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Volume 16, Issue 17


Andrews Academy's

Official Newsletter

October 21, 2022


Dear AA Families,

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever will be.


This is one of my favorite hymns. I love this song because it is relevant for both our past, present, and future. Our God is faithful!


As we continue through the semester, I want to provide you with information that will help you navigate through the semester.


Below are some important items:



The recent vendor was unable to supply our uniform needs. For this reason, we have decided to use a different vendor. Starting in November, parents and students will be able to order uniforms from Land’s End. Please keep in mind that orders are to be placed directly with Land’s End. Andrews Academy is not responsible for orders placed. The link and order information will be provided soon.


Academic Dishonesty

Please encourage your child to seek help in subjects that are challenging. Cheating is never an option. Luke 16:10: “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Please review the Sourcebook regarding academic dishonesty.


Anti-Bullying Policy

Because we should treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated, any type of harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, or other legally protected characteristics, will be considered entirely out of place at Andrews Academy. Slurs, jokes, and verbal or physical intimidation are inappropriate. Teasing of a demeaning nature, comments that may be interpreted as insults, put-downs, and sexually suggestive statements are unacceptable at any time or place. These behaviors constitute violations of our citizenship code. Students are encouraged to report any incidents of harassment, directed at them or someone else, to their teacher or to someone in administration. The school will use all legitimate resources available to protect the dignity and privacy of students, and to protect them from predatory behavior. This includes any form of cyber bullying.


Baptismal Classes and Bible Studies

If students are interested in participating in Bible studies or baptismal classes, please contact me at


Penny Arcade

This annual event is next Saturday evening, October 29, from 8:00–10:00 PM. AA students will be joined by area 7th & 8th graders to enjoy games and food, all for just pennies.


Students are encouraged to sign up to help set up on Friday starting at 12:00 PM. Friday afternoon (October 28) classes will be canceled for everyone, and Dining Services will not provide lunch that day.


Community Service Church & Service Opportunities

The annual Community Service Church happens on Sabbath, November 12, at 11:30 AM. Families are invited to attend the church service at AA along with their child. Following the service, lunch will be provided. Then students will participate in various community service opportunities.



Thank you all for your continued commitment to Seventh-day Adventist Christian education. God is blessing Andrews Academy. Tomorrow four of our students will be baptized. We praise God for their decisions.


Pastor Mario Ferguson
Andrews Academy


Painting Class

Andrews Academy offers a number of different art classes. This semester painting is being offered. Mr Zechariah Ray, local artist and AA alumnus, teaches this class. It is great to see artists developing their skills in this class.

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AA chorale will perform tomorrow, Sabbath, October 22, at PMC, providing music for both services. 


Call Time - First Service: 8:00 AM on the platform.

Call Time - Second Service: 11:20 am in the youth chapel. 

Attire: Complete concert outfit, including tuxedo, black dress, black formal shoes, and black socks. 


Bible Study

Rescheduled for November - watch for more information


Date TBA. AA Library from 3:00-4:00 PM. The topic is The Character of God. Everyone is invited: just bring your Bibles, highlighters, and an inquisitive mind.


Reminder: Feast of Lights Cover Art Entries

Due this Monday, October 24

Students interested in submitting their drawing of the nativity scene should turn in their entries no later than this Monday, October 24. One drawing/digital file will be selected by the faculty and will be featured on the cover of the Feast of Lights program. The winner will be awarded a $100 prize. 

You may turn in your drawing or digital file to Dr. Gallardo (, or to Mrs. Meekma at the front office, if needed.


Please plan for Parent/Teacher Conferences via Zoom on October 26 & 27. School will dismiss at 12:00 PM on both days to accommodate the conferences. Conferences this Wednesday, October 26, will be from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, and conferences this Thursday, October 27, will be from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Online signups are open.

If things are going well for your child in their class, please do not feel like you have to make an appointment with the teacher. If you would like to, you can make an appointment, but making an unnecessary appointment will result in fewer appointments available for those that really need to have a conference.


To sign up online, please go to and complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the form (please use full parent and student names). 
  2. Select a time for your conference.
  3. Click the “Add to Cart” button.
  4. Click the “View Cart” button to view your scheduled time.
  5. Click the “Submit Order” button to save your appointment.

These steps MUST be done for EACH appointment.


In your confirmation email, you will receive the teacher’s Zoom information.


If you need additional help to schedule via mobile device or PC/Mac, please click on a video tutorial link below.

  1. How to schedule a conference using a mobile device
  2. How to schedule a conference using a PC/Mac

We encourage students to attend these conferences with their parent.


