Principal's Weekly Posts


Principal's Post - Week of April 22nd

posted Apr 11, 2019, 5:38 PM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated ]

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


Attention Grade 8 Students & Families

Detailed information regarding Grade 8 End-of-Year Events and trips are ready for your review here.  Please be sure to review the information and complete and return the field trip permission form along with payment. Forms and payment were due by Thursday, April 11, 2019 to your child’s homeroom teacher.


Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019

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


NAMS Homework Survey
NAMS staff have formed a committee to research and make recommendations regarding homework practices. In addition to researching best practice, we also wish to gather feedback from teachers, parents/guardians, and students (Grades 6-8) via surveys.  Several articles have been posted on our school’s website to inform stakeholders about this topic. Prior to the completion of a survey, we encourage you to read the information found here. Students, staff, and parents/guardians will be emailed the link to the survey on Monday, April 22, 2019.

NEW Recycling Routines at NAMS Lunches

On Monday, April 22, 2019 a new lunchtime recycling routine will be implemented at NAMS that will include the ability to also collect food waste and turn it into soil. To learn more, please check out one of more of the following informational videos and forms:

     Short Recycling Slideshow

Recycling Info. commercial - Made by 6th Grade Student Leaders

Lunch TIme Reference Sheet

Our sciences teachers are educating our students about these changes.  We wanted to be sure you were aware as well. Thank you for your support! Together we can make a difference!


🎥NAMS - A World of Difference Family Movie Night🍿

Please come join us for a free special screening of Hidden Figures. This exhilarating true story takes you along the journey of 3 brilliant African-American women working for NASA. This dynamic trio serve as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut, John Glenn. This inspirational movie crosses all gender and racial lines.

When: Thursday, April 25th

Where: NAMS Auditorium

Time:  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Screening from 6-8:30, with a short intermission in which snacks will sold and enjoyed in the main lobby of the school.


NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

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

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 1) - April 8th

✔ Grade 8 ELA (Session 2) - April 9th

Grade 7 ELA (Session 1) - April 23rd

Grade 7 ELA (Session 2) - April 25th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 1) - April 29th

Grade 6 ELA (Session 2) - April 30th

Grade 7 Math (Session 1) - May 6th

Grade 7 Math (Session 2) - May 7th

Grade 8 Math (Session 1) - May 13th

Grade 8 Math (Session 2) - May 14th

Grade 6 Math (Session 1) - May 15th

Grade 6 Math (Session 2) - May 16th

Grade 8 STE (Session 1) - May 20th

Grade 8 STE (Session 2) - May 21st


MCAS Student & Families Reminders

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Students are encouraged to have the following:

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

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


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

Thank you for your support!


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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Looking Ahead

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Have a wonderful April Break!


Monday, April 22, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 1

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 2

Peer Leaders Movie Night (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) - Showing of Hidden Figures

Friday, April 26, 2019


Monday, April 29, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 1

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Grade 7 MCAS ELA - Session 2

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Opening Night for NAMS Spring Play

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

Grade 8 Civics Day

NAMS Spring Play

Principal's Post - Week of April 8th

posted Apr 5, 2019, 3:22 AM by Jorge Goncalves

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

NAMS Grades 7 & 8 Peer Leaders Teach Grade 6 Students

Our Grades 7 & 8 Peer Leaders, under the direction of Ms. Duchesneau and Ms. Blaney, taught grade 6 classes today supervised by our Grade 6 teachers. Our Peer Leaders completed the Anti-Defamation League’s peer training program entitled “A World of Difference” and have been meeting weekly to prepare to teach these lessons in addition to leading school initiatives and service projects. The lessons taught today provided students with 1) the opportunity for inter-group dialogue 2) an increased understanding of the causes of prejudice; 3) a fuller appreciation of racial, ethnic, cultural, and other individual differences; and 4) conflict management skills to respond positively when confronted with bias-related behaviors such as bullying and harassment. Our Peer Leaders are scheduled to facilitate lessons again in May and June. Please be sure to check out some of the pictures from this week's lessons on Twitter @NAMiddle.


North Andover All-Town Band Festival

This past Tuesday, April 2, 2019 hundreds of families were delighted to hear our Grades 6-12 Bands under the direction and leadership of Mr. Smalley, NAHS Band Director, and Mr. Nelson & Mr. Ignos, NAMS Band Directors. All of the students' hard work and preparation were evident during this amazing performance. Please be sure to check out some of the pictures from this event on Twitter @NAMiddle.


