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NAMS Remote Learning Plan

posted Apr 3, 2020, 12:39 PM by Jorge Goncalves

This letter is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.


April 3, 2020 


Dear NAMS Families,


I hope that this message continues to find you and your family healthy and well. I speak on behalf of all of our staff members when I share that we absolutely miss our students and hope that they are well. I know that this pandemic and resulting school closures have significantly impacted all families as we continue to work towards reestablishing norms and routines in our lives.


The community has rallied to provide support for our families and to offer suggestions and guidance in supporting our children. There are many resources on our district’s Social/Emotional Learning website that you may find helpful in navigating this situation here and at the following address: http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/student-services/social-emotional-learning


The purpose of this message is to share with you the Remote Learning Plan for North Andover Middle School scheduled to begin on Monday, April 6, 2020. Before I review those details with you, I would like to first extend my deepest thanks to our outstanding custodial staff and maintenance department who keep our buildings clean, our food service staff who provide meals to families in need, and to all those essential in our community working to keep us all safe.


I would also like to thank all of our educators who have, like many of you, been balancing the demands of home and work. As we progress over the next four weeks and beyond, please keep in mind that our NAMS staff members have families, concerns, and responsibilities of their own. Educators have been working these last few days to thoughtfully develop our Remote Learning Plan while balancing the care for themselves and their families. We all appreciate your understanding as we move through this journey together. 


Planning for Remote Learning

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued new guidance on Friday, March 27th. In anticipation of the extension of school closure we have been working on strategies to transition from learning activities to remote learning opportunities that are more robust and provide more structure for our students. 


Dr. Gilligan and some other Superintendents shared a joint statement of unified values shared with our surrounding districts as we all looked to take the next steps with remote learning. Please see the attached letter from the Merrimack Valley Superintendents’ Association (MVSA) for the specific statement that assisted in the guidance of all NAPS Remote Learning Plans.


Remote Learning Guidance

We recognize that the level of instruction for remote learning will not be equivalent to what is taught in the traditional classroom setting.  We need to be more sensitive than ever to the needs of our students and families. We recognize that parents and guardians will be in charge of their children’s learning, and they will likely have less familiarity with content and pedagogical knowledge; thus, students will have less explicit structure, support, and time for learning than they would receive in a typical school day in our buildings. To that end, we have shared the following factors for our staff to keep in mind as they engage in this new model of education:

  • Students will be participating in self-directed learning in remote educational settings with less structure, and lots of other things happening in their lives.

  • Parents/Guardians cannot be expected to take your place as instructors; they may not know the content and even if they know the content, they may not know the pedagogy. 

  • Parents/Guardians also may be juggling work or working from home, taking care of younger children or family members, or dealing with illnesses.  

  • Learning time will be significantly shorter, and we can expect that it will be reduced by at least half each day and week.

  • We encourage educators to work together in teams and be mindful of the amount of work that is given to students and families.

  • As educators plan and we navigate the new learning environment, we have stressed how critical it is that they keep in mind their most vulnerable populations. Consider the needs of our students with disabilities, students for whom English is a second language, students in single parent homes, students in families where both parents work outside the home, families with multiple siblings and limited devices, families with limited resources, etc.  

 The most important outcome during remote learning is for students to feel cared for and supported by their teachers, and to be meaningfully engaged in learning activities for some portion of each day.  We want teachers to stay in touch with students and their families during this difficult time, providing guidance, support and encouragement along the way.


The information that follows has been developed through collaborative planning efforts and collective thinking, and I am grateful for the contributions of so many in this work. 


Getting Started

The traditional school day as we once knew it has completely changed, and this is no longer business as usual. We do not know what the future holds, and we recognize that you must balance your children’s educational needs with your family’s other demands. The length of our students’ and teachers’ work days will be flexible and pared down considerably. They are not expected to hold traditional school hours, nor are they expected to adhere to the traditional, entire course curriculum. Staff will hold office hours on Fridays so students and families can connect via Google apps, email, or talk by phone. They are also available each week day via email with the expectation of return contact within 24 hours. 


Content will be provided through the classroom teacher via google classroom.

Please be sure to review the district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools document found here to familiarize yourself with our updated policy.


Student Schedules

Trimester 2 will continue on Monday, April 6th and conclude on Friday, April 17th.

You may find a suggested schedule (Monday-Thursday) for students to follow below.

Mondays and Wednesdays will follow a Day 1 Schedule.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will follow a Day 2 Schedule.

Fridays may be used for office hours for students to connect with teachers and continue to work on assignments. Please arrange with your teacher (email is best) if you would like to communicate with them during office hours. Teachers will provide information to students regarding their availability. 

In addition to office hours with students, staff will also have time on Fridays for collaboration time and meetings.

Time

Grade 6

Time

Grade 7

Time

Grade 8

8:00-

9:00

Related Arts

8:00-9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

8:00-9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

9:00-

10:30

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

9:30-

10:30

Related Arts



9:30-

11:00

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

11:00-12:00

Related Arts



Please know that students have the option of completing assigned work at times that work best for their family schedule. Students may need to spend 3 or more hours per day completing assignments. Students should also be reading a book and exercising daily.


Although we are suggesting the schedule above, there needs to be empathy and understanding that not all students may be able to be online between 8:00-12:00 p.m. each day. As I noted earlier, we understand that students and families may be sharing a device and may not have access to the device each day at the same times. 


Teachers have already begun collaborating and working to put together their Remote Learning Plans that will be shared with you Monday, April 6th at the latest.


I’m sure that you may still have some questions, so I have put together a list of questions and answers below.


Thinking of you and your family,

Jorge Goncalves

Principal


NAMS Remote Learning Plan FAQs


Question:

What is the district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools policy?

Answer:

The district’s Use of Video Conferencing Tools policy may be found here.


Question: 

When does the NAMS Remote Learning Plan begin?

Answer: 

Monday, April 6th


Question:

Is this work and these assignments optional?

Answer:

No, students will all be expected to complete assignments shared by teachers and will be supported along the way.


Question: 

What Trimester will we be in on Monday, April 6th?

Answer: 

Trimester 2 will resume through Friday, April 17th.


Question: 

What will the schedule be?

Answer: 

You may find a suggested schedule (Monday-Thursday) for students to follow below.

Mondays and Wednesdays will follow a Day 1 Schedule.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will follow a Day 2 Schedule.

Fridays will be used for office hours for students to connect with teachers and continue to work on assignments. Teachers will provide information to students regarding when they will be available for students. 

In addition to office hours with students, staff will also have time on Fridays for collaboration time and meetings.

Time

Grade 6

Time

Grade 7

Time

Grade 8

8:00-

9:00

Related Arts

8:00-

9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

8:00-

9:30

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

9:00-

10:30

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

9:30-

10:30

Related Arts



9:30-

11:00

Team Time:

English, Math, World Language, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-

12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies

10:30-12:00

Team Time:

English, Math, AMS, Science, & Social Studies

11:00-

12:00

Related Arts



Please know that students have the option of completing assigned work at times that work best for their family schedule. Students may need to spend 3 or more hours per day completing assignments. Students should also be reading a book and exercising daily.

Although we are suggesting the schedule above, there needs to be empathy and understanding that not all students may be able to be online between 8:00-12:00 p.m. each day. As I noted earlier, we understand that students and families may be sharing a device and may not have access to the device each day at the same times. 


Question: 

When are the 2 Beyond the Classroom Assignments due?

