High School Photo Class Makes Stencils

Students in Caroline Epp’s photo class got the opportunity to make a stencil. Everyone chose a picture and would print it would to make a stencil.

The paints came in a pack of ten. If a student wanted a color they would then get a paper plate and squeeze a bit of paint out. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia OnlineThe paints came in a pack of ten. If a student wanted a color they would then get a paper plate and squeeze a bit of paint out. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Students gathered around the table to work on their stencils. Each student used a different picture like animals, someone famous, or even a random person. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia OnlineStudents gathered around the table to work on their stencils. Each student used a different picture like animals, someone famous, or even a random person. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Eden Silag Stearns, cuts the extra paper off with an Exado knife. Students taped the drawing paper on the back of the stencil while they cut the picture out. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Eden Silag Stearns, cuts the extra paper off with an Exado knife. Students taped the drawing paper on the back of the stencil while they cut the picture out. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Gillian Winn decided to stencil a panda. Students could use many different colors like black, purple, red, or blue. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Gillian Winn decided to stencil a panda. Students could use many different colors like black, purple, red, or blue. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald 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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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
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

 

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STEM class builds Syrian refugee housing models

Students in art teacher Caroline Epp’s Industrial and STEM design class built model Syrian refugee homes during the architecture unit. This year, Epp’s class is not just industrial design, but the students will be working on html/css coding, data visualization, and user experience design as well.

Freshmen Evan Osterman and Marc Sears glue a side on to their refugee house. Before starting to actually build the structures, the students researched what materials would be a best least expensive fit for the houses. They also completed research questions about the Syrian crisis. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Evan Osterman and Marc Sears glue a side on to their refugee house. Before starting to actually build the structures, the students researched what materials would be a best least expensive fit for the houses. They also completed research questions about the Syrian crisis. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Craig Carter and junior Alex Beckmann hot glue one of the final pieces onto the roof of their project. The students had to go through a test and evaluate process in which they focused on the strengths and weaknesses before being able to finish the project completely. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Craig Carter and junior Alex Beckmann hot glue one of the final pieces onto the roof of their project. The students had to go through a test and evaluate process in which they focused on the strengths and weaknesses before being able to finish the project completely. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The freshman team of Chris Brosch, Ames Sheriff, and James Riordan place their materials accordingly, following their design plan. This team used balsa wood, hot glue, and air dry clay. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The freshman team of Chris Brosch, Ames Sheriff, and James Riordan place their materials accordingly, following their design plan. This team used balsa wood, hot glue, and air dry clay. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Riordan opens up his account on Trello to review the design plans he made with his group. Trello, along with Sketch Up, are websites used to help format design plans and come up with blueprints to follow before making the actual product. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Riordan opens up his account on Trello to review the design plans he made with his group. Trello, along with Sketch Up, are websites used to help format design plans and come up with blueprints to follow before making the actual product. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Brendan Driscoll forms the air dry clay on the roof of his refugee home to his liking. Driscoll, like some other groups, opted to use the clay for the extra parts of his structure because it is not stable enough for the assembly of the whole building. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Brendan Driscoll forms the air dry clay on the roof of his refugee home to his liking. Driscoll, like some other groups, opted to use the clay for the extra parts of his structure because it is not stable enough for the assembly of the whole building. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brosch glues a part onto the house while Sheriff rolls the air dry clay for a finishing touch. In the design process, the students were asked to split up the building tasks between each person on the team to make the fabrication go smoothly. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brosch glues a part onto the house while Sheriff rolls the air dry clay for a finishing touch. In the design process, the students were asked to split up the building tasks between each person on the team to make the fabrication go smoothly. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While building their refugee home, juniors Briant Bradley and Eddie Beauregard discuss the nest step in the construction process. Each team had to come up with multiple ideas and make thumbnail sketches in the deign process, but they could only chose one for the final project. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While building their refugee home, juniors Briant Bradley and Eddie Beauregard discuss the nest step in the construction process. Each team had to come up with multiple ideas and make thumbnail sketches in the deign process, but they could only chose one for the final project. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The refugee house made by sophomore Melanie Carter and junior Amanda Loebelenz was one of the first finished products in the class. Carter and Loebelenz added their own finishing touches to the assignment by making miniature bunk beds and a ladder while the other students finished up. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The refugee house made by sophomore Melanie Carter and junior Amanda Loebelenz was one of the first finished products in the class. Carter and Loebelenz added their own finishing touches to the assignment by making miniature bunk beds and a ladder while the other students finished up. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Artists Among Us: Maren Corrigan