Attention Grade 8 Students & Families
Detailed information regarding Grade 8 End-of-Year Events and trips are ready for your review in the attached packet.  Please be sure to review the information and complete and return the field trip permission form along with payment by Thursday, April 11th to your child’s homeroom teacher. This information may also be found here.
Students Not Attending North Andover in the Fall 2019
If a student will not be attending North Andover Public Schools in September of 2019, parents/guardians will need to notify Mrs. Barron as soon as possible by either email or coming into the main office of NAMS.  At the end of the school year your student’s records will be forwarded to their new school. Please contact Mrs. Barron with any questions at barronm@northandoverpublicschools.com

NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Students are encouraged to have the following:

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

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


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

Thank you for your support!


NEWS FROM PTAC
Upcoming PTAC Meetings
Thursday, April 11th @ 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 9th @ 9:00 a.m.
NAMS PTAC

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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Looking Ahead

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS - ELA Session 1

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 12, 2019

NAMS Peer Leaders go to ADL Conference in Boston


April Vacation


Monday, April 22, 2019

Students and Staff Return

FUTURE EVENTS

Attention NAMS Parents
Mr. McGravey's Excellent Adventures/ History Camp is an opportunity for all NAMS students to experience the history of New England by visiting various sites on multiple field trips this summer. There are three sessions that take place during the weeks of June 25th, July 9th, and July 15th and students can attend for one, two, or three week options depending on their interests and availability. Trips include Fenway Park, PEM, the MFA, Lexington and Concord, the MA State House, Harvard University and so much more. All information can be found at 
Please contact Mr. P. McGravey, 8B Social Studies if you have any questions at mcgraveyp@northandoverpublicschools.com
Brochures will be going home this week and registration can be done online or by paper at North Andover Community Programs.

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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 @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC 
Thank you again for all of your support!
NAMS PTAC
Please follow and be sure to like our NAMS PTAC on Facebook @ North Andover Middle School PTAC

Principal's Post - Week of April 1st

posted Mar 29, 2019, 4:12 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 29, 2019, 4:59 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

Attention Grade 8 Students & Families
Detailed information regarding Grade 8 End-of-Year Events and trips are ready for your review in the attached packet.  These packets were distributed to all grade 8 students this week. Please be sure to review the information and complete and return the field trip permission form along with payment by Thursday, April 11th to your child’s homeroom teacher. This information may also be found here.

Light It Up Blue on Tuesday, April 2nd

Autism Awareness Day is Tuesday, April 2, 2019 this year. To show your support please Light It Up Blue by wearing blue.


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

NAMS MCAS Dates 2019

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

NAMS students will be administered the 2019 MCAS exams soon and we ask for your help in ensuring that they are ready to do their best for themselves, our school, and our community.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Students are encouraged to have the following:

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

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


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

Thank you for your support!


NEWS FROM PTAC
Upcoming PTAC Meetings
Thursday, April 11th @ 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 9th @ 9:00 a.m.
NAMS PTAC

NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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Free Money Programs for PTAC

Looking Ahead

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

       Director of Special Education Finalists meet with Parents/Guardians

All Town Band Festival @ NAHS from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019


Monday, April 8, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS - ELA Session 1

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Grade 8 MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 12, 2019

NAMS Peer Leaders go to ADL Conference in Boston


April Vacation


Monday, April 22, 2019

Students and Staff Return

FUTURE EVENTS

Attention NAMS Parents
Mr. McGravey's Excellent Adventures/ History Camp is an opportunity for all NAMS students to experience the history of New England by visiting various sites on multiple field trips this summer. There are three sessions that take place during the weeks of June 25th, July 9th, and July 15th and students can attend for one, two, or three week options depending on their interests and availability. Trips include Fenway Park, PEM, the MFA, Lexington and Concord, the MA State House, Harvard University and so much more. All information can be found at 
Please contact Mr. P. McGravey, 8B Social Studies if you have any questions at mcgraveyp@northandoverpublicschools.com
Brochures will be going home this week and registration can be done online or by paper at North Andover Community Programs.

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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 @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC 
Thank you again for all of your support!
NAMS PTAC
Please follow and be sure to like our NAMS PTAC on Facebook @ North Andover Middle School PTAC

Principal's Post - Week of March 25th

posted Mar 22, 2019, 4:36 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 28, 2019, 10:16 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

New American Flag in the NAMS Gym
When we recognized that we needed a flag in the NAMS gym, Superintendent Gilligan was quick to respond by donating a very special flag to our gym. This flag was flown over the United States Capitol on October 5, 2015 at the request of Honorable Niki Tsongas, Member of Congress.  This flag was flown for Gregg Gilligan, for exemplary Patriotism and Dedication to the Education of Future Leaders in the Majesty and Meaning of America.

