Eighth graders get a taste of South American culture with Ecuadorian breakfast

Doris-Ann Vosseler hosts an Ecuadorian breakfast for her eighth grade Spanish class ever year during International Week. This event gives her students an opportunity to practice the skills they have learned while experiencing the culture of South America through its delicious breakfast foods.

Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler welcomes her students to this year’s Ecuadorian breakfast, which she hosts for all her Spanish classes. For her French class, she hosts a Parisian breakfast. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler welcomes her students to this year’s Ecuadorian breakfast, which she hosts for all her Spanish classes. For her French class, she hosts a Parisian breakfast. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sweet rolls (el pan dulce), all types of fruits (las frutas), and fruit juices (los jugos de fruta) are all lined up on a table in the eighth grade foreign language classroom, waiting to be eaten. Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler chose Ecuador because it is the focus of chapters eight and nine of her class’s textbook, ¡Ven Comigo! “In chapter eight,” she said, “the students study a lot about different foods, meals, and restaurant etiquette in Ecuador.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sweet rolls (el pan dulce), all types of fruits (las frutas), and fruit juices (los jugos de fruta) are all lined up on a table in the eighth grade foreign language classroom, waiting to be eaten. Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler chose Ecuador because it is the focus of chapters eight and nine of her class’s textbook, ¡Ven Comigo! “In chapter eight,” she said, “the students study a lot about different foods, meals, and restaurant etiquette in Ecuador.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from the eighth grade Spanish class try to decide which of the many delicious foods they will eat this morning. Unlike in past years, eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler asked students to bring in food for the Ecuadorian breakfast. During the first few years of the event, she would stay up late to bake all the sweet rolls and cut up all the fruit, and bring in all the food, juice, and paper products to school early in the morning. “After five years,” she said, “I realized this was too exhausting for me!” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from the eighth grade Spanish class try to decide which of the many delicious foods they will eat this morning. Unlike in past years, eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler asked students to bring in food for the Ecuadorian breakfast. During the first few years of the event, she would stay up late to bake all the sweet rolls and cut up all the fruit, and bring in all the food, juice, and paper products to school early in the morning. “After five years,” she said, “I realized this was too exhausting for me!” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Five girls from the eighth grade Spanish class enjoy their delicious South American meal. According to eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler, having students bring in food items this year proved itself to be a change for the better. “When the students brought in the food and paper products, the students seemed even more excited and involved in the breakfast,” she said “They really took ownership of it!  Instead of me preparing a breakfast for them, they prepared a breakfast for themselves and their peers.  It was much better for everyone!” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Five girls from the eighth grade Spanish class enjoy their delicious South American meal. According to eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler, having students bring in food items this year proved itself to be a change for the better. “When the students brought in the food and paper products, the students seemed even more excited and involved in the breakfast,” she said “They really took ownership of it! Instead of me preparing a breakfast for them, they prepared a breakfast for themselves and their peers. It was much better for everyone!” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Two tables of boys from the eighth grade Spanish class practice certain expressions and customs during the breakfast. This conversation counts for a quiz grade. The vocabulary comes from chapter 8 of ¡Ven Comigo!, which centers on food. Students also learn how to order food at a restaurant in Spanish-speaking countries. According to eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler, one interesting custom is that patrons call over a waiter or waitress by making the sound “¡Pffft!” or “Tch, Tch” while snapping their fingers. “This might sound rude for us,” she said, “but it is a very appropriate custom in Spanish-speaking countries.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Two tables of boys from the eighth grade Spanish class practice certain expressions and customs during the breakfast. This conversation counts for a quiz grade. The vocabulary comes from chapter 8 of ¡Ven Comigo!, which centers on food. Students also learn how to order food at a restaurant in Spanish-speaking countries. According to eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler, one interesting custom is that patrons call over a waiter or waitress by making the sound “¡Pffft!” or “Tch, Tch” while snapping their fingers. “This might sound rude for us,” she said, “but it is a very appropriate custom in Spanish-speaking countries.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The whole eighth grade Spanish class enjoys the Ecuadorian breakfast they prepared together, having their graded conversations as they eat. When asked why she hosts the breakfast, eighth-grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler said, “The more senses students use as they practice a foreign language, the more they will remember the experience and the language itself. This is always a very happy experience for students, and the positive emotions help them to retain in their long term memory the language and cultural elements they learn about.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The whole eighth grade Spanish class enjoys the Ecuadorian breakfast they prepared together, having their graded conversations as they eat. When asked why she hosts the breakfast, eighth-grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler said, “The more senses students use as they practice a foreign language, the more they will remember the experience and the language itself. This is always a very happy experience for students, and the positive emotions help them to retain in their long term memory the language and cultural elements they learn about.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

