Trojan Topics

Andover High School

Message from Dr. Kuhlmann

Greetings from Andover High School!

In an effort to continue to communicate with parents, I will be sending this newsletter called "Trojan Topics" once a month. I truly believe that communication is key to the success of our students. I hope you will find this newsletter helpful, informative and celebratory of all the many good things happening at AHS!

It's hard to believe we are already mid October into the school year. As the new principal, I have had a great start! I can't tell you the amount of times I have just look at the students and staff and thought how proud I am to lead such an amazing school. Whether it be academics, arts, activities or athletics, our students and staff excel. I am truly honored every day to serve this building. I was even welcomed by this years senior class with balloons consuming my office and a nice vase of flowers. It was the best first day of school ever!

Students began the year with our link crew helping Freshman to have a great first day! I had always heard of this program and am excited to be in a building that does this! I think it is an awesome way for Freshman and new students to have a great first day and the link leaders do a tremendous job!

I have met with our SITE council once this year. We have started meeting during the lunch hour on one Friday a month. If you would like to be a part of SITE council, it's not too late. Feel free to contact me at Minutes for the meeting can be found here -

First Quarter ends October 19. Please continue to keep up to date on your student's academic performance throughout the quarter. If you have not already done so, I would highly encourage you to get the Powerschool mobile. This allows you to have your student's acadmic progress literally at your fingertips. You can find the information by clicking this link, Of course, you can always contact a teacher at any time by calling the school, emailing the teacher directly or scheduling a face to face meeting.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be October 19th from 4:30-8:00 and October 20th from 8:00-11:30 and 12:30-3:30. Hope to see you there! Schedules will not be printed, so be sure to bring your iphone to look up your student's teachers on Powerschool or write it down before you attend!

This newsletter will be sent on the 2nd Tuesday of each month! The next one will be sent on November 11, 2016!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or good things!!!

Dr. Kuhlmann

AHS Staff 2016-17

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Classroom Observations

One of my favorite things to do in my day is get out to classrooms. Research tells us that classroom observations are excellent in supporting classroom instruction that works. AHS administrators continue to get into classrooms using our E-walkthrough(EWT) tool. This tool was created by the district based on district goals. The classroom observation data is collected and shared in real time as the instruction is being delivered. Teachers receive immediate feedback and can reflect on their practices. We use the data to ensure that specific targets are being met. For example, we want to see high students engagement, rigor and relevance in the classrooms. We can also use the data to help plan professional learning for the teachers based on the needs we see from the data collected.

School News

One of our own...

Mason Grimmett, a freshman at Andover High School, is the son of Kristin and Jeremy Kienzle, and Joel Grimmett. Born in 2001, Mason was diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis. Later, he was also diagnosed with CF-related liver disease. The doctors at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha have closely monitored his condition, knowing that a life-saving liver transplant, due to the effects of cystic fibrosis on his liver, would be necessary at some point in his adolescence. In April of 2016, Mason was placed on the liver transplant list, and a living donor came forward and was approved in August. On October 11th, Mason and his mom traveled to Omaha where Mason will be admitted for a week of IV antibiotics and intense respiratory therapy to prepare his body to receive the new liver; surgery is scheduled for October 19th.

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure and the incurred lifelong expenses and follow-up care. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. Mason’s friends and family are hoping to raise $75,000 through COTA at his website at and through community fundraisers. If you’d like to make donation now or find more information about Mason, please visit the website and check back frequently for blog and fundraiser updates.

Thank you for following Mason's journey, and for your support!

Horizon Award Nominee

Each year Andover school District is given the opportunity to nominate an exemplary first year teacher. This year AHS nominated Mr. Derek Base as it's Horizon Award Nominee.

The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.

The mission of the program is to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.

The Kansas Horizon Award Program is a regional competition. The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts.

