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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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