New Physical Education Teacher Instructs a Seventh Grade Class

On Wednesday, January 14, the new middle school physical education teacher, Kathleen Pizzello, guided seventh grade students in playing volleyball. Pizzello first began teaching at MERSD on December 8.

As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzella instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzello instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzella had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzella came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzello had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzello came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzella played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzello played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzella asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class.  Pizzella is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class. Pizzello is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

During the game Pizzella helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzella helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During the game Pizzello helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzello helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Chemistry Class Compares the Ratios of Moles of Iron to Copper

On Tuesday December 16 and Wednesday December 17, chemistry students completed a lab finding the mole measurements of iron and copper sulfate. The lab taught the students how to accurately measure substances in order to receive the best results.

Juniors Hannah White and Alexei Goldsmith-Solomon set up the apparatus for the experiment.  The experiment consisted of reacting copper sulfate crystals and iron filings in water. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Hannah White and Alexei Goldsmith-Solomon set up the apparatus for the experiment. The experiment consisted of reacting copper sulfate crystals and iron filings in water. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Molly Lynch stirred the heated substance during the lab. It is important to continuously stir and to make sure that the substance does not boil in order to find the best results in this experiment. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Molly Lynch stirred the heated substance during the lab. It is important to continuously stir and to make sure that the substance does not boil in order to find the best results in this experiment. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in the lab had to stir the copper sulfate and iron mixture while it was heating for ten minutes with a Bunsen burner. During this time, the reaction made the substance turn red and the water turn green. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in the lab had to stir the copper sulfate and iron mixture while it was heating for ten minutes with a Bunsen burner. During this time, the reaction made the substance turn red and the water turn green. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After letting the copper sulfate dry overnight, the students weighed its mass on a balance. Chemistry labs usually take only one day but the class completed this lab in two days. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After letting the copper sulfate dry overnight, the students weighed its mass on a balance. Chemistry labs usually take only one day but the class completed this lab in two days. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

After finding all of the data, the students in the class completed all of the calculations in their lab packets. Junior Caisi Calandra asked Chemistry teacher Keith Gray a question about how to find the ratio of moles of iron to the ratio of moles of copper.   Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After finding all of the data, the students in the class completed all of the calculations in their lab packets. Junior Caisi Calandra asked Chemistry teacher Keith Gray a question about how to find the ratio of moles of iron to the ratio of moles of copper. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students Take Academic Integrity Survey

To conclude the half-day on November 26th, advisors gave students an Academic Integrity Survey. The survey asked students questions regarding the prevalence of cheating in the school system.

 

 

2.Janda Ricci-Munn, middle school teacher for physical education and health, directs three advisories in the gym due to Kelly Porcarro and Thomas Durfee’s absence. He tells students not to write their names on the test sheets because it should remain anonymous. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
2. Janda Ricci-Munn, middle school teacher for physical education and health, directs three advisories in the gym due to Kelly Porcarro and Thomas Durfee’s absence. He tells students not to write their names on the test sheets because it should remain anonymous. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
1.During advisory, the students took an Academic Integrity Survey. 51 questions were asked to students in regards to cheating and how great of a problem it is in school. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
1. During advisory, the students took an Academic Integrity Survey. 51 questions were asked to students in regards to cheating and how great of a problem it is in school. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
4.The test asked specific questions about cheating and its role in the school community. Advisors collected the scantrons at the conclusion of the period and plan on looking at the students’ results. This will help the faculty and staff realize what changes should be made to classrooms. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
4. The test asked specific questions about cheating and its role in the school community. Advisors collected the scantrons at the conclusion of the period and plan on looking at the students’ results. This will help the faculty and staff realize what changes should be made to classrooms. Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school math teacher and advisory group leader Kara Brown explained to her group about the academic integrity test. The students took the test for the entire advisory group block in order for the teachers and faculty to learn more about the students’ views on cheating. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school math teacher and advisory group leader Kara Brown explained to her group about the academic integrity test. The students took the test for the entire advisory group block in order for the teachers and faculty to learn more about the students’ views on cheating. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brown passed out the scantron sheets for the academic integrity test to the students in her group. Distributing and taking the test on academic integrity was the primary goal for this advisory block. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brown passed out the scantron sheets for the academic integrity test to the students in her group. Distributing and taking the test on academic integrity was the primary goal for this advisory block. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Juniors Jenny Cochand and Steven Remsen took the test during their advisory class. They made sure to answer all of the multiple-choice questions honestly as the test was anonymous. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Jenny Cochand and Steven Remsen took the test during their advisory class. They made sure to answer all of the multiple-choice questions honestly as the test was anonymous. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Chemistry Students Alter Color of Pennies

On Thursday November 13, chemistry teacher Keith Gray’s class completed a penny lab. The process of the lab ended in changing the pennies from a copper color to a gold color.

