Principal's Weekly Posts


Principal's Post - Week of June 17th

posted Jun 13, 2019, 5:35 PM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,


I hope that this message finds you and your family well.  This is the time of year in which we look back on all that we were able to accomplish together and feel a sense of pride in the successes of our children and students.  Our students and staff provide us with so many opportunities to be proud of their many achievements and accomplishments.


You may find the latest Principal’s Post here and on our website.  Some of the topics from this upcoming week’s Principal’s Post may be found below. Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


Happy Father’s Day Weekend to all of our NAMS Dads!


Final Early Release Day is our Last Day of School on Wednesday, June 19th with students being dismissed at 11:05 a.m.


Thank you NAMS Parent Teacher Advisory Council

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the NAMS PTAC for all of their support and effort this entire year.  I want to especially thank Paula Mistry & Chris Farr, co-presidents; Sheryl Sciaudone, Treasurer; and Liz McDevitt, Secretary/Webmaster. Thank you to all of the parents/guardians who spent countless hours in their leadership roles on the PTAC this year.  I have been so very impressed throughout the entire year with the organization, leadership, and communication that the PTAC has demonstrated and feel extremely fortunate to be part of this community.


Attention Grade 6 Families

In accordance with Massachusetts State Law 105 CMR 220.000: IMMUNIZATION OF STUDENTS BEFORE ADMISSION TO SCHOOL, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that all children have a tetanus booster (Td or Tdap) vaccine and 2 Varicella (chickenpox) vaccines as well as a physical exam prior to entering 7th grade.  

These vaccinations as they are typically given during the 11 year or 12 year annual physical.  Please submit this documentation to us via email, mail, fax, or in person to our nurses if you have not already done so.

This documentation must be received prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. We realize that some students may be scheduled for their 12 year physical in the fall. Please email and let us know if this is the case. Thank you for your cooperation with this important matter.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Hassanein, MS, RN

Kathleen Pease, BSN, RN

Phone:  978-557-7902

Fax:  978-794-3619

Emails:

hassaneine@northandoverpublicschools.com

peasek@northandoverpublicschools.com


Summer Reading

Please be sure to review the summer reading requirement here to get a jump on the summer reading.


Donate Leftover School Supplies to Students In Need

Every year at NAMS, students purchase the list of supplies outlined in their classroom checklists.  All year long, the supplies get put to use on class assignments and projects. At the end of the year, many of the supplies are only slightly used.  Lots of these items get tossed into the garbage as students clean out their lockers in June.

WHY NOT COLLECT THE SUPPLIES AND DONATE THEM TO STUDENTS THAT COULD REALLY USE THEM?

Please donate gently or slightly used school supplies.  We plan to donate to teachers in the Lawrence Public School System.

Bins will be located in the main office and the Symmes Lobby to collect donations.  


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


So, what is your child doing this summer?

Check out the summer offerings available for middle school students through Community Programs here and through the North Andover Youth Center here.


Attention Music Parents/Guardians and Students

Did you know that NAMA (North Andover Music Association) offers music stipends for tuition and fee assistance for the July 2019-June 2020 Year?

NAMA can help with the cost of tuition or application fees for NAPS music students attending music honors programs, music training programs, and summer music or music theatre camps or programs.

If you are interested in applying for a stipend please fill out the NAMA Stipend Application and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. Only one stipend per calendar year may be submitted for each student.  If you would like a scholarship to a summer program, please submit the application by June 14, 2019. More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found here or at the following address: https://northandovermusic.org A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website located here or at the following website: https://northandovermusic.org/documents


Looking Ahead

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony Practice

8A from 8:00-8:45 a.m.

8B from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

8C from 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Grade 8 Name That Tune Challenge

All Teams from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Switch Grades 6 & 8 Schedules

Promotion Ceremonies

Team 8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Team 8B from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Team 8C from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Grade 8 Class Night

All Grade 8 Teams from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (Last Day of School)

Early Release for Students @ 11:05 a.m.

Principal's Post - Week of June 10th

posted Jun 6, 2019, 7:33 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 5:34 PM ]

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


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Donate Leftover School Supplies to Students In Need

Every year at NAMS, students purchase the list of supplies outlined in their classroom checklists.  All year long, the supplies get put to use on class assignments and projects. At the end of the year, many of the supplies are only slightly used.  Lots of these items get tossed into the garbage as students clean out their lockers in June.

WHY NOT COLLECT THE SUPPLIES AND DONATE THEM TO STUDENTS THAT COULD REALLY USE THEM?

Please donate gently or slightly used school supplies.  We plan to donate to teachers in the Lawrence Public School System.

Bins will be located in the main office and the Symmes Lobby to collect donations.  


Final Early Release Day is our Last Day of School on Wednesday, June 19th with students being dismissed at 11:05 a.m.


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


So, what is your child doing this summer?

Check out the summer offerings available for middle school students through Community Programs here.


Attention Music Parents/Guardians and Students

Did you know that NAMA (North Andover Music Association) offers music stipends for tuition and fee assistance for the July 2019-June 2020 Year?

NAMA can help with the cost of tuition or application fees for NAPS music students attending music honors programs, music training programs, and summer music or music theatre camps or programs.

If you are interested in applying for a stipend please fill out the NAMA Stipend Application and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. Only one stipend per calendar year may be submitted for each student.  If you would like a scholarship to a summer program, please submit the application by June 14, 2019. More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found here or at the following address: https://northandovermusic.org A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website located here or at the following website: https://northandovermusic.org/documents


Museum of Science Vaping Presentations in Auditorium

NAHS Grade 9 students were able to attend what I have been told was a truly engaging, educational, and amazing vaping presentation at the Museum of Science this past month. When asked if our students could attend, we were hard pressed to find a date that would work for all 3 grades. So, we asked if the presenter could come to us! If you didn't already know, our nurse leader (Cheryl Barczak) and our nurses (Kathleen Pease and Beth Hassaneine) are so awesome that they were able to convince and cajole the presenter to come to NAMS free of charge. We are able to schedule 3 grade level presentations thanks to their efforts:

   8:00-8:35 Grade 6

   8:50-9:30 Grade 8

   9:44-10:24 Grade 7

Fresh Look at Old Habits is the title of the presentation. Students and staff will be hearing from current science & technology experts as they reveal the latest research on tobacco, nicotine, and marijuana use by adolescents and young adults. Smoking and vaping – old habits with a new understanding.

Working together, we can guide and support our children to make our future great. Remember that we are preparing our children for their future, not our past.


Moving-Up Day

All of our students will be informed what team they will be on next year on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and will also be able to meet their teachers on this day. Our grade 5 students will be coming up to NAMS, our grade 6 students will be meeting their grade 7 teachers for next year, our grade 7 students will be meeting their grade 8 teachers, and our grade 8 students will be going up to NAHS as part of this annual tradition.


Have you been following NAMS on Twitter?

I have been tweeting and retweeting pics and videos of our NAMS students and staff all year. 

Please follow us on Twitter @NAMiddle or at the following address: https://twitter.com/NAMiddle  


North Andover District Calendar 2019-2020

You may find next year's school calendar here.


Donation Drive for the MSPCA at Nevins Farms

The Life Skills classroom at NAMS has organized a Donation Drive for the MSPCA at Nevins Farms, the week of June 3rd - 7th.  Donation boxes will be placed in each homeroom and the wish list distributed (MSPCA Donation Wish List).  Your donations are greatly appreciated by our friends at MSPCA.  Here is a short video clip to acquaint you with the shelter and the animals in need (MSPCA Video/Volunteer Jennifer Taris).

