Senior Manages School Garden for Score Project

Every year seniors in the graduating class leave fourth quarter for S.C.O.R.E. projects. Senior Jackson Haskell decided he wanted to maintain the school garden. Every few days each week Haskell goes outside to maintain and check on the garden. Haskell is attending Gordon College in the Fall of 2015.

The school garden  across from the turf field grows the vegetables for school lunches. Senior Jackson Haskell maintained the garden for his senior Score Project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The school garden across from the turf field grows the vegetables for school lunches. Senior Jackson Haskell maintained the garden for his senior Score Project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The garden grows a variety of different vegetables in boxes between the gym floor area and by the turf field. Cabbage, lettuce, and other organic food are grown. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The garden grows a variety of different vegetables in boxes between the gym floor area and by the turf field. Cabbage, lettuce, and other organic food are grown. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In one of the garden boxes a hose is attached to a watering pipe. The pipe is put at the bottom of the soil to keep the plants watered without having to go outside and water them by hand every day. Head Custodian Steve Hunt built this device.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In one of the garden boxes a hose is attached to a watering pipe. The pipe is put at the bottom of the soil to keep the plants watered without having to go outside and water them by hand every day. Head Custodian Steve Hunt built this device. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Haskell explains the function and purpose of the watering device and how it is beneficial to the school. He goes outside every few days to make sure the plants are staying hydrated and growing at a normal pace. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Around week two of his project, plants sprouted with more color. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Around week two of his project, plants sprouted with more color. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After just a few weeks, the vegetables in the garden have sprouted to full size and were finally able to be eaten. Haskell worked hard on preparing the garden and watching over it carefully throughout the few weeks of his SCORE project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After just a few weeks, the vegetables in the garden have sprouted to full size and were finally able to be eaten. Haskell worked hard on preparing the garden and watching over it carefully throughout the few weeks of his SCORE project.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Memorial Day Assembly

On Friday May 22nd, Manchester Essex middle and high school came together for a school wide assembly. The annual Memorial Day assembly was held in the gym with guest speaker and Congressman Seth Moulton. Moulton spoke about his time serving in the military, and his time in politics.

High school band members prepare for the Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. Band director Joe Sokol goes over again the list of songs the students will be playing that day for the assembly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
High school band members prepare for the Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. Band director Joe Sokol goes over again the list of songs the students will be playing that day for the assembly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Congressmen and veteran Seth Moulton walks in the gym with Word War II veteran Larry Kirby. Kirby is over 90 years old and enlisted in the army when he was only 18 years old, the same age as some of the seniors in the gym today. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Congressmen and veteran Seth Moulton walks in the gym with Word War II veteran Larry Kirby. Kirby is over 90 years old and enlisted in the army when he was only 18 years old, the same age as some of the seniors in the gym today. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Band members begin to play The Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. The brass section of the band is in the front row of the instruments, for the best sound. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Band members begin to play The Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. The brass section of the band is in the front row of the instruments, for the best sound. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his experiences during war, and what it was like for him to enlist. Moulton spoke about what it was like to serve, and how it changed him as a person.  Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his experiences during war, and what it was like for him to enlist. Moulton spoke about what it was like to serve, and how it changed him as a person. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the chorus sang several songs. Their first song performed was On This Day, conducted by chorus director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the chorus sang several songs. Their first song performed was On This Day, conducted by chorus director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the audience watched intently to the speakers and their experiences. Students stood and gave Moulton a standing ovation to his speech about serving in the military. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the audience watched intently to the speakers and their experiences. Students stood and gave Moulton a standing ovation to his speech about serving in the military. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
World War II veteran Larry Kirby stands and waves to the crowd as he is introduced. Kirby has been actively working throughout his 90 years. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
World War II veteran Larry Kirby stands and waves to the crowd as he is introduced. Kirby has been actively working throughout his 90 years. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Principal Paul Murphy introduces all the veterans who were able to come to the assembly. From Right to left: William Bell, George Nickless, Arthur Secher, and Starr Lloyd. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Principal Paul Murphy introduces all the veterans who were able to come to the assembly. From Right to left: William Bell, George Nickless, Arthur Secher, and Starr Lloyd. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Sound Waves acapella group performed Let Freedom Ring. The Sound Waves perform at many school wide events and community events. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Sound Waves acapella group performed Let Freedom Ring. The Sound Waves perform at many school wide events and community events. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The veterans wait and listen patiently while the high school band performs the Marines Hymn, Air force Hymn, and Navy Hymn. The band performed a total of seven songs, along with the entire March Set. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The veterans wait and listen patiently while the high school band performs the Marines Hymn, Air force Hymn, and Navy Hymn. The band performed a total of seven songs, along with the entire March Set. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his work in democracy. Moulton talked about his work ethic and how it was to serve in the military. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his work in democracy. Moulton talked about his work ethic and how it was to serve in the military. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
15.Sokol receives a school wide standing ovation. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
15. Sokol receives a school wide standing ovation. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
At the end of the assembly, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy gave a special speech to band director Joe Sokol. It is Sokols last year at Manchester Essex, and he has been here for over 30 years. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
At the end of the assembly, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy gave a special speech to band director Joe Sokol. It is Sokols last year at Manchester Essex, and he has been here for over 30 years. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks to teachers and administrators after the assembly. Health teacher Janda Ricci-Munn speaks to Moulton about his work here at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks to teachers and administrators after the assembly. Health teacher Janda Ricci-Munn speaks to Moulton about his work here at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
History and Government teacher Jen Coleman introduces her AP Government class to Congressman Seth Moulton. The class is full of juniors and seniors interested in politics and in government. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
History and Government teacher Jen Coleman introduces her AP Government class to Congressman Seth Moulton. The class is full of juniors and seniors interested in politics and in government. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Teachers introduce themselves after the assembly to Moulton. Spanish teacher Robbie Bilsbury introduces himself to Moulton. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Teachers introduce themselves after the assembly to Moulton. Spanish teacher Robbie Bilsbury introduces himself to Moulton. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Varsity Lacrosse Bonds Over Team Dinner