Answer: 

Since Trimester 2 concludes on Friday, April 17th we are asking students to submit their 2 Beyond the Classroom assignments to teachers by this date. Teachers will be providing specific information related to these assignments.


Question:

Can students still turn in work they owed before the mandatory school closure?

Answer:

Yes, students also should have until Friday, April 17, 2020 to complete any assignments that were disrupted as we exited school on March 13, 2020.


Question:

Who should my student hear from? How does my student find out what they should do?

Answer:

Students will receive detailed information from their teachers by Monday, April 6th regarding their classes, expectations, and supports.


Question:

Does my student view videos that are posted or participate in virtual meetings? Do they have to be online at a specific time?

Answer:

Students may be asked to view videos and be invited to participate in virtual meetings. Teachers will be posting assignments and resources via google classroom. 

Virtual meetings or lessons are optional for staff at this time.


Question:

What if my student has questions?

Answer:

Email is the primary mode of communication. Teachers will be available during the day to answer questions and/or provide support for students. Should a teacher be ill or unable to attend they will post that message for that day in their Google Classroom.


Question:

Collection of work - does it count toward my student’s grade? What about assessments, projects, homework, etc.?

Answer:

Students will be expected to complete assignments, projects, and assessments as provided by the teacher. Students will be receiving a final letter grade for Trimester 2 since we completed all but 1 week of Trimester 2 before schools were closed. For Trimester 3, the final grades will be Pass or Incomplete. Any student receiving an Incomplete for the end of Trimester 3 will need to work out a plan to complete the work with the principal assigned to that team or grade.


Question:

How will students be graded?

Answer:

For remote learning work, teachers are asked to record Pass/Incomplete. The Incomplete will designate that the appropriate assignments have not yet been submitted. Please do not stress over grades. Teachers will be focused on planning, instructing remotely, and providing feedback. We do not know how long we will be learning remotely. Students should focus on learning and completing their assignments to the best of their abilities. 


Question:

What does a student need to do for Remote Learning?

Answer:

Students will need access to a device in order to use google apps for education: Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Presentation, etc.

You are a NAMS student at all times, even when your learning has moved online. Continue to adhere to the Student Handbook with regard to academic policies and student conduct. Specifically if on any Google Meet, please be aware of your behavior, dress, and background when on the session with staff and peers. Specific information related to using Google Meet will be shared with you by your teacher before meeting virtually.


Question:

Who should the student or parents/guardians contact with questions?

Answer:

Teachers are the primary contacts.

In addition, the following staff are also available:

Teams 6A & 6D: Jim Gosselin, Guidance Counselor, & Cheryl Raimondo, Assistant Principal

Teams 6B & 6C: Jim Gosselin, Guidance Counselor, & Steve Wrigley, Assistant Principal

Grade 7: Georgia Chute, Guidance Counselor, & Raimondo, Assistant Principal

Grade 8: Julie Faucher, Guidance Counselor, & Steve Wrigley, Assistant Principal

School Psychologist are Lindsey Chatterton & Michelle O’Leary

Adjustment Counselor is Laura Stevens

Special Education Director is Susan Donatell

Principal is Jorge Goncalves

You may find a list of all staff here.

Message from NAMS - March 24, 2020

posted Mar 24, 2020, 1:02 PM by Jorge Goncalves

Good afternoon NAMS families,


First and foremost, I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and well. I miss coming to work every day and interacting with so many amazing students and staff members. I hope that you have been able to spend more time together as a family over the last week. I have a new respect for parents who work from home while still keeping their children engaged, learning, and active - not an easy job at all.


As we continue to adjust to our current reality, I would like to commend our NAMS teachers for all of the time, energy, and effort that they have spent collaborating to identify, create sometimes, and share learning activities with our students via google classroom and email. Students and families may find additional learning activities on the Learning Activities for School Closure website.


Reminders:

  • Students are only required to complete 2 Beyond the Classroom assignments while school is closed. When school reopens, students will still have an opportunity to complete these assignments if they need additional assistance. Please do not worry about these assignments, our staff are here to help.

  • Our teachers have and will continue to post learning activities for students to work on if they choose. Student learning activities are not assignments. This is a great way for students to keep learning alive and to provide structure to their day.

  • NAMS staff are available via email, so please do not hesitate to contact them with any questions you might have related to the 2 Beyond the Classroom Assignments or the learning activities that they have shared.


Hoping to see you all again soon,

Jorge Goncalves

Principal

Principal's Post - Week of March 16th

posted Mar 12, 2020, 3:49 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 12:29 PM ]

I hope that this message finds you well. As you have already heard, our public schools will be closed through Monday, April 6, 2020. You may find useful information on our district’s website regarding the Coronavirus & COVID-19 Updates here and Dr. Gilligan’s announcement regarding the school closing here


Reminders:

  • To make up the 2 days required by the state to fulfill our 180-day requirement we will utilize Beyond the Classroom. Our teachers offered students paper copies of assignments, but all assignments may be found on the Beyond the Classroom website here.

  • In addition to Beyond the Classroom assignments, NAPS is working on sharing additional suggested enrichment activities to keep learning alive during this time.

  • If your child needs to pick anything up at school, the building will be open on Monday, March 16th from 9-12 and again on Tuesday, March 17th from 9-12.


Health Services Updates
You may find all recent Health Service Updates here and on our website.

Free Internet Opportunity

Comcast is offering free internet for 60 days. You can learn more at the following website: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19


NAMS Family Comedy Night will be rescheduled for the fall of 2020
Originally, this event was scheduled for Friday, March 27th but we have decided to reschedule this event for the fall of 2020 due to ImprovBoston's availability.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs You Help!

SOS is a fun-filled, substance-free, overnight party held each year at North Andover High School on the night of Graduation. It marks the conclusion of an activity-filled Senior Week, making the SOS party a very special event! Each year, members of the Senior Class celebrate together while enjoying a wide range of activities, food, music, and entertainment. 

The SOS party is planned and run by a dedicated group of board members and dozens of volunteers.

There are many ways that parents of students of ALL ages can help. Many volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event to insure it runs smoothly. You can help keep this wonderful tradition going!

How can you learn more and sign up to help?

SOS Website: https://sites.google.com/site/sosnahs/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sosnahs

Twitter: @SOSNAHS

Email: sosnahs@gmail.com


Register now for the 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center Thursday, April 16, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Opportunity for Music Families -

NAMA Offers Music Stipends for Tuition and Fee Assistance

The North Andover Music Association 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 found here and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. 

Only one stipend with a maximum amount of $100 per calendar year for each student.  We are currently accepting stipend applications for the July 2019 - June 2020 AND the July 2020 - June 2021 years.  

If you attended a music or musical theatre summer program and had fees associated with it this past year, please submit an application for funds!  If you have registered for any 2020 summer programs already, please submit an application as well!

More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found at https://northandovermusic.org  

A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website  https://northandovermusic.org/documents


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


NO SCHOOL THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020


Monday, March 16, 2020

• No School

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

• No School

• Invite Grade 7 Students to select World Language Choices for Grade 8 by completing Google Form shared with them.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

• No School

Thursday, March 19, 2020

• No School

Friday, March 20, 2020

• No School


Monday, March 23, 2020

• No School

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

• No School

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

• No School

Thursday, March 26, 2020

• No School

Friday, March 27, 2020

• No School


Monday, March 30, 2020

• No School

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

• No School

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

• No School

Thursday, April 2, 2020

• No School

World Autism Awareness Day

Friday, April 3, 2020

• No School


Monday, April 6, 2020

• No School

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

• No School

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

• Students & Staff Return!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Deadline for Grade 7 Students to select World Language Choices for Grade 8

NAMS Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for Grade 8 to Submit Override Forms to Homeroom Teachers


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020 (DATES BELOW ARE NOW SUBJECT TO CHANGE!)