If you are not familiar with MSPCA at Nevins Farm, they are an open admissions, non-profit organization located in Methuen, MA.   Each year thousands of animals arrive at the Noble Family Animal Care & Adoption Center at Nevins Farm. Almost every animal that is surrendered to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is in need of some type of medical care.  Some may only need basic vaccines or routine surgery, while others may be suffering serious injury or living with undiagnosed and untreated illnesses. They are the only shelter in the area that does barn animal surrender and adoptions.  As a non-profit organization, the MSPCA resources are limited when it comes to caring for expensive and time-consuming medical cases (link to video). The following funds have been developed to meet the needs of the many animals who need our help.  

Angels for Animals Fund www.mspca.org/animal_care/angels-for-animals-fund/

Ashton’s Hope Fund www.mspca.org/animal_care/ashtons-hope-fund/

Buy a Bale  Program

Call Heather Robertson at (978) 687-7453 x6118  for more information.

North Andover Middle School is helping to do our part through a Donation Drive for MSPCA at Nevins Farm.  A list of items that can be sent in with your student is below as well as the link to a video.

Thank you for supporting our little friends,

Mrs. Kate DeLisle & Ms. Kathleen Taris


Looking Ahead

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Museum of Science Vaping Presentations in Auditorium

8:15-8:45 Grade 6

9:00-9:30 Grade 8

9:45-10:15 Grade 7

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Move-Up Day (Grades 5-8)

Move-Up Night for Grade 5 Parents/Guardians

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 Field Day

Peer Leaders visit Grade 6 Classrooms during Period 1

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony Practices

8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

8B from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

8C from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 students go to RA1 until 8:40 a.m. then go to Homeroom then go to Boston Cruise. Students return before 2:20 p.m.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony Practice

8A from 8:00-8:45 a.m.

8B from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

8C from 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Grade 8 Name That Tune Challenge

All Teams from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Switch Grades 6 & 8 Schedules

Promotion Ceremonies

Team 8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Team 8B from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Team 8C from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Class Night

All Teams from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (Last Day of School)

Early Release for Students @ 11:05 a.m.

Principal's Post - Week of June 3rd

posted May 31, 2019, 4:56 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 7:27 PM ]

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


Reminder: Wednesday, June 5th is an Early Release Day for Students at 1:05 p.m.

The final Early Release Day will be our last day of school on Wednesday, June 19th with students being dismissed at 11:05 a.m.


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


So, what is your child doing this summer?

Check out the summer offerings available for middle school students through Community Programs here.


Attention Music Parents/Guardians and Students

Did you know that NAMA (North Andover Music Association) offers music stipends for tuition and fee assistance for the July 2019-June 2020 Year?

NAMA can help with the cost of tuition or application fees for NAPS music students attending music honors programs, music training programs, and summer music or music theatre camps or programs.

If you are interested in applying for a stipend please fill out the NAMA Stipend Application and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. Only one stipend per calendar year may be submitted for each student.  If you would like a scholarship to a summer program, please submit the application by June 14, 2019. More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found here or at the following address: https://northandovermusic.org A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website located here or at the following website: https://northandovermusic.org/documents


Recycling & Composting Updates

Since the program started at NAMS, about 5 weeks ago, approximately 2,700 lbs of food waste has been diverted from going into the trash, and instead brought to a local farm where it is cared for and eventually turned into soil to go back to the Earth to grow food.  


Museum of Science Vaping Presentations in Auditorium

NAHS Grade 9 students were able to attend what I have been told was a truly engaging, educational, and amazing vaping presentation at the Museum of Science this past month. When asked if our students could attend, we were hard pressed to find a date that would work for all 3 grades. So, we asked if the presenter could come to us! If you didn't already know, our nurse leader (Cheryl Barczak) and our nurses (Kathleen Pease and Beth Hassaneine) are so awesome that they were able to convince and cajole the presenter to come to NAMS free of charge. We are able to schedule 3 grade level presentations thanks to their efforts:

   8:00-8:35 Grade 6

   8:50-9:30 Grade 8

   9:44-10:24 Grade 7

Fresh Look at Old Habits is the title of the presentation. Students and staff will be hearing from current science & technology experts as they reveal the latest research on tobacco, nicotine, and marijuana use by adolescents and young adults. Smoking and vaping – old habits with a new understanding.

Working together, we can guide and support our children to make our future great. Remember that we are preparing our children for their future, not our past.


Moving-Up Day

All of our students will be informed what team they will be on next year on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and will also be able to meet their teachers on this day. Our grade 5 students will be coming up to NAMS, our grade 6 students will be meeting their grade 7 teachers for next year, our grade 7 students will be meeting their grade 8 teachers, and our grade 8 students will be going up to NAHS as part of this annual tradition.


Have you been following NAMS on Twitter?

I have been tweeting and retweeting pics and videos of our NAMS students and staff all year. 

Please follow us on Twitter @NAMiddle or at the following address: https://twitter.com/NAMiddle  


North Andover District Calendar 2019-2020

You may find next year's school calendar here.


Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (Rain Date is Thursday, June 13th) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held on fields behind NAMS, and not the Youth Center. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net


Donation Drive for the MSPCA at Nevins Farms

The Life Skills classroom at NAMS has organized a Donation Drive for the MSPCA at Nevins Farms, the week of June 3rd - 7th.  Donation boxes will be placed in each homeroom and the wish list distributed (MSPCA Donation Wish List).  Your donations are greatly appreciated by our friends at MSPCA.  Here is a short video clip to acquaint you with the shelter and the animals in need (MSPCA Video/Volunteer Jennifer Taris).

If you are not familiar with MSPCA at Nevins Farm, they are an open admissions, non-profit organization located in Methuen, MA.   Each year thousands of animals arrive at the Noble Family Animal Care & Adoption Center at Nevins Farm. Almost every animal that is surrendered to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is in need of some type of medical care.  Some may only need basic vaccines or routine surgery, while others may be suffering serious injury or living with undiagnosed and untreated illnesses. They are the only shelter in the area that does barn animal surrender and adoptions.  As a non-profit organization, the MSPCA resources are limited when it comes to caring for expensive and time-consuming medical cases (link to video). The following funds have been developed to meet the needs of the many animals who need our help.  

Angels for Animals Fund www.mspca.org/animal_care/angels-for-animals-fund/

Ashton’s Hope Fund www.mspca.org/animal_care/ashtons-hope-fund/

Buy a Bale  Program

Call Heather Robertson at (978) 687-7453 x6118  for more information.

North Andover Middle School is helping to do our part through a Donation Drive for MSPCA at Nevins Farm.  A list of items that can be sent in with your student is below as well as the link to a video.

Thank you for supporting our little friends,

Mrs. Kate DeLisle & Ms. Kathleen Taris


Looking Ahead

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Team 8C (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Team 8C (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Grade 7 Presentation - Amazing Hero Art in Auditorium from 11:00-12:00 p.m.

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

Grades 6 & 7 Full Year Chorus Concert at DCU Center

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Team 8B (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

      Trimester 3 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Canobie Lake Park Music Field Trip


Monday, June 10, 2019

Museum of Science Vaping Presentations in Auditorium

8:15-8:45 Grade 6

9:00-9:30 Grade 8

9:45-10:15 Grade 7

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Move-Up Day (Grades 5-8)

Move-Up Night for Grade 5 Parents/Guardians

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 Field Day

Peer Leaders visit Grade 6 Classrooms during Period 1

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony Practices

8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

8B from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

8C from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 students go to RA1 until 8:40 a.m. then go to Homeroom then go to Boston Cruise. Students return before 2:20 p.m.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony Practice

8A from 8:00-8:45 a.m.

