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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

South School Rocks Recycling

It is a very exciting time in Andover with the new recycle initiative.  Students at South learned about the positive impact recycling has on the environment not only now but in the future. It only took a few days for students to get the hang of the stations: 
  • Food Donation 
  • Liquids
  • Bottles and milk cartons
  • Compost
  • Trash
We went from nine trash bags in one day to one! Students learned about food donation and what it means to give back to others not as fortunate as ourselves. All food donations are being delivered to Lazarus House, which helps families living in poverty regain their dignity and become self-sufficient members of our community by offering them emergency shelter food and clothing.
A very special thank you to Marc Fournier, Director of Public Works, and the Green Team volunteers!


South School's theme this year is based on the work of Rita Pierson, a well-renowned educator and leader. Please see her inspiring YouTube video below. 

South is tying in their new TIGER mascot, Dr. McBride's retirement gift to the school, into our theme. Morning announcements, monthly grade level meetings and positive behavior strategies and interventions will be weaved throughout the school day and focus on every child being a champion!
The students were very excited about our new theme song, "Try Everything"

 They learned about the Champions of the Day as well as our belief at South:
You are important
You can do it
We won't give up on you !

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome Back!

Today is that day! You remember that first day, don’t you? First day jitters! The classrooms and hallways had that colorful and inviting look to them. 

A “fresh” clean scent was in the air as students excitedly entered their schools today. When they crossed the threshold and turned the corner there was an extra “squeak” beneath their sneakers as they made their way down the freshly waxed hallway floors and peered around corners trying to catch a glimpse of their latest classroom and their new teachers. 

It's the start of a new year !  A fresh start. This meant new teachers, new administrators, and many new friends. Before this year is over they will have developed new skills, new routines, new interests, new friendships and many wonderful memories.

Welcome back, Everyone!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sanborn Students Honored at this years Northern Essex Community College Peace Poetry Contest

Six Sanborn students were honored last night at the Northern Essex Community College Peace Poetry Contest Reading. They shared their pieces and were honored by the English Department Faculty.
Fifth grader Alva Yanowitz was the overall winner in the grades 3-5 category. 

The teachers in the photo with me are Christine Baldwin and Carol Gianopoul

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sanborn School recognized for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

Earlier this year, a dedicated group of staff and students from Sanborn Elementary (Food Rescue Initiative and Recycling Program and the Sanborn Zero-Waste team) got involved in a school based program that promotes environmental and energy education in the community. 

Just recently, this group was notified by the state that they were a winner of the 2016 Secretary's Award for Excellence in Energy & Environmental Education 

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton will present the award to them at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, May 2nd at 11 A.M. “This program honors the passion, curiosity and hard work of these educators and students as they study clean energy, recycling, conservation, wildlife and many other pressing issues in our world.”

This award was open to all public and private Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sout 2nd Graders Take a Virtual Tour

Mrs. Walsh’s second grade class at South took a virtual field trip recently to several patriotic landmarks. Students worked with Digital Learning Specialist Ms. Kennedy to use an app (Nearpod) on their iPads to take 360° tours of the Statue of Liberty, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Washington Monument, Old Faithful, The Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore.
In these virtual field trips, students could look around the site, zoom in on details and fully explore the places they could not visit in person during the school day. Students discussed why each landmark was a representation of the US and were really engaged with exploring and sharing their discoveries with each other and with their teachers. Dr. McBride and Dr. Berman were able to join in the on virtual field trip as well.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Check Out Latest MakerStudio Work at Bancroft Elementary !

Check Out Latest MakerStudio Work at Bancroft Elementary !

Students at Bancroft School have been hard at work recently on projects in the Bancroft MakerStudio. From programming Bee-Bots(Gr. K) to Mapping the World(Gr. 1) to a Pants Party(Gr. 5) and a Fairy Tale Study(Gr. 4), the students in these Bancroft classes have really taken to their "DIY" space where the focus is on creating, inventing, and learning. To learn more about these wonderful projects click on the links below.