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)  - SCHOOLS STILL CLOSED.   

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Principal's Post - Week of March 9th

posted Mar 6, 2020, 4:13 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 1:17 PM ]

Blood Drive - This Sunday, March 8th @ Sargent Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ALS Fundraiser @ Fuddruckers

Friday, March 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

In addition to enjoying dinner and supporting a great cause, you will also be entered to win one of many amazing raffle items.


RAFFLE ITEMS so far...

DOOR PRIZE: FUDDRUCKERS GIFT CARD: $25 value

1. HANDCRAFTED CRIBBAGE BOARD: Handcrafted by John Faucher - $75 value

2. COLLAGEN FACIAL BY HEATHER SWEENEY: Donated by Heather Sweeney - $105 value

3. HANDCRAFTED PEN & WOODEN CASE: Handcrafted by Melissa Barron - $30 value

4. HANDCRAFTED BOWL & TEA LIGHT CANDLE HOLDER : Handcrafted by Jon Kaplan - $60 value

5. HAND-PAINTED CANVAS BAG WITH BEACH TOWEL: Donated by Amy Clough - $40 value

6. ALS ONE CONVERSE ALL STAR SNEAKERS - 1 PAIR SIZE 5.5 mens/7.5 womens : Donated by ALS ONE -$75 value

7. HOWLING WOLF: Gift Card - $25 value

8. ORANGETHEORY FITNESS: 10 PACK of CLASSES -  $225 value

9. BELLA VITA SALON & SPA: Gift Card - $50 value

10. BEACH GLASS NECKLACE: Handcrafted by Wendy Francke - $30 value

11. JADE RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Donated by Rachael Parsons - $25 value

12. PENDANT BY CADENCE CREATIVE JEWELRY: Donated by Cadence Roberts - $15 value

13. FRINGE SALON OF ANDOVER: Gift Certificate to be used toward service in one visit - $100 value

14. LAUNCH TRAMPOLINE PARK (METHUEN): Launch t-shirt, frisbee, color changing cup, cell phone pocket and 3 jumping passes - $60 value

15. RODAN & FIELDS REVERSE REGIMEN:  Donated by Andrea Liacos - $200 value

16. BOARD & BRUSH AMESBURY: Workshop Gift Certificate - $68 value

17.  XBOX LIVE 3 MONTHS:  Gift Card: Donated by Mimi and B - $25 value

18. KISMET CONSULTING 1 HOUR LIFE COACHING SESSION: Donated by Kristine Steinberg - $400 value

19. HANDCRAFTED WOODEN ALS ONE CUTTING BOARD: Donated by Elinor Goodwin - $50 value  

20.  JCOUTURE HAIR AT SALON INVANTI - WASH, CUT & BLOWDRY: Donated by Jen Tagliaferro - $60 value 

21.  CIAO BOW WOW: Gift Card with surprises for your dog and cat - $125 value 

22.  BURTON’S GRILLE RESTAURANT: Gift Card - $50 value

23.  FLATBREAD COMPANY IN AMESBURY: Gift Card - $50 value

24.  GAME TIME LANES & ENTERTAINMENT: Gift Cards for Bowling, Games and Virtual Game - $38 value each - 2 winners

25.   WILLOW SPRINGS VINEYARD: Private Winery Tour and Wine Tasting up to 4 people - $120 value

26.  MAD MAGGIES: 6’X3” ICE CREAM CAKE $24 value

27.  METRO ROCK CLIMBING in Newburyport: 4 Day Passes plus equipment - $120 value

28.  MCALOON’S LIQUOR: 2 bottles of wine each - $25 value - 2 winners


North Andover Poet Laureate Committee Hosts Open Mic Night

The North Andover Poet Laureate Committee is hosting an open mic night at Stevens Memorial Library on March 24, 2020 at 7 p.m.

 Latika Karnani is part of the North Andover Poet Laureate Committee and she has made a video with a special invitation for you to view. She also performs a poem in her video. You may access the video here.


Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs You Help!

SOS is a fun-filled, substance-free, overnight party held each year at North Andover High School on the night of Graduation. It marks the conclusion of an activity-filled Senior Week, making the SOS party a very special event! Each year, members of the Senior Class celebrate together while enjoying a wide range of activities, food, music, and entertainment. 

The SOS party is planned and run by a dedicated group of board members and dozens of volunteers.

There are many ways that parents of students of ALL ages can help. Many volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event to insure it runs smoothly. You can help keep this wonderful tradition going!

How can you learn more and sign up to help?

SOS Website: https://sites.google.com/site/sosnahs/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sosnahs

Twitter: @SOSNAHS

Email: sosnahs@gmail.com


Register now for the 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center Thursday, April 16, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Opportunity for Music Families -

NAMA Offers Music Stipends for Tuition and Fee Assistance

The North Andover Music Association 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 found here and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. 

Only one stipend with a maximum amount of $100 per calendar year for each student.  We are currently accepting stipend applications for the July 2019 - June 2020 AND the July 2020 - June 2021 years.  

If you attended a music or musical theatre summer program and had fees associated with it this past year, please submit an application for funds!  If you have registered for any 2020 summer programs already, please submit an application as well!

More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found at https://northandovermusic.org  

A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website  https://northandovermusic.org/documents


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT


Monday, March 9, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8B to EMK Museum

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8B to EMK Museum

• PTAC Meeting in Grade 8 Cafeteria @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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

• Rob Surette Presentation for Grade 7 in Auditorium from 9:25-10:25 a.m. (This presentation will take place during Grade 7 RAs.)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8A to EMK Museum

Friday, March 13, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8A to EMK Museum

NAMS Opens PowerSchool Portal @ 2:30 p.m. for Grade 8 Student/Parent View of Recommendations


Monday, March 16, 2020

• Invite Grade 7 Students to select World Language Choices for Grade 8 by completing Google Form shared with them.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8C to EMK Museum

Friday, March 20, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8C to EMK Museum


Monday, March 23, 2020

• Grade 7 ArtQuest Presentations

          8:00 - Team 7B
          12:00 - Team 7A
          1:15 - Team 7C

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

• Last Day of Trimester 2

Deadline for Grade 7 Students to select World Language Choices for Grade 8

• ADL Peer Leader Field Trip to ADL’s 26th Annual Youth Congress

NAMS Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for Grade 8 to Submit Override Forms to Homeroom Teachers

NAMS Family Comedy Night @ NAHS @ 7:00 p.m.


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Principal's Post - Week of March 2nd

posted Feb 28, 2020, 4:05 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 1:17 PM ]

NAMS Principal Coffee Chat Follow Up

This past month we held 2 Principal Coffee Chats on the morning of February 11th and the evening of February 25th. Both meetings were well attended by NAMS parents/guardians. I reviewed the my entry plan data I collected and organized in July of 2018 and then highlighted many of our accomplishments over the last 2 years. Attached you will find the entry plan data collected and the talking points I reviewed at these meetings. Thank you PTAC for providing refreshments for these meetings and for all of the parents/guardians who were able to attend.

RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT

North Andover students will demonstrate achievement. They will exercise their best effort and judgment in all activities in which they participate and will set goals that promote positive academic, social, and personal development.

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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


ALS Fundraiser @ Fuddruckers
Friday, March 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
In addition to enjoying dinner and supporting a great cause, you will also be entered to win one of many amazing raffle items.

