Loyd Waites Presents at ASR Alumni Seminar

After conducting research on MHD radiation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lloyd Waites presents his finding to several classes at the High School including ASR teacher Maria Burgess. He explained the effect of radiation on asteroid orbits.

Waites is enrolled in his second year as a sophomore at RPI in New York. He is a graduate of from Manchester-Essex as of two years ago. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Waites is enrolled in his second year as a sophomore at RPI in New York. He is a graduate of from Manchester-Essex as of two years ago. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To introduce his research, Waites began talking about the origins of the solar system. He further discussed life on earth with the students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To introduce his research, Waites began talking about the origins of the solar system. He further discussed life on earth with the students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As a result of Waites research, he learned that when a conductive object moves through a conductive fluid, it will emit MHD radiation. This causes the orbit to decay and can drastically alter its position. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As a result of Waites research, he learned that when a conductive object moves through a conductive fluid, it will emit MHD radiation. This causes the orbit to decay and can drastically alter its position. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is the simple, algebraic equation representing the rate at which the asteroids decay. In the case of an orbit, the orbit will then decay until it falls into the center. This would affect asteroids, dust, and other components of the early solar system, from the movement of organic molecules, to the formation of planets. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is the simple, algebraic equation representing the rate at which the asteroids decay. In the case of an orbit, the orbit will then decay until it falls into the center. This would affect asteroids, dust, and other components of the early solar system, from the movement of organic molecules, to the formation of planets. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Towards the end of the presentation, Waites discussed the importance of taking Authentic Science Research while he was in high school. The class gave him an opportunity to expand his knowledge in different fields of study outside of school. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Towards the end of the presentation, Waites discussed the importance of taking Authentic Science Research while he was in high school. The class gave him an opportunity to expand his knowledge in different fields of study outside of school. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Industrial Design Students Create 3D Prototypes For Midterm Exam

This year in art teacher Caroline Epp’s STEM and Industrial Design, students were asked to make a 3D prototype for a creative new item. Like past projects in Epp’s class, the students had to research building techniques before starting the blueprints of their projects. Each project had to include at least two principles and elements of design as well as following the design process. The STEM and Industrial Design class is a one semester class so these projects will act as one of their final grades for the course.

Junior Amanda Loebelenz works on her lamp model during class. Each student had to make four thumbnail sketches and then discuss with peers for feedback and critiques along with their 3D prototype for this final exam. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Amanda Loebelenz works on her lamp model during class. Each student had to make four thumbnail sketches and then discuss with peers for feedback and critiques along with their 3D prototype for this final exam. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Loebelenz decided to create a lamp modeled after the deep sea fish with a light on its antenna called the anglerfish. The students were given the option to research and create a model of a form of transportation, a piece of furniture, or a lamp. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Loebelenz decided to create a lamp modeled after the deep sea fish with a light on its antenna called the anglerfish. The students were given the option to research and create a model of a form of transportation, a piece of furniture, or a lamp. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter also chose to create a lamp for her project. This is the outline of the head for her thought cloud wall lamp, where she will put clouds around the head. The smallest cloud acts as the on and off switch. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter also chose to create a lamp for her project. This is the outline of the head for her thought cloud wall lamp, where she will put clouds around the head. The smallest cloud acts as the on and off switch. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Eddie Beauregard cuts a piece of wood to fit the measurements for his item of furniture called the Couchformer. Industrial design teacher Caroline Epp allowed her students to use any materials that are available in the classroom. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Eddie Beauregard cuts a piece of wood to fit the measurements for his item of furniture called the Couchformer. Industrial design teacher Caroline Epp allowed her students to use any materials that are available in the classroom. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, works on his prosthetic ankle with small pieces of wood and hot glue. Driscoll decided to think outside of the box and make a prosthetic as a mode of transportation based on his prior knowledge. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, works on his prosthetic ankle with small pieces of wood and hot glue. Driscoll decided to think outside of the box and make a prosthetic as a mode of transportation based on his prior knowledge. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Nathaniel Rautio looks over the sketch he made be for starting the actual building process. Each student was asked to make a couple sketches before starting as well as create a poster to present to the class during exam block. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Nathaniel Rautio looks over the sketch he made be for starting the actual building process. Each student was asked to make a couple sketches before starting as well as create a poster to present to the class during exam block. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Some of the students made multipurpose items like junior Alex Beckmann. Beckmann crafted a chair on top of a large skateboard as a different and safer way for people to get around. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Some of the students made multipurpose items like junior Alex Beckmann. Beckmann crafted a chair on top of a large skateboard as a different and safer way for people to get around. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The projects progressed throughout the week and they will be ready by the exam block.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The projects progressed throughout the week and they will be ready by the exam block. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Gallery: Assembly celebrates the season

The Manchester Essex middle and high schools came together to celebrate the holiday season in an assembly on the last day of school before break.

