Principal's Weekly Posts


Principal's Post - Week of December 10th

posted Dec 7, 2018, 6:56 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 7:11 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


We have extended the deadline for our annual Bread & Roses Food Drive to Tuesday, December 11, 2018.  We really need your help in making our annual food drive an even bigger success than last year.  Please read below for more information, specifically what we are hoping to collect.


Bye Bye Birdie

Opening Night was last evening and what an amazing performance it was!  Remaining shows will run Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are on sale during all lunches and will be available at the door the night or day of the remaining shows. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.  We hope to see you there!

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Your Help Needed for PTAC-Sponsored NAMS Holiday Brunch on December 13th

This year's PTAC sponsored Holiday Brunch will take place on Thursday, December 13th for NAMS staff. Volunteers are still needed to help festively decorate the conference room and also fill it with delicious soups, casseroles, muffins, cakes, salads, and desserts as a THANK YOU to the hardworking staff at NAMS. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE!

If your specialty is not included on our sign-up list, we'll take it! Just contact Eleanor Lucarini (erlucarini@gmail.com) or Diane Nikolopoulos (santorini1010@comcast.net) to let them know what you'll be making.

Thank you for supporting this event!

PTAC Board


NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

December 3-11, 2018 Sponsored by Student Leadership

Last year, NAMS donated 3,042 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. Due to the gas explosions, the needs are even greater.

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

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 fed over 60,000 people. The needs are especially high this year because of the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

Please bring in any of the following items which are considered critical needs now:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit  
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Cranberry sauce  
  • Pasta and rice products
  • Saltine crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Mac & cheese mix
  • Cereal - low sugar/high fiber
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dry milk
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken
  • Canned soup or beef stew
  • Canned or dry beans/peas
  • Peanut butter
  • Chicken and beef broth
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Splenda/Sweet N Low
  • Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags
  • Ziploc bags - all sizes
  • Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

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Beyond the Classroom Updates
The Beyond the Classroom website is ready for your review here or at the following website address: https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/beyondtheclassroom/home

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. The newest initiative is the implementation of “BEYOND THE CLASSROOM” school cancellation days during the 2018-2019 school year. Should they be needed, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 4th school cancellation day. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information.

  • After the 9/14/18 school cancellation day, our last day of school is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th.

  • If school is cancelled 3 additional times, we will make up each of those days with the last possible day of school being Friday, June 21st.  

  • If school needs to be cancelled more than a total of 4 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 of how to access this via Powerschool are also on the website.

  • Teachers will be reviewing assignments and expectations with students in advance of the 5th school cancellation day and sending home hard copies as needed.

  • The website also includes Superintendent Snow Day Challenges for school cancelation days #2, 3 and 4 as well as Supplemental Learning ia



Department of Children and Families Needs Foster Homes

Is there room in your home and heart for a foster child? The Department of Children and Families is actively recruiting foster parents for children coming into care from North Andover, MA. We are searching for individuals or families with the love and patience to help foster children. You can be single, married, partnered, divorced or widowed. You can own your home or rent.

We need homes for children aged 0 to 22 which include sibling groups, children with special needs, medically involved children, and infants born exposed to drugs. We are looking for long-term foster homes but also have a need for emergency and respite homes which involve a shorter time commitment on the part of a foster family. Our goal is to provide our foster children with a supportive and healing environment in a home in their own community until they can be reunited with their families or another plan can be made on their behalf. The rewards of providing daily care, guidance and acceptance are immeasurable.

If you are thinking about becoming a foster parent, you can learn more about the application process and the supports provided by the Department by contacting Brenda Fitzgerald, Family Resource Recruiter at Brenda.Fitzgerald@state.ma.us or at 978-557-2721.

Physiology of Addiction and the Adolescent Brain
Dr. Ruth Potee will be presenting on the Physiology of Addiction and the Adolescent Brain on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the North Andover High School Auditorium.  The North Andover Police Department will also be setting up their Hidden in Plain Sight display for adults to walk through before the presentation.  Attached below is a flyer with more information about this event.


Looking Ahead
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Friday, December 7, 2018
        Last Day of Trimester 1
        Bye Bye Birdie (7 p.m. show)

Saturday, December 8, 2018
        Bye Bye Birdie (2 p.m. show)

Monday, December 10, 2018
        First Day of Trimester 2
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
        Final Trimester 1 Grades will be available for viewing in PowerSchool for students and families
Friday, December 14, 2018
        Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

Monday, December 17, 2018
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for students
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
        Early Release at 11:05 a.m. for students

REMINDERS

Opportunity for Current NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Students

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

August 2-11, 2019

Approximate Cost: $3,500 which includes everything (i.e. food, travel, lodging, instruction)

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.  

This class will be offered for credit through the summer school program.  It will include some pre-trip and post-trip research as well as a final assessment (research paper, project and/or final exam).  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 applying to join this trip, please contact Mr. Richard by Friday, December 7th.   

Craig Richard richardc@northandoverpublicschools.com

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NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

If you have not already, please donate to the NAMS PTAC.  You may find the direct appeal letter to NAMS families here which provides all of the different ways that you can donate.  NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school.

NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

Come join us for a fun night as we watch the Men’s Merrimack College Hockey Team take on the University of Maine!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawlor Rink at Merrimack College

Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and a puck for Merrimack’s Chuck-A-Puck!

