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Volume 16, Issue 14


Andrews Academy's

Official Newsletter

October 7, 2022


Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month we have been enjoying presentations during chapel. Today (Friday), there was a special assembly led by the Hispanic students. It began with students marching in with a flag representing the Hispanic country they are from. Following this, Ms. Gracie shared about the various Hispanic languages as well as games that so often bring individuals from different countries together. For the remaining portion of the assembly, students were divided into eleven groups. Each group of students then participated in various traditional games of Hispanic countries. These games were led by AA’s Hispanic students. 


It was a fun interactive assembly in which students enjoyed playing traditional games and getting to know each other better. Playing games together enhances our unity, which was the theme for the month. To end the assembly, a traditional treat, arroz con leche (rice pudding), was given to each student. 


Thank you, Mrs. Silvestre, for organizing the entire month of activities and this special assembly. And thank you to the Hispanic students for leading out in these activities.

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PSAT Testing Information & Senior Preview Day

This Wednesday, October 12


All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSAT test next Wednesday, October 12. The regular schedule (lunch and classes) will resume at 12:00 PM.


Grades 9, 10, and 11 students will take the PSAT/NSMQT that morning from 8:00–11:30 AM. The PSAT, when taken in a student's junior year, is a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. We encourage our students to familiarize themselves with the test by taking practice tests online by visiting


On the morning of the test, students should arrive by 7:45 AM. Students arriving after 8:00 AM will not be allowed to sit for the test. Please arrive on time. 


If your student wishes to participate in the PSAT testing, they will need to test on-site. There will not be a make-up PSAT testing date this school year.


Grade 12 will be at AU that morning/early afternoon for Senior Day. Your sponsors will give you more information. Following that, seniors should return to AA for the remaining afternoon classes.

Orchestra class will not meet on October 12.


If you have any additional questions, please contact me at

Ms. Leslie Nieves
Guidance Counselor | Andrews Academy


Career Seminars & Fair

Next Friday morning, October 14

On Friday of AA's alumni weekend, there will be a special Convocation for our students. The speaker will be Christiana (Atkins) Howell from the class of 2012. She is Mr. Atkins' daughter.

Following the Alumni Convocation, sixteen AA alumni will hold Career Seminars, sharing about what they do, the education needed for their career, and more. There will also be a Career Fair in the gym. No classes will meet at AA during that time. The regular school schedule will resume at 11:10.

Students, please click on the link to sign up for Career Seminars. Give your top three choices, although you will only attend two seminars and the Career Fair.

Deadline Extended: If you do not sign up by Tuesday, October 11, you will be assigned to two seminars.

Please contact Mrs. Meekma in the front office if you have any questions.

Career Seminar Sign-Up

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 on Wednesday, October 26, will be from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Conferences on Thursday, October 27, will be from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Online signups will open this Tuesday, October 11.

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.


When online signups open, please go to to sign up 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.


SAT Testing at AA

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

Ms. Leslie Nieves
Guidance Counselor | Andrews Academy


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.


You must use your email to sign up on the links below. Also, please come the dates that you have selected to be present. If you did not fill out a form, it is still OK for you to attend. This just helps Mrs. Mills know who is planning on being a part of the group. 

  • Flag Football (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

  • Women's Strength Club (Thursdays)

  • Fitness Center Open Gym Sign up (Mondays/some Tuesdays)


Shydepoke (flag football games against alumni) is scheduled for next Saturday, October 15, at the AU field starting at 8:00 PM. The girls game will be first, then the boys will play. Please contact Mrs. Mills for more info.

Flag Football Form
Women's Strength Club Form
Fitness Center Open Gym Sign Up

SA School Spirit Week

This week (October 3-7, 2022) was School Spirit Week. Each day had a different emphasis. Monday was “Grandparents Day,” Tuesday was “Class Color Day,” Wednesday was “Christmas Day,” Thursday was “Tie-Dye Day,” and today (Friday) was “Faculty Day.” A lot of creative outfits were worn each day! Thank you all for your great school spirit as we had a fun week of special days.

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Senior Class Cookie Dough Fundraiser Continues

Seniors would like to continue to sell the unexpected extra cookie dough we received last school year. The remaining cookie dough containers can store for more than a year in the freezer. They have been kept frozen since December and are available for anyone interested in supporting the senior class by enjoying fresh cookies. Each container can make 30 cookies. We are selling them at a discounted price of $10. Please stop by Atkins’ classroom to pick some up, or contact any senior who would be happy to pick one up for you. We only have chocolate chunk available.


Chapels this Week

This week, we continued with Hispanic History Month. As we have for the last couple of weeks, our chapels began with some trivia on Hispanic cultures and languages and followed with a praise song in Spanish.

On Monday, we had Jose Sanchez speak to us about tombstones—he asked students, “What does the ‘hyphen’ [on the tombstone] in your life say?” He encouraged students that no matter how dark the “hyphen” may seem right now, that there is hope in Christ who makes us “new creations” (2 Cor. 5:17).

On Tuesday, we heard from Dr. Janet Ledesma, who spoke to us about her personal testimony surrounding how she got her name. She recalled hurtful experiences growing up when she was bullied for struggling with English, but how she grew more confident thanks to one of her teachers who told her she was smart. “What is your heart willing to do to include someone today?” she asked, urging students to embrace students from different backgrounds.

On Wednesday, Pastor Rogelio Paquini told students about how he got his name from his grandmother—and how he struggled with his name because people could not pronounce it. “It messed with my identity,” he admitted and said it felt difficult to belong. But, he shared that we are part of a family, the most amazing family in the universe—the family of God—where you will always feel like you belong.

Thursday’s speaker was Roy Bournissen, who is studying music at Andrews University. He shared how he is from Argentina and asked students what makes up their identity and why it is important for them to know who they are. After receiving responses, he concluded, “We are the saved children of God.”

On Friday, we held an assembly to further highlight Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating with fun cultural activities.

More photos on FB

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.

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


Alumni Reunion 2022


Alumni, we hope that you plan to attend the reunion next Sabbath, October 15. Alumni Convocation and Career Seminars on Friday are for current students.

Shydepoke Survey
Reunion Information
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

Sponsored by PMC Parents. More information coming soon.


RAD Self-Defense Class

Led by the Berrien County Sheriff's Department

Who: Ladies ages 12 & up

Wonderful for mother/daughters, girl's evenings, and any lady who would like to learn some potentially life-saving methods of self-defense.

When: October 17-19, 2022
5:30-9:00 PM
Food will be provided.

Where: The Community Center at the Stevensville Adventist Church
6657 Stevensville-Baroda Rd
Stevensville, MI

Cost: Free (donations welcome)

Space is limited, so sign up ASAP! Reserve your spot by October 13 by texting Jen Lemon (269-340-2264).


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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