Seventh grade math class prepares for test with “Joker’s Wild” game

Keith Stefanek’s seventh grade math class prepares for all of its quizzes and tests with a group-based review game created by Stefanek called the “Joker’s Wild.” This competition is one of the essential rites of passage for children at MERMS.

The three pouches from which cards are drawn, as wells as the scoreboard for the Joker’s Wild, hang on seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek’s classroom. A single is worth 50 points, a pair is worth 100 points, and a triple is worth 200 points. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The three pouches from which cards are drawn, as well as the scoreboard for the Joker’s Wild, hang on seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek’s classroom. A single is worth 50 points, a pair is worth 100 points, and a triple is worth 200 points. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A student from the seventh grade math class draws a card from each pouch. The team that the student represents chooses the topic of the next problem from the three cards. If three Jokers are drawn, the team that gets the next question correct wins automatically. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A student from the seventh grade math class draws a card from each pouch. The team that the student represents chooses the topic of the next problem from the three cards. If three Jokers are drawn, the team that gets the next question correct wins automatically. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh grade math class, broken up into teams, works diligently to be the first to complete the assigned math problem first. The winning team in a game of the Joker’s Wild is awarded with extra credit points on the test and a homework pass for each of its members. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh grade math class, broken up into teams, works diligently to be the first to complete the assigned math problem. The winning team in a game of the Joker’s Wild is awarded with extra credit points on the test and a homework pass for each of its members. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek helps a student and her team out with a math problem. The class was studying for a test on volume, surface area, angles, and lines. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek helps a student and her team out with a math problem. The class was studying for a test on volume, surface area, angles, and lines. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of students comes up to the white board to work on a problem together. Once they have agreed on an answer, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek comes over to check if they are correct. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of students comes up to the white board to work on a problem together. Once they have agreed on an answer, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek comes over to check if they are correct. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class watches as seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek writes down a problem on the board for the class to solve. Stefanek came up with the idea for the game from a television game show of the same name that ran during his youth. “It asked general knowledge trivia,” he said, “and I adapted it to fit my math classes.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class watches as seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek writes down a problem on the board for the class to solve. Stefanek came up with the idea for the game from a television game show of the same name that ran during his youth. “It asked general knowledge trivia,” he said, “and I adapted it to fit my math classes.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of seventh-graders races to be the first to solve the chosen math problem. When asked why he uses the game in his class, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek answered, “I play it with the students because it is a great way to review what we have learned. Students get to work cooperatively, and they enjoy playing the game as well.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of seventh-graders races to be the first to solve the chosen math problem. When asked why he uses the game in his class, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek answered, “I play it with the students because it is a great way to review what we have learned. Students get to work cooperatively, and they enjoy playing the game as well.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek updates the score of the Joker’s Wild. Stefanek has been playing the game with his classes for close to ten years. “My favorite thing is watching students help each other learn and review the math concepts, while trying to win at the same time!” he said. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek updates the score of the Joker’s Wild. Stefanek has been playing the game with his classes for close to ten years. “My favorite thing is watching students help each other learn and review the math concepts, while trying to win at the same time!” he said. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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DECA earns 41 awards at Boston competition

The MERHS DECA team returned from three days of competition in Boston. This year was the most challenging year to qualify for Internationals. In the past three years Massachusetts DECA enrollment has seen significant growth. The state level competition saw 2200 students at the Boston Marriott testing and roleplaying to make the international competition. The state competition has grown from 1700 students just four years ago. Only the top four students in each category qualified.
 
MERHS DECA has twelve International Qualifiers, fifteen students as Top Ten, and received 14 individual medals in the Friday night awards. We scored seven first place, eight second place, four third place and four fourth place honors. Combed with top ten, MERHS students amassed 41 awards. Many more MERHS students will receive written exam recognitions. I will forward their names when those results are posted.
 