The Kansas State Department of Education will appoint regional selection committees responsible for reviewing the nomination forms and selecting four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers per region for a total of 32 teachers

Blood Drive

National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive at AHS in Gym B on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm. Students 16 years old and older may donate if they turn in a signed permission slip. Parents and guardians are also encourage to donate. Please email Cathy McGuire ( if you would like to reserve a time to donate. Thank you for supporting this effort.

National Honor Society Upcoming Event

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Youth Entrepreneurs Market Day

Youth Entrepreneurs Market Day is coming on November 3rd! Students from the YE class will be running their "business for a day" in the gym commons during lunch on that day. The student body is encouraged to bring money to spend on lunch that day, as YE students provide a number of lunch options. These range from homemade barbeque to Chick-Fil-A to Emporer's Fried Rice. There will also be a variety of desserts and goodies to choose from. These students have spent months preparing for this day and can't wait to provide these options to the students! Contact Mrs. Ricke at for more information.

Fall Saturday Academy

The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to sponsor the Andover History Enrichment Saturday Academy taking place on each Saturday from October 15 to November 19. Students from Andover and area schools participate in a 80 minute course over topics ranging from Presidential Scandals and Close Calls with nuclear weapons to AP US History preparation and an examination of the First Amendment. We're thrilled for the continued partnership with GLI and the Koch Foundation as our students continue to seek out valuable experiences to enrich their educational journey. Contact Mr. Schaefer at for more information

Ramp Up to Readiness!

Students have been a part of Ramp Up since the beginning of school and are learning

a lot for how to be prepared post secondary. We hope they are talking to you about what they are learning and that the Ramp Up Newsletters you are receiving from Mrs. Grier are also helpful! The students are telling us the information is quite valuable!

We consider this a success! We will continue to keep you updated on Ramp Up at AHS!

If you would like to read more about the Ramp Up to Readiness Program please view the overview at this link!

This month Ramp Up sent some information that might be good for you as parents!

Search Institute, a Minneapolis-based organization that is dedicated to studying what kids need, has published a list of 10 ways parents can build developmental relationships that help young people succeed. According to Search, developmental relationships are close connections with adults that assist young people in developing the positive character strengths they need while maturing. The research Search has done has found that “Expressing care, challenging growth, providing support,sharing power and expanding possibilities are five elements that are associated with multiple character strengths, including motivation to learn and personal responsibility.” According to Search, the 10 ways parents can support developmental relationships include the following:

1. Listen to your child without always giving advice or opinions.

2. Ask for your child's opinion.

3. Admit your mistakes and explain how you learn from them.

4. Attend parent-teacher conferences and other school events.

5. Set clear boundaries and expectations for your children.

6. Talk to your children the way you want them to talk to you.

7. Ask other caring adults to spend time with your child.

8. Ask your kids to help with planning a party or other event.

9. Compliment your kids on the good things they do.

10. Do volunteer work with your kids.

News from the Counseling Department


Applications opened on October 1!!!

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form must be completed by students and parents to apply for federal student aid. Be prepared to provide extensive information about your family's income and income taxes from previous year, assets, family size, the number of family members attending college, and more.

Career Fair

The Andover High School Career Fair will be held in the afternoon on October 19th. The career fair is important to help guide students in their college and career preparedness. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about careers they are interested in from professionals in the community who are currently in the field. We look forward to giving our students this opportunity.

National Testing Day

National Testing Day is October 19th at Andover High School. All freshmen will be taking the ASPIRE. Sophomores will take either the ASVAB, PreACT, or PSAT. Juniors had the choice of a school sponsored college visit, taking the ASVAB, or taking the PSAT. Tests will begin promptly at 7:50 A.M. National testing day is very important in preparing our students for their futures. Please encourage your student to be here on time and ready to test.

ACT Testing Dates

Andover High School

  • Our school code is 170-090
Test Dates
  • 10-DEC-16 - Deadline to register is November 4, 2016
  • 11-FEB-17
  • 08-APR-17
  • 10-JUN-17

College Visits to AHS

Upcoming Lunch Time Visits

10/26/2016: University of Arkansas

Representatives will be available to students in the main commons area during the lunch hour.