Monday May 11th student athletes on the Manchester Essex Varsity girl’s lacrosse team had a team dinner, hosted by players Liddy and Annie DeConto before their game against Masconomet High School. The dinner’s theme was “American Barbeque.” Pulled pork, salad, corn bread, and fruit was on the menu for the evening.

Senior and sophomore mother Lisa DeConto prepared a large salad with vegetables and croutons. Players contribute to the team dinner by helping clean after and bringing beverages. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior and sophomore mother Lisa DeConto prepared a large salad with vegetables and croutons. Players contribute to the team dinner by helping clean after and bringing beverages. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Players had many servings of the pulled pork along with corn bread, and watermelon. For desert there was lemon cake, marble cake, and coconut cake. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Players had many servings of the pulled pork along with corn bread, and watermelon. For desert there was lemon cake, marble cake, and coconut cake. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The players raced to the serving table to get in line for their food. The Team is in a 6 and 5 season, and would need one more win to get them to the tournament. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The players raced to the serving table to get in line for their food. The Team is in a 6 and 5 season, and would need one more win to get them to the tournament. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As they served themselves others went into the kitchen to sit and eat. The practice was a lot of running and working hard, and the food was a great reward. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As they served themselves others went into the kitchen to sit and eat. The practice was a lot of running and working hard, and the food was a great reward. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridgett Kiernan talks with Lisa DeConto about the delicious food and her game plan for the game the next day. Kiernan included senior Annie DeConto in the conversation. DeConto is a low attacker and Kiernan is a mid-fielder. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridgett Kiernan talks with Lisa DeConto about the delicious food and her game plan for the game the next day. Kiernan included senior Annie DeConto in the conversation. DeConto is a low attacker and Kiernan is a mid-fielder. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team poses for a picture. After the team picture, music began to play and everyone began to dance around the kitchen. The captains for the team are Seniors Maya Heath and Katie Furber. Heath is a midfielder, attacker, and defender, Furber is the goalie.  Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team poses for a picture. After the team picture, music began to play and everyone began to dance around the kitchen. The captains for the team are Seniors Maya Heath and Katie Furber. Heath is a midfielder, attacker, and defender, Furber is the goalie. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bella Mastendino enjoys her lemon cake dessert. Mastendino is a starting low defender.  Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bella Mastendino enjoys her lemon cake dessert. Mastendino is a starting low defender. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomores DeConto and Kiernan practice dance moves in the kitchen. Square dancing and practicing the team dance were the main dance moves during the dinner. The game against Masco was a sad loss, and the girls will be playing Beverly the following Monday. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores DeConto and Kiernan practice dance moves in the kitchen. Square dancing and practicing the team dance were the main dance moves during the dinner. The game against Masco was a sad loss, and the girls will be playing Beverly the following Monday. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Physical Education Classes Enjoy the Warm Weather

