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Principal's Post - Week of December 9th

posted Dec 6, 2019, 4:17 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 6, 2019, 6:56 AM ]

NAMS Musical - Friday & Saturday Shows left!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

NAMS Musical Tickets
Tickets for the NAMS Drama production of High School Musical will go on sale during lunches on Monday, December 2nd. 
Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults. Members of the cast will selling tickets in the cafeteria during lunches December 2-6, 2019.
Students can pay by cash (exact change is appreciated!) or by checks payable to NAMS Drama. 

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NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Wednesday, December 11, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food. Below you will find a list of food items that have been requested Bread & Roses.  

  • Canned vegetables*
  • Cranberry sauce*
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*
  • Canned soup or beef stew*
  • Gravy*
  • Saltine crackers*
  • Instant Oatmeal [packets]*
  • Chicken and beef broth* 
  • Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*
  • Canned fruit
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  •  Pasta and rice products
  • Mac & cheese mix 
  • Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dry milk 
  • Canned beans/peas
  • Peanut butter 
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Splenda/Sweet N Low
  • Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags
  • Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)

Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

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NAMS, Thompson, and Kittredge are all highlighted in a recent online article about their composting initiatives. 

Read more about how this initiative has already cut food waste and lessened the town’s trash hauls here or at the following website: https://northandover.wickedlocal.com/news/20191202/waste-not-north-andover-school-composting-program-sees-quick-success

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Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:
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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

  • December 10, 2019
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 12, 2020
  • June 9, 2020

Beyond the Classroom Days - The following is being shared with NAMS Families.

North Andover Public Schools believes learning can take place beyond the walls of a classroom! We’re excited to share with your our website which describes various learning opportunities. Last year we created the “BEYOND THE CLASSROOM” school cancellation day initiative, however we did not have enough snow days to use this alternative learning experience. During the 2019-2020 school year, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 3rd school cancellation day. Our teachers and staff have been working on a wide range of assignments for students to complete on these Beyond the Classroom Days. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information here or at the following address: https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/beyondtheclassroom/home

Beyond the Classroom General Information

  • After the 12/2/19 and 12/3/19 school cancellation days, our last day of school is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2020.

  • If school is cancelled 1 additional time, we will make up each of those days with the last possible day of school being Friday, June 19, 2020.

  • If school needs to be cancelled more than a total of 3 times, students will be assigned independent learning experiences to complete instead of making up cancelled days. These Alternative School Days have been named Beyond the Classroom Days. 

  • The website provides specific information about all Beyond the Classroom expectations.

  • You can view the FAQ’s for answers to questions you might have.
    Click on your child(ren)’s school for specific assignments. Due to copyright restrictions, students will need to log in using their NAPS login. Directions on how to access this via PowerSchool are also on the website.

  • Teachers will be reviewing assignments and expectations with students in advance of the 3rd school cancellation day and sending home hard copies as needed.

Assignments will…

  • Provide students with choice in what assignments they complete or how they complete them

  • Be both online and offline (traditional paper and pencil) 

  • Be consistent across grade level and content areas 

  • Be linked to a standard

  • Be accessible for all students 

  • Be collected and given feedback from teacher

INDEPENDENT school work should be completed within the following time guidelines:

  • Pre-K & K: optional

  • Gr. 1-2: ~ up to 60 minutes

  • Gr. 3-5: ~ up to 90 minutes 

  • Gr. 6-8: ~ up to 20 minutes per subject area 

  • Gr. 9-12: ~ up to 30 minutes per subject area 


Please note that the website also includes Superintendent Snow Day Challenges for school cancellation days #1, 2 and 3 as well as Supplemental Learning ideas.


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Friday, December 6, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library

 Trimester 1 Grades & Comments will be available after school in PowerSchool


Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 Grade 8 Theatre Espresso Program in Auditorium

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019


Holiday Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

 Students & Staff Return

Principal's Post - Week of December 2nd

posted Nov 27, 2019, 4:02 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 6, 2019, 6:57 AM ]

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

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RAISE VALUES AT NAMS

Each month, one of our RAISE values will be the focus. For the month of December will be on S for Service. We will kick off the month with our annual Food Drive to support Break & Roses. Each week, the NAMS community will be asked to help others with a different challenge. Beginning on Monday, December 9th students will be invited to recognize classmates for their service to others by completing a brief recognition form outside of the guidance counselor's office.

Instead of reading a different quote or precept during morning announcements, we will focus on each month's theme beginning next week as follows:

  • Mondays - Challenge based upon that month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Tuesday - Inspirational quote or precept will be shared with students.

  • Wednesday - Short story recognizing how someone demonstrated this month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Thursday - Short story recognizing how someone demonstrated this month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Friday - A student in each grade will be selected from the recognition box outside of the guidance counselor's office and will be recognized as part of morning announcements.


NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Wednesday, December 11, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food.


Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA that has long been a center of hope and caring to the thousands of people in the Merrimack Valley who are struggling for survival. Their primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal.  Last year, Bread & Roses was able to feed over 76,000 people. 


Below you will find a list of food items that have been requested Bread & Roses.  

  • Canned vegetables*
  • Cranberry sauce*
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*
  • Canned soup or beef stew*
  • Gravy*
  • Saltine crackers*
  • Instant Oatmeal [packets]*
  • Chicken and beef broth* 
  • Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*
  • Canned fruit
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  •  Pasta and rice products
  • Mac & cheese mix 
  • Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dry milk 
  • Canned beans/peas
  • Peanut butter 
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Splenda/Sweet N Low
  • Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags
  • Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)

Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

Image result for bread and roses lawrence ma


NAMS Musical Coming Soon!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

NAMS Musical Tickets
Tickets for the NAMS Drama production of High School Musical will go on sale during lunches on Monday, December 2nd. 
Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults. Members of the cast will selling tickets in the cafeteria during lunches December 2-6, 2019.
Students can pay by cash (exact change is appreciated!) or by checks payable to NAMS Drama. 

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Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:
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Live Your Learning Education Fund
Your child could be principal for a day! Please consider supporting NAPS students by checking out the annual LYLEF fundraiser. There are 4 more days to bid on amazing silent auction items and/or purchase a raffle entry! 

Please consider supporting experiential learning for all students by purchasing a raffle entry or bidding on our online silent auction.

