High School News

Sept 15th - Principal Update

posted Sep 15, 2020, 3:04 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Hello Parents, Students, Guardians and Caregivers,

The 2020-2021 school year is upon us. We are excited to welcome our students back to learning for what is destined to be an adventurous year!
Please see this link for my latest update. This update contains the information that is needed to start the school year. Also make sure to watch my welcome video.

The September 15th update contains the following:
  • Video welcome from Mr. Jackson
  • Info on what students need to do to be prepared for the first day
  • Bell Schedule Information including a Screencastify Video by Mr. Jackson
  • Info on remote classes for the day we host SATs on Wednesday, 9/23
  • Link to NAHS Parent/Guardian Guide
  • Family Character Dare

Fall Sports Registration Deadline is Aug 21st

posted Jul 28, 2020, 6:45 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jul 28, 2020, 6:45 AM ]

The deadline to register for Fall sports has been extended to August 21st. See the Athletics Registration page for more details. 

Status of Senior Prom & Celebration of Graduates

posted Jul 12, 2020, 5:01 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Hello Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Graduates, 

As you may recall we had tentatively scheduled two additional large events for late July: Prom & a Celebration of the Graduates. While we were hopeful at the time that conditions may change to allow these two events to be held, we have recently been informed by Danversport Yacht Club that due to Massachusetts COVID-19 Phase III restrictions, they are unable to host the Class of 2020 Prom, so we must cancel the 2020 Prom. Additionally, after consultation with the Town of North Andover’s Public Health Department, we have made the difficult decision not to move forward with the proposed celebration of the graduates event tentatively scheduled for July --.  As outlined in the Town’s July 9 COVID Update,  North Andover has started to see an uptick in active COVID-19 cases and the Board is urging all residents to avoid large crowds and continue to practice social distancing. 

While it is certainly disappointing to all that these events will not be held, these decisions are not made lightly. We are sure that everyone understands they are made with the best interests of our students and families in mind. We do however, feel that the Class of 2020 deserves one culminating final event to celebrate your achievements. And so, with this in mind, we are determined to still bring you together in smaller, safer groups in accordance with phase three state guidelines and with the support of North Andover’s Public Health Department, for an informal event to receive yearbooks, your guidance folder and your graduation photo, resplendent with music, food and laughter!

Please see this link for the detailed latest update on the July events connected to the Class of 2020 and the details/reasoning behind the decisions.

  • Celebration of Graduates on Friday 7/24 has been adjusted to an informal event where only graduates will attend and receive yearbooks, guidance folders and graduation photos while being able to listen to music, enjoy some food and have fun with a portion of your classmates within the state guidelines and social distancing rules. (Weather Permitting) 
    • Graduates that are uncomfortable attending event due to health concerns to you or your family will be able to use car pickup to receive yearbook, guidance folder and graduation photo
  • Formal Event at Danversport on Saturday 7/25 has been cancelled due to state guidelines.

In closing, I hope you and your families are all doing well. Please continue to enjoy your summer. I hope to be in touch between 7/14 and 7/19 with any additional details on the informal event and the survey on attendance of the event.  I will continue to send messages to parents and students. Class president, Jack Muse will also send information via remind and social media. 

Please be well,

Dr. Gregg T. Gilligan  

May 10th - Principal's Update #27

posted May 13, 2020, 2:58 PM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated May 13, 2020, 2:58 PM ]

Hello Parents, Students, Guardians and Caregivers,

I’m reaching out midweek with a very specific update on our grading guidelines for trimester three and what is needed for a student to pass each of their courses. It is important to identify a clear and understandable target for students, parents and our teachers. In preparation, I’ve asked our teachers to begin to update their gradebooks.

Read more here: Principal's Update #27

May 10th - Principal's Update #26

posted May 10, 2020, 4:39 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Hello Students, 

Please this link for my latest Principal's Update #26. 

In this document you will find information on the following: 

  • Senior Student Graduation Info - Appointments Coming Monday 5/11
  • Thanks to our Parent Groups & Message from SOS Committee
  • Message from our SOS Committee
  • Athletics - Celebrations of Seniors

Please be well,

Chet Jackson

Principal's Video Update #24

posted May 5, 2020, 5:03 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Hello Parents, Guardians and Caregivers, 

Please see my video update below that follows the release of graduation plans from update #23 on Thursday 4/30. The update is directed to the students and families of the Class of 2020. However, all are welcome to view. 