After they are done with their conversations, the eighth grade Spanish class enjoys a PowerPoint of Ecuadorian landscapes and sites accompanied by Ecuadorian music while they finish their breakfast. Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler’s favorite thing about the breakfast is that the students get a small taste of another culture, enjoying a meal that is slightly different than the typical breakfast in the United States. “In this more relaxed atmosphere, the students speak in Spanish and experience a little bit of the Ecuadorian culture,” she said. “I like this activity because the students are very involved and retain a positive impression of Spanish class and learning another language.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After they are done with their conversations, the eighth grade Spanish class enjoys a PowerPoint of Ecuadorian landscapes and sites accompanied by Ecuadorian music while they finish their breakfast. Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler’s favorite thing about the breakfast is that the students get a small taste of another culture, enjoying a meal that is slightly different than the typical breakfast in the United States. “In this more relaxed atmosphere, the students speak in Spanish and experience a little bit of the Ecuadorian culture,” she said. “I like this activity because the students are very involved and retain a positive impression of Spanish class and learning another language.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Lila Etter Speaks About Barcelona

As a part of International Week, senior Lila Etter gave a presentation about her study abroad trip to Barcelona, Spain on Friday, March 13th. Etter traveled this summer after hosting a Spanish student the year prior.

Foreign Language Department Chair Michelle Magaña introduces Senior Lila Etter before she begins her presentation. Magaña is in charge of organizing International Week presentations each year, which are presented by students and community members alike. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Foreign Language Department Chair Michelle Magaña introduces Senior Lila Etter before she begins her presentation. Magaña is in charge of organizing International Week presentations each year, which are presented by students and community members alike. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Etter begins her presentation with a picture of the Spanish family with whom she stayed in Barcelona. Etter was part of a foreign exchange program run through the Pingree School, which allowed her to travel to Spain and to host a Spanish student visiting the United States. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Etter begins her presentation with a picture of the Spanish family with whom she stayed in Barcelona. Etter was part of a foreign exchange program run through the Pingree School, which allowed her to travel to Spain and to host a Spanish student visiting the United States. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Hayley Malloy waits to ask Etter a question regarding her travels. Etter showed a variety of pictures outlining her trip and spoke in depth about cultural and political life in Barcelona, particularly the desire of the Spanish region of Cataluña to separate from Spain. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Hayley Malloy waits to ask Etter a question regarding her travels. Etter showed a variety of pictures outlining her trip and spoke in depth about cultural and political life in Barcelona, particularly the desire of the Spanish region of Cataluña to separate from Spain. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade students listen to Etter’s presentation as she goes in depth about the various styles of architecture prominent in Barcelona. Students took notes as Etter outlined her trip and the different aspects of culture she encountered as a tourist in Barcelona. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade students listen to Etter’s presentation as she goes in depth about the various styles of architecture prominent in Barcelona. Students took notes as Etter outlined her trip and the different aspects of culture she encountered as a tourist in Barcelona. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Etter displays a picture of a Barcelonan house, known as Casa Batllo, which was designed by renowned architect Antoní Gaudí. Gaudí is famous for his design of La Sagrada Familia, a well-known and intricate cathedral in Barcelona, as well as his unique sense of design. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Etter displays a picture of a Barcelonan house, known as Casa Batllo, which was designed by renowned architect Antoní Gaudí. Gaudí is famous for his design of La Sagrada Familia, a well-known and intricate cathedral in Barcelona, as well as his unique sense of design. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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MERHS Students Present Trip to Europe for International Week

On Thursday, March 12th, sisters and current students at Manchester Essex Jillian and Katie Furber presented their experiences from their trip to Europe for International Week. They visited France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany Italy, and Spain.