Thursday April 30th students in Eric Magers high school gym class and students in Kathleen Pizzello middle school gym class play outside. The middle school class played Frisbee and prepared for their ultimate Frisbee unit. The high school class played two hand touch, while students inside played four square. 20150430_Jenny Ainsley high school Gym Class_0710

After the turnover from Williams, Nowak throws the ball down the field to teammates. The pass was received by sophomore Mac McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the turnover from Williams, Nowak throws the ball down the field to teammates. The pass was received by sophomore Mac McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grade students in Kathleen Pizzello’s gym class practice passing the Frisbee before beginning their unit on ultimate Frisbee. Eighth grader Suzy Morton passes to her partner. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grade students in Kathleen Pizzello’s gym class practice passing the Frisbee before beginning their unit on ultimate Frisbee. Eighth grader Suzy Morton passes to her partner. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to be aware of their surroundings while throwing Frisbees because of the hazard of hitting other students. Eighth grader Anna Bonaccorso begins her throw in the correct form. Students are advised every day to change for class, otherwise they cannot participate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to be aware of their surroundings while throwing Frisbees because of the hazard of hitting other students. Eighth grader Anna Bonaccorso begins her throw in the correct form. Students are advised every day to change for class, otherwise they cannot participate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schooler Jake Athanas catches the Frisbee and with a quick release returns the disc to his parter. Athanas said Frisbee is one  of his favorite units. It was a perfect spring day to be outside for class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schooler Jake Athanas catches the Frisbee and with a quick release returns the disc to his parter. Athanas said Frisbee is one of his favorite units. It was a perfect spring day to be outside for class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello begins to explain the rules of ultimate Frisbee to her students. Students look toward the boundaries and begin to look for their teams. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello begins to explain the rules of ultimate Frisbee to her students. Students look toward the boundaries and begin to look for their teams. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Milne runs back to his position after his team scored a touchdown. The sophomores then decide to create a game plan on how to win their game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Milne runs back to his position after his team scored a touchdown. The sophomores then decide to create a game plan on how to win their game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Aisea Richardson and Evan Williams run a play. Williams hands off to Richardson and he then runs the field to get the touchdown. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Aisea Richardson and Evan Williams run a play. Williams hands off to Richardson and he then runs the field to get the touchdown. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams passes the ball to the end of the field in a Hail Mary in hopes he will get a touchdown pass. The ball is picked off by Milne and then is two hand touched by McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams passes the ball to the end of the field in a Hail Mary in hopes he will get a touchdown pass. The ball is picked off by Milne and then is two hand touched by McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams runs the ball between McCoy and Richardson. He does not make it through and got a turn over to the other team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams runs the ball between McCoy and Richardson. He does not make it through and got a turn over to the other team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richardson with an illegal move is put on a two minute penalty. Students with penalties had to stand with Magers and cheering on  their teammates. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richardson with an illegal move is put on a two minute penalty. Students with penalties had to stand with Magers and cheering on their teammates. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Pizzello explains the boundaries and rules of the game of ultimate Frisbee. Students sat in a circle listening to how to play. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello explains the boundaries and rules of the game of ultimate Frisbee. Students sat in a circle listening to how to play. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team Builds Hydroponic and AquaPonics Project

Students in the Manchester Essex Green Team have created a simple yet effective environmentally friendly garden, out of the normal growing season. Their goal is to provide and create organic food for students. The definition of hydroponics is a subset of hydro culture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.

