Principal's Weekly Posts


Principal's Post - Week of February 25th

posted Feb 15, 2019, 7:25 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well. Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.
Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle

I hope that you all enjoy your February vacation and see you again on Monday, February 25, 2019!

Restaurant Night Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 26th from 4:30-8:00 is NAMS night at The Howling Wolf Mexican Restaurant on Rt 114 in North Andover.

"The Machine" Jesse Green
Our grade 6 students attended a wonderful presentation with "The Machine" Jesse Green this morning. Jesse is a motivational speaker and chainsaw sculptor. Jesse shared how he got started on such a wild and unusual career path, the challenges he faced along the way, and what he learned from it all.  Students found him both engaging and inspirational.  At the end of the assembly, Jesse unveiled NAMS new sculpture, please see below, and students had an opportunity to ask him questions.  You can learn more about Jesse Green on his website at the following address: http://themachinejessegreen.com/portfolio.php
Thank you North Andover Schools Enrichment Council for funding this presentation and a special thanks to Sarah Tomkins & Derek Walsh for bringing this idea to us and then working through all of the logistics involved.

Quit Vaping/JUULing Text Support for Teens

The Truth Initiative just launched a first-of-its-kind free e-cigarette quit program now available to young vapers looking for helpThe program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. It is being launched and integrated into the already successful This is Quitting (app) and BecomeAnEX® digital cessation programs from Truth Initiative.

Teens, adults, and parents of teens seeking help around quitting e-cigarettes/JUULing can text “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884.

Thankfully we are seeing more attention nationally regarding the vaping epidemic including the news from the Today Show and CBS. Commissioner Bharel has a recent informative article how to talk to your kids about vaping in the online NPR blog Cognoscenti.

VISIT:  getoutraged.org


Boxtops for Education
Check out our new NAMS Boxtops collection box! Made by our very own Melissa Barron. Please cut out those boxtops and drop them off in our new boxtops mailbox outside of the main office. This is an easy way to raise money for our school.

1st Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo

                                                     

The North Andover Merchant's Association, along with the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, are proud to host the 1st 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.

We hope this community event supports 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 6, 2019 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Event Location: Joseph Herman Youth Center

Contact: finnimore@verizon.net

Sponsored by the North Andover Merchant's Association


Rules and Requirements:

Open to children in grades 4-12 who live in North Andover

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


Online application link:   https://goo.gl/forms/ERIaMq1oGlBuAZo03

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


NAMS PTAC
Free Money Programs for PTAC
Were you aware of the many ways that you can raise money for our school? Please visit the PTAC website here for more information or read more below.

Direction Donations
We are still looking for direct donations to meet our goal.  There are many ways to donate:  send a check to school, Paypal, or now use the convenience of  Venmo  @NorthAndoverMiddleSchPTAC


Save the Dates:

Saturday, February 16th- Merrimack Hockey Game

Tuesday, February 26th from 4:30-8:00 is NAMS night at The Howling Wolf Mexican Restaurant on Rt 114 in North Andover.

Thursday, March 7th @ 9:00 a.m. - Next PTAC Meeting in the NAMS Cafeteria


Thank you again for all of your support!

Mark your calendars - 4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music
A Little Knight Music (ALKM) is planning to have their 4th annual Hot Chocolate House on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the 8th grade side of the cafe. Hot chocolate & snacks will be sold as you enjoy hearing our chorus students perform together as an ensemble as well as in solos & duets. It's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m.

Looking Ahead

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Monday, February 18th through Friday, February 22nd - February Vacation (No School)


Monday, February 25, 2019 - Students and Staff Return to School


REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS PRINCIPAL'S POSTS


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students. I wanted to give you plenty of notice to insure that our students will be in school on the dates of the scheduled MCAS exams.

Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th
Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th
Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd
Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th
Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th
Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th
Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th
Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th
Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th
Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st

Principal's Post - Week of February 11th

posted Feb 7, 2019, 3:49 PM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,
I hope that this message finds you and your families well. Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.
Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle

Great Attendance at Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night
On behalf of NAHS and Principal Jackson, thank you for coming out to the Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night on Monday, February 4th! There were many NAMS Grade 8 families at this important transition night event as our students begin to prepare for next year.


NAMS Book Fair is Coming & Volunteers are Needed!