Junior Maren Corrigan has made a large amount of art pieces, some of which have made it into art shows at Manchester Essex Regional High School. This is the first in a series featuring visual and performing artists at MERHS.

Junior Maren Corrigan shows one of her favorite drawings.  Corrigan states that her artistic influences are surrealism, comic book art, and indie graphic novels.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Junior Maren Corrigan shows one of her favorite drawings. Corrigan states that her artistic influences are surrealism, comic book art, and indie graphic novels. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Holding two of her recent drawings, Corrigan shows that her main form of artistic creation is drawing.  Corrigan has taken a drawing class at Manchester Essex Regional High School.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Holding two of her recent drawings, Corrigan shows that her main form of artistic creation is drawing. Corrigan has taken a drawing class at Manchester Essex Regional High School. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
With some of her more recent art projects put together, Corrigan displays how her art style varies from piece to piece. Corrigan makes art pieces whenever she has the free time to do so. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Corrigan has always drawn, but in seventh grade she began actively making art and developing her unique style.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Corrigan has always drawn, but in seventh grade she began actively making art and developing her unique style. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Corrigan‘s enjoyment for drawing is partially because of the comfort of sitting down and completing the process of starting and finishing a piece, and also because she loves creating funny, creepy, and weird drawings. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Corrigan describes that her attraction to surrealism is because “there’s so much more information to absorb from something that’s real, but not quite right, than from an absolute realism piece.”  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Corrigan describes that her attraction to surrealism is because “there’s so much more information to absorb from something that’s real, but not quite right, than from an absolute realism piece.” Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

All of Corrigan’s art pieces are drawings.  She usually uses pencil for an outline, and a black pen and Sharpie to finish the piece.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
All of Corrigan’s art pieces are drawings. She usually uses pencil for an outline, and a black pen and Sharpie to finish the piece. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Freshman Wolf Hahn wins National Art Award

Wolf Hahn’s photo first won a Gold Key at the Regional Level of the SMFA Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. It then moved up to the national level of judging and it was awarded a Gold Key at that level as well.

Hahn and his family attended the award ceremony in New York City at Carnegie Hall. THe MC was Nick Cannon and the featured speaker was fashion designer Zac Posen.  His work was on display with the other Gold winners at the Pratt Gallery in Manhattan.

 

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Wolf Hahn 9 End Of Day Photography Art Gold Key Caroline Epp Manchester Essex Regional High School
Wolf Hahn 9 End Of Day Photography Art Gold Key Caroline Epp Manchester Essex Regional High School

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Middle school holds annual art show

Art teacher Tamara Burns’ seventh grade class answered questions on the middle school art show. The pieces in the art show ranged from print making, to digital, drawing, painting, and mixed media.

