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

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

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

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

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Sixth graders dissect mushrooms

On April 4, Pat Locke’s sixth grade science class continued their bio systems unit. Locke had her students participate in a lab experiment in which they dissected mushrooms.

Finn Kiernan and Mia Weinheimer inspect their mushroom under a magnifying glass. The students switched off each partner for each step. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Finn Kiernan and Mia Weinheimer inspect their mushroom under a magnifying glass. The students switched off each partner for each step. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Catherine Garlitz draws a rough sketch based on her observations of the mushroom. Students were required to draw sketches of the mushroom from three different angles. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Catherine Garlitz draws a rough sketch based on her observations of the mushroom. Students were required to draw sketches of the mushroom from three different angles. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophia Porter and Ian Taliaferro follow the directions as they trace the bottom side of a petri dish onto black paper. The following step was to cut it out and place the mushroom on top of it. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophia Porter and Ian Taliaferro follow the directions as they trace the bottom side of a petri dish onto black paper. The following step was to cut it out and place the mushroom on top of it. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Earlier in the week, the students were obligated to make a poster on the fungi kingdom. They focused on the oyster mushroom which is the type of mushroom they used in this lab. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Earlier in the week, the students were obligated to make a poster on the fungi kingdom. They focused on the oyster mushroom which is the type of mushroom they used in this lab. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Locke gives more information on how to dissect the mushroom to a table group. To do this they needed to use tweezers to get into the crevices of the mushroom. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Locke gives more information on how to dissect the mushroom to a table group. To do this they needed to use tweezers to get into the crevices of the mushroom. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each pair of students in the class was given their own mushroom of various sizes. Pleurotus, another name for the oyster mushroom, is a genus of gilled mushrooms which includes one of the most widely eaten mushrooms. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each pair of students in the class was given their own mushroom of various sizes. Pleurotus, another name for the oyster mushroom, is a genus of gilled mushrooms which includes one of the most widely eaten mushrooms. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Each sixth grade student in this class was given a lab packet instructing them what to do in this lab. The steps were described on the packet for the students to follow. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each sixth grade student in this class was given a lab packet instructing them what to do in this lab. The steps were described on the packet for the students to follow. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Spanish class learns about Ecuadorian culture

On Friday March 28th eighth grade Spanish teacher Doris Ann Vosseler hosted an Ecuadorian breakfast for each of her classes. The students were able to take a taste of the Ecuadorian lifestyle.

While traveling to Puerto Rico, Vosseler was introduced to a Puerto Rican soda called Coco Rico. Vosseler let her class have a taste of the typical Puerto Rican drink. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While traveling to Puerto Rico, Vosseler was introduced to a Puerto Rican soda called Coco Rico. Vosseler let her class have a taste of the typical Puerto Rican drink. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of the many foods Vosseler brought to her class was Goya brand Maria cookies. This is a typical food that children in Ecuador will have with their breakfast. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of the many foods Vosseler brought to her class was Goya brand Maria cookies. This is a typical food that children in Ecuador will have with their breakfast. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While their peers enjoyed their Ecuadorian breakfast, students were graded in groups of two on conversing about what they were eating in Spanish. The grades from their conversations were equivalent to a quiz grade .Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While their peers enjoyed their Ecuadorian breakfast, students were graded in groups of two on conversing about what they were eating in Spanish. The grades from their conversations were equivalent to a quiz grade .Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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The eighth grade class digs into their Ecuadorian breakfast consisting of fruit and pan dulces or sweet bread. Each student paid $5 to cover the cost of the food. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The eighth grade class digs into their Ecuadorian breakfast consisting of fruit and pan dulces or sweet bread. Each student paid $5 to cover the cost of the food. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Vosseler bought and prepared fresh fruit for each of her classes. Her fruit choices were based on authenticity.Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Vosseler bought and prepared fresh fruit for each of her classes. Her fruit choices were based on authenticity.Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Alexi Woodward and Luke Heffernan practice for their graded conversation before being called up. The conversations had to be about Ecuadorian culture and specifically breakfast foods in this case. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Alexi Woodward and Luke Heffernan practice for their graded conversation before being called up. The conversations had to be about Ecuadorian culture and specifically breakfast foods in this case. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Another food that Vosseler introduced to her students was plantain chips. Plantains are similar to bananas but differ in color. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Another food that Vosseler introduced to her students was plantain chips. Plantains are similar to bananas but differ in color. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before calling students up to gather their food, Vosseler gives a brief description on the options they had. Some of the various fruits she brought were strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, bananas, and clementines. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before calling students up to gather their food, Vosseler gives a brief description on the options they had. Some of the various fruits she brought were strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, bananas, and clementines. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Vosseler provided three typical American drinks. The students were able to choose from lemonade, bottled water, or apple juice. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Vosseler provided three typical American drinks. The students were able to choose from lemonade, bottled water, or apple juice. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Vosseler writes the order in which students will be graded on their conversation. At the beginning of the year students choose a Spanish name to use for the rest of the year in class. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Vosseler writes the order in which students will be graded on their conversation. At the beginning of the year students choose a Spanish name to use for the rest of the year in class. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Konrad Nowak, Christian Hadaegh, and Will Mulvaney serve themselves their first round of food. The students were able to get seconds once everyone in the class has at least gotten one serving. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Konrad Nowak, Christian Hadaegh, and Will Mulvaney serve themselves their first round of food. The students were able to get seconds once everyone in the class has at least gotten one serving. Credit Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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6th grade receives ice cream party for success in the Penny Wars competition