Many volunteers are needed to make this a successful event.  Please CLICK HERE to sign-up to help with the fair. Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.  

Please contact Timra Carlson at timra_carlson@yahoo.com if you would like further information about the book fair.


The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for today, Friday, February 8, 2019 through Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Students will be visiting the Book Fair during their English classes on one of the Book Fair Days. The Book Fair will also be open during our NAMS Family Night scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.

Thank you for volunteering!

PTAC Board


NAMS Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
All of our NAMS families are invited to join us for NAMS Family Night on February 13th.  Our Related Arts teachers have been working hard to plan this annual event.  There will be refreshments available by our PTAC such as 

All activities are ongoing from 5:30-7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated below.

  • 4 Square Volleyball - Gym
  • Digital Safety Quiz - 8th grade cafe 
  • HeARTS and Crafts (make a valentine for your family) - 8th grade cafe
  • Make and shake heart maracas - 8th grade cafe
  • Jazz Band - 7th grade cafe @ 6:30 p.m.
  • A Little Knight Music Chorus performance - 8th grade cafe@ 6:00 p.m.
  • Book Fair - Library from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
  • PTAC Pizza & Chips & RAISE Magnets for sale - 7th grade cafe
  • Heart Health (NAMS Wellness/Nutrition) - 8th grade cafe
  • Mardi Gras bead necklaces - 8th grade cafe
Boxtops for Education
Check out our new NAMS Boxtops collection box! Made by our very own Melissa Barron. Please cut out those boxtops and drop them off in our new boxtops mailbox outside of the main office. This is an easy way to raise money for our school.
Upcoming Grade 6 Assembly - Jesse Green comes to NAMS
Motivational speaker and chainsaw sculptor, Jesse Green, is scheduled to speak with grade 6 students on Friday, February 15, 2019.  Jesse will be sharing how he got started on such a wild and unusual career path, the challenges he faced along the way, what he learned from it all, plus so much more.  Students should find him both engaging and inspirational.  At the end of his presentation, he will be revealing the sculpture that he has been creating for NAMS.  You can learn more about Jesse Green on his website at the following address: http://themachinejessegreen.com/portfolio.php
Thank you North Andover Schools Enrichment Council for funding this presentation and a special thanks to Sarah Tomkins & Derek Walsh for bringing this idea to us and then working through all of the logistics involved.
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NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door.

If interested, send a check into school with number of tickets you prefer.  Questions email PTAC:  namsptac@gmail.com

Direction Donations
We are still looking for direct donations to meet our goal.  There are many ways to donate:  send a check to school, Paypal, or now use the convenience of  Venmo  @NorthAndoverMiddleSchPTAC


Save the Dates:

Friday, February 8th through Thursday, February 14th - Book Fair

Wednesday, February 13th - Family Night (Book Fair will be open!)

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


Free Money Programs for PTAC
Were you aware of the many ways that you can raise money for our school? Please visit the PTAC website here for more information or read more below.
Thank you again for all of your support!
NAMS PTAC

Mark your calendars - 4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music
A Little Knight Music (ALKM) is planning to have their 4th annual Hot Chocolate House on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the 8th grade side of the cafe. Hot chocolate & snacks will be sold as you enjoy hearing our chorus students perform together as an ensemble as well as in solos & duets. It's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m.

Quit Vaping/JUULing Text Support for Teens

The Truth Initiative just launched a first-of-its-kind free e-cigarette quit program now available to young vapers looking for helpThe program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. It is being launched and integrated into the already successful This is Quitting (app) and BecomeAnEX® digital cessation programs from Truth Initiative.

Teens, adults, and parents of teens seeking help around quitting e-cigarettes/JUULing can text “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884.

Thankfully we are seeing more attention nationally regarding the vaping epidemic including the news from the Today Show and CBS. Commissioner Bharel has a recent informative article how to talk to your kids about vaping in the online NPR blog Cognoscenti.

VISIT:  getoutraged.org


1st Annual North Andover Junior Merchant's Expo

                                                     

The North Andover Merchant's Association, along with the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center, are proud to host the 1st 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.

