The Atkinson Elementary School is a vibrant learning environment growing with positive energy and effort. Our school community embraces the philosophy and goals of North Andover Public Schools through its mission statement and academic expectations.
Our mission is to cultivate a respectful community of engaged learners, insightful thinkers, and effective communicators.
Built in 1964 as a neighborhood middle school and named for Frederick Atkinson, a local doctor and school committee member, our elementary school provides care and challenge for all students each and every day. You'd never know that the school is celebrating its 50th anniversary judging by its appearance inside and out.
Atkinson School is the “Home of the All-Stars," but it’s also the birthplace of our town's RAISE values: Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service & Empathy. Our students are encouraged to be high achievers and productive citizens and to “RAISE and Shine” everyday! Atkinson teachers present our children opportunities for academic and social-emotional growth that build on our community values and beliefs.
We all expect our 430 students to be the all-stars of today and tomorrow; good and smart people who lead by example. As a community of teachers and parents, we'll be RAISE-ing the bar as high as we can for our children in developmentally appropriate ways on academic, social and emotional learning for years to come.
Please review this calendar if you have a child in grades 3-5. These are important testing dates in the spring. We've revised the original dates slightly. Thanks for all the help preparing the students for these test sessions!
We've adjusted the lunch times for students this year. Within a 45-minute timeframe, students will have a lunch and recess block. Please send in a snack each day even if your child buys a lunch at school. Thank you!
Atkinson is a designated "Targeted Assistance" school through the Title I grant. Please read Mr. Gilligan letter on the matter.
Atkinson Elementary School 2014-15
School Spirit Activities
Thank you to the PTO for the awesome book fair this month! The students really love finding new and interesting things to read. We’ve had so many activities taking place and so many of you in as “mystery readers” during Read Across America Week. Thank you for sharing your time with the students! Recently, our RAISE REPS planned another spirit activity and fundraiser for a worthy local cause. We held our third annual shooting contest in the gym. For $1 donation, students got to take ten shots from a comfortable distance. Grade level shooting percentage winners were recognized during the halftime of our annual staff vs. 5th grader basketball game. Earlier in the year, our RAISE Reps scheduled a spirit day for the whole school. They called it Fancy Friday! Students had fun dressing up with ties, dresses, suits, and low heels. Lunches included table-clothes, battery-operated candles, napkins and etiquette lessons for all grade. It was awesome and we are looking forward to another day like this later in the year.
I can happily and proudly report that the Atkinson students did very well on our most recent MCAS testing last spring. Our students showed moderate to very high growth in ELA and Math. Our math CPI target was exceeded and was the best improvement in the district. We put a lot of attention on our math instruction and into our MCAS prep last spring. The number of students performing at a level that is “proficient” or “advanced” in the content area increased. We are also judged on the growth students make year to year on MCAS. Fourth and fifth grade scores that were reported in September had “student growth percentiles (SGP)” noted along with their performance level (Warning, Needs Improvement, Proficient, Advanced). Third grade scores will not have SGP because it is the very first year they’ve participated in state testing. Thanks for taking the time to help at home to ensure that the kids were well-rested, fueled up and ready to show their knowledge and skills. Teachers in all grades, especially those in grades 3-5, are putting in their very best effort to prepare the children. Please see the link to the 2015 spring MCAS testing calendar above.
Mother Son Jammin' Fun Dance
Please click on the link to our PTO for information on our next big fundraiser, the districtwide dance on Friday, March 27th. London Long and His B-Boys are making a return for breakdancing lessons and for participation in the various contests throughout the night. We hope you can make it!
Please check out our reading blog for some helpful information to support your young reader at home. Thanks to Mrs. Ohrn for building the site! Atkinson Readers Blog
Thank you, PTO!
Our very generous Parent Teacher Organization presented the entire student body with new RAISE tee-shirts celebrating the school's 50th year. We distributed them prior to an All-Star Assembly so we could be together and in color... students were a sea of lime green in the cafeteria! Staff and alumni were also gifted with adult-sized gray colored shirts to wear. What a memorable treat for our community of learners! Thank you, PTO!
Updates on Routines
Please review the principal's message above related to morning and afternoon arrival and dismissal routines. Thanks for your support!
8:10am Students may arrive at school. Supervised morning recess.
8:25am The bell rings and students enter school.
8:35am Students are officially tardy for school. Parent/guardian must sign in.
3:00pm Students are dismissed from school. Supervised patrols by staff.
Dismissal Plan 2014-15
Thank you for printing out and completing the dismissal form (linked on this page) for the first day of school or whenever a long-term change happens. It is very important that your child (and we) know how he/she is being dismissed each day. We have 3 patrols for dismissal: cafeteria (car pickup, Kids Stop, Parker/Main St. walkers), playground exit (Mass. Ave. walkers), gymnasium (bus riders). If you cannot print out the form, it is imperative that you write a note for your child's teacher or visit the front office for any other time when your child's dismissal plan changes. Thank you very much for your attention to this form.
