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Principal's Message

The bittersweet taste of another end to the school year is what May brings ...we enjoy a host of fun, memorable, emotional activities followed by saying goodbye to our new alumni - the Class of 2017.  The year has been magnificent - almost too good to come to a close.  But as those of us who never left high school after three decades, we succumb to the realization that each year has a beginning and an end.

May starts with the fun of Andrewfest.  Three days of celebration of a great year including games, music, food, and - ideally - great weather.  The Andrewfest crew tries to invent new ways each year to make things interesting - but it is always a great way to spend time with friends and faculty.  At the end of the week, we have our final assembly.  This assembly allows us to recognize outstanding accomplishments from throughout the year, send off our retirees, and have some fun as well.  We also raise a great amount of money for St. Baldrick’s!

In May, we have several events that showcase our immensely talented fine arts programs.  On May 3rd, our Art Show opens with an evening reception showcasing over 100 pieces of art from our outstanding artists.  If you cannot make it to the opening, you are welcome to stop by throughout the week to view these amazing pieces.  Also, on May 9th and May 11th, our choir and band concerts conclude their seasons - of which they have much to celebrate.  Additionally, they say farewell to their colleagues who are graduating - noting their contributions and efforts over the past four years.  This year, we even have an event on May 10th for our Dance II Showcase featuring student led choreography and performances.

On May 17th, our Class of 2017 is recognized for their outstanding academic, service, and co-curricular resumes.  That night, thousands of dollars are handed out by local businesses, alumni, and memorial scholarships.  It is one of the finest events we have and we love to recognize our students, but also helping them start off on great footing for the next phase in their lives.

And there is Graduation - May 24th...I can never truly look forward to this event.  The Class of 2017 has contributed so much to VJA in their time, I cannot show my appreciation enough.  They are a remarkable group in many ways, and getting to know them has been a truly amazing experience.  Each class graduates with a noted characteristic - and this year is no different.  They have reached rarefied air with their desire and ability to help others.  The amount of time, energy, and fundraising led by these kids has been record-setting.  Months prior to graduation, they shattered the service learning hours accumulated.  On average, each member of the class will have volunteered over 80 hours EACH! 

I am going to miss them, as will our teachers, coaches, sponsors, and support staff - nothing but the best to the Class of 2017!

As always, I am proud to serve you and the Andrew Community - please let me know if there are questions or feedback at any time at

Robert Nolting




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