Memorial Day Assembly

On Friday May 22nd, Manchester Essex middle and high school came together for a school wide assembly. The annual Memorial Day assembly was held in the gym with guest speaker and Congressman Seth Moulton. Moulton spoke about his time serving in the military, and his time in politics.

High school band members prepare for the Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. Band director Joe Sokol goes over again the list of songs the students will be playing that day for the assembly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
High school band members prepare for the Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. Band director Joe Sokol goes over again the list of songs the students will be playing that day for the assembly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Congressmen and veteran Seth Moulton walks in the gym with Word War II veteran Larry Kirby. Kirby is over 90 years old and enlisted in the army when he was only 18 years old, the same age as some of the seniors in the gym today. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Congressmen and veteran Seth Moulton walks in the gym with Word War II veteran Larry Kirby. Kirby is over 90 years old and enlisted in the army when he was only 18 years old, the same age as some of the seniors in the gym today. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Band members begin to play The Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. The brass section of the band is in the front row of the instruments, for the best sound. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Band members begin to play The Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. The brass section of the band is in the front row of the instruments, for the best sound. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his experiences during war, and what it was like for him to enlist. Moulton spoke about what it was like to serve, and how it changed him as a person.  Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his experiences during war, and what it was like for him to enlist. Moulton spoke about what it was like to serve, and how it changed him as a person. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the chorus sang several songs. Their first song performed was On This Day, conducted by chorus director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the chorus sang several songs. Their first song performed was On This Day, conducted by chorus director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the audience watched intently to the speakers and their experiences. Students stood and gave Moulton a standing ovation to his speech about serving in the military. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the audience watched intently to the speakers and their experiences. Students stood and gave Moulton a standing ovation to his speech about serving in the military. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
World War II veteran Larry Kirby stands and waves to the crowd as he is introduced. Kirby has been actively working throughout his 90 years. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
World War II veteran Larry Kirby stands and waves to the crowd as he is introduced. Kirby has been actively working throughout his 90 years. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Principal Paul Murphy introduces all the veterans who were able to come to the assembly. From Right to left: William Bell, George Nickless, Arthur Secher, and Starr Lloyd. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Principal Paul Murphy introduces all the veterans who were able to come to the assembly. From Right to left: William Bell, George Nickless, Arthur Secher, and Starr Lloyd. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Sound Waves acapella group performed Let Freedom Ring. The Sound Waves perform at many school wide events and community events. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Sound Waves acapella group performed Let Freedom Ring. The Sound Waves perform at many school wide events and community events. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The veterans wait and listen patiently while the high school band performs the Marines Hymn, Air force Hymn, and Navy Hymn. The band performed a total of seven songs, along with the entire March Set. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The veterans wait and listen patiently while the high school band performs the Marines Hymn, Air force Hymn, and Navy Hymn. The band performed a total of seven songs, along with the entire March Set. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his work in democracy. Moulton talked about his work ethic and how it was to serve in the military. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his work in democracy. Moulton talked about his work ethic and how it was to serve in the military. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
15.Sokol receives a school wide standing ovation. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
15. Sokol receives a school wide standing ovation. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
At the end of the assembly, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy gave a special speech to band director Joe Sokol. It is Sokols last year at Manchester Essex, and he has been here for over 30 years. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
At the end of the assembly, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy gave a special speech to band director Joe Sokol. It is Sokols last year at Manchester Essex, and he has been here for over 30 years. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks to teachers and administrators after the assembly. Health teacher Janda Ricci-Munn speaks to Moulton about his work here at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks to teachers and administrators after the assembly. Health teacher Janda Ricci-Munn speaks to Moulton about his work here at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
History and Government teacher Jen Coleman introduces her AP Government class to Congressman Seth Moulton. The class is full of juniors and seniors interested in politics and in government. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
History and Government teacher Jen Coleman introduces her AP Government class to Congressman Seth Moulton. The class is full of juniors and seniors interested in politics and in government. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Teachers introduce themselves after the assembly to Moulton. Spanish teacher Robbie Bilsbury introduces himself to Moulton. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Teachers introduce themselves after the assembly to Moulton. Spanish teacher Robbie Bilsbury introduces himself to Moulton. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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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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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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Health Class Creates Nutrition Projects

On Friday, March 20th, 2015, Health teacher Eric Magers’ freshmen and sophomore class continued their work on their food and nutrition projects. Students worked either alone or in pairs in order to create a slide show that they would present to the class.