Attention Grade 8 Families

Recommendation Override Forms are due by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019. For more information regarding viewing course recommendations and accessing the Override Form, please follow the link here or copy and paste the following website into your browser:

http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/schools/nams/nams-important-news/grade8to9recommendations


4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music (Friday, March 22, 2019)
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. Students in A Little Knight Music Chorus perform together as an ensemble, and as soloists. Hot Chocolate and treats will be served. t's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold during lunches beginning on Monday, March 18th.

Register now for the 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center April 9, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. See the school website for more information on how to sign up and register your team online. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Upcoming PTAC Meetings
Thursday, April 11th @ 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 9th @ 9:00 a.m.
NAMS PTAC

Looking Ahead

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Monday, March 25, 2019

        First Day of Trimester 3

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019


Monday, April 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

        All Town Band Festival @ NAHS from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019


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

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NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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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 @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC 
Thank you again for all of your support!
NAMS PTAC
Please follow and be sure to like our NAMS PTAC on Facebook @ North Andover Middle School PTAC

Principal's Post - Week of March 18th

posted Mar 14, 2019, 4:49 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

NAMS Spirit Week is the week of March 18th!
Monday, March 18th - Decade Day (chosen by 6th grade student leadership)
Tuesday, March 19th - PJ Day (chosen by 7th grade student leadership)
Wednesday, March 20th - Twin/Squad Day (chosen by 8th grade student leadership)
Thursday, March 21st - Rock Your Socks Day (for World Down Syndrome Day) 
Friday, March 22nd - Tacky Tourist Day (All Students' Choice)

Register now for the 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center April 9, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. See the school website for more information on how to sign up and register your team online. You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Trimester 2 Chorus Concert
All students currently enrolled in Trimester 2 Chorus have their scheduled concert on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 p.m. This is a mandatory concert for students in Trimester 2 Chorus class.
Please note: Students in Full Year Chorus DO NOT participate in this event.

4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music (Friday, March 22, 2019)
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. Students in A Little Knight Music Chorus perform together as an ensemble, and as soloists. Hot Chocolate and treats will be served. t's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold during lunches beginning on Monday, March 18th.

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 @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC 
Thank you again for all of your support!
NAMS PTAC
Please follow and be sure to like our NAMS PTAC on Facebook @ North Andover Middle School PTAC

Looking Ahead

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

        Last Day of Trimester 2

        4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Monday, March 25, 2019

        First Day of Trimester 3

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019


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

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NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


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Principal's Post - Week of March 11th

posted Mar 8, 2019, 3:50 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 8:57 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

Early Release Reminder for March 13th
Students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th.

Student Expectations Assemblies
This past week, we held student assemblies with each of our grade levels.  These are great assemblies to hold at the beginning and around the midpoint of the school year.  The purpose of the assemblies was to review our RAISE values with students and to remind them of our expectations in regards to be academics, behavior, collaboration, and building a sense of family in our school.

Daylight Saving Time Reminder
Please remember to move your clocks forward Saturday, March 9th into Sunday, March 10th for Daylight Savings Time.
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Register now for the 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic - Street Hockey Fundraiser 
The 6th Annual Matthew Harty Mito Classic will be held at the North Andover Youth Center April 9, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Play street hockey to help raise funds to help those with mitochondrial disease go to camp. See the school website for more information on how to sign up and register your team online. Please check out the attached flyer for more information.  You can sign up a team and learn more about this fundraiser here.

Trimester 2 Chorus Concert
All students currently enrolled in Trimester 2 Chorus have their scheduled concert on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 p.m. This is a mandatory concert for students in Trimester 2 Chorus class.
Please note: Students in Full Year Chorus DO NOT participate in this event.

4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music (Friday, March 22, 2019)
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. Students in A Little Knight Music Chorus perform together as an ensemble, and as soloists. Hot Chocolate and treats will be served. t's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold during lunches beginning on Monday, March 18th.

A message from the SOS (Support our Seniors) Committee

What is SOS?  SOS stands for Support our Seniors, but was originally known as "Save our Students".  In 1994, in response to a rise in horrific car accidents involving recently graduated teens, the parents and community of North Andover joined together to plan the first SOS party, providing every NAHS graduate with an overnight, substance free, celebratory event filled with fun and interesting activities, food, and music, to look forward to after graduation.

