Principal's Weekly Posts


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.

Principal's Post - Week of October 1st

posted Sep 28, 2018, 8:30 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Principal's Post 10/01/18


Dear NAMS Families,


October finds students becoming more engaged in both coursework and activities that challenge them academically and help develop their social skills. To the staff and parents/guardians who have helped in making this transition a success – I thank you! 


Postural Screening

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 next Tuesday, October 2, 2018 and Wednesday, October 3, 2018.  Physician referrals will be made as needed. 

Parents and 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


Geography Night Scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2018

NAMS's 10th Annual Family Geography Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th from 6-8 p.m.

    View the inflatable EarthView Globe

    Explore the Giant South American Floor Map

    View Cultural Performances

    Make Landform Cookies

    And so much more!


NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th

Our NAMS Book Fair will be held in the NAMS Library during the school days on Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th and will also be open during Geography Night on the evening of Thursday, October 4th.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during school hours as well as during Geography Night on Thursday, October 4th.

The event brings to our school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more! Reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance as they develop a broader vocabulary, increase general knowledge, and develop a better understanding of other cultures.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

-Charles W. Elio

If you are willing and able to volunteer your time to help the students check out books, you can sign up for a slot or even two here or at the following address: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4fa8ae2daaf94-scholastic

If you want more information about the book fair, please contact Timra Carlson at timra_carlson@yahoo.com.


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.

Principal's Post - Week of September 24th

posted Sep 21, 2018, 10:48 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Principal's Post 09/24/18


Dear NAMS Families,

I hope that this message finds you and your family well.  I recognize that many of our families continue to be without gas service.  I have been impressed with how this community has found countless numbers of ways to help one another during this difficult time.  You may find available supports for our North Andover families here.


Over the last few weeks, I have been able to meet and get to know so many wonderful students, parents, and community members. Walking around the building and visiting classes has provided me opportunities to see teachers who are experts in their craft demonstrating to students just how much they care. This is a special place and I am very fortunate to be a part of it.


School Picture Day is Scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2018

Students should hand their order form to the photographer.  Blank forms are available in the office for students who may have misplaced their form. All students should have their picture taken.


NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th

Our NAMS Book Fair will be held in the NAMS Library during the school days on Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th and will also be open during Geography Night on the evening of Thursday, October 4th.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during school hours as well as during Geography Night on Thursday, October 4th.

The event brings to our school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more! Reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance as they develop a broader vocabulary, increase general knowledge, and develop a better understanding of other cultures.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

-Charles W. Elio

If you are willing and able to volunteer your time to help the students check out books, you can sign up for a slot or even two here or at the following address: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4fa8ae2daaf94-scholastic

If you want more information about the book fair, please contact Timra Carlson at timra_carlson@yahoo.com.


Are you interested in being on the NAMS School Council this year?

We are looking for 3 parents/guardians to be members of this year’s NAMS School Council.

Each public school has a school council consisting of the school principal, teachers, and parents of students currently attending the school.  The council will work together to help shape the school culture, assist to identify educational needs of the students, develop a school improvement plan and ensure the district plan is implemented.  The NAMS school council will be comprised of 3 teachers (Erien Gordon, Christine Lawrence, & Joseph Bianco), community member (Kim Incampo), and 3 parents/guardians (TBA). A parent/guardian position may be shared by more than one parent. NAMS will also be looking into adding two students to this year’s school council.

This year’s School Council Meetings will take place on Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on the following dates: 10/15, 11/26, 1/7, 2/4, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13

If you are interested in being a member of this year’s NAMS School Council, please take a moment to provide PTAC with your contact information and reasons why you are interested by completing a quick form here or at the following address: https://goo.gl/forms/keE9Sz9eH3XXTfBx1

You can learn more about the responsibilities of school councils here.


Open House

Open houses are by grade level and serve as an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and learn more about curriculum and classroom practices. Open houses begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium and Team meetings beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Parents/Guardians of Special Education students are invited to meet Susan Donatell at 5:30 p.m. in the library.  She will be available for all three open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • ☑ 6th grade - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

  • 7th grade - Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • 8th grade - Thursday, September 27, 2018


Grade 8 Trip to Nature's Classroom

The annual grade 8 trip to Nature’s Classroom in Ocean Park, ME is quickly approaching and many of our parents/guardians still need to register for this trip.  You can register for the trip through Community Pass.

