Cottonwood News

January 18, 2016

The Nightzookeeper is a Success--A letter by Ben Davis

To Mrs.Fox, My Teacher

I hope you had a happy New Year! When this time of year comes around a lot of people start thinking of resolutions for themselves. This year I've made a few of them for school and one that is personal.

My first new year resolution is to get a higher reading level so I can explore new books. Some of the books I want to read are above my reading level. My next goal is to read more at night. I think I could read more than 20 pages. My last goal in school is to improve typing because sometimes I have to look at the keys. I have a goal outside of school which is playing fewer video games which would make more time for reading, activities, etc..

Many people fail to keep their resolutions, but I am determined to give my best effort to achieve my goals. I hope you can achieve some of your goals this year too. If your resolution is to be the best teacher ever you've obviously met your goal.

Your student,

Ben Davis

Andover District Climate Survey

The 2015-16 Climate Survey is now available for your feedback from Jan. 5-24. If you are a parent of a student in our district, please click on this link to access your survey. We value the thoughts and opinions of our patrons and offer this opportunity annually to share that with us.

Please take time during January to submit your responses before Jan. 24. The data from this survey is tracked through the Data Dashboard, analyzed by the district administration, school staffs, and the Andover Board of Education and used in district and department planning. We appreciate your feedback in helping us improve Andover Schools.

Yearbook ordering

Time is running out to purchase a 2015-16 yearbook. Cost is $15 and the final day to place your order is January 29. Just a reminder, you did not buy a yearbook in the fall, as we just opened the order in late December. You are welcome to send in money with your student for the $15.00. Just be sure to put the money in an envelop with your child's name and teacher's name.

To purchase a copy, go to:
Enter Yearbook ID code: 3708516.

January 18, 2016--Teacher's Professional Learning Day

On January 18th, all Andover staff were able to participate in learning opportunities that will enhance their classroom instruction. Sessions such as:

  • The Great Google Tour
  • Coding in the Elementary Classroom
  • Make Them Independent Learners
  • State Assessment Training
  • Time Management
  • Verbal Interventions

were provided by a variety of people, inside and outside the district.

As I walked around, I saw teachers sharing ideas and strategies that will make student learning relevant. Teachers were collaborating, designing and practicing, all the things we want our students to do. Through learning goals, learning designs and assessing student learning our staff become more effective teachers. Thank you for supporting our students and our work.

PTO News

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From the Counselor--Mrs. Faust

The theme for February is Caring. We will work on being kind and compassionate to show we care. We will also work on expressing gratitude. Another way to learn caring is to work on forgiving others. We will also apply caring to help others in need.

The week of Feb. 1st –the 5th is National School Counselor Week. We will have fun activities each day. I will send a note entailing these activities soon. The theme this year is School Counseling-Recipe for Success.

We will soon be finishing up banana splits. Let me know any additional support your child might need. We will start up again next fall. I will also be sending notes soon about our banana split party.

From the Nurse's Office--Mrs. Whiddon and Mrs. Tauke

We are starting to see an increase in coughs, colds and sore throats, just a reminder to go over with your children proper handwashing and to remember to cover their mouths when coughing. Do replace toothbrushes, if your student has had any recent upper respiratory symptoms as the toothbrush can be a good hiding place for germs.

The health office is in need of donations of lifesaver brand peppermints or wintergreen mints to pass out to students to help soothe sore throats. Thank you

Andover Public Schools Mobile App is Ready

We are excited to announce that a mobile app for Andover Public Schools will be available in January 2016! This free app for your Apple and Android devices will be your one-stop shop for everything Andover. From district & school news pulled directly into the app to links to PowerSchool, athletic information, breakfast & lunch menus and payment all in one place makes this app the convenient way to stay connected to your school and district happenings. Stay tuned for more information!


Cottonwood has several ways in which we try to communicate our news and views to the world.

School website:

Facebook page:

PTO Facebook page:

Andover Twitter:

Cottonwood Twitter:

Teacher Facebook pages:

Mrs. Brackeen

Mrs. Highfill

Mrs. Plank

Mrs. Rich

Mrs. Kindle

Mrs. Hachen

Mrs. Wilson

Ms. Wright

I also try to call home on School Messenger once a month to share upcoming activities and highlights and of course our Smore newsletter. If you have suggestions on how to help communicate our learning and teaching, please don't hesitate to e-mail me

Cottonwood Spelling Bee

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 1:30pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

This spelling bee is for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

PTO--Enjoy a night out at Jose Peppers

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 5-7pm

11423 East 13th Street North

Wichita, KS

A percentage of the procedures will go back to PTO.

Valentine's Parties

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 9am

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

See teacher for party times

No School

Friday, Feb. 12th, 9pm to Monday, Feb. 15th, 11pm

1747 North Andover Road

Andover, KS

No school Feb. 12th or Feb. 15th.