Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

Education Notebook


The Andover Townsman

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Young Audiences of Massachusetts presents its annual Artist Showcase on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Pike School, 34 Sunset Rock Road, Andover.

Area arts coordinators, parents, teachers, administrators and librarians are invited to view the arts organization’s educational programming available for students.

The event will feature performances and workshops by more than 40 professional artists and ensembles designed to provide an overview of the organization’s programs, which aim to foster creative learning and address national and state curriculum standards.

Young Audiences of Massachusetts is a statewide nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to making the arts an integral part of every child’s education. It presents programs in schools, libraries, museums, hospitals, homeless shelters and for community organizations.

Admission to the showcase is free. Registration is required. Visit www.yamass.org or call 617-629-9262, ext. 303.

Zumba fundraiser for AHS cheerleaders

Instructors Kelli LaVita and Brian Considine lead a Zumba Fitness Class to raise money for Andover High School cheerleaders on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Andover High School field house, 80 Shawsheen Road.

This Latin-inspired dance class is appropriate for all fitness levels and features easy-to-follow moves and exhilarating music. All are welcome. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, contact Catherine Haut at cathaut@gmail.com.

Admission open houses at St. John’s Prep in Danvers

St. John’s Prep in Danvers is holding admission open houses on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 and 11 a.m. as well as noon and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.

Seventh- and eighth-graders and their families will have the opportunity to learn about the academic programs at the Xaverian Brothers-sponsored secondary school for male students in grades 9 through 12, explore co-curricular opportunities and take a student-led tour of the school’s 175-acre campus. Faculty, coaches, parents, current students and some representatives of the school’s clubs and organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

All open house sessions will begin in Brother Benjamin Hall on the campus at 72 Spring St. To register in advance, visit www.stjohnsprep.org/visit.

St. John’s also offers the Eagle for a Day Student Shadow Program for current eighth-graders interested in spending a day on campus attending classes with Prep students. The shadow program begins on Oct. 17 and runs through March. To learn more, contact the Office of Admission at 978-624-1301 or go to www.stjohsprep.org/shadowday.

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