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The Shield goes online Click This; After months of anticipation, students finally have access online. Kyle Kavanagh

Web/ Design Editor One hundred years ago, the first car was built. Twenty years later, the Wright brothers gave us airplanes. Only forty years ago, a man was put on the moon. And once the 2009-2010 school year began, The Shield was online. After nearly six months of work, The Shield is proud to announce the opening of its online presenceandovershield. com. My vision came from my passion for the news. Each morning I wake up, brush my teeth, check facebook (of course), and go to CNN. com to see what has happened overnight. I remember asking myself, “ W h a t would I do without” It took no time to realize that with the expanding reaches of the media, I could not go a day without it. My goal became bringing The Shield to the Andover students not just every month, but all the time. The website will offer Shield readers a much more enriched experience, as well as access to con-

tent that may not have been included in the paper. The largest advantage to having this online presence is the ability to post an unlimited number of stories at any time of the month, and this is exactly what The Shield plans to do. Throughout the month, The Shield will be posting additional stories that could not be included in the monthly issue. This means that our content will always be changing and available to the public 24/7, rather than simply once-amonth. Remember an article that you really liked, but can’t seem to find it? With the new website, every article from this issue on out will be archived and searchable for your convenience. These are just a few features that extend our content from just a story. However, is much more than just an outlet for our stories. As a reader, you will have the ability to comment and respond to all of our stories, so whether you agree, or think we’ve got it all wrong, just leave a comment. Staff members can also post polls regarding local issues to gauge your feelings on the subject, before the issue is printed. In addition to this, now you can follow The Shield on Twitter at @andovershield. We will be updating this daily with school news, such as AHS sports scores and upcoming events. Features like these open the door for The Shield to communicate with its reader-base and will help improve our newspaper tremendously. So the next time you find yourself sitting around on facebook, logon to http://www. and check it out!

The state-ofthe-art website will offer Shield readers a much more enriched experience, as well as access to content that may not have been included in the physical paper.

PROJECT: Mandatory MYP unit   Excitement lights up his eyes as he sifts through the pile next to him.  Enthusiasm rings through his voice as he picks the best one.  Pride is reflected in his every word as  he shares his passion for something he truly believes in--the MYP Personal Project.    “[Because] school is practice for being successful later on,  this is just one more way [to get that practice], and it’s unique, it’s not like the other [school] experience.  I would venture to say that life beyond the school halls looks a little bit more like the Personal Project than it does the classrooms.”       Walking around the 52 completed projects on display at the first ever annual Personal Project Showcase last Spring, Rubel’s mind fast forwarded to this fall and the changes that could be made to better support the sophomores.      “We’re already an IB school that does the Middle Years Programme, and we wanted to do [the Personal Projects] for everybody, so we started to look at ways that we could make that possible,” says Rubel.  “The question became ‘well how can we better support this so that this becomes a part of the way we do things for sophomores here?’”      Full participation from the entire sophomore class is the biggest change; however, it is still uncertain to some if this involvement is required.  “Nobody’s ever answered the mandatory question yet. I think it’s more a matter of just trying to

get everybody to do [the projects] as opposed to mandating [them],” says English Department head Art Heymoss.    In response, Rubel says that after the research portion, the project’s completiton is optional for students.     “There are aspects that are mandatory, like doing a research paper, and then there are things that are going to be based on each student saying, ‘you know, I’m going to see this project through until the end.’ How far the student takes it, well that’s on the student.”    Rubel is hopeful the students will continue to work on the projects even after the grades are turned in.     “I believe in an optimistic way that kids are going to pursue it.  Fifty-two did last year and they didn’t even have the kind of support that we’re going to provide this year,”says Rubel.     Bringing the projects into the English classroom was the best avenue in providing assistance to students.    “I think the things we started to look at, and we sent out some reflections and got feed-back, were how we could continue to better support [the projects] now that we have even a better idea of what [the projects] look like from start to finish,” says Rubel.  “What we’re doing is not a whole scale change from last year.  It is better supporting the areas where kids need instruction. 

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photos by Maddie McIlhon During his third hour usic theory class choir teacher Bruce Snyder instructs Jared Elias on music theory. These eight students are the pioneers for a new class.

Budget allows new music theory class Bruce Snyder teaches AP Music Theory after many years of trying to create the class the budget allowed for it

Emma Enache staff writer

In a school year defined by budget cuts, it’s nice to know that the district is putting money into what matters: new, diverse course offerings. Thanks to choir teacher Bruce Snyder, Andover High School now offers an AP Music Theory course. “The opportunity was perfect—with the reorganization of the district this year, Everett ‘Tyler’ Cornwall and David Rohr, seniors, analyze music while listening to smooth jazz in their AP Music Theory class. I was put back into the classroom fullSnyder isn’t the only one who is happy time. But even though [Andover has] a much better to teach it in a strucreally good music department, with very tured class environment, with teach- the course is offered. Students who are involved kids, it’s sometimes hard to at- ers there all the time. That way, it’s taking the class are just as enthusiastic. Senior Heidi Kim is no exception. “I tract students to a class as specialized not as easy for students to slack off.” Even with those advantages to the AP thought it would be a really cool class as music theory, because they’ll sometimes want to take academics instead.” Music Theory course, it was unclear if to take—it gives you a better idea of the Some time ago, Snyder and fellow the district would let it go through or not. structure of music. It’s really interest“There’s a pretty signifi- ing--I’m learning what’s going on in my music teacher Robert Ambrose took turns teaching a regular We’re do- cant investment that the music, and figuring out why composhas to choose to ers write their music the way they do.” music theory course. Snyder ing a lot of ear district Her classmate Tyler Cornmake. They sent me to an even taught a music appreciation AP Music Theory institute wall is also happy it’s offered. course. Those supplementary training, and this summer, so they’re “I’m pretty serious about music, and any music classes were cut because we sight-sing picking up the cost for that, opportunity to learn more about it. We’re of diminishing funding or interand then there’s the cost doing a lot of ear training, and we sightest. However, interest hasn’t music. It’s a seemed to be much of a prob- great class; it’s of the textbooks, the com- sing music. It’s a great class; it’s fun.” As serious musicians who plan to puter materials, and things lem—not in the past, or now. fun. like that.” says Snyder. take the course in college, both expect “Three or four kids every year Mary Ellen Miller, the to take the AP exam , but unsure about had been taking [the exam] as an independent study project, so we vice president of the board of educa- one specific part of it: the sight-singing. “It’s definitely not second nacould track for a number of years that tion, asserts that the district is happy a small group of kids had always been to make investments in new classes. ture,” says Kim. But Cornwall has “What we’re trying to do is keep the a more optimistic take, “I’ll get the independently taking the AP. That convinced me that there was enough student money in the classroom. We always hang of it. I haven’t yet, but I will.” Snyder hopes that the class will coninterest to start designing a course.” want to offer more to our students Nevertheless, that indepen- and we’re happy to add new classes,” tinue to be offered in the years to come. dent study course wasn’t enough. she says, adding that as for the kind “We’re trying to expand it,” Snyder says, Snyder noted that those students of course--regular or advanced place- “so if you know any Lahser people interestwere successful, “but not everyone is ment, “those are the kind of decisions ed, then tell them. I’d love new students!” that independently motivated. It’s so that the district lets teachers make.”

Andover Shield September 2009  

The online publication for The Andover Shield newspaper from September 2009.

Andover Shield September 2009  

The online publication for The Andover Shield newspaper from September 2009.