HS students study for midterm exams

As the middle of the school year comes, the stress of midterms is in the air. Teachers are trying to squeeze in final second quarter grades while preparing for the upcoming exams. On top of studying all the material for each class, students are working to keep up their grades to end second quarter on a high note.

Students say time management plays a key role in trying to juggle all of the work given. The different studying techniques that students use help make the most of a person’s time. Sophomore Ellie Mortillaro says, “I write down the information over and over again or I use flashcards to memorize vocabulary and other information,” as her two main studying techniques. Other techniques consist of simply reading the information off of an outline or filling out a study guide given by a teacher. Teachers leave the decision up to the students as to how each person should study.

Whether the student chooses to study or not, midterms are here and the student body is scrambling to absorb as much information as possible.

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Seventh graders read in Spanish to third graders

Seventh grade Spanish teacher Crystal Anthony brought her class over to Memorial Elementary School on Wednesday to share the books that they had created in Spanish.

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Artist draws attention to his heros

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Singer speaks of successes

American Idol Finalist, Ayla Brown, performed during the MERMHS Humanities Week to both schools. Brown spoke about her experiences as a singer, a middle school football player, and a basketball player at Boston College. She also spoke to DECA teacher Dean Martino’s class about the fiscal responsibility that goes along with being a performer, such as working with a business manager.

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Art’s dynamic duo

Twins Nicholas and Matthew Bouwer are known throughout MERHS as young yet accomplished artists. While both are vastly gifted in the arts, the two have chosen very different paths to follow.

Photos by Misha Berkrot and Abbi Biggar

 The dynamic twin duo from South Africa, seniors Nicholas and Matthew Bouwer, are known throughout MERHS as young yet accomplished artists. While both are vastly gifted in the arts, the two have chosen very different paths to follow.

 Nicholas, a proud student of AP Art, specializes in vibrant and fabulously detailed paintings and drawings. He has recently discovered a passion specifically working with water colors and has been creating self portraits and paintings of famous musical artists, such as Kid Cudi.

 Matthew, on the other hand, specializes in ceramics. At the present time, he is perfecting a sculpted pot themed after the Greek myth about Prometheus, a famed titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. Zeus punished Prometheus by having him chained to a rock, and having an eagle devour his liver (which would grow back every night) day after day. Bouwer depicts a shockingly detailed and original representation of Prometheus on his ceramic pot.

 Both twins have made immense impacts on the art department with their originality and creativity, and both will almost certainly continue their mastery of the arts to college life and beyond. 

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National debate tournament held at MERHS

The school hosted 260 debaters from around the United States

Photos by Abbi Biggar

The Tim Averill Invitational Debate Tournament was held at MERHS.  The school hosted 260 debaters from around the United States–including competitors from California, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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Teacher professional development covers grading guidelines

On October 6, 2010, the students of Manchester Essex Middle/High School had the first half day of the 2010-2011 school year.

Photos by Alex Filias and Abbi Biggar

On October 6, 2010, the students of Manchester Essex Middle/High School had the first half day of the 2010-2011 school year.  While students were dismissed early, the teachers stayed for department meetings.  After taking a lunch break, members of each department gathered with the department head to discuss guidelines for grading.

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