| Welcome to Andover Public Schools
June 19, 2019
Dear Parents and Staff,
I hope the 2018-19 school year has been a productive and enjoyable one for you. We have certainly shared many special moments and milestones.
We began the year with the tragic gas crisis and were inspired to see our community come together to support the families who were affected. We are ending the year with many special events—our first hosting of a Special Olympics School Day Games, the Capstone Showcase, and, of course, celebrations of learning at 5th and 8th grades, and the high school graduation.
In between those memorable bookends of the school year, we’ve worked very hard to improve student outcomes by providing high-quality professional development, upgrading our literacy program, and moving our strategic plan forward. Our students responded to these approaches by completing another outstanding year and earning numerous awards for academics, the arts and athletics.
In the key area of policy, the School Committee completed three years of work to update the district’s policy manual. They also made significant progress on building projects for West Elementary and Andover High School, and seamlessly moved the School Department budget through Town Meeting. The School Committee continues to explore the benefits and avenues of implementing a later start time for secondary students. In addition, we greatly expanded our communications with parents and the community through our weekly Warrior Wednesdays and our quarterly student services magazine Access-Ability.
All this is just a sampling of what has been accomplished—and the word is spreading. Our district has been highlighted in multiple publications as a state and national leader in personalized instruction, social-emotional learning, and the education of students with language-based learning disabilities. Overall, this has been a very good year for the Andover Public Schools, its students and staff, and one that will carry us forward to even greater achievements in the future.
The progress we made this year builds on work we initiated over the past several years, highlighted in this document. I believe these highlights will make you proud. These outstanding results can be attributed to the tireless collaboration among staff, administrators, parents, and members of the community who support our schools. We can’t thank you enough for your dedication and support in helping us strive to be our best—we are encouraged to reach even further.
I hope you are able to take some time this summer to rest and relax and prepare for our next school year. I wish you the best for an enjoyable summer, and I hope you join me in looking forward to all that awaits us in 2019-20.
Superintendent of Schools