To assist in viewing the video, I’ve broken it down with specific time cues for various sections underneath the video.

0:00 Introduction

1:20 Check-in on health within the community

2:53 Mr. Jackson’s struggles with assessing the current reality

5:13 Loss of control, hard and difficult times at NAHS from March to present

6:45 Empathy for seniors

7:14 The leadership of the senior class

7:55 Graduation plan is still on for 6/5 & 6/6

9:20 Importance of the Graduation Ceremony and 100% Inclusion

12:34 Hope and a New Event - Ceremony of Graduates on Friday 7/24 at 6pm

16:38 Senior preparation for events


Chet Jackson

April 30th - Principal's Update #23

posted May 4, 2020, 11:24 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Hello Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

On behalf of our senior class officers, senior advisors, senior class Assistant Principal Scott Young,  I would like to say thank you to all the seniors and their families for their patience as we’ve gone through this process to confirm a structure for events connected to the Class of 2020. As I mentioned in my last update, it was important to me as the leader of NAHS to get input directly from the seniors. The final product of events and possible events represents the consensus of the senior class officers, senior advisors and our administration. 

For the process prior to me making the final decision, the senior advisors and officers have been meeting regularly since the start of the health crisis. Mr. Young and I started joining the team for meetings on April 17th. We met four times to discuss opportunities, create the survey, review the survey results (summary of results) and come to consensus on events. I also had  ongoing communication with the Superintendent’s office. We brought our ideas and proposal to a larger Class of 2020 Events subcommittee made up of key school personnel including one of our school nurses, a few student officers, a few parents from our PAC and SOS, a member of the NAPD, a representative from NA CAM,  a representative from the youth center and a representative from our School Committee to review our proposal for events for vetting and feasibility. 

The Class of 2020 Event subcommittee will continue to meet regularly to coordinate plans, logistics, and implementations of any events. They will also assist in the promotion of the events and coordinating any volunteers that are needed. For all those looking to help we will have a survey out in the near future to gather specific information. 

To the Class of 2020

To our seniors, you have an amazing group of leaders. Jack Muse, Caleb Litster, Lillian Papell and Anant Shah have been tremendous to work with as they advocate for the wishes of your class.  The team of the officers and advisors, Mrs. McDonald and Mrs. Bentley is an absolute pleasure to partner with as we continue this journey. 

I mentioned back on April 1st that we will do everything in our power to make sure the closing events for the NAHS Class of 2020 are meaningful and memorable. Your advisors and officers have done their part in working with the school in setting the foundation for this to happen. I’m happy to be able to share with all of you the dates and events for your celebrations. We’ll be working out many details before each event.

Class of 2020 Events

Scholarship Knight - Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:30pm on NA CAM

We have partnered with NA CAM to prepare virtually for Scholarship Knight. We will be pre-taping the event to run on Wednesday 6/3. Our event coordinators are working with scholarship donors on videos that will be included as part of the presentation. Recipients will be invited to tune in at 6:30pm for the scholarship ceremony. The entire community is welcome to view.

Awards Knight - Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:30pm on NA CAM

Awards Day will turn to Awards Knight for 2020. We will be pre-taping the event to run on Thursday 6/4. Our event coordinators are working with Awards Knight presenters on video submissions to be included as part of the presentation. All of our students are encouraged to tune in at 6:30pm for the awards ceremony. The entire community is welcome to view.

Graduation - Friday, June 5, 2020 at 6:00pm on NA CAM

Seventy percent of seniors (233/330) responded to the survey. The dates that most, if not all, of our students are most available are June 5th and 6th. 49% of the respondents wanted graduation around June 5th and 6th. No other weekend in the future yielded more than a 27% approval.

We want all of our graduates available for the ceremony. Given the current state guidelines, the plan is to pre-tape the different components of graduation and put them together to be shown at 6pm. 

