Andover Elementary showcases a love of learning

Children bowled each other over, climbed the walls, played the recorder and made music with Orff instruments. Miniature scientists unearthed isopods, artwork adorned the hallways and families enjoyed an ice cream social.

 With a keen eye and much determination, Ella Krause, a kindergarten student, places plastic gears in working order, then watches them turn with ease and efficiency. Ella was visiting the Inquiry Room during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event May 2. Photo by Sue Austreng
With a keen eye and much determination, Ella Krause, a kindergarten student, places plastic gears in working order, then watches them turn with ease and efficiency. Ella was visiting the Inquiry Room during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event May 2. Photo by Sue Austreng

Boundless energy and creative activity filled the schoolhouse during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event the evening of May 2.

The eclectic turn of events highlighted lessons in artwork, science, physical education and more, and hundreds of students and their families stopped by the school to take it all in and celebrate education.

And, for anyone eager for refreshing treat, $1 ice cream was served in the school cafeterias.

All the money collected from the ice cream social will be used to purchase trees and bushes as part of an outdoor learning environment currently being created on campus in partnership with Tree Trust’s environmental education program.

And so, showcase night isn’t just to show families what students have already accomplished. It’s about enhancing learning opportunities and hinting at what’s to come.

“This is such a great night – so much to see, so much to do, so much to look forward to. The kids love it. We love it and it really shows how fun learning can be,” said third-grader Joe Winter’s mom, a satisfied showcase visitor.

Sporting her own screen-printed Andover coyote T-shirt art teacher Gretchen Wensman prints dozens more for Andover Elementary School students stopping by the media center during the May 2 Andover Showcase event. Helping Wensman is third-grade teacher Rebecca Millard. Photos by Sue Austreng Andover Elementary School third-graders made puppets, fashioning them after athletes, cartoon characters, celebrities, politicians and more. Proud young artists – first-grader Jared Wills, second-grader Jackson Judkins and fifth-grader Joe Wills – pose with their creations while touring Andover Elementary School during the school’s Showcase event May 2. Placing slender metal tubes just so, second-grader Paige Hale prepares to play a make-shift xylophone in the Inquiry Room (aka science room) during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event. With a keen eye and much determination, Ella Krause, a kindergarten student, places plastic gears in working order, then watches them turn with ease and efficiency. Ella was visiting the Inquiry Room during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event May 2. Peering through a magnifying glass, kindergartner Ethan Chuinard discovers a litter of isopods hidden in the soil. His discovery was made when he visited Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event and stopped in the Inquiry Room (aka science room). Anthony Pardo is bowled over when his classmate, Luke Dehnicke rolls a plastic bowling ball across the gym floor, aiming to knock down the pins set before him. Anthony and Luke were goofing around as they demonstrated the “art of bowling” during Andover Elementary School’s May 2 Showcase event. A climbing wall inside Andover Elementary School’s intermediate gymnasium brought the school’s Showcase event to another level.
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Anthony Pardo is bowled over when his classmate, Luke Dehnicke rolls a plastic bowling ball across the gym floor, aiming to knock down the pins set before him. Anthony and Luke were goofing around as they demonstrated the “art of bowling” during Andover Elementary School’s May 2 Showcase event.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]