 Sophomore Jillian Furber describes the harsh climate of the Jungfrau region of the French Alps. Temperatures can reach far below zero at the summit of the mountain. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jillian Furber describes the harsh climate of the Jungfrau region of the French Alps. Temperatures can reach far below zero at the summit of the mountain. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The long highways that go on for miles over looking beautiful scenery. Germany’s top export is oil, a crucial factor in the economy of Germany. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The long highways that go on for miles over looking beautiful scenery. Germany’s top export is oil, a crucial factor in the economy of Germany. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jillian Furber shares some of her personal experiences during their trip. One part of the trip that she shared was her amazement with how it could be a ninety-degree day at sea level and below zero on the mountains, but in the same town. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jillian Furber shares some of her personal experiences during their trip. One part of the trip that she shared was her amazement with how it could be a ninety-degree day at sea level and below zero on the mountains, but in the same town. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them.  Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them. Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them.  Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them. Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Members of a sophomore Spanish III class take notes on the presentation. All classes, including middle school, are instructed to take at least ten notes on the presentation in their target language. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Members of a sophomore Spanish III class take notes on the presentation. All classes, including middle school, are instructed to take at least ten notes on the presentation in their target language. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students Visit The Land Of Israel

Every year the school sets aside a week for students and teachers to present their experiences in foreign countries to the high school. Foreign language classes travel to the auditorium to listen to their peers or teachers experiences in foreign lands. Senior’s Sam Koufman and Avery St. Sauveur, along with junior Charlotte Freed, presented their trip to Israel they took over the summer.

Seniors Avery St. Sauveur and Sam Koufman along with junior Charlotte Freed set up their presentation before the foreign language classes flood the auditorium. Every year student and teachers present places they have gone and share their adventures outside of the US. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Avery St. Sauveur and Sam Koufman along with junior Charlotte Freed set up their presentation before the foreign language classes flood the auditorium. Every year student and teachers present places they have gone and share their adventures outside of the US. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students begin their presentation with a smile on their faces as they retell their amusing adventures they had in Israel. The students accompanied other teens in the area with the Jewish heritage group Y2I and were able to travel to Israel for free. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students begin their presentation with a smile on their faces as they retell their amusing adventures they had in Israel. The students accompanied other teens in the area with the Jewish heritage group Y2I and were able to travel to Israel for free. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Koufman shows a picture of the Sea of Galilee which his group swam in while in Israel. The Sea of Galilee is, according to the Bible, the sea that Jesus walked upon. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Koufman shows a picture of the Sea of Galilee which his group swam in while in Israel. The Sea of Galilee is, according to the Bible, the sea that Jesus walked upon. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
St. Sauveur explains to the audience about an ancient city they visited (Tsfat). The city is over 10,000 years old and it is said that is where Moses walked through the city making it very special in Israel. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
St. Sauveur explains to the audience about an ancient city they visited (Tsfat). The city is over 10,000 years old and it is said that is where Moses walked through the city making it very special in Israel. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ocean water, from the sea of Galilee, flows into a cavern formed by nature. The Sea of Galilee is filled with fresh water despite its name. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ocean water, from the sea of Galilee, flows into a cavern formed by nature. The Sea of Galilee is filled with fresh water despite its name. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Freed explains to the students how their group in Israel explored caverns and tunnels. Around the tunnels is water that can sometimes be glimpsed through holes in the walls. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freed explains to the students how their group in Israel explored caverns and tunnels. Around the tunnels is water that can sometimes be glimpsed through holes in the walls. Credit: Hayley Malloy for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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ME Alumni talk about study abroad experiences

Wednesday, March 11th former students of Manchester Essex presented during international week. The class of 2011s Kristine Walder and Rebecca Lynch spoke to students about their time abroad in several different countries. Lynch traveled to many countries in Europe and Walder traveled in South
America and the Galapagos.