We hope this community event supports 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 6, 2019 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Event Location: Joseph Herman Youth Center

Contact: finnimore@verizon.net

Sponsored by the North Andover Merchant's Association


Rules and Requirements:

Open to children in grades 4-12 who live in North Andover

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


Online application link:   https://goo.gl/forms/ERIaMq1oGlBuAZo03

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


Looking Ahead
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Monday, February 11, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

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

        NAMS Family Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Please see schedule above.)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

        Happy Valentine's Day

        North Andover School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (NAMS will be presenting an update on our Peer Leader Program.)

Friday, February 15, 2019


Monday, February 18th through Friday, February 22nd - February Vacation (No School)


Monday, February 25, 2019 - Students and Staff Return to School


REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS PRINCIPAL'S POSTS


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Image result for school yearbooks


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students. I wanted to give you plenty of notice to insure that our students will be in school on the dates of the scheduled MCAS exams.

Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th
Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th
Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd
Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th
Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th
Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th
Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th
Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th
Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th
Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st

Principal's Post - Week of February 4th

posted Feb 1, 2019, 4:00 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 6, 2019, 8:07 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well. Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.
Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle

Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night - Monday, February 4th

North Andover High School (NAHS) welcomes all 8th grade parents and students who are planning to attend the high school to our Transition Night. Please join us on Monday, February 4th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium to learn more about your student’s transition to NAHS.  The presentation is geared towards explaining the differences between the NAMS trimester and the NAHS trimester in transitioning from Middle to High School. Please read more about this event at the bottom of this post.

 

NAMS Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
All of our NAMS families are invited to join us for NAMS Family Night on February 13th.  Our Related Arts teachers have been working hard to plan this annual event.  There will be refreshments available by our PTAC such as 

All activities are ongoing from 5:30-7:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated below.

  • 4 Square Volleyball - Gym
  • Digital Safety Quiz - 8th grade cafe 
  • HeARTS and Crafts (make a valentine for your family) - 8th grade cafe
  • Make and shake heart maracas - 8th grade cafe
  • Jazz Band - 7th grade cafe @ 6:30 p.m.
  • A Little Knight Music Chorus performance - 8th grade cafe@ 6:00 p.m.
  • Book Fair - Library from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
  • PTAC Pizza & Chips & RAISE Magnets for sale - 7th grade cafe
  • Heart Health (NAMS Wellness/Nutrition) - 8th grade cafe
  • Mardi Gras bead necklaces - 8th grade cafe
Upcoming Grade 6 Assembly - Jesse Green comes to NAMS
Motivational speaker and chainsaw sculptor, Jesse Green, is scheduled to speak with grade 6 students on Friday, February 15, 2019.  Jesse will be sharing how he got started on such a wild and unusual career path, the challenges he faced along the way, what he learned from it all, plus so much more.  Students should find him both engaging and inspirational.  At the end of his presentation, he will be revealing the sculpture that he has been creating for NAMS.  You can learn more about Jesse Green on his website at the following address: http://themachinejessegreen.com/portfolio.php
Thank you North Andover Schools Enrichment Council for funding this presentation and a special thanks to Sarah Tomkins & Derek Walsh for bringing this idea to us and then working through all of the logistics involved.
NAMS PTAC
NAMS Parents Night Out was a huge success on Friday, January 25th - Thank you!
Thank you to all of those who attended NAMS Parents Night Out- Comedy Night on Friday, January 25th!  It was a huge success thanks to all of you.  We were able to raise $3,490 for NAMS!  A warm thank you to China Blossom and Lots of Laugh Comedians for their donations and assistance with this fun event!  We look forward to making this an annual event.

Direction Donations
We are still looking for direct donations to meet our goal.  There are many ways to donate:  send a check to school, Paypal, or now use the convenience of  Venmo  @NorthAndoverMiddleSchPTAC


NAMS Book Fair is Coming & Volunteers are Needed!

Many volunteers are needed to make this a successful event.  Please CLICK HERE to sign-up to help with the fair. Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.  

Please contact Timra Carlson at timra_carlson@yahoo.com if you would like further information about the book fair.


The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019 through Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Students will be visiting the Book Fair during their English classes on one of the Book Fair Days. The Book Fair will also be open during our NAMS Family Night scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.

Thank you for volunteering!

PTAC Board


Save the Dates:

Friday, February 8th through Thursday, February 14th - Book Fair

Wednesday, February 13th - Family Night (Book Fair will be open!)

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


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door.

