Art Honors Society partners with Green Team on garden project

 

The National Art Honor Scoiety worked with the MER Green Team to create signs for the school’s organic garden.  Green Team advisor Eric Magers obtained the signs from the fabricators that created the metal Lucidomatics that are used to sort recycling and compost during lunch. The signs are made from metal scraps and have posts welded to them.  The NAHS used metal primer and paints that they are hoping will withstand the elements. Junior Simon McIntosh, who is the head gardener, plans to place the signs in the garden to indicate to visitors the

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Math meet held at MERHS

MERHS hosted a Massachusetts Mathematics League meet on February 4th.  Each month, a different school serves as host for the event, in which students compete by solving challenging math problems in a variety of topics.   Manchester Essex is in a division with Hamilton Wenham, Ipswich, Masconomet, Pentucket, Pingree, and Rockport.

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NAHS builds giant gingerbread house

National Art Honor Society worked together to create a gingerbread house out of recycled cardboard and other art materials to celebrate the holidays.

National Art Honor Society met on Wednesday December 15 at 6:30 pm. They worked together to create one giant gingerbread house out of recycled cardboard and other art materials to celebrate the holidays. Everyone split up into three groups, with each group working on a section of the house. Eighth graders Tucker Evens and Sam Creighton helped NAHS adviser Caroline Epp to aseemble the cardboard house.

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Ha Tran recounts her journey as a refugee

Author and Vietnamese refugee Ha Tran spoke to the high school during Humanities Week.

Author and Vietnamese refugee Ha Tran spoke to the high school during Humanities Week.  She is the author of the book “Empowered by Hope”.  Ha Tran recounted her unforgettable and courageous story of  how she escaped from Vietnam to live in America with her family and become an American citizen.

Ha Tran also visited History Department Chair Dan Jewett’s Global Issues class. The class discussed her views on immigration.  Senior Cam Smith asked her about her views on illegal immigrants based on her experience as a new American citizen after years of going through the official immigration process. Tran responded that she loves that people are coming because of the opportunities available in America, however she believes she should go through the same process she did and do their part as citizens. Additionally, Tran spoke in more depth about her journey to the United States.

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Volleyball unit serves up skills before Thanksgiving

Marty Stephan’s sixth grade gym class played volleyball this past week. Teaching assistants Heather Burgess and Hannah Beardsley showed the students the proper techniques for serving the ball, and returning it.   After the warm up, the students played a game with 6 people on each team.

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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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HS wishes the Cross Country team good luck

The high school had a 15 minute mini pep rally as a sendoff for the three cross country members who were going to states

Photos by Harriet Cheshire

On Saturday Nov. 20, three students represented Manchester Essex Regional High School at the cross country state tournament.    Freshman Fiona Davis, senior Nate Jermain, and senior Ben Girard were the three team members that attended states. Their coach is AJ Migonis.

The day before, the high school had a 15 minute mini pep rally as a good luck sendoff for the three cross country members who were going to states the next day. The new Hornet mascot helped the crowd cheer on the athletes.

Girard placed 17th overall with a time of 15:08; Jermain placed 55th overall with a time of 15:40; and Davis placed 52nd overall with a time of 18:34.  These three individuals ran a tough race and represented Manchester Essex well.  Girard even saved enough energy to place second in the Essex Turkey Trot the next day. 

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MS Roller Palace gallery

Photos by Harriet Cheshire and Caroline Epp

On Friday Oct. 29, the middle school hosted an outing at Roller Palace in Beverly, MA.

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Ballroom blast at Memorial

Fifth Graders practiced ballroom dancing in physical education class with teacher Chris Lamothe.

Fifth Graders practiced ballroom dancing in physical education class with teacher Chris Lamothe. First they practiced on their own, and then paired up with other students.  Girls were on one side of the gym and the boys on the other side. Lamothe demonstrated the crossover for the students, as part of the cha-cha.

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Strategies for word problems engages fourth graders

Memorial Elementary School’s Katryn Friske’s fourth grade class worked on multiplication and division word problems during their math time.

Photos by Harriet Cheshire and Riley McCarthy

Memorial Elementary School’s Katryn Friske’s fourth grade class worked on multiplication and division word problems during their math time.  The students were learning different ways to solve word problems.  Some of the strategies were drawing pictures, reading twice for understanding, making examples, and using tally marks.  Students raised whiteboards in the air to show their answers to the teacher.

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