RAFFLE ITEMS so far...
1, HANDCRAFTED CRIBBAGE BOARD: Handcrafted by John Faucher - $75 value
2. COLLAGEN FACIAL BY HEATHER SWEENEY: Donated by Heather Sweeney - $105 value
3. HANDCRAFTED PEN: Handcrafted by Melissa Barron - $30 value
4. HANDCRAFTED BOWL & TEA LIGHT CANDLE HOLDER : Handcrafted by Jon Kaplan - $60 value
5. HAND-PAINTED CANVAS BAG WITH BEACH TOWEL: Donated by Amy Clough - $40 value
6. ALS ONE CONVERSE ALL STAR SNEAKERS - 1 PAIR SIZE 5.5 mens/7.5 womens : Donated by ALS ONE -$75 value
7. HOWLING WOLF: Gift Card - $25 value
8. ORANGETHEORY FITNESS: 10 PACK of CLASSES -  $225 value
9. BELLA VITA SALON & SPA: Gift Card - $50 value
10. BEACH GLASS NECKLACE: Handcrafted by Wendy Francke - $30 value
11. JADE RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Donated by Rachael Parsons - $25 value
12. PENDANT BY CADENCE CREATIVE JEWELRY: Donated by Cadence Roberts - $15 value
13. FRINGE SALON OF ANDOVER: Gift Certificate to be used toward service in one visit - $100 value
14. LAUNCH TRAMPOLINE PARK (METHUEN): Launch t-shirt, frisbee, color changing cup, cell phone pocket and 3 jumping passes - $60 value
15. RODAN & FIELDS REVERSE REGIMEN:  Donated by Andrea Liacos - $200 value
16. BOARD & BRUSH AMESBURY: Workshop Gift Certificate - $68 value
17. XBOX LIVE 3 MONTHS:  Gift Card: Donated by Mimi and B - $25 value
18. KISMET CONSULTING 1 HOUR LIFE COACHING SESSION: Donated by Kristine Steinberg - $400 value
19. HANDCRAFTED WOODEN ALS ONE CUTTING BOARD: Donated by Elinor Goodwin - $50 value  
20. JCOUTURE HAIR AT SALON INVANTI - WASH, CUT & BLOWDRY: Donated by Jen Tagliaferro - $60 value 
21. CIAO BOW WOW: Gift Card with surprises for your dog and cat - $125 value 
22. BURTON’S GRILLE RESTAURANT: Gift Card - $50 value
23. FLATBREAD COMPANY IN AMESBURY: Gift Card - $50 value
24. GAME TIME LANES & ENTERTAINMENT: Gift Cards for Bowling, Games and Virtual Game - $38 value each - 2 winners
25. WILLOW SPRINGS VINEYARD: TBD
26. MAD MAGGIES: 6’X3” ICE CREAM CAKE $24 value
DOOR PRIZE: FUDDRUCKERS GIFT CARD: $25 value

Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs You Help!

SOS is a fun-filled, substance-free, overnight party held each year at North Andover High School on the night of Graduation. It marks the conclusion of an activity-filled Senior Week, making the SOS party a very special event! Each year, members of the Senior Class celebrate together while enjoying a wide range of activities, food, music, and entertainment. 

The SOS party is planned and run by a dedicated group of board members and dozens of volunteers.

There are many ways that parents of students of ALL ages can help. Many volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event to insure it runs smoothly. You can help keep this wonderful tradition going!

How can you learn more and sign up to help?

SOS Website: https://sites.google.com/site/sosnahs/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sosnahs

Twitter: @SOSNAHS

Email: sosnahs@gmail.com


Register now for the 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center Thursday, April 16, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Opportunity for Music Families -

NAMA Offers Music Stipends for Tuition and Fee Assistance

The North Andover Music Association 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 found here and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. 

Only one stipend with a maximum amount of $100 per calendar year for each student.  We are currently accepting stipend applications for the July 2019 - June 2020 AND the July 2020 - June 2021 years.  

If you attended a music or musical theatre summer program and had fees associated with it this past year, please submit an application for funds!  If you have registered for any 2020 summer programs already, please submit an application as well!

More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found at https://northandovermusic.org  

A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website  https://northandovermusic.org/documents


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT


Monday, March 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

• Trimester 2 Chorus Concert from 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

• Grade 8 Presentation in Auditorium from 11:30-12:30 p.m. (Will's World)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020


Monday, March 9, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8B to EMK Museum

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8B to EMK Museum

• PTAC Meeting in Grade 8 Cafeteria @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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

• Rob Surette Presentation for Grade 7 in Auditorium from 9:25-10:25 a.m. (This presentation will take place during Grade 7 RAs.)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8A to EMK Museum

Friday, March 13, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8A to EMK Museum

NAMS Opens PowerSchool Portal @ 2:30 p.m. for Grade 8 Student/Parent View of Recommendations


Monday, March 16, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8C to EMK Museum

Friday, March 20, 2020

• 1/2 Team 8C to EMK Museum


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Transition Information for Current Grade 8 Families

January 27 & 28, 2020 

NAHS guidance counselors visit NAMS to discuss electives & HS schedules

Monday, February 3, 2020 

6:00-6:30 p.m. Meeting for Grade 8 Families with students on an IEP in the NAHS Auditorium

6:30-8:00 p.m. Transition Night in NAHS Auditorium for all Grade 8 Students and Families (Please see information below from Principal Jackson regarding Transition Night.)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Grade 8 Students should return to Homeroom Teacher Green Sheets with Course Elective choices for NAHS. Attached you will find the form.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grade 8 Students and Families may see NAHS course recommendations in PowerSchool beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Day of Trimester 2 @ NAMS

Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for 8th graders to submit Course Override Forms to their homeroom teacher.


Grade 8 2020 End-of-Year Dates

Thursday, May 21st

Grade 8 Panoramic Picture @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9th

Move-Up Day (Grade 5 Students Visit NAMS and Grade 8 Students Visit NAHS)

Friday, June 12th

Promotion Practice #1 & Yearbook Signing

Monday, June 15th

Boat Cruise

Tuesday, June 16th

Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge

(Field Day - Rain Date)

Wednesday, June 17th

Field Day (Parent/Guardian Volunteers will be Needed!)

(Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge if Field Day is moved.)

Thursday, June 18th

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.

Friday, June 19th

Last Day of School - Early Release @ 11:05 a.m.


July, 2020

Fall Sports Registration will open.

Practice times and locations for fall sports will be posted. (Please see below for more information.) 

August 17-21, 2020

Marching Band Camp @ NAHS

Friday, August 21, 2020

NAHS Football Season begins

Monday, August 24, 2020

NAHS Fall Sports begin

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Principal's Post - Week of February 24th

posted Feb 14, 2020, 3:55 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 26, 2020, 5:27 AM ]

NAMS Principal Coffee Chat (2/25 Evening)

This past Tuesday, February 11th, we held a NAMS Principal Coffee Chat. Recognizing that some parents/guardians weren't able to attend a morning Coffee Chat, we have scheduled an evening Coffee Chat as well. Thank you to those parents/guardians who contacted me to request an evening chat.

Please join us for the next Principal Coffee Chat on Tuesday, February 25th @ 7:00 p.m. (NAMS Library).

We will be reviewing the entry plan data collected last year and sharing updates regarding what has been accomplished and what work is in progress.

Refreshments will be provided by NAMS PTAC.

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RAISE Theme for February is RESPECT

North Andover students will demonstrate respect. They will think about others before speaking or taking any action. They will appreciate the contributions of others, while showing respect for themselves, other people, personal and/or community property and the environment.

Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment.

Student Challenge: Who can keep their wing (Carrier-8, Freeman-7, & Symmes-6) and cafeteria cleanest the week of February 24th?

 

YMCA Family Events Calendar for February

The calendar below also includes a family flick and float and a family dance, all at the Y. Our local YMCA would love the opportunity to engage and interact with as many families within our communities, providing them with a fun and safe environment for quality family time. Access to these events is free for members and a small fee for non-members. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lindsey Lerit at her contact information below.

Lindsey Lerit, Membership Director 

MERRIMACK VALLEY YMCA
165 Haverhill Street
Andover, MA 01810
(P)978 685 3541 ext. 407 (D)978 651 3469  (F)978 685 0126
llerit@mvymca.org  www.mvymca.org


Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


Register now for the 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 7th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center Thursday, April 16, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Support Our Seniors (SOS) Needs You Help!

SOS is a fun-filled, substance-free, overnight party held each year at North Andover High School on the night of Graduation. It marks the conclusion of an activity-filled Senior Week, making the SOS party a very special event! Each year, members of the Senior Class celebrate together while enjoying a wide range of activities, food, music, and entertainment. 

The SOS party is planned and run by a dedicated group of board members and dozens of volunteers.

There are many ways that parents of students of ALL ages can help. Many volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event to insure it runs smoothly. You can help keep this wonderful tradition going!

How can you learn more and sign up to help?

SOS Website: https://sites.google.com/site/sosnahs/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sosnahs

Twitter: @SOSNAHS

Email: sosnahs@gmail.com


Yellowstone Summer Trip Open to 7th & 8th Grade Students:

FIELD ECOLOGY AND GEOLOGY COURSE

TETON MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

JACKSON, WYOMING

June 20, 2020 through July 1, 2020

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. There are two spots left.  If you are interested, please swing by Mr Richard's room (C204) to get more information.

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Opportunity for Music Families -

NAMA Offers Music Stipends for Tuition and Fee Assistance

The North Andover Music Association 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 found here and ask your music teacher to sign and submit it to the NAMA stipend committee. 

Only one stipend with a maximum amount of $100 per calendar year for each student.  We are currently accepting stipend applications for the July 2019 - June 2020 AND the July 2020 - June 2021 years.  

If you attended a music or musical theatre summer program and had fees associated with it this past year, please submit an application for funds!  If you have registered for any 2020 summer programs already, please submit an application as well!

More information about NAMA and how you can volunteer as a music parent can be found at https://northandovermusic.org  

A link to the application is also posted in General Forms under the Documents and Forms tab on the NAMA website  https://northandovermusic.org/documents


Transition Information for Current Grade 8 Families

January 27 & 28, 2020 

NAHS guidance counselors visit NAMS to discuss electives & HS schedules

Monday, February 3, 2020 

6:00-6:30 p.m. Meeting for Grade 8 Families with students on an IEP in the NAHS Auditorium

6:30-8:00 p.m. Transition Night in NAHS Auditorium for all Grade 8 Students and Families (Please see information below from Principal Jackson regarding Transition Night.)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Grade 8 Students should return to Homeroom Teacher Green Sheets with Course Elective choices for NAHS. Attached you will find the form.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grade 8 Students and Families may see NAHS course recommendations in PowerSchool beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Day of Trimester 2 @ NAMS

Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for 8th graders to submit Course Override Forms to their homeroom teacher.


Grade 8 2020 End-of-Year Dates

Thursday, May 21st

Grade 8 Panoramic Picture @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9th

Move-Up Day (Grade 5 Students Visit NAMS and Grade 8 Students Visit NAHS)

Friday, June 12th

Promotion Practice #1 & Yearbook Signing

Monday, June 15th

Boat Cruise

Tuesday, June 16th

Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge

(Field Day - Rain Date)

Wednesday, June 17th

Field Day (Parent/Guardian Volunteers will be Needed!)

(Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge if Field Day is moved.)

Thursday, June 18th

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.

Friday, June 19th

Last Day of School - Early Release @ 11:05 a.m.


July, 2020

Fall Sports Registration will open.

Practice times and locations for fall sports will be posted. (Please see below for more information.) 

Friday, August 21, 2020

NAHS Football Season begins

Monday, August 24, 2020

NAHS Fall Sports begin

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


February Break - No School Week of February 17, 2020


Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

Monday, February 24, 2020

Students & Staff Return

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020


RAISE Theme for March is ACHIEVEMENT


Monday, March 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

• Trimester 2 Chorus Concert from 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

• Grade 8 Presentation in Auditorium from 11:15-12:35 p.m. (Will's World - Shakespeare Performance)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

• Peer Leader Field Trip to Youth Congress Summit for all Peer Leaders


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Principal's Post - Week of February 10th

posted Feb 6, 2020, 3:35 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 8:48 AM ]

NAMS Book Fair is Back!

The book fair is back!  Please join us February 10-14, 2020 in the Library for our week-long Book Fair before we kick off February vacation.  The fair will be open every day before, during, and after school as well as during Family Night on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  If you would like to volunteer to help the children find and purchase books, please follow the sign up link 2020-Feb_Scholastic Book Fair and fill in as many times that you can work.  If you have any questions, please contact Timra Carlson at timra_carlson@yahoo.com

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NAMS Principal Coffee Chat (2/11 Morning or 2/25 Evening)

Recognizing that some parents/guardians won't be able to attend a morning Coffee Chat, we have scheduled an evening Coffee Chat as well. Thank you to those parents/guardians who contacted me to request an evening chat.

Please join us for one of 2 Principal Coffee Chats on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. (NAMS Cafeteria) or Tuesday, February 25th @ 7:00 p.m. (NAMS Library).

We will be reviewing the entry plan data collected last year and sharing updates regarding what has been accomplished and what work is in progress.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided by NAMS PTAC.

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Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • February 11, 2020 - This meeting will be a Principal's Coffee instead of a formal PTAC meeting. Mr. Goncalves will review entry plan data from last year and provide NAMS Families with updates on what has been accomplished and what is in progress.

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


History Camp During February Vacation
NAMS Community Programs is proud to present a History Camp trip over February vacation on Wednesday, February 19th from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to Harvard University. We will be leaving NAMS and heading over to Harvard Square for a 90 minute guided walking tour of Harvard University, shopping, and lunch in the Square. The day will end with a tour of Harvard Law School from current law students. All information can be found here or at the following address: 
Please contact Mr. McGravey if you have any questions at mcgraveyp@northandoverpublicschools.com

You are invited to participated in Power of Self-Education's 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration on February 29th

Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc. is excited to announce its 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration, to be held in partnership with the Haverhill Public Library located at 99 Main St. Haverhill, MA 01830 from 1-4 p.m. This celebration looks to the past and present accomplishments of Blacks in American history, as POSE aims to bring all people together to rejoice in celebration. On February 29th you are invited to come witness and enjoy an afternoon of food, music and culture, featuring spoken word, poetry, dance, literature and narratives that showcase the black experience. This interracial/multiracial event denotes resilience, love, sacrifice, commitment, and the spirit of the human heart. At this time POSE is seeking folks of ALL ages, races and gender identities who might want to participate in our open program. If you are interested in participating please contact posecorp@gmail.com or call Kat at 978-457-3676. If you know someone who might be interested please feel free to forward this information along to them. Thank you for your time.

Katrina Hobbs Everett

Co-Founder/CEO 

Power of Self Education (POSE) Inc.