Here are the specific medals, top ten and final rankings
 
Written
Exam
Role
Play 1
Role
Play 2
Top
10
Final
Ranking
First Name
Last Name
Comp.
Code
2nd
 
1st
Y
2nd
Breanna
Arnold
10-QSRM
 
 
 
Y
3rd
Delaney
Byrne
12-RMS
 
2nd
 
Y
2nd
Isabella
Hickey
15-BTDM
 
2nd
 
Y
2nd
Anna
Walsh
15-BTDM
 
2nd
1st
Y
1st
Courtney
Feuerbach
16-FTDM
 
2nd
1st
Y
1st
Samantha
Kane
16-FTDM
 
 
 
Y
4th
Liam
Crossen
18-MTDM
 
 
 
Y
4th
Tyler
Quade
18-MTDM
 
 
3rd
Y
Top Ten 
Paige
Lafferty
18-MTDM
 
 
3rd
Y
 Top Ten 
Caitlin
Malloy
18-MTDM
1st
 
 
Y
4th
Christopher
Carr
19-STDM
1st
 
 
Y
4th
John
Hennigan
19-STDM
 
2nd
 
Y
3rd
George
Lantz
19-STDM
 
2nd
 
Y
3rd
Henry
Rohner
19-STDM
 
 
 
Y
 Top Ten 
Sarah
Reed
9-MMS
 
 
 
 
 

 

Winners with trophies
Back Row L to R: Henry Rohner; Chris Carr; George Lantz: Courtney Feuerbach; Sam Kane; Caitlin Malloy; Sarah Reed; Isabella Hickey; Anna Walsh; Delaney Byrne; (Jack Hennigan missing was taking SAT) Front Row L to R: Liam Crossen; Tyler Quade; Paige Lafferty; Breanna Arnold

 

L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan
L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan

L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan
L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan

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UPCOMING EVENT: DECA holds annual Calendar Raffle

MERHS DECA minions are out and about with this year’s DECA Raffle Calendar.

 

DECA will draw one winner for each of the 31 days in October who wins everything listed on that date.

 

T. G. I. F. Fridays are of special interest with one of them coming in at $449.00

 

Sales break down in to three levels:

$10.00 = two entries

$15.00 = five entries

$20.00 = ten entries

 

The total value of prizes is about $3000.00 including a scenic flight for two over Cape Ann, 40% of an original painting (the artist has paintings selling at over $2000.00), oil changes, dinner, massages, yoga, Dunkin Donuts, LL Bean, antiques stores and there are many others.

 

Your names stays in the raffle for all 31 days and you can win more than once.

 

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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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Clubs Hold Information Fair

On September 11th, various clubs set up tables in the dining hall to share information about their organizations. Students take part in signing up for the many available clubs and activities the school community provides. Club meetings will be happening continuously throughout the year.

 

Junior Chelsea Rose represents the DECA Team in the club fair. She encourages students to sign up for the program and explains the clubs importance to the community. DECA, run by Dean Martino, is a marketing organization that has opportunities for students to compete in national competitions .Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Chelsea Rose represents the DECA Team in the club fair. She encourages students to sign up for the program and explains the clubs importance to the community. DECA, run by Dean Martino, is a marketing organization that has opportunities for students to compete in national competitions .Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students actively sign up for school clubs during first, second, and third lunches. Interest has been drawn to many of the available extracurricular activities for students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students actively sign up for school clubs during first, second, and third lunches. Interest has been drawn to many of the available extracurricular activities for students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
With permission from the administration, junior Erin Carlson decided to start her own club dedicated to the human treatment of animals. The club fair raised the clubs popularity as many students took the opportunity to sign up. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
With permission from the administration, junior Erin Carlson decided to start her own club dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. The club fair raised the clubs popularity as many students took the opportunity to sign up. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

On the way to lunch, students get a chance to see what Robotics-by-the-Sea has worked on last year. Senior Julia Whitten and junior Brendan Driscoll encourage students to take part in the club. In 2012, the robotics club came in as finalists the FRC 2012 Boston regional competition. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the way to lunch, students get a chance to see what Robotics-by-the-Sea has worked on last year. Senior Julia Whitten and junior Brendan Driscoll encourage students to take part in the club. In 2012, the robotics club came in as finalists the FRC 2012 Boston regional competition. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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GALLERY: 380 students/faculty take Ice Bucket Challenge

In an event coordinated by the school’s DECA program, over 380 students, faculty, and staff participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money to help fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Participants made a donation of at least $10 to be a part of the challenge.  Cape Pond Ice generously helped by donating ice, and Home Depot donated many of the buckets used in the event.

The DECA students challenged 220,000 other DECA students across the USA and seven other countries to take the challenge, and as well, MERHS challenged the 950,000 + students in Massachusetts to take the challenge.

Pete Frates is a Beverly native who has ALS and was the inspiration for the original Ice Bucket Challenge. His father, John Frates, attended the MEMS/MERHS event and spoke to the participants about the cause.

Over $6,000 was raised by the school community for The ALS Association.

