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News from the Andover Public School District

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - vol. 34

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Students Spotlight- Destination Diagnosis Team Goes Global!

Six students from across the District are on their way to Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals this week! Emily Fang from Bancroft Elementary, Kai Weichel and Ben Hennessy Martin from High Plain Elementary, Roee Mamet from South Elementary, Becky Koleth and Rosemary Igwe from West Elementary travel to Kansas City, Missouri for the culminating DI event of the season!

Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and equip students to become next generation innovators and leaders. Students work together in teams to create a solution to one of six competitive challenges. These challenges focus on technical, scientific, fine arts, engineering and service learning.

The Destination Diagnosis team from APS has presented their “Scientific Medical Mystery Challenge” at the local and state level. This challenge requires the team to research diseases affecting the human body, create and present an eight minute story about a medical mystery affecting a human character to a team of “appraisers” at the DI Global event.

DI Globals includes teams from over 15 countries, and isn’t all about the tournament. The students are looking forward to meeting their peers from other countries and trading pins as a way to meet new friends and show good sportsmanship. We wish you the best of luck!

Featured Educator- Beth Kennedy honored as Unsung Hero

Last week, Andover celebrated its 55th annual Founders’ Day. The celebration honors employees who spent a significant number of years of service to the citizens of Andover. The evening also recognizes an “Unsung Hero,” and Dr. Berman presented Beth Kennedy with this year’s award. Beth has been an educator in the District for 28 years and is currently at South Elementary as a digital learning coach. She is active within the community, especially with APS’s performing arts programs.

Beth is a choreographer and has danced since she was a young girl. She is the assistant director/ choreographer for AHS’s three Show Choir Groups and the South Elementary coordinator for the Children’s Stage Adventures. It’s clear Beth loves to share her talents with students, as she also mentors students at Sanborn’s afterschool show choir program and Doherty Middle School’s Drama Club, and assists with planning of school-wide assemblies and concerts throughout the district.

Beth was nominated for the Unsung Hero award by South Elementary Principal Tracy Crowley. “Occasionally, as teachers and administrators, we come upon a colleague that is truly outstanding. The passion they have for their work inspires and motivates children to take risks, think creatively and celebrate their uniqueness and talents,” says Tracy. “Beth is one of these rare individuals and we are lucky to have her.”

“Beth Kennedy is educator in constant motion! She embodies the best of what we strive for here in Andover, from her interactions with students, to her collaboration with colleagues,” adds Beth Delforge, PK-12 Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator.

Beth’s generosity extends beyond APS. She is also the executive choreographer and assistant director for Voices of Hope, a non-profit organization that uses the arts to raises awareness and resources for cancer research in partnership with the Termeer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Thank you Beth, for your dedication to our students and your willingness to share your enthusiasm and talents with us all!

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Superintendent's Message- Special Olympics

Tuesday was a terrific day at Andover High School as hundreds of students from Andover and North Andover came together to participate in the 2nd annual Special Olympics School Day Games. Opening ceremonies kicked off the day with the Parade of Athletes. The torch bearers leading the parade were Jazlin Iguina and Matteo Raponi of Andover, David Tweedie and Andrew Chartier of North Andover and Jimmy Keith of the TOPS program. Ivanna Zamora of TOPS sang an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem. Zane Perry of North Andover read the Pledge of Allegiance and Michael Straceski from AHS read the Special Olympians Oath.

Today’s events were a celebration of our students. Most of our students from our BRIDGE, EXCEL and TOPS programs participated in a variety of track and field events. APS is committed to our unified sports teams, and the Games serve as a way for us to support the diversity of our entire student body.

I want to extend my gratitude to all our volunteers who made this day a priority and success for our students, especially Cara Higgins, an instructional assistant at West Elementary and Kathy Keith from North Andover. Kathy is a North Andover parent who started the Games in her community over 18 years ago. Two years ago, Kathy and Cara teamed up to include students from Andover and North Andover. This was the first time Andover hosted the event, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration on behalf our students.

Shelley Berman


APS Community News

West Middle School- new principal Tim Corkery

We are pleased to announce that Tim Corkery has been appointed to the position of principal at West Middle School. West Middle’s Principal Becky Franks announced her retirement earlier this year.

Currently, Tim serves as the principal of the Nettle Middle School in Haverhill, Mass. When Tim assumed the role as principal in 2014, the Nettle School was a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Level 3 School. Under Tim’s leadership, the Nettle School's scholastic achievement attained a Level 1 rating. In 2012, Tim was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the VFW in his Tucson, Arizona district, where he was a department head and social studies teacher from 2011-13.

Prior to his career as an educator, Tim was a Naval Officer and spent almost 25 years as a Navy pilot. Toward the end of his naval career, he served as the Executive Officer of the Naval ROTC program and an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona.

Tim’s leadership style focuses on collaboration and building strong relationships, which were evident when our visiting team met with teachers, parents and Haverhill administrators on their site visit to Nettle.

We look forward to welcoming Tim to APS and West Middle School this summer.

Evolution of iAndover at the Middle School

APS’s Office of Digital Learning and Town Information Technology Department will host an evening for incoming grade 6 parents/ guardians to discuss the changes to iAndover BYOD at the middle school. Join us on Wednesday, May 29th from 7-8 p.m. at the Doherty Auditorium.

High Plain Elementary Student Ambassadors Community Service Project

Students from High Plain Elementary created care packages for homeless in the greater Merrimack Valley. Fourth and fifth grader Student Ambassadors, led by HPE Adjustment Counselor Jill Celata and fourth grade teacher Shannon Siviski, took part in this community service project with funding from the Martin Richard Foundation.

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AHS Students chosen for Boys and Girls State

Andover American Legion Post 8 sponsors a high school junior in the community each year to attend Massachusetts Boys and Girls State. Boys and Girls State is one of the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high schools students across the country. AHS juniors Anthony Dicenso and Livia Iwanicki will represent Andover at the week-long event in June at Stonehill College. Runners up for this honor are Anya Srikanth and Michael Feeney.

U.S. Naval Commander Brian Masterson, and member of Post 8, presented Anthony and Michael with certificates at last week’s school committee meeting. Boys and Girls State provides the opportunity for students to become part of the operation of local, county and state government and practice the virtues of integrity, honesty, sincerity, and honor.

Volunteers Needed for Senior Safari!

Planning is well underway for this year's Senior Safari all-night graduation celebration which takes place on June 3rd. It takes an army of adult volunteers to successfully pull this night off and make it an amazing "last" night for our seniors. We need help in setting up, chaperoning, serving food, donating refreshments, and cleaning up after the big night.

Grab a friend or two and sign up at this link- parent or guardian volunteers of all grade levels are welcome!

School Bus, Van Drivers and Monitors Needed!

NRT Bus, Inc. is currently looking for drivers and will train CDL and 7D drivers, with bonuses upon completion of training.

For more information, please call Beth Paulino at 978-697-1174 or email: epaulino@nrtbus.com

Discover Substitute Teaching at APS

Substitute teaching is a great way for those interested in a career in education to have a chance to get classroom experience or it can simply be a way of sharing in our educational community by supporting teachers and schools. Applying for a substitute teaching position is an easy process, and previous teaching experience isn’t required. The position requires a minimum of two years of college, as well as experience working with or supervising children. More information can be found on our website.