Spaulding Education Fund Hosts A Night of Stars

On Sunday November 23, A Night of Stars was hosted in the auditorium. This show is presented by The Spaulding Education Fund, which has been providing grants to boost student achievement in core subjects for twenty five years. There were two performances that showcased the talent from elementary school to high school students in the community.

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As the audience was filing into the auditorium, a slideshow was playing in order to show what the Spaulding Education Fund has done for the Manchester Essex School District in the past twenty five years. In the science department, Spaulding has given three 3D printers that have opened up new creative possibilities for classes like robotics and industrial design. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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This year, the Master of Ceremonies was sophomore Robert Carter, who introduced each act with interesting facts about them. Carter also performed in both shows with the Soundwaves. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The Soundwaves performed “That Lonesome Road” and “No Rain” in both shows. Many of the Soundwaves members helped English teacher Liz Edgerton out backstage and some even had an act in one of the shows. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Sixth graders Maddie Lawler and Sami Turner showed off their gymnastic skills in the second show to the song “Bounce.” Both girls take lessons at Iron Rail Gymnastics Academy in Wenham and have been there for a while. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Elementary student Luli Bartlett sang “Eleanor Rigby” while playing her guitar. Written by the Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby” was released in 1966 and won a Grammy for best contemporary performance in 1967. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Eighth graders Emma Lacey and Anna Bonaccorso, with Ava Glass on bongos, sang “Runaway” by Ed Sheeran in the second show. The acts were split up into two shows so that more students could perform. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Thespina Parianos, Abby Lantz, and Bella Pomeroy sang “Riptide” by Vance Joy along with Thad Fulmer on guitar and Kendall Hersey on drums. This is the first time that this group of eighth graders has performed together and they have been asked to be another fundraising show coming up soon. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Hersey, the bands drummer, has never been in A Night of Stars before but has been drumming since the age of three and wants to continue for as long as he can. He takes lessons in Essex with James Murphy at Stix Drum Instruction. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Seventh grade student Jenna Cirella sang “All Too Well” accompanied by chorus director Donna O’Neill on piano. O’Neill also played piano for sixth grader Aoife Dalton in the first show and has been accompanying singers in the performances for many years. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Catherine Garlitz and Molly Brady, both seventh graders, showcased their tap skills in a duet to “Barbapapa’s Groove.” “Barbapapa’s Groove,” written and performed by the Barbatuques, was released in 2002. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Garlitz and Brady take dance lessons at Liza’s Studio in Beverly and have been dancing together there. The girls compete in weekend dance competitions all around the country. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Chelsea Rose sings “Vienna” by Billy Joel, accompanied by junior Sara Rhuda. Rose dedicated her song in honor of her friend Andrew Rennie. Along with singing in the show like she does every year, Rose also participated in the backstage crew with her fellow drama members. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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To close both shows, the Irish step dancing group from North Beverly danced a Treble Reel. A Treble Reel is a traditional dance done in hard shoes to 4/4 time. Every year these dancers showcase their skill in Irish step. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Essex Elementary hosts Messy Art Night

The Essex Teacher parent Organization hosted their 5th annual Messy Art night. Artists from Cape Ann volunteered to guide students at their stations. Melissa Glorieux and Christine Woodman organized the fundraiser along with many other parent and Manchester Essex Regional High School volunteers.

Mittens painted by students using watercolors hang to dry in the hallway. People were able to walk down the hallway and observe the various creations drying on the tables. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Mittens painted by students using watercolors hang to dry in the hallway. People were able to walk down the hallway and observe the various creations drying on the tables. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Second grader Lily Brigham uses paint to decorate her box. Each station has a volunteer artist from the community who instructs the children on how to use the tools correctly. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Second grader Lily Brigham uses paint to decorate her box. Each station has a volunteer artist from the community who instructs the children on how to use the tools correctly. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students use newspaper to create Paper Mache sculptures. One child constructs with sticks to make his animal more realistic. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students use newspaper to create Paper Mache sculptures. One child constructs with sticks to make his animal more realistic. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bailey Graves assists children paint with texture. One of the textures used was from a starfish. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bailey Graves assists children paint with texture. One of the textures used was from a starfish. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students fill in gumball machines with stickers and color with pastels. Children’s ages for the Mess Art Night ranges from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students fill in gumball machines with stickers and color with pastels. Children’s ages for the Mess Art Night ranges from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sarah Reed completes community service hours by selling food at the door. The profits from the food and the ticket sales go to the Essex Parent Teacher Organization. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sarah Reed completes community service hours by selling food at the door. The profits from the food and the ticket sales go to the Essex Parent Teacher Organization. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students volunteer to help the children layer tissue paper. The students do this by brushing on glue. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students volunteer to help the children layer tissue paper. The students do this by brushing on glue. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Brendan Driscoll and Junior Julia Whitten volunteer to teach students how to shade with pencil. The drawings mainly consist of nautical themed objects. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Brendan Driscoll and Junior Julia Whitten volunteer to teach students how to shade with pencil. The drawings mainly consist of nautical themed objects. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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District teachers join for collegiate volleyball

Teachers from the entire district came together for a night of collegiate volleyball. It helped to build a sense of community between the teachers.