In the eighth grade classes, students were given a random book page and were assigned to choose a certain word on that page and create a visual image describing it. Most students filled the whole page to their advantage. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In the eighth grade classes, students were given a random book page and were assigned to choose a certain word on that page and create a visual image describing it. Most students filled the whole page to their advantage. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Annalise Mora makes her final decision on what painting is her favorite. At the end of the year, for their final project, Burns assigned her class to create an original accordion book of specific pieces they have made throughout the year. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Annalise Mora makes her final decision on what painting is her favorite. At the end of the year, for their final project, Burns assigned her class to create an original accordion book of specific pieces they have made throughout the year. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eve Feuerbach and Meredith Wolf write their opinions about the sixth grade graphic design pieces. The students use the program Adobe Illustrator to create different graphic design pictures. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eve Feuerbach and Meredith Wolf write their opinions about the sixth grade graphic design pieces. The students use the program Adobe Illustrator to create different graphic design pictures. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Burns further explains a specific question on the worksheet to one of her students. This year Burns focused on the main topics of print making, lines and shapes in motion, sequential art cartooning, and 3D perspective. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Burns further explains a specific question on the worksheet to one of her students. This year Burns focused on the main topics of print making, lines and shapes in motion, sequential art cartooning, and 3D perspective. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rebecca Shan gazes at a pastel drawing of empty glass bottles. This project was taught for the students to practice their shading techniques in making different items look 3D. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rebecca Shan gazes at a pastel drawing of empty glass bottles. This project was taught for the students to practice their shading techniques in making different items look 3D. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Emma Dizio fills out the print making section of her provided worksheet. Every year Burn share withs her students her background knowledge of print making.  Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Emma Dizio fills out the print making section of her provided worksheet. Every year Burn share withs her students her background knowledge of print making. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Twins, Hannah Saulnier and Emily Saulnier are both in Caroline Epp’s sixth grade art class. Both are very talented artists, yet their styles are very different. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Twins, Hannah Saulnier and Emily Saulnier are both in Caroline Epp’s sixth grade art class. Both are very talented artists, yet their styles are very different. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Emma Lacey jots down notes about her favorite student artwork. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes spent a class touring the art show and took notes on their peers’ work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Emma Lacey jots down notes about her favorite student artwork. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes spent a class touring the art show and took notes on their peers’ work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Eighth grader, Kayley Wright put her artistic skills to use when given the assignment to create a drawing of an endangered species. Some students who were also given this assignment in seventh grade received awards for their work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader, Kayley Wright put her artistic skills to use when given the assignment to create a drawing of an endangered species. Some students who were also given this assignment in seventh grade received awards for their work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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7th grade art class creates accordion books

Tamera Burns’ 7th grade art class created accordion books. Students were assigned several mini projects that would be placed in the books later. Assignments ranged from sewing to perspective drawing.

Students start the class off after gathering their materials. Due to different paces among the class, students were working on different assignments. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students start the class off after gathering their materials. Due to different paces among the class, students were working on different assignments. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Accordion booklets are displayed as seventh graders continue working. Students decorated the cover with paint according to their liking. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Accordion booklets are displayed as seventh graders continue working. Students decorated the cover with paint according to their liking. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Rebecca Shan glues on some of the final pieces to her sewing project. Teacher Tamera Burns said she chose to make the project consist of smaller assignments because it was easier for students to focus on shorter projects towards the end of the year. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Rebecca Shan glues on some of the final pieces to her sewing project. Teacher Tamera Burns said she chose to make the project consist of smaller assignments because it was easier for students to focus on shorter projects towards the end of the year. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Seventh grader Adam Roy sews sting onto his collage to add lines and color. Students cut out pieces of paper and made a collage out of them by gluing them to construction paper. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Adam Roy sews sting onto his collage to add lines and color. Students cut out pieces of paper and made a collage out of them by gluing them to construction paper. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Assignments will be placed on the inner flaps of this accordion book once student work is complete. Books will be sent home at the end of the year. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Assignments will be placed on the inner flaps of this accordion book once student work is complete. Books will be sent home at the end of the year. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Seventh grader Meredith Wolf finishes up the day with cleaning out her water colors and washing her hands. Students will have about a week and a half more to finish up any assignments they want in their booklet. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Meredith Wolf finishes up the day with cleaning out her water colors and washing her hands. Students will have about a week and a half more to finish up any assignments they want in their booklet. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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High school art displayed in annual art show

Throughout the year, high school students in all art classes worked on various projects.  The students picked a couple of their pieces to exhibit in the art show.  These include photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and mixed media.

