the message were.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores receive a paper to prompt a discussion about their opinions on the goals of Rachel’s Challenge. The students stated what they learned from the goals and what their understandings of the message were. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Maria Burgess describes the main ideas of the assembly and asks the sophomores in her advisory group about their interpretations of the presentation.  The students watched videos and listened to a guest speaker to understand the effects of bullying and that a little kindness goes a long way.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Maria Burgess describes the main ideas of the assembly and asks the sophomores in her advisory group about their interpretations of the presentation. The students watched videos and listened to a guest speaker to understand the effects of bullying and that a little kindness goes a long way. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Margaret Driscoll asks students about how they were affected by the assembly and what they can do in the future to follow some of the guidelines of the challenges.  The students were encourages to write some of their ideas on the sheet that was given to them with various questions about the topic.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Margaret Driscoll asks students about how they were affected by the assembly and what they can do in the future to follow some of the guidelines of the challenges. The students were encouraged to write some of their ideas on the sheet that was given to them with various questions about the topic. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridget Kiernan shares her opinion of the challenges and the description of the story from the assembly.  Each student had a chance to share his/her ideas and respond to other students’ interpretations during the group discussion.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridgett Kiernan shares her opinion of the challenges and the description of the story from the assembly. Each student had a chance to share his/her ideas and respond to other students’ interpretations during the group discussion. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each advisor was given a sheet of questions to address, which centered the group’s discussion. The sheet contained a variety of questions, one of them having the groups choose which goals of the challenge they thought were most important. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each advisor was given a sheet of questions to address, which centered the group’s discussion. The sheet contained a variety of questions, one of them having the groups choose which goals of the challenge they thought were most important. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Meghan Conway, acted as the scribe for the group, writing down the thoughts of the group as each question was addressed. The senior advisory group came to the consensus that the most impactful goals were look for the best in others and speak with kindness. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Meghan Conway, acted as the scribe for the group, writing down the thoughts of the group as each question was addressed. The senior advisory group came to the consensus that the most impactful goals were look for the best in others and speak with kindness. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Advisory leader Connie Bergh leads the group in discussion about the Rachel’s challenge assembly, allowing the students to give feedback on what they thought of the presentation. The group as a whole said the presentation displayed a good overall message. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Advisory leader Connie Bergh leads the group in discussion about the Rachel’s challenge assembly, allowing the students to give feedback on what they thought of the presentation. The group as a whole said the presentation displayed a good overall message. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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UPCOMING EVENT: Rachel’s Challenge comes to MERMHS Sept 22

 

On Monday, September 22, Manchester-Essex Regional Middle and High Schools will participate in the Rachel’s Challenge program. This nationally-renowned organization works with elementary, middle and high schools across the country to promote their anti-bullying mission: Building a chain of kindness.

Middle School students will have an all-school assembly at 8am; High School students will have an all-school assembly at 9:30am.

In the afternoon, student leaders will work with the organization to be trained in sustaining a chain of kindness. Ultimately,
there will be a follow up H Block on Wednesday, 9/24 to continue our work in this area.

 

Please note: there is a parent/guardian workshop planned for Monday, 9/22 at 7:00pm in the
MERMHS Auditorium. It is free of charge and open to the public.
A huge thank you goes out to Spaulding Education Fund and our PTO, Parents of Manchester- Essex Middle School for their funding of this important program. Without their support, we would not have been able to bring this program to MERMHS

 

 

 

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Junior Advisories Address Resumes

For the second time of the new year, advisory groups met throughout the school. Juniors talked about career planning. This information is targeted to juniors as they are embarking on both jobs and college planning.

 

Juniors in physical education teacher Tom Durfee’s advisory listen to him addressing the importance of resumes. Whether they have had job experience or not, Durfee said that resumes are a great way to organize and present accomplishments. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors in physical education teacher Tom Durfee’s advisory listen to him addressing the importance of resumes. Whether they have had job experience or not, Durfee said that resumes are a great way to organize and present accomplishments. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Athletic Director Kelly Porcaro hands out papers to help students understand the importance of interviews. The worksheet addressed commonly asked questions for job and college interviews.  Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Athletic Director Kelly Porcaro hands out papers to help students understand the importance of interviews. The worksheet addressed commonly asked questions for job and college interviews. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee explains the steps to achieving a good resume. He encourages being involved with the community and other outside activities.  Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee explains the steps to achieving a good resume. He encourages being involved with the community and other outside activities. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Down in the fitness room, two advisory groups are merged. As the entire high school participates in advisory, it’s difficult  to find space to talk to students in the school.  Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Down in the fitness room, two advisory groups are merged.
As the entire high school participates in advisory, it’s difficult to find space to talk to students in the school. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Juniors discuss daily life problems in advisory

On Wednesday May 21st, junior class members discussed situational problems and came up with solutions. Advisory allows for an opportunity for students to talk about problems that arise in high school.

 

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Junior students converse before coming together to start the activity. Advisory groups are divided up by grade so that the groups can remain the same until graduation. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Reading specialist Bernadette Ruth reads the scenario to the students. The students were required to provide a solution to the problem and explain why the solution proposed was appropriate. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Advisory group members share their opinions and discuss the positives and negatives about solutions proposed. Students shared personal experiences and discussed long term and short term effects of decisions. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Students raise their hands to share their ideas about what was read by Ruth. The small advisory groups allow each student a chance to share and participate in conversations. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Erica Corwin draws in her free time during advisory. Advisory is a way for students to relax in between classes and seek personal help from teachers. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Juniors Ben Alger, Eric Fossa, and Michael Fuca converse in a small group and brainstorm before sharing with the group. A problem proposed to the students was about a man choosing to graduate school over spending time with his children. The students then had to decide what they thought was best. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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