Former student of MERSD class of 2011 Rebecca Lynch spoke about her time in Italy. The architecture in Florence is very authentic because it has some of the oldest and largest buildings. Florence, Italy has the largest brick dome in the world. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Former student of MERSD class of 2011 Rebecca Lynch spoke about her time in Italy. The architecture in Florence is very authentic because it has some of the oldest and largest buildings. Florence, Italy has the largest brick dome in the world. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch explained the food, and how it differs from Italian food that is made in America. She spoke about the many different types of pastas and food she ate on her trip. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch explained the food, and how it differs from Italian food that is made in America. She spoke about the many different types of pastas and food she ate on her trip. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students and teachers listen intently to the stories shared. Students are required to take notes during every presentation for a quiz grade. Students are also told to try the food in the cafeteria and wear the colors of the country for the day. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students and teachers listen intently to the stories shared. Students are required to take notes during every presentation for a quiz grade. Students are also told to try the food in the cafeteria and wear the colors of the country for the day. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dachau Concentration Camp is in Munich, Germany, Lynch explained the feeling of shock walking through the concentration camp. She spoke to the students that it was a scary and moving seeing the tragic things people had gone through. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dachau Concentration Camp is in Munich, Germany, Lynch explained the feeling of shock walking through the concentration camp. She spoke to the students that it was a scary and moving seeing the tragic things people had gone through. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch also traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland. She spoke about the food and the landscape. Her favorite part was the chocolate and the sweets made in Switzerland. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch also traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland. She spoke about the food and the landscape. Her favorite part was the chocolate and the sweets made in Switzerland. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students write down their facts and sentences about Walder’s time in the Galapagos. Students asked questions periodically throughout both presentations. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students write down their facts and sentences about Walder’s time in the Galapagos. Students asked questions periodically throughout both presentations. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Former student Christine Walder shared her travels and experiences in different places. She shared her time in the Galapagos and briefly spoke in Spanish about her time. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Former student Christine Walder shared her travels and experiences in different places. She shared her time in the Galapagos and briefly spoke in Spanish about her time. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Walder shared her time in the Amazon jungle. She spoke about the differences in plants and animals. Walder took a picture with the “mother of poisonous spiders” at night. Iguanas are rare to see because they have the ability to bled in with things for protection. Spikes grow on trees so nothing can kill it. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Walder shared her time in the Amazon jungle. She spoke about the differences in plants and animals. Walder took a picture with the “mother of poisonous spiders” at night. Iguanas are rare to see because they have the ability to bled in with things for protection. Spikes grow on trees so nothing can kill it. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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MS class attends South Africa Presentation

International week continues as students listen while school guidance counselor, Gillian Polk, talks about her experience in South Africa. This was only 1 of the many different presentations that took place throughout the week.

Polk begins her presentation in front of a 7th grade class. She spent her time there with a South African family for over 4 months. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Polk begins her presentation in front of a 7th grade class. She spent her time there with a South African family for over 4 months. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Polk talks about her parents when they brought her to South Africa. She told the class about how afraid she was when her parents left her. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Polk talks about her parents when they brought her to South Africa. She told the class about how afraid she was when her parents left her. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students listen intently to the presentation. South Africa has a population of about 52 million people. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students listen intently to the presentation. South Africa has a population of about 52 million people. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This slide depicted the colorful streets of South Africa. Polk said this neighborhood was known for being exceedingly bright and lively. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This slide depicted the colorful streets of South Africa. Polk said this neighborhood was known for being exceedingly bright and lively. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students watching presentations during International Week had to take notes as the week progressed. Each class watched 4 presentations total. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students watching presentations during International Week had to take notes as the week progressed. Each class watched 4 presentations total. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This student watches Polk as she tells about some of her experiences. South Africa has the 26th largest population of a country in the world. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This student watches Polk as she tells about some of her experiences. South Africa has the 26th largest population of a country in the world. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of Polk’s topics was photos of her trip to the Soccer City Stadium. That stadium was built to house the World Cup in 2010. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of Polk’s topics was photos of her trip to the Soccer City Stadium. That stadium was built to house the World Cup in 2010. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Listening students finish writing their notes as Polk wraps up her presentation. All middle school presentations took place in their grade’s respective Spanish/French rooms. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Listening students finish writing their notes as Polk wraps up her presentation. All middle school presentations took place in their grade’s respective Spanish/French rooms. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Foreign language holds meeting about spring Spain trip

On Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 pm there was a meeting for the high school trip to Spain in the sixth grade wing. The details were explained to parents and students who wish to attend the trip.  Information can be found at this web site

 

 

 