  • GRAND PRIZE drawing is for a Peloton Exercise Bike! 
  • Tickets will be drawn each day in December as listed on the raffle calendar.
  • Winners will be announced on Twitter (@liveyourlearnand contacted via email.
  • All raffle winners will still be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing!
Silent auction: www.charityauction.bid/LYLEF  (Bidding is open from November 6-29, 2019)
  • Create a “bidder account.”
  • Once logged in, click on “Catalog” to see the auction items. 
  • Winners will be notified after the completion of the auction
LYLEF Mission
We believe that all North Andover students should have access to learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom that foster critical 21st century skills. The Live Your Learning Education Fund supports students who lack financial means to take advantage of these opportunities, both domestic and international. LYLEF opens doors to students, many of whom have not had experiences outside of their own community, who would not be able to participate in these rich educational experiences without financial aid.

Rotary Club Fundraiser

December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School

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Monday, December 2, 2019 - SNOW DAY (School Cancelled)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - SNOW DAY (School Cancelled)


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 FULL DAY OF SCHOOL - Students will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library

 Students and Parents/Guardians may view Trimester 1 Grades and Comments after school.


Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 Grade 8 Theatre Espresso Performances in Auditorium (Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019


Holiday Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

 Students & Staff Return

Principal's Post - Week of November 25th

posted Nov 22, 2019, 3:40 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 8:59 AM ]

Supporting our Soldiers - LAST CALL!

In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. Collection bins are in the main lobby of NAMS.


Author Visit - Rob Buyea & Book Order Form

Due: Monday, November 25, 2019

The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. 

Rob Buyea is an American children's fiction author best known for his Mr. Terupt series of novels. In 2011 Buyea won an E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Because of Mr. Terupt. Buyea is now a full time author, residing with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs in North Andover Massachusetts.

You can learn more about Rob at his website: https://robbuyea.com/home

In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.

Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).

Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.

Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at karenmelota@gmail.com or ayay@verizon.net

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Rotary Club Fundraiser
December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:

https://warrenmiller.com/events/north-andover-high-school-auditorium-0  

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North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

 December 10, 2019

 January 14, 2020

 February 11, 2020

 March 10, 2020

 April 14, 2020

 May 12, 2020

 June 9, 2020


NAMS Musical Coming Soon!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

Image result for high school musical logo


NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Friday, December 6, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food.


Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA that has long been a center of hope and caring to the thousands of people in the Merrimack Valley who are struggling for survival. Their primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal.  Last year, Bread & Roses was able to feed over 76,000 people. 


Below you will find a list of food items that have been requested Bread & Roses.  

Canned vegetables*

Cranberry sauce*

Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*

Canned soup or beef stew*

Gravy*

Saltine crackers*

Instant Oatmeal [packets]*

Chicken and beef broth* 

Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*

Canned fruit

Juice boxes

Shelf-stable fruit cups

Applesauce

Tomato/spaghetti sauce

Vegetable cooking spray

 Pasta and rice products

Mac & cheese mix 

Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 

Shelf-stable milk

Dry milk 

Canned beans/peas

Peanut butter 

Ranch salad dressing

Splenda/Sweet N Low

Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags

Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)


Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

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History Camps through Community Programs

There will be two upcoming History Camps for NAMS students in December:

1. History Camp to Salem, MA on Friday, December 27th

2. History Camp to Boston on Monday, December 30th

For more information, please visit the following website:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TCCH0FrsnI6NWlcY_91ZiPdLtjqTTyI0Hg5KTFcBMOc/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Mr. McGravey with any questions at mcgraveyp@northandoverpublicschools.com

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, November 25th

Tuesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 27th


Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 Trimester 1 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Monday, December 9, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

 Trimester 1 Grades & Comments available for NAMS students and families in PowerSchool

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library

Principal's Post - Week of November 18th

posted Nov 15, 2019, 4:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Customized North Andover apparel is now available to order. 

NAMS PTAC is once again partnering with Prime Time Sports to bring you great North Andover apparel.  

Click on the sale flyer below for ordering instructions or follow the link below.

Website: NAMS NA Gear

*Username: NAMS

*Password: Knights19

*Please note that the Username and Password are Case-Sensitive. 

All orders must be received by Thursday, November 21st and will be available for pick-up at NAMS the week of December 16th.  Pick-up details will be provided shortly.

Although orders are being delivered to the school, you will be asked for a delivery address when placing your order and there is a $6.99 "delivery" fee.  The delivery address is a requirement of Prime Time Sport's orders website and cannot be suppressed when items are delivered in bulk to one location. We apologize for the extra key strokes.  The fee is for the bundling of items into individual orders. This is a flat rate per order so if you know of another family ordering and wish to share the cost of the fee you can absolutely enter just one order for both families.  Your order will be bundled and delivered to the school as one order for you to separate by family at home.

Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble ordering your gear.

Liz McDevitt (978-960-9077)

elizmcd24@gmail.com

namsptac@gmail.com

The flyer below is clickable and will bring you directly to the page!   

There are 2 pages of items in this store.  Flannel pj bottoms and hockey style sweatshirt are on page 2!!


Rotary Club Fundraiser
December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:

https://warrenmiller.com/events/north-andover-high-school-auditorium-0  

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North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

 December 10, 2019

 January 14, 2020

 February 11, 2020

 March 10, 2020

 April 14, 2020

 May 12, 2020

 June 9, 2020


Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.

You can click here to schedule an appointment.

The Lynch family sponsors this blood drive every year in honor of their late son Jack. This blood drive has become one of the largest Memorial drives in the Merrimack Valley. The Red Cross has asked for 100 units, which would equal saving 300+ people through life-saving transfusions. There are approximately 159 spots to fill. Please consider helping! At the end of this blog, you will find a flyer with more information.

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What connects the Christmas Truce of 1914, the Great Green Wall in Africa, Race Amity, and the Irish Troubles?

Don Mullan is the answer. Don will be in North Andover on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the North Andover High School.

Don Mullan, founder of Hope Initiatives International, is an Irish investigative journalist, author, movie/documentary producer, and humanitarian worker. Don will be in North Andover to speak about the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the efforts to have the area named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Don speak about these events and his other work Tuesday evening. This public program is free and open to all. 

At the end of this blog, you can read the Press Release issued by Kathleen Keenan, Stevens Memorial Library Director, regarding the event.


Author Visit - Rob Buyea & Book Order Form

Due: Monday, November 25, 2019

The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. 

Rob Buyea is an American children's fiction author best known for his Mr. Terupt series of novels. In 2011 Buyea won an E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Because of Mr. Terupt. Buyea is now a full time author, residing with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs in North Andover Massachusetts.