The Green Teams students Belle Allmendinger, Justin Eichenburger, and Louis Masella created a healthy way to grow food. The aquaponics system combines aquaculture which is the farming of fish and hydroponics which is the raising of plants without soil. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Green Teams students Belle Allmendinger, Justin Eichenburger, and Louis Masella created a healthy way to grow food. The aquaponics system combines aquaculture which is the farming of fish and hydroponics which is the raising of plants without soil. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In some of the Aquaponic structures there are gold fish. Nutrients for the plants come from fish waste.  The plants act as a bio filter, and they clean the water making it a healthy living space for the fish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In some of the Aquaponic structures there are gold fish. Nutrients for the plants come from fish waste. The plants act as a bio filter, and they clean the water making it a healthy living space for the fish. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
There are six aquaponic structures built on the third floor by the Green Team room. The students plan to build 10 of them with the help of their diagrams, blueprints and extensive research. Students have a budget which they must follow even though they plan to get the most out of each aquaponic. The total cost for 10 units is $1960. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
There are six aquaponic structures built on the third floor by the Green Team room. The students plan to build 10 of them with the help of their diagrams, blueprints and extensive research. Students have a budget which they must follow even though they plan to get the most out of each aquaponic. The total cost for 10 units is $1960. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
They types of plants that will grow in the aquaponics are selected by limitation of nutrients.  They plan on growing a small amount of Lettuce, basil, mint, chives and arugula due to it being their first time using and working with aquaponics. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
They types of plants that will grow in the aquaponics are selected by limitation of nutrients. They plan on growing a small amount of Lettuce, basil, mint, chives and arugula due to it being their first time using and working with aquaponics. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hydroponic towers provide an environmentally friendly option of growing food, in the winter time. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and they are methods of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, with soil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hydroponic towers provide an environmentally friendly option of growing food, in the winter time. Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and they are methods of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, with soil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students plan on constructing 30 towers, so far they have 10. The jug holds the pump and the tower, and water is then cycled through the tower moving from the pump, up the tubes and to the top. The water then drips down to have a constant flow of water hitting the Rockwool seeds. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students plan on constructing 30 towers, so far they have 10. The jug holds the pump and the tower, and water is then cycled through the tower moving from the pump, up the tubes and to the top. The water then drips down to have a constant flow of water hitting the Rockwool seeds. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Goldfish were the best option for the auqaponics because they are the easiest to take care of and can withstand the changing of conditions. Goldfish can survive in 40-80 degrees. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Goldfish were the best option for the auqaponics because they are the easiest to take care of and can withstand the changing of conditions. Goldfish can survive in 40-80 degrees. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Moth Lab Explains Evolution

Tuesday march 24th students in Biology teacher Erica Everett’s B block class worked together on a lab on evolution and natural selection. Students filled out a chart afterward on how peppered moths work with Darwin’s Theory on Evolution.