Additional prizes will be given away at the game so make sure to get your tickets!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets for the holidays!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Save the Dates:  

Thursday, December 13th- Teacher holiday brunch

Saturday, February 16th- Merrimack Hockey Game, see below for more information

Friday, January 25th- Comedy Night Fundraiser at China Blossom

February- Book Fair along with Family Night

Next PTAC Meeting:  Thursday, January 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS Cafeteria.

NAMS PTAC


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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Principal's Post - Week of December 3rd

posted Nov 30, 2018, 4:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 30, 2018, 11:58 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


We really need your help in making our annual food drive an even bigger success than last year.  Please read below for more information, specifically what we are hoping to collect.  And finally, we hope to see you at the NAMS production of Bye Bye Birdie.  Tickets go on sale Monday.


Your Help Needed for PTAC-Sponsored NAMS Holiday Brunch on December 13th

This year's PTAC sponsored Holiday Brunch will take place on Thursday, December 13th for NAMS staff. Volunteers are still needed to help festively decorate the conference room and also fill it with delicious soups, casseroles, muffins, cakes, salads, and desserts as a THANK YOU to the hardworking staff at NAMS. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE!


If your specialty is not included on our sign-up list, we'll take it! Just contact Eleanor Lucarini (erlucarini@gmail.com) or Diane Nikolopoulos (santorini1010@comcast.net) to let them know what you'll be making.


Thank you for supporting this event!

PTAC Board


Bye Bye Birdie Tickets

Shows will run on Thursday, December 6, 2018 and Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 p.m.  Tickets will be on sale the week of December 3, 2018 during lunches.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.  We hope to see you there!

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Reminders

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 is an early release day for students who will be dismissed at 1:05 a.m.


NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

December 3-7, 2018 Sponsored by Student Leadership

Our annual NAMS Student Leadership food drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 4th and is scheduled to conclude on Friday, December 8th. Collection boxes will be placed in all homerooms.  Last year, NAMS donated 3,042 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. Due to the gas explosions, the needs are even greater.

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

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 fed over 60,000 people. The needs are especially high this year because of the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

Please bring in any of the following items which are considered critical needs now:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit  
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Cranberry sauce  
  • Pasta and rice products
  • Saltine crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Mac & cheese mix
  • Cereal - low sugar/high fiber
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dry milk
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken
  • Canned soup or beef stew
  • Canned or dry beans/peas
  • Peanut butter
  • Chicken and beef broth
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Splenda/Sweet N Low
  • Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags
  • Ziploc bags - all sizes
  • Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

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Opportunity for Current NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Students

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

August 2-11, 2019

Approximate Cost: $3,500 which includes everything (i.e. food, travel, lodging, instruction)

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.  

This class will be offered for credit through the summer school program.  It will include some pre-trip and post-trip research as well as a final assessment (research paper, project and/or final exam).  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 applying to join this trip, please contact Mr. Richard by Friday, December 7th.   

Craig Richard richardc@northandoverpublicschools.com

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Do recent community events have you feeling STRESSED? Are you WORRIED for your loved ones but aren’t sure what to do?

Join Gina-Marie Bonanno, LMHC, Licensed School Psychologist and Trauma Intervention Consultant, for a workshop on how to identify and address signs of stress and trauma.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

10:00—11:30 a.m. @ Stevens Estate

723 Osgood Street

AND

7:00—8:30 p.m.

North Andover High School

This event is free and open to all members of the North Andover community.

For more information contact Deanna Cruz Community Support Coordinator Town of North Andover dcruz@northandoverma.gov 978-794-1703

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NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

If you have not already, please donate to the NAMS PTAC.  You may find the direct appeal letter to NAMS families here which provides all of the different ways that you can donate.  NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school.

NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

Come join us for a fun night as we watch the Men’s Merrimack College Hockey Team take on the University of Maine!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawlor Rink at Merrimack College

Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and a puck for Merrimack’s Chuck-A-Puck!

Additional prizes will be given away at the game so make sure to get your tickets!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets for the holidays!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Save the Dates:  

Thursday, December 13th- Teacher holiday brunch

Saturday, February 16th- Merrimack Hockey Game, see below for more information

Friday, January 25th- Comedy Night Fundraiser at China Blossom

February- Book Fair along with Family Night

Next PTAC Meeting:  Thursday, January 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS Cafeteria.

NAMS PTAC


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, December 3, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for Students
Thursday, December 6, 2018
        Bye Bye Birdie Opening Night (7 p.m. show)
Friday, December 7, 2018
        Last Day of Trimester 1
        Bye Bye Birdie (7 p.m. show)

Saturday, December 8, 2018
        Bye Bye Birdie (2 p.m. show)

Monday, December 10, 2018
        First Day of Trimester 2
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
        Final Trimester 1 Grades will be available for viewing in PowerSchool for students and families
Friday, December 14, 2018
        Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

Principal's Post - Week of November 26th

posted Nov 26, 2018, 3:45 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 6:11 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


Welcome back to school after Thanksgiving weekend.  I hope that this message finds you and your family well rested and ready to return to the routine of school.  We have 4 full weeks of school before our next break.  Trimester 1 is scheduled to end on Friday, December 7, 2018.


Trimester 1 Chorus Concert

The Trimester 1 Chorus Concert is for Trimester Chorus Students only.  Full Year Chorus students should not report to the concert Tuesday night.  Full Year Chorus students will have their concert on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.