Throughout the year, high school students in all art classes worked on various projects.  The students picked a couple of their pieces to exhibit in the art show.  These include photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and mixed media.
Throughout the year, high school students in all art classes worked on various projects. The students picked a couple of their pieces to exhibit in the art show. These include photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and mixed media.
Students in ceramics teacher Tamera Burns’s class picked some of their work to show.  The display consists of wheel thrown pieces, coil pots, hand built tiles, and sgraffito.  Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in ceramics teacher Tamera Burns’s class picked some of their work to show. The display consists of wheel thrown pieces, coil pots, hand built tiles, and sgraffito. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Ainsley McLaughlin observes the art pieces. Pieces of art work consisting of boxes that reflected something on the inside of them. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Ainsley McLaughlin observes the art pieces. Pieces of art work consisting of boxes that reflected something on the inside of them. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drawing classes display their artwork of skeletons. Drawing classes, as well as graphic design classes, are taught by art teacher Marion Powers. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drawing classes display their artwork of skeletons. Drawing classes, as well as graphic design classes, are taught by art teacher Marion Powers. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Laura Fitzgerald and Phoebe Savje stop in the hall in order to look at the displayed art.  Students are able to see the artwork as they travel in between classes. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Laura Fitzgerald and Phoebe Savje stop in the hall in order to look at the displayed art. Students are able to see the artwork as they travel in between classes. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Drawing classes, taught by art teacher Marion Powers, drew portraits of Malala Yousafzai.  Malala publicly stood up for girls’ education and was shot by the Taliban.  The students used various words in different languages of their choice in order to create the image. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Drawing classes, taught by art teacher Marion Powers, drew portraits of Malala Yousafzai. Malala publicly stood up for girls’ education and was shot by the Taliban. The students used various words in different languages of their choice in order to create the image. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Julia Paccone created a collection of paintings in her AP Studio Art class.  Paccone used spoons as a central subject for all of her paintings in the portfolio. Credit:  Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Julia Paccone created a collection of paintings in her AP Studio Art class. Paccone used spoons as a central subject for all of her paintings in the portfolio. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students who participated in painting and drawing classes, taught by Marion Powers, display their projects on painted book covers.   The drawings correspond to the contents of the book. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students who participated in painting and drawing classes, taught by Marion Powers, display their projects on painted book covers. The drawings correspond to the contents of the book. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On some of the boards, photographs taken by students in Photo I, Photo II, Photo III, and Photo Portfolio are displayed.  There are also artworks made by students in graphic design and mixed media.  Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On some of the boards, photographs taken by students in Photo I, Photo II, Photo III, and Photo Portfolio are displayed. There are also artworks made by students in graphic design and mixed media. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Amber Pare studies senior Julia Paccone’s portrait. Paccone layered different papers together to create a self-portrait. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Amber Pare studies senior Julia Paccone’s portrait. Paccone layered different papers together to create a self-portrait. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Senior portfolio student Sarah Lewiecki created portraits of her and her brother, Senior Ian Lewiecki. Lewiecki did this by painting different colored and sized circles. Credit:  Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior portfolio student Sarah Lewiecki created portraits of her and her brother, Senior Ian Lewiecki. Lewiecki did this by painting different colored and sized circles. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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New Science and History Electives offered this year

The following courses will be offered at the high school next year.

The new Stem Design Lab course is an art/science hybrid and the two new anthropology classes count as science electives. Robotics Engineering Design and Computer Aided Drafting are also being offered next year as science electives.  History is offering two new semester length courses, Sociology and Facing History.

 

Videos about the new anthropology and STEM Design class can be found here:

new anthro classes: http://screenr.com/FBMN

new stem lab classes: http://screenr.com/PNMN

Beginning next week, and continuing over the next several weeks, student schedules will be distributed beginning with the rising seniors.  Once they receive their schedule they may schedule an appointment with guidance if they would like to enroll in any of the new programs.  Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 30 credits each school year. These courses offer an opportunity to fill out their schedule.

Rising Junior, Sophomore and Freshman schedules will be distributed in subsequent weeks.  The staggered distribution will allow juniors and seniors first preference in the addition of electives.

