MERSD Food Services receives award from First Lady

The MERSD Food Services department received an award from the Partnership for a Healthier America and their Honorary Chair, First Lady Michelle Obama, to recognize their efforts to promote healthier lifestyles and their participation in the Chefs Move! initiative.

The MERSD Food Services department received an award from the Partnership for a Healthier America and their Honorary Chair, First Lady Michelle Obama, to recognize their efforts to promote healthier lifestyles and their participation in the Chefs Move! initiative.

MERSD was selected for the award among schools leading America’s charge to education children about healthy eating, and for helping the Partnership meet its goal of curbing childhood obesity within a generation.

The department will receive a kit containing roughly $2,000 worth of safe, easy to use cookware that can be used in coordination with the schools “adopted chef” to empower teachers, parents, and students to demonstrate healthy cooking.

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Singer speaks of successes

American Idol Finalist, Ayla Brown, performed during the MERMHS Humanities Week to both schools. Brown spoke about her experiences as a singer, a middle school football player, and a basketball player at Boston College. She also spoke to DECA teacher Dean Martino’s class about the fiscal responsibility that goes along with being a performer, such as working with a business manager.

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Art’s dynamic duo

Twins Nicholas and Matthew Bouwer are known throughout MERHS as young yet accomplished artists. While both are vastly gifted in the arts, the two have chosen very different paths to follow.

Photos by Misha Berkrot and Abbi Biggar

 The dynamic twin duo from South Africa, seniors Nicholas and Matthew Bouwer, are known throughout MERHS as young yet accomplished artists. While both are vastly gifted in the arts, the two have chosen very different paths to follow.

 Nicholas, a proud student of AP Art, specializes in vibrant and fabulously detailed paintings and drawings. He has recently discovered a passion specifically working with water colors and has been creating self portraits and paintings of famous musical artists, such as Kid Cudi.

 Matthew, on the other hand, specializes in ceramics. At the present time, he is perfecting a sculpted pot themed after the Greek myth about Prometheus, a famed titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. Zeus punished Prometheus by having him chained to a rock, and having an eagle devour his liver (which would grow back every night) day after day. Bouwer depicts a shockingly detailed and original representation of Prometheus on his ceramic pot.

 Both twins have made immense impacts on the art department with their originality and creativity, and both will almost certainly continue their mastery of the arts to college life and beyond. 

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Risk games teach place value and addition

Jane Foye’s 3rd Grade class focused on different math games to teach the students addition and place value

Photos by Misha Berkrot and Rachel Jones

On Wednesday October 20th,  elementary teacher Jane Foye’s 3rd Grade class focused on different math games to teach the students addition and place value, while also taking risks and depending on reasoning or luck.

The first game played by the 3rd graders consisted of Foye rolling a dice with number 1 through 9. The students had six spaces they could fill with numbers and their goal was to get the largest or smallest number depending on instruction. After the dice is rolled, depending on the number, the students must decide where to place the number depending on its value. One student, Ben, was very excited about the game because he was “going undefeated.” The winners of the round won a raffle ticket to be used later for a prize.

The second game played was called “101 and Out.” Students are given a number consecutively , that is rolled from a dice, and must add the numbers at the end without going over 100.  Student Bella said, “I will get near 100, I will take risks.”

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Ballroom blast at Memorial

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

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

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