Principal Conrad has plans to improve the atmosphere within the school community and also pushes to make it a greener environment.
Mr. Conrad, the new principal of Andover High School, wants to improve the school in many ways, beginning with the student’s way of learning. He wishes to make advancements in “how the curriculum [is] written so that students have input and choices.” He also plans to change how curriculum “is delivered so that classes become student centered and not teacher driven.”
This may sound like a fairly simple concept, but to be well executed it will require cooperation and time from both students and teachers. Ms. Gupte, a biology teacher and head of recycling club at AHS, said that Mr. Conrad can assist in making this idea a reality by, “motivating students and helping teachers get organized.”
One strategy Mr. Conrad has employed in bringing about positive change is leading by example. According to Mr. Conrad, this consists of “[modeling] the behavior we want so that it becomes the new normal. Sort of like saying ‘Hi’ to everyone in the morning as they enter the school.” He believes that little changes like this will make a big difference.
Another goal of Conrad’s is to make Andover High a greener and more environmentally friendly school. “I’d like to see our school be cleaner,” he said. “Our custodians do a great job getting it ready for us, but I am not sure that we all see it as a shared responsibility to keep it clean, and treat it with respect.” Mr. Conrad believes that if more students take an active role in this aspect of AHS, it will yield significant results.
Gupte touched on this topic as well by saying, “ If we do not have the volunteers then we do need support from somewhere else and people need to put stuff in recycling and not in the trash because putting it in the trash is not good for the environment.” However, she also thinks the principal is taking strides in improving this by “supporting all these things.”
Both Gupte and Conrad have briefly mentioned the idea of a school wide clean up day.
By Molly Aumais