RAISE Theme for February is RESPECT

North Andover students will demonstrate respect. They will think about others before speaking or taking any action. They will appreciate the contributions of others, while showing respect for themselves, other people, personal and/or community property and the environment.

Week of February 10th - Respect Others

Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

 

YMCA Family Events Calendar for February

The calendar below also includes a family flick and float and a family dance, all at the Y. Our local YMCA would love the opportunity to engage and interact with as many families within our communities, providing them with a fun and safe environment for quality family time. Access to these events is free for members and a small fee for non-members. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Lindsey Lerit at her contact information below.

Lindsey Lerit, Membership Director 

MERRIMACK VALLEY YMCA
165 Haverhill Street
Andover, MA 01810
(P)978 685 3541 ext. 407 (D)978 651 3469  (F)978 685 0126
llerit@mvymca.org  www.mvymca.org


Yellowstone Summer Trip Open to 7th & 8th Grade Students:

FIELD ECOLOGY AND GEOLOGY COURSE

TETON MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

JACKSON, WYOMING

June 20, 2020 through July 1, 2020

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. There are two spots left.  If you are interested, please swing by Mr Richard's room (C204) to get more information.

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Transition Information for Current Grade 8 Families

January 27 & 28, 2020 

NAHS guidance counselors visit NAMS to discuss electives & HS schedules

Monday, February 3, 2020 

6:00-6:30 p.m. Meeting for Grade 8 Families with students on an IEP in the NAHS Auditorium

6:30-8:00 p.m. Transition Night in NAHS Auditorium for all Grade 8 Students and Families (Please see information below from Principal Jackson regarding Transition Night.)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Grade 8 Students should return to Homeroom Teacher Green Sheets with Course Elective choices for NAHS. Attached you will find the form.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grade 8 Students and Families may see NAHS course recommendations in PowerSchool beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Day of Trimester 2 @ NAMS

Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for 8th graders to submit Course Override Forms to their homeroom teacher.


Grade 8 2020 End-of-Year Dates

Thursday, May 21st

Grade 8 Panoramic Picture @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9th

Move-Up Day (Grade 5 Students Visit NAMS and Grade 8 Students Visit NAHS)

Friday, June 12th

Promotion Practice #1 & Yearbook Signing

Monday, June 15th

Boat Cruise

Tuesday, June 16th

Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge

(Field Day - Rain Date)

Wednesday, June 17th

Field Day

(Promotion Practice #2 & Name That Tune Challenge if Field Day is moved.)

Thursday, June 18th

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.

Friday, June 19th

Last Day of School - Early Release @ 11:05 a.m.


July, 2020

Fall Sports Registration will open.

Practice times and locations for fall sports will be posted. (Please see below for more information.) 

Friday, August 21, 2020

NAHS Football Season begins

Monday, August 24, 2020

NAHS Fall Sports begin

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


NAMS Book Fair in Library from February 10-14, 2020


Week of February 10th - Respect Others

Monday, February 10, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

• NAMS Principal Coffee Chat with NAMS Families in Grade 8 Cafe from 8:30-10:00 a.m.

MathCounts Competition at NAHS from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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

NAMS Book Fair in Library during the day and in the evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

• NAMS Family Fun Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

Friday, February 14, 2020

• Valentine's Day 💘

• Students can wear pajamas at school.

NAMS Book Fair in Library

• Staff vs. Student Basketball Game during all RAs


February Break - No School Week of February 17, 2020


Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

Monday, February 24, 2020

Students & Staff Return

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Principal's Post - Week of February 3rd

posted Jan 30, 2020, 3:29 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 9:10 AM ]

RAISE Theme for February is RESPECT

North Andover students will demonstrate respect. They will think about others before speaking or taking any action. They will appreciate the contributions of others, while showing respect for themselves, other people, personal and/or community property and the environment.

Week of February 3rd - Respect Yourself

Week of February 10th - Respect Others

Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

Friday, February 7th students and staff are encouraged to “Look Good, Feel Good” by wearing something nice.

8th Grade Play Auditions

Attention all 8th grade students - Auditions for the 8th grade play, “Lunchroom,” will be held Wednesday, February 5th, and Thursday, February 6th starting at 2:30 p.m. in room F101.

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Thursdays and the performances are scheduled for May 14th, 15th, & 16th. 

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Cyr or Mrs. Raffalli in room F101.

 

Postural Screenings are scheduled for this week.

The state of Massachusetts mandates that all students in grades 6 through 8 be screened for scoliosis. Those students who have PE and/or Wellness this semester will be screened either this Thursday, February 6, 2020 or Friday, February 7, 2020.  Physician referrals will be made as needed. 

Parents/guardians may waive this student screening by submitting a written request to the school nurse.

Ms. Hassanien - hassaniene@northandoverpublicschools.com 

Ms. Pease - peasek@northandoverpublicschools.com


6th Grade Youth Center Dance

There is a 6th Grade Dance at the Youth Center on Friday, February 7th from 7:00- 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. This dance is ONLY for 6th grade North Andover residents!

The Youth Center will be closing for all members at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, February 7, to set up for the dance.

 

Yellowstone Summer Trip Open to 7th & 8th Grade Students:

FIELD ECOLOGY AND GEOLOGY COURSE

TETON MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

JACKSON, WYOMING

June 20, 2020 through July 1, 2020

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. There are two spots left.  If you are interested, please swing by Mr Richard's room (C204) to get more information.


Attention Grade 8 Families

Please be sure to review the Grade 8 to 9 Transition Information at the end of this blog. Important dates may be found below:

January 27 & 28, 2020 

NAHS guidance counselors visit NAMS to discuss electives & HS schedules

Monday, February 3, 2020 

6:00-6:30 p.m. Meeting for Grade 8 Families with students on an IEP in the NAHS Auditorium

6:30-8:00 p.m. Transition Night in NAHS Auditorium for all Grade 8 Students and Families (Please see information below from Principal Jackson regarding Transition Night.)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Grade 8 Students should return to Homeroom Teacher Green Sheets with Course Elective choices for NAHS

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grade 8 Students and Families may see NAHS course recommendations in PowerSchool beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Day of Trimester 2 @ NAMS

Deadline @ 2:30 p.m. for 8th graders to submit Course Override Forms to their homeroom teacher.

July, 2020

Fall Sports Registration will open.

Practice times and locations for fall sports will be posted. (Please see below for more information.) 

Friday, August 21, 2020

NAHS Football Season begins

Monday, August 24, 2020

NAHS Fall Sports begin


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)


NAMS Principal's Coffee Chat
Please join us on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 for a Principal's Coffee Chat in the Grade 8 Cafeteria from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
We will be reviewing the entry plan data collected last year and share updates regarding what has been accomplished and what work is in progress.
Coffee and refreshments will be provided by NAMS PTAC.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • February 11, 2020 - This meeting will be a Principal's Coffee instead of a formal PTAC meeting. Mr. Goncalves will review entry plan data from last year and provide NAMS Families with updates on what has been accomplished and what is in progress.

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


          

The North Andover Merchant's Association, along with the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, is proud to host the 2nd Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo.  This event will provide an opportunity for kids to sell their handmade crafts and artwork or promote their business services.  The event is open to, but not limited to, musicians, lawn care service, computer experts, photography services, and bakers. You will be able to sell your products and promote your business by handing out business cards and showing photos or videos of the service you provide.

The community embraced this event last year.  Our hope is that the event can support children as creators and entrepreneurs and encourages them to work with their hands, learn project management skills, put mathematics to use, and explore their creative self-expression. 

