Students express understanding of social reform through song

In teacher Jennifer Coleman’s Sophomore American History classes, students were assigned a project where they had to form groups, and write a song of any genre using original lyrics about topics regarding the social reforms of the Second Great Awakening. Students could choose from topics involving temperance, women’s rights, education and the change in care of the mentally ill.

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Middle School collects over 2,457 pounds of food for Beverly Bootstraps

The food drive was organized by the middle school student council in support of Beverly Bootstraps food pantry.

The 2nd annual middle school food drive was completed on Wednesday, December 22nd.  The food drive was organized by the middle school student council in support of Beverly Bootstraps food pantry.  Bootstraps supports people and families in need throughout the North Shore and Cape Ann areas. 

For the second year running the middle school food drive has been enormously successful.  The middle school grades collected well over 2,500 food items in support of those in need.  The student council would like to thank all who participated by bringing in food, including students, parents and staff members.  They have proven yet again that  the Manchester Essex Middle School Community values compassion and empathy. 

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High school students raise money for HAWC by raising Holiday spirit

A group of high school students, with the help of a few volunteers from HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change), hosted a holiday festival to raise money for the shelter. HAWC provides free, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children in the 23 cities and towns across the North Shore of Boston.

The high school students set up in the dining hall, providing multiple stations that children could go around to after paying a small fee to get in.  Each station had a different holiday themed craft to do, that the children could take home when they were finished.  

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Poet connects with students through humor

Taylor Mali spoke to students during Humanities Week.

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Annual toy drive needs more donations

The Diversity Alliance is conducting their annual toy drive to help women and children in shelters due to domestic violence, which began on Dec. 1 and concluding on Dec. 17.

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MERSD Music dept lights up downtown Manchester

The MERSD Music department took part in the annual lighting of the friendship tree in downtown Manchester on Sunday December 5.

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A Night of Stars showcases MERSD talent

The Spaulding Education Fund hosts “A Night of Stars”

Photos by Dana Filias

“The Spaulding Education Fund is proud to present “A Night of Stars”! We would like to thank all of our amazing performers for sharing their talents with you, along with the countless volunteers who made tonight possible. We thank you for your support.

Individual and business donations as well as fundraisers like “A Night of Stars”, fund grants that boost student achievement in core subjects such as math, reading, writing, science, foreign languages, music, art and physical education in the Manchester Essex School District. Thank you for your continued support.”

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Second PALS meeting promotes friendship across grades

PALS is a club at Manchester Essex where high school students integrate with middle school students after school and play games, do art crafts, and other activities.

Photos by Dana Filias

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Fifth graders keep the beat

Students in music teacher Anne Wood’s class take part in a hand bells lesson.

Photos by Dana Filias and Alex Filias

Students in music teacher Anne Wood’s class take part in a hand bells lesson. They played a simple two measure repetition of 16 notes. Groups of two or three students were given one or two notes to play. When Wood pointed to their designated note, they would ring their bell. The goal of the lesson was to teach kids how to play the hand bells, as well as practice rhythm and keeping the beat.

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First graders participate in reading workshops

Students in Hillary Sheridan’s first grade class take part in reading workshops.

Photos by Dana Filias and Alex Filias

Students in Hillary Sheridan’s first grade class take part in reading workshops. The children were separated into small groups that were guided by Sheridan’s two student teachers. While one student read, the rest of them followed along by scanning their finger across the page. Other students read interactive books on the computer, and followed along to audio books while they waited for their turn to work in a group with the teachers.

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