Bye Bye Birdie 

Shows will run on Thursday, December 6, 2018 and Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 p.m.  Tickets will be on sale the week of December 3, 2018 during lunches.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.  We hope to see you there!


Reminders

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 is an early release day for students who will be dismissed at 1:05 a.m.


NAMS Turkey Trot has been cancelled.


PTAC News

Please “like” us on our NEW Facebook site: North Andover Middle School PTAC

We will use this to communicate PTAC events, updates, & meetings.

 NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

If you have not already, please donate to the NAMS PTAC.  You may find the direct appeal letter to NAMS families here which provides all of the different ways that you can donate.  NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school.

NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

Come join us for a fun night as we watch the Men’s Merrimack College Hockey Team take on the University of Maine!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawlor Rink at Merrimack College

Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and a puck for Merrimack’s Chuck-A-Puck!

Additional prizes will be given away at the game so make sure to get your tickets!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets for the holidays!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Save the Dates:  

Thursday, December 13th- Teacher holiday brunch

Saturday, February 16th- Merrimack Hockey Game, see below for more information

Friday, January 25th- Comedy Night Fundraiser at China Blossom

February- Book Fair along with Family Night

Next PTAC Meeting:  Thursday, January 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS Cafeteria.

NAMS PTAC


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, November 26, 2018
        NAMS School Council @ 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
        NAMS Trimester 1 Chorus Concert @ 7:00 p.m. (Trimester Chorus Students Only)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for Students
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for Students
Thursday, December 6, 2018
        Bye Bye Birdie Opening Night (7 p.m. show)
Friday, December 7, 2018
        Bye Bye Birdie (7 p.m. show)

Saturday, December 8, 2018
        Bye Bye Birdie (2 p.m. show)

Principal's Post - Week of November 19th

posted Nov 16, 2018, 10:14 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 8:47 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


I want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving week full of love and appreciation for what we have.  Let's keep all of the families who have been and continue to be displaced and/or without hot water and heat in our thoughts during this difficult time.


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Thanksgiving Dinners for Families in North Andover, Lawrence, & Andover

Thanksgiving dinners will be available for families impacted by the Columbia Gas explosions.  Meals may be picked up on Thursday, November 22, 2018 (Thanksgiving Day) between 1:00-2:00 p.m. or 3:00-4:00 p.m. at First and Main Street Marketplace located at 115 Main Street in North Andover.

Community Dinners will also be available from 11:00-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, 2018 (Thanksgiving Day) at the Elks Lodge in Lawrence located at 652 Andover Street in Lawrence.  For reservations, please call 877-399-0506.


Reminder

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 is an early release day for students who will be dismissed at 11:05 a.m.


NAMS Turkey Trot rescheduled to Wednesday, November 28, 2018 due to current poor road conditions.


PTAC News

Please “like” us on our NEW Facebook site: North Andover Middle School PTAC

We will use this to communicate PTAC events, updates, & meetings.

 

NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

If you have not already, please donate to the NAMS PTAC.  You may find the direct appeal letter to NAMS families here which provides all of the different ways that you can donate.  NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school.


Save the Dates:  

Thursday, December 13th- Teacher holiday brunch

Saturday, February 16th- Merrimack Hockey Game, see below for more information

Friday, January 25th- Comedy Night Fundraiser at China Blossom

February- Book Fair along with Family Night


Next PTAC Meeting:  Thursday, January 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS Cafeteria.


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

Come join us for a fun night as we watch the Men’s Merrimack College Hockey Team take on the University of Maine!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawlor Rink at Merrimack College

Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and a puck for Merrimack’s Chuck-A-Puck!

Additional prizes will be given away at the game so make sure to get your tickets!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets for the holidays!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

NAMS PTAC


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, November 19, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
        Early Release for Students at 11:05 a.m.

Thursday, November 22, 2018 through Sunday, November 25, 2018
        Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26, 2018
        NAMS School Council @ 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
        NAMS Trimester 1 Chorus Concert @ 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for Students
        Turkey Trot @ NAMS during Related Arts
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018

Principal's Post - Week of November 13th

posted Nov 9, 2018, 7:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 5:03 PM ]

Dear NAMS families,


Veterans Day is Monday, November 12, 2018 and there will be no school in North Andover.  On Veterans Day we honor all of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.  It is a time to recognize and honor veterans past and present.  To all of the veterans in our NAMS families, thank you for your service.


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Reminder

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 is an early release day for students who will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.


Turkey Trot T-Shirt Order Form - Orders due Friday, November 9, 2018

If you would like to purchase this year’s Turkey Trot T-Shirt, please complete one order for each t-shirt you wish to purchase. Payment can be made for all t-shirts at one time.  You may find the T-Shirt Order Form here or at the following address: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGW_5pGwdrQnBP_Faxs2BMRPSVsF5WZMjmXBMMx52L8fTRWw/viewform

Orders are due Friday, November 9, 2018

#Feast Mode created by 8th graders Sydney Demers & Sam Guarini.


North Andover Apparel Available - Order Now!
Customized North Andover apparel is now available to order.  NAMS PTAC is once again partnered with Prime Time Sports to bring you great North Andover apparel.  
Click on the sale flyer for ordering instructions, or follow the directions below.
Website: NAMS NA Gear
Username: Namsfund
Password: 2018NA
Please note that the Username and Password are case-sensitive. 
All orders must be received by Sunday, November 11th and will be available for pick-up at NAMS at the beginning of December.  
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 can not 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.
If you have any questions, please contact namsptac@gmail.com 


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

Come join us for a fun night as we watch the Men’s Merrimack College Hockey Team take on the University of Maine!