You can learn more about Rob at his website: https://robbuyea.com/home

In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.

Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).

Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.

Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at karenmelota@gmail.com or ayay@verizon.net

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Supporting our Soldiers

In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer outside the main office or on our website for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. Collection bins are in the main lobby.

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Saturday, November 16th

 Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.


Monday, November 18th

 NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. in room S101

Tuesday, November 19th

Wednesday, November 20th

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, November 21st

Friday, November 22nd


Monday, November 25th

Tuesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 27th


Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School


Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 Trimester 1 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: 

Kathleen Keenan, Stevens Memorial Library Director 

KKeenan@NorthAndoverMA.gov

(978) 688-9505 ext. 42021

November 7, 2019


What connects the Christmas Truce of 1914, the Great Green Wall in Africa, Race Amity, and the Irish Troubles?


North Andover, MA - 


Don Mullan is the answer. Don will be in North Andover on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the North Andover High School. 


Don Mullan, founder of Hope Initiatives International, is an Irish investigative journalist, author, movie/documentary producer, and humanitarian worker. Don will be in North Andover to speak about the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the efforts to have the area named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Don speak about these events and his other work Tuesday evening. This public program is free and open to all. Registration is recommended via the Library’s calendar www.StevensMemLib.org or call the Library at 978-688-9505 ext. 42016.


A search on “Don Mullan” may bring up his most famous book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday or the Sundance Award winning movie Bloody Sunday, about the Irish Troubles. It may bring up the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the Flanders Peace Field Project, Don’s work to create a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose goal is remind people of our common humanity even during the trauma of war and a place to make a commitment to a shared future.  


Or, you will find yourself watching a BBC video about Africa’s Great Green Wall, a project to plant trees in 11 countries spanning the Sahara east to west, whose aim is to halt the desertification of the continent. What is Don’s connection to Africa? The Laudato Tree Project in Ireland. The Irish government has pledged 1.2 million Euros to the Green Wall. 


Following Don’s talk in North Andover, he will be a presenter at the National Center Race Amity Conference (https://raceamity.org/race-amity-conferences/). Don’s conference program connects the stories of African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who left the U.S. for his safety, with Daniel O’Connell. While in Ireland, Douglass heard 19th century Irish leader Daniel O’Connell, known as “the Liberator,” speak about the civil rights issues there. 


Daniel O’Connell would recognize a kindred spirit if he met Don Mullan, for O’Connell described himself as


"I am the friend of liberty in every clime, class and color. My sympathy with distress is not confined within the narrow bounds of my own green island. No—it extends itself to every corner of the earth. My heart walks abroad, and wherever the miserable are to be succored, or the slave to be set free, there my spirit is at home, and I delight to dwell.”


For more information about Don Mullan and Hope Initatives International, visit donmullan.org


Don Mullan’s evening program is the culminating event of North Andover Reads. The Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover School District partner each year for North Andover Reads, aimed at bringing our community together through literature and events around a common theme.  


This year we learn about and celebrate the many people who served in World Wars I and II as soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, code breakers, phone operators and more – our R.A.I.S.E. Service value.  For more information about North Andover Reads, visit nak12.net/NAReads. 


Thank you to the Stevens Memorial Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library, the North Andover Public Schools with special recognition for the North Andover High School History Lab and the High School History Club, North Andover-Boxford Veterans Services, and In Their Footsteps (http://intheirfootsteps.org/) for their support.


The Stevens Memorial Library is located at 345 Main St., North Andover, MA. The Library’s hours are Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Follow the Library via its website, Twitter @StevensMemLib or on Facebook.

NAMS Principal's Post - Week of November 12th

posted Nov 7, 2019, 12:56 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 1:03 PM ]

Monday, November 11, 2019 - No School
To all of our veterans, thank you for your service!
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Supporting our Soldiers
In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer below for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. The NAMS collection bin will be placed in the NAMS main lobby.
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Family Flu Clinic 

Tuesday, November 12th from 5-7 p.m. at North Andover High School 

Flu Vaccines will be available for people aged 4 and older.

Note: Please bring all insurance cards to the clinic.

To help reduce wait times at the clinic, you may complete an insurance form ahead of time by visiting WWW.NORTHANDOVERMA.GOV/HEALTH

Please be sure to attach a copy of your insurance card(s) to the completed form.

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Opportunity for NAMS Students

Do you know how to say "I love you" in French or how to identify a European spy? Come learn this and other fun facts. You will also participate in some games, songs and skits all in French and German on Tuesday, November 12th at 2:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. All students are welcome!


Literary Squad

Are you interested in creative writing?  Expressing your ideas in writing? Or perhaps publishing a piece of your work?  The next Literary Squad meeting is Tuesday, November 12th in Mrs. Hart’s room: F207.  Bring a snack and be ready to write!


NAMS World Explorers

Are you interested in learning about new places?  Knowing where things are in the world? Then become a world explorer!  Sessions run on Thursdays from 2:20pm-3:30pm. Join Mr. Poirier in S104 for fun and games, world exploration and Geo Bee facts.  


NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students - Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Message from Principal Jackson:

Dear Families of 7th and 8th Grade Students,

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents and students to our Fall Open House.  Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear more about the academic and extracurricular programs that we offer at NAHS. Here is a link to the slide show that will be covered during the Open House. 

Our 7th and 8th Grade Open House will start with a short meeting in the high school auditorium to introduce our leadership team. At this session you will hear from a parent and student about their perspective on North Andover High School.  After this meeting you will have an opportunity to take a tour of our building and meet with the many different faces that make North Andover High School such a special community. Our Student Council and Student Ambassadors have put together a detailed and comprehensive tour of the facility for all of you. Student and faculty representatives will be on hand from our academic, athletic, and after school activities to answer any questions.

We know some families may still be deciding on where to send their child to high school. Please know that you are most welcome to attend this evening as a way to gather additional information. We believe that North Andover High School offers a first class, high quality program with a diverse and rigorous curriculum. Our hometown, high school community is competitive with the private or public schools in the area.  

Any student or family that cannot attend on November 14th will have another opportunity to see the high school at Transition Night on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  In February, students and parents will be able to see the school and hear more in-depth about our academic programs.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Open House on November 14th.

Sincerely,

Chet Jackson

North Andover High School Principal

Personal Twitter: @chetjackson22

High School Twitter: @NorthAndoverHS

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Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.

You can click here to schedule an appointment.

