Humans Of Manchester Essex: Week 4

Inspired by the photo project Humans Of New York by Brandon Stanton comes a new photo series captured by senior Courtney MacDougall. Humans Of Manchester Essex takes a deeper look at the lives of Manchester Essex’s students.

 

" Apples are my favorite fruit."
” Apples are my favorite fruit.”
"What is your favorite thing about being in a theatre production?"  "Probably the people in it. They are very comfortable and easy to talk to."
“What is your favorite thing about being in a theatre production?”
“Probably the people in it. They are very comfortable and easy to talk to.”
"My favorite Iphone app is Instagram."
“My favorite Iphone app is Instagram.”
"Would you rather eat peanut butter off a hobos foot or be stuck in a cage with a lion?"  "Well, I don't like peanut butter, so I'm going to have to go with the lion."
“Would you rather eat peanut butter off a stranger’s foot or be stuck in a cage with a lion?”
“Well, I don’t like peanut butter, so I’m going to have to go with the lion.”
"This summer I am most looking forward to riding my bike around town."
“This summer I am most looking forward to riding my bike around town.”

" I really really really like Harry Potter"
” I really really really like Harry Potter”

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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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JV girls lacrosse takes down Gloucester

Manchester-Essex’s JV girls lacrosse team faced off against Gloucester High School’s JV team and won 11-4.

Eighth grader, Lily Pulver, sets up to take the draw against Gloucester’s starting center. Pulver scored 3 goals in the game making her one of the top scorers. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader, Lily Pulver, sets up to take the draw against Gloucester’s starting center. Pulver scored 3 goals in the game making her one of the top scorers. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
JV coach Jess Thompson watches the game play out. Thompson has said that each year, the JV team gets better and better with every batch of new players. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
JV coach Jess Thompson watches the game play out. Thompson has said that each year, the JV team gets better and better with every batch of new players. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman, Bennett Dolan, transitions the ball down the field. Dolan has been playing lacrosse for the last 6 years on both the Hamilton-Wenham and the Manchester-Essex team. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman, Bennett Dolan, transitions the ball down the field. Dolan has been playing lacrosse for the last 6 years on both the Hamilton-Wenham and the Manchester-Essex team. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester-Essex player jog off the field for half time. Because Manchester-Essex had such a dominant lead in the game at this point, Coach Thompson decided to switch up the players’ positions to let them try new things on the field. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester-Essex player jog off the field for half time. Because Manchester-Essex had such a dominant lead in the game at this point, Coach Thompson decided to switch up the players’ positions to let them try new things on the field. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gloucester’s team meets at half time to talk about the game. The Manchester-Essex varsity girls’ lacrosse team beat the Gloucester varsity team 11-0. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gloucester’s team meets at half time to talk about the game. The Manchester-Essex varsity girls’ lacrosse team beat the Gloucester varsity team 11-0. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Thompson talks to the team at half time. In the second half, Gloucester made a slight comeback, scoring 3 out of the 4 goals they made in the game. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Thompson talks to the team at half time. In the second half, Gloucester made a slight comeback, scoring 3 out of the 4 goals they made in the game. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The team gets ready and cheers before the start of the second half. Some of the players have said games where Manchester-Essex beats other schools by a large number aren’t as fun because they aren’t challenged athletically. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team gets ready and cheers before the start of the second half. Some of the players have said games where Manchester-Essex beats other schools by a large number aren’t as fun because they aren’t challenged athletically. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Middle School Students Observe Shakespeare’s Hamlet

This performance done by Shakespeare & Company is a well-known play that is preformed yearly around this time. Shakespeare & Company is located in Lenox, Massachusetts and every year thousands of students participate in these performances.  Middle school students were invited to the auditorium to watch Hamlet to then discuss their thoughts on the play.