 

 

 

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6th grade math class creates board games

Matthew Schlegel’s sixth grade class was assigned to create an original board game that involved mathematical strategies.  The class presented their finished math games to the rest of the class.

Maria Xhalia and her partner created a life size checker board game that represented a coordinate plane graph. Because of the fragile mat, the girls instructed their peers to take their shoes off before stepping on the game. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Maria Xhalia and her partner created a life size checker board game that represented a coordinate plane graph. Because of the fragile mat, the girls instructed their peers to take their shoes off before stepping on the game. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Maya Baker presents her candy themed board game to the class. Schlegel authorized his classes, in groups of two or three, to design creative board games involving information from recent chapters. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Maya Baker presents her candy themed board game to the class. Schlegel authorized his classes, in groups of two or three, to design creative board games involving information from recent chapters. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Hannah Saulnier explains her original Hunger Games themed board game based off the cornucopia in Catching Fire. Saulnier and her partner Elizabeth Staid chose to make their board circular to create a better image of the cornucopia. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hannah Saulnier explains her original Hunger Games themed board game based off the cornucopia in Catching Fire. Saulnier and her partner Elizabeth Staid chose to make their board circular to create a better image of the cornucopia. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When the students presented they were told to explain the rules of the game. After all the presentations, the students were allowed to choose a few games that they wanted to play themselves. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When the students presented they were told to explain the rules of the game. After all the presentations, the students were allowed to choose a few games that they wanted to play themselves. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Part of their project was to create a box that their game would go in as a real board game would. Many of the students used their artistic skills to decorate the box and the game board itself. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Part of their project was to create a box that their game would go in as a real board game would. Many of the students used their artistic skills to decorate the box and the game board itself. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Schlegel asks sixth graders Abby Corrao and Olivia Ford a question about the rules of their game. Many students asked questions during their peers’ presentations to get a better understanding of the game. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Schlegel asks sixth graders Abby Corrao and Olivia Ford a question about the rules of their game. Many students asked questions during their peers’ presentations to get a better understanding of the game. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Geometry class solves Rubik’s Cubes

Math teacher David Alger teaches geometry students the process of solving the Rubik’s Cube. The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik, who was a Hungarian inventor.  The solution involves problem solving, which is one component of the geometry curriculum.

Students in math teacher David Alger’s B block geometry class work on solving Rubik’s Cubes over the course of a couple of weeks.  For part of the geometry classes’ final exam, students must be able to quickly solve the Rubik’s Cube with or without a guide. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in math teacher David Alger’s B block geometry class work on solving Rubik’s Cubes over the course of a couple of weeks. For part of the geometry classes’ final exam, students must be able to quickly solve the Rubik’s Cube with or without a guide. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before learning to solve the Rubik’s Cubes, the students took them apart to understand how they work.  After completely disassembling the cubes, the students put them back together and began solving them.  Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before learning to solve the Rubik’s Cubes, the students took them apart to understand how they work. After completely disassembling the cubes, the students put them back together and began solving them. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Courtney Holley and Zoe Brown work on completing the solution. Students use their phones as a timer so they can be aware of their progress. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Courtney Holley and Zoe Brown work on completing the solution. Students use their phones as a timer so they can be aware of their progress. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Caitlin Malloy is advised by math teacher David Alger on how to accomplish a certain step in the process of solving the Rubik’s Cube. Alger provides assistance at the front of the class if students require help. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Caitlin Malloy is advised by math teacher David Alger on how to accomplish a certain step in the process of solving the Rubik’s Cube. Alger provides assistance at the front of the class if students require help. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Zanny Lee and sophomore Erin Carlson practice solving the cube. The guide for solving the cube contains step by step instruction for each face of the cube. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Zanny Lee and sophomore Erin Carlson practice solving the cube. The guide for solving the cube contains step by step instruction for each face of the cube. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore William Deschenes completes the steps of the Rubik’s Cube. Deschenes has practiced solving the cube outside of the classroom and has improved his speed by memorizing each phase of the process. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore William Deschenes completes the steps of the Rubik’s Cube. Deschenes has practiced solving the cube outside of the classroom and has improved his speed by memorizing each phase of the process. Credit: Susie Buck and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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DECA students compete successfully in Georgia

From Friday May 2nd to Wednesday May 7th the Manchester Essex DECA team traveled to Atlanta Georgia to compete in the International Career Development Conference. MERHS DECA scored two of 18 individual exam or role play medals awarded to the 462 MASS DECA students at the competition.

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