Physical Education Classes Enjoy the Warm Weather

Thursday April 30th students in Eric Magers high school gym class and students in Kathleen Pizzello middle school gym class play outside. The middle school class played Frisbee and prepared for their ultimate Frisbee unit. The high school class played two hand touch, while students inside played four square. 20150430_Jenny Ainsley high school Gym Class_0710

After the turnover from Williams, Nowak throws the ball down the field to teammates. The pass was received by sophomore Mac McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the turnover from Williams, Nowak throws the ball down the field to teammates. The pass was received by sophomore Mac McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grade students in Kathleen Pizzello’s gym class practice passing the Frisbee before beginning their unit on ultimate Frisbee. Eighth grader Suzy Morton passes to her partner. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grade students in Kathleen Pizzello’s gym class practice passing the Frisbee before beginning their unit on ultimate Frisbee. Eighth grader Suzy Morton passes to her partner. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to be aware of their surroundings while throwing Frisbees because of the hazard of hitting other students. Eighth grader Anna Bonaccorso begins her throw in the correct form. Students are advised every day to change for class, otherwise they cannot participate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to be aware of their surroundings while throwing Frisbees because of the hazard of hitting other students. Eighth grader Anna Bonaccorso begins her throw in the correct form. Students are advised every day to change for class, otherwise they cannot participate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schooler Jake Athanas catches the Frisbee and with a quick release returns the disc to his parter. Athanas said Frisbee is one  of his favorite units. It was a perfect spring day to be outside for class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schooler Jake Athanas catches the Frisbee and with a quick release returns the disc to his parter. Athanas said Frisbee is one of his favorite units. It was a perfect spring day to be outside for class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello begins to explain the rules of ultimate Frisbee to her students. Students look toward the boundaries and begin to look for their teams. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello begins to explain the rules of ultimate Frisbee to her students. Students look toward the boundaries and begin to look for their teams. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Milne runs back to his position after his team scored a touchdown. The sophomores then decide to create a game plan on how to win their game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Milne runs back to his position after his team scored a touchdown. The sophomores then decide to create a game plan on how to win their game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Aisea Richardson and Evan Williams run a play. Williams hands off to Richardson and he then runs the field to get the touchdown. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Aisea Richardson and Evan Williams run a play. Williams hands off to Richardson and he then runs the field to get the touchdown. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams passes the ball to the end of the field in a Hail Mary in hopes he will get a touchdown pass. The ball is picked off by Milne and then is two hand touched by McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams passes the ball to the end of the field in a Hail Mary in hopes he will get a touchdown pass. The ball is picked off by Milne and then is two hand touched by McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams runs the ball between McCoy and Richardson. He does not make it through and got a turn over to the other team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams runs the ball between McCoy and Richardson. He does not make it through and got a turn over to the other team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richardson with an illegal move is put on a two minute penalty. Students with penalties had to stand with Magers and cheering on  their teammates. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richardson with an illegal move is put on a two minute penalty. Students with penalties had to stand with Magers and cheering on their teammates. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Pizzello explains the boundaries and rules of the game of ultimate Frisbee. Students sat in a circle listening to how to play. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello explains the boundaries and rules of the game of ultimate Frisbee. Students sat in a circle listening to how to play. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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New Physical Education Teacher Instructs a Seventh Grade Class

On Wednesday, January 14, the new middle school physical education teacher, Kathleen Pizzello, guided seventh grade students in playing volleyball. Pizzello first began teaching at MERSD on December 8.

As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzella instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzello instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzella had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzella came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzello had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzello came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzella played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzello played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzella asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class.  Pizzella is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class. Pizzello is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

During the game Pizzella helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzella helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During the game Pizzello helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzello helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students Learn to Shoot Bows and Arrows

Over the course of two days, Tom Durfee taught his 6th and 7th grade PE students to shoot bows and arrows. The students quickly mastered the many techniques of archery.