Shakespeare & Co. has their costume rack backstage ready so the cast can quickly change. Throughout the play cast members made quick changes to get ready for the next scene. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Shakespeare & Co. has their costume rack backstage ready so the cast can quickly change. Throughout the play cast members made quick changes to get ready for the next scene. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wife of Hamlet steps out on stage expressing her worry for her husband. Students said this played with their emotions and increased the suspense in the play.  Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wife of Hamlet steps out on stage expressing her worry for her husband. Students said this played with their emotions and increased the suspense in the play. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All of the middle school students sit quietly in the auditorium seats watching the play. Shakespeare & Company usually preforms for most underclassmen or elementary students but also can preform for any age. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All of the middle school students sit quietly in the auditorium seats watching the play. Shakespeare & Company usually preforms for most underclassmen or elementary students but also can preform for any age. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Shakespeare & Co. displays their set from Hamlet. This Company is well known for their set design and reviewers say their elaborate set design and music creates a well-rounded performance. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Shakespeare & Co. displays their set from Hamlet. This Company is well known for their set design and reviewers say their elaborate set design and music creates a well-rounded performance. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students enter the cafeteria during F block to view the play. Many 6th 7th and 8th grade students said they enjoyed the suspense and plot of Hamlet. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students enter the cafeteria during F block to view the play. Many 6th 7th and 8th grade students said they enjoyed the suspense and plot of Hamlet. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In scene four of the play Hamlet, characters Prince Hamlet and Horatio are having a fight with swords. Shakespeare and company has been around for over 10 years. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In scene four of the play Hamlet, characters Prince Hamlet and Horatio are having a fight with swords. Shakespeare and company has been around for over 10 years. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The creature in the play came out of a mysterious door and scared many in the audience. The character had a voice auditor therefore greatening the dramatic effect. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The creature in the play came out of a mysterious door and scared many in the audience. The character had a voice auditor therefore greatening the dramatic effect. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Hamlet enters the stage sharing a dialogue with the strange creature. During this scene the audience was taken by surprise by the volume of the characters voices. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hamlet enters the stage sharing a dialogue with the strange creature. During this scene the audience was taken by surprise by the volume of the characters voices. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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School readies new schedule for next year

Changes to the high school class schedule will take effect for the 2015-2016 school year. The schedule will continue to rotate but in two different segments, according to Principal Patricia Puglisi. “We’ll be locking the beginning of the day,” she said. The last four blocks of the day will be the other locked section, according to Puglisi. “Class periods will still remain the same amount of time, and we’ll still have A through G. The only difference will be that the blocks don’t rotate all the way through the day. The first three blocks will be an A, B, and C rotation, and the afternoon classes will also rotate with each other,” Puglisi said. The two separate rotating blocks will allow the school to hire more part-time teachers. “[The schedule change] gives us the opportunity to more easily hire part-time staff,” Puglisi said. Regarding the addition of part-time staff members, French teacher Erin Fortunato said that the change would make scheduling easier for prospective part- time staff because they would hypothetically be able to schedule their classes in one of the two rotating sections. “It would just make it easier for a person to have a part- time position. The change is in the hopes that we will be able to find a part-time teacher, which is already difficult as it is,” Fortunato said. There are some challenges that the school will have to overcome as a result of the changes to the schedule. “We’re separating our staff from the middle school, so there are two challenges that we’ll face; we’ll need to hire additional 0.6 teachers, and also music will still be shared [with the middle school],” Puglisi said. Although the schedule will have logistical benefits for the school, junior Nathan Evans said that he thinks the system will be difficult to grasp at first. “It’s always hard to learn a new schedule, and I think it will be especially difficult for high schoolers who are used to the current schedule,” Evans said. Junior Chris Milne also brought up a possible fallback to the new schedule plan. “It definitely might be difficult to go through difficult classes when they are only in the morning and before lunch. I feel like kids will constantly be tired so grades might be worse in the morning classes,” he said. The bell schedule will be reevaluated for after next year’s trial year, according to Puglisi.

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Science Department Removes Physics First

Twenty freshmen of the class of 2018 piloted the new science sequence arrangement, enrolling in biology as opposed to Physics First.