 

 

STEM Design Lab
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
This project based course combines various areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with art. Initial units of Industrial Design, Architecture, Front End Web Development (basics of HTML5, CSS, Javascript Programming), UX (User Experience Design), Data Visualization/Infographics, and additional design problems will be taught. Students will engage in research, writing, sketching, labs, activities, and projects. Then students will work in groups in a design area of their choosing to complete final projects. All process and work will be documented in online portfolios. Additionally, to mirror the methodology used currently in much of the technology sector, students will be working with a modified Agile and Scrum project management development to improve productivity and collaboration skills.

 

Biological and Medical Anthropology
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
Biological Anthropology is the study of human biological diversity over time and space. Students will start with basic primatology and go on to study hominid evolution based on the fossil record and evidence of tool making. Additional topics include Heredity and Genetics, Mechanisms of Evolution, Human Variation and Adaptation, and Anatomy and Culture. Student will then move on to an examination of the intersection of genetics, disease, and culture in the study of Medical Anthropology. Factors which influence health and well-being, the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, and the cultural importance and use of various medical systems will be explored. Honors and College Prep levels are taught simultaneously.

 

Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology
Semester 2.5 credits
9-12 CP and Honors
Anthropology is the scientific study of humans, society, culture, and biology. Students will learn about cultures past and present in a holistic and comparative way. Cultural Anthropology is the subfield that describes, analyzes, interprets, and explains social and cultural similarities and differences. Some aspects of society that will be covered are Subsistence Methods and Social Stratification, Marriage and Kinship, Ethnicity and Race, Economics and Politics, and Language and Communication. Archaeology is the examination of past human behavior and cultural patterns though the evidence of material remains. Students will analyze the rise and fall of civilizations over time. Honors and College Prep levels are taught simultaneously.

 

ROBOTICS DESIGN & ENGINEERING
Grade 9-12
555 Semester Honors  2.5 Credits
554 Semester CP 2.5 Credits  
This hands-on, rich and exciting multidisciplinary course will immerse you in the exciting and popular science of robotics.  Working in small teams, students will explore topics that include: engineering, applied physics, electronics and control theory and technology.  The interest in robotic devices and systems has exploded over the last few years, as advances in robotic technologies have proven useful in many human and government scientific endeavors.  This course introduces students to the exciting field of robotics, while providing unique opportunities to design, engineer, manufacture, test, program, and control robots while putting them through a series of real-world design challenges.  This course will require students to read in the content area, think critically, and work with other to solve challenging problems.  Lab work, research, troubleshooting, instrumentation and building/manufacturing will be an important part of the course.

 

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (3D Solid Modeling with Pro/Engineer)
626 Semester Honors Grades 9-12
624 Semester CP 2.5 Credits
This class is a hands-on, exercise-intensive approach to all of the important parametric (geometric definitions of a design)  3D Modeling techniques and concepts. The goal of this course is to introduce and develop Parametric Modeling techniques and concepts for the CAD novice. Students will begin with constructing basic shapes and progress towards building intelligent solid 3D models that rotate with multiple views. This is accomplished through a series of ten tutorial style lessons. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson, creating a solid foundation of Computer Aided Engineering skills.

 

SOCIOLOGY
GRADES 11-12
253 – Semester CP 2.5 Credits
254 – Semester Honors 2.5 Credits 
Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of the way that societies work—or don’t work. By using methods, information, and observations of the social sciences, sociologists seek to make meaning out of the relationships and institutions within communities. Sociology combines analysis, empathy, and inquiry to build on theory and frame a deeper understanding of social constructs, perceptions, and realities. Possible topics include: social interaction, family and community, wealth and poverty, social constructs, deviance, social control, and social change.

 

 

FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES
GRADES 11-12
255 – Semester CP 2.5 Credits
256 – Semester H 2.5 Credits 
In order to promote greater awareness of the societal issues students will face in today’s world, this course will examine bias, racism, and prejudice in a historical context. Through the study of intolerance, genocide, and the Holocaust, students will be able to make the fundamental correlation between history and the moral and ethical choices they are forced to make on a daily basis in their own lives. While students will learn facts and background surrounding specific events in history, they will also be asked to examine the psychological motivations of the individual and of the group and the ethical implications of their actions.

 

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