2016 Rotary Leadership Camp

Through the camp you will learn about yourself and others and about motivation and teamwork. Learn more about camp specifics by visiting or by emailing or calling (620) 229-6367 with questions.

The camp will be May 25-May 28, 2016 (Wednesday - Saturday), on the Southwestern College campus.

Deadline for sign-up is Friday, May 6, 2016. Cancellations prior to May 13th result in half refund of camp fees; no refunds after Wednesday, May 13th.

If seeking scholarship funding from your local Rotary Club, you are responsible for contacting your club and requesting payment. Contact if you are uncertain about how to contact your local club.

If interested go to this link:

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Fall Sports

Girls Golf -

Congratulations to the girls golf try for finishing runner-up in the 5A Regional golf tournament at Hesston on Monday 10/10. They will compete in the 5A State Tournament at Crestview CC on Monday, 10/17. Team members include: Hannah Coggeshall, Sara Weber, Hayley Jones, Baylee Bloom, Rilee Courson , & Kelsey Hawley.

Girls Tennis -

Congratulations to Grace Ball on being a 5A Regional Tennis Champion and the 5A State Tennis Champion! The entire team placed 6th at State.

Girls Volleyball -

Andover Volleyball is having a very successful season. They won the AVCTL Div. II League. They received 3rd in the Hutch AVCTL Preseason Tournament and received 2nd in the Valley Center and Andover Invitational Tournaments. On Saturday, October 22, Andover will be hosting Substate, where we hope to win and go to the State Volleyball Tournament.

Football -

This football season has been a great success thus far as the team is off to a 5-2 start. The boys have done a great job of adapting to a new offense and defense and are starting to look more comfortable in the new schemes. The excitement around our program is great and we are hoping it continues to build as we finish the season. We will be hosting a home playoff game next week is a big step towards a winning culture.

Boys Soccer -

After two years, back to back, in going to State, the 2016 boys soccer team went into the season with high hopes. Although we came in with a very talented returning team, we have had to learn many very good lessons. This season has been more about overcoming obstacles rather than winning games. This season, we have found out what it like to win as a team and lose as individuals. We have learned what being a family means and the sacrifice it entails. We have learned that complacency can be dangerous, any time in life. We have learned that hard work doesn't always equal success, but it creates an environment to persevere to succeed. We have learned that integrity and humility are difficult traits to possess in the beautiful game, but they are imperative for team and individual growth and development. This is what its about... to learn and grow, whether its as a student, soccer player, or a young man! We are going into our last week of regular season play, with a 9-5 record and hopes to finish strong and make another push to get to state. The last two games are league games that will decide the League Champions as well as regional placement for the post season. Regardless of how this season plays out, I am proud of these young men and the accomplishments both on and off the pitch. But believe me, the team is not finished. We are committed to one another to finish out this season with the best that we have, till the last whistle!

Cross Country - Boys cross country has had a strong season with 5 top 3 team finishes so far! Senior Alex Moen has led the boys side winning 5 of the 7 races with teammates Ryan Kinnane and Asher Moen not too far behind finishing in the top 15.

The girls team is missing injured senior, Carly Flake, but continues to improve as a team usually led by Hannah Showalter. Both teams compete at Lake Afton this Saturday morning for the AVCTL meet and go on the following Saturday to Emporia for the regional meet. Both teams are looking to qualify for the 3rd year in a row.

Student Council News

Student Council has been busy with picture day packets, spirit day, an ice cream social for the school, and creating the posters for all these events. They are currently working on plans for the food drive, hygiene drive, and collecting gifts and coupons to give to the students who succeed on the Trojan Nation app! Our STUCO is one of the best I have ever seen!!!

Trojan Nite

This year it was the 50th Anniversary of Trojan Nite. The man that started the very first Trojan Nite joined us as a guest. What an honor it was to have him there and for him to see how much his little idea to promote school spirit grew! The night provided our school with perfect weather. Students were spirited and focused on that Trojan Nite Trophy! After many hard fought battles, the trophy went to the Junior Class of 2018! It was an outstanding evening!