Students work together in pairs on the peppered moth lab, about Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. Sophomores Cole Bourbon and Evan Williams review  their papers for instructions, and then perform the lab. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students work together in pairs on the peppered moth lab, about Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. Sophomores Cole Bourbon and Evan Williams review their papers for instructions, and then perform the lab. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Erica Everett explains to students the objective of the lab. Students were given a piece of  “dark bark” and a piece of “light bark.” Students had to blend both light and dark moths onto the given piece of paper, and decide which ones were easiest to see. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Erica Everett explains to students the objective of the lab. Students were given a piece of “dark bark” and a piece of “light bark.” Students had to blend both light and dark moths onto the given piece of paper, and decide which ones were easiest to see. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Co- Teacher Elizabeth Eichenburger prepares the bins with the materials students need. Each bin contains a dark piece of paper (dark bark) , with dark cut outs (moths), and a light piece of paper (light bark) with light cut outs  (moths). Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Co- Teacher Elizabeth Eichenburger prepares the bins with the materials students need. Each bin contains a dark piece of paper (dark bark) , with dark cut outs (moths), and a light piece of paper (light bark) with light cut outs (moths). Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students also filled out a packet of surveys during their lab. Sophomores Jacob Callahan and Liam Martin work together on answering the fill in the blank sentences, on what they have learned in their lab. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students also filled out a packet of surveys during their lab. Sophomores Jacob Callahan and Liam Martin work together on answering the fill in the blank sentences, on what they have learned in their lab. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Everett writes a chart on Darwin’s Theory, and students filled in the blank spaces on the bottom. The chart consisted of Genetic Variation, over production, the struggle for existence, different reproductive success, and the definition of evolution. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Everett writes a chart on Darwin’s Theory, and students filled in the blank spaces on the bottom. The chart consisted of Genetic Variation, over production, the struggle for existence, different reproductive success, and the definition of evolution. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the worksheet students filled in blank spaces with the correct answers. Students drew a food chain of grass to moths and then to birds. Birds eat moths and moths eat grass. The worksheets were about the industrial revolution and how it rapidly changed the evolution of light moths to dark moths. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the worksheet students filled in blank spaces with the correct answers. Students drew a food chain of grass to moths and then to birds. Birds eat moths and moths eat grass. The worksheets were about the industrial revolution and how it rapidly changed the evolution of light moths to dark moths. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The chart on natural selection given as a rubric to students. Students created their own and filled in facts that they learned during this lab. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The chart on natural selection given as a rubric to students. Students created their own and filled in facts that they learned during this lab. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Martin fills out the back page of the worksheet, with facts on the trends he saw with the surviving moths. The chart  had the original number of moths for the light  on dark wood, and the dark on dark wood. Students over time had to decide which color moth had a better chance of surving on a specific color bark. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Martin fills out the back page of the worksheet, with facts on the trends he saw with the surviving moths. The chart had the original number of moths for the light on dark wood, and the dark on dark wood. Students over time had to decide which color moth had a better chance of surving on a specific color bark. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Light moths on dark bark were much more visible than the dark moths on the dark bark. Students used a pair of forceps to pick off the more visible moths in only a quick amount of time. The forceps were considered to be birds, because birds prey on moths.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Light moths on dark bark were much more visible than the dark moths on the dark bark. Students used a pair of forceps to pick off the more visible moths in only a quick amount of time. The forceps were considered to be birds, because birds prey on moths. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Co- Teacher Ann Landry speaks to students about the directions of the project. Confirmed by Everett, students were asked to fill out the questions with as much detail as they could put into their answers. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Co- Teacher Ann Landry speaks to students about the directions of the project. Confirmed by Everett, students were asked to fill out the questions with as much detail as they could put into their answers. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Emily Dahlen uses forceps to pick and choose which moths to take off of her page of bark. The lighter moths are a lot more visible than the darker ones seen on the page. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Emily Dahlen uses forceps to pick and choose which moths to take off of her page of bark. The lighter moths are a lot more visible than the darker ones seen on the page. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Freshmen and Sophomores Play Advisory Games

Wednesday March 18th high school students had a turbo advisory day. Students were instructed to color on a piece of paper specifically to resemble a word chosen on the page. After students finished their drawings junior and seniors were sent to the gym and freshmen and sophomores were sent to the cafeteria for games and competitions.

 