On Friday March 21st, the sixth grade had ice cream to celebrate their win in the Penny Wars competition. Students of grades 6-12 put money into the jugs for their grade. Putting in dollar bills in other teams jugs would subtract their points and putting coins into their own would add points. All of the money was donated to Stop Hunger Now.

Sixth graders raised the most amount of money for the Penny Wars competition and won. In total the whole school raised $1,600 for The Gardner Project and Stop Hunger Now. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth graders raised the most amount of money for the Penny Wars competition and won. In total the whole school raised $1,600 for The Gardner Project and Stop Hunger Now. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Cailey Lafferty volunteered to help serve ice cream at the event. Sixth graders were able to choose 1 of 4 flavors and multiple toppings. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Cailey Lafferty volunteered to help serve ice cream at the event. Sixth graders were able to choose 1 of 4 flavors and multiple toppings. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth grade teachers called their students into math teacher Matthew Schlegel’s classroom by birth month. This system kept the chaos at a minimum and helped the high school students who were volunteering to not feel overwhelmed. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth grade teachers called their students into math teacher Matthew Schlegel’s classroom by birth month. This system kept the chaos at a minimum and helped the high school students who were volunteering to not feel overwhelmed. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Gardner Project, who hosted this event, began in November 2011. Their current project is Stop Hunger Now and their ideal goal is to raise $10,000. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Gardner Project, who hosted this event, began in November 2011. Their current project is Stop Hunger Now and their ideal goal is to raise $10,000. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Finn Kiernan enjoyed his chocolaty vanilla caramel ice cream. Stop Hunger Now has packaged 761,472 this week and 138,412,243 in total so far. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Finn Kiernan enjoyed his chocolaty vanilla caramel ice cream. Stop Hunger Now has packaged 761,472 this week and 138,412,243 in total so far. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Sophia Guerriero and Mia Rodier also volunteered to help scoop ice cream for the sixth graders. The ice cream was provided by Downriver Ice Cream in Essex. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Sophia Guerriero and Mia Rodier also volunteered to help scoop ice cream for the sixth graders. The ice cream was provided by Downriver Ice Cream in Essex. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At Downriver, some of the flavors have unique names. The flavors that were provided included, A River Runs Through It; which is a combination of vanilla and caramel swirl, Kung Fu Grasshopper; this consists of a mint based ice cream with chuncks of peppermint patties, Vanilla Sky and Olivia’s Chocolate Dream; which is your everyday vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At Downriver, some of the flavors have unique names. The flavors that were provided included, A River Runs Through It; which is a combination of vanilla and caramel swirl, Kung Fu Grasshopper; this consists of a mint based ice cream with chuncks of peppermint patties, Vanilla Sky and Olivia’s Chocolate Dream; which is your everyday vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Alex Stasiak and Ian Lewiecki refill the topping bowls for the next round of students. Some toppings available were Oreo pieces, multi-colored sprinkles, gummy bears, and Sour Patch Kids. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Alex Stasiak and Ian Lewiecki refill the topping bowls for the next round of students. Some toppings available were Oreo pieces, multi-colored sprinkles, gummy bears, and Sour Patch Kids. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Julia Kaper makes her final topping selection of KitKats. KitKats were a popular choice among the sixth grade students. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sixth grader Julia Kaper makes her final topping selection of KitKats. KitKats were a popular choice among the sixth grade students. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ceana McLaughlin and Lelia Heath get ready to enjoy the ice cream they chose. After making their selections sixth graders were either allowed to stay in Schlegel’s room and watch a March Madness basketball game or go out into the pod area and chat with friends. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Ceana McLaughlin and Lelia Heath get ready to enjoy the ice cream they chose. After making their selections sixth graders were either allowed to stay in Schlegel’s room and watch a March Madness basketball game or go out into the pod area and chat with friends. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Norwegian culture presented for international week

