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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AHS Show Choirs Begin Racking up Awards

AHS’ Show Choirs have begun winning numerous awards and accolades with their three show choirs this year. An all-male show choir, Back to Bass-ics, has been introduced to perform alongside the other show choirs, Nothin’ But Treble and From Start to Finish.  Recent festivals have provided awards such as Best Show Design, Best Male Soloist, Best Guitar Solo, one Bronze Medal, and two Silver Medals. 

In addition, Back to Bass-ics is 1 of only 7 "all-male" show choirs in the nation! The shows this year will present, “Love Struck,” “The Untold Story of Cleopatra,” and “The Great, Gatsby.” The three groups will be hosting over 20 show choirs from around the nation, including choirs all the way from California, at their 2nd annual New England Show Choir Showdown on March 21st, 2015.

Show Choirs will be not only competing locally but nationally in Branson, MO, at the National Association for Music Education endorsed FAME Events Show Choir National Series.  At the end of their competition season, the show choirs will have competed with over 45 schools. 

The show choirs are accompanied by our student band, “Sound Machine,” and are run by our student tech crew, “Tech Support.”  Mr. Mark Mercer is the director of the three show choirs. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

AHS Music Students Awarded Big Honor

The following Andover High School students were chosen to participate in the Massachusetts Music
Educators Association Northeastern Senior Districts.

Congratulations to the students and their teachers: Catherine Hofius (Band Director), Mark Mercer (Choral Director), Julie Diehl and Brittany Kolodziej (Orchestra Directors).

Student names for each picture:

1.) Band students from left to right: Shawn Moon (Trombone), Ben Kesler (Trombone), Shannon Manuel (Trombone), Victoria Wu (Flute), Daniel Zhang (Clarinet),Tariq Ebrahim (Percussio0

2.) Orchestra students from left to right: Grace Koo (Violin), Emily Hilman (Violin), Tim Chen (Viola), Gavin Batsimm (Violin), Patrick Watrous (Violin), Joseph Kim (Cello).

3.) Choral students from left to right: Daniel Webber (Bass), Dylan Millis (Tenor), Edward Lu (Bass), Brad Lynn (Bass), Adam Weber (Bass), Amanda Hornick (Alto), Jackie Long (Soprano), Taejasvi Narayan (Alto), Francesca Lionetta (Soprano). [Not pictured: Alex Claman (Bass)]

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ayodeji Ogunnaike Drops in on AHS Odyssey Class

Ayodeji Ogunnaike visited the AHS Odyssey class on Friday, December 12th to share his knowledge of Nigerian religious traditions, adire textiles, and current events in Africa. His doctoral research centers on Ifa religion and ritual, which is practiced among the Yoruba people in southwest Nigeria. Deji related some of the ways in which textile designs convey important messages about cultural identity in Nigeria and explained the intersections of symbolism in textiles and indigenous religions in Africa.

Students had the opportunity to see traditional Nigerian textiles, try on Nigerian clothing and hats, and see actual ritual objects used in Ifa divination. Following the lecture, students engaged in a Q&A on current events, learning the impact of Boko Haram on everyday life in Nigeria and the affects of Ebola throughout the African continent.

Later, students in Odyssey created their own adire textiles using the same materials and techniques that artists in Nigeria have utilized for hundreds of years.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Author/Illustrator Timothy Basil Ering Drops in on Shawsheen Students

Author/Illustrator Timothy Basil Ering visited Shawsheen School on January 14th to introduce all the students to the fun and adventure of writing and illustrating.
Here's a few of the books he shared with the students:

  • The Story Of Frog Belly Rat Bone
  • The tale of despereaux
  • Necks Out For Adventure!
  • The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger
  • Finn Throws A Fit!
  • Snook Alone

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's Laptop Week at Sanborn

This year at Sanborn, our Digital Learning Specialist has partnered with the fourth and fifth grade teams to establish “Laptop Week”.  For a full week at a time, each fourth and fifth class has exclusive use of the laptop computers.  The children are using the laptops across all content areas.  From reading leveled books, writing narrative and informational pieces, reinforcing math concepts such as fractions and decimals, researching relevant science topics, the children are truly engaged in their learning.  
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The iAndover (1:1) Program Kicks Off at Doherty

The first phase of Andover's "Bring Your Own Device" (1:1) program kicked off at Doherty Middle
School late Tuesday(Jan 20th) afternoon. As part of the 8th grade 1:1 Learning Initiative, three Andover 8th grade classrooms will be piloting the iAndover program this year beginning in February.

On Tuesday afternoon, Doherty 8th graders participating in this "kickoff" initiative were asked to bring in a laptop of their own to be configured for use on the new iAndover school network or they were set up with a specially configured school laptop for use during their time in the program.

Andover has created this program in order to help provide increased access to technology as an initial step in transforming classroom learning, as well as providing a more personalized and student centric approach to education. The technology will be used to enhance personal productivity, collaboration, and access to instructional resources.