The survey also determined that the most important components were:

  1. Being with Classmates (79%) - Most difficult given the current guidelines

  2. Having my diploma handed to me (68%)

  3. Hearing name read (66%)

  4. Having family present (64%)

  5. Walking across the stage (62%)

  6. Being at the HS (51%)

Rather than having the seniors send in a picture in their cap and gown, we decided to plan a more personal touch with the presentation of diplomas that would satisfy the items highlighted from the survey in the previous paragraph. We will work in the safest way possible with respect to the current guidelines.

  • The Presentation of Diplomas

    • Graduation stage will be set up in the gym in mid-May.

    • NA CAM will be recording and a professional photographer will be present

    • Schedule each student (over 7-10 days) in mid to late May to come to NAHS and allow immediate family to accompany the graduate, up to 8 people. 

    • Seniors will wear caps & gowns. Depending on the delivery date, caps & gowns will either be delivered directly to students prior to their appointment or ironed and distributed in a staging area

    • Immediate family would go to a designated place to take a picture

    • Senior class officer and School Committee representative are on stage

    • Senior class officer reads name and student walks across stage to receive diploma

      • We’ll take guidance from the Board of Health on if a handshake is appropriate as well as whether the diploma will be handed directly to the student or if the student will pick it up off the table

    • Graduate takes a photo with immediate family in front of stage

    • Graduate and immediate family leaves through designated exit

    • Repeat with next student

  • Chorus: Mrs. Durkin will work with the choir students on recording a video of the national anthem and an additional song

Band: Mr. Smalley will work to submit a recording of a piece to be played during the ceremony

    • A recognition of our students entering the military will be played during one of the National Anthem. 

  • Speeches: The five speeches (Class President, Valedictorian, Saludetorian, Superintendent and Principal) will be recorded at agreed upon times toward the end of May at the graduation stage 

  • NAHS Staff: The staff will also have a special addition to the ceremony that they will be working on over the next few weeks

The ceremony will be edited together and produced by NA CAM in time for a review of the product. Knowing there are additional details to finalize, I wanted to be as specific as possible with you at this time. 

Car Parade - Saturday, June 6, 2020; Time TBA

As stated in the survey, the most important component to seniors was being together. The event that could involve the community the most while allowing the seniors to be together in a socially distanced approved way is a car parade. We have several details to workout on this so that it is safe for drivers and possible viewers. The Class of 2020 subcommittee including the North Andover Police do believe that we can make a route work in order to hold this event in the safest manner.

It will involve some strict guidelines to be done in a safe manner. A team from our subcommittee will be working on the details over the next few weeks. 

Events Dependent on Social Distancing Guidelines Being Eased

  • Informal Event at NAHS - Friday, July 24, 2020; Time TBA

  • Formal Event at Danversport - Saturday, July 25, 2020; 6:00pm - 10:30pm

    • Buses TBA

**The events are scheduled tentatively in July. They will be cancelled if the social distancing guidelines are not in place for us to attend on the scheduled day.

**The senior class will be in touch for specific interest around both events in the near future. 

Class Dues

Our senior class advisors have all the information related to class dues. We will be confirming plans and associated costs to the Car Parade and Formal Event at Danversport Yacht Club. Our partners from the SOS Committee are also working on a plan for the Class of 2020.  The health crisis has affected a number of families financially. We will be supportive of any student that may need financial assistance to attend a Class of 2020 end of year event. Class dues go toward yearbook, cap, gown, SOS event and end of year events. As we communicate with SOS on their plans, finalize the Car Parade and the interest in the formal event at Danversport, we will make an assessment on the class dues. Should a portion of the dues need to be refunded, we will work with Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Mealey on the process of how to issue a check.

Next Steps for Seniors

  • Finish strong! Complete your assignments connected to Remote Learning

  • Check your school email daily as it is the primary use of communication

    • Complete any survey or form that is sent to you from a class officer or administrator

      • Upcoming survey on Senior Intentions coming Friday, May 1st from Mr. Nugent

      • Upcoming survey on events listed above

      • Information on scheduling appointment time

  • The official last day of school for seniors is Friday, May 29th

  • Your official last day of remote classes is Friday, May 22nd

    • My leadership team is working on a simple alternative for any school days between May 26th and May 29th.

    • A portion of you will be coming into the HS during that period to walk across the stage for graduation filming.