In 2008, the science department announced that all freshmen students should begin their high school careers taking Physics First to provide a solid introduction to basic physics.

Recently, however, the school staff expressed the idea that freshmen should enroll in biology as opposed to Physics First, essentially because Physics First isn’t considered a lab science by most top tier colleges.

High School Principal Patricia Puglisi reviewed the Course of Studies for students alongside several staff and faculty members prior to the 2014 school year.

“After surveying a variety of colleges, we found that most of the top tier schools require students to take three years of a lab science. Allowing our students to take biology freshman year provides most opportunity and greater offerings to students involved in science,” Puglisi said.

As eighth-grade students enter high school, they will be given the option of enrolling in biology or Foundations of Science and Engineering, a new class that was introduced in 2013.

Biology teacher Erica Everett expressed her opinion upon removing Physics First from the science department program.

“The advantage is that students would be able to gather their three lab sciences earlier on in their career, and they would have greater access to science electives,” she said.

Taking biology freshmen year would enable students to take the electives MERHS offers, which include anatomy, anthropology, robotics, ASR etc.

“This change isn’t tremendously dramatic. The Physics First program had its time at the high school. Kids are coming in more prepared from the middle school, and we need to keep up with their needs,” Puglisi said.

Freshman Chanel Bullock, one of the 20 students currently enrolled in biology, expressed her thoughts on taking the class a year in advance.

“I’m glad that I took the class earlier because I can fit more science classes into my schedule. When I grow up, I want to play a role in the medical field, so taking more science classes would be best for me,” Bullock said.

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Band students perform in Atrium at Montreal

By Courtney Fraser

Fifty-nine members of the high school band departed for Montreal, Canada on March 20 for three days at the Hotel Gouveneur Place Dupris.

Accompanying the students and band director Joseph Sokol were six chaperones and the tour escort, Peggy Williamson.

On Friday morning at 6:30, students boarded the busses, for a six-hour long ride to Canada where they explored the city and performed at Atrium Le 1000.

Upon their arrival in Montreal, the band began the concert at Atrium playing the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by “O’Canada,” and ending with “Great Movie Adventures.” In total,  the students performed eight songs for the audience.

“It’s nice to have the whole group together to perform because it’s a memory. To have an opportunity to leave Manchester and to leave the country and to tour with all of your friends is a great time,” Sokol said.

Many of the students treasured the trip especially because it was the final trip their director, Sokol, will be taking because he is retiring at the end of the year. The trip to Montreal was marked to be his 12th trip with the high school band.

“This trip was really exciting because it was such a great group of people going, and the activities we did, like going ice-skating, were pretty fun. Since it was Mr. Sokol’s last band trip, we all were determined to make it memorable,” junior Molly Lynch said.

While in Montreal, the students and chaperones went on a sightseeing city tour, which lasted roughly two and a half hours, and had the opportunity to go shopping in the Old Montreal area.

Students were divided into two groups on the 21st where one group departed to see the Museum of Contemporary Art and the other left to go ice-skating at Atrium.

“All in all, the trip to Montreal was a great trip. Performing in front of a new audience from a different country was a fun experience. I hope to attend the trip next year too,” junior Gillian Guerin said.

The last stop the band students made in Montreal was to the Biodome and to the Olympic Tower.

 

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Middle school art class seeks inspiration from the high school art show

The annual high school art show is currently taking place in the hallways of MERHS. Art teacher Marion Powers brought her eighth grade class into the hallways to appreciate each class’s artwork and use it to create masterpieces of their own.