For more information regarding this program see iAndover .

Friday, January 16, 2015

West Elementary Welcomes Families for a Special Science Night

West Elementary hosted two evenings of "Top Secret Science" for families. Over two hundred people participated in 90 minutes of science experiments.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Google Classroom and "Flipped" Learning Bring New Challenges andExcitement into these AHS World Language Classrooms

Here’s a project that brought together the Andover Innovation Lab/Help Desk students, Dan Brennan’s after school Video Production Club and AHS World Language teachers. The video below highlights the technology integration of AHS Spanish teachers Diana Zawil and Thomas Powers.  Both of these teachers are taking chances by implementing Google Classroom and also working with the "Flipped" model of instruction with technology. Trying new approaches like this can bring an interesting and new wrinkle to their curriculum and provide new avenues of learning for their students. The following video will be airing on Andover TV in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Innovation and Experimentation Inspire Recycled Instruments at AHS

After exploring modern day instruments and their means of sound production, the Recycled Instruments class at AHS began building their own instruments using recycled materials.  The students’ instrument choices range from a cigar box guitar to an innovative string spinning wheel instrument.  Through experimentation with design and building materials, each student successfully produced a fully functioning musical instrument.  For their final task, music teacher Ms. Catherine Hofius, asks students to compose a piece for their instrument that fully communicates their musical ideas.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The National Grid Pays a Visit to South's Grade 4 Students

On November 25, 2014, South School’s 4th graders welcomed National Grid into their classrooms. The presenters talked to students about electricity. Fourth graders learned that energy travels from the power plant, to a substation, which reduces the voltage before it is delivered to homes by means of power lines.

The knowledgeable presenters focused on electrical safety. They used a model simulator to demonstrate what not to do when dealing with electricity. Students also learned that water and electricity don’t mix well, substations are very dangerous and electrical appliances can hurt you if you are not careful. It is important to remember to stay away from power plants, downed power lines, and damaged or wet outlets. The electrical company has to wear cotton clothing under a special fire retardant uniform. This uniform includes rubber sleeves and gloves that can protect workers from up to 15,000 volts. This allows National Grid employees to stay safe when supplying and restoring electricity. (article by South Gr. 4 Students)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Top Secret Science Visits Gr 4 at Bancroft

On Tuesday January 13, Scientist Michael from "Top Secret Science" visited the fourth grade at Bancroft School.  The fourth grades saw the Electricity and Gadgets show that ties directly into and extends their current science unit of Electricity. During the show, students learned about how static electricity and simple circuits work.  The students learned through scientist lead demos and hands-on experiments. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

HPE Grade 5 attends Health and Fitness Day at UMASS Lowell

The grade 5 students at High Plain traveled to UMASS Lowell on Thursday, January 8 to attend the first annual Health and Fitness Day held at the Tsongas Arena. The students heard about how to be good athletes and keeping active.  Along with these great talks, the students cheered on the Lady River Hawks' basketball team as they beat the University of Maryland 75 to 62.   Throughout the games, the team and the crowd participated in Brain Breaks, movement breaks and Zumba during half time.
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bancroft Students Surprised by a Teacher Flash Mob

The staff at Bancroft School all worked together recently to add some additional holiday spirit at Bancroft's Annual Sing-A-Long by surprising all the students with a Flash Mob!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

HPE Grade 3 Engineers are Sharing with iPads

The grade 3 students at High Plain spend the last couple weeks thinking like engineers. They used the
engineering design process (imagine, plan, create, test, improve)to create traps to catch Runaway Gingerbread Men, Runaway Tortilla or a Runaway MatzoBoy.  The students worked in small groups to plan out their designs.

They decided on materials needed to create their designs.   After building their traps, they wrote a How-To writing piece explaining how to make their design.  Using the iPads, the students turned their How-To writing piece into a How-To Movie using the app Explain Everything.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pyramid Stacking Grabs Their Attention at Shawsheen School

Students at Shawsheen School ended their three-week "sport stacking" unit with a challenge called pyramid stacking. Mr. Tiller would place a row of stacking cups on the floor and then students, one at a time, came over and built the base of the pyramid. When all students had contributed to the pyramid, Mr. Tiller would place the last few cups on top. Ms. Meehan's first grade class was the first to finish the pyramid without it falling. Congratulations to them!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mapping the world with 7West

Mrs. Kelly's students on 7W created an interactive map featuring various locations around the globe. At each location is an explanation about a natural disaster that shaped that area, from volcano eruptions to floods. Many ancient civilizations used mythology to explain these natural occurrences. Students connected the disaster to the myth and created a video and artwork (with art teacher Mr. Soffron) to explain what they learned. Students showcased their technology skills using Powerpoint, Keynote and iMovie. Mrs. Kelly and Miss Menesale used StoryMap JS software to bring it to life online.

To view final project click here
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