If interested, send a check into school with number of tickets you prefer.  Questions email PTAC:  namsptac@gmail.com

Free Money Programs for PTAC
Were you aware of the many ways that you can raise money for our school? Please visit the PTAC website here for more information or read more below.
Thank you again for all of your support!

North Andover High School - Health & Fitness Expo (Free to North Andover Residents)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 10-1 p.m. in the NAHS Field House
Featured Exhibits & Interactive Workshops include the following:
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Heart Health Education
  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Project Adventure High Elements
  • Skin Damage Screening
  • Stop the Bleeding Training
  • Yoga
  • Zuma
  • And so much more...
Sponsored by: Lawrence General Hospital


Families Supporting Families in Andover & North Andover

The Andover/North Andover YMCA will be hosting weekly Tuesday meetings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to support loved ones dealing with addiction and mental illness. Please see the flyer below for more information.


Looking Ahead
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

        Superbowl LIII - New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams @ 6:30 p.m.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

        Switch Grades 7 & 8 Schedules

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

        Opening Day of NAMS Book Fair in Library


Monday, February 11, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

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

        NAMS Family Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Please see schedule above.)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

        NAMS Book Fair in Library

        Happy Valentine's Day

        North Andover School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (NAMS will be presenting an update on our Peer Leader Program)

Friday, February 15, 2019


Monday, February 18th through Friday, February 22nd - February Vacation (No School)


Monday, February 25, 2019 - Students and Staff Return to School


REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS PRINCIPAL'S POSTS


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Image result for school yearbooks


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students. I wanted to give you plenty of notice to insure that our students will be in school on the dates of the scheduled MCAS exams.

Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th
Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th
Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd
Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th
Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th
Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th
Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th
Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th
Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th
Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st


And finally...

Let's Go Patriots!

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Grade 8 to 9 Transition Night - Monday, February 4th

North Andover High School (NAHS) welcomes all 8th grade parents and students who are planning to attend the high school to our Transition Night. Please join us on Monday, February 4th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium to learn more about your student’s transition to NAHS.  The presentation is geared towards explaining the differences between the NAMS trimester and the NAHS trimester in transitioning from Middle to High School.

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

Here is a link to our slide show for Transition Night and you can also access the Agenda for Transition Night. Our Student Ambassadors will be available for tours 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 from 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

We also invite 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.

Principal's Post - Week of January 28th

posted Jan 25, 2019, 5:19 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,

I hope that this message finds you and your families well. Below you will find important highlights and information about happenings at NAMS.
Please be sure to also check us out on Twitter @NAMiddle

Grade 8 Dance at Youth Center Tonight

If you haven’t purchased a ticket to the Grade 8 Youth Center Dance tonight, you may still do so after school today until 4:00 p.m. at the Youth Center.  No tickets will be sold at the door. You may find important information and guidelines regarding this dance here.


NAMS - 2nd Annual No-Name Calling Week (January 21-25 2019)

No Name calling week is a GLSEN organized week in K-12 schools across the country meant to build a bully free school and to celebrate our differences.

This week aims to educate students on the power of words and the important of treating each other with kindness and respect. During this week our students focus on our North Andover R.A.I.S.E. values and the idea of empowering students to put kindness in every action and to think before they speak by #RAISEABOVE

Check out the picture of the banner that our students signed this week during lunch.


NAMS Peer Leaders - Culture Quilt Project
Many of our students and staff created Culture Quilts which were proudly displayed by our Peer Leaders led by Ms. Blaney and Ms. Duchesneau. Below are pictures of the Culture Quilts on display and a thank you message from our Peer Leaders to all who participated.

Comedy Night Fundraiser Tonight - Tickets are Sold Out!
NAMS PTAC is hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser on Friday, January 25th at the China Blossom Restaurant.
Featuring: Mike McDonald, Scott Higgins, & Dan Gil
For those of you who purchased tickets to NAMS Comedy Night Fundraiser we thank you for supporting NAMS and look forward to seeing you there! We will have a list of everyone's name at the door and will check you in. We are hoping to meet everyone's seating request; however, we hope you can all be flexible since the venue has the final say on how the tables are set up. We look forward to a great night of food, fun and laughs!
Doors open at 7:00 and a full menu will be available. The show starts at 8:30 and is just under two hours.
Please contact
namsptac@gmail.com with any questions.


