On January 9th Manchester took on North Reading at home. The boys’ JV basketball team defeated their opponents in a close game, 37-49. Key players were sophomore Jeffrey Durkin and junior Josh Christopher scoring the majority of the team’s points.
The Manchester Essex/ Rockport combined swim team began their 2011-2012 season Monday November 28. The swimmers practice at the Gordon College athletic center where they meet both early before school, and late in the afternoon.
On Wednesday November 2nd, the new and promising Chillax Club, ran by Cathy Hunt, had their first fundraiser of the year. Cathy Hunt’s purpose for creating the club is to help form friendships. The club tried something different by selling delicious ice cream from Down River Ice Cream in Essex.
On Wednesday October 12th the Manchester Essex boy’s varsity golf team played a match against Masconomet Regional High School. Manchester Essex unfortunately lost with a final score of 142-166. According to the Manchester Essex coach Jane McConnell, Masco is the league powerhouse and a loss was not unexpected. The strongest performances came from freshman Ben Bichet, junior Josh Christopher, and sophomore Miles Wood.
History teacher Jennifer Coleman lectures her sophomore honors students about colonial lifestyle and events leading up to the American Revolution. Coleman teaches both CP and Honors U.S. History I. Aside from being a full time teacher, Coleman works at Minute Man National Historical Park. During this class period, the sophomores present their newspaper projects, in which they created newspapers to represent the colonial era in America. Events such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party are reported in the newspapers. Coleman also shows the students her authentic colonial outfit, and introduces each element of the dress.
The pep rally last Friday was full of many surprises and fun activities, including a teacher flash mob, three legged race, a balloon blowing game, and stacking candy on peers’ heads. The flash mob in particular had a very enthusiastic response from both students and other staff. Both staff and students also enjoyed watching the many games played and the overall ecstatic atmosphere and school spirit. They also gave a big congratulation to all the fall sports teams for a great season.
Representatives from many different colleges are assigned to several areas around the country in which they come and advertise their college. The visits are beneficial to students because the representatives get to know them better, and are the first ones to read the students’ applications if the students are to apply. Representatives are impressed with students that will take time out of their day to get to know a college better, which helps a student in the application process. Many seniors take advantage of these visits, and occasionally a junior is allowed to attend as well. High school guidance counselor Karen D’Amour talks about how the school might eventually allow two to three juniors to attend the meetings alongside the seniors. The visits continue into early November this year.
Biology teacher Maria Burgess keeps animals in her classroom to demonstrate the different habitats and lifestyles of the organisms. One tank imitates a tropical rainforest, containing one fire-bellied toad and two Anole lizards. Another case holds two leopard geckos, and is the epitome of a desertecosystem. The last case is the home of a mini lop-eared bunny named Mimzy. All of Burgesses’ students have the responsibility of taking care of these classroom pets by feeding them and cleaning their living space.
Breaking News Oct 5 2011: The geckos have laid 2 eggs! They will hatch in 40-90 days.
On Tuesday September 13, the Manchester Essex Junior Varsity and Varsity Field Hockey teams played an away game against Masconoment Regional High School. Although both teams put up a strong fight, Varsity tied 1-1 and Junior Varsity came out with a 4-0 loss against their opponents.