 

Five targets were set up in the gym for students to shoot on in class. It was only during the second day of practice that the 8th grade students were allowed to aim and shoot on the targets from the half court line. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Five targets were set up in the gym for students to shoot on in class. It was only during the second day of practice that the 8th grade students were allowed to aim and shoot on the targets from the half court line. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The first day of practice, Durfee had students use a white rope to learn the proper shooting stance in archery. Durfee wanted the students to be well prepared before holding a bow and arrow for safety. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The first day of practice, Durfee had students use a white rope to learn the proper shooting stance in archery. Durfee wanted the students to be well prepared before holding a bow and arrow for safety. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
For the second half of the first lesson, Durfee tells students the importance of relaxing your shoulders while holding a bow. He highlights that before you shoot, you should keep your shoulders slightly bent for better aim. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
For the second half of the first lesson, Durfee tells students the importance of relaxing your shoulders while holding a bow. He highlights that before you shoot, you should keep your shoulders slightly bent for better aim. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee gives 8th grade student Julia Kaper helpful tips for hitting the target. He explains that to have an effective shot, shooters arms must be parallel to the ground. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee gives 8th grade student Julia Kaper helpful tips for hitting the target. He explains that to have an effective shot, shooters arms must be parallel to the ground. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the second day of the PE bow and arrow unit, students were able to use the set of bows to shoot on one of the five targets. Durfee observes each student individually, reminding them of the techniques they had learned in the previous class. One of the tips he tells students is to keep your bow hand opposite of the draw hand. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the second day of the PE bow and arrow unit, students were able to use the set of bows to shoot on one of the five targets. Durfee observes each student individually, reminding them of the techniques they had learned in the previous class. One of the tips he tells students is to keep your bow hand opposite of the draw hand. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee shows sixth grader Lydia Shaw how to use a bow and arrow. Shaw then shoots and tries to hit the bulls eye. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee shows sixth grader Lydia Shaw how to use a bow and arrow. Shaw then shoots and tries to hit the bulls eye. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students would wait until Durfee gave the okay to get their arrows. Durfee showed the students the safe way to take the arrow out of the target. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students would wait until Durfee gave the okay to get their arrows. Durfee showed the students the safe way to take the arrow out of the target. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A sixth grader places all six arrows into her arrow bucket. The students had to carry the arrows with the point down  so, they would not hurt themselves. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A sixth grader places all six arrows into her arrow bucket. The students had to carry the arrows with the point down so, they would not hurt themselves. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee shows the sixth graders how to take the arrows out of the target. The students had to wait until Durfee blew the whistle for the okay to get the arrows. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee shows the sixth graders how to take the arrows out of the target. The students had to wait until Durfee blew the whistle for the okay to get the arrows. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The students had a choice to choose from many different colored bows. When the students finished shooting  six arrows they would then hang their bow. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students had a choice to choose from many different colored bows. When the students finished shooting six arrows they would then hang their bow. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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6th Grade Has Fun Friday PE Class

PE teacher Tom Durfee talked to his class about sportsmanship before starting his fun Friday PE class. The fun Friday PE class was a game that had two teams. Each team had to steal the opponent’s circles at the end of the field.

 

PE teacher Tom Durfee shows a quick video on sportsmanship. Durfee explains that it’s not all about winning and that sometimes we should all help each other even when we are on separate teams. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
PE teacher Tom Durfee shows a quick video on sportsmanship. Durfee explains that it’s not all about winning and that sometimes we should all help each other even when we are on separate teams. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the video was shown, Durfee asked students questions about the film. The film showed the students that they should always show sportsmanship. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the video was shown, Durfee asked students questions about the film. The film showed the students that they should always show sportsmanship. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students joined Durfee outside on the turf so he could explain the rules of the fun Friday game. Durfee explain how there would be two teams that would play this game. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students joined Durfee outside on the turf so he could explain the rules of the fun Friday game. Durfee explain how there would be two teams that would play this game. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The pinny team was lined up along the 50-30 yard line and was ready to play. The teams goal was to run to the other side of the field and grab the non-pinny circles and put them in their bucket. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The pinny team was lined up along the 50-30 yard line and was ready to play. The teams goal was to run to the other side of the field and grab the non-pinny circles and put them in their bucket. 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
A sixth grader places one of the pinnies team circles into his teams bucket.  The team with the most circles in their bucket wins that round. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A sixth grader places one of the pinnies team circles into his teams bucket. The team with the most circles in their bucket wins that round. 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

After round one was over, Durfee gathers his class to count how many circles are in each bucket. The teams tied and everyone was a winner for round one.  Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After round one was over, Durfee gathers his class to count how many circles are in each bucket. The teams tied and everyone was a winner for round one.
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students Compete in Dodgeball Tournament

The class of 2016 hosted the annual dodgeball tournament for middle and high school. The class raised over $170 by selling snacks and charging for team involvement. Five teams in total competed, and the winning team, the Sisters, received a pizza party.