Registrations and payment are due not later than Friday, September 28, 2018.

Full cost of this trip is $230.  Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund by paying more than the full cost of the trip if you are able.  

Scholarships are available by contacting Ms. Raimondo at 978-681-0153 or raimondoc@northandoverpublicschools.com

Online payment and registration is available through Community Pass by clicking on the orange community pass portal button at the top left of the page. Nature’s Classroom will be listed under the Excel Enrichment tab once you are logged in.

If you do not have an active community pass account, please call Community Programs at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at foucaultl@northandoverpublicschools.com for assistance.

Payments can be made online electronically by using either Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and ACH checking. If paying less than $230 or making a payment later, choose send payment under the select payment method.

Checks should be made out to Town of North Andover and may be dropped off in the NAMS main office or sent to

        Town of North Andover

        566 Main Street

        Care of Community Programs

        North Andover, MA 01845

 

In order to finalize all of the necessary details for this trip, we need your help.  Can you please complete and return the attached forms by Monday, September 24, 2018.

Attached you will find the following:

  • Nature’s Classroom Participation Form (Please complete and return)

  • North Andover Consent for Field Trip (Must be completed and returned for this trip)

  • Nature’s Classroom Medication Administration Form (if applicable)

  • Suggested Equipment List (Please keep for your planning purposes)

 


Principal's Post - Week of September 17th

posted Sep 16, 2018, 3:50 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 10:47 AM ]

Principal's Post - Week of September 17th


Dear NAMS Families,


I hope that this message finds you and your families safe this evening.  Recognizing that many of our families are still displaced from their homes and significantly impacted by the events of last week, we at NAMS would like to help.

1. Student absences will be excused for those who are not able to make it into school.

2. School counselors will be available at all of our schools for students who may require support.

3. The school will be open at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow for any students who wish to take a hot shower in our gym locker rooms before school begins.  Toiletries will be donated by our PTAC families and available on tables outside of the locker rooms. The you Ms. Chestler for organizing this.

4. NAMS staff will be donating breakfast items and snacks for our students.  These snacks and breakfast items will be on tables outside of the locker rooms. Thank you Ms. Raffalli for organizing this.

5. Please let me know if your family has been displaced or has specific needs as a result of Thursday's events so that we may mobilize available resources, in coordination with the Youth Center, to support our students. We are committed to supporting and assisting all students and families through this difficult time.

6. We are working to provide opportunities for students to write thank you cards for our emergency personnel who responded to the events of the last few days and continue to provide support for our families in need.

7. NAMS Picture Day has been rescheduled for Friday, September 28, 2018.


Reminders

Open House

Open houses are by grade level and serve as an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and learn more about curriculum and classroom practices. Open houses begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium and Team meetings beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Parents/Guardians of Special Education students are invited to meet Susan Donatell at 5:30 p.m. in the library.  She will be available for all three open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • 🗹 6th grade - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

  • 7th grade - Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • 8th grade - Thursday, September 27, 2018


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

The Nature's Classroom location that we will be going to is Ocean Park, ME.  You can access the Nature's Classroom website for Ocean Park here.  Under School Program, you may learn what a typical day at Nature's Classroom looks like and more.

Many of our parents/guardians still need to register for this trip.  You can register for the trip through Community Pass. You will be receiving another email regarding how to access Community Pass through the Community Programs Department or you can use one of the two links below to register for this year’s trip.  

Full payment of $230 will be due by September 30, 2018 and checks should be made payable to Town of North Andover.  Online payment and registration is available through Community Pass by clicking on the orange community pass portal button at the top left of the page. Nature’s Classroom will be listed under the Excel Enrichment tab once you are logged in. (If you do not have an active community pass account, please call Community Programs at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at foucaultl@northandoverpublicschools.com for assistance.

Existing Community Pass Members:

Click here or go to https://bit.ly/2wU6W94

Create a Community Pass Account:

Click here or go to https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm

Community or Organization should be North Andover Public Schools, MA

Please visit the website found here or at the following address for information about the trip: http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/community-programs/nature-s-classroom

Please feel free to contact the Community Programs Department at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at foucaultl@northandoverpublicschools.com with any questions.

