Music Theory class performs with African drummers

The last Humanities Week presentation to the whole high school was Wednesday, with African Drummers Jackie and Regina Kamwendo. The two drummers were very upbeat and involved the students with their music and dancing by having them dance with them and clap along to the beat. They called up members of Donna O’Neil’s music theory class to help them drum while students went up on stage and danced along with them. At the end, high school principal Jim Lee presented librarian Sue Krause with a bouquet of flowers. The flowers were a thank you for setting up Humanities week and all her hard work putting it together.

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VIDEO: Students dance during African Drummers

Seniors Dylan Parlee and Drew Gosnell, as well as sophomore Bruce Lane, dance during the African Drummers that performed during Humanities Week.

Seniors Dylan Parlee and Drew Gosnell, as well as sophomore Bruce Lane, dance during the African Drummers that performed during Humanities Week.

Jackie Kamwendo, an African drummer, and his sister Regina, a singer gave an excellent performance. In addition to performing, Jackie and Regina talked about the village from where they came in Malawi, brought hand-made instruments from their village, and described the music and dance traditions of central Africa.

Video Credit: Erik Keefe for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

African Drummers – Humanities Week from MEMO on Vimeo.

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Sound Waves sing with HEART

The MERHS a cappella group, Sound Waves, performed on December 2, 2010 at the Manchester Historical Society. The performance was part of an annual holiday event for the HEART foundation.

HEART was founded in 2005 by Lyn Kimball and a group of concerned parents of gay and lesbian children. HEART is an acronym for Honor, Equality, Acceptance, Respect, and Tolerance.  

Based out of Cape Ann, HEART organizes two annual events. One is the holiday event and the other is an awareness event to rally support for the group.

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Chemistry class turns pennies into gold*

Student investigate the effects of zinc and sodium hydroxide of a copper penny. The students went through a process that put a gold plated color on the pennies.

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Navy rocks the school

“Rhode Island Sound”, the Navy Rock band, visited MERMHS for Humanities Week. They played a variety of current songs such as “Club Can’t Even Handle Me Right Now” by Flo-Rida and “Lisztomania” by Phoenix. They also played classics such as “Beat It” by Michael Jackson.

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Cyberbullying addressed at meeting for parents

A meeting was held in the MERMHS auditorium for parents about the growing problem of bullying, specifically cyber bullying.

A meeting was held in the MERMHS auditorium for parents about the growing problem of bullying, specifically cyber bullying.

Cyber bullying has been an epidemic since the growth of access to the internet. The “old ways of bullying are now shifting into this new era of cyber bullying and hurting feelings mentally, not physically as much” stated Essex Elementary guidance counselor Gillian Polk.

Katie Garvin, Manchester Elementary guidance counselor, worked with Polk to present a lesson on cyber bullying and how it worked, as well as to answer any questions that parents had. Accompany Polk and Garvin was the Elementary and Middle School principal Beth Raucci.

Since Massachusetts has issued a new anti-bullying law in all schools, police enforcement also attended the meeting to inform that it was now an offense that would be dealt with by the proper authorities. The school district is coming out with a new anti-bullying plan and it will be available online in the near future.

The reasons for bullying can vary from low self-esteem issues to having poor social skills. Whichever reason it is, the District hopes to work with local laws and rules to rid the schools of bullying and inform children on the negative impact it can have on everyone.

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Kindergarten explores pumpkin life cycle

Librarian Samantha Silag provides a multisensory experience for kindergarteners at Memorial Elementary.

Photos by Erik Keefe and Will Glidden

For the day, kindergarten teacher Wendy Manninen’s class went to the library to learn about pumpkins for Halloween. The librarian Samantha Silag held one class period to read a book on the lifecycle of a pumpkin, discover the inside of a real pumpkin, and then finally make their own out of paper and other class materials. At the end of the day the students got to go home with their new pumpkins and also got to take with them the fun facts they learned that day.

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Spirit Week Gallery – Wednesday Music Genres

On Wednesday, to celebrate Spirit Week, students dressed in different musical genres. Seniors dressed as hard/classic/punk rock, juniors as hip hop and rap, sophomores as reggae, and the freshman dressed in country music clothing.

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