The Lynch family sponsors this blood drive every year in honor of their late son Jack. This blood drive has become one of the largest Memorial drives in the Merrimack Valley. The Red Cross has asked for 100 units, which would equal saving 300+ people through life-saving transfusions. There are approximately 159 spots to fill. Please consider helping! At the end of this blog, you will find a flyer with more information.

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Rob Buyea Book Order Form
Due: Monday, November 25, 2019
The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the attached order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.
Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).
Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.
Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at karenmelota@gmail.com or ayay@verizon.net
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World Diabetes Day - November 14, 2019

Please show your support for those with Diabetes and research to fight this disease by wearing jeans and/or blue on November 14th.

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that affects both kids and adults. Diabetes is a disease that impacts how the body uses its glucose, which is a sugar that is a main source of fuel to keep you running. Once glucose gets into your bloodstream your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin. Insulin then helps the glucose get into the body’s cells and ultimately gives the body the energy to function.

For kids impacted by diabetes their pancreas isn’t working normally, and the insulin isn’t being produced or working in the body like it should. If insulin can’t get in, it will mean that the glucose then will not get into the cells normally so his or her blood sugar level gets too high.

There are two basic types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is more severe because the pancreas just cannot make insulin and to fix type 1 you need to take insulin from a needle or a pump. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas can still make insulin but the insulin does not work in the body correctly so the blood sugar gets too high. If you have type 2 it can be managed with a good diet and exercise.

Although diabetes often affects your daily activities, the good news is that there are new products and equipment coming out every day to make it easier to manage diabetes. 

 

How can you help?

People can help by going to this link and buying kits for children who get diagnosed with diabetes. These craft kits help children stay calm when they learn that they have diabetes and are learning how to take care of themselves. These crafts are the wish list from the Joslin Center for Diabetes in Boston.

 

Check out some delicious Diabetic Main Dish Recipes at the end of this blog.

Thank you Gabe & Max Polonsky for putting this all together!

 


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Saturday, November 9th

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Willard Field, Devens from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (State Meet)


Monday, November 11th - No School

 Veterans Day - Thank you for your service!

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Tuesday, November 12th

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

 RAISE Committee Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. to review staff responses - All are welcome!

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

 World Diabetes Day - Please show your support for those with Diabetes and research to fight this disease by wearing jeans and/or blue.

 7A & 1/2 7C Presentation (MOS Heat & Temperature) from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

 7B & 1/2 7C Presentation (MOS Heat & Temperature) from 11:00-12:00 p.m.

 NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 NA School Committee Meeting (MCAS Presentations for Elementary & Secondary Schools)

Friday, November 15th


Saturday, November 16th

 Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.


Monday, November 18th

 NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. in room S101

Tuesday, November 19th

Wednesday, November 20th

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, November 21st

Friday, November 22nd

Check out some delicious Diabetic Main Dish Recipes at the end of this blog.

 

Black Bean Burgers

1 (16oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 green bell pepper cut into 2 inch pieces

1/2 onion, cut into wedges

3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 egg

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce

1/2 cup bread crumbs

Directions: 

If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet, In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty,In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans, In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce, Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties, If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side. 

 

Italian Sausage Orzo

8 cups water

3 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules

1-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta (about 8 ounces)

1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 plum tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup chopped roasted sweet red pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring water and b a bouillon cube to a boil. Stir in orzo; return to a boil. Cook until al dente, 8-10 minutes. Drain orzo, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.

In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and crumble sausage with onion and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, roasted pepper, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and orzo. Heat through over medium-low heat; stir in reserved cooking liquid to moisten if desired. Remove from heat; stir in basil and cheese.

 

You may find even more recipes here and here.

Principal's Post - Week of November 4th

posted Oct 31, 2019, 11:09 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 1, 2019, 6:23 AM ]

Reminder - NO SCHOOL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019

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Youth Center 6th Grade Dance

There is a 6th Grade Dance at the Youth Center on Friday, November 1st from 7:00-9:30 p.m. 

Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. This dance is ONLY for 6th grade North Andover residents. 

The Youth Center will be closing for all members at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1st to set up for the dance.

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Picture Retakes

Retakes are scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2019 for students who missed picture day or are unhappy with their photo.

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Yearbook Committee Meeting

Yearbook Committee will have a meeting at 2:20 p.m. on Monday, November 4th in Ms.  Darmon’s classroom, C202.


NAMS Parent/Guardian Conferences

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 there will be no school for students. At NAMS, our Team Teachers use this day to schedule parent/guardian conferences. Recognizing that time is limited to meet with parents/guardians over the course of one school day, our teachers will be identifying parents/guardians of students whom they would like to discuss together and then will be individually inviting these parents/guardians in for meetings.

Family Flu Clinic 

Tuesday, November 12th from 5-7 p.m. at North Andover High School 

Flu Vaccines will be available for people aged 4 and older.

Note: Please bring all insurance cards to the clinic.

To help reduce wait times at the clinic, you may complete an insurance form ahead of time by visiting WWW.NORTHANDOVERMA.GOV/HEALTH

Please be sure to attach a copy of your insurance card(s) to the completed form.

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Opportunity for NAMS Students

Do you know how to say "I love you" in French or how to identify a European spy? Come learn this and other fun facts. You will also participate in some games, songs and skits all in French and German on Tuesday, November 12th at 2:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. All students are welcome!


NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students - Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Message from Principal Jackson:

Dear Families of 7th and 8th Grade Students,

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents and students to our Fall Open House.  Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear more about the academic and extracurricular programs that we offer at NAHS. Here is a link to the slide show that will be covered during the Open House. 

Our 7th and 8th Grade Open House will start with a short meeting in the high school auditorium to introduce our leadership team. At this session you will hear from a parent and student about their perspective on North Andover High School.  After this meeting you will have an opportunity to take a tour of our building and meet with the many different faces that make North Andover High School such a special community. Our Student Council and Student Ambassadors have put together a detailed and comprehensive tour of the facility for all of you. Student and faculty representatives will be on hand from our academic, athletic, and after school activities to answer any questions.

We know some families may still be deciding on where to send their child to high school. Please know that you are most welcome to attend this evening as a way to gather additional information. We believe that North Andover High School offers a first class, high quality program with a diverse and rigorous curriculum. Our hometown, high school community is competitive with the private or public schools in the area.  

Any student or family that cannot attend on November 14th will have another opportunity to see the high school at Transition Night on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  In February, students and parents will be able to see the school and hear more in-depth about our academic programs.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Open House on November 14th.