Event Timing:  April 4, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Event Location: Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center

Contact: Sally Finnimore  finnimore@verizon.net   Phone: 508-277-2312

Sponsored by the North Andover Merchant's Association


Rules and Requirements:

Open to children in grades 4-12 who live in North Andover (or attend a NA school)

Artwork must be made by the artist

Participants must provide their own table and chairs

All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Merchant based on:

  1. booth presentation
  2. quality of product
  3. customer service skills

Online application link:   https://forms.gle/tXdoNQxYzZQpMY6AA

Or request a printable application at finnimore@verizon.net.

Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Week of February 3rd - Respect Yourself

Monday, February 3, 2020

• Grade 8 to 9 Special Education Meeting @ NAHS from 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night @ NAHS from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020

Students and staff are encouraged to “Look Good, Feel Good” by wearing something nice.


NAMS Book Fair in Library from February 10-14, 2020


Week of February 10th - Respect Others

Monday, February 10, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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

NAMS Book Fair in Library during the day and in the evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

• NAMS Family Fun Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

Friday, February 14, 2020

• Valentine's Day

NAMS Book Fair in Library

• Students vs. Staff Basketball Game during Related Arts Classes


February Break - No School Week of February 17, 2020


Week of February 24th - Respect Your Environment

Monday, February 24, 2020

Students & Staff Return


Transition Night Information

North Andover High School (NAHS) welcomes all 8th grade parents and students who are planning to attend the high school to their Transition Night on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the NAHS Auditorium to learn more about your student’s transition to NAHS. 

Families will learn about the following:

  • Schedule - Trimesters and Rotating Blocks

  • Courses - College Prep, Honors, Advanced Placement

  • Course selection process and things to consider

  • Short Q & A - general questions 

Following the large group presentation, families will move to small breakout groups with NAHS Department Coordinators who will share information about specific subjects.

  • Applicable departments will have visual flow charts with course offerings available for their sessions

Student Ambassadors will be available for a 45-minute tour of the high school from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for any family who was not able to make a tour in November at the 7th & 8th Grade Open House. Those families wishing to take part in the tours should report to the NAHS Auditorium at 5:15 p.m. The tour is approximately 45 minutes.

There will be a meeting for all families of 8th grade students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs’) for an introduction of our Special Education program from 6:00-6:30 p.m. prior to the main presentation in the Auditorium.

You may access the letter from Principal Jackson to Grade 8 Families, the presentation, and the agenda for the evening's program below:

Letter

Slides

Agenda


NAHS Fall Sports

North Andover High School fall sports begin in August. Football will start 8/21, the rest of the fall sports on 8/24. Registration will begin in July. Practice times and locations for specific sports will also be posted in July. All information can be found on the athletics website here or at the following address: https://sites.google.com/a/northandoverpublicschools.com/beta2/departments/athletics

Principal's Post - Week of January 27th

posted Jan 23, 2020, 2:26 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 29, 2020, 5:05 PM ]

NAMS Cafeteria Announces Special Superbowl Lunch on Friday, January 31, 2020

Join us for our 1st Superbowl Lucky Tray Gate Party

Purchase any lunch on Friday, January 31, 2020 and be sure to check underneath your tray for a lucky sticker to win a $10 ITunes Gift Card. There will be 1 winner per lunch.

The special lunch menu for Friday, January 31, 2020 may be found below: 


2nd ANNUAL PARENTS COMEDY NIGHT OUT TO SUPPORT NAMS PTAC

Friday, January 31st at China Blossom Restaurant

Featuring: Johnny Pizzi, John Perrotta & Jason Merrill

 Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

 Showtime: 8:30 p.m.

 Tickets:  $25 per person 

Order Now: Only 140 tickets available!

You can purchase tickets in one of 2 ways:

1.  Please complete the order form found here and return to the main office of NAMS. Checks should be made payable to NAMS PTAC.
2.  Venmo @Paula-Mistry (PTAC Co-President) and in comments put name(s) for tickets and number of tickets.

If you would like to sit with others, please purchase tickets together or email request to paulamistry@gmail.com

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Please send questions to paulamistry@gmail.com

Attention Grade 8 Families
North Andover High School (NAHS) welcomes all 8th grade parents and students who are planning to attend the high school to their Transition Night on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the NAHS Auditorium to learn more about your student’s transition to NAHS. 
Families will learn about the following:
  • Schedule - Trimesters and Rotating Blocks

  • Courses - College Prep, Honors, Advanced Placement

  • Course selection process and things to consider

  • Short Q & A - general questions 

Following the large group presentation, families will move to small breakout groups with NAHS Department Coordinators who will share information about specific subjects.

  • Applicable departments will have visual flow charts with course offerings available for their sessions

Student Ambassadors will be available for a 45-minute tour of the high school from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for any family who was not able to make a tour in November at the 7th & 8th Grade Open House. Those families wishing to take part in the tours should report to the NAHS Auditorium at 5:15 p.m. The tour is approximately 45 minutes.

There will be a meeting for all families of 8th grade students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs’) for an introduction of our Special Education program from 6:00-6:30 p.m. prior to the main presentation in the Auditorium.

You may access the letter from Principal Jackson to Grade 8 Families, the presentation, and the agenda for the evening's program below:


Mother/Daughter Self Defense Classes Available at Andover/North Andover YMCA
Please check out the flyer below if you are interested.

Have you ordered a NAMS 2019-2020 yearbook yet?

It's not too late to order a NAMS yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year but time is running out to do so. The last day to order a NAMS yearbook is Friday, January 31, 2020. If you have not already ordered a copy, click here to order and ensure your child has a copy when the books arrive in the spring or go to the following address: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5986

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NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)


Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • February 11, 2020

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


          

The North Andover Merchant's Association, along with the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, is proud to host the 2nd Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo.  This event will provide an opportunity for kids to sell their handmade crafts and artwork or promote their business services.  The event is open to, but not limited to, musicians, lawn care service, computer experts, photography services, and bakers. You will be able to sell your products and promote your business by handing out business cards and showing photos or videos of the service you provide.

The community embraced this event last year.  Our hope is that the event can support children as creators and entrepreneurs and encourages them to work with their hands, learn project management skills, put mathematics to use, and explore their creative self-expression. 

Event Timing:  April 4, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Event Location: Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center

Contact: Sally Finnimore  finnimore@verizon.net   Phone: 508-277-2312

Sponsored by the North Andover Merchant's Association


Rules and Requirements:

Open to children in grades 4-12 who live in North Andover (or attend a NA school)

Artwork must be made by the artist

Participants must provide their own table and chairs

All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Merchant based on:

  1. booth presentation
  2. quality of product
  3. customer service skills

Online application link:   https://forms.gle/tXdoNQxYzZQpMY6AA

Or request a printable application at finnimore@verizon.net.


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Monday, January 27, 2020

NAHS Guidance Visits Grade 8 Students to Discuss NAHS Schedule & Electives During 1st 2 Classes

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

NAHS Guidance Visits Grade 8 Students to Discuss NAHS Schedule & Electives During 1st 2 Classes

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

• 2nd Annual Parents Comedy Night Out to Support NAMS PTAC @ China Blossom (Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.)


Monday, February 3, 2020

• Grade 8 to 9 Special Education Meeting @ NAHS from 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night @ NAHS from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020


NAMS Book Fair in Library from February 10-14, 2020


Monday, February 10, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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

NAMS Book Fair in Library during the day and in the evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

• NAMS Family Fun Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

NAMS Book Fair in Library

Friday, February 14, 2020

• Valentine's Day

NAMS Book Fair in Library


February Break - No School Week of February 17, 2020


Monday, February 24, 2020

Students & Staff Return

Principal's Post - Week of January 21st

posted Jan 17, 2020, 8:44 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 22, 2020, 1:58 PM ]

Have you ordered a NAMS 2019-2020 yearbook yet?