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawlor Rink at Merrimack College

Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and a puck for Merrimack’s Chuck-A-Puck!

Additional prizes will be given away at the game so make sure to get your tickets!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets for the holidays!

Please see the attached flyer for more information.


NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

If you have not already, please donate to the NAMS PTAC.  You may find the direct appeal letter to NAMS families here which provides all of the different ways that you can donate.  NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school.

News from PTAC

1. The next PTAC meeting  is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the NAMS library.  Our superintendent, Dr. Gilligan, will be attending this meeting to discuss his entry plan date. 

2. Update on direct donations: We currently are at 38% of our budget. Don’t forget a lot of companies do matching donations.

3. Save the Date:  Comedy Night at China Blossom Friday, January 25th.

NAMS PTAC


Picture Retakes

Hockmeyer pictures are expected to be sent home with students next week.  Retakes are scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Students requesting retakes should bring their picture packet with them on the day of picture retakes and give their picture packet to the photographer.  Students who were absent on picture day should have their photo taken on retake day.  Again, picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

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NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Families

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents/guardians and students to their Fall Open House on Thursday November 15, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear about the academic and extracurricular programs that are offered at NAHS. You may find the agenda for this event here and the presentation is also available for your review here.

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NAMS Peer Leaders

We are proud to share that 30 Grades 7 & 8 students have completed the Anti-Defamation League’s peer training program entitled “A World of Difference.” Ms. Blaney and Ms. Duchesneau are the program leaders for this program and also participated in the 4 days of training with students.  Students in the program will now be meeting weekly with our program leaders in order develop skills so they can facilitate workshops for their peers that will provide participants with 1) the opportunity for inter-group dialogue 2) an increased understanding of the causes of prejudice; 3) a fuller appreciation of racial, ethnic, cultural, and other individual differences; and 4) conflict management skills ot respond positively when confronted with bias-related behaviors such as bullying and harassment. Then, starting in the winter our peer leaders will be going into 6th grade classrooms to run student to student workshops.  

We were very fortunate to be able to bring this program to NAMS and will be scheduling workshops for our staff by members of the ADL in November and December.  You can see some pictures of the students during the trainings tweeted on our website and on the Social & Emotional Learning district page found here.

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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, November 12, 2018
        No School - Veterans Day Observed

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
        Picture Retakes
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for Students
Thursday, November 15, 2018
        PTAC Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in NAMS Library (Special Guest - Dr. Gilligan)
Friday, November 16, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
        Early Release for Students at 11:05 a.m.

Thursday, November 22, 2018 through Sunday, November 25, 2018
        Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26, 2018
        NAMS School Council @ 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
        NAMS Trimester 1 Chorus Concert @ 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for Students
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
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Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Date: Saturday, November 10th

Location NAMS Cafeteria

Time: 9:00-3:00 p.m.

Sign Up: www.redcrossblood.org

Sponsor Code: 8033


Opportunity for Current Grade 6 Girls

North Andover Girl Scout Troop 85441 would like to invite any interested Grade 6 girls to join.  The Troop meets at 3:15 usually two Fridays a month, and have many other fun coordinated activities and learning opportunities.  The contact person and troop leader is Annie Rhodes and she can be contacted at 978-884-1804 for anyone who would like more info.


North Andover Food Rescue

North Andover volunteers have implemented a Food Rescue program that is now in all North Andover Public Schools  We collect thousands of pounds of food that would otherwise have been discarded and distribute it to our community and the surrounding communities.  

We have collection baskets on each lunch table in the cafeteria.  We have asked the children simply to place the perfectly good food, that they would otherwise have thrown away, in the Food Rescue Collection basket instead.  We have told all the staff and the children that this is only if they would have thrown it away instead.  They are encouraged to eat what they have or bring it back home as best options.  But, if they choose neither, we accept unopened packaged food, fruit, vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheese sticks, and even untouched food packed at home.  

So where does it all go?  The nurses in our schools have been thrilled to be able to provide healthy options to the kids that come to them hungry, ill, or if they need to eat or drink with medications.  Without this food, nurses frequently must buy food themselves to serve this purpose.  Our nurses, as always, are ever mindful of allergy and other health restrictions and choose what is appropriate for their situations.

Any food that doesn’t go to our nurses goes to a local food shelter or to the North Andover Youth Center.

We are staffed mostly by volunteers and supported by the North Andover Schools Food Services.  Volunteers pick up food from the elementary schools, bring it to the high school where it is sorted, and deliver boxes to Daybreak Shelter in Lawrence.  

We could really use some more help.  The time commitment can be as little as 30 minutes as we have broken up each part of the service so one can do as little or as much as they can manage in any given day.  If you are available to help, go to http://signup.com/go/bUheLv.  We are happy to train you and give you all the direction you need.  Any questions? Feel free to e-mail us at NAfoodrescue@gmail.com.

We’re so proud to be able to bring this program to North Andover but we can’t do it alone.  Thank you so much for your support.