Suggested Equipment List

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80lr9vJ5HNfb3M3V3B5ck1Cb2JkczN0MUV6V2o4WFRWdkY4/view?usp=sharing

Medication Form

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80lr9vJ5HNfOWtfUlpFTGYtVW4xc1lqaTByME56OXZuX29V/view?usp=sharing

Payments can be made on line electronically by using either Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and ACH checking.  Please note that there is a convenience fee for all online payments. (Credit Cards 2.95% and EFT .40 cents) You may also register online and pay via paper check by clicking sign up - no payment at check out.


Principal's Post - Week of September 10th

posted Sep 10, 2018, 4:01 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 10:28 AM ]

Welcome back everyone!


Open House

Open houses are by grade level and serve as an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and learn more about curriculum and classroom practices. Open houses begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium and Team meetings beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Parents/Guardians of Special Education students are invited to meet Susan Donatell at 5:30 p.m. in the library.  She will be available for all three open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • 6th grade - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

  • 7th grade - Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • 8th grade - Thursday, September 27, 2018


Picture Day - Friday, September 14th

NAMS Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, September 14th.  Students will be bringing home Picture Day order forms on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.


North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you.  Our first meeting of the year is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS cafeteria.


Annual Grade 6 Team Building Field Trip

We would like to welcome your child to the NAMS community and wish them a productive and fun-filled year. It is a NAMS tradition for the 6th grade class to participate in team-building activities in hopes of fostering friendships, alleviating anxiety and strengthening our 6th grade community. During the week of September 10th, your child will be participating in "6th Grade Camp" Students will be broken out by teams and will have the opportunity to participate in various activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, cooperative games, etc. All activities will take place at Stevens Pond and Weir Hill.  You may find more information about this trip here or at the following address: https://goo.gl/UWG1MC

  • Teams 6B & 6C are scheduled to attend the field trip on Wednesday, September 12th.
  • Due to the weather forecast of possible thunderstorms on Tuesday, September 11th, Teams 6A & 6D will attend the field trip on Thursday, September 13th.

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

The Nature's Classroom location that we will be going to is Ocean Park, ME. You can access the Nature's Classroom website for Ocean Park here. Under School Program, you may learn what a typical day at Nature's Classroom looks like and more.

Many of our parents/guardians still need to register for this trip.  You can register for the trip through Community Pass. You will be receiving another email regarding how to access Community Pass through the Community Programs Department or you can use one of the two links below to register for this year’s trip.  

Full payment of $230 will be due by September 30, 2018 and checks should be made payable to Town of North Andover.  Online payment and registration is available through Community Pass by clicking on the orange community pass portal button at the top left of the page. Nature’s Classroom will be listed under the Excel Enrichment tab once you are logged in. (If you do not have an active community pass account, please call Community Programs at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at foucaultl@northandoverpublicschools.com for assistance.

Existing Community Pass Members:

Click here or go to https://bit.ly/2wU6W94

Create a Community Pass Account:

Click here or go to https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm

Community or Organization should be North Andover Public Schools, MA

Please visit the website found here or at the following address for information about the trip: http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/community-programs/nature-s-classroom

Please feel free to contact the Community Programs Department at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at foucaultl@northandoverpublicschools.com with any questions.

Suggested Equipment List

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80lr9vJ5HNfb3M3V3B5ck1Cb2JkczN0MUV6V2o4WFRWdkY4/view?usp=sharing

Medication Form

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80lr9vJ5HNfOWtfUlpFTGYtVW4xc1lqaTByME56OXZuX29V/view?usp=sharing

Payments can be made on line electronically by using either Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and ACH checking.  Please note that there is a convenience fee for all online payments. (Credit Cards 2.95% and EFT .40 cents) You may also register online and pay via paper check by clicking sign up - no payment at check out.



REMINDERS


Power School Login

You and your child can log into your PowerSchool account here or at the following address: https://naps.powerschool.com/public/


Food Services Information & Reminders

You may access information and forms regarding food services here or at the following address:

http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1500928478204

  • Meal application forms may be found on this site.

  • Please be sure to remind your child that they will continue to use their PIN numbers to purchase breakfast and/or lunch.

  • Breakfast is served daily, including the first day of school, from 7:15-7:35 a.m.

