Chillax Club builds gingerbread houses

The Chillax club, run by Cathy Hunt, had a holiday party on Tuesday December 20th. They ordered pizza and had a variety of drinks available to the members. The students in the club decorated gingerbread houses together and then they were given to two members. Previously, the Chillax Club sold Down River ice cream to raise money so they could purchase the food for the holiday party. Everyone is welcome to attend the Chillax Club meetings held once a month.

 

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Eighth graders learn about cultures through food

On Monday, December 12th, the eighth grade foreign language classes had breakfast in class. The Spanish classes ate an Ecuadorian breakfast while the French classes had a French breakfast. Students were told to bring in a few dollars so eighth grade foreign language teacher Dorris-Ann Vosseler could purchase the food and drinks for the students. Vosseler organized this event to help students have a better understanding of cultural breakfasts and understand food vocabulary.

 

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Chillax Club collects donations for U.S. troops

Throughout the month of December, the Chillax Club asked for and collected donations. Library assistant Cathy Hunt organizes the group which encourages students to come to the meeting and meet new people. The club was collecting packages of socks, sweatshirts size L and XL, packages of t-shirts L and XL, and white twin size sheet sets for the hospitals. Half of the donations went to the American Legion in Manchester because from there, they were sent to Operation Troop Support. Operation Troop Support is an organization from Boston’s north shore area and will supply military hospitals with needed items and send care packages to deployed troops. Hunt drove the rest of the donations to a homeless shelter in Boston where the clothes were to be distributed to veterans.

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Middle School students write for newspaper

On November 15, 2011 the middle school journalism had one of their meetings after school. Journalism is every Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30. Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek and eight grade English teacher Vidula Plante are in charge of the journalism club. The newspaper is called “The Sting” and comes out twice a year.   

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Eighth grade foreign language classes perform skits

Students in the eighth grade foreign language classes took part in group projects. Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris- Ann Vosseler had students write ads for the products they were to sell. It is a fun way to help the students learn new Spanish vocabulary and use the advertisement techniques they learned in English class with English teacher Vidula Plante. Some students filmed their skit at the school so they could play the video for the class. Students could also act out their skit in front of the class if they did not want to film it and put it on YouTube or on a disc. After working a long time on the skits, the other classmates enjoyed watching them.

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Annual Jingle Bell Walk puts a smile on kids’ faces

The annual Jingle bell walk was held last Saturday, the third, at Masconomo Park and the community center.  At the Jingle Bell Walk, Santa drives into Manchester Harbor on a fishing boat and disembarks at one of the docks at Masconomo Park.  Then Santa gets onto a trailer (later used for hay rides) and rides up to Singing Beach followed by the enthusiastic crowd.  Activities, music, and refreshments were offered at the community center shortly after the walk.

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Biology class observes oxidation of apples

On November 9th biology teacher Maria Burgess’ sophomore biology class performed a lab that helped them better understand enzymes. The students submerged apple slices in different liquids to see which ones can possibly slow down the chemical reaction that causes the fruit slices to brown. The class has done labs before and plans to do more labs as the year goes on.

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Middle School dresses up for Spirit Days

Last week, the middle school had their own spirit days week.  The students were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue clothing on Wednesday the 9th to honor their veterans day assembly, and multi-colored clothing on Thurday the 10th for Mix It Up day in the dining hall, where students are encouraged to sit with new people and make new friends.

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Halloween celebrated at Manchester Memorial School

On October 31, 2011 the Manchester Memorial Elementary School held a Halloween event in which Trick-or-treaters and parents were welcome to come to the school and have some refreshments and glow sticks. Face painting was offered to children. The Manchester Halloween Committee organized the event and there were many volunteers.

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Middle school students participate in Knitting Club

Middle school teacher Nancy Carncross teaches middle school students different ways to knit items after school on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 in room A306. In the last session, students were taught finger knitting and the garter stitch so they could make scarves and even a large quilt. Since knitting requires two hands to knit, right and left brain interaction has scientifically been proven to increase with this activity. Knitting is also great for students because it can help people relax. The last meeting is November 15, 2011, but Carncross is thinking of having the knitting club again next year.

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