Food Rescue Foods Collected

Unopened milk, cheese sticks, yogurt and gogurt, raisins and craisins, fresh fruit, granola bars, unopened chips or pretzels, unopened cookies and crackers, unopened packaged fruit cups, unopened carrots, cafeteria sold unopened sandwiches, cafeteria sold unopened fruit cups, & unopened water bottles or juice


Principal's Post - Week of November 5th

posted Nov 2, 2018, 6:20 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 7:39 AM by Hillary Stasonis ]

Dear NAMS families,


November is here already and it's time to turn back the clocks. Daylight Savings Time Ends this weekend. Don't forget to turn back your clocks 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday, November 3, 2018 and enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

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No School for Students on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  This is the date that NAMS Team Teachers schedule parent/guardian conferences.


Picture Retakes

Hockmeyer pictures are expected to be sent home with students next week.  Retakes are scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Students requesting retakes should bring their picture packet with them on the day of picture retakes and give their picture packet to the photographer.  Students who were absent on picture day should have their photo taken on retake day.  Again, picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

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NAMS Peer Leaders

We are proud to share that 30 Grades 7 & 8 students have completed the Anti-Defamation League’s peer training program entitled “A World of Difference.” Ms. Blaney and Ms. Duchesneau are the program leaders for this program and also participated in the 4 days of training with students.  Students in the program will now be meeting weekly with our program leaders in order develop skills so they can facilitate workshops for their peers that will provide participants with 1) the opportunity for inter-group dialogue 2) an increased understanding of the causes of prejudice; 3) a fuller appreciation of racial, ethnic, cultural, and other individual differences; and 4) conflict management skills ot respond positively when confronted with bias-related behaviors such as bullying and harassment. Then, starting in the winter our peer leaders will be going into 6th grade classrooms to run student to student workshops.  

We were very fortunate to be able to bring this program to NAMS and will be scheduling workshops for our staff by members of the ADL in November and December.  You can see some pictures of the students during the trainings tweeted on our website and on the Social & Emotional Learning district page found here.

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NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Families

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents/guardians and students to their Fall Open House on Thursday November 15, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear about the academic and extracurricular programs that are offered at NAHS. You may find the agenda for this event here and the presentation is also available for your review here.

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Social & Emotional Learning

http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/student-services/social-emotional-learning


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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News from PTAC

1. The next PTAC meeting  is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the NAMS library.  Our superintendent, Dr. Gilligan, will be attending this meeting to discuss his entry plan date. 

2. Update on direct donations: We currently are at 38% of our budget. Don’t forget a lot of companies do matching donations.

3. Turkey Trot flyers went out last week.  Due date for T-shirt drawings is Monday, October 29th.

4. Fall NA clothing fundraiser to start next week and run through November 11, 2018. Be on the lookout for information via email.

5. Casa Blanca restaurant night 5 p.m. to close on Tuesday, November 6th.

6. Save the Date:  Comedy Night at China Blossom Friday, January 25th.

NAMS PTAC

Looking Ahead
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Monday, November 5, 2018
        Team 7A Field Trip
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
        No School for Students
        Parent/Guardian Conferences
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
        Teams 6B & 6D Field Trip
Thursday, November 8, 2018
        Teams 6A & 6C Field Trip
Friday, November 9, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018
        No School - Veterans' Day Observed

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
        Picture Retakes
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for Students
Thursday, November 15, 2018
        PTAC Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in NAMS Library (Special Guest - Dr. Gilligan)
Friday, November 16, 2018

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Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Date: Saturday, November 10th

Location NAMS Cafeteria

Time: 9:00-3:00 p.m.

Sign Up: www.redcrossblood.org

Sponsor Code: 8033


Opportunity for Current Grade 6 Girls

North Andover Girl Scout Troop 85441 would like to invite any interested Grade 6 girls to join.  The Troop meets at 3:15 usually two Fridays a month, and have many other fun coordinated activities and learning opportunities.  The contact person and troop leader is Annie Rhodes and she can be contacted at 978-884-1804 for anyone who would like more info.


North Andover Food Rescue

North Andover volunteers have implemented a Food Rescue program that is now in all North Andover Public Schools  We collect thousands of pounds of food that would otherwise have been discarded and distribute it to our community and the surrounding communities.  

We have collection baskets on each lunch table in the cafeteria.  We have asked the children simply to place the perfectly good food, that they would otherwise have thrown away, in the Food Rescue Collection basket instead.  We have told all the staff and the children that this is only if they would have thrown it away instead.  They are encouraged to eat what they have or bring it back home as best options.  But, if they choose neither, we accept unopened packaged food, fruit, vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheese sticks, and even untouched food packed at home.  

So where does it all go?  The nurses in our schools have been thrilled to be able to provide healthy options to the kids that come to them hungry, ill, or if they need to eat or drink with medications.  Without this food, nurses frequently must buy food themselves to serve this purpose.  Our nurses, as always, are ever mindful of allergy and other health restrictions and choose what is appropriate for their situations.

Any food that doesn’t go to our nurses goes to a local food shelter or to the North Andover Youth Center.

We are staffed mostly by volunteers and supported by the North Andover Schools Food Services.  Volunteers pick up food from the elementary schools, bring it to the high school where it is sorted, and deliver boxes to Daybreak Shelter in Lawrence.  

We could really use some more help.  The time commitment can be as little as 30 minutes as we have broken up each part of the service so one can do as little or as much as they can manage in any given day.  If you are available to help, go to http://signup.com/go/bUheLv.  We are happy to train you and give you all the direction you need.  Any questions? Feel free to e-mail us at NAfoodrescue@gmail.com.