Spanish teacher Robert Bilsbury welcomes parents and students to the meeting for the trip to Spain. Only students currently enrolled in Spanish are eligible to attend the trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Spanish teacher Robert Bilsbury welcomes parents and students to the meeting for the trip to Spain. Only students currently enrolled in Spanish are eligible to attend the trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury explains the itinerary of the trip to those attending the meeting. The trip will take place for ten days over April vacation this school year. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury explains the itinerary of the trip to those attending the meeting. The trip will take place for ten days over April vacation this school year. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A slide show was presented with many pictures from the previous Spain trip. This trip is available for high school students every two years. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A slide show was presented with many pictures from the previous Spain trip. This trip is available for high school students every two years. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury shows the cities students will be attending with a map diagram. Some cities that students will see are Toledo, Cordoba, and the capital: Madrid. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Bilsbury shows the cities students will be attending with a map diagram. Some cities that students will see are Toledo, Cordoba, and the capital: Madrid. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There are two options for the Spain trip this year: students may choose to go to Northern Spain or to Southern Spain. Bilsbury and the students both agreed that Southern Spain would be a more enriching trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There are two options for the Spain trip this year: students may choose to go to Northern Spain or to Southern Spain. Bilsbury and the students both agreed that Southern Spain would be a more enriching trip. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There was a great turnout of both parents and students on Wednesday night. Bilsbury is hoping to have a group close to forty-one students, which is the maximum number of slots available. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
There was a great turnout of both parents and students on Wednesday night. Bilsbury is hoping to have a group close to forty-one students, which is the maximum number of slots available. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Towards the end of the informational meeting, Bilsbury answers questions from parents. Frequently asked questions asked were about the cost of the trip and rooming in hotels. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Towards the end of the informational meeting, Bilsbury answers questions from parents. Frequently asked questions asked were about the cost of the trip and rooming in hotels. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Parents learn about classes at the high school

Parents follow their children’s schedules to go over the syllabi of each class with teachers.  Parent Night is an annual event held each September, and is a way for parents to meet teachers.
Seniors Lila Etter, Bailey Graves, and Louisa Spofford hand out schedules to parents that show them where they should go to meet their children’s teachers.  The parents visited their children’s teachers for ten minutes each to go over what the students will be doing in the class this year.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Lila Etter, Bailey Graves, and Louisa Spofford hand out schedules to parents that show them where they should go to meet their children’s teachers. The parents visited their children’s teachers for ten minutes each to go over what the students will be doing in the class this year. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Joshua Ward represents the SoundWaves, an A Cappella group run by chorus teacher Donna O’Neill.  The SoundWaves perform at every major Manchester Essex Regional High School concert.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Joshua Ward represents the SoundWaves, an A Cappella group run by chorus teacher Donna O’Neill. The SoundWaves perform at every major Manchester Essex Regional High School concert. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior William Kannengieser and senior Charles Brennan provide information to parents about the high school’s DECA program.  DECA is a business and marketing program, and they participate in regional and national competitions.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior William Kannengieser and senior Charles Brennan provide information to parents about the high school’s DECA program. DECA is a business and marketing program, and they participate in regional and national competitions. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Tucker Evans and Junior Sara Rhuda play piano in the auditorium for the parents as they walk in.  Evans and Rhuda are both members of the high school chorus and the SoundWaves, so they perform at occasions similar to parent night as well.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Tucker Evans and Junior Sara Rhuda play piano in the auditorium for the parents as they walk in. Evans and Rhuda are both members of the high school chorus and the SoundWaves, so they perform at occasions similar to parent night as well. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
History teacher Jennifer Coleman displays her website to parents.  Coleman explains that she puts not only homework assignments on her website, but also resources to further help students understand historical events.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
History teacher Jennifer Coleman displays her website to parents. Coleman explains that she puts not only homework assignments on her website, but also resources to further help students understand historical events. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Foreign Language teacher Erin Fortunato goes over the plan for her French III Honors class to the parents of her students.  Fortunato describes the course topics as well as the expectations that she has of her students’ work.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Foreign Language teacher Erin Fortunato goes over the plan for her French III Honors class to the parents of her students. Fortunato describes the course topics as well as the expectations that she has of her students’ work. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause gives a description of her class to parents.  Krause has taught at Manchester Essex Regional High School for nine years, and she went to Manchester High School as a student.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause gives a description of her class to parents. Krause has taught at Manchester Essex Regional High School for nine years, and she went to Manchester High School as a student. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Liz Edgerton explains her plans for one of her classes to parents.  Along with being an English teacher, Edgerton is also the head of the high school drama club. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Liz Edgerton explains her plans for one of her classes to parents. Along with being an English teacher, Edgerton is also the head of the high school drama club. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Maria Burgess meets the parents of some of her biology students.  Burgess teaches not only biology, but also anatomy and physiology and Authentic Science Research.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Maria Burgess meets the parents of some of her biology students. Burgess teaches not only biology, but also anatomy and physiology and Authentic Science Research. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

