Anatomy carves up a cow

Dr. Burgess’s senior anatomy class participated in a lab in which they got to observe the different bone tissues of a cow leg. Henry’s Butcher Shop in Beverly kindly donates to MERHS yearly. They have also donated kidneys and other animal parts so that the classes can learn the anatomical structures.

Students such as Colby Walsh and Cam D’Andrea poked at the articular cartilage of the cow leg. Articular cartilage or Hyaline Cartilage is glistening white tissue that prevents friction from damaging the bone and anything that surrounds it. They also observed the Spongy Bone of the cow leg, which is dense, hard, and slightly elastic connective tissue. 

Students got the chance to visually learn how structures are connected in the bone and be able to see and understand the importance of each cartilage and tissue. This lab was very educational and fun. It gave the students a change from textbooks and an opportunity to participate in hands on learning.  

Henry’s Butcher Shop deserves a huge thank you for their generous donation.


Documentary filmmakers share their experiences

Josh Fox, who directed Gasland, and Noah Hutton, director of Crude Independence, came to the Manchester Essex Regional High School to talk about their films, which focus on the effects of oil and gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing.


National Art Honor Society plans for future events


Editorial: Never too green

Students and faculty of this school need to make sure we stay consistently active and don’t neglect the progress we have already made in becoming a more environmentally aware community.

Photos by Gwen Laschi


After our new school was built, Manchester-Essex Regional High School seeks to improve our “green” way of doing things and to promote healthier living and earth-saving strategies. The school’s Green Team added compost buckets, more recycling bins, bins for batteries, and terracycle containers.  We use the Lucidomatic to separate our recyclables from our garbage and compost in the dining hall. We have even been nominated for being the “greenest” public school in the United States.

We have been improving gradually and impressively, but to earn this honorable title, the students and faculty of this school need to make sure we stay consistently active and don’t neglect the progress we have already made in becoming a more environmentally aware community. 

Many students leave trash on their tables or create messes after having lunch or snack, and the terracycle containers are overflowing. Students are being careless. With the rush of getting to class and continuing on with the fast paced day of school, it is more difficult to stay green because students don’t take the time to recycle when they are rushing to class. They need to do their part each and every day.

We are doing wonderful as a student body achieving this goal, but we need to work together to put in the extra effort to earn the title of “Greenest School in the United States.”


MS engineers design and launch rockets

Science teacher Steve Cogger and his eighth grade engineering class are building bottle rockets.

Science teacher Steve Cogger and his eighth grade engineering class are building bottle rockets. Students choose 3 objectives and design a rocket to meet their objectives. By following the engineering design process, students use prior  knowledge, as well as the factors of flight that influence the outcome of the trial. Students then redesign their rockets and try to imporve its performance.  

Students made the rockets out of plastic soda bottles, cut Styrofoam, paper, and other miscellaneous materials. The students created fins that they thought were adequate for their rockets, as well as putting paper nose cones on the top to ensure a straight upward flight. 

Each launch team records the rocket’s performance to design parameters such as height, distance, and time in the air.  Between trials, they added changes that they hypothesized would make their rockets meet their objectives. If the original objectives were not met, the students were not penalized or graded lower. The goal of the experiment was to expand the students thinking, have them learn from trial and error, and to make mathematical estimations.

The grading process occurs in the final reports written by the students, to make sure they understood the engineering process.   

The eight graders were all smiles while they were setting off their rockets at Brook Street field in Manchester. Students were engaged in each of the team’s trials, and cheered them on, congratulating each other’s work.