Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Andover Public School system has asked parents to send their kids to school on Good Friday to make up for one of the snow days this winter.
On March 21 the Andover School Committee discussed the scheduling of make-up school days due to the March 8 and 19 snowstorms which resulted in the 6th and 7th weather related cancellations of the school year for the Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade and the high school respectively. The School Committee focused on three options for scheduling the school days which included Saturdays, April school vacation days and an early release day on March 29 – Good Friday. After much deliberation and listening to public input, the School Committee voted the following as “school make up days” and the last day of school for students and teachers barring any unforeseen weather-related or emergency circumstances: Elementary: Friday, March 29 Early …
One nearby school district thinks so.
Ipswich school officials have decided to fold the district's Middle School Honors Night into a wider school assembly this year, saying it made students who weren't honored feel left out, the Salem News reported this week. The Ipswich Middle School principal reportedly sent parents a letter explaining the decision, saying having an exclusive honors night can be emotionally damaging and can impact a student's academic growth. "The honors night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,” the principal's letter read, according to the Salem News. …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Due to the expected winter storm on Tuesday, the state announced that the MCAS English Language Arts Composition test for students in grades 4, 7 and 10 has been postponed until Monday, March 25.
Since much of Massachusetts is expecting a winter storm on Tuesday, and with it the possibility of numerous school closings or delayed openings, the MCAS English Language Arts Composition test for students in grades 4, 7 and 10 has been postponed until Monday, March 25, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced on its website. Originally this composition test was scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, but in an effort to make sure all schools administer the test on the same day, "all schools must administer the ELA Composition test to students in grades 4, 7, and 10 on Monday, March 25, including schools that are not affected by the weather," according to a memo from Elizabeth Davis, Associate Commissioner of …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The following teenagers received honors during Austin Preparatory School’s Winter Athletic Awards Night on March 4.
The Bee is back! A fun-filled community event that has become a local tradition, the 15th Annual Andover Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, March 22nd at Wood Hill Middle School.
Friday, March 8, 2013
It's another snow day for Andover students.
It's another snow day for the students of Andover. Andover Public Schools are closed Friday, according to Patch news partner 7News. For breaking Andover news as it happens, sign up for Andover Patch breaking news alerts.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The elementary school on Central Street is looking to build a gym and is getting some help from local businesses.
Wednesday, March 6
On Saturday, March 9, St. Augustine School of Andover will host its 6th Annual Spring Extravaganza. The event, long heralded as the school’s major fundraiser of the year, has gained tremendous support from various Merrimack Valley businesses which have donated products, services, and gifts, to aid the school in reaching its ultimate goal: a gymnasium.To date, St. Augustine School has never had a gymnasium. Students and faculty instead have leveraged a small black top surface and coinciding grass playing field, in addition to the Knights of Columbus Hall located two blocks away, for physical education during the school year. With an increased focus on childhood obesity rates and aggressive approaches to physical fitness and better health …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Andover Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8 to increase awareness of our School Breakfast Program with this year’s theme “Be a Star”.
This was provided by Andover Public Schools. Andover Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8 to increase awareness of our School Breakfast Program with this year’s theme “Be a Star”. Cafeterias will celebrate with special menus, decorations and activities to encourage students to eat healthy before they head to class. Schools will showcase taste tests of healthy breakfast items on Tuesday and students may get their own milk mustache on Thursday. Schools will also have breakfast participation raffles. Our school breakfasts meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat and portion size. Students are offered nutritious, complete meals such as whole grain waffles or pancakes, oatmeal or breakfast sandwiches. …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The US Department of Energy's National Science Bowl has roughly 1,400 students battling wits across the country, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
This was provided by the US Department of Energy. A team of middle school students from Andover is participating in a regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl in Nashua, N.H. next weekend. The Office of Science began this competition to interest today’s youth in pursuing careers in science and math. A team from Doherty Middle School will be competing in aregional round of the National Science Bowl on Saturday, March 2 at Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst Street in Nashua, N.H. In the regional competitions, teams of four students each will be faced with tough mathematical problems and tested on their knowledge of a vast number of areas including astronomy, biology, Earth science …
Monday, February 18, 2013
After School Superintendent Marinel McGrath reported that a West Middle School student was in possession of a hit list, one parent says there are many concerned about the safety of the children if the student returns to school.
Andover Public School officials are investigating a West Middle School student who wrote a hit list comprised of students at the school. And one parent of an eighth-grade student at West Middle School says the school community wants more information on the incident and many parents, this parent included, are worried about the safety of their children if this student is immediately returned to school. This parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that it is understood that the "aggressor's" personal information is protected, but feels the school should provide more details on the incident itself and how they know the students and staff will be safe. “Parents are horrified that this student is/may be returning back to school,” said the…