APS Virtual Events
Celebrations of Learning- May 15, 2020
I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. Earlier this week, AHS Principal Philip Conrad outlined the events to honor the Class of 2020. On Tuesday, over 75 AHS staff volunteered their time, delivering personalized lawn signs and graduates’ caps and gowns to our seniors’ homes. AHS administrators, advisors and students have collaborated with Andover Public Safety and Health Division to plan celebrations during senior week and a graduation with the goal of keeping everyone healthy and safe.
While we are all hoping to gather in-person and enjoy the spring weather, our schools and departments are holding virtual events to maintain the traditions we look forward to at the end of each school year. These events might look different from years’ past, and we hope they we can make them special, memorable and meaningful in honoring our students’ achievements.
I invite the APS community to participate in these opportunities to connect and engage with our students and educators.
Each of our schools has been busy planning events, including talent shows, celebrations of learning, and parent open houses and student orientations for our rising students who are attending a new school next year. As the details are finalized, APS families should be hearing from their school’s principal. While it is certainly a unique way to end the school year, we are committed to honoring our students’ achievements and finding creative ways of celebrating together.
The Senior Capstone Cohort Showcase
The Senior Capstone Cohort Showcase will take place virtually on Monday, May 18th and 19th. On each Showcase night, there will be two sessions running simultaneously per time slot. Throughout both nights, we invite you to join the Panel Talks and to participate in the audience Q&A sessions. For more information and to join the Showcase, please click here. The focus of CAPS is to place students in the position of the “expert” in an area of study or in a career setting of their own choosing. CAPS talks for 5th and 8th grade students will take place in June.
“Make Something Beautiful” Elementary Art Show
Make Something Beautiful Elementary Art Show: APS Elementary Art Teachers invite you to make something beautiful. We look forward to showcasing your art in a digital video and "live" celebration. All submissions need to be in by May 26th.
APS Celebration of Music
APS will celebrate our students’ musical talents through the APS Celebration of Music! Students, family members and the community are welcome to share images or brief video clips of music concerts from the fall and winter to be included in a celebration of our K-12 instrumental and vocal music program. All submissions need to be in by May 30th.
Virtual Screening of the documentary Angst- May 27th
A screening of the movie, Angst will be available to the APS community on Wednesday, May 27th at 7 p.m.
Angst is a documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps. The goal specifically is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help.
Save the Date: APS will send a link for sign-up prior to May 27th.
Memorial Day Observances
Sing-along with elementary teachers to observe Memorial Day and Flag Day: This virtual sing-along will be fun for elementary students and families! Starting May 22nd, this link will be added to elementary students’ learning templates or available for viewing here.
The town’s annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies have been cancelled this year. You can still watch the ceremony from your home on Andover TV on Monday, May 25th. The program will be broadcast at 7:30 AM, 12 PM, 4PM and 10 PM. Last year’s parade will be shown immediately following.
In Case You Missed It
The results from the first APS Community Survey are in. The survey was distributed to all APS families in April. The district plans to send another survey to gather community feedback for phase 3 of at-home learning as we move forward to the end of the school year.