Magers encouraged the students to discuss the negative and positive aspects of their topic. A slide explains the negative effects of eating poorly. These effects include delayed growth, long term weight gain, loss of energy, and can even lead to eventual death. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Magers encouraged the students to discuss the negative and positive aspects of their topic. A slide explains the negative effects of eating poorly. These effects include delayed growth, long term weight gain, loss of energy, and can even lead to eventual death. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sally Pulver goes through her finished Power Point slide show before presenting it to the class the next day. The overarching topic was food, but each student chose a different health related aspect to focus on. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Sally Pulver goes through her finished Power Point slide show before presenting it to the class the next day. The overarching topic was food, but each student chose a different health related aspect to focus on. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Kassandra Xhalia and Taylor Reader do some extra research to gain more information on their topic. Students were allowed to use the internet or other sources to research their topic. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Kassandra Xhalia and Taylor Reader do some extra research to gain more information on their topic. Students were allowed to use the internet or other sources to research their topic. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Freshmen Mitch Paccone, Andrew Milne, and Jackson Rice work on their individual projects. Students were given the option to work alone or in pairs.  Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Mitch Paccone, Andrew Milne, and Jackson Rice work on their individual projects. Students were given the option to work alone or in pairs. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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MERHS Students Present Trip to Europe for International Week

On Thursday, March 12th, sisters and current students at Manchester Essex Jillian and Katie Furber presented their experiences from their trip to Europe for International Week. They visited France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany Italy, and Spain.

 Sophomore Jillian Furber describes the harsh climate of the Jungfrau region of the French Alps. Temperatures can reach far below zero at the summit of the mountain. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jillian Furber describes the harsh climate of the Jungfrau region of the French Alps. Temperatures can reach far below zero at the summit of the mountain. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The long highways that go on for miles over looking beautiful scenery. Germany’s top export is oil, a crucial factor in the economy of Germany. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The long highways that go on for miles over looking beautiful scenery. Germany’s top export is oil, a crucial factor in the economy of Germany. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jillian Furber shares some of her personal experiences during their trip. One part of the trip that she shared was her amazement with how it could be a ninety-degree day at sea level and below zero on the mountains, but in the same town. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jillian Furber shares some of her personal experiences during their trip. One part of the trip that she shared was her amazement with how it could be a ninety-degree day at sea level and below zero on the mountains, but in the same town. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them.  Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them. Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them.  Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
All levels of foreign language classes, both Spanish and French, spend their period watching the presentation that is prepared for them. Some students, teachers, and other members of the community presented their experience of spending time in a foreign country. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Members of a sophomore Spanish III class take notes on the presentation. All classes, including middle school, are instructed to take at least ten notes on the presentation in their target language. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Members of a sophomore Spanish III class take notes on the presentation. All classes, including middle school, are instructed to take at least ten notes on the presentation in their target language. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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6th Graders Give Book Talks

On Friday February 27th, Rebecca Figueroa’s sixth grade English class gave book talks. Each student gave a review of the book they had been reading nightly. Presenting in front of the class helps the students get some practice with public speaking and literary analysis.

