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Friday, May 29, 2015

Andover High Show Choirs close out their year with style !

The Andover High School show choirs performed their final show of the season at North Reading High School’s ‘Sing Fling’. The concert featured choirs of all types from many other schools in the area. All three of our show choirs (Back to Bass-ics, Nothin’ But Treble, and From Start to Finish) performed and were well received. This performance marked their 36th performance of the year. Next school year, the Andover High Vocal Music Department will be raising the bar even more – stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's Jump Rope for Heart Time once again at Bancroft

Bancroft students once again participated in raising money for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart program.  Bancroft's wonderful physical education teachers, Mr. Rex and Mrs. Graham, helped motivate the students as they worked with all grade levels to have the students "jump" for a good cause.  Bancroft students raised an incredible $19,700 for the American Heart Association!!  We celebrated this wonderful event with a Jump Rope for Heart Assembly and a guest speaker from Jump Rope for Heart.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spring into the Love of Writing !

On Friday, April 17th, all Bancroft students shared a piece of their own writing with their classmates. The goal of this activity was to allow our students to understand that their writing holds a purpose. Students shared their writing in a variety of ways: in pairs, groups or whole class. Many different writing pieces were shared:
drafts, works “in-progress”, published pieces, work on iPads, poetry, etc. It was a wonderful day to celebrate our learners as budding authors!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Engineering is Elementary for these Bancroft 2nd Graders

Bancroft second graders worked hard to build bridges for their Engineering is Elementary unit on technology and design.  This curriculum, designed by the Museum of Science, has students understand and apply the design process: ask, imagine, plan, create, improve.  Students listened to a story about building bridges and discussed how that could be done both literally or figuratively (with friendships).  They then were given the task to work with peers and certain materials to design and build a bridge.  The final bridge had to hold a certain amount of weight and be able to have a matchbox car drive over it.  Students enjoyed building and testing their bridges, learning from each other's ideas, and cheering on their classmates!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Techsploration: Simple Machines Made Fun

5th graders at South recently had the opportunity to explore a variety of simple machines when the curriculum enrichment program Techsploration came for a day-long visit. 

During the Simple Machines Made Fun presentation, students used a twelve-foot long lever, three-foot tall gears and pulleys, a catapult, and a hand crank music machine to demonstrated how all simple machines help us do work by trading distance for effort.  Afterwards each class had a hands-on workshop using gears, belts, and pulleys to build a transmission system for their motor driven cars.  Students tested their cars on up hill and down hill slopes, experimenting with different gear combinations, to get the fastest, most efficient car possible.

Techsploration used a wide variety of methods mixed with lots of humor to teach technological and scientific concepts. In addition to being fun, students reported that they really learned a lot. The activities in which the students participated reinforced our science curriculum and illustrated how concepts are applied to real life situations.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AHS Poetry Club Members Advance to the Poetry Slam Semifinals

The Andover High School Poetry Club made it to the semifinals in the 4th Annual "Louder Than a Bomb" youth poetry slam competition.  There were 32 teams competing this year, and the AHS team was one of 16 to advance to the semifinals.  Team members write their own poems, as well as a group piece, and perform for the judges.

The team members are: Abby Daggett, Michael Weber, Nick Wackowski, Charlotte, Gutterman, and Huzefa Mandviwala, who was asked to recite his poem at the finals last year.  The team is coached by High School English teacher Eric Pellerin.

Monday, May 18, 2015

West Middle School 7th Graders are National Finalists in the 13th Annual eCYBERMISSION Competition

The following is a Press Release from the ARMY EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAM

[MA] – Thursday, May 7, 2015 – The U.S. Army today announced “THE JAYS”, a 7th grade team of students from West Middle School, as a national finalist team in the 13th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). The group members are Yasmin Gulbas, Jolene Pern, Armaan Vasowalla, and Sebastian Zhu. Sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), eCYBERMISSION, is a web-based competition designed to cultivate student interest in STEM by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.