 

Juniors Sara Rhuda and Chelsea Rose sang several songs. Next, Essex Police Chief Peter Silva and his band of fellow law enforcement officers, Uncharted Watahs, played several songs. For a few of them, eighth grader Kendall Hershey accompanied on drums. The SoundWaves also sang with band.

 

This season the students of both schools brought in over $2800 in toys to donate to Pathways for Children. Additionally, the Rotary Club donated over $1000 in gift cards to students and their families that are in financial need.

 

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YMCA and MERMS Presents “Legally Blonde Jr. the Musical”

During the weekend of Friday December 12th, the middle school presented “Legally Blonde Jr. the musical.” The students have been working hard since September and were excited to show off their talents. Director Nicole Leotsakos from the North Shore YMCA Theatre has worked with twenty two of the most talented and expressive students to put on an amazing production. This year, the play consisted of a female cast, so the male parts were all played by girls. This stretched the actresses’ limits and got them thinking outside of the box in order to transform into male characters. Leotsakos had the help of Sara Jaffe and Carissa Gerber as assistant directors and managers, as well as sophomore Robert Carter as house manager and a few other students as stage crew.

The story of Legally Blonde follows Elle Woods, a sorority girl from Malibu, in her journey to find true meaning of herself outside of her looks. Her heart takes her to Harvard Law School to win back the guy she loves, but she soon learns that she is a hardworking, independent woman that enjoys helping people through practicing law.

The Cast:

AnaCarpri Burke

Sylvie Oldeman

Aoife Dalton

Courtney Dellicker

Grayson Lockwood

Julia Kaper

Savannah Reilly

Greta Dickson

Lila Whitman

Madeline Lai

Sasa Willems

Lydia Shaw

Emily Johnson

Abby Thomas

Heather Adams

Bonnie Gerhardt

Bradlee Brooks

Anna Whitten

Morgan Phippen

Charlotte Ward

Lilly Coote

Lily Phipps

 

Drums by eighth grader Kendall Hersey

 

 

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STEM/Industrial Design Students Create Websites with Code

Students in Caroline Epp’s STEM/Industrial Design class learn how to create HTML sites by writing code. The students looked into front end development, which is the component of a website that customers see and interact with. This is the first time Epp has taught the coding unit in her STEM/Industrial Design class.

