High School News

Student submissions for Art Show due by May 16th

posted May 9, 2017, 6:32 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated May 9, 2017, 6:39 AM ]

Submissions made here:  https://goo.gl/4mDowY

A Night of Art & Jazz - May 19th

posted May 9, 2017, 6:13 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated May 9, 2017, 6:14 AM ]


Parent Letter March 22, 2017

posted Apr 14, 2017, 9:24 AM by Michael Motherway

Dear Parents and Guardians:


Perhaps like us, you both love and loathe cell phones.  For high schools, they can occasionally be useful in the classroom, but they can also be a tremendous distraction and a significant intrusion on teaching and learning.  With the serious work that goes on in NAHS classrooms, we saw the need this year to reset our school-wide practice around cell phone use.  It seemed unrealistic to revert to a school-wide ban, so we began a process with students to draft realistic and shared norms.  These norms would help faculty be consistent and purposeful with classroom use and would help students understand healthy use of personal electronic devices.  We also believed that the more student voice in the process, the more our students would own the changes.  Hence, our Student Council met many times to draft a policy revision, which gained faculty approval.  We are now piloting the new norms during Trimester 3.


I ask parents to take a look at the policy draft linked above.  First, you will see the great work of our NAHS Student Council.  We also welcome parent feedback since this is a draft plan.  Second, any support and reinforcement of our efforts at home would go a long way.  As you will read, the policy prioritizes face-to-face interaction and a productive learning environment by establishing boundaries for electronics use.  Our goals are for students to become smarter and more respectful cell phone users; to recognize boundaries around when and why they can or cannot use their electronics; and to experience classrooms where they do not instantly feel compelled to respond to a ‘ping.’  On that note, it is worth reminding parents that for most of the school day, students’ cell phones are stowed away.  Therefore, please do not expect an immediate student response to a parent communication.  We recognize that parents certainly may need to communicate with their students during the day, however - gentle reminder that the fewer parent texts or calls sent, the less distraction for learning.  And as always, in the event of a family emergency, you can call the NAHS main office, 978-794-1711 to ensure immediate contact with your child.


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A few other happenings at NAHS:


PowerSchool grades - Trimester 2 grades will be available the evening of Friday, March 24.  Reminder that NAHS teachers will update grades / assessments on PowerSchool approximately every 2 weeks.  


MCAS Exams - The annual state-required exams are upon us, and each is a graduation requirement.  Here are the dates: 3/21-23 English for all 10th graders; 5/16-17 Math for all 10th graders; 6/6-7 Biology for all 9th graders.  New students and some other students will also sit for these exams.


Course schedules 2017-2018 - We are doing all the internal work to prepare course schedules for the next school year.  Please see the attached helpful graphic that shows the next steps in the process.


SOS - Senior post-graduation party sponsored by parents.  Keep sending in your 12th graders’ permission forms.  About 1/3 of our seniors have turned in their forms so far, so thank you to those who have.  If your senior has not turned in the form, completed and signed by both student and parent, please have them do so at the April 5th Advisory.  Students received the forms in February, but blank forms and the collection box are in the main office.  We will also collect these forms in Advisory on April 5.


Town voting - On Tuesday, March 28.  Student parking will be partially restricted on this day.  Students are encouraged to carpool or get dropped off.


Early release - 1:15 p.m. release on Wednesday, March 29.


As always, thank you for supporting NAHS students and faculty in the many ways that you do.


Sincerely,


Deborah Holman

Interim NAHS Principal


Course Registration Process

posted Apr 14, 2017, 9:17 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 9:23 AM ]


Revised Exam Schedule

posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:38 PM by Michael Motherway

NAHS Community:


Due to the two snow days, the schedule for our trimester 2 exams is below.  

  • Exams will be held Thurs 3/16, Fri 3/17, and Mon 3/20.  Dismissal times below.

  • Trimester 3 begins on Tues 3/21.  

  • For all sophomores (and some other students), the MCAS English exam will be administered the mornings of Tues 3/21, Wed 3/22, and Thurs 3/23

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Thursday 3/16

7:43-9:13 - period 1 exam

9:33-11:03 - period 2 exam

11:08-12:00 - period 5 CLASS

12:05 buses, no lunch


Friday 3/17

7:43-9:13 - period 3 exam

9:33-11:03 - period 4 exam

11:10 buses, no lunch


Monday 3/20

7:43-9:13 - period 5 exam

9:33-11:03 - makeup exams

11:10 buses, no lunch


Tuesday 3/21

Trimester 3 begins

MCAS English Language Arts exam for all sophomores


NAHS Robotics Team 8568F headed to VEX Worlds 2017

posted Mar 13, 2017, 6:18 AM by Mike Motherway   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 6:30 AM ]

The North Andover High School Robotics Program is proud to be representing our community at the


2017 VEX Robotics World Championship

Louisville, KY April 19-22, 2017

Check out our Go Fund me page for more information

Parent Letter March 3, 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 7:16 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 7:18 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Greetings from NAHS.  We have entered that post-February vacation time of year, and I always find that from now until year’s end tends to fly by.  There are so many great activities, performances, creative student initiatives, exchange trips, and exhibitions that come to fruition this second half of the year.  It is also a busy time for state and national exams like the MCAS and Advanced Placement exams.  To keep you updated, I would like to share a few kudos, reminders, and dates:


  • Congratulations to all our winter athletes.  In particular, congratulations to our state championship boys wrestling team. Our boys basketball won the Merrimack Valley Conference, and we had tournament berths for girls and boys basketball, as well as girls and boys hockey.  Cheerleading qualified for their regional competition, and the boys swim team won the Merrimack Valley Conference sportsmanship award.  In addition, our winter athletes had many other individual accomplishments.