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

TICKETS ARE LIMITED - These discounted tickets will not be available at the door.

If interested, send a check into school with number of tickets you prefer.  Questions email PTAC:  namsptac@gmail.com

Free Money Programs for PTAC
Were you aware of the many ways that you can raise money for our school? Please visit the PTAC website here for more information or read more below.

NAMS Book Fair is Coming!

The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019 through Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Students will be visiting the Book Fair during their English classes on one of the Book Fair Days. The Book Fair will also be open during our NAMS Family Night scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.


Message from the Transportation Department
This email is being sent as a reminder to all parents and students utilizing the school transportation system that the School Bus policy is that food or drinks are not allowed on the buses.  This has not been consistently enforced, but will be going forward beginning Tuesday, January 22. School Bus drivers have been instructed to not let students bring food or drinks onto the bus. This does not include packed lunches or snacks kept in the backpack or lunch container. Please make your children aware of this change.

Looking Ahead
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Monday, January 28, 2019

        Grade 8 Team B - NAHS Presentation (7:50-8:40 a.m.)

        Grade 8 Team A - NAHS Presentation (8:45-9:35 a.m.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

        Grade 8 Team C - NAHS Presentation (7:50-8:40 a.m.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019


Sunday, February 3, 2019

        Superbowl LIII - New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams @ 6:30 p.m.


Monday, February 4, 2019

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

        Opening Day of NAMS Book Fair in Library


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students. I wanted to give you plenty of notice to insure that our students will be in school on the dates of the scheduled MCAS exams.

Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th
Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th
Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd
Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th
Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th
Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th
Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th
Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th
Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th
Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st

REMINDERS

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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NAMS PTAC NEWS


Save the Dates:  

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

Wednesday, February 13th - Book Fair along with Family Night

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

NAMS PTAC

Principal's Post - Week of January 22nd

posted Jan 17, 2019, 10:55 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,


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No School Reminder:

There will be no school for students on Friday, January 18th and Monday, January 21st.  Friday, January 18th is a full day of professional development for NA staff and Monday, January 21st is the 3rd Monday in January, which is Martin Luther King Day.


Message from the Transportation Department

This email is being sent as a reminder to all parents and students utilizing the school transportation system that the School Bus policy is that food or drinks are not allowed on the buses.  This has not been consistently enforced, but will be going forward beginning Tuesday, January 22. School Bus drivers have been instructed to not let students bring food or drinks onto the bus. This does not include packed lunches or snacks kept in the backpack or lunch container. Please make your children aware of this change.

Early Release Reminder:

We have 1 more early release this month scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.


NAMS - 2nd Annual No-Name Calling Week (January 21-25 2019)

No Name calling week is a GLSEN organized week in K-12 schools across the country meant to build a bully free school and to celebrate our differences.

This week aims to educate students on the power of words and the important of treating each other with kindness and respect. During this week our students focus on our North Andover R.A.I.S.E. values and the idea of empowering students to put kindness in every action and to think before they speak by #RAISEABOVE


NA Youth Center 8th grade Dress Up Dance

The Youth Center will host the annual 8th Grade Dress Up dance on Friday, January 25th from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm at the Youth Center. This dance is for North Andover 8th graders only!  Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. They will be sold during 8th Grade lunches on Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesday, January 23 and after school at the Youth Center on Thursday, January 24th.  No tickets will be sold at the door!


NAMS Book Fair is Coming!

The NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019 through Thursday, February 14, 2019.  Students will be visiting the Book Fair during their English classes on one of the Book Fair Days. The Book Fair will also be open during our NAMS Family Night scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  Families will also have the ability to order online beginning on February 2, 2019 through the online Book Fair here.


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students. I wanted to give you plenty of notice to insure that our students will be in school on the dates of the scheduled MCAS exams.

Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th
Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th
Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd
Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th
Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th
Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th
Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th
Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th
Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th
Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st

Free Money Programs for PTAC
Were you aware of the many ways that you can raise money for our school? Please visit the PTAC website here for more information or read more below.

Looking Ahead
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Friday, January 18, 2019 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Professional Development Day for Staff)

Sunday, January 20, 2019  - Good Luck Patriots in the AFC Championship Game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs!

Monday, January 21, 2019 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019


Monday, January 28, 2019

        Grade 8 Team A - NAHS Presentation (7:50-8:40 a.m.)