Currently, plans for the 26th annual SOS are underway!  The event requires a village of volunteers, and your help is needed to ensure that this cherished tradition continues.  Parents with children of any age are asked to volunteer as a way to “pay it forward”, allowing parents of every NAHS senior to rest assured that their child has a safe place to celebrate on graduation night.  Whether you will have a graduate this year or in 10 years, you can help by volunteering before, during, or after the June 7th party, by purchasing an item or making a donation to help offset the $30,000 cost, or taking on a committee role.

For more information on volunteering, donating, purchasing, or event registration, please visit the brand new SOS website at https://sites.google.com/site/sosnahs  

“Like” SOS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SOSNAHS

Email sosnahs@gmail.com for more information on committee roles and volunteer needs.


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 @NorthAndoverMiddleSch-PTAC 
Thank you again for all of your support!
NAMS PTAC
Please follow and be sure to like our NAMS PTAC on Facebook @ North Andover Middle School PTAC

Looking Ahead

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Monday, March 11, 2019

        NAMS School Council @ 2:35 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019


Monday, March 18, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

        Last Day of Trimester 2

        4th Annual Hot Chocolate House with A Little Knight Music from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


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

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NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Image result for school yearbooks


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.

Principal's Post - Week of March 4th

posted Mar 1, 2019, 4:10 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 2:10 PM ]

Dear NAMS families,

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

"The Machine" Jesse Green
In the previous Principal's Post, I shared with you the new sculpture in our main lobby and how it got to be there.  If you want to see how the statue was made, check it out here or at the following website:
https://www.facebook.com/TheMachineJesseGreen/photos/a.1798836573553988/1798836740220638/?type=3&theater
You can learn more about chainsaw artist and motivational speaker "The Machine" Jesse Green on his website here or at the following address: http://themachinejessegreen.com/portfolio.php
Thank you North Andover Schools Enrichment Council & our own PTAC 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.

Trimester 2 Chorus Concert
All students currently enrolled in Trimester 2 Chorus have their scheduled concert on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 p.m. This is a mandatory concert for students in Trimester 2 Chorus class.
Please note: Students in Full Year Chorus DO NOT participate in this event.

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. Students in A Little Knight Music Chorus perform together as an ensemble, and as soloists. Hot Chocolate and treats will be served. t's a less formal setting than a concert and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold during lunches beginning on Monday, March 18th.

A message from the SOS (Support our Seniors) Committee

What is SOS?  SOS stands for Support our Seniors, but was originally known as "Save our Students".  In 1994, in response to a rise in horrific car accidents involving recently graduated teens, the parents and community of North Andover joined together to plan the first SOS party, providing every NAHS graduate with an overnight, substance free, celebratory event filled with fun and interesting activities, food, and music, to look forward to after graduation.

Currently, plans for the 26th annual SOS are underway!  The event requires a village of volunteers, and your help is needed to ensure that this cherished tradition continues.  Parents with children of any age are asked to volunteer as a way to “pay it forward”, allowing parents of every NAHS senior to rest assured that their child has a safe place to celebrate on graduation night.  Whether you will have a graduate this year or in 10 years, you can help by volunteering before, during, or after the June 7th party, by purchasing an item or making a donation to help offset the $30,000 cost, or taking on a committee role.

For more information on volunteering, donating, purchasing, or event registration, please visit the brand new SOS website at https://sites.google.com/site/sosnahs  

“Like” SOS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SOSNAHS

Email sosnahs@gmail.com for more information on committee roles and volunteer needs.

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:

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

Thank you again for all of your support!
NAMS PTAC

Looking Ahead

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

        PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Friday, March 8, 2019


Monday, March 11, 2019

        NAMS School Council @ 2:35 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019


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

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NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

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


Image result for school yearbooks


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.

Principal's Post - Week of February 25th

posted Feb 15, 2019, 7:25 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 7:23 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

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

PTAC Restaurant Night Fundraiser
Leave the cooking to The Howling Wolf on Tuesday, February 26th from 4:30-9:00 p.m. and support the NAMS PTAC. 
20% of proceeds will go to the PTAC.  This fundraiser is good for dine in, carry out, or delivery.  
Please bring along the attached flyer.  
The Howling Wolf is located on Rt 114 in the Starbuck's plaza.  

"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.


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 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.


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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


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.

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