8B from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

8C from 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Grade 8 Name That Tune Challenge

All Teams from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

CORRECTION - Switch Grades 6 & 8 Schedules

Promotion Ceremonies

Team 8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Team 8B from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Team 8C from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Class Night

All Teams from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (Last Day of School)

Early Release for Students @ 11:05 a.m.

Principal's Post - Week of May 28th

posted May 23, 2019, 8:23 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated May 23, 2019, 8:28 PM ]

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


Please be sure to take a moment this weekend to remember

the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our county.

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MCAS 2019

MCAS at NAMS went extremely well thanks to the efforts of all of you, thank you! I would like to especially thank Mr. Gosselin, Ms. Faucher, Ms. Chute, Mr. Wrigley, Ms. Raimondo, Ms. DiTroia, and all of our staff for all of their time, effort, and energy.


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


So, what is your child doing this summer?

Check out the summer offerings available for middle school students through Community Programs here.


Museum of Science Vaping Presentations in Auditorium

NAHS Grade 9 students were able to attend what I have been told was a truly engaging, educational, and amazing vaping presentation at the Museum of Science this past month. When asked if our students could attend, we were hard pressed to find a date that would work for all 3 grades. So, we asked if the presenter could come to us! If you didn't already know, our nurse leader (Cheryl Barczak) and our nurses (Kathleen Pease and Beth Hassaneine) are so awesome that they were able to convince and cajole the presenter to come to NAMS free of charge. We are able to schedule 3 grade level presentations thanks to their efforts:

8:15-8:45 Grade 6

9:00-9:30 Grade 8

9:45-10:15 Grade 7

I plan on sending parents/guardians information about the dangers of vaping/juling and tips on how to talk to your children soon. Two of my favorite quotes are Many hands make light work and It takes a village to raise a child. Working together, we can guide and support our children to make our future great. Remember that we are preparing our children for their future, not our past.


Moving-Up Day

All of our students will be informed what team they will be on next year on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and will also be able to meet their teachers on this day. Our grade 5 students will be coming up to NAMS and our grade 8 students will be going up to NAHS as part of this annual tradition.


Have you been following NAMS on Twitter?

I have been tweeting and retweeting pics and videos of our NAMS students and staff all year. 

Please follow us on Twitter @NAMiddle or at the following address: https://twitter.com/NAMiddle  


North Andover District Calendar 2019-2020

You may find next year's school calendar here.


Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (Rain Date is Thursday, June 13th) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held on fields behind NAMS, and not the Youth Center. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net


Looking Ahead

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Memorial Day Weekend

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Students and Staff Return on Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Team 8A (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Grade 7 Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Team 8A (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Grades 6 & 8 Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Team 8B (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Friday, May 31, 2019


Monday, June 3, 2019

Team 8C (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Team 8C (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Grade 7 Presentation - Amazing Hero Art in Auditorium from 11:00-12:00 p.m.

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

Grades 6 & 7 Full Year Chorus Concert at DCU Center

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Team 8B (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

      Trimester 3 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Canobie Lake Park Music Field Trip


Monday, June 10, 2019

Museum of Science Vaping Presentations in Auditorium

8:15-8:45 Grade 6

9:00-9:30 Grade 8

9:45-10:15 Grade 7

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Move-Up Day (Grades 5-8)

Move-Up Night for Grade 5 Parents/Guardians (Remember when your child was entering Grade 6?)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 Field Day

Peer Leaders visit Grade 6 Classrooms during Period 1

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony Practices

8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

8B from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

8C from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 students go to RA1 until 8:40 a.m. then go to Homeroom then go to Boston Cruise. Students return before 2:20 p.m.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony Practice

8A from 8:00-8:45 a.m.

8B from 8:45-9:30 a.m.

8C from 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Grade 8 Name That Tune Challenge

All Teams from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Promotion Ceremonies

Team 8A from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Team 8B from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Team 8C from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Class Night

All Teams from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (Last Day of School)

Early Release for Students @ 11:05 a.m.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

posted May 20, 2019, 10:12 AM by Jorge Goncalves

THROUGH COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/community-programs


MINECRAFT AND MINDSTORMS

Our Minecraft Program is tailored to all skill levels, whether you’re just starting out your explorations or you already know you’re way around creepers. Typically, kids and teens play Minecraft at home with little to no direction or goals in mind. At Minecraft North Andover, students approach gameplay from a new angle, and are empowered to discover the underlying mechanics of the game in a collaborative environment. Beginner to advanced students in our Minecraft program learn how to think critically about their work with the infinite possibilities of the game. Students create themes, storylines, dialog between characters, objectives, goals, and more, while more experienced players delve deeper into game design & development, modding, and level design  Participants of nearly any skill level can have fun building and launching commands using simple and complex automation inside of Minecraft. As they master skills, we offer challenges that teach key concepts in programming, design, electrical engineering, and architecture, all while using teamwork and social skills. It’s the perfect blend of fun, learning, and creativity.

Students will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve challenges and participate in various competitions.  Students will program their robots to participate in games such as soccer, baseball, sumo bots and battle bots!  Whether you are a first timer or have been in previous sessions, this high energy class is sure to keep you engaged!

Dates: August 12 - 16

Days: Monday - Friday

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Grade: Entering 3rd - 8th Grade

Location: Kittredge School

Cost: $200


HISTORY / CIVICS TRIPS

There will be different activities for the three different sessions. Students can register for one session or all three!

Questions: email Mr. McGravey at mcgraveyp@northandoverpublicschools.com.

Brochure Click Here

SESSION ONE:  June 25, 26, 27, and 28th, 2019 (Four Days)

TIMES: On average the time of History Camp is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. However, times may vary a bit based on the trip. (See itinerary)

TRIP DESTINATIONS: Canobie Lake Park, Fenway Park, the MFA, a Walking Tour and River Cruise of Newburyport and various North Andover historical sites. (See itinerary for specifics)

SESSION TWO:  July 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2019 (Five Days)

TIMES: On average the time of History Camp is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. However, times may vary a bit based on the trip. (See itinerary)

TIMES: On average the time of History Camp is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. However, times may vary a bit based on the trip. (See itinerary)

TRIP DESTINATIONS: Massachusetts State House, Witch Museum, Pirate Museum, Tsongas Center, Battle Sites of Lexington and Concord,  Scottish Rite Museum, Fire Station and Superintendents office.

SESSION THREE:  July 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19th 2019 (Five Days)

TIMES: On average the time of History Camp is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. However, times may vary a bit based on the trip. (See itinerary for specifics)

TRIP DESTINATION: John and John Quincy Adams historic birthplaces, Harvard Museum of Natural History and a Guided Tour of Harvard Yard, the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Willows Park, Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH, and Lawrence Heritage Park. (See itinerary for specifics)

PRICING

OPTION 1 :    ONE WEEK ONLY at $275.00 per camper (Week One - June 25-28 only is $225)

OPTION 2:    TWO WEEKS at $500 which is at a discounted rate

OPTION 3:    ALL THREE WEEKS at $750 which is at a discounted rate


Adventures in Science / STEM

North Andover Middle School/Community Programs:  Adventures in STEM, offers children a chance to discover first hand how “cool” science can be!  Field exploration combined with hands-on inquiry based investigations create lasting links for students to learn.  Students develop and apply critical thinking and problem skills.  In addition, the positive experiences associated with summer camps emphasizes interpersonal skill development, including the ability to make decisions, self-confidence, and communication. Check out the list of adventures we have planned each week for your preteen/teen ages 11 - 14 (entering 6th grade through leaving 8th grade).