DECA teacher Dean Martino explains the values and work ethic that he expects in his DECA students.  DECA has won various business and marketing competitions regionally and nationally.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
DECA teacher Dean Martino explains the values and work ethic that he expects in his DECA students. DECA has won various business and marketing competitions regionally and nationally. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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French class plays game to prepare for test

Foreign language teacher Erin Forunato’s freshman French class competed in a game that reviewed chapter material. Students were broken into groups, and took turns rolling dice to answer specific questions that corresponded with questions on a game board.

Students gather in teams as teacher Erin Fortunato explains how the game is played. Teams agreed on a magnet to represent them on the game board, which was projected on the class whiteboard. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students gather in teams as teacher Erin Fortunato explains how the game is played. Teams agreed on a magnet to represent them on the game board, which was projected on the class whiteboard. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Fortunato explains what categories can be landed on in the game. There were five symbols on the board that corresponded to categories in the game: translations, the imperfect tense, culture, vocabulary, and context situations. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Fortunato explains what categories can be landed on in the game. There were five symbols on the board that corresponded to categories in the game: translations, the imperfect tense, culture, vocabulary, and context situations. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
To determine who gets to roll the dice first, freshmen Annabelle Haskell and Lily Moore play rock paper scissors. Team members were required to take turns rolling the dice and answering questions that were asked. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
To determine who gets to roll the dice first, freshmen Annabelle Haskell and Lily Moore play rock paper scissors. Team members were required to take turns rolling the dice and answering questions that were asked. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman David LaForge rolls the die for his team. The number on the die when it was rolled determined how many spaces each team could move; if an answer was incorrect, the team would move back to their original spot. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman David LaForge rolls the die for his team. The number on the die when it was rolled determined how many spaces each team could move; if an answer was incorrect, the team would move back to their original spot. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A team collaborates on possible answers while freshman Julia Przesiek writes down their ideas. Whenever a student answered a question, he or she was not allowed to look at the written answer on the whiteboard. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
A team collaborates on possible answers while freshman Julia Przesiek writes down their ideas. Whenever a student answered a question, he or she was not allowed to look at the written answer on the whiteboard. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Freshman Nellie Boling finishes up the game as she writes her final answer for a question about the imperfect tense. No teams were able to finish the entire game, which resulted in a five-way tie, so teacher Erin Fortunato decided to give them all candy on the test day. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Nellie Boling finishes up the game as she writes her final answer for a question about the imperfect tense. No teams were able to finish the entire game, which resulted in a five-way tie, so teacher Erin Fortunato decided to give them all candy on the test day. Credit: Amber Paré and Marlaina Fulmer for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Manchester Essex Regional High School Ranked 18 in State

Manchester Essex High School was recently ranked number 18 in the state of Massachusetts by US News and World Reports. The school ranked 118 in the nation for STEM and 394 in the country overall. The district was ranked 15 in Boston Magazine’s Best Schools in Boston 2013. The teacher student ratio is 14:1 and 91.5% of Advanced Placement students scored a 3-5 on their AP tests.  MERHS is known for its athletic teams, art programs, and teaching and learning strategies. The following photos show some of the great learning and doing at the school.

