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Andover Airwaves

Andover Airwaves

By Andover Airwaves
Learn about all things Andover Public Schools (Andover, KS)! Andover Airwaves will introduce you to the people who make our schools a special place to learn and work; the "why" and "how" of what goes on in our schools; and parenting tips to help your student be their best.
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Teachers of habit: How to help your family set positive, healthy routines
Alysia Rich, family engagement consultant, talks about how to create positive, healthy routines and habits for children and adults. Amanda Cross, a parent of  children who attend ACHS and ACMS, describes her family's attempts at creating habits.
September 16, 2022
Leading through the storm: Prairie Creek principals reflect on tornado recovery
When an EF-3 tornado struck Prairie Creek Elementary School on April 29, 2022, it would take a massive amount of work to finish the school year and then prepare the building -- and staff -- for the new school year. Meanwhile, former Principal Shelley Jonas and new Principal Shawn Springer were preparing for a transition in leadership. In this episode, Jonas and Springer discuss their leadership efforts during the recovery and what lies ahead for Prairie Creek.
September 02, 2022
Andover to Aftershocks: AHS teacher coaching Shocker alumni basketball team
Zach Bush, an Andover High School PE teacher and basketball coach, is spending this summer coaching the Aftershocks, a team composed primarily of Wichita State Shocker alumni. The team competes this month in The Basketball Tournament, with its $1 million grand prize. Bush, who played for WSU from 2012 to 2017, discusses his approach to coaching high school freshmen vs. professionals, the history of the Aftershocks and what it's like to hang out with former WSU teammates during the summer.
July 14, 2022
Work like a dog: How therapy canines help in our schools
Several of our schools have therapy dogs that help calm students, providing an additional friend that can help with mood and improve the building's overall atmosphere. In this episode, Laura Scaglione, assistant principal at Andover High School, and Brooke Holcomb, counselor at Meadowlark Elementary School, talk about their therapy dogs, Charlie and Lola (respectively). Though the process for becoming a therapy dog can be rigorous and the standards are high, they say the benefits to both students and staff are worth it. National Therapy Animal Day is April 30!
April 15, 2022
Kindergarten 101: Preparing you and your child for the fall
The start of kindergarten can be an exciting yet nervous time, for students and parents alike. In this episode, kindergarten teachers Heather Rainey (Wheatland Elementary) and Kayla Nelson (Prairie Creek Elementary), and principal Shari Rooks (Cottonwood Elementary) talk about how to talk with your student about the start of kindergarten, how to prepare during the months leading up to the first day of school, and what the process for beginning kindergarten is like at Andover Public Schools.
April 01, 2022
Of good cheer: Inside the nationally ranked ACHS Cheer Squad
When the Andover Central High School took fourth place at the National Cheerleaders Association competition, it was the culmination of years of work for those on the squad. Hear seniors Cheyenne Brannan and Kailey Zwiener, and coach Desirae Moreno, talk about the competition and how they work to keep the crowds entertained and pumped up at sporting events.
February 18, 2022
Helping students reflect, celebrate and set goals
Now that we've kicked off the second semester of the school year, how do your assess your child's progress so far through the school year? How do you celebrate successes and set goals for the rest of the year? Alysia Rich, family engagement consultant for Andover Public Schools, joins us with tips for how to have these conversations with your child.
January 21, 2022
The road ahead: CAPS students explore the future through innovative program
Juniors and seniors at the Andover Center for Advanced Professional Studies are given the tools, resources and connections to explore their career interests. Along the way, many of them either discover an interest, confirm and interest or, just as importantly, decide a particular career field is not for them. In this episode, Brian Gregoire, director of Andover CAPS, discusses what students were up to this fall semester. Then, you'll hear 11 students talk about the connections they made and the experiences they had the past few months through CAPS.
December 17, 2021
From admin assistant to teacher: One educator's journey to the classroom
Beth Smith's favorite parts of being an administrative assistant at Sunflower Elementary were interacting with students -- so much so that she decided to become a teacher.
November 19, 2021
Behind the curtain: 'Seussical' and 'The Little Mermaid'
After a year of pandemic limitations, full-fledged musicals are hitting the stage once again at Andover High School and Andover Central High School. AHS performs "Seussical," while ACHS performs "The Little Mermaid." In this episode, theater teachers, performers and tech crew members describe the shows and their feelings about performing once again in front of a live audience.
November 05, 2021
Starting with class: Highlighting outstanding new teachers
Andover Public Schools Horizon Award nominees Kari Schmidt and Madison Schmoll discuss beginning their careers in a pandemic, why they chose to be educators and their life experiences that prepared them for success in the classroom. Ms. Schmidt teaches first grade at Meadowlark Elementary and Mrs. Schmoll teaches band at Andover High School, Andover Middle School, Robert Martin Elementary, Cottonwood Elementary, and Wheatland Elementary. 
October 15, 2021