On Thursday March13th, 2014 Katherine Birkeland a local mother came to MERMS to present her knowledge on Norway for international week. Her husband is a Norwegian native and she has also visited there herself.

Eighth graders Konrad Nowak and Will Mulvaney listen closely as foreign language teacher Doris Ann Vosseler instructs them to take notes and introduces their presenter. The presenter for this class was named Mrs. Birekland. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth graders Konrad Nowak and Will Mulvaney listen closely as foreign language teacher Doris Ann Vosseler instructs them to take notes and introduces their presenter. The presenter for this class was named Mrs. Birekland. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth graders Courtney Doane, Luke Heffernan, and Alexi Woodward listen in as Vosseler introduces their next presenter. International week happens every year at MERSD and gives students more information about places they may not have visited before. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth graders Courtney Doane, Luke Heffernan, and Alexi Woodward listen in as Vosseler introduces their next presenter. International week happens every year at MERSD and gives students more information about places they may not have visited before. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Between informational slides, Birkeland asked the class true or false questions about Norway. For this question the answer was true that Norway has a very long coastline with many islands and fjords. Fjords are long, narrow, deep inlets of the sea between high cliffs. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Between informational slides, Birkeland asked the class true or false questions about Norway. For this question the answer was true that Norway has a very long coastline with many islands and fjords. Fjords are long, narrow, deep inlets of the sea between high cliffs. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before starting her powerpoint presentation, Birkeland informed the class on basic geography of Norway. Norway is located in the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before starting her powerpoint presentation, Birkeland informed the class on basic geography of Norway. Norway is located in the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Birkeland gives the 8th graders a visual of where Norway can be found on the map. Norway extends about 1,100 mi from the North Sea along the Norwegian Sea to more than 300 mi above the Arctic Circle, the farthest north of any European country. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Birkeland gives the 8th graders a visual of where Norway can be found on the map. Norway extends about 1,100 mi from the North Sea along the Norwegian Sea to more than 300 mi above the Arctic Circle, the farthest north of any European country. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

These 8th grade students were obligated to take notes during the presentations. Half of their 10 sentences had to be written in Spanish and the other half could be written in English. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
These 8th grade students were obligated to take notes during the presentations. Half of their 10 sentences had to be written in Spanish and the other half could be written in English. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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8th grade English class reviews for upcoming MCAS

 

Eighth grade English teacher Vidula Plante is currently preparing her students for the upcoming MCAS testing. Recently, her class gained a new teaching assistant who teaches alongside her.