It's not too late to order a NAMS yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year but time is running out to do so. The last day to order a NAMS yearbook is Friday, January 31, 2020. If you have not already ordered a copy, click here to order and ensure your child has a copy when the books arrive in the spring or go to the following address: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5986

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NAMS No Name-Calling/Celebrate Kindness Week - January 20-24, 2020 

The NAMS GSA, with the help of Student Leadership, are gearing up for our 3rd Annual No Name-Calling/Celebrate Kindness Week the week of January 20th. Over the course of the week, our school community will participate with schools across the country to consider the weight of our words and to educate students on the importance of showing empathy through kindness and respect. 

The themes for each day next week will be as follows:

Tuesday - Hats Off to No Name Calling Week 

Wear a hat to school to show your support for No-Name Calling.

Wednesday - Sock It to Bullying!

Wear wild and crazy socks to show off what makes you your awesome individual self.

Thursday - Peace Out & Spread the Kindness

Wear your symbol of peace, tie-dye shirts or rainbow colors to show your support of differences.

Friday - Power in Numbers

Wear our NAMS school colors of red and black and/or Scarlet Knights attire or your favorite band or singing group to show your part in a community.

Appreciation Station

During all 3 lunches, students in the GSA & Student Leadership will have an Appreciation Station set up in which students will be invited to add to our Kindness Chain (strips of paper that make a paper chain) about what they are thankful/grateful for. This chain will be added to the banner created by the GSA students entitled, Be the “I” in Kind, which will be hung in the Symmes Lobby. 

For more information about Kindness week, please visit the following website: https://www.glsen.org/no-name-calling-week



2nd ANNUAL PARENTS COMEDY NIGHT OUT TO SUPPORT NAMS PTAC

Friday, January 31st at China Blossom Restaurant

Featuring: Johnny Pizzi, John Perrotta & Jason Merrill

 Doors Open at 7:00 p.m.

 Showtime: 8:30 p.m.

 Tickets:  $25 per person 

Order Now: Only 140 tickets available!

You can purchase tickets in one of 2 ways:

1.  Please complete the order form found here and return to the main office of NAMS. Checks should be made payable to NAMS PTAC.
2.  Venmo @Paula-Mistry (PTAC Co-President) and in comments put name(s) for tickets and number of tickets.

If you would like to sit with others, please purchase tickets together or email request to paulamistry@gmail.com

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Please send questions to paulamistry@gmail.com


NA Project 351 Ambassador 2020 - Benjamin Abbott

Project 351 began in 2011, when former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sought to celebrate his second inaugural with a focus on young people and community. The concept of Project 351, which had been developed by Carolyn Casey, reflected Governor Patrick’s belief in the Beloved Community and the unlimited potential of young people. His embrace led to the realization of Project 351 as a one-day celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., statewide unity, and youth leadership. By day’s end, a movement of hope-in-action had been founded. And, with it, an invitation to serve and lead for eighth graders in each of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns. From that day forward, Project 351 Ambassadors would unite the entire state as one team, one community in service to causes greater than self. With the enthusiastic and engaged leadership of Governor Charlie Baker, Project 351 is a grassroots, youth-led, school-based movement for positive change. One that advances Social and Emotional Learning objectives, scales transformative impact for a portfolio of nonprofit innovators, and develops a rising generation of upstanders, bridge builders, and change makers. Today, the Ambassador and Alumni community stands 3,381 strong, with more than 600,000 lives positively impacted through service. With Project 351 enrichment, training, and mentorship, Ambassadors dedicate a year to build unity, cultivate kindness, and transform lives and communities through service. As they serve, they develop the courage, compassion, and capabilities to lead awe-inspiring change.

We are so very proud of our NAMS Project 351 finalists: Logan, Ben, Abby, Rose, Gabrielle, & Vittora. Congratulations to Ben for being selected as our 2019 Project 351 Ambassador after an rigorous application and interview process. Thank you to Mr. Kaplan, Ms. Sparks, Mr. Wrigley, and Ms. Murphy for being on the selection committee.


NAMS MCAS Dates - Spring 2020

Grade 8 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)    

Grade 8 ELA - Session 2 (Thursday, April 9, 2020) 

Grade 7 ELA - Session 1 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Grade 7 ELA - Session 2 (Wednesday, April 15, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 1 (Thursday, April 16, 2020)

Grade 6 ELA - Session 2 (Friday, April 17, 2020)


Grade 7 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

Grade 7 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 8, 2020)   

Grade 8 Math - Session 1 (Monday, May 11, 2020)

Grade 8 Math - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 1 (Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Grade 6 Math - Session 2 (Friday, May 15, 2020)


Grade 8 STE - Session 1 (Monday, May 18, 2020)

Grade 8 STE - Session 2 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)


Future NAMS PTAC Meetings

All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria

  • February 11, 2020

  • March 10, 2020

  • April 14, 2020

  • May 12, 2020

  • June 9, 2020


29th Annual Youth Center 8th Grade Dress-Up Dance

Andover Youth & Recreation Services will be hosting our 29th Annual 8th Grade Dress-Up Dance on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. Please adhere to the following guidelines to help us make this another successful event for our 8th graders. If you have any questions, please contact Demi at dtetrault@nayouth.com. All questions should be directed to the Youth Center.

  • This dance is for 8th grade residents of North Andover ONLY!

  •  In accordance with NAMS, we ask that attendees do not take the day off of school or get dismissed early on 1/24.

  • Boys are expected to wear shirt, pants, tie, shoes, and blazer or suit jacket if they would like. No hats, sneakers, or jeans. No tuxedos.

  • Girls are expected to dress appropriately. Expensive prom dresses are inappropriate for this event.

  • No Limos!

  • 8th graders are encouraged to come in groups as opposed to bringing dates.

  • The event will be chaperoned by Youth & Recreation Services staff.

  • Baked goods and drinks will be provided by Youth & Recreation Services staff.

  • Youth & Recreation Services staff will take pictures of all the night’s festivities.

  • No participants will be allowed to leave the dance before 9:30pm without a parent/guardian coming into the Youth Center to pick them up.

Tickets

Tickets are $10 for Youth Center members and $15 for non-members. Tickets will be sold during NAMS 8th Grade lunch on Wednesday 1/22 and Thursday 1/23, as well as after school at the Youth Center on Wednesday 1/22 and Thursday 1/23. Tickets must be presented at the door. Tickets will not be sold at the door!

This annual event has been a major success for the past twenty eight years, and we look forward to another successful event!

Thank you,

North Andover Youth & Recreation Services Staff

Please note: If any family requires assistance in finding their child suitable clothing for this event, please contact Ms. Pease at peasek@northandoverpublicschools.com


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Friday, January 17, 2020

• No School for Students - Professional Development Day


Monday, January 20, 2020

•  No School for Students and Staff - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

• Full Year Chorus Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020


Monday, January 27, 2020

NAHS Guidance Visits Grade 8 Students to Discuss NAHS Schedule & Electives During 1st 2 Classes

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

NAHS Guidance Visits Grade 8 Students to Discuss NAHS Schedule & Electives During 1st 2 Classes

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

• 2nd Annual Parents Comedy Night Out to Support NAMS PTAC @ China Blossom (Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.)

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