Field exploration combined with hands-on inquiry based investigations create lasting links for students to learn.  Students develop and apply critical thinking and problem skills.  Check out the list adventures we have planned each week for your preteen/teen ages 11 - 14 (entering 6th grade through leaving 8th grade).

Program Day:  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  It is imperative students be on time for field adventures.  We have a scheduled bus departure times to allow for adequate travel to and from field adventures.  

Please feel free to email: tarisk@northandoverpublics schools for any specific program related details.  Financial and registration questions should be directed to North Andover Community Programs: Telephone 978 794-3080, Fax 978-738-1320                                                                                           

COST:    $225 per student each week,  $400 per student for both weeks

WEEK 1 (June 24 - 28):  

Do you have what it takes to catch a suspect of a Crime?  Find out in Forensic Investigation with Mr. Ahearn NAHS,  * Coastal Habitats Investigation and Birding, Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats * Simple Machine Inventor Challenge and Scavenger Hunt, USS Constitution & Museum  * Experience Newton’s Laws and Centripetal Force first hand at Canobie Lake Park * Onsite at NAMS with Ms. Taris for investigations in Combustion, Rockets, Chemical Change and more….

WEEK 2 (July 15 - 19):  

Do you have what it takes to catch a suspect of a Crime?  Find out in Forensic Investigation with Mr. Ahearn NAHS  * Hands on investigations in Power Production at Lowell National HIstoric Park * Experience physical science at TreeTop Adventures - Ropes, platforms, ziplines, climbing walls, achievable challenges for all ages/fitness level *   Onsite at NAMS with Ms. Taris for investigations in Combustion, Rockets, Chemical Change and more…. *  Horses, Goats, Chickens, Cats, Dogs and Pigs ….. OH MY!   Come meet, greet and learn about the animals, there habitats, behaviors and how to care for them.  MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm.


GIRLS SOCCER CLINIC

*Warm- Up/Dynamic Stretching *Foot Skills- Techniques and Individual Moves *Controlling the ball- Passing/Shielding *1v1 and 2 v2 – Focus on both Attacking and Defending*Goal Setting- Each player will pick an individual focus for the week. Players will be given 4 areas to choose from. *Small Sided Games* Goalie Instruction

Dates:         

Session 1: July 8 - 12

Session 2: August 12 - 16

Time:      8:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: High School Walsh Stadium - Session 1

                        Upper Turf - Session 2

Grades:     Entering 1st – 9th Grade

Cost:        $225 per session


BOYS SOCCER CLINIC

*Warm- Up/Dynamic Stretching *Foot Skills- Techniques and Individual Moves *Controlling the ball- Passing/Shielding *1v1 and 2 v2 – Focus on both Attacking and Defending*Goal Setting- Each player will pick an individual focus for the week. Players will be given 4 areas to choose from. *Small Sided Games* Goalie Instruction

Dates:          July 8 - 12

Time:       8 :00AM – 12:00PM

Location: High School Walsh Stadium - Session 1

Grades:     Entering 1stt – 9th Grade

Cost:        $225


GIRLS LACROSSE CLINIC

Players will receive quality instruction from the North Andover High School coaching staff.  The schedule will include skills, stations, individual and team concepts (shooting, dodging, passing, defense and goaltending) game scrimmage.

Dates:          June 24 - 27

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM      

Location: High School Walsh Stadium

Grades:     Entering 1st – 9th  Grade

Cost:        $155


BOYS LACROSSE CLINIC

Players will receive quality instruction from the North Andover High School coaching staff.  The schedule will include skills, stations, individual and team concepts (shooting, dodging, passing, defense and goaltending) game scrimmage.

Dates:          June 24 - 27

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM      

Location: High School Walsh Stadium

Grades:     Entering 1st – 9th  Grade

Cost:        $155


GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINIC

North Andover's love of basketball is alive and well. We want players to have the opportunity to learn the game of basketball and have fun doing it. Our goal is to provide top notch instruction surrounding key skills, including ball handling, shooting, defense, passing and rebounding. We strongly believe that kids learn best by doing so we encourage active participation by campers every step of the way and we will give them opportunities to practice each skill we teach in both a controlled drill and in a game situation.

Dates:         July 29 - August 2

Time:            8:30AM – 12:30PM

Location: High School Gym

Grades:     Entering 2nd – 9th Grade

Cost:        $200


MOVE THE ROCK BOYS BASKETBALL CLINIC

To provide sound fundamental instruction in all phases of basketball. Complete coverage of offensive and defensive fundamentals.  Provide an atmosphere where young boys can realize the importance of teamwork, good sportsmanship and character. To ensure that every player that attends the move the rock hoops basketball clinic will have the most enjoyable experience possible.  The clinic is designed so that each individual will leave as a more complete player.

Dates:       Session 1: June 24 - June 28

                        Session 2: July 15 - 19   

Time:       9:00AM – 1:00PM

Location: High School Gym

Grades:     Entering 1st – 9th Grade

Cost:        $250 for one week, $450 for two weeks


GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CLINIC

During the clinic, players will learn passing, setting, hitting, and serving skills, correct rules of high school volleyball, positions on the court, and will build a rapport with coaches and players. Sample Daily Schedule

Dates:          August 19 - 21

Time:       Session 1:  8:00AM – 11:00AM (Entering 8th and 9th Grade)

                      Session 2:  11:30AM – 2:30PM  (Entering 6th – 7th Grade)

Location: High School Gym

Cost:        $125 per session



FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC

Our mission is to build well-rounded athletes.  We are committed to excellence through the promotion of solid skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship.  And to have fun!

Dates:         July 8 - 10

Time:       9:00 - 12:00 AM

Location: High School Upper Turf

Grades:     Entering 4th - 9th Grade

Cost:        $85


YOUTH FOOTBALL CLINIC

Camp Goals: Our camp is designed to accomplish two goals: have fun and become better football players. Campers will receive instruction on football fundamentals, skills, and techniques. Campers will engage in one-on-one drills allowing each of them the opportunity to transfer individual skills taught in the camp to game-play experiences. All the key fundamentals needed to become a better football player will be emphasized.

Dates: August 5 - 8       

Time:       5:00 – 7:00 PM

Location: High School Walsh Stadium

Grades:     Entering 3rd – 8th Grade

Cost:        $80


CHEERLEADING CLINIC

Come join the North Andover Varsity team to learn the fundamentals and basics of cheerleading, including proper stretching, stunting, acro/tumbling skills, jumps and more!  This clinic is designed to connect booster cheerleaders with a mentor varsity athlete through a fun and dynamic format.

Each session will consist of:

Stretching and Conditioning:  

Goal: to increase knowledge around the importance of stretching and conditioning for improvement of skills, endurance and flexibility.

Cheer Dance and NAHS cheer

Goal: To introduce basic motions and movements related to cheerleading

Stunting

Goal: to introduce the basics of safety while stunting and progression of stunts

Tumbling and Jumps

Goal: to provide an opportunity for cheerleaders to work on or progress their tumbling skills and enhance their jump technique

The supervision and instruction for these sessions will be run by Coach Rachel Boepple.  Coach Boepple is the current NAHS varsity coach. Boepple is an MIAA certified coach and NFHS certified in cheerleading safety.