Sixth grader Will Rodier presents his book The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. This book is a young adult mystery novel recommended for ages 8-12. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Will Rodier presents his book The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. This book is a young adult mystery novel recommended for ages 8-12. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hattie Wilson raises her hand to ask her classmate a question about their presentation during the dedicated question time. Students are encouraged to ask relevant questions and make comments they have about other students’ book talks. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hattie Wilson raises her hand to ask her classmate a question about their presentation during the dedicated question time. Students are encouraged to ask relevant questions and make comments they have about other students’ book talks. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Rebecca Figueroa explains to her sixth grade students what it looks and sounds like to be a good audience. Sixth graders are taught these manners and skills within different assignments. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Rebecca Figueroa explains to her sixth grade students what it looks and sounds like to be a good audience. Sixth graders are taught these manners and skills within different assignments. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth graders are assigned to read at least thirty minutes each night of a book of their choosing. Once they have finished the book, they present the book with a short summary, their rating out of ten, and who they would recommend it to.  Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth graders are assigned to read at least thirty minutes each night of a book of their choosing. Once they have finished the book, they present the book with a short summary, their rating out of ten, and who they would recommend it to. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sixth grader Sean Phelan discusses Maze Runner by James Dashner. Students were encouraged to provide a visual display of something that relates to their book. Though most students chose to show the cover of the book, others, like Phelan, chose to provide a symbol that had to do with the story. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Sean Phelan discusses Maze Runner by James Dashner. Students were encouraged to provide a visual display of something that relates to their book. Though most students chose to show the cover of the book, others, like Phelan, chose to provide a symbol that had to do with the story. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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8th Graders Construct Residential Structures

On Thursday February 5th, John Bannister-Marx’s eighth grade engineering class worked on constructing miniature residential homes. The students designed a bird’s eye view of the interior of the one floor home any way they liked, but they had to scale sizes down to being able to fit on a one 1×1’ piece of cardboard.

 

Patiently waiting for her glue to dry, eighth grader Kaya Crandall holds her cardboard in place to form one of the four outer walls to her house. Crandall precisely measured how big each room in her building should be. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Patiently waiting for her glue to dry, eighth grader Kaya Crandall holds her cardboard in place to form one of the four outer walls to her house. Crandall precisely measured how big each room in her building should be. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Recently the middle school has invested in a three dimensional visual printer. Teacher John Bannister-Marx explains how the printer works, and what comes out of it. Students are encouraged to use the printer, supervised by the teachers. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Recently the middle school has invested in a three dimensional visual printer. Teacher John Bannister-Marx explains how the printer works, and what comes out of it. Students are encouraged to use the printer, supervised by the teachers. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The 3D printing process begins by making a virtual design of the object one wants to make. The scanner on the printer makes a digital copy of a computer aided design and then puts it into a 3D modeling program. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The 3D printing process begins by making a virtual design of the object one wants to make. The scanner on the printer makes a digital copy of a computer aided design and then puts it into a 3D modeling program. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The material used for the 3D products is a hard plastic made from starch. The Maker-Bot Replicator 2, also known as the 3D printer is a safe, student accessible machine. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The material used for the 3D products is a hard plastic made from starch. The Maker-Bot Replicator 2, also known as the 3D printer is a safe, student accessible machine. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students work delicately and precisely. Students ask questions when needed. Bannister-Marx walks around the room routinely checking on students and how far along their work are coming. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students work delicately and precisely. Students ask questions when needed. Bannister-Marx walks around the room routinely checking on students and how far along their work are coming. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Questions are commonly asked on how to use certain tools, or for measurement checks.  Tucker Spencer and Haley Wolf are shown how to mark correct room dimensions by Bannister-Marx. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Questions are commonly asked on how to use certain tools, or for measurement checks. Tucker Spencer and Haley Wolf are shown how to mark correct room dimensions by Bannister-Marx. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Every student enrolled in engineering had this project. Students were allowed to make their house more of a ‘home’. Creativity was key to this project; they furnished and painted their houses however they wanted. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Every student enrolled in engineering had this project. Students were allowed to make their house more of a ‘home’. Creativity was key to this project; they furnished and painted their houses however they wanted. Credit: Jenny Beardsley and Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Middle school holds annual art show

Art teacher Tamara Burns’ seventh grade class answered questions on the middle school art show. The pieces in the art show ranged from print making, to digital, drawing, painting, and mixed media.