Students of the freshmen class won the army crawl by a landslide. Freshmen Samantha Booma beats her peers in her final lap back from the race. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students of the freshmen class won the army crawl by a landslide. Freshmen Samantha Booma beats her peers in her final lap back from the race. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In the final seconds of the completion, Heislemen finished with a win. Sophomore students cheered and congratulated their peer for helping get a victory.
In the final seconds of the completion, Heislemen finished with a win. Sophomore students cheered and congratulated their peer for helping get a victory.
Sophomore Noah Smith pushes to the end of this difficult round. This was the most stenous activity the students were assigned. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Noah Smith pushes to the end of this difficult round. This was the most stenous activity the students were assigned. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Focusing on keeping a strong core to stay in the game sophmores Kevin Heislemen and Dante Lombardi keep their heads up and straight backs. Heislemen eventually was in the last two remaining, and he won for his grade. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Focusing on keeping a strong core to stay in the game sophmores Kevin Heislemen and Dante Lombardi keep their heads up and straight backs. Heislemen eventually was in the last two remaining, and he won for his grade. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students assumed the competition would be quick although the sophmores won with a lucky five minute plank. Students had to keep a flat and straight body or else they would be disqualified. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students assumed the competition would be quick although the sophmores won with a lucky five minute plank. Students had to keep a flat and straight body or else they would be disqualified. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The competition of the “longest” students. Students had to hold a plank position for as long as they could without falling. Those who fell were disqualified. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The competition of the “longest” students. Students had to hold a plank position for as long as they could without falling. Those who fell were disqualified. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The competitions kick off with instructions from advisory teachers. History teacher Jen Coleman informs the freshmen and sophomores the rules of each game they will be playing and participating in. Credit: Cole Bourbon  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The competitions kick off with instructions from advisory teachers. History teacher Jen Coleman informs the freshmen and sophomores the rules of each game they will be playing and participating in. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students created the number shouted out with their bodies in their advisory groups. Each time a grade would successfully complete a number, a point would be added to their grade’s score. Credit:  Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students created the number shouted out with their bodies in their advisory groups. Each time a grade would successfully complete a number, a point would be added to their grade’s score. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students created the number shouted out with their bodies in their advisory groups. Each time a grade would successfully complete a number, a point would be added to their grade’s score. Sophomores beat the freshmen overall. Credit: Cole Bourbon  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students created the number shouted out with their bodies in their advisory groups. Each time a grade would successfully complete a number, a point would be added to their grade’s score. Sophomores beat the freshmen overall. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to choose a word from the text on the page that is not a concrete noun. They must illustrate the word on the page and cannot highlight, circle, or underline the word.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to choose a word from the text on the page that is not a concrete noun. They must illustrate the word on the page and cannot highlight, circle, or underline the word. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter draws another light bulb surrounding her word of choice. Every high school student made a piece of artwork for a whole school project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter draws another light bulb surrounding her word of choice. Every high school student made a piece of artwork for a whole school project. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Will Heslop drew a light bulb around a word he was focusing on. Students were able to choose any noun on the page as long as it was related to their drawing.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Will Heslop drew a light bulb around a word he was focusing on. Students were able to choose any noun on the page as long as it was related to their drawing. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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The two groups broke off into two groups on both sides of the cafeteria. Freshmen were in the back and sophomores were in the front. Credit: Jenny Beardsley  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The two groups broke off into two groups on both sides of the cafeteria. Freshmen were in the back and sophomores were in the front. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore students pile together to create the number eight. James Reeves, Michael Gali, Brandon Falk, Drew Tomas, Tommy Tofuri, and Will Heslop work together to put their number together.  Credit: Cole Bourbon  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore students pile together to create the number eight. James Reeves, Michael Gali, Brandon Falk, Drew Tomas, Tommy Tofuri, and Will Heslop work together to put their number together. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Freshmen and Sophomores Play Advisory Games

Wednesday March 18th high school students had a turbo advisory day. Students were instructed to color on a piece of paper specifically to resemble a word chosen on the page. After students finished their drawings junior and seniors were sent to the gym and freshmen and sophomores were sent to the cafeteria for games and competitions.

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ME Alumni talk about study abroad experiences

Wednesday, March 11th former students of Manchester Essex presented during international week. The class of 2011s Kristine Walder and Rebecca Lynch spoke to students about their time abroad in several different countries. Lynch traveled to many countries in Europe and Walder traveled in South
America and the Galapagos.

