The Andover Parent Bulletin
May 6, 2011 News, Events, & Announcements for Andover Parents
Faculty breakfast

On Monday morning, faculty were greeted by fresh coffee, bagels, pastry and a fabulous fruit display provided by the PSPA. As you can see in the picture, the Faculty Room table, usually used for grading papers, reading the Phillipian, and displaying notices, was transformed into a beautiful breakfast feast. On behalf of the faculty, thank you to the PSPA for this special treat!
Fun at All-School Meeting:
Please watch the May 4 all-school meeting on the Parent Portal. This annual faculty entertainment show is a cure for rainy-weather doldrums. Every day we encourage the students to step outside their comfort zone, try something new, develop confidence and find the joy in life. This week’s ASM was a chance for the teachers and administrators to practice what we preach. If laughter is the best medicine, we administered much more than the daily dose. No prescription necessary.
Independent Health Check Survey:
On May 18, Phillips Academy students will take the Independent Health Check Survey. The survey is largely derived from the Youth Risk & Behavior Survey (YRBS), a nationwide survey of high school students regarding their health habits and risk behaviors. The standardized survey was modified slightly to include questions that are specific to student life at boarding schools such as ours and delete questions that are not applicable. Our sister boarding schools are administrating the same survey this spring, which will allow us to compare our students’ responses with other similar student populations. In addition to collecting information concerning adolescent drug and alcohol use, this survey will provide us with information about our students’ emotional well being, sleep patterns and sexual behavior. Over the next few months, we will review the findings of the survey to see what implications they have in terms of our student support services and our current health education program. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Max Alovisetti, Co-Chair of the Community Health Team at
Grandparents’ Day, May 14th
We look forward to welcoming grandparents and their families to campus on May 14th for our annual Grandparents’ Day celebration. This special day is filled with opportunities for grandparents to experience some of the Academy’s academic and educational outreach programs while visiting their grandchildren. View the schedule and registration form on PAnet.
Athletics Focus Meeting, May 19th
The Phillips Academy College Counseling Office annual Athletics Focus Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 PM in Kemper Auditorium. The meeting is geared toward parents of lowers and uppers, but all parents are welcome to attend.

Tina McDavitt, Tufts Head Women’s Field Hockey Coach, and Paul Pearl, Holy Cross Head Men’s Hockey Coach, will be on hand to speak about the college athletic process and answer questions of student-athletes and parents. The program will run until approximately 8:30PM.

If you have any questions, please contact the College Counseling Office at (978) 749-4150.
Commencement Gifts:
PSPA is selling two cherished graduation gifts and the deadline to order is now! The PSPA uses the proceeds of all sales to support student initiatives.
  • Phillips Academy Charm: 3/4-inch charm engraved with the Phillips Academy non sibi seal on the front and 2011 engraved on back. Visit the PSPA store for more info and to order online via credit card. To pay by check, download the mail-in order form.
  • Senior DVD: Professionally produced video of 2011 Prom and Graduation. Also includes coverage of other key events such as Andover/Exeter Day. Order now for July delivery. Watch the promo of the 2010 DVD. For more info, download the Senior DVD order form.
Phillips Academy has partnered with Collegeboxes to provide a solution for students who need to ship or store their belongings over the summer. Collegeboxes will pick up items at the end of the school year, place them in storage and deliver them to the student’s dorm room just before the beginning of school. Collegeboxes offers online account management and 24/7 customer service so you can sign-up and get answers when it’s convenient for you. Please go to for more information. To sign up, choose Schools Served, click on Massachusetts, then Phillips Academy Andover. We recommend signing up as soon as possible. If you have any questions, contact Collegeboxes or Claudia Scofield at Phillips Academy at 978-749-4175 or
Upcoming Events:
  • Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7
    Educators’ Conference: “Sharing Best Classroom Practices: Context for Change” (See Andover Website. Registration required.)
  • Friday, May 6
    U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, 7:00 PM, Kemper Auditorium
  • Thursday, May 12
    PSPA Meeting, 7:00 PM, Kemper Auditorium
    Topic: Lessons Learned from the College Application Process
  • Friday, May 13, 7:00 PM
    Susan Conley ’85 reads from her memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune, OWH Library
  • Saturday, May 14
    Grandparents’ Day
  • Thursday, May 19th
    Athletics Focus Meeting , 7:00 p.m., Kemper Auditorium
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