Superintendent's Office

Welcome to Andover Public Schools
Dear Parents and Guardians,

If your summer was anything like mine, summer flew by! I hope each of you had an opportunity to relax or vacation with family and friends. Now it is my pleasure to welcome you to the
2016-17 school year.

We are very excited at the prospect of seeing your students return to our classrooms. The buildings seem lonely without the sounds of students laughing and learning. We value your students as individuals and look forward to partnering with you to provide them with engaging educational experiences.

Last year brought many notable accomplishments for APS students and staff, and for the district as a whole. We are proud of our team of professionals in every area of the district’s operation who dedicate their lives to helping students achieve goals they might never have thought possible.

In a matter of days, we will begin the new school year. We will be implementing our new science curricula in all of the elementary and middle schools and continuing our work to deepen students’ writing skills. Work will also continue on preparing for the new schedule at the high school level. And we will be sharing much more information and seeking your input as we refine the new long-term facilities plan. I think we can look forward to an exciting and fulfilling year ahead.

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a national conference and heard a fascinating presentation entitled "Getting Back to Our Roots in Education." It dealt with the key factors that enhance students’ educational success and personal wellbeing. The speaker based his remarks on a mountain of data compiled by the research company, Gallup Inc. You, too, may find his presentation interesting, so the link to the 30-minute video is provided below. Most of our principals and other administrators viewed this video at last week’s administrative retreat and would be happy to hear your reaction to it.
APS offers a supportive learning community for both children and adults. I feel so privileged to be a part of it. We deeply appreciate your entrusting us with the education of your children, and we will do our utmost to ensure they have a fulfilling, happy and safe year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. I look forward to seeing you and chatting with you as the school year unfolds.


Shelley Berman
Superintendent of Schools