Seventh grade ends MCAS with a quiz bowl

The seventh grade students of MERSD celebrated the end of MCAS by having a quiz bowl in the “Pod” (the 7th grades meeting place in the middle of their classrooms).

Quiz bowls are game-show-like get together where 7th grade teachers ask the students questions based on what they have been studying all year and pop-culture. They are used as an educational celebration before a school vacation or after a lot of tests. Teachers applied for a grant in order to purchase the buzzers. Forty kids can play a time, with 8 teams of 5 kids.                                                                                 

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Former Boston mayor gives Memorial Day speech to MS/HS

Both the middle and high school gathered together on Friday, May 27, before the three day weekend including Memorial Day. The assembly was in the gym and included performances from the high school band, chorus, and Sound Waves. The Memorial Day address was a special appearance from the former mayor of Boston, Ray Flynn.

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Sophomore biology dissects a fetal pig

While a 10th grade biology class studies the integumentary system, students gather around to watch science teacher Maria Burgess explore the different kinds of muscles, such as calf muscles, within a pig.  

Warning: graphic images included in slideshow

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New volleyball club starts practices in gym

The volleyball club had their first meeting and practice on Tuesday, April 26 in the high school gym. The team members are juniors Maddie McNamee, Nabila Muhmud, Lindsay Rose, Jelisa O’Hara, Bharti Parris, and sophomore Ellie Mortillaro […]

The volleyball club had their first meeting and practice on Tuesday, April 26 in the high school gym. The team members are juniors Maddie McNamee, Nabila Muhmud, Lindsay Rose, Jelisa O’Hara, Bharti Parris, and sophomore Ellie Mortillaro. The volleyball instructor is math teacher Sarah DeLuca. The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and is always open to new members.

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New salad bar provides healthier lunch options

MERHS recently added a salad bar to the dining hall. The salad bar was in the new school’s original blueprints for the kitchen, along with a pizza station, but both were not built due to lack of funding. The school recently received a grant allowing them enough money to build the salad bar […]

MERHS recently added a salad bar to the dining hall. The salad bar was in the new school’s original blueprints for the kitchen, along with a pizza station, but both were not built due to lack of funding. The school recently received a grant allowing them enough money to build the salad bar. Wondering why a salad meal is $3.00, 25 cents more than the usual main lunch? It’s because of the current food (mainly produce) inflation prices. Regardless of the price, the salad bar serves about 30 students a day.

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Students line up to donate blood to the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross set up a blood drive in the gym at the High School on Friday, March 18. Students 16 years old and over could sign up to donate blood throughout the school day. Faculty and staff members could also donate blood […]

The American Red Cross set up a blood drive in the gym at the High School on Friday, March 18. Students 16 years old and over could sign up to donate blood throughout the school day. Faculty and staff members could also donate blood. The blood drive lasted the majority of the school day, and once students were finished giving blood they were able to relax for a few minutes and eat the snacks provided by the Red Cross to gain energy back. 27 pints total were collected during the drive.

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Drama Fest a success for Manchester Essex

On March 3th, 2011, Manchester-Essex hosted Dramafest in the auditorium. The competing plays consisted of “The Giver” from Salem, “White Blood” from Melrose, “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” from Manchester-Essex, “Shadowbox” from Wellesley, “Property Rights” from Gloucester, “American Land” from Malden, “Woman and Wallace” from Lynnfield, and “The Love of the Nightingale” from Peabody.

Manchester-Essex continued on to the next round.

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Boston University CityLab comes to Manchester Essex

Boston University’s CityLab bus traveled to MERSD in order for science teachers Maria Burgess’ and Erika Everett’s 10th grade biology students to do a lab on sickle-cell.

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Manchester and Essex battered by multiple storms

The Manchester Essex Regional School district has lost five days of instruction to snow this year. With storms hitting the area almost every week since the new year, both communities are feeling overwhelmed by the weather.

The last round of storms were on Wednesday February 2 and Thursday February 3.  Students were released half an hour early on Wednesday and school was cancelled on Thursday.

During last week’s twin storms, MEMO photojournalists documented the impact on both towns.

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