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Volume 16, Issue 18


Andrews Academy's

Official Newsletter

October 25, 2022


Sophomore and Senior Vespers and Activity

More than seventy sophomores and seniors enjoyed an evening of hay rides, outdoor games, supper, and worship by the campfire this past Friday night. Members from both classes led in energetic singing by the campfire followed by each of the class sponsors sharing a short testimony from their lives. Vespers and activities like these are part of the co-curricular programs of Andrews Academy. It’s not only a spiritual and social program for the students, but also an opportunity to develop leadership skills as class officers planned and ran the evening in consultation of their sponsors. This time the senior class invited the sophomores to join them for this program. We would like to thank the Busch family for once again opening their home for an AA vespers for all to enjoy. (Oct. 21, 2022.)

More photos on Facebook

This annual event is this Saturday evening, October 29, from 8:00–10:00 PM. AA students are invited to attend, and they 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. This Friday afternoon (October 28) classes will be canceled for everyone, and Dining Services will not provide lunch that day.




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.






AA band will perform this Sabbath, October 29, at PMC, providing music for both services. 


Call Time - First Service: 8:00 AM on the platform. Leave cases in the music room downstairs and arrive on time to start warm up and sound check at 8 AM.

Attire: Full concert dress, including black dress shoes and black socks, black bow ties, and cummerbund.

Percussionists: Remember that you are on duty, and responsible to move your instruments back and forth from AA to PMC—especially after second service. You are responsible for making sure all the percussion equipment comes back to AA complete and undamaged. You will, of course, need help from other students, but you must plan to be present and helping every time we move percussion instruments.

Everyone else, we need all hands on deck to move instruments, stands, music folders, set up, and clear everything after the second service. Sign-up sheets will be available on Wednesday.


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 tomorrow, 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. Please bring a lunch if you did not sign up
for the AU boxed lunch.


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 should bring a lunch if they did not sign up for the boxed lunch from AU. 

Freshmen 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.

National Merit Website

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


SAT Testing at AA

This Thursday afternoon, October 27 (during Parent/Teacher Conferences).

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.

Please bring an approved calculator:

Ms. Leslie Nieves
Guidance Counselor | Andrews Academy




Tuition payment #3 is due today, 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:


Community Service Church & Activities

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.


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.


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

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 via the QR code/link. Payment can be either via Cash app included in registration, or in person at AA on Friday directly after school on October 28 & November 4. Registration will close on November 6.

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

Andrews Academy

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