School Happenings

RAISE Updates by School: 


posted Apr 27, 2017, 4:16 PM by Michael Motherway

    • Student Council led by advisor Conor Meehan coordinated students to plan and run tours of our building during a successful 7th and 8th grade parent night.


            *Wrestle ‘Lympics  - An annual fundraising event for the

Best Buddies® North Andover Chapter that features exhibition wrestling matches between special athletes and varsity standouts. Youth and high school divisions will compete on the center mat under the lights at the North Andover High School gymnasium, with all the fanfare of a traditional wrestling match. Best Buddies® is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Junior Jack Perry and his family have worked to coordinate this event.  The event celebrates all of our RAISE values!




            *Relay for Life - Twitter @relayNAHS2016

Seniors Becca Riedel, Shannon McElroy, and Emma Bielicki are planning and coordinating an event for NAHS on 2/26/2016 and 2/27/2016 in our Field House.  It is our first relay in North Andover.  The event is to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  It consists of the following:

  • Organized, overnight community fundraising walk

  • Teams of people camp out around a track

  • Members of each team take turns walking around the track

  • Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie

  • Family-friendly environment for the entire community




*Our National Honor Society Members continue to offer a Peer Tutoring Service to our students.  

*Academic Development Center - The ADC, room 1003, is open for business. Send us your test/quiz takers, your unorganized students, those in need of access to computers, students who would benefit from extra help in their academics, or just need a quiet place to get their homework done. Guidance please send me those in need of credit recovery.


Peer tutors from NHS will be there from Monday- Thursday, 2:15-3:15 p.m. On collaboration days, tutors will be available from 1:00-2:00. While students do not need to stay the whole hour if their work is done, we do ask that the students arrive promptly at2:15 so that the tutors are not waiting around.


Their schedule is as follows:

Monday: Math

Tuesday: Science

Wednesday: Language/Writing

Thursday: Math


Special thanks to Donna Cody and NHS Advisor Cait Flanagan!


posted Apr 27, 2017, 4:15 PM by Michael Motherway

    • Stacey Foster had reached out to the Richards family (as Gilly elected me to do). I think Gilly thought it was Nathan that was doing some volunteer work at Thomson but it is actually his brother. I spoke with the brother and told him to have Nathan contact us, explained why, and he said he would pass the message on to his mother but that Nathan was at college and not sure if he could do it (?). I am happy to continue efforts if this is still an interest of BRC....if so, I might have to do a little undercover operation to obtain Nathan's contact info unless Gilly could assist.


*Our "buddy bench" was officially installed this week. We held grade level meetings to discuss the purpose and mission of the buddy bench. The kids are super excited!

*Holiday coat drive is in full gear.

*We had a wonderful Veterans Day assembly honoring our service men, and this year the Exchange Club honored Gilly for his service honoring veterans.

*Our grade level meetings with Guidance this month have focused on the theme of kindness and inclusion. The students watched a short Pixar clip called "For the Birds" and discussed the video then broke into small groups to brainstorm alternative responses that demonstrated our RAISE values.


posted Apr 27, 2017, 3:24 PM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 3:25 PM ]

-Students, staff, and parents broke ground on the courtyard garden project this past Sunday. Three raised garden beds were built and filled with loam for the first stage of this project.
-Thanksgiving food drive currently going on school wide
-Annual "Turkey Trot" to take place next Wednesday
- In curriculum and instruction news, the NAMS teachers have rewritten the NAMS Habits of Learning 2015-2016  in more simplistic language for both students and parents to better understand.   Our ultimate goal is to weave learning habits into daily instruction as much as we can in order for students to make direct connections between their habits and their own learning.  Teachers will be communicating to parents through class emails with more details.
-Thank you to all of the parents who collectively donated their time, items and funding to update the faculty room kitchen:   Doug Small from DE Small Electric, Chris Rivet Construction, Joe Mento from Mento Plumbing & Heating, Paul & John DiSalvo from Pridecraft Inc, the Mastromonaco family, the Determan Family and the Murphy Family.   Follow this link for more  PTAC News


posted Apr 27, 2017, 3:22 PM by Michael Motherway

    • On October 23rd we had our monthly RAISE assembly in which we formally introduced School Resource Officer Cara Caffrey to the students and staff at Sargent School.  The Assembly focused on RESPECT. Officer Caffrey was part of a skit that the 4th and 5th graders performed.   They answered questions about what Respect looks like and why it is so important.  It was also the inaugural performance of 23 staff members, also known as  the “RAISE ‘EM Up Dancers" who gave a rousing dance routine in true Aretha Franklin style asking for a little... "R-E-S-P-E-C-T!" It was a fun event for all!  


Our RAISE Assembly on November 3rd was special treat students and staff. During the assembly, local artist Rob Surette focused his Art performance on ACHIEVEMENT.  His unique painting show was a wonderful example for all of the kids and staff to learn about perseverance and hard work being factors in true Achievement.  It was an  “electric” event for all! This event wonderful event was sponsored by our very generous Sargent School PTO and NASEC.


We continue to do our Friday morning "SHOUT OUTS" recognizing behaviors that reflect RAISE.


The 20th Year Birthday celebrated Sargent School and the completion of our three year Playground build! We also thanked the many people that contributed to our success. Their "Service" to Sargent School was celebrated.  Our RAISE Assembly was outside with our new Playground as center stage!We were excited to have the NAHS Choral group and the drum line join us as well!  


posted Apr 27, 2017, 3:22 PM by Michael Motherway

* Service Project: Candy donation to the military through USO (filled 22 WB Mason boxes)

* Veteran’s Day Assembly: Officer Adrian Cuevas from the NAPD who is also a veteran came to the assembly and spoke about R.A.I.S.E. and how the students’ service is much appreciated.

* Fifth grade is decorating a “Fall into Service” bulletin board that records the service they engage in at home.

* “Wall of Honor”- the whole school received a star and had the opportunity to complete it for any veteran or acting service man or woman in their family. The stars were then designed into a flag and this sign of respect continues to hang in the front lobby.

* The whole school is currently participating in the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Coming up:

December Holiday Show (Respect, Achievement, and Inclusion)- the whole school participates by sharing learned songs and poems about holidays around the world.


posted Apr 27, 2017, 3:19 PM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

Atkinson Elementary has been focused on ways we can "Amaze with RAISE" this year (that's our slogan for 2015-2016). We've celebrated students' hard work in class and with behavior at our All-Star Assembly. We've had two rounds of Landry Lessons with each grade level; topics have included school rules and the differences between friendly, mean and bully behaviors. Mrs. Good, a fifth grade teacher, organized a whole school rally in support of our NAHS Knights just before the Homecoming Game. The football players and cheerleaders talked about how RAISE values impact their efforts on the field and in the classroom. Another school event was the Apple Crunch Day with Dr. Price and Smolak Farms. Students and staff came together to simultaneously bite and enjoy a locally grown product, an empire apple. RAISE buddies are paired up across the grade levels at Atkinson this year, so our younger students can form relationships with our older and wiser student-leaders. Finally, we just completed our student council election for RAISE Representatives in grades 3-5. 18 boys and girls will be engaged in tasks that build responsibility and demonstrate service to the school and community. At Atkinson, we are always looking for new ways to Amaze with RAISE. We hope you all are having an awesome time, as well. :)

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