Robots Buzzing Around Kindergarten-

Mrs. Johnston’s Class-3D Maps (Gr. 1) -

Fairy Tales with Mallon and Little (Gr. 4)-

Pants Party with Mrs. Moriarty (Gr. 5)-

Thursday, April 14, 2016

International Night at Sanborn

Did you know that at Sanborn School we have  ………

31 children who speak Chinese, including Mandarin, Uyghur, Taiwanese, and Cantonese?
37 children whose families speak languages from India and Sri Lanka, including Punjabi, Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarti, Tamil, Kashmiri, Sinhalese, and Telegu?
14 children who speak Spanish?
15 children who speak Korean?
  4 children who speak Arabic?
  4 children who speak Hebrew?
14 other languages represented in our school, including:  Portuguese, Turkish, German, Italian, Urdu, Hungarian, Japanese, Romanian, Vietnamese, Farsi, French, Bulgarian, Greek, and Dutch?

To celebrate our students and their families, Sanborn’s Fourth Annual International Night took place on Wednesday, March 23from 6:30 – 8:00.   The cafeteria was filled with table displays, demonstrations, and delicious snacks from around the world, including Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Romania, Syria, and Taiwan.  Performances representing different cultures and traditions took place in the gymnasium, including a Chinese Lion Dance and Kung Fu, Indian Dances, a Hindi Song,  a traditional American song, and an Arabic Line Dance.  

DMS 8th Graders Learn Programming via Lego Mindstorms

DMS 8th graders were busy testing their robots out in the hallways this week. Students have been using Lego Mindstorms in building and programming their robots.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

AHS English Teacher honored with a humanities grant

AHS English teacher Stacy Giggie has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the 2016 Dickens Summer seminar. Ms. Giggie will spend the month of July at the University of California Santa Cruz studying and developing curriculum for Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Hard Times. 

Congratulations,        Ms. Giggie !

Monday, April 4, 2016

AHS CAPStone equals Self-Directed Learning for these Enterprising Seniors

During this year's Spring Semester, six seniors have volunteered to participate in the Senior Capstone pioneering cohort, an advanced research seminar that affords Seniors in good standing the opportunity to self-direct their learning toward personalized areas of interest.

On March 17th, Senior Capstone Scholars presented their passion project ideas and initial research to the School Committee: Leigh Burte--Entrepreneurial Explorations of Event Planning; Sara Clark--Women in Silent Film; Dan Combs--Innovative Networking; Henry Gilbert--Exploration of Music and Subculture  Emma Plourde--Broader Aspects of Phenotype; and Abby White--Healthy Cost-Effective Cooking in Under-Privileged Communities.  
Co-led by Steve Chinosi, Director of Innovation, and Rebecca D'Alise, English Teacher and Senior Exhibition Advisor, AHS CAPStone is an advanced research seminar that allows students to pursue a researchable question through quantitative and qualitative research methods along with a substantial field-based inquiry project. CAPS offers students a chance to create an independent academic experience, with the focus on authentic inquiry.  A Capstone project also provides second-semester seniors with a critical learning experience and an opportunity for intellectual problem solving, social change, and community service. The focus of CAPS is to put students in the position of the "expert" in an area of study or in a career setting of their own choosing.

We encourage all rising juniors to consider including a CAPStone project in their senior-year planning.  SeniorsCAPS will be implemented as a credited course in the 2016-2017 academic year.  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Innovation Lab bears fruit: A virtual sandbox

Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:52 pm

By Gabriella Cruz
The Innovation Lab projects don’t just inspire the students who participate in the course, though. Olinah Hassan, 17, is new to the course and said that the pressure to achieve academically has affected students’ ability to explore more creative ideas.

“I feel like what’s going on in our school right now is that we’re so focused on academic grades that we kind of lose our creativity,” Hassan said. “I feel like this class allows us to express, and kind of get in-tune with, our imagination more than we can in other classes. I think if you are willing to collaborate with others, it kind of shows the best parts of everyone involved.”