In the eighth grade classes, students were given a random book page and were assigned to choose a certain word on that page and create a visual image describing it. Most students filled the whole page to their advantage. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In the eighth grade classes, students were given a random book page and were assigned to choose a certain word on that page and create a visual image describing it. Most students filled the whole page to their advantage. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Annalise Mora makes her final decision on what painting is her favorite. At the end of the year, for their final project, Burns assigned her class to create an original accordion book of specific pieces they have made throughout the year. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Annalise Mora makes her final decision on what painting is her favorite. At the end of the year, for their final project, Burns assigned her class to create an original accordion book of specific pieces they have made throughout the year. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eve Feuerbach and Meredith Wolf write their opinions about the sixth grade graphic design pieces. The students use the program Adobe Illustrator to create different graphic design pictures. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eve Feuerbach and Meredith Wolf write their opinions about the sixth grade graphic design pieces. The students use the program Adobe Illustrator to create different graphic design pictures. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Burns further explains a specific question on the worksheet to one of her students. This year Burns focused on the main topics of print making, lines and shapes in motion, sequential art cartooning, and 3D perspective. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Burns further explains a specific question on the worksheet to one of her students. This year Burns focused on the main topics of print making, lines and shapes in motion, sequential art cartooning, and 3D perspective. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rebecca Shan gazes at a pastel drawing of empty glass bottles. This project was taught for the students to practice their shading techniques in making different items look 3D. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rebecca Shan gazes at a pastel drawing of empty glass bottles. This project was taught for the students to practice their shading techniques in making different items look 3D. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Emma Dizio fills out the print making section of her provided worksheet. Every year Burn share withs her students her background knowledge of print making.  Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Emma Dizio fills out the print making section of her provided worksheet. Every year Burn share withs her students her background knowledge of print making. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Twins, Hannah Saulnier and Emily Saulnier are both in Caroline Epp’s sixth grade art class. Both are very talented artists, yet their styles are very different. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Twins, Hannah Saulnier and Emily Saulnier are both in Caroline Epp’s sixth grade art class. Both are very talented artists, yet their styles are very different. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Emma Lacey jots down notes about her favorite student artwork. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes spent a class touring the art show and took notes on their peers’ work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grader Emma Lacey jots down notes about her favorite student artwork. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes spent a class touring the art show and took notes on their peers’ work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Eighth grader, Kayley Wright put her artistic skills to use when given the assignment to create a drawing of an endangered species. Some students who were also given this assignment in seventh grade received awards for their work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader, Kayley Wright put her artistic skills to use when given the assignment to create a drawing of an endangered species. Some students who were also given this assignment in seventh grade received awards for their work. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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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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Physics class experiments with lenses

Philip Logsdon’s freshman Physics first class conducted a lab in which they use lenses to find the focal lengths of real or virtual images. The students were broken up into lab groups containing 3-5 people.

Students Fritz Spofford and Mac McCoy listen attentively as Logsdon explains how to adjust their convex lens. It was very important for the students to adjust the lens the proper length in order for the lab to work correctly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students Fritz Spofford and Mac McCoy listen attentively as Logsdon explains how to adjust their convex lens. It was very important for the students to adjust the lens the proper length in order for the lab to work correctly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Grace Dawson compares information with fellow lab partner Jillian Furber. As the two conversed, the other members of their group continued to write down their observations. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Grace Dawson compares information with fellow lab partner Jillian Furber. As the two conversed, the other members of their group continued to write down their observations. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Group members Fritz Spofford, Mac McCoy, and Louis Masella complete their lab before the rest of the class has finished. Convex lenses are lenses that have surfaces that curve outward and concave lenses have surfaces that curve inward. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Group members Fritz Spofford, Mac McCoy, and Louis Masella complete their lab before the rest of the class has finished. Convex lenses are lenses that have surfaces that curve outward and concave lenses have surfaces that curve inward. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Depending on where the lens was located the image would appear differently on the notecard in which it was projected. The source of light (and the image they were projecting) was a lit candle. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Depending on where the lens was located the image would appear differently on the notecard in which it was projected. The source of light (and the image they were projecting) was a lit candle. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Nellie Boling adjusts her notecard as instructed by Logsdon. The distance of the notecard to the lens where the image was in focus is called the focal length. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Nellie Boling adjusts her notecard as instructed by Logsdon. The distance of the notecard to the lens where the image was in focus is called the focal length. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Students with long hair were given instructions to pull back their hair as a safety precaution. This was important regarding safety because they would be using a flame in their experiment. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students with long hair were given instructions to pull back their hair as a safety precaution. This was important regarding safety because they would be using a flame in their experiment. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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