AE/MS Welcomes Back Students and Staff for a New School Year

Safety protocols have resulted in a successful start

By Dennis Dobe

After a most unusual and disrupted Spring 2020, the students and staff of AE/MS returned to our school building to resume in-person studies on Tuesday, September 9. Over the first two weeks of our school’s reopening, we are pleased to report that all is smooth, focused, and safe at AE/MS. Over the weeks of late […]

Fall Activities Include Preparing for a Halloween Parade

Also accepting applications for multiple positions

By Kimberly Faust
Fall Activities Include Preparing for a Halloween Parade

Fall is quickly approaching, and we are so grateful to be back at our small school. We have been enjoying picking our apples and peaches and harvesting our carrots. At our school we had a Monarch caterpillar and it was magical to have watched it go into his chrysalis and then emerge as a butterfly. […]

Opening Weeks at AE/MS will Offer Remote or Hybrid Classes

Hope to begin full in-person on October 13

By Dennis Dobe

Greetings from the Andover Elementary/Middle School!  As the time before school reopening winds down, the pace of our preparation activity is winding up.  Here are a few highlights and updates for you as this unusual summer draws to a close. School Reopening Planning Process:  After a comprehensive planning process that began as early as last […]

Finding Our Way Back to A New Normal of Teaching

It doesn't feel like last year ever ended

By Kasey Schoch

After being asked to write an article on returning to school from a teacher’s perspective, I eagerly sat down to begin typing.  I typed and deleted, and I typed and deleted, and I typed and deleted.  After all that was done, I closed my laptop and gave up for the night.  My perspective?  My thoughts?  […]

New Plant Manager at AE/MS Is Focused On Safety

By Shelley Geoghegan Beacon Staff
New Plant Manager at AE/MS Is Focused On Safety

A new Plant Manager has been hired to fill the open position at AE/MS. Dennis Audet previously worked as a maintenance and production supervisor at a corporation for almost 10 years. According to Dennis, he has “always been interested in the building trades” and has extensive experience in building repairs and ground maintenance. This background […]

No Mandates For In-Person Classes, But Many Guidelines

More direction coming soon about back-to-school

By Dennis Dobe

Although our state government has not issued mandates, they have offered a wealth of guidance that will enable schools to make prudent choices about how they structure for school reopening.  We have been examining options for reopening for a long time now and will have more direction soon. Then, all the pieces necessary to get […]

New AE/MS Principal Has Positive Outlook on Challenges in Fall 

Focus of school community is “Whole Child Education”

By Shelley Geoghegan
New AE/MS Principal Has Positive Outlook on Challenges in Fall 

In the July issue of the Beacon we included Part I of an interview with new AE/MS Principal Dennis Dobe. Due to circumstances we were unable to conduct it in-person. Instead we had Principal Dobe send us an outline of his professional work, and what made him look at Andover for his next educational journey.  […]

New Hire for AE/MS Front Office Looks Forward to Meeting People

Administrative Assistant Gail Parenteau retired

By Shelley Geoghegan
New Hire for AE/MS Front Office Looks Forward to Meeting People

Filling the shoes of a much-loved, longtime staff member can be a daunting task. But by all accounts Ashley Lester, the new Administrative Assistant taking the place of Gail Parenteau at AE/MS, is up to the task. Hailing from Holderness, Ashley, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, loves working with people of all […]

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