Decorating the main hallway of MERHS are artworks from the high school drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, digital photography, and printmaking classes. The art show is held every spring. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Decorating the main hallway of MERHS are artworks from the high school drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, digital photography, and printmaking classes. The art show is held every spring. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class looks at some of the artworks in the hallway. Powers asks her students to find a few pieces of artwork that speak to them. Once they return to her classroom, they create their own artworks inspired by the ones they chose. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class looks at some of the artworks in the hallway. Powers asks her students to find a few pieces of artwork that speak to them. Once they return to her classroom, they create their own artworks inspired by the ones they chose. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While they appreciate each class’s body of work from September to now, eighth grade students in middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s class take notes on what they see. Powers tells her class that “a lot of artists get ideas from other people and places,” and although they’re not copying it, “they’re turning it into their own work of art.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While they appreciate each class’s body of work from September to now, eighth grade students in middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s class take notes on what they see. Powers tells her class that “a lot of artists get ideas from other people and places,” and although they’re not copying it, “they’re turning it into their own work of art.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class works on their projects inspired by their chosen pieces from the high school art show. Later this year, Powers will have her high school class visit the middle school art show and ask them to create their own artworks inspired by what they see there. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class works on their projects inspired by their chosen pieces from the high school art show. Later this year, Powers will have her high school class visit the middle school art show and ask them to create their own artworks inspired by what they see there. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade students was kind enough to show this reporter the artworks she chose for her project. This was the first one, and she chose it because she is interested in the abstract patterns that come together to make up the image of a concrete setting. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade students was kind enough to show this reporter the artworks she chose for her project. This was the first one, and she chose it because she is interested in the abstract patterns that come together to make up the image of a concrete setting. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The second artwork the above-mentioned student used as an inspiration for her project. She appreciates the brilliant use of color and shape in this image, as well as the artist’s keen understanding of perspective. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The second artwork the above-mentioned student used as an inspiration for her project. She appreciates the brilliant use of color and shape in this image, as well as the artist’s keen understanding of perspective. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The student works on her masterpiece, using her two chosen pieces of artwork for inspiration. When asked why she gives her students this project, middle school art teacher Marion Power said, “I love seeing them use the work out there as an inspiration to create something new.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The student works on her masterpiece, using her two chosen pieces of artwork for inspiration. When asked why she gives her students this project, middle school art teacher Marion Power said, “I love seeing them use the work out there as an inspiration to create something new.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Bertucci’s Night raises money for Global Issues

The Global Issues class hosted a dinner at Bertucci’s Restaurant, in Beverly. It was a fundraiser for Malaria eradication. 15% of what was spent on dinner was donated to “Malaria No More”.

Sophomore Jack Colpoy’s and Wolf Hahn sit next to each other for dinner. To prevent Malaria, Malaria No More gathers money to buy nets. The nets go to children’s homes and hospitals for prevention of the disease. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jack Colpoy’s and Wolf Hahn sit next to each other for dinner. To prevent Malaria, Malaria No More gathers money to buy nets. The nets go to children’s homes and hospitals for prevention of the disease. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Wolf Hahn and Jack Garvey are enjoying their pizza! Malaria No More diagnosis children with this disease and treats it. The treatment costs 1 dollar and treats a child in 1 to 3 days.  Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Wolf Hahn and Jack Garvey are enjoying their pizza! Malaria No More diagnosis children with this disease and treats it. The treatment costs 1 dollar and treats a child in 1 to 3 days. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Right before the food came out; the boys passed plates around the table to get ready for pizza. Malaria is in the top 3 killers of children worldwide! Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Right before the food came out; the boys passed plates around the table to get ready for pizza. Malaria is in the top 3 killers of children worldwide! Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Most of the baseball team attended this fundraiser. The boys gathered around their table and waited patiently for their food to be served. The total cost of their meal was 375 dollars. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Most of the baseball team attended this fundraiser. The boys gathered around their table and waited patiently for their food to be served. The total cost of their meal was 375 dollars. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Robbie Sarmanian, Cosmo Pallazola, Mitch Paccone, with their 8th grade friend Ryan Garlitz got a ton of pizza’s. This was to support the “Malaria No More”. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Robbie Sarmanian, Cosmo Pallazola, Mitch Paccone, with their 8th grade friend Ryan Garlitz got a ton of pizza’s. This was to support the “Malaria No More”. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Seniors Brett Williams and Teddy Economo were sitting on the benches waiting for the rest of their team to be finished. For most of the night they were welcoming students from Manchester Essex into the restaurant. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Brett Williams and Teddy Economo were sitting on the benches waiting for the rest of their team to be finished. For most of the night they were welcoming students from Manchester Essex into the restaurant. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader Ryan Garlitz went to dinner with his 9th grade friends. Scientists and organizations are currently in the process of creating a vaccine for Malaria to help stop it! Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader Ryan Garlitz went to dinner with his 9th grade friends. Scientists and organizations are currently in the process of creating a vaccine for Malaria to help stop it! Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Every 60 seconds a child dies from Malaria. Junior Isabella Repucci looks at the Bertucci’s menu to see what she wants to buy as a contribution to this fundraiser. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Every 60 seconds a child dies from Malaria. Junior Isabella Repucci looks at the Bertucci’s menu to see what she wants to buy as a contribution to this fundraiser. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team Builds Hydroponic and AquaPonics Project

