Ceramics classes get all fired up

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Art’s dynamic duo

Twins Nicholas and Matthew Bouwer are known throughout MERHS as young yet accomplished artists. While both are vastly gifted in the arts, the two have chosen very different paths to follow.

Photos by Misha Berkrot and Abbi Biggar

 The dynamic twin duo from South Africa, seniors Nicholas and Matthew Bouwer, are known throughout MERHS as young yet accomplished artists. While both are vastly gifted in the arts, the two have chosen very different paths to follow.

 Nicholas, a proud student of AP Art, specializes in vibrant and fabulously detailed paintings and drawings. He has recently discovered a passion specifically working with water colors and has been creating self portraits and paintings of famous musical artists, such as Kid Cudi.

 Matthew, on the other hand, specializes in ceramics. At the present time, he is perfecting a sculpted pot themed after the Greek myth about Prometheus, a famed titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. Zeus punished Prometheus by having him chained to a rock, and having an eagle devour his liver (which would grow back every night) day after day. Bouwer depicts a shockingly detailed and original representation of Prometheus on his ceramic pot.

 Both twins have made immense impacts on the art department with their originality and creativity, and both will almost certainly continue their mastery of the arts to college life and beyond. 

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Sixth graders adopt and sign their Bill of Rights

Sixth graders created posters to illustrate their Bill of Rights. Last year’s class initially drafted the code of conduct in Social Studies teacher Amy Desmond’s class, and was voted upon and adopted by this years sixth graders.

Photos by Maggie Cellucci

Sixth graders created posters to illustrate their Bill of Rights. Last year’s class initially drafted the code of conduct in Social Studies teacher Amy Desmond’s class, and was voted upon and adopted by this years sixth graders. The Bill of Rights mimics the United States Bill of Rights with a preamble and  eight articles.  Each student placed a hand print on the posters serving as his or her signature of agreement. Next year’s sixth graders will also have the option of amending the bill and will come up with their own way to embrace the meaning behind it.

Additionally, the students created additional illustrations of each article in their art classes.  Art teacher Caroline Epp taught them the software program Adobe Illustrator, which the students used to draw scenes to visually represent the meaning behind the articles.

Grade 6 – Bill of Rights

We the students of the sixth grade class hereby establish a better school community. One in which each student can share his/her voice while knowing that his/her peers will be kind, forgiving and nonjudgmental  and will respect the Articles herein. Together, we promise to create an environment in which all students feel that they are able to obtain friendships, feel safe, and feel respected.

Article I: We will use language that is positive and school appropriate.

Article II: We promise to help fellow students in need.

Article III: We will make every effort to make everyone feel included by welcoming people into discussions and offering people a chance to join a group.

Article IV: Students have the right to have personal space. We will keep our hands to ourselves and use our best manners in the halls, at our lockers, and in our classrooms.

Article V: We recognize that every student’s voice is important and should be heard. We will talk one at a time in class or meeting discussions and wait our turn to have the floor.

Article VI: We recognize that our teachers are here to help us. We will seek them out when we feel like we need help with a problem.

Article VII: We will respect and obey all school and class rules and understand that is the role of our teachers and principal is to watch over us and to enforce these rules.

Article VIII: School should be a fun and safe place to learn.

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Picasso inspired portraits in MS art

Eighth grade students in art teacher Marion Powers’ class have spent the last few classes working on Picasso inspired portraits.

Photos by Dana Filias

Eighth grade students in art teacher Marion Powers’ class have spent the last few blocks working on Picasso inspired portraits. The students first drew a representational frontal view self-portrait, as well as a profile, and then combined them to create an abstract portrait in the cubist style. They had the opportunity to bring their drawing to life using magazine clippings, blending markers, cray-pas, and colored pencils.

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Teacher professional development covers grading guidelines

On October 6, 2010, the students of Manchester Essex Middle/High School had the first half day of the 2010-2011 school year.

Photos by Alex Filias and Abbi Biggar

On October 6, 2010, the students of Manchester Essex Middle/High School had the first half day of the 2010-2011 school year.  While students were dismissed early, the teachers stayed for department meetings.  After taking a lunch break, members of each department gathered with the department head to discuss guidelines for grading.

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