 At the start of the experiment, junior Sarah Reed lit the Bunsen burner with a flint igniter by squeezing it and rubbing the metal together similar to a match. The students needed to light the Bunsen burner in order to heat up the substance to react with the zinc in the penny and to create the zinc plated penny and therefore the silver color.  Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the start of the experiment, junior Sarah Reed lit the Bunsen burner with a flint igniter by squeezing it and rubbing the metal together similar to a match. The students needed to light the Bunsen burner in order to heat up the substance to react with the zinc in the penny and to create the zinc plated penny and therefore the silver color. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Isabella Hickey picked up the beaker with the beaker tongs after the pennies had a few minutes to react in the substance. After taking the pennies out of the beaker, they had to be thoroughly cleaned off in order to make sure there was no more zinc powder on them. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Isabella Hickey picked up the beaker with the beaker tongs after the pennies had a few minutes to react in the substance. After taking the pennies out of the beaker, they had to be thoroughly cleaned off in order to make sure there was no more zinc powder on them. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the penny was turned silver, the students put it into the flame of the Bunsen burner for a few seconds, which allowed the penny to turn to a gold color. The pennies are brass alloys, which is a substance, composed of two or more metals, in this case copper and zinc. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the penny was turned silver, the students put it into the flame of the Bunsen burner for a few seconds, which allowed the penny to turn to a gold color. The pennies are brass alloys, which is a substance, composed of two or more metals, in this case copper and zinc. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray helped one group of students in the process of their lab. Earlier in the lab, this same group of students had some trouble and the substance in their beaker overflowed, but they did as Gray had told them and took the flame away before there was any large amount of damage. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray helped one group of students in the process of their lab. Earlier in the lab, this same group of students had some trouble and the substance in their beaker overflowed, but they did as Gray had told them and took the flame away before there was any large amount of damage. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The color of the pennies changed from their original copper color at the beginning of the experiment to a gold color at the end of the experiment. The pennies did not actually turn silver or gold; they just looked those colors because of the reactions that they went through in the substance that consisted of sodium hydroxide and zinc powder. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The color of the pennies changed from their original copper color at the beginning of the experiment to a gold color at the end of the experiment. The pennies did not actually turn silver or gold; they just looked those colors because of the reactions that they went through in the substance that consisted of sodium hydroxide and zinc powder. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed the mass of the pennies before and after the experiment took place. The pennies did not change in mass from when they were a copper color to when they were a gold color. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed the mass of the pennies before and after the experiment took place. The pennies did not change in mass from when they were a copper color to when they were a gold color. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

After the lab was completed, Reed began to complete the packet that went along with the experiment. This standard packet consisted of a page to write down all of the experimental measurements found throughout the lab and also a page of reflection questions about what the students learned in this particular lab. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the lab was completed, Reed began to complete the packet that went along with the experiment. This standard packet consisted of a page to write down all of the experimental measurements found throughout the lab and also a page of reflection questions about what the students learned in this particular lab. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Local Veteran Speaks at Veteran’s Day Assembly

On Monday November 10th, the school held the annual Veteran’s Day assembly in the gym. Both schools attended the ceremony to honor local veterans, some of whom were present. Three Navy veterans and one Air Force veteran were invited to hear performances by the band, chorus, and the a Capella group as well as some presentations from students.