The class’s student teacher helps by further explaining the objective of the activity. The student teacher’s name is Mrs. Elston and she is a graduate student in the Salem State Graduate School of Education Master’s program. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The class’s student teacher helps by further explaining the objective of the activity. The student teacher’s name is Jessica Elston and she is a graduate student in the Salem State Graduate School of Education Master’s program. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Another writing assignment the eighth graders recently had was an optional writing contest. In the contest, the students would enter “letters” to their favorite author, dead or alive. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Another writing assignment the eighth graders recently had was an optional writing contest. In the contest, the students would enter “letters” to their favorite author, dead or alive. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The eighth grade students divided themselves into four corners based on what grade, on a scale of 1 to 4, they gave the response. They then debated their reasons as they tried to persuade other students to adopt their score.  Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The eighth grade students divided themselves into four corners based on what grade, on a scale of 1 to 4, they gave the response. They then debated their reasons as they tried to persuade other students to adopt their score.
Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students listen attentively as Plante explains a mini exercise to the class. Plante and Elston asked for volunteers to go up to the board and find important information on how to tell if it was a well written response. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students listen attentively as Plante explains a mini exercise to the class. Plante and Elston asked for volunteers to go up to the board and find important information on how to tell if it was a well written response. Credit: Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Plante explains the review activity to her class. Based on how the eighth graders scored each sample open response they would go to a certain spot in the room and explain why they graded the essay that way. The students were graded based on their participation. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Plante explains the review activity to her class. Based on how the eighth graders scored each sample open response they would go to a certain spot in the room and explain why they graded the essay that way. The students were graded based on their participation. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Eighth grader Laura Hannafin takes out her homework assignment from the night before. Plante assigned her students to read over an open response question and answer from a previous years MCAS. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Eighth grader Laura Hannafin takes out her homework assignment from the night before. Plante assigned her students to read over an open response question and answer from a previous years MCAS. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Margaret McFadden eagerly raises her hand to share her opinion on the sample open response. Students are highly encouraged to participate in this activity. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Margaret McFadden eagerly raises her hand to share her opinion on the sample open response. Students are highly encouraged to participate in this activity. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Students Lake Fleming, Sam Demeo, and Connor Coale follow the teacher’s instructions to take out a paper they received in a previous class. Because of the upcoming MCAS test Plante prepared her students by giving them sample open responses. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students Lake Fleming, Sam Demeo, and Connor Coale follow the teacher’s instructions to take out a paper they received in a previous class. Because of the upcoming MCAS test Plante prepared her students by giving them sample open responses. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Middle school gets a first glance at Dramafest

Manchester-Essex Middle School recently gained the opportunity to see the first viewing of the high school’s Dramafest performance. The drama club used the opportunity as a test run in front of a live audience before the official competition.

Bella Schmidt and Steven Ascolillo played two important roles in the Dramafest competition. Ascolillo played a Spanish speaking hotel service boy named Manuel. Schmidt played an obnoxious elderly woman, Mrs. Richards, who was a guest at the hotel. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Bella Schmidt and Steven Ascolillo played two important roles in the Dramafest competition. Ascolillo played a Spanish speaking hotel service boy named Manuel. Schmidt played an obnoxious elderly woman, Mrs. Richards, who was a guest at the hotel. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester Essex Middle School attended the first viewing of the play Fawlty Towers. The drama club put on one performance for the middle school and one for the high school prior to the actual competition on Saturday. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester Essex Middle School attended the first viewing of the play Fawlty Towers. The drama club put on one performance for the middle school and one for the high school prior to the actual competition on Saturday. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Alex Buck, senior Landon Komishane, and junior Steven Ascolillo show distress in this scene. The drama club was scheduled to compete against other schools in the one act play competition on Saturday. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Alex Buck, senior Landon Komishane, and junior Steven Ascolillo show distress in this scene. The drama club was scheduled to compete against other schools in the one act play competition on Saturday. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hannah Parker and Alex Buck played husband and wife as owners of the hotel. In the play, Mr. Fawlty is trying to hide from Sybil, his wife,that he has been betting on horses and has won. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hannah Parker and Alex Buck played husband and wife as owners of the hotel. In the play, Mr. Fawlty is trying to hide from Sybil, his wife,that he has been betting on horses and has won. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Alex Buck’s character was introduced at this point of the play as the hotel manager named Mr. Fawlty. Since “Fawlty Towers” was a British TV series they decided to act out only one episode called Communication Problems. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Alex Buck’s character was introduced at this point of the play as the hotel manager named Mr. Fawlty. Since “Fawlty Towers” was a British TV series they decided to act out only one episode called Communication Problems. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Maddie Shaw also played the character of the hotel secretary named Polly. During the play, her character tries to help Mr. Fawlty hide from his wife that he bet on horses. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Maddie Shaw also played the character of the hotel secretary named Polly. During the play, her character tries to help Mr. Fawlty hide from his wife that he bet on horses. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin and Phoebe Savje for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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7th grade plays beach ball volleyball

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

 

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

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

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