  • Students new to the district should plan on bringing lunch on the first few days of school or money to purchase breakfast and/or lunch.


Transportation Information & Reminders

You may find information here or at the following website:

http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/transportation

Please be sure that your child knows his/her bus number prior to the first day of school.


Community Programs Information

You may access information regarding community programs and registration information here or at the following address:

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

Principal’s Post - Week of September 4th

posted Sep 5, 2018, 1:12 PM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 12:35 PM by Jorge Goncalves ]

Welcome back everyone!


Where do students report on the first day of school?

  • Grade 6 students should report to the auditorium where the 6th grade teachers will meet with teams and bring them to homerooms.  

  • Grade 7 students should report to the 7th grade cafeteria, where homerooms will be listed.

  • Grade 8 students should report to the 8th grade cafeteria, where homerooms will be listed.


Arrival

Students should not arrive at school before 7:10 a.m. Supervision of early arrivals is not available. Parents should make arrangements so that their children are not dropped off at the school prior to 7:10 a.m.  Upon arriving at school, sixth graders should proceed to the Symmes House 6th grade lobby or auditorium.  Seventh and Eighth graders should proceed directly to the cafeterias. At 7:35 a.m. students may enter the corridors to go directly to their lockers, gather their morning materials and then go to homeroom.  When a student arrives on the school grounds, she/he must remain on the school grounds. Leaving school grounds without written permission submitted to the office is not permitted.


As we begin the new school year, please be sure to review the following documents:


Supply Lists may be found in each of our Team websites by grade below:


Open House

Open houses are by grade level and serve as an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and learn more about curriculum and classroom practices. Open houses begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium and Team meetings beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Parents/Guardians of Special Education students are invited to meet Susan Donatell at 5:30 p.m. in the library.  She will be available for all three open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • 6th grade - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

  • 7th grade - Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • 8th grade - Thursday, September 27, 2018


North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you.  Our first meeting of the year is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS cafeteria.


Annual Grade 6 Team Building Field Trip

We would like to welcome your child to the NAMS community and wish them a productive and fun-filled year. It is a NAMS tradition for the 6th grade class to participate in team-building activities in hopes of fostering friendships, alleviating anxiety and strengthening our 6th grade community. During the week of September 10th, your child will be participating in "6th Grade Camp" Students will be broken out by teams and will have the opportunity to participate in various activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, cooperative games, etc. All activities will take place at Stevens Pond and Weir Hill.  You may find more information about this trip here or at the following address: https://goo.gl/UWG1MC

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

Many of our parents/guardians still need to register for this trip.  You can register for the trip through Community Pass. You will be receiving another email regarding how to access Community Pass through the Community Programs Department or you can use one of the two links below to register for this year’s trip.  

Full payment of $230 will be due by September 30, 2018 and checks should be made payable to Town of North Andover.  Online payment and registration is available through Community Pass by clicking on the orange community pass portal button at the top left of the page. Nature’s Classroom will be listed under the Excel Enrichment tab once you are logged in. (If you do not have an active community pass account, please call Community Programs at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at foucaultl@northandoverpublicschools.com for assistance.


Existing Community Pass Members:

Click here or go to https://bit.ly/2wU6W94


Create a Community Pass Account:

Click here or go to https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm

Community or Organization should be North Andover Public Schools, MA

 

Please visit the website found here or at the following address for information about the trip: http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/community-programs/nature-s-classroom


Please feel free to contact the Community Programs Department at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at foucaultl@northandoverpublicschools.com with any questions.


Suggested Equipment List

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80lr9vJ5HNfb3M3V3B5ck1Cb2JkczN0MUV6V2o4WFRWdkY4/view?usp=sharing


Medication Form

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80lr9vJ5HNfOWtfUlpFTGYtVW4xc1lqaTByME56OXZuX29V/view?usp=sharing


Payments can be made on line electronically by using either Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and ACH checking.  Please note that there is a convenience fee for all online payments. (Credit Cards 2.95% and EFT .40 cents) You may also register online and pay via paper check by clicking sign up - no payment at check out.


Power School Login

You and your child can log into your PowerSchool account here or at the following address: https://naps.powerschool.com/public/


Food Services Information & Reminders

You may access information and forms regarding food services here or at the following address:

http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1500928478204

  • Meal application forms may be found on this site.