At the beginning of the ceremony, eighth graders Dan Rodier and Faithe Shatford read essays that they had previously written about Veterans Day meant to them and how they choose to view and to honor the brave veterans of our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the ceremony, eighth graders Dan Rodier and Faithe Shatford read essays that they had previously written about Veterans Day meant to them and how they choose to view and to honor the brave veterans of our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill aided the chorus in their song selections. The chorus sang two songs during the ceremony, one of which was God Bless the USA. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill aided the chorus in their song selections. The chorus sang two songs during the ceremony, one of which was God Bless the USA. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Attending veteran William Davidson gave a speech during the ceremony. He spoke about how people in other countries do not have the freedoms that we do in the United States because of our veterans and he mentioned that we should thank all of our veterans for all that they have done for our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Attending veteran William Davidson gave a speech during the ceremony. He spoke about how people in other countries do not have the freedoms that we do in the United States because of our veterans and he mentioned that we should thank all of our veterans for all that they have done for our country. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Ramsey King and Stephen Ascolillo played Taps on their trumpets during the ceremony. King played the song once and then Ascolillo played the echo from the hallway. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Ramsey King and Stephen Ascolillo played Taps on their trumpets during the ceremony. King played the song once and then Ascolillo played the echo from the hallway. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Four former war veterans attended the school’s ceremony on Monday morning. Their names are William Davidson, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Four former war veterans attended the school’s ceremony on Monday morning. Their names are William Davidson, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the percussion section not only played the drums but they also played the bells. Most military songs and anthems are percussion based because soldiers have always marched to military drummers using what is called war drums. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the percussion section not only played the drums but they also played the bells. Most military songs and anthems are percussion based because soldiers have always marched to military drummers using what is called war drums. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Soundwaves preformed “Thank You Soldiers” to honor the veterans present at the assembly. The chorus, which includes all the Soundwaves members, also sang a few songs during the ceremony. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Soundwaves preformed “Thank You Soldiers” to honor the veterans present at the assembly. The chorus, which includes all the Soundwaves members, also sang a few songs during the ceremony. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy thanks all of the students and faculty for coming to support our local veterans. Murphy had the honor of introducing the speaker, William Davidson as well as the other veterans, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy thanks all of the students and faculty for coming to support our local veterans. Murphy had the honor of introducing the speaker, William Davidson as well as the other veterans, Jack Buckley, George Nickless, and Billy Bell. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The three Navy veterans, William Davidson, Jack Buckley and George Nickless stand during the bands performance of the Navy section of the cadence. The Navy’s song is titled “Anchors Aweigh” which was written in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmerman. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The three Navy veterans, William Davidson, Jack Buckley and George Nickless stand during the bands performance of the Navy section of the cadence. The Navy’s song is titled “Anchors Aweigh” which was written in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmerman. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Billy Bell, an Air Force veteran, stands during the Air Force’s part of the cadence. The song of the Air Force is  "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" which was written by a crop of Army Air Corps wives in the late 1930’s. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Billy Bell, an Air Force veteran, stands during the Air Force’s part of the cadence. The song of the Air Force is “Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder” which was written by a crop of Army Air Corps wives in the late 1930’s. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The whole student body and all of the faulty stands to cheer for band director Joe Sokol in the completion of his last Veterans day assembly. In addition to the assemblies and ceremonies, Sokol has also been teaching band and leading his students during football games. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The whole student body and all of the faulty stands to cheer for band director Joe Sokol in the completion of his last Veterans day assembly. In addition to the assemblies and ceremonies, Sokol has also been teaching band and leading his students during football games. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Speaker William Davidson shakes the hands of his fellow Veteran George Nickless after the ceremony was finished. All of the veterans took time out to thank each other and they also received handshakes and gratitude from many of the students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Speaker William Davidson shakes the hands of his fellow Veteran George Nickless after the ceremony was finished. All of the veterans took time out to thank each other and they also received handshakes and gratitude from many of the students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill shakes the hand of Nickless to thank him for his years of service in the Navy. The US Navy was formed in 1775 by George Washington in order to intercept British supply ships coming towards Massachusetts. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chorus director Donna O’Neill shakes the hand of Nickless to thank him for his years of service in the Navy. The US Navy was formed in 1775 by George Washington in order to intercept British supply ships coming towards Massachusetts. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the strudents were filing into the gym, the veterans had a chance to chat with middle school principal Steve Guditus. Along with it being Guditus’ second year as principal, it is also high school principal Patricia Puglisi’s second year as principle. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the strudents were filing into the gym, the veterans had a chance to chat with middle school principal Steve Guditus. Along with it being Guditus’ second year as principal, it is also high school principal Patricia Puglisi’s second year as principle. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band played the national anthem as all four veterans saluted the flag. The military salute is always done with the right hand unless the right hand cannot be used. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band played the national anthem as all four veterans saluted the flag. The military salute is always done with the right hand unless the right hand cannot be used. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade students Paige Mandia and Jenna Cirella sang “God Bless America” together towards the beginning of the assembly. This American patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin in 1918, but he revised it about twenty years later. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade students Paige Mandia and Jenna Cirella sang “God Bless America” together towards the beginning of the assembly. This American patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin in 1918, but he revised it about twenty years later. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol leads the high school band in their patriotic songs to honor the veterans present at the ceremony.  This is Sokol’s final Veterans’ Day ceremony at MERHS after over thirty years of teaching band.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol leads the high school band in their patriotic songs to honor the veterans present at the ceremony. This is Sokol’s final Veterans’ Day ceremony at MERHS after over thirty years of teaching band. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school chorus performs a selection entitled “America!” under the direction of Donna O’Neill.  The high school A Cappella group performed afterwards. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school chorus performs a selection entitled “America!” under the direction of Donna O’Neill. The high school A Cappella group performed afterwards. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol conducts the high school band.  The band played four songs, including a cadence, which contained songs for each of the four branches of the military.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joseph Sokol conducts the high school band. The band played four songs, including a cadence, which contained songs for each of the four branches of the military. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Davidson provides a speech for the high school and middle school.  The speech contained a call to action for students, challenging them to appreciate and thank veterans on Veterans’ Day.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Davidson provides a speech for the high school and middle school. The speech contained a call to action for students, challenging them to appreciate and thank veterans on Veterans’ Day. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band performs “This Is My Country.”  This was the only selection that did not include the percussion section.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The band performs “This Is My Country.” This was the only selection that did not include the percussion section. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Art Class Creates Still-Life Drawings