Sincerely,

Chet Jackson

North Andover High School Principal

Personal Twitter: @chetjackson22

High School Twitter: @NorthAndoverHS


Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.

You can click here to schedule an appointment.

The Lynch family sponsors this blood drive every year in honor of their late son Jack. This blood drive has become one of the largest Memorial drives in the Merrimack Valley. The Red Cross has asked for 100 units, which would equal saving 300+ people through life-saving transfusions. There are approximately 159 spots to fill. Please consider helping! At the end of this blog, you will find a flyer with more information.

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, November 4th

 NAMS Picture Retakes


Tuesday, November 5th - No School for Students

 Parent/Guardian Conferences @ NAMS


Wednesday, November 6th

Thursday, November 7th

Friday, November 8th


Saturday, November 9th

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Willard Field, Devens from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (State Meet)


Monday, November 11th - No School

 Veterans Day

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Tuesday, November 12th

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 13th

Thursday, November 14th

 NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 15th


Saturday, November 16th

 Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.





Principal's Post - Week of October 28th

posted Oct 24, 2019, 4:53 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 31, 2019, 6:06 AM ]

NAMS Cross Country Team Results

Over 30 middle schools and hundreds of student athletes competed at yesterday’s Cross Country Meet at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Our NAMS girls dominated and won by 35 points. The boys, missing 8 of their top 10 runners, shocked everyone - coaches included, finishing third overall! All of our runners, families, and our NAMS community should be extremely proud.


Fundraiser for Type 1 Diabetes

You and your family are cordially invited to the NAHS Auditorium on October 26, 2019 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. for a Halloween Movie Night Fundraiser. 

Tickets are $7 each with a cap of $25 maximum cost per family.

Food and Drinks will also be available for purchase.

You can access the flyer for this event here.


Picture Packets

Student picture have arrived and went home with students on Thursday, October 17, 2019.  If you ordered online, pictures will be mailed directly to your home. Retakes are scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2019 for students who missed picture day or are unhappy with their photo.

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Halloween Reminder

Students and staff are welcome to dress up for Halloween on Thursday, October 31, 2o19. Students are reminded that costumes need to be school appropriate. Costumes are not required; but if you choose to dress up please remember the following:

No mask, hood, or head covering concealing the identify of the person should be worn.

No weapons should be displayed or carried.

Thank you!


Youth Center 6th Grade Dance

There is a 6th Grade Dance at the Youth Center on Friday, November 1st from 7:00-9:30 p.m. 

Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. This dance is ONLY for 6th grade North Andover residents. 

The Youth Center will be closing for all members at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1st to set up for the dance.

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Yearbook Committee Meeting

Yearbook Committee will have a meeting at 2:20 p.m. on Monday, November 4th in Ms.  Darmon’s classroom, C202.


NAMS Parent/Guardian Conferences

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 there will be no school for students. At NAMS, our Team Teachers use this day to schedule parent/guardian conferences. Recognizing that time is limited to meet with parents/guardians over the course of one school day, our teachers will be identifying parents/guardians of students whom they would like to discuss together and then will be individually inviting these parents/guardians in for meetings.

Opportunity for NAMS Students

Do you know how to say "I love you" in French or how to identify a European spy? Come learn this and other fun facts. You will also participate in some games, songs and skits all in French and German on Tuesday, November 12th at 2:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. All students are welcome!


NAMS KNIGHTS’ CLOSET - Thank you for your donations!

Thank you to all of our generous NAMS families and residents who donated to the NAMS Knights’ Closet this past week.

We collected 3 racks of shirts, blouses, sweaters, and coats; many shoes for colder weather; pants and leggings for many sizes, and clothing for the upcoming colder weather. Stay tuned for the next round of collections.

This is a new program designed to help meet the basic needs of our students. We aim to create a “mini store” that our students in need can access and “shop” for up to date and in style clothes which fit properly and are seasonally appropriate. Students will be able to discreetly access the Knights’ Closet when referred to guidance or nursing by teachers and other staff members. Our goal is that by meeting some of our students’ basic needs, they can feel good about themselves and confidently get on with the business of focusing on their job of getting  a good education.

I would like to thank Debbi Raffalli  (Raffallid@northandoverpublicschools.com) and Kathleen Pease (Peasek@northandoverpublicschools.com) and our many volunteers for all of their time and efforts in organizing this important work.

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NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Students - Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Message from Principal Jackson:

Dear Families of 7th and 8th Grade Students,

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents and students to our Fall Open House.  Please join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear more about the academic and extracurricular programs that we offer at NAHS. Here is a link to the slide show that will be covered during the Open House. 

Our 7th and 8th Grade Open House will start with a short meeting in the high school auditorium to introduce our leadership team. At this session you will hear from a parent and student about their perspective on North Andover High School.  After this meeting you will have an opportunity to take a tour of our building and meet with the many different faces that make North Andover High School such a special community. Our Student Council and Student Ambassadors have put together a detailed and comprehensive tour of the facility for all of you. Student and faculty representatives will be on hand from our academic, athletic, and after school activities to answer any questions.

We know some families may still be deciding on where to send their child to high school. Please know that you are most welcome to attend this evening as a way to gather additional information. We believe that North Andover High School offers a first class, high quality program with a diverse and rigorous curriculum. Our hometown, high school community is competitive with the private or public schools in the area.  

Any student or family that cannot attend on November 14th will have another opportunity to see the high school at Transition Night on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  In February, students and parents will be able to see the school and hear more in-depth about our academic programs.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Open House on November 14th.

Sincerely,

Chet Jackson

North Andover High School Principal

Personal Twitter: @chetjackson22

High School Twitter: @NorthAndoverHS


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, October 28th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Tuesday, October 29th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Wednesday, October 30th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Thursday, October 31st

 Halloween (Staff and students may wear costumes, school-appropriate)

Friday, November 1st


Monday, November 4th

 NAMS Picture Retakes

Tuesday, November 5th - No School for Students

 Parent/Guardian Conferences @ NAMS


Wednesday, November 6th

Thursday, November 7th

Friday, November 8th

NAMS Principal's Post - Week of October 21st

posted Oct 18, 2019, 4:26 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 24, 2019, 12:36 PM ]

NAMS KNIGHTS’ CLOSET

The NAMS Knights’ Closet is a new program designed to help meet the basic needs of our students. We aim to create a “mini store” that our students in need can access and “shop” for up to date and in style clothes which fit properly and are seasonally appropriate. Students will be able to discreetly access the Knights’ Closet when referred to guidance or nursing by teachers and other staff members.