Contestants sign up for the dodgeball tournament in groups of 8. The contestants paid five dollars per person to help fundraise for the class of 2016. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Contestants sign up for the dodgeball tournament in groups of 8. The contestants paid five dollars per person to help fundraise for the class of 2016. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Madeline Surette and Susie Buck sell snacks and drinks at the concession stand before the tournament begins. The tournament was hosted by the student government of the class of 2016. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Madeline Surette and Susie Buck sell snacks and drinks at the concession stand before the tournament begins. The tournament was hosted by the student government of the class of 2016. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Ben Lantz winds up to throw the ball at the opposing team. Lantz’s team was the runner up in the tournament. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Ben Lantz winds up to throw the ball at the opposing team. Lantz’s team was the runner up in the tournament. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade team named Hornets attempts to eliminate members of the opposing team in the finals of the tournament. A player is out in dodgeball if they are hit with a ball, if they cross the line, if they step over the starting line before the referee says go, or if a member of the opposing team catches the ball that was thrown. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade team named Hornets attempts to eliminate members of the opposing team in the finals of the tournament. A player is out in dodgeball if they are hit with a ball, if they cross the line, if they step over the starting line before the referee says go, or if a member of the opposing team catches the ball that was thrown. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Will Janowicz throws the ball towards seventh grader Jake Athanas. Athanas was the last member of his team to be out; however, if he caught Janowicz’s throw he would have brought a member of his team back into the game. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Will Janowicz throws the ball towards seventh grader Jake Athanas. Athanas was the last member of his team to be out; however, if he caught Janowicz’s throw he would have brought a member of his team back into the game. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Athanas catches the ball allowing one of his teammates to come back into play. A player cannot be out if the dodgeball hits their head, which is required as a safety precaution. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Athanas catches the ball allowing one of his teammates to come back into play. A player cannot be out if the dodgeball hits their head, which is required as a safety precaution. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets team lines up as they prepare for the final round of the tournament against the team named The Sisters. The referee announces when the team can go over the line and begin that round. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets team lines up as they prepare for the final round of the tournament against the team named The Sisters. The referee announces when the team can go over the line and begin that round. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Seventh grader Luca Schwartz sacrifices himself for his team. By making himself an open target, his other team members were able to launch the dodgeballs successfully at the other team. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Luca Schwartz sacrifices himself for his team. By making himself an open target, his other team members were able to launch the dodgeballs successfully at the other team. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz and Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students problem solve with team work in P.E. class

On Thursday May 1st, physical education teacher Tom Durfee’s seventh grade class continued their problem solving unit. They incorporated elements of trust into physical challenges they needed to solve.

Some of the girls in the class fill out their self-evaluation rubric. They were instructed to do this quickly but accurately before beginning their warm up. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Some of the girls in the class fill out their self-evaluation rubric. They were instructed to do this quickly but accurately before beginning their warm up. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After using Fackre as support, Abby Lantz jumps over the rope. Though this was a good plan, it resulted in her letting go of her groups hand and caused them to start over again. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After using Fackre as support, Abby Lantz jumps over the rope. Though this was a good plan, it resulted in her letting go of her groups hand and caused them to start over again. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before beginning their problem solving activity, Durfee had his students fill out grading rubrics for their past unit, baseball. The students were required to grade themselves on how well they thought they did on a scale from 1-4. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before beginning their problem solving activity, Durfee had his students fill out grading rubrics for their past unit, baseball. The students were required to grade themselves on how well they thought they did on a scale from 1-4. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After completing their warm up, Durfee explained what the activity that they would be doing this class would look like. Each activity that they do during this unit develops trust between students and their peers and helps them work as a team. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After completing their warm up, Durfee explained what the activity that they would be doing this class would look like. Each activity that they do during this unit develops trust between students and their peers and helps them work as a team. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The goal of this activity was to figure out a way to all the member of the group over the rope, without touching it, while holding hands. The consequence of letting go of each other’s hand or touching the rope was starting over completely. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The goal of this activity was to figure out a way to all the member of the group over the rope, without touching it, while holding hands. The consequence of letting go of each other’s hand or touching the rope was starting over completely. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Annika Dahlin prepares to perform the task that her group decided on. Will Davis and Casey Fackre volunteer to act as a stepping stool for the other students getting over the rope. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Annika Dahlin prepares to perform the task that her group decided on. Will Davis and Casey Fackre volunteer to act as a stepping stool for the other students getting over the rope. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the students finished filling out their sheets, they began their daily stretches. This is the warm up routine the class will be using throughout the whole unit. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the students finished filling out their sheets, they began their daily stretches. This is the warm up routine the class will be using throughout the whole unit. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee demonstrates proper safety stance that they would need to use during this activity. This specific stance is one they use in multiple activities. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Durfee demonstrates proper safety stance that they would need to use during this activity. This specific stance is one they use in multiple activities. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Before starting the activity Durfee splits the students up into three groups. Each group went to a separate section divided by poles. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before starting the activity Durfee splits the students up into three groups. Each group went to a separate section divided by poles. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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PE class participates in Fun Friday

Seventh grade and high school  PE classes combine on Fun Friday. Students were given the option to either play Circus Ball in the gym or practice yoga in the workout room. Fun Friday allows students to have the opportunity to play a fun activity that is different to their daily curriculum.