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Manchester Essex Regional High School hosts A Night of Stars

The community gathered in the MERHS Auditorium for a show filled with the talents of the two communities students. The performances were a benefit for The Spaulding Trust which gives grants to MERSD projects.

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District officials enact storm procedures

By Fiona Davis

  Though North Shore communities are unaccustomed to the direct effects of hurricanes, emergency response teams, schools, and town agencies are always prepared, according to facilities manager Joe Lucido.

  In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29, town officials began taking steps toward storm preparedness, according to Superintendent Pamela Beaudoin.

  “When we hear it’s coming in, we connect with the towns and go to an emergency planning meeting,” Beaudoin said.

  According to her, the key to handling a storm or other weather disaster is communication.

  “It’s really just about constant communication with everybody who has eyes and ears on the ground,” Beaudoin said.

  According to Lucido, new technology helps to make communication more efficient.

  “We get alerts on our smart phones, which in years past we didn’t have that,” he said.

  Part of the communication and preparation process during storms is deciding whether or not to cancel school based on police safety recommendations, according to Beaudoin.

  “The police always want to know what our thinking is around closing schools. Sometimes they want cars and people off the roads; they don’t want people travelling, and we just have an agreement that if they put in any kinds of states of emergency or if they want us to keep people and kids off the roads, we will comply with that,” she said.

  According to Beaudoin, the goal is always to have school, but safety must take precedence if conditions are not safe.

  “I always worry about kids driving and walking with debris flying around and people trying to navigate,” Beaudoin said.

  Including the school system in discussions about storm readiness is especially important, according to Beaudoin, because the school is an emergency shelter for families affected by a storm.

  According to food service director Sheila Parisien, being ready for an emergency is essential because the town depends on the school in a crisis.

  “I always order enough so that there is always enough food for an extra couple hundred people…all staff who live near the school are on call to come in and work because we become a shelter and we feed not only families that are evacuated but also the policemen, the firemen, and DPW workers who will be working around the clock,” she said.

  According to Lucido, the school building must also be equipped to handle the storm.

  “I make sure our generators are fueled up, that they are running properly, that we take all or trash barrels in or anything that could be flying around, and we secure all our equipment,” he said.

  According to Parisien, the school has a responsibility to be prepared for the general community.

  “The whole town is dependent on us potentially. You take care of your people. The people in this town are our immediate responsibilities,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elementary students show off their music talents

On Tuesday night May 1st, both the Essex Elementary and the Memorial Elementary performed their chorus and band concert together. The schools combined into one band or one chorus for certain parts of the performance.

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Essex Elementary holds the first family science night

 

On Thursday March 8th Essex Elementary held the first family science fair night. Students were able to do experiments and participate in hands on learning.

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Essex Elementary puts on Beauty and the Beast

The fourth and fifth graders of Essex Elementary take on Beauty and the Best as their school play. They are practicing for one last time before the final performance. The final performances are on Friday February 9th and Thursday February 10th.

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Messy Art Night at Essex Elementary draws crowd, local artists

Many people participated and enjoyed the 2nd annual Messy Art Night at Essex Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 4th from 5-8 PM. The public was welcome to enjoy the event, which was held to raise money for the school, for $5 per person or $20 per family. The goal of the night was to publicize the vibrant art world in and around Cape Ann […]

Many people participated and enjoyed the 2nd annual Messy Art Night at Essex Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 4th from 5-8 PM. The public was welcome to enjoy the event, which was held to raise money for the school, for $5 per person or $20 per family. The goal of the night was to publicize the vibrant art world in and around Cape Ann. Fifteen local artists introduced children to different art techniques and provided fun art to make and take home. With the help of the artists, the P.T.O. and the excited kids, the night was viewed as a success.

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Former Boston College basketball star leads clinic for girls grades 3 – 12

Sarah Behn, who runs the Sarah Behn basketball camp, came to the Manchester-Essex High School to help girls from grades 3 to 12 with their basketball skills on Sunday Jan. 16. With Sarah and her three counselors, the girls split into four groups, by age, to practice and perfect the basic basketball skills necessary on the court. Throughout the duration of the clinic, skills in agility, ball handling, shooting, and conditioning were all strained for the players. At the end of the clinic Behn reviewed with the girls of what they learned, and then as a final gesture gave out some prizes to those lucky winners before the boys clinic started right after.

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