For the past few weeks, art teacher Marion Powers’ art classes have been learning to draw a still-life. Powers created this in order to let her students learn to draw a small portion of the immensely colorful artwork.xgillian_0174

Last week art teacher Marion Powers put up a still-life in her room and she wants to add more to it. Powers explained that when she decided to create it, she focused on the colors, textures, and the forms of the objects. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Last week art teacher Marion Powers put up a still-life in her room and she wants to add more to it. Powers explained that when she decided to create it, she focused on the colors, textures, and the forms of the objects. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Caisi Calandra worked on her drawing of the white portion of the still-life. The class focused on the values of the still-life while drawing and chose one color to draw so not to become confused between colors.  Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Caisi Calandra worked on her drawing of the white portion of the still-life. The class focused on the values of the still-life while drawing and chose one color to draw so not to become confused between colors. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Jared Zaval and Coleman Komishane worked on their observational drawings. The students sit together in groups and are able to collaborate with each other on their artwork. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Jared Zaval and Coleman Komishane worked on their observational drawings. The students sit together in groups and are able to collaborate with each other on their artwork. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A few of the students in Powers’ art class, including freshman Nell Mckeon, have already completed their drawings. Throughout the process, the students focused mainly on value in the drawing, which is the lightness or darkness of the piece. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A few of the students in Powers’ art class, including freshman Nell Mckeon, have already completed their drawings. Throughout the process, the students focused mainly on value in the drawing, which is the lightness or darkness of the piece. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Kayley Wright and Madonna McGuire both worked diligently on their artwork throughout the class time. The art class learned observational drawing through this project, which is learning not only just to draw but also to see and the best way to learn this is with a still-life. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Kayley Wright and Madonna McGuire both worked diligently on their artwork throughout the class time. The art class learned observational drawing through this project, which is learning not only just to draw but also to see and the best way to learn this is with a still-life. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Randall Doane has already finished her drawing of the red portion of the still-life. The drawings have an interesting angle because they are above on shelves and the students drew them from the perspective of looking up. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Randall Doane has already finished her drawing of the red portion of the still-life. The drawings have an interesting angle because they are above on shelves and the students drew them from the perspective of looking up. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Chemistry Class Completes Soda Lab

On Friday October 24, 2014, a sophomore and junior chemistry class performed a lab on the sugar content in different types of sodas. Chemistry teacher Keith Gray gave the total sugar amounts in 8 ounces of each soda and the students had to figure out the correct amount of sugar in 10-mL of the sodas.

The chemistry class accomplished a lab that determined the sugar content in four sodas. These sodas were cola, ginger ale, orange soda, and grape soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The chemistry class accomplished a lab that determined the sugar content in four sodas. These sodas were cola, ginger ale, orange soda, and grape soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray explained the sugar content lab to junior Caisi Calandra. The students in the class had to find the density and the percent of sugar in 10-mL of each soda type. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray explained the sugar content lab to junior Caisi Calandra. The students in the class had to find the density and the percent of sugar in 10-mL of each soda type. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Kara Hersey and Sarah Reed filled up their 10-mL graduated cylinder with the purple soda. For safety precautions, students must always wear their safety glasses during lab procedures. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Kara Hersey and Sarah Reed filled up their 10-mL graduated cylinder with the purple soda. For safety precautions, students must always wear their safety glasses during lab procedures. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed their graduated cylinders that contained the soda in order to figure out the mass and the density of the sodas. They then used these measurements to calculate the percent of the sugar in 10-mL of the soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed their graduated cylinders that contained the soda in order to figure out the mass and the density of the sodas. They then used these measurements to calculate the percent of the sugar in 10-mL of the soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Calandra measured 10-mL of cola in her graduated cylinder during the experiment. It is important to always have accurate measurements in order to correctly complete the lab with a low percent error. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Calandra measured 10-mL of cola in her graduated cylinder during the experiment. It is important to always have accurate measurements in order to correctly complete the lab with a low percent error. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Hornets Football Puts Up Valiant Effort