Homecoming 2016

This year's theme for Homecoming was Lights, Camera, Homecoming!!! Stuco did a great job organizing spirit week, t-shirts, ceremony and dance! It was a fun week for the students!

AHS Theater Deparment

Fall Musical

The Andover High School Performing Arts Department will present the fall musical The Drowsy Chaperone on Saturday, November 11th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 12th at 2:00 PM. This fun and lighthearted musical comedy follows the reclusive Man in Chair as he listens to his favorite (and fictional) musical from 1928. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. Seating reservations open on Saturday, October 29th at noon on Ms. Koehn's teacher page: or tickets will be available at the door one hour before each show. We hope to see you there!

Meet the AHS cast for The Drowsy Chaperone:

AHS Trojan Band

The Trojan Marching Band's theme for this year's show is "Flying" and it is amazing! Songs included in this year's show are, Fanfare from Gonna Fly Now, Learn to Fly by the Foo Fighters, Flip Flop and Fly, One Day I'll Fly Away from Moulin Rouge and Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked. There final performance for football season will be this Friday, October 21 and they have two more Marching Festivals! I highly encourage you to attend to see the entire show!

The Trojan Marching Band

October 26th - Southern Plains Marching Festival @ Andover District Stadium.
Andover High School performs at 2:14 p.m.

October 29th - Heart of America Marching Festival @ University of Kansas.
Andover High School performs at 5:15 p.m.

AHS Trojan Choirs

The Trojan Choirs held their Fall Concert recently and if you didn't attend, it was magnificent! They sang the most beautiful pieces selected by their teacher, Mrs. Hallford. She told the audience this group of talented students has challenged her to bring about some of her best work with students. I agree! The show was full of talent!

News from School Resource Officer

Prescription Drugs

Diverted and stolen prescription drugs have become a growing problem. In an effort to protect our young people, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies are sponsoring a Prescription take-back day. On Saturday October 22, 2016 any prescription drug (no syringes or injectibles) will be collected by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office personnel will staff three drop off locations: the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; the Household Hazardous Waste Center, 801 W. Stillwell; and the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton. Syringes and other injectables cannot be accepted. If you have any unused prescription drugs, please take the opportunity to dispose of them safely, so that they do not end up in the wrong hands.

Also, Butler Community College Police is providing a drop off location for the National Drug Take-back program. It will be held October 22, 2016 from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Butler Community college parking lot 9100 building at 21st and Andover Road. They will take any unused/expired medication, but no syringes or liquids.

AHS Booster Club

Save the Date!

Andover Booster Club Annual Trojan Round Up!
Saturday November 12th
at Murfin Stables
Tickets $30 per person.

Trojan Round Up is, by far, the biggest fundraiser AHS Booster Club does each year. Booster Club, just last year, was able to fund every submitted grant including grants for iPads for the swim team and vocal music, SuperFan shirts for STUCO and the new Trojan Nation App, HUDL for all sports, weather jackets for golf, easels and digital camera for the art department, Lighting for Fall musical, remodel of the teacher work room and MORE! We love what Booster Club can do as there are many extras that our public schools can’t cover. As Boosters, can really make a difference when we help to provide them!

Come help us to help our Trojans and have a great night to boot!

Contact Cyndra Whiddon or Terri

Tickets can be purchased to this fun event NOW!

Social Media

There are lots of ways to be "in the know" with social media. We have several offerings on Twitter and Facebook!

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Follow Andover Athletics on Twitter at @AHSTrojanAthlet

Follow Andover Public Schools on Twitter at @AndoverSchools

Its been so fun for me to get to know the students. In an effort to get to know them and connect with them on Twitter, I started doing some "kuhl selfies" with the students. I'm always happy to pose for a selfie with any student, parent or staff member! Just be prepared for it to be tweeted!

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