At the beginning of class, art teacher Caroline Epp reviewed new information about HTML coding to her STEM/Industrial Design students before they broke off to edit their websites.  HTML, one of the main components of web pages, is the content on webpages that is made up of open and closed tags. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of class, art teacher Caroline Epp reviewed new information about HTML coding to her STEM/Industrial Design students before they broke off to edit their websites. HTML, one of the main components of web pages, is the content on webpages that is made up of open and closed tags. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Santana Tosi reads over her wire frame for her website before making changes to the Sublime Text. Subline text is what the students used to write their codes for each part of their website. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Santana Tosi reads over her wire frame for her website before making changes to the Sublime Text. Subline text is what the students used to write their codes for each part of their website. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Epp helps freshman Jared Zaval make the correct edits to his Sublime Text before seeing the final results on the website. In each Sublime Text, there are tags written between angle brackets and the content shows up on the website as words to the viewer. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Epp helps freshman Jared Zaval make the correct edits to his Sublime Text before seeing the final results on the website. In each Sublime Text, there are tags written between angle brackets and the content shows up on the website as words to the viewer. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter types in new tags to her source code view to make changes to the actual website. The tags can change the color and size of the text or the color of the background using specific codes.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter types in new tags to her source code view to make changes to the actual website. The tags can change the color and size of the text or the color of the background using specific codes. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Alex Beckmann makes some changes to his written plan before executing it in the source code. Epp asked each student to draw out what they want their website to look like before actually creating their own website with code. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Alex Beckmann makes some changes to his written plan before executing it in the source code. Epp asked each student to draw out what they want their website to look like before actually creating their own website with code. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, used a wire frame to plan out his webpage. He included the box model that uses divisions in HTML to layout the page. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, used a wire frame to plan out his webpage. He included the box model that uses divisions in HTML to layout the page. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Sublime Text of junior Nathaniel Rautio includes many different tags for each section of his webpage. Epp and the students also looked into the salaries for college interns that work in the coding industry and are making over seven thousand dollars a month. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Sublime Text of junior Nathaniel Rautio includes many different tags for each section of his webpage. Epp and the students also looked into the salaries for college interns that work in the coding industry and are making over seven thousand dollars a month. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Along with HTML and CSS coding, the school also has been teaching other computer languages. The math department teaches another computer programming language, Java to its students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Along with HTML and CSS coding, the school also has been teaching other computer languages. The math department teaches another computer programming language, Java to its students. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Briant Bradley shows off his personalized web page that includes some of his favorite funny pictures. Each student was able to personalize their made up webpage with anything they wanted to and even learned how to add pictures in the Sublime Text. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Briant Bradley shows off his personalized web page that includes some of his favorite funny pictures. Each student was able to personalize their made up webpage with anything they wanted to and even learned how to add pictures in the Sublime Text. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Chris Brosch, James Riordan, and Ames Sheriff worked together to help each other fix and update their websites. To put text on a webpage, the tags must be put around the words in the Sublime Text that they want to include in the actual webpage.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Chris Brosch, James Riordan, and Ames Sheriff worked together to help each other fix and update their websites. To put text on a webpage, the tags must be put around the words in the Sublime Text that they want to include in the actual webpage. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Epp gave each student a packet to reference throughout the whole process that included all the information they’ve learned. Last year, Epp took part in a web design course in Boston where she learned about HTML and CSS coding. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Epp gave each student a packet to reference throughout the whole process that included all the information they’ve learned. Last year, Epp took part in a web design course in Boston where she learned about HTML and CSS coding. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Spaulding Education Fund Hosts A Night of Stars

On Sunday November 23, A Night of Stars was hosted in the auditorium. This show is presented by The Spaulding Education Fund, which has been providing grants to boost student achievement in core subjects for twenty five years. There were two performances that showcased the talent from elementary school to high school students in the community.

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As the audience was filing into the auditorium, a slideshow was playing in order to show what the Spaulding Education Fund has done for the Manchester Essex School District in the past twenty five years. In the science department, Spaulding has given three 3D printers that have opened up new creative possibilities for classes like robotics and industrial design. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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This year, the Master of Ceremonies was sophomore Robert Carter, who introduced each act with interesting facts about them. Carter also performed in both shows with the Soundwaves. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The Soundwaves performed “That Lonesome Road” and “No Rain” in both shows. Many of the Soundwaves members helped English teacher Liz Edgerton out backstage and some even had an act in one of the shows. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Sixth graders Maddie Lawler and Sami Turner showed off their gymnastic skills in the second show to the song “Bounce.” Both girls take lessons at Iron Rail Gymnastics Academy in Wenham and have been there for a while. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Elementary student Luli Bartlett sang “Eleanor Rigby” while playing her guitar. Written by the Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby” was released in 1966 and won a Grammy for best contemporary performance in 1967. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Eighth graders Emma Lacey and Anna Bonaccorso, with Ava Glass on bongos, sang “Runaway” by Ed Sheeran in the second show. The acts were split up into two shows so that more students could perform. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Thespina Parianos, Abby Lantz, and Bella Pomeroy sang “Riptide” by Vance Joy along with Thad Fulmer on guitar and Kendall Hersey on drums. This is the first time that this group of eighth graders has performed together and they have been asked to be another fundraising show coming up soon. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Hersey, the bands drummer, has never been in A Night of Stars before but has been drumming since the age of three and wants to continue for as long as he can. He takes lessons in Essex with James Murphy at Stix Drum Instruction. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Seventh grade student Jenna Cirella sang “All Too Well” accompanied by chorus director Donna O’Neill on piano. O’Neill also played piano for sixth grader Aoife Dalton in the first show and has been accompanying singers in the performances for many years. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Catherine Garlitz and Molly Brady, both seventh graders, showcased their tap skills in a duet to “Barbapapa’s Groove.” “Barbapapa’s Groove,” written and performed by the Barbatuques, was released in 2002. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Garlitz and Brady take dance lessons at Liza’s Studio in Beverly and have been dancing together there. The girls compete in weekend dance competitions all around the country. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Chelsea Rose sings “Vienna” by Billy Joel, accompanied by junior Sara Rhuda. Rose dedicated her song in honor of her friend Andrew Rennie. Along with singing in the show like she does every year, Rose also participated in the backstage crew with her fellow drama members. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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To close both shows, the Irish step dancing group from North Beverly danced a Treble Reel. A Treble Reel is a traditional dance done in hard shoes to 4/4 time. Every year these dancers showcase their skill in Irish step. Credit: Kara Hersey 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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Global Issues Class Informs Students about Malaria

