High School News

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


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.


Deborah Holman

NAHS Interim Principal


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.


Deborah Holman

NAHS Interim Principal


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!

2017-2018 Program of Studies

posted Jan 30, 2017, 6:17 PM by Michael Motherway

2017-2018 Program of Studies

Parent Letter January 24, 2017

posted Jan 24, 2017, 10:39 AM by Michael Motherway

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Greetings from North Andover High School.  By this Friday evening, teachers will have posted on PowerSchool their mid-trimester comments about your student’s progress.  You should find updated grades and comments on “Habits of Learning” skills. This is a good time to have a conversation with your student, in particular ninth graders, about progress if your child is not meeting his or her learning goals or aspirations.  Teachers are usually available before or after school for help, and our Academic Development Center (ADC) is available after school for all students, Monday - Thursday from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.  The ADC  provides a quiet homework space, access to computers and assistance with academic work.

Reminder again that parents can always access in PowerSchool your student’s grades on major assessments, as well as attendance.  If you need assistance logging onto your PowerSchool account, contact Alicia Murray at aliciamurray@northandoverpublicschools.com.

And finally, congratulations to a number of our student organizations for their hard work:

  • Student Council continues their work to revise and improve our cell phone policy.

  • The cast members of Grease, our musical, who are in their last full week of rehearsal. Come see Grease next week!

  • Our Asian American Club, Feminist Club, and LGBTQ Club for continuing their smart and civil discussion about the presidential election; a discussion that has attracted students and staff from a variety of political viewpoints.

  • All of our winter athletic teams and coaches who have represented well the Scarlet Knights!

On that note, boys and girls varsity basketball teams play our rival Andover High tonight at 7:00 p.m.  Boys at Andover, girls at North Andover.  We have a fierce and fun rivalry with Andover High that, in most years, stays very positive, however we have occasionally not brought our best fan sportsmanship to this boys varsity contest in recent years.  I reminded student fans this morning to continue the rivalry tonight in positive and healthy ways, to “bring their best self to the game,” and to direct support and cheers only toward our teams. Parents can help remind student fans of this expectation.

Go Scarlet Knights!

Deborah Holman

NAHS Interim Principal

Parent Letter January 6, 2017

posted Jan 11, 2017, 10:37 AM by Michael Motherway

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Happy new year and welcome back to NAHS.  I find that our students have a way of immediately powering back up after a vacation.  In the last two days I have seen them enthusiastically reading aloud MacBeth, studying Teddy Roosevelt, celebrating the logging of a collective 9000 pages of independent reading in a ninth grade class, rehearsing for the February musical Grease, presenting “pitches” at the DECCA business conference, and playing some intense 9th grade girls basketball against Tewksbury, among other athletic contests.  

And our teachers are busy with a January full of teaching and much professional learning and reflection.  For example, the NAHS History Department will soon host the district leadership team in “instructional rounds,” where district and building leaders walk through history classes observing teaching and learning and then give feedback to the department in a non-evaluative manner.  Our general education and special education co-teachers are looking forward to a full-day workshop next week about best practices in teaching classes with students who have a wide range of skills and abilities.  And all teachers in North Andover will enjoy the January 13 professional day, which we call “Ed Camp.”  It has been really nice to be in a school and district that believe ongoing teacher learning is key to improved student learning and success.

Regarding student learning and success, I want to remind you that parents can always access in PowerSchool student grades on major assessments, as well as attendance.* Teachers update these regularly.  At the end of January (mid-trimester), teachers will be communicating about your student’s progress.  On January 27, you will find grades and “Habits of Learning” posted on PowerSchool.  

A reminder that over the last few years, NAHS has done impressive work:

  • articulating curriculum standards and various common assessments in each department

  • agreeing that a term or final grade should only reflect what a student knows and can do according to the standards

  • declaring that nightly homework is important, and that it is mostly for practice or formative assessment

  • and that separate from the achievement grade, students and parents need feedback on “habits of learning” - for example non-academic factors such as behavior, student effort, attendance, homework completion

The idea is that if NAHS is transparent about its learning standards, about how the standards will be assessed, and about students' progress to meet the standards, then there’s a better community understanding of what the high school is all about.  Having said that, it is still a journey and always a work in process.  Teachers in each department continually work to align curriculum and make learning and grading meaningful. We hope that our trimester reporting to parents/guardians is informative and helpful.

And last, on a safety/security note.  I am happy to report that the high school building exterior doors are now locked during the school day, and we have a process to screen and “buzz in” visitors.


Deborah Holman

Interim Principal

* If you need assistance logging onto your PowerSchool account contact Alicia Murray at aliciamurray@northandoverpublicschools.com


January 9 -  College Test Prep Fair & College Bound Juniors Night sponsored by NAHS Guidance Department, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

January 13 - No School - Full professional day for staff

January 16 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

January 18 - NAHS principal search - parent/guardian meeting with Supt. Jen Price, 8:00 a.m. in room 1064

January 19 - PICC College Coffee Talk 8-10 a.m. sponsored by Guidance Dept.

January 25 - Early release at 1:00 p.m. professional day; PAC meeting, 6:00 p.m. in library

January 27 - Mid-trimester grades and comments posted on PowerSchool at end of school day; during the school day - blood drive held in the fieldhouse


NAHS production of “Grease” - February 2, 3, 4

Parent letter Dec. 12, 2016

posted Dec 23, 2016, 10:01 AM by Deborah Holman   [ updated Dec 23, 2016, 10:03 AM ]

December 13, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are fully into Trimester 2 this week, and I hope your students have transitioned well.  NAHS is my first experience working with trimesters, so I am still learning about the ways that the system works, its assets and deficits, both of which I see.  Trimesters allow students a fresh start three times a year; can offer some students much variety in course choices, often in the upper grades; and they allow an intensity of focus for 10 weeks.  On the other hand, the quickness of a trimester can be demanding; students usually have many teachers for a shorter amount of time; and less deep teacher-student relationships may result.  NAHS faculty has been talking about trimesters for a long time, so we are now launching a multi-phase schedule review process as part of the revised NAPS strategic plan.  Phase one consists of an internal review where we’ll begin to collect faculty and student feedback about the daily schedule.  Phase two will collect feedback from parents / guardians.  The review will include research about successful high school schedules that may meet the goals of NAHS and be worthy of considering.  We will work closely with NAPS leadership and communicate carefully with parents / guardians and students.  No quick decisions will be made, and there will be no change in the 2017-2018 schedule, which will remain trimesters.  

Other important information: The parent portal on PowerSchool is open and should display student grades for Trimester 1, and you can also find your student’s Trimester 2 schedule.  Please consider joining the Wednesday, December 14 - PAC meeting in the library at 6:00 pm.  NAPD will discuss the ALICE safety protocols, then Director of Guidance Steve Nugent will discuss guidance offerings.  And finally, the PAC teacher appreciation breakfast is this Friday, Dec. 16.  PAC would love donations and you can sign up here.


December 14 - PAC meeting, library, 6:30 p.m.

December 15 - Winter Concert in auditorium AT 7:00 p.m.

December 16 - PAC teacher appreciation breakfast.  Sign up here.

December 21 - Early release at 1:00 p.m., professional day

December 22 - Alumni Brunch & Seminar / last year’s graduates back to NAHS, noon   

December 24 - January 2 - Holiday Break

January 3 - School resumes

January 4 - Early release at 1:00 p.m., professional day

January 5 -  DECA field trip for district competition @ Merrimack College

January 9 -   College Test Prep Fair & College Bound Juniors Night sponsored by NAHS Guidance Dept., 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

January 13 - No School - Full professional day for staff

January 16 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

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