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DESE to conduct triennial review of TPT

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct an assessment of Andover Public Schools known as a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review during the week of December 5th. Reviews are conducted every three years by the Office of Public School Monitoring and look at compliance with special education and civil rights regulations, according to the town’s website.

As part of the review, parents of children with disabilities will receive an online survey.

Parents or other individuals may request and conduct interviews by calling Joan Brinckerhoff, Public School Monitor Chair at 781-338-3715. The department will make arrangements for any accommodation, such as translation.

The on-site review may include interviews with staff and reviews of student records, in addition to on-site observations. The review will also include an interview with members of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Board.

Within approximately 60 business days of the review, Andover Public Schools will be provided with the report. Members of the public will be able to view the report on DESE’s website.

Local dance students performing across the region

Six dance students from The Andover School of Ballet will perform in local productions of “The Nutcracker” and another holiday production, “Not so Nutcracker.”

The Dance Prism production of “The Nutcracker,” will take place on Sunday, December 18, Collins Center for the Arts, Andover High School. For more information on tour shows that will take place from November 27th to December 18th and to purchase tickets:

  • Olivia Knight, 12, toured as a Party Kid, a Reindeer, an Angel, a Bonbon, and is a Student Soldier.
  • Elaina Scott (10), local cast as a Caroler
  • Julianne Yates (10), local cast as a Caroler
  • Scarlett Price, 8, local cast as a Caroler

Melrose Youth Ballet production of “The Nutcracker,” takes place at Memorial Hall, Melrose, December 2, 3 and 4. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Melrose Youth Ballet website.

  • Natalie DeFrancesco, 10, as a soldier

Center for the Performing Arts, North Andover’s production of “Not so Nutcracker,” will take place on December 11 at the Seifert Performing Arts Center, in Salem, NH.

  • Penelope Kaminsky (8) in the ensemble

Andover Center for History and Culture upcoming event

Upstairs Downstairs Tour, 5.00pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 16 November and Thursday 8 December.

To sign up, visit ACHC’s website and look under public programs.

Village seal returns

The Town Seal Review Committee is seeking input on what a new town seal should hold.

Any new seal will be voted on at Town Meeting.

In September the town held a forum on the history of the current seal; to view the forum visit Andover TV’s website.

Visit the town website to provide feedback.

Phillips Academy music concert calendar

The following concerts are all open to the public:

  • Dec. 4, Cochran Chapel, 3 p.m., Academy Orchestra
  • December 11, Cochran Chapel, 4:30 p.m., Ceremony of Lessons and Carols

Public art community workshop

Andover is hosting a series of three community workshops focused on public art and placemaking in Andover. The workshops are as follows: November 19, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Robb Center; 30 November 18:30 to 20:00 at the Youth Centre.

Visit the town’s website for more information.

Capital Improvement Funds input sought

The town of Andover is seeking input on how to spend up to $80,000 in capital improvement funds.

Project proposals cannot exceed $10,000 and must be used for a one-time expense.

Other requirements are that the funds must be used for municipal purposes and projects must be on town-owned land.

The deadline for submitting a project idea is 1 December.

The form can be found on the town’s website.

This year’s projects included benches on the Senior Center garden path and a community message board at the Ballardvale playground.

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