The High school engineering class created a self-made light bulb only using ingredients found in the classroom. The class is learning about electrical charges and how batteries send currents through the wires, to the graphite and that sparks a flame, which creates the light. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The High school engineering class created a self-made light bulb only using ingredients found in the classroom. The class is learning about electrical charges and how batteries send currents through the wires, to the graphite and that sparks a flame, which creates the light. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Tyler Malik after several tries finally got his light to illuminate. The bulb would only burn for thirty seconds or less. One group of students got their bulb to burn for a minute and forty five seconds because of the numerous rods of graphite. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Tyler Malik after several tries finally got his light to illuminate. The bulb would only burn for thirty seconds or less. One group of students got their bulb to burn for a minute and forty five seconds because of the numerous rods of graphite. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school English class goes over prepositional phrases, and adjective phrases. Elizabeth Edgerton teaches that all parts of a sentence go together and always have a subject and a predicate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school English class goes over prepositional phrases, and adjective phrases. Elizabeth Edgerton teaches that all parts of a sentence go together and always have a subject and a predicate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen David LaForge volunteers to explain and underline the prepositional phrases in a paragraph projected on the board. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen David LaForge volunteers to explain and underline the prepositional phrases in a paragraph projected on the board. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Physics teacher Phil Logsdon offers students to go to the board and explain the parts of the eye to the class. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Physics teacher Phil Logsdon offers students to go to the board and explain the parts of the eye to the class. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students explain the inside of the eye and how eyes are some most important parts of the body. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students explain the inside of the eye and how eyes are some most important parts of the body. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students at the near end of the year are given a research paper. Students peer edit each other’s work to make sure there are no grammatical errors or layout problems. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students at the near end of the year are given a research paper. Students peer edit each other’s work to make sure there are no grammatical errors or layout problems. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The library is a place for students to quietly and efficiently get work done with no distractions during a study hall. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The library is a place for students to quietly and efficiently get work done with no distractions during a study hall. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior T.C. Fougere pays close attention to his history class. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior T.C. Fougere pays close attention to his history class. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in Abigail Donnelly’s junior’s history class read a letter projected on the board that explains a key detail in the unit they are studying. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in Abigail Donnelly’s junior’s history class read a letter projected on the board that explains a key detail in the unit they are studying. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school has an open door policy in the front office. The principal Patricia Puglisi converses with freshmen student Phoebe Savje about upcoming events in the district. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school has an open door policy in the front office. The principal Patricia Puglisi converses with freshmen student Phoebe Savje about upcoming events in the district. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The world language department has many great tactics to help students study for tests and quizzes efficiently and effectively. Students in Erin Fortunato’s Spanish class, students are put into groups of two and three and have to re write English sentences on the board in Spanish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The world language department has many great tactics to help students study for tests and quizzes efficiently and effectively. Students in Erin Fortunato’s Spanish class, students are put into groups of two and three and have to re write English sentences on the board in Spanish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Working hard together, freshmen Lilly Calandra, Cole Charlton, and Evan Pennoyer talk and work together on how to correctly re-write the sentence. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Working hard together, freshmen Lilly Calandra, Cole Charlton, and Evan Pennoyer talk and work together on how to correctly re-write the sentence. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The math department focuses on many things throughout the school year. Students in Sarah Deluca’s freshmen math class listen to the instructions of their next activity, before they are handed a worksheet and sent on their own to do it.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The math department focuses on many things throughout the school year. Students in Sarah Deluca’s freshmen math class listen to the instructions of their next activity, before they are handed a worksheet and sent on their own to do it. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Ford works intently on a math worksheet that has students figure out the x and why axis coordinates on a graph. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Ford works intently on a math worksheet that has students figure out the x and why axis coordinates on a graph. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Learning strategies class helps students in all grades in the high school on skills they need to focus on. It helps students on an IEP and 504 contracts. It gives students a time for extra help on quizzes and tests, and extra help on homework. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Learning strategies class helps students in all grades in the high school on skills they need to focus on. It helps students on an IEP and 504 contracts. It gives students a time for extra help on quizzes and tests, and extra help on homework. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Teacher’s hands on work with students to get though work that person is struggling with. The Learning strategies class focuses on all subjects. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Teacher’s hands on work with students to get though work that person is struggling with. The Learning strategies class focuses on all subjects. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Manchester Essex Multimedia Online is a class to keep the Manchester Essex Middle High school up to date with the latest news and things happening with in the school. Students shoot stories of things happening with in the school district, events happening on weekends or even at night, MEMO students are there to shoot it. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester Essex Multimedia Online is a class to keep the Manchester Essex Middle High school up to date with the latest news and things happening with in the school. Students shoot stories of things happening with in the school district, events happening on weekends or even at night, MEMO students are there to shoot it. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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