Dates:            Monday August 5th, Tuesday August 6th, and Wednesday August 7th

Time: 9 AM - 12 PM

Location: North Andover High School (gymnasium)

Ages:   Students entering 1st - 8th Grade

Cost: $75 per athlete


SUMMER TRACK ACADEMY

The Scarlet Knights Track and Field Academy is offering an action packed, fun filled four days for kids who aren’t ready for the summer fun to be over. All ages will learn more about running, jumping, and throwing in a fun and athletically appropriate learning environment. Don’t be caught scrambling for the next summer activity, join us! Camp runs the week immediately following the end of North Andover Youth Services Summer Fun Camp.

Dates:         August 12 - 15

Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM      

Location: High School Gym and Track

Grades:         Entering 2nd - 8th Grade    

Cost: $95


DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS CLUB

Learn a super fun game to play with your friends! With each week long adventure students receive a free set of dice, personal 3D printed model, of your character and chance to get your character drawn.

Dates:

Session 1: June 24 -- June 28

Session 2: July 8 - 12

Session 3: July 15 - 19

Session 4: July 22 - 26

Session 5: July 29 - August 2

Time: 8:30AM - 3:00PM

Location: North Andover Middle School

Grades:         Entering 6th - 9th Grade

Cost: $225 per session


GIRLS ON A HIKE! WITH NATURE’S PACE

Perhaps you’ve heard of Girls On The Run, well this is my twist on that confidence-building program: Girls On A Hike! Kick off summer with this three day program that builds camaraderie, self-confidence and positive self-talk for middle school girls. Having the strength to be comfortable in your own skin is a rare quality at this age, so here is an opportunity for girls to work on that skill in a fun way. Each day the group will explore a new trail in Harold Parker Forest, distances will range from 1.5 - 2.5 miles. These are mild nature walks, and plenty of time will be given to check out and enjoy cool areas. This program is being offered in the woods, because walking in the woods increases the feel-good chemicals in our bodies that make us happier, kinder, and less stressed. Being in a beautiful outdoor setting stirs wonder and awe, which makes us feel alive and adventurous! What better place, then, to focus on your strengths and build confidence? Along the trail, “sit spots” will be chosen where the group will take a break from walking and discuss a daily topic: 1) self confidence 2) positive self talk 3) mindfulness. Individual and team building activities will follow to reflect on the day’s topic. Activities will include: compiling positive “I Am” statements, writing a letter to self, creating a “good vibes” journal, building a kindness trail, etc. Journals and writing materials are provided. Girls will only need a backpack, sneakers, water bottle, and snack. Your daughter will feel good and discover something wonderful about themself each day! Nature’s Pace is owned and operated by Christine Cohne, local teacher and outdoor enthusiast. Visit Nature’s Pace, LLC. on Facebook, or on Instagram @natures.pace.adventures to learn more about our programming.

Ages: Girls entering grades 6-8

Dates: June 24, 25, 27 (6/26 & 6/28 will be rain dates)

Time: 9am-12pm

Cost: $90

Location: 305 Middleton Rd, North Andover (Harold Parker Forest Headquarter / Lot)


TENNIS

All of our classes are based on the U.S.T.A QuickStart Program, and are designed to take a child from beginner to beginner/intermediate level. We will teach stroke work, volleys, and serving to all, with scoring and match play for the more advanced beginner. It is our goal for the children to have fun while learning the game of tennis. Low staff/student ratio of 6:1 with a maximum of 12 students offers the best training atmosphere. Sign up for as many weeks as you desire. This program will meet Mondays thru Thursdays, with Fridays reserved as make-up/rain days.

Dates:  

Session 1:         June 24th – June 27th  

Session 2:         July 1st – July 3rd + July 5th

Session 3:         July 8th – July 11th  

Session 4:         July 15th – July 18th

Session 5:         July 22nd – July 25th   

Session 6:       July 29th – August 1st  

Session 7:         August 5th – August 8th

Session 8:         August 12th – August 15th

Ages:                    Ages 5 and 6: 8:30AM-9:15AM

     Ages 7 and 8: 9:30AM-10:30AM

    Ages 9 and 10:   10:30AM-11:30AM

    Ages 11 – 14:   11:30AM-1:00PM

Location:     North Andover High School Tennis Courts

Cost:              $75.00 per session (8:30-11:30) & $100.00 per session (11:30-1:00)


Principal's Post - Week of May 20th

posted May 17, 2019, 4:05 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the remaining MCAS dates for our NAMS students.

-Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th

-Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st


MCAS Student & Families Reminders

We ask for your help in ensuring that they are ready to do their best for themselves, our school, and our community.

  • Please be sure that your child gets sufficient sleep the night before the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast the day of the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child have a book to read in case he/she/they finish the MCAS exam early.

  • Please let your child know that this is just one assessment and they are just asked to do their best.

Students are encouraged to have the following:

  • Bottle of water (water only please).  The bottle of water can be on the floor available to students during MCAS.

  • Book to read if they finish before the end of the testing session.  Books will need to be placed in an identified area of the room. Students will have access to their books once they have completed the MCAS exam.

Thank you for your support!


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (Rain Date is Thursday, June 13th) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held on fields behind NAMS, and not the Youth Center. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net


Field Day T-Shirt Logo Contest

Attention Grade 8 Students - You are all invited to design this year’s NAMS Field Day 2019 logo that will appear on all Field Day T-Shirts.  Your logo should be designed on an 8.5 by 11 inch white piece of paper and should include the following text: NAMS Field Day 2019

The rest is up to you.  Please know that the logo will appear on the Field Day T-Shirts in one color.

Please submit your design to the main office by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. We will then create a ballot to vote for this year’s logo.


Grade 7 Parent/Guardian Informational Meeting for Nature's Classroom

All current grade 7 parents/guardians are invited to an informational meeting regarding the annual Grade 8 trip to Nature’s Classroom scheduled for next fall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st in the NAMS auditorium. This presentation will be led by NAMS staff along with a presenter from Nature’s classroom. Please save the date and I hope to see you on May 21st at 6:30 p.m.

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NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night
Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by A Little Knight Music Chorus, Jazz Band, Flute Ensemble, Grade 6 3rd Trimester Acting students, & Grade 8 Full Year Chorus.
Displayed artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and spine poetry from NAMS students.
We hope to see you there!
PARKING -This event is very well attended. Please allow for time to find parking. If the weather is nice, plan to park at NAMS and walk to the library. 

Student Arrival Time & Dress Code
Jazz Band arrive at 5:30 p.m., bring your instruments/stands/music & wearing jazz band shirts
Flute Ensemble arrive 6:00 p.m., wearing band shirts & bring your instruments/music stands/music
6th Grade Acting arrive at 6 p.m. and report to the 2nd floor wearing Horton T-Shirts
ALKM arrive at 6:30 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your ALKM shirt, tan/khaki shorts for boys or tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.
8th Grade FY Chorus arrive at 6:45 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your red NAMS Chorus shirt (or any red shirt if you don't have one), tan/khaki shorts for boys, tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.


Homework Committee Updates

Below you will find links to the survey results, which provided baseline data on our current practices.

NAMS Yearbooks Still Available

We’re excited to report that the yearbooks are in, and they came out great!

We have a very limited number of extra books available for purchase. These yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Extra yearbooks will be sold for $40 (cash or check made payable to NAMS). Please see Ms. Darmon in room C202 to purchase one of our limited supply of extra yearbooks.