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7th grade plays beach ball volleyball

Physical education teacher Tom Durfee’s seventh grade gym class continues their volleyball unit. They substituted beach balls for actual volleyballs to have a fun twist on the ordinary game.

 

Seventh grade students listen as physical education teacher Tom Durfee explains basic rules of volleyball. There are some additional rules that some may not know because they are playing the game with beach balls. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grade students listen as physical education teacher Tom Durfee explains basic rules of volleyball. There are some additional rules that some may not know because they are playing the game with beach balls. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Jade Cromwell and Andrea Rennie decided for this gym class to wear the same pink shirt and similar leggings. Conveniently, the two friends were on the same team for this class . Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Jade Cromwell and Andrea Rennie decided for this gym class to wear the same pink shirt and similar leggings. Conveniently, the two friends were on the same team for this class . Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Ollie Reinman pays close attention as the other team gets ready to serve the ball. Most students try to stay ont heir toes during the game so they can help their team as much as possible. Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Ollie Reinman pays close attention as the other team gets ready to serve the ball. Most students try to stay ont heir toes during the game so they can help their team as much as possible. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Abby Lantz bumps the beach ball onto the opposing team's side. During the game every team member has to be ready to hit the ball at any time. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Abby Lantz bumps the beach ball onto the opposing team’s side. During the game every team member has to be ready to hit the ball at any time. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh Graders wait as Durfee divides the class into teams. He does this by counting them off by four's in order to make two seperate games with four seperate teams. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh Graders wait as Durfee divides the class into teams. He does this by counting them off by four’s in order to make two seperate games with four seperate teams. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester essex Multimedia Online.
Before the games started, Matt Newton helps the class to set up the volleyball nets. Durfee doesn't require students to do this, but some volunteer. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Before the games started, Matt Newton helps the class to set up the volleyball nets. Durfee doesn’t require students to do this, but some volunteer. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Max Hahn, Casey Fackre, and  Evan Litka cheer on their team after being eliminated from the round. During the last round the rule of elimination was enforced if one dropped the ball. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Max Hahn, Casey Fackre, and
Evan Litka cheer on their team after being eliminated from the round. During the last round the rule of elimination was enforced if one dropped the ball. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
On the other side of the gym, Annie Martin and Abby Lantz converse over topics other than the game. The two made sure to participate when necessary and chat briefly in between games. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
On the other side of the gym, Annie Martin and Abby Lantz converse over topics other than the game. The two made sure to participate when necessary and chat briefly in between games. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Friends Harry Painter and Ben Lantz take the oppurtunity to talk about the game while the other team sets up. Both boys enjoyed playing beach ball volleyball in gym class. Credit: Aisnely McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Friends Harry Painter and Ben Lantz take the oppurtunity to talk about the game while the other team sets up. Both boys enjoyed playing beach ball volleyball in gym class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Ben Lantz takes a break on the side lines. Students are allowed to take brief breaks as long as they continue to cheer for their team. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Ben Lantz takes a break on the side lines. Students are allowed to take brief breaks as long as they continue to cheer for their team. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Alexis Brown listens as Durfee instructs the teams to switch courts. In this game they switch courts after one team reaches a certain amount of points. They then rotate courts in order to face new opponents. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grader Alexis Brown listens as Durfee instructs the teams to switch courts. In this game they switch courts after one team reaches a certain amount of points. They then rotate courts in order to face new opponents. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Seventh grade students Annie Martin and Will Davis watch as their teammate Atticus Takayesu runs to hit the ball over the net. On the opposing team, Evan Litka and Max HAhn wait for the ball to head over to their side. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Seventh grade students Annie Martin and Will Davis watch as their teammate Atticus Takayesu runs to hit the ball over the net. On the opposing team, Evan Litka and Max Hahn wait for the ball to head over to their side. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Students launch toys across gym

In a seventh grade gym class, physical education Thomas Durfee gives his class two challenges they must complete using only a tarp and a plastic animal.

 

 

 

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Master Bing guides classes through martial arts

From the Wudang Mountains in China, Master Bing visits Manchester Essex middle and high school as a participant in Humanities Week. He teaches health and gym classes his ways of wudang kungfu.

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