  • Please be sure to remind your child that they will continue to use their PIN numbers to purchase breakfast and/or lunch.

  • Breakfast is served daily, including the first day of school, from 7:15-7:35 a.m.

  • Students new to the district should plan on bringing lunch on the first few days of school or money to purchase breakfast and/or lunch.


Transportation Information & Reminders

You may find information here or at the following website:

http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/departments/transportation

Please be sure that your child knows his/her bus number prior to the first day of school.


Community Programs Information

You may access information regarding community programs and registration information here or at the following address:

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

Welcome Message 2018-2019

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:44 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 6:55 AM ]

Dear NAMS Families,


Welcome to North Andover Middle School and the start of the 2018-2019 school year. I hope that your summer has been healthy, safe, and relaxing. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I am delighted to greet our incoming grade 6 students and our returning grades 7 & 8 students. Additionally, I extend a very special welcome to students and families new to our community.


The entire NAMS community is looking forward to a great year of academic and personal growth, challenges, and accomplishments.  The middle school provides an environment that allows transition for the students as they move from elementary into high school years.  Our learning approach is to offer a balanced instructional program in a team setting that nurtures the development of responsible, thoughtful citizens for life in an increasingly interdependent global society.  By creating environments in which students are challenged to explore, to create, to make decisions, and to actively participate in and be accountable for their learning they will be better prepared for high school and beyond.


The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Typically, traffic is heavy on the first day, so please leave extra time and carpool if possible. You may find the Drop Off & Pick Up map in the NAMS FAQs section on our website or you may access the map directly here. We ask that every parent/guardian exercise utmost care and patience in the drop-off and pick-up areas.  If your child rides the bus to or from school, please be sure that your child knows his/her bus number prior to the first day of school.


Where do students report on the first day of school?

  • Grade 6 students should report to the auditorium where the 6th grade teachers will meet with teams and bring them to homerooms.  

  • Grade 7 students should report to the 7th grade cafeteria, where homerooms will be listed.

  • Grade 8 students should report to the 8th grade cafeteria, where homerooms will be listed.


The custodial staff continues to do an outstanding job preparing the building for the upcoming year. Our building and grounds will be ready thanks to the great work of our custodial staff: Tod Workman (best last name ever for our head custodian), Kevin Foster, Paul Quintal, Michael Belisle, Michael, Bodenrader, and Kathy Giard. In addition, I would like to also thank our Supervisor of Maintenance, John Mullen, and all of our maintenance crews for the time and energy preparing the inside and outside of NAMS for the first day of school with painting projects and more. Special thanks to Melissa Barron, Lisa Hunter, & Gail Sheldon for overseeing the numerous tasks associated with beginning a new school year.


It is my pleasure to welcome the new staff members to NAMS.  Although some of our talented educators may have moved on, I am excited about the addition of these new colleagues:

  • Jorge Goncalves (Principal)

  • Susan Donatell (Special Education Director)

  • Danielle Reilly (Health Teacher)

  • Gina Diachisin (Special Education Teacher)

  • Richard Manzi (Grade 8 Math Teacher)

  • Kathy Hoen (Teaching Assistant)

  • Rhonda Thibert (Teaching Assistant)

  • Timothy McDonough (Teaching Assistant)

  • William Eagan (Teaching Assistant)

  • Emma Hammond (Teaching Assistant)


A collaborative effort amongst all team players – administration, teachers, students, and parents/guardians – is necessary to ensure a successful middle school experience for your child.  We are glad you and your child are members of the NAMS community and we are looking forward to a wonderful year together.


I would love the opportunity to introduce myself in person to NAMS parents/guardians in the NAMS library on Thursday, September 6th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. I will be able to share with you the results of my entry plan survey, introduce myself, and answer any of your questions.


You may find important information related to the first day of school and more in this week’s Principal Post on our website or here.


Sincerely,

Jorge Goncalves

Pronounced (George Gone+Solves)


NAMS Yearbooks for sale

posted Aug 17, 2018, 10:16 AM by Lisa Hunter

2017-2018 Yearbooks are still available.  Come by the main office if you wish to purchase one.  Call 978 794-1870 for office hours.

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