We’re so proud to be able to bring this program to North Andover but we can’t do it alone.  Thank you so much for your support.

Food Rescue Foods Collected

Unopened milk, cheese sticks, yogurt and gogurt, raisins and craisins, fresh fruit, granola bars, unopened chips or pretzels, unopened cookies and crackers, unopened packaged fruit cups, unopened carrots, cafeteria sold unopened sandwiches, cafeteria sold unopened fruit cups, & unopened water bottles or juice


Principal's Post - Week of October 29th

posted Oct 26, 2018, 7:02 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 29, 2018, 6:38 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


It's hard to believe that the end of October is quickly approaching. As the weather is getting cooler, please remind your child to wear warm clothing. This is especially applicable to our students who ride or walk to school each day.


Congratulations to our Boston Red Sox in becoming World Series Champions

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Picture Retakes

Hockmeyer pictures are expected to be sent home with students the first week of November.  Retakes are scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Students requesting retakes should bring their picture packet with them on the day of picture retakes and give their picture packet to the photographer.  Students who were absent on picture day should have their photo taken on retake day.  Again, picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

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NAHS Fall Open House for Current Grades 7 & 8 Families

North Andover High School welcomes all 7th and 8th grade parents/guardians and students to their Fall Open House on Thursday November 15, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to hear about the academic and extracurricular programs that are offered at NAHS. More information about the event will be made available on both the NAHS and NAMS websites Monday. I will also be emailing information to current Grades 7 & 8 families on Sunday night.

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NAMS Turkey Trot T-Shirt Contest 
NAMS Turkey Trot T-Shirt Contest is under way.  Students are invited to enter a design on or before October 29, 2018.  Please open the file below for the pdf flyer with full details.
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NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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News from PTAC

1. The next PTAC meeting  is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the NAMS library.  Our superintendent, Dr. Gilligan, will be attending this meeting to discuss his entry plan date. 

2. Update on direct donations: We currently are at 38% of our budget. Don’t forget a lot of companies do matching donations.

3. Turkey Trot flyers went out last week.  Due date for T-shirt drawings is Monday, October 29th.

4. Fall NA clothing fundraiser to start next week and run through November 11, 2018. Be on the lookout for information via email.

5. Casa Blanca restaurant night 5 p.m. to close on Tuesday, November 6th.

6. Save the Date:  Comedy Night at China Blossom Friday, January 25th.

NAMS PTAC

A Message from the North Andover Music Association 
NAMS Music Parents, NAMA is the parent booster club for all NAPS music programs, and we encourage you to get involved!  For news and information, please visit our website at www.northandovermusic.org and subscribe for updates, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northandovermusic/, and follow us on Twitter @namamusic!  We will be holding a meeting at NAMS on December 11th, and invite you to attend.  Details to follow.  Come see what we’re up to and how you can help! 

Are you interested in a fun evening of music and dancing?  Join us at our second annual “A Knight to Remember” silent auction fundraiser at the North Andover Country Club on November 10th.  For tickets and information, visit:  https://northandovermusic.org/announcements/events-news/2018/10/11/music-parents-youre-invited-knight-remember-november-10th-nacc/
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Scarlet Knights Socks
The NAHS Class of 2020 is selling these high quality Scarlet Knights socks. They will be ready for holiday gift giving, $15 for a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift! The proceeds will benefit the class of 2020 senior activities. If you would like to order please use this link to access the order form: Scarlet Knights Socks

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Principal's Post - Week of October 22nd

posted Oct 19, 2018, 3:59 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 19, 2018, 12:57 PM ]

Dear NAMS families,


I hope that this message finds you and your family well. It continues to be my pleasure getting to know more and more of our students and having the opportunity to watch our teachers in action.


Good luck to our Boston Red Sox as they face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series next week.


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Grade 7 Hearing/Vision/BMI Screenings 

Grade 7 Hearing/Vision/BMI Screenings are scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 2018 during the school day.  These screenings will be conducted by our nurses.  Any parent/guardian wishing to opt their child out of these screening should contact our nurses.

Kathleen Pease - peasek@northandoverpublicschools.com

Elizabeth Hassaneine - hassaneine@northandoverpublicschools.com 


Annual Grade 8 Trips to Nature’s Classroom

I want to wish all of our students and staff participating in this year's trip to Nature's Classroom a wonderful time!

The dates of this year’s Annual Grade 8 Trip to Nature’s Classroom are as follows:

☑ Team 8A - October 15-17, 2018 (Cheryl Raimondo attended with team.)

☑ Team 8B - October 17-19, 2018 (Steve Wrigley attended with team.)

Team 8C - October 22-24, 2018 (Jorge Goncalves will be attending with team.)
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NAMS Turkey Trot T-Shirt Contest 
NAMS Turkey Trot T-Shirt Contest is under way.  Students are invited to enter a design on or before October 29, 2018.  Please open the file below for the pdf flyer with full details.
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A Message from the North Andover Music Association 
NAMS Music Parents, NAMA is the parent booster club for all NAPS music programs, and we encourage you to get involved!  For news and information, please visit our website at www.northandovermusic.org and subscribe for updates, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/northandovermusic/, and follow us on Twitter @namamusic!  We will be holding a meeting at NAMS on December 11th, and invite you to attend.  Details to follow.  Come see what we’re up to and how you can help! 