We usually sell out of our books, so please don’t wait to purchase - this truly is the last chance!

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Looking Ahead

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS STE - Session 1

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS STE - Session 2

Grade 7 Parents/Guardians Nature's Classroom Informational Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Grade 8 Class Picture from 8:00~9:15 a.m.

NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night at Steven's Library from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2019


Memorial Day Weekend

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Students and Staff Return on Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Team 8A (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Grade 7 Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Team 8A (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Grades 6 & 8 Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Team 8B (1/2 of the Team) Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Adventures in Science - STEM 2019 from June 24-28 or July 15-19

posted May 10, 2019, 9:50 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated May 10, 2019, 9:51 AM ]

Adventures in Science - STEM 2019

June 24 - 28   & July 15 - 19

           

We Spark Imagination and Curiosity!


North Andover Middle School/Community Programs:  Adventures in Science (STEM), offers children a chance to discover first hand how “cool” science can be!  Field exploration combined with hands-on inquiry based investigations create lasting links for students to learn.  Students develop and apply critical thinking and problem skills.  In addition, the positive experiences associated with summer camps emphasizes interpersonal skill development, including the ability to make decisions, self-confidence, and communication. Check out the list of adventures we have planned each week for your preteen/teen ages 11-15 (entering 6th grade through leaving 9th grade).


Program Day:  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  It is imperative students be on time for field adventures.  We have a scheduled bus departure times to allow for adequate travel to and from field adventures.  


Registration:http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/community-programs/excel-enrichment-program and click on the orange Community Pass online portal tab to complete the online registration. For your convenience, you may complete the form provided and return it to Community Programs.   Please feel free to email: tarisk@northandoverpublics schools for any specific program related details.  Financial and registration questions should be directed to North Andover Community Programs: Telephone 978 794-3080, Fax 978-738-1320                                                                                           


COST:    $225 per student each week,  $400 per student for both weeks, (10% discount for multiple family members attending the same camp week(s))

WEEK 1 (June 24 - 28):  


Do you have what it takes to catch a suspect of a Crime?  Find out in Forensic Investigation with Mr. Ahearn NAHS,  * Coastal Habitats Investigation and Birding, Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats * Simple Machine Inventor Challenge and Scavenger Hunt, USS Constitution & Museum  * Experience Newton’s Laws and Centripetal Force first hand at Canobie Lake Park * Onsite at NAMS with Ms. Taris for investigations in Combustion, Rockets, Chemical Change and more….


WEEK 2 (July 15 - 19):  


Do you have what it takes to catch a suspect of a Crime?  Find out in Forensic Investigation with Mr. Ahearn NAHS  * Hands on investigations in Power Production at Lowell National HIstoric Park * Experience physical science at TreeTop Adventures - Ropes, platforms, ziplines, climbing walls, achievable challenges for all ages/fitness level *   Onsite at NAMS with Ms. Taris for investigations in Combustion, Rockets, Chemical Change and more…. *  Horses, Goats, Chickens, Cats, Dogs and Pigs ….. OH MY!   Come meet, greet and learn about the animals, their habitats, behaviors and how to care for them.  MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm.


WEEK 1:

Monday June 24, Forensics with Mr. Ahearn:  Walk to NAHS ROOM 1081

Program Day - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  - Note we will have a different investigation each week.


"Learn about the ways detectives and crime scene investigators use evidence to catch criminals! From looking at blood spatter patterns, to analyzing fingerprints, CSI teams are highly trained in what they do. Do YOU have what it takes to catch a suspect of a crime? Find out this summer with Mr. Ahearn as he teaches you the ins and outs of crime scene investigation!"


Tuesday June 25 - Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats, Newburyport MA

https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/joppa-flats

PROGRAM DAY 8:00 - 3:00

BUSES:  Depart NAMS 8:00 - Return to NAMS 1:45 - Arriving at 2:30

A Coastal comparative program where the coastline and its inhabitants are compared to a New England Salt Marsh.  Includes a guided tour of the salt marsh, birding with binoculars, as well water chemistry stations.


Wednesday June 26 U.S. Constitution/Museum

https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org

PROGRAM DAY:  8:00 - 3:00

Buses:  Depart NAMS at 8:30 - Arrive Constitution by 10:30

Return to NAMS at 1:45 and Arrive by 3:00

STEM Theme “Simple Machines”. In this 90 minute program, students will learn about six simple machines at use on the USS Constitution and see how these make life and work easier for the sailors on board. The program features an explanation of the simple machines, a scavenger hunt in the Museum galleries to see them in action, and a design activity where students are challenged to build an invention (using simple machines) which makes life easier for the crew (rolls a hammock or moves powder between multiple decks for example).

After the Museum and STEM Experience we will have lunch and tour the Constitution.   


Thursday, June 27 - Canobie Lake,  85 North Policy Street Salem NH  03079

https://www.canobie.com/

Program Day:  8:00 to 3:00

Buses:  Depart NAMS at 9:45  - Depart Canobie Lake at 2:30 - Arrive NAMS 3:00
Newton’s Laws and Centripetal Force lesson prior to departing for Canobie Lake.


Friday June 28 - Science with Ms. Taris and Ms. LeMay

PROGRAM DAY - On site at NAMS 8:00 - 3:00  (We will vary the experiments each week.)

Discover Cool Physical and Chemical Reactions - Mentos & Diet Coke hands-on, Spontaneous Combustion/Fire Triangle and Fire Safety, Is it Magic or Science Investigations;

Fluid Movement, Gas Laws and Principles - rocket building and launch, experience the devastating force of the Atmosphere; Investigations based on Newton’s Laws, Gravity and Motion - Marshmallow Catapults, Eggs Away, Astro Blaster, Ancient Science Mystery Investigations


WEEK 2:

Monday July 15, Forensics with Mr. Ahearn:  Walk to NAHS Room 1081

Program Day - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Note: The investigation will be different each week.


"Learn about the ways detectives and crime scene investigators use evidence to catch criminals! From looking at blood spatter patterns, to analyzing fingerprints, CSI teams are highly trained in what they do. Do YOU have what it takes to catch a suspect of a crime? Find out this summer with Mr. Ahearn as he teaches you the ins and outs of crime scene investigation!"


Tuesday, July 16  Lowell National Historical Park

https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm

Program Day 8:00 - 3:00

Buses:  Depart NAMS at 9:15 - Arrive at Lowell Mills by 9:45

Depart Lowell Mills at 2:15 - Arrive at NAMS by 3:00

At the start of the Industrial Revolution, water from the Merrimack River powered mechanical systems that allowed Lowell’s machines to produce cloth faster than ever before. As engineers and scientists, students test for solutions to the problem of effectively harnessing water power. They work in teams to

  • Test water wheels’ speed and strength, digitally recording their data and analyzing graphs to determine which wheel works best.

  • Design and build a functioning mill-and-canal system.

  • Discover how water’s potential energy was transformed into kinetic energy to power Lowell’s machines.

  • Manipulate cams, belts and pulleys, and gears to explore how energy was transferred from water to loom in the historic Suffolk Mill.


Wednesday July 17

Program Day 8:00 - 3:00

TreeTop Adventures, Canton, MA  02021

https://www.treetopcanton.com

NOTE:  For those not comfortable with height, they have low rope courses.