        Grade 8 Team B - NAHS Presentation (8:45-9:35 a.m.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

        Grade 8 Team C - NAHS Presentation (7:50-8:40 a.m.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019


REMINDERS

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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NAMS PTAC NEW


Save the Dates:  

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

Wednesday, February 13th - Book Fair along with Family Night

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


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

NAMS PTAC

Free Money Programs for PTAC

Sign up now to help raise free $ to support NAMS PTAC programs!
 
What is Shoparoo? It is a free app for smartphones and tablets that lets anyone turn pictures of shopping receipts into donations to our school. With Shoparoo, every grocery receipt - regardless of the store or products purchased - earns money! 
Dollar amounts spent are converted to ROO points. For every 25,000 ROO Points earned, North Andover Middle School will receive a check!
All you have to do is download the app, select NAMS as your school, and start uploading receipts when you go shopping! 
Shoparoo will donate $1 for the first 20 users of a school. Simply install the app, and upload a receipt to get your instant $1 donation.


As of June 30, 2018, North Andover Middle School earned over $100 using Amazon Smile!

Please sign up for this simple way to earn money for our school if you haven't already!  What is AmazonSmile?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school and the PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our school. You can use your existing Amazon account on Smile, there is no need to set up a new account.  


Box Tops! We’re not done collecting them yet! The program is eligible for grades K – 8. 

Keep collecting them all year round!  Box Tops can be sent into the main office at anytime.



Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards News!

Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards - Please register your card for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Money for North Andover Middle School every time you shop! This program begins on September 7, 2018.  Please register your rewards card at School Rewards. Our 5-digit school ID is 10037. You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # to register.  

To earn points:  Use your Stop & Shop Card each time you shop at Stop & Shop and you will earn CASH for our school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019.  At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.  Our school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for our educational needs.  Please take a moment to register your Stop & Shop Card today! Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same!


Bay State Textile Bin
 

Are you in the process of a back-to-school closet clean out?  There is a white Bay State Textile bin located in the NAMS parking lot to collect household items that may otherwise be discarded, lugged to another bin, or put out on the curb.  Please consider donating your items into this bin!  The contributions are weighed and Bay State Textiles sends a rebate check monthly to the school based on the weight of the donation.  Help support our school while also cleaning house!


Principal's Post - Week of January 14th

posted Jan 11, 2019, 5:47 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Jan 11, 2019, 9:12 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


No School Reminder:

There will be no school for students on Friday, January 18th and Monday, January 21st.  Friday, January 18th is a full day of professional development for NA staff and Monday, January 21st is the 3rd Monday in January, which is Martin Luther King Day.

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Early Release Reminder:

We have 1 more early release this month scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.


NAMS Music Concerts this Month

We have 2 concerts scheduled for this month on the following dates:

        Full Year Chorus Concert - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS

        Grade 8 Band Concert - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAHS

        Grades 6 & 7 Band Concert - Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

The following are the dates that we will be administering MCAS exams to our students. I wanted to give you plenty of notice to insure that our students will be in school on the dates of the scheduled MCAS exams.

Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th
Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th
Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd
Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th
Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th
Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th
Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th
Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th
Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th
Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th
Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st

Free Money Programs for PTAC
Were you aware of the many ways that you can raise money for our school? Please visit the PTAC website here for more information or read more below.

Looking Ahead
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Monday, January 14, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
        Full Year Chorus Concert from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
        Grade 8 Band Concert - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. @ NAHS
Thursday, January 17, 2019
        Grades 6 & 7 Band Concert from 7-8 p.m. @ NAMS

Friday, January 18, 2019 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Professional Development Day for Staff)

Monday, January 21, 2019 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019


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REMINDERS

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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NAMS PTAC NEWS

NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

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


Save the Dates:  

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

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

Wednesday, February 13th - Book Fair along with Family Night

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


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

NAMS PTAC


Free Money Programs for PTAC

Sign up now to help raise free $ to support NAMS PTAC programs!
 
What is Shoparoo? It is a free app for smartphones and tablets that lets anyone turn pictures of shopping receipts into donations to our school. With Shoparoo, every grocery receipt - regardless of the store or products purchased - earns money! 
Dollar amounts spent are converted to ROO points. For every 25,000 ROO Points earned, North Andover Middle School will receive a check!
All you have to do is download the app, select NAMS as your school, and start uploading receipts when you go shopping! 


