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Volume 16, Issue 15


Andrews Academy's

Official Newsletter

October 11, 2022


Andrews Academy's Adopt-A-Highway Program

At Andrews Academy, we try to promote a culture of service as part of our co-curricular program. On Sunday (Oct. 9, 2022), a group of biology students gathered together and picked up eleven bags of garbage at the on and off ramps of US 31 going into Berrien Springs as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. AA has sponsored these ramps for a number of years. The volunteers helped with this project during their Sunday of a long weekend! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Izdebski for volunteering with the class so that we had enough supervision. The state requires a 3 student to 1 adult ratio for students who volunteer on the Adopt-A- Highway program. We accomplished a lot in the two hours of this service project!

As we departed at the close of the project, a student commented, "This was fun—we should do it more often."

Thank you students for volunteering on your long weekend and coming with a positive attitude to accomplish lots to help our community.


PSAT Testing Information & Senior Preview Day

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12


All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSAT test tomorrow, 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 8:00–12:00 PM. 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 their 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

This 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 today, 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

Paying for College 101 & FAFSA Night

This Monday, October 17, 6:30 PM

Seniors and their parents: We invite you to join us for a presentation on Financial Aid where you will receive one-on-one help on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and answers to questions you might have about Andrews and college in general. Multiple financial advisors will be on hand, ready to help.

Chromebooks will be provided, and we recommend that seniors also attend so that they can log in to the Chromebooks.

We ask that you have your child's social security number and your 2021 taxes readily accessible. The meeting will be held in the Commons of Andrews Academy. Light refreshments will be served.

Ms. Leslie Nieves
Guidance Counselor | Andrews Academy


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, and conferences on Thursday, October 27, will be from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Online signups are now 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.


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 this Saturday night, October 15, at the AU field. Players meet on the field by 7:45 PM to get organized and for the national anthem. 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

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 next 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


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.


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.


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 this 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

Andrews Academy

8833 Garland Ave Berrien Springs, MI 49104