Our goal is that by meeting some of our students’ basic needs, they can feel good about themselves and confidently get on with the business of focusing on their job of getting  a good education.

Our Knight’s Closet Needs Your Help!

We will be accepting donations in the main front lobby of NAMS on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. on both days. 

Items the Knights’ Closet will be accepting:

Fall / Winter middle school sized clothes (jeans, sweats, leggings, sweatshirts, long sleeved shirts, sweaters , jackets, sneakers, boots, etc) that are new, like new, or in excellent condition - no stains or tears, please. The goal is to share with our students things that make them feel and look good. A general guideline is if your own student wouldn’t happily wear it, the Knights’ Closet probably won’t use it. 

We will also be accepting:

NEW boys and girls underwear 

NEW boys and girls socks

NEW black leggings 

Additional needed items include: 

Sturdy plastic hangers -no wire hangers, please  

Large new storage bins with lids ( Rubbermaid, Sterlite, etc) 

The Knights’ Closet will also be accepting monetary donations so that needed items may be purchased as the year goes on. Please make checks payable to North Andover Middle School. 

The Knights’ Closet would like to have 2-3 parent volunteers per shift to accept and organize the donations. As the Knights’ Closet grows and expands, there may be more volunteer opportunities. 

We are very excited to get this project up and running and appreciate all the support that has been offered around it. 

Are you interested in volunteering? Please contact Debbi Raffalli  (Raffallid@northandoverpublicschools.com) or Kathleen Pease (Peasek@northandoverpublicschools.com) directly.

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NAMS Geography Night Reminder

The 11th Annual Family Geography Night will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please check in at the Symmes Lobby for a program of events and locations.  The evening will include many activities for you to enjoy such as a performance by the Genki Spark, the Earth View inflatable globe, Geography Family Feud, giant maps, and of course - African Cookies!  

Speaking of cookies, if you are a volunteer baker please drop off all cookies to the NAMS Main Office no later than Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Also on site will be Big Al's Grill serving up Italian sausage and grilled hot dogs!
Please remember this is a "Family" Geography Night so we encourage you to participate in all activities along with your child.
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Reminders

North Andover Reads: In Their Footsteps

North Andover Reads "In Their Footsteps" honors our Veterans and Armistice Day. 
We are also highlighting the Christmas Truce of 1914. More information is available on the NA Reads website: http://nak12.net/NAReads
The flyer which lists all of our events may be found here
There are movies, books, speakers, a USO dance troupe and more. We are also honored to be able to host Don Mullan as a featured speaker.   
Don Mullan is an Irish author, filmmaker, speaker, humanitarian, activist and Founder of Hope Initiatives International will be here on November 19 and will speak at the HS to students  and later that evening for the public at 7:00 p.m.  You can learn more about Don at http://donmullan.org/
Following the North Andover Veterans Day Parade, all will be welcome to visit Stevens Memorial Library to view the installation of Poppys created by North Andover Elementary and Middle School Students. 
How is NAMS participating?
Sarah Tomkins, art teacher, is working with some of her students on a different poppy display and a banner for the event. Both will be exhibited at the library. 
Stevens will also provide books including Truce, Harlem Hellfighters and Christmas in the Trenches. 
Middle School Students can also participate in the Passport project through the group "In Their Footsteps" (passport example may be found here). If students complete an item in each column they will get a pin and a certificate from this agency. We will make these available in the school libraries and at Stevens Memorial Library. 

Students can also send cards for those in the military as part of a service project ("S" in RAISE). 

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Family Astronomy Night at Merrimack College

Merrimack College hosts 2nd Annual Family Astronomy Night on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. All are welcome! For more information, please see the flyer below.

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Youth Center Bus Passes

Any student who wishes to ride a shuttle bus to the Youth Center must have a Youth Center Bus Pass.  Students who already have a bus pass may request a Youth Center Bus Pass. Students who do not already have a bus pass will need to apply for a bus pass. Contact the transportation office directly to request the bus pass. Students will be assigned a particular bus to take on Youth Center Days. Buses 3, 13, & 14 drop off at the Youth Center. You may apply for a bus pass here.

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NAMS Book Fair

The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for October 23-25, 2019 and will be open on the evening of October 24th during Geography Night.

Families may make purchases online at the following website: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/northandovermiddleschool

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NAMS Parent/Guardian Conferences
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 there will be no school for students. At NAMS, our Team Teachers use this day to schedule parent/guardian conferences. Recognizing that time is limited to meet with parents/guardians over the course of one school day, our teachers will be identifying parents/guardians of students whom they would like to discuss together and then will be individually inviting these parents/guardians in for meetings.

Opportunity for Current NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Students

FIELD ECOLOGY AND GEOLOGY COURSE – TETON MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, JACKSON, WYOMING

Tentative Itinerary and Course Objectives:

This summer field course will take place on the campus of the Teton Mountain School in Jackson, Wyoming.   Jackson is just outside Teton National Park and an hour south of Yellowstone National Park, both of which are areas renowned for their biological and geological wonders.  Teton Mountain School is a field school that specializes in teaching science programs about the Teton/Yellowstone ecosystems to k-12 students. This class will focus on teaching students about the local ecology and geology/geomorphology of the area.   For 6 days, we will stay in dormitories at the Teton Mountain School in Jackson. Here we will look at the geology and glacial geomorphology of Jackson Hole, so that students understand the geology that created the “hole”/valley where the town is located, and the surrounding Teton Mountains.  Then we will look at how the glaciers have weathered these mountains and created their current features and topography on a hike up into the valley to an active glacier. We will also study the ecology of the unique ecosystem within Jackson Hole. We will also spend 5 days and 4 nights touring and camping in Yellowstone National Park.   This section of the class will cover several different subjects that are unique to Yellowstone. We will study the geology that is behind the formation of the remarkable geologic features found in Yellowstone, such as geysers and hot springs, as well as the volcanic geology that created the park itself (it is a hotspot, much like Hawaii, but in the center of a continent).   We will hike to a fossil forest where entire forests were buried by volcanic ash and fossilized, leaving standing trunks of rock. We will also study fire ecology, looking at how Yellowstone has recovered from the devastating wildfires that burned much of the park a decade ago, and how this influences the ecology of the region. Finally, we will study how the reintroduction of wolves into the Yellowstone ecosystem and how this has changed the ecology of the park and the importance of top predators in other ecosystems.  