Please note that only full-time teachers are listed. Contract and college/dual enrollment class teachers aren't listed. If you have a desire to conference with a contract teacher, the office will be able to provide you with contact information. College teachers must be reached through the University. The band/strings teacher is listed when available as she teaches for RMES as well.


If spots are filled or there is not a time slot that is workable for you, please feel free to email the teachers through the FACTS portal and schedule an appointment that works for both of you.


We look forward to meeting with you.


Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule

This Wednesday & Thursday, October 26 & 27

School dismissal is at 12:00 PM.
No hot lunch will be served on Wednesday.

On Thursday, 9th graders will take the PSAT test in the afternoon. Those who are signed up for the hot lunch program who would like a boxed lunch for Thursday should sign up by Tuesday, October 27, at 2 PM.


Wednesday, October 26, 2022
(AM Classes Meet)


Thursday, October 27, 2022

(PM Classes Meet in AM)


9th Graders - PSAT Test

Due to technical difficulties, we had to postpone the PSAT 8/9 test to this Thursday, October 27. Students who are signed up for the lunch program and would like to receive a boxed lunch from Dining Services will need to sign up by this Tuesday, October 25, at 2:00 PM. Otherwise, you would need to bring your own. 

Students will be dismissed from class at 11:25 AM to eat lunch and will need to report to their testing classroom at 11:55 AM to begin their test. The test should be completed by 3:30 PM. If the student is absent, there are no options for retakes.

I encourage students to get adequate rest the night before and to have a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

The test is a great way to practice for the PSAT NMSQT where students have the potential to be National Merit Scholars.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Ms. Nieves

National Merit Website

SAT Testing at AA

We still have room available for AA seniors and juniors to participate in SAT School Day at AA this Thursday afternoon, October 27 (during Parent/Teacher Conferences). Please bring $60 (checks made out to Andrews Academy) to the office to sign up.

Students who are taking the SAT at AA are excused from their classes that morning only if they are present for the test that afternoon. They must be in the Bible classroom at 1:00 PM. If you do come for the whole day, please bring a lunch or sign up for a boxed lunch if you are signed up for the lunch program.

Please bring an approved calculator:

Ms. Leslie Nieves
Guidance Counselor | Andrews Academy


Senior Pictures & Ads for Yearbook

Senior pictures are needed for yearbook, class night, and the class composite to be hung in the AA Commons. Yearbook will need your senior and baby pictures by today, Friday, October 21, 2022.

Please send an electronic senior picture (JPEG) to the yearbook team ( You do not have to go to a professional photographer for this picture, but please make sure you follow the picture requirements below. If not, the yearbook team may request that you send an alternative.

Pictures for both the yearbook and senior ads must adhere to the following requirements:

  • In color
  • Picture from waist up (not entire body)
  • Portrait/vertical mode (not landscape/horizontal)
  • Attire per AA guidelines—no sleeveless shirts or bare shoulders, no low cut or cropped tops, no jewelry
  • High-resolution JPEG (at least 4x6, 300 ppi resolution)

Baby Photos

By the same date (October 21), please submit a baby picture as well. The baby picture will be used by yearbook as well as for senior bulletin board and class night purposes. Please submit a high-resolution JPEG baby picture. If you cannot scan the picture, you may bring the baby picture to the yearbook staff, and they will scan it for you.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email Ms. Kim at




Tuition payment #3 is due on or before this Tuesday, October 25.


Concerto Night

Saturday, November 5, 8:00 PM, Howard Performing Arts Center

Andrews Academy is delighted to present the 11th Concerto Night on Saturday, November 5, at 8 PM, at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. Five outstanding young musicians will perform a movement of a concerto accompanied by the Andrews Academy Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Elsy M. Gallardo-Díaz. 

Featured students this year are as follows: Jasmine Patterson (Vivaldi Winter from "The Four Seasons"), Karan Chun (Haydn Violin Concerto No. 1 in G major), Ana Slavujevic (Mozart Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major), Lora Baker (Lalo Symphonie espagnole), and Nathaniel Miller (Beethoven Piano concerto No. 3 in C minor).

Come and support the soloists. Invite family and friends!

FREE admission.


Junior Preview

Sunday, November 6, & Monday, November 7, at Andrews University


All juniors are required to attend. If everyone attends, then the class will receive $700, which is a good  fundraiser.


Juniors will register at lunch at the cafeteria at 12:00 PM on Sunday or at the welcome program at the Howard Performing Arts Center at 1:30 on Sunday. Don't be late. Attendance will be taken. Find Mr. Wright or Ms. Ivonne for attendance.

Juniors will not be staying in the dorms.

Contact Mr. Wright with any questions:


Volleyball Tournament: Tuesday, November 15, at 5:30 PM.