Shoparoo will donate $1 for the first 20 users of a school. Simply install the app, and upload a receipt to get your instant $1 donation.

               

As of June 30, 2018, North Andover Middle School earned over $100 using Amazon Smile!

Please sign up for this simple way to earn money for our school if you haven't already!  What is AmazonSmile?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school and the PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our school. You can use your existing Amazon account on Smile, there is no need to set up a new account.  

  


Box Tops! We’re not done collecting them yet! The program is eligible for grades K – 8. 

Keep collecting them all year round!  Box Tops can be sent into the main office at anytime.



Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards News!

Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards - Please register your card for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Money for North Andover Middle School every time you shop! This program begins on September 7, 2018.  Please register your rewards card at School Rewards. Our 5-digit school ID is 10037. You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # to register.  

To earn points:  Use your Stop & Shop Card each time you shop at Stop & Shop and you will earn CASH for our school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019.  At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.  Our school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for our educational needs.  Please take a moment to register your Stop & Shop Card today! Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same!


Bay State Textile Bin
 

Are you in the process of a back-to-school closet clean out?  There is a white Bay State Textile bin located in the NAMS parking lot to collect household items that may otherwise be discarded, lugged to another bin, or put out on the curb.  Please consider donating your items into this bin!  The contributions are weighed and Bay State Textiles sends a rebate check monthly to the school based on the weight of the donation.  Help support our school while also cleaning house!


Department of Children and Families Needs Foster Homes

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

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

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

Principal's Post - Week of January 7th

posted Jan 4, 2019, 3:58 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,


I hope that this message finds you and your family well.  Students appeared to be fully rested and recharged when they returned to school Wednesday.  It was wonderful to fill this building with learning and discovery again after the break.


We have 2 early release Wednesdays this month with students being dismissed at 1:05 p.m. on the following dates:

        Wednesday, January 9, 2019

        Wednesday, January 23, 2019


NAMS PTAC Meeting

        The next PTAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. in the NAMS Cafeteria


NAMS Music Concerts this Month

We have 2 concerts scheduled for this month on the following dates:

        Full Year Chorus Concert - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 7-8 p.m.

        Grades 6 & 7 Band Concert - Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 7-8 p.m.


Physiology of Addiction and the Adolescent Brain

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

Looking Ahead
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Monday, January 7, 2019
        NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
        Early Release at 1:05 p.m. for students
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019


Monday, January 14, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
        Full Year Chorus Concert from 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
        Grades 6 & 7 Band Concert from 7-8 p.m.

Friday, January 18, 2019 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Professional Development Day for Staff)

Monday, January 21, 2019 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day) 

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REMINDERS

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Image result for school yearbooks


NAMS PTAC NEWS

NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

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


Save the Dates:  

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

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

Wednesday, February 13th - Book Fair along with Family Night

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


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

NAMS PTAC


Department of Children and Families Needs Foster Homes

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

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

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

Opportunity for Current NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Students

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

August 2-11, 2019

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

Tentative Itinerary and Course Objectives:

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

This class will be offered for credit through the summer school program.  It will include some pre-trip and post-trip research as well as a final assessment (research paper, project and/or final exam).  All meals, lodging, bedding, and transportation while in Jackson is included in the tuition price and will be handled by the Teton Mountain School.  Tuition will also include transportation to Logan Airport and the cost of the airline ticket to Jackson, WY. Linens, sleeping bag and pad, and camping equipment are all included in the price.  

If you are interested in applying to join this trip, please complete the application here.   

Craig Richard richardc@northandoverpublicschools.com

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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

posted Dec 20, 2018, 9:34 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 20, 2018, 9:36 AM ]

Dear NAMS Families,

On behalf of the entire NAMS staff, we would like to wish you a restful, happy, and safe holiday break!  Students and staff are scheduled to return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 for a full day of school.  The next early release Wednesday is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!
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Principal's Post - Week of December 17th

posted Dec 14, 2018, 4:16 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Dear NAMS families,


We only have 1 full week of school before our holiday break.

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This week we have 2 early dismissals for students:

        Wednesday, December 19th - Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m.

        Friday, December 21st - Students will be dismissed at 11:05 a.m.