Former student of MERSD class of 2011 Rebecca Lynch spoke about her time in Italy. The architecture in Florence is very authentic because it has some of the oldest and largest buildings. Florence, Italy has the largest brick dome in the world. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Former student of MERSD class of 2011 Rebecca Lynch spoke about her time in Italy. The architecture in Florence is very authentic because it has some of the oldest and largest buildings. Florence, Italy has the largest brick dome in the world. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch explained the food, and how it differs from Italian food that is made in America. She spoke about the many different types of pastas and food she ate on her trip. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch explained the food, and how it differs from Italian food that is made in America. She spoke about the many different types of pastas and food she ate on her trip. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students and teachers listen intently to the stories shared. Students are required to take notes during every presentation for a quiz grade. Students are also told to try the food in the cafeteria and wear the colors of the country for the day. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students and teachers listen intently to the stories shared. Students are required to take notes during every presentation for a quiz grade. Students are also told to try the food in the cafeteria and wear the colors of the country for the day. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dachau Concentration Camp is in Munich, Germany, Lynch explained the feeling of shock walking through the concentration camp. She spoke to the students that it was a scary and moving seeing the tragic things people had gone through. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dachau Concentration Camp is in Munich, Germany, Lynch explained the feeling of shock walking through the concentration camp. She spoke to the students that it was a scary and moving seeing the tragic things people had gone through. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch also traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland. She spoke about the food and the landscape. Her favorite part was the chocolate and the sweets made in Switzerland. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Lynch also traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland. She spoke about the food and the landscape. Her favorite part was the chocolate and the sweets made in Switzerland. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students write down their facts and sentences about Walder’s time in the Galapagos. Students asked questions periodically throughout both presentations. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school students write down their facts and sentences about Walder’s time in the Galapagos. Students asked questions periodically throughout both presentations. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Former student Christine Walder shared her travels and experiences in different places. She shared her time in the Galapagos and briefly spoke in Spanish about her time. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Former student Christine Walder shared her travels and experiences in different places. She shared her time in the Galapagos and briefly spoke in Spanish about her time. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Walder shared her time in the Amazon jungle. She spoke about the differences in plants and animals. Walder took a picture with the “mother of poisonous spiders” at night. Iguanas are rare to see because they have the ability to bled in with things for protection. Spikes grow on trees so nothing can kill it. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Walder shared her time in the Amazon jungle. She spoke about the differences in plants and animals. Walder took a picture with the “mother of poisonous spiders” at night. Iguanas are rare to see because they have the ability to bled in with things for protection. Spikes grow on trees so nothing can kill it. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sophomore Advisory Talks about Social Media

On Wednesday, March 4th the high school had a mini advisory block. Students in every class had different topics to talk about as a group. Students solved problems together and worked out tough situations that could come in their futures. Foreign language teacher Erin Fortunato spoke to her sophomore advisory class about privacy, and dangers of social media.

Students in Erin Fortunato’s advisory class are instructed to write and read through their journals that they were given as freshmen. Sophomore Ciara Lyne reads and flips through her book to her past entries. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in Erin Fortunato’s advisory class are instructed to write and read through their journals that they were given as freshmen. Sophomore Ciara Lyne reads and flips through her book to her past entries. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Listening intently to Fortunato, speak about a recent uprising on “Twitter” with baseball player Curt Schillings daughter. Students asked questions and read passages on the dangers of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Listening intently to Fortunato, speak about a recent uprising on “Twitter” with baseball player Curt Schillings daughter. Students asked questions and read passages on the dangers of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class discussed the topic of social media for their advisory group. Students talked about the struggles of keeping a safe and friendly page on any type of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class discussed the topic of social media for their advisory group. Students talked about the struggles of keeping a safe and friendly page on any type of social media. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fortunate showed a variety of different social media sites. Students were asked to write down their opinion on what the person wrote. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fortunate showed a variety of different social media sites. Students were asked to write down their opinion on what the person wrote. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Zoe Brown writes her opinion and feelings down toward the out bursts on social media. Brown asked about the privacy of social media, and who and what can find your page. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Zoe Brown writes her opinion and feelings down toward the out bursts on social media. Brown asked about the privacy of social media, and who and what can find your page. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A blast from the past! Students are directed to read and see if they can still connect to their past entries. Entries are connected to school, life, friends, and even social media. Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin  reflection  to her old entry on school and how she felt as a freshmen to how she feels now as a sophomore.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A blast from the past! Students are directed to read and see if they can still connect to their past entries. Entries are connected to school, life, friends, and even social media. Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin reflection to her old entry on school and how she felt as a freshmen to how she feels now as a sophomore. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Personal connections towards social media were made during Fortuato’s advisory class. Students wrote down things they have seen, or heard of. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Personal connections towards social media were made during Fortuato’s advisory class. Students wrote down things they have seen, or heard of. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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