Are you interested in a fun evening of music and dancing?  Join us at our second annual “A Knight to Remember” silent auction fundraiser at the North Andover Country Club on November 10th.  For tickets and information, visit:  https://northandovermusic.org/announcements/events-news/2018/10/11/music-parents-youre-invited-knight-remember-november-10th-nacc/
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International Observe the Moon Night 2018 & Merrimack College Family Astronomy Night
Merrimack College has two fabulous opportunities for families this month.  One International Observe the Moon Night 2018 Saturday, October 20th, and the other, Merrimack College Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, October 24th. 

The International Observe the Moon Night 2018 Saturday, October 20th, 6-11 p.m is a perfect choice for folks who simply want to observe the moon through the observatory.

Merrimack College Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, October 24th, is actually on the full Hunter's Moon.  Come by Merrimack College for a night filled with astronomy activities for all ages. Activities will include use of the Merrimack Observatory, Mars Rover programming, civilian science, and more. Snacks will be provided as well.


If interested, please register you and your family here: http://bit.do/MCAstronomyNight

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Play It Forward Soccer Jamboree 2018
Finish up the fall season with fun and friends while supporting a great cause!

Who: All town soccer players and kids who want to participate
What: End-of-Fall Soccer Jamboree
When: Sunday October 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Carter Fields, Carter Field Road, North Andover, MA
Cost:  $5 per child* 
*All proceeds benefit Soccer Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that uses soccer to instill positive change in youth in under-served countries through education and sport.

Kids will play three 10-minute games, and there will be a final game for each age group. Members of the North Andover High School girls and boys soccer teams will be at the event to coach, ref, and encourage the kids to make it even more fun! Parents and siblings are invited to watch and spend the day as there will be raffles to benefit Soccer Without Borders, food, music, and drinks. Fun for the whole family!

To learn more and to register please visit https://sites.google.com/northandoverpublicschools.com/soccerwithoutborders/home by Friday, October 26th
NAHS juniors and varsity soccer players Ashley Yonchak (Franklin alum) and Julia Ward (Thomson alum) are the organizers of this event. Grab your friends and sign up today!
This is the link for the direct fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/play-it-forward6
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Principal's Post - Week of October 15th

posted Oct 13, 2018, 6:22 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Principal's Post 10/15/18


Dear NAMS Families,


Good luck to our Boston Red Sox as they begin the League Championship Series Saturday night. And good luck to the New England Patriots versus the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night. If you enjoy sports, this is quite a weekend coming up.


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Attention All NA Families
J. Allen, an internationally recognized speaker on social and emotional education, will be giving a presentation for parents and guardians on Wednesday October 24th at 6 p.m. in the NAMS auditorium. We hope you can join us!
Event Details:
Who: All interested parents/guardians
Where: North Andover Middle School Auditorium, 495 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845 
When: October 24th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
More about J. Allen:
J. Allen is an internationally recognized speaker on social and emotional education.  He has spoken all over the world, from southern Australia to northern Alaska. His experience includes fifteen years directing programs serving children in school settings and twenty years as a volunteer working with at-risk youth, youth in custody, and foster children. He has been a passionate advocate for youth and an innovator in technologies for helping youth move from failure to success. He is a highly rated presenter, and is a frequent speaker to youth groups and a popular keynote speaker at professional conferences.

News from PTAC

The next PTAC meeting  is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the NAMS library.  Our superintendent, Dr. Gilligan, will be attending this meeting to discuss his entry plan date.  This is a change from the original date of Thursday, November 15h.

The PTAC has reached 24 % of our direct donations goal!   Thank you to those who have donated.  If you have not donated, please consider doing so.  We cannot support the NAMS without all of your support and involvement.  Consider employee matching which you can do thru your HR department.

Save the Dates:

Tuesday, November 6th (election day) - NAMS Fundraiser at Casablanca.  Take the night off of cooking and support the NAMS PTAC.
Friday, January 25th - NAMS PTAC Comedy Fundraiser at China Blossom.  More information forthcoming.

Grade 8 Trip to Nature's Classroom - Final Reminders

The dates of this year’s Annual Grade 8 Trip to Nature’s Classroom are as follows:

  • Team 8A - October 15-17, 2018
  • Team 8B - October 17-19, 2018
  • Team 8C - October 22-24, 2018

All of our Grade 8 Teams will be going to the Nature's Classroom Site in Ocean Park, ME.

You can learn more about the site and about the programming at Nature's Classroom here.

Preparing for the trip:

  • All families should have registered for the trip online or by completing a paper registration packet.
  • All families should have completed and returned a North Andover Field Trip Permission form.  You may find this form here.
  • Payments should be made payable to North Andover Public Schools.  The cost of this trip is $230. 
  • If you child will be taking medication during the trip, the medicine administration form should be completed and returned.  You may find this form here.

Supply List

  • Please be sure to review the suggested equipment list for this trip here.  This will prove extremely useful when packing for the trip.  Students should pack all of their belongings into one bag if possible since there will be limited room on the buses.

