Freshman advisory groups discuss ethics and values

The high school advisory program allows students to meet in their advisory programs about once a month to discuss different topics that relate to issues both in and out of school. The topic for this week’s freshman discussion was ethics and morals.

Prior to a full-group discussion, students wrote down their own definitions of ethics and values. The group later defined ethics as “a relative morale perspective of what a person thinks is good or bad.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Prior to a full-group discussion, students wrote down their own definitions of ethics and values. The group later defined ethics as “a relative morale perspective of what a person thinks is good or bad.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Emily Stanton makes changes to her definition of ethics so that it included the words “moral” and “good or bad”. After writing in their journals, students viewed a video that showed how different people define ethics. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Emily Stanton makes changes to her definition of ethics so that it included the words “moral” and “good or bad”. After writing in their journals, students viewed a video that showed how different people define ethics. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Advisor Maria Burgess converses with students about why it is important to have morals and how ethics can vary from person to person. The advisory group later viewed a video reading of a poem titled “Travelling Through the Dark” and discussed possible views of ethics that were related to it. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Advisor Maria Burgess converses with students about why it is important to have morals and how ethics can vary from person to person. The advisory group later viewed a video reading of a poem titled “Travelling Through the Dark” and discussed possible views of ethics that were related to it. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students listen as the class begins a debate about possible views of ethics. Advisor Maria Burgess proposed this question for the class to debate: “If fifteen people on a boat that could only hold twelve, what do you think should happen?” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students listen as the class begins a debate about possible views of ethics. Advisor Maria Burgess proposed this question for the class to debate: “If fifteen people on a boat that could only hold twelve, what do you think should happen?” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Annabelle Haskell listens to Brian Carlson talk about ethics and morals. Students in Carlson’s advisory class would listen and learn what is good and bad. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Annabelle Haskell listens to Brian Carlson talk about ethics and morals. Students in Carlson’s advisory class would listen and learn what is good and bad. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Carlson goes into detail about what are good morals and good ethics. A moral is a lesson and figuring out between right and wrong. An ethic is a set of rules for people to follow.  Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Carlson goes into detail about what are good morals and good ethics. A moral is a lesson and figuring out between right and wrong. An ethic is a set of rules for people to follow. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Carlson had a sheet to guide him of situations of morals and ethics. Students in Carlson’s advisory class would give an answer after Carlson read the question. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Carlson had a sheet to guide him of situations of morals and ethics. Students in Carlson’s advisory class would give an answer after Carlson read the question. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Freshmen Advisory groups build communities

High School advisory groups meet about once a month to discuss topics ranging from character to how to deal with stress. The goal of the freshman advisory meetings on Wednesday April 16th was to build a sense of community within the groups through participating in fun activities. Groups did things such as playing games or creating sculptures, and some even enjoyed snacks during the meeting.

 

Advisor Maria Burgess pours some Hawaiian Punch for freshman Bridget Kiernan. Burgess and her co-advisor, Margret Driscoll, brought in Hawaiian Punch, cookies, and brownies for the group to enjoy. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Advisor Maria Burgess pours some Hawaiian Punch for freshman Bridget Kiernan. Burgess and her co-advisor, Margret Driscoll, brought in Hawaiian Punch, cookies, and brownies for the group to enjoy. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Advisor Margret Driscoll watches as students Marco Kaper, Jack Colpoys, and Kevin Hiselman play a card game. Driscoll commented during the meeting, “This is such a great idea. We should do things like this more often. It’s a great way to relieve stress.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Advisor Margret Driscoll watches as students Marco Kaper, Jack Colpoys, and Kevin Hiselman play a card game. Driscoll commented during the meeting, “This is such a great idea. We should do things like this more often. It’s a great way to relieve stress.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshmen Becka Hillie-Tawater and Courtney Holley enjoy a game of cards while eating their snack. Students got into groups and selected one of several games brought in by Driscoll and Burgess that ranged from Millionaire to Bananagrams. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Becka Hillie-Tawater and Courtney Holley enjoy a game of cards while eating their snack. Students got into groups and selected one of several games brought in by Driscoll and Burgess that ranged from Millionaire to Bananagrams. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students play a card game known as Magic. Advisees were encouraged to branch outside of their typical group of friends and try something new during the meeting in order to build the group’s sense of community. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students play a card game known as Magic. Advisees were encouraged to branch outside of their typical group of friends and try something new during the meeting in order to build the group’s sense of community. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Emily Parker began building her stick figure by taping together her paper art straws with painters tape. Parker’s goal was to create a flower. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Emily Parker began building her stick figure by taping together her paper art straws with painters tape. Parker’s goal was to create a flower. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Jake Brugger finished off his design by taping the triangle to the rest of the design. Brugger decided to make a lacrosse stick to add to the final sculpture. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Jake Brugger finished off his design by taping the triangle to the rest of the design. Brugger decided to make a lacrosse stick to add to the final sculpture. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The abstract sculpture was finally put together and completed. Everyone created a different design. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The abstract sculpture was finally put together and completed. Everyone created a different design. Credit: Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Students listen to what Carlson as he explains the rules of the games they were about to play. The objective for this advisory is for everyone to communicate with each other and for everyone to have a fun time. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students listen to what Carlson as he explains the rules of the games they were about to play. The objective for this advisory is for everyone to communicate with each other and for everyone to have a fun time. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Annabelle Lord-Patey raises her hand with the answer to the riddle in Brian Carlson’s advisory class. Carlson’s advisory sat together trying to figure out each riddle Carlson said. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Annabelle Lord-Patey raises her hand with the answer to the riddle in Brian Carlson’s advisory class. Carlson’s advisory sat together trying to figure out each riddle Carlson said. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students laugh and have a good time while listening to the riddles and trying to figure them out. Carlson’s advisory also plays many other games. For example board games, card games, and draw. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students laugh and have a good time while listening to the riddles and trying to figure them out. Carlson’s advisory also plays many other games. For example board games, card games, and draw. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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