  • Keep in mind that spring sports teams start on March 20, and the registration deadline is March 15.  Please see the athletics page of the NAHS website to register.

  • Congratulations to our Robotics Team who qualified for the regional competition.

  • Bon voyage and good luck to the many students participating in wonderful travel/learning trips in March and April, both global and domestic.  These include American history students and teachers to Washington D.C., our DECA business students to the regional competition in Boston, a group of students and Mrs. Morley and Ms. Newman who were invited to a Global Student Conference in Peru, our music students going to the Festival of Gold in Los Angeles, and our German students and Ms. Ruecker on our German exchange trip.

  • SOS forms - seniors must give these to their Advisory teacher by March 8 in order to attend the post-graduation party.  Please see previous email blasts that contain these forms.

  • 9th and 10th Grade Semi-Formal Dance is at DiBurro’s 6:15 - 10:00 p.m. on March 10.  Faculty will chaperone this fun night, and parents drop off and pick up their students at DiBurro’s.

  • March exams: Trimester 2 exams for all students and the 10th grade MCAS exam dates are listed below.

  • Revised cell phone policy - Over the past months, Student Council has worked with faculty and administrators on clarifying our in-school cell phone policy.  The goal was to articulate how NAHS prioritizes face-to-face communication and relationships, and to articulate how and when personal electronics can be used appropriately for learning and communication.  The draft policy is almost completed, and we will pilot it in classrooms for trimester three.  We will share it with parents soon.


Best,


Deborah Holman

NAHS Interim Principal




MARCH - DATES AND INFORMATION



March 1st - Early Release  1:00 p.m. Collaboration Day


March 3 & 4 - Dramafest Showcase


March 8 - SOS, post-graduation party forms due in Advisory for seniors


March 10 - 9th and 10th Grade Semi-Formal at DiBurro’s 6:15 - 10:00 p.m.


March 11 - SAT’s at NAHS, 8:00 a.m.


March 16 - PICC College Coffee Talk for parents 8:00 -10:00 a.m., Room 1064


March 15 - Trimester 2 exams:

Periods 1 and 2 exams, period 3 class - dismissal at 12:28  


March 16 - Trimester 2 exams:

Period 3 and 4 exams, 5 class - dismissal at 12:00


March 17 - Exam 5, Makeup Exams

Dismissal / Bus at 11:00


March 17 - Mr. North Andover - 7:00 p.m., NAHS Auditorium


March 20th - Trimester 3 begins, launch new cell phone policy


March 21-23 MCAS testing of all 10th graders and some other students




Parent Letter February 1, 2017

posted Feb 3, 2017, 7:45 AM by Mike Motherway

Dear Parents/Guardians:


I want to share a few thoughts about NAHS this week.  First, our annual musical goes up this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Our student cast and musicians have worked hard for weeks with our wonderful director, Linda Schoonmaker, to present a fun and entertaining show.  See the details about the musical Grease below.  Our athletic teams are in their final competitions and many are hoping for tournament bids.  We wish all our athletic teams and performing arts students success in their awesome final performances.  


I would also like to share the announcement I made this morning to all our students and faculty.  Our country is in an important political transition, which has continued to be a topic of conversation amongst faculty and students since the presidential campaigns.  I have written to parents previously about this.  Over the weekend we also experienced another bombing of a place of worship in Montreal, Canada.  The national and international events last weekend generated some important faculty conversation on Monday.  Some teachers worried that we would compound for our students the tensions in the world by having our important “lockdown” drill on Tuesday.  We talked through this, went ahead with the drill yesterday, and I felt it was important to speak to the NAHS student body about all of this in my morning announcement today.  The text was announced as follows:


Good morning.  I want to thank everyone for a successful ALICE drill yesterday.  We think a lot about keeping students and faculty safe at NAHS.  Although it is highly unlikely that we will ever have to use this protocol, it is better to be prepared and practiced in the event that we have to.  I would also like to recognize that over the weekend, we all saw on the news national protests, many different views about immigration policy, and the tragic event of the mosque bombing in Montreal, Canada.  These events can be confusing, and some are sad and concerning.  Some of these events may directly impact North Andover High School students and their families.  So please think about your classmates who might be impacted by changes in national immigration practice or by an affront to a Muslim place of worship.  And if you are someone whose family is impacted, please know that you can reach out to a classmate, teacher, counselor, or administrator if needed.  NAHS is a safe and welcoming space for all students.


I give our students, and in particular our teachers who guide students, a lot of credit for navigating our many modern realities in a thoughtful, inquisitive, and open manner.  I believe that NAHS will continue to be a place where a diverse group of thinkers and learners can hold, share, and discuss different points of view and perspectives.


Sincerely,



Deborah Holman

NAHS Interim Principal


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Grease, the musical, NAHS auditorium


Thurs., February 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Fri., February 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Sat, February 4 at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.


For tickets visit www.actingouttheater.com


Go Pats !!!

posted Feb 3, 2017, 7:35 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 7:36 AM ]


The North Andover Drama Guild is presenting GREASE

posted Feb 3, 2017, 5:42 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 5:45 AM ]

The North Andover Drama Guild is presenting GREASE on February 2nd and 3rd at 7PM and February 4th at 1:30 and 7PM in the NAHS auditorium!  Tickets can be purchased directly at www.actingottheater.com allowing you to choose your seat right on-line!  Reserved seats are $20 and general admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  Students and seniors are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  This will likely sell out, so get your tickets early!

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