On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex varsity football team had a home game against Hamilton-Wenham. The final score was 0-28, in the General’s favor. The next week, ME football won 21-14 against Ipswich.

On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex Hornets played against Hamilton Wenham. Although some players were injured from previous games, the Hornets played a good game. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex Hornets played against Hamilton Wenham. Although some players were injured from previous games, the Hornets played a good game. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joe Sokol led the high school pep band as they played during the first half of the Friday night game. The band has played every home game this season. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joe Sokol led the high school pep band as they played during the first half of the Friday night game. The band has played every home game this season. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
People filled the stands in order to watch the football game. Parents, high school students, and middle-school students are all invited to attend the games on Fridays. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
People filled the stands in order to watch the football game. Parents, high school students, and middle-school students are all invited to attend the games on Fridays. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The two teams huddled together to decide the play they were going to do next. They played a great game but lost by 0-28. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The two teams huddled together to decide the play they were going to do next. They played a great game but lost by 0-28. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

In between playing the songs, the band members were able to watch the game. The band played patriotic and spirited songs such as the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game and We Will Rock You in order to encourage the crowd to support the Hornets.  Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In between playing the songs, the band members were able to watch the game. The band played patriotic and spirited songs such as the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game and We Will Rock You in order to encourage the crowd to support the Hornets. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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GALLERY: PEP Rally and Quidditch Match 2014

Last block on Friday October 3rd, the entire middle and high schools met in the gym for the annual fall Pep Rally. Athletic teams and student council representatives were recognized. The traditional student team captains versus faculty scooter race resulted in the faulty winning for the 14th year in a row. Finally, the school watched the first ever Quidditch match in which the seniors played against the underclassmen.

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Animal rights club formed at HS

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the new club, SHTA, held its first meeting. The SHTA stands for the Students for the Humane Treatment of Animals. It is paired up with many shelters, such as the Cape Ann Animal Shelter, to help out animals in need.

 

Junior Erin Carlson led the first SHTA club meeting. Carlson created this club during her sophomore year in order to help animals in shelters that are in need of love and care. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Erin Carlson led the first SHTA club meeting. Carlson created this club during her sophomore year in order to help animals in shelters that are in need of love and care. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the meeting, Carlson wrote on the white board the topics  she planned to talk about during the meeting. Some important parts of the club are updating websites, making bracelets to sell in order to raise money, and physically going to shelters to volunteer. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the meeting, Carlson wrote on the white board the topics she planned to talk about during the meeting. Some important parts of the club are updating websites, making bracelets to sell in order to raise money, and physically going to shelters to volunteer. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students who attended the meeting listened as Carlson talked about what would be expected in the coming year for the SHTA club. The meeting lasted about fifteen minutes and allowed the attendents to learn more about helping the animals in need. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
High school students who attended the meeting listened as Carlson talked about what would be expected in the coming year for the SHTA club. The meeting lasted about fifteen minutes and allowed the attendents to learn more about helping the animals in need. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause and History teacher Shannon Alger listened as Carlson talked about the club. Krause and Alger are both supervisors of the SHTA along with math teacher David Alger and chemistry teacher Keith Gray. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
English teacher Allison Krause and History teacher Shannon Alger listened as Carlson talked about the club. Krause and Alger are both supervisors of the SHTA along with math teacher David Alger and chemistry teacher Keith Gray. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Mara Franklin wrote down her e-mail address and two of the projects that were mentioned during the meeting that she thinks would be the most interesting and helpful. Everyone who attended the meeting was asked to do this in order to contribute to the club. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Mara Franklin wrote down her e-mail address and two of the projects that were mentioned during the meeting that she thinks would be the most interesting and helpful. Everyone who attended the meeting was asked to do this in order to contribute to the club. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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