Greetings Andover Team --
It has been an amazing first semester! Much has been accomplished and we all have so much to celebrate. I'm thankful and honored to be able to work in the best school district in Kansas with the best staff, students and parents!
We kicked off the school year with the 212º video. At 211º water is just hot but at 212º water boils, which creates energy to enable powerful movement. That one extra degree makes all the difference. I challenged all of us to individually put forth just one degree of extra effort in all we do.
Interesting what a difference it can make when already talented people push themselves just a bit more. The results can be amazing and that is indeed what is going on in Andover! Earlier this week someone sent me this quote and I thought it emphasized this point.
“Desire is the starting point for all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” -- Napoleon Hill
On behalf of the Board of Education and district administration, I want to thank you for everything you do for the students, parents and community of Andover. Our school district is a shining star, leading the way in Kansas education. "We Are Andover!"
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Greetings Andover Team,
It's amazing that Christmas is just around the corner and the 1st semester is drawing to a close. It has been an outstanding year and you don't have to look very hard to see why Andover is the school district of choice for so many families!
Speaking of excellence, congrats to Ray Linville, band on the Trojan side, and Michaila Pfaff, 1st grade at Meadowlark, for being named Andover's nominees for Emporia State's Master Teacher program. Ray and Michaila are outstanding educators who have given many years of service to the students in Andover. Congrats!!
I'll be the first to say we are not going to live and die by our state assessment results, but when you are as good as we are, I can't help but mention it! :-) Earlier this week, KSDE released district and school results from the new and very difficult state tests given last spring. You can view our results at this link. I haven't had much time to review results but overall we had the following percentage of students who were "College and Career Ready": Math 53.96%, Reading 58.71% and Science 60.87%. Those numbers seem low, but they reflect the difficulty of the assessments. The only district I found with higher scores than ours was USD 229 Blue Valley in Kansas City.
By now you have probably heard that the State Board of Education developed a new vision for Kansas schools, "Kansans CAN". You can view a quick video and find additional information at this link. I've also linked KSDE talking points. It is important to note that Andover is already on the right path to addressing the priorities of "Kansans CAN" and instead of changing what we are doing, we will continue to focus on getting better at what we have started. Can we get better? Sure we can. But we are already focused on the right things and we should be extremely proud of our results!
The BOE is meeting on Monday. Several items of interest:
Good morning everyone! Hope you are off to a good Friday.
This weekend will be a big one for Andover Central as their football team plays Topeka-Hayden in the state semi-finals tonight at 7:00 and their drama team puts on the production “Taming the Wild, Wild West in a Dress” Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30. Best wishes to all involved!
I hope you had the opportunity to attend the AHS musical "AIDA" last weekend. It received rave reviews. We are so fortunate to have such talent in our school district.
I've experienced a lot of cool things since coming to Andover but I have to say last week's Veteran's Day celebrations have to be at the top of the list. The way our district honors our veterans, active service men and women and their families is a huge point of pride for our community! Thanks to all who helped make the day special.
As you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, in addition to enjoying your family, I hope you take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished so far this year! Andover continues to be the district of choice for so many families and that is because of you, the people who work here. Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your dedication, positive energy and unwavering commitment to excellence! We are Andover!
Good Morning. I hope you had a great weekend. Sure can't beat this weather for the first of November.
Tonight the BOE is holding their regular monthly meeting. Several items of interest:
Andover continues to have success in so many ways as our AHS soccer team placed 3rd in the state Saturday, ACHS girls cross country placed 2nd in state two weeks ago and the ACHS football team continues to win! Also, I hope you will try and catch the AHS musical "AIDA" this weekend (Saturday 7:30 and Sunday 2:00) and the ACHS play "Taming the Wild West in a Dress" on November 20-21 at 7:30.
Greetings Andover Team,
This week has been busy with conferences and many other activities. Things get interesting anytime you have disruptions in schedules, but we seemed to have managed very well. Thanks for your efforts and flexibility!
Last week I mentioned that the Board of Education was interested in starting a community engagement process to set the course for the future of facilities. Andover has a history of being a leader in facilities and it is important that we are planning for the future now. Successful organizations are constantly looking forward to ensure a well thought out plan is implemented and taxpayer dollars are used effectively. At the board meeting on Monday, they gave us the go ahead to begin the visioning process. The first step is to determine what kind of company we would like to lead us through the process and make that selection. Most districts use architectural firms to analyze current needs, facilitate focus groups, conduct enrollment studies, create options and finalize vision development. I imagine we will have a firm selected within the next several months and the process could begin soon after Christmas. I will keep you updated as we move forward with the visioneering.
Today is the first district-wide PLC day and I’d like to thank all the teachers who are serving as team leaders. It isn’t always easy to facilitate large groups of adults, but I know you have prepared well and your colleagues are the kind of professionals that will help you out! Enjoy the morning.
I’d also like to thank those staff who were involved with the benefits selection and signup process. I am pleased with how our process continues to improve and become more efficient. It was especially awesome to see that our health insurance premiums went DOWN 10 percent. Not very many organizations can say that! I’ve recently heard of increases of up to 50 percent in some school districts. Apparently our claim history has been good and we are getting better at utilizing the proactive wellness components!
With the completion of the 1st quarter comes the first district-wide review of the Andover Data Dashboard. Next week I hope to give you a preview of how we did in the areas of reading, math, student rigor, student engagement and professional learning. Preliminary data looks very good.
I hope you all have a nice weekend. Thanks for continually promoting Andover Excellence. Our community is fortunate to have such a great team working with its students!