A Little Knight Music will be singing on North Andover Community Access Television’s Call In Santa Broadcast

Some members of A Little Knight Music will be singing on North Andover Community Access Television’s Call In Santa broadcast tomorrow, Friday, December 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Comcast channel 22/Verizon channel 24.
Believers looking to chat with Santa himself can call 978-687-6570 any time during the broadcast with parent permission! 


Thank you PTAC and NAMS Families!

On Thursday, December 13th our staff were provided with delicious food and refreshments throughout the day thanks to the generosity of our PTAC and parent/guardian volunteers.  Thank you so very much!


Holiday Sweater Day

Thursday, December 20th will be Holiday Sweater Day at NAMS.  Students and staff are invited to wear their holiday sweaters.


Physiology of Addiction and the Adolescent Brain

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

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

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Holiday Break

Saturday, December 22, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

        Schools Reopen - Students and Staff Return

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019


REMINDERS

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Image result for school yearbooks


NAMS PTAC NEWS

NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

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


Save the Dates:  

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

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

Wednesday, February 13th - Book Fair along with Family Night

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


NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

NAMS PTAC


Department of Children and Families Needs Foster Homes

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

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

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

Opportunity for Current NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Students

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

August 2-11, 2019

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

Tentative Itinerary and Course Objectives:

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

This class will be offered for credit through the summer school program.  It will include some pre-trip and post-trip research as well as a final assessment (research paper, project and/or final exam).  All meals, lodging, bedding, and transportation while in Jackson is included in the tuition price and will be handled by the Teton Mountain School.  Tuition will also include transportation to Logan Airport and the cost of the airline ticket to Jackson, WY. Linens, sleeping bag and pad, and camping equipment are all included in the price.  

If you are interested in applying to join this trip, please complete the application here.   

Craig Richard richardc@northandoverpublicschools.com

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Principal's Post - Week of December 10th

posted Dec 7, 2018, 6:56 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 3:57 AM ]

Dear NAMS families,


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


Bye Bye Birdie

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

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

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

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

Thank you for supporting this event!

PTAC Board


NAMS ANNUAL BREAD & ROSES FOOD DRIVE

December 3-11, 2018 Sponsored by Student Leadership

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

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

Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA that has long been a center of hope and caring to the thousands of people in the Merrimack Valley who are struggling for survival. Their primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal.  Last year, Bread & Roses fed over 60,000 people. The needs are especially high this year because of the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

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

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

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

North Andover Public Schools believes learning can take place beyond the walls of a classroom! We’re excited to share with your our website which describes various learning opportunities. The newest initiative is the implementation of “BEYOND THE CLASSROOM” school cancellation days during the 2018-2019 school year. Should they be needed, these alternative school days will go into effect after the 4th school cancellation day. The following provides some general information. Please visit the Beyond the Classroom website for additional information.

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

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

  • If school needs to be cancelled more than a total of 4 times, students will be assigned independent learning experiences to complete instead of making up cancelled days. These Alternative School Days have been named Beyond the Classroom Days.

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

  • You can view the FAQ’s for answers to questions you might have.

  • Click on your child(ren)’s school for specific assignments. Due to copyright restrictions, students will need to log in using their NAPS login. Directions of how to access this via Powerschool are also on the website.

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

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



Department of Children and Families Needs Foster Homes

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

REMINDERS

Opportunity for Current NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Students

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

August 2-11, 2019

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

Tentative Itinerary and Course Objectives:

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

This class will be offered for credit through the summer school program.  It will include some pre-trip and post-trip research as well as a final assessment (research paper, project and/or final exam).  All meals, lodging, bedding, and transportation while in Jackson is included in the tuition price and will be handled by the Teton Mountain School.  Tuition will also include transportation to Logan Airport and the cost of the airline ticket to Jackson, WY. Linens, sleeping bag and pad, and camping equipment are all included in the price.  

If you are interested in applying to join this trip, please complete the application here.   

Craig Richard richardc@northandoverpublicschools.com

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NAMS PTAC Direct Appeal Campaign

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

NAMS Merrimack College Hockey Night

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

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

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

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

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

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Save the Dates:  

Thursday, December 13th- Teacher holiday brunch

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

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

February- Book Fair along with Family Night

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

NAMS PTAC


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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