Buses:  Depart NAMS: 8:00 -  Arrive in Canton by 10:15

Return to NAMS at 1:30 - Arrive at NAMS  3:00

TreeTop Adventures forest high ropes course consists of more than 130 platforms installed in the trees connected by various "obstacles" like rope netting, rolling logs, climbing walls, air trapeze and zip-lines. 10 Trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert create trails that are both challenging and achievable for every age (7+) and fitness level. The experience is safe, fun and most importantly exciting!


Thursday July 18 - Science/History With Ms. Taris and Ms. LeMay  

PROGRAM DAY - On site at NAMS 8:00 - 3:00   (Note we will vary the experience each week.)


Discover Cool Physical and Chemical Reactions - Mentos & Diet Coke hands-on, Spontaneous Combustion/Fire Triangle and Fire Safety, Is it Magic or Science Investigations;

Fluid Movement, Gas Laws and Principles - rocket building and launch, experience the devastating force of the Atmosphere; Investigations based on Newton’s Laws, Gravity and Motion - Marshmallow Catapults, Eggs Away, Astro Blaster, Ancient Science Mystery Investigations

 

         

Friday 19 -  MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, Methuen MA

https://www.mspca.org/adoption-centers/nevins-farm-adoption-center/

Program Day is 8:00 to 3:00

DEPART NAMS AT 10:20 - RETURN TO NAMS AT 2:00 FOR 2:30 Arrival

Discover who the MSPCA is , what they do and how kids can help animals in the MSPCA and their community.  After you become familiar with the mission of the MSPCA, you will tour the barn and the small animal shelters.  Learn details about the animals who are there – general facts and care, and why those types of animals might end up at the shelter.  Here stories about some of the animals and how their journey brought them to the shelter. During the tour, there will be animals in every area.  Animals that are socially friendly will be taken from their cages so you may meet and play with them. Animals can vary at the shelter, typically they have horses, chickens, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, house birds, cats and dogs – at the moment they have goats, sheep ponies and a gecko as well.

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Principal's Post - Week of May 13th

posted May 10, 2019, 4:21 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated May 10, 2019, 5:00 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


Happy Mothers' Day to all of our NAMS Moms!

I would like to wish all of our NAMS moms a wonderful Mothers' Day this weekend.

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Thank you for all of your time, efforts, and donations to support our Teachers and Staff this week!
Thank you for Maria Philbin & Catherine Schmitt for coordinating and leading all of the efforts to make this week such a huge success. Thank you also to the countless parents/guardians who helped with the setup and cleanup of the breakfasts, ice cream social, and Friday lunch to show our teachers and staff how much you care.
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Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


NAMS Yearbooks Still Available

We’re excited to report that the yearbooks are in, and they came out great!

We have a very limited number of extra books available for purchase. These yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Extra yearbooks will be sold for $40 (cash or check made payable to NAMS). Please see Ms. Darmon in room C202 to purchase one of our limited supply of extra yearbooks.

We usually sell out of our books, so please don’t wait to purchase - this truly is the last chance!

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Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (rain date Thurs 6/13) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held at the Youth Center this year. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net


Grade 7 Parent/Guardian Informational Meeting for Nature's Classroom

All current grade 7 parents/guardians are invited to an informational meeting regarding the annual Grade 8 trip to Nature’s Classroom scheduled for next fall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st in the NAMS auditorium. This presentation will be led by NAMS staff along with a presenter from Nature’s classroom. Please save the date and I hope to see you on May 21st at 6:30 p.m.

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NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night
Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by A Little Knight Music Chorus, Jazz Band, Flute Ensemble, Grade 6 3rd Trimester Acting students, & Grade 8 Full Year Chorus.
Displayed artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and spine poetry from NAMS students.
We hope to see you there!

PARKING -This event is very well attended. Please allow for time to find parking. If the weather is nice, plan to park at NAMS and walk to the library. 

Student Arrival Time & Dress Code
Jazz Band arrive at 5:30 p.m., bring your instruments/stands/music & wearing jazz band shirts
Flute Ensemble arrive 6:00 p.m., wearing band shirts & bring your instruments/music stands/music
6th Grade Acting arrive at 6 p.m. and report to the 2nd floor wearing Horton T-Shirts
ALKM arrive at 6:30 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your ALKM shirt, tan/khaki shorts for boys or tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.
8th Grade FY Chorus arrive at 6:45 p.m. & report to the 2nd floor. Wear your red NAMS Chorus shirt (or any red shirt if you don't have one), tan/khaki shorts for boys, tan/khaki or white shorts for girls.


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students.

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th

✔ Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd

✔ Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th

Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th

Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th

Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th

Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th

Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th

Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st


MCAS Student & Families Reminders

We ask for your help in ensuring that they are ready to do their best for themselves, our school, and our community.

  • Please be sure that your child gets sufficient sleep the night before the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast the day of the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child have a book to read in case he/she/they finish the MCAS exam early.

  • Please let your child know that this is just one assessment and they are just asked to do their best.

Students are encouraged to have the following:

  • Bottle of water (water only please).  The bottle of water can be on the floor available to students during MCAS.

  • Book to read if they finish before the end of the testing session.  Books will need to be placed in an identified area of the room. Students will have access to their books once they have completed the MCAS exam.


Thank you for your support!


NAMS Recycling Efforts - Updates
Our updated recycling efforts at NAMS are making a difference thanks to our students. In the last 2 weeks, we have been able to divert 910 lbs. of food from going into the trash.  This food will be composted and turned into soil over time.  In addition, our students have made renewed efforts to recycle and dispose of only our trash.  The amount of trash being removed from NAMS has decreased considerably.

Looking Ahead

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS Math - Session 1

NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. (Room S101)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS Math - Session 2

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Grade 6 MCAS Math - Session 1

NAMS Grade 8 STEM Fair @ NAHS from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Grade 6 MCAS Math - Session 2

Friday, May 17, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS STE - Session 1

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS STE - Session 2

NAMS Grade 7 Parents/Guardians Nature's Classroom Informational Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in NAMS Auditorium

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Grade 8 Picture - Front of School (Periods 1 & 2)

NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night at Steven's Library from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend
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Students and Staff Return on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Principal's Post - Week of May 6th

posted May 3, 2019, 4:04 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated May 8, 2019, 8:08 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


REMINDER: Wednesday, May 8th is an early release day; students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.

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Your Help Requested for NAMS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

It is that time of year when we recognize the hardworking staff at NAMS for all that they do!
As a big thank you, we will be providing breakfast each morning, and a light lunch on Friday for the teachers and staff at NAMS the week of May 6th.  
We are soliciting donations of items needed for the week and are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up.  
Please CLICK HERE if you are are able to make a donation and/or volunteer some time.
Feel free to use Venmo to make a donation:  @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC  
Please deliver all items to NAMS by 6:30 a.m. for breakfast items, and 10:00 a.m. for the Friday lunch items. Please do not send in breakfast donations with your child, as they will arrive too late. If morning delivery is a problem, we are happy to arrange an evening drop off or pick-up; just email Maria Philbin nj1822@comcast.net or Catherine Schmitt at Cathschmitt@yahoo.com to coordinate.
Thanks in advance for your help in celebrating our wonderful NAMS staff!
PTAC Board
NAMS PTAC
Last PTAC Meeting of the Year is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria.  
Please be sure to sign in at the main office when you arrive.

Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (rain date Thurs 6/13) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held at the Youth Center this year. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net


Grade 7 Parent/Guardian Informational Meeting for Nature's Classroom

All current grade 7 parents/guardians are invited to an informational meeting regarding the annual Grade 8 trip to Nature’s Classroom scheduled for next fall. This presentation will be led by NAMS staff along with a presenter from Nature’s classroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st in the NAMS auditorium. Please save the date and I hope to see you on May 21st at 6:30 p.m.