REMINDERS:  

  • Students may not bring food with them.  
  • No cell phones or other electronics are allowed.
  • If students need to make a call a contact person will be available for them in order for them to utilize a phone.
  • You many also call Nature’s Classroom directly if you have a concern or question.  
  • The office number is: 1-508-248-2741 or 1-800-433-8375

DROP OFF ON DEPARTURE DAY:

  • If your child is attending Nature’s Classroom, students should be dropped off at the school starting at 8:00 a.m. with their luggage and supplies. Students should not ride the bus to school on the day of their departure with their luggage and supplies.
  • Medication must be turned into the medication box upon arrival to school.  One of our nurses will be collecting medication on the day of departure. All medication must come in original containers.  All medication and medication forms will be delivered to the Nurse at the Nature’s Classroom site upon our arrival.
  • Buses will be leaving at 8:30 a.m., so please be on time.

PICK UP ON RETURN DAY:    

  • TEAM 8A & TEAM 8B Buses are due back at approximately 1:30 p.m.   
  • TEAM 8C Buses are due back at approximately 1:15 p.m. (THIS IS A SLIGHT CHANGE FROM THE 1:00 p.m. TIME WE PREVIOUSLY COMMUNICATED.)
  • Students returning from Nature’s Classroom may not enter NAMS upon their return to school.  
  • We are asking that parents/guardians drive up the entrance and all the way around to the back parking lot. The buses will be coming in from the back entrance on Parker Street.
  • Students must go home with a parent/guardian.  If you are unable to pick your child up, please send a note to acknowledge that they will be getting a ride  home from a specific relative or friend.
  • There is not enough room on our school buses for students to ride their regular bus home with their luggage at dismissal.
  • If you sent medication with your child, please also pick that up from one of the chaperones.

REMINDERS


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Food Rescue @ NAMS

All of our schools in North Andover participate in the Food Rescue Program, which helps students and families in need. When students are cleaning up after lunch they have multiple bins to choose from: • Liquids Barrel for students to pour out any remaining liquids before recycling • Recycling Bins • Food Rescue Bin • Trash Barrels

The Food Rescue Bin is used to collect the following food items: • produce – fresh or packed cups • raisins and craisins • chips and crackers • granola and power bars • milk, yogurt, and cheese sticks • fruit juice and water • cafeteria-made sandwiches After lunches are complete, the Food Rescue bin is placed in the refrigerator to await pick up. Food is then sorted by volunteers at NAHS for distribution. Please encourage your child to participate.

Principal's Post - Week of October 9th

posted Oct 8, 2018, 7:29 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 12:52 PM ]

Principal's Post 10/09/18


Dear NAMS Families,


I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  This is a reminder that students will be released at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10th.


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Grade 8 Essay Contest

The Massachusetts Municipal Association is moving its 8th Grade Essay contest to coincide with the celebration of the second annual Municipal Month in the CommonwealthIn past years, the MMA solicited submissions for the essay contest during the fall, with the winner announced and recognized at the MMA’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show in January. With the advent of Municipal Month, the MMA will officially kick off the essay contest at its Annual Meeting, with the winner receiving the award in May.

This contest encourages the potential local leaders of the future to reflect on the role of key elected officials and how cities and town operate. At a time when cities and towns find it increasingly difficult to fill important positions on volunteer boards or to reach quorums for town meetings, the contest seeks to expand students’ knowledge of local government and instill an interest in civic participation at a young age, leading to a more informed constituency and greater engagement by residents.

Stay tuned for more information about how students can enter the essay contest this spring.


Annual Grade 8 trip to Nature's Classroom

The dates of this year’s Annual Grade 8 Trip to Nature’s Classroom are as follows:

Team 8A - October 15-17, 2018

Team 8B - October 17-19, 2018

Team 8C - October 22-24, 2018

All of our Grade 8 Teams will be going to the Nature's Classroom Site in Ocean Park, ME.

You can learn more about the site and about the programming at Nature's Classroom here.

Specific information regarding the upcoming trips will be shared with grade 8 families tomorrow, including drop off and pick up information and more.


Food Rescue @ NAMS

All of our schools in North Andover participate in the Food Rescue Program, which helps students and families in need. When students are cleaning up after lunch they have multiple bins to choose from: • Liquids Barrel for students to pour out any remaining liquids before recycling • Recycling Bins • Food Rescue Bin • Trash Barrels

The Food Rescue Bin is used to collect the following food items: • produce – fresh or packed cups • raisins and craisins • chips and crackers • granola and power bars • milk, yogurt, and cheese sticks • fruit juice and water • cafeteria-made sandwiches After lunches are complete, the Food Rescue bin is placed in the refrigerator to await pick up. Food is then sorted by volunteers at NAHS for distribution. Please encourage your child to participate.


Bytes of Code

Are you interested in learning about coding and animation, digital art, and digital music? If so, then check out the Bytes of Code classes to be held at Stevens Memorial Library this fall. These drop-in classes are open to all students ages 11 - 18, and a different topic will be covered each week. No need to register and you can attend just one class or multiple classes. The first class will be held this Wednesday, September 26, 2:40 - 3:40 pm. More information is available on the Stevens Memorial Library’s website.


Girls Who Code

Any grade 6-12 girls who are interested in technology are encouraged to submit an application for the Girls Who Code program at Stevens Memorial Library. No previous coding experience is required! The program will be held on Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., September 25th to April 23rd. Lottery Applications for this exciting program are available in the NAMS Library or in the Teen Room at Stevens Memorial Library. All applications must be returned to Stevens Memorial Library by Friday, September 21, 2018.

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