RAISE Surveys Results
During the months of March and April 2014, 281 students (70% of our student body) in grades K-5 participated in a RAISE Survey from home. We were looking for students to do it independently so that we could get feedback directly from them on how we can improve the school. We asked some basic questions on RAISE, but also asked for them to apply their knowledge of those 5 key values. The upper grades had more items to think about, which included questions on bullying and communication preferences. Both the K-2 and 3-5 groups were given the chance to comment on any aspect of the school that they would like to cheer for or change. The Atkinson staff and the districtwide BRC-RAISE committee will review these survey results as we work to improve our lessons around social-emotional learning. Thank you all for your help with these important community feedback tools!
Some of what we learned: Students demonstrated a strong understanding of the meanings and applications of our 5 RAISE values: Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service, Empathy. The large majority in grades 3-5 believe that RAISE helps them be better people. Over 90% see RAISE in action around our school consistently. Most all who responded consider the values before taking action in school. Empathy is the hardest value to demonstrate based on survey data. In the upper grades, there are misconceptions about what bullying is. Only 50% of the students surveyed got the definition of bullying right, which means that we must do more work to educate the student body to clear up the difference between intentionally mean behavior and bullying. Most students don't think bullying is a problem in school based on their current perception of the term. 92% stated that they feel safe at school; we will be working to identify and help the 8% who feel differently. In the K-2 and 3-5 surveys, there were many insightful and/or emotional comments about the goings-on at Atkinson. One read, "I think our school has great teachers and great students. I love Atkinson School. I also think that we do lots of fun and creative things that other schools don't." The K-2 open responses keyed in on how much they appreciate certain students in their classrooms who demonstrate RAISE values everyday.
Thank you so much for your help with our school causes! Because of your purchases, the Atkinson PTO is able to support Enrichment Programs at our school, as well as, provide teachers and staff with supplemental funding to support classroom needs beyond what is covered by the school district.
RAISE Magnets for Sale
If you'd like to own one of those snazzy RAISE magnets that you see on cars across town, see Mr. Landry. Each magnet is $5 and proceeds go directly to the Building Respectful Community/RAISE committee for use on activities and programs that impact social-emotional learning in North Andover.
The Elementary School Handbook
A copy of the new Atkinson Elementary School Parent and Student Handbook is posted on this page and on the side menu to left. The elementary handbook has a great deal of information that I hope you’ll find useful. In the handbook, you will find entries on attendance, birthdays, food safety, homework, health, PTO and our code of conduct that is directly linked to RAISE. Some handbook items apply only to adults while others should be read or shared with your child. It should take no more than 30-minutes to review the entire handbook. As we work to make fewer copies and to promote the use of our school website, I encourage you to download the handbook from the link below, although hard-copies of the handbook will be available in the Atkinson office and/or can be sent home at your request. Our goal is to have all children and families aware of our school procedures and policies. As the practices and policies around school conduct are updated this year to link to our work with Responsive Classroom training, we will certainly let you know. Thank you all for your time and support!
Car Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
Please re-view the document linked on this page for clarification. It highlights our general procedures in the morning and afternoon around cars and children. It is very important that you read and follow the guidelines listed on the linked pages so that we can get students to school on time and safe while avoiding traffic jams on the main roadways. In the afternoon, it is also important to follow the dismissal routes so that students are dismissed in an orderly and safe manner. The system breaks down when we have people take short cuts around the procedures. Thank you very much for your cooperation!
Lunch Program Info
Elementary school lunches cost $2.50 this school year. Milk only is $.65. Lunch snacks are offered to kids in grades 3-5 for $.75 each. Students are also eligible for free/reduced lunches based on family income. Please send in those forms ASAP. The School Lunch Program will again offer a “point of sale (POS)” debit system at the Atkinson School this year. This system eliminates the need to give your child school lunch money on a daily basis-we try to collect money from home on Mondays.
Title I School Letter
Please take a few minutes to read the letter from our Assistant Superintendent, Gregg Gilligan, about our school's access to Title I funding and support (linked on this page).
Responsive Classroom Parent Brochure
Please see the link above for some important information about the Responsive Classroom approach that's been adopted at Atkinson School. Please ask your child(ren) about their experiences with morning meeting and about their "hopes and dreams" for the school year.
Please make sure your child’s health records are up to date. The State mandates that health forms for any new student be completed prior to entry into the school. Please present your child’s health records to the secretary and nurse as soon as possible. Thank you!
If you are curious about what your child may need for a grade level at the beginning of the year, please see the supply list linked above. Please do not feel obligated to provide any of these materials. It's just a guide in case you want to pick up a few things at Walmart or Staples as your child starts looking forward to his/her school year. :)
New Family Orientation
If you couldn't join us in August for our introduction to the Atkinson Elementary School, please see the slideshow found in a link on this page. We welcome all new families to school prior to day one so that there is some familiarity with surroundings and school procedures.
Placement Input Letters
Before the end of June each year, our grade level placement teams will be meeting to discuss data that will help us create class assignments for students entering grades K-5. The placement procedure is an involved and thoughtful process. Factors we consider for placement into balanced groups include academic effort and achievement, gender, as well as social relationships and learning style. Our goal is to create classes balanced academically and socially to meet each and every learner's needs.
The mission of North Andover Public Schools is to cultivate a respectful community of engaged learners,
insightful thinkers, and effective communicators.
It is the policy of North Andover Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, age or disability in its education programs, services, activities or employment practices.
Atkinson Elementary School is located at:
111 Phillips Brooks Road | North Andover, MA 01845 | Phone: 978-794-0124 | Fax: 978 794 2454