All meals, lodging, bedding, and transportation while in Jackson is included in the tuition price and will be handled by the Teton Mountain School.  Tuition will also include transportation to Logan Airport and the cost of the airline ticket to Jackson, WY. Linens, sleeping bag and pad, and camping equipment are all included in the price.  


If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please attend the meeting in Mr Richard's room on Monday October 21st from 2:20-3:00 PM.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Mr. Richard for more information at richardc@northandoverpublicschools.com


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, October 21st

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Tuesday, October 22nd

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Wednesday, October 23rd - Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

 NAMS Book Fair

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Thursday, October 24th - Switch Grades 6 & 8 Schedules

 Switch Grades 6 & 8 Schedules

 NAMS Book Fair

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Stage Fort Park, Gloucester (Students dismissed at 1:50 p.m.)

 Geography Night 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 25th

 NAMS Book Fair

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips


Monday, October 28th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Tuesday, October 29th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Wednesday, October 30th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Thursday, October 31st

 Halloween (Staff and students may wear costumes, school-appropriate)

Friday, November 1st

Principal's Post - Week of October 15th

posted Oct 10, 2019, 6:20 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 7:00 AM ]

North Andover Reads: In Their Footsteps

North Andover Reads "In Their Footsteps" honors our Veterans and Armistice Day. 
We are also highlighting the Christmas Truce of 1914. More information is available on the NA Reads website: http://nak12.net/NAReads
The flyer which lists all of our events may be found here
There are movies, books, speakers, a USO dance troupe and more. We are also honored to be able to host Don Mullan as a featured speaker.   
Don Mullan is an Irish author, filmmaker, speaker, humanitarian, activist and Founder of Hope Initiatives International will be here on November 19 and will speak at the HS to students  and later that evening for the public at 7:00 p.m.  You can learn more about Don at http://donmullan.org/
Following the North Andover Veterans Day Parade, all will be welcome to visit Stevens Memorial Library to view the installation of Poppys created by North Andover Elementary and Middle School Students. 
How is NAMS participating?
Sarah Tomkins, art teacher, is working with some of her students on a different poppy display and a banner for the event. Both will be exhibited at the library. 
Stevens will also provide books including Truce, Harlem Hellfighters and Christmas in the Trenches. 
Middle School Students can also participate in the Passport project through the group "In Their Footsteps" (passport example may be found here). If students complete an item in each column they will get a pin and a certificate from this agency. We will make these available in the school libraries and at Stevens Memorial Library. 

Students can also send cards for those in the military as part of a service project ("S" in RAISE). 

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Family Astronomy Night at Merrimack College

Merrimack College hosts 2nd Annual Family Astronomy Night on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. All are welcome! For more information, please see the flyer below.

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Youth Center Bus Passes

Any student who wishes to ride a shuttle bus to the Youth Center must have a Youth Center Bus Pass.  Students who already have a bus pass may request a Youth Center Bus Pass. Students who do not already have a bus pass will need to apply for a bus pass. Contact the transportation office directly to request the bus pass. Students will be assigned a particular bus to take on Youth Center Days. Buses 3, 13, & 14 drop off at the Youth Center. You may apply for a bus pass here.

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Attention Grade 8 Families - Nature's Classroom Reminders

The total cost for this trip is $342. Some of our families made a payment of $50 or more this past spring. If you are unsure what you have already paid, please contact Ms. Barron at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com

Checks should be made payable to NAMS. When writing a check, please be sure to write your child’s name in the Memo Line.

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Please note: Grade 8 Families will be receiving detailed information regarding the trip to Nature's Classroom next week.


NAMS Book Fair

The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for October 23-25, 2019 and will be open on the evening of October 24th during Geography Night.

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Do you know any women working in STEM fields?

We're looking for more volunteers to participate in our Women in STEM Career day at NAHS on Tuesday 10/22 from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
For more information, check out the following flyer: NAHS Women in STEM 2019 Flyer
You may find the registration at the following website: http://bit.ly/WomenSTEM2019

NAMS Parent/Guardian Conferences
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 there will be no school for students. At NAMS, our Team Teachers use this day to schedule parent/guardian conferences. Recognizing that time is limited to meet with parents/guardians over the course of one school day, our teachers will be identifying parents/guardians of students whom they would like to discuss together and then will be individually inviting these parents/guardians in for meetings.

Opportunity for Current NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Students

FIELD ECOLOGY AND GEOLOGY COURSE – TETON MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, JACKSON, WYOMING

Tentative Itinerary and Course Objectives:

This summer field course will take place on the campus of the Teton Mountain School in Jackson, Wyoming.   Jackson is just outside Teton National Park and an hour south of Yellowstone National Park, both of which are areas renowned for their biological and geological wonders.  Teton Mountain School is a field school that specializes in teaching science programs about the Teton/Yellowstone ecosystems to k-12 students. This class will focus on teaching students about the local ecology and geology/geomorphology of the area.   For 6 days, we will stay in dormitories at the Teton Mountain School in Jackson. Here we will look at the geology and glacial geomorphology of Jackson Hole, so that students understand the geology that created the “hole”/valley where the town is located, and the surrounding Teton Mountains.  Then we will look at how the glaciers have weathered these mountains and created their current features and topography on a hike up into the valley to an active glacier. We will also study the ecology of the unique ecosystem within Jackson Hole. We will also spend 5 days and 4 nights touring and camping in Yellowstone National Park.   This section of the class will cover several different subjects that are unique to Yellowstone. We will study the geology that is behind the formation of the remarkable geologic features found in Yellowstone, such as geysers and hot springs, as well as the volcanic geology that created the park itself (it is a hotspot, much like Hawaii, but in the center of a continent).   We will hike to a fossil forest where entire forests were buried by volcanic ash and fossilized, leaving standing trunks of rock. We will also study fire ecology, looking at how Yellowstone has recovered from the devastating wildfires that burned much of the park a decade ago, and how this influences the ecology of the region. Finally, we will study how the reintroduction of wolves into the Yellowstone ecosystem and how this has changed the ecology of the park and the importance of top predators in other ecosystems.  


All meals, lodging, bedding, and transportation while in Jackson is included in the tuition price and will be handled by the Teton Mountain School.  Tuition will also include transportation to Logan Airport and the cost of the airline ticket to Jackson, WY. Linens, sleeping bag and pad, and camping equipment are all included in the price.  