  • Make sure you have any textbook, uniform or any other item connected to NAHS.

    • We would like you to bring any missing items in a bag with you when you come for graduation filming

    • There will be a separate communication in the future about the retrieval of essential items at NAHS.

I hope that reading the possibilities gave you a burst of excitement about the future. The members of the Class of 2020 Events subcommittee are committed to shaping these events so they are special for you and your families. The Class of 2020 will go down as the most resilient graduating class over my tenure in North Andover. I’ll have more to share during my speech to the class at graduation. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a teacher, counselor, administrator or support staff member if you need any assistance.

Please be well,

Chet Jackson

April 26th - Principal Update #22

posted May 4, 2020, 11:23 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Hello Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. As you are aware, Governor Baker announced that all Massachusetts schools will remain closed through the end of the school year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. We will continue remote learning through the end of the school year. 

Class of 2020 Events

Although the announcement was somewhat expected, the news of this extension of the closure was disheartening to me, our staff, the community and especially to our seniors. We are actively discussing ways in which we can celebrate the traditional end of the year events like graduation. I have been working collaboratively with the senior class officers, senior class advisors and senior class Assistant Principal, Scott Young to discuss options for the senior class. Together we developed a survey to gather input directly from the Class of 2020. I’m sending the survey directly to the senior students via their school accounts. The survey is due no later than Tuesday at 12pm. The class officers will be using their multiple social media accounts to prompt seniors to complete the survey as well. It’s extremely important to me to get input from the seniors directly to guide their experiences. My goal is to have a solid plan in place in advance of graduation. The celebrations may look different than the past, but we are working hard to go above and beyond for this senior class. We are still planning on having our Scholarship Knight and Awards Day in some type of virtual/remote setting with the assistance of North Andover CAM. We will do our best to produce a great send-off. I plan on having an update within one week.

Class of 2020 Events Subcommittee Formed

I’m finalizing a Class of 2020 Events Subcommittee made up of key school personnel, a few student officers, a few parents from our PAC and SOS, a member of the NAPD and a representative from NA CAM to coordinate plans, logistics and implementations of any events. They will also assist in the promotion of the events and coordinating any volunteers that are needed. We know many of you are willing to help. I’ll be in touch with a contact or contacts for any needed assistance once we’ve had our initial meetings. We are planning on having our initial meeting this upcoming week. 

Spring Athletics

We are saddened for our senior athletes, their friends, their families and our coaches on the cancellation of the spring season. Everyone has put in so much work to prepare for their final season. All of our students are missing out a chance to represent themselves, their families and our school. Our Athletic Director, Laura Habacker is communicating with our spring coaches on ways to recognize our seniors and spring teams. We will be in touch with any additional information in the future. 

We also keep in mind our other co-curricular clubs and activities that may be dealing with adjustments or cancellations of end of the year celebrations. The effects of Covid-19 run deep into our school system. 

Retrieving Items Related to NAHS

The closing of the building for NAHS for the school year brings with it some added challenges.  Some of those challenges are:

  • NAHS receiving textbooks, library books, athletic uniforms...etc

  • Students returning to the building to gather belongings from lockers, instruments...etc

We are working with the Superintendent’s office to put together a plan to do these things safely and within the social distancing guidelines. Please know they are on the radar but we do not have a specific plan as of yet. We’ll be in touch with additional information in the future. 

NAHS Library & Town Library Online Teen Book Discussion:

On Wednesday, April 29th at 2:00pm our Librarian, Laura Harrington will be joining the Stevens Memorial Teen Librarian, Amy to celebrate National Poetry Month. They will be hosting an online celebration of books written in verse. Students that are interested can ask for a google meet invitation can fill out this one question google form. Mrs. Harrington is available for anyone needing help in finding or accessing a book. 

Please be well,

Chet Jackson

COVID-19 District Updates

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:11 AM by Brooke Randall

Please view the following link for the latest NAPS District updates from Dr. Gilligan:
All Coronavirus/Covid-19 NAPS DistrictUpdates

Principal's Update #16

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:06 AM by Brooke Randall   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 7:08 AM ]

  The following link contains the most recent NAHS updates from Principal Jackson:   Principal’s Update 16 - Shared on March 13, 2020

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