Art students convene for first NAHS meeting

On January 9, high school art students met with art teacher Marion Powers for the first meeting of the National Art Honors Society. After taking a high school art course, students can be nominated to apply to be a member of NAHS by their art teachers based on their passion and commitment to the arts.

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Students attend in-school concert before break

Every year the high school band and chorus perform a winter concert for friends and family at night, but this year they were scheduled to perform for the high school the day before winter break. Although the band was not able to perform, the chorus and SoundWaves replicated their winter performance. Two students also performed songs to celebrate the holiday season.

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Sophomores Observe Onion Roots With Microscope

Sophomore honors biology students recently completed a lab studying the stages of mitosis under the supervision of biology teacher Erica Everett. In the lab, pairs were given fragments of onion root to observe with compound light microscopes. Everett has been teaching students about mitosis with variations with this lab for about twenty years. Everett uses this particular lab because it gives students the ability to visualize and form a greater understanding of what cells look like while they are dividing, and how chromosomes and cells look during mitosis.

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7th graders visit the annual book fair

Every year the school has an annual book fair, by The Book Shop. The Book Shop is located on 40 West Street in Beverly Farms (across from the Beverly Farms MBTA train station). Their hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Books in the book fair are provided by The Book Shop. The prices of books range from $5.99-28.99 depending on the book(s) you chose to purchase.

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Biology students experiment with microscopes

Biology teacher Erica Everett introduced her sophomore students to light microscopes. Students explored the different microscope parts to learn how to see a specimen better.

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CEO of Ocean Alliance speaks to students

The CEO of the Ocean Alliance, Dr. Iain Kerr came to speak to the students about the Ocean Alliance. Kerr is known to develop innovative research techniques that can engage scientists and conservationists, a graduate of the University of London, and has lead international teams on research and conservation efforts all around the world. Kerr was also one of five international winners of the Chevron Conservation Award in 2006 for his contributions to marine mammal and ocean life.

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Advisory Discusses Stress

In the most recent advisory meeting, groups gathered together to discuss stress, ways to alleviate it, and what makes us students stressed out. Teachers showed students a video on how other people use activities to relieve stress, and talked a lot about statistics referring to how stress can affect your life.

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GALLERY: Freshman and sophomores meet for advisory

The advisory program is reformed for the school year, and a new concept called turbo advisory was introduced this Wednesday. For two hours at the end of a Wednesday with shortened periods, advisory groups met for the fourth time this school year.

Students first met in their individual advisory groups and played games, such as two truths and a lie and catch charades. They also had an opportunity to make posters with a team name representing their group values. After they completed these activities, freshman and sophomores moved to the gym for the second hour of turbo advisory.

The first activity in the new location was a relay race in which each person walked from one side of the gym and back again, balancing a tennis ball on the end of an expo marker. When they got back to the original spot, students handed off the items to the next person in line and took a seat to wait for their entire team to finish.

Next, students played scattergories, competing against all the other advisory groups. Advisors tallied the scores in the center of the gym while students worked on the next round. There was a specific time allotted for each round with a different letter and list each time.

The third activity was a straw challenge, and advisory groups received eighty straws, a pair of scissors, and a rubber band to build the tallest freestanding tower possible. Many different designs were tested out between the various groups.

The purpose of advisory is to give students a safe environment to discuss topics amongst themselves with the guidance of a teacher. For turbo advisories, the goal is to work on team building and challenge students within each advisory group.

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Biology class studies spider crab and mussel adaptations

Sophomores in Erica Everett’s honors biology class spent their class period observing spider crabs and mussels from Cape Ann. After observing, Everett had students make inferences based off of their observations. Sophomores then went online to research adaptations and make connections between what they observed and what they found on the Internet.

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Essex Agricultural and Technical high school presents to 8th graders

Guidance Consular Dan Connors from North Shore Technical high school came in for the annual presentation to the 8th graders, in hope to get students from Manchester Essex to attend high school there in the following year North Shore Technical high school had two representatives from their school come to the presentation. Both representatives had attended middle school at MERHS, they told the 8th graders about their experiences, classes they took, likes and dislikes, process of applying, and their opinion on the school.

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