Read full article - Innovation Lab 

Friday, January 8, 2016

AHS' Forensic Science Class Goes CSI

In mid-December, students in Ms. Lecuyer’s’s Forensic Science class created mock-crime scenes around AHS.  Students worked in teams to design their scenes, including creative props, faculty/student victims and suspects, and different locations around the high school.  After the scenes were set up, their classmates had to examine and then solve the crime scenes, given the evidence in each scenario.  

Students were engaged in their learning experiences and excited to show off their work to their school community.  Students and faculty alike were crowding around scenes between classes, lunches and after school and were equally excited to check them out. Great work Forensic Science students!  

Trials begin in mid-January...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The AHS Community gets a Taste of "Debate Day"

On Tuesday, December 22nd,  students in Dr. Michaud’s Debate Club conducted their annual Debate Day.  Students and faculty were given specific topics and sides to debate on, and put on quite a show for the AHS community throughout the day.  Topics included marriage, criminal voting rights, raising the minimum wage, defined limits to political campaign donations and many more.  

Congratulations to Dr. Michaud and his students and staff that participated! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Muchas Gracias! AHS Servir para Aprender Course

On December 21st, AHS students enrolled in the Spanish course "Servir para Aprender" (service learning), had the amazing opportunity to visit with Lawrence City Hall officials.  During the visit at the City Hall our students learned about local government, community development and the city's programs and services.  The AHS' Spanish program is proud and honored for its collaboration with Lawrence City Hall, as this relationship provides our students with great learning moments while serving our local community.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

AHS Students Dig Deeper with Augmented Reality Sandbox

Andover High School students enrolled in the Innovation Lab & Student Help Desk are currently building an augmented reality sandbox.  As a team the students are creating a hands-on exhibit combining a real sandbox, and virtual topography and water created using a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera, powerful simulation and visualization software, and a projector. The resulting augmented reality (AR) sandbox allows users to create topography models by using real sand to create various landscapes. In real time the visual display will then simulate the topographic including simulated water. 

The project was inspired by the team at UC Davis, who also created a virtual sandbox.  “The system teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.” (

The students have designed their own sandbox structure, projector and camera mounts, as well as building their own computer, which will run the software. The project will be presented at the Harvard School of Education's LearnLaunch Initiative in January.

Monday, January 4, 2016

For these AHS Marketing Students it's on to the State DECA Competition

On Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, Andover High School Marketing students competed in the DECA District Competition in Boxborough, Massachusetts.  All 47 students performed extremely well.  Congratulations to all who competed!  The following will move on to the State Competition in March, held at the Boston Copley Marriott:

4th Place Awards
Rohan Singha, Tim Chen, Chris Zhao, Alden Good, Michael Zhang, Ryan Cadigan, Sean Enright, Perry Wynn

3rd Place Awards
John Boese, Siobhan Kindlan, Brynn Moynihan, Drew Rooks, Simran Jackson 

1st Place Awards
Emily O’Hara, Anne Moffit, Jessica Chartier, Tushar Desai, Joey Spinale

Honorable Mention with a chance to bump up into 5th place
Abraham Masunzu, Lydia Cobb, Veronica Alois

AHS Film/Video Production Students Work with 5th Graders to Create Cross District Music Videos

Andover High School students from Film/Video Production have partnered up with 5th grade math classes at West Elementary.  The 5th students chose three pop music songs and rewrote the lyrics to make the songs about fractions.  About 40 West Elementary students traveled to the high school TV Studio on December 9 to work directly with the Film/Video students to storyboard three different music videos.  While visiting, the 5th graders got an opportunity to use the studio equipment and the green screen.

          On December 17 the high school class gathered their field production equipment and traveled to West Elementary and filmed all three music videos.  Currently the AHS students are editing the videos with an anticipated completion date in mid-January.  

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