High School News

Important Update re: NAHS Student Learning Time

posted Jan 13, 2021, 3:11 PM by Michael Grant

January 13, 2021

Dear North Andover High School students, parents and guardians, 

We are writing today with an important update to our message last week about the Massachusetts Department of Education’s new DESE Student Learning Time Regulations for daily live interaction with asynchronous students. 

We had notified you on January 8 that based on these new requirements, students on asynchronous days would have a minimum of 12 minutes of live interaction with teachers. Based on further discussion and valuable input from our educators, we have adjusted that model to a minimum of 20 minutes of live consecutive instruction. We all believe this additional time will provide a more educationally sound opportunity for our staff and students to connect every day. This will also increase our structured learning time to 36 hours. With this adjustment, students will be released for lunch at 1:30 p.m.

The updated information and schedules are attached.

 

We continue to be so impressed at the creativity and flexibility of our educators, students, and parents in adapting to this new learning environment during the pandemic. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Gregg T. Gilligan, Superintendent  

Dr. James Mealey, Assistant Superintendent  

Lorene Marx, Assistant Superintendent  

Principal Chet Jackson, NAHS  

School Committee Community Chat - Feb 10 @ 2:30pm

posted Jan 11, 2021, 11:40 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The School Committee will have another Community Chat on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm. February 10 is a Collaborative Day, so the timing of the Community Chat provides an opportunity for us to hear from students, as well as family and community members. Individuals are always welcome to communicate with elected officials via email as listed on the website.

SC Community Chat
Wednesday, February 102:30 – 3:30pm

NAHS Picture Retake Day: 1/6/21

posted Dec 15, 2020, 8:28 AM by Brooke Randall

Student picture retakes will take place at NAHS on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Please sign up in advance for picture retakes using the following link:

Principal's Update #18 - NAHS Transitioning to Full Remote

posted Dec 11, 2020, 1:48 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear NAHS Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

I’m following up to the joint letter that was sent from our Assistant Superintendent, Town Manager and Public Health Director.

In addition to our change to Fully Remote, the NAPS COVID Task Force has recommended delaying the start of the winter athletic programs until Monday 1/4/2021. We are also postponing any additional in-person activities planned for prior to the winter holiday break. Please see the additional updates below:

  • Only the Rise Vocational and PreVocational Program that is made up of cohort D students that is taught by Mr. Burr and Ms. Shaughnessy will still be allowed to attend school in-person between 12/14 - 12/23.

  • Students in cohorts A, B and C will be attending all virtual classes live and synchronously during the period we are remote.

Please see the specific schedule information for Monday 12/14 through Wednesday 12/23 can be found here. The bell schedules and times will connect to the Hybrid times on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday.

During this remote period on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Friday , teachers are available to students for office hours where they can answer questions and provide extra help from 7:45am - 8:15am and from 1:50pm - 2:15pm.


Trimester two schedules are available in Powerschool using the computer. After logging in and choosing your high school student, please select the “my schedule” button on the left hand side and then select the “year view” tab to see the trimester two schedule.


The trimester two schedule will be available on the Powerschool phone app on Monday by refreshing and selecting the schedule button at the bottom of the screen. 

I’ll be in touch with additional information during my regularly scheduled Principal’s Update on Sunday evening at 6pm.


Sincerely,


Chet Jackson

Principal



Opportunity to Serve on the School Committee School Capacity Planning Subcommittee

posted Nov 27, 2020, 6:44 AM by Hillary Stasonis

This subcommittee will look at the school buildings across the district to consider the best configurations for capacity to best promote teaching and learning for the students of North Andover.


The subcommittee will review the space study to be commissioned by the Superintendent and Town Manager.  The subcommittee will develop options and engage the public to gather input, vet and respond to plans.  The subcommittee will bring its recommendations to the School Committee for a vote by June 2021. 


This work is concurrent with the MSBA funding proposal for the middle school.  The work of this subcommittee will parallel and inform the work of the Facilities Master Plan II Committee.  With Town Meeting approval in May 2022, it is anticipated the town will commission a school building plan to begin work on the first of a series of projects in FY23 to be overseen by the School Building Committee. 


The subcommittee will consist of the subcommittee Chair, the Assistant Superintendent for Facilities, faculty/staff, parents and community members who represent a cross section of the stakeholders with a focus on elementary and middle school interests.The School Committee Chair will serve on the subcommittee ex officio.


Those who wish to serve on the subcommittee can submit a letter of interest to the subcommittee chair, Holly Vietzke-Lynch with their availability, background and reason they wish to serve.  vietzke-lynchh@northandoverpublicschools.com


School Committee Community Chat

posted Nov 10, 2020, 7:13 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Friday, November 13, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

While we cannot welcome the public to School Committee meetings, we do want to be accessible for two-way conversation. Please join School Committee members for a live virtual meeting via Google Meet or by phone - +1 405-293-3514‬ PIN: ‪661 085 929‬#

School Pictures for Cohort A Students - 11/19

posted Oct 30, 2020, 11:09 AM by Brooke Randall

School pictures for High School students in Cohort A (originally scheduled for October 26th), will now take place in school on Thursday, November 19th.

NAHS Transitions to Full Remote Model

posted Oct 22, 2020, 12:22 PM by Hillary Stasonis

In collaboration with the Health Director, Town Manager, and the North Andover Covid-19 Task Force we have made the decision to transition North Andover High School from the Hybrid Model to the Full Remote Model from Friday, October 23rd until Friday, November 6th. 

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. 

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