On Wednesday November 5th, Global Issues teacher James Wallimann and some of his students provided a presentation to educate the high school on this year’s topic of Malaria. Each year in the students in Global Issues choose a worldwide dilemma to provide a donation to. The money for the donation will come from a series of fundraisers and events run by the class over the course of the year.

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At the beginning of the presentation, senior Steven Ascolillo asked a volunteer in the audience to start a stopwatch to see how long the presentation would take. Once the PowerPoint was finished, the final time was translated into how many people had died from malaria because a person dies every minute from malaria. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Senior Marissa Tiberii shows a map of how high the risk of malaria is throughout the world. The highest concentration of malaria is located in the dark red areas like Africa and South east Asia, while the risk is much lower in the gray areas like the United States and Russia. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Outside of the auditorium, there is a bulletin board of the upcoming events the global issues class is hosting to raise money to give to the Malaria No More fund. Malaria No More has a subgroup called Power of One in which one dollar is equal to one treatment that saves one life. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Ascolillo shares some of the treatments and prevention actions people in places like Africa can take for a small amount of money. For people suffering from malaria in these places, there is medication offered but so many people cannot afford the trip to the doctors. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Along with treatment, there are many inexpensive routes to take in preventing malaria. The most popular is the mosquito net which can help prevent malaria for up to five years and can protect from mosquito bites while sleeping. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Several history classes intently listen to junior Chelsea Rose as she explains the actions other people from around the world have taken. Private companies have donated money to the cause of malaria along with many student bodies around the globe. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Cafeteria Hosts Local Food Day

On Friday the 25th of October, school nutrition director Shelia Parisien and Green Team leader Eric Magers joined forces to bring healthy options to school lunches. Throughout the three lunches, students had many choices of new and locally grown food to eat for lunch.

One of the options for lunch was baked Gloucester caught sole along with locally grown butternut squash and a few items from the school garden. The school garden, located below the balcony, grows vegetables from peppers to tomatoes which are used in the everyday school lunches. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of the options for lunch was baked Gloucester caught sole along with locally grown butternut squash and a few items from the school garden. The school garden, located below the balcony, grows vegetables from peppers to tomatoes which are used in the everyday school lunches. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The other choice for the healthy food day lunch was chowder, from fish, caught in Gloucester and a lettuce wrap with cranberry mayo. Both of the dishes included a fresh apple picked from Brooksby Farm in Peabody to add a fruit to the heavily concentrated vegetable meal. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The other choice for the healthy food day lunch was chowder, from fish, caught in Gloucester and a lettuce wrap with cranberry mayo. Both of the dishes included a fresh apple picked from Brooksby Farm in Peabody to add a fruit to the heavily concentrated vegetable meal. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
School grown kale, cauliflower, and many other vegetables are picked by the cafeteria workers as well as some Green Team members when they are needed for ingredients in the upcoming lunch. The school cafeteria staff prides themselves on making healthy and tasty lunches every day for both middle and high school students alike. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
School grown kale, cauliflower, and many other vegetables are picked by the cafeteria workers as well as some Green Team members when they are needed for ingredients in the upcoming lunch. The school cafeteria staff prides themselves on making healthy and tasty lunches every day for both middle and high school students alike. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Like every day lunches at school, the dining hall provides an assortment of green vegetables from the garden. Green chili peppers are rich in vitamins C and B-6 as well as potassium and the iron that a body needs. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Like every day lunches at school, the dining hall provides an assortment of green vegetables from the garden. Green chili peppers are rich in vitamins C and B-6 as well as potassium and the iron that a body needs. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Kale was cooked with craisins, feta, sunflower seeds and chipotle peppers to give it some extra taste. One cup of raw kale provides more than one hundred percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamins A and K. Kale also comes in many different colors such as white and purple, along with green. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Kale was cooked with craisins, feta, sunflower seeds and chipotle peppers to give it some extra taste. One cup of raw kale provides more than one hundred percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamins A and K. Kale also comes in many different colors such as white and purple, along with green. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Jack Garvey buys his colorful lunch instead of bringing from home. Students were encouraged to buy lunch on Friday to try the healthy eating and open widen their horizons to new foods. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jack Garvey buys his colorful lunch instead of bringing from home. Students were encouraged to buy lunch on Friday to try the healthy eating and open widen their horizons to new foods. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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AP Government Runs Mock Election