Students in the Manchester Essex Green Team have created a simple yet effective environmentally friendly garden, out of the normal growing season. Their goal is to provide and create organic food for students. The definition of hydroponics is a subset of hydro culture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.

The Green Teams students Belle Allmendinger, Justin Eichenburger, and Louis Masella created a healthy way to grow food. The aquaponics system combines aquaculture which is the farming of fish and hydroponics which is the raising of plants without soil. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Green Teams students Belle Allmendinger, Justin Eichenburger, and Louis Masella created a healthy way to grow food. The aquaponics system combines aquaculture which is the farming of fish and hydroponics which is the raising of plants without soil. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In some of the Aquaponic structures there are gold fish. Nutrients for the plants come from fish waste.  The plants act as a bio filter, and they clean the water making it a healthy living space for the fish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In some of the Aquaponic structures there are gold fish. Nutrients for the plants come from fish waste. The plants act as a bio filter, and they clean the water making it a healthy living space for the fish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
There are six aquaponic structures built on the third floor by the Green Team room. The students plan to build 10 of them with the help of their diagrams, blueprints and extensive research. Students have a budget which they must follow even though they plan to get the most out of each aquaponic. The total cost for 10 units is $1960. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
There are six aquaponic structures built on the third floor by the Green Team room. The students plan to build 10 of them with the help of their diagrams, blueprints and extensive research. Students have a budget which they must follow even though they plan to get the most out of each aquaponic. The total cost for 10 units is $1960. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
They types of plants that will grow in the aquaponics are selected by limitation of nutrients.  They plan on growing a small amount of Lettuce, basil, mint, chives and arugula due to it being their first time using and working with aquaponics. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
They types of plants that will grow in the aquaponics are selected by limitation of nutrients. They plan on growing a small amount of Lettuce, basil, mint, chives and arugula due to it being their first time using and working with aquaponics. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hydroponic towers provide an environmentally friendly option of growing food, in the winter time. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and they are methods of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, with soil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hydroponic towers provide an environmentally friendly option of growing food, in the winter time. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and they are methods of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, with soil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students plan on constructing 30 towers, so far they have 10. The jug holds the pump and the tower, and water is then cycled through the tower moving from the pump, up the tubes and to the top. The water then drips down to have a constant flow of water hitting the Rockwool seeds. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students plan on constructing 30 towers, so far they have 10. The jug holds the pump and the tower, and water is then cycled through the tower moving from the pump, up the tubes and to the top. The water then drips down to have a constant flow of water hitting the Rockwool seeds. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Goldfish were the best option for the auqaponics because they are the easiest to take care of and can withstand the changing of conditions. Goldfish can survive in 40-80 degrees. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Goldfish were the best option for the auqaponics because they are the easiest to take care of and can withstand the changing of conditions. Goldfish can survive in 40-80 degrees. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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