If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please attend the meeting in Mr Richard's room on Monday October 21st from 2:20-3:00 PM.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Mr. Richard for more information at richardc@northandoverpublicschools.com


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 14th

Tuesday, October 15th

• Peer Leader Training from 7:50-12:00 p.m. in Performing Arts Center

• Team 6A & 6D students report to the gym instead of the PAC from 7:20-7:35 a.m.

Wednesday, October 16th

 Team Building 7A

Thursday, October 17th

 Greater Lawrence Technical School Visiting Grade 8 Students in from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Friday, October 18th


Monday, October 21st

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

 2nd Annual Family Astronomy Night at Merrimack College from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 22nd

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Wednesday, October 23rd - Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

 NAMS Book Fair

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Thursday, October 24th

 NAMS Book Fair

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

 Geography Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (More detailed information is forthcoming.)

Friday, October 25th

 NAMS Book Fair

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips


Monday, October 21st

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Tuesday, October 22nd

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Wednesday, October 23rd - Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

 NAMS Book Fair

 8B Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Thursday, October 24th - Switch Grades 6 & 8 Schedules

 Switch Grades 6 & 8 Schedules

 NAMS Book Fair

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Stage Fort Park, Gloucester (Students dismissed at 1:50 p.m.)

 Geography Night 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 25th

 NAMS Book Fair

 8A Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips


Monday, October 28th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Tuesday, October 29th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Wednesday, October 30th

 8C Nature's Classroom & NA-Based Field Trips

Thursday, October 31st

 Halloween (Staff and students may wear costumes, school-appropriate)

Friday, November 1st


Principal's Post - Week of October 7th

posted Oct 3, 2019, 5:32 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 3, 2019, 5:50 PM ]

MCAS 2019 Results

Individual Student MCAS Reports will be sent home with students on the afternoon of Friday, October 4th. You may find our school's results on our website or hereWe more than doubled our annual target percentage. Our most at-risk students in the state’s designated lowest 25% more than quadrupled their annual target percentage. Staff at NAMS analyze these results and work to continually adjust their practice to address the needs of all of our students.


Youth Center Bus Passes

Any student who wishes to ride a shuttle bus to the Youth Center must have a Youth Center Bus Pass.  Contact the transportation office directly to request the bus pass. Students will be assigned a particular bus to take on Youth Center Days. Buses 3, 13, & 14 drop off at the Youth Center.


Attention Grade 8 Families - Nature's Classroom Reminders

The total cost for this trip is $342. Some of our families made a payment of $50 or more this past spring. If you are unsure what you have already paid, please contact Ms. Barron at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com

Checks should be made payable to NAMS. When writing a check, please be sure to write your child’s name in the Memo Line.

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NAMS Book Fair
The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for October 23-25, 2019 and will be open on the evening of October 24th during Geography Night.

Mathcounts

Interested in improving your math problem-solving skills?  Join the MATHCOUNTS Math Club! In MATHCOUNTS, learning math is fun, social, and supportive.  We inspire curiosity and build confidence in students of all levels. Members of the MATHCOUNTS Math Club will also get to participate in the MATHCOUNTS competition series, where students from all 50 states will come together to engage in a series of in-person contests.  Our first meeting will be on Friday, October 4 in room S107. If you are interested in attending the first meeting, email Mr. Furey at fureyp@northandoverpublicschools.com.  Hope to see you there!


Literary Squad

Do you like having fun? Are you a writer?  An artist? Or just like meeting new friends?  Perhaps you would like to have your work published.  If that’s you, come hang out in room F207 to learn more about NAMS Literary Squad!  Bring a snack and a creative mind! We will explore many genres of writing. All grades welcome.  Come to the first meetings when you can; no commitment required. Please see Mrs. Hart/Mrs. Richard in F207 if interested.


Reminders
Drop-Off & Pick-Up Reminders
Please be sure to follow our drop-off and pick-up protocols as explained on the maps found here.
Students should not be dropped off in front of the school before 7:40 a.m. or picked up in front of the school before 2:40 p.m.
Students should only be dropped off or picked up along our drop-off & pick-up routes before and after school.
Students should only be dropped off and picked up in the left lane of our drop-off and pick-up routes before and after school.
Please be patient and wait in line to drop off your child.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 6 student, please pull up to the green line when picking up or dropping off. Several students may be dropped off and picked up at the same time this way.
If you are dropping off or picking up your grade 7 or 8 student, please pull up to the blue zone. Several students may be dropped off or picked up in the blue zone.

Dr. Ferlito at Bradford Orthodontics is giving back to the NAMS PTAC by donating $50 for each student who enrolls in his practice. Additionally, he hopes to support other school efforts. You can visit his website at www.drferlito.com or check him out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bradfordortho or 978-521-6262. Please make sure that you tell his staff that your child attends NAMS.


Community Programs Offerings at NAMS
At the end of this post, you will find many fall offerings for NAMS students through Community Programs. The link is http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/community-programs/excel-enrichment-program 

North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.


Please support the North Andover Schools Enrichment Council
NASEC is fully funded by the generous support and donations by families like you.  This non-profit group sponsors the 6th grade Earth Balloon 🌍 at Geography Night and provides fun curriculum-based shows to all students at NAMS.  Last year, the NASEC sponsored Jesse Green and his "Chainsaws, Cheeseburgers, and Rock-n-Roll" show.  His NA Knight sculpture is proudly displayed in the NAMS lobby.  Please fill out the attached donation form to help support the NASEC.

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Sunday, October 6th

• NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Reading from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

• NAMS Students led by Ms. Liacos sing the National Anthem at the Boston Celtics game at 6:00 p.m.


Monday, October 7th

• Essex Tech Visiting Grade 8 Students in Room C106 from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

• NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m.


Tuesday, October 8th


Yom Kippur - Begins the evening of Tuesday, October 8th and concludes Wednesday evening, October 9th.  


Wednesday, October 9th

• Early Release for Students @ 1:10 p.m.


Thursday, October 10th


Friday, October 11th

• Peer Leader Training from 7:50-12:00 p.m.


NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 14th


Tuesday, October 15th

• Peer Leader Training from 7:50-12:00 p.m.


Wednesday, October 16th

 Team Building 7A


Thursday, October 17th

 Greater Lawrence Technical School Visiting Grade 8 Students in from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

 NAMS Cross Country Meet @ Maudslay State Park, Newburyport


Friday, October 18th

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