Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 17, 2013

Education Notebook

The Andover Townsman

---- — Fall Festival at Horizons Brickstone

Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool at Brickstone hosts its annual Fall Festival featuring an afternoon of festive fun on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the office park at 400 Brickstone Square.

The event is open free to the public. There will be opportunities to pick and decorate a pumpkin from the center’s own pumpkin patch, build a scarecrow with family and friends and make caramel apples. Everyone will enjoy graham crackers and apple cider, too.

For more information, call 978-475-7122, email or visit

AHS Marching Band Bottle Drive

Andover High School’s Golden Warrior Marching Band is holding its Fall Redeemable Bottle and Can Drive on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at West Middle School, 70 Shawsheen Road.

Only redeemable bottles and cans will be accepted. All proceeds will support the AHS Marching Band.

NECC to host College Fair

Northern Essex Community College is once again hosting the New England Association of College Admission Counseling Fair on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill.

Approximately 150 colleges and universities from around the country will be participating in the free event, which is co-hosted by the Greater Newburyport College Night Association.

The fair offers a chance to connect with college admissions counselors, says Jill Palermo, Northern Essex’s Enrollment Services. Anyone who is considering college is encouraged to attend. For a list of colleges and universities scheduled to participate, visit / For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 978-556-3735 or

AHS Parent Advisory Council talks `Risky Business’

The Andover High School Parent Advisory Council meets Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at the high school, Shawsheen Road.

The featured presentation will be “Risky Business.” Co-sponsored by the Health Advisory Council, the program will include Mary Ann Gapinski, school health nursing advisor for the state Department of Public Health in Boston, and Enid Watson, director of screening and early identification at the Institute of Health and Recovery, who will talk about assessing current trends and meeting needs for at-risk youth at Andover High.

For more information on the presentation or the Parent Advisory Council, email

Local woman joins private school staff

Tricia Schwartz of Andover has been hired as a high school science and math teacher at Clark School, a private school for kindergarten through grade 12 in Danvers. She previously was an adjunct professor of mathematics at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire, an algebra and physics teacher at a start-up school for gifted children in Melrose, and a chemistry, physics and math teacher at Sparhawk School in Amesbury, She also worked as a tutor in chemistry, math and test prep in Andover and spent five years homeschooling her two children.

Schwartz has degrees in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.


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