Now that flag football intramurals are over, we are moving forward onto the next events in the PE department. 

1. We have had six weeks of the Fitness Center being open and available on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 PM. The challenge has been that no one has accepted the opportunity to work out. Please, take the time and opportunity now that it is turning cold to enjoy what is available to every student at AA by using the Fitness Center on Mondays. The link to sign up so we can prepare ahead of time is below, but it is not necessary.

2. The Women's Strength Club is still going strong, and I would really like to thank Mrs. Case for providing her expertise and experience in coaching and training the females of AA. This opportunity is still available for those that would like to join on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Fitness Center. Again, you can sign up on the form below, or just show up ready to receive coaching from a certified Personal Trainer.

3. The next all-school event is the AA Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, November 15, starting at 5:30 pm. The gym will be open for teams to start practicing for the tournament on Tuesdays and Thursdays in November leading up to the event. If you are interested, please use this link on the form to inform me of your interest. 

  • Women's Strength Club (Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM)

  • Fitness Center Open Gym Sign up (Mondays/some Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM)

  • Volleyball Practice (Tuesdays & Thursdays starting in November)

Fitness Center Open Gym
Women's Strength Club

School Musical: Save the Date!

AA's production of Fiddler on the Roof opens December 3, with two additional shows on the 4th and 5th. You won't want to miss it! Tickets will be on sale beginning November 1. Stay tuned for additional information.


FACTS or Andrews Username Log In Help

If you need help logging in to FACTS or help with your Andrews user name/email and password, please contact Mrs. Meekma ( in the front office.

You can find your schedule, grades, etc. on FACTS. New students, if your username hasn't been set up yet, come to the front office for help.


This annual event is next Saturday evening, October 29, from 8:00–10:00 PM. AA students will be joined by area 7th & 8th graders to enjoy games and food, all for just pennies.


Students are encouraged to sign up to help set up on Friday starting at 12:00 PM.Friday afternoon (October 28) classes will be canceled for everyone, and Dining Services will not provide lunch that day.


Chapels this Week

Our chapels this week featured a wide variety of speakers and praise leaders. 


Monday’s speaker was Mrs. Murphy, freshman Lily Murphy’s mother, who invited students up to the stage to do a blind taste test and describe what they were tasting to another blindfolded student. She did this with the purpose of reminding students that it is not easy to describe God without first experiencing Him. 


On Tuesday, Pastor Lindsey Pratt brought out a pair of glasses to ask students whether or not they are wearing their “eternal glasses.” She made a connection with Revelation chapter 5 and concluded by claiming verses 9 and 10— “...with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth” (NIV). 


We heard from Loveth Ekpendu, junior, on Wednesday, who testified about the power of prayer. She recalled a recent harrowing experience, where her mother—back home in Nigeria—was kidnapped and how she, along with family, friends, and church members, prayed continually about her safe return. All praise to God as her mother was returned to her family—a miracle!—unscathed and uninjured. 


Thursday’s speaker was Elisabeth Jeroncic, sophomore, who brought her adorable dog, Leo, to accompany her as she told a story about how her family came to adopt him and also how sometimes, her relationship with Leo as his owner, is similar to that between God and us—how He is waiting for us at the finish line. 


Rothschird Dangervil, currently studying at the AU seminary, was our speaker for today. He took the well-known verse—John 3:16—and “dissected” it into 3 segments: probation, payment, and promise. He assured students that God’s love extends to everyone, even those who they think might not deserve it.

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Remember: If you would like Friday's lunch, those who are signed up for the lunch program must request it each week by Wednesday at 2:00 PM. The sign-up sheet will be at lunch or in the front office. (This week, Thursday's boxed lunch must be signed up for by Tuesday at 2:00 PM.)

To sign up for the lunch program or add funds to your student's account, please contact Andrews University's Dining Services at or call 269-471-3161. The Dining Services Office is located on the first floor of the AU Campus Center.

Monday–Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

2022-23 Calendar*
2022-23 Year-at-a-Glance Calendar

* There are options to subscribe to the 2022-23 school calendar on our website.


Junior/Senior Banquet

Sunday, November 13, at 5:00 PM, PMC Youth Chapel
Tickets: $15 per person

All juniors and seniors wishing to attend must register. Registration will open the beginning of next week.

Sponsored by PMC parents. Email Erica Hippler ( with any questions.


Mondays - Thursdays:
7:40 AM - 4:00 PM

Fridays: 7:40 AM - 2:00 PM

2021-22 Sourcebook
Faculty & Staff Contact Info

Main Office:

Registrar/Class Schedule:

Guidance Counselor:


Students, please report positive COVID tests, symptoms, and exposure to COVID at the link below. Thank you!

COVID Reporting

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