During the last week of October and heading into November, the AP Government class, led by history Jen Coleman, has been encouraging students to take part in a school-run mock election. Posters and signs have been hung on the walls of all floors informing the students about the candidates. The mock election took place throughout the day on November 3rd. The election results in our school Charlie Baker won for governor, Seth Moulton for US representative, and the bottle bill tied.

Junior Mara Franklin takes part in organizing students for the voting process of the mock election. She records the names of high school students who want to fill out a ballot.  Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Mara Franklin takes part in organizing students for the voting process of the mock election. She records the names of high school students who want to fill out a ballot. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Half-sheet ballots are given to students of all classes in the high school who signed up to vote. Junior Olivia Tyler takes a few minutes between lunches to complete the form. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Half-sheet ballots are given to students of all classes in the high school who signed up to vote. Junior Olivia Tyler takes a few minutes between lunches to complete the form. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During third lunch, junior students Kelly Finnerty and Charlotte Freed listen to the AP Government students regarding the mock election. The elections ran prior to the first bell of the school day and during all three lunches. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During third lunch, junior students Kelly Finnerty and Charlotte Freed listen to the AP Government students regarding the mock election. The elections ran prior to the first bell of the school day and during all three lunches. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The AP government students, acting as election officials, help sophomore voter Robert Carter at the check in located in Jennifer Coleman’s classroom. All high school students were encouraged to vote and the officials kept a census of how many students voted from each class came to vote. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The AP government students, acting as election officials, help sophomore voter Robert Carter at the check in located in Jennifer Coleman’s classroom. All high school students were encouraged to vote and the officials kept a census of how many students voted from each class came to vote. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the first floor hallway and outside of AP government teacher Jennifer Coleman’s room, were signs directing voters to the election room. Once the voters arrived at the classroom, they were assisted by the AP students who gave them the details for voting. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On the first floor hallway and outside of AP government teacher Jennifer Coleman’s room, were signs directing voters to the election room. Once the voters arrived at the classroom, they were assisted by the AP students who gave them the details for voting. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After receiving the ballot, students could pick from a series of voting booths placed around the room. At their booth, voters had the option to decide between Charlie Baker or Martha Coakley for governor and Seth Moulton or Richard Tisei for congress. They also got to choose to vote in favor of the bottle bill or against it. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After receiving the ballot, students could pick from a series of voting booths placed around the room. At their booth, voters had the option to decide between Charlie Baker or Martha Coakley for governor and Seth Moulton or Richard Tisei for congress. They also got to choose to vote in favor of the bottle bill or against it. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior election official Troy Ciarametaro watches over the ballot boxes as sophomore Amber Pare places her votes in the box. Ciarametaro was in charge of the ballot box and handing out voting stickers to all the voters to show the appreciation for all that voted. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior election official Troy Ciarametaro watches over the ballot boxes as sophomore Amber Pare places her votes in the box. Ciarametaro was in charge of the ballot box and handing out voting stickers to all the voters to show the appreciation for all that voted. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

In the week leading up to the election, students involved in the mock election put up posters and pictures to get support for their candidate as well as spread the pros and cons of the bottle bill. A yes vote on the bottle bill will increase the money received when recycling a bottle but it will also drive up the bottle price the same amount.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In the week leading up to the election, students involved in the mock election put up posters and pictures to get support for their candidate as well as spread the pros and cons of the bottle bill. A yes vote on the bottle bill will increase the money received when recycling a bottle but it will also drive up the bottle price the same amount. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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