THE JAYS” along with 19 other national finalists were chosen as a regional first-place winner and will now head to the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE). A panel of judges consisting of U.S. Army scientists and engineers, educators, and STEM professionals selected “THE JAYS” based on criteria including innovative ideas and a questioning and answering session with the judges. As a national finalist, each team member will receive a $2,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond and an all-expenses paid trip to NJ&EE in Maryland to compete for the first-place national award in their grade.

“The U.S. Army is constantly amazed at the level of talent these winning teams possess during the eCYBERMISSION competition,” said Louie R. Lopez, Program Manager for eCYBERMISSION. “We want to continue doing our part in encouraging students to excel in STEM. Congratulations to all regional winners and I look forward to meeting each team at the National Judging and Educational Event.”

After selecting their mission challenge, “THE JAYS”—under the guidance of their team advisor Kelly McDonald, a 7th grade science teacher at West Middle School —applied the engineering design process to propose a solution. “THE JAYS” then submitted a mission folder, the official write-up of their project, via the eCYBERMISSION website.

“THE JAYS” project focused on helping to save the Kemp Ridley turtles, and endangered sea turtle, that beach themselves on Cape Cod Bay each fall.  They designed a carrier for the turtle that protects them as well as insulates them using a radiant barrier to maintain the turtles’ current body temperature until it can be brought to the New England Aquarium Rescue Center in Quincy, MA.

“We are incredibly proud of all the projects that came through this year,” said Dr. Juliana Texley, NSTA President. “The national finalists were incredibly inventive and thoughtful. We applaud the students on their projects – the quality and ingenuity of their work is phenomenal.”

The NJ&EE is a week-long event—June 15-19, 2015— that focuses on educational opportunities and team building exercises. This year’s event features a STEM Challenge, where students will participate in STEM demonstrations and hands-on activities. In addition to the national awards, the AEOP is funding $5,000 STEM-in-Action grants to selected eCYBERMISSION national finalist teams to implement solutions in their local communities based on the results of their projects. A grant will be awarded to five teams across all grade levels in the competition.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AHS Warrior Way Visits South School

Over 50 AHS Warrior Way students returned to South in April to continue sharing their message of good sportsmanship, responsibility and respect.

High school student athletes are nominated for participation by their coaches based on their strength of character and academic skills as well as their athletic ability. These Warrior Way students then come to the elementary schools to assist with academics, model good behavior in physical education classes and play games with the students at recess.

As part of their visit, the Warrior Way students presented a student-produced video featuring numerous AHS students talking about respect, hard work, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Some of the athletes in the video shared these thoughts:

  • “If you’ve put in your best effort, you’ve already won”
  • “Hard work, plus a good attitude, always equals success.”
  • “Respect means treating others the way you want to be treated.”

This video presentation was followed up by a variety of student-led activities designed to help the younger students try out some of the skills they saw in the video – teamwork, persistence, being a good sport, etc. A question and answer period about being a high school athlete is another component of the program.

After their presentation, the Warrior Way students participated in all of the regular elementary school day activities including language arts, math, lunch, recess, computer lab, PE, music and art. The AHS students read with small groups of students, assisted with math instruction, helped out with cutting and gluing projects and even opened a stuck thermos or two at lunch!

This is a very popular program with both students and teachers. Many South students asked if the Warrior Way students could come every day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HPE 2nd Graders Model Clay Penguins in Art

High Plain second graders created clay penguins in Art as part of an interdisciplinary study of penguins in the classroom. Interdisciplinary instruction involves the integration of principles from multiple academic areas as a means of examining issues, questions and topics. Two Column HTML Layout

Monday, May 4, 2015

HPE Student Teacher Encouraging his Students to Take Risks and Try New Things

Students in Mrs. Chaves’ class are playing Hungry Hippos with Mr. Stephens during his last week with us here at High Plain. He has been a student teacher from Salem State since January and has taught our students many new skills, incorporating the classroom into the gymnasium and encouraging students to try new things.

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