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NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night
Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by ALKM, Jazz Band, & 3rd Trimester Acting students.
Displayed  artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students and spine poetry from NAMS students.
We hope to see you there!

NAMS Sock Drive

Please consider donating new pairs of socks for our NAMS sock drive.  The donated socks will be going to local veterans and homeless shelters.  Any size socks would be greatly appreciated. There is a collection bin outside of the main office. We will be collecting socks until Friday, May 10, 2019.


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students.

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th

✔ Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd

✔ Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th

Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th

Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th

Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th

Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th

Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th

Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st


MCAS Student & Families Reminders

We ask for your help in ensuring that they are ready to do their best for themselves, our school, and our community.

  • Please be sure that your child gets sufficient sleep the night before the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast the day of the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child have a book to read in case he/she/they finish the MCAS exam early.

  • Please let your child know that this is just one assessment and they are just asked to do their best.

Students are encouraged to have the following:

  • Bottle of water (water only please).  The bottle of water can be on the floor available to students during MCAS.

  • Book to read if they finish before the end of the testing session.  Books will need to be placed in an identified area of the room. Students will have access to their books once they have completed the MCAS exam.

Thank you for your support!


Looking Ahead

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Week of May 6th - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

Breakfast will be provided each day in the Teachers' Room, ice cream will be provided at the staff meeting on Wednesday, and a light lunch on Friday, May 10th will also be provided thanks to PTAC and all of our Parent/Guardian volunteers. THANK YOU SO MUCH!


Monday, May 6, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 1

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 2

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Early Release @ 1:05 p.m. for Students

PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m. (This is the last PTAC meeting of the year!)

Staff Meeting from 1:20-2:20 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS Math - Session 1

NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. (Room S101)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS Math - Session 2

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Grade 6 MCAS Math - Session 1

  NAMS Grade 8 STEM Fair @ NAHS from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Grade 6 MCAS Math - Session 2

Friday, May 17, 2019

Principal's Post - Week of April 29th

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:54 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 8:12 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,

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I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.

Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com


Your Help Requested for NAMS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

It is that time of year when we recognize the hardworking staff at NAMS for all that they do!
As a big thank you, we will be providing breakfast each morning, and a light lunch on Friday for the teachers and staff at NAMS the week of May 6th.  
We are soliciting donations of items needed for the week and are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up.  
Please CLICK HERE if you are are able to make a donation and/or volunteer some time.  
Please deliver all items to NAMS by 6:30 a.m. for breakfast items, and 10:00 a.m. for the Friday lunch items. Please do not send in breakfast donations with your child, as they will arrive too late. If morning delivery is a problem, we are happy to arrange an evening drop off or pick-up; just email Maria Philbin nj1822@comcast.net or Catherine Schmitt at Cathschmitt@yahoo.com to coordinate.
Thanks in advance for your help in celebrating our wonderful NAMS staff!
PTAC Board

Attention Grade 8 Families - We need your help with Grade 8 End-of-Year Activities

If you have already completed and returned the permission forms for the Grade 8 End-of-Year activities, thank you!  We still have a few missing permission forms from students that we are hoping to collect before the end of the week. Attached you will find a copy of the Grade 8 End-of-Year Events packet should you need another copy.  

To make these end-of-year events possible for our students, we need your help.

Field Day - Wednesday, June 12th (rain date Thurs 6/13) is a day full of fun and organized activities and will be held at the Youth Center this year. Even though the teachers organize the activities, this day would not be possible without lots of parent volunteers!

Class Night - Tuesday, June 18th is an evening of fun, food, and music for the students to enjoy with their 8th grade teachers. This event includes parent volunteers (set up and clean up) and food donations.

You can help by signing up here or at the following address: http://signup.com/go/ELDUkKC

If you have any questions regarding the activities please contact parent volunteers Eleanor Lucarini at erlucarini@gmail.com , Diane Nikolopoulos at santorini1010@comcast.net , or Maria Philbin at nj1822@comcast.net


NAMS Fine & Performing Arts Night
Date: May 22, 2019 
Where: Stevens Memorial Library
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Performances by ALKM, Jazz Band, 3rd trimester Acting students
Displayed  artwork from 3rd trimester 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students 
and spine poetry from NAMS students
We hope to see you there!

NAMS Homework Committee

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NAMS staff have formed a committee to research and make recommendations regarding homework practices. In addition to researching best practice, we also wish to gather feedback from teachers, parents/guardians, and students (Grades 6-8) via surveys. These surveys were emailed to staff, students, and parents/guardians at the beginning of the week. Several articles may be found below to inform stakeholders about this topic. Prior to the completion of a survey, we encourage students, staff, and parents/guardian to read these articles. information. Thank you in advance for helping us gather information on this important topic.

Homework Articles

Five questions to ask before assigning Homework - Miller, Ditch that Textbook

What’s the right amount of homework? - Terada, Edutopia

The Case for and against Homework - Marzano & Pickering, Ed Leadership

Rethinking Homework - Kohn

Is Homework a necessary evil? - Weir, APA

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

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GEAR AND ORDER

Username: Knights

Password: Fundraiser19 

Please note the Username and Password are case sensitive.

To save on shipping costs, all orders will be delivered to NAMS and will be available for pick-up the week of June 3rd. Pickup details will be provided the week prior. There is a handling fee applied to each order.

The store is open until Wednesday, May 2nd.  All orders must be received by the 2nd.

Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble ordering - Liz McDevitt at namsptac@gmail.com  


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students.

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th

✔ Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd

✔ Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th

Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th

Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th

Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th

Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th

Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th

Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st


MCAS Student & Families Reminders

We ask for your help in ensuring that they are ready to do their best for themselves, our school, and our community.

  • Please be sure that your child gets sufficient sleep the night before the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast the day of the exam, see dates above.

  • Please be sure that your child have a book to read in case he/she/they finish the MCAS exam early.

  • Please let your child know that this is just one assessment and they are just asked to do their best.


There are also strict rules regarding what is allowed in the testing environment so we would appreciate your support in making sure that your child complies with the following:

  • No cell phones or other electronic devices (e.g., music players, game consoles, smart watches, any device capable of taking photographs) are allowed.

  • Communicating with other students (e.g., talking, whispering, writing notes) during the testing session is not allowed.

  • Looking at any other student’s computer during the testing session is not allowed.

  • Consulting notes, books, or extra reference sheets or materials during testing


Students are encouraged to have the following:

  • Bottle of water (water only please).  The bottle of water can be on the floor available to students during MCAS.

  • Book to read if they finish before the end of the testing session.  Books will need to be placed in an identified area of the room. Students will have access to their books once they have completed the MCAS exam.


Please encourage students to speak with a staff member with any questions.  

Thank you for your support!


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

You can order your NAMS 2018-2019 yearbook online now for $35 here.


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Looking Ahead

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 1

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 2

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Peer Leaders Visit Grade 6 Classrooms during Period 1 (Round 2)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Opening Night for NAMS Spring Play

Friday, May 3, 2019 - Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Grade 8 Civics Day

NAMS Spring Play


Week of May 6th - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

Breakfast will be provided each day in the Teachers' Room and a light lunch on Friday, May 10th will also be provided thanks to PTAC and all of our Parent/Guardian volunteers.


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 1

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS Math - Session 2

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Early Release @ 1:05 p.m. for Students

PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m. (This is the last PTAC meeting of the year!)

Staff Meeting from 1:20-2:20 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019


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